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We always love a good turndown here at HotelChatter, particularly the over the top ones found at luxury hotels where they turn down the lights, close the blinds, fold back the sheets, lay out a soft linen on the floor next to the bed, place mints and bottled water on the nightstand and position slippers properly so that upon waking you can swing your legs over the side of the bed and slip your feet into them with no fuss.
But at 60 Thompson the other night we were pleasantly surprised not so much by the skill of the turndown but simply by the two small brownies from local shop, Fat Witch Bakery, placed on the bed, next to a breakfast room service menu. Yum yum.
The turndown did include softened lights, two bottled waters on the nightstand and folded back sheets but we had to hunt for the slippers in the closet. Still, there's something so forgiving about a brownie before bedtime.
We snagged a room at 60 Thompson, thanks to HotelTonight for about $363. Yup, you read that right. We told you rates in NYC have been crazy recently. However, rates do fluctuate so if you're flex with your dates you too can enjoy Fat Witch brownies in bed at 60T for well under $300 a night.
HotelChatter Special Contributor Eric Rosen takes us behind the pastry counter at Le Royal Monceau in Paris as he demonstrates the make-your-own millefeuille option diners have for dessert.
Located in an airy private dining room off the lobby lounge area, La Cuisine is the hotel’s main restaurant, which, in addition to the rest of the hotel’s dining outlets including the upscale Italian Il Carpaccio, is overseen by Executive Chef Laurent André who worked with Alain Ducasse for 14 years before joining Raffles. The pastries (which we’ll get to in a moment) are the domain of renowned French patissier, Pierre Hermé.
We at Hotel Chatter like to indulge our desires on a regular basis (cake from the Mandarin Oriental Paris, anyone?) and few come any more passionate than chocolate.
The Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok with its splendid setting on the banks of the Chaopraya River is home to a confectionery cornucopia called, simply, The Chocolate Boutique.
The classy signature outlet is located on the lobby level and a heaven for chocoholics. After being greeted at the imposing entrance to the hotel by pith helmeted and putteed doormen, a homage to colonial style, head inside the chandeliered lobby, go forward and turn right and there you see it. The duck egg blue and rich mahogany exteriors and subdued lighting are enticing and suggest the dark pleasures that await.
Mondays suck. But not next Monday. How can it when it will be International Chocolate Day?
That's right, September 13 has been designated as a day to bow down to the chocolate gods—and who are we to argue? The Bristol Lounge at the Four Seasons Boston is toeing the line and going choc-mad—will you?
After a long, leisurely dinner in one of the private dining rooms at Andaz Wall Street's Wall & Water last night, we couldn't even fathom the concept of dessert. We'd already sampled plates of charcuterie and cheeses, and feasted on Roasted Young Chicken with peas, fava beans and morels stew, Grilled Wild Striped Bass with broccoli raab and a delicious Grilled Skirt Steak with red onion, green tomato salad and baked sweet potato ("so much better than real potatoes," according to one person in our party.)
We know, right? Totally stuffed! But then we saw this vision in a row of ramekins. A dainty lineup of six different desserts which had us forgetting we were full in about two seconds flat.
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We think cupcakes might just be the newest hotel trend. And we're happy about that!
We've seen more and more of these tasty treats popping up front and center at hotels-- Fashion26 had 'em upon opening--but over at the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa in Riverside, Calif, there's an entire shop dedicated to cupcakes.
Casey’s Cupcakes and Cappuccinos was opened by Casey Reinhardt (you might recognize her from MTV’s Laguna Beach, "Casey-dilla" anyone?) who is the daughter of Mission Inn owners Kelly and Duane Roberts and her over-the-top pink shop (literally, everything in it is pink) is kind of like a cross between a 50’s diner and a Willy Wonka-ish gumball factory.
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Yes, what you are looking at above is edible. It's the latest dessert creation from the Café de la Paix at the Intercontinental Paris Le Grand Hotel, and it might just signal the beginning of couture cake wares in Paris.
The City if Light is only big enough for so many fashion-inspired cakes, and although Le Meurice's Viktor & Rolf 'Flowerbomb' cake came out before the Intercontinental's 'Pop Fizz' cake from designer Thierry Mugler, the Intercontinental has been doing couture cakes annually.
According to the MimiFrouFrou blog (Yes, MimiFrouFrou), the hotel's head chef, Yannick Alléno and pastry chef, Camille Lesecqand have created a limited-edition pastry inspired by the Flowerbomb fragrance of fashion design duo, Viktor & Rolf especially for the perfume's fifth anniversary.