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

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

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 | ()

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 | ()

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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Call Us "Honey Boo Boo" Thanks to Fairmont Hotel's Bees

October 3, 2012 at 3:31 PM | by | ()

You may recall that we developed a taste for honey from Fairmont Hotel bees over a year ago.

Readers, it has become an obsession.

Earlier this year, we returned home from the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta, Canada, with a few wee jars of their bee's honey. When we ran out, we were bereft. What could brighten up a cup of morning tea or bowl of yoghurt like this honest-to-goodness, tastes like real food sweet stuff?

Supermarket honey just didn't cut it, of course. To our surprise, the Fairmont folks heard our Twitter moaning and offered to send us samples from a few more of their hard-working hotel honeybees in residence.

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Which Ace are You?

August 9, 2012 at 4:55 PM | by | ()

So it's not another month without another new product launch from Ace Hotels. This time, the collection of four properties—in Seattle, Portland, Palm Springs and New York—are taking a clue from Urban Outfitters and releasing T-shirts with simple designs, for protesting your love for a single one of their hotels.

Where do your loyalties lie? Naturally, the Space Needle key reps Seattle, the coyote in a bandanna is Palm Springs, the moose (elk?) means Portland and they've just spelled it out for New York. You can find each of the shirts, all made from organic cotton (natch), at the Ace Hotel online shop for $35 each.

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Hilton Hotels Unveil Limited-Edition Slippers from Designer Vivienne Tam

Where: China
August 9, 2012 at 11:04 AM | by | ()

It was just a year ago that Hilton Hotels rolled out the red carpet for Chinese travelers with thier Hilton Huanying program. Now today, the brand is celebrating, um, celebrating its Chinese guests with a special limited-edition pair of of "Water Dragon" slippers designed by fashion designer Vivienne Tam.

The slippers are available only for one month exclusively for guests of the Hilton Huanying program which is in place at 70 participating hotels in 23 countries.

But if you aren't heading to any of these places any time soon, don't fret. The slippers will be for sale for $28 on www.hiltontohome.com while supplies last.

Here's a description of the slipper:

The stylish slippers feature a mirrored design of two intricate inward-facing blue dragons swimming in a turquoise "sea" - a common symbol of optimism, harmony and fulfillment in Chinese culture. Featuring rich shades of blue inspired by the Hilton Hotels & Resorts signature color, the slippers celebrate the Year of the Dragon and are available in a men's and a women's size and made of soft terry cloth, plush cushioning at the toe and a textured sole.

We've been known to swipe a pair hotel slippers (or two) during our stay but these are so cute, we'd definitely cough up $28 for them. Keep reading for how to get your own pair!

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Here's a Way to Wear Your Love for The Dorchester Around Your Neck

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  Site Where: Park Lane, London, United Kingdom, W1A 2HJ
July 3, 2012 at 3:36 PM | by | ()

When we fall in love with a hotel, we do what we can to bring the hotel experience home with us. Sometimes, we settle for the bath toiletries or the note pad and pencils. Other times, we shell out money for limited edition items like scented candles, plush bathrobes, tote bags and even flip-flops and sneakers. And while we've yet to personally shell out thousands of dollars on jewelry collections inspired by a hotel, it's nice we could do that...if we had the funds.

But for now, we're eying a less expensive way to wear our love for a hotel around our neck--a printed silk scarf from British fashion designer Teatum Jones inspired by The Dorchester Hotel.

Measuring 54 inches by 54 inches, the scarf is made of 100 percent pure silk double georgette and features the metalwork of the hotel's balconies juxtaposed with old black and white photographs of the hotel's staff from the early days. Catherine Teatum, creative director of Teatum Jones, explains more about the design:

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Bring Your Hotel Room Home With You: Discover & Deliver Sources Hotel Furniture For Your Abode

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  Site Where: 40 Bradbourne Street, London, United Kingdom, SW6 3TE
June 22, 2012 at 3:17 PM | by | ()

If you, like us, have ever fantasized about living in a hotel but, for some reason, this has never quite transpired, you can now finally furnish your home exactly like one, thanks to UK company Discover & Deliver.

Discover & Deliver will source any piece of furniture or number of objets you may covet in collaboration with hotels, and will ship it to you wherever you live – whether it be Halifax, Manhattan or Timbuktu.

How does this play out in real life?

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Yet Another Hotel Beach Bag We're Having Trouble Resisting...

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  Site Where: 1 Pico Boulevard [map], Santa Monica, CA, United States, 90405
May 17, 2012 at 4:57 PM | by | ()

We've been known to swipe some hotel swag during our stays--toiletries, slippers, notepads, pencils and the like but when it comes to hotel beach bags, we don't mind having to pay up, especially if it's a limited edition one like this tote that designer kate spade did for Shutters On the Beach in Santa Monica.

The bag features a blue and green "solar" print from Florence Broadhurst, the late Australian textile designer whose collection kate spade has been incorporating into her looks. The bucket tote is relatively simple, with an open top, an interior pocket and leather-trimmed handles but it also comes with hangtag noting the exclusive collaboration. Plus, it totally matches the green kate spade bikes on loan at the hotel.

Interested in owning this bag for yourself? Only 100 bags will be available at the hotel and through their online shop at ShuttersBeachStyle.com for $198. With room rates hovering near $500 at the hotel, think of buying the bag as a cheaper way to "experience" the hotel.

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The Hotel Barber Chair That Sold For $1,600

Where: 1000 Cold Springs Rd [map], Dixville Notch, NH, United States, 03576
May 14, 2012 at 9:22 AM | by | ()

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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Guests at W Hotels In LA Will Rock Mosley Tribes Shades This Summer

May 3, 2012 at 2:33 PM | by | ()

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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Just In Time For Summer, More Hipster Goodies From The Ace

May 3, 2012 at 10:03 AM | by | ()

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.

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