Brand New Plug-Inn Hostel in Paris

February 20, 2010

The Plug-Inn Hostel in Paris, France is now open!

“The only ‘Boutique Hostel’ in Paris, where style, comfort and value all connect!”

No need to run down the hall for your hot shower – bathrooms in every room!

The Plug-Inn Hostel is tucked away in a calm street around the corner from the world-renowned Moulin Rouge, in the middle of the trendy Abbesses neighbourhood, on your way to the Sacré Coeur and its breathtaking view of Paris.

The fresh design and modern touches of our Boutique Hostel compliment perfectly the charm of this historic quarter.

The rest of town is accessible on foot, or with the two metro lines (2 & 12) found on our doorstep.
Gare du Nord (for the airport or international trains) is a 5 minute trip away.

Get a real feel for Montmartre…the unique artist and cabaret neighbourhood.
If Picasso, Van Gogh, Cocteau, Satie, Toulouse Lautrec, Renoir….…and Amelie made it their home, why not you?

Feel the splendour of bygone cabarets, bohemian cafés and artists’ ateliers…..the Montmartre village area is now home to over 240 bars, cafés, bistros and pubs.

FREE Sheets & Towel
FREE Breakfast
FREE Internet in the lobby
FREE WiFi everywhere
FREE Great service!

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Upcycled War Planes – The Luxury Plane Hotel Suite is Someplace I Want to Stay In

January 27, 2010

Located at Teuge airport, this luxe lodge transforms a former 120 seat, Cold War era plane into an amazingly beautiful and luxurious pad. The luxury plane hotel suite includes an infrared sauna, a jacuzzi, and three flat screens.

I was in the Netherlands once, and I got so FUBAR, I can’t even explain. But let’s say I am a classy individual who wanted to explore the finer things of that country that did not include the word ‘chronic,’ I would stay in this luxury plane hotel suite.  Via: Robyn Currie – HotHotelReviews

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The W Hollywood Will Provide ‘Sanctuary’ For Your All Your Gadgets

January 21, 2010

After touring the W Hollywood yesterday (sorry, no photos allowed just yet) we learned that the hotel will be using Sanctuary Chargers in-room. Awesome! But wait, what are Sanctuary chargers you ask?

Sanctuary is a product from Bluelounge that enables you to charge all of your gadgets in one box, by offering a multitude of charging cords from cellphones to iPods, iPhones, PDAs and other gadgets that use a USB or mini-USB port to charge up. In fact, The Sanctuary is capable of charging over 1,500 different types of gadgets. Here’s how MacWorld describes using the product:

Using The Sanctuary couldn’t get much simpler: remove the tray, plug in its AC adapter, find the correct cord for your device, thread it through one of the notches, replace the tray, and voilà. A green LED light on the power brick will tell you that your devices are receiving power—if it starts to blink or dim, it’s a sign that you may have too many things connected, and that The Sanctuary has had to reduce its power intake.

This is a HUGE relief to see in hotel rooms as it means you won’t have to bug the front desk and then pray that they have your type of charger and you won’t have to run out to the nearest drugstore or electronics shop to buy a new one.

We’ve already used these excellent chargers at W Boston but you can also find them at W Hoboken and W Washington DC.

And in case you were wondering, the desks at the W Hollywood (which is still on track to open January 28th) will also have 2009’s Must-Have Amenity, Plug Panels. Now, if only we could get free WiFi here too….

Seen a Sanctuary Charger in your hotel room? Tell us where in comments below.

Via: Julianna – HotelChatter

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You Can Still Find Hotel Rooms for the Super Bowl For Under $300

January 20, 2010

The Whitelaw Hotel, Miami Beach

As you can imagine, most hotels in Miami and Fort Lauderdale are sold out for Super Bowl weekend—or have ridonkulous rates around $1,000 a night. But there are still rooms available for less. Hard to believe, we know, but look what happened yesterday: the Jets beat the Chargers! Anything can happen!

There are a few catches, of course, the first being that you’ll have to stay at least four nights to secure a room in most places. Generally, this means from Thursday, February 4 to Monday, February 8.

Here are two rates in Miami and one in Fort Lauderdale that were still available for those dates when we checked via Quikbook earlier today:

· Acqua Hotel: This boutique hotel in South Beach had rooms for $203 a night.
· Whitelaw Hotel Rooms are still available for $281 a night at this member of the South Beach Hotel Group.
· Hampton Inn & Suites, Fort Lauderdale Airport: Standard rooms and king suites are both $199 a night.

In other Super Bowl hotel news, we learned via the New York Times that the NFL booked Fort Lauderdale’s Harbor Beach Marriott Resort and Spa for the A.F.C. champion team, while the N.F.C. team will get to live it up at the Intercontinental in downtown Miami. That doesn’t seem fair now, does it?

Jets and Colts fans, however, take note: You can still book a room at the Harbor Beach Marriott, from $729 a night. Which is a small price to pay to sleep with greatness, no?  Via: MsRebecca – HotelChatter

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Loft Style Lobbies – The Andels Hotel Lobby Delivers Everything Except Room Service

January 16, 2010

There’s the old expression you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, a statement that rings true in most scenarios save for a few, one of them being hotel lobbies. In most cases if the lobby is nice, it’s a safe bet to say your room will measure up the same and vice versa. If the Andels Hotel lobby is any example of that then you can only imagine what the rooms would look like here: sleek modernity meshed with turn of the century brick work.

Designed by Polish architecture firm Jestico and Wiles, the Andels Hotel lobby balances the grandiose with the inviting to create a truly unique environment.  Via: Alex Scott – HotHotelReviews

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NYC’s Underground ‘Please Don’t Tell’ Bar Tells All

January 13, 2010

New York City’s fave “neospeakeasy” has become mainstream to the chagrin of some of its regulars. Besides the amazing drink menu created by Jim Meehan, Please Don’t Tell’s greatest asset is its “secret” entrance inside the hot dog joint Crif Dogs on St. Mark’s Pl. The phone booth entry not only makes patrons feel like they are experiencing something special, it has also filtered out those who weren’t in the know.

Mixologist Jim Meehan has been well known to drink connoisseurs for some time but now he’s bringing his talent, and his secret bar, to the forefront. Jim was recently featured on the Travel Channel and last week he made a high profile appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. On the show, Jim spilled all of his secrets, like how to make one of his signature drinks, a Tequila Highball, and where to find his hidden bar.

But all of this publicity has some wishing PDT would stay a secret. One Twitterer recently exclaimed, “Now that @PDTNYC & Jim Meehan have been on Travel Channel and Jimmy Fallon, it should be really awesome to sit next to tourists at the bar!” While another patron pointed out the fact that speakeasies are suppose to be kept on the DL. “What point is it having a “secret” bar that everyone knows about??? They shouldn’t be listed in places like City Search, and they shouldn’t have a website or any other kind of advertising either. It should be simply word of mouth. They didn’t have the internet back in the prohibition years you know!”

If you’re one of those annoying tourists who wants to check out a real, big city speakeasy, make sure you make reservations and call early (212-614-0386), PDT’s 45 seats are usually booked by 4 pm. The only thing that irritates locals more than tourists, are tourists without reservations.  Via: cmb – Jaunted

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The W Hollywood Gets Ready for Its Close-Up

January 12, 2010

The W Hollywood is still on track to open in just a few short weeks and while we have plenty of shots of the hotel’s exterior, we finally got our hands on some renderings for the hotel’s interior, including a guestroom shot.

We’re getting more and more excited for this hotel to open. Los Angeles has been in need of a proper W Hotel–in the middle of the action, not tucked away in Westwood–for a looong time.

Sooo…what do you think? We are happy to see that the guestrooms here have gone the way of W South Beach, which has some of our favorite new hotel rooms on the planet, as opposed to W Boston, which was a disappointment. But of course, we have to reserve our final judgment for when we see the place in person.

Still, we think things are looking very good here.

While the hotel is to open on January 28th, we couldn’t find any rooms available. However, the following weekend of February 5th, room rates were holding steady at $319 for a Fabulous room with a king bed. (Advance purchase required.)

If you’re going to be in the Hollywood area this Thursday, you should know that the W Hollywood is holding its Grand Kick Off event for its 400 new employees. The welcoming celebration will shut down Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Pantages Theater and the House of Blues’ world-famous gospel choir, celebrity impersonators and even some “paparazzi” will give the employees the Hollywood star treatment. That should put them in a good mood to receive guests!  Via: Julianna – HotelChatter

What do you think of W Hollywood’s guestrooms? Do they have what it takes or should they just hope for a reality TV show? Let us know in comments below.

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