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The kiva fireplace. The best bit of the room
A hotel that has soap in the shape of a rock has to be good, right? That kind of attention to detail is going to make for a spot on stay. Said soap rock was what we found when we checked into our room at La Posada De Santa Fe Resort recently. Did the rest of the experience measure up? Here goes.
Our hopes were high on arrival to the hotel. We’d called in advance, asking whether it’d be possible for a parcel to be sent to us care of the hotel, and spoken to a concierge who sounded charming and efficient. Then our taxi driver told us La Posada was one of the best hotels in Santa Fe. It better had, we thought, since we paid $188 on Jetsetter (our room should have set us back around $300 though).
Check in was quick and easy, with a friendly man assigning us our room. There was free spa handcream at the check in desk – a nice touch in snowy Santa Fe. We walked to our room through cozy wood-panelled corridors, past the restaurant, bar, and a couple of sitting rooms strewn with art. Then outside, through the snowy courtyard and gardens. All atmospheric. Then we hit room 107, a Fireplace King.
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We've seen plenty of weird and wonderful hotel soaps in our time, but nothing quite as cool as this: the rock soap that greeted us as we checked into La Posada De Santa Fe Resort last night.
There was a normal, pebble-shaped soap in the soap dish - so far, so normal - but then on the shelf by the basin we spied this lump of rock. Was it a pumice stone to grate your feet? An ornament? A random piece of rock? No, it was indeed a bar of soap shaped like a rock.
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UPDATE: Confirmed: Richfield Hospitality will be running the Tempo Miami.
Yesterday we reported on how Rock Resorts dropped the Tempo Miami from their roster of hotels. Supposedly the split from the hotel owners was "amicable" which is always good news to hear. Yet our minds were already turned to the new management company that would be setting up shop in the hotel.
We asked and we received. A tipster let us know that Richfield Hospitality will now be setting the tempo for Tempo Miami. This is the same management company that's in place at The Joule in Dallas and the St. Regis Deer Crest in Park City as well as a few other full service and select service hotels (Hiltons, Four Points, etc.)
Like any good management company, Richfield promises "revenue-generating hotel operations" which is probably what the owners of Tempo Miami are looking for...quick.
Looks like what's happening with the Edition Waikiki has spurred a sort of mini-trend...at least in Miami.
Just a week after Fairmont Turnberry Isle was let go from their management contract by the hotel's owners, the Rock Resorts brand has decided that, after just a little over a year open, they no longer want to run the Tempo Miami. The company has even put out a press release saying so:
Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) announced today that as of September 15 its subsidiary RockResorts will no longer manage Tempo Miami as part of its luxury hotel brand.
Ownership and RockResorts have mutually agreed that ownership's direction for the Tempo Miami hotel does not fit with the RockResort brand or its direction, and therefore the parties have agreed to amicably terminate their relationship.
The last we heard about the Tempo Miami Hotel, a Rock Resort, the hotel would not be officially opening until the fall, although it was soft-opened for guests in the meantime. But apparently, the official opening has been moved up to June.
We found rooms for this weekend going for $223 a night at the downtown Miami hotel but we also noticed this little note remained on the hotel's booking page:
Tempo Miami, is scheduled for a full RockResorts opening in June 2010. Prior to this date, the resort will be open, but only offering limited amenities. These will include: all room accommodations, complimentary continental breakfast, 14th floor sky pool deck, full lobby bar and concierge services.
Once the hotel officially opens it will include a full service RockResorts spa and a restaurant that will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. We're not so sure if room rates will continue to increase as the hotel unveils more of its offerings (in March you could get rooms for $179) but it is off-season in Miami now and this hotel is downtown, not on the beach. Let's hope it stays under $250.