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The Best Hotel in the World, According to DVF

Where: Lake Pichola, Udaipur, India
March 26, 2012 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

You know what the beautiful thing about celebrity Twitter accounts is? Oftentimes, they actually are controlled by the celebrity, and we—the listening public—get to know what they really think. Very occasionally this even includes hints on hotels. Last week, Dita Von Teese shared her favorite Paris address, and this week it's designer Diane von Furstenberg with her favorite hotel...in the world?

She tweets:

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Keep An Eye On The New World Trade Center From Your Room At Trump Soho

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  Site Where: 246 Spring St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
March 23, 2012 at 9:19 AM | by | Comment (1)

The NY Daily News did a story last weekend on the rapidly-rising World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan, which just recently hit the 93rd floor, and is set to surpass the Empire State Building's roof in just a couple of weeks.

Sure, by 2014, you'll be able to actually ascend the tower's 102nd-floor observation deck. But until then, to get a good dead-on look at the construction, we'd recommend booking a room near the top of one of our favorite killer view hotels in Manhattan, the Trump Soho.

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Planking is So Over. It's All About Mad Men 'Draping' Now.

March 22, 2012 at 4:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

As if you aren't being bombarded with ads for the new season of AMC's Mad Men, there's now also a viral stunt making its way around the social networks. It's called Draping, and the idea is simple: mimic Don Draper's pose in the famous Mad Men graphic (with his arm slung over a seatback, a cigarette casually perched between fingers), and post the pic with the hashtag #draping.

If you do some #draping in hotels & want to share, include @hotelchatter in your tweet or instagram, and we'll post some next week!

The character of Don Draper is no newbie when it comes to hotels, and one property that's been around since the days of "Ad Men" is super excited over the whole #draping thing:

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Dita Von Teese Picks a Perfect but Pricey Paris Hotel

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  Site Where: 17 Avenue Kléber, Paris , 75116, France
March 20, 2012 at 5:25 PM | by | Comments (0)


A "Salon Room"

In 2009, burlesque performer and all-around awesome celeb Dita Von Teese tweeted a Paris hotel recommendation to her followers. At that time, she named the art deco Hotel Lutetia, but in 2012, her loyalties lie elsewhere.

Earlier today, Dita answered the hotel recommendation question again for a fan:

The Hotel Raphael is now not only Dita-approved, but moved to the top of our list after only a few minutes' time spent browsing their website. Those rooms! That furniture! The terrace in the Arc de Triomphe suite! Le sigh.

Glamor like this won't come cheaply, however; rooms start at 315 Euro per night, or 465 Euro if you want the lowest level of suite. That said, these rooms would make the perfect setting for a honeymoon, photo shoot, bachelorette night...etc. Thanks again, Dita!

[Photo: Hotel Raphael]

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Whitney Houston's Death at The Beverly Hilton Was Not Right, Nor Was It Ok

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  Site Where: 9876 Wilshire Blvd [map], Beverly Hill, CA, United States, 90210
February 13, 2012 at 8:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

By now everyone knows that our childhood idol one of the greatest voices ever heard, Whitney Houston, who lived a life full of superstar highs and drug addiction lows, tragically passed away on Saturday afternoon at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. And like so many celebrity deaths in this 24-hour news cycle and info-ravenous age, the details surrounding her death keep on coming.

Houston died in a fourth floor suite at the hotel just hours before she was set to attend Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party at the hotel. TMZ also reports that she was found underwater in the bathtub, possible from a Xanax overdose and that her last night on earth was spent getting rowdy in the hotel bar.

As if that weren't sufficiently tragic, TMZ also reports that Whitney's daugher, Bobbi Kristina, showed up at the hotel hours after her mother was found dead and demanded access to the room to see her mother one last time. She was later taken away from the hotel in a stretcher and sent onto Cedars-Sinai to be treated for shock, exhaustion and dehydration.

While all this terrible sadness and drama unfolded on the fourth floor, there was a party going on downstairs.

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Twitpic of the Week: Spying On St Mark's Basilica From the Cipriani

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  Site Where: GIUDECCA 10, VENICE, Italy, 30133
February 6, 2012 at 9:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

In the ever-expanding universe of Twitter, there is one particular trend @HotelChatter happens to quite enjoy: candid hotel photos. These Twitpics range from stunning views to anti-views to celebrity tomfoolery and everything in between. And we can't get enough of 'em! Every Monday, we feature one "Twitpic of the Week" to commemorate our favorite hotel-themed snapshot. Got a favorite of your own? Want to show off your sweet suite? Send it in!

This week, we're dreaming of tiny arched bridges and cups of espresso by Piazza San Marco. Venice, seen here from the Hotel Cipriani, may be an over-exposed tourist trap, but she's also a classic.

This shot comes courtesy of @MattPenrose, who shared the pic, via Twitter, on The Fancy, the online shopping-social media hybrid site we discovered last October.

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Twitpic of the Week: Dorothy Diorama in Culver City

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  Site Where: 9400 Culver Blvd [map], Culver City, CA, United States, 90232
January 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

In the ever-expanding universe of Twitter, there is one particular trend @HotelChatter happens to quite enjoy: candid hotel photos. These Twitpics range from stunning views to anti-views to celebrity tomfoolery and everything in between. And we can't get enough of 'em! Every Monday, we will feature one "Twitpic of the Week" to commemorate our favorite hotel-themed snapshot. Got a favorite of your own? Want to show off your sweet suite? Send it in!

We featured this place a few years back in our Hollywood Star Map series, since this is where the Munchkins stayed during the filming of The Wizard of Oz in the 1930s. Well, it seems @Flyleaf Music has discovered this other piece of Oz memorabilia at the 88-year-old Culver Hotel: a Wizard of Oz diorama built into the hotel's front window display.

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Twitpic of the Week: A Golden Globes Winner Snacks in the Hilton's Kitchen

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  Site Where: 9876 Wilshire Blvd [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90210
January 16, 2012 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

In the ever-expanding universe of Twitter, there is one particular trend @HotelChatter happens to quite enjoy: candid hotel photos. These Twitpics range from stunning views to anti-views to celebrity tomfoolery and everything in between. And we can't get enough of 'em! Every Monday, we will feature one "Twitpic of the Week" to commemorate our favorite hotel-themed snapshot. Got a favorite of your own? Want to show off your sweet suite? Send it in!

For many actors, the real party took place not during last night's awards ceremony, but afterwards, inside the Beverly Hills Hilton's kitchen. OK, maybe just for one actor. But still. @EricStonestreet, who was nominated last night for his role as "Cameron" on Modern Family (and which managed to pick up this year's award for "Best Comedy Series"), was clearly enjoying himself during a late-night visit to the hotel's kitchen.

He better be careful. If Gordon Ramsay catches him in there, it's over.

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Brooklyn's Music-Inspired Hotel Will Guarantee A 'Sound' Night's Sleep

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  Site Where: 139 33rd Street [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11232
January 9, 2012 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

We always like it when new hotels start interacting with their guests way before their doors have even opened. And at Brooklyn's music-inspired Hotel BPM, which doesn't open until April, there has been quite a bit of community involvement going on, practically since day one. Like posting shots of the finished bathrooms on Instagram. Or asking Facebook and Twitter fans to give the hotel's 76 custom-made mattresses a snappy name.

Last week, the "What's That Bed Called?" contest yielded a winner: "The Sound Sleeper." Which kind of makes us think there should be some kind of speaker system installed directly into the mattress—wouldn't that be cool! But maybe not so practical...

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Wanna Skip The Lines At Trump Wollman Skating Rink? Stay At the Trump

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  Site Where: 1 Central Park W [map], New York, NY, United States, 10023
January 4, 2012 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

We showed you yesterday how to click your way to an upgraded room view at Trump Soho. Now, here's a way to parlay your stay at Trump New York into a VIP ice skating session at the nearby Trump Wollman Rink in Central Park.

Guests of the hotel who call ahead will get whisked straight to the skate rental counter upon arrival, bypassing endless lines of whiny children, oblivious tourists and uninformed New Yorkers (we can say that because, as New Yorkers, we try to aim for more, um...time-efficient places to go ice skating). This makes a lot of sense to us. As long as it's in their power, why shouldn't Trump New York try to make things easier for parents attempting a family outing in below-freezing temperatures?

What's that, you say? You want the hotel to throw in free skate rentals too? Now, let's not get greedy...

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Guests at Bryant Park Hotel No Longer Have To Walk Across the Street To Get Free WiFi

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  Site Where: 40 W 40th St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10018
January 2, 2012 at 1:20 PM | by | Comment (1)

As of yesterday, the Bryant Park Hotel offers free WiFi

On December 29, a little birdie clued us into the fact that Bryant Park Hotel was considering making the switch to free WiFi. And in a moment of somewhat warranted self-flattery, we wondered if our list of New Year's resolutions for hotels had anything to do with the its decision.

But Front Desk Manager Darren Sumner set the record straight, explaining that over the years, the hotel had received "many, many requests from guests," and simply wanted to "listen to their needs." So it seems we aren't the only ones who like to gripe about hotels still ruthlessly charging for the convenience of in-room WiFi. Not that surprising, really. We're just glad to be a part of the revolution.

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Hotels to Follow Right Now on Instagram

December 27, 2011 at 5:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Know what's crazy boring and frustrating? Trying to decide whether or not to stay at a hotel by looking at their tiny, staged room photos on a website. This is why we do our best to get in and give you some massive photo galleries to flip through, but now hotels are taking it upon themselves to get creative by using the iPhone photo sharing app Instagram.

To put it plainly, Instagram allows its users to post their own shots (most taken on the fly, via iPhone) applied (or not) with filters to jazz it up the visual oomph. The community is crawling with design, travel, architecture, photography and foodie geeks, which makes it a perfect place to show off your property if you're a hotel.

We've recently joined Instagram ourselves (search hotelchatter & jaunted in the app to find our photostreams) and we're sharing original snaps from our own hotel stays. Still, we searched to find the hotel accounts on Instagram to follow right now:

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