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Life At La Quinta Must Have Been Really Wonderful

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  Site Where: 49-499 Eisenhower Dr [map], La Quinta, CA, United States, 92253
December 21, 2012 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (2)

One of the most classic Christmas movies, that doesn't involve Santa Claus or elves or Tim Allen, is Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life. We don't like to get too nostalgic about the 'good old days,' but we imagine it must have been pretty magical going to one of those old-time movie theaters on Christmas day in 1946 and watching it for the very first time.

As it happens, the black-and-white classic very well might have been written at a hotel.

The Press-Enterprise recently published a piece about Capra's affinity for La Quinta Resort & Club. Apparently, the guy loved the place so much, he moved there permanently with his wife when he was 84. The PE reports:

"Frank, and his wife Lucille, always stayed in the same room while vacationing at the La Quinta Hotel — Suite 136 in the San Anselmo Casita — and their room is now marked with both a memorial placard and a memorial bench."

But could this also be the place where Capra wrote the award-winning script? According to his autobiography, the hotel (which is now a part of the Waldorf-Astoria collection) was his "Shangri-La for script writing" over the years. (Not to be confused, of course, with Shangri-La Hotels.)

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Best Hotel Scene of 2011: Chicago Is Having a Bit of a Hotel Renaissance

December 30, 2011 at 3:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's what you've been waiting all year for--The 2011 HotelChatter Awards! We'll be bringing you the best and worst of the year all day today and part of tomorrow. Agree or disagree with our picks? Air your thoughts in the comments below.

This year marked the introduction of not one but three major hotel brands to the good ol' US of A. And the midwestern city they all chose as a launching pad? Why, Chicago! Where else?

After Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago and Public Chicago opened literally within a month of each other, we then got sideblinded by the news that, when it debuts in 2013, Virgin Hotels' first location will be Chicago (specifically, in the North Loop, next to The Wit and Trump Chicago). We wondered for a minute whether this had been Virgin's plan all along, or if they simply got wind of the burgeoning hotel scene going on in Chicago right now, and decided to forgo the coastal cities like New York and LA.

Either way, we see this as the city to watch in 2012, and we can hardly wait for 2013 to come so we can get inside the world's first Virgin Hotel. Until then, however, there will be plenty going on in this city—we're looking at you, Waldorf-Astoria and JDV!—to keep us distracted.

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Another London Biggie Opens, and This Time It's The Waldorf=Astoria's Syon Park

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  Site Where: Syon Park, London, United Kingdom, TW8 8JF
March 16, 2011 at 3:07 PM | by | Comment (1)

With the amount of London hotel debut announced last year it's no surprise that 2011 is the year of openings. This time it's the turn of Waldorf=Astoria's London Syon Park, which opened its doors on Tuesday March 8th.

The hotel was slightly delayed but we'll let them off mainly because Miss Moss was there and they have a butterfly world, ice cream sundae bar and on site plastic surgeon. The hotel also features a fruit orchard of apples, pears and berries, all of which will be used in its four restaurants.

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Waldorf Astoria's Syon Park Delays Its Opening (Though Kate Moss Has Popped By Already)

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  Site Where: Syon Park, London, United Kingdom, TW8 8JF
February 24, 2011 at 1:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

Another day, another hotel delay. This time it's the turn of the Waldorf Astoria's London Syon Park Hotel. It should have opened on Tuesday, but, surprise surprise, hotel will now open on March 8th or so it says on the hotel's website.

There is no reason given for the delay but it looks like they've already had their first visitor - a certain Miss Moss stopped by with Mario Testino to shoot the campaign for the Vogue Eyewear Spring/Summer collection. Which makes us want to visit even more! If it's good enough for Mossy, it's good enough for us.

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Waldorf Astoria Will Also Open in Berlin and Panama in Late 2011

January 26, 2011 at 12:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

With the Waldorf Astoria’s London Syon Park hotel all set to open next month, the group have announced a further two new hotels, one in Berlin and one in Panama. Both hotels are due to open late 2011, although no confirmed dates have been set.

The Waldorf Astoria Berlin (above) will be located in the centre the affluent City West neighbourhood. The hotel will be the group’s first in Germany and is housed in the highest building in the west side city.

The website is claiming the 232 rooms and suites:

will set new standards in luxury by combining the pioneering heritage of the legendary flagship Waldorf=Astoria New York with a unique design inspired by Berlin’s vibrant personality.

But we’ll have to wait and see as there are no room photos yet.

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Waldorf Astoria's Syon Park is Now Taking Rezzies For February 22nd

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  Site Where: Syon Park, London, United Kingdom, TW8 8JF
January 24, 2011 at 8:56 AM | by | Comment (1)

The last time we checked on Waldorf Astoria's London Syon Park hotel, we learned that a Roman settlement had been unearthed on the site during construction a few years back. Despite that, the hotel promised an early 2011 opening and we remained skeptical. But guess what? The country retreat is now taking bookings for February 22nd.

Syon Park calls itself a “new English Playground” and by the sound of its amenities it looks like it’s going to be pretty spesh. As well as a butterfly house in the lobby, an ice cream sundae bar named Brownie, a private club and a martini bar, there will be a restaurant featuring “Landscape Cooking” which showcases local ingredients and herbs grown in the grounds -- all presented with a touch of theatre (whatever that means?).

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Leavin' on the Beach House Maldives' Seaplane, Don't Know When We'll Be Back Again

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  Site Where: P.O. Box 2062, Manafaru Island, Haa Alifu Atoll, Maldives
December 22, 2010 at 4:20 PM | by | Comment (1)

The Beach House Maldives, A Waldorf Astoria Resort is on our wish list for next year, and not just because we want to try out the Haa Alifu Atoll hotel. The pristine beaches are obviously a draw, but we're lusting over its luxe private seaplane service that takes you from Male International Airport directly to the hotel.

You are jetted off in a sleek-looking black, white and gray DeHavilland Twin Otter seaplane. It's pimped out with leather seats, iPads for in-flight entertainment, binoculars and Bose noise-canceling headphones.

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Waldorf Astoria's Upcoming London Hotel Already a Historic Site

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  Site Where: Syon Park, London, United Kingdom, TW8 8JF
November 17, 2010 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

We know that the older crowds are fond of the Waldorf Astoria Collection but these people might be too old, even for the luxury hotel chain.

According to the Daily Mail, an ancient Roman settlement has been unearthed in Syon Park on the site of the forthcoming Waldorf Astoria Syon Park, just outside of London.

Around 11,500 fragments of pottery, 100 coins and jewellery were uncovered by the experts from the Museum of London Archaeology, along with burial sites containing human remains and a Roman road.

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Art Meets Booze On Rome Cavalieri Hotel's New Cocktail List

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  Site Where: Via Alberto Cadlolo 101, Rome, Italy, 00136
October 15, 2010 at 9:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Andy, inspired by Andy Warhol's Dollar Sign.

We'd barely finished deciding which of the Argentine art-inspired cocktails we wanted from the El Casco Art Hotel (should we find ourselves in Bariloche), when along comes yet another art cocktail collection, this time at the Rome Cavalieri.

Hey, who are we to argue with the greats of the art world. Let's see what they want us to drink over in Rome ...

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Meanwhile, Back at The Waldorf-Astoria in New York: Bed Bugs! (Maybe)

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  Site Where: 301 Park Ave [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022
October 7, 2010 at 10:33 AM | by | Comment (1)

Things might be wonderful in Shanghai but in NYC it's a different story.

Bed bugs were all the rage in New York City this summer infesting, for what seems like the first time, non-hotel buildings such as apartments, offices, Howard Stern's recording studio, the Wall Street Journal, and retail stores. But we at HotelChatter knew it was only a matter of time until the "bed bugs in my hotel room" complaints came rolling through.

There was a mystery hotel that sprung up towards the end of the summer but now someone has laid down the gauntlet against the flagship Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. NY Post reports:

Dana De Maria says the bites she suffered the night of Sept. 25 left her with welts and rashes that forced her on anti-inflammatory Prednisone pills for a week, the newspaper reports.

"We were grossed out," said De Maria, 21, an investment-bank employee from Coral Gables who was in town for the weekend with her mother, sister and boyfriend.

De Maria got an upgrade and a free night at the hotel -- but she says that wasn't until hotel workers demanded to see her bites.

That upgrade actually put her in one of the hotel's Tower rooms which go for around $700 a night and are in far better condition than the rest of the hotel. The hotel also comped her first night at the hotel. The guest stayed one more night before checking out.

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The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund Is Open for Business

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  Site Where: 2 Zhong Shang Dong Yi Road, Shanghai, China
October 7, 2010 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we last checked in on the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, we found out that it was open for reservations starting September 15. It looks like the the date was pushed back, but don't fret, reservations opened October 1, so you are good to go to visit China's first outpost of the brand.

Rezzies are only being taken for the Waldorf Astoria Club, a suite-only building of the hotel. Six of the 20 suites have a view of the Bund.

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Philadelphia Most Definitely Not Getting a Waldorf-Astoria

Where: 1441 Chestnut St [map], Philadelphia, PA, United States
October 6, 2010 at 11:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Much like the dream for a W Philadelphia, the hope for a Waldorf-Astoria Collection hotel in the City of Brotherly Love has flatlined. The lot that was supposed to hold the five-star condo hotel with high-end retail shops was just sold in an auction sale yesterday for $12 million. The new owner has not revealed their plans for the property but whatever happens on it, won't happen for a long time.

Meanwhile on the West Coast, another long-vacant lot has a happier ending. The abandoned Robinsons-May department store next to the Beverly Hilton Hotel has been sold again and the new investors, unlike the old ones--the flashy Candy brothers, are planning to make this spot hotel-free.

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