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'Indulge and Be Comfortable': The Best Kind of Hotel Manifesto

Where: Brussels, Belgium
July 31, 2015 at 11:35 AM | by | ()

“No one would be in hospitality unless they really care about people.”

We spied this sign in Brussels yesterday, in the doorway of The Dominican, an abbey-themed (yes) hotel in the city center, and couldn’t think of a better snapshot for this, our last week. The Dominican (a Design Hotel) is part of the Carlton Hotel Collection, a Dutch company with seven hotels in Holland, this one in Belgium and two in the UK.

“Indulge and be comfortable”: The best kind of hotel manifesto.

Make it so.

[Photo: Julia Buckley/HotelChatter]

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Finally, a Happy Story about Room Service

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  Site Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd S [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
July 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

A $16 omelet, plus $7 delivery fee and 22% service charge

Room service – and, normally, complaints about it – are normally stock fodder for HotelChatter. So here’s something a little different: a selfless room service tale to warm the cockles of your heart.

This week I stayed at SLS Las Vegas, possibly the most pilloried hotel on the Strip at the moment. I ordered room service, noting the $7 delivery charge and 22% service fee that would automatically be added to my bill. I thought back to the last time we talked room service and wondered whether – surely not – I’d be expected to add a tip on that.

On the phone I was told the food would be with me within the hour - too long! But that’s 1613-room casinos for you for you. 40 minutes later - huzzah - there was a knock on the door. Not only was the food early (“We like to manage expectations,” said the delivery guy) but as he handed me the check, which I immediately saw had a space for a tip on it, he said seven magical words.

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At Hotel Molitor in Paris, Indulge in Night Swimming...Before The Sun Sets

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  Site Where: Paris, France
July 6, 2015 at 8:44 PM | by | ()

This shot was taken from the rooftop of the Hotel Molitor, an M Gallery Hotel in Paris's chic 16th arrondissement, often considered the Upper East Side of Paris.

The rooftop is a favorite spot for locals, thanks to its Le Toit-Terrasse bar and restaurant which also has a clear view of the Tour Eiffel and the Stade Jean-Bouin, home to the French rugby club. But if you're a guest at the hotel, not only can you dine on the rooftop you can also indulge in some night swimming at the hotel's restored 1930s outdoor swimming pool. Except in Paris, the sun doesn't start to set until around 9:30pm so there's plenty of natural light to take in as well. In the winter months, the hotel has an indoor pool for guests to use too.

Rates at the Molitor start from 250 Euros a night.

Keep reading for another shot of the piscine!

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The Ace New York is the Spiritual Home of Keyboard Warriors

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  Site Where: 20 W 29th St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10001
June 30, 2015 at 9:31 AM | by | ()

It’s a class or a convention of some kind, right?

This was the scene that greeted us when we went into the Ace New York last Saturday and took this (really crappy, sorry) photo. Not a seat to be had in the lobby, whether at the official computer tables or in the chairs. Surely, we thought, there had to be some kind of event going on?

No, they said in the Breslin as we shamefully had lunch, mortified that we only had a smartphone. No, they confirmed today when we called to make entirely sure. There are events going on all the time at the Ace (many of which are open to the public) but that’s normal. “We have free WiFi and we’re open to the public,” we were told. Come in this afternoon and it’ll be even busier.

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Too Cool for Pool: The Purple Billiards Table at the New York Edition

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  Site Where: 5 Madison Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10010
June 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM | by | ()

When we took you all around the Clocktower Restaurant and Bar at The New York Edition last month, we couldn't share with you any of our own photos due to a photo embargo. That's since been lifted so we thought we'd share with you one of our favorite rooms in the house--the billiards room.

Featuring a gem toned purple felt table and an ornate, original chandelier that was colored to match the pool table, the parlor is not very big in size but the high ceilings, elaborate mahogany entrance and collage of photos in French baroque gold leaf frames give the room a powerful presence. And a seductive one too.

Much like the fur throws found on the bed, the billiards tables are an Edition Hotel standard. There's a white carrera marble table with ocean views at the Miami Edition and an antique table in the lobby of the London Edition. We can't wait to see what they do for Sanya, China, Bangkok and Guragon, India, all opening sometime next year.

[Photo: Juliana Shallcross/HotelChatter]

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Why Has Nobody Thought of This Breakfast Buffet Amenity Before?

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  Site Where: 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong
May 29, 2015 at 8:19 AM | by | ()

You know the scenario. You’re going for it at the breakfast buffet, possibly trip number 3. If you’re with someone else, they stay while you go up. If you’re not, there’s a moment of anxiety as you’re away. What if they clear my stuff away while I’m gone? Oh, the humiliation of realizing they thought I’d already eaten enough! Let me just leave my phone there, so they realize I’m coming back. Cross fingers nobody steals it.

Turns out it’s not just us living in this circle of shame, and at the Hotel Icon in Hong Kong this week, we spied a brilliant solution.

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Check Out the Glamorous Pool Attendants at Alila Ubud

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  Site Where: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
May 26, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | ()

The pool at Alila Ubud in Bali is well known as one of the island’s best – an infinity pool overlooking the Ayung river and valley, it’s probably second only to Hanging Gardens in the jaw-dropping stakes.

But when we visited the hotel for a spa treatment last week, what we were far more excited about were the pool attendants. And we’re not talking men; we’re talking monkeys.

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This Bali Hotel is Seafront, Beautiful and Affordable. So What's the Catch?

May 12, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | ()

A heavenly pool, manicured grounds, the sea just beyond the grass, and yet totally affordable rooms. So what’s the catch?

This is the view from our room at the Alila Manggis hotel in Manggis, East Bali. As we said yesterday, Bali is chock full of luxury hotels. Alila is one of those luxury brands, with real bucket list hotels like Alila Villas Uluwatu and The Soori Estate.

But with prices well into the $600s for those bucket list properties, they’re not exactly affordable. But there is one “budget” Alila: Alila Manggis. Over here, in less popular East Bali, our room cost $153, including breakfast, an hour-long spa treatment of our choice, and transfers to and from the airport.

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This Croatian Hotel is Basically Visible from Space

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  Site Where: Luje Adamovica 31, Rovinj, Croatia, HR-52210
May 8, 2015 at 10:40 AM | by | ()

It worked for the Great Wall of China; may it now work for Hotel Lone in Rovinj, Croatia.

The Lone, which opened last year, is one of Rovinj’s newest hotels, and also its most fashion-forward – it’s a Design Hotel, it’s enormous, and it’s shaped like a piece of lego.

And it’s one of the main things dominating the landscape as you fly down the Croatian coastline.

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Pan Pacific Seattle: More Like Peek-a-Boo-Riffic Seattle

Where: 2125 Terry Avenue [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98121
April 23, 2015 at 1:15 PM | by | ()

In continuing our never-ending coverage of Peek-a-boo bathrooms, here is the latest boudoir voyeur—Pan Pacific Seattle.

VegasChatter editor, 702Becca, snapped this shot on a recent stay and if you wanted to lay on the bed while chatting to your lovah in the bathtub, that is totally possible. Of course, you can always close the pocket shutter doors if you want some privacy. But since the toilet doesn't have its own door, and since it's right across from the tub, you may want to keep those pocket doors closed permanently. All you randy hotel designers out there, if you want a peek-a-boo tub, that is fine, but please don't make the toilet peek-a-boo too.

Rates for the Pan Pacific Seattle start around $225 a night. [Photo: Rebecca/HotelChatter]

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We've Just Found The Perfect Hotel Room Light Switch

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  Site Where: Beeston Place, London, United Kingdom, SW1W 0JW
April 22, 2015 at 12:00 PM | by | ()

Hotel room lighting is a serious matter. Sometimes it's too harsh (especially in the bathroom) and sometimes it's too dark to even read the room service menu. But even when you like the lighting, it can be hard to turn it off as the switches are either hidden, too complicated to understand, or worst of all, controlled by a tablet.

You will find none of that at The Goring in London. This is what the light switches look like in the room. And there are at least three of them. (We actually counted four in our room.) Now can you guess which was our favorite setting? Of course you can. We bet Kate Middleton likes that setting too.

Stay tuned tomorrow for more on the guest rooms at The Goring. For now, you can peruse the hotel's recent lobby transformation HERE.

[Disclosure: Juliana paid a media rate of 200 pounds at The Goring.]

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Stay at Hotel Hershey for Kisses in Bed

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  Site Where: 100 Hotel Road [map], Hershey, PA, United States, 7033-0400
April 3, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | ()

You already know about Hotel Hershey. You know about the chocolate martinis and edible chocolate facials.

But did you know the chocolate theme stretches as far as the sheets on the bed?

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