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The InterContinental LA is Lending Lovers Its Helipad for a Night

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  Site Where: 2151 Avenue Of The Stars [map], Los Angeles, CA , United States, 90067
January 17, 2014 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've been put off hotel packages this year but when a package involves a hotel helipad, then we just can't resist.

The InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles not only has an awesome 18th floor helipad with insane views of Los Angeles, the luxury hotel is now letting use it for Valentine's Day. Helicopter ride included!

Priced at an eye-watering $11,000, the package includes accommodations in the newly renovated Presidential Suite with welcome drinks upon arrival (we've seen this suite and it is spectacular), a private 30-minute helicopter tour of Los Angeles in the city’s only twin-engine helicopters, a six-course private dinner for two with wine pairings against a romantic sunset backdrop with sweeping views of LA atop the hotel’s helipad, the Romance Ritual spa treatment at the Spa InterContinental, breakfast in bed for two the following morning, and overall royal VIP treatment, including valet parking, a romantic welcome amenity and suite decorations.

Of course, this is not something you book online. If you're serious about wooing your sweetheart with this package, call (310) 284-6557 to book.

If your wallet can't handle this package, don't fret. The hotel is also offering a Dinner on the Deck package which includes an upgrade to a Superior Sundeck Room with VIP treatment, an intimate four-course dinner with wine pairing on your private sun deck and breakfast in bed the next day. That's priced at $699 and can be booked online here. Just don't let your lover know you took the cheaper option.

GO HERE TO SEE THE NEWLY RENOVATED ROOMS AT THE INTERCONTINENTAL LOS ANGELES

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Before and After: The InterContinental Los Angeles' Sexy New Look

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  Site Where: 2151 Avenue of the Stars [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90067
January 14, 2014 at 3:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the before and after.

Over at the InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles, renovations are underway on all of the hotel's 361 guest rooms and 148 spacious suites. We got the chance to peek into both a not-yet-renovated room and a glammed up one and the difference is amazing.

Pre-renovations, the guest rooms look very much like they have for the past ten years or so. This is actually what the rooms looked like when the hotel was once a Park Hyatt. Ho-hum. We can't decide which is worse--the headboard or the drapes.

Keep reading to see how the rooms look after the renovation!

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All We Want for Christmas is a Bite of the InterContinental's Macaron Christmas Tree

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  Site Where: 2 Rue Scribe, Paris, France
December 16, 2013 at 5:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

The world is officially in "Countdown to Christmas" mode and now, so are we. Every day until Christmas we'll be featuring a hotel that's in a holiday mood--whether it be with gigantic gingerbread houses, over-the-top Christmas decorations, thrilling lighting displays and best of all, Santa appearances. But of course, any hotel can assemble a fake tree, put on some lights and declare themselves "festive." Which is why we're looking at hotels that are really going ALL OUT. Know of a hotel that's super excited for Christmas? Let us know!

One of the "must-dos" for visiting Paris is sampling some Ladurée macarons and bringing home a box or two (or three.) But if you're staying at the InterContinental Paris Le Grand, you won't have to go far to get some macarons.

The hotel has just unveiled the largest macaron Christmas tree in the world, made out of 8,000 brightly colored Ladurée macarons. The main tree stands nearly 14 feet high, while 27 other Ladurée macaron trees of various sizes can be found throughout the hotel (until January 6th.)

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You Want Calvados? The Barclay Bar's Got Calvados

Where: 111 East 48th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10017
October 21, 2013 at 10:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

So, you know which hotel bar has the best scotch collection, but, with apple season in full swing, perhaps you have a hankering for a good Calvados.

In that case, may we recommend you head up to the Intercontinental New York Barclay's Barclay Bar, where, with 92 labels this season, you'll find the country's biggest collection of apple brandy of Normandy France.

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InterContinental Loves London, Will Open a 3rd Hotel There

September 26, 2013 at 10:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

InterContinental Hotels just opened their Westminster location late last year but they're ready to do it again-- this time at The O2 Arena.

The InterContinental London The O2, located on the Greenwich Peninsula, adjacent to the arena, will open in 2015. It will have 452 rooms, a health spa, "numerous" restaurants, a couple of bars and a sky bar with 180-degree views over Canary Wharf and the River Thames. The hotel is also planning on having one of the largest pillar-free ballrooms in Europe. Alrighty then! The property will be managed by Arora Hotels under a franchise agreement with Meridian Hotel Operations.

No word on the price points but the InterCon Westminster goes for about $350 a night. We expect the InterCon O2 to be a little less than that, except of course when One Direction big acts are playing at the arena.

[Photo: FutureShape/Flickr]

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Former Ritz-Carlton Sydney Scrubs Up To Become an InterContinental

Where: 29-41 Cross Street, Double Bay Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2028
August 2, 2013 at 9:25 AM | by | Comment (1)

If you're a fan of anything and everything Ritz-Carlton, you might remember the hotel brand having a property in Sydney that has since been merely part of fond memories of luxury digs and top-notch service in the upmarket inner-suburb of Double Bay. Now, some deep pockets are giving the old hotel new life by turning it into an InterContinetal Hotel.. This will be the second InterContinental Hotel for the city.

The new owners will fork over a wad of cash to transform the derelict building which was built as Australia's only Ritz in 1991 and eventually became the destination for the likes of Princess Diana, Madonna and Bill Clinton on their visits Down Under. In 1997, the hotel made an infamous list when INXS lead-man, Michael Hutchence, was hung himself in room 524 causing the hotel's reputation to nosedive. In 2001, it was turned into Sir Stamford which then closed in 2009 causing the building to go in ill-repair.

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Bigger Is Better: The Emperor Bed At InterContinental Park Lane London

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  Site Where: One Hamilton Place, London, United Kingdom, W1J 7QY
June 25, 2013 at 8:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

From squeezy European Single to California King, we’ve done a lot of sleeping around here at HC. With hotel beds that is, of course. We hear about sleep concierges and pillow menus, see hotels hawking their goods for you take home, and encounter sheets that are somewhat past their use-by date.

If size is of importance (that’s your dirty mind, not ours), the InterContinental Park Lane might just have most hotels beat with the biggest bed we’ve seen in quite some time in its top-of-the-line Royal Suite. King what? Say hello to the Emperor bed, a whopping 7 feet wide.

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NeNe Leakes' Glam White Wedding Happened at the InterContinental Atlanta

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  Site Where: 3315 Peachtree Rd NE [map], Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30326
June 24, 2013 at 9:51 AM | by | Comment (1)

Hopefully it’ll be “second time’s a charm” for Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes, who remarried ex-husband Gregg Leakes this past weekend at the tony InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta.

The boisterous bride-to-be and reality-tv personality lived up to her diva rep, starting from her bachelorette vaca in Mexico all the way to the bizarre pre-wedding release and confidentiality agreement each of her 400 guests had to sign.

According to RadarOnline.com, rules to attend the southern soiree were as follows:

“[guest]...will not be under the influence of any medication or drugs that might impair my physical or mental ability to engage in the Activity or that might impair my judgment while engaging in the Activity.

Also expected were folks to be in “…good health and have no medical, physical, or emotional condition that might interfere with my engaging in the Activity.”

Think that's all? There are more demands after the jump!

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Crazed Fan Gets Too Close to Brad Pitt at the InterContinental Sydney

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  Site Where: 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2000
June 14, 2013 at 10:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

The whole of Australia is a flutter with Brad Pitt touching down this week to promote his new movie, World War Z. Though this is Brad's first visit down under, he opted to leave Angie at home and take little Pax, possibly to pat some koalas or feed some kangaroos.

While in Sydney, father and son are staying in the lap of luxury at the centrally located, Intercontinental. The hotel is located smack dab in the middle of the city's most popular area, Circular Quay, and no doubt while Dad was busy doing his interviews, Pax and his carer hopped on a ferry to the Taronga Zoo for a quick Aussie animal fix.

Yet as busy as Brad can be on his inaugural visit, he did seem to attract some attention with the fans, and we're not talking about the good kind. One fan was hanging out in the basement parking garage waiting to catch a glimpse of Brad and, maybe get an autograph. After the fan approached Brad and Pax, the star's bodyguards quickly stepped in and tackled the man. Eventually, the police came to issue a 'move-on order' (the Aussie equivalent to a slap on the wrist) to the fan and the boys were off to their yacht cruise around the iconic harbor.

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Shop Til You Drop At These 7 Mall Hotels Around the World

April 24, 2013 at 10:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last month, the 500-room Radisson Blu Mall of America became the second Radisson Blu to open in the US (after Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago). But one thing that sets this place apart from Chicago (and all other subsequent Rad Blus) is that it directly connects to the Mall of America, with its 530 shops, 5 major department stores, multiple food courts, indoor theme park, and 14-screen movie theater. If they want, hotel guests can even arrange for a personal shopper and bag pick-up to maximize the experience. Rates from $174/night.

For more mall hotel awesome-ness in Hong Kong, Dubai, and Houston, read on!

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IHG Sells London Park Lane to Constellation Hotels for $460M

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  Site Where: One Hamilton Place, London, United Kingdom, W1J 7QY
April 1, 2013 at 11:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) sold the luxurious, 447-room InterContinental London Park Lane to an affiliate of Constellation Hotels last week for about $460 million, building upon a fire sale that's been going on for the past decade. Since 2003, IHG has sold 191 hotels, at a rate of about 19 hotels a year, for a $6.1 billion profit.

They made a pretty penny on the Park Lane property, too, flipping it for 62% more than its December 2012 book value, by selling it to a Middle Eastern private investment group, and continuing a trend of Middle Eastern investment in London.

Recently, Qatar purchased Harrods department store and helped to finance the construction of the Shard skyscraper.

IHG says the profits will be used for "general corporate purposes," which we figure will include champagne parties, backstage passes, and pillow fights involving supermodels. Seriously though, we see big numbers thrown around all the time, so we're always more focused on the practical questions, like, will anything change as far as the consumer is concerned?

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Which Hotels Hosted Ellen on Her Aussie Adventure?

Where: Australia
April 1, 2013 at 9:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you haven't heard Ellen DeGeneres and wife, Portia de Rossi, headed Down Under, to Portia's motherland. It was a trip hugely publicized on Ellen's show and by Qantas Airways, one of the sponsors.

We got the scoop on which Aussie hotels got the chance to show one of TV's funniest females their hottest digs on their visit to both Sydney and Melbourne. It seems like the couple likes to stay in the lap of luxury and we can't blame them.

First stop was Sydney, and after getting their respective passports stamped, the pair headed to the historic InterContinental Sydney perched over Circular Quay with views of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Let's hope they had time to check out that awesome pool on the 31st floor overlooking the harbor; it couldn't get more 'Sydneysider' than that!

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