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Irishman Owes $10 Million to the St. Regis Hotel in D.C.

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  Site Where: 923 16th St NW [map], Washington, DC, DC, United States, 20006
March 18, 2013 at 3:05 PM | by | Comment (1)

The Irish flag flying out front of the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C. makes a lot more sense now.

If Irish billionaire Dómhnal Slattery had a drink or two this weekend for St. Patrick's Day, it’s unlikely they were as celebratory as those thrown back by others as last week a high court ruled he owes approximately $10 million resulting from a personal guarantee to help fund the purchase of the St. Regis.

The kicker? Slattery said he didn’t even know the contract he signed was a personal guarantee, and that he didn't necessarily intend to splash the pot. So much for the luck of the Irish!

The good news is Slattery is one of Ireland’s wealthiest citizens. His airline leasing company, Avolon, has raised over $5 billion in capital since its 2010 beginnings. We’re guessing he won’t lose too much sleep over this multi-million dollar payout.

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Trump Trying To Duck Taxes On New D.C. Hotel Project

Where: 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20004
January 9, 2013 at 9:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

We told you earlier this year that Donald Trump has designs of opening a hotel in Washington D.C., in one of the city’s beloved landmark’s, the Old Post Office.

Well, now he doesn’t want to pay taxes on the property, which could delay the project. The Old Post Office is a federal building, so property taxes aren’t required, but possessory interest tax--established in 2000 to tax companies operating on federal land—are still in order.

According to The Washington Business Journal, The Old Post Office's tax bill could start at $3 million a year. The article said Trump has been trying to get unspecified "relief" on the tax from the city—so far to no avail.

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Is Kimpton's Hotel Monaco The Trippiest Hotel in DC?

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  Site Where: 700 F Street NW [map], Washington DC, United States, 20004
December 27, 2012 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

We love how Kimpton Hotels can get a little creative with their interior designs, but nothing prepared us for Hotel Monaco in Washington DC.

While there are 10 Kimpton hotels in the metro area, we loved that this 182-room hotel is a former 1842, neoclassical post office. We didn't realize history was the only thing we'd be experiencing.

We don't know what the designers were smoking, but we love the results. They are so visually overwhelming, our puppy companion didn't know what to do with herself. Luckily, the pet-friendly hotel provided a plush giraffe doll to keep her busy while we investigated the rest of the hotel.

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This Weekend Only! Les Misérables & JW Marriott DC For A Song

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  Site Where: 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20004
December 19, 2012 at 1:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Can't wait 'til Christmas Day to see Les Miserables hit the big screen? Then hightail it to Washington D.C. this weekend, Dec. 21-23, and catch the latest live performance of the world's most famous musical at The National Theater. (It's been staged some forty-five thousand times in over 300 cities. Crazy!).

This weekend, though, is your only chance to snag a room after the show next door at Pennsylvania Avenue's JW Marriott for a mere $149 a night. This is thanks to the hotel's "Last-Minute Weekends" deal. Unsurprisingly, rates rocket to $329 a night from Christmas Eve til New Year's.

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Capella's First US Hotel Goes to Georgetown

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  Site Where: 1050 31st St NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20007
November 30, 2012 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

On January 20 at noon, Barack Obama will take the Oath of Office in Washington DC to mark the beginning of his second term as POTUS. While the Ritz-Carlton is going all out with its $100,000 inauguration package, its nearby sibling will be getting some fresh competition in the form of Capella Georgetown, which we were told would open in January as well.

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Trump Teases With A First Look At The Old Post Office Building In DC

Where: 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest [map], Washington , DC, United States, 20004
November 28, 2012 at 9:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

Back in February when it was first announced that Trump Hotels would be taking over the Old Post Office Building in DC, Ivanka Trump told reporters: "I think the historic facade of the building will be the greatest signage of all."

Which might very well be true, but judging from these new renderings released yesterday via the Washington Post, it seems the idea of a Trump Hotel minus any Trump signage just didn't sit too well with ol' Donald. One of the most visible features in the renderings is a horizontal banner that will hang under the iconic building's domed entrance reading "Trump International Hotel."

Nevermind the fact that 90% of the city is going to know it's his hotel anyway, but...yeah. Branding. We get it.

To see more renderings, click below!

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Hurricane Sandy Causes A Surge In Hotel Stays and Cancellations

October 29, 2012 at 4:45 PM | by | Comment (1)

The view just few blocks from the Marriott Downtown

Last weekend, it seemed as if Hurricane Sandy hadn’t worried enough hoteliers in the southern region of the country to do much more than shut down some areas of their hotels,and pull in deck chairs to keep them from flying around.

It’s been quite the different story in the last few days and particularly in the northeast which has been busy dealing with hotel reservation cancellation, extensions, and new requests for guests who can’t leave town or must leave their homes due to evacuation orders. Naturally because of generators, hotels are an easy option for safer ground.

Reports of hotel closures and evacuations dominated the news over the entire weekend. Yesterday on New York’s ABC channel, a reporter told the tale of how a groom-to-be named “Seth” of Great Neck, NY was scheduled to be married at 5pm on Sunday in Tribeca. However, the wedding party and their guests, who were staying at a Battery Park City hotel (we guessed The Ritz, who didn't confirm that particular party), were forced to leave the property by 7pm, as part of the city’s mandatory evacuation order. Add insult to injury, Seth and is bride-to-be wouldn’t be able to leave for their honeymoon today thanks to the cancelled flights which our sister Jaunted is covering extensively.

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DC's Dupont Circle Will Take Your Instagram Circle and Make It a Star

August 3, 2012 at 6:07 PM | by | Comments (0)


A hotel Instagram of our own

Hotels...they're finally getting it. Social media, we mean—they're getting social media, and the latest example of this is a major Instagram contest to award a mobile photographer with a new camera, a hotel stay, a display of their image and mentions in the press.

The contest, hosted by Washington DC's Dupont Circle Hotel asks for submissions that have a theme of a circle reflect "the spirit of Washington DC." Just contributing an image to the contest earns you a free cocktail at the hotel, so that's like $14 right there. Naturally there are more detailed rules; see them below.

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The Great American Road Trip Hotel Stop #2: Georgetown Suites in Washington, D.C.

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  Site Where: 1111 30th Street [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20007
June 7, 2012 at 12:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ahhh...we all remember what it's like to be young and in love on a cross-country road-trip staying in a different hotel each night. Or maybe not. For those of you who never got the chance to drive across America after college, we've got a special Summer Road Trip series from Teddy Worcester, a recent Wheaton College grad who's making his way out to San Fran for a job in tech. Along the way, he's hitting up about six hotels and reporting back to us on each one. So grab your iced beverage of choice, settle into your lawn chair and let the sprinkler run.

What happens when two college kids graduate and need to get across the country? An epic road trip takes place, obviously.

We drove the 11 hours from Maine (where we stopped at Forty1 North for a night to Washington D.C. and had no clue where we were staying for the night until noon came around. Why noon? Because again, we were using HotelTonight, an iPhone app that lets you book same day hotel rooms at a discounted rate but their daily offerings only come up at noon.

We had our sights on the Beacon Hotel but ended up booking Georgetown Suites for a reasonable $144 rate (including taxes). Luckily, we also had a $25 Hotel Tonight credit so that put us at $119 total for the night.

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Trump DC Will Open Across The Street From The White House

February 8, 2012 at 8:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

It was announced this morning that, after much consideration, Trump will be the one to revive DC's floundering architectural relic, the Old Post Office, by turning it into a 250-room hotel. According to the Washington Post, quite a few investors and developers (including Hilton) had their eye on the building, which dates back to the 1890s.

Though Trump and his daughter Ivanka have plans to do it up Trump-style (think wall mosaics, temperature-controlled chocolate labs, Louis Vuitton-inspired wine bars), the plan—for now, at least—is actually to preserve the hotel's heritage.

"I think the historic facade of the building will be the greatest signage of all," Ivanka told journalists yesterday. Because, as we all know, it's what's inside that counts.

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Capella Georgetown Set to Open in December 2012 (with Personal Assistants!)

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  Site Where: 1050 31st Street, NW [map], Washington, DC, United States
October 7, 2011 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Day.

The posh nabe of Georgetown in Washington, D.C. is about to get even more swish in December 2012 when the Capella Georgetown opens. Yes, Capella of the luxury hotel collection, Capella Hotels and Resorts.

Now, we know how much political leaders love their fine hotel accommodations and the Capella Georgetown, at 1050 31st Street, NW, will not disappoint. According to a press release, the hotel will feature just 49 "magnificently appointed rooms and suites in a highly private and secure environment, and will provide unmatched levels of customer service and room finishes."

Additionally, the hotel promises to cater to "a sophisticated and discerning clientele including global industry leaders, heads of state and other visitors."

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Even The Food Will Be Festive This Fourth of July at The Fairfax

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  Site Where: 2100 Massachusetts Ave., NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20008
June 20, 2011 at 9:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Fairfax at Embassy Row is taking the whole patriotic red-white-and-blue idea in a whole other direction—a tasty one. If you stay at the Washington, D.C., hotel on Fourth of July weekend, you'll get a flight of red and white wines and artisanal white and bleu cheeses.

The aptly named Red, White and Blue package is perfect for food-and-drink fans who'd rather celebrate the holiday by boozing it up. However, if you still want to see some fireworks action, the package will also give you two round-trip Metro passes from the Dupont Circle Station—which is just a block from the hotel—to the National Mall, where you can watch the big pyrotechnics show.

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