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Summer music festival-goers from the die-hard to the casual all know that Lollapalooza is happening in Chicago this weekend. Yet even hotel geeks will want to come out for Lollapalooza, thanks to the first-ever LollaShop, a pop-up shop where official Lollapalooza goods will be sold before the concerts begin. Yes, for the first time ever you don't actually have to have a ticket to Lollapalooza to buy the concert gear.
The LollaShop is currently open at 332 S. Michigan Ave (at E. Van Buren Street) and is selling festival t-shirts, hats, and even hipster fanny packs. It's also holding signings with festival performers as well as listening parties and performances in the Thompson Hotel Lounge. That's right. Thompson Hotels is offering a sneak peek into their new Chicago hotel which will officially be rebranded a Thompson in place of the old Sutton Place.
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It looks like Chicago will be adding another boutique hotel to its rapidly-growing scene in 2014, with the conversion of the historic Chicago Athletic Association building into a 240-room hotel.
Located in the MIchigan Avenue landmark district, the building used to function as a hangout for wealthy Chicago bachelors in the early 1900s. A place where, according to the Chicago Tribune, "one could exercise, enjoy a fine meal in a beautiful setting, and then retire to a comfortable room for the evening, all under one roof." Sounds pretty good to us.
Just add in a flat-screen TV and an iPod/iPad docking station, and you're pretty much caught up to the demands of today's hotel guests.
We always love a good turndown here at HotelChatter, particularly the over the top ones found at luxury hotels where they turn down the lights, close the blinds, fold back the sheets, lay out a soft linen on the floor next to the bed, place mints and bottled water on the nightstand and position slippers properly so that upon waking you can swing your legs over the side of the bed and slip your feet into them with no fuss.
But at 60 Thompson the other night we were pleasantly surprised not so much by the skill of the turndown but simply by the two small brownies from local shop, Fat Witch Bakery, placed on the bed, next to a breakfast room service menu. Yum yum.
The turndown did include softened lights, two bottled waters on the nightstand and folded back sheets but we had to hunt for the slippers in the closet. Still, there's something so forgiving about a brownie before bedtime.
We snagged a room at 60 Thompson, thanks to HotelTonight for about $363. Yup, you read that right. We told you rates in NYC have been crazy recently. However, rates do fluctuate so if you're flex with your dates you too can enjoy Fat Witch brownies in bed at 60T for well under $300 a night.
While staying at a hotel in NYC might top out over $400 a night these days, there's a way to enjoy the city's best hotels for less--dining at them. Here's three new hotel restaurants to try out this summer.
1. The NoMad Hotel has opened their NoMad Rooftop dining venue recently. But this is not your average rooftop restaurant. Rather, it's a five-course tasting menu from Chef Daniel Humm featuring rustic summer fare served with local ingredients…and killer views of Manhattan. And instead of making reservations, you must actually buy a ticket to the "show." Those cost $125 per person. A beverage pairing is available for an extra $75.
The ticket office, er, reservations open at 11am each day for that same evening for parties up to six people from 6 to 10pm. You can purchase them online . However, it pays to be a hotel guest as the restaurant's rep tells us that guests have first pick on those evening's tables.
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It's coming up on Father's Day, and once again, we're here to make your gift-giving experience go as smoothly as possible. How, you ask? By providing a range of perfect hotel experiences to suit all dad types! From smoking lounges to motorcycles to "sports" manicures (if you want to make a spa treatment guy-friendly, then that prefix is compulsory), we've rounded up six hotels with the best man-centric activities.
So, what are you waiting for? Read on! You've only got six days to book!
Though it's home to three championship golf courses, a shooting school and one of the best father-and-son fishing getaway spots, The Cloister at Sea Island off the coast of southern Georgia has one other man-centric feature that helps it stand out from the rest of the resorts: a Smoking Lounge. The wood-paneled room helped win the hotel a coveted spot on T+L's "World's Best Resorts" in 2006, and provides the ultimate man-cation hangout spot, with cozy leather armchairs, a fireplace, and an on-site Cigar Sommelier to help dad pick out his smoke of choice.
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It doesn't take much to get us excited about a new hotel opening. Back in March when we learned that Thompson (and not Ace) would be opening up a 297-room hotel at Manhattan's historic 5 Beekman Street, we thought our hotel hunger was sated for the time being. But the excitement doesn't end there—as shown by an interactive map of new downtown hotels, published yesterday by neighborhood blog Tribeca Citizen.
The map, which blows our mind a little, counts no less than nineteen new or ongoing hotel construction projects below Canal St; and that's in addition to the ten recently opened downtown hotels like W New York Downtown, Smyth Tribeca and Conrad New York.
Here's a few of the upcoming hotels that caught our eye...
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Professional lip pouter Angelina Jolie has officially announced her engagement to Brad Pitt. And whether the two of them will live happily ever after trotting the globe with their ever-expanding caravan of kiddies remains to be seen. However, all she's really concerned with now is showing off that 16-carat diamond ring on her finger.
Photographers caught a glimpse of the ring yesterday when the actress made her way into the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. But what was she actually doing there? We know you're all dying to know. So here, as we see it, are the most likely scenarios:
She Scored a Deal On Hotwire
Everyone loves a bargain, and whether you're making minimum wage or you're the highest-paid actress in Hollywood, nabbing a room at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt for $122 a night is no small feat. Yep, that's the rate we scored a while ago during one of our routine Adventures in Blind Booking, and as we recall, it was a pretty awesome stay.
As we reported the changeover from Thompson happened on April 10 (apparently, the hotel was not up to brand standards.) Initially. we didn't think that Kimpton would be changing too much about the hotel (aside from going 100 percent smoke-free) but we've got word from Kimpton that they plan on giving a "light refresh" to the interior spaces and the rooftop bar area.
That will include new pillows on the bed, Kimpton's famous animal print bathrobes in the closet, pet-friendly perks, the all-important evening wine hour and Kimpton's EarthCare program which includes more than 100 eco-friendly operating practices.
And unlike with Thompson, the WiFi at Kimpton will be free, so long as you join the Kimpton InTouch loyalty program. We're excited already!
Have you stayed at the Donovan House since Kimpton took over? Let us know how it went!
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This isn't really news to us but in this recent Forbes article on Thompson Hotels expansion to Mexico, they also mention that Thompson's parent company, Commune Hotels is working on a new budget brand.
We have known since the merger of Thompson and Joie de Vivre that a new brand was in the works but this little tidbit in Forbes is interesting as the new brand will be "one that channels Thompson's hip-and-modern design style."
Exciting! But given that several Thompson hotels can already be had for less than $200 a night, how budget will this new brand be?
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It's no secret that the handsome doormen of New York's coolest boutique hotels could (and do) work part-time as male models (we still wish we had gotten a close-up of this guy) but today, we've got an actual modeling shoot from the male employees at 60 Thompson.
Here they are posing in their new uniforms designed by fashion label, Theory, with some style input from Thompson's own Jason Pomeranc. A hotel rep tells us originally the unis were done by Tophat but then were mixed and matched with various retail items until the new Theory threads arrived. Overall, it's a stylin' yet still casual look. We like.
We've got a couple of more photos after the jump. And yes, you're welcome!
We're unsure of what happened that caused Kimpton to back away but we're feeling all sorts of sad for the Sax now. As a commenter pointed out the other week, this hotel has gone through several incarnations in the past decade--a Loews, an independent hotel brand and a Thompson.
The changeover was expected to happen on April 27th but perhaps Thompson will just stick it out after all. Otherwise, maybe it's time the Sax strike out on its own again.
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It was just another day at the Thompson Beverly Hills today. You know, guests checking in, guests checking out, Victoria's Secret Angels modeling swimwear up at the rooftop pool.
Yup, Miranda Kerr and Candace Swanepoel walked down a plexiglass runway atop the rooftop pool this morning, modeling bikinis and coverups from the VS 2012 Swimwear Collection. Later, they did back-to-back-to-back interviews with media outlets touting the newest bathing suits. (We heard Miranda pushing one of the bikinis with some special "lift" feature.)