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A 34-room boutique hotel in Melbourne -- built in 1938 and converted into hotel in 1993 -- has recently reopened after months of renovations and is calling itself the world's only dessert-themed hotel.
In case you wonder what a dessert-themed hotel looks like, expect carpets patterned to look like cakes and stools that resemble licorice all-sorts. "The colors and textures of the hotel are all based off desserts' says designer Fady Hachem. "But it's not weird. It's not too out there. It's very comfortable and done subtly". Quite subtle, we'd agree, you kind of have to use your imagination a bit to catch the 'dessert' theme.
Nevertheless, if the decor does inspire your sweet tooth, you can help yourself to the jars of candy in the lobby, bowls of toffee apples at reception, minibars filled with homemade cotton candy and popcorn, and a turn-down service delivering home-made macaroons every night. Just don't forget your toothpaste.
The Adelphi has just opened its 40-seat dessert restaurant and bar, Om Nom, and its Ezard restaurant continues to trade in the basement. The ninth-floor pool deck will be refurbished in April with a bar, a barbecue area and possibly a small cinema.
Rates start at AUD260 ($247).
[Photo: Facebook/Adelphi Hotel Melbourne}
Those of you who have a major sweet tooth and a love for hotels would have had your dreams come true a few weeks ago in London, where Tate & Lyle Sugars (the UK’s largest cane sugar brand), created the world’s first (pop-up) hotel entirely made from cake.
A team of 14 cake makers labored away for more than 2,000 (that’s two thousand) hours to bake and 900 hours to decorate eight “tasting” rooms in celebration of the launch of Tate & Lyle’s “Taste Experience” range of golden and brown cane sugars.
Between a Japanese public toilet, an English yellow submarine, a beer barrel, and a Tasmanian morgue, we have seen a lot of hotels that are, let’s say, a little different. Whether it’s just for the novelty factor, or to make a particular statement, we usually take an approach that says: whatever floats your boat – if there are guests out there willing to pay for it, then here’s to you.
This week’s oddball that’s doing the rounds everywhere from CNN to Inthralld is the Haoduo Panda Inn in China, and as much as we appreciate and support wanting to draw attention to the endangered panda, we kind of can’t decide: is this cute or creepy?
We already know one HC editor who’d have a few choice words to say about this place that's just come to our attention. After all, he didn’t hold back when the subject of pampered pups came up before.
But with the picture above and the name House of Mutt? It would have been all over. Shut down. Eyeballs outta the building.
Yet we were intrigued about this “five-star luxury hotel for dogs of distinction”. A place for pets who need to relax from the “pressures of modern life”. But, it also seems that humans use this spot as an alternative to kenneling when they themselves are going on vacation. That makes feel a tiny bit better that dogs aren’t getting better treatment than us.
But wait. They are. Now we're kinda mad.
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Anthony Bourdain is back for another season of “The Layover”, and we like it because he names the hotels in the cities where he'll be spending his precious time. So, for entertainment and a dose of travel value, we'll give you some deets on the properties he picks, just in case you find yourself looking for a place to stay in a city sanctioned by this travel personality/chef.
Layover Hotel Episode 4: Censiv Motel: "Is there anything more lonely and twisted than checking into a love hotel alone?" That's the question Bourdain asks about São Paolo's Censiv Motel, known as one of the city's most popular "love motels". You know the place--a no tell, motel where you stay for a night, or just a few hours.
Perfect for a layover of any sort, really.
Although not as popular in the US, it seems like the rest of the world goes bonkers for a little soccer. And if you're a fan of the fast paced game, you know not to call it soccer, but football. So with a rich history of football, it makes complete sense for Buenos Aires to open up the first football-themed hotel for players and fans.
Rest assured The Hotel Boca isn't a sports bar turned hotel with a few footballs hanging from the ceiling or framed jerseys adorning the walls.This is a modern and avante-garde designed property with all the luxuries we adore . Public areas and the two restaurants are themed in the blue and yellow of the hometown team, Boca Juniors, and decorated with memorabilia from the over 100 year old club.
Each of the rooms and suites are decked out with great design and comfy living space that would impress even the highest level athletes. The simple layout is complemented with pops of team color, but in a way that would make you think you'd walked into a 'superfan's' closet. Think tasteful, not gaudy.
Hotel Chatter admits a soft spot for Swedes, what with the bounty of pop culture gifts with which they've furnished the world (like, you know, Robyn, IKEA, and The Fun Theory campaign). The notably upbeat Scandinavians harbor a mutual love for aspects of American culture, such as…sourdough bread?
Sorry Vegas, in a few years, no one will be holding their Star Trek conventions in your town anymore. No, instead they will beam themselves to the new Star Trek Theme Resort being built in Jordan.
Hotels Mag reports that construction on the $1.5 billion theme park and resort will start early next year and when it's completed in 2014 will include four hotels. Four! Details are scant on what else the project, known as the Red Sea Astrarium, will include but there is mention of a Star Trek-themed "space-flight adventure."
Also King Abdullah II is apparently a Trekkie, having made a cameo appearance on “Star Trek: Voyager” in 1995. Ahh...so that's what it's going to take to get our idea for the Battlestar Gallatica adults-only resort off the ground.
Well, we'll still keep our fingers crossed (or open Spock-style?) that the Star Trek resort actually gets built.
If you want to check into a cool-looking Bollywood suite, you'll have to visit, um, Switzerland. The Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa in Interlaken has a new suite dedicated to famous Indian film director Yash Chopra.
It isn't as random as it seems; the director has shot a number of his movies in Switzerland. Bollywood fans will want to stay in the 915-square-foot Yash Chopra Suite—which comes with a living room, bedroom and two bathrooms—to gaze at framed posters from the director's romance Veer-Zaara on its walls.
Nearly two years ago, we we asked for a Harry Potter Hotel and we got our hopes up this morning that our dreams may have come true.
PropertyWeek.com reports that Warner Brothers is investing £100 million redevelopment of Leavesden Studios, located just outside of London, where the Harry Potter movies have been filmed. The redevelopment plans include a walk-through Harry Potter-themed tour where visitors can walk onto sets used in the movie such as the Hogwarts Great Hall and Professor Dumbledore's office. It will also include a 120-room hotel.
But does that mean the hotel will be a Harry Potter-themed hotel?
Expect some Nemo sheets!
It seems that there can never be too many hotels at Disney World and the more thematic these hotels can get, the better.
Which is why Walt Disney World is planning its first family-suites hotel that will be centered around the animated Disney movies everyone knows and loves. It will be called Disney's Art of Animation Resort and yes, expect to find Nemo here, as well as Ariel and Simba.
The 2,000-room hotel will open in May 2012 with 866 standard rooms but also 1,120 of these family suites which can fit up to six people.