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Hotel Matilda sets the stage for a beautiful Day of the Dead dinner without even trying
As the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) approaches and cities across Mexico prepare to honor the deceased with breads and and ornate catrina skeletons, we've got our mind on Mexico Hotels. The annual, 2-day holiday -- easily the most Mexican of holidays -- begins Nov. 1 and its colorful, carnaval-like traditions will have relatives gathering and celebrating at cemeteries night and day, altars to honor the dead with candles and favorite foods, costumed children running about for candy, and spirits returning to visit their loved ones. Halloween may be ghoulish, but these very legit, culturally magnificent Day of the Dead festivities make us want to leave for Mexico right now.
Which is why we've zeroed in on three Mexico hotels that are doing something special to honor Día de los Muertos. Weather its art, food, or traditions you seek, head to these Mexico hotels for authentic Day of the Dead celebration or find some closer to come!.
For a while now, there's been rumors swirling of a possible Viceroy New York. You know, a proper Viceroy. Nothing against Cassa Hotel: yes, technically it became Viceroy's first NYC hotel last January. But since it falls under the "Urban Retreat" heading, it's technically in a different category than the other Viceroy-branded hotels.
However, things seem to be moving forward, ever so slightly. Viceroy CEO Bill Walshe played coy with a group of reporters yesterday when the topic of a Viceroy New York came up, saying that a Manhattan property "very well may be" opening within a year, and furthermore that, if such a property were to open, it would likely sit within a 15 block radius of Times Square. Of course, nothing could be confirmed.
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Fresh ingredients play a big part in the cocktails served at Viceroy Riviera Maya
With Halloween approaching and Thanksgiving and the winter holidays fast on its heels, we can't help but think about holiday festivities and merrymaking. You know, cocktails. Though we have shed a few tears in our beers as hotel rooftops continue closing up for the season, all is not lost as new cocktail action is showing up inside many a beautiful hotel. Forget the bars and lounges for a moment, we're talking about a slew of mixology classes that promise to teach you the tricks of the trade. Or at worst, to give you a few fresh libations to swap in this season for ye olde Christmas punch and egg nog.
Bet you never dreamed you want to visit a hotel to learn how to tend bar, but the stout new bevvie programs at Vicery Riviera Maya, Hotel Bel-Air and Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago might just change your mind:
Artisanal Cocktail Coaching at Viceroy Riviera Maya Mexico
This villa-laden boutique property has shown that it's taking its food and beverage program seriously with an amazing chef and her weekly chef's table paired with Mexican wines, and a beverage program highlighting remarkable tequilas and some of the freshest cocktails we've ever tasted. Guests who sign up for this class will learn from the hotel's Artisan Mixologist Master how to concoct drinks from an assortment of fruits and vegetables. Think frozen margaritas blended with cucumber and ginger, mojitos muddled with mint and brown sugar, sangria with strawberries and kiwi, and a la leche cream cocktail made with 1921 Crema De Tequil (sure to blow that egg nog out of the water). The cost for this class is $85 per person and includes 1 1/2 hours of training followed by—drum roll—1 1/2 hours actually working the hotel's Coral Bar.
Welcome to the first of several hotel dispatches from our newest special contributor, The Smooth Operator. We can't divulge his identity but we can tell you he's spends about 70 percent of his time on the road, staying in all the hot hotels and checking out their restaurants and bars to see if the social scene is up to snuff. If you're deciding whether or not to take a chance on that hip boutique hotel in the city, read The Smooth Operator for his opinion first. (Or send us an email and we'll have him answer it for you!)
As part of the Icon Brickell complex, the Viceroy Miami holds the front tower leaning over Brickell Avenue. The Icon at Brickell is supposedly designed by Philippe Starck, yet I challenge if he ever even visited this property – it’s one of those Yoo projects where some young things working under Starck’s name have put together a collage of Stark-inspired design arrangements and mash-up furniture. [Ed. Note: While the Icon at Brickell was designed by Philippe Starck, which includes the hotel pool and the spa, the interiors of the Viceroy Miami were actually done by designer Kelly Wearstler.]
The room was a good size overall with an extremely large bathroom with shower and enlarged tub. Along with a kitchen and wet-bar area, the room is well equipped for an extended stay.
While the hotel is only a few years old, it’s getting beat up and some of the room’s props were dirty. The sofa in the lounge area of the suite could have been covered in plastic sitting in my grandmother’s cottage – definitely not the Miami pieces you’d expect in a hotel like the Viceroy.
The only thing worse than the sofa was the dilapidated bamboo style curtains that had worn out and provided holes for the sun to peak in and throw weird designs across the room in the morning. They need to be replaced, along with the towels that have expanding holes.
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There's even more hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.
· Is the Hotel Costes Coming to Tribeca?: The Tribeca Citizen has discovered that a building at 443 Greenwich Street is turning into a hotel and that it may possibly become the New York outpost of the hip Parisian Hotel Costes hotel. A Sotheby's agent tweeted the Hotel Costes news but Tribeca Citizen hasn't been able to confirm anything just yet. What is for sure is that Tribeca is definitely getting a hotel at 443 Greenwich Street (pictured above.) And we're totally down with that!
· Sean Mac's Hotel Plans Materializing on W. 8th Street: When we last checked in with hotelier Sean MacPherson we could only guess if his plans to turn the Marlton House, an SRO building in Greenwich Village, would actually come to fruition. Well, according to this piece in the NY Post on the revitalized W. 8th Street neighborhood, his dreams are coming true. The building will be transformed into a Parisian-style 120-room boutique hotel. Even better, it will open by the end of the year.
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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*
· HOTEL VALLEY HO: The desert is hot right now but the prices at this Scottsdale resort are dropping. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, rates on Sunday and Monday at Hotel Valley Ho are just $119; Tuesday-Thursday is $139, Friday is $149 and Saturday is $159. There's complimentary parking and no resort fee. Also, if you stay three nights, the fourth night is free. Pre-paying 21 days in advance will save you an extra 15 percent. We actually found a rate of $154 a night for the first weekend in June with an $50 resort credit. Book online at www.hotelvalleyho.com.
· PUBLIC CHICAGO: Nearly a year after opening, the Public is keeping rates low even as summer draws near. The hotel's Memorial Day Bash has superior queen rooms going for $190 a night with lunch for two daily from Public Express served in your room or packed up to enjoy along the beach. (Just a short bike ride away.) We just checked and rooms are still avail at $190 for Friday and Saturday. You could splurge for a king at $215 a night. Book online at PublicHotels.com.
· VICEROY RIVIERA MAYA: Formerly the Tides, this Viceroy resort is offering a fourth night free when you stay three. The "Forever Summer" rate also includes daily breakfast for two, tequila and ceviche tasting and two after-sun spa treatments. Rates for mid-June were going for $453 a night for a newly redone luxury villa. Rates in the high season are typically $600 a night.
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A Viceroy will be in these parts soon.
Fresh after adding Cassa New York to their collection and seeing the departure of president Nicholas Clayton to Jumeirah Hotels, Viceroy Hotel Group has just announced the Viceroy Istanbul will open in 2013, a year earlier than we expected.
The hotel will be a part of the rising Nef Bebeköy Development.
Spread across ten separate buildings and over 16 acres of land, offering 58 guest accommodations, Viceroy Istanbul will boast spectacular panoramic views of the Bosphorus, the strait that forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia, and direct access to a tranquil outdoor garden and forest area. The property will offer guests and residence luxury services including a casual and signature restaurant, banquet and meeting facilities, an outdoor art gallery, and a state-of-the-art full service fitness center and spa.
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Looks like they gotta swap out the door now.
When the Tides South Beach turned into a King & Grove Hotel back in December, we wondered what would happen to the Tides brand, which the Viceroy Hotel Group had been slowly spinning off in exotic destinations?
Today, we have our answer as Viceroy Hotel Group just announced that The Jalousie Plantation in St. Lucia and Tides Zihuatanejo in Mexico will be re-launched as Viceroy Hotels and Resorts properties this year. Remember, the Tides Riviera Maya already made the Viceroy switch back in January. Here's the official statement from Nicholas Clayton, president of Viceroy Hotel Group:
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As committed hotel toiletries connoisseurs, we are fans of Lather soaps and bathroom goodies. (That includes the littlest hotel fans among us.) So we're happy to see that hotels around the country agree, and Lather is popping up everywhere from West Hollywood to Manhattan.
We asked the Lather peeps for an update on where we can
stealuse their products in hotels, and also where to find them after we've checked out....
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Well this is a very bit of surprising news--The Cassa Hotel on West 45th Street in Manhattan now belongs to the Viceroy Hotel Group. Looks like the Year of the Dragon is getting off on a good foot for the hotel!
Management of the Cassa (whose owners filed for bankruptcy last April) was officially transferred to the Viceroy Hotel Group on January 20th and the hotel now belongs to Viceroy's Urban Retreat Collection. This also marks the first NYC hotel for the Viceroy group (finally!)
It doesn't appear as if much will change throughout the hotels 165 rooms and suites but the hotel is getting a new restaurant from Chef Laurent Tourondel--BLT American Brasserie which will serve classic American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We reported on that opening back in Aprilbut it looks like it's really happening this time, and soon.
Interested in staying at the new, improved and Viceroy-ized Cassa Hotel? Rates for next weekend were going for just $279 a night for a deluxe room with a queen bed. Suites were starting at only $479 a night.
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Tides Riviera Maya, now the Viceroy Riviera Maya
Now that the Tides South Beach is no longer a Viceroy Hotel (it belongs to cool kid hotel brand, King & Grove), we've been wondering what would be happening to the Tides Hotel brand that Viceroy had spun-out from this iconic South Beach property. Well, today we have our answer. Sort of.
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We don't call it Miami Hotel Mambo for nothing.
There's been yet another boutique hotel shake-up on South Beach. Just a month after Thompson Hotels took over the Hotel Victor from Hyatt, we've got word that King & Grove Hotels, known for their intimate Hamptons properties, The Surf Lodge and Ruschmeyer's, will manage the The Tides Hotel on Ocean Drive starting in December. (Just in time for Art Basel!)
For those not already in the know, King & Grove is an indie boutique brand founded by former Morgans Hotel Group CEO Ed Scheetz along with Ben Pundole who was previously the Director of Entertainment at Morgans. Earlier this year K&G received funding from the Chetrit Group to help expand their brand and not-so-coincidentally, the new owner of the Tides Hotel is a company called CG Tides overseen by Joseph Chetrit. Chetrit said in a statement:
We are ecstatic that the Tides will become the newest King & Grove branded and managed property. By partnering with King & Grove, we are confident that our plans to rejuvenate the Tides and establish it as the preeminent luxury resort on Ocean Drive will be realized.