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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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One&Only Reopens Hayman Island Australia

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  Site Where: Great Barrier Reef, Australia
July 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

As promised back in January, Hayman Island – the northernmost of Australia’s Whitsunday Islands – reopened last week fresh off of $80 million dollars’ worth of revamp, officially becoming “One&Only Hayman Island” in the process.

A lot has changed, as you would expect for that kind of cash, from updated rooms to a new spa and restaurants, but the basics are still there: a remote private island, a yacht transfer (or seaplane or helicopter, if you prefer) away from Hamilton Island, and the expanse of the Great Barrier Reef around you.

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5 Things to Do at the Four Seasons George V Without Booking a Room

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  Site Where: 31, avenue George V, Paris, France, 75008
July 3, 2014 at 11:31 AM | by | Comment (1)

Paris is crazy expensive, especially when you get into the five-star hotel world, but who doesn't want a hit of that kind of luxe?

Here's how to get your glam on at one of the most iconic hotels in all of hoteldom without having to spend the night: the Four Seasons George V in Paris where rooms start at 1,000 Euros a night. Your bank account will thank us.

1. Cocktails at Le Bar: Fresh off a renovation, Le Bar is the cheapest, er, easiest way to take in the ambiance of the George V. We recommend the George Fizz champagne cocktail for 28 EUR ($38) because hello, it's champagne. Mixed with fresh strawberries, raspberries and orange juice, as well as guava juice, we thought it had more than enough vitamins and phyto-nutrients to cancel out the alcohol.

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The World's Tallest Twin Towers Are Coming To China, And They Will Have Hotels

Where: Wuhan, Hubei, China
July 3, 2014 at 10:51 AM | by | Comments (2)

Are you a thrill-seeker, but only in a conservative way? Like heights, but wouldn’t jump off them? Enjoy getting to know a new culture, but only in familiar surroundings?

If so, we have your 2018 vacations sorted. You’re going to China! Specifically, to Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province in Central China.

It’s in Wuhan that the tallest twin towers in the world are currently under construction, and the Telegraph reports that they will house hotels, among other things. Exactly where they will sit in the 3280ft towers is unclear, but let’s hope they’re nice and high.

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Opening Offers at Peninsula Paris Start Just Under $1,000 a Night

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  Site Where: 19, Avenue Kléber, Paris, France, 75116
July 3, 2014 at 8:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Nearly ten years in the making, Peninsula Paris will finally have its first regular guests file through the doors on Friday, August 1. We spent a few hours last week exploring what those premiers clients can expect for the nearly $1,000 (€695) a night and up they will be spending on one of the hotel’s 200 rooms and suites under the “Avant-Première” opening offer.

Room-wise, the lead-in rate that’s (for now) just shy of four digits puts you in the Superior category, which comes in at 35 sq m (375 sq ft) with either King or Queen Bed. All rooms come with a separate dressing area, marble bathrooms, free WiFi and long-distance VOIP calls, and proprietary in-room tablets in 11 languages. More space is available in four steps towards a Grand Premier Room, which adds an additional €1,000 ($1,370) to the nightly bill. As we’ve said before, Parisian Palace Hotels aren’t for the faint of heart.

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Gŏng on Floor 52 of Shangri-La at the Shard Is London’s Highest Hotel Bar

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  Site Where: 31 St. Thomas Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9QU
July 2, 2014 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

When Shangri-La at the Shard finally opened in May, the highest bit of London’s first hotel high up was still a work in progress: the 52nd floor with bar Gŏng, swimming pool, and gym. While the pool will arrive mid-August, bar Gŏng (derived from dougong, a Chinese architectural element of interlocking wooden brackets) is now open and has claimed its title as the city’s highest hotel bar.

We headed over earlier this week to see it for ourselves, arriving without a reservation – something that, given the capacity restriction at 90 people, we wouldn’t recommend during weekend peak times. You make your way up to the 35th floor first, where you switch elevators to complete the journey to level 52. Once there, you’ll find two main sections: a cocktail bar facing north with a range of seating, and a larger section facing east with a champagne bar towards the back.

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This Luxury Hotel Has Its Very Own Pasta Room On-Site

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  Site Where: 22701 S Pelican Hill Rd [map], Newport Beach, CA , United States, 92657
July 1, 2014 at 10:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Resort at Pelican Hill is a long ways from Italy in Newport Beach, Calif. but a visit here might have you believing you really did stay at an Italian seaside village on your vacation. And it will be all thanks to the resort's freshly-made pasta.

Pelican Hill has 128 ultra-luxe bungalows and villas where guests can retreat after a long, "hard" day of relaxing by the circular pool, hitting the Tom Fazio-designed golf course, playing tourist at nearby Balboa Island or even just meandering the expansive resort grounds.

At night, there's no need to venture outside into the "rough and tumble" streets of Newport because the resort has its own incredibly authentic Italian restaurant, Andrea Ristorante with tables on a terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Here Chef Marco Criscuolo has created a menu filled with northern Italy specialities using ingredients locally sourced from The Irvine Ranch (these folks also own the hotel.) And of course, pasta is featured heavily on the menu, so much so that the restaurant has its own temperature-controlled pasta room where over a dozen pastas are made everyday. Come si dice "Swoon" in Italiano?

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Hotel Okura Tokyo Will Close Next Year Until 2019

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  Site Where: 2-10-4 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
June 27, 2014 at 8:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

Tokyo’s Toranomon Hills Tower may have only just opened, Andaz hotel and all, but one of the classic hotels nearby is planning its own future skyscraper already: the Hotel Okura Tokyo – famous for its 1960s time capsule lobbywill close next year August for four years of redevelopment.

Come February 2019, a brand new two-tower complex should be finished, which will increase room count from just over 400 to 550, adding office space in the process. Design will maintain “traditional Japanese aesthetics” while bringing in all the latest technological equipment – and looking at some of the room photos on the hotel’s website, they look like they could use some work. Half of the hotel’s grounds will be turned into a green “metropolitan oasis”.

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Soak Up Dutch History at Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

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  Site Where: Herengracht 542-556, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1017 CG
June 26, 2014 at 8:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

Having walked by and peered through the windows at Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam on a number of occasions, we finally had a chance to look inside the six 17th and 18th century canal houses on the city’s Herengracht that were converted into the hotel.

That included these beautiful sculptures, part of a rather pretty staircase with skylight inside the "Marot" house at number 548, now the main entrance of the hotel. The six houses were cobbled together to offer 93 rooms and suites and a host of other facilities, including an unusually large and private garden, all opened just shy of two months ago.

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A Magical Mystery Tour of Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris

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  Site Where: 4 rue d'Anjou, Paris, France, 75008
June 25, 2014 at 2:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

Now that the word is out regarding the sale of the Mondrian Soho to the Buddha-Bar Hotel Collection owner, Gerard Guez, we thought you might like to have a peek at the fairly-new Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris (opened as a Preferred Boutique Hotel in June 2013) to get an idea of what all the brouhaha is about regarding these properties in Paris, Prague and Budapest.

The 56-room Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris is located right in the fashion heart of the 8th arrondissement (and is often used in fashion shoots), just off Faubourg Saint-Honoré but, when you enter, you feel as if you’re not in Kansas (or Paris) anymore. All looks standard-issue Paris on the outside of the 1734 building, but step inside to face the 120 red-glass lanterns hanging at the entrance, and you imagine that you’ve been thrown into the movie classic, “Shanghai Express.”

With just a hint of opium-den design, the hotel and its rooms are full of mahogany wood, red or black lacquered doors and tabletops, golden brown or yellow walls and carpets, and grey or red sofas and chairs. Greeting you in the lobby, besides the Buddha-like black cat, is the Chinese Dragon woven into the carpet – a motif you’ll find throughout the hotel – as the official protector of travelers to this, and other, foreign lands.

Have a look at the photo gallery!

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Previewing Peninsula Paris, Opening August 1

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  Site Where: 19, Avenue Kléber, Paris, France, 75116
June 25, 2014 at 9:41 AM | by | Comment (1)

Even capricious Paris was on best behavior yesterday for the preview of its latest palace hotel arrival, framing The Peninsula Paris with blue skies, cotton clouds and a blazing summer sun. Now five weeks away from official opening on August 1, we had a chance to peek inside the spectacularly restored 1908 grand hotel on Avenue Kléber – above in an official early evening photograph showing off its scale and symmetry in a way that the former makes difficult to capture closer up.

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Name Your Own Star, And Other 'Extraordinary Experiences' From Four Seasons

Where: Europe
June 24, 2014 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Milky Way, with HotelChatter star

Ever strolled across the Ponte Vecchio in Florence and thought, if only there were a private place to have dinner and enjoy this beautiful view? Ever visited the Royal Observatory at Greenwich and thought, Greenwich Mean Time would mean so much more to me if I could have it to myself? Ever gone to the opera (in Prague, to be precise), and thought, this is all well and good, but those acoustics would really shine better if it was just me and my loved ones soaking them up?

If so, the European cluster of new Four Seasons Experiences may well be for you.

Similar to the newly launched Peninsula Academy, Four Seasons Experiences are for people to whom a Four Seasons property is what a Motel 6 is to the rest of us: completely affordable and a little bit yawn. To stifle that yawn, the brand has come up with various “experiences” to liven up your stay. Having taken a look at the European ones, we’d say they’re pretty good. Pretty good if you’re a particularly spendthrift oligarch, that is.

Let’s start with one for everyone, or everyone who can afford to stay at the George V in Paris. All guests of the hotel and Le Cinq restaurant can partake in a special monthly wine tasting in the hotel’s wine cellar. It’s guided by Eric Beaumard, director of Le Cinq, and cheese, charcuterie and puff pastry snacks included too. Win! Cost: just the room rate, a mere €905 and up.

Up next: a behind-the-scenes visit at St Petersburg’s famous Russian Museum, courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St Petersburg. You’ll get a 90-minute tour of the museum’s restoration chambers and a walkthrough of the restoration process. Price: $1175 per visit (maximum three people). Room rates from $502. Perfect for those wishing to celebrate their first mil with an art purchase and wanting some Proper Background.

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