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Manhattan's east side isn't exactly teeming with trendy, modern hotels, so it's good to hear that one of the area's more prominent places, the Millennium UN Plaza, is embarking on an elaborate three-phase renovation project, with the first phase set to be completed this fall.
Built in 1976, the hotel is comprised of two glass towers, which up until now have basically been separate but equal parts of the same building. Now, in addition to the property-wide renovation, Millennium is setting out to re-define one of those towers as a more luxury-oriented section of the hotel, with slightly higher rates, better views, better amenities, and a 30th floor Skyline Club.
The Park Hyatt, Sydney Harbour Marriott, and a view of the Opera House from the 22nd floor of the Four Seasons Sydney.
It's billed as a festival 'of light, music and ideas,' but to us hotel geeks, Vivid Sydney was all about killer views from the city's best hotel rooms--or the hotels themselves becoming a work of art.
The annual event kicked off on May 25 and has been drawing tourists and hardcore Sydneysiders alike to the harbour night after night--the festival runs until Monday, so if you find yourself down under, there's still time to check it out.
Here are the best hotels for Vivid light show-spotting:
1. Park Hyatt Sydney: She's back open--at a hefty cost--but with a front-row view of all the Vivid light action on the Bridge, the Opera House, and the city skyline. Right outside the hotel's front door is a piece called Deep Sea Diva, a giant chandelier adorned with more than 10,000 Swarovski crystals (it was built as the centerpiece for a special opera performance that took place on--yes, on--Sydney Harbour recently.)
Spring is so near we can almost smell it, and with the thaw (or lack thereof) comes the excitement of hitting a whole bunch of hotel rooftops for the first of the season. But since it's not quite shorts-and-a-tshirt weather in Manhattan, we recently headed to the glass-covered rooftop bar at Hilton Fashion 26, where the views are as awesome as the temperature is mild.
Rare View, which is accessed via an express elevator in the lobby, is a totally relaxed scene. Which is pretty much the opposite of any rooftop bar in Manhattan with a remotely interesting view—sadly, we've just become used to either waiting in line or dealing with hoards of other people trying to 'soak up' the same view from the same tiny, overcrowded rooftop space.
Here, not only did we love the killer Empire State Building views, we had—gasp—leg room!
Not that there's ever a shortage of things to look at in Panama, but at the new Tantalo Hotel in the city's historic district, guests will certainly have plenty to feast their senses on. Built inside an abandoned 1970s apartment building, the hotel features a two-story-high green wall filled with native flora, 13 rooms designed by different local artists, and the Encima Rooftop, which hosts a cocktail bar, live music, and yoga during the day.
The hotel is actually named after a Greek mythological character who, despite always being surrounded by the best food and wine, can never manage to eat or drink any of it. But don't worry, this place isn't about to let anyone starve. And we mean that in more than just the traditional sense—with so much cool local art strewn about the rooms, no guests will be lacking in inspiration.
And based on some images from the kitchen, they won't be suffering through bad meals either...
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120 Sheraton Club Lounges around the world got an upgrade this year, and we just happened to have caught a glimpse of the one in Times Square yesterday during one of our routine Manhattan hotel inspection rounds (we don't actually do those, but it sure sounds fun, doesn't it?).
The VIP lounges are only accessible to SPG members, but regular civilians who want to cough up an extra $50-$150 (depending on the season) can also experience the lofty life too.
In the mornings, fruits, cereals and other breakfast items remain laid out until 11am; while in the evenings, dessert is brought up, hors d'oeuvres are served, a bar opens, and guests are invited to linger as long as they like. You see, at Sheraton, the Club Lounge is open 24/7—no weekday closings, no curfew. And because the facility is always available, they've made the new design super user-friendly with individual TV screens, plenty of power outlets all over the place, and of course, killer views everywhere you turn.
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In the ever-expanding universe of Twitter, there is one particular trend @HotelChatter happens to quite enjoy: candid hotel photos. These Twitpics range from stunning views to anti-views to celebrity tomfoolery and everything in between. And we can't get enough of 'em! Every Monday, we will feature one "Twitpic of the Week" to commemorate our favorite hotel-themed snapshot. Got a favorite of your own? Want to show off your sweet suite? Send it in!
We caught Conan O'Brien with his goofy hotel cookie last week, so we thought we'd change the mood today with something a little more...picturesque. @dens, also known as Dennis Crowley, co-founder of Foursquare, tweeted this shot from his room at San Francisco's Parc 55 Wyndham last Wednesday morning, capturing some brilliantly illuminated boats out in the bay.
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What is one thing people really, really love about Mount Cinnamon Resort in Grenada? According to TripAdvisor, it's Grand Anse Beach. Which isn't that surprising, considering these stunning snapshots taken by reader Cynthia during a recent stay there.
On a cold, gray day in New York, this is pretty much all it takes to perk us up (simple pleasures, right?) and induce visions of long-lasting sunsets by the beach and rickety old hammocks. According to our tipster, these delicious views are common throughout all the resort's suites—whether it's the St. George Carenage (harbor), mountain views, or just the good ol' Caribbean Sea, guests at Mount Cinnamon basically have no reason to ever leave their balconies.
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There is one particular trend @HotelChatter happens to quite enjoy: candid hotel photos. These pics range from stunning views to anti-views to celebrity tomfoolery and everything in between. And we can't get enough of 'em! Every Monday, we commemorate our favorite hotel-themed snapshot du semaine. Got a favorite of your own? Want to show off your sweet suite?Send it in!
After seeing our picks from InterContinental's photo album on Facebook two weeks ago, one reader felt they had another photo worthy of the collection. Namely, this shot taken from a room at the InterContinental Hong Kong. See the Macbook Air on the desk? That's how we know we're dealing with something candid, rather than a totally staged shot.
A new booking site is cashing in on the demand for an above-average hotel room view. Offering specific suites in 100 properties all over the world, The Most Perfect View was launched this month by 29-year-old Portguese entrepreneur Paulo Palha. The inspiration behind the company? EM Forster's Room With A View, of course. Though whether or not Julian Sands is included in any of the deals remains unclear (sadly, we're guessing not).
Rebel against a previous traumatizing anti-view experience and pick a view that's 'perfectly' suited to your tastes. From Ocean House in Rhode Island to the Shangri-La Tokyo, there is plenty to choose from—and hotels are browsable via an easy-to-use interactive map organized by cities or clickable criteria boxes like "by the water," "mountains," "urban," etc. When you arrive at the proper hotel page, scroll through high-res images to see just how "perfect" the view is. You like? You book!
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In the ever-expanding universe of Twitter, there is one particular trend @HotelChatter happens to quite enjoy: candid hotel room photos. These Twitpics range from stunning views to anti-views to celebrity tomfoolery and everything in between. And we can't get enough of 'em! Starting this week, we will begin featuring one "Twitpic of the Week" to commemorate our favorite hotel-themed snapshot. Got a favorite of your own? Want to show off your sweet suite? Send it in!
As we learned last month, the Armani Hotel Milan is still taking its time to get up and running. Meanwhile, in Dubai, the mega-solar-powered Armani Hotel Dubai in the Burj tower is enjoying a little daytime maintenance work. Namely, window-washing.
Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria shot this pic from her suite at the Armani Hotel with the following caption:
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As you know from our post yesterday on these nightstand lamps, we spent a night at the Trump Soho. But what we didn't tell you is how we came to spend a night in a suite with this killer view from the bathtub. Allow us to do so now.
We did our usual compare and contrast of the hotel's website and other booking sites and found that a king deluxe room was going for the rate of $419 everywhere. Not content with just booking a room without any perks, we thought maybe we could do a Josh Flagg except that Trump Hotels are not part of American Express' Fine Hotels and Resorts. However, they are a part of Preferred Hotels and Resorts, of which we happen to be a member.