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Hopefully for Alec, that towel didn't have linen tracking chips embedded inside it.
Yesterday, Alec Baldwin was strolling around lower Manhattan, high on life, fresh out of the NYC Marriage Bureau, where he retrieved a marriage license for his upcoming wedding to fiancee Hilaria Thomas. Sounds like a nice day to us. Until he got into an altercation with two Daily News photographers right outside the bureau, and ended up punching one smack in the chin.
Enter The Regency Hotel, which came to Alec's rescue later in the day, as he was making his way to yet another hotel to speak at an American Heart Association event—hopefully counseling them to act as he says, not as he does.
We haven't heard much from the Loews Regency Hotel for a while—not since Donald Trump decided to send his mismatched cast of sideshow freaks to run the place for a much-loved episode of Celebrity Apprentice (why yes, Joan Rivers, you can be our concierge any day of the week).
Meanwhile, the 354-room hotel hasn't been getting any younger, so it's good to hear that they're finally throwing some money to get it renovated—about $70 million, in fact— like sooo many other NYC hotels these days. We're thinking specifically of places like The Algonquin, New York Helmsley, and Grand Hyatt.
Unlike those other places, however, Loews has in mind to do some major brand expansion over the next few years, so in many ways, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
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Loews snapped up the property as one of its first steps in expanding the brand. There is already a Loews in Los Angeles on the beach in Santa Monica but the property at Hollywood and Highland is not only larger (632 rooms), it will get far more exposure and traffic as over 80 shops, 26 restaurants, two nightclubs, seven movie screens, eight bars, 12 bowling lanes and the Dolby Theatre (previously the Kodak) are all right there next to the hotel.
For now the rooms and public spaces at the Loews Hollywood will remain the same but Loews will begin a $26 million renovation later this year. The good news is, the hotel will stay open during the work.
Bummer for those guests who liked to use their Marriott Rewards points to stay at the Renaissance but with Loews' YouFirst loyalty program, after two stays you can get free WiFi.
Rates for the hotel in June start around $299 a night.
[Photo: Kalboz/HotelChatter Flickr Pool]
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Loews Santa Monica isn't about to let kids get away with saying "I'm booooored" during their stay. Through its brand new Fit For Fun wellness program, families wanting to get in a little exercise during their stay can choose from over a dozen outdoor activities offered at the iconic beachfront hotel.
Kids age five and up can try doing yoga on the beach, surfing in the Pacific Ocean, or hiking through the Santa Monica Mountains—they'll even get a taste for celebrity life in the "run from the paparazzi" jogging tour. Parents are of course encouraged to join in on the fun too, but the bulk of the activities are geared towards keeping kids fit and healthy.
As the hotel puts it, "Muscle Beach’s newest body builders are four-feet tall and weigh in at 46 lbs," which is probably true ever since word got out that one of the Jonas brothers likes to work out here too.
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You already know how much we love stashing LATHER toiletries into our bag whenever we encounter them. But how exactly did those delicious-smelling formulas wind up in hotels in the first place? We talked to LATHER founder and president Emilie Hoyt to find out.
HC: When did LATHER start working with hotels?
Emilie Hoyt: As they became familiar with our retail stores, hotels began reaching out to us in 2000, looking to offer a unique, authentic brand that could offer a cohesive guest experience through room, spa, and retail. We saw it as a great opportunity.
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It's that time! In addition to this month's crazy deluge of Leap Year packages, we have another big event on our radar: the Oscars. We whetted your appetite with a look at our favorite movie set hotels last week. Now, here are some classy joints to watch the awards ceremony. And the nominees are...
It's all about the popcorn at Loews Hotels, which will be offering a special Red Carpet Room Service package for this year's Academy Awards at three properties around the US: Loews Regency (starting rate $229), Loews Philadelphia (starting rate $199) and Loews Vanderbilt (above, starting rate $209). The package comes with a free in-room movie, $25 food voucher, and, of course, hot buttered popcorn delivered straight to your door. Yes.
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BLT Steak at The Betsy
The Valentine's Day hotel packages have been running hot and heavy for awhile now. But with the day upon us, we though you might appreciate these last-minute options. Here are Three Tasty Hotel Valentine's Day specials being served up today:
1. BLT Steak and The Betsy Hotel
This restaurant (a favorite of ours for its pretty decor and meat-alicious menu) is offering a poem with dinner all this week--you can request one from your server although they'll probably offer it up when they bring your bread basket and water. Guests can choose from poems by Maria Rainer Rilke, Hyam Plutzik, Campbell McGrath, EE Cummings, and other lovelorn souls. They're free to take, and of course read to your dining partner at your leisure. Apart from being old-time romantic, the poetry idea seems to have sprung from the fact that the hotel owner's late father was himself a poet. (You can request one of his poems, too.)
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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.
The turkey is dead! Long live the turkey sandwich!
Sure, Thanksgiving only lasts for a day; but that doesn't mean we can't keep stuffing our faces with turkey all weekend long! Appropriately, the food-loving Loews Hotels are planning a week-long turkey sandwich menu addition for all of their properties—starting right now!
Through Sunday evening, each hotel across the country will be serving up a local spin on the traditional leftover turkey meat sandwich. From turkey sushi rolls at Loews Lake Las Vegas to Loews Miami Beach's Cuban-style sandwich, the creations will be diverse and delicious.
In New York's Loews Regency, keep an eye out for the chef's trio of sliders, served on different artisan breads with gravy and stone-ground mustard-cranberry mayonnaise. Yum!
Let's be real here. When you come to Los Angeles for a trip--whether it be business, leisure or to meet up with that "director" who you met online in a chat room--you are going to want to see some celebrities. In fact, you won't go home unless you see one.
Now if you're staying on the Westside (and that means anything west of Beverly Hills), we usually recommend popping into glorious boutique fashion mecca Fred Segal for a guaranteed celeb sighting. After all Blake and Leo were spotted there last week. But Fred Segal is also great for, duh, shopping and now the Loews Santa Monica Hotel has wisely partnered up with the store to bring the fashion to its guests.
Ever since we watched Macaulay Culkin order room service from his Plaza suite in Home Alone 2, we've fantasized about combining two of life's greatest pleasures: ice cream and fancy hotels. This Sunday happens to be National Ice Cream Day (don't say you've never heard of it!), as declared by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, and we've done our best to compile the top hotel participants.
The pet-loving Loews hotel chain has been celebrating ice cream all month long, so now it's time to catch up. From 4pm to 5pm daily, roaming carts filled with bomb pops, ice cream sandwiches, fudgesicles and creamsicles will be stationed in the lobbies of all 18 Loews Hotel properties across North America. For free!
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In what's probably the cutest contest ever, the Loews Coronado Bay will hold its sixth annual Surf Dog Competition on Coronado's Imperial Beach on June 4. You can't beat adorable dogs on surfboards.
More than 60 pooches are expected to jump into the ocean and hang 10 on their boards in hopes of winning bragging rights. Plus, the first-place winner of each division scores prizes, like a pet vacation at the dog-friendly hotel.