August 2011

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 Avenue, New York

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

Plunge Bar, Gansevoort Park Ave, New York City

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Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

by Hilary on August 30, 2011

Entrance at the Gansevoort Park Avenue, New York City

Entrance at the Gansevoort Park Avenue, New York City

  • WATCH
    Kim and Kourtney Kardashian have settled on their new living accommodations for their upcoming show Kourtney and Kim Take New York. The $7,000-a-night Gansevoort Park Avenue New York City penthouse suite is quite the upgrade from the just $3,000-a-night suite at the Smyth from last season. [Page Six, New York Post]

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They say the eyes are the window to your soul, but yesterday our friends at SELF learned that your arms are the secret to running successfully.

Caneel Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands

Caneel Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands

“Wait, I’m supposed to think about my arms when I run?” was my initial thought. Perhaps that’s why the runner’s high always seemed to elude me… I wasn’t running properly!

As the queen of self-doubt when it comes to pounding the pavement I was convinced my form was wrong and that my body just wasn’t built to be the runner I so desperately want to be. My goal isn’t to be a marathoner, I just want to enjoy running. And since I just recruited a bunch of friends to run a 10K with me in October, my goal is not to embarrass myself!

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Carry-on or checked? Travel soundtrack? Airport food? We’ll talk to the biggest, baddest, hottest travelers in the industry right now to get their coveted secrets, tips, and tricks on how they travel best. Hey, everyone’s got their quirks. Find out why these notables live to travel, or travel to live.

  • Name:

    Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern

Personal Zimmern photo: Zimmern, his wife Rishia, and their son Noah on the beach in Florida

  • Occupation:

    Chef, Writer, Culinary Anthropologist, TV Producer/Host/Writer, Overgrown Child.

  • Started traveling when I was:

    5.

  • Travel soundtrack:

    Jourma Kaukonen QUAH, Roxy Music THIS IS ROXY MUSIC, Brian Jonestown Massacre TEPID PEPPERMINT WONDERLAND, CSNY, Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Bowie, Warhols, Eno, Dusty Springfield, Edward Sharpe, Escovedo, Adele, Zappa, Gnarls Barkley, Clash, Dylan, Brother Ali, Little Feat, MC5, Beatles, Frampton, Stones, Steely Dan, Talking Heads, Traffic.

  • Ideal vacation in three words:

    Me, Wife, Beach.

  • First memorable hotel:

    It’s a tie… Caneel Bay in 1971 and The Georges Cinq and Claridges on a Paris/London trip in 1972. Spoiled me forever.

Beach at Caneel Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Beach at Caneel Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

  • Favorite hotel:

    Hotel Grand Europe, St. Petersburg, Russia. Best people watching on earth and magical service.

  • Ideal travel partner:

    My wife, we have trained each other.

  • Movie that makes me want to travel:

    2001 A Space Odyssey, I have been everywhere else.

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Well, maybe we should rephrase that. The road to the Aruba ocean. Dive in.

Check out all of Oyster’s Aruba hotels >>

Fortheuval Straat, leading to Bachelor's Beach, Aruba

Fortheuval Straat, leading to Bachelor's Beach, Aruba

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Hotel Cielo Rojo

Hotel Cielo Rojo, Puerto Vallarta

With just 10 rooms, the intimate Hotel Cielo Rojo is sweet but not saccharine, thanks to the mix of Mexican folk art, old movie posters, photographs, and contemporary paintings that lend rooms and public spaces their distinctive charm. Cielo Rojo (red sky) is located three blocks from the beach on a cobbled street in San Francisco (locally known as San Pancho), a village of about 1,000 people. Renowned for its lush gardens, the secluded hideaway of San Pancho lies just on the outskirts of Puerto Vallarta.

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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.

This week we’ve got The Maritime. Previously, we’ve taste-tested The James Hotel, Hilton New York Fashion District, and The Standard Hotel.

Scene at The Maritime, New York Scene at The Maritime, New York

DRINK #1: African Queen

African Queen African Queen

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Starr African Rum
  • 1 oz strawberry puree
  • 3 mint leaves torn
  • 2 limes squeezed

To make:
Shake and serve in large rocks glass and garnish with lime and mint.
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Groupon's Phot of Hotel Clinton

Groupon's Photo of Hotel Clinton, Miami

Oyster's Photo of Hotel Clinton, Miami

Oyster's Photo of Hotel Clinton, Miami

Groupon’s deals may not be as trustworthy as you’ve previously believed. Currently, the ever-popular deals site is offering a package at the Clinton Hotel & Spa South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida. Groupon and Expedia have teamed up to offer their consumers great deals, but buyer beware — turns out you should think twice before purchasing.

Here at Oyster we’re all too familiar with the pool-crop phenomenon. We’re also familiar with the color-enhancement tool, which makes photos look shinier, prettier, and more exciting than reality. While Groupon’s “Visited & Verified” stamp is loud and clear for this hotel, apparently they saw a very… different pool than we did when we visited.

Don’t be fooled: see all of Oyster’s photo fakeouts >>

Read the full review of Clinton Hotel>>

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Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

by Hilary on August 23, 2011

The London West Hollywood, Los Angeles

The London West Hollywood, Los Angeles

  • GO TOPLESS
    L.A.’s London Hotel has a new “topless” package — which includes the use of a new Mustang convertible. Available from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, the package is the perfect opportunity to cruise down the nearby Sunset Strip in this hot ride. [USA Today]

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Best Date Hotels

by Hilary on August 22, 2011

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 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 Central Park, New York

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