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What Happens When a Professional Sports Team Takes Over a Hotel?

Where: 151 West Adams Street [map], Chicago, IL, United States
July 10, 2013 at 2:42 PM | by | Comments (4)

Being big sports fans ourselves, we' ve always wondered--what happens when a professional sports team takes over a hotel? Do they get to stay in the biggest suites? Can they order whatever they want through room service? Do they have to pay for WiFi? Are they walking around naked, er, are they paying $4 for that Snickers bar? We finally got some some insider details on what goes down when players are up...in the guest rooms and in short, the answers to these questions are: no, no, no and no.

The JW Marriott Chicago recently hosted the Chicago Blackhawks during the Stanley Cup Champsionships. (Yes, even players who have homes in Chicago were required to stay at the hotel.) Steve Conklin, director of sales and marketing, told us the Blackhawks team, including players, coaches and trainers, took up about 35 of the hotel's 610 hotel rooms. Football teams usually take about 160-200 rooms, according to Conklin.

Naturally, when it comes to hotel rooms, our first question was this: Do they have to share a room? Conklin said that only a few of the guys, namely the rookies and whoever are "buddies" share a room. The rest get their own rooms with a king-sized bed. And no matter how big the superstar, the players all get standard rooms, not suites. Of course, it helps when the hotel, like the JW Marriott, is a luxury hotel and is tricked out with all the right amenities from technology to comfort to the all-important 24-hour room service. Not that the players can take advantage of it though.

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Are You an Audrey or a Frank at The Viceroy Palm Springs?

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  Site Where: 415 S. Belardo Road [map], Palm Springs, CA, United States
June 4, 2013 at 5:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

The other week we popped into the Viceroy Palm Springs and saw Audrey and Frank waiting for us at the koi pond by the entrance. And by Audrey and Frank we mean white and black bicycles with Audrey Hepburn and Frank Sinatra's photos on them.

The bikes are courtesy of Palm Springs' Celebrity Bike Rentals and are available to Viceroy Hotel guests as part of the $30 resort fee (that fee also includes WiFi, overnight valet parking and coffee and tea from 6am to 11am.) While the Viceroy is pretty walkable to the fun shops and restaurants of Indian Canyon Drive, riding a bike will get you around from one air-conditioned spot to the next a little faster.

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Jammin' with Bon Jovi at JW Marriott Essex House

Where: 160 Central Park South [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
May 1, 2013 at 5:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last night guests who came to celebrate the official re-opening of Manhattan's legendary Essex House into the JW Marriott Essex House, was treated to another classic treat--the musical stylings of Jon Bon Jovi!

The rock legend told the crowd he'd stayed at the hotel "many, many times" (though we couldn't get anyone to confirm if he was staying that night in the occupied Presidential Suite!). He serenaded the crowd with favorite hits like "Dead or Alive" and "Living on a Prayer", who got a kick out of singing the words back to him.

The 40-story Essex House, which overlooks Central Park and has been open since 1931, officially resumed its JW name in September 2012 after operating under the Jumeirah brand. When Strategic Hotels & Resorts acquired the hotel in 2012 from the Dubai Investment Group, they invested several million dollars for a modest make over that you can see in the 509 rooms, spa, and restaurant.

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Shop Til You Drop At These 7 Mall Hotels Around the World

April 24, 2013 at 10:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last month, the 500-room Radisson Blu Mall of America became the second Radisson Blu to open in the US (after Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago). But one thing that sets this place apart from Chicago (and all other subsequent Rad Blus) is that it directly connects to the Mall of America, with its 530 shops, 5 major department stores, multiple food courts, indoor theme park, and 14-screen movie theater. If they want, hotel guests can even arrange for a personal shopper and bag pick-up to maximize the experience. Rates from $174/night.

For more mall hotel awesome-ness in Hong Kong, Dubai, and Houston, read on!

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JW Marriott Makes Healthy Menus for Kids. But Who Wants 'Em?

April 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

You may not want your children to read this, but it's for their own good, so keep it a secret, if you know what's best for you. In keeping with the well-intended goal of some hotels to provide healthier food choices for the smaller set, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts partnered with nutritionist and author Keri Glassman to create a new JW Kids Menu, helping the 'tween set try to build better eating habits that can be continued at home.

The idea is to present an interactive menu, which will debut in JW hotels this spring with kids favorites, but with a healthy twist. In other words--nix the fake chicken nuggets in favor of grilled organic chicken tenders and say "peace" to processed meatballs and instead, offer the fresh, turkey-made variety.

We like anything that will keep our kids away from The Colonel, but will it go over well when the little ones want to let their hair down (just like parents do), while on vacation?

“With kids’ food choices becoming increasingly diverse, we are looking to create dining options that are fresh, healthy and imaginatively tasty,” said Mitzi Gaskins, vice president & global brand manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts. “These items will not only delight kids from a culinary standpoint, but will also let parents know the JW Marriott brand cares about the well-being of their entire family.”

As parents, we love the idea of organic foods nd no doubt we'll try this out with our little ones, not yet jaded by BK and McDs ads. But we can't help feel hesitant that our older kids will go for the whole "locally-sourced" spiel. Has JW met a 12-year old growing boy? We've rarely seen a carrot or celery stick win in any food choice with this set--ranch dressing dip or not, without a buffalo wing on the side.

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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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JW Marriott Marquis Dubai's Second Tower Won't Open Until 2014

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  Site Where: Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 121000
February 11, 2013 at 9:08 AM | by | Comment (1)

By now an inseparable fixture of the Dubai skyline, the 77-story twin tower JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is gradually introducing itself into the city. After an initial November opening, this month, the hotel begins service at its nine restaurants and five bars, including Vault, a cigar lounge and bar occupying the 71st and 72nd floors of the hotel.

Think that's too many restaurants and bars for one hotel? Think again. Guiness Book of World Records officially recognized the JW Marriott Marquis as the world's tallest hotel, with a current total of 804 rooms.

And don't forget: that's still only half of the hotel. Though we expected the final unveiling sometime this year, the second tower isn't expected to open until late 2014.

That will bring the hotel's total room count to a whopping 1,600, allowing major conventions and meeting groups to house their attendees all under one roof. Like a giant slumber party, only instead of making popcorn and watching Sixteen Candles, guests will be gobbling steak at Prime 68 and whiling away their evenings soaking in the tub overlooking the twinkling lights of Business Bay.

Rates start at $217/night.

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This Weekend Only! Les Misérables & JW Marriott DC For A Song

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  Site Where: 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20004
December 19, 2012 at 1:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Can't wait 'til Christmas Day to see Les Miserables hit the big screen? Then hightail it to Washington D.C. this weekend, Dec. 21-23, and catch the latest live performance of the world's most famous musical at The National Theater. (It's been staged some forty-five thousand times in over 300 cities. Crazy!).

This weekend, though, is your only chance to snag a room after the show next door at Pennsylvania Avenue's JW Marriott for a mere $149 a night. This is thanks to the hotel's "Last-Minute Weekends" deal. Unsurprisingly, rates rocket to $329 a night from Christmas Eve til New Year's.

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Last-Minute Hotels Along The Thanksgiving Parade's New Route

November 21, 2012 at 9:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

We hope you remembered back in the Spring when we told you the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade route would change this year and booked your hotel stay accordingly.

However, Hurricane Sandy and early snowfall in parts of the country has caused cancelled travel into the city, so some late birds (we won’t call you turkeys) may luck out and score last-minute hotel bookings and get a glimpse of those awesome floats in the flesh.

Let’s be clear though, many of these rooms may more now than normal, and some come with a minimum night’s stay (which won’t be so bad if you’re staying on for Black Friday shopping! anyway! Whee!). And if ANY of the hotels below show up on HotelTonight at noon? Grab 'em up, and schmooze like heck for a good room!

Just a few other things to know:

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A Quick Look at the Just-Opened JW Marriott Cusco

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  Site Where: Esquina de la Calle Ruinas 432 y San Agustin, Cusco, Peru
October 2, 2012 at 3:50 PM | by | Comment (1)

Fly into Peru's Lima Airport anytime soon and, even before you hit the streets, you'll be face-to-face with a huge ad for the two JW Marriott properties in Peru: the JW Marriott Lima and the JW Marriott Cusco. For now we focus on the JW Marriott Cusco, as it's only just opened and we just missed it by a few days. Still, we managed to snap a few preview shots.

The property sits within a former monastery and numbers 153 rooms and suites, all with supplemental oxygen to combat the effects of Cusco's high altitude. This feature they "borrow" from the Orient-Express Hotel Monasterio just up the street, which originated the unique offering. In fact, the JW and the Monasterio will go head-to-head in competition for guests; who will choose Orient-Express and who will choose Marriott?

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Folks Are Lining Up To Get A Peek At the World's Tallest Hotel

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  Site Where: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
September 14, 2012 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

Marriott's crown jewel, the 72-floor JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, will be the tallest hotel in the world when it opens this December, and business is already pouring in.

GulfNews reports that the hotel is predicting 80% occupancy over the first two years of its opening—that's roughly 1,300 out of the hotel's expected 1,600 total rooms, all filled. Never mind that Dubai is one of the world's most hotel-saturated cities, JW Marriott Marquis has apparently found its "sweet spot" (their words, not ours), and isn't at all worried about whether the demand will meet the supply.

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HotelChatter Originals: A Food Flight

September 13, 2012 at 7:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Thanks to our far-flung, adventurous and nonstop jetsetting contributors who never enter a hotel room without photographing the place from top to bottom, we've been able to get a peek into hotel rooms around the world by flipping through our numerous Photo Galleries.

We have so many good shots from so many great hotels, it's getting hard to keep track of all of them. So from now on, we'll be rounding up our favorite photo galleries. Some will be pulled together by hotel brand others will be done by city, design, style, amenities or just plain old hotel lust.

Got a hotel you'd like to see more of? Ask us, we probably have pictures of it!

Today, we've got food on the brain and thinking about what tasty treats will be on offer this fall. Chefs scouring farmer's markets in search of fantastic produce to create comfort food dishes and fancy teas that'll knock our socks off (or put them on--we've been barefoot all summer). Here are a few places that like to showcase their culinary offerings. Hope you're hungry!

[Photo:Chanize Thorpe/HotelChatter]