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JW Marriott's Aromatherapy Associates Don't Just Smell Good, They Feel Good Too

October 14, 2013 at 5:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we checked into the JW Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Springs the other weekend, we were tickled to see the Aromatherapy Associates line of toiletries in the bathrooms. Mouthwash included!

Last year, we had heard that JW hotels would be rolling out these upscale toiletries but now they are officially in place at every JW Marriott. Designed for business travelers to fight off skin dehydration after long flights and fatigue due to changing time zones, the line is made with all-natural ingredients and has a scent that appeals to both men and women.

During our stay we realized we forgot to pack our face wash, which nearly gave us a panic attack but the Aromatherapy Associates soap worked amazingly well, without overly drying our skin. (Of course, this being the desert, we slathered on moisturizer followed by sunscreen so our skin didn't have much time to feel dry.) And we loved the fragrant shampoo and conditioner. Even better, our hair was smooth and soft after blowdrying it too.

Shockingly, we forgot to grab our toiletries before we checked-out but if this happens to you, don't fret. You can buy the entire toiletry line on the Shop Marriott site.

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Even More New Hotels Coming to Palm Springs, Pittsburgh, Tel Aviv and Way More

September 16, 2013 at 10:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

Once again, the hotel openings and announcements news is coming fast and furious. So here's a short list of hot hotels coming to a city near you.

· The Dolce Palm Springs, which we told you the other month was intended to be a Mondrian Palm Springs, now has an opening timeframe. Construction will begin early next year and should be completed by 2015. We've also got a rendering of the resort on East Amado Road. We're loving the pops of bright color throughout. Aside from 210 rooms, the Dolce Palm Springs will have 15,000 sq.ft. of flexible function space, landscaped outdoor event space, two restaurants, a lounge, a recording studio, screening room, outdoor pools spa and fitness center.

· Kimpton Pittsburgh: Kimpton Hotels is heading to Pittsburgh with their Hotel Monaco brand.

An adaptive reuse of the city’s iconic James H. Reed Building, originally built in 1903, the new Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh will feature 247 rooms, nearly 9,000 square feet of meeting and event space and a chef-driven, 120-seat restaurant with a prominent corner entrance. Slated for a late 2014 opening, the nine story property is located at the intersection of 6th Avenue and William Penn Way, across from prestigious Mellon Square and in the heart of the city’s bustling Golden Triangle area. The new hotel’s interiors will reflect a locally inspired and distinctive take on the vibrant and whimsical Hotel Monaco style.

Kimpton also has new hotels planned for Savannah, Georgia, Palm Springs, Milwaukee and San Antonio, all opening by 2015.

· Ritz-Carlton Opening Seemingly Everywhere: Ritz-Carlton Hotels announced a major openings and expansion plans last week with the goal of having 100 properties by 2016. That's 20 more than what they have now. Six new RC hotels are expected to open this year, including The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya, Israel and The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore in India. Next year, RC will open in Kyoto, Japan; Nanjing, China; Rabat, Morocco; Cairo, Egypt; Manesar, India, and Bali. Then in 2015, it will open in Cabo San Lucas (!); Oman, Muscat; Bali (again); Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam; Tunis, Tunisia; and Haikou, China.

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Not Into The Hard Rock? Palm Springs Has Two New Hotels to Try

September 5, 2013 at 2:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Palm Springs has quietly been undergoing a bit of a hotel renaissance. Not only will the brashy Hard Rock Hotel brand open on October 4th and the Kimpton will open in 2015, but the desert resort city now has two new (quieter) hotels to try. That's in addition to the four new hotels that have opened since November of last year.

Just opened this past weekend is the Monroe Palm Springs on North Palm Canyon Drive, which was formerly America's Best Value Inn. The property has been fully renovated and in a green way too, repurposing as many materials as possible. For example, the pool towel bins are made from the old window sills. But even though the hotel is "green", it's hue of choice is actually orange, which is found everywhere from the bedspreads to the walls to the pool chairs. Interestingly, there's no mention of Marilyn Monroe at the hotel but we can't help but wonder if that giant statue of her, that was recently on display in town, was an inspiration.

Rates for the rooms start at $100 a night for a regular room (suites are $150) and come with coffee-makers, free WIFi and complimentary hot breakfast at the neighboring Rick’s Restaurant and Bakery. Oh and pets are welcome too.

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You Say Goodbye To Summer, Hotels Say Hello to Winter (Deals)

September 4, 2013 at 4:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)


· Unlimited Kids Club and More at The Regent Palms, Turks & Caicos: Right now the Caribbean resort is offering a "Double Your Credit, Double Your Fun" package that offers a third night free, $100 credit per night, full American breakfast, high-speed internet and unlimited use of Conch Kritters kids club during your stay. Call 866.877.7256 or visit regentpalmstci.com. Use code DYC to book.

· Soar Over Napa Valley at The Wydown Hotel: This 12-room boutique hotel on Main Street in St. Helena has put together a Soaring Over California package that includes a one-night stay and a sunrise hot air balloon flight over Napa Valley. The deal also throws in some pre-flight coffee and pastries, a champpagne breakfast at Michelin-starred Solbar at Solage Calistoga and roundtrip transportation. You can also upgrade the package to either the "Royal Treatment" which will get you a tour of the Castello di Amorosa, Dario Sattui's authentically-styled, 13th century, 121,000-square-foot Tuscan castle-winery or the "Vineyards by Horseback” which features a guided 90-minute horseback ride through the Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards and a wine-tastting. The package begins at $424 per person with the Royal upgrade for $26 per person and the horseback upgrade at $120 per person. For reservations, call 707-963-5100.

· The Luxer Side of The Waldorf Astoria, For Less: The original Waldorf Astoria in NYC is offering their high-end suites starting at just $699 a night for a Tower Suite. You can also pick the residential apartments from $1,299 a night or splurge on the penthouse suite at $1,999 a night. We found a regular Towers room for $599 a night in late September so just a $100 will get you a suite. For more information or to book now, go to www.waldorfny.com or call 800.925.3673.

· Desert Season Kicks Off at The Willows Palm Springs: The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn will reopen for the 2013-14 season on September 11 with special rates starting at $275 a night (normally they are priced from $325.) Each stay also includes a three-course breakfast, evening wine and hors d’oeuvres and en suite and poolside snacks. But hurry as that rate is only good through the end of September. To make a reservation, call 800.966.9597 or reserve online at www.TheWillowsPalmSprings.com. Room selections are available on a first come, first-served basis.

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Is The Mondrian Palm Springs Ever Going to Happen?

July 16, 2013 at 10:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

We won't lead you on any longer. The answer is a big fat NO. Here's what happened:

Five years ago, long before the economic collapse, Mondrian Hotels announced their plans to develop a hotel across from the Palm Springs Convention Center at Calle Alvarado and Amado. The hotel was shelved for obvious reasons after the markets tanked but yet was revived back in 2011. A Mondrian was still expected to rise with 200 hotels room and residences.

But somewhere along the road, that deal fell apart. (Perhaps because of Mondrian's parent company's internal woes.) And it was only just this past March, that developer CDI Ventures actuallyl got the official go ahead from the city of Palm Springs to purchase the land and develop a five-star luxury hotel. And guess who will be running it?

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Hard Rock Palm Springs to Open on October 4th

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  Site Where: 150 S Indian Canyon Dr [map], Palm Springs, CA , United States, 92262
July 9, 2013 at 5:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we got a sneak peek at the upcoming Hard Rock Palm Springs which we initially thought would open in September. Turns out the opening will actually happen on October 4 but the good news is, you can book a room today.

We found rates on opening night, a Friday night, for just $262 a night. Rates dip to $193 on Monday but are pretty much around the $250 mark for the rest of the month. (Weekends are higher of course.)

The Hard Rock Palm Springs will have a total of 163 rooms, including a VIP rock star suite as well as a Rock Spa, a Body Rock fitness centers, a Rock Shop gift store, a few restaurants, a happening pool scene and tons of rock n' roll memorabilia.

The only bummer here is that the Hard Rock will be charging a resort fee of $30 a night. That includes internet, valet parking and a shuttle from the airport so you do get something for it. Oh well, add them to the list!

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A Sneak Peek at The Hard Rock Palm Springs, Opening This September

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  Site Where: 150 S Indian Canyon Dr [map], Palm Springs, CA , United States, 92262
July 3, 2013 at 10:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Hard Rock Palm Springs is getting ready to rock the desert. When we daytripped to PS the other week, we noticed a few billboards teasing the impending arrival of the rocking hotel brand. Sure enough, the website is up and running and all systems are a go for a September opening. And now we've got some hotel renderings to share too.

The Hard Rock Palm Springs, which was formerly the Hotel Zoso, will have 160 rooms, a VIP rock star suite, a Rock Spa, a Body Rock fitness centers, a Rock Shop gift store, a few restaurants and of course, a happening pool scene. It will also have some crazy sexy "stair gallery" where we gather there will be tons of rock n' roll memorabilia to ogle. We're also digging the sexy lobby bar lounge.

We expect rates to be around $250 a night but when Coachella rolls into town in April, that will go way, way, way up.

[Photo: HotelChatter; Renderings: Hard Rock Hotels]

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Going to The Desert? Watch Out For These Resort Fees

June 25, 2013 at 11:33 AM | by | Comments (4)

Lounging at this oasis in the middle of the desert will cost you an extra $30 a night.

Just like Las Vegas and Orlando, Palm Springs is no stranger to the dreaded resort fees..

We've compiled a list of desert hotels that are adding an extra charge, per night, plus tax for things that you would normally expect to be free with your hotel stay (Use of the "computer center"? Uh, no thanks.) However, you do get more of your money's worth at the bigger golf and spa resorts where they offer bag storage, shuttle service and exercises classes.

What's even more frustrating is that some of these hotels don't list their resort fee anywhere on their websites until you get to the final step of the online booking process. But hopefully, our list will help you be better informed about your desert getaway. And for what it's worth, most of these fees do include WiFi.

Know of a resort fee in Palm Springs that we missed? Let us know and we'll add it to the list!

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Are You an Audrey or a Frank at The Viceroy Palm Springs?

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  Site Where: 415 S. Belardo Road [map], Palm Springs, CA, United States
June 4, 2013 at 5:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

The other week we popped into the Viceroy Palm Springs and saw Audrey and Frank waiting for us at the koi pond by the entrance. And by Audrey and Frank we mean white and black bicycles with Audrey Hepburn and Frank Sinatra's photos on them.

The bikes are courtesy of Palm Springs' Celebrity Bike Rentals and are available to Viceroy Hotel guests as part of the $30 resort fee (that fee also includes WiFi, overnight valet parking and coffee and tea from 6am to 11am.) While the Viceroy is pretty walkable to the fun shops and restaurants of Indian Canyon Drive, riding a bike will get you around from one air-conditioned spot to the next a little faster.

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Kimpton To Bring Their Nightly Wine Hour to Palm Springs

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  Site Where: North Palm Canyon Drive [map], Palm Springs, CA, United States
May 14, 2013 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

HotelChatter has long had a crush on Palm Springs (you can read some of our love letters here and here) but now we've got yet another reason to scoot on down to the desert--a brand-new Kimpton Hotel.

The Kimpton Palm Springs will be an entirely new build hotel on North Palm Canyon Drive with 190 hotel rooms and a rooftop bar and pool, a first for the area. There will also be a "chef-driven restaurant", over 24,000 square feet total of event and meeting space and great views of Mount San Jacinto State Park from all angles. Oh and don't forget about the nightly wine hour and the free WiFi for Kimpton InTouch members!

We've got a ways to wait as the hotel won't open until 2015 but knowing Kimpton, it will be worth it. In the meantime, the Hard Rock Palm Springs is still set to open in the Fall. Admittedly, we're more of Kimpton's target clientele than Hard Rock but a new hotel is a new hotel!

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Celebrate Marilyn, Mom, Motorcycles and More With These Hotel Deals

April 23, 2013 at 1:05 PM | by | Comment (1)

Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)


Say Goodbye to Marilyn Monroe at the Hyatt Palm Springs: Marilyn Monroe has been living in Palm Springs for the past year--in a 26-ft. tall sculpture reincarnation by American artist Seward Johnson. Yet, on June 1 the sculpture will be dismantled and shipped off to another location. The Hyatt Palm Springs wants you to be able to give Marilyn a proper send-off with their “Farewell, Marilyn” package. It includes a complimentary DVD of the famous Marilyn Monroe movie “Some Like It Hot”, two complimentary Diamond-tini cocktails at the bar, a free collectible bottle of Marilyn Merlot wine from Napa Valley and a collectible 8x10 photo of Marilyn in her famous “7-Year Itch” pose. Rates start at $239 a night per double, excluding taxes and fees. To book, go here or call 760-322-9000 and mention code SLIHPS

Ellen's Down Under Escape: Ellen DeGeneres recently sent two of her staffers to visit the Hayman Island Resort and their adventures were shown on an episode of the Ellen show here. Now the resort is offering anyone the opportunity to experience the resort like the Ellen show did. Their new Ellen TV Escape includes four nights’ accommodation for the price of three, complimentary upgrade to a deluxe room, Air Whitsunday Panorama Tour, return launch transfers from Great Barrier Reef Airport, daily beachfront breakfast, and a whole bunch of activities from paddle skiing to catamaran sailing, croquet, golf, and island walks. Rates start at AUD $1,705 ($1,754) per person for double occupancy and the offer is only good through May 17. Or you could just book the hotel's existing Stay 4, Pay 3 offer which is pretty much the same and starts at AUD $885 ($908) per person twin share for four nights. Email reservations@hayman.com.au to set up your stay.

Going Surfing for Mother's Day: Thinking about taking your mom on a getaway for Mother's Day? (You should be!) The Hotel La Jolla in San Diego has put together a Girls Gonna Have Fun package that includes deluxe accommodations, two complimentary cosmos at Cusp or Hiatus and a four-hour adult surf lesson from Surf Diva (two hours on Saturday, two on Sunday) for two. The hotel underwent a $4 million renovation last year and is within walking distance to La Jolla Shores Beach, but there's also a complimentary shuttle bus within a five-mile radius. And being a Kimpton Hotel, there's nightly free wine hour from 5 to 6pm, too. Rates start at $349 a night over Mother's Day Weekend. Go here to book and use promo code PGRL

Harley Davidson Anniversary Celebration: Motorcycle brand, Harley-Davidson, is turning 110 this August and the downtown Milwaukee hotel, The Iron Horse, is going all out for the milestone. The motorcycle-themed hotel has rolled out new HD110 packages which range from $4,500 for a single room to $9,900 for a double and include Chrome level access passes to all official Harley-Davidson Anniversary events and private hotel events, deluxe accommodations, nightly entertainment, organized rides and biker-themed gifts like a cask of the hotel's own Barrel 1907 American Rye Whiskey and his and her custom robes. Go here to book.

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From St. Patty's Day to Spring Training, We've Got Hotel Deals for You

March 5, 2013 at 3:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)


· Spend St. Paddy's Day in Boston at Kimpton: Kimpton Hotel's Boston properties--Nine Zero, Hotel Marlowe and the Onyx Hotel are all offering the same St. Paddy's day package which includes car service to the parade in South Boston on Sunday, 3/17, in-room greasy breakfast on Monday morning, hangover survival kit and a Pot of Goldthat includes two tickets to Dropkick Murphy's on 3/15 and two tickets to the Celtics game on 3/16. Oh, and a late check-out of course. Nightly package rates start at $749 but regular rooms at the hotel can be had for around $188 a night. Book online here or call 800-Kimpton and mention hotel promo code LUCKY.

· Spring Training at the W Scottsdale: The San Francisco Giants, aka the 2012 World Series Champions, are currently in training at the Scottsdale Stadium which just happens to be a five-minute drive from the W Scottsdale. So naturally the hotel has put together a Spring Training package. Available from now through March 30, the deal includes a wonderful room for two, vouches for two cocktails per person per night, a baseball for autographs, a baseball cap, cracker jacks and peanuts in your room upon arrival and complimentary transportation to the stadium. The deal starts at $345 a night. Go here to book or call (877) 782-0104 and mention code CACTUS1-7.

· Springtime in Palms Springs, Just Because: The Hyatt Palm Springs has a springtime deal we just can't resist.The Mountain-view Pool Cabana Package includes overnight accommodations in a two-room suite, one of two oversize mountain-view pool cabanas during your stay, a personal cabana attendant, chilled towels, bottled water, deluxe fruit platter and a pitcher of signature cocktails. This represents a savings of 33 percent and is just $150 more than the best available room rate. We found the suite available for $349 a night in two weeks. Go here to book with code CABPKG or call (760) 322-9000.

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