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We've started a series of what’s trending in hotels these days: What’s Out, What’s In. Do we like what we see? Think it's a dud? You be the judge!
What's Out: Trekking to the hotel gym
What's In: In-room workouts that rival a personal training session
The hotel gym. We know people use ‘em, but sometimes it’s hard to find that last bit of energy needed to drag yourself out of your room after a busy day of sightseeing or making deals. Or maybe you’re just jet-lagged and are up at 3 a.m. thinking, “Man – I could really go for a workout right now.” At these hotels, the gym comes to you.
Dorchester Collection’s new contemporary hotel 45 Park Lane in London offers you an exclusive in-room workout with fitness guru and trainer to the stars, Matt Roberts, through a bespoke and full-body in-room video program. The hotel committed to get fit during the London Olympics and got Matt to create five workouts, each video focusing on a different area of the body using the furniture at hand. (We’re not suggesting they’re copying us here at HC, but sort of like our Sweat-Worthy Hotel Room Exercises series we brought you about a month or so ago.)
When you leave you’ll also get a freebie Matt at 45 Park Lane Fitness Pack which includes step-by-step training techniques for beginners through pros, a healthy eating plan, and “in the know” tips from the trainer -- things only Matt Roberts and Naomi Campbell knew till now.
At Raffles Praslin Seychelles space is your friend if you want to have an in-room workout. In the privacy of your own 410 sq ft (minimum) villa, with a vast outdoor terrace looking out over the ocean, you can do as many Sun Salutations as you want without bumping into the furniture. All villas already include a yoga mat and, at your mere request, the resort will deliver a fitness kit consisting of a dumbbell set, skipping rope, stability ball, resistance band and a selection of exercise DVDs. If that’s not enough to get you going you can arrange for an in-room personal trainer to take you through your paces with a customized exercise program.
And don't forget, HotelChatter's Sweat-Worthy Workouts: Can't afford to hire a personal trainer to come to your room? Or more likely, are you staying in a property that doesn't have a gym or in-room fitness videos? We've got you covered with our five sweat-worthy workouts, all of which you can do in your hotel room. Watch the videos for instructions on the different body parts to work out. You're very welcome!
Two more fitness-crazed hotels below!
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Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)
DEALS, DEALS, DEALS*
Spring Skiing Hotel Deal in Mammoth: Most of you might be getting ready to some surfboading instead of snowboarding but at Mammoth Mountain in California, the snow is just getting good. Ok, well, not really but spring skiing is apparently really fun there with both the US ski and snowboard teams visiting and with the Annual Pondskim on April 21. Plus, hotel guests at any of the mountain's hotels get a nightly discount based on the temperature from April 14-May 23. For example, if it's 45 degrees both days, then you will get a $90 refund on your hotel room at checkout. The daily high temp is based on the high temperature at Main Lodge recorded on the Ski Patrol website and you must stay two or more nights to get he refund. Go here to book.
Pay Your Respects to Lilly Pulitzer at Sea Island: The Cloister at Sea Island Resort, off the coast of Georgia, put together this Lilly Pulitzer Mother Daughter Getaway for Mother's Day weekend before the colorful designer passed away but now it seems the best way to pay your respects to the woman who made wearing crazy pink and green outfits acceptable. The deal includes a complimentary upgrade if available; a welcome bottle of pink champagne and green macaroons; a special Lilly Pulitzer gift; one massage for each guest at The Spa at Sea Island; one mani/pedi for each guest; one dinner at Tavola, the resort's new Italian trattoria; one dinner at The Georgian rom, a Forbes five-star resto and one pink rose petal bath for each guests. Rates start at $510 per person per night. So $2,040 for both of you for two nights. The deal also includes access to several Lilly-themed events over Mother's Day Weekend like a tennis clinic with Murphy and Luke Jensen, a Lilly Pulitzer runway show, and brunch on Sunday, although those are separate costs.
The Omni Wants You to Visit Sun Diego: The Omni San Diego is luring travelers to their hotel with promises of sun, sun and more sun. Oh and some sunscreen. Their new Sun Diego package includes room accommodations, complimentary valet parking for one car, two complimentary Seabreezes at McCormick's and Schmick's at the hotel, a bottle of sunscreen and a guide to the best outdoor activities and events in town. Rates start at $281 a night which is a little steep but if there's a ball game going on, it's totally worth it as the hotel is adjacent to the park. Go here to book and use code PKGSUN. No word if you get a refund if it rains but you could ask?
Have a Culinary Liason in DC: The Liaison Capitol Hill has redesigned its new restaurant, Art and Soul, as well as its lobby and guestrooms and is enticing guests to check out the changes with their Artisanal Fare Escape. Starting at $179 a night, the deal includes a stay in a recently renovated guestroom, plus a $100 dining credit for Art ad Soul. Go here to book and use promo code NEWART. The deal is good through September 2nd.
You can pretend like you didn't know today is "Tax Day" (shout out to extended filers!), or you can celebrate April 15th knowing your return is safely out the door. Perhaps you're one of those lucky peeps who've already filed and getting a refund, too! But let's not turn our backs on some of us who might need solace as they make out a check to Uncle Sam (stop staring at us!).
So, to cover both sets of folks, there are a few hotels ready to celebrate or commiserate "Tax Day" with you.
Here are our 3 faves.
The Grant Grill, US Grant Hotel, San Diego is a pretty pricey place (US presidents and their wives come here for a reason!) so for those who will be giving instead of receiving from the IRS, the hotel is generously reducing its new Raw Cocktail menu for a grand $4.15 per drink! Regularly priced at $12 each, these new craft cocktails--two are named the "New Apple Martini" and "The Melon Ball" are cute spin on classic drinks, both using the fresh, pressed juice of the entire fruit. BTW, those who are getting a sweet government-endorsed check? Buy a round (or two!) for your newly broke-ass friends! It's the right thing to do.
We co-sign the "Suite Tax Relief” package at The Grand Hotel Minneapolis, simply because you lucky ducks need a place to spend that refund, the enormous Mall of America is near this downtown hotel, and you'll have a blast with that new bank to spend. The hotel is offering a deluxe room (with no room tax added!), free Payday, 100 Grand and Sugar Daddy candy bars (how cute is that?) and a late check-out from your shopping hangover. Sweet! Package rates start at $149, and are available now through Memorial Day (blackout dates apply). Book at www.grandhotelminneapolis.com or call 800-Kimpton and mention rate code PTAX.
Perhaps we're just projecting our own sitches here, but we think there are many of us in the "filing late/owing" category. Yes? That's why we completely dig the “No Taxation Without Libations” deal at Chicago's Hotel Allegro. After you've cried, pleaded, promised a new attitude for next year's filing (you know, that filthy lie you always tell yourself) and then surrendered to a soon-come battle with the IRS, go on and head to this downtown boutique hotel for a good sleep and some dranks before you sign up for overtime shifts tomorrow to pay off that impending tax bill. The Allegro's package includes a night in a deluxe room and two cocktails and an appetizer for $10.40 (get it?!) at the Encore Liquid Lounge. We suggest you get a protein-heavy appetizer, because Ramen noodles dinners may be in your future after tonight. Package starts at $179 and is available through May 31st (for you late filers). Book online at www.allegrochicago.com or call 800-Kimpton and mention rate code TD1040.
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Even more horrifying, witnesses report seeing at least one guest engulfed in flames. Two victims were rushed to the hospital for treatment, and the third was taken to UCSD Medical Center for life-threatening burns. LAist.com reports that two of the injured were inside the room where the explosion occurred and that the other was from the room next door.
News reports state the man and woman inside the room were 'cooking' meth.
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According to the Mayan Long-Count Calendar time is no longer measured after December 21, meaning that the world might just end on this day since there is no December 22nd. Just about 13 years ago, have heard this all before with Y2K, but that was before HotelChatter and now we can present some of best packages for spending your last day as a mortal.
Spending your last few days on earth might be better spent in the lap of luxury and some of these hotel packages are doozies. Geographically and historically speaking, it makes sense count down the last hours in Mexico and Central America, but we have also found a few that a bit closer to home. And just think, if December 22nd does happen, you get to brag about your digs on your vacation.
When we see specials that tout room for $1 or anything in that realm, we react with a twinge of excitement followed by a healthy dose of skepticism. We know these things do happen (see the smidgen of folks who got in on Public Chicago’s $1 deal), but, well, we’re just getting a little tired of breaking our necks for a slim-to-none chance to score a room.
So, when we saw that San Diego’s historic US Grant Hotel (where Michelle Obama recently stayed), the Gaslamp institution we featured in our Presidential Suites story, was offering $1.02 suites in celebration of their 102 birthday, we had to know “what’s the catch?”
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There's just something about this time of year when we are HUNGRY, like, always. But the only time it seems socially acceptable to get seriously gluttonous is at a buffet of some sort or, during a weekend brunch. And quite frankly, with the weather changing so fast in so many parts of the country, we're in the mood for a good plate of sumthin' sumthin'.
So, we dug into the HC brunch archives and pulled out some of our favorite places to chow down over the weekend. We tried to keep it to places where we didn't have to dress up (we're in a grungy sweatpants sorta mood), but some places can get fancy, and for a good meal, we will make the effort.
The best way to show you where to go is to point the way in pictures.
So, leave your worries behind, have an extra mimosa or not-your-usual Bloody Mary, and feed with fury. We are right there with you!
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If your Twitter and FB feeds haven’t yet been blown to smithereens regarding last night’s Presidential Debate, then we want to know your secret. But at HC, we want to focus on a key issue—and that is—where do presidents like to sleep when they’re on the road? And can we, the public, duplicate that experience?
So, while others choose to argue politics with friends, family, and..strangers on the internet, we’d rather entertain you with these hotels’ Presidential Suites and tempt you into voting on a stay there.
The US Grant, San Diego
The Penthouse Presidential Suite (from $3,500 a night) on the rooftop of this historic hotel is celebrated for its views of the city and the bay. Oh, and it’s recognized for the 14 presidents that have stayed here for the past 100 years--most recently George Bush Sr. Originally a radio station, it was the place where FDR broadcast his first ‘fireside chat’ outside of DC. The hotel has put together a package where you can actually stay inside the lavish suite, receive a city helicopter tour, and a chef’s dinner for two for $2012. Reserve online (rate plan LZPKG1) or call 866-716-8136.
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We hate to see rooftop season go, and with fall officially beginning tomorrow, places will start closing up shop soon. Which is why we've asked our HotelChatter editors and contributors to pick their favorite hotel rooftops around the US and Europe in case you haven't visited one yet. Ever the optimists, we'll say there are a few weeks of prime rooftop hopping left before annoying things like rain, wind chill factor, and snow block us from the outdoor lounging we love so much.
Use this guide to get your pre-Fall affairs in order!
Pod 39, New York City
Word's gotten out about midtown's newest hotel rooftop bar, located on the 17th floor of the Pod 39. And why not? Enclosed by a series of majestic terra cotta columns and slender brick archways, the al fresco space feels more like a re-discovered Greek temple than the regular old Manhattan standby. But, it's a bar alright. Cocktails like the delicious Weathervane (rye whiskey, grapefruit juice, campari, ginger, and a sprig of fresh rosemary, $12) make a great accompaniment to up-close views of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and neighboring Queens. (ASchechter, Assistant Editor)
See the rest of the picks after the jump!
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Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Today, we've got a few deals, some early autumn packages and some for those hanging on til summer’s official end, Sept. 21st.
As usal, don't forget to tell us about your stay! )
·The Chanler at Cliff Walk: A coastal jaunt to Newport, RI, right now brings a good mix of warm days, and cool, but not cold nights. The “Fall In Love” package gives you a taste of what’s to come when the 3.5 cliff walk transforms into a Crayolafied palette of color. For $425 per night you’ll get:
•Two nights in a luxurious room
•Full seasonal breakfast
•A bottle of Spiced Pear sparkling wine
•Two tickets to visit one of the famous Newport mansions of your choice.
•A 3-course meal at the Spiced Pear restaurant
•Free transport to any Newport locale; drivers provide scenic tours
·Regent Palms Turks & Caicos: The temperatures are going to drop in many parts of the country—not so in the Caribbean, which will gear up for high season soon. But in the meantime, shoulder season means good deals, and that means 50% off stays at this luxury beachfront resort. Book through October 20th and the "Once in a Lifetime" package starts at $313 a night on all accommodations. The rate includes free continental breakfast, WiFi and more. Reservations can be made by calling 866-877-7256. Use promo code 1NLT.
We know many of you have finished up your family holidays for the season and sent the children back to their so-second homes called school. But for those parents with tiny tots at home and those advanced planners we all secretly aspire to be, you’ll want to know this: Legoland, Californiais now taking reservations for May 7-August31-2013.
These are for hotel packages at its new 250-room hotel near San Diego.
Now families will have a complete theme-park experience with days spent at on rides, , and nights at the resort-like themed hotel which has a dragon-guarded entrance, interactive features, themed play areas, pool and kid’s entertainment. You won’t have to travel far to reach the hotel either as it’s located right at the main entrance of the theme park.
Guests can choose from three types of themed rooms—Pirate, Kingdom, or Adventure-with accommodations including two separate sleeping areas: queen-size bed for adults, and one for kids ( up to three) with bunk bed and pull-out trundle bed, plus their own television, so no fighting over the remote!
The package includes:
*Four 2-Day Resort Hopper tickets, including 2-day admission to Legoland California, Sea Life Aquarium and Legoland Water Park (water park open weekends only until May 25th, then open daily for the Summer)
*Exclusive early admission to the park on both days
*Breakfast for up to 4 people daily
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So, by now we all know the deal with the Keating Hotel, right? San Diego's "all flash no cash" hotel whose owner was genuinely more interested in things like Bang & Olufsen flat screens and espresso makers than actual comfortable rooms.
Well, that all changed with Gordon Ramsay's highly-publicized visit back in December to shoot a recently-aired episode of Hotel Hell. Since then, the menu has been simplified, the GM is no longer doing laundry (hooray, Sandra!), and, most importantly, the room service has been tightened up.
But there's one other thing. Remember back when we heard about Gordon designing one of the suites at the Keating? Well, the 2-room Victory Suite is now available for booking—at a staggering $1,099/night. So is it worth the cash?