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Sing 'O Christmas Tree' In The Privacy Of Your Suite At The Greenwich Hotel In TriBeCa

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  Site Where: 377 Greenwich Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
December 22, 2014 at 5:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you find yourself in New York over the holidays, The Greenwich Hotel (Robert de Niro’s TriBeCa hotel) doesn’t want you to be green with envy of those sitting around their fresh Christmas tree at home.

The 88-room hotel -- where no two rooms are alike -- will either set up a fully-decorated tree in your suite based on your ever-so-particular decorating style or, for some true down-home fun, will set up a tree-trimming party in your suite.

Once you’ve decorated the tree, head down to the cozy drawing room where the kids can have some hot chocolate from Locanda Verde and you can have a hot toddy – just to loosen up those vocal chords for carol-singing, of course.

Rates at the hotel this week start at $575 -- let's face it: this is the definition of last minute.

[Photos: The Greenwich Hotel]

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Robert De Niro Plans to Reopen the Gates of the Former K Club Resort in Barbuda

December 9, 2014 at 8:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Actor/writer/director/Nobu hotelier Robert De Niro just got a new title--and a great big thank you-- from the government of Antigua and Barbuda. Prime Minister Gaston Browne has pronounced De Niro “special economic envoy” to the two-island Caribbean country for his commitment to reviving the ailing K Club Resort on Barbuda.

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Photos: An Inside Look at Marlon Brando's Former Digs Near Tahiti

October 16, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just over a year ago, we dished on the details behind The Brando, Marlon Brando's posthumous hotel on Tetiaroa, a 12-islet atoll 30 miles northeast of Tahiti. Photos and guest-experience insight were limited at the time, but now that the hotel officially opened this summer - on July 1st, the 10th anniversary of Brando's death - it's time to take an inside look.

We guess we'll start with the bad news: This is one hotel that none of us will ever see the inside of. Rates start at $3,800/night for a one-bedroom villa (2 guests), and there is a three-night minimum stay. From here on out, we can consider this an eye-candy post, but just for fun, here's what's included in your daily rate at the Brando:

Accommodations; all meals in all dining venues; bottled water, soft drinks, beer, and select wines, Champagne, and spirits; 24-hour dining in the privacy of your villa; 1 excursion per person per day from a select list of options; 1 spa treatment (50 minutes) per day; Internet access; 1 bicycle per guest; access to an outrigger canoe, kayak, paddleboard, and snorkeling equipment.

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Wake Up With John Wayne At Hotel Derek

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  Site Where: 2525 West Loop South [map], Houston, TX, United States, 77027
June 23, 2014 at 9:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

Derek's pool

Ever fantasized about waking up with a celebrity? Actually, that hardly needs a question. We know you’ve done it, and we all know how that fantasy goes. Hotel bed, rumpled sheets, pillows shmooshed and a glass of champagne on the table. Shower running and the dulcet tones of singing to themselves under the water, acting as your sweet alarm clock.

Ok, so we can’t exactly make that happen, but we can get you part of the way, by telling you about the Hotel Derek in Houston, which has none other than John Wayne delivering its wake up calls.

And no, “Rise and shine sleepyhead, it’s time to giddy up and get those feet on the ground,” may not be the romantic arousal you were envisioning, but you can’t have everything, plus John Wayne strikes us as the type who’d have enjoyed a bit of flirtatious banter.

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What You Should Be Sipping On This Summer at Hotel Fouquet's Barrière

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  Site Where: 46 avenue George , Paris, France, 75008
June 5, 2014 at 4:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Summer in Paris. Sounds delightful, doesn’t it? Well if your travels take you there, make a pit stop at the outdoor terrace at Le Lucien Bar at Fouquet's Barrière and order the Bombay Fouquet’s cocktail.

And here's why: For the (rather expensive) price of 27 EUR ($36) for a cocktail you're also getting a taste of the true Parisian luxury lifestyle without going the distance and spending the (very expensive) price of 690 Euros ($940) for a room. And there's no time limit. We sipped on that cocktail and munched on the addictive cashews with fresh truffles for a good two hours before we decided to get up and go about our day.

But back to the fancy pants drink itself. Concocted by head bartender Stéphane Ginouvès, voted France’s Best Barman in 2011, the cocktail consists of Bombay Sapphire gin, Martini Bianco, fresh lemon juice, raspberry puree, passion fruit juice and for that French “je ne sais quoi” kick: fresh basil. It was juicy and refreshing, rosy-hued and frothy, and just screamed summer.

Recipe below!

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Jay-Z and Beyonce May Have Ditched Le Meurice for Fouquet’s Barrière in Paris

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  Site Where: 46, avenue George V, Paris, France, 75008
May 7, 2014 at 8:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

With all the brouhaha regarding the Government of Brunei’s archaic and decidedly evil new law approving stoning to death as proper punishment for being gay or having an affair, some celebs have either quietly or openly decided to boycott Dorchester Collection Hotels, which are owned by the Sultan of Brunei.

During our recent stay at Hotel Fouquet’s Barrière in Paris we were interested to hear that the last celebs to stay at the hotel were none other than Jay-Z and Beyoncé, formerly fans of The Dorchester Collection’s Le Meurice Hotel.

In fact, the couple is such fans of the food at the hotel’s restaurant, La Petite Maison de Nicole, we hear they have it delivered to wherever they are in the city.

Fouquet’s Barrière’s past is directly tied to the music and film industry. In 1898 Fouquet’s restaurant opened at the corner of the Champs-Elysées and Avenue George V (where it still is today). When the very first theaters opened in Paris in the 1930s, Fouquet’s was close by and became the go-to place for socializing for both the dealmakers and stars of the shows. Here contracts were signed, cast parties were held and films were premiered.

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Woody Harrelson's Next Big Act: True Hotelier

March 25, 2014 at 9:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

Oh we love news like this! Actor Woody Harrelson has a new role...as part owner of the Inn at Black Olive in Baltimore.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Harrelson, along with local financier John Dwyer of Capital Funding Group Inc., each purchased a 50 percent stake in the 12-suite inn, which was in bankruptcy.

Harrelson had visited the Inn a few times while filming Game Change and befriended the owner, Dimitris Spiliadis. The Spiliadis family built the hotel and its reputation, and were asked to stay on as managers under a lease agreement.

Now let’s move on to design. This unpretentious inn is actually LEED Platinum Certified green. It really doesn’t get better than that, and no question, there are high costs associated with reaching sustainable design goals at this level. Of course, the benefits now go to the inn’s new owners in their expected return on energy savings. Nice hotel detective work, Woody.

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David Beckham To Create Dining and Retail Concepts for Las Vegas Sands...in China

Where: China
December 2, 2013 at 12:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

David Beckham made his name as a top footballer in his younger years but now in his retirement, he's become a man of many leisurely pursuits such as underwear modeling, cologne-making and tattoo collecting. He's also dabbling in the hotel world.

Last week, the Las Vegas Sands Corp., announced that Beckham would be assisting in the development of "dining, retail and leisure concepts" at the Sands properties in Macao and Marina Bay, Singapore. Much of the press release about the partnership is a bunch of "we're so excited" type of statements yet the details are scant on what exactly Beckham will be doing.

Our guess is that someone else is going to come up with these new concepts which will obviously have a luxury element to them for which Beckham will lend his face and body. We're thinking David Beckham Steakhouse, David Beckham Watch Shop, David Beckham Cigars, David Beckham Men's Intimates, David Beckham Noodles To Go. Er, maybe not that last one.

However, given that Becks is now the global ambassador for Chinese Football, we're sure at least one of these concepts will have to do with the sport itself. All "Bend It Like Beckham" jokes aside, we're quite curious to see what they, er, he, comes up with.

[Photo: Las Vegas Sands Corp.]

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Andy Murray Has Nabbed Hotel du Vin's Chef For His Own Hotel

October 18, 2013 at 9:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Andy Murray may have lost his US Open trophy but he's still got the fighting spirit required for his new hotelier career -- he's only gone and nicked someone else's chef for his own hotel!

Darin Campbell, who is currently executive head chef at the Hotel du Vin - One Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow, will start work at Murray's Cromlix House (the newest member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World) in January. The hotel won't open until April, but Campbell will be working on the menu for the restaurant to be run by Michelin-starred chef Albert Roux.

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The Brando (as in Marlon), A French Polynesian Paradise, Will Finally Open in 2014

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  Site Where: Tetiaroa, Tahiti, French Polynesia, 98702
September 17, 2013 at 1:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

The "Godfather" may be gone, but he's left fans a piece of paradise they can escape to. Called The Brando, this 35-villa haven, which has been talked about since 2005 is finally coming to fruition. It's the result of Marlon Brando's long-time vision to create a post-carbon resort.

The hotel is located in remote Tetiaroa, a 12-islet atoll 30 miles northeast of Tahiti. From what we can see, this private island, the former playground of Tahitian Kings and Brando's family himself, is quite fitting for a resort coming from a man who once said "Privacy is not something that I'm merely entitled to, it's an absolute prerequisite."

When the resort opens July 1, 2014, guests (who arrive via the resort's own airfield) will get seclusion in spades thanks to several luxury villas placed on a private stretch of beach. Each will have their own plunge pools as well. There will be some opportunity to mingle with others at the two restaurants, lounge, beach bar or while participating in water sport activities in the lagoon. And if you've had enough socializing, escape to the sanctuary of the Spa Arii Vahine, which is surrounded by 21,530 square feet of forest, plants and a pond.

Check this bit of island lushness to lure you to The Brando...

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Dolly Parton is Finally Building a Dollywood Hotel

August 23, 2013 at 12:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

Dolly Parton already has a rather successful theme park in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee called, Dollywood, but what she doesn't have is a resort to go along with it. However, that may change in a few years as the busty country singer is working on a $300 million resort idea called DreamMore.

Parton said the resort will be adjacent to the park and will start with 300 rooms. It will also be family-friendly featuring front porch spaces, a fishing pond for children to go fishing and fire pits for roasting marshmallows. Guests will be greeted with lemonade in the summer months and hot chocolate in the winter months. And of course, every theme park resort needs a massive pool area and DreamMore is no exception with both indoor and outdoor pools.

We aren't sure if the guest room beds will feature Dolly Parton blankets but you will be able to stay in Dolly's Suite Dreams, a "celebrity" suite on the top floor of the resort.

If all goes well, DreamMore resort, which is under construction now, should open by Summer of 2015. Yee-haw!

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Andy Murray's Hotel Will Start Serving Guests Next April

July 30, 2013 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now that he's won the Wimbledon championship trophy, Andy Murray can finally concentrate on his budding hotelier career.

We told you back in February that the tennis pro had purchased a £1.8 million Victorian mansion, Cromlix House, that he plans to fully renovate and re-open as a five-star hotel.

Cromlix House dates from 1874 and is set in 50 acres of woodland and gardens close to Murray's hometown of Dunblane, and was the setting for his big brother's wedding in 2010.

Murray's success has gone a long way to helping lift Dunblane out of the shadows of its horrific 1996 elementary school massacre, and we are hopeful that the prestige of a celeb-run luxury property will help draw more visitors to the area.

"I'm pleased to be able to give something back to the community I grew up in." He said in a statement.

The 15-room hotel will be managed by Inverlochy Castle Management International and is set to open on April 1, 2014; in plenty of time for the Ryder Cup at nearby Gleneagles. As of a week ago, the hotel is open for bookings.

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