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What Do You Think of This Idea to Create More Storage Space in Hotel Rooms?

May 30, 2014 at 4:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday, we highlighted a new budget hotel that proves unique design doesn't have to come with a high price tag. One of the most impressive aspects of the room was the bed, which featured a "raised" end, shown in the photo above.

When we talked about how hotel rooms might change in the future, one of the topics of discussion was space, most simply how to create more of it. Whether or not you unpack, the decision about where to put your suitcase is always an interesting one, solutions ranging from jamming it into a small closet or leaving it on the floor so you trip on it in the middle of the night.

Upon seeing the photo above of the new room design at Prizeotel, our first thought was about how useful it would be if we could put things under the bed, if we could just slide our bag under it. Maybe this is the classic "build vertical" solution to space saving: Create a horizontal storage space under the bed just like the one in the photo. It would certainly be an accessible way to keep things out of sight.

Then, the belief that closets should be removed from hotel rooms would start to sound more feasible.

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Just So You Know, Hotels Are Probably Stalking You

January 29, 2014 at 6:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

Is that our Facebook page you keep looking at?

Last week, we let you know that hotels want to text us. If that seemed a little intrusive to you, then look away now.

We've heard a few times recently that hotels are Googling you and checking out your social media profiles before your stay. Hmmm....on the one hand, we don't think that's too bad. The hotel is just trying to get a good idea of who we are, what we like and what we look like. Not every hotel can have a dedicated personal assistant so this is a good way to fill in that hole.

On the other hand, most of the time sometimes we like the anonymity of hotels that provide. Sure, the front desk will always know our name and our address after we check-in as well as our room number but at least they won't know where we work, went to school, who our friends are or that we spent an hour watching One Direction videos on YouTube yesterday. (Um, for "research.")

Then again, this is the world we live in today--where anyone can find out a reasonable amount about your life with a few quick clicks. So if you're wary of hotels stalking looking you up, then be careful about what you put out there.

What do you think--should hotels be researching who you are before your stay or should they just aim to be "pleasantly surprised" by you? Sound off in comments below!

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Ian Schrager Thinks Size Doesn't Matter, and Other Findings from LE Miami

Where: Miami, Florida
November 15, 2013 at 9:14 AM | by | Comment (1)

"Traditional luxury belongs to the past." This is the epiphany that led Serge Dive and Sarah Ball (both of travel media company Beyond Luxury) to launch a trade show that would shake up the luxury travel market. Their vision for LE Miami was that it would be ‘more than just a trade show;’ an annual forum that would "literally define the contemporary travel industry ... your year-round source for the contemporary travel evolution."

The show's inaugural event took place over four days in June. In between the awards, the parties and the meetings, a couple of key events stood out: the "Ministry of Ideas," which featured speakers including Seth Godin and Ian Schrager talking on the theme 'Be Creative, Create', "and the Leadership Lab a conversation between 11 key influencers, including Claus Sendlinger of Design Hotels; Grupo Habita's Carlos Couturier, Priya Paul of Park Hotels and Ace Hotel president Brad Wilson, that discussed the topics bringing about the shift in luxury and the heightened influence of the "creative class. The results were recorded and you can now read the full report here.

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We're Sensing a New (Manly) Naming Trend Here...Are You?

October 7, 2013 at 3:03 PM | by | Comments (4)

Hotels have always used different methods for naming their properties--perhaps they were inspired by the view out the window, or wanted to convey a feeling the hotel will give guests or they want to use something practical like the hotel's address. And of course, some naming methods aren't very inspiring or practical. Hotels often take the last name of the owner and slap it on the building (Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, etc.)

But in the past decade, boutique and budget hotels have gone much the same way of nightclubs and restaurants by using only one word to name their property. Ace, Andaz, Edition, Aloft, Element, Public, Tune, Mondrian, Indigo, Even, etc. And now we're noticing another new trend amongst boutique hotels--manly names. Case in point:

· The Roger in NYC, complete with a bow tie logo and shaving essentials in the toiletry kits.
· The Godfrey (opening in Chicago next year)
· The William (opening in NYC soon)
· The Archer (opening in NYC early next year)
· The Marlton in NYC
̭ The Alexander in Indianapolis
· Tomie Hotels (the new spin-off brand to Thompson Hotels)

All we have to say is thank goodness for The Jade, The Jane and The Quin for representin' the feminine.

Know of more manly hotel names that are en vogue for hotels? Contribute them in comments below!

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Some Hotel Bathrooms Are Kinda Like Mini-Spas... Should This Be Standard?

September 26, 2013 at 10:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

One thing we've noticed over the past few years of travel is how the hotel bathroom is becoming more and more like a mini-spa at certain locations, going beyond the white bar of soap and terse wash rags to offer plush amenities, such as spa benches in the shower and fancy designer toiletries.

And it's not just about soap and cream. Bathrobes, flowers, candles, rainshowers, jacuzzi tubs, televisons... we've seen the whole deal, and guess what? We like it! Hell, we even know that it is possible to create a steam room/shower combination, so the sky is the limit. In our mind, a "personal spa" is a great way for hotels without spas to gain some ground on those that have in-house spa facilities.

Obviously, we don't expect this type of treatment from Motel 6, but would it be wrong to suggest that most mid-range to luxury hotels should focus on making the bathroom more than just a place to brush your teeth? Even business travelers would probably appreciate it after a long day of meetings, no?

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Need To Detox From Cocktail Week? These LA Hotels are Now Juicing

August 19, 2013 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're feeling a little, um, gross after last week's Hotel Cocktail Week, we've got just the remedy for you--juicing..

Yes, juicing is the latest health craze and these Los Angeles hotels are already on top of it. Here's where you can cleanse out your system from last night's binge.

BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL: The Pink Palace is now serving Pressed Juicery drinks to guests at their Cabana Cafe and Polo Lounge. Each drink is $12 and the following selections are being sold:

· Greens 2 – Kale, spinach, romaine, Parsley, Cucumber, Celery, Apple and Lemon
· Roots 3 – Beet, apple, lemon and ginger
· Roots 4 – Carrot, Apple and ginger
· Citrus 4 – Cucumber, Pineapple, Lemon, Coconut water, and Aloe vera
· Watermelon Mint
· 8 oz Almond Vanilla milk

MONDRIAN WEST HOLLYWOOD: The chic Sunset hotel has introduced a new Grab N Go menu with freshly squeezed juices on it like the Caribbean Zinger, made with carrot, orange, lemon and ginger. The menu is also serving smoothies like the Singapore Burst made with fresh whole berries, banana, almond nut milk, and a little agave nectar. Juices cost $9 while smoothies are $12 and can be ordered from the new lobby bar or from room service.

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Keep Up With The Joneses With These Cocktail Trends: Part 1

August 16, 2013 at 9:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

As the grand finale to cocktail week here's a round-up of some of the nifty things we see going on in the world of hotel bars and bevvies. What do you see goin’ on out there? Let us know!

A salad in every sip: Complementing the trend we told you about in our What’s Out, What’s In column where the drink IS the meal, we’re finding that crafty mixologists are making our drinks a wee bit healthier and sneaking veggies into them to make sure that we’re getting all of our daily recommended vitamins.

Splashes at Surf and Sand Resort in Laguna Beach has a VegGin’ on the Rocks made with Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin, agave nectar (which is said to have a low glycemic index, BTW, which means your blood sugar won’t spike), lime juice, and baby arugula–-all muddled together and topped with house made soda water. You can really taste the goodness.

The Fairmont Chicago’s Green Goose Cocktail features a trio of super foods: kale, celery and granny smith apples. The juiced greens are mixed with Grey Goose, fresh lime juice, chartreuse, and simple syrup for a nutrient-filled flavor explosion.

The appropriately-named Salad Cocktail from the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto is a heart-healthy concoction of juiced celery, spinach, beet, apple and pear combined with 1.5 oz of gin. To top it off, it’s garnished with sherry vinaigrette soaked raspberries and sous vide beets and crisp romaine leaves. We’re getting into the realm of “drink as dinner” with this one.

At Caesars Entertainment Resorts and Casinos in Atlantic City you can find the savoury Red Pepper Margarita–-a mix of red pepper juice, jalapeno rings, five-spice simple syrup and tequila with a smoked salt rimmed glass. Next trend below!

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Hang in There... Because the Times They Are A-Changin' for Hotels

Where: Various Locations
August 14, 2013 at 11:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

If we would have told you five years ago that room service and mini bars would be on their way out in 2013, would you have believed us?

Renovations and openings are always fun to follow when it comes to the hotel industry, but it's the hotel news in regards to policies, trends, offerings and services that have the lasting impact beyond basic eye candy. This summer, we've seen some surprising changes begin to take place, the culmination of a few years of consumer feedback brewing behind the scenes.

The industry was shocked when properties in New York announced they would discontinue room service, and the idea of doing away with overpriced mini bars has been met with mixed emotions. We’ve also seen hotels begin to entertain the idea of 24-hour stays, allowing guests a full day’s access to the room from the time they check in.

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Are You Down With Hotels Unpacking Your Suitcase?

Where: Various Locations
July 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (14)

Like packing before a trip, dismantling your suitcase upon arrival at the hotel is a mixed bag of emotions. On one hand, it's exciting. On the other, it's a pain in the ass and delays the start of your vacation. Which is exactly why it's becoming less common. When we dished about how the hotel rooms of the future might change, the usefulness of a closet was one of the first things called into question.

But what would you say if we told you someone could take care of it for you? That someone unpacking and re-packing your bags was a perk of the hotel? This isn't a mainstream concept (yet?), but we do find it offered at upscale hotels from time to time. We must admit: it seems foreign to us. Do luxury travelers really let someone else unpack and pack their bags?

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Would You Get Your Teenager His Own Room if the Price was Right?

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  Site Where: Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, PH3 1NF
July 25, 2013 at 9:17 AM | by | Comment (1)

While Marriott Hotels is hiring their own teen concierges, one hotel in Scotland is offering hotel rooms, especially for teens.

As everyone can probably remember, traveling with your family as a teenager was an interesting experience. If you're anything like this contributor, you loved traveling and all the things that came along with a parentally-funded vacation, except maybe having to bunk up with them in the same room for a couple days. By the time you're 13, sharing a bed with your 8-year-old sister has long lost whatever shine it could have possibly once had.

Well, the Glenagles Hotel in Scotland is wondering if it just might have found the solution to appease such troubled teens with their new concept of "teen rooms" -- rooms designed to accommodate a teenager traveling with this family.

The hotel said that they have launched the teen rooms in response to the steady stream of teen-oriented families that frequent the hotel. The room are "separate but near" the parent's room and are hooked up with the latest teen technology, including Playstations, iPod docks, etc. As you can see in the photo below, they don't look like anything flashy, just a simple "attic-like" space for the teens to crawl into.

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Hotels Are Catching On to the Cronut Craze, Too

July 18, 2013 at 4:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

What's the likelihood that you haven't heard the word "cronut" like every day it seems for the past two months? We have and finally had to figure out just what in fresh hell did it mean. Every reference seemed to accompany photos of people waiting in extraordinary lines forming at dawn (with some folks sleeping on the ground) waiting for…something. Well, that something is apparently the newest pastry sensation to hit this side of the Atlantic. The "cronut" is a cross between a donut and a croissant and was invented by New York pastry shop owner Dominique Ansel.

Sugar freaks went wild over the things and soon Ansel found himself with a cult following, so he quickly trademarked the name and began serving just 300 of the delicacies a day to the masses. Hence the crazy lines for a treat that changes flavor each month. Coming up in August? It's a toss up between coconut and passion fruit. Mr. Ansel hasn't made up his mind, yet.

Naturally copycats came out the woodwork, but found they couldn't exactly use the word "cronut". But that didn't stop them from capitalizing on the concept. Now there's "doughssants" at the West Town Bakery in Chicago's Acme Hotel. Chris Teixeira, owner of the bakery and former pastry chef de partie at Sixteen at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, began making his pastries just a few weeks ago with a few flavors, chocolate-raspberry, blueberry-lavender and coffee-cream cheese and he has plans to roll out more blends. They cost just $3.50 each, compared to the $5 New York cronut.

But like everything else, eventually a bit of a pastry war started, with other chefs challenging the cronut creator! So who's got the best baked good now?

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Cape May B & B Comes Up with New Concept... Will it Catch On?

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  Site Where: 653 WASHINGTON ST [map], Cape May, New Jersey , United States, 08204
July 8, 2013 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (3)

A few weeks ago, we visited the southern-most beach town of the Jersey Shore, Cape May, located at Exit Zero of the Garden State Parkway. Unfortunately, the words “Jersey Shore” have been heavily tainted in recent years, so we must first ask that you get all that bad imagery out of your head.

Cape May is far from the obnoxious Jersey boardwalk scene you’ve seen on television. It boasts great seafood, raw bars, wineries, campgrounds, beach bars, and the second-highest concentration of Victorian buildings behind only San Francisco – most of which house bed and breakfasts.

During our visit, we spent the night at the Blue Rose Inn, one of the newest B & Bs in town. We chose them not only because they recently opened at the beginning of the summer season, but because they are putting a new spin on the B & B concept, one we think other future inn owners might want to consider.

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