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Moxy Hotels, the hip and affordable hotel brand for young folk, is opening its first location this summer at Milan's Malpensa Airport (Terminal 2) in August, followed by several more European airport hotels next year. We've seen renderings of the exterior for Moxy but today, we've got a sneak peek at the interiors.
Designers David Tracz and David Shove-Brown, co-founders of the Washington DC-based Studio3877, were tapped to do the architectural and interior concepts for the brand and judging from these renderings, they've really nailed the "contemporary design" aspect for Moxy, especially in the guest rooms.
These spaces look so sleek and chic, it's hard to believe they will be at affordable rates. No, really. These are affordable rates. We found a room for 89 Euros for a standard room at Moxy Milan on September 1. And of course, that includes free WiFi.
[Renderings by Neoscape]
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Tosh & Carmine at the Carlton Hotel New York, for Marriott's #LoveTravels campaign
June is Pride month, and plenty of hotels are getting into the spirit by saluting the LGBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) community in different ways. Here are a few that caught our eye, for every guest in the rainbow.
For the Party Animal: Dream Downtown in NYC. Party lovers heading to NYC for Pride (June 24-29) will want to check out the Dream Downtown, offering a Pride package which includes drinks at check-in (might as well get started) and an all-access pass to “Hot & Wet,” a DJ-hosted Pride kick-off pool party on Tuesday, June 24. Also provided is a hangover kit that includes Emergen-C and, most importantly, a 3pm checkout. Rates start at $350 per night with a two-night minimum; valid for stays through June 30, 2014.
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Menu items at the Renaissance Denver Downtown.
Last week, while having a drink in the lobby of the Renaissance Denver Downtown - we opened the bar menu to take a peek at the fare. Amongst the typical city-priced items, we noticed that one option stood out from the rest.
It looked strange and out of place, that last item with the peculiar price tag: 99 cent homeamde chips and dip. Was this a mistake? If soft pretzels are $8, and almonds $6... were the chips stale or something? We immediately put our hand in the air for the bartender to come over. We pointed at the menu. Are you serious with these chips?
Well, wouldn't you know that we just so happened to stumble upon one of the industry's best kept secrets. Turns out, all 157 Renaissance Hotels around the world have featured 99 cent chips on their bar menus since 2010. We've always been told to never question a good thing, but that simply doesn't work for a writer. Why, in a world where, quite frankly, hotel guests have become complacent and accepting of overpaying for food and beverage, would a hotel do such a thing?
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It's pretty much common knowledge these days that weddings are all about the bride. Rightfully so in many ways, but even the most intense bridezilla has to admit that when it comes to hotel wedding packages, the grooms have always gotten the short end of the stick. Think about it. There's typically a beautiful, spacious suite with in-room hair services and champagne for the bridal party. Meanwhile, the groom and his three groomsmen share two double beds.
The Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts Collection is looking to fix this injustice with its "No Guy Left Behind" package, part of its "Worry-Free Weddings Program." Obviously, despite being designed for guys, women are still naming these packages.
Basically, it's an activity menu that offers a selection of things for the guys to do leading up to the wedding, such as cigar, scotch, and tequila tastings, flag football on the beach, and grooming sessions at the spa/salon. Personally, this writer finds the booze tasting to be an intriguing option, perhaps as a groomsmen present the day before the wedding. Flag football sounds like a good way to shake off the nerves, so long as everyone remembers it's only a game.
Memorial Day is often seen as the unofficial kick-off to summer, a three-day weekend filled with booze, pool parties and barbecue but Marriott Hotels have brought the real meaning of the holiday back to focus--honoring the men and women who gave their lives fighting for the United States.
The hotel chain has launched their 3rd annual “Fairways-Fore-FREEdom,” which will give members of the armed forces discounted twilight (after 3pm) green fees/carts at participating Marriott golf courses, ranging from just $29 - $69. The military men and women will also receive a free replay certificate for another day.
The program will last until Veteran's Day, November 11 while the free replay certificates will be valid until December 31. For more information on the golf courses, head over to Marriott Golf.
And with that, we will be taking off on Monday for the holiday. Look for our stories again on Tuesday!
[Photo: Marriott Golf/Facebook]
We're all guilty of it: rolling into our hotel room; throwing the suitcase on the floor and leaving it there, still packed, for the duration of our stay. Maybe if the hotel room closet had some features more enticing than a single bar and a couple of flimsy hangers, we'd be more compelled to put away our clothes nicely.
TownePlace Suites by Marriott have now partnered with The Container Store to install the store's famous elfa closet system into all newly built and renovated hotels. Guests will find multiple closet rods, ventilated drawers and shelves for shoes. The closet offers two levels of hanging space to accommodate everything from dresses to pants, and shelves and a gliding drawer for suitcases, briefcases, t-shirts, sweaters and other folded items.
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Last summer we saw the hybrid Marriott hotel rising in downtown Los Angeles from the 10 Freeway. This month, we've got a closer look at the hotel which sits across from The Staples Center and the LA Live entertainment district and which will host 174 Courtyard by Marriott rooms and 218 Residence Inn suites.
As you can see, the wacky wavy-looking exterior is completely done and the signage is up while the websites are live with photos of the rooms. Of note, both hotels are sporting the newest room designs for the brands, which not only look pretty but are supposed to be super functional, i.e. the ottoman with a table top over it and the modular desk furniture.
The hotels are supposedly opening this month but we weren't able to make reservations on the website just yet. We'll let you know when those open up for real and how much they're going for.
Residence Inn by Marriott
Courtyard by Marriott
[Top photo: HotelChatter; Renderings: Marriott International]
To all the hotels out there that still insist on charging for WiFi, consider this comment we just received:
Earlier this month I stayed at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley which provides WiFi in the room for $12.99 a day!
When I questioned this they told me that I had the option of using the free WiFi in the Lobby, which didn't help me when I needed to check my email while still in pajamas at 6:00AM.
Other than the WiFi situation the hotel was great, but it's the only reason I need to ensure I never book this hotel again.
It's a shame that they will lose my future business over a ridiculous WiFi fee, but I'm guessing I'm not the only one.
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To get online at a Marriott Hotel, typically you have to hang out in the lobby where the flagship brand of Marriott International has free WiFi for all, across all their hotels. Marriott has done this for its other brands too, including JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton. But unless you're an elite member of Marriott Rewards you still have to pay for WiFi in your hotel room.
This is frustrating for sure, but even more so when Marriott International's select service brands----Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn and Suites, Springhill Suites, Residence Inn and TownPlace Suites--have free WiFi for all guests, everywhere in the hotel. And they aren't just offering free WiFi, they're making sure it's really good WiFi.
In the past year, these brands have been pushing hard to improve the quality of their WiFi speeds for guests through a variety of strategies. For example, the newest Courtyard by Marriott which opened in NYC earlier this year, has "1.25 gigabytes of bandwidth with horizontal and vertical fiber optical cable network that allows for fast, extensive use on multiple devices at one time." Marriott has also introduced a tiered structure where basic WiFi is free and where faster WiFi can be bought. (The tiered WiFi structure is also in place the brands that charge for basic WiFi.)
While we can only hope that all of Marriott International's hotel brands will soon have free WiFi in the guest rooms, we do have to commend this special group for making free and working WiFi a priority.
To that end we asked Violeta Seidell, Vice President, Project Services for Marriott International a few questions (via email) about Marriott's recent WiFi strategies. While her answers focus mainly on the select service brands, a Marriott rep tell us the answers also apply to the full-service brands.
But now Marriott has gone one step further. Guests will now be able to "real-time chat" with the hotel with the Guest Service Requests function. The chat feature is available to Marriott Rewards' guests and allow for two-way text messaging, if you need an extra pillow or have issues with the WiFi. No word on if you can order up a club sandwich at 2 am, but room service is easy enough.
Right now, the text-like chat is only available at 15 properties around the country, and pending its success, will be rolled out to more cities by the end of the year. Right now you can chat with guest services at the New York Marriott Downtown, Boston Marriott Copley Place, Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile and Marriott San Diego Hotel and Marina to name a few.
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If you live in the area or plan to pass through Denver next week, the JW Marriott Cherry Creek is going to be the temporary home for an exclusive showing of Impressionist & Modern paintings, American art, 19th Century European art, and luxury timepieces on April 22rd through 24th.
It promises to be a pretty impressive exhibit, featuring more than 15 pieces that include paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Thomas Moran, Camille Pissarro, and Norman Rockwell, plus sculptures by Edgar Degas and Henry Moore.
Put on in a partnership with Christie’s Fine Art, the collection is making a stop in Denver on its way to be auctioned off in New York City later this year. Believe it or not, the painting shown below by Thomas Moran, entitled "The Grand Canyon of the Colorado," was painted in 1904 and is expected to sell for $8 million. $8 million!
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Renaissance Hotels, Marriott's "luxury lifestyle" brand, is getting on the expansion bandwagon by expanding into Latin America. The Renaissance Hotel Santiago becomes their third hotel in South America and their first in Chile’s capital.
The hotel’s design team is New York based dashdesign and Santiago based MC Studio, who also designed W Santiago (while working at Tony Chi). A classic modern approach was taken to the hotel’s design, featuring large open spaces with simple but sculptural furnishings, finished in warm earth tones and shades of grey.
What really makes the interiors come alive is the use of Latin-inspired accent colors and bold artwork, which gives the hotel its local flavor. Speaking of flavor, there is one fine dining restaurant and several options for casual fare including poolside, and in the bar or lounges. For a liquid only excursion, the hotel offers regional wine and beer, as well as 29 varieties of coffee. This is after all, South America.