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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...
The burger grab that launched a thousand water gun squirts.
At the launch of Gansevoort Park's Rooftop's Summer Series yesterday, the music was loud, clothes were coming off, and the threat of rain was making people get drunk in a hurry. As it turns out, a lot of people did get pretty wet —but not from any rain!
The three-level midtown pool deck, which we decided to like for our annual rooftop bars list, hopes to become a bass-thumping party destination this summer, and will do anything—including distributing neon plastic water guns—to make sure the party goes off as planned. As crowds continued to cram onto "Manhattan's largest rooftop pool," we started to worry the front row of people would fall in to the pool. But the water fight that ensued made sure that, in or out of the pool, no shoes were left un-splashed.
Big name DJs like Paul Oakenfold (last night), Sharam (next week), and Chris Lake are all scheduled for appearances, though hopefully they won't be too turned off by the early bedtime. The event only runs until 9pm, so while owners are likely to avoid potential police run-ins from noise complaints (W Fort Lauderdale, are you listening?), we were initially unsure whether the so-called "music event" would really be able to get off the ground, so to speak. But those doubts were soon squelched.
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Is the WiFi free? Does the gym have good machines? All these things get noticed when checking into a hotel, but what about the atmosphere of the placespecifically the art on the walls or on the floor? We're highlighting properties around the world that do their artwork right, and the specific pieces you should stare long and hard at when next you drop by.
Today: The W Times Square's lobby photographs by Nicky Digital.
While the W Hong Kong enjoys their Damien Hirst works a world away, the W Times Square keeps it local and informal with a limited time gallery show by nightlife photographer Nick Rhodes, alias Nicky Digital. For the month of October, the W's lobby and bar area serve as a makeshift exhibition space for the striking images, most featuring pretty youth things of both sexes writhing to music at a trendy club or another.
The last time the Hard Rock San Diego held an intervention...which was last weekend.
Do you fancy a Vegas-type experience for Labor Day, only without going to Vegas because a) you’re too scared of what you might get up to or b) you don’t trust yourself not to run through that credit card? Although we don’t approve of your wussiness, we understand. And we suggest you might like to try the Hard Rock San Diego.
Their Intervention Sunday pool party is their version of the infamous Rehab in Vegas, and they’re running an Intervention Package for Labor Day, which gives you VIP access for two people at a “monstrous”, as they’re calling it, party with Paul Oakenfold at the DJ helm. Oh, and a room of course, although if Intervention goes well, you may not be needing that one.
What happens when you drink too much--you post blurry pictures of your own hotel on the hotel's website.
Ever heard of the Ibiza Rocks hotel? If not, that’s more than possibly a good thing – it opened a couple of years ago on the island as a more rock n roll hotel than the other designer/house musicky places on the island, and lured in punters with live performances from bands.
We always assumed it was a bit grubby, but it’s obviously done very well, because the Fiesta Hotel Group, which owns IR, has announced it’s opening a sister property, the Mallorca Rocks Hotel which will, unsurprisingly, be on the island of Mallorca, in grotville Magaluf (ugh).