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The Smooth Operator's Secret Hotel Notes

September 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to another hotel dispatch from our special contributor, The Smooth Operator. We can't divulge his identity but we can tell you he spends about 70 percent of his time on the road, staying in all the hot hotels and checking out their restaurants and bars to see if the social scene and rooms are up to snuff. If you're deciding whether or not to take a chance on that hip boutique hotel in the city, read The Smooth Operator for his opinion first. (Or send us an email and we'll have him answer it for you!)

From The Smooth Operator: I have a list I keep in my notes section of my Blackberry keeping track of rooms I've especially liked so I can book them on return trips. They include little tips that I'd like to share with you in case you're ever staying at these places, too.

Hudson Hotel, NY (Suite 877)
The Hudson is undergoing a room-by room-reno. Hopefully, the Philippe Starck dream decor will remain in tact as best as possible. Their new rooms(make sure you ask for one in advance of your stay so you're not stuck in the old wings) have new furniture, updated wood headboards, and many with new bathroom fixtures. The custom furniture fits the tight rooms very well. Be kind to the front desk manager and you may be in for a great upgrade. It helps to say 'please'.

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No Iron and a 'Weak' Minibar for The Smooth Operator at The Hazelton Hotel

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  Site Where: 118 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada
August 13, 2012 at 3:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to another hotel dispatch from our newest special contributor, The Smooth Operator. We can't divulge his identity but we can tell you he's spends about 70 percent of his time on the road, staying in all the hot hotels and checking out their restaurants and bars to see if the social scene is up to snuff. If you're deciding whether or not to take a chance on that hip boutique hotel in the city, read The Smooth Operator for his opinion first. (Or send us an email and we'll have him answer it for you!)

During my last stay at the Hazelton Hotel in Toronto, I was put in room 323. An expanded suite with extensive square footage, the room was impressive but the layout didn’t work and the room felt like a long hallway – not comfortable at all.

The closet units, however, are exceptional – definitely more than enough hangers (which has proven challenging in premium hotels lately) and great space / design overall. The closet was larger than some rooms I’ve stayed in this year, but shockingly, no iron or ironing board available for the premium clients who stay there.

After three requests over two days I finally had someone from housekeeping provide an iron. (Ed. Note: We guess the iron is not a totally useless amenity for our S.O.)

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The Party Scene at The W Hollywood Wrinkles The Smooth Operator's Stay

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  Site Where: 6250 Hollywood Boulevard [map], Hollywood, CA, United States, 90028
August 6, 2012 at 2:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to another hotel dispatch from our newest special contributor, The Smooth Operator. We can't divulge his identity but we can tell you he's spends about 70 percent of his time on the road, staying in all the hot hotels and checking out their restaurants and bars to see if the social scene is up to snuff. If you're deciding whether or not to take a chance on that hip boutique hotel in the city, read The Smooth Operator for his opinion first. (Or send us an email and we'll have him answer it for you!)

The W Hollywood Hotel and Residences is the one Starwood Hotel that came with a "warning" three days prior to my visit. If you’re looking for "adult entertainment" and want to "live large, you’ve come to the right place." (see the notice I received before my stay in the gallery of photos below.)

At check-in, I was upgraded to a premium Spectacular room with a city view – which was exactly the same room I had last time and upon entering the room it was pretty obvious there was no city view – just a view of the fair going on in the parking lot across the street.

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The Smooth Operator Reports on the Not-So-Smooth Viceroy Miami

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  Site Where: 485 Brickell Ave [map], Miami, FL, United States, 33131
July 30, 2012 at 5:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to the first of several hotel dispatches from our newest special contributor, The Smooth Operator. We can't divulge his identity but we can tell you he's spends about 70 percent of his time on the road, staying in all the hot hotels and checking out their restaurants and bars to see if the social scene is up to snuff. If you're deciding whether or not to take a chance on that hip boutique hotel in the city, read The Smooth Operator for his opinion first. (Or send us an email and we'll have him answer it for you!)

As part of the Icon Brickell complex, the Viceroy Miami holds the front tower leaning over Brickell Avenue. The Icon at Brickell is supposedly designed by Philippe Starck, yet I challenge if he ever even visited this property – it’s one of those Yoo projects where some young things working under Starck’s name have put together a collage of Stark-inspired design arrangements and mash-up furniture. [Ed. Note: While the Icon at Brickell was designed by Philippe Starck, which includes the hotel pool and the spa, the interiors of the Viceroy Miami were actually done by designer Kelly Wearstler.]

The room was a good size overall with an extremely large bathroom with shower and enlarged tub. Along with a kitchen and wet-bar area, the room is well equipped for an extended stay.

While the hotel is only a few years old, it’s getting beat up and some of the room’s props were dirty. The sofa in the lounge area of the suite could have been covered in plastic sitting in my grandmother’s cottage – definitely not the Miami pieces you’d expect in a hotel like the Viceroy.

The only thing worse than the sofa was the dilapidated bamboo style curtains that had worn out and provided holes for the sun to peak in and throw weird designs across the room in the morning. They need to be replaced, along with the towels that have expanding holes.

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