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From Nail Files to Firewater, Hotels Hand Out More Amenities

November 1, 2013 at 2:26 PM | by | ()

Oh, we love when hotels give us a little extra treat in our rooms. We're not too particular--heck, we've been excited with everything from toothpaste to contact solution. It's the small things that count, especially when some hotels won't even supply a bottle of water in case of midnight hour parchness.

So, imagine our delight upon discovering even more amenities available at these properties. Some of them are nice gestures to show appreciation, others are yours with a simple request. As always, keep your eyes peeled for perks--you never know what you could be missing out on!

Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.: Each evening, the hotel features a different president's favorite cookie in the hotel lobby along with a recipe that guests can take home. Examples include Barack Obama's white & dark chocolate chip to Abraham Lincoln's lemon squares. Happen to be staying at the Georgetown property? Look forward to the butler who serves s'mores every evening by the wood burning fireplace.

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Trade In the Donuts For Coconuts At Kimpton's New Smoothie Bar

April 15, 2013 at 12:30 PM | by | ()

As hotels continue to move toward seasonal menus, eco-friendlier designs, and more fitness options than ever, the challenge becomes how to find new ways to make guests' stays as healthy as possible, while still keeping things fun. Kimpton is the latest brand to up the ante with its new smoothie bar option for business travelers.

Launched earlier this month, the new wellness-inspired banquet menu is aimed at groups who book meetings at the hotel, and want to provide energy-fueling snacks for those long stretches in between meals. The new menu ought to be a major relief to folks who actually like sticking to their healthy food regimen while out on the road, rather than grabbing the nearest donut or creme-filled pastry and writing it off as a 'travel treat.'

From now on, any guests who book events at Kimpton hotels can order from a banquet menu of nutrient-packed smoothies made with ingredients like fresh berries, mango, flaxseed, and coconut water—judging from the list, our pick would have to be the "Jump Start," which contains blueberries, bananas, Greek yogurt, and flaxseed. Mmmm.

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W Times Square Is Throwing A Twinkie Party

Where: 1567 Broadway [map], New York, NY, United States
November 20, 2012 at 9:03 AM | by | ()

We're getting a pretty big kick out of all the Hostess-related headlines we're seeing right now on Google: "If Twinkie dies, we killed it" (CNN), "The Twinkie Manifesto" (NYTimes), "What the Twinkie's Demise Tells Us" (Washington Post), and our favorite, Gawker's guide on how to make your own twinkies.

Things are still pretty up in the air for the 82-year-old baked goods company, though America breathed a collective sigh of relief yesterday afternoon, when it was announced that Hostess has agreed to sit down with the BCTGM union and talk through their problems.

But that hasn't stopped folks from buying up every last box of Twinkies, Ho Hos and Ding Dongs available in the stores. And it certainly hasn't stopped W Times Square from seizing on the opportunity to put together a special Hostess-themed cocktail pairings menu to honor the occasion.

The menu, which is only available for four days—starting today!—will feature pairings like the TBR (a twinkie with a Pabst Blue Ribbon), the Dinger (Chocolate Manhattan with two Ding Dongs) and the Sno Ho Ho (Chocolat Raspberi Martini with Sno-Balls).

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Meet Me In St. Louis, At The Four Seasons' New Italian Doughnut Shop

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  Site Where: 999 North Second St [map], St Louis, MO, United States, 63102
July 25, 2012 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

Where can you find good Italian food in St. Louis? Well, probably lots of places. But what about authentic hand-made Italian doughnuts—known as bomboloni—fresh out of the fryer?

That's what Fabrizio Schenardi, Executive Chef at Four Seasons St. Louis, is working on at the hotel's new eighth-floor doughnut bar, which will also be serving muffins, croissants, fresh-baked breads, juice and Lavazza espresso. And the best part? It opens tomorrow!

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W Downtown Warms Up New Yorkers The Only Way It Knows How: Free Hot Chocolate

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  Site Where: 123 Washington St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10006-1509
January 5, 2012 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

New York most definitely was getting too cold for us yesterday, when we found ourselves strolling through lower Manhattan, near the 9/11 memorial. So cold, in fact, that we made an impulse decision to go hide out in the W Downtown for a few minutes, seeing as the crowds on a Wednesday afternoon were minimal.

The hotel's relative emptiness also worked in our favor when we got up to the fifth-floor Living Room bar and noticed, to our sheer delight, the bar was offering free cups of hot chocolate. And not, like, a one-cup-per-person deal. It was self-serve. And it was gooood!

Tucked in a corner at one end of the bar was a small thermal dispenser, surrounded by candles, as well as a small placard that read: "Yummy hot chocolate! Enjoy!" So we did.

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Instead of Casinos This Month, Try Your Luck At The Marriott Marquis Vending Machine

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  Site Where: 1535 Broadway [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
December 12, 2011 at 9:48 AM | by | ()

On a recent evening, we found ourselves in Times Square with some time to kill while waiting for a friend. Unable to think of something better to do, we headed straight for the huge eighth-floor lobby of the Marriott Marquis Times Square.

As it happened, we were also a little snackish, but didn't want to spoil our appetite for dinner (an extravagant feast awaited in K-town). So we hopped on over to the vending machines in search of something salty. Inserted the bill, pressed the button, watched the metal rings coil, and then—nothing. A pack of trail mix hung precariously from the tip of the dispenser. Sadness!

But just when we were about to give the whole machine a much-deserved headbutt, the mechanism sprang into action again to let fall not one, but two packs of trail mix. Score!

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What's Your Favorite Hotel Snack?

October 13, 2011 at 11:50 AM | by | ()

Hmm! Hotel snacks...

It's no secret that we love the freebie snacks and soft drinks at Andaz Hotels. But those North Fork Potato Chips and Jacques Torres dark chocolate have recently been topped by some other amazing hotel snack finds.

Our favorites? The FunkyChunky Popcorn available at Spice, the market at The Regent Palms Turks and Caicos (an emporium of gourmet eats) and Nom Nom's--if just for the name alone--at Grand Velas Riviera Maya--dangerous because it's an all-inclusive and your minibar is replenished daily.

Of course, these sweet and savory delights are not as healthy as a Hotel Welcome Fruit Bowl, but they're usually a lot more fun, especially when you stumble across foreign yummies or noms you've never seen before.

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Gummi Bears And Ambient TV Art At Aloft Brooklyn

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  Site Where: 216 Duffield Street [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11201
June 28, 2011 at 8:55 AM | by | ()

The results from our most recent outing to Downtown Brooklyn: a peek inside the lobby at the newly-opened Aloft Brooklyn on Duffield Street. The weather on Friday was kind of gray and drizzly—perfect conditions for lounging inside an empty, well-furnished lobby, taking pictures of snack trays.

More on our notes from the 360˚ tour after the jump:

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Celebrate National S'Mores Day at Seattle's Alexis Hotel

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  Site Where: 1007 First Avenue [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98104
August 9, 2010 at 4:56 PM | by | ()

The fact that every object under the sun seems to get its own National Day can be annoying. But not when it's National S'Mores Day! Held annually on August 10—yep, tomorrow—this is one frivolous national holiday we can get behind.

For anyone on summer vacation, this is a most convenient holiday. It's an excuse to light up the campfire and indulge in as much marshmallow, chocolate and Graham cracker goo as your stomach can handle. But if you're nowhere near a campfire tomorrow, you can always head to the Alexis Hotel in Seattle and join in their S'Mores celebration.

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