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We found this pizza delivery menu right by the door, on the inside, of our room. We actually didn't take the pizza place up on their offer but hey, good to know. And also, way cheaper than room service. And hopefully better than Pizza Hut which is what the Rio in Las Vegas uses. But still, it's not as good as the pizza button.
Rates at Caesars start at $309 this weekend.
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..this little guy! We've never seen such a cool looking kid decked out in the finest resort wear. The boy was one of the Andaz Maui at Wailea first guests (with his family, of course) when the hip hotel opened on September 1st. Check out our first look here.
Although the Andaz isn't your typical family resort--you won't find water slides, game rooms or a kid's club, they do support the area's local youth and have adopted the nearby Kihei Elementary School.
Part of the corporation's responsibility program, Hyatt Thrive, the hotel has already started volunteer work at the school, developed a monthly rewards program, and even installed a new refrigerator in the school’s faculty lounge.
The hotel's goal is to help strengthen education at the school and personal advancement within the local community. That's part of the Hawaii's ohana (family) spirit, and one of the reasons we love the islands so much.
[Photo: Trevor Durham/Andaz Maui at Wailea]
Not long after we wondered if anyone was still checking-out of hotels, we come across a sign in a hotel room offering a video check-out. "For your convenience."
On the bright side, the WiFi was included in the $18 (!) resort fee and it was blazing fast. So there's that. Needless to say, we didn't do a video check-out this morning.
This is what greeted us in the bathroom at Aria Las Vegas when we returned to the room in the afternoon--our toiletries, hairbrush and glass all lined up in perfect order. Gorgeous! It really is those little things that win us over.
This also made up for the fact that the next day, housekeeping busted in on us, while changing clothes, completely ignoring our calls of "no, please don't open the door." And as we were reaching desperately for the hotel robe, the housekeeper peeked her head around the door just to remind us that we had to check-out that day. It was only 9:15am and check-out was not until 11am. Alrighty then. At least our toiletries were easy to pack up.
The JW Marriott folks reclaimed the legendary Essex House across from Central Park nearly a year ago but just in case you forgot that this was no longer a St. Regis or a Jumeriah or any other luxury hotel brand, JW Marriott has plastered the scaffolding out front with JW Marriott logos (They are doing some construction on the right side of the building.) They've also changed the golden marquee in front to say JW Marriott.
By the front of the door, JW Marriott added a small logo to the left of the door while the Art Deco-style logo for Essex House remains on the right side.
Yet despite all the poshness--CP location, JW Marriott name, golden marquees, etc--rates at the hotel start at just $389 a night and include free WiFi! Don't mind if we do.
Another shot of the entrance is after the jump.
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Hurricane Sandy may have had its way with the One57 building back in October but nearly a year after the super storm, the building is rising nicely as you can see in this photo we snapped yesterday. When finished it will be the city's tallest residential building. And it will also include the Park Hyatt New York Hotel at the top with 210 guest rooms, a restaurant, bar, spa and indoor swimming pool. The Park Hyatt will also offer 92 residences that go for millions of dollars.
A Fall 2013 opening date was expected but alas, the hotel will now open in 2014. To no one's surprise.
But what is a big surprise is that the Hyatt Times Square is now taking reservations for January 1 instead of October. And we just have to say--That's crazy! The hotel is going to open on New Year's Day? They couldn't make it New Year's Eve? That would be a much better opening date and plus, they throw a free opening party thanks to all the New Year's Eve celebrations just outside the hotel doors.
We'll just keep our fingers crossed that they will soft-open at least a few days early. Rates will start at $299 a night for a king bed. An advance purchase rate is also available for less at $269 a night.
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The other week we popped into the Viceroy Palm Springs and saw Audrey and Frank waiting for us at the koi pond by the entrance. And by Audrey and Frank we mean white and black bicycles with Audrey Hepburn and Frank Sinatra's photos on them.
The bikes are courtesy of Palm Springs' Celebrity Bike Rentals and are available to Viceroy Hotel guests as part of the $30 resort fee (that fee also includes WiFi, overnight valet parking and coffee and tea from 6am to 11am.) While the Viceroy is pretty walkable to the fun shops and restaurants of Indian Canyon Drive, riding a bike will get you around from one air-conditioned spot to the next a little faster.
One sure-fire way to get our attention? Post a picture of your new mobile tiki bar.
That's how Holiday Inn Club Vacations snapped us out of our post-holiday weekend haze this morning. This life-changing contraption, called The Tiki Express, is available at the Orange Lake Resort Hotel in Orlando, next door to Disney World. It motors around the 1,450-acre resort serving up adult and kid-friendly cocktails, smoothies and other tasty concoctions.
Apparently, the hotel is testing the Tiki Express on a "seasonal" basis but we're convinced this is a home-run and we think other hotels in hot weather locales should consider it too.
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This may look like a quiet, tranquil bench on the property at The Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood but it's actually played a role in rock and roll history.
Cyndi Lauper has often visited this bench while staying at the hotel and considers this spot one of her fave places to write music. Want proof? If you visit Sunset Marquis' website, they have a picture of Cyndi lounging on the bench. Told ya! But, this being THE hotel for rock stars, having musicians around the property is considered just a normal day. Everyone from Ozzy Osbourne to Joan Jett, John Lennon and Steven Tyler have all called the Marquis their home away from home at one point.
Fancy yourself a rock star? Rates at the Sunset Marquis start at $249 a night.
Yes, we really wish every shower in Vegas featured this crazy contraption. So what is it?
Well, it's a Vitamin C infused shower head that is found in one of the brand new Stay Well rooms at MGM Grand. These rooms are tricked out with the new furniture, bedding and technology that all MGM Grand rooms feature as part of the property-wide renovations but the Stay Well rooms also have a bunch of goodies the regular rooms do not. Like air purifiers, wellness lighting in the bathrooms (they give a shot of melatonin), funky nightstand sleep machines and these vitamin shower heads.
We'll have an in-depth tour of the Stay Well rooms next week but we will say now that we came to Vegas feeling as if we were on the cusp of a cold and right now, we're feeling pretty fantastic.
Best of all, this room, with taxes and resort fee included only cost us $114 for the night.
[Photo: Juliana Shallcross for HotelChatter]
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A look inside Grand Hotel's new horse and carriage stable on opening day
We’ve all seen Grand Hotel’s striking front porch photo, the world’s largest at 600 feet. Set against the giant white wood-framed hotel, the blue waters of car-less Mackinac Island, the bursts of red geraniums, this famous porch gets lots of love and for good reason; the lofty, wrap-around water views are remarkable from here.
Looking Beyond the Front Porch
We just so happen to be rocking a chair on the porch right now as we’re here celebrating the hotel’s 125th anniversary, and the views really are quite outstanding.
But so are the views inside this giant treasure chest of a hotel. And with so many special events happening here through the weekend (Tuesday marked the Grand Hotel’s official 125th birthday) we can’t imagine a better time to pop off the lid and look around inside.
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While we couldn't get into the Peninsula's super secret technology laboratory where they custom make all the in-room tech for their hotels, we have been fortunate enough to experience some of these proprietary gadgets at Peninsula Hotels in person...like the control pad on the nightstand at the Peninsula Beverly Hills.
When you settle into bed at night, you can not only set an alarm for the next morning from the control pad but also turn down the lights, set the air conditioning and signal a "Privacy Please" on your hotel room door so housekeeping won't disturb you. Heavenly! The more things we can do from the comfort of our bed, the better. Of course, when the rooms start at $525 a night, we expect nothing less. Good thing the WiFi is free!
Bonus shot of the room's media hub after the jump!