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The London Edition, one of our best hotel stays ever.
Size matters. But for this editor, when it comes to hotel rooms, smaller is actually far better.
Last year, I paid for a standard room at the London Edition which just barely breaks 250-sq.ft. (22-sq.m.) Despite not having much of a view and despite it being the tail-end of a dreary winter, I fell in love with my room and all of its convenient amenities. The dark wood paneling, the sumptuous beds, the fur throws (yes, I even liked these) the bacon jam in the minibar, and the room service breakfast I ordered the night before through the door tag and which arrived promptly the next morning
Last month, I was invited to stay at the New York Edition on opening night. When I checked-in, I actually asked for a "basic" room. I was told there wasn't any available but I would be able to stay in the Deluxe Loft rooms. These rooms have incredible views of the Empire State Building and you best believe I Instagrammed the heck out of that view.
But when I toured the rest of the hotel and saw the standard rooms, my heart skipped a beat. Even though the color palette of this Edition is much lighter than London, it looked just like the cozy little room I stayed in last year, complete with a fur throw.
I already knew I had a preference for smaller hotel rooms before this moment but it was then that it hit me how strong the feeling was. I would rather pass up a killer view of the Empire State Building for a closer view of the TV.
The Rathskeller Suite at Hotel Commonwealth is chock full of memorabilia from the cellar of the grungy music club The Rat - minus the grunge
Hotel Commonwealth in Boston’s historic Back Bay may seem like just one of many luxury accommodations to choose from (and it is) but it does have a rather uncommon legacy. The hotel was once the site of a legendary nightclub that rocked Boston from the mid-1970s to late 1990s before it was demolished in 2000. This was The Rathskeller, aka The Rat, and what better way to commemorate this famous musical haunt than by dedicating a hotel suite in its honor?
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Four Seasons Dubai is coasting towards its 1 December opening, and to pique our interest four months off, unleashed some new renderings over the weekend.
We’d already shown you the rooms, which look like your typical luxe hotel digs, though the blingy bathrooms, shown this time round, are a cut above:
All 237 rooms will have sea views, Presidential Suites (there’s more than one?!) have their own gyms and media rooms, and the Royal Suite has a room for one’s butler. There will be two free-form pools in the grounds, and one outside the spa. There will also be an onsite watersports center, and 10 restaurants, one of which is the rooftop Mercury Lounge, pictured above.
So what sets it apart from Dubai’s gazillion other megaluxury hotels? For a start, it’s “intimately scaled” according to the company. For another, it’s relatively short – just five stories in a city of skyscrapers.
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Last week, we gave you ideas for things you can do at Four Seasons George V if you can’t afford the pretty penny it costs to stay there, but still want a piece of that luxury pie. Now we’re going deeper inside to give you a peek at one of the coveted suites at the hotel – Suite 335.
Suite 335 is a Four Seasons Suite, the lowest rung on the suites ladder at George V. After it comes the Deluxe, Premier, Duplex, and Empire Suites, and all the way up to the Penthouse Suite. The Four Seasons Suites are not to be scoffed at, however, as runts of the litter, for they range in size from 650-750 sq ft and have the old-world elegance found throughout George V plus all of the mod-cons you need to carry on with your daily life.
Plenty of pics below!
The Broom Suite
It always seems to come as a surprised to us highly reticent, self-effacing Britons that other nations dig us – especially since we are a nation of inveterate travellers, always off on our long weekends and citybreaks to escape Broken Britain™.
But dig us they do, and the latest place to show its Britophilia is the Thief Hotel in Oslo, which has just unveiled two suites which it describes as “a homage to British design, art and culture”. Luckily there’s not a Union Jack inside – this is sleek, classy and understated Britain on show.
One is, fittingly, called The Brit Suite, and is entirely furnished with hand-made Conran (as in Terence) loot. The other is The Broom Suite, which gives the furnishings over to Lee Broom, this latest generation’s Conran, for his first hotel project. British photography and art by Bryan Ferry (yeah the real Bryan Ferry) and Sarah Hardacre complete the Anglocentricity. As you can see, this is sleek and stylish Britain on display - not a Union Jack in sight.
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Restaurant Week, Broadway Week et al are now all old hat. Courtesy of Starwood Hotels, we now have a new sweet promotion to spend our money on: Suite Week.
From now through April 29th, you can book a future stay (through March 31st, 2015) in a suite at any Starwood property in the New York City area for 30 percent off best available rate. Just book as normal through the hotels' websites.
Each hotel will also be creating its own package that comes with early check-in, late check-out, complimentary WiFi, complimentary parking and then three unique amenities that are specific to each hotel. Here's the rundown:
As we all know, Robin Thicke was in Miami Beach on New Year's Eve, performing at the SLS South Beach for their New Year's Eve party. But what we didn't know was that the "Blurred Lines" singer threw a fit over the small size of his hotel room.
According to Page Six, Thicke demanded to pull out of the performance for a bigger room. He reportedly had his travel agent calling other hotels to get a bigger room. In the end, an SLS rep denied all the drama and said, "Robin has been a great guest.”
So which room did Thicke resist so much? We're not quite sure but the Tower Penthouse starts at around 1,000-sq.ft. with a 552-sq.ft. rooftop terrace. Meanwhile, the Villa Penthouse is a little bigger at 1,117-sq.ft with a 360-sq.ft. wraparound terrace. We think either of these options would have been just fine for Thicke, especially given the size restrictions of these older Art Deco buildings (The SLS was formerly The Ritz Plaza.)
But if they tried to put him in the "puny" 700--sq.ft. SLS suite then we think he had every right to complain. "What rhymes with hug me" indeed.
With New York's baseball season over and A-Rod suing Major League Baseball, now might be a good time to remind ourselves of happier times in New York baseball history; and we can indulge our nostalgia for those better days by staying in Hotel Belleclaire's recently unveiled Babe Ruth Suite.
The 110-year-old (and newly revamped) hotel was frequently visited by the legendary baseball player in its early years and the new suite evokes its heyday when the hotel was one of the hottest addresses in town and also welcomed the likes of Mark Twain and Maxim Gorky.
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And sure enough, a tour last week through the brand spankin' new hotel's "Sanctuary Suite" confirmed all that.
Located on the second floor, it is one of two major suites in the whole 167-room hotel, and it benefits from having a wraparound terrace, complete with white deck lounge furniture and oversized, Delano-esque lamps. The terrace absolutely makes the suite, as far as we're concerned, since it a) is massive and b) looks down on Fourth Avenue, so you can see crowds coming and going from nearby Union Square.
And now, for the rest of the suite…
So we wonder why celebrity DJ David Guetta received such a shock when he checked into his suite at the hotel recently. He griped to 7 Days In Dubai:
"My room is so crazy I’ve never seen anything like it. They gave me a room where the bedroom is under the aquarium. I’m sleeping with sharks and stingrays and I had to close the curtains because I couldn’t sleep, it was freaking me out."
We've all kind of figured out the "glamping concept", but this one that rolled across our desk seemed pretty cool. It's called "Urban Camping" and it's a special experience being offered at the 72-room historic Hotel at the Los Angeles Athletic Club (LAAC).
From now until August 31st, you have the opportunity to stay in the downtown LA hotel's themed suite--namely an indoor campsite. The room has a luxury teepee with an ornate tented bed, and lot of camping-type decorations like leather saddle bags, animal pelts, and more.
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Did you work today? We know a few lucky firms that had off today to celebrate all things Presidential. We're quite jealous. Last time we had this day off, we we wore tube socks, a bubble coat and a hoodie…sigh. Anyway, while those folks are out there purchasing appliances and stimulating the economy, we'll stimulate your hotel lust.
Yes, we've picked *one* Presidential Suite to highlight on this day of days. One sweet suite with its over-the-top opulence.
We picked the tony St. Regis Hotel in New York. The 3,000 square foot, three-bedroom palatial Presidential Suite, is a "Grand New York" apartment that's as swank as they come, but not obnoxious, given the hotel's historical beginnings. The large marble foyer leads to a formal dining room that winds into an decadent living room. There's also a yummy walnut-paneled library, and four bathrooms that we'd make sure we used each one, just for GP. And the views are tremendous--Central Park and Fifth Avenue. There is a full-kitchen, but it has a separate entrance-natch.