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Take a walk down memory lane with us, when travelers dressed up to fly, business deals were finalized over a two-martini lunch and hotels sported ice-machines on every floor (nowadays, they are usually only on a couple of floors.) With a little help from Sheraton Hotels, this stroll has become much easier thanks to their (almost) hidden gem--the Vintage Sheraton photo album on their Facebook page.
Uploaded a few weeks ago, the collection of vintage advertisements are a flashback to a more innocent time of travel with some focusing on features like bridging the gap between leisure and business travel (an on-going campaign for present day hotels) and bragging about properties that have air conditioning. One of the ads taunt guests to "enjoy air-conditioning, television, handsome furnishings, the very best of everything."
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It's no secret that Mad Men has inspired a nationwide renaissance of classic, American-inspired cocktails (heck, AMC even dedicated an entire webpage to cocktails featured on the show). In honor of the two-hour season premier this Sunday, we've gone ahead and compiled a list of the top Manhattan hotel bars serving Mad Men-inspired drinks. Whom you invite back up to your hotel room afterward is entirely up to you.
One of our favorite chi-chi hideouts in New York is The Peninsula, whose second-floor Gotham Lounge offers seven different martinis. Alternatively, show off your insider knowledge and ask for the Ning Sling ($24, pictured), which consists of Absolut Mandarin, Soho Lychee liqueur, lychee and passion fruit juices, and fresh mint leaves—the drink is so exclusive, it isn't even listed on the menu.
Five more cocktails after the jump!
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Something weird is going on with airport hotels. It's a full-circle effect really, in that the original airport hotels opened on auto routes to airpots in the dawn of the jet age, when people considered air travel a rare luxury and made the flight experience an event all its own. The 80s and 90s saw the reputation and quality of airport and roadside hotels drop, but now there's been a definite upturn with the re-introduction of style. Just look at the proliferation of Alofts, Elements and Yotels.
Just a second let's turn the clock back. Let's reflect on those original, full-service hotels that marked the beginning of a landmark trip in someone's life, in the 1960s. Welcome to Euro Motel, located on one of the main motorways leading into/away from Amsterdam-Schiphol International.
Howard Johnson must have realized it's not such a good look denying Don Draper...well, anything. And so, after last week's episode which portrayed the Man Men character driving off to a HoJo in Plattsburgh, NY with his new wife Megan, and being denied access to the hotel's pool, the company has decided to make up for their error.
Anybody who was actually born with the name Don Draper will receive a free night at a participating Howard Johnson this summer. It's the hotel's way of saying 'sorry' to all the Don Drapers of the world—even though, in real life, they never did anything wrong. Then again, we're not complaining. If we knew someone who was named Don Draper (and, very sadly, we don't), we'd be all over this like a spoon on orange sherbet.
As if you aren't being bombarded with ads for the new season of AMC's Mad Men, there's now also a viral stunt making its way around the social networks. It's called Draping, and the idea is simple: mimic Don Draper's pose in the famous Mad Men graphic (with his arm slung over a seatback, a cigarette casually perched between fingers), and post the pic with the hashtag #draping.
If you do some #draping in hotels & want to share, include @hotelchatter in your tweet or instagram, and we'll post some next week!
The character of Don Draper is no newbie when it comes to hotels, and one property that's been around since the days of "Ad Men" is super excited over the whole #draping thing:
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Believe it or not, the Crosby Street Hotel's screening room once in a while gets used for something other than weekly Sunday night film club gatherings. Like on Monday night, when a glitzier-than-thou crowd showed up for the season premiere of Mad Men, which the rest of us won't get to watch for another four days.
This now brings our itinerary of stops on the unofficial Man Men Worldwide Hotel Tour to a grand total of five! So far, we've counted Roosevelt New York (where Don Draper lives in Season 2), The Belvedere Hotel in Baltimare and the Millenium Biltmore in LA (the show filmed inside both hotels), Soho Hotel (where Jon Hamm got a little racy during a recent newspaper interview), and now, the Crosby Street Hotel.
The Roosevelt New York knows you've just been counting down the hours for the new season of Mad Men to start. And in between (or maybe in addition to) playing 60s dress-up and sneaking the odd blood mary at your desk, here's yet one more way to step into the Mad Men world.
Never one to miss an opportunity for gimmicks or contests, the Roosevelt has launched a "Mad Men In the City" package, running from now until June 31. The behind-the-scenes experience includes tickets to the Paley Center for Media, a Mad Men cookbook, 60s-inspired cocktails, and the season four DVD, all of which will likely have die-hard Don Draper fans foaming at the mouth.
Of course, this is also simply a way for the hotel to show off some of its recently renovated guest rooms—the new look is supposed to be going for "chic, NYC lifestyle"...we'd say Mad Men's pretty much got both of those covered.
Mad Men is indeed coming back on March 25 for a two-hour season premier (are you excited yet?), but if that's just a little too long to wait, here's a bit of Jon Hamm hotel gossip to fill the void.
Metro newspaper was sitting down for an intimate interview with the star on Valentine's Day at the Soho Hotel in London. And something about the hotel's snug vibe must have had everyone feeling pretty relaxed, because the next thing they knew, Hamm had been convinced to record a seductive voicemail greeting—in Hungarian. The editor (who is male, we should point out) explains:
"[Sundance Channel] arranged the interview. It took place in a room at London’s stunning Soho Hotel. Hamm sat on a plush couch, near the bottom of the bed, and answered my questions thoughtfully. It was every woman’s dream."
Click below to hear the greeting!
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Folks at The Chatwal (now a Luxury Collection hotel) are so excited about the season five premier of Mad Men, they've gone ahead and launched a brand spankin' new Mad Men luxury package for guests—despite the fact that episodes won't even hit the airwaves until mid-March 2012.
Controversy surrounding the new season has been circulating for a while now, and it was only two weeks ago that the official production schedule get released. So filming starts today. But in as little as three weeks, future Chatwal guests will start enjoying Old-Fashions and 90-minute massages as part of the package.
Yes, this looks pretty much like a room belonging to Don Draper.
We were all excited for the fourth season of Mad Men but now that it's here, we're feeling a little blue--or rather brown and yellow, the main colors of Don Draper's depressing bachelor apartment.
Perhaps what we need (and Don Draper too) is a night in a suite at The Pierre in New York complete with a bottle of champagne, a $150 credit for the Two E bar/lounge or in-room dining, along with the first two seasons of "Mad Men" so we can relive the good old days.
"A Mad Affair at The Pierre" runs until September 6 and starts at $970 a night, a price that Lane Pryce would have issues with. If you don't care what Lane says, have Joanie call 1-800-743-7734 to make a reservation. Good news for Don? The Pierre does have smoking rooms available.
Shut the door and have a seat. And fix us a drink while you're at it. Smoke? Don Draper returns to us once again on Sunday night when the fourth season of Mad Men premieres on AMC. And where there is a Don Draper, there is usually a forbidden tryst in a hotel room, which is why hotels loooooove Don Draper.
Here's a bunch of hotel events happening for the premiere as well as just general love for the series. We'll be keeping close watch on the Mad Men hotels this season and adding to this space here but if have any hotel-related Mad Men tips or news, send 'em to us here.
1. W Times Square: Mad Men Drinks at The Living Room Bar
From 7 to 11pm this Sunday, guests and locals can pop into the hotel's Living Room bar for 60s-style cocktails named after Mad Men characters. Drinks are just $10 and include The Draper (Old Fashioned); The Holloway (Tom Collins); The Campbell (Manhattan) and The Olsen (White Russian). A DJ will also be on hand spinning tunes from 1964. But you may want to scurry back to your rooms/apartments at 10pm when the show airs on AMC.
If you’re still sad that the Mad Men package at the St. Regis was canceled, here’s an ever-so-tiny piece of Mad Men hotel news that might brighten your day, at least a bit. The season three premiere features….a trip to the classic Belvedere Hotel in Baltimore!(Yes, like the rest of America, we've gone Mad Men mad.)
Since the Beaux-Arts Belvedere was converted to luxury condos way back in 1991, this is about the easiest way to see the hotel in its carefully researched, 1960s-era glory (unless, of course, you’ve got a thing for old archives).
At the heart of the episode is a business trip Don Draper ( Jon Hamm) and Salvatore Romano (Bryan Batt) take to Baltimore to do a little hand holding with one of their agency's clients, the father and son team running the company making London Fog raincoats.
The episode is titled "Out of Town," and it is written by series creator Matthew Weiner, who was born in Baltimore and attended Park School before his family moved to Los Angeles.
The Baltimore trip dominates the episode, with Don and Salvatore shacking up (no, not together! er, at least not that we’re aware of) at the Belvedere Hotel and dining at now-shuttered Baltimore institution Haussner’s.
Sigh. Just another reason we can’t wait for our Draper-and-friends fix come Aug. 16.