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“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]
A $16 omelet, plus $7 delivery fee and 22% service charge
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.
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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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.
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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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.
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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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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.
And it’s one of the main things dominating the landscape as you fly down the Croatian coastline.
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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]
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.]
But did you know the chocolate theme stretches as far as the sheets on the bed?