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Rittenhouse Hotel Reveals Details on New Spa, Set to Open This Summer

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  Site Where: 210 West Rittenhouse Square [map], Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , United States, 19103
March 25, 2014 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Hotel is known for its killer views and for honoring hometown favorite Grace Kelly with a cocktail in its new lobby bar, opened in the midst of a $10-million, 12-month refurbishment in anticipation of the hotel's upcoming 25th anniversary.

More upgrades aren't far behind, as the hotel announced that its new 15,000 square-foot spa facility, The Rittenhouse Spa & Club – Hair by Paul Labrecque, will open in late summer and contain a spa, health club, and salon.

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Hotels Are Going Nuts For Pie on Pi Day

March 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re not only a hotel geek but kinda a science geek too, you probably already know that March 14 is Pi Day (because the mathematical constant π, or Pi, which is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, is approximately equal to 3.14, but with 1.2 trillion digits after it).

If you didn’t know that, you might want to know this: Some hotels are using this as an excuse to bring out their best pies for the occasion. And who doesn’t like a nice pie?

The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC is offering a scrumptious-looking Apple Pi Tartlet (that's it above) that’s made with 3 Pi (9.42) Granny Smith apples. The tartlet is topped with decorative apples made of white chocolate—can you stand it?

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Holiday Hotel Spa-aahhh Treatments

December 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Omni Bedford Springs

While hotel holiday decorations are pretty to look at, they don't do much to relax you during the holiday season, which let's be honest--can be crazy stressful with all the parties, the shopping, the relatives. So if you need a breather, we’ve put together a list (and we’re checking it twice) of hotel spas across the US who have put together some holiday-themed treatments that you can give to yourself because, contrary to popular belief, sometimes it is better to receive than to give.

California
The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego normally uses seasonal ingredients and this winter is no exception. From December through January you can indulge in the Chocolate Candied Orange Treatment, and indulge you will! This treatment starts with a hazelnut and orange scrub; then comes a chocolate comfrey wrap and cinnamon scalp treatment; an Acai butter massage follows, as does a mulled cider drink. The spa then sends you on your way with a take home recipe for hazelnut and sea salt shortbread cookies. The cost for this extravagance is $175.

At Lake Arrowhead Resort’s Spa of the Pines (an Autograph Collection hotel) there is a new holiday-themed menu of treatments. The resort is offering a hot stone Holiday Pedicure, a Holiday Swedish Massage using their own special holiday-scented oil (cloves and cinnamon), and a Holiday-Scented Body Scrub using an organic vanilla and brown sugar scrub followed by a rich body cream. For the most bang for your buck go for the Holiday Duo: the body scrub followed by the massage for $165.

Arizona

L'Auberge de Sedona is offering guests a Warming Gingerbread Sugar Body Scrub and Gingerbread Wrap that are good enough to eat. Using organic sugar and warming ginger oil there are also notes of cinnamon and orange. To tempt you further, we’ll just tell you that after the scrub, the body butter is applied to your skin, you’re wrapped in warm blankets and receive either a scalp and neck massage or a foot massage. You can just lie back and hear the heavenly choir. The scrub and wrap are $145 for both treatments.

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5 Things to Know About the New Radisson Blu Hotel in Philly

November 15, 2013 at 11:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

The 301-room Raddison Blu Philadelphia just put the finishing touches on its lobby last week (they were literally pressing the letters on the wall during our stay), finalizing its $20 million conversion and celebrating its full opening. Looking for a new hotel to check out in Philly? Here are five things to know before you check in:

1. It's the third Radisson Blu in the U.S. and the 4th in North America: Philly's property joins those in Chicago, the Mall of America, and St. Martin (yes, St. Martin is part of North America).

2. It's the first repurposed Radisson Blu property in the States: While the aforementioned properties were all new construction, the Rad Blu Philly was the first conversion project, originally opened as the Warwick Hotel in 1926. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which means that the exterior and structure of the building could not be altered. The top few floors of the hotel have remained as private residences.

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Want a Weekend Escape? Go to Town...Or These Country Hotels

November 1, 2013 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Emerson Resort is a close-by chill-out spot for New York City residents

The seasons are changing in many parts of the country, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to hibernate away. In fact, fall can be the best time to explore cities that were too hot to handle in the summer, or quaint country inns too filled with weekenders.

Whether you want to be a city or country mouse, we’ve got some great spots waiting to welcome you with open arms, a cup of hot cider or perhaps a glass of bubbly.

Now's the right time to choose your great escape.

Town: New York City
Many families heading to NYC for the holidays will be pleased by this month’s opening of the 95-room Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Manhattan Downtown. Located at 95 Henry Street in the Chinatown and the Lower East Side area, the hotel has convenient access to the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and World Trade Center Memorial/Freedom Tower. Besides the free hot breakfast and WiFi, guests will dig the in-room microwaves and mini-fridges as well as the swell price point starting at $169 per night (rates will vary).

Country: Mt Tremper, New York
The Catskills are a go-to destination for weary New Yorkers seeking refuge from their 9 to 5's. The Emerson Resort, a Kingston-area resort, has two sections—an adults-only Inn where fireplace and canopy-bed laced suites provide a serene scene, and a pet and family-friendly Adirondack-style lodge so everyone can let loose without worry. But all guests get access to the first-class restaurant, spa (pumpkin body scrub, anyone), hiking, and soon coming skiing at nearby Hunter Mountain. Plus, the price is right starting at $159 per night.

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New Philly Holiday Inn Express Opens in Ideal Location

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  Site Where: 100 North Christopher Columbus Blvd [map], Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19106
February 25, 2013 at 9:48 AM | by | Comment (1)

The Holiday Inn Express at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia is now officially open for business after a four-million dollar renovation converted the property over from a Comfort Inn. All 184 guest rooms were retouched while the lobby was completely remodeled. A business center and exercise room were also added.

We told you before how we were a little disappointed that the area didn't draw a sexier hotel, but that all said, it doesn't change how good the location is. In addition to the views of the Ben Franklin Bridge, guests of the Holiday Inn Express will be in good shape when it comes to visiting Independence Mall, Old City, and Penn's Landing -- all are within walking distance or a short cab ride. The area is also prime lodging during the summer when concerts are held at Festival Pier or across the river in Camden (you can take a ferry right to the venue).

Here's what the new hotel looks like now according to its website, but we'll try to swing by soon and check it out for ourselves.

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Chestnut Hill Hotel Gets Ready For A Harry Potter Weekend

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  Site Where: 8229 Germantown Avenue [map], Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , United States, 19118
October 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Oh, you thought the Harry Potter phenom was finished because J.K. Rowling has moved on to some other literary project? Oh, no! In fact, this is one HP weekend that true fans should move heaven and earth to attend. The place to be this weekend is in Pennsylvania's Chestnut Hill which is hosting its Harry Potter Weekend. From October 26-28 the town incredibly turns into a virtual Hogwarts that would make Ms. Rowling proud.

Local restaurants, shops, and businesses along Germantown Avenue morph into something straight off the pages of J.K. Rowling’s Diagon Alley.

There will be delicious Butter Beer (if you've tasted Universal Studios Orlando's delicious version, then curiosity will draw you to this batch) a “The Hunt for the Horcrux” scavenger game, a Knight Bus trolley, and, yes, a motherfriggin Quidditch Match.

We are losing our mind over that because there isn't a Harry Potter fan around who hasn't dreamt of what it would be like to play that game.

You'll need a place to stay during the festivities and even though the pickings are slim--it looks like the best base is the Chestnut Hill Hotel which is hosting a Sorting Hat Demonstration and a Spell Match.

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Gordon Ramsay Heads To Pennsylvania For More 'Hotel Hell'

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  Site Where: 210 2nd St [map], Milford, PA, United States, 18337
January 13, 2012 at 9:20 AM | by | Comment (1)

Yep, it's that bad

After discovering late last month that The Keating Hotel in San Francisco will be one of the hotels featured ripped apart by Gordon Ramsay on Hotel Hell, we've been dying to know which other towns across the country will be getting visits from his spiky-haired highness.

Now, we can add Milford, Pennsylvania to the list. The New Jersey Herald is reporting that Ramsay will be making over the River Rock Inn, a B&B housed in a 10-bedroom Victorian-style house built in 1876.

According to the hotel's Facebook page, producers for the show have taken over all bookings, and have so far received over 1500 reservation requests, from (we're guessing) hotel geeks trying to get front row seats of Ramsay working his magic. And judging from the pictures, this place really does need some magic. Or a sledgehammer.

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White House Shooter Captured While Chilling at a Hampton Inn

November 16, 2011 at 3:57 PM | by | Comments (2)


[Photo of a different Hampton Inn]

Look. If you fire a round of bullets into the White House, you will be found and arrested, even if you've checked in to a hotel hundreds of miles away from Washington DC, in Pennsylvania.

This is the case of 21-year-old Oscar Ortega, who on Friday used an assault rifle to hit the side of the White House (and some bulletproof windows) from his SUV on the road. President Obama was away at the time, but the reasons for Ortega's shooting haven't quite been deciphered. They do, at least, have the man in custody after a hotel employee at the Hampton Inn in Indiana, PA recognized Ortega from news reports.

No word on how Ortega paid for his nights at the Inn when he's believed to be mentally ill and formerly camping out at Occupy DC.

[Photo: Herald Tribune]

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Pennsylvania To Get Some Vegas Glitz With The Sands Hotel

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  Site Where: 77 Sands Boulevard [map], Bethlehem, PA, United States, 18015
March 30, 2011 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is finally getting a hotel for its weary gamblers. The Sands Hotel at the Sands Casino Resort will have 300 guestrooms, 16 executive suites and not one, not two but six presidential suites.

Like its glitzy Vegas cousins (The Venetian and The Palazzo), The Sands Hotel will have an Emeril Lagasse restaurant (supposedly a new Italian concept from the chef) and guests will have access to the multiple bars and lounges in the casino.

But unlike its greedy Vegas cousins, the Sands Hotel will have free WiFi. Free. We know, it's hard to believe our good fortune this week. First, the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, now The Sands Hotel in um, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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