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Hotel Monteleone's Carousel Bar in one of it early incarnations, circa 1970
We’ve never denied our love for revolving restaurants, even in the face of risky business. But our love for revolving restos really extends to all things revolutionary at hotels, including bars (is there a better way to see all the liquor?). And our latest fixation took us to New Orleans where the Hotel Monteleone’s historic Carousel Bar and Lounge is now fresh as ever.
Earlier this year, the 63-year old Carousel Bar completed a huge renovation that basically blew out the dark and drab, and replaced it with fresh colors and updates, including a new pewter bar under a more brightly lit carousel top. It still rotates at a snails pace, but what are you gonna do? When drinking is involved, that seems just about the right speed.
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Or is it the other way around...?
We didn't think it was possible to have a bad time at a revolving restaurant on top of a hotel, but one family in Katy, TX has found a way. Back In October, reports The Houston Chronicle, while dining at Spindeltop atop the Hyatt Regency Houston with her parents, a four-year-old girl got her foot stuck in the gap between the slowly-rotating floor and the window. A few panic-stricken moments ensued as they struggled to free her, but luckily the girl came away with her foot intact, and only a few lacerations. Scary!
The bad news? The family is now suing Hyatt for the incident, claiming the gap didn't have any warning signs, and that the hotel handled the situation badly.
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If you're looking for an air of history and an easy walk to the new Power and Light entertainment district in Kansas City, stay at Hilton Hotel President or the Hotel Phillips. But if you want a killer view of the skyline, check into an even-numbered room at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center.
The photo here is from room 2416.
This 40-story high-rise has your standard Hyatt set-up and mostly average amenities, but rooms come with an iPod dock alarm clock that cranks out good sound. Plus the WiFi is gratis in the large lobby area, which always makes us happy. You can walk through glass tunnels above the street to the Crown Center shopping and dining area, plus the Hallmark visitor's center is a block away. If you just want to visit for the view, get a reservation at the revolving restaurant on top.
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The Marriott Marquis Times Square is not just near Times Square, it's really in it. You can walk to half of New York's attractions from here and transport is easy to reach, too.
Rooms come equipped with the Marriott Revive bed. The decor has been done up pretty recently, but it's probably not going to blow you away.
The view might though--especially from the The View Restaurant, the only revolving restaurant in the city.
Rooms are wired up for WiFi but it costs you $16.95 a day, although that includes all local and domestic telephone calls, too.
Revolving restaurants atop hotels may remind some of the eighties, but we think they are timeless classics. There is just something about having drinks and a meal whilst in slow rotation that appeals to us.
Seattle architect John Graham is the person credited with inventing the revolving restaurant when he created Honolulu's La Ronde in 1961. La Ronde is long gone, but Graham's idea really took off in big city centerpiece hotels during the eighties.
We are guessing we aren't alone in our love for epicurian circumnavigation, so here is our list of the top hotel revolving restaurants.
San Francisco: Hyatt Embarcadero: Equinox Restaurant
360-degree views of EssEff and a decent martini.
Quebec City: Hôtel Loews le Concorde: Restaurant L'Astral
Many people actual come here for the dinner, which is high quality.
Tasmania: Wrest Point Hotel Casio: The Point Revolving Restaurant
Spectacular harbor and mountain views.
Vancouver: Empire Landmark Hotel: Cloud 9
It takes 1 hour and 20 minutes for Cloud 9 to complete one revolution.
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While we are on the topic of hotel room views today....
In this fast-paced superlative-chasing world of ours--best, fastest, wildest--we were recently pleasantly surprised to find a new-to-us hotel that claims to be a first. The Marmara Antalya, on the Mediterranean in Anatalya, Turkey, bills itself as the world's very first revolving hotel.
Talk about a room with a view. Make that multiple views. The Marmara Anatalya's "Revolving Loft" is a 24-room wing that rotates between two and 22 times every 24 hours. For those who prefer stationery digs, the hotel's 208-room main building sits perfectly still 24-7.