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Ok, we're a little worried that the Ace Hotel may just be getting a little too cool for school. Wait, what are we talking about? They've always been that way. The only difference now is that you can show off your allegiance to the hip brand by wearing one of their new "Letterman jackets".
Retailing at around $300, the jackets are (surprise!) handcrafted in Washington, by a 73-year-old family-run company, using pure Melton wool from Oregon. Got all that? Oh, and they look pretty good, too.
"Dendrobium by Shangri-La Singapore." It sounds like a perfume, right? Close, as that is the full name of a variety of orchid that graces several vases in each room at the Shangri-La Singapore hotel. Yes, this hotel has its very own flower and, though you'll spot larger, white orchids around the property as well, these sweet little greenish yellow blooms with their faint violet shading are the ones to watch for.
And if you thought we were joking with that official name of the flower, here's the full details (for you gardeners and flower geeks):
A long-lasting specialty orchid named after the golden sunsets of the Palolo Valley in Oahu, Hawaii. Dendrobium by Palolo Sunshine is the mother plant. The father plant is Dendrobium Pink Spider, a Singaporean hybrid created from Dendrobium Black Spider and Dendrobium Lucian Pink. The Dendrobium by Shangri-La Singapore was named in commemoration of Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore's 35th Anniversary.
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Ringing in the new year in Paris. Lucky you. Even luckier if you happen to swing through the 5-star Dorchester Collection hotel Le Meurice to pick up a piece of their Galette des Reines and find, hidden inside the slice, a Tiffany & Co. charm.
The tradition of "Queens Cake" is a long one, and though there's always the choking hazard of enjoying the winning bite, it's worth it for Tiffanys. That said, you'll be paying a pretty penny to even try for it. First off, the cake is only available from January 2-22 in the hotel's Restaurant Le Dali. Rooms at the hotel during this time are averaging 530 Euros per night, while Queen Cake costs 14 Euros per slice.
The cake this year, created by Pastry Chef Camille Lesecq, hides a single yellow gold Tiffany & Co. key. Around it is flaky chocolate pastry "filled with frangipane, a filling made from almonds, complete with whole hazelnuts sprinkled on top." And, although the cakes are expected to be around until January 22, they're only making ten, so it's more like "or until supplies run out."
[Photo: Le Meurice]
The Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. It's world famous and ranked seven stars with four-digit nightly room rates, so naturally people get curious. For one, we're curious about what makes their hotel so worth that money, and what perhaps they might sell in the gift shop (cause you know they have one).
Well, the latter question has somewhat been answered for us by a weird little website called Opulent Items. Specializing in over-the-top luxury gifts, they'll sell you anything from a $7,500 inflatable "iceberg" to a $20 shower curtain, as Racked discovered yesterday. What they also dug up is this ashtray, priced at $7,250 and embedded with three diamonds.
Well, that's a relief! It seems we're not the only ones who get excited about hotel toys. After waiting eagerly for some like-minded souvenir hoarder's response—photos, url links, tips, anything!—our patient geekery was rewarded yesterday when we received this photo from reader Pam.
Here at HotelChatter, we try to indulge your inner hotel geek (and ours) on the reg. Which is why we'd like to share with you on this beautiful Monday morning photos of a miniature hotel buffet set we purchased over the weekend.
Made by Japanese company Re-Ment (which also is responsible for the similar Puchi collections), the set is one of eight "Hotel Remental Tokyo" collectibles—each one a different take on a luxury five-star hotel buffet spread. Just like the wildly popular Kid Robot toy series, each box is labeled the same, so you never know what you're going to get until you open the package. Kind of like some other hotels we've written about!
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Well, isn't someone really proud of their hotel room design? That's right; the just-opened Yotel New York is already selling souvenirs of itself, from the banal (water bottles) to the intricate (these mini room models).
For $10, you take home a flat panel of metal, pre-cut to fold into a 3-D model of one of the Yotel's Premium Cabins. It's far cheaper than springing for the real rooms, which begin at $149 per night, but then you can't even fit your big toe in the bed of the mini-room.
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Way back in 2008, Fairmont Hotels began placing beehives on the rooftops of its hotels to produce honey which were then used by the hotel in desserts, teas, salad dressings and even cocktails. And now, the Fairmont Honey is yours to take home.
The Fairmont Vancouver Airport is selling a 500 gram bottle of "liquid gold" aka Canada #1 Amber honey for $16.99CDN both in the hotel's gift shop and at a few stores in the Vancouver Airport. The honey is made by over a million bees that reside nearby the hotel as McDonald Beach Park and according to the Fairmont folks, its taste has a hint of cinnamon and apple.
Just be sure to wrap your honey jars carefully before sticking them into your suitcase as items will get sticky during the flight.
The Omni Austin has a massive atrium with a bar that gets majorly packed
Well, it's officially that time of the year when warehouse loft spaces around the country go empty, as bands, film and tech companies make the big pilgrimage to the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. Of course the biggest hotels closest to the panel action have been sold out for some time, but let us recommend learning from this year to start thinking about next year's SXSW already.
Just as you may find yourself at many of the events at the Hilton Austin, you'll likely sidle up to the atrium lobby bar at the Omni Downtown at some point or another. It's just a hot meeting spot, and those with the foresight to be booked into the hotel have it really good this year. The Omni tells us that they're going out of their way to make SXSW-ers welcome, installing a cyber cafe and having an "Early Riser Bar" with Bloody Marys and free breakfast tacos.
Although we haven't talked about Standard Hotels' various product collaborations in a while, you can rest assured that they've continue to roll them out. The latest is actually cute$12 pairs of Happy Socks to call to mind each Standard property with their design. They don't stink of just-for-the-sake-of-doing-a-collab like the Kaws lightbulbs did, so we might actually buy these.
Each hotelThe Standard NYC, Standard Miami, Standard Downtown LA and Standard Hollywoodhave two different pairs of Happy Socks for you to choose from. According to Refinery 29, guests will find them for sale in the hotel room minibars, but of course they're just as available online at Shop The Standard.
The Standard x WeSC headphones
Brace yourselves. Standards Hotels is reportedly releasing a small collection of accessories an leathergoods, in collaboration with WeSC, and one of the debut items is to be the pair of headphones aboveno doubt the DJs at the four Standard Hotels' regular parties will be sporting them soon.
According to Luxist, where you'll also find the tech specs on the set, they're to retail for $88. But will they be buyable from one of the vending machines? That is the question.
Now we have something to say about these Standard x WeSC headphones. There's no denying that WeSC are popular, especially in the headphone department, but they're a little bit several years ago if you know what we mean. And in an odd coincidence, we just upgraded from our own old pair of WeSC headphones to a newer, nicer pair around Christmas, and they look very nearly exactly like this to-debut Standard pair. Hmm...take a look.
We already knew that hottie "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi was a former supermodel who was once married to controversial author Salman Rushdie but we had no idea that she was dabbling in the jewelry design business. Yet lo and behold, The Padma Collection is now for sale at our fave NYC hotel, The Surrey. Apparently, it's Padma's fave NYC hotel too.
The Fall/Winter 2010 jewelry collection was inspired by her international travels and will be on sale in the Surrey's centerpiece armoire in the lobby through March 2011. The collection includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings with prices ranging in the low hundreds up to $6,000.