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America the beautiful, we're ready to celebrate you on the 4th of July. (Shout-out to our new national treasure, Tim Howard.)
Still not sure what to do for the Fourth? Here are 8 hotels who want to BBQ and drink beer with you before cuddling up to watch the fireworks. Boom, boom, pow and room service!
W WASHINGTON DC: The restaurant at the W is currently closed but the P.O.V. rooftop bar and its incredible views of the Washington Monument is still open. Tickets to the Boom with a View party are sold-out BUT if you book a room package, you'll get two tickets to the shindig. Rates start at $345 a night. You can book your reservation here.
CONRAD NEW YORK: The hotel's rooftop Loopy Droopy bar has killer views of the Statue of Liberty and the Hudson River, as well as adult ice pops to cool off with during the holiday festivities. Room rates start at $259 a night tomorrow for a king deluxe suite.
THE JAMES NEW YORK: JIMMY, the rooftop bar at the hotel, will have killer views of the fireworks on the East River, along with special July 4th cocktails, live DJ, and gourmet twists on BBQ food like Kobe Franks in a blanket, mini grilled cheese with cheddar and apple and the signature JIMMY burger. Room rates this weekend start at $313 a night.
If you've ever booked a weekend getaway in one of New England's charming little seaside towns, you know there's nothing 'charming' about the average hotel rates there. So this may not come as much of a surprise, but for the rest of you—here's a warning.
A new study by Cheap Hotels has named Newport, RI as the country's most expensive city when it comes to hotels. Santa Monica, Martha's Vineyard, Wailea...well, they're all bad. But at an average of $319 per night for a double room, Newport has 'em all beat.
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The big news this weekend was the death of North Korea's "Dear Leader" Kim Jong-il. But in Kobe Bryant's world, another catastrophe was unfolding: namely, the fact that he never signed a prenup with his wife Vanessa before ending their ten-year marriage. Yikes.
Now that word is out, and the divorce papers are on their way, Kobe has chosen to forfeit his multi-million dollar Newport Coast mansion and hole out in a nearby hotel for the time being. And so far, the only guest he's entertained since checking in has been his pooch.
According to TerezOwens (basically a Perez site for sports fans), Kobe was spotted "staying in the South Villa of a resort in Newport with his dog." With any luck, the hotel might even consider employing the furry critter until the two of them get back on their
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We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our newest series, What is This? is devoted to odd-looking items in hotel rooms that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.
On Monday we were snooping around the gleaming Italian-tiled atrium inside Forty 1 North. What we also happened to find inside the rooms was this plastic framed hole in the wall. No, it's not an air freshener. And no, it's not art. In fact, it doesn't 'do' something as much as it allows for something else to happen.
What could it be?
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Sad to say, but summer fun—and with it, DJ parties, al fresco dining and outdoor weddings—at Forty 1 North has come to an end. Though we stopped by the hotel during uncharacteristically warm low 60s weather, the three outdoor spaces (Pavilion Deck, Gallery and Courtyard, all located below the lobby) are pretty much out done for the season.
But! Don't let that stop you from a panoramic long weekend in New England's prettiest oceanfront town, Newport, Rhode Island. The LEED-certified hotel, which opened in summer 2010, has found a way to balance that colonial, harbor town feel with a kind of Morgans-esque beauty that feels more state-of-the-art than other properties in the area. Small details, like Italian glass tiles on the floor and pillars, and inlaid wood pieces in the Oval Bar, make the lobby scenic in its own right. And that's before the sun even sets...
When you think of Newport, Rhode Island, what comes to mind? History, preppy New Englanders, and yachts? Jazz? The harbor town definitely has a distinct scene going on, but its newest hotel, Forty 1° North is going for a more sophisticated beachy feel. Some of its amenities you might expect—like docking for 250-foot yachts. But then there are more modern features such as the boutique design and the in-room iPads. Bonus: even the marina has free WiFi.
Forty 1° North has both regular rooms and suites, and cottages and lofts with full kitchens, wet bars and gas fireplaces.