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Do You and Nine Friends Need a Place to Stay for Super Bowl? Consider This Option

January 30, 2015 at 4:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

The total economic impact of the Super Bowl on the greater Phoenix area is estimated to be about $500 million, no doubt in part to soaring hotel rates. But private rentals are also doing their fair share to contribute. At first, we thought home owners were trying to take advantage of incoming sports fans, but as it turns out, vacation rentals are reasonably priced in certain situations.

Take, for example, this story about a Scottsdale resident who had grand plans to rent out his house over Super Bowl week. The Old Town Scottsdale home features space for ten people, a swank pool, and a 12-head shower that the owner likens to a "car wash." The asking price? $30,000 for a ten-night stay.

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Greece's New Prime Minister Doesn't Want You to Stay at an All-Inclusive Resort

Where: Greece
January 30, 2015 at 3:45 PM | by | Comment (1)

Alexis Tsipras, newly installed Prime Minister of Greece, wasted no time in tackling tourism issues, announcing that he hopes to ween the country off of mass tourism and all-inclusive resorts.

According to The Daily Mail, he does not support an outright ban of all-inclusives, but "wants to encourage a move away from the all-inclusive resorts back to the traditional holiday model where visitors use local bars, restaurants and attractions."

It was indeed a bold announcement, and one that is sure to split rooms down the middle. Tsipras said he thinks the resorts tend to wall-in visitors, ultimately reducing the benefits to the local economies despite their ability to draw visitors, with the financial impact is mostly kept to the owners of the property itself.

This is a complicated debate where people with different ideas about tourism and its impacts are sure to butt heads, comparing short and long-term financial and tourism outlooks.

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A First Look at Residence Inn at the World Trade Center

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  Site Where: 170 Broadway, New York, NY, 10007
January 30, 2015 at 12:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

What do you do with an outdated office building in one of the best locations in Lower Manhattan? You convert it into a hotel of course! That’s just what Marriott has done, with the opening of Residence Inn New York Manhattan/World Trade Center Area.

Yes, that's really it's full name. We guess when you start overpopulating your brand in NYC, you have to be as specific as possible about the hotel name. The next Residence Inn may just be called, "Residence Inn New York Next To the Bodega at 42nd and 5th, No, Not that Bodega, The One That's Across From The Starbucks and Duane Reade."

But we digress.

The latest Residence Inn for Manhattan has a stellar location at the corner of Maiden Lane and Broadway, in the heart of the financial district and a short walk to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. As for the building, it dates back to 1903 and formerly contained offices for financial bigwigs, as well as for the jewelry industry which had its own downtown contingent.

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The Out NYC Owner Is Bringing Back Fire Island Pines

January 30, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Out is coming out…. to Fire Island. Ian Reisner, owner of New York’s The Out Hotel, has purchased Fire Island Pines at auction, the commercial district along the harbor on Fire Island (on the other side of Long Island). Together with PJ McAteer, owner of the local Sip & Twirl nightclub, he plans to bring the district back to life following the fire that destroyed The Pavilion nightclub back in 2011.

For the $10.1 million they paid, Reisner and McAteer now own a long list of properties that include: The Pavilion (rebuilt by the previous owners), the 'High Tea' Deck, the Botel Hotel, Rack Gym, Pines Pool & Bar, the Blue Whale Restaurant, Canteen/ Cultured Elephant Restaurant, a number of shops, two homes, and a boat (!).

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You Can Now Use Your Phone to Open The Door at The Cromwell in Las Vegas

January 29, 2015 at 4:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

There are many things that you can lose in Vegas--money, inhibition, dignity, and most certainly your room keys. Raise your hand if this happened to you not once but twice this weekend in Vegas. Oh? We're the only ones?

But if you're staying at The Cromwell Las Vegas, a part of Caesars Entertainment, there's no way to lose those pesky key cards at 2am as the hotel has just announced mobile keys, aka keyless entry, or as Caesars is calling it, eKey. The boutique casino hotel (formerly Bill's Gambling Hall) is now part of exclusive club of hotels that offer keyless entry.

Here's how it works:

Hotel guests using the eKey will receive a link to download The Cromwell app and an access code tied to their iOS device and reservation. When the app is downloaded, guests enter their ID number and will be able to enter their room by placing their iOS device next to the lock. The eKey will also activate the hotel elevator as a traditional key would.

And here is a helpful illustration:

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At Last, The Resort at Pedregal to Reopen This Weekend (No Capella Assistants Though)

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  Site Where: Mexico
January 28, 2015 at 5:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been a rough four months for the The Resort at Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. First, it had to deal with the devastation that was caused by Hurricane Odile.

Then the luxury resort had to pick up the management pieces after the resort owners booted Capella Hotels from the property. After a bit of a legal tussle, it looks like Capella has backed down and the property will take on a new identity as The Resort at Pedregal. Coincidentally, the hotel has erased their Facebook history. The new page only has 3 four likes and all new photos.

Rates next weekend start at $900 a night. No, that's not in pesos. That's in USD. Whooeee.

While a lot of work has been done on the property, it seems as if the rooms will remain the same as when we stayed there last year.

Keep reading for more Cabo reopening dates!

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Marriott is All 'Aboot' Canada Now That They've Picked Up Delta Hotels

Where: Canada
January 28, 2015 at 2:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Remember when we had a first look at Delta Hotels (not related to the airline) flagship hotel in Toronto? So pretty, so sophisticated, so very Alexandra Champalimaud.

And now, it is also so very Marriott.

Fresh off announcing its U.S. expansion plans for Moxy Hotels, Marriott has now gone and snapped up all 38 Delta Hotels, all of which are located in Canada. Here are the terms of the signing over of Delta's soul acquisition:

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Stop What You are Doing and Check Out This Puppy in a Kimpton Hotel Bathrobe

January 28, 2015 at 11:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Let's just take a quick break right now from the stress and anxiety we're all under on this Wednesday morning and focus on this snapshot of the Today Show's puppy, Wrangler, chilling in a Kimpton Hotels animal-print bathrobe during the "blizzard" the other day. The cuteness, it kills.

There's also another pic of Wrangler "reading" the room service menu. Glad to see someone else feels the same way we do about this supposedly waning hotel tradition.

Kimpton Hotels has long been a fave pet-friendly hotel brand of HotelChatter. We think half of the stories in our dog-friendly hotels section feature Kimpton properties. But now that Kimpton is officially a part of InterContinental Hotel Group, we guess they're able to take their pet-friendliness national now. Thanks, IHG!

[Photo: Kimpton Hotels/Facebook]

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Confirming What We Already Knew: Marriott's Moxy Hotels are Coming to The U.S.

January 27, 2015 at 1:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

More major hotel news today regarding millennial brands--Marriott International has announced they will bring Moxy Hotels to the United States. (But we already knew that.)

Already eight Moxy Hotels are lined up, with three hotel set for NYC (in Chelsea, Mid-town and Lower Manhattan), as well as San Fran, Seattle, New Orleans, and Chicago. (See? WE TOLD YOU.)

Naturally, we're a bit concerned about the need for THREE hotels in New York City. But Marriott is sparing no expense here, having contracted Yabu Pushelberg to do the design of at least one NYC hotel. (Remember, this duo recently did another Marriott property--Miami Beach Edition.) So clearly, Moxy is aiming to make a sexy splash when it lands stateside. Which is probably right on brand as the Moxy models are always half-dressed.

Meanwhile, the men of Moxy are still planning on coming in, er, to London three times, as well as in Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin and Denmark.

So what can you expect from Moxy Hotels, aside from lots of man meat? Affordable rates (well, at least near the airport in Milan. NYC probably will not have this), free and "furiously fast" WiFi, Apple TV in the rooms, snug rooms and no phones next to the bed as Moxy is all about high-tech, including keyless entry and motion-sensor lighting. And whatever else millennials are into these days.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Hyatt Has Gone Public With Their New Millennial Hotel Brand, Hyatt Centric

January 27, 2015 at 10:55 AM | by | Comment (1)

At last, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts have thrown their hat (porkpie, we're assuming) into the trendy millennial hotel brand ring, by announcing HYATT CENTRIC., with its first hotel opening in 2015.

Here's what Hyatt Centric is about, according to their website:

Pick a location and pack your bags! We are at the center of the most unique destinations—in the middle of the action, in the know, and always on-hand to serve up insider knowledge, intriguing tidbits, and great conversation over a well-crafted cocktail. We are your local home base, preparing you to explore the best our cities have to offer.

Yup, that sounds like a millennial hotel. And just like all the other millennial hotels out there, Hyatt Centric experience is focusing on design, socialization (with The Corner Lounge), technology (including free WiFi) , artisanal beverages, foodie bites and wellness (the hotel gym is called The Health Studio.)

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

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5 New London Hotels for 2015

January 27, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comment (1)

Twelve months ago, we listed six London hotels to watch out for, and waited patiently for each of them to arrive over the course of 2014. In a world of perpetual hotel delays, we didn’t do so badly, with only one out of six not opening as promised.

With last year’s success rate in mind and finding ourselves in a year that ends on five, it only seems right to take a look at five new London hotels that should make their debut between now and December. Noticeably absent from the list? Clermont London, the one hotel that prevented us from scoring a six out of six last year. Silence on the transformation of the Royal Horseguards Hotel continues, with no update since we first wrote about it in late 2013. Who knows, it may catch us by surprise and open this year, but having been fooled once, we’ll focus on the following for now.

The Lanesborough: closed for well over a year, a “Spring 2015” return came with a fresh website and the news that the Hyde Park Corner hotel would join the Oetker Collection. Renderings show the 93 rooms and suites to stay close to the original Regency décor, but despite Albert Pinto’s classic take, technology should be very 21st century. As much as we would love to believe a March completion, the hotel continues to be obscured by scaffolding last we saw, so we’ll say a hopeful June(ish) for reopening?

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The Carlyle New York to Get a Makeover From Tony Chi and Associates

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  Site Where: 35 E. 76th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10021
January 26, 2015 at 3:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel & Resort, is not just a hotel where Kate Middleton would stay while visiting New York, it is also a hotel where we would spend the end of our days.

It is an Upper East Side institution, a quintessentially New York experience which, provided you have the funds for a night's stay, will make you feel not like a guest passing through but rather, an actual resident and this place has been your home all along.

When we stayed there in 2008, we knew the rooms may not have been the most modern rooms on the block, but they were classic and clean and so very well-maintained. But that was seven years ago. Even though some rooms have received a soft goods upgrade since that time, The Carlyle is ready for a change.

Which is why we are thrilled to hear that NYC-based Tony Chi, the man behind the gorgeous Rosewood London is taking on The Carlyle's upcoming renovation project.

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