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Here's the Newest Hotel to Make its Mark on Key West

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  Site Where: 200 William St [map], Key West, FL, United States, 33040
December 12, 2014 at 9:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Retro right down to its window frames. That’s the verdict on The Marker, which just opened in Key West – in fact, it’s the first new-build hotel to open in the Old Town in 20 years.

Yes, new-build. Not that you’d know from the photos. Coffered, whitewashed ceilings, art deco-style stucco around the windows, rattan sofas and leopard print armchairs. It’s deco meets 1950s meets the present day, and the result is 100% delicious. In fact, can we say Kimptony?

More photos after the jump!

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Life Is A Cabaret (On Weekends Only) At The Ritz London

June 20, 2014 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Life is a cabaret, old chum. You know it, we know it. And now the Ritz – as in the Ritz in London – has confirmed it.

For some time now the hotel has been running a “Live at The Ritz” dinner dance on Saturday nights in the famous Ritz Restaurant, and it’s proved so popular that it’s now been extended to Fridays too. Double the dinners, and double the dancing – this can only be a win.

What to expect? A live band, professional dancers tangoing and salsaing the night away and, most importantly(?) dinner. A four course dinner, that is, while the music plays. Then you get to work that dessert right off with a turn on the dancefloor yourself. Like this.

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Sheraton Unearths Retro Hotel Ads and Puts Them on Facebook

June 26, 2013 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

Take a walk down memory lane with us, when travelers dressed up to fly, business deals were finalized over a two-martini lunch and hotels sported ice-machines on every floor (nowadays, they are usually only on a couple of floors.) With a little help from Sheraton Hotels, this stroll has become much easier thanks to their (almost) hidden gem--the Vintage Sheraton photo album on their Facebook page.

Uploaded a few weeks ago, the collection of vintage advertisements are a flashback to a more innocent time of travel with some focusing on features like bridging the gap between leisure and business travel (an on-going campaign for present day hotels) and bragging about properties that have air conditioning. One of the ads taunt guests to "enjoy air-conditioning, television, handsome furnishings, the very best of everything."

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The Saguaro Palm Springs: Bright and Budget Friendly

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  Site Where: 1800 E Palm Canyon [map], Palm Springs, CA, United States
January 31, 2013 at 4:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Palm Springs. We hope you like bright colors and sunshine, because that's the specialty of the The Saguaro Palm Springs. This is only the second Saguaro, after the The Saguaro Scottsdale, but it comes from a company with a very large collection of hotels: Joie de Vivre.

The Saguaro Palm Springs opened in February 2012 and used to be a Holiday Inn, a fact immediately evident from the classic, motel-style architecture. Still, one can't help but imagine how Holiday Inn execs would think of the place now—they'd probably regret having lost it! The Saguaro is a cheerful hotel that fills a gap in the Palm Springs hotel scene, for new family- and pet-friendly accommodations of modern design and amenities at a reasonable price.

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At The DoubleTree Metropolitan In Manhattan, Things Are Looking Pretty Fresh

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  Site Where: 569 Lexington Ave [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022
August 1, 2012 at 10:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

We are glad to report that some much-needed renovations have befallen one of Manhattan's most iconic (though not iconic like Waldorf Astoria or The Plaza iconic) old-school hotels.

DoubleTree Metropolitan, located on E 51st and Lexington Ave, has always struck us as a whacky spaceship hotel from the 1960s—and indeed, its unique Art Deco exterior, designed by famed architect Morris Lapidus in 1961, continues to be part of the hotel's charm. But now with the added bonus of top-to-bottom renovated guest rooms, which in turn pay tribute to the building's retro curves.

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What The Winter Haven Will Look Like Once It's Autographed This Summer

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  Site Where: 1400 Ocean Drive [map], Miami Beach, FL , United States, 33139
May 22, 2012 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

As we know, Miami will be rocking not one, not two, but three Autograph Collection hotels in 2012.

Turnberry Isle Resort was the latest to go Autograph, and we've had a sneak peek at what the upgrade means for The Blue Moon Hotel. But what about the little-known third hotel, Winter Haven?

After taking a peek at the 1930s-esque renderings of the Winter Haven's Autograph Collection makeover, we're thinking this may just be the sleeper hit in the trio.

Sure, the above shot is only a rendering but we kinda love the glamorous ocean-liner feel, especially the porthole-shaped mirrors. It definitely has more personality than the room decor it's replacing...

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A Time When The Carlyle Offered 'Transient and Residential Accommodations'

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  Site Where: 35 E. 76th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10021
January 3, 2012 at 5:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan is one of our favorite "old luxury" hotels and today we stumbled upon something from its heyday--a postcard. You know, the kind that hotels used to stash in the desks so that you could send your friends smarmy "Wish You Were Here" notes?

Sure, lots of hotels are still doing the postcard and stationary thing--probably even the Carlyle still--but in these green days where hotels are eliminating paper waste at every turn (even check-in and check-out!), hotel postcards are a dying breed.

And we're pretty sure that today's modern postcards don't say things like, "Transient and Residential Accommodations" and "Telex" numbers. (For the record, the Carlyle still takes transients, aka hotel guests, and very well-to-do folks still live there.)

Also missing? A website address. These days, that's how you know something is retro.

Click "MORE" to see the back of the Carlyle's old-timey postcard!

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A Taste of Retro California At The Pismo Beach Hotel

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  Site Where: 230 Pomeroy Ave [map], Pismo Beach, CA, United States, 93449
April 21, 2011 at 4:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

See what we mean about retro?

When it comes to road trips, old school is always best. Which is why, when we tok a ride up Highway 1 last weekend, we decided to make an overnight pitstop at Pismo Beach near San Luis Obispo, having been told by the New York Times that it's a “throwback to endless summers gone by”. And we plumped for The Pismo Beach Hotel seeing as it was, at the time of booking, top of the TripAdvisor list and sounded pretty retro with its 1937 building bang in the middle of town. The photos on the website didn't look too appealing, but hey, we thought, it's only for a night and they sounded nice on the phone.

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How Much Did It Used to Cost to Stay at the Ritz Plaza Miami Beach?

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  Site Where: 1701 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
January 5, 2011 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (0)


That's how much it used to cost to spend a night at the Ritz Plaza Miami Beach when the hotel first opened in 1946. Before that, it had been known as the Grossinger Beach Hotel but it always had air-conditioning!

Thanks to our Man in Miami crush, Gregg Rory, who sent this ad to us, we learn that the hotel's $6 rate included complete breakfast and a deluxe full course dinner. At no extra cost, guests also had access to "continuous gaiety" such as weiner roasts, entertainment, water shows, movies, dancing, game nights and a free dance lesson.

The rooms also included radios, private baths or showers, circulating ice water on every floor and free WiFi. Hah! Kidding of course.

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In The Shadow Of The John Hancock Building At The Raffaello Chicago

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  Site Where: 201 East Delaware Place [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60611
October 20, 2009 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes you stay in hotels because you're on a vacation, and other times you stay in hotels because of a business trip or special occasion, but you never plan for emergencies when you need to stay in a hotel, such as in the case of electrical problems at home. During our recent visit to Chicago, this is exactly what happened to friends of ours, and so we ended up next door in the Raffaello Hotel, a small but four-star property a block off of Michigan Avenue and cuddled right up to the rear of the John Hancock Center.

The hotel, for all its vintage charm and excellent location, is about as under-the-radar as you can get; there were no tour groups checking in, or really any tourists or groups for that matter. The clientele skews older and more sophisticated, like these are the people who have been coming here for years and years, desire a comfortable room and proximity to the lake, prime shopping and downtown, and yet aren't willing to pay Four Seasons prices for it—our king room was $139. You won't find a bar scene—although they do have a small bar off the lobby—and you will not miss the traffic noise of Michigan Ave, since the Raffaello is tucked just far enough back to miss out on that hubbub.

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