Kendra and Hank Head For A St. Lucia Honeymoon

June 30, 2009

Newlyweds and “Kendra” stars, Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett, were spotted Sunday catching a departing flight out of LAX bound for their swanky St. Lucia honeymoon. The 24-year-old Playboy Playmate and 26-year-old NFL player were married on Saturday at the Playboy mansion in Los Angeles thanks to Kendra’s ex, Hugh Hefner. One of the bridesmaids, Kendra’s former “Girls Next Door” co-star, Holly Madison, dished for People:

She looked like a princess. It was a beautiful setting for a wedding. [Kendra and Hank are] definitely ready for their honeymoon now. They need a vacation.

In the airport, Kendra was wearing a t-shirt proclaiming her status as a “High Maintenance Bride,” which may have just been an attempt to take attention away from her growing baby bump and redirect it towards her more famous assets. Kendra and Hank’s bundle of joy is due on Christmas Day and, yes, her ex will also be the godfather.  by cmb – Jaunted

[Photo: Just Jared]

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Hard Rock ‘Round The World Contest

June 29, 2009

Create a list of five songs that capture the essence of the global traveler and the spirit of Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, and you could win a rock ‘n’ roll vacation at a participating property of your choice.

To enter and for a complete prize details, visit cntpromo.com/rock

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Contest begins at 10:00 AM EST on 4/21/09 and ends on 8/24/09 at 5:00 PM EST when all entries must be received. Open only to legal residents of the 50 US/DC who are at least 21 years of age at the time of entry, except employees of Sponsor, their immediate family members and persons residing in the same household. Price ARV $5,500; value may vary based on selection, Sponsored by the Conde Nast Publications, 4 Times Square, New York, NY 10036. Full rules available at www.cntpromo.com/rock

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What To Do About Your Michael Jackson Concert Hotel Reservations

June 27, 2009

In case you’ve been living under a rock, have not touched the Internet, gone near a TV, newspaper or another human being, you have heard the incredibly sad news that Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, passed away.

As you know, he was set for a “This Is It” comeback run this summer, with tons of concerts scheduled in London at the O2 Arena. Hotels in the area were offering MJ-themed packages (and, even without the packages, lots of people were still booking hotel rooms around the concerts).

But now what?

According to The Guardian, you don’t really have any out-of-the-ordinary options if you booked a hotel for an MJ concert (or booked an MJ concert package):

Whether or not you can get your money back depends entirely on the individual hotel company’s policy and terms and conditions.

“Some hotels say if you cancel within four weeks then you won’t be charged anything for the rooms, others might say you’ll be charged something, or, if you haven’t given enough notice, you may have to pay the hotel bill in full.”

Reservation staff at the Novotel London Excel, close to the O2, say they will not be able to offer refunds to customers who have pre-paid for rooms but they will be able to postpone their booking to another time.

But if you simply reserved a room and did not pre-pay, your credit card will not be charged and your reservation will simply be cancelled.

[…] The Hilton in Canary Wharf is due to make an announcement on Monday to customers with reservations for Michael Jackson.

If you booked a package that included MJ concert tickets, you “should be able to apply for a refund from the company that sold you the package.” According to the Guardian, Lastminute.com (who was offering MJ packages) is currently “negotiating to secure refunds for its customers and says it will contact those affected individually.” So, um, they’re workin’ on it.

But bottom line: don’t expect to necessarily get loopholes for those hotels you booked for the MJ concerts unless it was a package deal or something — you probably won’t get any exceptions to the standard cancellation policies. by Jenna – HotelChatter

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Do Some (Legal) Skiing With Paris Hilton In Dubai

June 25, 2009

Paris Hilton is back to work on her BFF show in Dubai after taking a break to dump her boyfriend and dance on tables. She’s already raised controversy after reports surfaced that she had gotten in a rift with local authorities for wearing a bikini, but Paris was quick to take to Twitter saying, “One of my friends just called me from back home and asked if I got in trouble for wearing a bikini at the beach here and once again – FALSE”.

Even though she hasn’t gotten arrested yet, she has been keeping herself busy while filming abroad. So far she’s met a huge guy, rode a “cute” camel, gone skiing, and tonight she’s hosting a party at Club Neo.

Yep, skiing in Dubai. They happen to have one of the world’s largest ski domes, in a mall none the less. The Ski Dubai Resort, located just behind the Mall of Emirates and the Kempinski Hotel, features 5 runs that vary in difficulty. For newbies, there are pro ski instructors available for individual or group lessons. There is even a quarter pipe for snowboarders and a snow park for kids. And don’t worry about packing your snowsuit, the resort provides guests with winter clothing and ski gear, all of which is included in the price of admission. A day pass to the park is around $50 but you need to book in advance via their website.  by cmb – Jaunted

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The Ritz-Carlton San Juan

June 24, 2009

If you happen to be heading to San Juan, Puerto Rico, the hotel options are dizzying. There’s an endless stream of accommodations in every price range, but if you’re looking for effortless, relaxing luxury, complete with a pristine beach and a prime location, I highly recommend the Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel, Spa, & Casino (above).

The Ritz-Carlton is located right on Isla Verde beach (pale, fine sand and completely cleaned out for swimming), two miles from the airport and six miles from Old San Juan. I actually had the pleasure of staying at this resort in its inaugural year (my parents say it was under construction but all I remember is the hot tub and the big door to the beach, which look the same — the tub and the door, that is; the beach was rocky back then), as well as earlier this month.

There’s an extra luxurious way to stay which may actually end up saving you money: Stay on the Club Level. Not only do you get access to the exclusive 9th floor — accessible only by key — and a gorgeous, two-bathroom suite, but there’s a Club Lounge up there where you can have expedited check-in and check-out service, a super-attentive concierge and, best of all, free food and drinks all day long. Now, I don’t recommend trying to make a luxury meal of the (lovely) buffet, but when you want a light lunch or a quick snack? The Club Lounge offers elegant, tasteful dishes — including local desserts — as well as wine, champagne, and pretty much anything you want if you just ask (this includes the endless morning coffee working people like me require). Considering what snacking (and drinking) can cost you at a many-star hotel, paying extra for the Club Level may actually work to your advantage — and at the very least it eliminates the calculator from the frugal mind which is constantly adding up the daily costs of your vacation.

The hotel offers a full-service, well-regarded Spa and Casino, as well as some top notch restaurants, including a BLT Steak and Il Mulino. There is also a Tiffany & Co. and a Little Switzerland, for the shopping-inclined, and like I said, Old San Juan, with all its fabulous food and drink options, is just a six minute cab ride away. The real amenity of this hotel, though? Ritz-Carlton service. When you head down to the beach and drag the chairs all over the place, an RC employee will probably approach you — and ask if he can drill a hole in the sand for you and plant an umbrella. Seriously.  by Annie Scott – Luxist

For more beautiful photos of a beautiful property, click below.

Gallery: The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan Hotel, Spa, and Casino

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Even The Beverly Hills Hotel is Bringing in The DJs

June 22, 2009
Bar Nineteen 12

Bar Nineteen 12

Where: 9641 W. Sunset Blvd. [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90210

These are good times for DJs. Previously, the disc jockeys were only called in for the weekends and special events (hello, middle school dances!) but now they seem to have regular spinning gigs every night. And it’s not just limited to bars and clubs. Even hotels are getting in on the DJ action–hotels like The Beverly Hills Hotel and its Bar Nineteen 12.

In an attempt to shed her fusty old image (room rates do start at around $500, after all!), Beverly Hills’ Pink Lady is launching a new summer DJ series at Bar Nineteen 12 in the lobby in honor of the bar’s two-year anniversary. Guess they don’t want the riff-raff roaming all the way into the hotel, but at least you still get a view of the gardens and pool.

Named in honor of the year the hotel first opened, Bar Nineteen 12 is “where timeless glamour and chic innovation meet.” Apparently theses days, it’s more about the innovation, since the DJ series is all about getting young folks into the place.

“Get Ready” Thursdays and Fridays with DJ Menelik will run from 9:00pm-1:30am, while Saturdays through June will find DJ Lo spinning. The event also features discounted specialty cocktails. Before you get too excited, that just means the price has dropped from a pre-recession high of $18 to a…well, pre-recession standard $14. Still, it’s better than nothing, and as the bar points out, “that’s a savings of 22%!”. Well, at least they’re enthusiastic about it. Via: EricRosen – HotelChatter

[Photo: LA Eater]

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Ace Palm Springs Dubs Their Pool Party ‘Sundays at the Short Bus’

June 20, 2009

Where: 701 E. Palm Canyon Dr. [map], Palm Springs, CA, United States, 92264

The recently opened Ace Palm Springs has already partied it up for Coachella, and now it’s inviting you to spend “Sundays at the Short Bus.”

That’s what they’re calling their new Sunday afternoon pool parties, replete with homemade margaritas, alcoholic sno cones, food from the hotel’s Kings Highway restaurant, and groovy DJ spins and indie bands. There’s a deal that goes along with the party that includes 20% off room rates and 15% off spa treatments when you stay Sunday, Monday and/or Tuesday nights.

If you want to book, go to their reservation site or call (760) 325-9900, and be sure you enter the Promo Code SHORT20. With just a preliminary search, we found an “Ace Double” room for just $89 next week!

You might have to brave soaring temperatures that would make the surface of the sun seem temperate, but hey, at least you can drink and dance while you work on your tan. And try to keep the tacky “short bus” jokes to a minimum.

by EricRosen – HotelChatter

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