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Here's One Thing We Liked About a Condo Rented as a Hotel Room

June 24, 2014 at 1:31 PM | by | ()

These days, every traveler has probably encountered condos masquerading as hotel rooms. You know what we mean. For instance, we recently checked into a "hotel" in Turks & Caicos, that was actually a collection of condos rented out as hotel rooms when the owner is not there.

What's great about these “rooms” is that they are typically “suites,” with a layout closer to an apartment than a traditional hotel room (or even a traditional hotel suite). Though some properties of this type don’t offer all the amenities and on-site services (i.e. restaurants) as a hotel designed specifically for short-term guests, it’s nice having the full kitchen, living room, and multiple bedrooms, especially when traveling with a family.

But of all the positives we can think of when it comes to “condo hotel rooms,” wouldn’t you know, it’s the simplest thing that stuck out to us? During our stay at the Ocean Club Resorts on Turks & Caicos, we had a realization: Most standard hotel room windows do not open fully, and some not at all.

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What Is This At The Omni Berkshire Place?

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  Site Where: 21 East 52nd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022
October 5, 2011 at 10:30 AM | by | ()

We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our newest series, What is This? is devoted to odd-looking items in hotel rooms that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.

It took us a while to figure out what the heck this miniature doodad was, though several factors in the room (a malfunctioning safe, for one) distracted us from the mystery at hand. And anyway, the Omni Berkshire Place is a pretty classy joint, so we weren't about to throw a tantrum when we had delicious cocktails and pink-accented bathrooms to enjoy.

But it turns out it's not so much what this thing does than what it stops from happening.

Too cryptic? Click below to see what we mean.

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More Falling Glass From a Hotel, This Time at The Four Seasons Seattle

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  Site Where: 99 Union Street [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98101
September 2, 2011 at 11:01 AM | by | ()

Just when we thought the falling glass trend was behind us, some windows have shattered again, this time at the Four Seasons Seattle on Sunday. And much like what happened with the W Austin the loose window panes were actually from the residences that are attached to the hotel. But what's worse here is that this is the third time windows have fallen from the building since July.

Thankfully, no one's been hurt or injured but the glass has cracked the glass awning at the entrance of the hotel and a car was slightly damaged.

Needless to say the hotel has finally gotten the idea that all 300 of the tempered-glass windows need to be replaced. The hotel's GM told the Seattle Times:

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Hotel Safety 101: What to Check Out After You Check In

July 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM | by | ()

Hotels. Gravity. There's no reason they have to be in opposition. So far this summer, we've seen one too many tragedies unfold on the wrong side of a hotel balcony—or window. So maybe it's time we go back to basics and lay down some travel safety rules.

· Keep off the heavy drinking at rooftop bars

It's a terrible way to bring a night of fresh-air fun to an abrupt and unsavory end. When you find yourselves drinking al fresco, it may be a good idea to save the heavy drinking for later, when you find yourself back on dry land. One Manhattan-based GM tells us: "On busier evenings, we do have security on the roof to watch for unruly behavior as well as employees and managers keeping their eyes out for any such occurrence."

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This is the Letter the W Austin Gave Out to Guests During Glass Freefall

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  Site Where: 200 Lavaca Street [map], Austin, TX, United States, 78701
June 30, 2011 at 9:20 AM | by | ()

While the W Austin is taking the necessary steps to make its hotel safe from falling glass, it has wisely decided to relocate guests to another hotel.

We've got a copy of the letter the hotel gave to its guests on Monday. Indeed the guest who sent us this letter actually witnessed some of the glass carnage on Tuesday (glass fell from the building on Monday and Tuesday) as he was having lunch at Wich Wich across the street. (You can see a larger version after the jump.)

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What is Wrong With The W's Windows?

June 17, 2011 at 12:14 PM | by | ()

UPDATE, 3:42PM: W Hotels has released this statement on the two incidents.

The W Austin and W Atlanta Midtown incidents are completely unrelated.

The circumstances of the two incidents are quite different and they are totally unrelated. At the W Austin, a panel of glass broke on balcony railings on two unoccupied condo residences located above the hotel. As such, these are two completely separate incidents, at two very different types of buildings and locations (balcony railing versus window).

Teams of experts are currently investigating each event independently.

We thought last month's horror hotel story about the two women falling through a guestroom window at the W Atlanta was bad enough but it's happened again! there's been another scary incident involving glass at a W Hotel. This time, at the new W Austin in Texas.

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Sorry, But Getting Locked Out of a Killer View is an Anti-View

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  Site Where: 3645 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
December 10, 2009 at 2:24 PM | by | ()

While Vegas is known for its anti-views, anytime you have a room that looks out onto hotels along the Strip, no matter how many rooftops you can see below, it's pretty much considered a killer view. Or at the very least, the hotels are going to charge you a little bit more for rooms with a view of the neon skyline.

But what if you get a room with a decent view and a balcony but the sliding door is locked? That's what we found at Bally's last weekend. Check out these scary-looking window locks on the sliding doors.

This was taken from a room on the 25th floor--a smoking room. Yeah, the cigarette stench is not leaving this room. Ever. Then again, rooms are a dirt cheap $45 a night.

A shot of the room view is after the jump.

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