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The opening of the 2014-2015 NFL season has been severely tarnished by the off-season antics of some of the league's star players.
First, Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens was caught on video punching, then dragging his then-fiancee, now wife in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. Next, it was revealed that Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings took a switch (better known as a tree branch) and repeatedly hit his four-year-old son with it. While Rice was suspended and cut from the Ravens, Peterson was only deactivated from Sunday's game. Yet the way he chose to discipline his son cost his team a very big sponsorship partner.
Radisson Hotels, whose U.S. headquarters are in Minnesota, have decided to suspend their sponsorship of the Vikings while they "evaluate the facts and circumstances." Radisson's parent company, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, also put this statement out: “Radisson takes this matter very seriously particularly in light of our long-standing commitment to the protection of children.”
The suspension was put in place just hours after the general manager of the Vikings gave a press conference about reinstating Peterson while the GM was stood in front of backdrop that held both the Vikings and the Radisson logo. Since the questionable behavior of NFL players off the field will continue to be a topic through the rest of the season, we suggest all hotels look carefully at the teams they sponsor and if necessary, follow Radisson's lead.
[Photo via Daily Norseman]
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Well, after only four years of operating under the Radisson Blu brand, the property has been bought by Riu Hotel & Resorts for $45 million and will undergo a name change to the Riu Palace St. Martin on June 1st.
While it has yet to be announced whether Riu will make any physical changes to the property, we do know that it will become an entirely all-inclusive resort under the new ownership. There was an all-inclusive option under Radisson, but it was not an all-inclusive property.
Ever stayed at a hotel and said to yourself, "I can run this place!" Well, thanks to Radisson Hotels who has created a new iPhone/iPad gam, we can test our ability to clean rooms on time, answer questions for the concierge and welcome new guests on a regular basis, all the while keeping current guests happy. It doesn't sound so easy now, does it?
Rad Hotel is the name and managing a hotel is the game where wannabe-hotel-managers can choose between eight different hotel types and locations, ranging from "downtown" properties to beach and ski resorts. While all of the hotels share the same look, the sightseeing tours change from hotel to hotel.
The object of Rad Hotel is to check-in guests, assigning them the most appropriate room; for example, business men score the single rooms and families can only grab a double. Makes sense. Then each of your "guests" stay in the room for an unknown amount of time while calling the front desk for housekeeping, room-service, maintenance and concierge requests.
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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:
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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Last month, the 500-room Radisson Blu Mall of America became the second Radisson Blu to open in the US (after Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago). But one thing that sets this place apart from Chicago (and all other subsequent Rad Blus) is that it directly connects to the Mall of America, with its 530 shops, 5 major department stores, multiple food courts, indoor theme park, and 14-screen movie theater. If they want, hotel guests can even arrange for a personal shopper and bag pick-up to maximize the experience. Rates from $174/night.
For more mall hotel awesome-ness in Hong Kong, Dubai, and Houston, read on!
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The Radisson Plaza Hotel Minneapolis has few flaws. Reviews are great, in fact. Out of towners love its comfort, reliability, cleanliness, and proximity to downtown attractions. Locals love the in-house FireLake Grill and lobby bar. So far, so good, right? Of course, there's a but...
There's one complaint that we see pop up now and then from guests--it's that the hotel's service can be impersonal at times and that it just doesn't sparkle the way they envisioned a 4-star hotel should.
Well, we think we can consider that problem officially solved. Last week, Radisson announced the property will be converted into a Radisson Blu, meaning if the hotel is considered "upscale" now, it will soon be "upper-upscale." Basically, more Ps and Qs, and maybe a white glove or two.
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One thing we’re doing in 2013 is paying serious attention to the hotel loyalty programs we’ve signed up for over the years. It seems like we’re a member of damn near everything, given how easy it has been to register for most loyalty programs. Hey, if it means free minibar items (hey, Kimpton’s InTouch!) or WiFi (hola, Fairmont President’s Club?),then we’re ‘bout it.
However, there comes a time when we have to look at all our membership cards spilling out our travel wallet and ask the all-too-important question: What have you done for me, lately?
We just happened to be looking at our Club Carlson card, thinking we weren’t getting much out of our relationship, when we got news that Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, the company behind Radisson Blu, Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, was launching the Club Carlson Triple Points Returns promotion. Members of the hotel’s rewards program would earn triple Gold Point for eligible nights through March 15, 2013.
We put the scissors down.
We talked about it two years ago, and now it's finally happening! When the 500-room Radisson Blu Mall of America opens next spring (anticipated March 2013), it will be the only hotel to offer accommodations directly connected to the ginormous Mall of America.
We know what you’re thinking: It’s like a shopper has died and gone to heaven.
And it’s true. To complement the location, the Radisson Blu will provide a shopping concierge, personal shoppers, bag pick-up services, and access to the mall's 500 specialty shops. As of now, the hotel does not have any “shopping packages” that would get guests store discounts, but we suspect that will change – and hope that it will.
Apparently, the lobby at Radisson Blu Oslo can be a dangerous place. The Daily Mail reports that King Otumfo Osei Tutu II, who was visiting the Norwegian capital for a conference, had a suitcase full of crown jewels stolen from right under his nose in the lobby of the hotel, where rooms start at around $279/night.
Not too much else is known, save for the obvious fact the 62-year-old Ghanian king is pissed.
Though if it's any consolation, ex-Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell had, like, the exact same thing happen to him at a Marriott. And let's not forget the £1 million emerald ring that went "missing" from a Four Seasons bathroom.
These things happen!
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We feel we should preface this post with a big 'but...'
Yes, it's true that Beyonce will be the official act for the Super Bowl halftime show this February. Yes, it will probably be a better show than whatever weird Egyptian thing Madonna did last year. And yes, even you, who's left planning 'til the very last minute, can find a way to see Beyonce perform and have a place to stay.
But (we told you it was coming!) don't expect to find a hotel in New Orleans proper, as, from what we can tell, they're all pretty much sold out. A quick look online shows that not only are our usual NOLA faves fully booked, even the crumby ones on the outskirts of town are unavailable too.
So, what's a Beyonce fan to do?
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Fresh ingredients play a big part in the cocktails served at Viceroy Riviera Maya
With Halloween approaching and Thanksgiving and the winter holidays fast on its heels, we can't help but think about holiday festivities and merrymaking. You know, cocktails. Though we have shed a few tears in our beers as hotel rooftops continue closing up for the season, all is not lost as new cocktail action is showing up inside many a beautiful hotel. Forget the bars and lounges for a moment, we're talking about a slew of mixology classes that promise to teach you the tricks of the trade. Or at worst, to give you a few fresh libations to swap in this season for ye olde Christmas punch and egg nog.
Bet you never dreamed you want to visit a hotel to learn how to tend bar, but the stout new bevvie programs at Vicery Riviera Maya, Hotel Bel-Air and Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago might just change your mind:
Artisanal Cocktail Coaching at Viceroy Riviera Maya Mexico
This villa-laden boutique property has shown that it's taking its food and beverage program seriously with an amazing chef and her weekly chef's table paired with Mexican wines, and a beverage program highlighting remarkable tequilas and some of the freshest cocktails we've ever tasted. Guests who sign up for this class will learn from the hotel's Artisan Mixologist Master how to concoct drinks from an assortment of fruits and vegetables. Think frozen margaritas blended with cucumber and ginger, mojitos muddled with mint and brown sugar, sangria with strawberries and kiwi, and a la leche cream cocktail made with 1921 Crema De Tequil (sure to blow that egg nog out of the water). The cost for this class is $85 per person and includes 1 1/2 hours of training followed by—drum roll—1 1/2 hours actually working the hotel's Coral Bar.
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It's been called Las Vegas on crack, and, frankly, it hasn't really done much to debunk that reputation. With over 570 hotels to choose from—garish, sexy, family-friendly, record-breaking...they're all here—Dubai can be a little intimidating for first-timers. Here are our picks on where to stay when you go.
Emirates Towers is undoubtedly one of the classiest hotels in the Jumeirah collection, which is owned by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed, and includes nine hotels in Dubai alone. The five-star hotel is comprised of two opposing triangular towers, connected by a central podium which in turn houses a mini mall. Rates from around $289/night.