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Loews Hotels have been busy at work on their new Chicago hotel, which is expected to open next year near North Michigan Avenue, but in the process, they managed to snap up another hotel in the area. This time near the airport.
The 556-room InterContinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel was recently purchased by Loews Hotels. The deal should close in late July which means the InterContinental branding will switch over to the Loews branding. The hotel will then go by the name, Loews Chicago O'Hare. And yes, this means the hotel will now have free WiFi.
The hotel is two miles from the airport and is also connected to the Donald E. Stephen’s Convention Center and the Fashion Outlets of Chicago. Downstairs the hotel has its own entertainment, thanks to three restaurants and bars and a curated art gallery. So it's clearly no rinky dink airport hotel.
Meanwhile, Loews is crushing hard on the Midwest these days as they just snapped up the Graves 601 Hotel in Minneapolis, and the Loews Chicago proper is coming soon. But this might not be the end. Jonathan Tisch, the chairman of Loews Hotels & Resorts, hinted at more Loews in the future.
“The Midwest is an area where we were looking to increase our presence,” he said in a statement. So, Loews Detroit? Loews Cleveland? Loews Des Moines? We'll keep our eyes out.
[Photo: InterContinental Chicago O'Hare; Loews Logo added by HotelChatter]
No, it's not a party. It's the hotel employees striking against the InterContinental Santiago for low wages.
The protest is pretty massive with a giant white banner stretched across the street corner, asking the InterContinental for a significant increase in employee wages. Smaller white signs listing the faults of the hotel also line the entire building while in front of the entrance, protesters have gathered to chant and sing songs. The walkway is littered with pieces of paper and it looks as if the doors are closed.
ILoveChile.com covered the protest when it began ten days ago. Yet despite the ferocity and length of the protest, the hotel is still accepting reservations. Tomorrow night, you can stay in a room for only $219 a night. That seems cheap but not worth the drama.
UPDATE: The morning after, all the signs and banners were removed, the sidewalk was cleaned up and bellmen were bustling outside the entrance. Perhaps strike is over? Or maybe just taking a break for the Chile v. Brazil World Cup game.
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We've longed loved the little touches at old world luxury hotels, from a zen turndown service to a careful room service presentation. Now the InterContinental Carlton Cannes has brought to our attention a service we thought didn't even exist anymore. They are calling it The Bookmark Fairy.
If a hotel housekeeper notices book or a magazine left open without a bookmark or with a dog-eared page, they will slip one of the hotel's signature bookmarks inside where the guest left off reading.
A hotel rep tells us it's a little-known but "incredibly well-received perk." And as the hotel readies for the Cannes Film Festival which kicks off tomorrow, we're sure the Bookmark Fairy will be making the rounds.
Rates at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes start at around 285 Euros, after the festival is over of course.
[Photo: InterContinental Carlton Cannes]
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Last year, we took you around the brand new Royal Suite at the InterContinental Park Lane in London, with its ginormous bed, bespoke furniture, and QEII touches (if you recall, the hotel is built on the site of her former childhood residence).
We recently popped back into the hotel on Hamilton Place to look at some of the rooms us normal folk are more likely to find ourselves in, which are now also being given a touch up: 122 out of 387 regular guestrooms have already been renovated, with further work planned for this year.
This is a first aid kit with two bandages, two Tylenol, two decongestants, 2 antacid relief tablets and one antiseptic towelette from In-Room Plus, a company that provides hotels with minibar products.
We've seen kits with Tylenol or Advil before but we like the additions of the decongestants and the antacid tablets. Because that's totally happened before when we've come down with a sinus headache or an upset stomach late at night. So this kit saves us from making the trip (or paying someone else to make it for us.)
This thoughtful touch all goes back to our argument of making the minibar accessible and affordable, rather than just eliminating it entirely. We could do without the full-sized bottles of alcohol and the overpriced nuts but a little first aid kit like this can really come in handy.
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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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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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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.)
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.
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.
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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.
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.