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You know Tiger Woods is getting up there in age when he's blaming bad play Wednesday at the back nine in The Barclays tournament at New Jersey' Liberty National Golf Course on account of a stiff neck and back.
How did he get these "injuries"? No, ex-wife Elin Nordegren didn't come at him with a nine iron again. Instead, Woods blames his problems on his "too soft" hotel bed .
"My neck and back are a little bit stiff. It was stiff this morning after a soft bed and just one of those things, sleeping in hotels." he said. "I didn't want to push it, so just took it easy and chipped and putted."
Hmm. If this isn't a Goldilocks moment, we don't know what is. Woods, who is looked to be a surefire winner in this pro-am tournament was asked if he was getting a new bed in time for the FedEx Cup Playoffs on Thursday. He answered with a smile, "What do you think? We'll have something." But will it be enough? The man has apparently been plagued by elbow and back injuries the whole summer.
Now we're not sure what hotel Woods is staying at, as there isn't a boatload of high-end hotels in Jersey City. Perhaps it's time to start traveling with a Tempurpedic, Tiger? After all, there's $10 million at stake here.
In the meantime, what do you think? Is Tiger being a big pussycat by blaming the hotel bed? Have you ever been unable to work thanks to a "too soft" sleeping situation? We'd like to know!
[Photo: John O'Boyle, The (Newark) Star-Ledger]
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A few weeks ago, we visited the southern-most beach town of the Jersey Shore, Cape May, located at Exit Zero of the Garden State Parkway. Unfortunately, the words “Jersey Shore” have been heavily tainted in recent years, so we must first ask that you get all that bad imagery out of your head.
Cape May is far from the obnoxious Jersey boardwalk scene you’ve seen on television. It boasts great seafood, raw bars, wineries, campgrounds, beach bars, and the second-highest concentration of Victorian buildings behind only San Francisco – most of which house bed and breakfasts.
During our visit, we spent the night at the Blue Rose Inn, one of the newest B & Bs in town. We chose them not only because they recently opened at the beginning of the summer season, but because they are putting a new spin on the B & B concept, one we think other future inn owners might want to consider.
Last time we checked in with Revel, they were in the process of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Last week, a court judge approved a $250 million financing plan that will allow the hotel and casino to continue its operations, including employee wages, sustaining loyalty programs, and paying its bills.
That’s good news for visitors this summer, who, in theory, shouldn’t see any operational changes if they look to help Revel make a comeback. That said, Revel laid off 83 workers last Wednesday from a variety of positions, so it remains to be seen whether those cuts will have any noticeable effect on the consumer (they still have 3,217 employees, so we’re guessing they’ll be all right).
According to the Associated Press, Revel is also rumored to be considering whether to drop its non-smoking policy, which is thought by many, including HC, to be one of the reasons for the casino’s poor performance. It is one of the few Atlantic City venues to have such a regulation.
[UPDATE: We received an email from Revel's public relations firm who has asked us to reword our story to indicate that the hotel "plans to file a consensual prepackaged chapter 11." ] Things just keep getting worse for the Revel in Atlantic City. On Tuesday, the most expensive casino ever built in New Jersey announced that it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
While it is a shame to see, we suppose it doesn't really come as a surprise as Revel's performance has not only been under tight scrutiny since its opening last spring, it has also been pretty poor, consistently at the bottom of the rankings when it comes to gambling revenue in Atlantic City. A lot of that disappointment and inability to attract a wide variety of clientele has been blamed on the hotel's non-smoking policy and high-priced restaurants.
Apparently, the house doesn't always win.
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Over a week later, much of the Jersey Shore has been devastated, and the Atlantic City boardwalk has all but disappeared, but casinos and hotels are starting to open up once more.
For starters, Revel re-opened on Saturday at noon, with the following words:
"Revel sustained minimal damage and although our team is fully ready, we have elected to reopen tomorrow to allow for residents to return to their homes. We are grateful to our staff for their continued support"
The 740-room Golden Nugget, which recently completed a major $150 million renovation in April, was the first casino to re-open after the storm. In fact, owners were so anxious to get gamblers back in the building that the doors were flung open within hours of Governor Chris Christie's official go-ahead on Friday.
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As was the case in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, disaster victims in New York and New Jersey are now being promised temporary government-paid hotel stays, if their housing situation (or lack thereof) warrants it. Though, don't go thinking these folks are headed for The Plaza or anything. At this point, all they care about is a dry, warm bed and a toilet that flushes.
Here's how it works: FEMA agrees to foot the bill for pre-arranged hotel stays that have been assigned to victims by a third party contractor (whose name is Corporate Lodging Consultants, in case you were wondering). The cost of the rooms is set at a fixed rate--the same rate paid for all federal employees who stay in hotels while on business.
The trouble is, even with that cushy government discount, rooms in NYC are still kinda pricey. Like $295/night pricey.
Which is why FEMA is now stipulating that, while eligible victims will indeed receive hotel rooms, the government won't pick up any room service or telephone charges.
Things are tough all over! Some hotels and travel apps are whining about our reports that their Hurricane Sandy fees aren't unfair at all, and now it looks like the Pittsburgh Steelers are in trouble! They'll have to march right back home after their game against the New York Giants at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. scheduled for 4:25pm on Sunday.
Why? There’s simply no room at the inn. Any inn,(not even the no-tell motels?), to take on the 53-man football team.
The Steelers' regular hotel in Jersey City is without power for their booking tomorrow night and they can't find alternate lodging. This will force the team to fly the great distance to Newark (an hour) on the day of the game (the NFL requires visiting teams to arrive at least one day before kickoff) and return to Pittsburgh that same day. But again, take note of the game time: 4:25 p.m. So, we’re not talking a break-of-dawn flight, here, buddies. Perspective!
Atlantic City usually gets all the love when it comes to hotels in New Jersey (though occasionally we've seen some action down in Hoboken too). Now, the Hudson Reporter has tipped us off to a new "upscale" hotel that will be housed inside an old bank from the 1920s in Jersey City, about twenty minutes from lower Manhattan.
Though, as nice as the place looks on the outside, there is apparently plenty of work to be done before it begins to remotely resemble anything upscale. All businesses were ordered to vacate the building last year when it was declared hazardous and unsafe—the only remaining current tenants include a Subway and a Dunkin' Donuts on the ground floor.
Uh, can you say 'fixer-upper?'
But Starwood is reminding us today that New Jersey is also a perfectly nice place to stay when you're looking for a quiet, efficient, clean hotel near Manhattan but not actually located in the belly of the beast. Element, which already has a hotel in Ewing, near Princeton, has announced it will open a second NJ hotel in the suburb of Harrison, which lies between Jersey City and Newark—a less than 30 minute train ride to central Manhattan.
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The old look
It can be tough for a hotel to stay relevant and fresh when newer, perkier whipper-snappers are popping up all over the place. And the game is especially cutthroat in a jam-packed place like Atlantic City, where Revel, the first new casino to open in nine years, will understandably be hogging the spotlight for many months to come.
Though not if The Borgata has anything to say about it. The resort, which opened nine years ago, has been constantly refreshing itself with new expansions and wings and even a new upscale hotel offshoot, The Water Club.
Now, the 1,556-room resort is in the midst of a $50 million renovation of its guest rooms, set to be finished by July. Which should allow some time for Revel's initial fanfare to subside, but not much; not much.
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...actually, we take that back. We're pretty darn excited about the food here.
With just two months to go, the folks at Revel are working overtime to make sure everything is in place for a smooth soft opening next month. Construction briefly stalled in 2009 due to the economy, which in a way lends even more excitement now to the opening of Revel's 1,800 rooms, "theater-inspired" casino, two-acre outdoor SkyGarden, pool, spa, two nightclubs and over a dozen restaurants.
And though not all of the restaurant spaces have been finished yet, we were lucky enough to sample a few dishes from the resort's championing chefs—including Iron Chef winner Jose Garces, who will be opening not one but three restaurants inside the sprawling oceanfront resort. Oh, and his burgers? Awesome. After biting into one, we literally had to stand there motionless (with about seventy other diners swarming around us) until every last morsel had been devoured. And we don't even usually eat meat.
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Valentine's Day is still five months away, but Marriott is clearly in the mood for love. Yesterday, the company announced two new promotions—"More Love In The World" and "Cake From Buddy"—that not only let couples indulge in a little suite-snuggling, but also ply them with cake! Buddy "Cake Boss" Valastro will welcome guest couples to his New Jersey facilities to discuss their dream wedding cake; and then, he'll bake it for them.
Can't make it to Jersey? That's OK, Valastro is open to video conferencing too. The point is, Marriott seems to be really enjoying playing Cupid.
In order to choose from the 24 custom cake designs, all you have to do is book your wedding or another "qualifying event" at a Marriott in the tri-state area between now and February 29. What qualifies as an event on par with a wedding? Well, hopefully, dessert.