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Be lucky you don't have to check in to this "lodging".
We caught wind of this photo during a segment of The Steve Harvey Show and had to find out if there was a better copy than the frantic screen grab we took. Because, well, its just made us chuckle.
Thank goodness for the Internet. Apparently this shot has been out there for a while (dating back to 2006, at least!) but tracking down its origins was a bit more tricky. The closest we can determine is the sign was once located near Delano, California, which is on the way to both Kern Valley State and North Kern State prisons.
A stay would get you three hots and a cot, though...
Yep, this is Amsterdam: weed and hash are tolerated, tourists indulging in such are tolerated...but the tourists with serious cases of the munchies need somewhere to sleep at night, right? Enter Amsterdam's hot hotel scene.
This is pretty much just a huge tease for next week here on HotelChatter, which will feature a slew of Amsterdam hotel photo galleries and more, but do know that this sign is not kidding. When you come to this city of canals and "coffeeshops," there's one big rule: what happens in the coffeeshop stays in the coffeeshop, especially certain things that would make Cheech & Chong quite happy, but your hotel very much not.
We found ourselves, once again, tittering in the corner after discovering this sorely mis-translated hotel sign from Libya. Canadian-British journalist @DougSaunders recently shared the photo via Twitter, and we felt compelled to repost it. Not that it's right to make fun of linguistic barriers—but, well, they said the word "kink."
Unlike last week's mess of a hotel sign, we're pretty sure we know what the hotel getting at here. Equally appealing is the caption provided by Doug Saunders, who writes under the photo, "My Libyan hotel seems to know me too well." Don't get too comfortable there, Doug!
The famous red-roofed Hotel del Coronado may have quite the storied historyThomas Edison dealt with the electrical installation, Marilyn Monroe's Some Like It Hot was filmed here and author L. Frank Baum wrote much of The Wizard of Oz on one of the roomsbut these days some of the coolest creativity is happening outside of its walls down on the beach.
While wandering barefoot in the smooth sand, watching the nearby navy base's helicopters fly over, we stumbled upon a sandcastle. It's not just any sandcastle, however; this is a work of art by Billy Pav, aka "The Sandcastle Man." For over thirty years, he's been building intricate designs solely from the sand, water and shells of San Diego beaches. According to his website, Coronado is his favorite spot, and it's fortunately where we found him this weekend. This particular sandcastle instantly made us think of architect Howard Roark from Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead.
Popped into our Hotelchatter Flickr Pool recently (thanks, jochenb) were some pics of a new hotel in the Sol Melia Hotel group: the Melia Hotel Düsseldorf, Germany. It's just opened up last month and is certainly lookin' neat and tidy, if the photos are anything to go by.
More info about the new Melia: it's right in the center of Düsseldorf, and it's opposite the Hofgarten, famous for being the oldest public park in the whole of Germany. And it's close to shopping and sightseeing districts, and most conveniently, just a ten-minute drive from the airport.
The Düsseldorf Melia has some opening offer rates starting with their basic double room at €99 ($145) or €139 ($205) with breakfast – that does sound like a lot more for a morning meal, but German breakfasts can be quite lavish affairs (we're not guaranteeing anything here though).
We know, we know. You don't need to tell us again that hotels pick dizzying carpet patterns for their guest rooms, hallways and meeting rooms to hide stains and the signs of wear and tear they undergo but seriously, there are better ways to go about it. Marriott, we're talking to you.
A commenter on our post over the fugly carpeting going inside the eagerly awaited JW Marriott at LA Live pointed us in the direction of another Marriott offender--The Marriott Hunt Valley near Baltimore. Good lord, we just got the spins. Is this really necessary?
In other noteworthy comments:
· A bad stay at the Miramonte Resort & Spa
· Spa Week continues next month at Ft. Lauderdale Hotels
· You Tell Us Your Outrageous Parking Fees
We've cooled down a bit today but not much.
Here's a snapshot that Ryan Charles added to the HotelChatter Flickr Pool of a double bed room. It's a lovely shot but we still don't think it's we can cough up the money for it.
See more of Ryan Charles snaps from The Plaza.
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Thanks to a tipster in the Northeast we were able to see some construction shots of Aloft Lexington in Massachusetts, which is scheduled to be the very first Aloft hotel to open later this summer.
And since the sister brand Element Hotel is going up next to Aloft, we were able to get a report on that as well.
Freezing tipster writes:
Went by aloft / element in Lexington MA recently. tons of workers -- the two properties are right next to each other right off 128 South (think Sand Hill Road in Silicon Valley if you are west coast based). nice to see the construction site was very active and crowded -- should be able to open by the July 1 2008 target date. Not much done inside, but the outside is coming together.
One more picture of the Aloft/Element tag team duo after the jump.
We haven't checked in with our favorite Crazy Hotel Workers for a while, but now along with their blog they've got a website and a bunch of merchandise. But it's still the blog we love the best: recent entries feature guests like the Blonde Marlboro-Scented Wannabe Stripper Girl, those who demand the manager special or pretend to be AAA members when they're not, and a guest nicknamed the Dog Whistler who, yep, whistles to get the attention of the hotel staff.
If you know your own crazy hotel worker, then check their merchandise page for some cool stuff. Our favorite is the Crazy Hotel Workers key chain, which comes with your choice of "room number" between 1 and 150. For $5 it's a nice way to remind everyone that it really must drive you crazy to work in a hotel. We're definitely much happier just being guests, and we are striving to not be written up in the Crazy Hotel Workers blog!
This is a snapshot that HotelChatter reader Michael, yes he goes by only one name, grabbed for us from the Morgans Hotel Group website featuring a refurbished room at the Mondrian Hotel Los Angeles which as we all know, had a very bad year last year.
But these new rooms have have a touch of fantastical. Check out that crazy mirror and the orange "holder." And you can't beat new furniture not covered in Britney Spears' vomit.
Yet while we knew the hotel would be getting some botox, when we clicked the visual tour on the website, we didn't see any pics of these new rooms. Nor do they mention the refurbishment anywhere on the website. So we don't know if all the rooms or done or just some of them.
Anyone out there know what's going on? Let us know.
In other news:
· Marriott's Ritz Carlton loses lawsuit vs developer over proximity of Bulgari resort [WSJ]
· A hotel stay in Moracco isn't as expensive as you may think and comes with amenities galore [NYTimes]
· $700 million gaming resort to be moved and rebuilt on former Concord Resort property in Catskills [Newsday]
· 1,200 luxury hotel rooms to be built as part of $2 billion development right in the center of dirty jerz - Elizabeth, home of oil refineries and Newark Airport (hey - I live in NJ, I'm allowed to say it) [GlobeSt]
· Marriott now offers "Organic" flowers for meetings and events at some Marriott and Renaissance properties in America [PRNewswire]
Mrs. Limestone dropped this photo of a room at the Waldorf Hilton in London into the HotelChatter Flickr Pool describing it as "small but nicely done." Indeedy that looks pretty cramped but we are liking the interesting light fixture. Still you don't get much room for your money. Rates start at around $465.
In other news:
· One blogger videos the ballroom at the Alexandria Hotel in Downtown LA which is in desperate need of a renovation. We concur![MY Downtown Los Angeles]
· Sunday School, not the kind you went to when you were a kid, is happening at the Marseilles Hotel in SoBe [Cool Junkie]
· Paris Hilton sluts up the Libery Hotel in Boston which ironically was a former jail. [Celeb Ego]
· Ed Perkins on the best budget hotels. [Smarter Travel]
· W Hungtington Beach to open in 2010 [4Hoteliers]
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[Photo: Ellie Laycock]
The Beatles-Themed Hard Days Night Hotel opened last week and thanks to Stefano at Epoque Hotels, we were able to get our hands on some great snapshots by of the hotel's rooms, suites and public areas.
Just check out this killer shot of the John Lennon Suite which comes complete with a white piano. While the Times UK reviewer had some issues with the public spaces, you can't say this hotel won't make a Beatles fan very happy.
Check out more photos below.