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Who doesn't love a little charm a la Lost in Translation? As the movie summed it up, no country takes the award better than Japan. A hotel-blog site for Japanese Hotel leaves us smiling and prompts us to plan our next getaway.
Steering clear of Tokyo usually means more cultural blunders, so you can bet we're on it. Plus, Mount Fiji is pretty much one of those places you have to see and tick off your travel to-do list. Apparently the Fuji View hotel has...great views. Located alongside Lake Kawaguchi, the hotel is surrounded by cherry blossom trees, gardens, and views of Mt. Fuji.
As for the amenities, well, the hotel has facilities entirely for...well we're not exactly sure:
The Entirely Facilities of Fuji View Hotel Japan
The health facilities are well-prepared for all visitors and include a fitness center, sauna, spa, Jacuzzi, and massage. A doctor is on call is 24 hours a day for any health problems.
Ok great, we think we got it, plus the doctor is there to help us in case we interpreted something terribly wrong.
As for food, they have it covered:
Enjoy taste the delicious local food at the restaurant in Fuji View Hotel or a la carte international menu upon request
Ok so food, amenities, doctors, Mt. Fuji, and a hotel. Ok we hotel book make happy!
Cal Girl Finance has to stay in hotels a little more frequently than the average person, as evidenced by this list:
Things I take home every week:
1 pair slippers
6 bars of soap (I get 2 per night and I save my soap from the week before to re-use)
2-3 bottle of shampoo and conditioner (I use one bottle every 2 weeks)
3 bottles of lotion
3 bottles of mouthwash
3 bottles of body wash
3 boot buffers
3 sewing kits
3 body basics kits (cotton swabs, cotton balls, nail file)
3 shower caps
But nights spent away from home don't give her the blues, like it would for some people. Instead she's found a good way to give hotel toiletries a new life.
For my friend's bridal shower, I hand out party favors that consisted of my free toiletries from my hotel stays.
Let's hope those bachelorette party girls are getting Hermes or Aveda toiletries and not Holiday Inn soap and body wash.
· Why I Love Staying at Hotels [Cal Girl Finance]
Not so long ago, Megg Mueller Shulte, author of USA Today's popular Hotel Hotsheet went blog. Now, just a few months later, we learn she has split for her hometown of Reno where she will write for Reno.com.
In her stead, the venerable Kitty Bean Yancey will be taking over.
(In a nod to true transparency, we should tell you that here at SFO Media headquarters we are pronouncing it Kitty Beyoncé)
What is most impressive about all this? How quickly they moved from a giant drop shadowed image of redheaded Megg, complete with luggage, to a new image of brunette Kitty Beyoncé with requisite trolley luggage.
It should be noted that Kitty is sporting more airline tags than Megg, whatever that means.
As we have noted in this space before, Megg is a longtime friend of HotelChatter (FOHC) and we wish her all the best out in Reno.
If you are a gay man with an unrequited crush on 80s one-album sensation Tiffany ("I Think We 're Alone Now), and live in the Southern California area, then you're in luck. The Annual White Party kicks off today in Palm Springs.
"This year's White Party begins where last year's left off - beyond belief," said producer Jeffrey Sanker.
The 17th annual bash is beind held at a couple of venues and the host hotel is the Wyndham Palm Springs which is where the daily pool party is being held. We hope no one traveling with small children or hoping to get a good night's sleep is staying there since the hotel is also hosting nightly parties from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m.
And of course, Tiffany is performing.
Lick it up!
In the beginning it was just four little people with a dream. Many years, many groupies, and plenty of in-fighting later, Tiny Kiss, the second incarnation of the original little people Kiss tribute band, has signed a 2-year, $1.5 Million deal to play at Beacher's Rockhouse at the Hard Rock Vegas every night at 9PM beginning July 1st, 2006.
Tiny Kiss is so popular that the Prince of Saudi Arabia flew them to his homeland and even let them stay in their own wing of his palace to play in front of the Prince and a dozen of his friends.
The made for VH-1, er, TLC story tells a tale of "artistic differences", mostly between original Mini Kiss band members Li'l Tim (the drummer) and Joy Fatale. The story goes, like, this:
Tim was banging all the groupies while Joey was watching from the background. Joey, using his strong-arm tactics, got the other band members of Mini Kiss together against Loomis, and in a fit of jealousy, kicked him out. Li'l Tim was heartbroken, the band having been the cornerstone of his life's work. Tim vowed to one day get back at his arch nemesis.
Li'l Tim became a headliner for Beacher's Madhouse at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas . Jeff Beacher, the mastermind behind Beacher's Madhouse, had been talking to Joey Fatale, and hired Mini Kiss to perform at the Madhouse, telling Joey that the only way he would put Mini Kiss onstage is if Li'l Tim Loomis was behind the drums once again. Joey agreed to put his jealousy aside and work with Tim Loomis once more.
Tim eventually found strength to finally get back at Joey when he met Shorty Rossi, Wee Matt McCarthy, and their much larger friend, Big Beth Mara. Together with Tim at the helm, they formed their own Kiss Satire Band, Tiny Kiss.
Revenge is sweet, especially when it is in the form of a 300 pound female Paul Stanley impersonator.
We are so going to one of these shows next time we are in Vegas.
More priceless photos post jump.
· Rival bands clash over little-person KISS tribute [LA Times]
· Hard Rock Hotels Little Person War [TP Insider]
· Hard Rock Vegas reviews [HotelChatter]
· Hard Rock Vegas Coverage [TripAdvisor]
Feeling, how do you say...old and unatttractive, Sheraton is trying to march to the tune of a different jingle.
The hotel's new slogan "Belong" will appear all over the media with smiling old men, Abercrombie & Fitch models, and random monks all coexisting in Pat Benatar-bliss to the tune of "We Belong".
The new "welcome pack" consists of a few things that *might* be useful for correspondence like a prepaid post card and 10-minute phone card--though we would rather have free in-room wireless, but hey that is just us.
Lastly there will be a personal welcome from a Sheraton Ambassador who
will make the [guests] passage into the hotel less transactional and more of a true and personal welcome.
We just hope these folks don't resemble the vapid teens that welcome folks into Abercrombie and Fitch. Or even worse, those phony friendly Best Buy greeters who always look at you like you just stole store merchandise. Ok, yeah, maybe we should lay off the meds, paranoia appears to be setting in.
· You Belong at Sheraton; Sheraton Launches $20 Million Ad Campaign and Signature ''Warm Welcome'' Experience [Hospitality Net]
At many luxury resorts, the only baking some guests want is in a deck chair, with oil, and white sandy beaches. Their tans are well done, but they are feasting raw.
The raw food movement-- eating nothing that is cooked above 110/ 120 degrees -- is not just for health nuts, celebs, and Californians. It's also for the discerning traveler.
You can taste wonderful avocado and coconut salad and apple and pear spaghetti at Bali's $400 a night Puri Ganesha Villas. The place markets itself as "one of the last laid-back luxury hideaways in Bali" and one of the first catering to the raw food diet. But, not the only.
Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri runs from $495 a night, serves raw cuisine, which goes well with the yogis, energy healers, and life coaches who visit the property. Cleanse the spirit and body during a week-long raw retreat.
The Farm at San Benito in the Philippines is both peacock and raw-friendly. This center for holistic medicine, spirituality, and living foods has received accolades from Spa Asia. Expect to pay $1,231.20 for a 7-day "medical retreat" where you can detox beneath the thatched-roof villas and elaborate gardens.
The Complete Retreat has been helping the detox process since 2002. Located 45 miles northwest of Marbella, Spain, this raw retreat caters to heiresses and businessmen who find common ground over sorbet made only from frozen bananas. An all-inclusive week runs around £1,350 ($2,416).
· Resorts Are Refining the Raw Food Scene [NY Times]
SFO*MEDIA, the mysterious and geographically confused outfit that publishes HotelChatter and Jaunted, is looking for some help. Pay is minimal for all of these "openings." Budget-wise, you should be thinking Motel 6 with a Triple AAA discount.
However, your name will be in ASCII lights, you will be a blogging star, and someday you might have your profile in a magazine featuring overexposed bloggers. It is the new new Olympic dream.
If the above does not make you physically ill, see what we are lookin' for, after the jump...
While this story has yet to receive international news attention, we feel that it is only a matter of time before the contraband winds up at a Norway Hotel.
· International Petty Art Thief Steals Hotel-Room Painting [The Onion]
· Munch Artwork Stolen then Recovered from Norway Hotel [HotelChatter]
These sites offer guests the chance to name the date, destination, and price, hand over credit card info, and cross fingers that the hotel they book isn't a Hotel Hell.
Sometimes you can find a real steal:
In central Boston and central Washington, on the other hand, Hotwire offers several accommodations for under $100 a night, including some three-star options. And in Las Vegas, a three-star spot goes for under $50 a night.
While the "opaque method" can sometimes score you a great hotel for a bargain rate, it only comes in handy when a hotel expects it's occupancy for a certain day to be less than 80%.
And good luck finding such deals in New York City.... even if you name your price you'll wind up paying about $200 for a two-star hotel.
· Perkins: Hotel rooms best bets on 'opaque' travel sites [Mercury News]
HotelMaven Courtney May recently tripped to the Estancia La Jolla, an hour north of San Diego, California. Her Flickr photostream has several shots of the hotel's exterior including this shot of the hotel's Mustangs and Burros bar.
Everyone is traveling with laptops, cell phones, iPods, and digital cameras, but who ever remembers to bring a plug adaptor to a fancy hotel overseas?
The world isn't only slender 120 volt plugs: down under prongs are angled, and Euro-prongs are cylindrical, and well that's just the beginning.
Good thing travel adaptors are widely available at airports and some hardware stores. But to save oneself the hassle, check out this one:
The Go!con W can change the form of the power supply plug of every country in the world into the form of a global plug. $28 worth of world-wide charging. Easier than a rubix cube, but just as fun to play with.
Note: It doesn't change the voltage-- so check your equipment regulations before using!