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Not being accustomed to buying antique barber chairs, we can't say for sure whether $1,600 (about the cost of 50 haircuts) is actually a deal or not. But at an auction, which took place on Saturday at Balsams Grand Resort in New Hampshire, the century-and-a-half-old hotel certainly succeeded in cleaning itself out to make way for a major renovation project.
Set to re-open in mid-2013, the new Balsams first had to get rid of its ties to the past. Plates, towels, sheets, a ski lift—pretty much the entire contents of guest rooms and other public spaces—were put on the block. And the buyers didn't disappoint!
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Despite the rain that's been hitting the East Coast, summer fun days are almost here and even in Los Angeles where the sun shines nearly year round, a couple of hotels have found another excuse to celebrate the upcoming season.
The W Los Angeles--Westwood and the W Hollywood Hotel are offering guests a free pair of signature Mosley Tribe sunglasses (male or female styles available) when they book the hotels' Shades of Summer package.
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The latest output from the seemingly endless fount of hipster goodies commissioned by The Ace Hotel will slip around your wrist, smell like an old English saddle, and make you look super cool at, say, an outdoor music festival.
At least, that's the intention behind the new Ace X Tanner Goods Bracelet (above), which comes in tan and black, and has the Ace Hotel & Swimclub Palm Springs logo etched into it. You can snag one for $50 a pop, which is about a third of the price you'd pay for an actual room at the hotel. So now you must ask yourself: is it a 335 square-foot King Lounge in Palm Springs I want? Or three handmade leather bracelets? Decisions, decisions.
The hotels has teamed up with sneaker company PF Flyers to create a special edition Sumfun sneaker that is sold exclusively at the Scottsdale and Palms Springs properties.
Drawn together by an appreciation for authentic American style, The Saguaro and PF Flyers have given an unexpected twist to the quintessential Sumfun style sneaker. The Saguaro's signature bold color palette and playful chevron pattern are featured, and reflect the hotel brand's colorful personality. A new take on a much-loved classic, the PF Flyers x Saguaro shoe pays tribute to classic American style.
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.