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Never judge a book by its cover, people, especially if that book is the Hard Rock Palm Springs.
Because the Hard Rock is launching a “dive in” movie season this Friday at 8pm. That’s right – not a pool party. Not a rave. Granted, the movie is Tommy, but even so – a genteel movie screening on a Friday night. In conjunction with the Palm Springs International Film Society, no less. Whatever next?!
But the Hard Rock Palm Springs is not your usual Hard Rock. This is Palm Springs, darlings, and they go after a different crowd. Eclectic. Open-minded. Party-orientated, yet not necessarily of a bro disposition. Some more reasons why it’s not your typical Hard Rock:
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A particularly rocking suite
Not content with lowering the tone in peaceful Bali, Palm Springs and Dubai (joking – you can’t lower the tone in Dubai), the behemoth that is Hard Rock will finally have a toehold in Europe this month, when Hard Rock Ibiza opens on June 13 in Playa d’en Bossa. At least they’ve chosen wisely with the party island – in fact, it seems odd that there isn’t already one there.
The room count has risen from the 480 proposed last year to 493, and as well as HRH standard accoutrements (Rock Spa – Ibiza’s largest, don’t you know – Body Rock fitness, Rock Shop etc), there will be an “outdoor concert terrace” with a 2500 capacity. Ellie Goulding, Snoop Dogg, Robin Thicke and, um, UB40 are already lined up to play it this year. Nile Rodgers, meanwhile, will play the opening party on the 13th.
It took a while but today, hotels have fully embraced social media--posting photos of their properties on Instagram, updating their events and promotions on Facebook, answering customer service issues on Twitter and even allowing reservations to be made right through their Facebook pages.
And we've seen hotels use social media to let guests engage with other guests like the The Pod Hotel in New York which we dubbed The Facebook Hotel back in 2008 for its social networking ways via their Pod Community forum.
But today, there's news about a hotel that is actively facilitating Twitter meet-ups in special Twitter-themed suites.
The Sol Wave House in Mallorca from Melia Hotels is billing itself as the first "Twitter Experience Hotel" (we wonder what Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams think about that.) The hotel boasts of a special Twitter-themed suite, known by its hashtag #partysuite. Here a bunch of friends can party down at the #TweetPoolParty, get 20 percent off drinks, lounge on VIP sunbeds and have the services of a dedicated Twitter concierge, who will answer to requests via Twitter hashtags. If you look at their Twitter stream, the tweets are littered with hashtags.
But it goes both ways. If you look at the @replies to @SolWaveHouse you will see guests tweeting for service requests using hashtags. This might be our new favorite hashtag:
Needless to say, you need a Twitter account to enjoy the fun.
It seems like there are endless resorts and properties on Mykonos, such as the three we wrote about yesterday, tucked in their own private setting between towns and overlooking bays in various parts of the island. In that sense, you can't really go wrong in terms of the scenery -- for the most part, killer views are standard at every hotel on Mykonos.
That said, the island breaks down in a number of different areas known for different personalities. The location you choose depends on your priorities. If you're into nightlife, for example, you'll want to stay in or around Mykonos Town. If it's a quiet beach resort you're after, Kalafati might be a better fit. Below, we've highlighted a few of the main spots along with a sampling of hotels to help kick off your research. Call it an entry-level guide, if you will.
Also, a few things to note about hotels on Mykonos. Most have strict cancellation policies and a minimum stay requirement of a couple nights, especially during the busy summer months, so be sure to read the fine print. Some will also provide free airport pick-ups, but only if you ask when making a reservation. Got your own Mykonos tips to share? Feel free to drop them in comments below!
Denver, CO, is a fantastic little city, known for its historic hotels, proximity to the Rockies, and several world-class museums. Unfortunately, visitors had a hard time seeing any of those things when a giant cloud of marijuana smoke engulfed the entire city for three days straight this weekend.
Living up to its nickname as the "mile high city," 80,000 folks turned up in Denver to celebrate 4/20, unofficially known as national pot-smoking day. Though it's been a long-standing tradition, this year's festivities were particularly high-spirited, after Colorado's recent legalization of the drug.
Many globetrotting stoners planned their visit through My 420 Tours, a first-of-its-kind marijuana-themed tour operator that organized pot-themed activities, visits to dispensaries, and weed-growing workshops for its 200 participants. And it goes without saying that plenty of hotels got a piece of the pipe-puffing actions as well.
According to the My 420 Tours website:
"World Cannabis Week has an exclusive room block at one of Denver’s premier downtown hotels. This is a 4 star hotel and is the only downtown Denver hotel to have balcony rooms where you will be able to use cannabis freely."
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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.
Welcome to another hotel dispatch from our newest special contributor, The Smooth Operator. We can't divulge his identity but we can tell you he's spends about 70 percent of his time on the road, staying in all the hot hotels and checking out their restaurants and bars to see if the social scene is up to snuff. If you're deciding whether or not to take a chance on that hip boutique hotel in the city, read The Smooth Operator for his opinion first. (Or send us an email and we'll have him answer it for you!)
The W Hollywood Hotel and Residences is the one Starwood Hotel that came with a "warning" three days prior to my visit. If you’re looking for "adult entertainment" and want to "live large, you’ve come to the right place." (see the notice I received before my stay in the gallery of photos below.)
At check-in, I was upgraded to a premium Spectacular room with a city view – which was exactly the same room I had last time and upon entering the room it was pretty obvious there was no city view – just a view of the fair going on in the parking lot across the street.
In New York, like many places, how much you pay for a hotel room is often just as important as where you stay. And next month, that location factor makes a big difference, as you consider where you're going to end up partying on Independence Day and watching those fireworks. Here are a few happenin' places, all with rooms available on the big day...
Hotel Americano announced on its Facebook page that the famed High Line park would be closing down early on July 4, making the hotel's awesome rooftop a pretty great alternative. The bean bag chairs here are a lot of fun, and maybe the chef will even whip you up a hot dog in that fancy open kitchen in the lobby. Rates here start at $275/night—free WiFi included!
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Oh, Dream Downtown. In a perfect world, we'd love you all the way. But you sure don't make yourself easy to get to!
Back a few weeks ago, we thought we were doing y'all a favor by posting our list of which hotel rooftop bars to hit up on which days of the week, but since we've gotten some flack on the feasibility of actually getting past the door and up to some of those places, we thought we'd offer some advice on entering one in particular, PhD at Dream Downtown.
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We love a good hotel party just as much as anyone else, but two major stories in the news this week are making us wonder: how much hotel partying is too much hotel partying? We're referring, of course, to the two major hotel scandals making headlines this week: the Secret Service's bachelor-party-gone-awry in Colombia, and Lindsay Lohan's TMZ-licious scandal at The Standard West Hollywood. Two separate, unrelated incidents, but both perfect examples of why some guests really need chaperoning more than others.
Sometimes, the misbehavior is confined to just the nightclubs, or just the rooftop bars, and that's perfectly OK. But, as we've seen, that's rarely the case.
For the rest of us
not so innocent bystanders, the best we can do to avoid getting mixed up in any trouble is to keep the door tightly locked at all times; but that doesn't really address the problem. Whether it's guests getting a little too touchy-feely with housekeepers, or celebs behaving badly, there's just something about hotels that causes people to act a little naughtier than usual.
Hearing all about the new Clevelander offshoot at Marlins Park reminded us that the original South Beach hotel is mostly known as a party palace--a raucous place to enjoy cheap drinks and loud music outside, poolside, in the company of party animals.
It is of course a hotel as well--but we don't know anyone who has ever stayed there. Which is why we dropped by recently for a look around. We saw some cool bar and event spaces, beyond the most famous and populated space out front, and then we saw the rooms.
As you can see, they are pretty simple but not bad looking. There aren't a ton of bells and whistles, but then this isn't a designy hotel. It's more of a functional one--a place to sleep off all the booze. Which is why they have those blackout drapes.
We wish we could have been there to help professional skater Jerome Rogers pick a more discreet hotel for his recent all-night drug binge in NYC. But then again, if smoking weed and getting high on PCP are the only things on your mind, we suppose any old room with four walls and a bed will do. Which (kind of) explains how Rogers ended up naked in the 11th-floor hallway of Affinia Shelburne at 9am yesterday morning.
When neighboring guests heard yells coming from outside their rooms, they peeked out to discover Rogers, high as a kite, ripping art from the walls and proclaiming he was the son of God. Fair enough. But maybe instead, he could have basked in his divinity from the comforts of his own room? Cozied up to a nice buckwheat pillow ordered off the Affinia comfort cart?
See what we mean? He really should have called us first...