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Before and After: Shangri-La Sydney Renovates Horizon Club

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  Site Where: 176 Cumberland Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2000
June 26, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.

When we looked inside the Royal Suite at the InterContinental Double Bay Sydney earlier this year, we said that many central business district hotels in the Australian city are all about the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House views. That couldn’t be more true for Shangri-La Sydney, towering over the Rocks a few blocks away from Circular Quay.

All 565 rooms and suites have harbour views (though that classification includes Darling Harbour), but the best rooms in the house are part of the Horizon Club, the hotel’s club lounge floors. These have just been at the receiving end of an $8 million upgrade, covering both the lounge itself and the 90 rooms. Above and directly below the lounge as it was before, scroll down for the new look.

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Ink48's 'Heaven Over Hell' Penthouse Combines Cool Design, a Hot Location, and Killer Views

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  Site Where: 653 11th Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
May 1, 2015 at 3:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ink48 Hotel claims "unobstructed, panoramic views" of the City and the Hudson River and you know what, they may be right – especially if you’re sitting on this amazing penthouse terrace.

Kimpton Hotels are nothing if not unique, colorful, and full of life, not the least of which is a new life with InterContinental Hotel Group.

Take for example, Ink48 Hotel, a former printing house with a front-page position to take in the Midtown urban scenery and the Hudson River. With spring in full swing, and Cinco de Mayo around the corner, Ink48 has just the spot, so to speak, for your special whatever whenever – the “Heaven Over Hell” Penthouse Suite.

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An Inside Look at Hotel Schweizerhof Bern in Switzerland

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  Site Where: Bahnhofplatz 11, Bern, Switzerland, 3001
April 30, 2015 at 5:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

The last hotel on our ramble through Switzerland takes us to the country’s capital of Bern and the uptown chic hotel, the Hotel Schweizerhof Bern (part of Leading Hotels of the World and Swiss Deluxe Hotels).

This 99-room property’s been around for more than 150 years and in 2005 the hotel shut down for a major reno (you know the story: you’re a new owner so you absolutely have to re-decorate) and, six years and 50 million Swiss Francs later, ta-da! Now it’s a stylin' five-star superior property.

Designed by Maria Vafiadis from MKV Design in London, our 410 sq ft Deluxe King Room was decorated in earthy taupes and grays with dramatic stainless steel and black-and-white glass bathrooms. Floors were done in herringbone oak which kept the room warm in feel and the view was of the rooftops of the Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It had the feel of a luxe pied-à-terre.

Room perks include the minibar with its complimentary beer and soft drinks, a Nespresso machine and kettle, free WiFi, locally-made comfy linens, a Japanese soaking tub AND a shower, a window in the bathroom that opens and has the same aforementioned view, and Bulgari White Tea toiletries (this writer’s fave of the Bulgari line).

See the rest of the hotel pics in the image gallery!

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3 Killer Views at Fairmont Le Montreux Palace in Switzerland

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  Site Where: Avenue Claude Nobs 2, Montreux, Switzerland, CH-1820
April 23, 2015 at 5:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

We do like to wax poetic sometimes over the killer views we find from hotel rooms all over the planet, but the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace in Switzerland (part of Swiss Deluxe Hotels and Leading Hotels of the World) has not one, not two, but at least three killer views that we noticed recently. It seems that wherever you go you’re faced with another scenic vista of mountains and lake (Lake Geneva, to be exact).

We’re sharing those vistas here with you in a minute, but this isn’t the particular scene that prompted Deep Purple to write their hit, Smoke on the Water, while staying at a hotel nearby this illustrious hotel that’s played host to many a rock star celeb.

No, that scene, which probably included the aforementioned vista, was of a fire started by a fan with a flare gun (kids, don’t try this at home) at the famed casino close to the hotel where Frank Zappa was playing in 1971. Rumor has it that the band Deep Purple looked out their window this particular December to see flames and smoke rising from the building and were so inspired that they penned the song. And where did they end up recording said song? At Le Montreux Palace.

But back to the views we saw. The first is from room 118, a Junior Suite category room. This Mediterranean-like room in butter yellows, creams and light pebble greys (reno’ed in 2009), has a small balcony that looks out over Lake Geneva PLUS a French balcony off of the bedroom side of the room to give you the same scrumptious view. Most rooms, in fact, have either a balcony or veranda in this 236-room property. The Junior Suites also come with a sitting area with a desk, coffeemaker, a bathroom with both a tub and a shower, the brand’s Le Labo Rose 31 toiletries and, our favorite, a mirror/TV that swivels so that you can watch CNN in the living room or from your comfy bed. WiFi’s part of the package for President’s Club members, which is free to join.

Plenty of pics of the room and the other killer views in the photo gallery!

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Three Killer Views From The Four Seasons Orlando at Disney World

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  Site Where: 10100 Dream Tree Boulevard [map], Orlando, FL, United States, 32836
January 9, 2015 at 3:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's a reason why you should spend a little extra for a room with a view at the Four Seasons Orlando at Disney World, and it's because you won't just get one killer view, you'll get a few different killer views.

Here are just three perspectives we snapped during a recent stay in November in a Park View King Room:

1. EPCOT: If you crane your head to the left from your private balcony, you'll see the iconic golf ball shape of EPCOT.

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Best Killer View: Andazming from Andaz Tokyo

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  Site Where: 1-23-4 Toranomon, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan, 105-0001
December 31, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of year again: the 2014 HotelChatter Awards! Today and tomorrow, we'll be showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to...

Andaz Tokyo was on our list of major hotel openings this year, so we felt like a kid in a candy shop when we walked into the giant Toranomon Hills development the day after the ribbon was cut back in June.

Zooming up to the 51st floor, the Japanese capital stretches out in front of you, both its urban density and the green core of the Imperial Palace, providing mesmerizing views both during the day (above) and at night (below) – worthy of our Best Killer View award.

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What to Drink With Your Selfie At the Grande Bretagne In Athens

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  Site Where: Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece, 10564
September 24, 2014 at 8:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve shown you the Selfie Spot at the Grande Bretagne in Athens and we’ve banned you from taking selfies. So what else can you do up there? Well, you can take glorious panorama photos of Athens and the Aegean Sea. Or you can drink.

The GB Roof Garden has a restaurant and a separate bar area with outside terrace. (NB: The bar area is right by the Selfie Spot, if you need Dutch courage to get your selfie juices flowing.) Cocktails vary from €14-€21 ($18-$27), there’s free WiFi, free (bottled) water served with drinks and some rather snazzy bar snacks including candied fruit. It’s all very civilized.

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Park Hyatt Tokyo Celebrates 20 Years With Cocktails and Killer Views

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  Site Where: 3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo, Japan, 163-1055
July 10, 2014 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ready to feel a little old? Sofia Coppola’s movie Lost in Translation, starring Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, and the Park Hyatt Tokyo, was released over a decade ago – in 2003, to be exact.

Even more surprising perhaps? By the time the film crews zoomed up to the 41st floor lobby and 52nd floor New York Bar & Grill, the Park Hyatt had already been around for nearly a decade too, which means this month the hotel is celebrating its 20th anniversary. To mark the occasion, you can sample the “Timeless Passion” cocktail (above) while taking in the consistently awesome views from the hotel. There are a number of events over the next few months at the various restaurants and bars, and while nothing is confirmed yet, we think there might be some more news on a refresh of the rooms in the works.

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At Sunset, Sip on Cocktails on The Helipad at qualia Great Barrier Reef

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  Site Where: Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia
May 15, 2014 at 10:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Once you’ve made it past the gates at Hamilton Island’s qualia, there is lots to explore, but one of the first things we did was head down to the helipad. While we arrived at the hotel through more traditional means (i.e. a transfer from the island’s cute airport), you’ll find this more high-flying option at the water’s edge, also used for helicopter trips to nearby sights like stunning Whitehaven Beach.

Its vantage point means the grassy circle lends itself perfectly for sunset cocktails: chilled glass in hand, you can watch the sun paint the sky with color as it sinks rapidly into the horizon at the end of the afternoon (and sink rapidly it does, given the relative proximity to the Equator).

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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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Which Philly Luxury Hotel Has the Best View?

December 26, 2013 at 3:26 PM | by | Comments (5)

When it comes to the upper echelon of hotels in Philly, there is a common denominator that goes beyond their luxe accommodations and service: Epic views of the city's top landmarks.

Three hotels in particular stand out thanks to their great locations: The Rittenhouse Hotel overlooks Rittenhouse Square (bottom); the Four Seasons Philly provides views of Logan Circle and down the Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum (top); and the Ritz Carlton Philly sits right next to City Hall and the infamous perch of William Penn (center).

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Sunset Views From Lisbon's Bairro Alto Hotel Rooftop

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  Site Where: PRAÇA LUIS DE CAMÕES, 2, Lisbon, Portugal, 1200-243
October 18, 2013 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

Did you know that Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, predates London, Paris, and Rome by hundreds of years? It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that there is a lot of history to explore here, from wandering the streets of Alfama, the city’s oldest district that tumbles down the hillside from the Castle of Săo Jorge, to gorging on traditional pasteis de Belém.

Another advantage of Lisbon? A balmy 78F (26C) in October, which opens up opportunities to hotel rooftop at a time when more northern climates have gone well into fall/winter mode. We did just that at the Bairro Alto Hotel, in the heart of the nightlife quarter of the same name.

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