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The Kimpton Palm Springs will be an entirely new build hotel on North Palm Canyon Drive with 190 hotel rooms and a rooftop bar and pool, a first for the area. There will also be a "chef-driven restaurant", over 24,000 square feet total of event and meeting space and great views of Mount San Jacinto State Park from all angles. Oh and don't forget about the nightly wine hour and the free WiFi for Kimpton InTouch members!
We've got a ways to wait as the hotel won't open until 2015 but knowing Kimpton, it will be worth it. In the meantime, the Hard Rock Palm Springs is still set to open in the Fall. Admittedly, we're more of Kimpton's target clientele than Hard Rock but a new hotel is a new hotel!
Daytona Beach had its heydey in the 1980s as the #1 Spring Break destination for college students rocking bad perms, Vuarnet t-shirts and too-short neon shorts. While it's still a popular (and "trashy" Spring Break spot, the town probably prefers to be known for events other than wet t-shirt contests and beer funneling like the annual Daytona 500 car race and the town's handful of museums. However, all that will change with the arrival of a beachfront Hard Rock Hotel in 2016.
Hard Rock International made the announcement late last week saying the hotel will feature 250 hotel rooms, a signature Hard Rock Cafe and all the Hard Rock brand signatures from Rock Star Suites to Vibe managers, a RockSpa, Sleep Like a Rock linens and even a recording studio for guests to use during their stay. The hotel will also feature a pool with a bar and grill, ballroom, meeting spaces and 100 condominium units (although that hasn't worked out well for Hard Rock San Diego.)
And yes, the city's totally down with the idea of a rocking hotel on their beachfront.
“The city and county have been working hand-in-hand to rejuvenate the city of Daytona Beach, and we’re thrilled Hard Rock and Bayshore Capital [the developer] have chosen ‘The World’s Most Famous Beach’ as its newest location for expansion,” said Derrick Henry, Mayor of Daytona Beach. “The synergies between Daytona Beach and Hard Rock are limitless, and we cannot wait for the brand to open the Hotel and Cafe.”
We better start training for the drinking games, then.
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We recently listed 5 Elopement Packages for those wanting a low-fuss wedding, but that doesn't mean one has to skip out on the time-honored tradition of The Bachelor Party. Of course, today is Fantasy Friday, so we've got to go a little over-the-top with the options, and boy have we found some. But don't worry, we've got some sensible back-up plans as well.
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Rosewood Mayakoba's $175,000 Ultimate Golf Experience is completely insane!During the week of November 11-17, 2013, the resort's El Camaleón Golf Club will host the OHL Classic, when the world’s top PGA Tour players will compete on the Greg Norman designed, 7,000-yard, 18-hole championship course. To celebrate this high profile tournament (and golf-nuts everywhere) the resort created an extravagant package that's a bachelor's ultimate last-hurrah.The groom and two of his besties will get a private lesson with world famous golf instructor Jim McLean, a round of golf with legend Greg Norman at Playa Mujeres (you'll take a private helicopter to and fro) as well as receive three positions in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba Pro-Am. Oh, and though this is already an all-suite resort, you'll stay in the 6,272 square-foot Presidential Lagoon Suite. Evenings mean sipping cocktails with the PGA Tour players (!), an invite to a private BBQ on the beach, and a tequila tasting of some of the country's best labels. This package is only available for November 12-19, 2013. Book via Rosewood.com
Not In Your Price Range?
Alternative: Head to Ponte Vedra and The Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa where from May 6 to 12, they'll be the host hotel for annual THE PLAYERS Championship at the world-famous TPC Sawgrass. Your group of guys can bask in the Florida sun in the place where some of PGA's greats like Vijay Singh, Fred Couples, and Matt Kuchar have played. This spring you'll see who'll be battling it out for a beaucoup cash purse ($9 million!) on the 18-hole, Pete Dye-designed course. Tickets start at just $15! When you're not playing yourself, feel free to spend time in the ornate Club House (we recommend indulging in the ridiculous brunch spread) where you can see Tiger Woods' 2001 tournament locker, have a few post-play cocktails, and generally feel like royalty before settling into the domestic life. Packages start at $349 per night, which includes daily breakfast, a round on THE PLAYERS Course, and other perks. In this special season and you'll generally feel like royalty before settling into the domestic life. Book through Sawgrass Marriott's special page.
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If you think you've been hearing a lot about Palm Springs lately, the trend is far from over. It was just announced that the 160-room Hotel Zoso in downtown PS will soon be renovated and re-branded as the Hard Rock Palm Springs.
According to TravelPulse, the Hard Rock Palm Springs is due to offer "a VIP rock star suite; Rock Spa; Body Rock workout facility; the Rock Shop featuring Hard Rock merchandise; myriad dining options, a lobby bar, and outdoor spaces for cocktails and lounging."
Being a rock star now has even more privileges.
The Hard Rock brand introduced its new loyalty program after the New Year, with members earning points for hotel stays and visits to Hard Rock cafes, shops, and casinos worldwide. You can register online or during your next visit to a Hard Rock franchise.
While the basic rewards program is free to join, there is a VIP option with an annual fee of $24.95 that comes with extra perks, such as earning points faster, priority seating at restaurants, and free hotel upgrades.
We're not sure how we feel about the concept of paying extra to be part of a rewards program -- it's a slippery slope -- but it's up to you. Which should you choose? We suppose it depends on how often you frequent Hard Rock businesses, and you can compare the specifics of both programs before you decide.
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We're going to do it. Use every Halloween pun known to man, because it's just the thing to do. Everyone likes to get their fright-on for Halloween including some of our favorite hotels. So don’t be squeamish – dig into some of these devilish deals and ghoulish goings-on. See? We're doin' it!
If you’re looking for a horrifically good time, visit the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas as it transforms into a Victorian London terror attraction: Bloody English, through Oct. 31. Jack the Ripper, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Sweeney Todd, Phantom of the Opera – you know you’ll find them all there. Why? Because it’s Vegas baby!
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After much back-and-forth, it looks like plans for Hard Rock Atlantic City have finally been put to rest. Developers of the casino hotel, the first phase of which was scheduled to open in 2015, apparently backed out of the deal on Wednesday, after they'd already been given a generous six-month extension by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission to get their act together.
Which, as we can see, they failed to do.
What a bummer! When we first heard about these plans in 2010, we were actually pretty excited—especially given the fact that Revel was being billed as Atlantic City's "last casino" for a while. We'd kinda hoped that Hard Rock would become the boardwalk's miracle hotel, proving everyone else wrong. Instead, we just get another empty, unused lot.
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While life may be rockin' hard as usual inside Hard Rock Hotels around the world, behind the scenes the high-energy hotel brand has been carefully composing its next big hits.
Currently, there are 16 Hard Rock hotels open for business--with three new Hard Rocks that opened this year in Panama, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta. But there are five more Hard Rocks set to open in Riviera Maya, Aruba, Hungary, Abu Dhabi and Northfield Park (Ohio) in the next few years.
Naturally, this mini-burst of expansion had us wanting to know more about what the Hard Rock brand had up their (rock n' roll tattoo) sleeves. Fortunately, Michael Shindler, the executive vice president of Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos and a seasoned hospitality industry veteran, was gracious enough to answer some of our most pressing questions. (Teaser: there's going to be a Hard Rock loyalty program soon!)
See what Michael Shindler had to say about Hard Rock's new overture in our Q&A interview below!
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Today, two all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels debuted in Mexico, becoming the country's first brush with the hotel brand.
The former Cancun Palace and the Vallarta Palace in the Riviera Nayarit section of Puerto Vallarta were re-flagged under the new brand name Hard Rock Hotel Cancun and Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta. We first mentioned the projected August 1st turnover last month and we're happy to report that things are right on schedule, including a big grand opening party August 24-26 at Vallarta and October 18-20 in Cancun.
We're told some brassy bold name artists have been confirmed to play the gigs, but legally the names can't be released juuuust yet, so stay tuned!
Hard Rock Hotels is on a worldwide expansion binge and if you're a fan of the rocking hotel brand, here's where you will find them next.
1. Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis: The 66-floor hotel opened its first phase in April but that already includes 500 hotel rooms. All in all, 1,600 rooms are expected to open. Rates start at around $200 a night.
2. Hard Rock Hotel Cancun: The website is up for the Hard Rock Cancun and now an August 1 opening date has been set. Formerly a Palace resort, this 601-room hotel will become the second all-inclusive resort for the Hard Rock brand. And yes, this will be the party spot for Spring Break 2013 judging from the website copy: "We have everything you need to fulfill your rock n’ roll dreams including acclaimed restaurants, bars and lounges, expansive poolscape and a spa with outdoor massage areas... and that’s just the opening act."
3. Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta: Like Cancun, the Hard Rock Vallarta is a former Palace resort which will officially open as the Hard Rock on August 1. Rooms will have jacuzzis, there will be a Rock Spa on-site and it will remain the only all-inclusive resort on the Pacific coast.
Panama City must be feeling pretty good about itself, as it's three weeks into the soft opening of its newest hotel, the 66-floor, 1,400-room Hard Rock Megapolis Panama. Though, as of now, only 500 of those rooms are open. Wait, are we hearing ourselves? Only 500 rooms?
Panama is super hot right now, but it's by no means on the same level as other burgeoning international hotel cities like Macau or Tokyo. So the fact that a third of Megapolis' planned 1,400 rooms are now up and running is kind of a big deal.
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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.
In a way, it was over before it even began. Celebrity power couple Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore were suddenly thrown into the center of a media whirlwind when it was discovered that Ashton had shacked up with a girl at the Hard Rock San Diego—and what's worse, her "friend" was actually wiling to corroborate the entire story. Ruh roh.
After the story was leaked by this gossip blog, all sorts of details were swirling around—the confiscated cellphones, the "gaggle" of girls, the pre-sex "waiting room" (we picture them all lined up like Gaga fans at a CD signing)—but this email set the record straight. And then we found out exactly how long 'hard rock'-ing lasted. Because we were all dying to know...