Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

W New York - Union Square
W New York - Union Square
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  • MAKE OUT
    Just like Kristen Wiig and Fabrizio Moretti did at the W Union Square. The comedian and The Strokes’ drummer were seen “literally on top of each other” at Lilium, the hotel’s new club. [Hotel Chatter]
  • STUN
    Your friends at the next dinner party with your ski trivia. The New York Times published a couple dozen fun facts about the winter’s favorite sport. Ever wonder how many ski-in/ski-out Starbucks there are in America? [NY Times]
  • WIN
    A nude wedding in Jamaica. Jamaica adults-only resort Hedonism II is now taking applications from couples who want to tie the knot nude on TV. You could win a free wedding and a four-day honeymoon in Negril. [Go Classy Tours]
  • PICK
    Your seatmate on your next flight based on similar interests. Dutch airline KLM is launching a service that will let passengers who check-in online tap their social media accounts and pick their seatmate. So many creepy (and love?) stories can come out of this initiative… [USA Today]
  • WISH
    Jon Toubin a prompt recovery. A cab plowed through the wall of the New York DJ’s hotel room in Portland while he was sleeping. He is in critical condition. [Oregon Live]

Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

Atlantic Ocean, Beach at the One and Only Ocean Club, Bahamas
Atlantic Ocean, Beach at the One and Only Ocean Club, Bahamas

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  • BREAK
    The piggy bank and get a close-up of the Titanic on its centennial. A company is offering a private dive in a tiny submersible for $60,000. The price includes a two-and-a-half week cruise and one eight- to 10-hour dive with two other people. [NY Times]
  • STAY
    At a former Iraq prison camp. Iraqi developers are revamping former US military bases and prisons, and turning them into business accommodations. Homey and cozy? Probably not. Cheap? You wish– Rooms at Camp Bucca start at $190 per night. [Hotel Chatter]
  • WAKE UP
    Your senses with a unique blindfolded dining experience. Paris restaurant ‘Dans Le Noir’, opening in New York on December 9, serves guests a surprise tasting menu in a completely dark room to “re-educate [their] palates and minds”. Prices start at $49 per person without wine. [Dans Le Noir]
  • RECONSIDER
    What you pack next time you have to fly. An airline baggage handler tells what goes on behind the scenes (and how and why your luggage is battered) while you absentmindedly sip a can of soda at the boarding gate. Tip: You might want to take carry-on only. [Fox News]
  • SPICE UP
    Your relaxing baths this Christmas. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s hip Spare Room has teamed up with an upscale local pharmacist to create a limited edition of exclusive cocktail-scented bath products. Gin tonic bath salts, anyone? [Grub Street LA]

Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

The ice rink at The Standard New York just opened for the season
The ice rink at The Standard New York just opened for the season
  • FLOOD
    Please don’t stop the music, but please do stop the bath taps. Singer Rihanna forgot to turn off the faucets in her tub and flooded her $3,000-a-night suite at The Savoy in London. The room was damaged, but reparable, an inside source said. [Hotel Chatter]
  • FORGET
    Booking a crammed, $400 hotel room with a shared bathroom during the 2012 Olympics in London. All About Space plans to pitch tents build pop-up rooms in a park during the event to solve the problem of hotel room shortages and soaring prices. It’s only for companies, though, so better start bugging your boss. [London Evening Standard]
  • TAKE
    A break. Two surveys show the average US worker leaves 6.2 days of paid vacation unused every year. If you’re having trouble deciding what your next destination should be, Oyster can help you. [USA Today]
  • DISCOVER
    Your inner travel nerd. A travel blog put together a list of 50 signs that make you a real travel geek, such as dialing 9 even when at home or having SIM cards for multiple countries. No need to mention we checked off more than just a few of those, right? [Tripbase Blog]
  • SKATE
    Your Christmas away at The Standard New York. The hotel just announced the opening of its winter ice rink and Alpine-themed après-skate food stand, serving hot apple cider, waffles, wine and crepes. [The Standard]

Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

Tryst at Wynn Las Vegas, where Prince Harry was spotted dancing last Saturday with a mystery woman
Tryst at Wynn Las Vegas, where Prince Harry was spotted dancing last Saturday with a mystery woman
  • PARTY
    Like a prince. Princess Diana’s younger son Prince Harry partied hard in Vegas last weekend, and he chose some of the top hotel clubs for boozing (and at one, dancing real close with a mystery woman!). [USA Today]
  • HATE
    These airports. CNN published a list of the airports that re-enact your worst travel nightmares. From Paris to New York to Kathmandu, not one continent is free of traveler-hate. [CNN]
  • DONATE
    Your sundries to the troops. All the TSA-rejected toiletries that pile up at McCarran International in Las Vegas will now be donated to the troops passing through. So now when your favorite perfume/hair conditioner/insert your liquid or gel product here gets taken from you, you can feel a little bit better about it. We’re glad our troops are going to smell nice. [FOX]
  • NAME
    Your kid after a hotel. We learn this week that Director Ron Howard’s twin daughters have Carlyle as their middle name after the homonymous hotel in NYC, where they were conceived. His daughter and ‘The Help’ star Bryce Dallas Howard thinks that’s “completely gross”. [Hotel Chatter]
  • LEARN
    About America’s favorite meal with George Motz. ‘Made In America’ host confirmed he’s “deep in production” of his new hamburger television show for Travel Channel. No word yet on when it will be aired. [Eater]

Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

The Standard New York
The Standard New York
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  • SPOT
    Beyonce and her pregnant belly were spotted at the Standard in New York shooting photos in the rain. Of course, the 5-month pregnant star makes everything chic — umbrella, baby bump, and all. [Hotel Chatter]
  • IMPRESS
    A Marriott hotel worker quit his job at a Marriott Renaissance hotel in Providence, R.I. with the help of a marching band. What a way to go. [YouTube]
  • BASK
    Without breaking the bank. Here are some of the best, affordable hotels around the world. Luxury included. [Yahoo! Travel]
  • BEWARE
    Blue The Dog, who has been awaiting his death sentence to be appealed while locked up in the Albany Pet Hotel, has miraculously escaped just in time. [AP]
  • PLAY
    Kids nagging you for a fun family getaway? These 5 overnight trips will not only satisfy your child, it will satisfy your inner-child as well. [CNN]

Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

Ameritania Hotel, New York City
Ameritania Hotel, New York City
  • PREPARE
    To be slightly uncomfortable. Gordon Ramsay’s new reality TV show on Fox, Hotel Hell, will show audiences the ins and outs of struggling hotels – think moldy bathrooms and dirty kitchens. Very Oyster-esque. [Boston Globe]
  • PLAY
    Starting October 3, The Four Seasons LA will have iPad2s installed in every room. Guests will be able to make restaurant reservations, order room service, book massage at the spa, put in housekeeping requests and call up their Porsche from valet, all through the iPad. [Hotel Chatter]
  • LAMENT
    Over the money you’ve spent on “hotel fees”. A recent study revealed that U.S. hotels will earn a record $1.8 billion in fees and surcharges this year. Shocking, but true — unfortunately. [USA Today]
  • LEARN
    Barcelona hosted its last bullfight this past Sunday. At the end of an era, the Catalonia region celebrates animal rights. [CNN]
  • LAUGH
    Lady Gaga’s PR reps have majorly downplayed reports that the star actually didn’t switch hotels in Las Vegas because she wanted a private pool. She allegedly “doesn’t care about that stuff.” [SF Gate]

Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

The Deluxe Room at the Four Seasons Boston
The Deluxe Room at the Four Seasons Boston

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  • SPREAD THE LOVE
    Get ready for National Love Note Day. On September 26, The Four Seasons Boston will help you feel loved with its Room for Romance package. You’ll find a love note featuring different quotes from a famous author, song lyrics or even movie quotes on the bed at turndown. [Hotel Chatter]
  • CELEBRATE
    With Aloft Hotels. The hotel chain has now passed its 50th hotel milestone, with its recent openings in Brooklyn, Shangjie, Haiyang, and Singanallur. Their current number is 52, to be exact. [Starwood]
  • MAKE A WISH
    Melia International’s new quirky social media campaign invites Facebook fans to tell them their dreams. The company plans to decorate a room with a mural based on the best submissions. [Tnooz]
  • COOL DOWN
    These hot summer destinations have a catch: they’re better in the fall. [Huffington Post]
  • WATCH
    An idea come to life. Bronx officials say Yankee Stadium needs an upscale hotel and conference center, where visiting teams would even stay instead of always heading to a glitzy hotel in Manhattan. [USA Today]

Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

The Hyatt Regency Chicago
The Hyatt Regency Chicago

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  • PROTEST
    Thousands of hotel workers are picketing, protesting, and striking against Hyatt Hotels Corporation in four cities nationwide — Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Honolulu. The working conditions have been citedas “deplorable”, as employees’ contracts expired in San Francisco in August 2009, in Los Angeles in November 2009, and in Honolulu in June 2010. [Huffington Post]
  • BURN
    While many think of gaining calories when it comes to room service, the trend now-a-days is lose, lose, lose. These days, people request yoga mats, workout videos, treadmills and recumbent bicycles (yes, really — they fold). [FOX]
  • DIVORCE
    We know, it sounds weird. But it is. Need a nice place to get divorced? Try the new Divorce Hotel in Holland, where couples who have a common interest — luxury hotels — can go to have a 3-day, lawyer-free divorce in an amicable environment. [The World]
  • RECLINE
    Or not. Apparently, reclining one’s seat on a flight is considered rude and uncouth. Do you recline as a right of passage or as a luxury? [Huffington Post]
  • SPOOK
    This Halloween, Loews Hotels are offering a “Spooky Suite” package where guests can mask themselves in specialty costumes from Party City. Party City’s Costume Concierge will assist in styling adults, children and pets from an exclusive Costume Catalogue. [PR Newswire]

Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

Bathroom in The Superior Room at the Bryant Park Hotel
Bathroom in The Superior Room at the Bryant Park Hotel

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  • CLEANSE
    And feel good about it — physically and mentally. Because travelers are demanding greener options in hotels, the mini-plastic-toiletry-bottles trend is rapidly on its way out. Hotels are replacing them with larger bottles. [USA Today]
  • MOBILIZE
    If you haven’t been a victim of baggage-loss, consider yourself lucky. For the rest of us — your mobile device has never come more in handy. A new service will give passengers real-time baggage status updates via their device of choice. [Tnooz]
  • LOOK OUT
    For the third time since July, windows at The Four Seasons Seattle have shattered. Thankfully, nobody has been hurt, but glass awning at the entrance of the hotel is cracked and a car was slightly damaged. [Hotel Chatter]
  • BURN
    Looking to shed some lb’s while your at your hotel? You should look towards the Sheraton. Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Worldwide today announced the official launch of Sheraton Fitness Programmed by Core Performance, the brand’s revolutionary new health and fitness program. [Market Watch]

Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

Entrance at the Gansevoort Park Avenue, New York City
Entrance at the Gansevoort Park Avenue, New York City
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  • WATCH
    Kim and Kourtney Kardashian have settled on their new living accommodations for their upcoming show Kourtney and Kim Take New York. The $7,000-a-night Gansevoort Park Avenue New York City penthouse suite is quite the upgrade from the just $3,000-a-night suite at the Smyth from last season. [Page Six, New York Post]
  • BORROW
    Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your jewelry fashion, anymore. Thanks to LA’s Fred Segal partnering with Loews Santa Monica, guests who book the hotel’s Suite Deal promotion can choose from a collection of jewelery, books, purses, scarves, sunglasses and other “must-have” accessories to borrow during their stay. [Hotel Chatter]
  • STAY
    Acclaimed Mexican hotelier Carlos Couturier is opening his first U.S. hotel in New York City’s stylish Chelsea neighborhood. With just 56 rooms, Hôtel Americano will have many chic food and drink outlets such as a rooftop patio, pool, restaurant and basement lounge. Apparently, the hotel has started taking reservations for Sept. 5. [USA. Today]
  • SCOLD
    A woman trying to board a plane to China was caught smuggling two small parrots, one taped to her chest and one to her leg. She was arrested by Fish and Wildlife Service officers and charged with smuggling goods and the exportation of an endangered species. [Huffington Post Travel]
  • LAUGH
    Controversial comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, best known as “Borat”, has been spending a lot of his time at The Roosevelt Hotel NYC, shooting scenes for his next movie, The Dictator. The movie will be loosely based on the life of Saddam Hussein. [Hotel Chatter]

Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

The London West Hollywood, Los Angeles
The London West Hollywood, Los Angeles

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  • GO TOPLESS
    L.A.’s London Hotel has a new “topless” package — which includes the use of a new Mustang convertible. Available from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, the package is the perfect opportunity to cruise down the nearby Sunset Strip in this hot ride. [USA Today]
  • SMILE
    You’re on Oyster.com. The New York Times’ front page article revealed that businesses have allegedly been paying fibbers and promoters to write reviews in their favor. [The New York Times]
  • SPACE OUT
    A new hotel will surely exceed any existing ocean-view suite in the hotel industry. Floating 217 miles above earth, a new space hotel is set to launch in 2016. Talk about a view. It will have room for a total of 7 guests, who will all be required to take a training course prior to embarking on their space journey. [Reuters]
  • EAT
    Or should you? Michael Jordan’s Steak House opens today in the Intercontinental Chicago, his first restaurant since his failed Michael Jordan’s Restaurant closed, unlamented. There’s a chopped salad that boasts 23 ingredients, and a 23-layer chocolate cake on the dessert list. Guess why? [Chicago Tribune]
  • BATHE
    And relax. Your skin is in good hands if you stay at any Four Seasons hotel — the luxury chain is switching to all paraben-free toiletries. The hotel will stick with L’Occitane products, but is switching to the brand’s new line as it sheds parabens from all of its products. [USA Today]

Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

Lobby at The Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey
Lobby at The Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey
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  • RESCUE
    A stolen $250,000 Rembrandt etching known as “The Judgment” that disappeared from an exhibit in the Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey lobby on Saturday was found this morning in Encino, California. Someone’s got The-Thomas-Crown-Affair-syndrome. [ABC]
  • DRESS TO IMPRESS
    Want to be upgraded to first-class, for free? Apparently you need to be wearing a suit. [USA Today]
  • BEWARE
    If you don’t want to get groped on an airplane, sleep with one eye open. Ramesh Advani, who admitted to groping a fellow passenger on a Continental flight last year, was sentenced Monday to spend a year in jail. [AOL Travel]
  • STAY
    New York City is getting its tallest hotel yet. Courtyard and Residence Inn brands are joining forces to form a single 752-foot tall hotel, in late 2013 on 54th and Broadway. [Gadling]

Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, LA
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, LA
  • WATCH
    Rumor has it the Entourage boys are staying in the Gable Lombard Penthouse Suite at the Hollywood Roosevelt. Three full-size bedrooms, a full-sized kitchen, vaulted ceilings, 1,500sq.ft. of roof deck space underneath the Hollywood Roosevelt sign, and a built-in surround system, among many other amenities are included in this bad boy. [Hotel Chatter]
  • SMILE
    Hate that first travel day when all you seem to do is miss your stop, lose your way, get caught in a downpour, all while jet-lagged? The New York Times helps us cheer up from those first 24-hour travel blues. [New York Times]
  • BEWARE
    Next time you snuggle up in a comfy hotel robe think twice before taking it with you upon check out — a small but growing number of hotels are starting to use new radio frequency chips to keep track of their inventory. [USA Today]
  • LAUGH
    Seems like ordinary people aren’t the only ones being laid off these days. John Travolta, whose three-minute safety cameo has been shown on every Qantas flight for the last five months, has been canned. [CNN]
  • FLY
    Relax, Yahoo! brings us the safest airports in America — and we’re at an all-time high. Last year’s accident rate was 0.61 percent—one for every 1.6 million flights. [Yahoo! Travel]

Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

Chelsea Hotel New York
Chelsea Hotel New York

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  • REMINISCE
    One of New York’s most famous hotels, best known for housing artists and musicians before opening its doors to tourists on a budget, closed to guests on Sunday with its future unknown. With rich history and lots of artwork, Chelsea Hotel was one of the last hotels that reminded us “New York can still feel gritty.” [The New York Times]
  • SIGHT
    Spotted: Oprah Winfrey at The Montage Beverly Hills gift shop. A crazed Twitter fan posted her feelings about running into the big O, with big hair, no less. [Twitter]
  • USE
    Bladder full? These hotels will not only accommodate big water drinkers, they’ll treat them like kings and queens. Top 10 best public bathroom list includes two hotels. [USA Today]
  • PLAY
    Viceroy Hotel Group has launched its first smartphone app. From finding the best local restaurants in your destination to booking a personal trainer session, this one’s got it all. [Viceroy Hotels]
  • GO
    Celebs pick their vacation destinations for a reason: they’re perfect. Here are the top celeb vacation destinations we’d love to go, minus the paparazzi and plus a big bank account. [AOL Travel]

Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

Beach at the Stanza Mare Coral Comfort
Beach at the Stanza Mare Coral Comfort

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  • PLAN
    Relax, plan a vacation. This guide will help you do just that. Do you need a week off? 3 days? How do you fit everything in? Here’s how to make the most of your vacation. [New York Times]
  • BIKE
    In style, of course. Santa Monica’s Shutters on the Beach is celebrating summer with new, green, shiny, Italian handmade bicycles for guests’ use (at a cost), styled by Kate Spade. [Hotel Chatter]
  • STAY
    If you dare. Using lumber from dumpsters, donated building supplies and funds from her own pocket, Constance Hockaday created a floating hotel on water at the edge of Manhattan. She’s calling it a boatel. [NPR]
  • SAVE
    A hip, design-conscious just-opened hotel in Brooklyn, New York has an attractive price tag. Just like the 20-year-olds that it will host, the Aloft Hotel designers used cheap materials from places like IKEA and Target to create a trendy, chic look without the cost. Hundreds of beautiful Oyster photos of Aloft coming soon. [Wall Street Journal]
  • SMILE
    You’ll never wait for an elevator at the Park Hyatt Chicago. The front-desk clerks watch as people walk from the main lobby towards the elevators, and push the elevator button behind the front desk. [USA Today]

Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

Terranea Resort, CA
Terranea Resort, CA

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  • JET
    Not that we need to be reminded, but sometimes it’s nice to dazzle. This NY Times piece, called Why We Travel, displays some of the most breathtaking shots from coveted areas around the world. Yeah, that’s why. [New York Times]
  • EAT
    All children who check into the Four Seasons Chicago will receive a pot of chocolate fondue, Rice Krispies treats, cookies and yellow cake with some tasty toppings like sprinkles. Did you book your flight yet? [Hotel Chatter]
  • GO
    Seriously, go. It may be your last chance to see these beaches — what with erosion, colossal resort construction, and oil spills — catch these wonders before they’re gone. [Yahoo! Travel]
  • SAVE
    From August 21-Oct. 31, the ever-popular and fancy Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas is having a $99-a-night room sale. The booking deadline is July 24, and usual rates start at $250. What a deal. [USA Today]
  • BEWARE
    First Hotel Gansevoort in New York, now Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Guests who stayed at the hotel June 21 and July 4 are being notified by the hotel that six former Aria guests have come down with Legionnaires’ disease which can be contracted through exposure to bacteria-infected water. Nast! [Washington Post]

Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

Hotel Gansevoort, New York City
Hotel Gansevoort, New York City
  • BEWARE
    The Hotel Gansevoort in NYC’s Meatpacking district has been under serious scrutiny due to its positive testing for coliform bacteria and other organic and mineral particles that shouldn’t be in its pool. What’s worse? The five other pools that were tested for cleanliness, all city public pools, tested much cleaner. [NY Post]
  • SAVE
    Finally, something redeeming about the airlines industry. Here are 10 airline perks that will lift your spirits sky high. Keep your kids entertained and enjoy a bento lunch box meal aboard these planes. [Frommers]
  • CLEANSE
    If you dare. A new survey revealed that many hotel guests suffer from HSS, Hotel Soap Syndrome. HSS involves the taking home of luxury hotel soap bars at the end of your stay. Is this stealing? [USA Today]
  • STAY
    If you’re looking for a… different kind of hotel, try a former jail, library, or elementary school. These hotels are the quirkiest ones out there. [Reuters]
  • CELEBRATE
    It’s really happening. The more gay-friendly states there are, the more gay-friendly hotels there are. In fact, this hotel is the first hotel in the USA marketed specifically to homosexuals. [Opposing Views]

Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

Ace Hotel New York
Ace Hotel New York

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  • PLAY
    Ace Hotel and Virgin America airline are letting thier tech savvy customers take the new Chromebook laptop for a spin. All you have to do is check into the Ace Hotel in New York between July 1 and September 3, and a Chromebook will be waiting in your room. All guests are allowed to play with and keep the Chromebook during their entire stay. [USA Today]
  • SHOP
    On a flight? Need a dress for tonight’s party? Gilt Groupe to the rescue. The flash-sale shopping brand has launched in-air shopping, where you can literally shop mid-air. Sales will be offered on Delta, United, Virgin America, Alaska Airlines and US Airways planes that come equipped with the in-flight WiFi device. [AOL Travel]
  • SWIM
    Summer. On a lake. It doesn’t have to stay in your dreams. Here are 8 perfect summer lake towns that are easy on the wallet and easy to get to. [Yahoo! Travel]
  • FLY
    Never thought you could afford a private plane? Think again. This road-trip turned sky-trip is… gasp… affordable, and fun. [Thrillist]
  • DETOX
    Because so many hotels are desperate to fill their rooms these days, they are offering “detox” packages to entice those smartphone-addicted workaholics to take a break and relax once in a while. [Wall Street Journal]

Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

The Chateau Marmont, LA
The Chateau Marmont, LA

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  • WATCH
    The Chateau Marmont is starring in a new miniseries, produced by Office star John Krasinski and Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin. The miniseries, whose name is not yet been decided, will highlight Marmont high-profile celebrities that have stayed there since the 1920s. [Hotel Chatter]
  • EAT
    While testing out a Seattle-based Boeing 747-8, the crew decided to take lunch in Pittsburgh to grab some sandwiches. Pastrami, anyone? [AOL Travel]
  • SHOOT
    Hesitant about snapping shots in public spaces? No worries. One man almost got arrested — but when it came down to it, police refused to take action. It’s a free photography country! [Frommers]
  • RINSE
    What do guests value most in a hotel? Cleanliness — more than price, location, and security. Pass the soap. [USA Today]
  • CHECK IN
    On Foursquare, that is. Ritz-Carlton Hotels’ concierges will now be commenting in the “tips” section on Foursquare to tell people what to do when they arrive. [Mashable]

Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

Master Bathroom at The Hydrangea Suite at the L'Auberge Del Mar, San Diego
Master Bathroom at The Hydrangea Suite at the L'Auberge Del Mar, San Diego
  • RINSE
    Say bye-bye-bathtub — hotels are moving away from the bathtub and towards the even more luxurious shower. Who’s got time for a long, hot soak on the road these days? We’ve got places to go, people to see. [USA Today]
  • SPEND
    Ever wonder what the most expensive hotel rooms in the world look like? These accommodations are fit for a king — literally — William and Kate honeymooned at one of these wonders. [Yahoo! Travel]
  • EAT
    The beach-side meal crave. We’ve all had it. Here are 29 eateries on 11 Carribean islands where you can sit back, relax, and eat with your toes in the sand. [Conde Nast Traveler]
  • EARN
    Hotels across the country are offering to fill your gas tank, or pay you for staying — they’ll give you cash back. Road trip, anyone? [CBS Travel]
  • CELEBRATE
    Southwest Airlines is celebrating its 40th birthday by having its craziest sale yet, with one-way fares starting at $40. [Aol Travel]

Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

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  • SCORE
    Will the Mavs beat the Heat on Sunday night in Miami? Check out Epic Hotel’s Miami Heat Game Package. It includes breakfast, dinner and cocktails at the Area 31 restaurant, daily hosted evening wine reception, free 24/7 access to the fitness center, and more. The heat is on. [Epic Hotel]
  • BURN
    Why not kill some calories while killing time in the airport? Check out the hilarious video below where travelers at London City Airport take part in the Hotels.com Luggage Workout. [Hotels.com]
  • LEARN
    Dine divinely by making the most of your hotel concierge. These four tips will teach you how to have the friendliest, most pleasant experiences with your concierge so you walk away satisfied and excited. [Fodors]
  • EXPLORE
    Sick of the tired standard room? Try checking into a cave or sleeping under water. Here are America’s weirdest theme hotels — most cool, some… just weird. [Food and Wine]
  • CRUISE
    New York commuters: great news. Avoid rush hour traffic by traveling via the East River. No, really. Get excited for the all-day ferry service set to sail later this month. [New York Times]

Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

The Andaz Wall Street
The Andaz Wall Street

Hotels in this story

  • EAT
    Hungry for fresh produce? The chic Andaz Wall Street brings back its Andaz Farmer’s Market today. Featuring fruits, veggies, jams, chutneys, poultry, game, cheese and other dairy products, and artisanal soaps and breads, we may make this our new downtown lunch spot. [Gothamist]
  • GO
    The Dream Downtown Hotel will begin taking reservations on June 13. Get excited for a 12-course $245 prixe fixe menu by Argentinian chef Dr. Miguel Sánchez Romera, a pool lounge and mini beach on the lobby roof that will become a Las Vegas-style lounge at night open to the public, and a lobby with a glass ceiling — you can see into the pool when you look up! [Hotel Chatter]
  • DONATE
    As promised, Grand Wailea’s Managing Director Matt Bailey shaved his head for charity after raising $50,000 for the annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk, which aids Hawaii nonprofits. In front of all his employees and guests, he celebrated surpassing his goal of raising $32,000. [Hotel Chatter]
  • SMILE
    Who knew that Happy, Texas was one of the happiest places in the world? From Canada to Texas, find out your next destination spot that’ll put a smile on your face. Don’t worry, be happy. [Lonely Planet]
  • FLY
    After being ordered by a Chicago court to allow Orbitz.com to access its flight information, American Airlines has been officially been added back into the Orbitz.com search. [AOL Travel]

Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

After a wonderful long weekend of traveling, we're back in action. Here's what's caught our eye in the web world.

  • Whether you’re jetting to rural South Africa or urban New York City, there’s a perfect hotel for everyone. Start dazzling at 2011’s best new hotels. (Travel and Leisure)
  • California gurl Katy Perry’s U.S. leg of her California Dreams tour begins June 7th – and you won’t believe the list of demands she has for the 5-star hotel accommodations she’ll be staying in. (The Smoking Gun)