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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...
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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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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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.
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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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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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...
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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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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Not long ago, we told you that Tempo Hotel Miami was getting a new name, along with a bit of a refresh. Well, update your bookmarks, because Tempo is no longer--this high-end, high-rise hotel in downtown Miami is now officially Casa Moderna Miami Hotel & Spa.
If you're in Miami for business or are visiting for a good time but don't need to be right on the beach, Casa Moderna is totally worth a look. There are just 56 rooms, all with loads more space than your typical Miami Beach hotel room, and the hotel is only around 18 months old, so still pretty new. New operators Richfield Hospitality have also managed to give the spa a face-lift.
For a quick spin through some of the best of those amenities, click through our gallery.
A St. Regis for around $200* a night? Yes, it's possible—in Canada! Of course, that room rate should be the first thing to tip you off that the St. Regis Vancouver is not actually a St. Regis of the Starwood variety.
As we found on a recent trip north, the St. Regis Vancouver is a charming boutique hotel with historic bones, a fantastic downtown location perfect for business travelers and tourists alike--and a ton of added extras that we bet you won't find at your local posh version of a St. Regis.
If you're wondering what a Non-St.Regis St. Regis looks like, just click through our gallery for a peek at what the Vancouver indie has to offer.
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It's the beginning of the end: Williamsburg's first boutique hotel flung open its doors earlier last month on a quiet, park-facing street near the waterfront. Though we initially had assumed Brooklyn would allow for significantly more square footage than, say, an equivalent hotel in Manhattan, we might have been proved wrong.
But all is not lost: the hotel's prime location has already begun attracting tourists and film crews alike (The Good Wife, a Vogue fashion shoot, and an unnamed MTV pilot, have all shot here). And if it weren't for the taco truck (it will eventually be installed next to the pool and bi-level art gallery (opening date still TBD), we wouldn't be nearly so excited about the public spaces here. Most of all, we can't wait for the opening of Pillar & Plough, the hotel's farm-to-fork eatery, next week.