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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.
We learn something new every day here at HotelChatter. While most people think of hotel rooms as places to relax, be naughty, get work done, or just plain sleep, a NY Post story yesterday confirmed one new use for them we'd never even thought of: harboring illegal guns.
A man was arrested back in January for inappropriately hugging a room service maid (it was actually the un-registered guns on his bed, rather than the hugging, that got him in bigger trouble) at the Radisson Lexington.
But he's off the hook now, since, as his lawyer's cleverly deduced, the guns weren't actually illegal because they were found in his private residence. Well, gee.
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Even if you're not normally a fan of taking baths (like us—they take too long and we don't always feel that clean after), we think you'll agree this bathtub view from the Radisson Royal Dubai kind of negates any aversion to bath-taking you may have had in the past.
While about half of the guest rooms at the hotel face in the direction of the Downtown area (pictured), it is the upper floors, of course, who benefit most from watching cars zip down busy Sheikh Zayed Road. Though, as high as you go in this hotel, you'll never even come close to being level with the 160-story Burj Khalifa, which is indeed also visible from the top left hand corner of this bathroom window.
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But there's another SF hotel catering to those who want to snuggle up to the iconic bridge while they sleep: Radisson Fisherman's Wharf just completed a multi-million dollar renovation, and as part of the new look, Golden Gate murals have been installed in every single room, sized perfectly to fit each different wall, and adding a burst of color behind each bed.
We poked around the hotel recently—click through to see the rest of the newly-renovated rooms!
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Not all of your Easter plans have to involve chasing down sugar-crazed tykes, who are in turn chasing down the Easter Bunny, who is in turn looking for the nearest dive bar. You could instead pack for an overnighter and take a much-deserved getaway to one of the first class rooms on the seventh floor of Radisson Bloomsbury in London.
While technically all of the rooms in all Radisson Blu Edwardian London hotels this month are offering a free chocolate Easter egg, free full English breakfast and free room upgrade for an Easter package starting at £135/night, only room 7007 in the Radisson Bloomsbury contains what might be London's coolest piece of hotel furniture: the hanging egg chair.
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We often complained that hotels have been acting a lot like airlines with their ridiculous fees but this time, we're actually approving of a hotel taking a page from the airline's playbook.
That's because the Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel in London has unveiled some "First Class" lodgings on their seventh floor. Think of these upper echelon rooms as sort of a mix between first class seating and airport lounge access, but you know, in a hotel kind of way.
Only those who hold a Seventh Floor key card can access the floor's 11 rooms--five studio suites and six king deluxe rooms. These rooms are tricked out with better amenities than the rest of the hotel rooms, like espresso machines, clothes steamers, boutique bathroom gift set, complimentary movies and music, free WiFi and even drinks from the minibar.
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It's been a while but it looks like Boston will finally get another new stylish hotel. The Boston Globe reports that the Radisson on Stuart Street is undergoing a $27 million makeover that will transform it into The Revere, a 356-room hotel.
When finished the Revere promises "steel sculptures in the lobby, CD release parties in the lounge, and uniforms designed by students at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design." Up in the guestrooms, there will be "high-style combined with comfort" in what the hotel calls "livable glamour."
A hardwood entryway will anchor the space and present three distinct areas of the room for "sleep," "work" and "lounge" that will include an oversized desk, a suede headboard, plush bedding, and a masculine houndstooth chaise. Each Revere guest room will also feature an oversized balcony offering commanding views of the city skyline and the historic South End.
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When we booked our City View King for a total of $287 on the hotel website, all was normal. Then we received the confirmation email, with a tempting little red notice that upgrade options were available, from only $9. After your room purchase is complete, Radisson would like to sap a few extra dollars (like $9 for the chance at a one-category upgrade or $39 for an 11am early check-in) from your wallet.
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In the heartbreaking film Blue Valentine the troubled married couple played by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams try to repair their in-tatters marriage by stealing away to a the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge for a romantic weekend. That may have been their first mistake.
A diplomatic Williams described the futuristic room as "trashy" to the Los Angeles Times, but Gosling went all out and said it was more like the "inside of a robot's vagina." Delightful.
UPDATE: In our caffeinated excitement, we missed some of the finer points about those in-room coffee-makers. The Nespresso machines are only in Radisson hotels in Europe, The Middle East and Africa. But coffee makers are standard in Radissons in North America.
Are you a member of Radisson's goldpoints plus loyalty program? Well, good for you--but now there's something even better. It's called Business Class, and it gives guests access to specialized amenities and services that promise to make the life of a road warrior much less cranky-making. Yup, it's pretty much a rip-off of the business class you find on airplanes.
According to the marketing babble, the new program--which was introduced on September 1--was developed around the concept of “travel empathy.” In other words, Radisson feels your pain and wants to give you extra stuff to win you over. Since one of those things is an in-room Nespresso machine, it sounds like they really have listened to their guests. (We think individual coffee-makers should be standard.)
Free booze and sweet stuff – just what we like to hear. Book the May Fair Hotel’s Summer Promotion - yes, even though it’s barely summer anymore – and they’ll swing by your (deluxe) room with a bottle of prosecco, a punnet of strawberries and a picnic rug for you to get your drink on al fresco.
The deal also nets you a full English breakfast, 25 percent off Amba Bar & Grill, and the chance to bed down alongside the greats of British celebrity culture such as Ashley Cole and his new bird. Lucky you!
Or are you? Because if you buy your own booze and berries, and get breakfast at the Pret a Manger down the road, it will save you about £100.
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The Polo Bar at the Westbury: scene of the crimeski.
So, you’re a billionaire. A Russian one, no less. You’re in London. And instead of buying up half of Chelsea to sleep in on your odd visits, like all the other RBs, you want to stay in a hotel. How quaint!
Don’t worry, though - you don’t have to lose face among your (insanely rich) fellow countrymen if you follow our HotelChatter suggestions for where to stay, and you shouldn’t get poisoned, either. These places aren’t any old five stars – they’re five stars worth of Abramovich et al. Enjoy-ski!