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Worst Anti-View: It's a Tie

December 30, 2013 at 2:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of year again: the 2013 HotelChatter Awards! Today and tomorrow, we'll be showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to...

Usually, picking the year's Anti-View "winner" is not that hard. The room's view is so clearly awful, that it stands out amongst the rest. But this year, we had a tough time deciding which was worse, so we called it a tie. Here are the views that have us so torn (and also so relieved we don't have to revisit them in person):

At Caesars in Atlantic City, we were given this room in the Temple Tower which had a lone window that looked out over the casino hotel's lobby and atrium. Worse, we had to keep the shade down while we were getting dressed as other rooms across the way could totally see into our room. We also had to keep the shade down at night if we wanted a decent sleep which left us a little disoriented when we woke up at 9am and it was pitch-black. Meanwhile, rooms across the hall had real views with sunlight and everything.

Down in Miami at The Surfcomber, we were impressed with everything at the hotel, from the last-minute wallet-friendly room rate to the morning iced coffee and the friendly service from the staff. But our room had this depressing anti-view. Here we are just steps from the beach, and we're looking out onto another building. Then again, this room will let the sunshine in (barely, but it's something.)

And that's why we couldn't decide which was worse--a room view of an atrium with absolutely no sunlight or privacy but lots of people-watching or a room view of the building next door with some sunlight and some privacy? Tell us which view you think is the worst in comments below!

[Photos: Juliana for HotelChatter]

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Kimpton's Last-Minute Deals Really Are Deal-Worthy

December 5, 2013 at 1:49 PM | by | Comments (2)

Just the other week, we were in Miami looking for a seriously last-minute hotel deal. We're talking 2pm the day of. Our usual go-to site for last-minute bookings, HotelTonight, didn't really have any good options. See, we like deals but we also like cool hotels so finding that perfect combination of affordable-ish and hip can sometimes be difficult.

So we turned to the giant search engine that is Expedia and found a room at Kimpton's Surfcomber Hotel on Collins Avenue for $239 a night. Not bad but we had to cross-check that with what the Surfcomber's own site was showing. And to our surprise, we stumbled upon Kimpton's Last Minute Deals.

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A Room With an Anti-View: Caesars Atlantic City

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  Site Where: 2100 Pacific Avenue [map], Atlantic City, NJ, United States, 08401
October 23, 2013 at 3:23 PM | by | Comment (1)

We know we gave you 9 Killer Hotel Views to fantasize about experiencing in person one day so hopefully you'll forgive us for what we're about to post now--a serious anti-view from Caesars Atlantic City.

Yes, this room in the Temple Tower here has an atrium view of the casino and check-in desk below as well as into other rooms that also have atrium views. So it's best to keep those shades drawn when you're walking around naked (and we know you are.) The rest of the deluxe room was quite nice--super comfy bed, big flat-screen TV and a room service menu of epic entrees.

And fortunately, Atlantic City is not necessarily a place where you go to relax in your room. Usually, you're at the tables, at the bars or people-watching on the boardwalk. Still, if you want a room with a view when staying at Caesars, make sure to request it at check-in. Slipping a $20 probably won't hurt either. Rooms this weekend start at about $150 on Friday night and a whopping $450 on Saturday night.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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5 Hotels In Lower Manhattan For River Gazing

June 18, 2013 at 10:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

For most of us, we're just happy that our hotel room in Manhattan doesn't look out onto a brick wall. But for those of you who are particular about your views, we've rounded up the best hotels in lower Manhattan for river gazing. And no, you don't have to spend a fortune to do it, which is another reason to consider downtown versus uptown when planning your stay.

5 SCENIC WATERFRONT HOTELS IN LOWER MANHATTAN

1. It's all about the views at Ritz-Carlton Battery Park, which also took quite a beating during Hurricane Sandy (everything's back to normal now, though). The 298-room hotel often gets overshadowed by its uptown counterparts (Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park, Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons New York), but actually this place outshines all of them put together when it comes to fresh sea breezes and plenty of open spaces around the hotel The rooms even come with telescopes!
Rates from $395/night.

Four more after the jump!

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Worst Anti-View of 2012: Fenced In At The Out NYC

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  Site Where: 510 W 42nd St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036-6204
December 28, 2012 at 5:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of year again: the 2012 HotelChatter Awards! Today and Monday, we'll be showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to...

Last summer, a lot of buzz surrounded the opening of The Out NYC, New York's first-ever gay-themed hotel, located in midtown, several blocks west of Times Square (and right across the street from Yotel).

However, unlike its neighbor Yotel, which towers 27 floors above 10th Avenue, there was one thing missing from this place: a good view. When we checked into the hotel shortly after it opened in March, we were greeted by the above view from our Superior King—bright green astroturf, funhouse mirrors and an assortment of beanbags. Can you really blame us for feeling like we were trapped inside a daycare center, dressed up as a hotel?

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Killer View or Anti-View, Hotel Windows Get Their Own Photography Book

October 12, 2012 at 4:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

It may be a bit too early to consider holiday gifts, but it's always the right time to blow some cash on hotel-themed coffeetable books. Our latest pick comes from photographer Andrew Hetherington, who just self-published A Room With a View, featuring unsettlingly droll hotel interiors contrasted with the breathtaking (or spirit-breaking) vistas out their windows.

Each entry includes details like reason for stay, amenities and attractions in the area. It's not a hotel guide, however; it's still very much a book to be savored for the images, but the inclusion of a few details satisfy our hotel geek need to know things like which hotel and which room. We have our own series showcasing stellar (and sucky) hotel room views, but they're not meant to become print pages in your bookshelf.

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An Anti-View is a Chance You Take with an Airport Hotel

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  Site Where: 6520 South Cicero Ave [map], Chicago, IL, United States
August 7, 2012 at 5:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

Typically, one doesn't expect much by way of views from an airport hotel, but we had heard good things about the upper floors of the Marriott Chicago Midway. Unfortunately for us, our evening check-in came after all the good rooms were taken—the place was hosting what seemed like three rollicking wedding receptions as well as a kids soccer convention—and we landed on the second floor. With this view. Of the HVAC system.

Higher floors (we're talking like one or two higher) enjoyed watching departing aircraft with a sunset backdrop, aka our fantasy. At least we can admit that this was our fault, and we've learned a valuable lesson when it comes to airport hotels touting airport views: check in early, before the conventioneers do.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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New York's Newest Day Care Center for Gay Men Is Now Open For Business

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  Site Where: 510 W 42nd St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036-6204
March 5, 2012 at 10:20 AM | by | Comment (1)

Here's your first look at The Out NYC, New York's first-ever "straight-friendly" hotel, which opened this past weekend after a rainbow ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday.

Our full review of the hotel is coming later in the week, but we thought we'd share this snapshot of the hotel's interior courtyard, which is lined with astroturf, framed by funhouse-like mirrors, and dotted with over a dozen brightly colored beanbag chairs.

At first, we found this cute. Then, upon realizing our room faced directly onto the courtyard, we started to feel a little exposed. No music, no bar, no scene—just an eerily quiet, slightly exaggerated looking playpen. And then we were welcomed with a packet of gummi bears (packaged in a plastic mini hard hat, to apologize for the ongoing construction). Quickly, we realized we'd arrived at New York's newest daycare center, dressed up like a hotel.

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Worst Anti-View: Up Against A Wall In Baltimore

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  Site Where: 2 N Charles St [map], Baltimore, MD, United States, 21201-3707
December 29, 2011 at 3:25 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.

We're not sure about you, but the first thing we always do when checking into a new hotel room is head for the window, throw open the curtains and take in the view. City views. Sunrise views. Views of the country. It really doesn't matter as long as we're high enough up that cars below turn into little dots on the ground.

And then sometimes, you get stuck with an anti-view like this one. After a prior positive experience getting a free upgrade at the Hotel Monaco Baltimore, we were suddenly confronted with this vista of cinder block, exhaust vents, and medieval-style window slits a mere 20 feet from her window.

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You're Definitely Not Paying for the View at the Ibis Heathrow

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  Site Where: 112 Bath Road London , Hayes, United Kingdom, UB3 5AL
September 15, 2011 at 11:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

You know the scene. You open the door to your brand new hotel room, run over to the window, open the blinds and bam, you are hit with the anti-view. Maybe you are looking down a dirty alley, witnessing a drug deal, staring at an air shaft in the face, or seeing a brick wall. Whatever you are viewing it is not extremely pleasurable. Help out your fellow hotel mavens by uploading your anti-views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number with the not-so-easy-on-the-eyes view.

The good news this week is that Accor Hotels Ibis Hotels is getting a much-needed brand makeover which will see an upgrade in hotel bedding, a reconfiguration of the common areas, better food and beverage offerings and some technology upgrades.

Sadly, that makeover won't be able to fix this anti-view at the Ibis Heathrow Airport.

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Kathy Griffin, What Are You Doing?

September 12, 2011 at 9:35 AM | by | Comment (1)

So, it was Friday afternoon. Another week of hotel news was over. We'd seen Facebook hotel rivalries, nationwide Hyatt strikes, and killer views in Vegas. But as we sat browsing our Twitter feed, what we weren't prepared for was this killer view, taken in a New York hotel room, of Kathy Griffin showing off her bangin' bod to a window washer.

Tweeted by @kathygriffin at around 6pm EST, the photo quickly went viral on the internet, even prompting a story by NY Daily News (headline: Kathy Griffin Parades Around In Sexy Bra And Underwear For Window). Guess Fashion Week doesn't have the same effect on everyone.

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You Get What You Pay for With This Portland Anti-View

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  Site Where: 1022 SW Stark Street [map], Portland, OR, United States, 97205
June 15, 2011 at 4:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

You know the scene. You open the door to your brand new hotel room, run over to the window, open the blinds and bam, you are hit with the anti-view. Maybe you are looking down a dirty alley, witnessing a drug deal, staring at an air shaft in the face, or seeing a brick wall. Whatever you are viewing it is not extremely pleasurable. Help out your fellow hotel mavens by uploading your anti-views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number with the not-so-easy-on-the-eyes view.

This is a classic case of "you get what you pay for." A stay at the Ace Hotel in Portland, Oregon comes with the hipster cache that the other three Aces also enjoy, but oftentimes that means sacrificing things like valet parking and chocolates on your pillow at turndown. For rooms starting from $95 per night, however, that's completely understandable.

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