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When Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian took Miami back in 2010 they holed themselves up in a top-floor suite at the all-suite Hilton Bentley South Beach hotel which had two bedrooms, a living and dining room, two and a half baths, a kitchen, and a 1,500-square-foot rooftop terrace with a private Jacuzzi. But like Khloe and Lamar's love story, that's all gone now.
The Hilton has revamped the suite to include a rooftop pool, three bathrooms, a stainless steel kitchen with a personal wine chiller and a living room with an all-encompassing Dolby surround sound system (hey-yo!) which can be controlled, along with the electric privacy shades and the room temp, via the in-suite iPad or from the guest's own iPhone. Not to mention, those sick drop-down flat-screens in the ceiling.
Alas, rates for the new penthouse suite will cost about the same as a Kardashian's handbag (not the ones they sell in Sears but you know, the ones they would actually be seen with)--from $2,500-$7,500 a night.
[Photo: Hilton Bentley/Facebook]
When we talked about the new Bamford Haybarn spa at The Berkeley London earlier this fall, the plan was to show you the equally new Andre Fu Opus Suite the hotel introduced soon after. The fact that it took us nearly three months to find a time to see a suite that runs at about £10,000 ($16,000) a night, should, if nothing else, tell you something about the top end of the London hotel market these days.
Luckily, we did make it over to Knightsbridge on the brink of Christmas week to explore the 3,000 square feet of hand-picked furniture, artwork, and custom design by the man we know and love for Hong Kong’s Upper House. His first work in the United Kingdom, the Opus Suite has a vast open plan living room, dining room with full Poggenpohl kitchen, and a master bedroom with study and marble bathroom larger than most London apartments. A second bedroom can be connected, with a third bedroom option being planned.
HotelTonight has consistently been one of our must-have apps for travel, especially for last-minute folks like us who hate overpaying for a hotel room. But now HotelTonight is expanding their booking function to include HighRoller Suites in addition to the regular ole' guestrooms. And these are serious suites, not just a room with a sleeper sofa. We're talking penthouse and presidential suites for a lot less than you would pay if you just walked into the hotel (but you know, still a lot more than $200 a night.)
The HighRoller option is only available in Los Angeles, New York and of course, Las Vegas. But more cities are expected to roll out HighRoller suites soon. Here are some of the suites you may find on HT:
Thailand may be famous for its gorgeous silk (among many other things), but a key figure that is credited with saving the silk industry from extinction is actually from the good ol’ USA: Jim Thompson, an American businessman with a rather interesting life story, complete with a still unsolved disappearance in 1967.
His Bangkok home is an enduring tourist attraction, and you’ll find references to his life and eponymous company around the city. One such place is the Four Seasons Bangkok, where – aside from beautiful silk murals anyone can admire in the lobby – there is the swanky Jim Thompson Explorer Suite, spreading over 2,000 square feet with head-on views of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club across the street.
The Viceroy Riviera Maya has always had an impressive selection of guest rooms, or rather, villas from the luxury villas to the ocean view villas all the way up to the presidential villa. But now they've added yet another room category--Signature Villas.
Each villa will have 1,400-sq.ft. of private outdoor living space featuring a sundeck, hammock, outdoor rain shower and heated plunge pool. Inside, the villas will have high-ceilings with a thatched palapa roof, king-sized beds, his and hers closets, satellite cable TV, free WiFi, Nespresso machines, air-conditioning and the new deep-soaking, ovate-shaped bathtubs that were introduced in 11 other villas in January 2012. The tubs were quite a hit with the guests--perhaps because there's a glass wall through which you can see out to the private garden--so in they went to the new Signature Villas.
As many of you know, we are very high on places of personality, properties that go out on a limb to be themselves. It's admirable for a number of reasons, but mostly because of the risk associated with being yourself, especially when it comes to business -- while going out on a limb can please some, it can easily turn others off.
Well, let us officially give the Signature Living Hotel in Liverpool a standing applause. Talk about a hotel with a personality -- the hotel has rooms that are movie-themed, individually modeled after flicks like Sex and the City, The Hangover, James Bond, and Moulin Rouge. And calling them rooms is an understatement. The James Bond is a duplex, for example, and Moulin Rouge is a single dwelling that takes up an entire floor.
The reason we are so fond of this bravery is because it is lacking in so many areas of the hotel industry. There are thousands of hotels in which we could spin you around and you wouldn't know if you were in Oklahoma or Oregon. Sure, we don't expect every hotel to paint a movie star on the wall, but it wouldn't hurt to put a personal spin on things beyond cliched, trendy, barely-noticed design traits, such as "featuring local artwork in the lobby."
Downtown Manhattan might be home to some of the chicest hotels in the world (The Standard High Line, Andaz Wall Street, Dream Downtown, The Bowery Hotel, we could go on and on) but there's still something so magical about Central Park, and even more so when your hotel suite overlooks both the park and Columbus Cirlce.
That's what you will find at the Trump International Hotel in this two-bedroom suite on the eighth floor. If you go higher up, you will have even better views into the park but we prefer this view better so we can see the action in Columbus Circle as well. Don't worry, the exterior of the building is mirrored so while you may be able to see the hot dog vendor scratch his nose, he can't see you do the same.
Rates for these suites, which we redesigned nearly three years ago by Ivanka Trump, start around $2,000 a night and feature the two bedrooms, a kitchen with Sub-Zero appliances, a dining area and a separate living room. And don't forget about the Travel Fit Kit!
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Bangkok has many fantastic hotels, both historic and brand-spanking new, that are reasonably affordable by many other cities’ standards. We’ve told you Hyatt is showing the city some love the next few years, with a Park Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, and Hyatt Place all popping up to give the existing Grand Hyatt Erawan some company.
All that hotel newness nearby (the Park Hyatt is literally around the corner) means the Erawan has been getting busy redoing its 380 rooms and suites to keep up. The second phase of the revamp will be done later this year (more on that in a second), but make your way up to the 5th floor i.sawan spa, wander outside past the pool and you will find something unexpected: a small garden courtyard with a cluster of resort-like spa cottages in the middle of the frenetic city.
Our standards for hotel minibars may have permanently shifted following a recent visit to London’s Café Royal. Not a feature we usually pay a lot of attention to, the luxurious, leather-encased cabinet housing a selection of premium liquors and fine glassware inside its Empire Suite was a stand out in an already pretty impressive 2,000+ square foot space.
When we last spoke about Café Royal (our pick for Best Hotel Renovation in 2012), the historic Grill Room and Domino Room – haunts of Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, and George Bernard Shaw – had been restored to their original splendor. Now, just over half a year later, six Historic Suites (of which the Empire Suite is the largest) are being added to the range of hyper-modern rooms the hotel already offers.
From squeezy European Single to California King, we’ve done a lot of sleeping around here at HC. With hotel beds that is, of course. We hear about sleep concierges and pillow menus, see hotels hawking their goods for you take home, and encounter sheets that are somewhat past their use-by date.
If size is of importance (that’s your dirty mind, not ours), the InterContinental Park Lane might just have most hotels beat with the biggest bed we’ve seen in quite some time in its top-of-the-line Royal Suite. King what? Say hello to the Emperor bed, a whopping 7 feet wide.
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The Algonquin may have a new look but through the transformation, the hotel still hangs on to its literary heritage, paying tribute at nearly every turn to the days when Dorothy Parker held her infamous Round Table luncheons at the hotel. But now The Algonquin is dedicating an entire suite to literature.
The hotel has just opened The Simon & Schuster Suite on the 7th floor which includes a living room, a private bedroom with a king-sized bed and Simon & Schuster memorabilia galore with a permanent collection of literary classic and modern bestsellers. Look! We even see a copy "Revenge Wears Prada."
We've got some great pics of the suite below but if you're interested in settling down with a good book during your next visit to NYC, you can book the new Simon & Schuster package which includes a stay in the suite, an advanced copy of a soon-to-be-released book from Simon & Schuster at turndown and a complimentary breakfast at the Round Table Restaurant.
The partnership with Simon & Schuster will also include regular guest speakers and you need not book the suite to attend. The kick-off speaker/author will be Chuck Klosterman for the launch of his new book “I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)” on July 8 at 6:30 pm.
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Who knew the Hotel Triton in San Francisco had such a sweet suite? (Literally!)
The Haagen Dazs "Sweet Suite" has been open at the Union Square hotel since at least 2007 (we told you to book the suite to get over a bad break-up)-- but it recently underwent a refresh. It still has the "Sweet Spot", which is an ice cream cabinet full of cartons of Haagen Dazs ice creams along with bowls, scoops and spoons. But now there's new furniture and new giant photographs of ice cream and ice cream ingredients (LOL.) Despite the ice cream obsession, the suite is quite stylish with a residential feel. Don't worry, you can still bring the ice cream in bed with you.
In honor of National Ice Cream Month, which is next month, the Kimpton hotel is offering a Haagen Dazs Sweet Dreams package which includes deluxe accommodations in a recently redesigned room, Haagen Dazs ice cream delivered nightly to the room, a groovy ice cream scoop to take home and a signature Triton rubber ducky. Rates start at just $175 a night with a portion going to the Haagen Dazs's charity of choice, The Delancey Street Foundation. The Sweet Suite is a bit more at $350 a night.
[Photos: Hotel Triton]