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It's Raining Meteors and These are the Best Hotels to See the Show

July 28, 2015 at 10:22 AM | by | ()

It may not be raining men, as the song goes, but according to big-brain astronomer types, it is going to be raining meteors this summer. The Delta Aquarid meteor shower is making its debut late July and the Perseid meteor shower is hitting its peak in mid-August, and some hotels are set up for stargazing. Here's where to go to get the best view of the show.

AKA Central Park (above)

The newly-remodeled penthouses at AKA Central Park will give you a glamping experience like no other. The 1,000-square-foot wraparound terraces have an outdoor bedroom with a queen-sized bed, fireplace and a primo telescope meant solely for stargazing (nudge, nudge, wink, wink).

Rates mid-August start at $395 and the Penthouse Suite starts at $815.

More hotels with star views below!

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Langham Place is Renovating its Fifth Avenue Digs and Gives One Artist Full Reign

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  Site Where: 400 Fifth Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10018
July 23, 2015 at 1:00 PM | by | ()

It's only been a couple of years since Langham Hospitality Group rebranded the Setai Fifth Avenue and has recently embarked on a major renovation of the luxe Midtown address, now known as Langham Place Fifth Avenue, the brand's first location outside of Asia. (Meanwhile, Langham just opened the Langham Place, Haining in China earlier this month as well.)

The 214 guest rooms, including a whopping 57 suites, will have a refresh of finishes and furnishings, overseen by Meyer Davis Studio but it is the public spaces and a one man art show that seem to be the focus of the upgrades.

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We All Scream for the Ice Cream Flight at The Pierre New York

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  Site Where: 2 East 61st Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10065-8402
July 22, 2015 at 5:42 PM | by | ()

It’s been a hot one, alright. Temperatures have been at record highs across much of the US, so you can be forgiven for wanting to break your summer diet to indulge in a little frozen treat.

The Pierre, a Taj Hotel (and part of Leading Hotels of the World), has come to the rescue with their Summer Ice Cream flight at Two E Lounge. You get four miniature-sized cones in these delish-sounding flavors:

- Wild Blueberry Verbena

- White Peach Raspberry

- Alphonso Mango

- White Chocolate Strawberry

And no – the frozen goodness is not over – you also get a 70% Dark Chocolate Pistachio Parfait Pop and, to carry you from serious indulgence to overindulgence, two Micro Macarons.

The Summer Ice Cream Flight ($12) is available exclusively for Summer 2015, served daily from 3 p.m. until close until September 7. Order two and dinner's done.

[Photo: The Pierre, a Taj Hotel]

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The Baccarat Hotel Uniforms are Not Just Uniforms, They’re Art Forms

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  Site Where: 28 West 53rd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
July 14, 2015 at 11:28 AM | by | ()

Front office host Margarita takes to the runway in the Grand Salon, displaying art in motion in this light catching, heavily pleated skirt inspired by facets of Baccarat crystal

Fresh off a Hospitality Design Award, The Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York, might just win a fashion award next.

We've toured the opulent guest rooms of the hotel and now we're taking a focused look at the Baccarat uniforms. Or rather, the art of the uniforms.

One might assume that a high-profile luxury hotel would select a household (er, palace) name of French haute couture to design custom apparel for the staff. Oh, that would be too predictable, not to mention a tough choice.

Under the acutely watchful eye of Kemper Hyers, Senior Vice President of Design at Starwood Capital Group, along with Baccarat’s “all things visual” team, freelance pattern maker Venucia de Russi was commissioned in lieu of going with a single design studio.

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These Hotels Have Everyone Covered During National Family Reunion Month

July 13, 2015 at 2:46 PM | by | ()

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

If you find yourself in the middle of planning a family vacation right now, you are not alone. July is National Family Reunion Month and, apparently, many families are getting on the trip train.

If you want to jump in on this multi-generational trip trend here are five hotels that have things ready to go for the kids, the parents and the grandparents.

Getting In Touch With Nature

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch sits in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, with plenty of room for the kids to romp and enough flora and fauna to make you breathe a sigh of relief that you're finally on vacation.

For the Kiddies: The hotel just announced their new signature Ritz Kids program so little ones aged 5-12 will not be bored from a lack of activity: they can pan for gold, make mountainside ice cream (with a former Park Ranger no less), paint a masterpiece and hunt down treasure.

Days are themed around Nature, Mountains Around the World, the Art of Colorado, Western Day, Wild Animals, Leave No Stone Unturned, and Sports and Wellness. You can choose to sign the kids up for a full-day ($115), half-day ($65) or an evening ($85) but get this – if you’re a guest of the hotel, a half-day per kid, per day, is included in your resort fee.

For Mom and Dad: With the kids fully occupied, the day (or evening) really is yours to do with it as you will. Have dinner at Spago – just the two of you with wine and everything – or take a pizza-making class there instead, have a spa treatment and then relax in the rock-lined watery grotto, or go on a personalized Perfectly Paired Picnic for two ($225).

For Grandma and Grandpa: Have some of your own quiet time during a Stargazing Hike ($115 for two) or get in a game of golf at the championship Beaver Creek Golf Course. When it’s family time, keep the memories of this trip alive by enlisting one of the photography concierges to memorialize it in pictures (the photo session and one 8” x 10” print is free, we repeat, free).

Rates start at $319.

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You Can Now Get Gourmet Pizza To-Go at The Mark NYC

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  Site Where: Madison Avenue at 77th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10075
July 10, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | ()

If you’re looking for take-out that will complement your fashionable black-tie outfit, The Mark is the place to go to get your pizza-to-go.

The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges has just started offering their gourmet pizzas on a “get it to go” basis, and they enlisted design shop Pandiscio & Co. to come up with a chichi box design that incorporates the hotel’s iconic black-and-white stripe from the lobby floor.

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Too Cool for Pool: The Purple Billiards Table at the New York Edition

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  Site Where: 5 Madison Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10010
June 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM | by | ()

When we took you all around the Clocktower Restaurant and Bar at The New York Edition last month, we couldn't share with you any of our own photos due to a photo embargo. That's since been lifted so we thought we'd share with you one of our favorite rooms in the house--the billiards room.

Featuring a gem toned purple felt table and an ornate, original chandelier that was colored to match the pool table, the parlor is not very big in size but the high ceilings, elaborate mahogany entrance and collage of photos in French baroque gold leaf frames give the room a powerful presence. And a seductive one too.

Much like the fur throws found on the bed, the billiards tables are an Edition Hotel standard. There's a white carrera marble table with ocean views at the Miami Edition and an antique table in the lobby of the London Edition. We can't wait to see what they do for Sanya, China, Bangkok and Guragon, India, all opening sometime next year.

[Photo: Juliana Shallcross/HotelChatter]

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Check Out the Views From the New Boro Hotel in Long Island City

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  Site Where: 38-28 27th St [map], Long Island City, NY, United States
June 22, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | ()

Those views though

Long Island City is an often overlooked place to stay in New York – why? It can’t be the location – the views of Manhattan are spectacular. Maybe it’s the fact that there aren’t many boutique options over there?

You can’t use that excuse for long, though, because the Boro Hotel is now in soft opening, due to open officially June 28.

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The Quin is Embracing Art, From the Street to the Penthouse

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  Site Where: 101 West 57th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
June 19, 2015 at 1:00 PM | by | ()

Artist Blek Le Rat brought a little SoHo - aka Andy - to midtown’s posh 57th Street during his stay at the Quin in Winter of 2014.

The Quin Hotel has been a fave hotel of ours since it opened in 2013, even making it to the HotelChatter People's Choice Awards.

We popped in yesterday to check out the new Penthouse Suite as well as the launch of the latest installment under the Quin’s “Artist in Residence” program. Our evening at The Quin was nothing short of a visual feast, from the street to the rooftop.

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Who Do You Think You Are? Madonna Takes Over The Standard Hotel

June 18, 2015 at 3:04 PM | by | ()

The queen of pop pops, locks, and twerks her way from an in-room gym to a fireworks-filled Manhattan rooftop in her new video for "Bitch I'm Madonna," which hit the Internet in all its glitter-packed glory today. (Okay, technically it dropped yesterday as a 24-hour exclusive on Tidal. But who's using that? #SorryJayZ.)

The colorful clip is the third from her "Rebel Heart" album, and it's definitely the best hotel party we've never been invited to. Check out the video. Does the place look familiar? Because if you're a hotel nerd, it should.

Backed by a bevy of backup dancers and celeb cameos (like Rita Ora, Chris Rock, Alexander Wang and the song's DJ-producer, Diplo) Madonna winds her way through the 17th floor suite at The Standard, High Line, temporarily transformed into a thumping haven of vogue dancers and sock puppets. (Yes, sock puppets.)

Then it's upstairs to the hotel's celeb-fave nightspot, the Boom Boom Room (or as it is officially known, Top of the Standard — Zzz!) for 360-degree views, a rap verse from Nicki Minaj, and breakdancing courtesy of Madonna's youngest son, David. (Her older son, Rocco, cameos as a DJ.) Finally, the diva hits the hotel rooftop for a final crowd-surfing throw down. CAN'T STOP WON'T STOP 2015, Y'ALL.

The Standard, High Line is no stranger to music video shoots; it's here that Beyonce filmed a clip from her last album too. (It's also here that she, Jay-Z and Solange got into that little elevator scuffle, but that's another story.) And in fact, a pose-striking Beyonce is one of several other stars (like Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Kanye West) who pop up to lip sync that refrain — "Bitch I'm Madonna" — in deference to the pop queen who paved the way. (Even some adorable "Like a Virgin"-attired little girls sass it up in homage to the Material Girl's influence.)

Crank it loud at your next hotel bash. If you live for the love of the party — and don't care what others think — you're Madonna, too. Even if you can't afford that penthouse rate.

[Image via StandardCulture.com]

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Fastest Finger First for Triumph Hotels' NYC Flash Sale

June 18, 2015 at 8:31 AM | by | ()

New rooms at The Evelyn

New York, New York, the city so good its hotels charge at least double what they should be charging. Not, luckily, at Triumph Hotels – at least, not if you book in their 24-hour flash sale coming up next week.

From midnight Sunday night to midnight Monday (the longest day of the year, as it happens), you’ll be able to book any of their seven hotels at a hefty discount.

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Chocolate on the Pillow? The Benjamin's Sleep Expert Says No

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  Site Where: 125 E 50th St [map], New York, New York , United States, 10022
May 28, 2015 at 5:26 PM | by | ()

Meet Rebecca Robbins, The Benjamin NYC's Sleep Expert

Last year this time, we wondered whether the new trend of sleep ambassador programs was a valuable hotel amenity or just another useless marketing gimmick. During an interview with one such ambassador, we learned about the steps travelers should take to get a better night's sleep at a hotel. Basically, it was a "do this, don't do that" sort of conversation.

But one thing we failed to discuss was whether a sleep ambassador had any impact on a hotel beyond guest suggestions. Is there any concrete impact, or just a list of dos and don'ts? On a recent stay at the Benjamin NYC, we discovered that a sleep ambassador's job is not all about pleading to guests to make good bedtime decisions. During its renovation, The Benjamin actually called upon sleep expert Rebecca Robbins to help design the room.

Turns out, she helped the hotel make decisions surrounding the room's design that are aimed at getting a better night's sleep. Some, like eliminating noise, are obvious. Others, like using analog clocks, go a little under the radar. And chocolate on the pillow? To that, Dr. Robbins says no. Read on to see the complete list.

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