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Almost three years ago, America welcomed its first black president. This week, history was made again when the White House hired its first-ever female Chief Usher, Angella Reid.
OK, fine, not quite as ground-breaking as Obama's inauguration. But still! One small step...yada yada. Reid will leave her post as general manager of the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City to take over the coveted position, which entails housekeeping duties like property inventory, state dinners, and Inauguration Day house moves. That last one's gotta be a doozy—moving the president isn't exactly your standard U-Haul by-the-hour operation!
Two decades of work for the Ritz Carlton brand (at properties in Miami, New York, D.C., and Rocky Hill, CT) should have prepared Reid for the role, which former Chief Usher Gary Walters told C-Span is "not always easy".
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The tiny portrait (it only measured 11" x 6"!) was finally recovered Monday evening—in the pastor's office of an Episcopal Church! What is it with scandalous pastors this week? Someone reportedly saw the missing artwork at the church and alerted the authorities. Though, to be fair, Father Mike Cooper hasn't been arrested, nor have detectives figured out exactly how the sketch traveled twenty-odd miles from the hotel into his office. Maybe it just needed some fresh air.
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All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen will be talking with the people who perform some of the coolest Green Hotel Jobs out there. He reached out across the globe to talk to the dynamic folks who do everything from breeding fish to teaching indigenous survival courses, and everything in between.
Today we travel from one coastal environment (Hawaii) to another (Laguna) to talk to one of the naturalists at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.
30-year-old Will Steinreide, a Dana Point native who, after working with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment (AOTE) on Catalina Island, now leads AOTE-partnered guest activities and programs at the Ritz-Carlton. In the role, he gets to take guests on scavenger hunts, while educating them about indigenous peoples of the area, tending to the hotel kitchen’s organic garden, and snorkeling in the kelp forests of nearby Hidden Cove.
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On Saturday, a $250,000 Rembrandt etching known as "The Judgment" disappeared from an exhibit in the hotel lobby. So how exactly does a 350-year-old lithograph just vanish? Well, that's kinda what police are trying to figure out. In the words of the LA County Sheriff's Department:
"When the curator that was attending to the art exhibit turned back to the exhibit, he noticed immediately that this individual drawing...was gone."
Are you one of those crazies who get up at the crack of dawn to haul out for Black Friday shopping? Honestly, we’re more the online shopping types — fewer black eyes, more time spent in PJs. But leave it to the new Ritz-Carlton Charlotte to make even that sound luxe.
In fact, their L3 shopping package — “Laptops, Lounging and Libations” — makes us think we’ve been doing something seriously wrong. Designed for Black Friday cyber shoppers, the package includes an extended one-night stay and a private special online shopping lounge, on the 15th floor, that offers free Internet, hand and wrist massages, holiday cocktails and champagne, and light snacks to last from 12:01 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. (Though for your bank statement’s sake, we’d have to advise you go easy on the booze.)
We spent the weekend in Room 822 at the Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey.
Ok, we really only spent part of the weekend in the room. The rest of the time we chilled at the spa and by the pool, because, yes, it is still warm enough in Southern California to lay out by the (outdoor) pool. Stay tuned for our full review of the hotel coming tomorrow.
Disclosure: Abigail stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey at the behest of the Marina Del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau.
When the MTV Video Music Awards first came to Miami a few years back, most hotels in town viewed rapper 50 Cent as a liability and refused to host him. Not the Ritz Carlton South Beach. They put Fiddy and his G Unit up in their finest accomodations. But since then, MTV abandoned Miami, Fiddy hasn't been back, and now the Ritz's penthouse is being occupied by noneother than Axl Rose.
A far cry from a rapper from the streets, the bloated Guns 'n' Roses frontman is in town for a GNR concert in Fort Lauderdale. When he's not trying to bring the 80s back or hosting an after party at Prive, Rose is holed up in the posh PH of the Ritz. When we asked our source whether or not he destroyed the room yet, we were told, "Not yet, but odds are he will." Just invite Rose's nemesis Tommy Hilfiger over for tea, crank up "Welcome to the Jungle" and let 'im rip.
· Ritz Carlton South Beach reviews [TripAdvisor]
Life is suite when you stay at the newly renovated Ritz Carlton Palm Beach.
Scheduled to re-open on Dec. 21, 2006 after $45 million in renovations, the Ritz Carlton Palm Beach has upped the ante in luxury with nips and tucks catering to the slack jawed upper crusties who flock to the tropical playground of the rich and famous.
In addition to the cosmetic enhancements, new Oceanfront Suites will feature such necessities as invisible televisions in the master bathroom - cleverly hidden behind the mirror and only visible when turned on--seven-jet oversized showers and free-standing soaking tubs with views of the ocean.
The Ritz will offer up a WiFi network (for a fee of course) and supposedly "enhanced" cellphone reception, which we don't really believe, but apparently this hotel has had some problem with cell reception in the past so this could be an improvement.
Additionally, all regular rooms will feature so-called "pamper panels" from which to adjust lighting, temperature and, according to the press release, the ever elusive "and more." A new Tranquility swimming pool will provide oceanfront views from which to contemplate how rough one's life is.
And finally, no luxe resort is complete without a behemoth, 28,000 square foot spa, the Grand Spa, which will debut in the summer of 2007 and will feature its own Spa guest room category allowing guests to continue their treatments in the comfort of their own rooms.
If you need some more proof that these rooms live up to their hype, the completed renovation of each suite has a price tag of more than $100,000, which is more than a blogger would make in a lifetime of blogging. Think about it.
Hotels have been trying to entice you into staying at their properties by offering up some wild and wacky packages that don't just include continental breakfast for two. This week we are taking a look at some of the extravagant and insane hotel packages out there today. But if you have any insane hotel packages that you've seen (or bought) lately, we want to hear your story.
The gives you use of a Mercedes Benz along with:
· A deluxe guest room on The Ritz-Carlton Club Level
· The use of a new Mercedes-Benz with unlimited mileage for the duration of the guest's stay
· A full tank of gas each morning
· Overnight valet parking.
Only certain locations are offering this package and the type of Benz varies as well. We checked out the Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey in Los Angeles who is offering this until February 28, 2007.
Since driving is practically more important than botox in this town, the unlimited mileage and full tank of gas goes along way here. However, you still have to cough up about $500 a night to stay here and that's before taxes.
· Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey reviews [TripAdvisor]