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A Loews Hotel Is Coming to Chicago in 2015

November 19, 2013 at 8:54 AM | by | Comments (2)

Well, Loews Hotels has done a good job of keeping this one on the Down Loew but not anymore. Take a look here at what's in store for the Loews Chicago.

We first got wind of a Loews Hotel in the windy city back in 2008. We're not exactly sure why this was put on hold but we're gonna go with epic financial fail of that year. But now the project is back on and should be ready to open in early 2015. Here's the 411:

Loews Chicago Hotel will be part of a highly visible 52-story tower located just one block north of the Chicago River and two blocks east of North Michigan Avenue. The hotel will have spectacular city skyline and lake views from the 400 new guestrooms (including 23 suites) and meeting spaces both indoors and out.

The hotel also plans on having a signature restaurant, a 24-hour fitness center, a 75-foot indoor lap pool and a rooftop lounge. We can't wait to get Loew up high in 2015. (Ok, we'll stop. Puns are done.)

[Rendering: Loews Hotels]

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You Can Now Book a Hotel Room Through Twitter with Loews Hotels

November 15, 2013 at 10:19 AM | by | Comments (2)

Loews Hotels is trying something new with their Twitter pages--allowing guests to book their stays directly through Twitter.

Many hotels have long been offering reservations through Facebook for a few years now but Twitter has never really been done before. Here's how Loews is pioneering this new social reservations tool:

Simply use the hashtag #BookLoews in a tweet to @Loews_Hotels that says where you want to stay and you'll be connected by a Loews Travel Planner to start a Twitter conversation. Once you're ready to book your stay, the Travel Planner will tweet you a link to a secure chat conversation to take your credit card and billing info in a secure, PCI-compliant digital environment. Other than that, you never have to leave Twitter to book your hotel room. This is the future, kids! (One thing to note: The Loews Orlando hotels are not bookable through Twitter.)

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Loews' Portofino Bay Now Has 'Despicable Me' Suites for Your Little Minions

November 12, 2013 at 9:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you were around kids on Halloween, then you may have noticed just how popular the "Despicable Me" Minions were for a costume choice. So it makes perfect sense that a hotel would want to cash in on the Minions' moment of fame and build some super cool Despicable Me-inspired hotel suites.

These fun suites just opened at the Loews Portofino bay Hotel at the Universal Orlando Resort. Each of the 18 new suites have two rooms, one featuring a kids' room totally tricked out with Minion-inspired bedding, Minion curtains, custom-designed missile beds and a wall plastered with Minions. The other room is for the adults and features an Italian luxury design. And for safety purposes, the kids' room does not have a door that opens out into the hallway. Instead, there's just a door that runs into the parents' room.

You can also check out how these Minion suites were created by watching a time-lapse video the hotel did of the construction. (Remember they also did this with their other guest room renovations.) And yes, there are some Minions in the video!

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The Loews Regency Hotel Will Reopen At Last on January 16

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  Site Where: 540 Park Ave [map], New York, NY, United States, 10021
October 7, 2013 at 1:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Loews Regency Hotel on Park Avenue shuttered its doors last January leaving the NYC's power breakfasters suddenly homeless. But come January 16th, the landmark hotel will be making eggs and bacon again, amongst other things.

The hotel is finishing up an extensive $100 million renovation, that's been spearheaded by Jonathan Tisch, the chairman of Loews Hotels & Resorts, and which has overhauled 379 guest rooms (above) including 58 suites as well as created a new restaurant and a new salon and spa, along with new private meeting spaces and a fitness center.

While we already knew that the salon and anti-aging spa will be run by celebrity stylist Julien Farel, we're a little more interested in the return of the restaurant, especially since it was so well-loved by so many powerful people.

Loews promises a new dining concept managed by New York restaurateurs Gherardo Guarducci and Dimitri Pauli of the Sant Ambroeus Hospitality Group. (Their Sant Ambroeus restaurant on West 4th is favored by celebs and models alike.) Together they will work Executive Chef Dan Silverman to bring a market-fresh menu filled with "modern interpretations of classic dishes" combined with "international flavors and palates."

But will Larry King still be able to get his Cheerios with blueberries? We hope so.

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Summa, Summa, Summatime Hotel Deals Keep Heating Up

May 29, 2013 at 1:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)

DEALS, DEALS, DEALS*

· LUXE HOTELS 30th Anniversary Deals: We love when hotels celebrate milestones because that usually means we get to reap the benefits. Luxe Worldwide Hotels is turning 30 this month and several of its properties are offering a special 30th anniversary package. For instance at the Luxe Hotel on Sunset, the package includes access to special anniversary rates, a welcome cocktail and amenity, American breakfast for two, overnight valet parking, $30 credit for spa services, 30 percent discount at the gift shop and free WiFi. Rates start at $299 a night. Go here to search for a different LHW in your desired destination.

· Summer Break Cyber Sale from LOEWS HOTELS: Starting TOMORROW, Loews Hotels & Resorts are kicking off their one-day only Summer Break Cyber Sale with up to 40 percent off at participating hotels plus free internet during your stay. The deal begins at 12:01 (EDT) on May 30, 2013 and will run until 3:00 am (EDT) on May 31, 2013. Go here to book. The reservations are totally non-refundable and cannot be cancelled. It's also not available at the Loews Hotels in Orlando.

· Take a Gamble with THE VENETIAN'S 72-Hour Sale: The sprawling Las Vegas resort and casino is currently in the midst of a 72-hour sale that ends on May 31 at 3pm PST. Rates are $109 a night during the week and averaging about $200 a night on the weekends. Although, we found the weekend of June 14 for just $149 a night. The deal also includes a Passaporto di Carnevale with additional offers for the property (from dining to retail to spa) that is valued at more than $1,000. But you have to book by Friday. Go here to make your reservation or call (866) 403-8046 and mention code: EV4MAY. The deal is good for The Palazzo as well.

· Recharge at THE MIRAVAL RESORT in Arizona Using $300 Resort Credits: This resort is well-liked by big celebs such as Oprah Winfrey and Sharon Stone who took advantage of the resort's brand-new Clarins Spa last year. But thanks to Travelzoo, you don't need their bank account to stay here. Rates from June 15- September 15 are just $299 per person and includes a $300 resort credit per person. A two night stay is required and the deal is based on double occupancy but that's essentially staying two nights for one since you can use the credit for almost anything at the resort including spa treatments. And if you stay three nights or longer the credit is bumped up to $500 per person. Go here to book using code TRAVELZOO. The offer is based on availability and may sell out quickly.

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Lotsa New Looks and a Not-Yet Open Hotel For LA

April 24, 2013 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (2)

Once again, here's your semi-regular update on the Los Angeles hotel scene....

The Loews Santa Monica: We've been chronicling the exterior update to the Loews Santa Monica since the beginning of the year. The other day we drove by at sundown and noticed special light projections on the exterior as well as a living wall. Pretty! But it turns out changes were happening on the inside as well. Guestrooms have new glass balconies that enable better enjoyment of the Pacific Ocean views. Later this year the pool will get premium poolside cabana rooms and beach-level rooms that will have residential-style patios, complete with fire pits. Rates at the hotel start at $498 a night for a weekend in mid-May. Ocean view rooms are more at $588.

The Moment: Last we checked in on The Moment, the new boutiquey hotel in Hollywood (above), the place had missed its planned February opening. Looking on the hotel website today, we still can't book a room for tonight or later this weekend or the first of May. We were, however, able to find a room in mid-May for $235 a night for a queen bed. That includes free WIFi and complimentary bikes. While the website may not have room rezzies open for tonight at this time, it does sport some cool new photos of the rooms. If you can splurge, the king suite patio at 600-sq.ft. looks the coolest with two flat-screen TVs and even a Keurig machine.

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Have You Ever Slept In the Hotel Lobby?

April 19, 2013 at 2:07 PM | by | Comments (8)

We came across an article published earlier last week on the Santa Monica Mirror that described a woman who showed up at the Loews Santa Monica at 1am, asking for a room. The hotel had availability, so they asked for a credit card, and the woman handed over (what she claims was) her credit card. Which was declined.

That's when things got strange. Apparently, instead of just walking away, the woman demanded a free room, and when that request wasn't granted, she simply went to sleep on one of the couches in the lobby.

Now, we've been through plenty of hotels where the lobby was big enough to house our apartment several times over. And we often thought, 'What if we just dozed off for a couple hours in the lobby a couple of hours, then set off on our way?' We'd certainly be saving ourselves lots o' cash, and the hotel would be none the wiser!

We're not saying what this (probably deranged) woman did was right—in fact, the hotel ended up calling the police and she was arrested and taken to jail. But we are wondering: have you ever slept in some part of the hotel that wasn't your room? Was it on purpose? Did you get caught?

We're open to hearing all your crazy stories: just drop a comment below, or, in the interest of anonymity, send us an email!

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Loews Portofino Bay Shows Off Their Rooms Renovation with New Time-Lapse Video

April 17, 2013 at 1:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Studios has just finished a major renovation of its guest rooms so it's only natural that they show off the results. But The Loews isn't passing around some fancy, carefully staged, photoshopped photos. No, they've gone above and beyond the call of PR duty to create a time-lapse video that features the transformation of one guest room from start to finish.

The video is just over a minute long and it's actually super cool, especially if you're a renovation nerd like us. It's like we're watching HGTV but for a hotel room!

You see everything that went into the renovation from removal of the old outdated furniture, ripping up the dank rugs, putting new paint on the walls, laying down a new carpet, tons of electrical work and the assembling of the new furniture. (Our heart skipped a beat when we saw brand-new mattresses being unwrapped from the plastic. For real.)

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Get Lovely Locks at NYC's Loews Regency's New Julien Farel Salon

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  Site Where: 540 Park Avenue [map], New York, New York , United States, 10065
April 10, 2013 at 10:05 AM | by | Comments (3)

The Loews Regency Hotel NYC closed on January 1st for a $70-million overhaul, and when it opens this fall, it will have more glam than we originally expected: It will have Julien Farel.

Not quite sure who Julien Farel is? Just ask Ivanka Trump, Richard Gere, Carl Bernstein, Salma Hayek, Kate Moss, Kate Beckinsale and Rafael Nadal (see photo below), who all pay upwards of $1,000 for him to go to town on their hair. And, no, we're not kidding, you can see for yourself on his website. “It’s $650 (for a cut)," he told Departures. "If they hand me the blow-dryer, it’s another $250."

Apparently he's that good, and no, you won't be getting an appointment with him. But his staff will do you up nice for much cheaper, probably in the $95 to $120 range judging by the prices at his two other hotel salons, the Setai Fifth Avenue and the Capella Pedregal in Cabo.

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The Sunset Marquis Opens Its Rock Star Pools to Non-Guests

March 21, 2013 at 12:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Earlier this week, we talked about all the good things coming (fingers crossed!) to downtown Los Angeles. Today we've got a round-up of some cool new things happening in Los Angeles proper, starting off with this West Hollywood hideout.

SUNSET MARQUIS: The rock star haven that is the Sunset Marquis (the hotel hosted 43 Grammy nominees this year) has begun offering a pool membership for non-guests that will allow use of the hotel's main pool and villa pools along with some other perks like a complimentary one-night stay, a Sunday brunch, drinks at the restaurant or 1200 bar, discounted cabana rentals and discounted spa treatments. The cost for a one-year member ship is $2,000 while a six-month membership can be had for $1,500. Membership is based on availability and the hotel only gives out 20 at a time. If you're not interested in joining, you can pay around $250 a night as a hotel guest and use the pool for free.

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From St. Patty's Day to Spring Training, We've Got Hotel Deals for You

March 5, 2013 at 3:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)

DEALS, DEALS, DEALS*

· Spend St. Paddy's Day in Boston at Kimpton: Kimpton Hotel's Boston properties--Nine Zero, Hotel Marlowe and the Onyx Hotel are all offering the same St. Paddy's day package which includes car service to the parade in South Boston on Sunday, 3/17, in-room greasy breakfast on Monday morning, hangover survival kit and a Pot of Goldthat includes two tickets to Dropkick Murphy's on 3/15 and two tickets to the Celtics game on 3/16. Oh, and a late check-out of course. Nightly package rates start at $749 but regular rooms at the hotel can be had for around $188 a night. Book online here or call 800-Kimpton and mention hotel promo code LUCKY.

· Spring Training at the W Scottsdale: The San Francisco Giants, aka the 2012 World Series Champions, are currently in training at the Scottsdale Stadium which just happens to be a five-minute drive from the W Scottsdale. So naturally the hotel has put together a Spring Training package. Available from now through March 30, the deal includes a wonderful room for two, vouches for two cocktails per person per night, a baseball for autographs, a baseball cap, cracker jacks and peanuts in your room upon arrival and complimentary transportation to the stadium. The deal starts at $345 a night. Go here to book or call (877) 782-0104 and mention code CACTUS1-7.

· Springtime in Palms Springs, Just Because: The Hyatt Palm Springs has a springtime deal we just can't resist.The Mountain-view Pool Cabana Package includes overnight accommodations in a two-room suite, one of two oversize mountain-view pool cabanas during your stay, a personal cabana attendant, chilled towels, bottled water, deluxe fruit platter and a pitcher of signature cocktails. This represents a savings of 33 percent and is just $150 more than the best available room rate. We found the suite available for $349 a night in two weeks. Go here to book with code CABPKG or call (760) 322-9000.

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Exhale Spa Now Open at Loews Hollywood

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  Site Where: 1755 North Highland Ave. [map], Hollywood, CA, United States, 90028
February 21, 2013 at 4:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Attention "Mind Body Spa" junkies! Exhale Spa is now officially open at Loews Hollywood (formerly the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel), so Core Fusion fans no longer have to trek to Santa Monica for barre squats. We do love the beach but you can bet we're signing up in Hollywood STAT.

Exhale had a grand opening party on February 13 and we are officially regular customers. The 7,000-square-foot spa has men and women's changing rooms equipped with glass-wall steam rooms, a relaxation lounge with clove-spiced, hot-neck pillows and another lounge with all sorts of munchies and beverages. There are seven therapy rooms (two that have showers), including a couple's room with jacuzzi tub. Clean up them nails in the mani/pedi station and, should you need to cool off, the outdoor swimming pool with cabanas is plunge-worthy.

Exhale means serious business here. As in, they knocked down three hotel rooms to accommodate for their cultish classes (ahem, Core Fusion), so expect that to roll out this summer. In the meantime, get a massage, facial, acupuncture, whatever you need to restore Zen. If you require some inspiration, there's a Buddha statue in the hallway. Namaste!

Rates from $249 a night.

[Photo: Exhale Spa]