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Keep Up With the Joneses With These Cocktail Trends 2014: Part 1

August 15, 2014 at 4:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

As Week 1 of HotelChatter Cocktail Week(s) wraps up, here's a run-down 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 in the comments below!

There’s so Much More to Syrup Than Maple –
If you’re into cocktails there’s a pretty good chance you’ve made your own simple syrup but these hotels are going beyond the norm and creating some pretty exotic specialty syrups.

At Fifteen Beacon’s Mooo (a Preferred Hotel) they make all of their syrup’s in-house, but we particularly liked the sound of the House made Celery Lemongrass Syrup that they use in their Celery 75 cocktail, made with Berkshire Greylock gin, Prosecco, strawberry, and the syrup, of course.

Cost to imbibe: $14
Cost to stay at the hotel 'cause you've imbibed: Starts at $479

And here’s an exotic beauty from the W Bangkok: the Chor Muang cocktail. You have absolutely no hope of making this drink at home since it’s made with Butterfly Pea Flower House Made Syrup – a flower that has become so rare that it’s difficult to find it in Thai markets. This elusive ingredient, however, makes it popular with guests who want something authentically Thai, and with locals who want the same. Other ingredients in this cocktail include Butterfly Flower-infused raspberry vodka, lime juice, and it’s garnished with – here we go – a 24-carat gold dust-dipped Butterfly Flower.

Cost to imbibe: THB $275 ($9)
Cost to stay at the hotel 'cause you've imbibed: Starts at THB 4,788 ($150)

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Cala Cuncheddi Reopens: When's The Earliest You Can Reach Sardinia?

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  Site Where: Località Li Cuncheddi Capo , Ceraso, Olbia, Sardinia, Italy, 07026
June 30, 2014 at 9:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s the second largest island in the Mediterranean, with 1149 miles of spectacular coastline, fine food and huge history… and yet Sardinia is rarely on our radar. Maybe because we don’t know where to go? Maybe because we hear it’s a destination only for oligarchs? Maybe.

You may put all that aside, though, once you see these pictures of Cala Cuncheddi, which reopened last week east of Olbia. Crisp, white rooms and marble bathrooms. Sea views. Vitra furniture. Gnarled olive trees. An infinity-style pool overlooking the beach below. A loggia – a loggia! – overlooking the Mediterranean.

The hotel has reopened after a complete overhaul (the last TripAdvisor reviews were from 2011), with a local/natural aim. So the design emphasis is on looking outwards, the restaurants, Asumari and Asarena, serve “zero kilometer” food (on specially designed Villeroy & Boch plates).

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Killer Views Of and From Monastero Santa Rosa on the Amalfi Coast

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  Site Where: Via Roma 2, Conca dei Marini, Italy, 84010
March 28, 2014 at 11:06 AM | by | Comment (1)

There are definitely killer views from Monastero Santa Rosa, located as it is on Italy’s almost painfully scenic Amalfi Coast. We’ll get to those in a second, but perhaps unusually we’ll start this time with this killer view of the hotel itself, because it is just as good.

Perched on a rocky outcrop and beautifully lit at night, it began life as the name suggests as a monastery in the 17th century. These days, it’s a pretty stunning hotel with just 20 rooms and suites and – what else would you expect – a cliff-edge pool. Check it out after the jump.

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Inside Hotel Indigo's Two Newest Hotels in Rome and St. Petersburg

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  Site Where: Via Giulia 62, Rome, Italy, 00186
March 20, 2014 at 10:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

Oh happy day! Spring is (almost) in the air -- summer’s waiting in the wings -- and Hotel Indigo is popping up all over Europe, just in time for peak travel season.

With two new openings this month, in Rome and St. Petersburg, one next month in Madrid, and at least three others “coming soon” (Lisbon and two more in the UK), we’ve got a lot of ground to cover. So let’s get started with Hotel Indigo Rome - St. George and Hotel Indigo St. Petersburg - Tchaikovskogo ). We'll follow up on the others as they progress.

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Meet the Bag Buggies of Hotel de Russie's FENDI Christmas Tree

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  Site Where: Via del Babuino, 9, Rome, Italy, 00187
December 13, 2013 at 5:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

The world is officially in "Countdown to Christmas" mode and now, so are we. Every day until Christmas we'll be featuring a hotel that's in a holiday mood--whether it be with gigantic gingerbread houses, over-the-top Christmas decorations, thrilling lighting displays and best of all, Santa appearances. But of course, any hotel can assemble a fake tree, put on some lights and declare themselves "festive." Which is why we're looking at hotels that are really going ALL OUT. Know of a hotel that's super excited for Christmas? Let us know!

Not to be outdone by the Lulu Guinness tree in London, the Hotel de Russie in Rome has its very own designer Christmas tree to show off. In a match made in fashion heaven, the hotel has enlisted utterly Roman brand FENDI to create chic Christmas decorations throughout the hotel and garden.

Inspired by FENDI’s latest kooky, and some might say creepy, 'Bag Bug' handbag accessory line, the brand has also decorated the hotel's impressive 16-foot Christmas tree on the Piazzetta Valadier with plexiglass versions of the fuzzy critters.

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Ferragamo Expands Lungarno Collection With Portrait Firenze

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  Site Where: Firenze, Italy
August 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Word to lovers of fashion hotels (and Facebook founders): the Ferragamo family is expanding its hotel empire by opening Portrait Firenze next year, sister hotel to Portrait Suites in Rome – where Zuckerberg honeymooned – and part of its Lungarno Collection.

Right on the river Arno, you will be in the heart of Firenze, and if you’re lucky enough you’ll be able to see the Ponte Vecchio from your balcony. There will be only 36 rooms and suites, ranging from a 430 square foot Studio to the 1,400 sq ft Signature Suite with view of the river. First images of the rooms certainly look lovely, with dark hardwood floors, off-white/light grey walls and modern furniture. Bathrooms are slathered in Carrara marble, with – of course – Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries. Each room comes with its own complimentary iPad.

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These Hotels Really Smell...Good

June 6, 2013 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hotels are always trying to create memorable experiences that cause us to go home and tell all of our friends how great the stay was or even take to social media and get some free advertising. We've heard about the intimate relationship between smell and memory, so it makes sense to incorporate pleasant smells to jog the memory taking you back to how fantastic your time was at Hotel X.

We've told you before how this trend is taking off, so here is a new list of six hotels that have taken thoughtful consideration of your olfactory glands. Not only during your stay, but sometimes after you have recovered from your post-vacation blues:

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What's Out, What's In: Feeding Your Face

May 31, 2013 at 3:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've started a series of what’s trending in hotels these days: What’s Out, What’s In. Do we like what we see? Think it's a dud? You be the judge!

What's Out: Farm-to-table concepts at restaurants

What's In: Farm-to-table concepts at spas

With “natural” and “local” now part of the modern lexicon for restaurants, hotels have decided that it’s not just your tummy that should get all that organic goodness. We present to you... (drumroll please) farm-to-face.

A Relais & Chateaux Resort, the Hotel Caesar Augustus is perched on a cliff on the languid isle of Capri. In this idyllic setting you can find an equally idyllic spa garden. The goods from the garden - infusions made with the oils from basil, sage, rosemary, and marjoram as well as lemons and oranges - can be used in various massage treatments they offer at the hotel. The truly wonderful thing is that the massages can take place in the midst of all of those blooming orange and lemon blossoms.

The Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria New York is launching a “Milk, Honey and Herb” Mani and Pedi using its own “Top of the Waldorf Rooftop Honey” from six beehives installed on the 20th floor roof. The unguents and creams also include herbs grown from the hotel’s newly-installed rooftop garden and, while you’re waxing poetic about the treatment, you can sip on the hotel’s signature Wax Poetic cocktail featuring the house-made honey.

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Italy's Lungarno Collection Already Has a Package for Dan Brown's New Book, Inferno

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  Site Where: Florence, Italy
May 16, 2013 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

With the launch this week of Dan Brown’s next magnum opus, Inferno, the Ferragamo (as in Salvatore) family-owned Lungarno Collection of hotels has come up with an Inferno Package that lets you follow in the footsteps of our intrepid hero, Robert Langdon, as he searches the hidden passageways of Florence to learn the hidden secrets to Dante’s Divine Comedy.

The Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Vecchio and the house of Dante are just three of the places on this three-hour special access tour you'll go to before the film crews arrive and take them over to shoot the next Robert Langdon AKA Tom Hanks movie.

But that ain’t all, folks. You’ll also get:

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What’s Out, What’s In: Hotel Restaurants Get In the Game

April 25, 2013 at 2:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Now that's what we call a hearty piece of meat!

We've started a series of what’s trending in hotels these days: What’s Out, What’s In. Do we like what we see? Think it's a dud? You be the judge!

What's Out: Grass-fed beef and local poultry

What's In: Local wild game dishes

With the meteoric rise of culinary tourism and the fact that pretty much everyone wants a good meal, hotel restaurants have had to increase their game (we’re so funny...) and look for new ways to impress you gourmands out there.

Sorrel River Ranch near Moab, UT, is wedged between Arches and Canyonlands National Parks on the banks of the Colorado River. The ranch has a – get this -- Garden Manager who tends to two acres of organic produce (fantastic!) which finds its way into the hands of the chef, along with local wild game. The chef’s newest creation? Rabbit and Rattlesnake Sausage with Utah Peach Preserves and Baby Greens.

For more gamey goodness, read on!

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JW Marriott Announces New Luxury Venice Hotel

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  Site Where: Sacca Sessola, Venice, Italy
March 22, 2013 at 9:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

The 266-room JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa is set to open on a private island located in the Venice lagoon in 2014. This will be Marriott’s first hotel in Italy under the luxury JW moniker.

The hotel is just a short boat ride from the historic heart of the city, St Mark’s Square. There’ll be an array of restaurants and bars, of course, a health club and spa, and pools galore--one outdoors, one indoors, and one on the roof.

We think the renderings (more after the jump!) look impressive, with a Mediterranean vibe thing goin’ on–-all white and seafoam green--right in keeping with the whole “private island” business.

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What’s Out, What’s In: Liquid Diets

Where: Various Hotels , United States
March 14, 2013 at 7:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

SMAK Bar's Bloody Mary at Hotel Madeline

We've started a series of what’s trending in hotels these days: What’s Out, What’s In. Do we like what we see? Think it's a dud? You be the judge!

What’s Out: Drinks Then Dinner

What’s In: Dinner in Your Drinks

These days hotel bars are getting all fancy with their cocktails. Prize mixologists are like rock stars in the bevvie world. It’s a given now that the best hotel bars make their own syrups and infuse their own spirits, so what’s next? Well, some bartenders are thinking that it may be time to bring back the liquid lunch, although some of these drinks aren’t only liquid...

Lantern’s Keep (love the name!) at the Iroquois Hotel New York is an intimate cocktail salon located inside the historic Theater District hotel. Here's the kicker--you can only enter the dimly-lit watering hole if the lantern outside the bar is glowing. If you’re there at night and have one-too-many of the Stay Up Late cocktails, you might just want to show up the next day for the Golden Breakfast, made up of gin, lime, cucumber slices, Worcester sauce, hot sauce and the final ingredient--an egg yolk.

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