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'Something Lovely's Starting' in Seattle, The SLS Hotel

September 23, 2013 at 2:39 PM | by | ()

We first heard about plans for an SLS Hotel in Seattle in February and now just seven months later, we've got a Super Secret Seattle Spy who sent in this snapshot of the construction site. The SLS will go in that hole, barely visible in the bottom left, with plans to annex that church next to it for a ballroom or other event space.

We know. It doesn't look like much right now but by 2016, it will turn into a 184-room hotel designed by Philippe Starck and of course, you can expect a Katsuya restaurant, a Jose Andres dining concept and some other nightlife component from SBE. The SLS hotel will actually be part of a mixed use building, set to be Seattle's tallest tower in 20 years. The hotel will be on floors 2-15 of the 43-story building.

Word is construction will start soon and hopefully by next year, we'll be able to see something rising out of the ground. Please, we can't handle another Seattle hole that never gets filled.

[Photo: HotelChatter Spy]

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Keep Up With The Joneses With These Cocktail Trends: Part 2

August 16, 2013 at 4:49 PM | by | ()

As the grand finale to cocktail week here's Part 2 of our round-up of some of the nifty things we see going on in the world of hotel bars and bevvies. Don't forget to let us know what’s going on in your section of the world!

Beer is the new wine: Before some of you get stressed out, we’re not saying that wine’s going away, but we have noticed that beer is getting more attention these days. Some hotel bars are making beer their “thing,” some are making their own and some are getting it made for them.

Most of us tend to only hang out at airport hotels when we’re going to and from a place, but the Four Points by Sheraton LAX has a 100-beer beererie called Brewster’s that includes an ever-changing tap list of craft and microbrews. They have an on-staff Director of Brewer Relations who ensures the beer list is fresh and filled with rare brews, monthly beer appreciation nights, beer pairings such as Smoked Stone Porter with smoked salmon, beer turndown service that includes a beer-stocked minibar, and a recently-launched Hoppily Ever After package that lets the happy couple-to-be create their very own custom, brewed-to-taste beer for their big day—isn’t that just so romantic?

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Get Ping Pong, Potent Cocktails and Snacks at Seattle's Red Lion Hotel

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  Site Where: 1415 5th Ave [map], Seattle, Washington, United States, 98101
April 26, 2013 at 6:00 PM | by | ()

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.

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An Unstoppable Force: SLS Heads Northwest To Seattle In 2016

February 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM | by | ()

The folks over at SLS are on a roll this week. One day after announcing SLS Las Vegas will open in 2014 (allegedly), they're looking even further into the future with plans for SLS Seattle to open in 2016.

Can you say 'overachiever?'

We're reminded of a Virgin Hotels exec who recently said they're "still on track" to reach their goal of 20 Virgin Hotels in 10 years—despite the fact that they haven't even opened one yet.

Admittedly, SLS/sbe/Sam Nazarian are in a far better position, with four properties already up and running (SLS South Beach, SLS Beverly Hills, The Redbury, and The Raleigh). So for now, we'll take their word for it that construction on a $400 million development, located at 5th and Columbia in Downtown Seattle, is set to begin at the end of the year, with an anticipated completion of 2016.

The hotel will have 184 rooms (designed by Philippe Starck, of course), and will occupy floors 2 through 15 of a mixed-use tower with a whole bunch of food, beverage and retail outlets, not to mention a spa and fitness center.

Read a quote from sbe founder Sam Nazarian after the jump!

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Hotel Deals in NFL Playoff Cities

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  Site Where: Various Hotels , United States
January 10, 2013 at 12:40 PM | by | ()

The reasons for a post-holiday getaway just keep piling up!

OneTravel.com has a really cool promotion happening throughout the NFL Playoffs called the "Travel Bowl," which offers flash-sales-type hotel deals in the cities where the teams reside. That's the catch: These deals are only valid and available for as long as the city's team remains in the playoffs. So, each week, another city’s deals will no longer be available to claim.

There are great places in play -- Boston, Denver, Seattle, and San Francisco, for example (no disrespect to the others) -- and with so many eye-rolling promotions floating around, we are happy to see something that will give us another reason to root.

We put together some examples below, and you can see them all here. There are nice discounts, but you need to jump on them -- especially if you think their team is going down this weekend!

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Doomsday's Coming! Which Hotels Help You Go Out In Style?

November 29, 2012 at 4:09 PM | by | ()

According to the Mayan Long-Count Calendar time is no longer measured after December 21, meaning that the world might just end on this day since there is no December 22nd. Just about 13 years ago, have heard this all before with Y2K, but that was before HotelChatter and now we can present some of best packages for spending your last day as a mortal.

Spending your last few days on earth might be better spent in the lap of luxury and some of these hotel packages are doozies. Geographically and historically speaking, it makes sense count down the last hours in Mexico and Central America, but we have also found a few that a bit closer to home. And just think, if December 22nd does happen, you get to brag about your digs on your vacation.

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Get Bad With a Blade at Kimpton's Knife Skill Classes

September 19, 2012 at 6:44 PM | by | ()

So, you thought back-to-school time didn’t apply to you? Well, these kind of classes are the ones you won’t be itching to ditch. Throughout September and October Kimpton Hotel chefs will be teaching guests an important skill—how to use the kitchen knife. The bonus: you’ll eat, drink, and learn at the same time.

“Cut” is part of the company's “Behind the Apron..Dishing with Kimpton Chefs” series. And in this segment, you’ll learn what every budding chef wants to know—the art of slicing and dicing. Plus that all-too important practical information everyone seems to want to know will be discussed as well: how to select and care for a good knife.

Those who consider themselves serious gourmands will enjoy a few inside tips and tricks and favorite tools through Q&A sessions, videos and more. They’ll even share a recipe or two for you try back home.

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Google Now Lets Us Virtually Stalk Hotels Without Ever Actually Visiting Them

Where: Anywhere in the world
September 5, 2012 at 9:32 AM | by | ()

You know that "Street View" button on Googlemaps that lets you walk around a street and see what buildings are there? And once in a while you just find pictures of people doing funny things to pose for the Street View car camera?

Well, Google has now introduced a feature that allows you to walk right into a hotel and poke around inside. Yup! Provenance Hotels in Portland, Seattle, and Tacoma are some of the first to test out the service (that works out well for them, since their hotels are so often chock-full of cool art and other knick knacks).

Of course, this could easily work against other hotels that don't have flashy lobbies or well-lit hallways. But then again, why would we want to be staying in those places anyway?

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Checking In On Hotel 1000's Restaurant Revamp of BOKA

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  Site Where: 1000 1st Avenue [map], Seattle, Washington, United States, 98104
August 2, 2012 at 4:30 PM | by | ()

At HotelChatter we love a guy with experience and we give bonus points if he knows his way around a kitchen. It seems Benchmark Hospitality values these traits too and their choice of new Executive Chef Peter Birk to revamp Seattle's Hotel 1000's BOKA restaurant is working out just fine.

We were headed to BOKA recently and in true Seattle fashion the route to the restaurant was closed for a fun run and parade. So we bailed out of our car near Century Link Field and hiked a mile in heels to Hotel 1000 against the tide of runners. The trek definitely qualified us for a restorative martini while we looked over BOKA's well-balanced agrarian and seafood menu.

Chef Birk, who was at the helm of Seattle's iconic Ray's Boathouse for the last four of his eleven years there as executive chef, brings his expertise plus his trusted food suppliers to BOKA. "Over the years we have formed a strong relationship" he says of his fishermen, seafood purveyors, local farmers, artisan food producers and ranchers," so they came to BOKA with me."

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Bookworms And Photographers, Get Your Kicks At Hotel Max This Summer

June 28, 2012 at 5:20 PM | by | ()

We already know that Hotel Max in downtown Seattle likes to express itself. Artistically, that is. The 350 original paintings and photographs scattered around the hotel ought to tell you so—least of all the funky guest room doors, which each showcase one of 39 different designs by local artists.

Now, with two new promotions—"Shoot From The Hip" and "Fifty Shades of Seattle"—guests at the hotel will be able to be part of that creative process, though in two very different ways.

But whether you end up enjoying Seattle from behind the lens of a tricked-out analog camera, or gazing at it from above during a 30-minute "helitour," we don't think you'll be struggling for any inspiration.

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On Your Next BROadtrip, Hit Up An Old Gentemen's Club In Seattle

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  Site Where: 700 3rd Ave [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98104
November 22, 2011 at 11:05 AM | by | ()

In 1918, the building that currently houses the DoubleTree Arctic Club Seattle originally opened as a gentlemen's club called (unsurprisingly) The Arctic Club. Its clientele? Successful business men who had become wealthy from the Klondike Gold Rush. These days, the hotel attracts locals and visitors alike to its restored Northern Lights Dome Room, a restored ballroom whose leaded glass domed ceiling (above) simulates the effects of the Northern Lights. Luckily you don't have to go mining for gold in Alaska to enjoy it!

Inside and around the hotel, there is plenty to look at. Unique architectural details—like the 27 carved walrus heads on the exterior of the building, or the stairways lined with Alaskan marble—make the place feel less like a regular old DoubleTree and more like an independent boutique hotel. Which it is. Plus free cookies.

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At These Five Hotels, Every Day is a Tommy Bahama Kind of Day

November 17, 2011 at 1:18 PM | by | ()

To dispense or not to dispense? We're talking about hotel toiletry dispensers, that is. We (and a few of our readers) have said before that dispensers are cool so long as there are some good products in them. Fortunately, if you are visiting these hotels along the West Coast, you'll be encountering some good "tropical" stuff from Tommy Bahama.

The Acqua Hotel, Hotel FIVE, The Maxwell Hotel, University Inn, and Watertown Hotel have all added gallon dispensers of Tommy Bahama toiletries to their guestrooms in an effort to be eco-conscious. But Kurt Helmke, the general manager of the Acqua Hotel, outside of Marin in California, knew that not any old brand would work in the dispenser.

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