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Some of Japan's Love Hotels offer in-room consoles, but the accommodations aren't exactly "for the children."
The only thing worse than high-pitched whines of, "Are we there yet?" while on family vacation is hearing your child demand, "I. Want. My. Wii!" Welcome to parental hell.
For reasons unknown, most hotels have yet to jump on the video game bandwagon. The fitness center at your local Westin may have Wiis sprinkled throughout their fitness centers, or in other cases you order that a console be sent to your room, a la Brad Pitt, but by and large gaming options are scarce at hotels. Even when they aren't, nabbing a PS3 for personal use may come with a hefty price tag. Fail. Or, rather, Game Over.
You don't want to know how we stumbled upon this TripAdvisor review for the Super 8 Airport South in Austin, Tex. but we sure are glad that our dubious internet skills took us here. That's because we might have found the superest Super 8 of them all.
The reviewer mentioned that the hotel's lobby had a Nintendo Wii for guests to use. Yes, a Wii which proves that Wiis are not just limited to Westins and boutique hotels.
But looking around some more, we saw that the hotel was ranked the #2 hotel in Austin by reviewers. So what gives? It can't be entirely due to the Wii, could it? Well we noticed that guests loved the amenities offered in-room such as lots of pillows on the bed and the flat-screen TVs (The suites have 52-inch flat screens too.) But also outside the rooms, guests were impressed by the food offerings and the free internet. We're also impressed by the fact that the entire hotel is non-smoking. A trucker stop, this is not.
The Chamberlain West Hollywood, that mid-century modern recluse of a hotel in the heart of Weho, is shedding its shut-in image and inviting the masses in for sun, supper and style.
Okay, maybe not the masses, but whereas the hotel used to be the sole domain of guests and their friends, now you can join the Kor Group’s "My Urban Retreat" program. Members can use the hotel facilities and get discounts on food, pool cabana rentals, room rates, parking and meeting room rentals--just call ahead to make sure you can get into the rooftop pool area.
When it comes to Indian-run casinos, it’s all about expressing the local tribal culture through the property’s design, décor, and if you’re lucky, customer service and cuisine. Frequently, the overall experience feels like Native American-themed overkill that rivals even the gaudiest high stake destinations in Sin City.
At Tulalip Resort Casino, the Tulalip Tribes has nailed the fine art of running a classy casino without the usual cheese factor – in non-descript Marysville, Washington, no less. The gaming floor features more than 2,000 slot machines and 50 table games. The place is immaculately clean, tastefully designed, and the smoke ventilation system keeps the air remarkably breathable. Imagine that.
The casino’s restaurants, especially Black Fish and the more fancy schmancy Tulalip Bay, are really quite tasty, with service that exceeds many of nearby Seattle’s fine-dining darlings.
Okay, Brad Pitt. At first, when we read the item in Us Weekly that accuses you of ordering up three Nintendo Wii's to your room at the Hard Rock Las Vegas this weekend (where you were staying with your two boys), we were kinda like, "well, whatever. Lots of hotels offer Nintendo Wii's as amenities upon request but apparently the Pitt boys needed one Wii for each individual. Whatever. Next!"
But then we realized that the Hard Rock Las Vegas doesn't offer Nintendo Wii's to its guests. Oh, no no. In fact, when we called the hotel, they told us they offered "nothing like that." But the concierge would be happy to rent or buy one for us if we wanted one during our stay.
Well, perhaps we'd want one. We don't need more than one. Who needs more than one Wii? And don't your kids have Wii's at home? Couldn't the nanny throw one in the suitcase before the trip? We're not hating, we're just saying.
Sigh. Celebs. They are not at all just like us.
It's kinda strange to us that Wii is taking over the hotel fitness center but if it gets your heart rate up then we guess that's all that matters. Except we would never—never!—want to be caught looking that serious about Wii on camera. Ever.
Another picture is after the jump. Thanks Kyle!
Last month, Marriott Hotels announced that they would be putting Wiis in the guest rooms of select Marriott hotels. And people are definitely getting their game on.
This is a picture of the Wii inside a Marriott Marquis room in Times Square but according to Marriott's Twitter feed, women are actually booking the Wii-rooms at the Bethesda Marriott Suites. It might be due to the popular Wii Fit program or maybe women biz travelers just really like to kick some Wii-butt in tennis. For info on how to book one of these Wii-rooms, go here.
· How to Score a Wii for Your Marriott Hotel Room [HotelChatter]
How to Score a Wii For Your Marriott Hotel Room
At the end of the day yesterday, we bestowed a little end-of-day gift upon you: news of Marriott getting together with Nintendo to feature Wii gaming systems in their hotel rooms at 6 properties:
So, the big question: how can you score a Wii for your room? We're sad to report that it comes at a price, but we're happy to report we figured it out.
When making a reservation on Marriott.com, select the property you want and then click "Deals at this Hotel" from the navigation menu on the right. The Wii package should come up -- if not, enter XY0 into the "Corporate/Promotional Code" field underneath the Check Rates & Availability inputs.
The good news: we tried booking the Wii package at Renaissance Times Square for October 9th and there was availability starting at $439. The bad news: without the package, the same room is $399. Guess you've gotta decide how important that Wii is to you.
Have a hotel deal you think we should consider? Or have a destination and date where you want us to check for hotel rooms and rates for you? No guarantees on either, but you can try your luck by hitting us here: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include "For Reader Deals" in the subject heading.
We think the execs over at Westin Hotels may be having a bit of an identity crisis, because lately it seems like the company wants to less like a hotel and more like a personal trainer.
To wit: First, they introduced WestinWORKOUT rooms, complete with in-room exercise equipment; then, with RunWESTIN, they created guided running tours of select cities; and most recently, they partnered with Nintendo to net customized Wiis in their health clubs. Sounds suspiciously like Jillian Michaels á la The Biggest Loser, doesn't it?
The latest property to join the Westin Wii craze is San Francisco's The Westin St. Francis. So now, in addition to the 4,600-square-foot facility filled with strength training and cardio equipment, four spa treatment rooms and two locker rooms with steam rooms, guests of The Westin St. Francis can jump on the Wii balance board to "play" tennis, golf and baseball, as well as box and do yoga.
(That's the St. Francis' workout room above. We hope it's part of the hotel's own extreme makeover plan.)
No pain, no gain kids, so start booking those hotel rooms.
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Combine "loft" and "hostel" and you have the pretty-tricky-to-pronounce Loftstel Philadelphia, a neat looking hostel that caught our attention because they have a Nintendo Wii you can use for free in the communal living room.
Beyond the Wii, there are other reasons to crash at the Loftstel if you're traveling on a budget. They cater mostly for long-term guests--the average length of stay is five weeks--so it's the kind of place you might want to stay if you're moving to Philly and looking around for a place to rent, or if you're interning there for the summer.
We're starting to think there is very little that the Nintendo Wii gaming system can't do.
Recently, the Le Parker Meridien in New York introduced the Wii Workout at their gravity fitness and spa. The workout takes place inside the center's racquetball courts where the Wii workout is projected off the 20-foot wall with surround sound and a private instructor takes you through an intense workout centered around the Wii sports.
A round of jabs with the trainer before you perfect your skills on the Wii Boxing! Some sprints to warm you up before you use that forehand on Wii Tennis. The minutes will fly by! The one hour session will consist of a warm-up and exercises based around the game. Intermittently, one will play the 'Wii" game using the skills just learned and with the trainer coaching one through it.
The cost of the training session is $120. But if you aren't keen on doing a Wii workout, you can still play the Wii. The hotel allows up to four players in the racquetball court to play the Wii sports. And it's not limited to hotel guests. NYC residents looking for more space are welcome too. The rental cost is $50 for the court plus the $25 gravity fitness fee if you are not a hotel guest or gym member.
We used to think the Wii at the Gansevoort's penthouse was awesome but this is bigger and better and doesn't cost the price of a penthouse suite.
The gym and the Wii workout is open from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm, weekends 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
A lucky CNET reviewer Caroline McCarthy was able to test out the Wii consoles for rent at the Hotel Gansevoort's duplex penthouse suite.
The brief video tour shows us the suite's bar, sick cityline views, a telescope for your voyeurism fantasies (maybe you could see the people in Thor on the LES?) and of course the 42-inch High Definition LG plasma TV which offers you the optimium Wii-playing field and for some added hipness, is flanked by Warhol prints.
The hotel can outfit your hotel room with these consoles for free and you don't have to be in the Penthouse suite to use them. Although, the extra square footage up there gives you more room to swing a racquet/Wiimote.