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Upstairs Downstairs at The New York Edition

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  Site Where: 5 Madison Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10010
May 14, 2015 at 4:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Are you ready to enter the Naughty Zone?

Revelers from the fashion, art, design, acting and even hospitality world were some of the first to experience the social scene at the New York Edition during the hotel's opening party on Tuesday night. While earlier in the evening W Magazine took over the three dining rooms that comprise the Clocktower Restaurant from chef Jason Atherton, by the time the clock struck 10pm, invited partygoers were free to roam between the restaurant, the billiards room, the upstairs bar and the lobby and lobby bar downstairs.

Despite the crowds (the upstairs bar was a shoulder to shoulder situation) and the celebrities (Rosario Dawson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Chrissy Teigen, Alexa Chung and Q-Tip as the DJ, to name a few), the party was simple, good-old fashioned fun. There were even reports of people were dancing on the purple-felted billiards table. #NotUs #Promise

The day after the party, which wrapped up sometime around 4am, Edition hotelier Ian Schrager arrived to "inspect the damage" which to a guest's eyes seemed nonexistent, but Schrager had some concerns about the lobby furniture. He also turned a lobby lamp around to face in his preferred direction.

Yet overall, Schrager was extremely happy with the turnout calling it a quintessential New York party, with a type of party electricity he hasn't felt with other Edition hotels. "I can't define it. I just know when it's there," Schrager said. "There was excitement and that's the part I enjoy." From the man who created Studio 54, one of the most iconic nightclubs in history, we'd take his word for it.

So now, let's take a look at what had people so excited about the Edition the other night.

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Hotel Restaurants Continue to Impress With Two More Prestigious Awards

April 22, 2015 at 1:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Mee Restaurant at the Belmond Copacabana Palace

Once upon a time, we wondered whether in-house restaurants had any effect on your hotel choice. As hotels continue to push their offerings in an effort to compete with local establishments and become part of the city's scene, hotel restaurants around the world continue to get better and better.

Two awards were handed out this week that show the restaurant industry is taking notice. Down south, MEE Restaurant at the Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio, known for its "sophisticated pan-Asian cuisine," received a Michelin star in the first edition of the Michelin Guide Rio de Janeiro & São Paolo. It was one of six restaurants to be honored in the first edition of the Michelin Guide to cover South America.

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Summer in London Means Picnics in the Park, Preferably with a Hotel Hamper

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  Site Where: 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London, United Kingdom, W1H 7FD
April 22, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Summer in London can mean only one thing: picnics in the parks. Hyde Park, specifically, for sarnies and champagne with Speaker’s Corner in the distance.

Every summer, hotels get together picnic packages and hampers, and the first to land of 2015 is from The Arch London, right by Hyde Park at Marble Arch. You could pick up your lunch at Pret a Manger, but it might be nicer to go with something like this – a Best of British-inspired selection from the hotels’ Hunter 486 restaurant.

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A Look Inside One of DC's Hottest Hotels, The Jefferson DC

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  Site Where: 1200 16th St NW [map], Washington , DC, United States, 20036
April 17, 2015 at 10:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Jefferson DC Hotel on the corner of 16th and M

This week, as we made our way through our Nation's Capital to check out the cherry blossoms, we stopped in to take a look at the Jefferson DC, located down the street from the White House and one of the most highly touted hotels in Washington DC. Join us as we take a walk through to see what has made the hotel so popular.

Overview

The lobby of the Jefferson DC

Formerly an apartment building, it was transformed into a hotel way back in 1955. But the biggest changes came in 2009, when the entire property underwent a two-year facelift. All 95 rooms were upgraded, suites were added, and the hotel really began to live up to its name, adding all kinds of Jefferson memorabilia to the common areas and guest rooms, including signed documents, books, and other artifacts.

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The Maritime Has Turned Into a Foodie with Room Service from Tao and Mario Batali on Deck

April 3, 2015 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

The North Cabanas at The Maritime Hotel is the spot where guests can kick off or wind down their day. Or both. We can't help but notice the gigantic spots on the ground, a clever nod to the nautical.

In August we shared the news that mega chef Mario Batali, along with partner Joe Bastianich, will take over all food and beverage operations at the The Maritime Hotel, located in Manhattan's hip Chelsea neighborhood. The yet-to-be-named restaurant is expected to open this summer and will be the first Batali-Bastianich collaboration in New York in almost 10 years.

In the meantime, The Maritime is making sure no one goes hungry, with complimentary day and evening receptions and a special in-room dining experience created for hotel guests only.

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Four Seasons Hotel Seattle is the Latest Addition to Ethan Stowell's Empire

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  Site Where: 99 Union Street [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98101
March 30, 2015 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ethan Stowell is a man of many talents. With nine restaurants under his belt, a pasta company (Lagana Foods), a pizza shop (Ballard Pizza Company), a wine storage facility and a close-to-the-heart charity event, Eat Run Hope, it’s a miracle this Seattle chef has time to sleep. Like ever.

To add to Stowell’s already impressive resume, it was announced yesterday that the local celeb chef had partnered with Four Seasons Hotel Seattle to create a new restaurant concept to replace ART Restaurant & Lounge. This move can only be a good thing for a restaurant that’s left us, well, lukewarm in the past. (Brunch and its all-you-can-eat cheese buffet have been the exceptions. You can never go wrong with a steady flow of cheese.)

The plan is to move Chef Joe Ritchie of Stowell’s Mkt. to the new venue, which will highlight Pacific Northwest shellfish, as well as a “top-notch” burger. Stowell will oversee the menu and help shape the new space and ambiance.

We’ve just about gotten over the 2010 closure of Stowell’s Union, which was catty-corner from the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle spot. Like all of Stowell’s openings, we can’t wait to see what he does next. Especially in such a prime downtown destination with sentimental ties. The restaurant is slated to open in late-spring.

[Photo: Four Season Hotel Seattle/Facebook]

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Bar Tartine Goodness Coming to The Wythe Hotel Next Month

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  Site Where: 80 Wythe Ave [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11249
March 25, 2015 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Left your heart in San Francisco and now you're somewhere in Brooklyn? Bar Tartine, one of the best restaurants (and bakery) in San Francisco at this moment, is coming to Brooklyn to the Wythe Hotel as part of the hotel's Dinner With Friends series held at the Reynard restaurant.

The first round of tickets sold out pretty fast, but the hotel is releasing a second round for the April 7 and 8 dinner dates. Guests will have the chance to feast on a four-course meal prepared by Chefs Cortney Burns and Nick Balla of Bar Tartine, and Reynard's own chef Sean Rembold. A few dishes to expect are smoked potatoes with black garlic and ramp mayonnaise and green chili fisherman’s stew with collards and mushrooms. We're keeping our fingers crossed for Tartine's insanely delicious bread too.

Seatings are at 7pm sharp and tickets cost $140 which includes the menu, wine pairings from Reynard's wine director, Lee Campbell and gratuity.

Room rates at the Wythe on April 7 and 8 start at $325 for a baby queen room and $435 for a Manhattan king room, one of the best room to book at the hotel.

[Photo: The Wythe]

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Fancy a Genteel St Patrick's Day? Try a No. 23 at The Merrion

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  Site Where: Upper Merrion Street, Dublin, Ireland, 2
March 17, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Happy St Patrick’s Day! To celebrate, we’re going to Dublin. Not to tell you which hotel bars to drink in – that would be far too easy. Rather, let’s talk about the most genteel way to soak up the booze.

The setting: The Merrion, our luxury must-stay for the city, a Dublin hotel as iconic for its high prices as for its history and comfy rooms.

The scene: one of the lounges in which afternoon tea is served.

The protagonist: you, keen to experience the Merrion, less keen on the idea of afternoon tea for €48 ($51).

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Grab a Spork! Going Vegan at The Four Seasons Los Angeles

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  Site Where: 300 South Doheny Drive [map], Los Angeles, CA , United States, 90048
March 13, 2015 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hotels offering vegetarian and vegan options is nothing new but the Four Seasons Los Angeles is now serving two vegan renditions of dishes most commonly found at food trucks.

Here's what we found on the menu at the hotel's poolside cafe, Cabana, located on the hotel's fourth floor rooftop. Aside from gluttonous casual fare such as nachos, burgers and fish tacos and lighter items like salads and salmon, the menu now holds a few special creations from Spork Foods, an organic and vegan cooking class in West Hollywood.

Such items include the Battered Avocado Tacos ($25) filled with house pickled purple onions and ranchero black beans and the Red Bean Veggie Burger Sliders ($21) served with a beet ketchup and veganaise on a gluten-free bun topped with a battered pickle.

Even if you don't adhere to a vegan diet, you can't deny how good these taste. C'mon, fried avocados? Also that beet ketchup is sweeter than it sounds.

Of course, these dishes might be food-truck inspired but the prices are totally Four Seasons. #treatyoself

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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How Do You Like Your London Hotel Tea? 3 Tea Times for 3 Different Types

March 13, 2015 at 1:21 PM | by | Comment (1)

Tea and crumpets are as English as fascinators, but you can be overwhelmed by the sheer number of afternoon teas at London Hotels. So we thought we’d help you out by narrowing the field according to your tea type.

BEST TEA FOR FASHIONISTAS: Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley

This is the kind of tea that makes you smile, with brightly-colored fanciful treats. The Berkeley gets creative with each season’s couture collections for their Prêt-à-Portea, and every tea treat you eat is inspired by a designer. Late last fall their partnership with Jimmy Choo brought about a velvet praline cream cake with sweetheart bow – replicating the must-have Gala pointed-toe pump – and the Cayla zebra-print handbag in chocolate moelleux and meringue.

The 2015 Autumn/Winter Prêt-à-Portea draws inspiration from Diane von Fürstenberg, Dolce and Gabbana and Moschino. The “collection” changes every six months because, as you know, fashion can be so fickle. Tea is served daily from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is £45 ($67) to £58 ($86).

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Miss Ricky's at Virgin Chicago is More Than A Greasy Spoon

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  Site Where: 203 N. Wabash [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60601
March 10, 2015 at 6:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, something happened in Chicago that made us crave diner food and now we can share how our appetite was whet the moment we stepped foot into Virgin Hotel's newest food outpost, Miss Ricky's. In true Virgin fashion the diner menu has been re-invented consisting of old stand-bys, with a cheeky twist and clever take on Branson's name.

When we originally stayed, the all-day dining restaurant off the lobby was still shrouded with paper as the menu and space was being finalized, but last Thursday, the diner welcomed it's first guests, tempting them with giant burgers, Reuben sandwiches and milkshakes.

With a menu that goes well beyond the normal flat grill of a truck-stop, the restaurant claims to be "a modern American diner for early morning noshes, late night bites and everything in between", and with hours starting at 6am to well after midnight on the weekends, you won't be disappointed.

Oh, a full cocktail menu will probably help with that too.

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Positano's Le Sirenuse Resort is Vacationing at Shutters on The Beach This Week

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  Site Where: 1 Pico Boulevard [map], Santa Monica, CA, United States
March 5, 2015 at 1:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's offseason in Positano forLe Sirenuse, the luxury Amalfi Coast resort, home to one of the best pools in Italy, but if you're in Los Angeles this week you can take in some of the Italian seaside living at Shutters on The Beach in Santa Monica.

For the second year in a row, the two hotels have partnered up for a week-long celebration of all things Le Sirenuse (pronounced like "Lay-sear-a-new-say." At One Pico, Le Sirenuse's hot Michelin-star chef, Matteo Temperini, has created a special menu of Mediterranean dishes, all made with local California ingredients.

Highlights include the mantecato (codfish), topped with a poached egg in a sweet garlic cream sauce with asparagus, along with a light risotto atop red shrimp carpaccio, and the Maine Lobster in olive oil broth. But of course, there is dessert--the insanely rich Guanaja chocolate cake served with raspberry sorbet, actual raspberries and a small gold leaf.

All of this can and should be paired with the specially selected white and red wines (Italian, obvi) and if you indulge in Limoncello shots, it is prudent to follow that up with an espresso, so that at least you can order your own Uber home.

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