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Fairmont Ditches Corporate Coffee For a Small, Artisanal Cup

December 5, 2014 at 2:45 PM | by | ()

For those that follow this site regularly, you know we take our in-room cup of coffee seriously.

With that in mind, it is in good spirits that we pass on the word of Fairmont Hotels' partnership with a southern artisanal micro-roaster from Birmingham, Alabama called H.C. Valentine Coffee Company.

We haven't yet sampled the coffee personally, but it sounds promising, or at the very least, interesting, since most corporate brands tend to offer corporate coffee, like Starbucks.

The partnership is only for Fairmont's North American line of properties, and you can find a list of participating hotels here.

[Photo: Fairmont Hotels]

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Why Are So Many Hotels So Cheap When It Comes to In-Room Coffee?

October 15, 2013 at 11:51 AM | by | ()

On the heels of Hilton's announcement that it will put Keurig coffee makers in all its Hilton Garden Inn hotels, here's a rant from our contributor, Wake about his frustration with hotels when it comes to in-room coffee, no doubt stemming from the fact that, as a writer, he depends on it to make his living.

There's nothing better than waking up and having the ability to sip coffee while you go through your morning routine, and in turn, there is nothing worse than seeing that ability go to waste at the hands of an inadequate in-room coffee maker. Nothing. You know what we're talking about: That nasty, watery, metallic cup of joe that makes you wonder why you got out of bed in the first place.

The causes of the poor production vary, but most stem from the fact that a large percentage of hotels find it satisfactory to put $10 will-this-plastic-hold-up-under-the-heat-of-the-water coffee makers in the rooms, seemingly satisfied to merely be able to add it to the list of amenities without regard for whether it adds or detracts value in reality. Like, seriously, no one drinks from these things except people who work in offices, and there's no way anyone should be reminded of the office while on vacation, or worse, while traveling for work.

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Another Reason to Avoid the In-Room Coffee Maker

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  Site Where: 200 N Centenniel Way [map], Mesa, AZ, United States, 85201
August 14, 2009 at 10:59 AM | by | ()

Quite often, hotel guests stay away from the in-room coffee because it either tastes like crap, the machine is difficult to figure out or worse yet, it costs money. But now there could be another reason to avoid the in-room coffee machines--they could really mess your hand up. From the NY Post:

Former Columbia University researcher Kristopher Karnauskas yesterday filed a $10 million suit against an Arizona hotel, claiming its percolator shattered in his hand, hurting him so badly he couldn't deliver a speech on global warming.

And what's more, the 27-year-old climate scientist claims he can no longer play his trumpet. His conflict with the carafe took place in January at a Phoenix Marriott, where he'd planned to deliver a speech on "The Response of the Equatorial Pacific Ocean to Global Warming."

A shard of glass severed a hand tendon, he said.

Thankfully, there's a new trend on the horizon in hotels to use Keurigs or other single-cup coffee makers in the rooms (see the Westin's Wakeup coffee maker) meaning we don't have to do deal with any glass percolators. But it will take a while for the big brands to get these installed in all of their rooms. Until then, you might be better off dragging yourself downstairs for a cup of coffee.

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LA's Westin Bonaventure Is Getting Some Very Necessary Renovations

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  Site Where: 404 S. Figueroa St. [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90071
August 13, 2009 at 11:32 AM | by | ()

The Westin Bonaventure has caught our attention as of late for all their frantic Twitter deals but it's never really been top on our list of Los Angeles hotels to visit, or even on our list of Downtown Los Angeles hotels to visit. This is despite the hotel being a Westin brand with its relaxing, white tea scents and those coveted SPG points and despite the hotel's revolving cocktail lounge at the top of the hotel.

Still the Twitter deals had us intrigued so we decided to head downtown the other week and see what was new at the hotel. We are happy to report that there's a lot in the works. But the key words are: "in the works."

The hotel was built in 1976 by architect John Portman who created four separate towers of hotel rooms (there's over 1,300 in total) that are joined together by a large atrium at the ground level. This serves as the hotel's lobby as well as a sort of shopping plaza where about 42 shops and restaurants have opened.

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Have You Been Charged For Drinking the Coffee In Your Hotel Room?

May 27, 2009 at 9:34 AM | by | ()

In this turbulent, unpredictable world, there are a few constants that we've always known to be dependable and unchangeable: the sun will always rise. And when it does, we'll want coffee — and if we don't get it, we get surly. These have and will always be the case, no matter what happens.

One thing we also thought to be a constant that is apparently maybe not so much anymore? That the coffee we need so desperately in the A.M. will be free in our hotel rooms. Yeah: maybe not.

On his blog, travel expert Chris Elliott heard from a disgruntled hotel guest who stayed at the Barclay InterContinental in NYC. She was disgruntled not only because the hotel tried to charge her $80 for a breakfast she didn't even get, but something terrible happened. Something terrible involving coffee.

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