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Only a Pratt Would Think Hotel Dry Cleaning's Cheap

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  Site Where: 45 Park Lane, London, United Kingdom, W1K 1PN
March 26, 2013 at 5:38 PM | by | Comments (2)

We've recently written about sneaky hotel fees that are creeping onto our bills, but we'd like to think people are paying attention to obvious actions that will result in hefty charges.

That's why our eyes nearly rolled out of our heads when we read this little ditty in the New York Post and Entertainmentwise.com about Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt and their $5,000 laundry bill courtesy of the Dorchester in London.

According to the stories, the clueless couple, who were in England filming "Celebrity Big Brother" last month, sent four suitcases worth of clothes to the hotel's laundry service after running out of outfits to wear. The tab for their newly-washed threads? £3,500 ($5,000).

This apparently boggled Pratt's mind--"We were totally flabbergasted," he was reported saying, and upon returning to the States, he attempted to do some math with a writer and like most travelers, lamented on the power of the pound.

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'The Bachelorette' Dances On Andaz West Hollywood For Latest Date

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  Site Where: 8401 W Sunset Blvd [map], West Hollywood, CA, United States, 90069
March 25, 2013 at 3:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we learned that The Bachelorette, Desiree Hartstock, filmed one of her numerous dates at the Ojai Valley Inn, much to guest Johnny Jet's dismay. This week, we learn that Des and her men took over the Andaz West Hollywood and what a date it was: Our tipster writes in:

I was meeting a friend for lunch on the Sunset Strip this Thursday when we noticed a crowd in front of the Andaz hotel and a production crew with three or four cameras. We looked up and people were dancing on the facade of the building. We stuck around until the dancers came down to the ground and saw it was Des (The Bachelorette) on one of her dates. Here's a pic I snapped while they were rigged up on wires.

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Filming for 'The Bachelorette' Disrupts the Ojai Valley Inn

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  Site Where: 905 Country Club Road [map], Ojai, CA, United States, 93023
March 20, 2013 at 9:52 AM | by | Comment (1)

Even though The Bachelor has ended (congrats Sean and Catherine, we give it a year!), this only means that The Bachelorette is just beginning. According to RealitySteve.com filming has indeed commenced for Desiree Hartstock and her boys.

While Steve has hinted that he knows where the show will go after they do a few elimination rounds in LA, he hasn't spilled the beans just yet. But that's ok because our friend Johnny Jet has a first-hand scoop on where the Bachelorette filmed one of their dates--The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. And boy, it is not good. For the hotel at least.

Johnny and wife headed up to Ojai from LA last weekend for a nice quiet retreat. Instead they got helicopters, an over abundance of production crew and rude staff. He writes:

When I tried to pull up to valet, the hotel staff questioned where we were going — he almost seemed surprised we were hotel guests. He told us that only self-parking was available and he guided me to the parking lot as the Bentley was quickly coming up from behind. While waiting for them to finish their shot, I snapped the photo above. In between the retakes, we walked to the lobby to get a golf cart to the room since it’s a long walk and Natalie wasn’t feeling well.

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'The Bachelor' Heads to Anantara Si Kao to Seek Out His Future Wife

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  Site Where: 98-199 Moo5, Had Pak Meng - Changlang Road, Si Kao, Thailand, 92150
February 26, 2013 at 3:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

For reasons we can't fully explain, we've decided to tune into the completely staged reality dating show that is "The Bachelor" on ABC. And we're obsessed. From the first rose ceremony shenanigans to the tense two-on-one dates and awkward make-out sessions, we love it all. We'll even watch it live, with commercials. But the show also has another important element we love--hotels. The Bachelor, Sean, has taken his hot body and so-so personality around the world as he tries to find a wife from Montana to Canada to St. Croix and now to the south of Thailand. Who will get the final rose? Who cares? We wanna know where they spent the night.

After an interesting time meeting families last week, Sean narrowed down the choices for his life partner to three women--Catherine, Ashlee and Lindsay. But as they say three's a crowd and Sean has to narrow down his selection even further. To make this tough production call decision, Sean takes the girls to the south of Thailand, specifically to the Anantara Resort in Si Kao.

Much like the Buccaneer Resort in St. Croix, this Anantara bills itself as perfect for family vacations or honeymoons. There's 139 rooms, suites, pool suites and family rooms on the property so it's not a terribly big resort but there's tons of stuff to do, most of them involving water and sand as the resort sits on 15 kilometers of beach adjacent to the Had Chao Mai National Park. But The Bachelor had other plans around town.

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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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