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On the heels of the InterContinental's bodacious new iPad app, we have another luxury hotel brand going above and beyond the call of duty to serve its guests in a high-tech manner--The St. Regis New York, which has just unveiled its own E-Butler program.
The program is actually a mobile app that is available from the iTunes app store for free. Guests can download it prior to arriving at the hotel and then once they arrive, they can start communicating electronically with their butler. See an example of a butler-guest chat above.
The app also features an "Insider's Guide" from New York's various personalities such as Vogue's André Leon Talley, fashion designer Jason Wu, chef Alain Ducasse, architect David Rockwell and the Village Voice's Michael Musto. These folks have all chipped in with their favorite shops, restaurants and city landmarks and the app does a nice job of organizing their picks simply and on Google Maps as well.
And of course, anytime a guest wants to book one of these recommendations, they can do so directly through the E-Butler.
Yesterday, we gave you our 10 picks for holiday gifts from hotels but if you're still looking for something special, perhaps this will strike your fancy.
Remember how we mentioned last month that St. Regis Hotels had teamed up with jewelry designer Alexis Bittar to create some St. Regis-inspired pieces? Well, they are now available for sale on Bittar's own website.
Here are the St. Regis Collection by Alexis Bittar Earrings ($235), St. Regis Collection by Alexis Bittar Necklace ($490) and our personal fave, the St. Regis Collection by Alexis Bittar Geranium Brooch ($385).
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We already told you that the work on the much-hyped Cipriani Miami had stalled. When we drove past the construction site in May, it looked like a sad, hollow shell. Guess what? It still does. (We drove past it again yesterday but were unable to snap a picture from I-95--road safety and all that...)
But further north on Collins Ave, the construction fairies have been hard at work on the St. Regis Resort & Residences, and this picture from Miamism makes us think that the super-posh property may just make its planned July 1, 2012 opening date.
Though much of the recent reportage about the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point has been about the popular luxury resort’s financial troubles, we found at least one bright spot, economically speaking: the new $39, three-course prix fixe menu at Michael Mina’s Stonehill Tavern restaurant.
The budget menu is available Wednesday-Sunday (every night that the restaurant itself is open), and each night features a simple, hearty main course like Wednesday’s fish and chips, Thursday’s Kobe steak frites with roasted baby carrots, Friday’s cedar-plank salmon with potatoes and bacon vinaigrette, and Saturday’s roast prime rib with twice-baked potato.
The best thing about business travel? How it only takes place midweek, leaving the swankster hotels to drop their prices at weekends. Like The Lanesborough, which is currently offering you a weekend in London for £255 ($414) a night – knocked down from £435.
Not only do you get a room with that, but the rate includes an in-room laptop, mobile phone to use inside the hotel, and 24-hour butler service. Book a facial (£85), and they’ll even throw in a free back massage.
The package has a minimum two night stay, and counts for Friday and Saturday arrivals until the end of August. Cos September’s when the business lot come back, see.
Put down that Red Bull and celebrate today, a landmark date for both cocktail enthusiasts and brunch boozers, as the NY Post points out that it's the 75th Anniversary of the Bloody Mary cocktail. Now for a tall, cool glass of history: the Bloody Mary was originally invented by bartender Fernand Petiot at Harry's Bar in Paris in the late 1920s, then perfected with the addition of Tabasco when Fernand headed up King Cole Bar at New York's St. Regis Hotel shortly after the repeal of prohibition.
Celeb chef Alain Ducasse may be a suave Frenchman, but he is so en vogue with the American political landscape. That's right, he's bringing his own recipe for change to Washington (straight from a pundit's talking points!).
And.. Drumroll please... It's going to be the St Regis Residences at the Venetian Palazzo Las Vegas!
The project has been under construction since March, but just this week it was announced that it would end up being a St Regis. It's due to have 398 residences (some fully furnished even!) and they are expecting sales to reach over 2 billion dollars. Sputtering economy be damned!