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Remember the old days where hotel art usually consisted of a bland landscape painting that was reproduced a hundred times over and hung in the same spot in every guest room? Thankfully, over the past few years, hotels have been paying close attention to the artworks they hang in their rooms and public spaces--choosing original art instead and even better, works from local artists instead of some mass-produced Van Gogh imitation.
But in the past month or so, we've noticed some hotels that are stepping it up even further when it comes to the art on display. Giant murals, entire galleries, and even live-in artists are among the trends we've begun to see.
For us, it's moreso about the overall vibe and decor of the hotel than it is about temporary art promotions and exhibits, although we do acknowledge that the latter can certainly contribute to the former. The personality of a property is as much of a selling point as, say, the hotel's location or the quality of its food, so it's no surprise hotels are quick to market their artistic aspects. Below, we've provided a roundup of what's happening this spring and summer at a variety of properties.
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We brought you the 2013 WiFi Report last week, and today we're here to tell you which hotels in NYC you can count on for free WiFi. Here are a few of our faves…
Indigo Chelsea: This isn't the kind of place you go for a buzzing lobby scene or super luxe rooms. However, with a super-friendly staff and great midtown location, you can't go wrong. Rates from $293/night.
Ace Hotel: Sure, there's free WiFi. But with all the action going on at this hotel (lobby bar, Breslin restaurant, shops, and basement performance venue), will you actually get any work done? Rates from $289/night.
Andaz Fifth Avenue: Fifth Avenue shoppers will love this WiFi-enabled gem, where you can spend the day hitting up Louis Vuitton and Bergdorf Goodman, and then come home and play with those awesome welcome amenities. Rates from $432/night.
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It's no secret that Mad Men has inspired a nationwide renaissance of classic, American-inspired cocktails (heck, AMC even dedicated an entire webpage to cocktails featured on the show). In honor of the two-hour season premier this Sunday, we've gone ahead and compiled a list of the top Manhattan hotel bars serving Mad Men-inspired drinks. Whom you invite back up to your hotel room afterward is entirely up to you.
One of our favorite chi-chi hideouts in New York is The Peninsula, whose second-floor Gotham Lounge offers seven different martinis. Alternatively, show off your insider knowledge and ask for the Ning Sling ($24, pictured), which consists of Absolut Mandarin, Soho Lychee liqueur, lychee and passion fruit juices, and fresh mint leaves—the drink is so exclusive, it isn't even listed on the menu.
Five more cocktails after the jump!
Listen here, you don't have to admit it, but we know at some point you watched Beverly Hills 90210. And for most of us, whether we secretly lusted for Dillon ( Luke Perry) or Brandon (Jason Priestley, but were stuck with a David Silver-type (Brian Austin Green), many of us were not Kelly's or Brenda's either. In fact, we were the Andrea Zuckerman's, and she, or rather Gabrielle Carteris, just happened to be in one of our favorite hotels, New York's Andaz 5th Avenue.
Now we know this place is a hot spot for bold names--everyone from Flo Rida to Kate Hudson comes here at one point or another, but it was refreshing to hear a throwback name making an appearance. We wanted to reach for our AquaNet, don some Bass Weejuns, tuck and roll up our jeans in that weird way (you know what we mean) and run down for an autograph.
One of our favorite HC tipsters was lunching at the Andaz when she realized she was smack dab next to our bespeckled babe--and she was, wasn't she, in that sorta librarian type of way? Always looking wiser than her years? And now we see she's 52 years old and we're a tad freaked out by that, because that means y'all are getting old, friends.
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Just as we were slowly rolling into the weekend last Friday, Hyatt dropped a little bomb on us with the news that no less than four iconic French hotels will be brought into the Hyatt family, doubling the group’s presence in the world’s most popular tourist destination.
The four hotels are film-festival favorite Hotel Martinez in Cannes, the Palais de la Mediterranée in Nice, and the Hotel du Louvre and Concorde La Fayette in Paris. Read on for more details on exactly what’s going to happen from April this year onwards (including Andaz à la française).
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As longtime hotel nerds, we're always excited when a new hotel opens. In fact, to ensure we don't miss an opening we compiled the Master Openings List of hotels expected to open in 2013. Not just in the U.S. or Europe, but around the world.
Out of this beast of a list, which we are constantly updating as we hear of new openings (and as we re-learn world geography apparently) we admittedly have a few favorites. Five to be exact. So here are 5 Hotel Openings We're Excited For in 2013. We hoped to get you every starting room rate, but alas, not all of the properties are taking reservations yet. But once they do, we'll let you know how much you're gonna pay!
Got an opening you're most excited about? Drop it in comments below!
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There's tons of hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.
· Andaz Tokyo Will Aim High: If you thought Andaz Amsterdam and Andaz Savannah and Andaz Maui were the last scraps of Andaz news for a while, think again. Hyatt has just announced a brand new Andaz property opening in Tokyo's Toranomon business district in summer of 2014. The 164-room hotel will occupy the top six floors of a 52-story tower currently under construction, and, yes, there will be a rooftop bar. The hotel will also take over the 37th floor, which will be dedicated to an infinity pool, spa and fitness center. Though this location will be a first for Andaz, it will be Hyatt's fourth in Tokyo, and its ninth in Japan.
For the rest of today's hotel news, read on!
It's that time of year again: tbd Art! Last year, Andaz 5th Ave launched this celebration of art and culture, where guests were encouraged to engage in the creative process.
Due to popular demand, artist-in residence Daniel St. George and celebrity tattooist Mister Cartoon returned to give more illustration love, this time a huge mural with his perspective of New York City, and it's just been finished--a Sandy tribute: the resilience of NYC after the storm. We heart.
Hotel Chatter caught up with Mister C and found a soft side. Here are his thoughts on Andaz, art, Sandy and, weirdly, Eminem.
As we learned late Friday afternoon, the NYC Marathon was officially cancelled by Mayor Bloomberg and New York Road Runners after tons of controversy. This decision was celebrated by many local residents, but made more than a few thousand runners, especially those who had flown in from far distances and booked hotels, especially upset. And then there were some who were fine with the decision, despite the expense. Here are two accounts from two would-be competitors and a information on an organization that will help runners donate their unused rooms to those in need.
David Noyes, Buffalo NY
What aggravates me is that the mayor could have cancelled this on Wednesday when he was on television. That would have been fine because no one was here yet! Runners weren’t trying to be insensitive, but when the mayor gets on television and tells you that things are going forward and you don’t live in the area, you tend to believe that he knows what’s best. I understand the controversy, but a lot of us had a lot invested in this, too. I was being sponsored and had raised $3,000 in charitable funds for a children’s hospital in Kenya. I spent six-months getting sponsors and now don't know what to do. People have raised over $35 million for charity. So, it wasn’t just “a race”.
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Who would think it’s possible for construction to actually go quicker than expected? Well it certainly has in the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht's case.
We're pleased as punch that the hotel officially opened its doors yesterday, which -- yes -- was a bit later than expected, BUT the hotel's taking reservations for stays starting November 3 instead of November 23 as we originally reported last month. If this is an indication of the way the Andaz Amsterdam’s luck is going to go, we take it as a good omen.
Rates for November 3 atart at 270 EUR ($350) for an Andaz Queen or Andaz King which face the lobby of the hotel and its star-ific Observatory lights.
[Photo: Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht]
The Iron Chef star will take advantage of the island’s direct access to fresh produce and pay homage to Hawaii by incorporating local ingredients to his traditional Japanese menu.
Right now, a prediction: there will come a time when hotels begin to supplement their exterior signs with their social media presence. It's already happening in a way at the Andaz 5th Avenue, where their side doora showplace for mural artist collaborationsincludes a plaque with the Twitter account (@Andaz5th) and a hashtag for any tweeting or instagramming about the artwork (#tbdart).
Still, for now we just want to draw your attention to this, the newest door mural. It's "Up in Arms" by Brooklyn artist Daniel St. George, and we're kind of in love with it.