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HotelChatter Originals: Satisfying Your Suite Cravings

July 26, 2012 at 5:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

Thanks to our far-flung, adventurous and nonstop jetsetting contributors who never enter a hotel room without photographing the place from top to bottom, we've been able to get a peek into hotel rooms around the world by flipping through our numerous Photo Galleries.

We have so many good shots from so many great hotels, it's getting hard to keep track of all of them. So from now on, we'll be rounding up our favorite photo galleries once a week. Some will be pulled together by hotel brand others will be done by city, design, style, amenities or just plain old hotel lust.

For most of us, staying a massive hotel suite is a dream that will only come true if the upgrade Gods oblige (or if we find ourselves a generous Sugar Daddy.) Yet there's a way to satisfy your suite cravings, thanks to these photo galleries from suites around the world. Most of these suites we only managed to peek into for the sake of photographing but there are a few that we got to actually spend the night in.

Our honest opinion of staying in a phat suite? It's heavenly at fist, then a little lonely. All that space is kind of wasted if there's not two or more people to share it with!

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HotelChatter Originals: Gone to The Beach

July 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

Thanks to our far-flung, adventurous and nonstop jetsetting contributors who never enter a hotel room without photographing the place from top to bottom, we've been able to get a peek into hotel rooms around the world by flipping through our numerous Photo Galleries.

We have so many good shots from so many great hotels, it's getting hard to keep track of all of them. So from now on, we'll be rounding up our favorite photo galleries once a week. Some will be pulled together by hotel brand others will be done by city, design, style, amenities or just plain old hotel lust.

It's finally Friday and to propel you into the lazy summer weekend mode, we've rounded up our favorite photo galleries of beachfront hotels. From Bali to Cali, we've gone inside some amazing properties and photographed them all for you! Seriously! Now, it's got to be five o'clock somewhere so pour yourself a margarita and enjoy.

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The Grand Hotel Minneapolis is Great for a Girls' Getaway

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  Site Where: 615 2nd Avenue South [map], MInneapolis, MN, United States, 55402
July 3, 2012 at 12:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we saw how dog-friendly the Grand Hotel Minneapolis is, we were sad we didn't bring our pup with us to the Midwest. But we were traveling with our girlfriends en route to a wedding and what we did discover is that this Kimpton property downtown makes the perfect pad for a good, old-fashioned girly catch-up.

Our Queen Queen Deluxe was super spacious, and had lots of cute and comfy touches, from the chaise lounge to the signature zebra-print Kimpton robes and full-size dispensers of C.O. Bigelow toiletries in the shower.

Check out our room video and photo gallery and you'll see just how well this spread can accommodate three chicks keen on doing very little but lounging about, drinking some wine, snacking on Twizzlers and talking until the wee hours of the night.

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Inside a Jewel Suite at The Darling in Sydney

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  Site Where: 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, NSW, Australia, 2009
July 2, 2012 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now we've shown you how our room woke us up at The Darling in Sydney, let's take a closer look at the rest of our digs.

We were lucky enough to stay in a Jewel Suite with Spa (Aussies call Jacuzzis 'spa baths'), which is a huge residential-style spread with lots of special touches.

Sydney has been in desperate need of some exciting new hotels for some time, and The Darling certainly answers that call. Its technology and luxury reminded us of new and recently redone hotels in New York City--or even Vegas, given that it's connected to a casino, The Star.

Take a spin through our room video and photo gallery and then we'll get into the highlights of our stay...

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Besides Killer Views, What is the Four Seasons Sydney All About?

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  Site Where: 199 George Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2000
June 21, 2012 at 10:49 AM | by | Comment (1)

If you listen to anything we say, you already know that the Four Seasons Sydney has killer, killer views. But what else do we know about the hotel that was once upon a time the Regent?

We spent the night in a Grand Premier Full Harbour-View Room recently, and while it was overcast, the views still dazzled us, and the service at the hotel was as seamless as you'd expect from a Four Seasons.

As for the rooms, they were huuuuge -- with a desk to match, we can see why this is so popular with our high-flying business friends who jet in from NYC and only stay at this hotel.

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Inside And All Around Madison Avenue's Newest Darling, The Roger

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  Site Where: 131 Madison Ave [map], New York, NY, United States, 10016
June 21, 2012 at 9:02 AM | by | Comment (1)

Well, what do you all think? After a mysterious closing down of the lobby in late March, and some smart alec signs in the windows that had us all wondering what the hotel was up to, The Roger (formerly The Roger Williams) has now officially joined the ranks of other mononymous hotels (The James, The Gansevoort) and has a whole new identity to boot.

We poked around the new white-brick-walled lobby, sat in the blue suede sofas, and even got to check out a few of the guest rooms. The new look is the brainchild of Steven Kamali, who wanted to find a way to "balance the historical nature of the property" while keeping things "relaxed," "chic," and "new." And that, of course, involved a lot of bow-ties.

Go on, take a look through our photo galleries and decide for yourself if Roger is a hottie or a nottie!

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Take a Peek at Where Lady Gaga Slept at the Park Hyatt Sydney

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  Site Where: 7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2000
June 19, 2012 at 9:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now that Lady Gaga has gone and upstaged the most famous hotel in all of Australia, the Park Hyatt Sydney, let's take a look at the super-swank Sydney Suite which she called home during her visit down under.

The suite was occupied--by someone other than Gaga--during our recent tour of the property, but we can show you these PR shots from the hotel. And if you click through our gallery, you'll also see our snaps of the Park Hyatt's Harbour Suite, not so shabby itself, and going for AU$5,500 a night this weekend.

We can tell you that Gaga's digs, the Sydney Suite, usually rents at $16,000 a night. Or, if you decide to rent it along with the two Rooftop Suites on the same level, to create a super A-list compound for yourself, the whole floor will set you back $50,000 a night.

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What Else Does a Sheraton on the Park Room Have Besides a Kick-Ass Shower?

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  Site Where: 161 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2000
June 11, 2012 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (2)

If you're traveling to Sydney from afar, a nice long shower at the Sheraton on the Park will fix your jet lag. But then what? Will you be comfy in the rest of your guest room?

The short answer is yes. This may not be as glamorous as the recently revamped and suitably expensive Park Hyatt Sydney, but the Sheraton on the Park ticks all the boxes for a home away from home. Well, aside from the $20-a-day WiFi and $9 water bottles. But they're hardly alone in committing that crime, not in Australia.

We stayed here for two nights with a friend recently, and while the beds were small, there was ample room otherwise for us to hang out and not get in each other's way. Lots of closet and bathroom space to utilize as well.

Take a spin through a City Side Room in our gallery.

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Street Smarts Are Recommended, But Not Required, For A Stay At San Francisco's Cova Hotel

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  Site Where: 657 Ellis St [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94019
June 5, 2012 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Tenderloin in San Francisco is not exactly a neighborhood you want to spend a lot of time wandering around by yourself in the middle of the night. And that's usually the first concern raised by guests of the Cova Hotel, which is located equidistant between the Civic Center and Powell St BART stops, near the city's Vietnamese quarter.

Luckily, the 88-room hotel offers a free shuttle bus that picks guests up and drops them off every hour (8am–10pm) from central points around the city, like Union Square, Moscone Center and Fisherman's Wharf. Pretty handy, no?

This convenient amenity means guests don't have to forfeit an otherwise perfectly nice hotel due to its questionable location. And the prices you'll pay here? Waaay better than some other places we've seen around San Fran.

Read on to find out how much a Superior room costs, and then browse our photo gallery!

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How We Scored A (Literally) Gigantic Room At The Standard Downtown LA For Half The Price

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  Site Where: 550 S Flower St [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90071-2501
June 4, 2012 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

About a week ago, we were on our laptop, browsing for a hotel in Los Angeles. Several called our name, but on the advice of an LA acquaintance, who recommended the downtown area as a place worth checking out, we set our sights on The Standard Downtown LA. We visited the website and checked rates for our two-night stay at the end of Memorial Day weekend. $165/night—not bad.

Then, getting distracted, we clicked out of the site, only to find, when we re-entered the dates about half an hour later, starting rates had gone up to $183/night. Nooo! So we didn't hesitate to simply pick up the phone and call the hotel's reservation center. When quoted the same $183/night rate, we explained how minutes before, we had seen the same room for about $20 less. "Well," the agent explained, "that might have been due to the Memorial Day weekend special we're running."

Oh? We hadn't heard about those rooms, which apparently were available for a much more reasonable $145/night.

So we booked two nights there and then and called it a day. But our luck hadn't run out just yet...

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Inside a Room at The Kimpton Surfcomber (No Sheep Here!)

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  Site Where: 1717 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
May 10, 2012 at 9:20 AM | by | Comment (1)

Now that we've got you working on a name for the Surfcomber's lone black sheep, we thought you may want to take a look at one of the hotel's rooms--so you know what to expect if you win the name-the-sheep contest on Facebook and all.

The hotel was made over last year, reopening in 2012 with a fresh, sometimes funky, Kimpton feel. You can see what the lobby, bars and restaurant, Lantao Kitchen + Cocktails, look like from our earlier stories.

Now, check out the room in our gallery below.

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What It's Like To Get Your NoMad On

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  Site Where: 1170 Broadway [map], New York, NY, United States, 10001
April 26, 2012 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (2)

We've been curious about The NoMad Hotel for, oh, about three years now. And since it's opened, we've already taken a look inside the dreamy Library cocktail lounge. Now, we're here to talk rooms.

We checked in over the weekend, taking advantage of the NoMad's introductory rate of $295 for a Classic Room. (We made the reservation about a month ago.) But did the hotel live up to our admittedly high expectations? Was it as pretty in real life as it appears in photos on the NoMad website?

Take a look at our video tour and photo gallery to find out...

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