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Holiday Inn Wants to 'Change Our View' With Their Musical Reviews

October 4, 2013 at 8:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

In case you're at work or reading this on your phone, allow us to tell you what's happening in this video above.

Holiday Inn has made a commercial featuring a nervous-looking guest* and a lovely looking lady with a guitar. The guest tells the lovely lady what he liked about his recent stay at the new Holiday Inn at Newark Airport in New Jersey and she puts his review to song. It sounds funny! It is not.

It's a little annoying and forced and at three minutes, is way too long for us to be voluntarily be watching video on our computer. Maybe if Tenacious D was singing the review we would be more entertained. However, the point has been made. Holiday Inn wants us to "Change Our View" of their brand (especially after they put a billion dollars into relaunching it) and we've certainly done that with this hotel.

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5 Sweat-Worthy Exercises To Do in Your Hotel Room

April 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

In case you missed it, we ran a quality series the other week featuring Sweat-Worthy Exercises to Do In Your Hotel Room. We even had a handsome male model in tight tank and short shorts to show you how to get the most out of these workouts. Don't say we don't help you fulfill your needs!

So because it's been a rough week already, we thought you might need something easy on the eyes. Oh, we nearly forgot, these videos are actually really helpful if you want to work out while on the road. Just click the links above the videos for the full explanations of how to do them. Otherwise, grab some popcorn and enjoy the show. Chomp, chomp.

Part 1: Deadlifts with Rows

Part 2: Squats

Part 3: Split Lunges

Part 4: Push-ups & Dips

Part 5: Arms and Abs

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Sweat-Worthy Hotel Room Exercises. Part 5: Arms & Abs

April 5, 2013 at 9:54 AM | by | Comments (2)

We'll admit, sometimes traveling throws off your fitness routine, but you gotta do what you gotta do. With summer right around the corner, you need to start planning for that hot beach bod (we know you abandoned your New Year's Resolutions around Valentine's Day, don't lie).

So we've compiled this short-but-sweet series from our very own writer who is a trainer and all-around fitness buff. He's here to show you you can fit in a mini-workout in any hotel room in any city. We've taken the guess work out of the planning (and included a video of the moves!). Now it's up to you to sweat it out! No more excuses!

The Exercises:

Finally, we can move into the hottest body parts that turn the most heads. Still focusing on the upper-body, we tone and strengthen the arms and shoulders with a compound movement of biceps curls into a shoulder press. Generally focusing on the front of the arms and the top of the torso, it's the perfect movement to shape the upper body producing a gun show. Then we move onto abs of steel with a simple take on a the basic crunch that can be done almost anywhere. With a scary name, the Jackknife's bark is worse then its bite.

The Execution:

·Biceps Curl with Shoulder Press: You will need some equipment for this one, but it's a super light elastic tubing that can be found in most sports stores, so there's no additional baggage weight. Step on the middle of the tube and grab both handles. Fully bend both elbows bringing the handles to the front of the shoulders. Then rotate your arms so the palms are facing forward and press your hands overhead. Carefully return to the lower position, then rotate in and bring your hands to the side of your body.

·Jackknife: Sitting on the edge of a sofa or stable ottoman, extend the body as straight as possible supporting some of your weight on your hands behind the hips. Bend both knees and crunch your body into a ball, then extend back to almost straight. For best results, do this again and again, eventually feeling the burn in your abs.

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Sweat-Worthy Hotel Room Exercises. Part 4: Push-ups & Dips

April 4, 2013 at 5:01 PM | by | Comment (1)

We'll admit, sometimes traveling throws off your fitness routine, but you gotta do what you gotta do. With summer right around the corner, you need to start planning for that hot beach bod (we know you abandoned your New Year's Resolutions around Valentine's Day, don't lie).

So we've compiled this short-but-sweet series from our very own writer who is a trainer and all-around fitness buff. He's here to show you you can fit in a mini-workout in any hotel room in any city. We've taken the guess work out of the planning (and included a video of the moves!). Now it's up to you to sweat it out! No more excuses!

The Exercises:

Let's give your legs a rest and work the upper body. Both push-ups and dips are great to work the chest while using your own body weight as resistance. Each of these can be easily executed and modified for all fitness levels. A push-up focuses primarily on the chest muscles where the arms only act as assistance for the movement. Dips recruit both chest and arm muscles, so including them both in a routine will be plenty effective.

The Execution:

·Push-ups: Can be done on the floor or, the bed can be easier, with your torso slightly elevated. Place your hands about shoulder width apart and be perched on your toes. Keeping your shoulders, spine, hips and knees aligned, bend your elbows to lower the entire body to the ground or bed. Then, as the name suggests, push-up.

·Dips: Finding a stable surface, support your body with straight arms and knees at about 90 degrees and feet flat on the floor. Bend your elbows and lower your body towards the ground, maintaining your body close to the stable surface. Lift your body back up and repeat.

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Sweat-Worthy Hotel Room Exercises. Part 3: Split Lunges

April 3, 2013 at 12:16 PM | by | Comment (1)

We'll admit, sometimes traveling throws off your fitness routine, but you gotta do what you gotta do. With summer right around the corner, you need to start planning for that hot beach bod (we know you abandoned your New Year's Resolutions around Valentine's Day, don't lie).

So we've compiled this short-but-sweet series from our very own writer who is a trainer and all-around fitness buff. He's here to show you you can fit in a mini-workout in any hotel room in any city. We've taken the guess work out of the planning (and included a video of the moves!). Now it's up to you to sweat it out! No more excuses!

The Exercise: Split Lunges

Sometimes called a split lunge, other times a split squat, you may have even heard this exercise called a Bulgarian split squat, this exercise is a killer...in a good way! The last of our lower body exercises should be a bit more challenging so this one-legged squat is a perfect movement to strengthen the lower body one side at a time.

The Execution:

We would recommend to find an elevated surface just about knee height to carefully support one foot; in this case we used the side of the tub. If your hotel room is a shower-only facility, try to find the desk chair at its lowest or even the luggage rack, just make sure your shoes are clean before you put them all over upholstery. Simultaneously hinging from the hips and bending your knees, lower your center of gravity towards the floor, then reverse the movement and return to set.

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Sweat-Worthy Hotel Room Exercises, Part 2: Squats

April 2, 2013 at 12:31 PM | by | Comments (3)

We'll admit, sometimes traveling throws off your fitness routine, but you gotta do what you gotta do. With summer right around the corner, you need to start planning for that hot beach bod (we know you abandoned your New Year's Resolutions around Valentine's Day, don't lie).

So we've compiled this short-but-sweet series from our very own writer who is a trainer and all-around fitness buff. He's here to show you you can fit in a mini-workout in any hotel room in any city. We've taken the guess work out of the planning (and included a video of the moves!). Now it's up to you to sweat it out! No more excuses!

The Exercise: Squats

Let's look at the Squat. A simple exercise that is one of the most effective that you can do in or out of a gym. Often times, we squat without even knowing it, so we will break down the details here. A squat is a multi-joint exercise which mean is it using more than one joint, so, just like the deadlift, it's a huge calorie burner and strength builder. Engaging the majority of muscles below the belt, this one will can make us feel better and get the blood pumping after a long flight.

The Execution:

Standing with your feet about hip width apart, lower your pelvis as if you are sitting onto a chair simultaneously bending your knees. Essentially you want to lower your bottom to the ground in a smooth fashion. Once you are at the bottom of the movement, stand back up returning to set and you've done one, gear up for a few more.

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Au Revoir! The Ritz Paris Has Officially Closed

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  Site Where: 15 Place Vendome, Paris, France, 75008
August 2, 2012 at 1:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yes, even the Hemingway Bar is closing at The Ritz.

The day has finally come--The Ritz Paris has closed its gilded doors. The legendary luxury hotel, which first opened in 1898, has closed for two years for a massive renovation project. Here's the letter the general manager sent out to guests (and anyone who's ever subscribed to their newsletter):

The legendary Ritz Paris has closed its doors to embark on a two-year restoration program.

Rooms, suites, restaurants and bars, the spa and the famous Ritz Escoffier cooking school will all be carefully restored and recreated under the direction of the internationally renowned interior designer Thierry W. Despont.

We will ensure that the charm and personality of the Ritz Paris is kept alive and that we continue to satisfy even the most discerning travelers.

We certainly hope that you will follow our progress on www.ritzparis.com or through our social media channels.

All of us at the Ritz Paris are looking forward with great anticipation to welcoming you back in 2014 for the reopening of your home in Paris.

Sincerely,

Christian A. Boyens, General Manager
Frank J. Klein, President

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A New Hotel Will Open in Minneapolis with a Book Butler on Staff (And Other Hotel News)

July 30, 2012 at 4:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's even more hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.

· It's Ok to Be a Geek at This Hotel: There's a new hotel coming to Minneapolis and it's going after geeks. The Commons Hotel will open on 10.11.12 and according to this press release the vibe is "industrial schoolhouse chic." Whatever that means! There will also be a Geek Chic suite and nerdy stay and play experiences and amenities such as alchemist mixology lessons, Book Butlers, Sudoku sleep-ins and a scholarly shopping shuttle for museum shop hopping. More brainiac diversions to the nearby University of Minnesota campus are also planned and even sports fanatics will find ways to indulge at the new hotel. The website is up and running here but rezzies won't begin for another few weeks.

· The Waldorf-Astoria in Panama Gets an Official Name: We already knew that Hilton was taking its luxe Waldorf Astoria brand to Panama but today they let us know that the 248-room hotel will officially go by the name Waldorf Astoria Panama. We like it. Simple and easy to remember. The hotel will open on January 1, 2013 with rates starting at just $219 a night.

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Watch This Implosion of an Old New Orleans Hotel

July 23, 2012 at 5:10 PM | by | Comment (1)

Who doesn't love a good hotel implosion?

In what is likely the perfect answer to a Monday afternoon, we present the below AP video of this weekend's big hotel implosion down in New Orleans. The building, the 17-story Pallas Hotel/Grand Palace built in 1950, is being cleared to make way for a new University Medical Center, but that doesn't mean it has to go quietly.

It took 400 tons of explosives, the evacuation of 200 people in the area, the closure of an Interstate highway and much nail biting to get the structure down yesterday morning, but it all went off without a hitch. No tears here for a fallen hotel though; the place had been abandoned for years.

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Inside a Room at The Peninsula Hotel Bangkok

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  Site Where: 333 Charoennakorn Road, Bangkok, Thailand
March 7, 2012 at 4:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

Now that we've already shown you how to get there in style, it's time to actually go inside The Peninsula Hotel Bangkok. Rooms at this high-rise luxury hotel in the center of Bangkok—right on the bustling Chao Phraya River—run from $185 for a Superior King to $500 for a Grand Deluxe Suite King. Of course there are higher, more expensive categories but for those it's a "call for rates" situation.

First things first—the internet situation at the Peninsula Bangkok is the best we've ever encountered, and they're even making it better. WiFi throughout the hotel is free, super fast and—we could hardly believe it—each room has its own network. The proof of that is right here, a screenshot taken directly on our iPhone.

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At The Peninsula Hotel Bangkok: Arrival by Boat

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  Site Where: 333 Charoennakorn Road, Bangkok, Thailand
March 5, 2012 at 5:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Traffic. It's the the worst, and always when you're trying to get somewhere quickly. Many hotels in traffic-prone cities like New York and Jakarta can't do a thing about the congestion, short of sending a private helicopter transfer. But then there's Bangkok, Thailand, specifically The Peninsula Bangkok, which not only has solved the problem of traffic but made the solution free to guests. That solution? There's two Peninsula Piers on the Chao Phraya River, complete with Peninsula-branded boats going between them.

You see, the Peninsula sits on the Thon Buri side of the river, across from where all the action is happening. To connect this very active part of the city over the river, there is the Taksin Bridge. During rush hours, forget it. Therefore, The Peninsula has a Pier Lounge on the Bang Rak side of the river for you to arrive at, be welcomed, checked in and directly transferred by boat to the hotel on the Thon Buri side. It's quite a dramatic way to make an entrance, really.

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A Look at the Typewriter Suite Inside Singapore's Wanderlust Hotel

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  Site Where: 2 Dickson Road, Singapore, Singapore
February 21, 2012 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Okay, so we've already showed you all around the Space Suite inside Singapore's Wanderlust Hotel, but now we're going inside another of the boutique hotel's themed rooms and this time, it's not so out of this world. It's the Typewriter Suite.

On the top floor of this 29-room hotel in the Little India neighborhood sits a range of themed suites, each conceptualized by local design company fFurious. And once we walked into the place and saw those huge typewriter keys above our heads, and the custom bench plus that mid-century modern couch, it was decided: should we return to Singapore and to the Wanderlust, this is the suite we'd want. It's kooky enough to have novelty appeal, but not so crazy that it's uncomfortable.

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