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Actors Navid Negahban who plays terrorist Abu Nazir, and Nazanin Boniadi, who plays CIA analyst Fara Sherazi, were joined by former CIA Directorate of Operations Jack Devine, and journalist and former government official John Miller (hunky Damian Lewis, alas, was not present). Together they discuss the television series as well as -- amongst other things -- issues of national security, interviewing Osama bin Laden (Miller in 1998), representations of strong female Muslim characters on television and plotholes.
"There's no cell phones allowed in CIA buildings," Miller pointed out. "However, I've learned that every time I see something on the show and say that would never happen, I read about it in the New York Times six months later." Yikes!
Guests staying on the Club Floors were given the opportunity to ask the panelists questions and mingle afterwards during the Sheraton Social Hour while sipping on Sheraton Selects wines.
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The new app, which was built from scratch to run on the iOS 7, was created in response to a massive increase in mobile traffic for Starwood, and launched simultaneously in Chinese.
The company has optimized more than 50,000 images of their properties for iPad retina display, with the result that scrolling through the app is just like flipping through your favorite glossy travel magazine, except that you can make a reservation without leaving the app -- and with just one click, if you've preloaded your information.
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While we had already been told that the eco-conscious brand was making its way into Flushing, Queens, of all unexpected places, we were pretty floored to hear today that the new property will be a dual-hotel development alongside Starwood stablemate Four Points by Sheraton.
There's nothing new about the fact that a AAA membership gets you 20% off participating Starwood properties, but if you're anything like us, you typically a) don't really want to stay at whatever hotel happens to be "participating" or b) completely forget that you're a member of AAA when planning your travel.
Well, with the leaf-peeping season and the holidays on the way, it's Starwood and HotelChatter to the rescue. We've just reminded you that Starwood has extended the AAA discounts to its stylish yet affordable Four Points, Element, and Aloft hotels, most of which are found along major highways and near major airports. Thankfully, they look nothing like the "roadside" hotels of yesteryear.
Starwood has even created a map that highlights popular road trip routes in the States. A few of them would be great options for leaf peepers, such as the east coast down through Virginia and the Carolinas or the Great River Road through the Midwest. For more realistic purposes, it has a locator to help you find hotels along the highway for when you hit the road to visit family for the holidays.
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Here’s an interesting titbit we picked up last week: the Dorchester Collection is trying to make a move on the Eternal City, having entered into discussions to acquire the Hotel Eden in Rome, currently branded under Starwood’s Le Méridien flag.
It would be the second Italian property for the group, joining the Principe di Savoia in Milan. The deal isn’t signed, sealed, delivered quite yet; the official line is that it is “currently in discussions with Starman, owner of the Hotel Eden in Rome, concerning the purchase of the hotel” with “an official statement [to follow] once the transaction is completed”. Given that the Sultan of Brunei is behind the Dorchester Collection and that the company is hoping to have 15 hotels in their portfolio by 2015 (currently they have 9), we’re sure they can work out something on the financial side.
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As the grand finale to cocktail week here's Part 2 of our round-up of some of the nifty things we see going on in the world of hotel bars and bevvies. Don't forget to let us know what’s going on in your section of the world!
Beer is the new wine: Before some of you get stressed out, we’re not saying that wine’s going away, but we have noticed that beer is getting more attention these days. Some hotel bars are making beer their “thing,” some are making their own and some are getting it made for them.
Most of us tend to only hang out at airport hotels when we’re going to and from a place, but the Four Points by Sheraton LAX has a 100-beer beererie called Brewster’s that includes an ever-changing tap list of craft and microbrews. They have an on-staff Director of Brewer Relations who ensures the beer list is fresh and filled with rare brews, monthly beer appreciation nights, beer pairings such as Smoked Stone Porter with smoked salmon, beer turndown service that includes a beer-stocked minibar, and a recently-launched Hoppily Ever After package that lets the happy couple-to-be create their very own custom, brewed-to-taste beer for their big day—isn’t that just so romantic?
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It's time for a walk down memory lane with a HotelChatter flashback!
What we didn't know then is that the story of Denizen would end, not with a glamorous hotel opening in an urban market somewhere, but rather in federal court with Hilton being forced to pay Starwood Hotels $75 million for stealing ideas from their rival hotel company, largely through Hilton's hiring of Ross Klein, the so-called godfather of Starwood's W Hotels. Hilton also had to agree to "certain business restrictions" as well as agree not to buy or franchise any Starwood Lifestyle Brand hotel that Starwood operates nor hire anyone from Starwood for two years.
But guess what? The two years are up! And we've heard whispers that Denizen is being resurrected, although with a completely different name and look. Even though we hated Denizen when it was first introduced we can't wait to see what the new incarnation will look like.
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NYC’s W Hotels are immersed in their own version of gangland warfare with their new musical soundclash, “W Gangs of New York.”
This curated music series, inspired by the cult classic film, The Warriors, explores the progression of how New York music has evolved, and invites some of the city’s finest record labels to compete against each other by defending their respective musical turf to determine who is the ultimate (musical) Gang of New York.
“We’ve found that different genres of music, as well as various fashions and attitudes, unite people and challenge the classic idea of neighborhood gangs,” said Michaelangelo L’Acqua, W Hotels Global Music Director (BTW, how cool would that job be?). “ ‘W Gangs of NY’ will create new cultural turf to defend, grouped by musical style rather than zip code and using performance as the communicator to protect reputation.”
Each gang of DJs and live music acts will be wearing limited-edition jackets designed by 2013 CFDA Swarovski Menswear Award winners Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne in order to show their colors to the crowds.
Here’s the fierce upcoming line-up so far:
Can W Paris Opéra live up to the hype? A HotelChatter Review
After winning our hotly-contested Worst Hotel Hype award all the way back in 2011 for not just missing its July 1 opening date, but failing to open that year altogether, W Paris Opéra flung open its doors late February 2012 in the end. Countless fashionistas click-clacked their Manolos through the stone-tiled entrance and swooshed up the elevator to spend the night in this former Parisian bank, but we only coveted it from afar. None of that matters anymore now, because 2013 goes down as the year we finally did sleep with W Paris Opéra. Read on to find out how it was.
Check-In: we arrived after midnight in a taxi from Gare du Nord train station, wanting to get to sleep as soon as possible. We were happily surprised by the complete lack of attitude our cynical side was expecting from the staff; the guys checking us in were unfailingly friendly, offering to walk us to our room and show us around. We foolishly declined, thinking we’d find our own way. That turned out to be a bad idea once we got to our room.
Ever since Element Hotels came on the scene in 2008, we've been wondering, "When will they open more?" From the spacious guestrooms (most with kitchenettes) to the eco-friendly amenities (toiletry dispensers in the shower, recycling bins in the kitchen), free WiFi, fitness centers with iPhone charging bikes and the yummy free breakfasts, there's not much we don't like about Element. Heck, even the POTUS has stayed at an Element Hotel before.
Yet aside from the Element in Times Square, there aren't many Elements in the heart of big cities. While that won't change anytime soon, there are several new Element Hotels lined up for 2014 and beyond. Here's where you can expect to find Element Hotels opening in the next few years:
· Element Frankfurt Airport (Germany) – June 2014
· Element Harrison (N.J.) – May 2014
· Element Hanover-Lebanon (N.H.) – September 2014
· Element Vancouver Metrotown (B.C., Canada) - June 2014
· Element Miami Doral (Fla.) – December 2014
· Element Orlando North - July 2015
· Element Flushing (N.Y.) – September 2015
· Element Suzhou Science and Technology Town (China) – July 2015
· Element Calgary Airport South (Alberta, Canada) - July 2016
· Element Muscat, Oman - January 2016
That's right, thanks to Element Hotels in Germany, Canada, Oman and China, Element is going international in a big way.
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Not long ago, we wrote about the growing trend of the dual-branded hotel property. When a combined Hampton Inn & Suites and Homewood Suites opened in Denver last May, it reflected the tendency of these new-ish hotel concepts to pair an extended stay property with a limited service hotel. Starwood’s announcement last week,however, was the first we have heard of upscale brands getting in on the act.
The hotel company is planning to open a combined Sheraton and Le Meridien in Charlotte’s uptown business district, with each hotel occupying one tower each of a massive hotel complex that is currently operating as the Blake Hotel (run by Amsterdam Hospitality.) The two hotels will each have their own separate entrances and lobbies, but will share the fitness center, spa, pools, and meeting space. The two towers will have a total of six restaurants, and Le Meridien will feature a rooftop bar offering views of the Charlotte skyline.
We promised you a closer look at W Sentosa Cove when we discussed those nifty moveable phone ‘booths’ in the lobby just over a month ago, so here we are today with a gallery full of shots from the 240-room resort on Sentosa Island, a short hop from Singapore’s CBD.
Particularly popular with Singaporeans for a weekend stay-cation, the hotel has everything you expect from one of the latest W properties: slick rooms, lots of facilities that incorporate a W in their name (WET pool, AWAY spa, W lounge, Wired Business Center), and an atmosphere that is, let’s say, party-friendly. We wouldn’t bring the kids, is all we’re saying (notwithstanding that we did see some).