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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 | Comments (0)

A heavenly pool, manicured grounds, the sea just beyond the grass, and yet totally affordable rooms. So whatís 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, theyíre not exactly affordable. But there is one ďbudgetĒ 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 | Comments (0)

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 Rovinjís newest hotels, and also its most fashion-forward Ė itís a Design Hotel, itís enormous, and itís shaped like a piece of lego.

And itís 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 | Comments (0)

In continuing our never-ending coverage of Peek-a-boo bathrooms, here is the latest boudoir voyeuróPan 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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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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Got Gossip? Rome's Newest Hotel is the Place to Take It

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  Site Where: Piazza di Pasquino 69, Rome, Italy, 00186
April 2, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

G Rough behind Pasquino

When in RomeÖ well, you know what to do.

But contrary to what tourist tradition might have you believe, Romans donít toss coins in the Trevi Fountain, or idle away hours squatting on the Spanish Steps. They donít really do Piazza Navona, either. Instead, they head for a little square just behind Piazza Navona: Piazza di Pasquino.

When the G-Rough opened in Rome on 23 March, much was made of its modern style Ė a completely new departure for the city, neither traditional nor modern. Nobody mentioned its location, other than the fact that itís central. But it turns out that the G-Rough has one of the most fascinating locations in the Eternal City.

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We Can See You! Creeping on Venice's Newest Hotels

Where: Venice, Italy
March 18, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Excitement is building for this yearís two big openings in Venice: the JW Marriott, which opens this month, and the St Regis, reopening after a Ä25 million refurb in April.

So when we were in town last week, we couldnít help popping over to get a peek of both of them from the rooftop bar at the Hilton Molino Stucky.

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Does the Danieli Have the Strongest WiFi Signal in Venice?

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  Site Where: Castello 4196, Venice, Italy, 30122
March 9, 2015 at 8:59 AM | by | Comment (1)

WiFi options from a ferry 10 minutes away from St Mark's Square

Fast, free WiFi is, in our opinion, a basic hotel right. Mobile WiFi? Thatís an amazing added extra. WiFi thatís so strong the signal stretches across the city? Monsieur, now you are really spoiling us.

So hats off to the Danieli in Venice, whose WiFi signal is so astonishingly strong that we were picking it up all over Venice last week.

* Out around the Biennale/Arsenale, coming in on the ferry from the airport (about a 20-minute walk from the Danieli);

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See The Casa Rosada in Your Swimsuit From BA's NH City Hotel

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  Site Where: Bolivar 160, Buenos Aires, Argentina, C1066AAD
February 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires. You can see it from the ground, a little dirty, a little noisy from the traffic, and sometimes even a little alarming, thanks to the anti-Falklands/pro-Malvinas encampment in there. You can hold onto your bag like thereís no tomorrow, and take a photo of the Casa Rosada through the metal barriers that may or may not be up.

Or you can see it from on high, in your swimsuit.

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A Lesson in How to Bill Your Service Charge Politely

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  Site Where: Beeston Place, London, United Kingdom, SW1W 0JW
February 25, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (2)

Service charges Ė a topic thatís been in our minds on HC recently. The ethics of room service charges got us all wound up the other week, but what about normal service charges Ė the type that get added automatically to your bill, before you can say whether or not you wanted to leave a tip?

Automatic gratuities are becoming the norm in London now, with 12.5% the normal whack (apart from our funny little friends at Belgraves who automatically add 15%, thank you very much). For reference, 10% is what one would normally tip in London.

But here is the genteel way to present your service charge:

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When is a Room Mate Not a Room Mate?

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  Site Where: Avenida 9 de Julio y Adolfo Alsina, Buenos Aires, Argentina
February 17, 2015 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

When is a Room Mate not a Room Mate? When itís your Argentinian Room Mate.

This is the lobby of the Htl 9 de Julio (a proper millennial name, if ever there was one) in Buenos Aires. At least, thatís what the sign on the door says. But inside the building, itís a different story. The signs in the elevators? Room Mate hotels. The floorplans? Room Mate. The emergency exit and bathroom signs? Room Mate.

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Montevideo's Newest Hotel Has Killer Views from the Rooftop Hot Tub

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  Site Where: SolŪs 1433, Montevideo, Uruguay
February 11, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ignore the Simpsons-style clouds, and have a look at the architecture. Pretty nice, right? Even nicer when you consider where this is: the Ciudad Vieja of Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay.

There arenít many hotels in the Ciudad Vieja, and there are even fewer with rooftop terraces. But this is the view from the Alma Historica Boutique Hotel, which opened a month ago in a historical mansion on Plaza Zabala, the tranquil, second square of the old town.

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