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David Burke Kitchen Opens Today at The James

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  Site Where: 27 Grand St. [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
February 3, 2011 at 11:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

Today Soho's James Hotel finally gets a restaurant, a little over five months since opening on Grand Street. It's David Burke Kitchen, a 95-seat basement space that compliments the rooftop bar, Jimmy. The menu, embedded below, presents "wholesome and hearty modern American food," including Burke's signature potted meats and vegetables as well as Soho rarities like bison tartare and Vermont rabbit.

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What Cornell's 'Icon of the Industry' Told the Hotel World

June 4, 2009 at 4:41 PM | by | Comment (1)

As we mentioned yesterday, we hit up the Cornell Icon of the Industry Awards Dinner on Tuesday night to witness perennial HotelChatter crush object Bill Marriott accept the first-ever "Icon of the Industry" award from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration (and, full disclosure, this editor's alma mater). Held at Billy's massive Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square, the gala was a star-studded event: we rubbed elbows with hospitality industry bigwigs ranging from David Marriott to Nobu restaurateur Drew Nieporent.

Honored for his personal and professional achievements over his tremendous 50-plus-year career, the school gave this award to Mr. Marriott for his commitment to service he demonstrated from his humble beginnings working at the family root beer stand all the way up to running the massive hotel giant that Marriott International is today.

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Bill Marriott Awarded 'Icon of the Industry' Honor

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  Site Where: 1535 Broadway [map], New York, ny, United States, 10036
June 3, 2009 at 5:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last night the Cornell School of Hotel Administration awarded Bill Marriott with its first ever Icon of the Industry award at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square. And guess what? HotelChatter was there to watch! And we were like, legally allowed guests. No party crashing here!

If you were watching our Twitter feed, then you already know a bit of how the event went down. But while Bill managed to sneak away before we could meet him (or even just brush up against his arm real quick), he made a sweet impression on us and the rest of the hotel industry folk who attended.

His speech was pitch-perfect with the right amount of self-deprecation, a pinch of family history, a dose of "work hard" rah-rah-rah and a wise note about recessions--"they always end," he said.

We'll have more on the event for you tomorrow but for now, let's just say we've fallen in love with Bill all over again.

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Confirmed: Ritz-Carlton Makes Airplane Food You'll Actually Enjoy

April 28, 2009 at 4:57 PM | by | Comments (0)


The first chef up in the Star Chefs rotation talks about his fave dishes (Andres Jimenez, Executive Chef of the Ritz-Carlton Denver).

Last night, we hit up the appropriately-swanky launch soiree of the Ritz-Carlton Hotels/Lufthansa Airlines partnership, the newly-formed "Star Chefs" program we told you about earlier this week. Starting May 1st, selected chefs from Ritz-Carlton properties around the United States will be sending their fine food up into the friendly skies for the enjoyment of first and business class passengers on Lufthansa airlines throughout the summer. The idea here is to reinvent airplane food (i.e., um, make it good), and to make the Ritz-Carlton experience "seamless," so to speak: the brand will be all up in their faces even before they check into their hotels. Literally being stuffed into their faces.

And oh, we'd better believe we stuffed our faces with a little Ritz-Carlton fare last night. Along with our brother site, Jaunted, we hit up the launch party and canoodled with executives and chefs in a breathtaking Tribeca penthouse all night long.

And oh, before we forget? At some point in the evening, we were totally the Ashton to Ritz-Carlton's Oprah: we helped the ever-dapper Ritz-Carlton CEO, Simon Cooper, send his very first tweet (which he dictated to us Bill-Marriott-style).

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Inside the W Hoboken's Grand Opening Bash

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  Site Where: 225 River Street [map], Hoboken, NJ, United States, 07030
April 24, 2009 at 3:42 PM | by | Comments (2)

As we mentioned this morning, we hit up last night's grand opening bash of the W Hoboken, the newest property (and, fun fact, the smallest-city location) from hip Starwood chain W Hotels. And, like, yeah: it was Hoboken. What we want to know is this: how the F (or how the W, teehee) did they get so many people to come? The place was absolutely packed.

Oh yeah, it was a big night for Jerz: music was pumping, the gorgeous people were out in droves. DJ Cassidy played all evening long while gorgeous waitstaff strutted their stuff on the floor wielding finger foods like sliders and pork potstickers and cocktails that were, erm, fairly strong (notice the shakey camera work in the video above).

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Guess the Hotel Staffer's Uniform Revealed :: Andaz's Pajama-Clad "Reader In Residence"

October 20, 2008 at 1:55 PM | by | Comments (2)

On Friday, we posted a Guess the Hotel that we weren't too sure you would be able to nail. We asked you which new hotel brand would require a staffer to wear PJ's for a uniform -- and the answer was not only a new brand, but it was a brand that still hasn't crossed the pond over to the US yet.

But, true to form, we have the most hardcore of hotel geeks among our readership -- and a couple of superstars got it right away (or maybe we blew our cover when we wrote some insidery news about the same brand on the same day): the brand is Hyatt's Andaz, and the gentleman pictured is the fabled Hyatt Andaz London's Reader in Residence, Damian Barr.

We had the distinct pleasure of meeting him at a Hyatt Andaz shindig in New York City on Thursday night, where we spent some time quizzing him about his position and dug for dirt on any weird experiences he's had. And now that we've chatted with him, the idea of him coming into our hotel room and reading us a bedtime story is far less awkward than we'd initially imagined.

The scoop on the Reader in Residence and a party report after the jump.

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Party Dispatch :: Mondrian LA Celebrates New Design

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  Site Where: 8440 Sunset Blvd. [map], West Hollywood, CA, United States, 90069
September 9, 2008 at 11:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

In true (re)launch party style things at the Mondrian Hotel were a little showy, with the entire valet staff lined up outside the restaurant and several women welcoming us, repeatedly.

Unfortunately, it wasn't easy to find out where we were supposed to be. When we got seated in the beautiful (but empty) ADCB Bar by an overeager host we still didn't know we weren't at the party. Why not? Because there were several parties going on at the same time.

We eventually found the party--in the gorgeous Outdoor Living Room by the pool--but didn't get a chance to checkout Sky Bar because it looked like it was closed for another party.

Cigarette smoke was a bit of a problem since the area is sill closed on all four sides, but that might be a party-only situation. The views off the deck were phenomenal and really give the space a treehouse feel.

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Party Dispatch :: Interview Magazine Party at The Standard NYC

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  Site Where: 40 Little West 12th Street [map], New York, ny, United States, 10014
September 5, 2008 at 1:28 PM | by | Comments (2)


As we mentioned this morning, we had a chance to swing by the Interview Magazine party held at the Standard NYC in Manhattan's Meatpacking District last night.

Now, just to be clear: the hotel is Not. Done. And it's not, like, close to done. No, no, no -- rather, in the spirit of fashion week, the party's theme was innovative: we'd call it "construction site chic."

Seriously though, the party was on the construction site of the Standard -- but somehow, they managed to pull off a kickass soiree and we, in turn, managed to get through the whole thing without any stiletto catastrophes from the combination of plywood planks and cement floors.

After the jump, a couple of snapshots, celeb sightings, and first impressions of the still-quite-bare Standard.

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Inside CitizenM in Amsterdam

July 1, 2008 at 3:57 PM | by | Comment (1)

[Ed. Note: Our Scandinavian correspondent Coulter returns again for the complete review of the first-ever CitizenM Hotel. Enjoy.]

Even from the outside there seems to be something a bit different about the CitizenM at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. Unassuming from a distance, as you follow the embedded lights in the sidewalk, you'll start to notice that there is something a bit different about this hotel.

It looks like a stack of a few hundred individually made concrete cubicles with wall-to-wall windows.

The reason, because that's exactly what it is, CitizenM's prefab hotel units are at the very core of what this hotel strives to be. The same hotel experience no matter where you go, with each room identical to the room next to it.

Their tag line is “Affordable Luxury,” a modern design hotel at budget prices and it's these pre-made cubicles that allow them to deliver at least partially on that promise.

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Party Dispatch Report :: CitizenM Hotel's Grand Opening in Amsterdam

June 30, 2008 at 3:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

[Ed. Note: Our Scandinavian correspondent Coulter was on the scene for the opening party of the first-ever CitizenM Hotel. Enjoy.]

Last week CitizenM opened it's first hotel at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. This location is one of 20 new hotels CitizenM plans to roll out through Europe in the coming months and years.

This being the hotel's first major event, CitizenM did their best to impress and after a few hours of non-stop drinking, I found myself fairly well-impressed.

For Rattan Chadha, founding partner and CEO Michael Levie, this event was all about branding and from the multiple speeches to the increasingly drunk PR people walking around, you couldn't escape the words "affordable luxury."

With the idea of CitizenM being a modern design hotel at budget prices, you must be wondering--did the hotel meet their tag line? You'll have to read the hotel review tomorrow for that answer, but the party itself did a good job of showing off the hotels finer points.

More party dispatch and pictures after the jump.

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Party Dispatch :: The Opening of the Renaissance Boston Waterfront

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  Site Where: 606 Congress Street [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02210
June 25, 2008 at 5:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

The opening party for the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel has received all sorts of love and attention from its corporate parent, Marriott. From its own Flickr set, to a YouTube video, the hotel's opening is probably one of the most-promoted Marriott openings in recent history.

But what we were even more pleased to learn about was the creation of Celtics-inspired cocktails that were served at the party:

Two signature martinis were also created in celebration of the Boston Celtics' 17th victory in the NBA's Championship. Downstairs at the party, the Celtics' 3 Point Shot featured Stoli Blakberi, fresh cranberry and orange juice, served with a fresh orange and blackberry garnish. Upstairs, the Seventeeni (pictured on the left) combined vodka, Midori and fresh pineapple juice, straight up in all its green glory.

What? No "Anything is Possible" Cosmo or "I Am Certified" shots? Also, we think Ray Allen deserves his name on that 3 Point Shot drink but we won't bicker about that now.

Rooms at the hotel are available now, starting at around $249 a night.

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Suites at The Venetian Are Almost Big Enough For Half of Italy

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  Site Where: 3335 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
June 23, 2008 at 3:34 PM | by | Comment (1)

                       

If you've been keeping up over at Jaunted, you know that we recently went to Vegas for one night flying Virgin America's "Superfly" flight and taking the opportunity to stay at The Venetian.  If OTT is your thing, then The Venetian is a stand out in a city that values excess above all else.

Walking into the multi-hued marble lobby, we walked into the main rotunda thinking this is what Venice could have looked like during the renaissance, pumped up on acid and ego.  Our check-in was smooth and easy and we boarded the elevator taking us to our room on the 24th floor.

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