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All About That Bag at The Paligroup Hotels in Los Angeles

January 5, 2015 at 6:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've always thought an umbrella in the closet for guests to use during their stay was a nice touch (especially when the umbrella looks like this.) But in Los Angeles, where rain is infrequent. to say the least, Paligroup Hotels and Houses has come up with another item for guests to use during their stay--a Lexdray Cape Town Reversible Tote.

It's like one of those utilitarian and durable LeSportsac bags, but way more stylish with one side fronting with black ballistic nylon and the other side sporting Lexdray's custom twill. It's the perfect tote for a lunch meeting to discuss your screenplay. You can also take it to the beach or stock up on goodies at the farmer's market or the grocery store. (Remember, Los Angeles has a plastic bag ban so you need to bring your own or pay 10 cents for a paper bag.)

The bag will be in the rooms at the original residential-style Palihouse in West Hollywood, the funkier and more affordable Palihotel on Melrose Avenue and the newest hotel in the collection, the Palihouse Santa Monica, just a few blocks from the beach. And if you love the Lexdray tote too much to part with it, you can take it home for $150.

[Photo: Paligroup]

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The Standard Whips Out a 'Nude' Collaboration

October 29, 2014 at 11:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Standard Hotels are well known for their naughty nude guests so we find it very cheeky of them to partner up NudeAudio to unveil a flesh-colored, portable speaker called, The Super-M. (What, Super-O was taken?)

The Bluetooth speaker is extremely compact, and if you were wearing pants, which you're obviously not doing at the Standard, you'd able to slip it into your back pocket. The speaker also promises to be be waterproof, sand proof, and shock proof. Here's some technical aspects that you engineers out there might be able to understand:

4 full-range, high-performance neodymium drivers are tightly packed on both sides of the Super-M, with each pair complemented by a passive radiator, for a total of 6 drivers.

These are driven by highly efficient amplifiers and a powerful Lithium-ion battery. A state-of-the-art Bluetooth 4.0 chipset ensures efficient battery use and the best possible signal.

Party monsters, you'll be happy to know the speaker can go for up to eight hours. No Molly, er battery changes, required.

The speaker is available in The Standard Shop for $99.

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Now You Can Paint The Yotel New York On Your Nails

October 22, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Can't make it to the Park Hyatt Place Vendome in Paris for a mani and pedi at their new eco-nail suite? Or perhaps, you can't afford the $90 mani prices? Don't freak. You can simply pop into the Yotel New York for its own line of eco-friendly nail polishes.

The funky Times Square hotel has partnered up with Habit Cosmetics to offer two custom-created nail polishes. One will be done in a "bold plum" shade while the other will be "cool blue-grey." Both colors reflect the YOTEL's signature color palette.

Aside from the daring colors, the lacquers are also vegan, cruelty-free and free of toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and camphor. They are even said to be infused with myrrh extract, which can strengthen your nails. Even further, the bottles are eco-friendly and topped off with custom bamboo caps. #themoreyouknow.

The nail polish will be sold at YOTEL New York’s Mission Control shop for $15 or you can order online at www.HabitCosmetics.

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'Mama Wants To Cream You Up': Now Available at The Mama Shelter Shop

September 11, 2014 at 1:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

Mama Shelter Hotels just launched their very own Mama Shelter Shop and is now hawking the skincare line found in their hotels, called...wait for it...Mama Shelter Skincare.

As expected it is full of "Mama" jokes. Well, actually, the skincare line itself is full of organic goodness made by Absolution Cosmetics like aloe, almond and sesame. The products are also without paraben, PE, phthalates, fragrance, synthetic dye, and aggressive surfactants. And they are made in France, to boot. (A 200ml bottle costs 14 Euros.)

But what really catches our eye are the names of the products. There are actually only three products--an all-in-one cleansing wash for face, body and hair; a body cream; and soap, but with the exception of the body cream, they all have different mama sayings..

Mama Loves You From Head to Toe
Mama Likes to Keep It Pure
Mama Wants To Cream You Up (Face and body cream)
Mama Loves You From Top to Bottom
Mama Only Wants What's Best for You
Mama Says Its Totally Natural

Getting clean has never felt so dirty.

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Hotel Vermont Offers Fun 'Bedtime Menu,' Lets You Shop Your Room Decor

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  Site Where: 41 Cherry St. [map], Burlington, VT, United States, 05401
April 4, 2014 at 10:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

An amenities-filled "Bedtime Menu" and "we sell everything!" approach to room decor is cute, clever, and only slightly bad for the bank account.

Finally, a hotel that insomniacs and kleptomaniacs can agree on! (This’ll show that marriage counselor!) Welcome to Hotel Vermont, a rustic-chic destination (opened just last year) that brings urbane gloss to the cobblestone streets of quaint Burlington, Vermont. (Things it also brings: acclaimed dining at the six-time James Beard award nominated restaurant Hen of the Wood.)

The 125 contemporary guest rooms are perfect for city slicker couples who want the fresh air and relaxation of a northern New England retreat, minus all the lace and doilies and crumpets associated with your average Green Mountain State B&B. They’re also perfect for those who can’t help themselves from filling their suitcase with “souvenirs” of a getaway. But instead of resorting to hording sample-sized shampoo bottles (you desperate keepsake cat burglar), guests can take home not just the soap – but also the handmade soap dishes.

Oh, and the Johnson Woolen Mills flannel blankets, the alarm clock, the Tivoli radio, the felt flowers and vase, the water glasses and carafe… need we continue? “Almost everything is for sale!” explains an in-room price list, which points out all the accommodation accouterments that will simply be charged to your tab if they go “missing.”

They should, because basically everything is also hand-made by local New England artisans. This is good Vermont-y swag.

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The Trump Soho is Ready for Summer, Even If The Weather Outside is Not

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  Site Where: 246 Spring Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
March 28, 2014 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

After a long winter in NYC, it may seem like the warm weather will never come. But ladies visiting The Trump Soho can at least pretend it's summer vacation, by purchasing the hotel's new spa bag, filled with poolside accessories.

Called the ViX Valise, the canvas tote designed by the swimsuit brand, ViX Paula Hermanny, includes a caftan, flip-flops, a towel and a Bia bikini which is adorned 24k gold-plated hardware. The valise costs a pretty penny at $468 but it does save you from the hassle of hunting for a bathing suit during your stay. Most importantly, it has a cover-up too so you don't have to re-purpose your sweaty gym shirt and shorts when visiting the Trump's outdoor pool on the 7th floor.

Room rates at The Trump start around around $560 a night on the weekends. But can go much higher when the warm weather (hopefully) arrives.

[Photo via Trump Hotels]

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An Early Christmas Gift? The Dorchester Hotel's $200 Teddy Bear Chef

November 5, 2013 at 3:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

How much do you love the Dorchester Hotel in London? So much so that you would spend 125 GBP (or $200 US) on a special handmade mohair teddy bear dressed up as a Dorchester hotel chef? Or perhaps you fancy the doorman version instead? (It's also slightly cheaper at $145 US.)

Price tag aside, we're suckers for these little teddy bears. Maybe it's because their little uniforms are exact replicas of the staff uniforms. Or maybe it's because the hotel has only made 500 of these, making them limited-edition bears. Beside it totally beats another boring hotel candle.

Now if only they could make a teddy bear that exactly resembled HotelChatter's Hottest Chef in the World....

[Photo: Dorchester Hotel Shop]

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Hotel Bed Week: Where to Buy Your Own Hotel Bed

September 16, 2013 at 3:54 PM | by | Comments (12)

All this week, we'll be talking about Hotel Beds--where to buy 'em, how to make 'em, how to trust 'em (just wait and see what we mean) and what to do when the bed isn't enough to send you to Sleepyland. Got a hotel bed question or comment? Send it to us!

Let's face it. The most important part of a hotel stay is the hotel bed. You can have the finest of fine views, the highest in high technology and the fanciest of fancy toiletries but if that bed is hard as a rock, you're going to wake up hating the hotel.

Fortunately, hotels in recent years have put a lot of money into their bed experience not just by adding comfy posture-friendly mattresses but also loading up the pillows and using luxe linens. And several hotels brands are so passionate about their bed offerings, they think you will even want to buy it after you check-out.

We already listed which hotel brands sold their beds back in 2011 but it was time for an update. Consider this your semi-regular mattress flipping.

Keep reading for the list of hotel beds!

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What To Buy At The Raffles Hotel Gift Shop

June 5, 2013 at 4:44 PM | by | Comment (1)

We've said it before, but boy do we love a well-stocked hotel gift shop. After a recent visit to the Paramount Hotel, where we found nifty travel gear and Big Apple-themed tchotchkes, this week it was the Raffles Hotel in Singapore that had us acting like a kid in a candy store, inspecting every single item displayed on the shelves.

And believe us, there was a lot.

Located next to the fountain courtyard, the gift shop is like an ode to the entire Raffles Hotel, every ounce of its fabled existence neatly preserved in an endless array of crockery, loose leaf tea tins, tea towels, vintage travel posters, stuffed animals, leather-bound notepad holsters, and pretty much any other form of souvenir you can think of.

A true hotel geek would be hard-pressed to enter here and not walk out with some kind of goodie.

Here's a quick look at a few of our favorite Raffles-branded things:

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Lessons In Cute: Swooning Over the Fullerton Hotel's Bellhop Bear

May 30, 2013 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

You know those people who can't walk by a pet store without coo-ing over the adorable puppies in the window? Or, say, walk around a mall without popping their head in every darn shoe store? Well, that's pretty much us when it comes to cute teddy bears, and we totally fell for this little guy on a recent spin through the lobby at Singapore's Fullerton Hotel.

Dubbed the "Fullerton Bellhop Bear," he is one of four collectible stuffed animals being offered by the iconic hotel.

The complete Fullerton Bear collection includes: The Fullerton Postmaster Bear (referencing the hotel's history as a former post office), The Fullerton Bellhop Bear (pictured), The Fullerton Bay Ship Captain and The Fulleron Panda Plush Bear.

And just in case you're rolling your eyes right now at the frivolity of this post, keep in mind that the sale from each bear goes towards supporting two charities chosen by the hotel: Mainly I Love Kids (MILK), and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF- Singapore). The fundraising initiative started last year with just the Postmaster Bear, but due to its popularity, the hotel debuted the other 3 bears this past April.

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Get Travel Goodies Galore At Paramount Hotel's New Souvenir Shop

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  Site Where: 235 W 46th St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
March 26, 2013 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

On our recent wander through the newly-unveiled lobby at Paramount Hotel, we made a detour through the lobby's souvenir shop, Paramount News, and boy, were we glad we did.

Reminding us of a cross between the tchotchke-packed Opening Ceremony at Ace Hotel and the Delano's tiny magazine stall in Miami, Paramount News is a small retail space whose shelves are artfully filled with an array of nerd-tastic Manhattan-themed travel goodies. A few of the trinkets we spotted included…

Flight 001 travel gear, a decent selection of novelty wallets (we liked the one designed like a nametag, with "Hola, me llama" printed on the front), whiskey flasks, laptop cases, journals, tin boxes of colored pencils, miniature Statues of Liberty, Bigelow toiletries, Assouline travel books, and local magazines and newspapers.

We almost sprung for a giant foam hand shaped like the Statue of Liberty, but then remembered we hardly ever go to sports events. Plus, we live here, so a NYC souvenir isn't really something we need...

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A 'Jogging Corner' and Freebie Fitness Extras at a Funky Frankfurt Hotel Find

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  Site Where: Hanauer Landstraße 127, Frankfurt, Germany, 60314
January 11, 2013 at 3:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

While more and more hotels realize that perhaps their guests prefer a fitness experience other than a musty gym, we see more and more yoga mats in closets and jogging maps on desks. Recently, during a stay at the Goldman 25Hours in Frankfurt, Germany, we checked in at reception next to this little "Jogging Corner" cart.

The Jogging Corner is all the basics you'd need to have an enjoyable run, while traveling light. That means they provide the water bottles, the small sweat towels, wristlet keychains or branded sweatbands, all complimentary to guests.

We went for the sweatbands, since we quickly figured out that these serve more than the function of storing the tiny specially made jogging map of the area; we wore the sweatband and stored our bus and tram coins in it. Perfect! No fumbling in a wallet while trying to board public transportation.

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