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Hedonistic Sea Lion Prefers Hotel Pools To Actual Ocean

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  Site Where: 1003 Coast Blvd [map], La Jolla, CA, United States, 92037
March 28, 2013 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

One of the most frustrating things about being a fin-footed mammal, so we've heard, is being constantly confined to swimming in the ocean or sitting on large rocks. But what happens when you want to treat yourself for the day? Get a mani-pedi at the mall, or hop a plane to Mexico, or lounge for hours by a hotel pool?

ABC reported on an intrepid female sea lion who showed up yesterday at the Pantai Inn, an all-suites hotel on the Pacific Coast that calls itself "Balinese-themed." Well, we don't know much about what goes on at hotels in Bali, but here in the US, sea lions casually draping themselves on deck furniture isn't exactly the norm.

Apparently, an overnight front desk worker spotted the creature by the pool around 6:45am, and subsequently alerted his manager, as well as SeaWorld, which promptly sent officials to retrieve the animal. Though, not before the story spread to local news stations. The night shift worker told ABC:

"The sea lion was sleeping on our chair in the courtyard and looking pretty relaxed."

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The Cat Came Back: The Algonquin Will Reopen Tomorrow with Matilda In the Lobby

Where: 59 W 44th St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
May 23, 2012 at 11:16 AM | by | Comments (2)

It's been a long winter (and spring) but soon things will be getting back to normal on "Hotel Row" aka 44th Street in New York City with tomorrow's reopening of the revamped Algonquin Hotel at precisely 10am. After six months and an $18 million facelift, everything will be back in its place, except better than before. And that includes the hotel's resident guest--Matilda!

To celebrate the hotel's reopening and the return of Matilda, you can book the Matilda Package which includes To celebrate its re-opening, the Algonquin has updated its popular Matilda Package to includes accommodations; continental breakfast for two; a welcome cocktail in the lobby, a Matilda coloring book, a feline-focused book called "Fabulous Felines" by Sandy Robins, a plush stuff Matilda cat and chocolates for the kids and a "CATabulous" eye mask to help you with your catnaps.

Rates for Matilda package start at $329 a night not including taxes. Meanwhile, regular room rates for tomorrow start at just $229.

Wanna see what the new rooms of the Algonquin look like? GO HERE for our extensive photo gallery!

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Snow Dogs and S'mores: Just a Few of Josh Flagg's Favorite Hotel Things

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  Site Where: 9100 Marsac Avenue [map], Deer Valley, UT, United States, 84060
May 10, 2012 at 2:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

Our resident celebrity hotel hopper, Josh Flagg is about to invade your living rooms again when the fifth season of Million Dollar Listing premieres on Bravo on June 6. But life isn't all "house" work for Josh. As soon as filming finished, he packed up and resumed his whirlwind travels. Here's what he thought of the Montage Deer Valley.

Back in March, I had the pleasure of staying at the Montage Deer Valley. It was one of the best ski-in, ski-out hotels I have ever stayed at.

Not only does the hotel have it's own in-house pooch, Monty (short for Montage) and heated outdoor swimming pool, but they also have a firepit blazing everyday from 4 to 5pm a fire pit where all the rich people get together and make s'mores. It's the only place I know where people paying $700 a night for a room get together to roast marshmallows!

The hotel also features it's own bowling alley (see the photo below.) Needless to say, this is a must-stay for a winter getaway.

You can read more on the Montage's indoor bowling alley and Daly's Pub right here!

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There's a Vineyard Guard Dog at Argentina's Hotel El Aguamiel

February 24, 2012 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Meet Anna.

In the wine region around Mendoza, there sits a tiny design-focused hotel—El Aguamiel—with its own vineyard...and its own vineyard guard dog. Anna is a large, black presence on the property, as she slinks around the 6 rooms (yes, only 6), the pool, the restaurant and the many rows of Malbec grapes.

Now, with video:

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Forget Little Bo Peep! The May Fair Hotel Has Lost Its Sheep

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  Site Where: Stratton Street, London, United Kingdom, W1A 2AN
October 20, 2011 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

The May Fair London is missing something very near and dear to their hearts, and they'd like to know if you can help them out for the reward of a big bottle of champagne.

It seems that one of the unofficial mascots of The May Fair Bar has been stolen! He's a little black sheep named Bertie, a piece of furniture that apparently delighted one local drinker so much that they decided to take him home. Now, guests steal a lot from hotels, we know, but taking a major piece from the public spaces? That's a new level of low; now other visitors won't get the chance to smile at Bertie or prop up their feet on his shaggy back.

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Matilda III Goes A-Waltzing At The Algonquin

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  Site Where: 59 W 44th St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
August 12, 2011 at 9:05 AM | by | Comment (1)

In case you haven't been keeping up with the royal kitty lineage over at The Algonquin, here's a refresher.

In November, Matilda II stepped down as the hotel's 13-year cat-in-residence. A replacement, going by the name of Matilda III (at The Algonquin, all females are named Matilda, and all males Hamlet), was acquired from the North Shore Animal League (we spied Matilda III posing on a luggage cart here). On Wednesday, Matilda III was officially welcomed into the fold with a Debutante Ball & Meow Wear Fashion Show. Unexpectedly, R&B singer Mya also made an appearance. What?

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It's Good to Be a Dog as Hotels Keep Hiring

June 10, 2011 at 2:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

There are new top dogs at the Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Westwood and Le Parc Suite Hotel in West Hollywood. And they are some cuties.

Both hotels got new directors of pet relations. Luna, an American Cocker Spaniel who sports a pink collar, works for Hotel Palomar. She's been welcoming animal and human guests and promoting the hotel's occasional Yappy Hours, pet-friendly happy hours. The doggie also lets visitors know that each pet gets a bed, bowl, treats and toys when checking in.

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Sleep With The Fishes At The Pearl San Diego

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  Site Where: 1410 Rosecrans Street [map], San Diego, CA, United States, 92106
May 18, 2011 at 10:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we stayed at the Pearl Hotel in San Diego last week, we got something we didn’t bargain on – a sleeping partner called Wolfgang. Sadly, Wolfgang was not a strapping German, and luckily, he wasn’t a bedbug. He was, as you can see from the picture, a fish.

All the rooms at the Pearl have a retro motel feel, and each come equipped with a little fish in a bowl on the wall. Each bowl comes with a name tag, so you’re not sleeping with something anonymous.

Should we have wanted to get maternal, we were warned off feeding Wolfgang with a sign saying:

Everyone gets fine n friendly care from The Pearl Hotel staff. There’s no need to feed me. Enjoy your stay.

The burning question – what happens if the fish dies? Do they create a new sign? Sadly not. This was actually our second visit to the Pearl. During our first, we suspected our fish might have died (it hadn’t – we don’t think) and asked at check in what happens – and they said they just replace them. The fish is dead, long live the fish, kind of thing.

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Shangri-La London Gets A Foxy Early Check In

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  Site Where: 32 London Bridge Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9
February 28, 2011 at 1:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Only last week we were lusting over the photos of the forthcoming Shangri-La London being built in the Shard – set to be the highest building in the EU. Seems like we weren’t the only ones, either – over the weekend, it emerged that a fox was discovered to be living at the very top of the building site, 954ft up on the 72nd floor.

To be fair, the Shangri-La will occupy floors 34 – 52 of the building, but we like to think that Romeo, as he’s been named (ah, Brits) was admiring the stonking views that hotel guests will enjoy.

According to an amazing article in The Sun, he was living on a “squash court-sized platform” and is thought to be less than six months old. And a followup says that it took pest control two weeks to trap him because the little guy really didn’t want to leave. Can you blame him? Those rooms are gonna go for loadsamoney!

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More Cool Hotel Jobs: Director of Privileged Pets at San Ysidro Ranch

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  Site Where: 900 San Ysidro Lane [map], Montecito, CA, United States, 93108
January 25, 2011 at 4:06 PM | by | Comments (2)

HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be telling us about some of the coolest hotel jobs out there. He reached out across the globe to talk to the dynamic folks who do everything from wrangling elephants (and guests!) to designing the latest high-tech gadgetry for your next guest room. So check back every day to see who he’s talking to next.

Last week we told you about the Loan-A-Lab program at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch and this week, we thought we’d also just mention another innovative dog program at another luxury resort, just as a way of looking at the other end of the leash.

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More Cool Hotel Jobs: Man’s Best Friend at Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch

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  Site Where: 0130 Daybreak Ridge [map], Avon, CO, United States, 81620
January 21, 2011 at 9:31 AM | by | Comment (1)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be telling us about some of the coolest hotel jobs out there. He reached out across the globe to talk to the dynamic folks who do everything from wrangling elephants (and guests!) to designing the latest high-tech gadgetry for your next guest room. So check back every day to see who he’s talking to next.

Today’s cool hotel job is special. Not just in the way that the others we’ve told you about so far this week have been special, but in that the character who occupies this post isn’t even human! No, we’re not talking about a super-intelligent android, or a beneficent extraterrestrial. Rather, we’re talking about man’s best friend: a dog. Namely, a yellow Labrador retriever called Bachelor, the mascot and all-round activity buddy at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch.

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We Sat Down with The Algonquin's New Lobby Cat (and Took Lots of Pictures)

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  Site Where: 59 West 44th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
January 14, 2011 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

It was only a month ago that we stopped into the lobby of The Algonquin for tea and got the bonus of spotting the hotel's house cat, Matilda. We're so glad we did too, because Matilda (the second girl cat named Matilda in the hotel's history) retired over the holidays to go live in Brooklyn with her caregiver.

In her place steps Matilda III, another impossibly fluffy kitty, gotten from the North Shore Animal League. We made it a point to come by and meet the little lass, because ummm...it's a Friday and who doesn't like cat pictures?

And now, for a photo gallery of Matilda III in her natural habitat, The Algonquin's lobby:

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