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Conrad Hotels To Open in Fort Lauderdale in The 'Un-Trump' Building

Where: 551 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. [map], Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
February 10, 2014 at 2:31 PM | by | Comments (2)

A few years ago, the planned Trump Hotel in Fort Lauderdale was still "blowing in the wind" without an operator and it continued that way until last month, when Conrad Hotels announced they would be taking over the property (in partnership with CFLB Partnership LLC) and renaming it the The Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Residences.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, the 290-roomproperty will be a condo-hotel with different residential layouts which will be rented to guests when the owners are not staying in them. Prices for the units will start at $450,000.

But since the building was left unoccupied for so long, it will now require some loving care to get it up to Conrad Hotels luxury standards. Word is the property will get about $34 million in enhancements that will also include a fitness center, a Conrad Spa, a swimming pool and an oceanfront restaurant. It will open in 2015. Better late than never at all.

Hat tip to Thackftl for the on-the-scene observation.

[Photo: Michael Graves Design]

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For the Full Moon Tonight: Three Hotels with In-Room Telescopes

December 16, 2013 at 3:53 PM | by | Comment (1)

You know you scored a hotel room with a killer view if you walk in to find a telescope at the window.

For many hotel guests, scoring such an amenity is pure luck; however, for travelers who know what they want (and it's an in-room telescope), there are a few properties that make such an offering part of the experience.

Three hotels with in-room telescopes:

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Who Was Caught in a Compromising Position at the Conrad Hotel In Tokyo?

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  Site Where: 1-9-1 Higashi-Shinbashi, Tokyo, Japan, 105-7337
November 25, 2013 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's no secret that hotel rooms are used for trysting but we were in for quite a shock when we saw this happening at the Conrad Hotel in Tokyo. Yes, that's right. We're talking about the two teddy bears getting too close in a cup inside one of the guest rooms.

All joking aside, the snapshot from Ken E. Lee in the HotelChatter Flickr Pool gives us an up close and personal look at the sweet teddy bears, which are only available to guests. (The hotel also gives guests a Conrad duckie too.) You can purchase these directly from the hotel but you know, you have to go to Tokyo to get it. Otherwise, eBay it.

Rates start at around $400 a night for a King City room with seriously stunning views of the skyscrapers in Ginza and Shiodome. Check out more of Photo: Ken E. Lee/Flickr]

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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.


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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Hotels Are Keeping Us Cool This Summer With Discounted Room Rates

May 14, 2013 at 1:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)


· Alpine Cool Savings with Swissotels: All 31 Swissotels worldwide are offering a 20 percent discount when guests stay two nights or more. The summer offer also gives guests a signature summer cocktail and 15 percent off from the Swissotel online shop, www.swissotelathome.com. The deal is good for stays from May 31 to September 30. But you can start booking your travel on May 16. Go here to get the discount.

· Stay Cool at The Four Seasons Dallas: Here's one way to beat the Texan heat and save a little bit of money on your hotel stay too. The Four Seasons Dallas Big Chill package gives guests a special "mercury rate" on the second night of their stay which will be that day's recorded Fahrenheit high temperature. The deal is good for weekend stays from May 31 to August 25 and just FYI, the high temps in Dallas in July and August are about 96 degrees. June is slightly "cooler" at 92 degrees. But the hotel says last year during a similar promotion, rates were as cool as 76 degrees some days. First-night rates start around $305 a night. Go here to book but be sure to check the weather for your intended stay too. The deal is also good for the Austin and Houston properties as well.

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The Peninsula Chicago's Mini Bunny and Other Easter Hotel Hoppenings

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  Site Where: 108 E Superior St [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60611
March 29, 2013 at 1:36 PM | by | Comment (1)

Nobody does a holiday better than a hotel but the Peninsula Chicago has really gone out of its way for Easter again this year.

The luxury hotel on North Michigan Ave has decorated a MINI Cooper with bunny ears, a pink nose and whiskers and a poofy tail. The bunny mobile will ride around Chi-town with Peter Cottontail and the Peninsula mascot Peter Bear passing out candy and toy Peninsula bears (dressed up in their Easter finest) to kids throughout the city. So parents, if a car pulls up with a bunny and a bear looking to give your kid some candy, it's actually ok to let them.

Back inside the hotel, the Lobby restaurant and The Children's Lounge will feature children's activities and of course, an Easter egg hunt. Looking for a last minute room at the hotel this weekend? Rates start at $350 a night.

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Win A Trip To The Tribeca Film Festival With Conrad New York

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  Site Where: 102 North End Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10282
March 13, 2013 at 11:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sweepstakes alert! Next month (April 17 to 28) is the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and as the official hotel partner, Conrad Hotels is giving you the chance to experience it for yourself with a pretty amazing sweepstake.

Not only does the lucky winner get two Vesey passes to the Tribeca Film Festival for three days – which give access to most screenings – they’re throwing in three nights’ accommodation at the all-suite Conrad New York and two business class flights from anywhere in the United States or the United Kingdom to the Big Apple.

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Conrad Will Live Happily Ever After At the Mall of Asia

March 11, 2013 at 9:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's no surprise that the upcoming Conrad Manila will share intimate relations with its neighbor, the sprawling Mall of Asia complex. Why? The manager of the upcoming hotel, which is set to open in 2015, is a company called SM Group. And as Wikipedia so eloquently points out, the Mall of Asia "is a shopping mall owned and developed by SM, the largest mall chain owner and developer in the Philippines."

So, yeah. Conrad's first property in the Philippines will be pretty much just a place for Hilton HHonors members to spend lots and lots o' dollars at the fourth largest shopping mall in the world, which gets a reported 200,00 visitors per day.

We're guessing Hilton is pretty stoked to get a piece of that pie. And after all, mall hotels can be kind of exciting (Minnesota's new Radisson Blu would likely agree). So...what else can we expect from Conrad Manila when it opens?

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Hotel Conrad Brussels Reopens As The Steigenberger Grandhotel

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  Site Where: Avenue Louise 71, Brussels, Belgium, 1050
February 1, 2013 at 9:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

On January 1, the former Hotel Conrad in Brussels changed hands and reopened as the Steigenberger Grandhotel. We don’t hear much about the brand in North America, so here’s the scoop. They’re a Germany-based group that manages 81 hotels all over Germany and in Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Egypt and now Belgium. This includes their upper mid-range hotel brand, InterCity Hotels and the higher-end Steigenberger Hotels.

The hotel is located on the swishy Avenue Louise with its high-end boutiques and restaurants. We had the chance to get a look inside the hotel this past summer when it was still a Conrad and then, as now, the hotel falls into the deluxe category. It has an old-school glam feel to it with a great “gentlemen’s club” type bar and lounge. There’s even a smoking lounge if that’s your thing which, as you know, is quite scarce these days. Their restaurant, Cafe Wiltshire, has a lovely terrace overlooking the hotel’s courtyard.

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Will Conrad's New Concierge App Replace The Real Thing?

December 18, 2012 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

While we're still swooning over Conrad's new Seoul property that opened last month, the luxury hotel chain recently premiered its free Conrad Concierge App for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. Needless to say, it's on fire!

In order to launch the perfect app for the luxury traveler, Conrad conducted a national survey and came to these results:
69% value a hotel that can customize their experience to reflect their personal preferences.
60% are more likely to obtain suggestions of local attractions or activities via their digital device over speaking with a hotel employee.
74% say they frequently use their smart phone, tablet or computer when booking elements of their business or leisure travel.

So, what does this app do?

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Conrad Gets Some Seoul At Last

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  Site Where: 23-1 Yeouido-dong Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, Korea
November 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Courtesy of South Korean pop star Psy’s video-gone-viral, Seoul has gotten quite a bit of attention the last few months. Today, Hilton’s luxury Conrad brand is getting in on the action by opening the doors to its latest hotel in the city (but no word yet on any Gangnam packages).

We were tempted by British Airways’ astoundingly brilliant offer on its new route to Incheon (the home of Seoul’s award-winning airport) to drop £777 ($1235) on a business class return and spend a weekend here ourselves, but with our rational side kicking in we’ll have to settle for a look at the hotel from afar for the moment.

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Will The Real Picasso Please Stand Up At Conrad Indianapolis?

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  Site Where: 50 West Washington Street [map], Indianapolis, IN, United States, 46204
August 17, 2012 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Looking for your next hotel art fix? A visit to Conrad Indianapolis might well be in order, as the hotel is planning a 40-day exhibition that will feature 25 prints by Picasso—including an authenticated original drawing. Though unlike a certain Melbourne hotel we know, Conrad will not be encouraging anyone to steal anything.

But for Picasso fans, this will be a jackpot of sorts, as not one but two exhibitions will be installed in the hotel's first-floor public space. On view in the lobby will be the 25 etchings, lithographs and linoleum cuts; meanwhile, a series of posters authorized by Picasso (but created by another printer) will go up in the Alcove event space. We're guessing most folks will come through in search of the original Picasso—or maybe just a free glass of wine at the gallery opening on September 7.

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