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Skate with a Sochi Speedskater at the Waldorf Astoria Park City

Where: 2100 Frostwood Boulevard [map], Park City, UT, United States
February 10, 2014 at 5:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

While lots of hotels are cashing in on the Winter Olympics spirit with speciality cocktails and patriotic packages, the Waldorf Astoria Park City is actually bringing a bit of the Sochi Olympics to its guests.

One of their valet staffers, Patrick Meek, just competed for the U.S. National Speedskating team over the weekend (He finished 20th in the 5000 meters race.) And now guests can book a lesson with Meek while staying at the hotel. The lesson lasts for two hours and costs $120. Rates at the hotel start at $839 for a king bed with a gas fireplace this weekend. (Meek will probably be back at the hotel in a few weeks.)

Meek is employed at the hotel as part of the Hilton HHonors Team USA athlete career program, which works around his busy training schedule. Since Park City is a training ground for winter sports, the place is probably crawling with past, present and future Olympians. Learn more about Meek and the program in this video here.


[Photo via Patrick Meek/Facebook]

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Get into The Super Bowl Spirit with These Specially Created Cocktails

January 24, 2014 at 11:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

What's the Super Bowl without a few drinks? We're not talking a weak can of Bud, this year you can sip on a specially created Super Bowl themed cocktail from the following Manhattan hotels:

At JAZZ at KITANO at the Kitano New York house mixologist Pablo Villareal has created two special cocktails in honor of each of the teams:

Gridiron Margarita (Inspired by the Seahawks) $16. Pictured above.
2 oz. Don Julio Anejo Tequila
1/2 oz simple syrup
2 strawberries
1 red chili pepper
1 lime slice
Muddle strawberries, lime & chili with simple syrup. Add tequila and ice, shake. Serve in rocks glass on ice. Garnish with sliced strawberry and chili pepper.

Zone Blitz (For the Broncos) $16
2 oz Absolute Pepper Vodka
Top off with lemon lime soda
Splash of blue caracao for color
Orange garnish
Serve over crushed ice in a rocks glass.

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Couple Gets a $15.75 Waldorf Towers Room by Staying Married 66 Years

Where: 301 Park Ave [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022
January 17, 2014 at 1:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've been reading a lot about hotel management bad behavior over the last week, so here's a feel-good story to remind us that sometimes hotels do nice things.

Anthony and Josephine Fioravante, better known as Tony and Jo, spent their wedding night back in 1948 at the Waldorf Astoria and last weekend they celebrated their 66th anniversary with a night at the same hotel for $15.75! How so? Because Tony and Jo kept their reciept from that special night six decades ago and the Waldorf, which has a tradition of honoring the original rate for couples celebrating an anniversary of 50 years or more, not only honored it but upgraded them to the exclusive Towers of the Waldorf Astoria. Lucky! Rates in the Towers usually start at $399 a night.

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Will Waldorf Astoria Make A March Opening in Amsterdam?

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  Site Where: Herengracht 542-556, Amsterdam, Netherlands
January 2, 2014 at 9:19 AM | by | Comments (2)

Having scoped out the other big Amsterdam opening that starts (and ends) with a W, we kept on walking and turned down the city’s Herengracht canal until we hit up the row of patrician houses that is being transformed into the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam.

About this time last year we gave you the first preview of the 94-room hotel, which is planned for a March 2014 opening. What we could see through the windows does not tell the full story of the hotel’s progress of course, but the public spaces and the downstairs kitchen we spied certainly seemed to need some work still. Let’s just hope that March opening will be happening, especially as it should kick off three consecutive months of openings for the brand, with Beijing and Jerusalem scheduled for April and May.

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Aman Goes To Oman, Regent To Montenegro, and Other Hotel News

November 26, 2013 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Regent Montenegro

There’s tons of hotel news flying around at the moment, so we have another roundup of news bites for you today to get you up to speed on the latest from Oman to Cambodia and China to Argentina.

Starting with the Arab sultanate of Oman, its newspaper Muscat Daily (Muscat is the capital) reports that the country will have the first Aman Resort in the Middle East, in the remote coastal town of Shuwaimiya. The developer of the eco-resort has confirmed Aman Resorts will open, with the hotel group so far taking a confirm-nor-deny approach. Whether or not it will be the first in the Middle East remains to be seen, based on what we hear about an opening in Jordan.

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'Tis The Season For Awesome Autumn Cocktails

November 1, 2013 at 4:02 PM | by | Comment (1)

Looking at cocktails menus these days, it’s clear bartenders (or mixologists as they like to call themselves), are shaking and stirring drinks intended to warm your insides—perfect for the crisp, fall weather many of us are experiencing.

These are some seasonal sips from some of our favorite hotel bars.

If you’ve never heard of “Movember” before, you can read about the male mustache-focused charity here. This year the Waldorf Astoria Chicago is supporting the cause with its Whiskey & Whiskers drink served at their Bernard’s bar. 20% of the proceeds from the $16 drink will be donated to the Movember Foundation. We love the mustache-stencil garnish created with sprinkles of ginger-cinnamon powder.

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Walls Of Glass Make For Killer Views At Waldorf Astoria Berlin

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  Site Where: Hardenbergstrasse 28, Berlin, Germany
September 25, 2013 at 8:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

Based on its setting within the Zoofenster skyscraper, the views to be had from Waldorf Astoria Berlin already looked good on paper, but having seen a number of rooms ourselves recently, we can tell you that the hotel does indeed serve up some killer views.

These particular vistas, stretching all the way across the city’s Tiergarten to the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag in the distance, come courtesy of one of its Tower Suites, recognisable even from the outside as being located in the all glass block within the limestone façade. Accessible only by a separate set of lifts, which need a key card to be activated, they each measure 900+ square feet with living and dining room, powder room, master bedroom and bathroom, and kitchenette. More pictures after the jump.

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Shhh...The Arizona Biltmore's Speakeasy is Now Open

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  Site Where: 2400 E Missouri Ave. [map], Phoenix, AZ, United States, 85016
July 29, 2013 at 11:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Mystery Room at Arizona's Biltmore Resort is a mystery no more.

As we told you back in February, the Waldorf Astoria resort's historic Mystery Room has reopened as a speakeasy, which is actually what the Mystery Room initially was during Prohibition. Back then, it was called the "Men's Smoking Room" and required a secret password to enter. Inside was a well-stocked liquor cabinet that converted into a bookcase in the event of a raid. Men could purchase a "set up" of glass, ice and mixers for bootleg liquor. (The 20s version of bottle service, we suppose.) The resort even kept watch for police and would shine their high-powered spotlight into the Mystery Room if they ever saw patrol car outside.

Today, the speakeasy is open to both men and women and it's totally legal. Yet it's only open on Sunday evenings from 8 to 11pm. And it requires a password which will change weekly. The hotel's Twitter feed, @Arizona Biltmore, will post clues every week . Here was last week's passwordg:

Fun fact: Speakeasies were also called "blind pigs."

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Arizona Biltmore’s Mystery Room Returns to Speakeasy, Man-Cave Glory

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  Site Where: 2400 E Missouri Ave. [map], Phoenix, AZ, United States, 85016
February 27, 2013 at 12:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you've ever wandered the legendary Arizona Biltmore Resort, you've likely stumbled upon a photo of the "Mystery Room," though never the room itself as the location has long been — you guessed it — a mystery. That's all about to change; last week we were among the first to learn that this mysterious room will soon be revealed and restored to a version of its former self as a speakeasy lounge.

Back in the day, the cozy club masqueraded as a "Men's Smoking Room" requiring a secret password for entry and accessible only through a secret passage that started behind the resort and traveled up a hidden staircase from the kitchen. In many ways it was a true man cave, where gentlemen could kick back to smoke cigars and pipes, swap news about the stock market and sip on bootleg setups of gin and juice.

A clever fuzz buster was in place, too, with a spotlight that was officially known to guide guests at night, and unofficially used to search the desert for police raids. Whenever a raid approached, the spotlight would shine through the Mystery Room's stained glass roof, signaling guests to return to their rooms and the booze to be tucked back into the room's hidden bookshelf.

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10 More Hotel Openings to Get Psyched About

February 20, 2013 at 3:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

We're only two months into 2013 and while we've had our share of disappointments, there's still a bunch of new hotels to start saving your pennies for. So because we can't get enough of that new hotel smell, here are 10 More Hotel Openings To Get Psyched About:

W VERBIER: There are only two W Hotels opening in 2013 and this winter wonderland in Switzerland is one of them. This will be the very first "alpine escape" from W and will feature 123 rooms and suites, each with their own fireplace, balconies and signature W beds. Being cold has never gotten us so hot.

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Arizona Biltmore Wants To Throw You a Free Birthday Party

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  Site Where: 2400 E Missouri Ave [map], Phoenix, AZ, United States, 85016
January 23, 2013 at 1:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Go shorty, it's your birthday, Arizona Biltmore's gonna party like it's your birthday…

We'll warn you now: this song may be playing in the lobby of the Arizona Biltmore when you check in.

This historic Waldorf Astoria property totally digs you getting one year older, so they're offering a free room for you during your birthday month (a minimum of two nights booking is required). To make it a serious party, they're also throwing in a cupcake and balloons delivered straight to your room. Bring your own party hats, though.

We suggest rounding up an active crew as this birthday bash is going to be off the hizzle: there's eight swimming pools, including a 92-foot-long water slide; 18-hole PGA golf course; seven tennis courts; mountain biking; hiking; life-size chess lawn and a 22,000-square-foot spa.

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Balsan Takes Tables While Waldorf Astoria Chicago's Ria in Limbo

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  Site Where: 11 E. Walton St. [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60611
January 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

Inside the cozy, casual Balsan at Waldorf Astoria Chicago

Ever since chef Danny Grant left Ria at Waldorf Astoria Chicago last July (mere months after being named a Food & Wine Best New Chef in 2012, we've wondered about the future of the restaurant, which also closed in sync with Grant's departure for "reconcepting." Six months later, and the former Ria remains in an odd sort of limbo.

One would think the deserted dining space would weigh heavily on the shoulders of a hotel just named last year as the #1 Large City Hotel in the U.S by Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards. But as far as we can tell, no one seems to be in a hurry to do anything with Ria. An insider tells us it's currently being used for private events and meetings, and may remain that way indefinitely.

Another idea we caught wind of several months ago was transforming Ria into a partially-enclosed rooftop space, a great move given the Rush Street/Gold Coast views below. But no official word has been released yet from Waldorf Astoria.

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