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We love movie premiers and, even more, we love to be looking smart with a nice smooth face. Like a baby's bottom, but more manly and suitable for an international spy like James Bond. QT Sydney has come to the rescue their Mr. Bond Shave. It's just in time for the US premiere of the movie today.
Yes, we know it's Movember, but bare with us for a moment.
The shave is as retro as it gets in QT's cool barber shop connected to the SpaQ. A complete throwback to when men wore hats, shaved with straight razors. We're talking hot towels, thick shaving cream, blades and aftershave all brought into the 21st Century with a splash of pampering to look your best, even if you're not living a life of espionage.
Men are encouraged to sit back, relax and enjoy the experience because "a razor to the neck reminds you that you're truly alive." After all the stubble is removed, a re-hydrating eye mask is applied while your neck and shoulders get a complete rub-down. We would be surprised if anyone walks out of the barber shop not looking their best and ready to take on Dr. No.
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We've teased you a bit with the views from the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney and now, we can show the freshly renovated rooms. Rest assured this wasn't just a fresh coat of paint and colored throw-pillow job. About 6 months ago, each room got a full rehab with some great new features.
If you're hotel geeks like us, you know Shangri-La offers some of the best service and lush room appointments in the hotel industry. This property has taken things to the next level and made their rooms even more comfy for weary travelers.
Once we walked in the room we first noticed a gentle cherry blossom motif in the rug carries up to the bed's headboard that's decorated with rich gold and auburn tones. This modern-Asian theme carries through--elegant, not kitschy or overwhelming. The rooms are quite spacious and allow for plenty of room to unpack, settle in, and discover other great finds.
She doesn't look dead to us...
Obviously, Ke$ha is a fan of HotelChatter because she had to have read our exclusive peek inside Sydney's newest boutique hotel and decided to stay there on her trip Down Under. The avante-garde singer was spotted enjoying herself in QT Sydney's cool lobby and super swanky Gilt Lounge.
Ke$ha was in the country to see the singers she mentored on the Australian series of the "X-Factor", but that wasn't her first task upon landing. After arriving in Oz, she was faced with a Twitter rumor that she'd died. We are here (like, literally here in Sydney) and can say she is alive and kicking it funky style at the hip QT.
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The hotel scene in Sydney has officially been changed with Four Seasons' new artisan lobby-bar, GRAIN, opening earlier last month. Filling a much needed void in the city's central business district the bar is not only a welcome addition to the neighborhood, but to the hotel also.
The space was transformed from what was once a traditionally designed lobby bar with very few signature drinks and small nibbles. As this place matures, it will surely draw in the general public from the bustling streetscape and strolling the The Rocks area. We had the opportunity to experience a guided tour of the bar, the menu and concept and we were left gobsmacked with GRAIN.
Natural wood featuring pops of warm earth-tones creates a welcoming space to unwind after a long day of sightseeing or maybe a few business meetings while on the road. At closer look, we noticed some unique glassware, interesting local art and a creative balance of wood and water. Best thing is that the large windows at the front of the building open, allowing more nature to become part of the design. Even the bar is made from sustainable Queensland Blackbutt timber.
We have teased you enough with all our talk about Sydney's hottest new hotel, QT Sydney. This property is out to wow guests and Sydneysiders alike. We got a sneak peek of this little gem and had a smile on our face with every new experience as the hotel corners the market on unique.
A little history on the location; QT has moved into the former Gowings Department Store and the State Theatre in the middle of Sydney's central shopping district. With a deep back-story, the new rooms reflect the history and former glory of the old buildings. Add a splash of dramatics and a healthy dose of playfulness and this place is a winner.
From the moment we walked through the doors, we knew this was going to be special. As if we were walking back in time, after the best elevator ride to reception where it opened up to an eclectic mix of hand-picked furniture and a funky feel. After we tried to absorb everything we could, we were off to our room tucked in a dark hallway like it was backstage at a play.
New hotels abound in Australia's largest city. Sydney has seen an influx of new hotels, spruced-up stand-bys and complete rebrandings. M Gallery has officially thrown their Akubra hat in the ring with their newest property, the Harbour Rocks Hotel.
Sitting on the grounds of the city's very first hospital, the complete renovation has kept a good portion of the past while still creating a comfortable modern living space. Melding old and new by using the original sandstone facade and the adjacent workers cottages to keep with the look and feel of the neighborhood that's dripping with historical relevance. With plenty of vintage buildings housing boutiques, restaurants and cafes, the new hotel is a perfect fit.
All 59 guestrooms offer a contemporary and comfortable style, yet still incorporate the history of the building with exposed brick and vintage-style windows. Because the hotel is in one of the hottest tourist spots in Sydney, it's just a hop, skip or jump away to the Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay. Location is key for this place.
After alerting the country of a pending vacation, Jamaican gold medalist, Usain Bolt has made it to Australia. "I want to say to the Australian people I'm coming to vacation in September. Look out.", is the fair warning he offered Aussie media at the Olympics and now the time has come.
The world's fastest man has decided to play tourist in the city's Hilton located right in the center of the city. The hotel is within walking or sprinting distance to most everything that Sydney has to offer, but before heading out to see the sights, Usain and his 'boyz' had a bit of room service to fight the jet-lag. Bolt showed the world what a champion eats with his Twitter account.
No doubt that the athlete and his entourage will take to the hotel's iconic Marble Bar to soak in the nightlife. The 120-year old bar is a landmark for both the city and hotel, and serves to be one of those places that people go to see and be seen. Perfect for someone with a nice shiny gold medallion swinging around their neck.
Sydney is getting a fresh new design hotel and there's no time to waste if you want in on the deal at the new QT Sydney. The hotel is officially opening on the 17th, but they've been treating visitors to a sneak peak and discounted room rates since Tuesday.
Housed in the former Gowings Department Store and State Theatre, on the corner of George and Market Streets, the QT will be tickling the design senses for guests with 200 ultra-modern rooms, a lobby bar full of swank, a full-service restaurant and a namesake shop, QTique. Maintaining the vintage building's own design elements, the overall design is eclectic and full of funk.
We hinted at the handover a a few months ago, but now everything is official; The Observatory Hotel in Sydney has new owners, The Langham Hotel Group. And they have some big plans for the luxury property. After all, it is the first Langham in city and they have to come into the scene with a bang, even changing the hotel's name to The Langham Sydney. (Sniff.)
Situated in the historical area of The Rocks, the new hotel will put guests within walking distance to the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and high street shopping venues. With 96 rooms, Langham plans on updating each room's decor and amenities (which are in desperate need of a refurb), but will keep the legendary Observatory Suite.
And good news for guests who want to get on the internet (i.e. all guests around the world), the Langham Sydney will provide free internet in the rooms. Woohoo! That's desperately needed in Sydney where most luxury hotels charge over $25AUD for wifi.
Camping under the stars with only the lights of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge to light your way sounds pretty amazing. Wait..what!? Yes, the area of Sydney, known as Circular Quay, has been turned into a pop-up hotel that mimics 'glamping' in the middle of the city.
Sponsored by Hotels.com and Citygate Central Hotel, the pop-up 'hotel room' is the first of it's kind in Australia, and if it us up to the creators, it wont be the last.
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You know the deal: you excitedly check into a hotel in a brand new city, ready to see all the sights and take all the tours. But sightseeing doesn't come cheap, and soon enough you're blowing an extra $20 or $50 just to be shown a landmark that, with a little more planning, you might have been able to see for free from your hotel room.
PARIS— We've been a fan of Shangri-La Paris for a while now, and it was just recently, back in May, that we poked around inside an Eiffel Duplex Suite. Balcony? Check. Free WiFi? Check. Killer Eiffel Tower view? Yessir.
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We were lucky enough to stay in a Jewel Suite with Spa (Aussies call Jacuzzis 'spa baths'), which is a huge residential-style spread with lots of special touches.
Sydney has been in desperate need of some exciting new hotels for some time, and The Darling certainly answers that call. Its technology and luxury reminded us of new and recently redone hotels in New York City--or even Vegas, given that it's connected to a casino, The Star.
Take a spin through our room video and photo gallery and then we'll get into the highlights of our stay...