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TGIF! It’s no secret we at HC love hotel rooftops, inventive cocktails, and inexpensive happy hours (though we’re fond of non-boozy afternoon tea, too!). Still, how awesome is it when we get a trifecta of all three, namely Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails--the new restaurant and bar just opened at the Red Lion Hotel in Downtown Seattle?
Set on the fifth floor of the Fifth Avenue building above the bustling streets below, Frolik guests are in for a treat when they come to the city’s largest outdoor deck—4,000 square-feet worth—and indulge in the all-evening happy hour (from 4-10pm). One can choose to chill by the firewall or the communal fireplace table, all while enjoying the Puget Sound views and bumping music.
People pretend to come for the drinks, but we know better. What they really want? A hearty game of ping-pong and shuffleboard. Don’t do a double take, there’s a reason why people get aggressive with that paddle and tiny ball, and Frolik knows it.
That's why they're well prepared for sports and serious sipping.
Renderings of the modern new Godfrey Hotel Chicago
As if we would be surprised by another new hotel popping up in Chicago, we learned last week that Oxford Capital Group and Cube Capital will open the new Godfrey Hotel Chicago in 2013. Located in River North at LaSalle and Huron, the 221-room Godfrey is the latest new concept and lifestyle hotel scheduled to open in Chicago.
The would-be hotel is already well connected, too. Not only is it adjacent to Hotel Felix (also led by Oxford), Godfrey is taking over the incomplete, cubist-inspired shell of a building originally carved out for a Staybridge Suites (which never came to be). Now after four years in limbo, that 16-story structure designed by Valerio Dewalt Train will finally have its day in 2013.
According to Oxford, Godfrey will be defined as an independent, upscale, lifestyle hotel with with 194 generously-sized studio suites and 27 one-bedroom suites, a chef-driven restaurant and bar, and -- wait for it -- a 12,000 square-foot indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge. Guests will also have great city views from their rooms at Godfrey, but even cooler is the fact that this distinctly modern building will add its own flair to Chicago's stunning skyline.
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Blame it on our obsession with AMC's The Walking Dead, but we are equally freaked out and overjoyed by the idea of a zombie apocalypse at the Dana Hotel and Spa.It's really happening from Oct. 26-31, when zombie folk will takeover the entire hotel in a scene that won't be for the faint of heart.
Lurking in the lobby, across the entire 5th floor, and on the rooftop Vertigo Sky Lounge, zombies will await guests around every corner—even the elevator will be manned by security guards for your protection.
Ok, so those guards might not hold a candle to zombie slayers like The Walking Dead's Rick Grimes or Daryl Dixon and his badass crossbow, but we'll take whatever we can get when it comes to fighting flesh-eating undead.
Here are highlights of the Dana Hotel's zombie freak out:
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If you follow HotelChatter, you know hitting up a good hotel rooftop is high on our list of favorite things to do (and if it’s a rooftop that's normally off-limits and comes with a once-in-a-lifetime view of the retiring Space Shuttle, we’re definitely in). That’s why, though the seasons have now officially changed, we gave you our list of last chance rooftop romps. Seems like Indian Summer is giving us a break, and places are still open for business. Hurrah!
Living in London, we know having a back-up for any outdoor plan is a good idea, so should the weather discourage you from outdoor eating and drinking, fear not! Not only do our two al fresco picks Angler and Radio come with hotels attached to them, there are lots of other places to check out (and check in) this fall.
We recap below what’s been happening since our last London Hotels to Watch List and what you can expect by year's end.
The last time we’d talked about the Mayfair Hotel & Spa in Miami’s Coconut Grove section, things weren’t faring well. To be blunt—it was becoming a downright dump. In fact a friend who stayed there this past April told us that the previously named Mayfair House Hotel still hadn’t looked that great.
Well, it seems things have changed and the hotel has undergone a major renovation and will relaunch as a luxury property on September 21st. And if the images we’ve seen are any indication—they’ve put in major work.
The 179 suites, spa, and rooftop deck have all been overhauled to a South Beach sleekness that has us well intrigued. They’ve added Amazon ironwood fixtures, stained-glass windows, and sculptures plaster ceilings crafted by talented artisans.
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If you haven't already tried it, the East River Ferry is a great way to get around NYC—especially in the summer. For $4 a ride, you can zip between lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, and get to enjoy stunning views of the city while you're at it.
But for hotel geeks, this efficient cruise also poses another possibility: hotel hopping on the East River! Believe it or not, more than half of the eight ferry terminals are within walking distance of some of the neighborhood's essential hotels. And given NYC's blatant oversaturation these days, this is a great way to enjoy the city's diversity of hotels, without ever spending too much time in one particular neighborhood. Off to sea!