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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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Maria Sharapova Gives La Quinta Some Sugar

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  Site Where: 49499 Eisenhower Dr [map], La Quinta, CA, United States, 92253
February 27, 2013 at 1:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Here's the latest happening in the luxury hotel world as told by JustLuxe's own Lena Katz. Got a question about luxury hotels, the travel biz, and where to stay? Send it in and we'll have Lena answer it.

You know when models go, “Oh, I eat tons of junk food and I just have this body naturally…” and you want to say “Yeah, RIGHT” and smack them?? Well, hottie tennis star Maria Sharapova is out to one-up all of them. She launched her own candy line, Sugarpova, to coincide with last year’s US Open, and is appearing at La Quinta Resort & Club on March 6th to introduce her goodies in person to Palm Springs crowds.

Sugarpova’s full line will be sold in the tennis pro shop and the candy shop Lollipops from here on out, with La Quinta being the first California resort and first Palm Springs retail outlet to carry the brand. “Sporty” tennis ball-shaped gum is anticipated to be the big seller, but we’re more curious about the Flirty Sours (tag line “Lips like sugar…”) and Chic gummies shaped like tiny handbags, shoes and such.

In terms of why exactly La Quinta is getting Sugarpova first and also getting tennis’ golden girl to do an in-person appearance… well, you can chalk it up to the tennis connection. With 23 tennis courts and former Davis Cup coach Tom Gorman leading up the resort tennis program, the resort is home-away-from-home for many tennis stars when they’re playing in the area, which they all will be March 4-17, for the PNR Paribas Open.

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Will the Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage Ever Recover From the '08 Crisis?

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  Site Where: Frank Sinatra Drive [map], Rancho Mirage, California, United States, 92270
February 27, 2013 at 9:48 AM | by | Comments (2)

This year will be the five-year anniversary of the big crash of 2008, a financial crisis that hit the hotel industry – like so many others – hard. All the hotel openings these days notwithstanding, many a project was scrapped as a result, long before they started breaking ground.

Yet, some others got caught in the middle, stuck in a weird kind of hotel-limbo: well on their way to completion, but without any sight of the moment when the finishing line, and paying guests just beyond, will be reached. Case in point: The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage.

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Palm Springs' New Skylark Hotel Is As Gay As It Gets

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  Site Where: 1466 N. Palm Canyon Dr. [map], Palm Springs, CA, United States, 92262
February 25, 2013 at 3:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're familiar with Camp Palm Springs—the clothing-optional resort where guests get super naked for some random meet and greets—then a) shame on you! and b) you should know it's no longer in operation. It's now Skylark Hotel, featuring 28 contemporary rooms, a large pool, shamrock-shaped hot tub and an al fresco bar. Oh, and the cruising is still 24-7 but only clothed (nothing but a jockstrap counts, we think).

You'll notice the gay themes haven't changed much (gay owners, gay clientele, gay staff, gay magazines in rooms) but heteros are welcome. All rooms look out into the central pool area, so whether you're voyeuristic or egotistic, everyone wins. Except uncomfortable heteros.

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The Hard Rock Palm Springs is Happening, but is It a Good Idea?

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  Site Where: 150 S Indian Canyon Dr [map], Palm Springs, CA, United States, 92262
February 7, 2013 at 3:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you think you've been hearing a lot about Palm Springs lately, the trend is far from over. It was just announced that the 160-room Hotel Zoso in downtown PS will soon be renovated and re-branded as the Hard Rock Palm Springs.

According to TravelPulse, the Hard Rock Palm Springs is due to offer "a VIP rock star suite; Rock Spa; Body Rock workout facility; the Rock Shop featuring Hard Rock merchandise; myriad dining options, a lobby bar, and outdoor spaces for cocktails and lounging."

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The Saguaro Palm Springs: Bright and Budget Friendly

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  Site Where: 1800 E Palm Canyon [map], Palm Springs, CA, United States
January 31, 2013 at 4:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Palm Springs. We hope you like bright colors and sunshine, because that's the specialty of the The Saguaro Palm Springs. This is only the second Saguaro, after the The Saguaro Scottsdale, but it comes from a company with a very large collection of hotels: Joie de Vivre.

The Saguaro Palm Springs opened in February 2012 and used to be a Holiday Inn, a fact immediately evident from the classic, motel-style architecture. Still, one can't help but imagine how Holiday Inn execs would think of the place now—they'd probably regret having lost it! The Saguaro is a cheerful hotel that fills a gap in the Palm Springs hotel scene, for new family- and pet-friendly accommodations of modern design and amenities at a reasonable price.

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Life At La Quinta Must Have Been Really Wonderful

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  Site Where: 49-499 Eisenhower Dr [map], La Quinta, CA, United States, 92253
December 21, 2012 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (2)

One of the most classic Christmas movies, that doesn't involve Santa Claus or elves or Tim Allen, is Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life. We don't like to get too nostalgic about the 'good old days,' but we imagine it must have been pretty magical going to one of those old-time movie theaters on Christmas day in 1946 and watching it for the very first time.

As it happens, the black-and-white classic very well might have been written at a hotel.

The Press-Enterprise recently published a piece about Capra's affinity for La Quinta Resort & Club. Apparently, the guy loved the place so much, he moved there permanently with his wife when he was 84. The PE reports:

"Frank, and his wife Lucille, always stayed in the same room while vacationing at the La Quinta Hotel — Suite 136 in the San Anselmo Casita — and their room is now marked with both a memorial placard and a memorial bench."

But could this also be the place where Capra wrote the award-winning script? According to his autobiography, the hotel (which is now a part of the Waldorf-Astoria collection) was his "Shangri-La for script writing" over the years. (Not to be confused, of course, with Shangri-La Hotels.)

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We Like Our Binders Full of Hotel Facts

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  Site Where: 4200 E. Palm Canyon Drive [map], Palm Springs, CA, United States
October 19, 2012 at 3:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

One very excellent reason to sit and scan the amenity notes in those thick leather "Hotel Information" binders: the unexpected freebies. For example, the JW Marriott Lima binder notes that they offer complimentary shoe polish service and we've read many other hotel binders to find out properties have deals with nearby swanky gyms for guest access.

BUT! The most important time to examine a hotel binder comes when you're charged a dreaded resort fee. Milk that. The $30 per night fee at the Parker Palm Springs includes Internet access, valet parking, fitness center and spa access, a newspaper and—the surprise—morning coffee service.

Without reading the fine print, you'd be calling Norma's (one of the hotel's restaurants) for their French press coffee service at $6 per person before service fee and tip. You see—binders can be good, though we only like 'em full of hotel facts (not women!).

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Golf in the Desert or a Stay By the Bay Are All Options Thanks to These Hotel Deals

July 10, 2012 at 4:48 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!)

· Red Eye Perks at Ink48: Ink48 in Manhattan's Hell Kitchen nabe has put together a package especially for folks arriving into town on the red eye. Available as soon as guests arrive at the hotel, the package includes a 20 percent discount on the jet-lag recovery treatment at the InkSpa, full use of the spa facilities (including the showers), a travel kit of Kerstin Florian products, 20 percent off breakfast at PRINT, complimentary luggage storage and early check-in if available. Rates start at $299, use promo code JETLAG to book. The deal is good through September 3, 2012.

· Desert Discounts at La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs: Summer in the Palm Springs desert means deals abound. Right now, the La Quinta Resort and Club (a Waldorf-Astoria hotel) is offering guests the chance to play all 90 holes on their golf course, along with guestroom accommodations, unlimited golf per person (because we guess 90 holes is not enough?), NO RESORT FEE and a $25 dining credit. Rates start at $157 a night. Call 1-800-598-3828 for reservations and mention the Desert Links package.

· The Last Days of Jumeirah Essex House for Low $200s: There's a rumor going around that the Jumeirah Essex House may turn into a Marriott (again) so if you want to experience the Central Park hotel before that happens, Quikbook is promising rates for as low as $216 a night this summer. However, we found rates at about $238 in August in the middle of the week which was an advance purchase rate. Still, a luxe hotel near the Park for below $250 is a rather good deal for NYC.

· The Athenaeum's After-Olympics Deals: The Olympics might have London hotels in a rate-jacking mode but if you want a deal, wait until August 14. That's when the Athenaeum Hotel is offering deluxe rooms from $579 a night (in US dollars) plus another 50 percent off a second room. That includes a bunch of freebies like full English breakfast, drinks and snacks from the mini bar, free WiFi and tax. Plus, kids under 12 eat free when dining with an adult, making it especially good deal for families. If you book more than three nights, the hotel will also throw in a one-way car transfer from either Heathrow or Gatwick airports. Five nights will get you a complimentary round-trip transfer.

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Find Exotic Anti-Luxury and a Shaman at Korakia Palm Springs

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  Site Where: 257 South Patencio Rd [map], Palm Springs, CA, United States, 92262
June 22, 2012 at 10:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

Korakia’s quiet courtyard and trickling fountain will fool you into thinking you're in a Mediterranean hideaway

Recently in Palm Springs, we wandered off Palm Canyon Drive in the blazing desert sun and found ourselves on the stone path leading into Korakia Pensione. Not the glitzy Riveria, the rugged cool Ace Hotel, or the fanciful Viceroy, Korakia is quietly gorgeous, romantic with a capital “R” and thick with Mediterranean beauty. Scan the Palm Springs hotel scene and it’s unlike anything you’d expect to find in this fabulous, mid-century modern town.

Inside, we spied old photos and a history dating back to Korakia's 1918 Orchard House, though it was 1924 that marks the hotel's real start; that's when Scottish painter Gordon Coutts took up residence and a Tangier-inspired decor in the original Moroccan villa. Celebs and artists followed and often gathered here, including Winston Churchill who is rumored to have painted in the villa’s Artist’s Studio. Later in the 1930s, silent-screen star J. Carol Naish lived in the Mediterranean villa.

Restored and named Korakia in 1989, the hotel is as ornate and authentic as it we imagine it must’ve been nearly a century ago. Moorish-meets-Mediterranean décor, Moroccan fountains, antiques and handmade furniture, dark wood beams and cool stone floors – amazing features throughout paint this pensione a dreamy, historic retreat.

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