Want to take a seat? You have to climb up it first at the Clift in SF.
There are plenty of hotels with over-the-top decor, but some take it to the next level with looks that are literally larger than life. This includes everything from chairs that Big Foot could comfortably recline in to massive chanderliers that we’re not sure how they got through the front door. But whatever their means of use or entry, these pieces are pretty cool. Check out some of out favorite hotel’s gigundo decor, and learn how you can get the look in your own home now.
This morning’s moment of Zen comes courtesy of the Big Island, well, because, that’s pretty much the only place we’d like to be right now. Taken at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, this photo is bliss-enducing thanks to the aqua ocean, pristine white sand, cragged jettys, and pure blue sky. Also on hand at this 4.5 pearl resort? Delicious fine dining, over 10 tennis courts, and an extensive Asian and Pacific art collection. So as we always say, take a deep breath, relax, and soak in your Monday Monday goodness.
Beach at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel; Big Island, Hawaii
A plantation tour guide holding a "collie bud."
Though its origins may be debated, stoners across the world today will nonetheless honor the timeless tradition that is 4:20. The term is actually a slang reference to smoking weed, making April 20th something of Christmas feast for potheads. Because most countries still have pretty strict bud laws, we thought we would let you live vicariously though our trip to Ganja Heaven (sorry, Amsterdam), and take you through the lush, green fields of Jamaica.
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With the spring season in full blast, we spend our days inside…dreaming about the great outdoors. And what better way to experience a beautiful destination, like the San Juan Islands, than on your very own private sailboat? Yeah, we didn’t think you’d have a better answer. Even we — the ones who get seasick — agreed.
Grounds at the Friday Harbor House; San Juan Islands, WA
Even though we may speak of luxury hotels often, we’re suckers for a good deal. Especially on an amazing hotel that feels luxe but lists at a seriously budget price. Check out our six favorite money-saving spots in the video below, then tell us: Where would you want to stay for a sweet deal?
The Living Room in the Macy Two Bedroom at the White Elephant Hotel Residences -- Nantucket
Today marks the reopening of the White Elephant Hotel and Residences for the season in Nantucket. The quaint, former whaling town in Massachusetts attracts numerous visitors throughout the spring and summer with its 100 miles of sandy shores and top-notch dining — with fresh seafood being the specialty, of course. For families and groups visiting Nantucket, the big, luxurious one- to three-bedroom units at the White Elephant Residences are a great choice. Unlike vacation home rentals, these units — outfitted in attractive, nautical decor — come with the perks of a hotel stay, such as daily housekeeping, a seasonal outdoor pool, and a well-equipped fitness center. There’s not much in terms of a communal feel, like you might find at an inn or smaller hotel, but that’s part of the allure for some who seek a private, secluded vibe. As to be expected, however, privacy and luxury don’t come cheap on this island. Wanna know more? Check out more photos of the hotel after the jump or read our review now>>
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OH MY GOD, we never thought it would happen! After all, Brad has pledged numerous times that he and Angelina would not marry until all Americans could legally tie the knot. But sometimes, love just can’t wait. So its official –the couple is engaged and Brangelina will become Mr. and Mrs. Smith, er, Pitt, presumably sometime this summer. For the past seven years, they’ve been a Hollywood dream couple that we just knew would stay together forever. [Ed. note: Before them, it was Brad and Jen, but that's neither here nor there...] And whenever there’s a momentous occasion in Hollywood such as this, we like to take a look back at the moments that made it all happen…and of course, the hotels where all of those moments went down. Check out the hotels that led Brad and Angelina to the altar — or at least to their engagement — after the jump!
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Friendly hotel service is key to having a good stay, but sometimes the staff is just phoning it in. Though the workers at the front desk of the Villa Del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa are not necessarily writing off your constant room service requests, its hard to tell whether or not they’re just mugging for the cameras.
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Front Desk at the Villa Del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa, Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, Mexico
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Find the best hotels for fun in bed (Credit: iStock)
We’ve been to some tantalizing spots over the years — like these adult-only getaways — but some hotels are introducing room service menus that whet more than just your appetite, if you catch our drift. Whether it’s an intimacy kit or an (almost) full-service sexy concierge, these hotels hit the (G) spot by letting guests explore their freakysides. But pleasure-seekers be warned: These thrilling amenities can add hundreds to the final bill.
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Host Anthony Melchiorri (Credit: Courtesy of Travel Channel)
Last night we watched Hotel Impossible host Anthony Melchiorri review, inspect, and fix up a little boutique on Miami’s famed Ocean Drive, the Penguin Hotel. But not only did we get to watch it last night, we were also able to go on location (thanks to the Travel Channel, of course!) and behind the scenes to snap Melchiorri’s renovation. Before the makeover, though, the Penguin was in desperate need of hotel exec’s aid — not only did the hotel require you to walk through a creepy alleyway to get food and drinks, but the rooms were also quite dirty, as was the entire lobby, and the service had serious room for improvement. Thankfully, the Hotel Impossible crew did what they always do best — turned the spot into a chic getaway at a good price. We sent our own Jennifer Garfinkel down to South Beach to shoot the Penguin — check it out in the video after the jump!
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