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It’s been a long road for Hotel Football, Manchester’s football-themed hotel. First there was its dubious ownership (
love rat footballer Ryan Giggs, who, if we’re being generous, we’d call a love-hate figure in Britain). Then there were the childish-looking renderings. The model who turned out to be a convicted killer. Then the inevitable delay in opening.
But finally things are coming together for Giggsy and Gary Neville – the hotel is on track to open 1 March, though it appears to be in soft opening already. It’s still playing coy on the website, with no photos of the rooms yet, but the Twitter feed has been retweeting photos from people getting sneak peeks, and the Manchester Evening News reports that local students from the University of Salford have covered the place in football-themed murals, including feature walls behind the beds. And you know what? We hate to say this, but they look pretty good.
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Ah, Monaco, a place so ridiculously, frivolously expensive that most of the hotels expect you to pay for WiFi. Pay for WiFi? Well, not if you use their basic service, of course – but if you want something that does more than pull in a single email every hour or so, you usually have to pony up for a faster connection (notable exception: the Fairmont, which gives free WiFi to members of its Presidents Club).
So huge news from Monaco this week with the news that the Columbus has become the first Monegasque hotel to offer free, highspeed WiFi to all its guests and visitors. It’s a 50MB connection, with an auto-login – so no annoying passwords to re-enter, and your login lasts a month, so if you only stay a night, you know where to hit up the bar for some work time.
And if you really can’t believe that no hotel in an entire country has done this before,
then you haven’t been to Monaco this is what they say:
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Another week, another hotel opening delay. But this one is a little different. Where other hotels say sorry, hands up, we can’t finish it in time, this one claims to be opening late because they want to make it even better than planned, honest guv. Because it’s going to be extra brilliant, it’s going to take extra time.
The place in question is Hotel Football, the hotel we’d love to hate but actually rather like the look of – or rather, of the rooms, at least. It has just pushed its opening date back from November to March – but not because it’s waiting to die down from the scandal of employing a convicted killer in its advertising campaign. Perish the thought! It’s because, as a spokesman told the Manchester Evening News, they want to “further develop unique features, beyond our original plans”. Of course, guys, of course - all for the fans. How very generous.
From now until the opening in March, we will be enhancing the conference and banqueting facilities and will also be extending our rooftop 5-a-side football pitch and event space by over 50%.
We want to ensure the supporters and hotel guests have an unforgettable experience when they visit us and this additional preparation time will ensure this. It’ll be worth the wait.
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It’s almost enough to make you feel sorry for Ryan Giggs. We said almost.
He’s all excited, gearing up to launch Hotel Football, his imaginatively named hotel in Manchester, and if those drawn-by-a-teenager renderings weren’t embarrassing enough, this week it emerged that he's been using a convicted killer to promote the hotel.
Kevin O’Dea was part of a gang that attacked and killed student Sion Hardy in 2008, as he left a nightclub. Since he was released from prison in 2011, he’s reinvented himself as a model, which is how he turned up on the Hotel Football website, being poured a beer by a not-at-all-patronising stock sexy woman (we read today that 91% of women feel misunderstood by advertisers – can’t think why), in front of a spectacularly misplaced sign saying “Attack The Day”.
(Two things we’re not commenting on: just how big the dearth of models in the Manchester area must be if O’Dea makes the cut; and just how it’s possible to spend a mere three years in jail for killing someone.)
It’s not really a surprise, though it pains us to say it on a Monday morning: Donald Trump has just been awarded five stars for his Scottish hotel.
Macleod House & Lodge in Aberdeenshire has been given the full shebang by Visit Scotland, who called it a “marvelous achievement”. Apparently they particularly like the range of options in the bar and restaurant (which are hopefully a little less overpriced than Andy Murray’s Cromlix hotel).
The hotel is an adjunct from last year to Trump’s golf course, the creatively named Trump International Golf Links course. It has 19 rooms, ornate Italian marble-clad bathrooms (how very… Scottish) and a “whisky snug” in the basement for booze sampling.
It sounds like a brilliant idea – a tennis hotel for Scotland, to go along with all those golf hotels and hearty walker hotels, being backed by some of the country’s best professional sports people – but, sadly, it may not come to pass.
The Park of Keir development near Stirling wants to build a hotel and a “tennis and golf super-centre”, along with 100 homes – but hundreds of locals have objected to the plans. Perhaps the fatal flaw is that the two sportspeople backing it are golfer Colin Montgomerie and Andy Murray’s mum, Judy, who has committed the cardinal sin of doing a phenomenal job as a single mother as well as making a solid career for herself as a tennis coach on her own bat. How dare she want a hotel on top of that?
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Polo season is in full gear in the UK and will be starting soon enough in the rest of the world. Whether it’s polo-inspired cocktail menus, training with the polo pros or exclusive access to top matches, these hotels want you to experience polo paradise.
Three of the world’s top polo matches take place in Argentina, so it’s a pretty big deal there. The new bar at Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires pays homage to the sport and to the revered Argentinean polo team, La Dolfina. However, the Pony Line Bar and Lounge may be clad in brown leather and have a riding motif throughout, but it ain’t a sports bar as you know it to be.
It’s more for the urban sophisticate who wants to try the housemade chorizo and oxtail empanadas to go along with his or her artisanal locally-produced Stallion beer than the Bud Light and wings crowd. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that—we like a good stack of salt-and-pepper wings as much as the next guy or gal. We’re just sayin’.)
If you want to get an even bigger taste of the game, as a hotel guest you can visit La Dolfina Polo Ranch to learn more about the sport and why Argentina is reputed to be so good at it. Rates start at $595 in October.
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This week marks the beginning of baseball season, which means the air seems quite heavy with testosterone lately and beer sales have risen once again. Hotels are getting in on this special time by building special game-watching packages. Here are a few that make us say "Hot Dog!"
Hotel Monaco Baltimore
The “Bro's, O's, and Boh's Opening Weekend” package is designed for Baltimore Orioles fans in town for the April 5th opening day. You'll get 10% discount off the best available room rate, three cold Natty Boh local beers, three cold orange sodas (orange, of course, in tribute to official team colors--orange and black) , and home team goodies. Rooms start at $169 per night. Book online at www.monaco-baltimore.com or call (888) 752-2363 and ask for the ORIOLE rate.
Hotel Marlowe, Boston
Face it, Red Sox fans are falling over themselves in anticipation of the April 8th opening date (how many people will be calling in sick?). So, the "Ahead of the Curve" package is aimed at those anxious to get into Fenway Park, one of the country's oldest and famous ballparks. The hotel's deal includes a stay in deluxe accommodations, four T passes (Lechmere T station is nearby), a six pack of beer and peanuts, non-boozy beverages for children and Cracker Jacks, a complimentary in-room movie, and a baseball-inspired welcome amenity. The package begins at $369. Book online here or call 800-KIMPTON and mention rate code CURVE. Available April 8 – September 30.
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Hard to believe, but baseball is back with spring training under way down South. Florida is hosting its half of the action as well, but the unique thing about the scene in Phoenix is how close all the teams are (see map comparing Arizona and Florida facilities). Not only does this mean lots of options for games, it also means lots of hotel choices. And seeing as this is one of the best times of the year to visit the southwest weather wise, it's time to check in on some of the hotel discounts and packages happening in the desert that will help make your childhood dream of jet-setting down to spring training a bit more feasible:
Hotel Palomar: This Kimpton property is offering the "Batter Up" package that gets you 25% off the best available rate, two local beers, a baseball-themed welcome treat, and complimentary access to Gold's Gym Elite in case you want to hold your own spring training.
The Westin Phoenix Downtown: The 2013 Baseball Package has rates starting at $189/night Thursday through Sunday -- nice for a long weekend trip. It includes overnight parking, high speed internet access, and baseball “snack pack” amenities (there better be some Cracker Jacks!).
Every so often we highlight a post, photo, or review from one of our readers that we feel should be shared with the rest of you.
Here’s a pic from our Facebook friend Gregg Rory Holland, who sent this room key snap from Miami’s Fontainebleau Hotel. He joked(?) that maybe it was the room key of Nick Saban, head coach of University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide team.
Funny enough, today on our Twitter feed, follower @nickpastula posted “Bama is staying at the lux Fontainebleau, Irish family friendly Westin” when referring to the BCS National Championship. Of course, “Irish”, of course, refers to Notre Dame, who apparently isn't get all fancy with their quarters, and their players haven't been banned from getting ESPN in their hotel rooms like Dirk, uh, Nick supposedly ordered!
Although not as popular in the US, it seems like the rest of the world goes bonkers for a little soccer. And if you're a fan of the fast paced game, you know not to call it soccer, but football. So with a rich history of football, it makes complete sense for Buenos Aires to open up the first football-themed hotel for players and fans.
Rest assured The Hotel Boca isn't a sports bar turned hotel with a few footballs hanging from the ceiling or framed jerseys adorning the walls.This is a modern and avante-garde designed property with all the luxuries we adore . Public areas and the two restaurants are themed in the blue and yellow of the hometown team, Boca Juniors, and decorated with memorabilia from the over 100 year old club.
Each of the rooms and suites are decked out with great design and comfy living space that would impress even the highest level athletes. The simple layout is complemented with pops of team color, but in a way that would make you think you'd walked into a 'superfan's' closet. Think tasteful, not gaudy.
91 days, 16 hours, and 54 minutes. That's the countdown to the opening of Brooklyn's new Barclays Center, a major new addition to the borough, and the new home of the Brooklyn Nets (formerly the New Jersey Nets). Understandably, residents are excited. Jay-Z (one of the arena's directors, and the opening night performer) is excited. Brooklyn hotels are excited.
And it seems, so is Lebron James. The NY Daily News picked up on a comment James made to Late Show host David Letterman, when he got asked how the Nets' relocation to Brooklyn will affect James and his teammates.
What do you suppose was the very first thing on his mind? Hotels.