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One Bal Harbour Resort bathrooms have some of the best views in the Miami.

Some people prefer to read a magazine in the restroom, but we’d much rather gaze out over a stunning view. There’s nothing we love more than exotic sights, no matter where we’re taking in the view — the shower, tub, or elsewhere. From Hong Kong to Miami, Boston to Barcelona, here are our favorite hotel views from the best seat in the house.

 

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The Junior Suite at the Pavillon de la Reine; Paris, France

The Junior Suite at the Pavillon de la Reine; Paris, France

1. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Pavillon de la Reine’s special Valentine’s Day package includes a padlock inscribed with the couples’ names that they can lock to Le Pont des Arts bridge.

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac now offers free BMW rides to all its guests staying three or more nights.

3. FACT OR FAKEOUT? New England Patriots player Rob Gronkowski was seen dancing shirtless at the Wynn Las Vegas the night of the Super Bowl.

4. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The most expensive spa treatment at The Beverly Hills Hotel’s spa is a 90-minute White Caviar Illuminating Facial that includes a cellular three-minute peel.

5. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta has just started offering a guaranteed 24-hour stay, meaning guests don’t have to check out at 11 a.m. anymore and can enjoy the room for a full 24 hours.

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Staying at a hotel is downright inspiring (unless it’s this hotel, of course). After all, being in a new environment can make you feel rejuvenated and relaxed, and the space can even give you ideas for sprucing up your home. Today we’re giving a photo tour of our favorite hotels that have that “bright and bold” vibe down pat. From crazy colorful murals to subtle pops of color, these hotels keep their spaces fun and light. Get inspired — and get the look!

W Atlanta – Buckhead

Lobby at the W Atlanta - Buckhead

Texture, pattern, color — the W in Buckhead has it all; in fact, it has it all right in the lobby! This design-focused, chic hotel offers a younger, funkier alternative to upscale hotels in Atlanta, and the contemporary style ranges from the antler-adorned chandeliers in the lobby to the uber-modern, minimalist decor in other common areas. But what we really covet are the cozy chairs in the rooms, where playful patterns and mismatched artwork create a whimsical vibe.

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Celebrity chef restaurants have fast-become the brag-worthy accessory to luxury hotels. Nowadays, the likes of Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Gordon Ramsay call multiple hotel kitchens home, but the ultimate indulgence comes when you can chow down on fame-broiled [Ed. Note: We couldn't help ourselves] chateaubriand in the comfort of your very own suite. The hotels with the most bragging rights are going a step above by not only offering a gourmet experience in the dining room, but delivered to your door as well. Oyster has had the pleasure of sampling many delicious celebrity chef room service menus. Check out six of our favorites here:

Celebrity Chef: Jean-Georges Vongerichten

A private dinner in paradise just got even more delicious, courtesy of Jean-Georges.

The Hotel: One&Only Ocean Club

Bringing a sense of tranquility to the otherwise-crowded Paradise Island, the One&Only Ocean Club’s personal butlers, beautiful pools, and access to Atlantis’s water park, casino, and other attractions make it one of the Caribbean’s best resorts. Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Dune restaurant is just the icing on the cake at this luxe resort. But what delicious icing it is — that you can have delivered straight to your room. Serving innovative French-Asian cuisine punctuated with Bahamian herbs and influences, Dune offers a mouth-watering and chic dining experience, suite-side.

Oyster’s Menu Pick: Roasted Peking duck with shallot confit, asparagus, shitake, and lilly bulb stir fry.

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The Madison One-Bedroom Suite at The Mark; New York, NY

The Madison One-Bedroom Suite at The Mark; New York, NY

1. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Emma Stone, Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts, Jonah Hill and Marc Jacobs were all spotted hanging out in The Mark’s lobby during Hurricane Sandy.

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino will offer a free weekend stay in the property to every guest that posts pictures on the hotel’s Facebook or Twitter pages proving that he or she voted today.

3. FACT OR FAKEOUT? P. Diddy recently crashed his car right outside The Beverly Hills Hotel after another driver swerved in front of his Cadillac Escalade.

4. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Four Seasons’ $71,000 Around-the-World Tour By Private Jet package includes a stop at the Four Seasons Hualalai, which was selected due to its convenient on-site landing strip.

5. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta is offering an $87,000 spa package that includes stem cell treatments and hair transplants.

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The Wine Room at The St. Regis Atlanta; Atlanta, GA

The Wine Room at The St. Regis Atlanta; Atlanta, GA

1. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Some scenes of Flight, starring Denzel Washington and coming to theaters on November 2nd, were filmed at The St. Regis Atlanta.

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Blancaneaux Lodge, owned by movie director Francis Ford Coppola, is home to the only natural waterfall in Belize.

3. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Hotel Savoy Berlin’s ballroom is were Greta Garbo and Thomas Mann celebrated the reception after their wedding.

4. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Diners at The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui’s restaurant had to be rushed to a safer area after the tsunami alert went off last Saturday due to the 7.7-magnitude earthquake that struck off the British Columbia coast.

5. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown has offered a special $299-rate to flight passengers stranded in D.C. due to Hurricane Sandy.

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Patio King Room at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado; Santa Fe, NM

Patio King Room at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado; Santa Fe, NM

1. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Jennifer Aniston’s assistants got in a fight with a Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado employee after overhearing him chatting with a guest about the actress’s presence at the hotel.

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT? A Russian firm is so worried about the Mayan end-of-the-world prediction that it has designed a floating hotel that can withstand most natural disasters, including rising sea levels and earthquakes.

3. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills has just launched a program that allows guests to check in via Skype while on their way to the hotel.

4. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta is allowing guests to send in suggestions for new food and drink specials through the end of the month.

5. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Madonna has announced plans to get into the hotel industry next year and has partnered with her brother, Christopher Ciccone, to carry out the project.

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Oyster Decodes Hotel Points Programs is a new series where we break down hotel rewards programs and give you the inside scoop on how they can save you money.
 
Hotel point programs are not always easy to decipher, and sometimes even we (travel experts, after all) feel we need a guide to understand how they work. But it’s worth the effort it takes to decode: All are free to join, and more often than not, end up saving travelers a significant amount of cash. This week, we’re biting the bullet and starting with cracking the Marriott rewards program, which is one of the most difficult to navigate as guests can redeem their points at over 3,600 locations worldwide across 12 distinctive brands.
 
Marriott properties are divided into eight categories — depending on the hotel brand, location and type — and five tiers.  Members can earn up to 10 points for every dollar spent at Marriott hotels, as well as at Marriott’s partner airlines and rental car companies, which include Hertz, Delta, and Virgin Atlantic. They can then redeem the points earned on hotels, airlines and other services. While advantages of joining the program are numerous, the system is not always straightforward, so we’ve selected some of our favorite hotels in each category and tier where, for a certain number of points (starting at 70,000), you can enjoy a one night stay in a standard room. Start redeeming those points!

Tier 5: 70,000 points

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong - Hong Kong, China

The gorgeous indoor pool has great views and a Jacuzzi

The gorgeous indoor pool has great views and a Jacuzzi

Only a few hotels in Hong Kong deliver the Ritz-Carlton’s level of luxury. Large rooms feature decadent touches, such as plush beds with 400- to 600-thread count linens, iPods and iPod docks, Nespresso coffeemakers, and high-end toiletries. The hotel is set on floors 102 to 118 of Hong Kong’s tallest building, and while acrophobes may not appreciate being this far from the ground, the height does make for breathtaking views — that is, when the sky is clear. Highlights include a stylish indoor pool, sleek gym, and top-notch spa. The Ritz-Carlton is connected to a great shopping mall and corporate offices, and also offers easy access to the airport train and the MTR. However, its location in an up-and-coming business area west of Tsim Sha Tsui is a bit out of the way for leisure travelers.

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Road warriors, rejoice: The days of relying on a (possibly shoddy) business center are over. Not that we don’t love a good business center, but when it comes to those who frequent the skies (or road, or railroad track) for work, we know from experience that it’s important to stay connected on your own terms. And since business travelers are dominating the hospitality landscape, hotels have heeded visitors’ requests and souped up their technologies to match the fast pace of the world today. Before you grab your briefcase and hop the next flight to Atlanta/New York City/Hong Kong, make sure you’re booked at one of tech-savvy retreats.

1. Innerwireless Distributed Antenna System
Where: Mandarin Oriental, New York 

The work desk in the Mandarin Executive Suite is spacious, sleek, and handsome.

Hate when your call gets dropped? So do we — especially if we’re negotiating an important deal. And obviously the Mandarin Oriental does too, which is why the ultra-luxe property in New York City set up what’s dubbed an “Innerwireless Distributed Antenna System,” which is a device installed in the core of the hotel that allows for uninterrupted — that’s right folks — and universal cellular coverage. And if you forgot your iPad charger or extra computer battery, the hotel concierge will easily provide you with replacements.

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School may be back in session (groan…), but students don’t have to wait until Spring Break for their next set of adventures.  Though most colleges encourage students to venture out of the classroom for hands-on experience in with their majors, finding the funds isn’t easy on a student loan budget. That’s why we’ve found amazing value destinations for college students in need of a little field training. So close the books and get out on the road instead — it’s time to put those lessons into play!

Your Major: Business
The Place to Visit: Atlanta

Atlanta is an "alpha city" driven by several Fortune 500 companies

With a $304 billion economy and the third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the U.S., Atlanta is one of the most business-driven cities in the country. Hotlanta is known as an “alpha” city (i.e., an important economic city) thanks to major brands like Coca-Cola, Home Depot, Delta Airlines, and UPS setting up headquarters in the Georgia capital. So for business students trying to get some early networking experience, Atlanta is the best city to start handing out cards.

In the heart of Atlanta’s downtown Business District, this Marriott is an affordable option on a student budget, and boasts an impressive gym and business center – perfect for power-lunch prepping. Read More »

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