May 2011

After a wonderful long weekend of traveling, we’re back in action. Here’s what’s caught our eye in the web world.

The Mandarin Oriental, New York

  • Whether you’re jetting to rural South Africa or urban New York City, there’s a perfect hotel for everyone. Start dazzling at 2011′s best new hotels. (Travel and Leisure)

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Got a need for speed? The famous Indianapolis 500 is this Sunday, and our engines are revved up. These hotels are for those who enjoy an adrenaline rush, a good competition, and and some serious spirit.

The Indy 500 Car: Ford Mustang, driven in 1979

The Hotel: MGM Grand, Las Vegas

Classic, meet classic. The car that gave rise to the Chevrolet Camaro, AMC’s Javelin, and Chrysler’s revamped Plymouth Barracuda deserves some recognition this weekend. As MGM Grand is the biggest hotel (by room count) in Las Vegas and has the biggest casino in town, many of the best restaurants, an enormous and fun pool complex, and a huge range of on-site entertainment options, the rush of excitement here never dies.

MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
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Museum of Fine Arts in Boston

via Flickr by Marioanima

Dale Chihuly’s work has completely changed the art of modern blown glass, and his exhibits in such locations as the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden and the Victoria and Albert were highly regarded and well received.  For a limited time, through August 7, 2011, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is presenting the exhibit Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass, featuring a Persian Ceiling, Lime Green Icicle Tower, and Ikebana Boat.

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The 'Lego Architecture: Towering Ambition' is open through September 5, 2011

The 'Lego Architecture: Towering Ambition' is open through September 5, 2011

Lego? Blocks? Buildings? Are your kids as obsessed with constructing as mine are? My little guy eats and breaths Lego… From morning til night. He even brings a Lego guy or two to school so he doesn’t miss out on building time during the school day.

The National Building Museum is the spot for builders-in-training. This museum is the site of an awesome Lego exhibit. I don’t use the word “awesome” often, but if you are 10 and under the first words out of your mouth upon seeing the Lego exhibit will be a breathless “Awesome!”

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In celebration of the “Hangover Part II” release, we’re confident there will be plenty of hangovers to have this Memorial Day Weekend. That’s why we’re helping you plan your own hangover vacation: party hotels where you’ll have nights to remember (or forget).

First up…

1. MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

MGM Grand is the second largest hotel in the world (and it only lost the first spot recently), so it stands to reason that this hotel would be a perfect place to unleash one’s party animal side in the biggest casino in town — right alongside the lions. Studio 54 is a 22,000-square-foot nightclub with four dance floors and go-go dancers that purports to be a wilder version of the New York City original. The six other bars and lounges include Tabu Ultra Lounge, Centrifuge, and Rouge. The Wet Republic pool scene can get out of control with live DJs, swimsuit competitions, and the like.

MGM Grand Hotel and Casino Las Vegas

 

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The Infinity Pool at the Hotel Punta Islita Costa Rica

The Infinity Pool at the Hotel Punta Islita Costa Rica

As we mentioned, we’ve been adding tons of content to Oyster’s newest destination: Costa Rica. We just got back from reviewing tons more hotels for you, and four of them are officially live! We’ve also rounded up the most stunning pools, jaw-dropping photos, and more. Check out the list below to start getting inspired.
Need some summer vacation ideas? You may be set after seeing these photos…

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo >>

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort, & Spa, Costa Rica >>

Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Resort, Costa Rica >>

Hotel Punta Islita, Costa Rica >>

Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa >>

Hotel Riu Guanacaste, Costa Rica >>

Reserva Conchal, Costa Rica >>

Occidental Grand Papagayo, Costa Rica >>

The Most Stunning Pools in Costa Rica >>

Sleeping in the Trees: Hotels in the Forests of Costa Rica >>

Our Favorite Shots of Costa Rica >>

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AMC Din In Theatres

The AMC Theater Downtown Disney has recently opened a Dine In Theater. This 24 screen theater conveniently housed at Disney’s Downtown Disney attraction is a site to be seen.

The way it works is you purchase your ticket in advance which will reserve your seat, which runs about $2 more than a regular ticket. Once you arrive you get to sit at nice comfy rocking seats with a table directly in front of you.

Before the movie begins you order your appetizer, or you can even place your entire order if you’d like. The wide variety of food comes out really quick and it is delicious. I ordered the Queso Dip and Chips for my appetizer and then the Fire Grilled Vegetable Quesadilla for dinner. My husband had a burger and my kids had pizza and chicken tenders. Everyone was happy, which is rare.

If at any point you need your server, just push a button located in front of you and they’ll get to you quite quickly. You can order up until the movie is over so you know they won’t rush you out the minute the credits role.

They do serve alcohol so be prepared with a photo I.D. as they card every person who orders! If you would like to turn this into an overnight stay here are two hotels I’d highly recommend which are both centrally located. The Disney Old Key West Resort has a quiet residential feel and the Disney Coronado Springs Resort has a really great cafeteria style restaurant that I always look forward to!

You’ve always loved dinner and a show, now you only need to visit one attraction to do so!

-Lee Allport of MySentimentExactLee.com

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Oyster on TV

by Hilary on May 24, 2011

Great news: Oyster.com is in the news! WABC Eyewitness news interviewed our CEO, Elie Seidman, as well as investiagated NYC’s posh Hudson Hotel with us. Let’s just say what you see isn’t always what you get.

 

 

 

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Bose headphones

We’ve got sunny summer traveling on our minds, and when we’re zenning out on the beach grooving to our favorite tunes, we like to do it in style with top quality headphones. “Like” us on Facebook for a chance to plug your iPod into these Bose in-ear headphones!

How it works: Click here to like us, tell all your friends to like us, once we reach 4,000 fans we’ll pick a winner.

GOOD LUCK!

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Steelhead trout at Chez Papa Resto

Steelhead trout at Chez Papa Resto

With its pulsating soundtrack, jeweled Murano glass chandeliers, menu covers done up in graffiti-like script, and dimly lit dining room in bold black and orange, Chez Papa Resto in downtown San Francisco is like one of those hip Parisian bistros you stumble upon down a cobblestone side street in Paris.

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