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There is seemingly no end to wave of Hotel Fitness news these days! Today, we've got word of a cool complex, The Underground, at Le Parker Meridien in New York which encompasses a spa, fitness center, two salons and a healthy cafe.
Long known for its delicious Norma's restaurant, secret burger joint and rooftop swimming pool, surprisingly, Le Parker Meridien has never had its own spa--until now. Moonshine has just opened in the hotel's new Underground space. Yes, Moonshine where the dark, cave-like treatment rooms are named after Prohibition-era cocktails like Sidecar, Gimlet, Bee’s Knees, Rusty Nail, Stinger and Salty Dog.
But of course, the custom massage and facial treatments here don't pump toxins into you but rather, extract them out. Although, there is a shot of moonshine on offer before your treatments. Massages and facials (which use Tata Harper products) start at $120 for 60-minutes.
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Going strong from their recent W Paris opening, Starwood barrels through yet another major opening in Europe, this time with Le Meridien Istanbul Etiler. The 259-room hotel is actually, as you can see above, comprised of three separate blocks all stacked on to of one another.
Kind of a cool concept, and we'd expect nothing less from Le Meridien, which is perhaps Starwood's most design-oriented brand. But the real art here doesn't have anything to do with picture frames or collectible key cards. Judging from these new images of the guest rooms, the views of the Bosphorus are absolutely killer.
Leading us to think that, of all the "blocks," you're really better off picking a room in the top third of the hotel. As far as inspiration, we think gazing down on gorgeous, sprawling Istanbul will certainly do the trick to get the creative juices flowing.
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It's been two weeks since we returned from Panama, but still we find ourselves
flipping clicking through our photos from the trip and letting out tiny sighs. One thing we loved about almost every hotel we visited was all the cool lobby art on display—all of which had a great way of summing up the look and feel of each property.
Inside the lobby at Gamboa Rainforest Resort, there's so much animal art, it feels like the safari's begun before you even setting foot in the rainforest! In addition to banners embroidered with frogs and butterflies hanging from the ceiling—not to mention some beautiful metal sculptures of birds poised in mid-flight—we loved this intricate metalwork on the railings, reportedly done by a Colombian sculptor at the request of the hotel owner's wife.
It was a jumble of funny-sounding European accents last week at the unveiling of Le Meridien's new Hub concept—a campaign that is set to transform all of Le Meridien's 130 international hotels into one unified "design-led contemporary brand." MC-ing the event were Austrian-born Eva Ziegler (Global Brand Leader for both W Hotels and Le Meridien) and French-born Jerome Sans, the appointed Cultural Curator. We think Sans put it best when he described the goal of The Hub as "a way to grow your brain."
The evolution of The Hub's slightly highbrow bent can be traced back to the hotel's interest in cultivating a "creative class" as well as the launch of their key-card-souvenir program, Unlock Art. Both of these elements play into The Hub. But now, with its first manifestation at Le Meridien Barcelona, we really begin to see what The Hub—in all its rainbow glory—is all about.
The other week we got hotel key card collectors in a tizzy over the UNLOCK Art key cards from Le Meridien Hotels which not only open the hotel rooms to guests but also gives them complimentary access to art museums and cultural centers near by.
This is just one of the ways that Le Meridien has been reaching out to what they call the "Creative Class." But what exactly is the Creative Class and who would feel most at home at a Le Meridien hotel? We put forth these questions and more to Carlos Becil, vice president of North American brand management for Le Meridien. Check out what he has to say about Le Meridien's artist roots, the signature LM01 scent and the brand's plans for "creative hubs" in the lobbies in our Q&A below.
Several Le Meridien hotels have partnered up with local contemporary art institutions and exhibitions to offer guests complimentary access simply by using their hotel key cards. Really, that's it. You present your key card at the museum and voila, you're in.
The program is currrently in place at the Le Meridien San Francisco which gives access to the Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts as well as the Le Meridien Philadelphia (The Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia), the Le Meridien Nice (The MAMAC in Nice) and the Le Meridien London with access to the Tate, along with a few other Le Meridiens worldwide.
Yet Le Meridien can't have its guests presenting boring old key cards at these art institutions. No, no, no. Instead Le Meridien's Global Cultural Curator (actual job title), Jérôme Sans, handpicks artists to design the special key cards.
We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.
The window might be a touch dirty but we're loving this arty shot of the Taipei 101 Skyscraper from the Le Meridien Taipei. HotelChatter Flickr member Ken Lee dropped in this shot back in December and while not as shiny and new as the W Taipei which opened in February, the Le Meridien did just open last year. So it's got all the important shiny and new amenities we like such as flat-screen TVs, rain showers, separate bathtubs, white leather ergonomic desk chairs and Nespresso machines--hence the espresso cup.
Rooms are predictably modern and muted but totally affordable at around 6,900 TWD a night, or $237.
[Photo: Ken Lee]
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You probably won't be watching Laurel and Hardy
It's the grossest hotel promo of the month—or so we hope! In a collab with Urban Daddy, Midtown Manhattan's Le Parker Meridien is offering an "afternoon tryst" package for adulterers, office Casanovas, and assorted other bros who don't find the idea of paying hourly rates for a hotel completely repellent. The details?
You’ll have access to a Park View room from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., where you’ll be free to indulge in whatever consensual indoor activities you desire. Or you can upgrade so your room includes champagne, strawberries with whipped cream and an on-demand adult film of your choice.
The room-only rate is $150, while the upgrade is $250. Which seems a lot for some bubbly and a skin flick.
Enough with the twee Paris boutique hotels we've been going on about all week! The monumental Le Meridien Etoile, which at 1,025 rooms is a shade bigger than the world's largest J.W. Marriott, has just popped up on Travelzoo with a remarkably low rate for a four-star Parisian property: €102 ($139) a night. That's more than 50 percent off the usual €299 rates. You also get a 10 percent discount at famed department store Galeries Lafayette.
But don't let the low, low rate make you think this is a fusty old convention center bore. These rooms are straight out of Blade Runner, with hard angles, gleaming surfaces and a lobby that reminds us of the space station in 2001.
Tahiti's insanely beautiful beaches will make you want to sleep on the shore. But in case you don't want to wake up with sand in your pajamas, check out the newly renovated Le Méridien Tahiti.
The lagoon- and panoramic-view rooms and suites are decked out with contemporary neutral-colored furniture and linens, hardwood floors and bamboo accents. They also have some subtle Polynesian touches, like surfboard-shaped tables and lights made with tapa cloth.
Hotels are getting in a holiday mood! Usually around this time, we spotlight all the delicious holiday cocktails that hotels concoct for the season. Don't worry, we're not giving up the booze but we are keeping tabs on all the wonderful, wild, and in some cases, weird Holiday Hotel Decorations that hotels put up this year. Seen some great holiday decor in a hotel recently? Send us a snapshot!
When the holidays hit New York City, it's a veritable rat race to see which restaurant, cafe, or bar can spread the most cheer. And nothing is getting us more excited than the upcoming gingerbread-themed menu at Le Parker Meridien's gothic espresso bar, Knave.
Launching early next month, the "Winter Treats" menu consists of nine items, including a poached pear and ginger tart ($8), a gingerbread hazelnut affogato (espresso, gingerbread syrup, ice cream, frangelico, $8) and a pumpkin spice martini ($16), which can all be enjoyed under the bar's dramatic chandeliers and cathedral ceilings. Not bad for a hotel mainly known for its cheeseburgers!
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There's no question that the Dalai Lama is a modern man complete with his own website, webcasts and personal treadmill setup. And don't forget, he Twitters! So it's not that surprising to see him out and about at a hotel party in Pune, India. Still, we think it's rather cool.
His Holiness showed up at the Le Meridien Hotel after attending the World Peace Festival.
All the members of the staff were extremely excited to have The Dalai Lama at the hotel. His Holiness was received at the entrance by Jaswinder Narang, General Manager of Hotel Le Meridien, and felicitated the spiritual guru by garlanding Him. Jaswinder Narang then personally escorted His Holiness to his suite.
Despite the suite accommodations, the Dalai Lama actually only stayed at the hotel for a few hours, probably just to get some rest. Yet we wondered if he still had to pony up for internet in the suite? That would cost him $15 for 24 hours. Surely, Le Meridien waived this fee for the Dalai Lama. Room rates at the hotel typically start at $175 a night with the Royal Club suite starting at $385 a night.