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Look What Aloft Brooklyn Caught On Surveillance Tape

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  Site Where: 216 Duffield St [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11201-5303
August 30, 2011 at 12:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

When idle hotel guests are left to their own devices...

Aloft hotels in New York have partnered up with indie music blog Pitchfork to create a a "video surveillance" live music series, featuring different bands performing in the rooms. While this is conceptually very reminiscent of Yotel's 100 Under 2 Festival, there is one big difference: you can't actually attend the performances in the hotel.

Instead, everything takes place on the screen. In fuzzy, distorted images—so you feel like you're spying on a private rehearsal, which is actually the opposite of a performance. Kinda cool!

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The Chelsea Hotel Finds New Life...As A Guitar

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  Site Where: 222 W. 23rd St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10011
August 15, 2011 at 9:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

The story isn't quite finished yet at the Chelsea Hotel (are you really surprised?), despite the fact that its new owner has temporarily shuttered the whole place.

A Racked story explains that pieces of the hotel's woodwork (as in, beams, lumber and scraps) are actually being used by Carmine Street Guitars owner Rick Kelly to, yep, build new guitars. Apparently, Kelly sees the relics as "bones of Old New York City." Funny, we'd be willing to bet they'd find actual bones in there, if they were willing to dig deep enough.

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Who'd You Rather: Ike Turner Or John Lee Hooker? The Choice Is Yours In Clarksdale

Where: 615 Sunflower Ave [map], Clarksdale, MS, United States, 38614
August 4, 2011 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, Julia Buckley will be taking us down the Blues trail in the Mississippi Delta and giving us the lowdown on the hotel scene. So kick off your blue suede shoes and get comfy.

If you only have time to stay in one Delta town, it’s probably going to be Clarksdale – there’s more to see and do there than the other places. And if the lux Lofts at the Five and Dime are out of your budget’s league, as they were for us, then you should do what we did and go for The Riverside Hotel.

The Riverside oozes blues history - so much so that it even has its own blues marker standing outside. So if you want to immerse yourself in the music, this is where to come. First up, the sober history: the building was originally Clarksdale’s Afro-American hospital, and it’s here that blues singer Bessie Smith died after a car crash (according to legend, she was refused entry to a closer, white hospital).

Then in 1944 the building was extended – think doubled in size – and converted into a hotel by the redoubtable-sounding Mrs ZL Hill. Being Clarksdale’s only African-American hotel during segregation meant that every black artist who came to Clarksdale (and there were many) stayed there. John Lee Hooker, Ike Turner, Muddy Waters, Robert Nighthawk, Aretha Franklin’s dad, etc etc. Even JFK Jr stayed here when he came for a blues festival.

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No Blues And No Biscuits, But That's A Good Thing

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  Site Where: 501 2nd Street [map], Indianola, MS, United States, 38751
August 3, 2011 at 9:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, Julia Buckley will be taking us down the Blues trail in the Mississippi Delta and giving us the lowdown on the hotel scene. So kick off your blue suede shoes and get comfy.

Indianola is a place that many people seem to skip when they’re in the Delta. We made this mistake our first time, too, with a drive-through visit to the (incredible) BB King Museum. This time, we decided to stay overnight – and were recommended the Blue Biscuit Bungalows.

The Blue Biscuit itself is a blues bar open at weekends opposite the BB King Museum in downtown Indianola. As a bar, it’s pretty and charming; but as a place to stay, it’s one of the best in the Delta.

You have two options: one, a shotgun cottage that, unlike the Tallahatchie Flats, has been done up: painted yellow outside and converted into a modern house inside with awesome kitsch everywhere (yes, Elvis is in the building). That’s out on the road by the bar.

The other option is the one we stayed in: the summer house. It’s tucked away in the owners’ garden, by the pool and next to their main house. So your bed is about 10ft from the swimming pool. While we’re on the subject: swimming pool. Mississippi Delta. Two things we never thought we’d see together. Wow.

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Clarksdale's Lofts May Cost More Than A Dime, But They're Probably Worth It

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  Site Where: 211 Yazoo Avenue [map], Clarksdale, MS, United States, 38614
August 2, 2011 at 10:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, Julia Buckley will be taking us down the Blues trail in the Mississippi Delta and giving us the lowdown on the hotel scene. So kick off your blue suede shoes and get comfy.

So you want to visit the Mississippi Delta, but the Tallahatchie Flats seem just a little too dirty, you don’t want a chain motel, and the Alluvian, lovely as it is, could be anywhere. Never fear, though – you shan’t be robbed of your authentic Delta experience. You just have to move an hour north of Greenwood to Clarksdale. There, you’ll find The Lofts At The Five And Dime.

Although the Lofts are the swankiest places to stay in Clarksdale, they’re not exactly a hotel – they’re six mini apartments above the old Woolworth's building in downtown Clarksdale. They’re all owned privately but rented out pretty much permanently. All this really means to you is that you get a full kitchen, living room and washer-dryer included with your bedroom (score), that each loft looks different from the next (fine) and that, occasionally, you’ll see marks of the owners (in Loft D, for instance, there was a photo of the family in the bathroom).

You won’t feel all adrift as you might in a normal apartment, though, because the whole outfit is overseen by Bubba O’Keefe (to be honest, it’s really worth staying there just to say you’ve stayed with a man called Bubba). If we tell you Bubba is the epitome of southern hospitality, you probably won’t believe us, so we’ll just tell you that we met him as he was showing a guest – and, now, a friend – round the WROX museum in town, which he owns, and our quick museum tour turned into a two hour sit down and chat on the original sofas upstairs where Ike Turner used to work and Elvis popped in to play. Amazing.

So, yeah, Bubba will be your friend/concierge in town. Don’t worry about that.

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Inside a Regular Room and All Around Liverpool's Beatles-Theme Hard Day's Night Hotel

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  Site Where: 41-44 North John Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom, L2 6RR
July 27, 2011 at 4:19 PM | by | Comment (1)

Chances are, if you're heading to Liverpool to take in the Beatles and pop music history of the city, the Hard Day's Night Hotel is on your list of must-sleeps or at least must-sees. You almost can't avoid it, since the hotel sits at the entrance to the famous "Cavern Quarter," down which alley-like street you'll find the various underground music clubs that nurtured the young Beatles, The Who, and basically name any famous British musician from the 1950s through 1970s.

We've already given you a full look around the hotel's Paul McCartney suite and a peek at room service, but downstairs there's so much more going on. The HDN isn't just a hotel with a slight glaze of Beatles theme; the fab four are baked into the place, with priceless artwork at every turn and design flair that keeps it far away from looking anything like a Hilton or Marriott.

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What Would Ringo Order from Room Service?

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  Site Where: 41-44 North John Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom, L2 6RR
July 19, 2011 at 4:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

The answer: not this! Despite the fact that both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are vegetarians, the Liverpool Beatles-themed Hard Day's Night Hotel proudly features the "Hard Day's Night Burger" on their room service menu, ringing up at a cool 13.75 GBP. That, with the current exchange rate, is a $22.18 burger, a cost made up for by the giant potato wedges qualifying as gourmet chips on the side.

If it weren't for Ringo's history of stomach issues, maybe he would have ordered it. But you know what? We're still sticking with not, since the hotel features a Lennon Suite and a McCartney Suite, but no Starr Suite...yet.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Inside the Paul McCartney Suite at Liverpool's Hard Day's Night Hotel

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  Site Where: 41-44 North John Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom, L2 6RR
July 18, 2011 at 4:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's a music fan's dream to make The Beatles pilgrimage to the English town of Liverpool, and experience not only the famous Cavern Club (where the Fab Four played some 292 times!), but The Beatles Story exhibit and maybe...just maybe...the entire Beatles-themed Hard Day's Night Hotel.

The Hard Day's Night, or HDN as we'll call it for short, is an extremely new hotel for the area—opened in 2008—situated in a striking historical building with a serious presence in the Cavern district. Every bit of the hotel is named for something Beatles-related; there's Blake's Restaurant (for Sir Peter Blake, illustrator of the Sergeant Pepper album cover), Bar Four (for the Fab Four themselves), and the Paul McCartney Suite. This weekend, we stepped into the latter for a look around and emerged with an old fashioned case of Beatlesmania.

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Guitar-Shaped Ice Sculptures and Hank Williams Crab Cakes Come to the Waldorf=Astoria This Weekend

Where: 301 Park Ave between E 49th and E 50th Streets [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022
March 11, 2011 at 3:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Waldorf=Astoria isn't exactly the first place that comes to mind when we think of rock and roll. Their restaurant is named "Peacock Alley," for chrissakes. But a ballroom is a ballroom, and, as it turns out, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has made use of the Waldorf=Astoria ballroom since the first induction ceremony in 1986.

If you're interested in catching a glimpse of this year's seven inductees (among them are Tom Waits, Neil Diamond, Leon Russell, Alice Cooper), you're probably out of luck. Hey, a closed-door, invitation-only event is a closed-door, invitation-only event! But, for the music lovers among you, there is a silver lining to this VIP-only cloud.

Peacock Alley—which incidentally is currently celebrating its 80th anniversary—has arranged a rock and roll-themed cocktail and small plates menu to coincide with the RRHOF's 25th annual induction ceremony.

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Inside Chicago's Hotel Sax: Anne Rice-Meets-Business Traveler

Where: 333 North Dearborn [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60610
October 15, 2009 at 1:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

After booking the pleasant surprise that was a $99 name-your-own-price dealy on Priceline for our stay at Chicago's Hotel Sax, we couldn't wait to check the place out, especially since we still remember it as the ugly House of Blues Hotel. We knew it had a dreamy location right on the Chicago River and cuddled up next to the stunning Marina City towers and across the street from the Trump International Hotel & Tower, but is it worthy of such a spot and—even more importantly—is it worth the $99 we paid for the night? Let's break it down...

Check-in:
The entrance of the Hotel Sax is perpetually dark, as it is directly in the shadow of the Marina City buildings. But if you can find the 10Pin bowling lounge entrance or the Bin36 restaurant, then between them you'll see the hotel lobby. Walking into reception, whose walls were white and mirrored and whose furniture and red area rugs heavily leaned towards boudoir-chic, we wondered what Priceline had gotten us into. Over the cut glass cabinet cum reception desk, we were handed our room key (made of recycled PVC) and invited to grab a small vial of Moroccan spices sitting out in a basket near the elevator. What?!

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$99 And Crossed Fingers Got Us This Room At Chicago's Hotel Sax

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  Site Where: 333 North Dearborn [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60610
October 14, 2009 at 11:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we needed a quickie place to crash for a night in Chicago while still attempting to enjoy our evening by avoiding the super cheapie motels, we naturally turned to a name-your-own-price deal. After great success with our hotel in Berlin before, we opted for Priceline and came out of the negotiations with a 4-star hotel in the River North neighborhood for $80 a night, or $99 including taxes and fees. It was the Hotel Sax, formerly the House of Blues Hotel since it's located directly next to the House of Blues club.

All snuggled into room 1433, on the 14th floor facing down onto the Chicago River, the House of Blues, and directly up at the architecturally stunning Marina City towers, we reveled in the free wifi and spacious bathroom, unlike what we're used to back in New York. For a bigger look at what $99 and a little last-minute planning scored us at the Sax, check out our room video above and stay tuned for tomorrow's full gallery and review.

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Inside The Shotgun Houses of The Shack Up Inn

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  Site Where: 001 Commissary Circle [map], Clarksdale, United States, 38614
August 24, 2009 at 3:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

After we loved our stay in the Tallahatchie Flats last week, a friendly Mississippi local told us we should see the Shack Up Inn about five miles outside of Clarksdale (home to Morgan Freeman’s blues club, Ground Zero and restaurant, Madidi).

So we popped along and, sure enough, we thought it was great. The Shack Up is set on what remains of the Hopson Plantation (part of the official Blues Trail). It’s bigger than the Tallahatchie Flats – there are 10 shacks, one house, and 10 “bin” rooms in the old cotton gin. Shacks cost from $60 a night, and the bin rooms from $65.

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