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Anthony Bourdain Selects a Stunner in "The Layover" Seattle

February 5, 2013 at 5:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Anthony Bourdain is back for another season of “The Layover”, and we like it because he names the hotels in the cities where he'll be spending his precious time. We figure, he won't be laying his salt-and-pepper head just anywhere, after all, he's big time now.
So, for entertainment and a dose of travel value, we’ll give you some details on the properties he picks, just in case you find yourself looking for a place to stay in a city that’s sanctioned by this travel personality/chef.

In the season finale, our guy heads to Seattle. He’s got 48 hours to play in a place with a thousand nicknames, and lets viewers know “people love to hate this city, ” the reasons apparently boiling down to the weather. No surprise, there. As he hops into his $100K loaner electric Tesla S which has WiFi (!), he mentions he could watch porn while he’s driving--until his faceless passenger mentions he might need two hands on the wheel while driving. Oh. Then he’s off and running around this hipster (yeah, we’ll say it) town, making tons of Dave Matthews jokes all the way.

We cross our fingers hoping he'll make his last hotel choice of the season a good 'un.

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Anthony Bourdain Takes Natty Option for "The Layover" NOLA

January 31, 2013 at 12:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Anthony Bourdain is back for another season of “The Layover”, and we like it because he names the hotels in the cities where he'll be spending his precious time. We figure, he won't be laying his salt-and-pepper head just anywhere, after all, he's big time now.
So, for entertainment and a dose of travel value, we’ll give you some details on the properties he picks, just in case you find yourself looking for a place to stay in a city that’s sanctioned by this travel personality/chef.

In this episode, we were certain Tony was going to get funky in New Orleans. How could you not? A haunted hotel maybe? Back to the W? But dammitall, you know what he did. He went fancypants again. While stuffing his face for 36 hours with down-home Southern/Creole food, he then went back to his pristine place for sleepy time. Sigh. What happened to letting the good times roll?

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Anthony Bourdain's Hotel Is Way Cool In "The Layover" Taipei

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  Site Where: 10 Zhongxiao East Road Sec. 5, Taipei, Xinyi District, Taiwan, 110
January 22, 2013 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Anthony Bourdain is back for another season of “The Layover”, and we like it because he names the hotels in the cities where he'll be spending his precious time. We figure, he won't be laying his salt-and-pepper head just anywhere, after all, he's big time now.

So, for entertainment and a dose of travel value, we’ll give you some details on the properties he picks, just in case you find yourself looking for a place to stay in a city that’s sanctioned by this travel personality/chef.

In this episode, our guy gets 48 hours in Taipei. But once again, Bourdain has taken us by surprise. He's gone for what we’d consider a pretty hip hotel for his Taiwanese takeover. And we're loving him for that.

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Gordon Ramsay Is Going Back to Hell, Hotel Hell, for Season Two

January 17, 2013 at 5:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Calling all desperate hotel owners! After an abbreviated, yet successful first season, Gordon Ramsay's fixer-upper hotel reality show, Hotel Hell, is returning to Fox for a second season. And casting is starting now.

Interested in having your hotel--and your pride--put up on the chopping block for Gordon to butcher and bludgeon before plating it in a modern boutique hotel arrangement? The show is looking for the same kind of folks as last time:

Are you a HOTEL, MOTEL OR B&B OWNER desperate to get your struggling business back on track? Are you finding it tough to attract customers? Are your management and/or marketing skills outdated? Are you desperate for help from industry experts? Executive Producer GORDON RAMSAY is bringing a brand new TV show to FOX that aims to HELP turn around the fortunes of dedicated and determined hospitality industry owners. Call or Email for information: (310) 313-9100. HotelHell@TheConlinCompany.com

Not quite sure you're up for a reality show? We hear that Gordon's work actually had a positive impact on business at a few of the hotels featured in Season one. We're actually working on getting some numbers together now. Alas, Gordon couldn't save them all.

There's no air date for season two yet but we would guess in about a year. If you're jonesing for a reality-TV hotel show fix now, Hotel Impossible with Anthony Melchiorri is currently airing its second season the Travel Channel.

[Photo: Facebook]

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Anthony Bourdain Attempts Anonymity For "The Layover" Atlanta

January 15, 2013 at 2:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Anthony Bourdain is back for another season of “The Layover”, and we like it because he names the hotels in the cities where he'll be spending his precious time. We figure, he won't be laying his salt-and-pepper head just anywhere, after all, he's big time now. So, for entertainment and a dose of travel value, we’ll give you some details on the properties he picks, just in case you find yourself looking for a place to stay in a city that’s sanctioned by this travel personality/chef.

In this episode, our guy gets 36 hours in Atlanta, aka “The “A” the “ATL”, or if you’re truly looking to show you’re not from there “Hotlanta”. But Bourdain has thrown us a curve ball. For the first time in the series, he isn’t out and out boastful about his choice of hotel, so we were pretty much left guessing where he decided to stay, until we saw this pic and thought, "DUH!"

Though Bourdain mentions “there are a lot of hotel options in downtown and midtown” and gives us the two "official" mentions we list below, look where his ride is parked.

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Anthony Bourdain Does Deluxe For "The Layover" Dublin Hotel

Where: Dublin, Ireland
January 8, 2013 at 11:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

Anthony Bourdain is back for another season of “The Layover”, and we like it because he names the hotels in the cities where he'll be spending his precious time. We figure, he won't be laying his salt-and-pepper head just anywhere, after all, he's big time now. So, for entertainment and a dose of travel value, we’ll give you some details on the properties he picks, just in case you find yourself looking for a place to stay in a city that’s sanctioned by this travel personality/chef.

Layover Hotel Episode 5: Honorable Mention 1: The Davenport Hotel This traditional hotel right near Merrion Square is what Bourdain says, is in "a good location and great for the less than 150 euro ($196) a night rates." We agree.
Honorable Mention 2: Kinlay House Cheaper still is this budget spot in the Temple Bar section. The comment? “It's a hostel. But, who doesn't love sharing a room with strangers?” The upside? "It’s within walking distance of many of the typically touristy spots in town and lots of bars." And at 12 euro ($16) a night starting rates that includes free light brekkie, we can't be mad in a city where many people crash and burn in their beds after heavy nights out.

But where does Tony choose to slumber? Take a guess. We've been here before.

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It's Classic Over Carefree for Anthony Bourdain in "The Layover" Toronto

December 19, 2012 at 9:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

Anthony Bourdain is back for another season of “The Layover”, and we like it because he names the hotels in the cities where he'll be spending his precious time. We figure, he won't be laying his salt-and-pepper head just anywhere, after all, he's big time now.
So, for entertainment and a dose of travel value, we’ll give you some details on the properties he picks, just in case you find yourself looking for a place to stay in a city that’s sanctioned by this travel personality/chef.

Layover Hotel Episode 5:The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto: This advice from Bourdain: "If you're traveling for work and want to stick your accounting department with unpaid bills for your swank accommodation, you should probably stay at the excellent Ritz-Carlton." He goes on to big up their comfortable beds and ability to get "a good steak" on the premises. Top praise for this hotel located in the middle of the city's financial district that also commands top rates beginning at 545 CAD ($543) in the dead of winter.

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Get Ready, CNBC Is Taking Us 'Behind Closed Doors' At Marriott Tonight

December 12, 2012 at 9:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

We gotta admit, we're both excited and relieved about the hour-long special airing tonight on CNBC, called Behind Closed Doors At Marriott. Excited because, well...hello! We're hotel geeks, so a hotel documentary is like winning the TV jackpot. And relieved, because maybe our obsession with hotels isn't as obscure as we once thought.

Marriott has always fascinated us, just because of how freakin' huge they are. Arguably the largest international hotel chain on earth, the company owns not five, not ten, but eighteen distinct brands, from Ritz-Carlton to Renaissance to Autograph Collection to Courtyard by Marriott...the list goes on.

Running a mega empire like that can't be easy, which is likely what inspired CNBC to produce this doc in the first place. And judging from the two-minute teaser clip, reporter Scott Wapner certainly seems to have done his homework...

Focusing on Marriott's legacy as "an American nameplate" that has "played it safe while also taking huge, calculated risks," Wapner will be showing scenes from various Marriott properties around the world. Like the 1,400-room Marriott New Orleans, and its kitchen that generated over $300,000 in revenue on the day Wapner visited. Or the interview with a Marriott executive explaining "the strange science of hotel pricing."

Apparently, the exec told Wapner, "If there’s money that we missed on the table, it hurts me.  I feel physical pain." Well, we think we'll feel physical pain if we miss this totally nerdy but awesome documentary!  

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Lonely Anthony Bourdain Tries Out A Love Hotel in São Paolo

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  Site Where: Rua Doutor Freire Cisneiro, 80, Jardim das Graças, Sao Paolo, Brazil, 02714-020
December 11, 2012 at 12:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Anthony Bourdain is back for another season of “The Layover”, and we like it because he names the hotels in the cities where he'll be spending his precious time. So, for entertainment and a dose of travel value, we'll give you some deets on the properties he picks, just in case you find yourself looking for a place to stay in a city sanctioned by this travel personality/chef.

Layover Hotel Episode 4: Censiv Motel: "Is there anything more lonely and twisted than checking into a love hotel alone?" That's the question Bourdain asks about São Paolo's Censiv Motel, known as one of the city's most popular "love motels". You know the place--a no tell, motel where you stay for a night, or just a few hours.

Perfect for a layover of any sort, really.

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta Have Been Set Loose On Anguilla

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  Site Where: Anguilla
December 10, 2012 at 1:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

Anybody catch last night's Real Housewives of Atlanta on Bravo? If so, you might have noticed the gals were far, far away from their Georgia digs, and kicking back at a luxury resort in the British West Indies.

Ani Villas in picturesque Anguilla was the stunning backdrop to last night's drama-packed episode. The luxury property is all private butlers, private chefs, and private speedboat transfers from the St. Martin airport. Name any amenity required for a luxury getaway, and they've got it.

But this is reality TV, so the minute the Hurricane Housewives touched down in the tropical paradise, the drama began to unfold.

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Anthony Bourdain Chooses Luxe vs. Cheaper Hotels For "The Layover" Philly

December 4, 2012 at 7:43 PM | by | Comments (6)

Anthony Bourdain is back for another season of “The Layover”, and we like it because he names the hotels in the cities where he'll be spending his precious time. We figure, he won't be laying his salt-and-pepper head just anywhere, after all, he's big time now.
So, for entertainment and a dose of travel value, we’ll give you some details on the properties he picks, just in case you find yourself looking for a place to stay in a city that’s sanctioned by this travel personality/chef.

Layover Hotel Episode 3: Four Seasons Philadelphia
Once again Bourdain hits the same brand that he stayed in Chicago, this time saying "I'm staying at the Four Seasons on Logan Square, because that's the way I roll, and the service is impeccable." And at $449 a night, it should be. Indeed, we've mentioned this hotel's lovely courtyard (a city rarity) in the past, and attention to detail from tiny tots to pet perks, so we can't blame him for bedding downn there. It's a no-brainer, really. Perhaps he wasn't in town when the new Kimpton opened--a shame since this episode was all about discovering the "new" Philadelphia. After all, Bourdain immediately announced in the beginning of the episode "there will be no cheesesteak in this show."

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The Good and Bad on Bourdain's "Layover" Hotels

November 27, 2012 at 7:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Anthony Bourdain is back for another season of “The Layover”, and we like it because he names the hotels in the cities where he'll be spending his precious time. We figure, he won't be laying his salt-and-pepper head just anywhere, after all, he's big time now.

So, for entertainment and a dose of travel value, we’ll give you some details on the properties he picks, just in case you find yourself looking for a place to stay in a city that’s sanctioned by this travel personality/chef.

Layover Hotel Episode 1: Four Seasons Chicago:
If this isn’t an endorsement, we don’t what is. Bourdain says, "this hotel is swank as all get out. The industry gold standard in big ass, comfortable beds. I'm staying at the Four Seasons [bleep]!"

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