Cheeseburgers. Fries. Pizza. What do these three foods have in common? Kids love ‘em. It’s hard to get young’ns to branch off from the culinary basics that are virtually guaranteed to be delicious. Thankfully, these restaurants and hotels have done a spectacular job at making innovative, delectable menus, or just really fun eating atmospheres — specifically with kids in mind.
What: Spectacular room service
Sometimes the most difficult part of feeding the family is just getting there, where ever that may be. At Four Seasons Washington D.C., the meals can come to you. For kids – celery sticks with raisins and peanut butter, chicken kebabs on jasmine rice, pepperoni and cheese calzones. For babies – organic baby food and organic teething biscuits. So whether you’ve got infant-, toddler-, or elementary-aged bellies to fill, you can kick back and relax while room service takes care of the rest.
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While having some fun in her New York hotel room, Kathy Griffin showed off her body
to a window
washer who was more than happy to take a stare-break.
The comedienne tweeted: In my hotel room & @Tiffanyrinehart yells “window washers! Window washers!!”
Griffin also tweeted the above photo of herself in a black bra and underwear, entertaining the lucky window washer.
New hotels are constantly springing up during the year and we have our eyes peeled for every one. Some are more exceptional than others, however, and we can’t wait to share our finds of the hottest, newest, most luxurious hotels across the U.S. So whether you’re Times Square bound or longing to relax by the pool in Fort Lauderdale, there is a hip, new hotel waiting for you. So new, in fact, that some of these hotels are still little known secrets — we’re letting you in on the top-secret buzz.
Pool at the B Ocean Fort Lauderdale
B Ocean Fort Lauderdale
Just opened in April, the all-white B Ocean sits right across the street from the beach, with an austere, minimalist design — similar to the style of a W hotel, with subtle neon lighting in the lobby come nightfall. The ocean views are the star here, but you’ll also find two great restaurants and a small pool with an accompanying outdoor bar. Despite a trendy appearance, this 240-room hotel is also popular among families.
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Oyster Shots, which launched in June, was featured in the New York Times travel section today!
Just after marrying NBA star Kris Humphries in Montecito, CA, Kim Kardashian basks in her post-wedding glory with sister Kourtney as they move into their new crib: a $7000-a-night penthouse suite at the chic Gansevoort Park Avenue in New York City. Upgraded from last season’s $3,000-a-night penthouse suite at The Smyth, the Kardashians certainly know how to shack up in style.
Entrance at The Gansevoort Park Ave, New York
The suite will lavishly flaunt Kim’s style, as she has already decked out the place with matching K&K monogrammed towels, sheets, pillow cases, and even Champagne bottles. This 249-room hotel with flashy decor, an outdoor pool, lots of bars, an Italian trattoria — Asellina, a salon and spa, 24-hour fitness center, and a Porsche Panamer (not that the Kardashians will need this service) will be also be the host to Kim’s nephew, Mason. All-in-all, not a bad deal for this family.
Plunge Bar, Gansevoort Park Ave, New York City
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If every Friday is set aside for the same ho-hum dinner-and-a-movie, “date night” will repeat like Groundhog Day and eventually become a grind. That kind of drudgery can derail even the most starry-eyed-in-love couple (think Prince William and Kate Middleton).
The good news: It’s not that difficult to turn up the heat. The trick, experts say, is finding new and exciting ways to bond with your honey — and trying to be a little spontaneous about it.
Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco
Our friends from SELF asked Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D. (aka “Dr. Romance”), psychotherapist and author of The Unofficial Guide to Dating Again, for five ways to bring back the spark. Oyster experts picked the best places and environments to rejuvenate your relationship, whether you’re on vacation or it’s just another night.
Get nostalgic. Think back to when you were first dating. Go back to the place where you first met, watch a DVD (complete with popcorn) of the first movie you saw together, hit Happy Hour at the bar near your old job or wander through the park with a picnic lunch.
Where to do it: Picnicking in New York’s Central Park is something special, anyone who has done it will tell you. The beautiful escape in the middle of a bustling metropolitan city has a unique and exciting feel; the setting ignited an appreciation for life’s simple things. Perfect for surfacing old memories that make you both smile, Central Park has got it all. The Excelsior Hotel on the city’s Upper West Side is just a block from the park, located in a quiet, residential neighborhood.
Central Park, New York
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While vacation is a time to relax and let loose, keep your healthy goals in mind without throwing them in the gutter. A simple morning walk, leisurely bike ride, or a personal trainer are all fair game when it comes to getting away. Remember, exercising releases endorphins, and endorphins make us happy (as said by the Elle Woods — for all you Legally Blonde fans), so come on, let’s get happy!
Save: Viceroy fitness classes
From Zumba to yoga flow to boot camp, the Viceroy offers a huge range of ways to burn some calories during your stay. If you want something more hardcore, head on over to Canyon Ranch Miami, where your entire experience will be about health and wellness. If you’re looking for more of a combination of healthy fun, Viceroy is your pick. With a plethora of classes and a convenient schedule, this hotel makes staying fit fun. For only $15, hotel guests can enjoy some great workouts.
The Viceroy Miami
Splurge: Canyon Ranch Miami Beach
The Wellness Spa features a number of innovative treatments, from Chinese medicine consultations to prenatal massages to Turkish body rituals. Such treatments must be scheduled in advance, and don’t come cheap. Frustratingly, the voluminous treatment book in my room didn’t list prices. But the spa does feature a number of complimentary offerings. The most amazing one is Aquavana, a European thermal suite with a Finnish sauna, a crystal steam room, a foot spa, an herbal laconium, an igloo, and Experiential Rains treatments. The Experiential Rains, are like special effects showers — guests press buttons to choose from Atlantic Storm, Caribbean Monsoon, or Polar Mist, each a choreographed shower with sound effects, changing lights, and different water textures and temperatures. The huge fitness center is equally impressive. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer ocean views from dozens of cardio machines. There’s also a rock-climbing wall. Every day, some 40 free fitness classes are offered throughout the property, from Sunrise Yoga to Beach Conditioning.
Canyon Ranch Miami Beach
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It’s beach season! Who doesn’t love a day in the sun, lying out in the sand and playing in the ocean waves? The only thing that makes it better is getting lost in a juicy page-turner. And new research finds that reading makes us happier. Reason is, we get attached to the characters and feel a genuine connection to them. A book is no replacement for real-life friends, of course, but it can expand your horizons and let you get lost into a rich fantasy world. And that’s exactly the kind of escape you want on a lazy beach day.
To make your beach reading experience a social one, try what my family does and read as a group. Bring a few novels on vacation, then pass them around so you can all be on the same page and discuss them together. Instant book group! I’m currently loving Piper Kerman’s gripping memoir, Orange is the New Black: My Year in Women’s Prison and Jennifer Egan’s gorgeous Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Visit from the Good Squad.
Don’t know which book to stash in your beach bag? Our Facebook friends from SELF couldn’t put down these hot picks. Oyster helps you pick where to read them.
To really embrace the summer feeling
- Summer Sisters, by Judy Blume
- Summer Rental, by Mary Kay Andrews
- The Island, by Erin Hilderbrand
Where: The Setai, Miami
Miami is the perfect destination for a getaway without going too far. These light summer reads don’t require complete seclusion, as you’ll want to share some stories with your girlfriends or dip your feet in the waves every now and then. The Setai’s clean, quiet patch of beach is as posh as it gets in South Beach. If you’re feeling a bit too hot, attendants deliver luxurious loungers and spritz guests with Evian on request. How’s that for a summer read?
The Setai, Miami
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Back for its twentieth year in a row, Lollapalooza is bringing in crowds like we’ve never seen. From Kanye West to Arcade Fire, Grant Park will be the place to see and be seen in Chi-Town come August 5th. If you’re looking for a good time with great friends and rockin’ accommodations, these hotels are calling your name. You’ll be able to party all day and night, and walk a few steps to a heavenly bed.
3 pearls, $157/ avg. per night
This 254-room Essex Inn is a decent value pick across the street from Grant Park, near the Museum Campus. Some of the bright, comfortable (if chain-like) rooms have great views of the lake, and the huge indoor pool and state-of-the-art fitness center are both pluses. It’s true that leisure travelers can usually find comparable hotels farther north for similar rates, but the free Michigan Avenue shuttle to popular sites helps compensate for the South Loop location.
Essex Inn, Chicago
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Cold summertime cocktails. So hot right now. We’re visiting the best, trendiest hotel bars to find you the tastiest summer cocktails in NYC. Not only have we got the photos, we’ve got the recipes — directly from the bartenders — so you can make them at home. Grab your martini glass and hit the deck, you’re having a cocktail party.
Last week it was Jimmy at The James, New York. This week, we’ve got Rare View Rooftop at Hilton New York Fashion District Hotel.
DRINK #1: Melon Mash
- 1 ½ oz Bacardi Rum
- ½ oz Triple Sec
- ¾ oz Watermelon Juice
- Splash of each Fresh Lime Juice & Simple Syrup
Shake and strain serve in a martini glass.
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