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Chocolates at turndown are all well and good, but here’s a hotel that’s going a step further – a chocolate store and workshop. This could only be in Belgium, of course – and it’s at the new NH Brussels Carrefour de l’Europe.
The hotel was previously a Best Western, but was taken over by NH this month. It’s in the Grasmarkt – a pretty square of medievalish buildings in the old town (though it’s very touristed, quite noisy, and even a little bit drunky – and most of those old buildings are now hotels). You’re right at the foot of the hill that leads to the Royal Palace, and a quick walk across from the Grand Place.
Don't doze off just yet! Not until you read our Sleep Week round-up of hotel branded beds!
Hotel Bed Wars have been going on since 2005 but we thought it would be a good idea to start listing all the different hotel brands and their beds. And since we now know how important the bed is to your sleep, we've also listed where you can buy these hotel beds and bring 'em home. Nighty Night!
The Todd English food hall is expected to open sometime this spring and two new stores have just announced they will be opening up shop very soon. The fashion house of Emanuel Ungaro, which recently closed its shop on Madison Avenue (pictured), will reopen inside The Plaza on April 25th followed by artisanal stationer, Connor Papers, on May 1.
Considering that a bakery moved out earlier this year citing the presence of "unknown retailers", we do hope these new tenants will give The Plaza shops some life. And we hope Ungaro is not carrying any of those disastrous Lindsay Lohan designs. Nipple pasties do not fit in at the Palm Court!
Hotel stores are nothing new, and one of the latest chains to get into the game, in March, was Westin Hotels. The best part of the Westin retail effort is that the products are sold on Amazon, making it so much simpler to stock up on your favorite Westin Heavenly toiletries and have them delivered straight to your home. (Of course, if you have an existing Amazon account, this also becomes fraught with one-click shopping danger. It's just so easy.)
At first the Westin at Home @ Amazon.com storefront was dominated with the standard fare of hotel shops: toiletries, bedding, towels, and branded pet collars. But now there are new products on board, across different categories, and from some pretty solid names, such as Jonathan Adler, Kate's Paperie, and Brookstone.
The 21C Museum Hotel is one of the funkiest, quirkiest, art/design hotels in the world but if you can't find a way to get to Louisville, Kentucky, don't worry, there's still a way for you to bring home a piece of the hotel's sensibility--through its newly launched Online Shop.
Items from the hotel like scented candles from Malin + Goetz, jewelry from local designer Elva Fields, chocolates from TCHO and 21c-branded items like water bottles ($10), umbrellas ($30), t-shirts ($21, heh) and even mint julep cups ($48.)
And for those still lusting after hotel bathrobes, the 21c Museum Hotel robe starts at an affordable $72. However, our favorite item is the 6 1/2" tallred ceramic penguin that you also see placed at various parts of the hotel but in larger sizes. Waaay better than a t-shirt.
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So you know about private-sale site Jetsetter. But have you shopped Rue La La yet? Similar to Jetsetter’s Gilt Groupe sister, it mostly deals in fashion sales but today Rue La La has two W Hotels sales going on.
The W Hotels Boutique has savings on Ws around the country, from Dallas and Chicago to Boston and Seattle. The rates listed are available Thursday to Saturday, through March 28, 2010. Some of the better deals are at W Silicon Valley for $89 a night; W Atlanta - Perimeter for $130 a night; and W Chicago Lakeshore and City Center for $199 a night.
It looks like the Ace Hotel New York might just have it all--funky rooms with Smeg refrigerators, a perfect digital nomad lobby, the popular Breslin restaurant, a Stumptown coffee shop and now, according to Racked, some serious retail offerings.
[A]vant-garde Chinatown boutique Project No. 8...will occupy 750 square feet on 29th Street, while Opening Ceremony plans to take 1,500 square feet on your Broadway side. Both stores are slated to open in February.
For those of you in need of a Hipster Fashion lesson, Opening Ceremony is a boutique retailer that features the wares of hand-picked designers who may not be sold in Neiman Marcus and Saks but rest assured, are THE things to wear. Also, randomly, Opening Ceremony has its own line with Chloe Sevigny. Learn more about OC here.
While we are very tickled to be able to peruse the wares of Opening Ceremony on our next visit to the Ace, we're not so sure our wallet will be as happy. So we still may have to schlep it up to Macys in Herald Square. Sigh.
Well according to the LA Times, the emperor's wife is busying herself with helping the flailing Las Vegas economy. Mrs. Wynn has a real job at Wynn Resorts as a director and she oversees all the retail shops at the hotels. And what a fun job it must have been to select the stores for Encore.
The project, billed as the Wynn hotel's "sexy little sister," includes several boutiques -- Hermès; the new Chanel Ultra-Luxe boutique (the first in the U.S.); the edgy multibrand Ensemble with new styles by Ossie Clark, Thomas Wylde and Philipp Plein and vintage finds such as a 1966 Paco Rabanne Lucite and metal chain-link dress ($10,780); In Step, a temple to over-the-top shoes such as Nicholas Kirkwood's platinum crocodile spaceship-like stilettos ($7,995); and Wynn and Company Jewelry, home to those sliced diamonds.
What's probably not fun? Trying to sell all those luxe goods in a recession. All of this extravagant inventory was ordered before the economy started to tank so the Wynns will have to be more careful about what they order the next time around.
Still, while the Wynns are scaling back in some places (they canceled a black-tie gala for the opening of Encore), they still firmly believe in giving guests a brief chance to experience the high life. As Elaine herself says, "If people can't afford to indulge themselves, they can still appreciate the artistry." We'll try to restrain ourselves.
[Photo: Wally Skalij for the LA Times]
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[Update: Despite what the online reservations system initially told us, this hotel is offically opening on October 16th. Online reservations are being taken for stays later than October 18th.]
There are at least two reasons to stay at the new Park Hyatt Istanbul Maçka Palas: Istanbul is the only city in the world located on two continents, and Emporio Armani and Gucci boutiques are in the same building.
Of course, there is also the limestone bathrooms, with 25 of the 90 deluxe-sized rooms featuring authentic Turkish baths with heated stone seats. And it's located smack in the middle of the ultra-trendy shopping district, Nişantaşi, home of some of the best shopping in the world.
Each guestroom is equipped with the latest technology including high-speed broadband Internet access, flat screen television, a DVD/CD player and iPod docking station. And a boutique hotel wouldn't be complete without an exclusive spa and special spa suites.
This renovated 1922 building has a unique blend of the old art deco and new modern architecture found in other Park Hyatts. Glass tile is found in much of the hotel with a "Bordeaux Wall" in The Prime, the first Istanbul steakhouse, made entirely out of wine bottle glass.
The hotel officially just opened September 1 but already appears to be sold out for much of September. Rates start at 230 euros ($336 US).
When we spotted a 40% off sitewide coupon for the W Hotels Online Store at Bargainist, we hopped on over to check out the merchandise again. Maybe the string dolls had been replaced by something more awesome?
Well, there was certainly lots to see: we were kinda horrified, then kinda amused and then, um, shocked at how much we wanted to buy this dress! Like, now!
Oh, and we don't know why we're surprised that they sell a $275 vibe. Ok: what is with hotels and super-expensive sex toys? If you expect our nether regions to have such ridiculously expensive tastes, then why won't you spring for some nicer complimentary toiletries to wash said regions with? Have some respect.
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When MGM's CityCenter opens in late 2009, it will change the face of the Las Vegas Strip forever. The complex will feature three hotels, a luxury apartment building and a ton of gaming, restaurant and retail space.
And it's that retail space we're so interested in. CityCenter has wisely ignored the choice to name their shopping complex something tired like "The Shops at City Center" in favor of something a bit more mysterious. CityCenter's retail haven will instead be called, The Crystals.
New York's grandiose Plaza Hotel is bringing in some equally high-brow retail tenants to solidify its reputation as something special. After luxe British cell phone brand Vertu opened their second US store in the Plaza (the first is in Vegas, natch) at the end of April, the Warren-Tricomi salon followed and then all fell still until recently.
Assouline, the publisher of vellum-inous artsy coffee table tomes, has just opened their first US store inside of the Plaza, overlooking the lobby so that shoppers can look down at everyone else not buying Assouline (and who are probably Taschen fans).