This year, San Fran’s Clift Hotel is celebrating its 10 year anniversary and we were privileged enough to be invited out to check out the property and learn a thing or two in the process. San Francisco itself has a lot to offer, especially in the Union Square district of downtown where Clift is located. There’s a booming retail experience, art galleries, plenty of places to eat and the SF MOMA and piers within walking distance.
Guests of the Mondrian South Beach hotel are given a new level of amenities when it comes to luxury hotels. Their “Semi-Automatic” vending machines allow guests to purchase goods like clothing and toys, but they also give you the ability to buy cars like a Bentley Arnage or even a home. (more…)
TriBeCa’s Smyth hotel just opened up and timing couldn’t be worse better. Part of Thompson Hotels, Smyth offers 100 guestrooms in a newly-constructed building on West Broadway and Chambers Street. The lobby was designed by Yabu Pushelberg and staff uniforms were created by Helmut Lang. Rooms are flooded with a luxe atmosphere from their walnut paneling to robes by Frette and linens by Sferra.
Restaurateur Frederick Lesort masterminded the Lobby Bar and Smyth also has 24-hour room service, so you’re never short on options for eating. Rates start at $275 for a standard room, $575 for a king suite, and $3,500 for the penthouse. (more…)
This is no concept, my friends. Apparently, there is a hotelicopter, a hotel in the sky, in the works that’s set to lose its virginity come June 26, 2009.
The Hotelicopter features 18 luxuriously-appointed rooms for adrenaline junkies seeking a truly unique and memorable travel experience. Each soundproofed room is equipped with a queen-sized bed, fine linens, a mini-bar, coffee machine, wireless internet access, and all the luxurious appointments you’d expect from a flying five star hotel. Room service is available one hour after liftoff and prior to landing.
Sounds enticing, no? We hope this comes to fruition this summer. Until then, head to the company’s website to keep yourself up-to-date on all news hotelicopter-related.
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In this economic climate, construction and renovation costs are at an all-time low, which might be the reason Manhattan’s The Marcel at Gramercy is under construction at the moment. They’re putting the finishing touches on its rooftop bar, right on time for the beautiful weather that awaits us. Come June, the hotel’s guests and a limited amount of civilians will be able to endulge in the newly redesigned bar and its amazing view of the Empire State Building. (more…)
American hotelier Vikram Chatwal is slowly popping up hotels in prime locations. His fourth, Stay is located near New York City’s Times Square, a good walking distance to all things important when visiting the Big Apple. You’ll get more bang for your buck as you hit the ever-so elusive medium between comfort and accomodations. (more…)
Located in the infamous Barrio Chino, the newly renovated Barcelo Raval Hotel is “what a candy shop is to a five year old.” After a 35 million euro face lift that architect Jose Maria Guillen White of the Barceló development group put forth, the hotel’s now open.
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The Plaza Hotel close to Central Park in New York City has invested roughly $400 million in renovations and now it’s reopened, showing us that timeless elegance can go hand-in-hand with some modern refinement. The decadent Beaux Arts Décor, the Legendary Oak room and Oak Bar retained as before but the Fifth Avenue Lobby, the elegant Champagne Bar and Stylish Club have gone through several changes. (more…)
With all this talk about the G1 releasing tomorrow, the iPhone’s been getting pushed to the backburner. It doesn’t mean that the takeover is not occuring. Take the Malibu Beach Inn for example. They’ve just integrated iPhone/iPod Touch usage into their room service.
The Malibu Beach Inn is actually giving each guest a loaner iPod Touch for the duration of their stay so that they can access a web app made especially for Safari. The app allows guests to do an assortment of things, including ordering room service, schedule a wake-up call, requesting luggage, or even renting a limo.
They’ve avoided the long arm of the Apple certification process and have even made it so the app will be compatible with other devices in the future.