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Get on Your Bike and Tour Downtown at the Ace DTLA

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  Site Where: 929 S Broadway [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90015
December 16, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | ()

There was one thing we missed while skulking around the Ace DTLA last week; we were so entranced by the gingerbread hotel that we totally missed the bikes in the lobby.

Not just any bikes, either (obviously – this is the Ace); they’re bikes from tokyobike.

This isn’t the first collaboration with tokyobike for Ace; the London hotel has them for guests to use. But unlike London, which is all cold and full of British reserve and lets guests get on with it by themselves, the Ace DTLA is all fuzzy and friendly and American – so they are giving free guided bike tours of Downtown LA.

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5 New Hotel Bikes To Ride This Spring

April 21, 2014 at 2:01 PM | by | ()

What better way to celebrate the return of good weather than by hopping on a bike and exploring the city you're visiting? Thanks to these hotels, you don't need to look much further than the front desk for your new two-wheel joyride. Just be sure to return the bike to the hotel when you're done. Don't want that charge added to your check-out folio.

5 New Hotel Bikes To Ride This Spring

1. Room Mate Aitana Amsterdam: The hotel is providing guests with discounted bicycle rentals from local bike shop, Amsterbike as well as dishing out "5 Under 15", five bike rides under 15 minutes that will get guests to some of the city's notable landmarks (tulips, Vondelpark, Rijksmuseum, The Central Library and The Pancake Bakery.)

2. The Greenwich Hotel NYC: The luxury downtown hotel has partnered with Detroit-based Shinola (of watch-making fame), to offer his & her bespoke "Bixby" bicycles for guests. Conveniently, the Shinola flagship NYC store is within walking distance to the hotel so guests can head on over there after their ride to peruse the brand's handcrafted accessories.

3. The Ace Hotel London: The Shoreditch outpost of Ace Hotels now has custom-made bikes for guests from tokyobikes. The hotel has also put together a Bed and Bike package that includes £20 per person to spend at Hoi Polloi, Lovage, Bulldog Edition or the lobby bar, access to an Ace x tokyobikes for each day of your stay, and a cycling map of London.

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Are You an Audrey or a Frank at The Viceroy Palm Springs?

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  Site Where: 415 S. Belardo Road [map], Palm Springs, CA, United States
June 4, 2013 at 5:05 PM | by | ()

The other week we popped into the Viceroy Palm Springs and saw Audrey and Frank waiting for us at the koi pond by the entrance. And by Audrey and Frank we mean white and black bicycles with Audrey Hepburn and Frank Sinatra's photos on them.

The bikes are courtesy of Palm Springs' Celebrity Bike Rentals and are available to Viceroy Hotel guests as part of the $30 resort fee (that fee also includes WiFi, overnight valet parking and coffee and tea from 6am to 11am.) While the Viceroy is pretty walkable to the fun shops and restaurants of Indian Canyon Drive, riding a bike will get you around from one air-conditioned spot to the next a little faster.

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7 Reasons Why We Still Love Element Times Square West

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  Site Where: 311 West 39th St. [map], New York, NY, United States, 10018
October 1, 2012 at 9:46 AM | by | ()

We have made no attempts to disguise our love for Element Hotels here at HC HQ. We just wish there were more of them.

Many Elements are found in suburban areas or near airports, like the newish Element Miami International Airport. But one of our favorites is the Element Times Square West.

We toured the property back in 2010 when it first opened, and recently had the chance to stay at the hotel while in NYC for a super-quick jaunt. Between the location near Times Square and Port Authority, the killer views from the little but somehow-still-secret rooftop, and all the thoughtful ways the hotel caters to guests of the 21st century, we were won over again, two years later.

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Pedal Into Fall With Affinia Hotels' Free Bike Program

August 20, 2012 at 3:09 PM | by | ()

Manhattan’s Citi Bike Share program has been delayed again until next spring, but fear not, there's still a way to get a hold of a pair of wheels to explore the city. Guests of either the Affinia Dumont and Affinia Shelburne can take advantage of the hotels’ free bicycle program.

The blue bikes with canary-yellow tires are custom-made bicycles courtesy of Republic Bike . When you sign up for a spin, you’ll get a helmet, lock, basket, map of popular bike routes and must-see landmarks around a 23.7 square-mile radius, as well as a list of available bike parking around the city.

Guests can borrow the bikes each day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and must be returned each day. We’re sure these will be scooped up quickly especially for beautiful fall bike rides, so book them in advance via E-Concierge, Affinia’s online concierge program, or if you’re not the planning sort, take your chances and wait until you check in at the hotel’s front desk.

Rates for the Affinia Shelburne and Dumont are available at $261 and $289 per night, respectively.

[Photo: Affinia Hotels]

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2 More Hotel Bikes to Ride This Summer

July 9, 2012 at 4:57 PM | by | ()

On Friday, we showed you Five Hotel Bikes to Ride This Summer but today, we've got two more cruisers for you to check out when you check-in.

The Allegro Hotel in Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel, has partnered with the Pedal Power charity for a special "Bike This Town" package which includes deluxe accommodations, a three-hour bike reservation for two guests, picnic lunch for two, a "Bike Survival Kit" with energy bars, water, sunscreen and cyclometers as well as a $1 donation to the local Pedal Power charity, run by 12-year-old Nicole Basil which aims to refurbish used bikes and donate them to honor roll kids in Chicago's public schools.

Not down to stay at the Allegro? The package is also available at Kimpton's other Chicago hotels--Hotel Monaco, Hotel Palomar and Hotel Burnham. Mention the rate code BIKE when booking. The package is available through September 30, 2012.

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5 Hotel Bikes To Ride This Summer

July 6, 2012 at 1:11 PM | by | ()

I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike...

One of the best ways to take in the sights of a new city is by bike. And thanks to these five hotels, finding a bike to ride is as easy as requesting one from the front desk (so long as you're a hotel guest of course.) Here's where you can go cruising this summer in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco.

· Public Chicago: The Trek bikes are completely free for guests of the hotel. Ride it along Lake Shore or along the beach. Don't be embarrassed to ask the cute doormen for assistance.
Rates at the hotel this summer start around $169 a night.

· Soho Grand New York: Not only can you ride around Soho in a stylish bike at no cost but the hotel will pack up a picnic lunch for you with your choice of salad, half sandwich and San Pellegrino soda along with Pop chips and seasonal fruit. (Lunch is $15 per person.)
Rates at the hotel start around $400 a night.

See more bikes to ride after the jump!

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Can You Guess The Hotel with the Bright Yellow Bicycle In the Lobby?

Where: China
May 17, 2012 at 3:05 PM | by | ()

Cheer up! The weekend is almost here and we've got another game of Guess the Hotel for you!

As always the Guess the Hotel rules are the same--we throw down some hints, you submit your guesses in comments below! We'll have the full reveal of the property for you later next week. And away we go!

· Finally, we're out of the U.S for this guessing game edition. This hotel bicycle can be found somewhere in China.
· While you can't ride this particular bike (it's part of the art), you can get on a stationary bike at the hotel's 7th floor fitness center which has reviews of the Huangpu River (bonus hint!)
· The rooms at this hotel are some of the prettiest hotel rooms we've ever seen. We've actually looked at them for inspirations for our own home.
· Even though the bike is yellow, the hotel favors a blue-ish/purple hue.

Think you know what hotel we're hinting at? Put your guesses in comments below!

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Only at The Omni Dallas Can You Get a Pimped Out Bicycle As Seen on 'Shark Tank'

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  Site Where: 555 S. Lamar [map], Dallas, TX, United States, 75202
May 16, 2012 at 4:48 PM | by | ()

Where there's a reality show, there's bound to be a hotel connection. And that's just what we found while catching up on some old episodes of "Shark Tank" this past weekend.

Villy Customs is a high-fashion bicycle designer that lets you customize your ride from the seat to the wheels right down to the bell that you put on the handles.

While Villy Customs is mainly an online business (and a pricey one too with full bikes costing about $500+) we did some research and saw that they have a partnership with Omni Hotels. As it turns out, you can buy a piece of Villy at the Omni Dallas at the hotel's expansive Collections store.

This hotel gift shop puts all other gift shops to shame with products from well-known Dallas retailers ranging from scented candles by fragrance designer Niven Morgan; vintage-style jewelry from local designer Andrea Barnett; J-Dig greeting cards and Texas chocolates and everyday sweets from Oak Lawn Dallas-Based Chocolate Secrets. But there's even more.

Like 6,500 individual pieces of art from Dallas-area artists which can be purchased in the store directly from the artist through an interactive art station. Since there's so much to see here, it also makes sense that Omni's signature coffee bar is located within Collections as well.

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Coasting The Sunny Days Away at Coast at Shutters on the Beach

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  Site Where: 1 Pico Boulevard [map], Santa Monica, CA, United States, 90405
April 27, 2012 at 3:02 PM | by | ()

We love luxury hotels but we can't always afford to stay in them. Thankfully, hotels these days are way more than just rooms for paying hotel guests. Between visiting the lobbies, bars, restaurants, and spas inside these upper echelon hotels, it's practically as good as staying the night. Here's our latest installment of how to quench your champagne tastes on a Coca-Cola budget with a Hotel Day Trip.

We hit up Shutters on The Beach the other day for a quick lunch at their beachfront restaurant, Coast. If you can't afford one of the $400+ rooms at the hotel, doing a casual brunch or lunch (or even dinner) at Coast is the affordable alternative to experiencing the hotel.

Our go-to order is the tomato soup ($11) with mini-grilled cheese sandwiches and a side of french fries ($5). But the fish tacos ($15) and the caesar salad ($13) are tasty and filling as well. And if you come on Farmer Market Wednesdays, the chefs at Shutters will incorporate their freshest findings from the Santa Monica Farmers Market into a three-course Market Dinner for just $29.

Just don't forget to order a slice of cake from Susie Cakes before you head out. (The chocolate one is beyond belief.)

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Here's Where You'll Be Riding (For Free) During Bike Season In New York

April 6, 2012 at 10:18 AM | by | ()

Riding a bike in Manhattan can indeed be lethal—you've always got to keep your guard up, and you should never EVER assume a taxi driver has seen you (even if you're riding around in a neon pink unitard). But in the warmer seasons, like now, bike riding can be one of the best ways to enjoy some incredibly scenic parts of the city.

Here's our guide to free hotel bike rentals. Just remember to wear a helmet!

You might have to step up your wardrobe a little bit to compete with the fashion crowd that usually hangs around at the Mondrian Soho, but the rooms (and public spaces) are totally worth it. And free Public C7 bikes? Even more worth it.  

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Bike Your Days Away In Long Island City

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  Site Where: 8-08 Queens Plaza South [map], Long Island City, NY, United States, 11101
September 28, 2011 at 9:48 AM | by | ()

OK, so we can all agree Queens is making some strides in the hotel department. Though we originally put up a fight in 2010 about trekking so far just to see a rooftop bar, we've since expanded our horizons. For our next visit, however, we're setting our sights a bit closer to the ground.

The Ravel Hotel just announced a new bicycle amenity, the first of its kind by a hotel in the entire borough of Queens. Helping them achieve this goal is Bike New York, a nonprofit that promotes safe bicycling around New York City. Already, we can tell this is going to be a more practical endeavor than W London's celebrity-designed novelty bikes. Wouldn't want to be riding alongside the East River on one of those things!

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