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Ever wish you could crack open one of those beautiful in-room bottles of bourbon or gin and concoct a fancy cocktail right in your own room? We can’t tell you how many times we wish we could, especially as hotel rooms keep getting swankier and harder to leave.
Sadly, enjoying your own fancy cocktail in the comfort of your own fancy room has typically meant some kind of trip out of the cozy environs, whether to the drug store or the hotel gift shop for the bare minimums. Who wants to do that? Desperation may drive you to the ridiculously overpriced mini-bar for a sad pour of vodka and seven, but that never compares to the more beautiful elixirs available in the lobby or bar.
If you’re not one to settle for mediocre cocktailing but pine for more hotel room downtime, you’re gonna love The James Chicago’s new In-Room Cocktail Experience.
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Make that The Jameses.
The James Royal Palm is moving in right next door to the Loews at the end of the year and it looks like the stalwart is preparing for the hot, young newcomer with some glam new additions of its own—like new cabanas.
Loews has recently undergone a big renovation (new lobby, refreshed guest rooms, an ice-cream parlor and boutique), but when we saw this construction in the hotel's backyard the other day, we realized that the hotel wasn't done sprucing itself up just yet.
While Forbes added five more hotels than we did and their list spanned the whole year while we just focused on the next few months, we did have two similar picks--W Paris and Conrad New York. But Forbes also dropped a little nugget of info regarding the upcoming James Royal Palm Hotel in Miami.
As you may recall, the James brand announced their plans for the old Royal Palm Hotel back in April. And now, according to the hotel website, renovations on the 255 Royal Palm Tower rooms, which started in August, have been completed. But the rest of the hotel will be under renovation until late 2012 when it will then reopen as The James.
We sung Chicago's praises last week when we named it Best Hotel Scene of 2011, and with good reason! The city's in the midst of a renaissance, and there are so many hotels to visit there now it makes your head spin. But here's one to keep in mind if you're visiting over the next few weeks: James Chicago is offering majorly discounted rooms, available during an exclusive Insider Sale that launches tomorrow.
The booking window lasts from tomorrow to January 15, and is valid for any reservations through March 31. How do $139/night guest rooms sound? As luck would have it, James New York is also getting a piece of the mid-winter action, with discounted Queens starting at $259, and Corner Kings starting at $339.
This month, the hotel made five artists compete for the chance to have their work permanently displayed somewhere inside the building—and then filmed a mini reality show to document the whole process! The end results: a mummified shrub, an abstract map of Chicago's grid system, and a Rio de Janeiro-inspired painting. To find out which one actually made the cut, see below!
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We've gotten a few requests this week for affordable hotels in NYC, and thought we'd take a minute to examine the crazy roller coaster that is September hotel rates. First off, three major overlapping events—a UN conference, two consecutive Jewish holidays (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur), and the NYC WIne & Food Festival—make for a severely congested "back-to-school" season. Go figure.
As a result, almost all NYC hotels—including normally-affordable "budget" hotels (Holiday Inns, Fairfield Inns, Hampton Inns)—raise their rates during this time of year. But as we showed earlier this week in San Francisco, there are always exceptions to the rule—just as long as you're willing to hunt for them. Luckily for you, that's what HotelChatter is here for.
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Okay peopleas of tomorrow, we'll officially be one week away from Fashion's Night Out and even though it's technically an international event, the undisputed capital is New York. Thus, we've been running down some Fashion Week Hotel packages to get you right up close to the shopping and runway action, with a welcome side of pampering.
The James New York is taking things to another level, however; they're going native with a package including the "true Fashion Week meal." Celery and champagne!
Only one and a half weeks to go! Labor Day weekend is a game that every hotel wants in on (we know we'll be traveling!), but for this particular holiday roundup, we've chosen to highlight the NYC hotels that we've been following this summer. Either through openings, or news stories, we're sticking with the hotels we know about. Think of it as a "greatest hits" collection, minus the cheesy power ballads.
Almost one month into the game, The Nolitan has been generating some buzz, undoubtedly thanks to its unique, nabe-honoring name. Over Labor Day weekend, rates go as low as $341. And if you remember from our tour last month, almost all rooms include cozy little balconies that overlook much of the Soho area, plus views of the Williamsburg Bridge.
It was during a well-deserved coffee break and magazine-browsing session yesterday that we stumbled upon gender-defying supermodel Andrej Pejic's cover story in New York Mag. Unlike hotels, we don't keep up with the fickle day-to-day world of fashion, but sometimes it's nice to dive in and see what all the fuss is about.
Lo and behold! What peaked our interest, but a reference to a hotel party that the reporter had attended, along with Pejic, at none other than the James New York. And considering Jimmy's (the rooftop bar) reputation, this seems like an appropriate choice. Pejic is evidently quite specific about his recreational time, and at one point tells the reporter, "You know, I feel like at this age, [hard-core partying] is appropriate.”
Word is that James New York is now asking pool attendants to issue a "turn-over call" as a reminder for guests who are laying out too long in the sun. We seriously hope this is someone's actual job—you know...lifeguard, cocktail waiter,
towne pool crier. The feature is part of a new "Rooftop Retreat" promotion the hotel is pushing. Hmm. Only two days after we put them at the top of our NYC rooftop pool list? Looks like someone's been reading HotelChatter!
You can't stay in what will be The James Miami yet, but here's a little taste of what you'll see when you roll up Collins Ave in your Bentley (no?) in 2012.
As we reported in April, Denihan Hospitality will make its first splash into the SoFla market with this outpost of the eco-cool James brand--and will be playing in the big leagues on this stretch of South Beach, not far from the new SLS South Beach and the longtime leaders of this hotel gang, Delano and Raleigh.
Before Rottlet Studio turns the old Royal Palm into this slick spot and the room rates rocket, though, you can get in for a "before" look with some of the cheapest rates on the ocean. (Yes, it doesn't hurt that it's now 'low' season for Miami.)
To celebrate its fifth birthday, the The James Chicago is giving you what you want. That's why we love hotel birthdays so much, they get older but we get all the gifts.
The James has created a Five of Your Favorite Things package that includes the amenities most frequently requested and best reviewed by guests.
The hotel already offers our favorite amenity—free WiFi—so we were curious to see which top five were most requested. We could definitely see why this one is popular: the 60-minute signature ASHA Massage at the hotel's Spa by ASHA. You and a lucky pal will get a massage with your choice of Aveda aromatherapy scents.