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Tea and crumpets are as English as fascinators, but you can be overwhelmed by the sheer number of afternoon teas at London Hotels. So we thought we’d help you out by narrowing the field according to your tea type.
BEST TEA FOR FASHIONISTAS: Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley
This is the kind of tea that makes you smile, with brightly-colored fanciful treats. The Berkeley gets creative with each season’s couture collections for their Prêt-à-Portea, and every tea treat you eat is inspired by a designer. Late last fall their partnership with Jimmy Choo brought about a velvet praline cream cake with sweetheart bow – replicating the must-have Gala pointed-toe pump – and the Cayla zebra-print handbag in chocolate moelleux and meringue.
The 2015 Autumn/Winter Prêt-à-Portea draws inspiration from Diane von Fürstenberg, Dolce and Gabbana and Moschino. The “collection” changes every six months because, as you know, fashion can be so fickle. Tea is served daily from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is £45 ($67) to £58 ($86).
Last week, something happened in Chicago that made us crave diner food and now we can share how our appetite was whet the moment we stepped foot into Virgin Hotel's newest food outpost, Miss Ricky's. In true Virgin fashion the diner menu has been re-invented consisting of old stand-bys, with a cheeky twist and clever take on Branson's name.
When we originally stayed, the all-day dining restaurant off the lobby was still shrouded with paper as the menu and space was being finalized, but last Thursday, the diner welcomed it's first guests, tempting them with giant burgers, Reuben sandwiches and milkshakes.
With a menu that goes well beyond the normal flat grill of a truck-stop, the restaurant claims to be "a modern American diner for early morning noshes, late night bites and everything in between", and with hours starting at 6am to well after midnight on the weekends, you won't be disappointed.
Oh, a full cocktail menu will probably help with that too.
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It's offseason in Positano forLe Sirenuse, the luxury Amalfi Coast resort, home to one of the best pools in Italy, but if you're in Los Angeles this week you can take in some of the Italian seaside living at Shutters on The Beach in Santa Monica.
For the second year in a row, the two hotels have partnered up for a week-long celebration of all things Le Sirenuse (pronounced like "Lay-sear-a-new-say." At One Pico, Le Sirenuse's hot Michelin-star chef, Matteo Temperini, has created a special menu of Mediterranean dishes, all made with local California ingredients.
Highlights include the mantecato (codfish), topped with a poached egg in a sweet garlic cream sauce with asparagus, along with a light risotto atop red shrimp carpaccio, and the Maine Lobster in olive oil broth. But of course, there is dessert--the insanely rich Guanaja chocolate cake served with raspberry sorbet, actual raspberries and a small gold leaf.
All of this can and should be paired with the specially selected white and red wines (Italian, obvi) and if you indulge in Limoncello shots, it is prudent to follow that up with an espresso, so that at least you can order your own Uber home.
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Pont St on Sunday, which we'd been told was fully booked
We need to talk about Belgraves.
When Thompson’s first London (and first non-US) hotel opened three years ago, there were teething problems. Many. I stayed on opening night, and my stay was so amateur that when I outlined what had happened at check out, a manager offered me a voucher for a free night’s stay any time in the next year to make up for it. I never cashed in that voucher, because I was so bummed out by my first experience that I couldn’t really be bothered to go back.
As it happens, I live pretty near Belgraves, and, over the last three years, I’ve tried to give it a chance. I’ve gone for drinks, breakfast, dinner, an abortive attempt at afternoon tea (we left after trying to get the server’s attention for over 20 minutes). The service has been mediocre to dire every time. I had given up on it.
But now I am getting worried about Belgraves.
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One of the things we most like about the Downtown LA renaissance is the redevelopment of old buildings into sexy modern hotels (unless, that is, you’re talking about the Fig, which we cannot conscience in anything but its old, Moroccan incarnation).
The Hotel Normandie was already pretty sexy – a Renaissance Revival-style building done 1920s by Walker & Eisen, who also did the Beverly Wilshire and the United Artists Theater (aka the Ace DTLA), and now a 94-room boutique hotel (although with the old style preserved rather than gutted).
But now it’s stepped up the ante with some food and drink offerings that, rather like the hotel, combine the best of old and new LA.
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UPDATE: The restaurant will now open on APRIL 17, 2015.
Chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa, is a busy man these days. In addition to growing his Nobu Hotels collection (Miami, Chicago and London hotels are all coming soon), he's also celebrating the 20th anniversary of his eponymous restaurant empire.
And what better way to celebrate than by opening the largest Nobu in the world (and the second one for the Middle East) inside one of the most luxe properties in the world, The Four Seasons Doha? It's like the Nobu version of #treatyoself.
The opening date for the 26,000-sq.ft. Rockwell Group-designed Nobu at The Four Seasons Doha is still uncertain, but when it's finished it will be quite an affair. Which is par for the course for over the-top Doha.
The restaurant will feature an expansive 192-seat interior dining area, intimate 10-seat sushi counter, two exclusive private dining rooms, and a one-of-a-kind 82-seat rooftop lounge that encompasses both indoor and outdoor seating options.
Elliptical ribbons of river stone capped with bronze accents form the exterior of the structure – resembling a coiled shell – creating the three-tiered levels of the restaurant. While incorporating design elements made from natural, rich materials that reflect the cuisine and roots of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, this location will reflect Doha’s specific history and culture. Since the city is known for pearl diving, Rockwell Group references this past in many layers of the design.
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Empty plates at the Ten Room, just waiting to be filled with your home-brought food
Open kitchens and chef’s tables? Over. The latest idea in hotel restauranting? Get the guests to bring their own ingredients.
The Ten Room at Café Royal, which, to be honest, we haven’t heard much about since it opened to rather disastrous reviews, has just announced a Bring Your Own Ingredient menu, in which you literally bring what you want them to cook.
A Milanese Eataly
Two of our favorite things coming together in union just in time for Valentine’s Day – we’re talking about Eataly and Starhotels, both brands we love from the Bel Paese, which have just announced they’re striking up a liaison.
This will be Eataly’s first hotel relationship, but it’s bringing a lot to the table: not just mini restaurants in Starhotels properties, but the creation of special menus, and special events with Italian chefs around the country.
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After building a mystery all spring, Archer Hotel New York opened at the end of May. But last week, we sent in an operative to reveal the secrets of Archer (and to find out just how sweet the nightly turndown service really is.)
New York’s mid-30s neighborhood used to be a warren of Garment District warehouses and tailor shops, a neighborhood you passed through on the way to Penn Station or Times Square. Lately, however, it’s become one of the city’s hottest hotel opening spots (the Refinery Hotel is just a few doors down from Archer) expanding the footprint of Midtown by a few blocks.
Speaking of blocks, the one on which you will find Archer (W. 38th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues) is quiet, but a quick walk to Bryant Park in one direction and Herald Square in the other. First-time visitors to the city can be at the Empire State Building in a matter of minutes, and the lights of Times Square and Broadway’s theaters are a leisurely 10-minute stroll away.
During construction and opening, the hotel cultivated an air of mystery around its namesake, Archer, a sort of character meant to conjure up the gallivanting jetsetter with an eye for bespoke knickknacks every traveler secretly hopes to be.
In a foodie city such as Chicago, it's great news when a hotel takes their food and beverage offering serious. That's why we're pretty excited to catch a flavor of (wayyyyy) South of the border at the new Loews Chicago once they open in March.
Previously unreleased, the hotel has picked hometown chef, Jose Garces, to tempt the taste-buds of guests and locals as he chars up some of his Argentinian faves in the themed restaurant. Featured as a central focus for the eatery is the parrilla, or grill, Rural Society's menu will explore cooking more than steak on an open flame creating an authentic and refreshed experience using quebracho, an Argentine hardwood to cook the meats.
The 5:2 diet is all the rage in the UK right now. If you haven’t heard of it, the premise is simple – five days of the week you eat normally, and two days of the week you fast. By fasting, we don’t mean starving – you just stick to 500 calories a day. It is wildly popular.
500 calories in a day sounds doable but, having done the diet before, it’s not. Luckily, though, the beautiful Balcon restaurant at the Sofitel St James (the people who last brought you an art exhibition called 'Vegetables') is coming to the rescue of the likes of us with its new De-Light menu.
We stepped out on the Virgin Chicago during our stay last weekend with a visit to the other new British import in town, Soho House Chicago in the West Loop nabe. But it was only for dinner and drinks. We didn't stay the night. Promise.
Having drooled over the pictures of Pizza East at The Shoreditch House in London (also a Soho House property), we were eager to get a piece of the wood-oven pizza pie stateside at Pizza East Chicago. But as it turns out, despite the restaurant name and despite its location in a city known for its deep dish, we actually preferred Pizza East's two starters to the main margherita pie ($16.)