April 2012

Even though the Delano isn’t the newest spot on South Beach’s hot strip of hotels on Collins Avenue, it’s remained one of the most glamorous thanks to impeccable upkeep, innovative Art Deco design, and its signature use of stark white throughout. Since we’re  a little obsessed with white right now — after all, summer is on the horizon (28 days till white jean sesason!) — the Delano immediately came to mind as one of the most relaxing beaches around. So as we say every Monday, take a deep breath, relax, and soak in the Monday morning goodness.

Is it normal that the lounge chairs match the clouds (and that guy's bathing suit)?

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Rooftop Bar at The Perry South Beach; Miami, FL
Rooftop Bar at The Perry South Beach; Miami, FL

There’s nothing like a rooftop bar to kick off the warm months, and with the crazy weather patterns of the last few weeks, there’s nothing that sounds more appealing right now than getting a drink with a view. If you’re daydreaming about sipping on a perfectly made cocktail a few stories above street level too, check out our selection of the hottest hotel rooftop bars across the country now.

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Foto Friday: Bridging the Gap

by Rachel on April 27, 2012

Maybe it’s all of the election buzz that’s making us think of our nation’s capital. Maybe its the cherry blossoms we wish we could have seen. Regardless, we can’t stop thinking about Washington D.C. The Francis Scott Key Bridge stretches across the idyllic Potomac River — and has since 1923, making it the oldest-standing bridge in the city’s history. Yet another reason we want to head down to D.C., well, ASAP.

The Francis Scott Key Bridge connects Rosslyn, VA with the Georgetown section of Washington D.C.

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Liberty Inn Suite

The "Romantic Lighting" was all set when we arrived to our suite.

This is the second part in a series exploring the seedy world of by-the-hour sex hotels. We previously visited the Kew Motor Inn

When my fellow reporter and I walked up to the Liberty Inn, I was practically in disbelief. I had passed the sordid hotel, set a on veritable island of sorts along 14th street and the West Side Highway, on a near daily basis during my runs along the Hudson River. How could I not have known — for the past several years now — that alongside the Meatpacking District’s row of overpriced shops was an hourly hotel clearly designed for those looking to get laid? Read More »

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The Chandelier at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Chandelier at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

After roaring back from the brink of death after its construction was stalled for years, the Cosmopolitan quickly established itself as one of the trendier spots on the Strip. In fact, it already has an impressive celebrity following — on Tuesday night’s epsiode of The Real Housewives of Orange County, the cast stayed at the hotel to catch Gretchen Rossi’s performance with the Pussycat Dolls. The typical Vegas kitsch has been swapped out for aggressively modern design and futuristic touches (guests sign in on an iPad). Fanfare aside, rooms are large and feature comfortable, designer furnishings and modern, open bathrooms. All types of travelers seem to come here, from frat boys to gambling grandmothers, but the nights decidedly belong to the younger crowd at BOND and Marquee — as do the days, during Marquee’s seasonal “dayclub” party poolside. It’s certainly not the most family-friendly option, but couples looking for a phenomenal spa and nearby action won’t be disappointed.

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Fantasizing about luxurious hotels and faraway resorts is one thing, but fantasizing about owning them is an entirely different concept altogether. Real estate is a high-stakes game that costs big, but, when done right, earns even bigger. And because we are constantly investigating the latest hotels around the globe, we couldn’t help but wonder who was the proverbial Oz behind the curtain at some of our favorite spots. Check out five men that are serious players on the hotel scene right now — and just how fat their wallets are.

Name: Ty Warner

Net Worth: $4.4 Billion
Properties Owned: Las Ventanas; Los Cabos, Mexico; Four Seasons Hotel New York; Rancho San Marcos; Santa Barbara, CA

Pool at Las Ventanas

Pool at Las Ventanas -- Los Cabos, Mexico

He may have made his initial millions from his trendy, plush Beanie Babies, but Ty Warner transformed his self-named Ty Inc. corporation into a financial juggernaut with a hotel and resort empire that boasts bi-coastal properties in the US and in Mexico. Despite his rich-boy status, Warner likes to keep things low-key and rarely grants any public interviews — especially ironic since his original career aspiration was to be an actor.

Check out more multi-millionaires after the jump>>
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The Peabody, with locations in Orlando, Little Rock, and Memphis, hold twice-daily Duck Marches, where the hotel’s resident birds make their way to lobby fountain in the morning, and then back to their “Royal Duck Palace” in the evening.  The charming tradition, which started as drunken joke by Tennessee hunters in the 1860′s, draw guests to the lobby’s red carpet, making these pampered ducks just as synonymous with The Peabody as Elvis is Vegas.

Check out our caption after the jump, then add your own in the comments section below!

 

Duck March in The Lobby of The Peabody Orlando

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The New Yorker Motel's Patio Pre-Renovation

The New Yorker Motel's Patio Pre-Renovation

The New Yorker's Patio Post-Renovation

The New Yorker's Patio Post-Renovation

 

On Episode 3 of Hotel Impossible, host Anthony Melchiorri took on his toughest challenge yet: the run-down New Yorker Motel of Miami. Calling itself a motel itself was inherently a problem: Did you know that people will pay up to three times more per night just to stay at a hotel over its poor cousin, the motel? However, the moniker was only the beginning of this Miami boutique’s problems. Poop in the toilet (seriously), a poorly designed billing system and a plethora of competition plagued the owners of the New Yorker — who better to whip a motel into a sleek Miami boutique hotel than the boss himself?! Check out the best moments from last night’s episode after the jump!

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Spa at the One & Only Palmilla Resort -- Los Cabos

Spa at the One & Only Palmilla Resort -- Los Cabos

Just a couple of weeks ago, we spotlighted the luxurious Palmilla Resort in sunny Los Cabos. Well, reality star Bethenny Frankel, of Skinny Girl fame, must have been inspired by our post, because on last night’s episode of Bethenny Ever After she jetted away to the resort with her family and entourage (“glammy” included) to celebrate her 41st birthday. Anyone see her 40th birthday go down? Yea, that was pretty uncomfortable to watch. And while this birthday celebration was riddled by some rough patches — including bickering with her husband, Jason – it was much better than the last; fewer awkward tears, no restored mannequin (don’t ask). Check out Bethenny’s digs during her 11-day stay at the resort after the jump, and see where all the drama went down!

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A glass (or a ton) or liquid cement, anyone? Anyone care for a glass (or a ton) of liquid cement at New York’s Le Parker Meridien?

1. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Knave at Le Parker Meridien has been shut down since liquid concrete from the construction site next door flooded the café last week.

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT? A couple dozen Jedis stormed the Renaissance Austin Hotel to protest the hotel’s rejection of a plan to hold a Star Wars exhibit.

3. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The corporation owned by Ernest Hemingway’s family just announced it will build luxury hotels and resorts around the world in the next few years.

4. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino just opened the largest candy store in the world.

5. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte is offering a series of daycamps in which teens 15 to 18 will learn the basics of baking.

Check out the answers after the jump!

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