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Daytona Beach had its heydey in the 1980s as the #1 Spring Break destination for college students rocking bad perms, Vuarnet t-shirts and too-short neon shorts. While it's still a popular (and "trashy" Spring Break spot, the town probably prefers to be known for events other than wet t-shirt contests and beer funneling like the annual Daytona 500 car race and the town's handful of museums. However, all that will change with the arrival of a beachfront Hard Rock Hotel in 2016.
Hard Rock International made the announcement late last week saying the hotel will feature 250 hotel rooms, a signature Hard Rock Cafe and all the Hard Rock brand signatures from Rock Star Suites to Vibe managers, a RockSpa, Sleep Like a Rock linens and even a recording studio for guests to use during their stay. The hotel will also feature a pool with a bar and grill, ballroom, meeting spaces and 100 condominium units (although that hasn't worked out well for Hard Rock San Diego.)
And yes, the city's totally down with the idea of a rocking hotel on their beachfront.
“The city and county have been working hand-in-hand to rejuvenate the city of Daytona Beach, and we’re thrilled Hard Rock and Bayshore Capital [the developer] have chosen ‘The World’s Most Famous Beach’ as its newest location for expansion,” said Derrick Henry, Mayor of Daytona Beach. “The synergies between Daytona Beach and Hard Rock are limitless, and we cannot wait for the brand to open the Hotel and Cafe.”
We better start training for the drinking games, then.
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The Sun Palace, Cancun
We at HotelChatter know Spring Break exists even though our school days are long gone. March and April seems to be the months when kids from elementary to college age are let loose upon the world, meaning vacation time for some lucky adults too. So you know what? We decided we want in, too. There’s still enough time to book a getaway, so with that in mind, here are some vernal equinox escapes, in case you want to get on the bandwagon.
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Was it the palm trees or the volleyball nets that gave away yesterday's Guess The Hotel? HotelChatter member onezendog was right—we're at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel, or the hotel formerly known as the Yankee Clipper.
The hotel reopened in January and certainly does have that recently renovated feel about it. The lobby and public spaces all look fresh and modern, but if you look closely you still see hints of the past peeking through. Being such an old building, this means old-style floor plans and unattractive ceilings glammed up with new carpeting, paint, furniture, bedding, and flatscreen TVs.
There are new elevators, too, but that doesn't necessarily mean better: Ours got stuck and after a bit of a wait we had to half climb out of it back onto our floor.
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Jaunted editor Victor Ozols is just back from a trip down to Key West where he celebrated Spring Break. Wanna know where he shacked up during his stay? Watch his in-depth guided video tour here. Or if you're at work and your boss is hovering, read the entire review below and pretend it's work-related.
ME Cancún, a Sol Mélia resort, is a hotel that is sort of ... well, meh (or shall we say, "MEh"). As we discovered last year, there are plenty of good things about the resort as we said, pretty people, pretty views, and pretty nice furniture but there isn't really anything distinguishing it from the properties around it in Cancun.
However. Unbeknownst to us until recently, the 22nd season of MTV's The Real World is already wrapping up filming in sweet, sweet Mexico (thanks, Jaunted!) and guess where the 7-ish strangers picked to live in a house will be living? The ME Cancun. Oh yes.
We keep telling you that Las Vegas is cheap these days and it really is. Ok, well maybe not right this second as March Madness is going on and hotels in Sin City are happily finding themselves almost full again.
But if you are looking for a fun getaway in the near future, the MGM Grand is offering a Spring Fling package with room rates starting at $75 a night and perks like a $35 activity credit to be used for fine dining or entertainment, two line passes to either Studio 54 or Tabú Ultra Lounge, 25 percent off spa services from Grand Spa or Cristophe Salon, two poolside cocktails and $10 slot FREE PLAY®.
This offer must be booked by April 30, but it's good for travel through September 10.
Sometimes we forget that Spring Break means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. It’s true, some Spring Breaks don’t involve girls with low self-esteem or the slimy guys who prey on them.
At the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort, for instance, spring break is all about a different, infinitely more wholesome, slime. As in Nickelodeon’s “Slime Time” and “Slimo Bingo.” That’s right — through April 28, kids aged 4 to 12 can live out their spring break fantasies at the resort’s Nickelodeon Activity Zone with full and half-day sessions, which include an appearance by none other than SpongeBob SquarePants. Plus: arts and crafts (pottery painting, jewelry-making), stargazing, a Sonoran desert walk, and a “Nick After Dark” program with games, a Nickelodeon movie, and dinner (5 to 9 p.m.).
The older-than-12 crowd can live out their own fantasies (sans kiddies). The resort offers golf at the Wildfire Golf Club (with two championship courses by Nick Faldo and Arnold Palmer), the two-story Revive Spa, eight tennis courts, a Lazy River (pictured), and the Wii-equipped Vista Lounge.
The Nickelodeon NAZ Club Extravaganza Package starts at $189 per night and includes a deluxe room, daily breakfast with SpongeBob SquarePants, free meals for kids under 12 at Blue Sage Restaurant, and more Nickelodeon goodness.
It's March and the long, hard winter is almost done,
And you're ready to take a vacay for a little bit of fun.
You'd love some sun, a margarita, and maybe a shot of Maker's,
But you don't want to share your hotel with college Spring breakers.
You need to let loose from your full-time jobs as Dad and Mom
And you don't want to end up stepping in some frat boy's vom.
So we've put together a handy guide for you to consult:
Here are the Five Best Spring Break Hotels for Adults.
With Maury down in Miami, the frat-tastic bros likely taking over the desired Mexico spots, and New York City being kinda meh during March, why don't you try something new and kick it in Boston this Spring Break? It doesn't exactly conjure up the same sorts of images of sandy bottoms, bikinis and Coronas that most of us think of for March-April trips, but hey: it's cheap, Boston's got plenty of good beer, and there are more than enough college kids to show you a good time around Beantown.
Last year, the historic Copley Square Hotel underwent a 17 million dollar renovation and when it (finally) re-opened, it had reinvented itself to be a boutique-y chic property marketed to the hip young things. Inside, you've got nightlife options like Saint (a dress-code-enforced kinda joint), the more laid-back Minibar and the Lobby Lounge and the neighborhood's got no shortage of nighttime party options (or daytime shopping options, really) either.
This season, the hotel is offering a Spring Break package that includes a King Deluxe room, breakfast for 2 at Xhale, 2 cocktails and an appetizer at Minibar, VIP access to Saint, and 2 passes to FitCorp "to work off your hangover." The package rates start at $259 for the first night (that's 130 per person if you split it with your BFF), and then each additional night will be 20% off the best available rate; the package is available from March 1 to April 16, 2009.
Ah, Maury Povich. You make the long weekdays go by so much more quickly with your endless paternity-test disasters, the verbal assaults that take place on your stage, your insane makeovers and crazy-kid-rehab bootcamps; it's only sensible that you pack up and take it all to Miami during Spring Break to place your Maury-ness squarely in the epicenter of young American debauchery; the capital of poor decisions.
And yet: why did you choose the Westin Diplomat hotel as the backdrop to film segments of your Spring Break-edition shows? According to Page Six, you've opted to tape some "sexy segments" there but why not, like, some segments on Ocean Drive at 3:15 a.m.? Surely the Delano and Fontainebleau are a wee bit too classy for the likes of Povichery, but a Westin just seems sort of like, well, a conservative choice.
Then again, we wouldn't want a set that is so not conservative that it upstages your guests. Not like that's any easy feat.
For Spring Breakers and exhausted 9 to 5-ers looking for a chill beach vacay this coming winter, 16 acres of Caribbean waterfront will sound pretty darn good. And the humungous Solis The Palmyra in Jamaica, poised to open in March, looks like it might be able to deliver.
Perched on the shores of Montego Bay, the hotel has three towers, courtyards, and ocean views out of every room; a ballroom, event lawn, and gazebo for weddings; two pools, beachside cabanas, and tons of adventure gear for the using. There's also a 30,000 square foot spa, designed by award-winning spa designer Susan Harmsworth.
Guests will get preferential treatment at the nearby award-winning golf courses. And be sure to wear your bathing suit under your clothes on your flight into Montego Bay: the hotel is only 15 minutes from the airport.
We're pretty sure the Best Western Playa Suites in Acapulco, Mexico won't be keen on hosting Spring Breakers again.
Several Spring Breakers from the University of New Hampshire and Penn State were staying at the hotel when it caught fire early Monday morning.
The students had booked the trip through StudentCity.com and several had just arrived only a few hours before the fire broke out.
One senior from Bedford said she and her friends ran down 12 flights of stairs after their suite began to fill with smoke.
They stood outside in their pajamas and watched the smoke climb, unable to collect their belongings until many hours later, said the student, Ashley Herrin, 22.
"I was stranded with no money, no shoes, no passport in Mexico, with nowhere to go. It was just miserable," she said.
The hotel had recently passed a fire inspection but several students said they never heard any smoke or fire alarms. Fortunately, no one was injured and some students were able to enter last night to retrieve their belongings. The hotel hasn't updated their website but we are sure they won't be taking any guests anytime soon.