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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.
New Jersey is certainly keeping up with the out-of-Manhattan hotel trend, and that's in addition to the glamorific Bungalow Hotel that opened back in 2009. Not to mention the ever-buzzier W Hoboken. But that's not even the point. At the center of this all is a single man by the name of David Barry, president of Hoboken-based real estate development company Ironstate Developments (which worked on both of those properties.) And boy does he set his sights high!
In addition to two upcoming New Jersey projects, Barry is in the midst of a W Marrakech (as in, North Africa), and, most interestingly, a joint venture with Andre Balazs on a Terminal 5 hotel at JFK airport.
We usually wouldn't think of Hoboken, N.J., as a hot spot. But the W Hoboken celebrated the second anniversary this week of its Chandelier Room bar, and a number of celebs came out for it. And we don't just mean the Real Housewives of New Jersey, though they were in attendance, too.
In fact, the lineup was pretty impressive, with reality-TV stars, hip-hop impresarios and sports figures making an appearance. Plus, Diddy and Swizz Beats got everyone bumping by providing the entertainment.
It's not uncommon for celebrities to get into the hotel game but a famous TV money manager? That's new to us! But should you ever find yourself in the leafy suburb of Summit, New Jersey, "Mad Money's" Jim Cramer will welcome you to The DeBary Inn, a sort of bed and breakfast spot that's billed as an "executive boutique inn."
While there's nary a mention of of Jim Cramer's name on the inn's website site, the top banner of the page features Cramer doing his tough money manager crossed-arms pose. And there's also an "As seen on the Martha Stewart Show" link. When we clicked that link, it took us to the Martha Stewart website where there was a video of Cramer doing a hard sell on the Debary Inn from last March.
So is this joint up to corporate snuff? Considering that we've spent a lot of time in Summit (ok, we grew up there), we've never really heard of the DeBary as a place to stay. But maybe Jim has breathed some new life into it.
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The Caesars Entertainment Pet Stay rooms in Vegas
When we think of Atlantic City we think gambling and Jersey Shore in that order. We don’t think dogs (unless we were feeling particularly unkind about Snooki et al). But now we might, because Showboat Atlantic City is striking out and marking its territory as the first dog-friendly casino in town.
The hotel launched its Pet Stay Atlantic City program yesterday. Bring your dog and you’ll be accommodated in its New Orleans Tower with dog treats, mat, food and water bowls, disposable waste bags (ugh) and a duffle bag for you to keep (lest you think it’s all about the dog).
There is also a designated PetStay area in the hotel (as with the fellow pet-friendly Caesars Entertainment properties in Vegas) and guests are provided with walking routes and maps to, uhm, “outdoor relief areas”).
It’s pretty reasonable – two dogs of up to 50 pounds are allowed in your room, at a cost of $40. But - yay for introductory deals - for the first two weeks of the program, it’ll be totally free.
What you lose in convenience, you make up for in views (the hotel is just to the right of the harbor here)
All things being equal, we’d really like to stay in Manhattan when we next find ourselves in New York, but if anything can haul us over to Jersey, it’d be an offer like the one the Sheraton Lincoln Harbor is currently running.
To celebrate its $18m renovation, it’s running an awesome, 18-day strong deal where, if you book one night at the hotel at full price, you can add another one on for just $18.
There’s a little bit of small print: it’s only valid for Thursday – Saturday arrivals, and you must check out by Sunday, but if you're after a weekend in New York, this could well be your perfect option. Also, you have to book over the phone – the deal doesn’t show up on the website, even when you enter the correct promo code (18LTO).
Most of us are still thinking about Halloween, and maybe how we're going to get where we need to be for Thanksgiving. But with deals like this one at the Sheraton Lincoln Harbor Hotel in Weehawken, New Jersey, we're going to start turning our attention to Christmas. That's because the hotel has an amazing deal where holiday rates start at $119 a night if you book before October 28.
Before you say, "Weehawk-where?" let us put things into perspective for you. (Or simply check out the picture of the hotel's exterior above.) The Sheraton Lincoln Harbor is located just across the Hudson from New York City--walk outside the hotel doors and you can be on a New York Waterway Ferry into Manhattan within minutes. And you know what being on the Jersey side of the river means, right? NYC skyline views.