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The Fairmont Copley Plaza Will Pop Up All Festive on Friday

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  Site Where: 138 St James Ave [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02116
December 17, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Trees, gingerbread houses, insane glass bottle installations – Christmas hotel decor is all well and good, but sometimes you want to bring a taste of it home.

Luckily, this doesn’t mean stealing the towels at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston – because they have a holiday-themed, farmer’s market-style pop-up store in the tea court this Friday.

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Temps are Going Down But Hotels are Heating Up with Hot Chocolate Pop-Up Shops

December 5, 2014 at 10:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

What says, “Let’s snuggle in from the cold” better than a cup of hot chocolate? The hot choco cups coming from these three hotels should give Hershey's Cocoa Powder an inferiority complex.

The Mark Hotel in New York (a Preferred Hotel) has opened up their Mark Cocoa Kiosk just outside the hotel’s doors. The festive Kiosk has their signature Jacques Grange black and white stripe and serves The Mark Glazed Gingerbread to go along with their decadent, over-flowing with whipping cream, Jean-Georges Cocoa concoction. If you’re in the neighborhood and need a break from shopping on Madison, stop in and enjoy: the price is $8 for the cocoa and $4 for a two-pack of the cookies (guests enjoy them at no cost). Open daily throughout the holidays.

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Why Doesn't Regent Seem Able to Stick With Its Hotels?

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November 21, 2014 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (2)

What was the Regent Bali

Between the friendly rebranding of a property here and some owner-operator drama there, it’s part of hotel reality that the name above the door may change. But we struggle to think of a brand that is guilty of a more continuous stream of, “Whoops, that didn’t work out as planned, we’re leaving” as Regent Hotels. Let’s recap.

Travel back well into the last decade, and there was The Regent South Beach, which became a Vincci, then a De Soleil, before settling on Z Ocean South Beach as a name, while sort of being a Crowne Plaza.

A second, more recent attempt at a Florida hotel was equally unsuccessful, with The Regent Bal Harbour, having tried on its own as One Bal Harbour, now being a Ritz-Carlton. Further north, The Regent Battery Wharf in Boston never made it to opening, arriving as Fairmont, which now has also said its goodbyes to the harbor-side property.

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Bar Boulud: A First For Boston and a Second For Mandarin Oriental

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  Site Where: 776 Boylston Street [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02199
October 7, 2014 at 4:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Renowned chef, Daniel Boulud has just opened his 18th restaurant worldwide but his first for Boston--Bar Boulud Boston, at the Mandarin Oriental Boston.

With eight dining establishments already in New York City alone, including the two-Michelin starred DANIEL, this is great news for Bostonians, visitors, and all self-proclaimed foodies. This also marks the third Bar Boulud after New York and London and the second partnership for Boulud with Mandarin Oriental Hotels (there is also a Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park.)

The design of the new Bar Boulud was handled by Adam D. Tihany of Tihany Design. From the looks of the restaurant now that it’s completed, we think it’s quite simply, spectacular.

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Boston's Legendary Dive Nightclub is Transformed into a New Suite at Hotel Commonwealth

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  Site Where: 500 Commonwealth Avenue [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02215
September 3, 2014 at 12:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Rathskeller Suite at Hotel Commonwealth is chock full of memorabilia from the cellar of the grungy music club The Rat - minus the grunge

Hotel Commonwealth in Boston’s historic Back Bay may seem like just one of many luxury accommodations to choose from (and it is) but it does have a rather uncommon legacy. The hotel was once the site of a legendary nightclub that rocked Boston from the mid-1970s to late 1990s before it was demolished in 2000. This was The Rathskeller, aka The Rat, and what better way to commemorate this famous musical haunt than by dedicating a hotel suite in its honor?

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Keep Up With the Joneses With These Cocktail Trends 2014: Part 1

August 15, 2014 at 4:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

As Week 1 of HotelChatter Cocktail Week(s) wraps up, here's a run-down of some of the nifty things we see going on in the world of hotel bars and bevvies. What do you see goin’ on out there? Let us know in the comments below!

There’s so Much More to Syrup Than Maple –
If you’re into cocktails there’s a pretty good chance you’ve made your own simple syrup but these hotels are going beyond the norm and creating some pretty exotic specialty syrups.

At Fifteen Beacon’s Mooo (a Preferred Hotel) they make all of their syrup’s in-house, but we particularly liked the sound of the House made Celery Lemongrass Syrup that they use in their Celery 75 cocktail, made with Berkshire Greylock gin, Prosecco, strawberry, and the syrup, of course.

Cost to imbibe: $14
Cost to stay at the hotel 'cause you've imbibed: Starts at $479

And here’s an exotic beauty from the W Bangkok: the Chor Muang cocktail. You have absolutely no hope of making this drink at home since it’s made with Butterfly Pea Flower House Made Syrup – a flower that has become so rare that it’s difficult to find it in Thai markets. This elusive ingredient, however, makes it popular with guests who want something authentically Thai, and with locals who want the same. Other ingredients in this cocktail include Butterfly Flower-infused raspberry vodka, lime juice, and it’s garnished with – here we go – a 24-carat gold dust-dipped Butterfly Flower.

Cost to imbibe: THB $275 ($9)
Cost to stay at the hotel 'cause you've imbibed: Starts at THB 4,788 ($150)

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Copley Square Hotel Sprouts Rooftop Garden for Cocktails

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  Site Where: 47 Huntington Ave. [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02116
July 18, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Growing herbs on a rooftop? Been there, done that. It was our first post-college apartment, man. It was pretty tight. But then we realized our Doritos budget was climbing higher than the cable bill, and our roommate started dating a cop, so…

Oh, never mind. Apparently the Copley Square Hotel is growing very different kinds of herb on a new rooftop garden that it rolled out this summer. Basil, thyme, tarragon, mint and rosemary are all sprouting up atop the Back Bay property, and they’re plucked fresh for starring roles in a new herb-focused cocktail menu at its restaurant, Xhale.

There, tarragon is combined with grapefruit for a summery take on a gin & tonic. Rooftop basil is muddled with blueberries in lemonade, and then spiked with rum for a refreshing “Crush.” And chef Alex Deamicis is using the garden’s thyme to create a simple syrup that is combined with honey and whiskey. All sound intoxicating.

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Not Weird at All: The Millennium Boston is Taking Teddy Bears Out for a Picnic

July 9, 2014 at 6:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

“Ask Alfred.” What is it? It is an advice column penned by Batman’s butler? (“How do I get Catwoman’s litter stains out of my cape?”) Is it a post-Aughties revamp of a long-forgotten search engine mascot? (RIP.)

No (too bad!) and no (thank heavens). It’s a teddy bear.

Because tomorrow is Teddy Bears’ Picnic Day,, seriously, the Millennium Hotels and Resorts brand is seizing the moment to import its “Ask Alfred Children’s Concierge” to North American properties.

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Boston is Going to Get Another Four Seasons

July 8, 2014 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Watch your back, 90210.

According to a just-released report from CityLab, Boston zip code 02199 — which reflects the city’s tony Back Bay neighborhood — is among the 10 Most Expensive Zip Codes in America. With median home values of $3.3 million, the Back Bay is #5 — not far behind Lisa, Kyle, and Brandi’s champagne-soaked stomping grounds ($3.5 million). And if that surprises you, it’s only because wealthy Bostonians are perfectly content to bankroll hospitals and universities instead of launching flavored vodka lines or publicizing-slash-embarrassing themselves on TV. [Sips tea.]

Point is, perhaps it’s no surprise that a new Four Seasons Hotel & Resorts in the Back Bay will make Boston one of only a few international cities with multiple properties from the brand.

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Renovated Sheraton Boston Unveils Green Tangerine Spa & Salon

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  Site Where: 39 Dalton St. [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02199
June 25, 2014 at 2:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

“Hey, let’s head down to that sexy Sheraton Boston Hotel for a luxurious massage and decadent dinner,” said Nobody Ever, Not Once.

With all due respect to the Back Bay property, it hasn’t generally boasted a lot of appeal outside the convention set. But today the Sheraton caps a multi-million dollar renovation by rolling out a brand spanking-new spa: Green Tangerine Spa & Salon, the only Sheraton outpost of the locally-based brand, which has just three other locations in Massachusetts and two in Connecticut. The 5,500-square foot facility offers haircuts, manicures, massages and skincare treatments at prices that are quite competitive when compared to the spas on nearby Newbury Street. So it may actually lure locals, besides the inevitable conventioneers getting their talons polished before marathon handshake sessions.

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Go Rowing with an Olympic Athlete at The Four Seasons Boston

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  Site Where: 200 Boylston St. [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02116
June 23, 2014 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week it was announced that Boston is on the short list of American cities being considered for the US bid to host the 2024 Olympics. The news has some people pumped, a lot of other people preemptively horrified at the prospect.

But here’s an Olympics-related invitation we can all agree on: “Row Like a Pro” at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston. Fitness-related hotel packages are very on-trend lately; check out this recently announced Running Camp in Jackson Hole. And as befitting a storied, tony brand, the Four Seasons is pulling in the crème de la crème of athletes for this one.

Available only on September 7, 13, 21 and 28, 2014, the “Row” package lets guests take a private two-hour row with one of several Olympic champs, including 2012 gold medalist Esther Lofgren. You’ll hit the Charles River, passing picturesque Boston landmarks before ending at the finish line of Head of the Charles, America’s largest regatta, held every October.

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Hotel Commonwealth Has a New Deal for Ultimate Red Sox Fans

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  Site Where: 500 Commonwealth Avenue [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02215
May 27, 2014 at 4:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

[Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Commonwealth]

Where do the Red Sox players hit the hay after a big game? Well, most likely, on beds made of money inside acre-size master suites at their multimillion-dollar mansions that seem straight out of MTV’s “Cribs.” (Cue: Mid-Aughties rap music, probably 50 Cent.)

The rest of us, meanwhile, may want to consider Hotel Commonwealth in Boston’s Kenmore Square. It was recently named the Official Hotel of the Boston Red Sox, and the property will be able to leverage this four-year partnership toward special guest packages. Those already announced start at $399/night, but you might need an MLB-sized paycheck to take advantage of the “Ultimate Bucket List Baseball Package.”

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