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With so much news about Manhattan and Brooklyn hotel openings all the time, it's easy to forget the city of New York actually has five boroughs, not just two. And while the city's northernmost borough, the Bronx, wouldn't (and couldn't) ever try to compete with the others in terms of hotel rooms, we're glad to see Residence Inn By Marriott is showing the area a little love.
Crain's reported yesterday that a new Residence Inn will open in 2014, housed inside a 370,00 sq ft mixed-use building known as Metro Center Atrium, which will contain offices, medical spaces, retail outlets and restaurants.
Misleadingly, Crain's reports that it will be a "luxury" hotel checking into the borough, which, as most of us know, is a bit of an exaggeration. Residence Inn is about as close to luxury as a yellow taxi is to a stretch limo—but it'll get the job done.
We don’t usually give a ton of thought to hotels doling out ambiguous awards. But when the Residence Inn’s PR folk told us they’d be honoring Holly Robinson Peete with their first annual “Resident Mom” award, we were intrigued.
Sometimes a "feel good" story ain't all that bad, and who doesn’t love Ms. 21 Jump Street? The gorgeous gal in Hanging with Mr. Cooper? And now co-host on CBS’ The Talk? Sure, we'd show up for their 2:15pm press conference (weird time be damned) just to satiate a 20-year girl crush.
Peete was honored by the Residence Inn for her commitment to her family—she’s got four children with husband and former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete--and her charitable works. And though the "Resident Mom" award doesn't come with sash, crown, or nationwide tours, the hotel chain gave a donation to Peete's charity, HollyRod Foundation, which works with those who have Autism and Parkinson's Disease. Adding a big dose of funny after a few minutes discussing the Foundation, Peete focused on her new title and joked about using the award to gain favor in her household. Then she talked about our favorite topic--travel.
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The Bistro at a Courtyard By Marriott in Southern California.
We know we've said it before but everyone needs a reminder here and there--if you haven't signed up for Travelzoo's Newsflash email newsletters, you must do so now. If you don't, then you're gonna miss out on handy deal alerts like this one we just received for Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inns (also by Marriott.)
The two budgie brands have slashed their rates for weekend stays this fall from October 14 through January 2. The stays are valid on select two night stays from Thursday-Sunday and Travelzoo has helpfully highlighted the best deals (found in November and December):
UPDATE: We misunderstood the press release. Residence Inn will give the first 50 moms who check in a single rose. Not 50 roses to each mom. (Darnit. That's sorta what we were planning on doing next weekend!) Sorry for the misunderstanding.
You won't have to scramble to a florist on Mother's Day, wait in a long line and pay a ridiculous amount for a subpar bouquet if you go to a Marriott Residence Inn. The hotel will already have taken care of it!
That's because Marriott is giving 50 red roses to all moms who stay at a Residence Inn on May 9. Fifty red roses will surely impress your hard-to-please mom, and you won't even have to cough up extra dough to get the blooms. It'll cost $75 to $130 a night at the hotel—a bouquet of 50 roses could easily cost more than that.
You know what? We know it's hard to stay in shape on the road especially with the availability of massive breakfast spreads in all the budget-ish hotels. You can stuff yourself full of things that come in wrappers inside airports and at gas stations but it can be hard to resist hot food when placed in front of you on a plate or in a buffet spread. Even worse: you totally usually can't cook for yourself when you're traveling, and what you can prepare on an extended-stay kitchenette is, well, not a vast and varied menu.
Hilton Garden Inn is already workin' on this helping-you-stay-healthy thing big and tall CJ from Top Chef cooked up a healthy new breakfast menu for the chain and now Residence Inn is following suit by teaming up with celebrity chef Brian Duffy of Kildare’s Irish Pub to design and promote something that will help keep your waistline in check.
Chef Duffy has put together "delicious recipes specifically designed to be pr0epared easily in a Residence Inn guest suite kitchen" with some short, "high-energy" cooking videos, complete with, demonstrations and such so you can tap into your inner celeb chef. All the vids were shot on location in Residence Inn kitchens with minimal ingredients, like the one above.
Check out the video library here.