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Funky Friday: W Mexico City Takes Us on a Magical Mystery Tour

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  Site Where: Campos Elíseos 252, Miguel Hidalgo,Polanco, 11560 Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal, Mexico
June 20, 2014 at 4:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Funky Friday, where we feature one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

We admit it was a tough decision, whether to cover the illusionary new public spaces at W Mexico City as a separate story—which we may still do—or feature them on Funky Friday. You can decide for yourself, but it's got all the parts we look for on Funky Friday and we simply could not resist.

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True Colors: How Hotels Are Celebrating Pride Month

June 12, 2014 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

Tosh & Carmine at the Carlton Hotel New York, for Marriott's #LoveTravels campaign

June is Pride month, and plenty of hotels are getting into the spirit by saluting the LGBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) community in different ways. Here are a few that caught our eye, for every guest in the rainbow.

For the Party Animal: Dream Downtown in NYC. Party lovers heading to NYC for Pride (June 24-29) will want to check out the Dream Downtown, offering a Pride package which includes drinks at check-in (might as well get started) and an all-access pass to “Hot & Wet,” a DJ-hosted Pride kick-off pool party on Tuesday, June 24. Also provided is a hangover kit that includes Emergen-C and, most importantly, a 3pm checkout. Rates start at $350 per night with a two-night minimum; valid for stays through June 30, 2014.

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Have a Tipple Today and Get a Tote at W New York

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  Site Where: 541 Lexington Avenue [map], New York, New York, United States, 10022
June 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

British-born, NYC-based artist Shantell Martin has designed a stream-of-consciousness-type summer tote exclusively for W New York. As an added bonus it's filled with sweet treats and summer essentials for a weekend getaway:

- Sugarfina Candy Cubes (Champagne Bubbles, Martini Olive Almonds, Peach Bellinis, Sugar Lips, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, and Robin’s Egg Caramels)

- Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense Sunscreen

- AMAzon Coconut Water

- Never Hungover hangover prevention

So how do you get ‘em? It’s remarkably simple: stop in at the W New York’s newly reno’ed Living Room on Fridays between 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., order a cocktail, and presto! A tote bag arrives. This will only last until supplies run out, but we’ve been promised that they have a goodly sum available.

[Photo: W New York]

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Binge Watch 'Orange is The New Black' at The W Union Square

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  Site Where: 201 Park Avenue South [map], New York, NY, United States, 10003
June 5, 2014 at 3:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

You know when you’re on the couch watching the Kardashians your favorite TV show, and you want to get up to get drinks/food/an empty bladder, but you don’t want any of that quite enough to get up and move?

You do? Good. The W New York Union Square has just the package for you.

As the name suggests, the new Sunday Binge Watch package is especially designed for couch potatoes. You get your two welcome cocktails (or a basket of beer) in-room. You get a basket filled with movie theater-appropriate candy and snacks. And you get an Apple TV with access to up to three full seasons of the following TV shows: Orange is the New Black, Mad Men, Homeland, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and Sex and the City.

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The W Hotels Yoga Truck to Hit the Streets of NYC Next week

May 22, 2014 at 1:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

You know “downward dog.” You know “warrior,” “tree,” and “lotus.” Now here’s a new yoga position for you: “Mime stuck in traffic.”

On Wednesday, May 28, W Hotels will host a roving promotion for its “FIT with Tara Stiles” program. Stiles, a yoga guru with her own burgeoning mini-empire, will truck around town inside a glass box, demonstrating for passerby and easily distracted Manhattan cabbies the in-room poses and workouts she designed for W travelers. (Think: twists for hangover detox, and the hip-opening pigeon pose to put a jetlag-defeating sashay in your step.)

Departing from the W New York at 11 AM, Stiles' glass-encased effort is described by the W as “one part performance art and one part yoga instruction,” and thus finally sheds some light on the meaning of Tilda Swinton’s MoMA show: She was just in shavasana, guys.

Obviously this is a sight you’d want to snap and upload to your social media (caption: WTF?) anyway. But W is also rewarding amateur shutterbugs like so: snap a photo of Stiles or yourself doing a yoga pose in a unique location, then upload it to Instagram (@WHotels) with the hashtag #POSEWHENEVER. You’ll get a chance to win a spot at the “FIT with Tara Stiles” retreat at the W Bali, which includes — who cares, it’s Bali, baby.

To help you cheat, they’ve shared with us the truck’s schedule, below. Even if we don’t make it to Bali, we always appreciate a head-turning promotional idea. If nothing else, it makes for a good neck stretch.

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W Hotels of New York to Have D'usse del Leche On Offer This Summer

May 13, 2014 at 9:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

D'USSEis the cognac that makes Beyonce and Jay-Z all drunk in love (and Solange possibly all violent) but you don't need to be a rap superstar to enjoy it. Instead, just pop into a W Hotel in New York.

The hotel collection is now offering a D’USSE de Leche, a cognac-flavored ice cream. It will be available through the W Hotel's room service as well as the hotels' Living Rooms (lobbies, in W-speak.)

“W is all about bringing its guests insider access to exclusive offerings they can’t experience anywhere else,” said Patrick Horstmann, General Manager of W New York - Downtown. “We’re honored to offer D’USSE de Leche, combining our passion for cocktails and the finest luxury products into one delicious indulgence.”

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The Designers of the Upcoming W Milan May Want To Look At These 6 Hotels First

April 17, 2014 at 6:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

We recently shared the exciting news of W Milan coming in 2016 to the design capital of Milan. You’ve asked us for more information and trust us— we are working on it and will provide updates as we receive them. Yeah, we know, two years is a long time to wait and we share your pain.

We know that the new 76-room W Milan has a hot location in the artsy Brera District, within Milan's historical center. This area is a great fit for the W crowd, with its art galleries, hip boutiques, and plenty to see and do at night.

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Get 30 Percent Off in NYC with Starwood's 'Suite Week'

April 17, 2014 at 10:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Restaurant Week, Broadway Week et al are now all old hat. Courtesy of Starwood Hotels, we now have a new sweet promotion to spend our money on: Suite Week.

From now through April 29th, you can book a future stay (through March 31st, 2015) in a suite at any Starwood property in the New York City area for 30 percent off best available rate. Just book as normal through the hotels' websites.

Each hotel will also be creating its own package that comes with early check-in, late check-out, complimentary WiFi, complimentary parking and then three unique amenities that are specific to each hotel. Here's the rundown:

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W Hotels Now Pushing a Social Media Wedding Concierge To Document Your Vows

March 25, 2014 at 5:28 PM | by | Comment (1)

We thought yesterday's rental of a resort in the Florida Keys for a 12-13-14 was insane, namely because it costs nearly $200,000 but the W Hotels of New York City are on another level of cray.

They are now offering the services of a W Social Media Wedding Concierge whose job will be to document your entire wedding across all social media platforms including using a special wedding hashtag. The service costs $3,000 but you have to be hosting your wedding at one of the W Hotels in NYC to get access to the concierge.

The W Social Media Concierge will also help guests of the wedding post their own photos to social media.

Good God, what is this world coming to? Simply posting a picture of the happy couple on Facebook saying "Congrats!" is no longer enough?

And for what it's worth, uploading photos, Tweets, Instagrams, Vines, and Pinterest boards and creating hashtags is still completely free. So maybe take that three grand and extend the hours of the open bar while putting your college-aged cousin to work. #justsaying

TL; DR this is how we really feel:

[Photo: Flickr; GIF: Giphy]

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A Glimpse At Two More W Hotels Coming to Mexico in 2015

March 24, 2014 at 12:53 PM | by | Comment (1)

W Hotels knows a good thing when they see it – the increasing popularity and value of Mexico as a destination both for business and leisure. With their first hotel debuting last year "south of the border," W Mexico City, two more hotels are scheduled to open in 2015--W Santa Fe and W Kanai Retreat.

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The W Hotel in DC Has a Suite New Package for a Great Rate (But Can You Get It?)

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  Site Where: 515 15th St NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20004
March 11, 2014 at 12:51 PM | by | Comment (1)

The W Washington DC , the closest hotel to the White House, has announced a new VIP Suites Program in all of its 23 "Fantastic and Marvelous Suites," seven "WOW Suites" and one "Extreme WOW Suite." The suite names are typical W branding but the VIP package is indeed inclusive.

In addition to the W’s Whatever/Whenever service (as long as it’s legal…), the VIP Suites Program gets you:

· A dedicated VIP Concierge that is assigned to each guest
· Guaranteed table at POV nightclub
· Guaranteed reservation at J&G Steakhouse, W’s critically-acclaimed restaurant
· $100 Food and Beverage credit, which can be applied toward POV, J&G or room service
· Complimentary luxury return transportation to the airport (Reagan National Airport or Dulles) or Union Station
· Breakfast for two and fresh fruit delivered daily
· An expanded lineup of Bliss amenities, from the Bliss Spa located in the hotel
· Complimentary high-speed Internet access
· A welcome amenity and farewell gift on the night before departure

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Where to Celebrate Margarita Day in NYC

February 21, 2014 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's cold, snowy and miserable, and Cinco de Mayo is just too far away. So what are NYC hotels to do to cheer us all up? Why, celebrate National Margarita Day, of course. (Yes, that really is a thing). It's officially tomorrow, but, we say, why not get started tonight?

Here's where and what to drink (and how to make your own):

Classic Margarita ($19, in above photo) from the Vintage Specialty Cocktails menu at Trouble’s Trust in The New York Palace
1.5 oz Patron Silver
1 oz Cointreau
1.5 Fresh Lime Juice
0.5 oz Simple Syrup
Serve on the rocks or in a Martini glass. Garnish with salt.

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