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Could Every Hotel Please Make Their Own Ice Cream Like The Guesthouse Vienna?

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  Site Where: Furichgasse 10, Vienna, 1010, Austria
July 20, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

It’s summer in Vienna right now, and summer in Vienna means sunshine. Lots of it. The land-locked city has been basking in 100 degree temperatures for the last few weeks. It can be brutal.

It’s a whole lot less brutal, though, at The Guesthouse, a Terence Conran-designed hotel that’s one of our all-time Wiener loves. The Guesthouse (Guesthaus?) goes all out for summer with outdoor patio seating in the brasserie (called a Schanigarten), picnic hampers and - the crowning glory - homemade ice cream.

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Summer in London Means Picnics in the Park, Preferably with a Hotel Hamper

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  Site Where: 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London, United Kingdom, W1H 7FD
April 22, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

Summer in London can mean only one thing: picnics in the parks. Hyde Park, specifically, for sarnies and champagne with Speaker’s Corner in the distance.

Every summer, hotels get together picnic packages and hampers, and the first to land of 2015 is from The Arch London, right by Hyde Park at Marble Arch. You could pick up your lunch at Pret a Manger, but it might be nicer to go with something like this – a Best of British-inspired selection from the hotels’ Hunter 486 restaurant.

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Pick Your Picnic At One Of These Two Big Apple Hotels

May 11, 2012 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

A look at the Andaz basket: raspberries and a baguette, what else do you need?

Normally, you'd think a simple picnic in the park would be a more economical undertaking than, say, dinner for two at Asiate (Mandarin Oriental's ritzy 35th-floor restaurant). But you'd be wrong. This summer, two of Manhattan's classiest hotels—Mandarin Oriental and Andaz Fifth Avenue—are offering up separate picnic packages to guests. And with classy baskets and classy food, come classy prices (read: expensive). But then again, this is Manhattan.

So if it's a picnic you're dead set on, great. Now ask yourself is it an Asian-inspired feast, or something more continental—like caviar and blinis—that you're craving?

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How to Improve On the Tanning Butler? Just Add Booze

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  Site Where: One Lincoln Road [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
October 3, 2011 at 9:32 AM | by | ()

You've heard all about the world's only Tanning Butler at Ritz-Carlton South Beach. We didn't think life could get much better than having such a service at our disposal. But then came word that the hotel was upgrading its poolside service. Three words: Mixologist on Wheels.

That's right, the hotel now has a roaming bartender who does the rounds of the pool deck twice a day Fridays through Sundays. Watch out for master mixologist Ramsey Pimentel at noon and 3 p.m. when he'll mix and muddle and shake and pour you your cocktail of choice.

Capirinhas are one of Pimentel's specialties and he even creates his own syrups, including a cleansing ginger and a Bird Thai Chili, to use in his concoctions. His latest creation? The "Hot Mate cocktail", a cold-on-the-bottom, fire-on-top beverage inspired by the South American tea-like drink, mate.

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Heading to the US Open? Pick Up 'Tennis Take-Out' from the Market at Grand Hyatt

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  Site Where: 109 East 42nd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10017
August 9, 2010 at 3:31 PM | by | ()

The US Open is just a week away and hotels are prepping for the onslaught of tennis fans. Many hotels are putting together US Open packages but wherever you stay (even if it's with a friend), you can always pick up some cute picnic baskets to take with you to the matches from The Grand Hyatt's new Market cafe at Grand Central Staion.

There are three options for the "Tennis Take-Out" packs starting with the Match Point Picnic at $20 which includes seasonal fruits, a choice of hot or cold sandwiches, mustard potato salad or southwestern bean salad, Cape Cod potato chips and either a Pepsi or Aquafina.

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The Battle of The Central Park Hotel Picnic Packages

July 1, 2010 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

The next few days are going to be those rarest of New York days—lovely. Sunny, temps in the 70s, a cool breeze. And that has us thinking: picnic. Central Park is the most obvious place to head with basket and blanket in tow, and some of the poshest hotels parkside will make the task even easier for you. We put two hotel picnic packages head to head to see which offers the better deal.

On the south side of the park, ladies and gentlemen, is the Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park. And in the Northeast corner, in the 70s, we have the still freshly made-over Surrey. But what's in their respective wicker baskets? Let's take a look...

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The Ultimate Posh Picnic: Served By a Lanesborough Butler

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  Site Where: Hyde Park Corner, London, United Kingdom, SW1X 7TA
May 7, 2010 at 4:31 PM | by | ()

You think this picnic looks posh? You aint seen nothing yet

How often have you been lugging round various bags containing food, shopping and whatnot, and wished that you were rich/celebby enough to have someone to carry it for you?

Well now, for an hour or two, you can do that. The Lanesborough’s new Butler Picnic experience will treat you like a richy for one lunchtime only.

From now until August, you can have a consultation with a butler about what kind of food you want for your picnic, then set it up in Hyde Park, serve it, and deal with the mess after you’ve done your worst.

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The Donkeys Are Invited to the Picnic at La Residencia

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  Site Where: Son Canals s/n, Mallorca, Spain, 07179
April 7, 2010 at 5:05 PM | by | ()

How cute are these guys? We know! But what the hell have they got to do with hotels? No, they're not the newest addition to the mini-bar menu, but they will carry your lunch for you, if you're a guest at the super-luxe La Residencia hotel in Mallorca.

Oh, how rude of us. We didn't introduce you. This is Pancho and his sisters Alba and Lluna—they're the latest staff members at the Orient Express property, and they make it possible for hotel guests to hike into the hills behind the main house to enjoy a picnic. (We're glad they just carry the food—at first we thought they were for riding, and were shocked how small they were.)

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