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Things Got Wet At Gansevoort Park Rooftop Last Night

Where: 420 Park Avenue South [map], New York, NY, United States, 10016
June 6, 2011 at 11:34 AM | by | ()

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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For the Sake of Hotel Art: W Times Square Loves the Nightlife Photography

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  Site Where: 1567 Broadway [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
October 15, 2010 at 10:32 AM | by | ()

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 place—specifically 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.

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Hard Rock San Diego Is Planning an Intervention for Labor Day

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  Site Where: 207 5th Avenue [map], San Diego, CA, United States, 92101
August 24, 2010 at 3:41 PM | by | ()

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.

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The Mallorca Rocks Hotel: The Newest Place to Party, Puke and Pass Out

April 8, 2010 at 11:55 AM | by | ()

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).

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The W Fort Lauderdale Gets Cited for Noise Violation

Where: 401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard [map], Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States, 33304
March 22, 2010 at 9:28 AM | by | ()

Uh-oh. This does not bode well for the W Fort Lauderdale. The Sun-Sentinel reports that the hotel's nightclub Whiskey Blue has been cited by the city for a noise violation. Specifically, the loud music can be heard by the neighbors after 11pm.:

The police have been called multiple times, city officials said. Most recently, on March 14 noise was heard wafting from the club after midnight, the city said.

We're guessing the rumored appearance of the "Jersey Shore" crew at the hotel over the weekend didn't really help with that noise violation ever. You know how those folks like to beat the beat!

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Bienvenido a 2010: The Five Best Hotels for New Year's Eve in Miami

December 21, 2009 at 9:09 AM | by | ()

So, 2009 was one of the worst years we've seen since the Great Depression, huh? Now, we know Miami got that memo, what with its glut of condos, foreclosures, and, oh yeah, hotels in financial crisis—but you wouldn't know it from the way New Year's Eve is shaping up at the beach this year. Maybe it's a case of denial, but whatever the reason, New Year's Eve is as huge as ever for the non-stop party town.

Even the hotels with the most visible money troubles, the Fontainebleau and the Gansevoort South, are sold out on the 30th and 31st—Lady GaGa is performing poolside at the Fontainebleau and, uh, Brody Jenner, is the "star" attraction at the Gansevoort. Lots of other hotspots like the W South Beach and Ocean Drive favorite The Clevelander are also sold out, but if you've got cash to burn and want to dance your denial all the way into 2010, here are Five Hot Hotel NYE Parties in Miami—at places that still had rooms available when we checked this weekend.

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Party Hard in Cabo for $60 a Night at Tesoro Resort

December 9, 2008 at 4:21 PM | by | ()

Aside from our own misgivings about Mexico, this deal is perfect for the recently laid-off employee who wants to drown their sorrows in tequila, sand and tanning oil. Tesoro Resorts in Cabo are offering "crash" rooms for $60 a night. Why do they call them "crash" rooms? Because dummy, that's all you are going to need them for. The rest of the time you will probably be drinking your face off. Case in point, this copy is straight from the hotel website:

Tesoro is stumbling distance to all the best bars and restaurants in Los Cabos including No Worrys, Cabo Wabo, Body Shot Nightclub, and Nowhere Bar.

And if you're lucky hopefully you won't be crashing in your own room, eh? Also being black out drunk helps you forget that you're in a $60 hotel room in Mexico.

Use code word "crash" for bookings from now until February. 28, 2008.

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Sweet Suite :: The Ivy Hotel's Star Suite Sports a Stripper Pole

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  Site Where: 600 F St. [map], San Diego, CA, United States, 92101
July 9, 2008 at 11:05 AM | by | ()

Bloomberg's Jason Harper went inside the fairly-new Ivy Hotel in San Diego -- which touts itself as an "adult playground" -- and found chains, stripper poles and, surprisingly, good service.

Though he didn't stay in the Star Suite (a reality show was filming there at the time; we hope it was something as awesome as I Love New York), he mentioned the swank space is known for its "adult" features: two king-size bunk beds decorated with chains, a six-person shower and, yes, an elevated stripper pole.

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2007 Festival Hotels: Shirts Off Breakfast at Hotel Glória

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  Site Where: Praia Do Russel 632, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
February 19, 2007 at 12:02 PM | by | ()

Carnival (Feb 17 - 20) is in full swing, and according to The Guardian, plenty of American soldiers on leave are turning the sensual Brazilian celebration into a sexual conquest game.

Companies like Tours Gone Wild make a mint packing soldiers and other tourists into Rio de Janeiro hotels this time of year, and it takes a toll on the hotels.

One such Carnival party hotel is Hotel Gloria. On the Saturday of Carnaval the Gloria hosts an insane costume contest early in the evening, which is considered one of the best Carnaval parties by many long time attendees.

Heaven for doughboys, no doubt, however, guests of the hotel see the post party fallout year round:

Our room was a huge disappointment. Paint off the walls, tv entertainment system not working.
Lots of loud Brazilian guests with getto blasters at the pool. Staff did nothing. People with bare upper bodies at breakfast.

Where we are from, we call these places topless donutshops, in Brazil sounds like they call 'em "luxury hotels".

We are sure Hotel Gloria cleans up nice at some point after Carnaval. After all, they have a helipad on the roof, and guests who check-in via helicopter tend to like a clean room.

Related Stories:
· Hotel Gloria [TripAdvisor]
· Hotels in Brazil [HotelChatter]

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Ibiza Party Hotel Goes 'Til 6 In Tha Morning

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  Site Where: 8 Calle Carlos Roman Ferrer, Figueretas, Ibiza, Spain
September 21, 2006 at 11:45 AM | by | ()

If you are going to Ibiza, then let's face the facts, you are probably looking for a party hotel.

Figueretas is one of the quieter spots on the island, about a mile from Ibiza town, however Figueretas Es Vive Hotel and the all out pool parties they throw are not for those seeking relaxation.

This is the kind of place you stay when you want to pre-party, go clubbing with gaggles of hotel mates, then post party back at the hotel.

By day the Es Vive pool is packed with bikini clad all night revelers in recovery mode and by about 3am the hotel party begins to take hold.  A Smirnoff bar and an onsite DJ help the club kids along.  

Don't book one of the 55 Ikea clad rooms expecting rest and relaxation, and it goes without saying you best be looking elsewhere if you are on a family holiday.  If you really want to impress your fellow clubbers, book one of the two corner suites--huge showers, multiple balconies, and an ocean view.

If you book during the off season (January - February) the staff will give you a 10% discount.

[Photo: winehands]

Related Stories:
· Es Vive Hotel Reviews [TripAdvisor]
· Get A Room In Ibiza [Times Online]
· Es Vive Photos [Flickr]