September 2011

This mid-range property has a convenient location on the waterfront, with direct access to a great beach, and proximity to shopping, several golf courses, and downtown Myrtle Beach. The hotel itself is nothing special, with aging rooms and dated decor, several pools, and an adequate fitness center. But it is very convenient for families traveling with kids: it has a lazy river, an 18-hole mini-golf course, a kid’s program, and full kitchens in every unit. However, there are better, more modern resorts nearby.

Awakening Spa at the Anderson Ocean Club and Spa

Awakening Spa at the Anderson Ocean Club and Spa

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Foto Friday: What A View

by Hilary on September 16, 2011

L’Auberge de Sedona has one of the most stunning natural settings in not just the Southwest, but the country, with the picturesque Oak Creek running underneath shady trees, and Sedona’s soaring red rocks suspended in the background. The 87 guest rooms and woodsy cottages are spread across 11 acres, allowing guests plenty of privacy, and most come with fireplaces and private decks. It’s a premier destination for a romantic getaway or a corporate retreat.

View at the L'Auberge de Sedona

View at the L'Auberge de Sedona

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The Moana Surfrider spa offers a scrumptious coffee and vanilla body ritual. Not recommended for the caffeine sensitive.

The Moana Surfrider spa offers a scrumptious coffee and vanilla body ritual. Not recommended for the caffeine sensitive.

It’s almost that time again: This October 10 to 16, hundreds of spas in cities across the country will be cutting treatment prices to $50 for Spa Week. To honor this celebration of pampering, we thought it fitting to share some of the most interesting spa treatments we’ve come across during our hotel investigations. No, these aren’t on sale for spa week –but they are unique. Because as much as we love the $50 massage, there’s really no replacement for getting cocooned in chocolate. Read More »

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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

Where: Four Seasons Washington D.C.

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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Kathy Griffin

Twitter


While having some fun in her New York hotel room, Kathy Griffin showed off her body to a window watcher 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.

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Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

by Hilary on September 13, 2011

The Hyatt Regency Chicago

The Hyatt Regency Chicago

  • PROTEST
    Thousands of hotel workers are picketing, protesting, and striking against Hyatt Hotels Corporation in four cities nationwide — Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Honolulu. The working conditions have been citedas “deplorable”, as employees’ contracts expired in San Francisco in August 2009, in Los Angeles in November 2009, and in Honolulu in June 2010. [Huffington Post]

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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

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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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 New York Central at The Grand Hyatt, New York. Previously, we’ve bar hopped at: XVI at Hilton Garden Inn Times Square, The Maritime, The James Hotel, Hilton New York Fashion District, and The Standard Hotel.

Scene at New York Central at The Grand Hyatt, New York

Scene at New York Central at The Grand Hyatt, New York

Drink #1: Mr. Big

Mr. Big, at New York Central at The Grand Hyatt, New York

Mr. Big, at New York Central at The Grand Hyatt, New York

Ingredients:

  • 2oz Ceres Guava Juice
  • 1/2 Lime Juice
  • 1oz Combier Orange
  • 2oz Death’s Door Vodka

To make
Build, ice, shake vigorously and strain into Martini Glass
Garnish: Star Fruit
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Foto Friday: A Rare Peacock

by Hilary on September 9, 2011

Now here’s something you don’t see everyday. Thank you, Marriott Key Largo Bay Beach Resort in the Florida Keys!

Marriott Key Largo Bay Beach Resort, Florida Keys

Marriott Key Largo Bay Beach Resort, Florida Keys

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Best Fall Foliage Hotels

by Hilary on September 8, 2011

Make September your friend. Look forward to fall by looking out of your hotel window or balcony at these breathtaking views of the leaves.

View from the Central Park Suite at Jumeirah Essex House, New York View from the Central Park Suite at Jumeirah Essex House, New York

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