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What is Going On In This Bathroom at The W Mexico City?

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  Site Where: Campos Eliseos 252,Chapultepec, Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico, 11560
October 9, 2013 at 1:34 PM | by | Comment (1)

We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our series, What is This?, is devoted to odd-looking items in hotels that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.

We saw a friend Facebook a picture of her bathroom at the trendy W Mexico City and we were all like, WHAT. IS. THIS. So we went over to the W's website and found out that yes, there is a hammock suspended over the bathtub. Here's how the folks at the Doble Ve describe it:

Zone, suspended over the bath area in the silken hammockover the warm (or cooling) bathtub in the silken hammock.

Did you get that it's a silken hammock? Anyways, we're all for adventurous design but we are just imagining all sorts of difficulties climbing into this hammock. And we'd be naked, yes? That wouldn't be pretty. That said, we'd be willing to give it a try--before we had any tequila. Alcohol and hammocks over bathtubs do not mix. At all.

Wanna give it a go? Rates at the W Mexico City start at just $189USD for a Spectacular room.

[Photo: W Mexico City/Facebook]

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What is This Sexy Thing at Kimpton's Hotel La Jolla?

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  Site Where: 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive [map], La Jolla, CA, United States, 92037
August 7, 2013 at 2:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's not often we get attracted to inanimate objects (blush), but we just have to make an exception for Mat.

Who is he? The sauve-talking in-room yoga "concierge" found at Kimpton Hotels across the country. We learned about mustached Mat thanks to a hilarious commercial on the company site. We've never seen anything like it, and honestly it made us want to go and take a class or two (but only with Mat, of course).

Free yoga mats are available for Kimpton guests throughout their stay. Kimpton Hotel La Jolla customers are fond of taking theirs on also free bike rides up the coast (and apparently get a little carried away) which can explain the end of the commercial even more as Mat is a little "disappointed" he's not asked to stay the night, and well...you'll see the rest.

Take a look (it's work-safe) and get your Wednesday chuckle on.

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What is This at San Diego's Manchester's Grand Hyatt?

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  Site Where: 1 Market Pl [map], San Diego, CA, United States, 92101
July 31, 2013 at 2:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our series, What is This?, is devoted to odd-looking items in hotels that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.

We recently took a look around the recently renovated--and by golly, according to our 2011 stay, necessary overhauled-- mammoth-sized 1600-room Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. A place this size, we agreed with our guide, the hotel was indeed a "mini city".

Therefore it's natural there's two towers for the hundreds of guests, not to mention customers coming in and out of their in-house Convention Center. So, when we took an elevator ride to check out the new and improved rooms (more on that another day), all seemed normal until we looked in the corner and saw the little sign above.

Obviously it was a medical symbol, that much we knew, but why was it there?

Take a guess, then we'll reveal after the jump.

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What Is This At W Sentosa Cove?

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  Site Where: 21 Ocean Way, Singapore, Singapore, 098374
May 29, 2013 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our series, What is This?, is devoted to odd-looking items in hotels that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.

When it comes to hotel choices in Singapore, you’re likely to think mostly of modern high-rises, or possibly something a bit more colonial in the midst of all the skyscrapers. Just a short taxi ride away from all the frenzy, there is the option of a completely different experience on Sentosa Island, at the less than a year old W Sentosa Cove.

As to be expected, there is a lot to see here – from giant tables hanging upside down from the ceiling in restaurant Kitchen Table, to an even bigger gold-wrapped piece of candy art in the middle of the lawn out back.

Walking past reception, we also came across these three wood-and-fabric, multi-faceted ‘things’ hanging from the ceiling at different heights. So what are these? Read on for a shot of that piece of candy and the answer.

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What is This at The Peninsula Hong Kong?

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  Site Where: Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
May 15, 2013 at 4:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our series, What is This?, is devoted to odd-looking items in hotels that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.

There's quite a bit to explore at any Peninsula hotel, from bedside digital control panels to butler boxes, but the flagship property in Hong Kong has a few extra secrets waiting to be discovered. Take, for instance, this small slit of a window found not in a guest room or restaurant, but in The Peninsula Hong Kong's shopping arcade.

Pass the Goyard boutique (the only one in HK!), beyond Chanel and other big brands with guarded doors lies this peekaboo spot to tickle your curiosity.

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What Is This At Trump Taj Mahal?

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  Site Where: 1000 Boardwalk [map], Atlantic City, NJ, United States, 08401
May 8, 2013 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our series, What is This?, is devoted to odd-looking items in hotels that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.

Most things in Atlantic City hotels you can pretty much take at face value. Casino floor. Slot machine. Starbucks. Jimmy Buffett-inspired beach bar.

But we had to stop and do a double take while wandering around the lobby at Trump Taj Mahal the other day. At the bottom of the escalators, right next to the Baccarat Pit, we spotted what appeared to be a giant children's playpen—then we remembered where we were, and dismissed that thought. Bright, shiny beach balls scattered around a life-size tic-tac-toe board.

But who was playing? Were we allowed to jump in? What the heck was this thing anyway?

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What Is This at The Marco Island Marriott?

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  Site Where: 400 S Collier Blvd [map], Marco Island, FL, United States, 34145
February 27, 2013 at 7:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

It took us a few minutes to realize this gorgeous creature at the Marco Island Marriott wasn't made of stone or plaster, but rather, plain sand.

Her name is Margo and she was created by Dale Messick, best known as the cartoonist behind the Brenda Starr comic strip. This sand version was created by artist John Gowdy and sits in the hotel's stairwell, and is a sight to be hold, especially lit up at night. This is an actual replica of the bronze-statue of the Margo character made in 1966 by sculptor Tony Lopez.

You can see her in all her glory after the jump.

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Answer Revealed: What Is This At The Hotel Chandler?

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  Site Where: 12 E 31st St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10016
February 21, 2013 at 8:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Not even 2 minutes after we posted the question "What Is This At The Hotel Chandler?", you smartypants posters had the answer down pat both on HotelChatter's Facebook and Twitter pages. We thought it would take at least an hour for someone to figure it out!

Well, you were right, Fred Geiger (the first to answer on Facebook), the image above are assorted 19th-century European clock tower hands. They're made of hammered copper with original gold leaf finish and came from a private museum in Germany before the Hotel Chandler's owner purchased them from an antiques dealer in New Jersey.

Another cool thing we discovered was that this fireplace mantel (below), original to the building, had hundreds of layers of paint on it. After a recent redecoration of the hotel's rooms, it was stripped (took a few weeks!) and these intricately hand-carved lions heads were revealed and lovingly restored.

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What Is This at The Hotel Chandler?

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  Site Where: 12 E 31st St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10016
February 20, 2013 at 1:35 PM | by | Comment (1)

When we first looked at the above pieces on the wall at New York's Hotel Chandler, we honestly didn't know what to think. Was it art? Medieval weaponry? We felt like damned fools because we couldn't figure it out. So we just stood there staring at it for quite some time, like someone in a gallery, hands on chin in pretentious deep thought about a piece. But we weren't in deep thought, we were bloody perplexed and we don't like feeling that way.

Luckily the Chandler is chock-ful of quirky pieces, and the staff is quite used to questions about the fun pieces that dot the place. Normally, we like to pretend we're know-it-alls, but we couldn't fake the funk on this one. Being the inquisitive sort we couldn't leave without an answer, so we found out just what was hanging on the side wall of the hotel's lobby. And then we said "Ooooh." And felt silly. And kept staring because we couldn't believe we didn't get it at first shot.

But before we reveal the answer, we'll let you take a wild guess--there's always a smarty pants waiting to show us up--and tell us what do you think this is, anyway?

[Photo: Chanize Thorpe for HotelChatter]

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Revealed: Who is This At Secrets Huatulco?

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  Site Where: Section Conejos Bay Hotel Lot 8 , Huatulco, Oaxaca , Mexico, 70989
November 15, 2012 at 9:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last week we showed you a pic of this handsome guy, who you can see at the all-inclusive Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa, an under-the-radar property just a two-hour flight away from Oaxaca.

Our question to you was, who is he? And it seems we stumped ya! Well, we can tell you, he is the epitome of Mexico's icons-a mariachi!

This guy is moved to different locations around the sprawling resort based on events they think he should guest star. When we visited in August, he stood outside a conference room during the FIFA World Cup finals while Mexico played Brazil. We were surprised he didn't fall over with all the commotion coming from the crowd.

But that might be because he's made of sturdy stuff. The sculpture, crafted by artisans from Jalisco, is constructed from strong wrought iron, hammered into this intricate shape, and accented with a rustic finish.

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What Is This At Billie Swamp Safari?

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  Site Where: 30000 Gator Tail Trail [map], Clewiston, FL, United States, 33440
November 14, 2012 at 9:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

This is a shot we took at a Seminole Indian Reservation in the Florida Everglades known as Billie Swamp Safari. Geared toward families, school groups, tourists, or just anyone who likes roughing it in the backcountry, the 2,000 acre reservation offers guests the chance to go airboating through the swamps, spying on bison, water buffalo, heron, turtles, snakes, and, of course, alligators.

The two frisky reptiles you see pictured above? Those would be a pair of African spur thighed tortoises, who live in a herpetarium at the main visitor's center. Though the land-dwelling creatures get plenty of attention, it seems they couldn't resist putting on a little show for us when we arrived.

But the best part about this place are the "chickees," or thatched roof dwellings, where visitors can spend the night. The accommodations are certainly rustic, but isn't that part of the fun?

For more info on booking a chickee in the Everglades, click below!

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What (or Who?) is This At Secrets Huatulco?

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  Site Where: Section Conejos Bay Hotel Lot 8 , Huatulco, Oaxaca , Mexico, 70989
November 7, 2012 at 5:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our series, What is This? is devoted to odd-looking items in hotels that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.

This one is kinda special. This piece is not actually in the rooms at seaside Secrets Huatulco, per se. But he is standing guard at this off-the-radar all-inclusive resort just a two hour flight from Oaxaca.

He is symbolic, and quite frankly, we think he's stunning, so we're bending the rules today because he'd totally be in our room for protection if the resort allowed such a thing.

Do you know who he is? His significance?

Give us your guess in the comments below!

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