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Going to Chicago and looking for one of those stunning high-rise views over the lake from your hotel room? Sure, many hotels claim to have it, but then you'll check in and head to your room to find that something like a shorter office building or a historical structure is blocking the good stuff. Not at the Swissôtel Chicago, however, which is a triangular building where one side faces onto both the Chicago River and the lake, with Navy Pier clearly visible.
Just request the lake-view side of the hotel, and with a standard room (which begin around $160 for the lake, or $120 if you'd rather look at downtown) and this are the digs you'll get:
Did you know? The Swissôtel Chicago is the only not just in the United States, but in North America? If you're not in the Windy City and want to stay at a Swissôtel somewhere in the Americas, then we're afraid your only other options are in Quito, Ecuador and Lima, Peru. Of course, Europe and Asia are just peppered with them, but we get the short end of the stick.
Today at that single Swissôtel in Chicago, a $10 million renovation of public spaces is beginning, which will completely revamp and modernize the lobby and cafe and introduce a whole new media room. We'll go further into depth with this tomorrow since we only just came out from behind the construction caution tape, but first a view that few rarely see: the vista from the hotel's hottub is Navy Pier.
You see, the hotel's pool and hottub sit higher than the rest of the fitness club, affording it enviable views on two sides of the triangular building. One way just happens to be the expanse of the lake, with Navy Pier at pride of place in the center. Since Swissôtel is all about hospitality in the Swiss tradition, and we know how much the Swiss love their spas, we wouldn't have expected anything less.
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Yes, folks, this NEC NP600SG projector could be yours.
Everything—and we do mean everything must go at London's Swissôtel The Howard, which is set to auction off its entire contents on October 25th and 26th. We're talking luxe bedroom furniture, kitchen equipment, and even miscellany from the housekeeping department (old push carts? Used feather dusters?): from lobby to top floor, all from the sister hotel to The Savoy has gotta move, move, move.
There's only one Swissôtel in the United States (in Chicago) but if you're a frequent guest at these hotels in Europe and Asia, you'll be pleased to know the hotel chain has a new loyalty program--Swissôtel Circle. And even if you're not a frequent guest, we think the membership tiers will still give you a giggle.
That's because they are alpine-inspired--Inizia, Elevà and Zenit, giving you more perks for each level you climb, er, reach.
Guests reach the Inizia level as soon as they have stayed five nights at a Swissôtel. This level grants them personalized room preferences, priority waitlist status, complimentary access to spa and sport facilities as well as the hotel's Advantage Awards whcih can be exchanged for upgrade, free breakfast or free internet access.
The Elevà level is for those who do 20 nights in a Swissôtel in 12 months and gives them select benefits such as free breakfast, executive lounge access, free internet, 48 hours guaranteed room availability, and Premier Awards which can be exchanged for free room nights or dinner for two.
Chicago canceled its big Fourth of July fireworks display this year, leaving it to Navy Pier to let the holiday go off with a bang. But you don't have to brave the crowds at the tourist trap to get a front-row seat to the fireworks. Swissotel Chicago can get you a room overlooking all of the Fourth of July festivities.
The hotel offers lakefront rooms that offer a great view of Navy Pier, which means you don't have to fight for a spot among the throngs of people and crane your neck to see the colorful 15-minute display.
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As predicted the older London hotels are trying to get their fair share of attention in the run up to the Royal Wedding and 2012 Olympics. We’ve seen some hotels undergo complete refurbs, others open new spas, bars and restaurants whilst some have just relied on special packages. However we haven’t come across anything quite as weird as the Swissotel The Howard's “Pretty Little Princess” package.
The package is aimed at children aged between 3 - 8 years old offering them the chance “at fulfilling every wish of an aspiring princess”. Upon arrival the “princesses” are welcomed with a bottle of "Babycham". It's non-alcoholic of course, but still. Really? Forgive us for being prudes but something about a 3 year with a bottle of Babycham doesn’t sit right in our minds.
The day then starts with getting dressed - a pink princess dress with matching cape, handbag, glitter shoes and tiara are waiting in the hotel. And if the little princesses worried about the bed linen, they need not fear, beds are made up with princess-style linens from Laura Ashley – because all kids demand designer bed sheets nowadays.
It's beginning to look alot like Christmas everywhere we go. And with Christmas decorations comes Christmas cocktails, Christmas menus and of course Christmas afternoon tea. The five star Swissôtel The Howard, London got in there first with their Christmas afternoon tea starting as early as Nov 15th.
The hotel recently won the National Baking Industry Award 2010 for its TLSee Afternoon Tea so we guess it’s got to be worth a trip.
The festive afternoon tea will have shortbreads in the shape of miniature Christmas trees, reindeers and candy canes, traditional Mince pies, Cinnamon Cup cakes and the usual scones and sarnies. As Christmas is the time of giving the hotel will also be offering a free TLSee mug to every guest who orders a cup of mulled wine.
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Ignore the Big Wheel. Focus on the old stuff
Every little girl wants to be a princess, right? Err, kind of. And if you a) haven’t got over that yet, or b) want to live your life like it’s a period drama, you’d better start making eyes at your other half now, because Swissotel The Howard London has gone inside your head and come up with a V day package just for you.
You’ll start off at the hotel – which overlooks the Thames (v pretty, but for costume drama reasons you’ll have to ignore the views of the South Bank and the London Eye, and focus on the Houses of Parliament and Tower of London).
Some people go on vacation to shop or relax by the pool. Some people go on vacation to run insanely up the stairs of their 73-storey hotel. And if you're staying at the Swissotel Stamford in Singapore in late November, you're likely to encounter some of the second type.
On Sunday November 22, at the much-too-early time of 7.00am, a bunch of people will begin the Swissotel Vertical Marathon 2009. This involves getting up to the top of the hotel the fastest, except taking the elevator doesn't count. The Men's Open and Women's Open champions will both win trips to New York – but not just to sightsee, they'll then compete in the similarly crazy Empire State Building Run-Up.
We were wondering when a Valentine’s offer to trump playing Twister or strip poker with your inamorato would come up, and here it is--London’s Swissôtel The Howard is employing a “professional storyteller” to commit to print the story of how you met your beloved.
You’ll also get a six-course dinner of aphrodisiacs including scallops, chocolate fondue and, um, cucumber. Then you’ll retire to your river-view suite, overlooking the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament, and sink champagne and strawberries with your story.
Let’s just hope that, whatever a “professional storyteller” is, it means he/she can turn “He bought me five shots at Happy Hour” into something beautiful. Especially when the package rolls in at £799 ($1085) for the night.
Many of you must remember the various scares over the years when it came to Halloween. It's hard to imagine that at one time kids would just traipse blithely from stranger's house to stranger's house, accepting and eating candy without protective individual wrappers -- even homemade treats!
Kids today have it a bit safer, and posher. Lucky little monsters in Chicago can spend Halloween this year at the Swissôtel Chicago. VIKs (Very Important Kids) will be entertained by a costumed T-Rex character from the Field Museum, make creepy-crawlies and long-legged beasties at the arts and crafts table and create their very own Egyptian funerary masks.
Hotel: Swissotel Chicago
When: Saturday, Jan. 19th. 10am to 1pm.
Where: The hotel's lobby lounge.
What: Consider it the ultimate family-friendly hotel weekend happening event. Iguanas and other reptiles will be on show for kiddies (and adult guests) during the "Animal Encounters" event put on by the Shedd Aquarium.
The hotel's pastry chef Mary Terisi will also help kids decorate fish-shaped cookies, but after the petting of reptiles is done we presume.