Sandwiches are not the first thing that leaps to mind when I think of Four Seasons hotels. Neither are food trucks. But what do I know? Read more
What can you expect when you check into the hotel of the future, be it next month, next year or next decade?
Previews were offered at Hotel Innovate New York City 2014, a Friday afternoon conference, bite-size but meaty, that attracted 200-plus hospitality folk — developers, hoteliers, architects, designers, tech experts, even a performance artist — to an airy loft in midtown. Read more
You’ve probably come across an occasional tip envelope on your hotel room night stand, dutifully signed by the woman who cleaned the room.
Expect to see a lot more of them.
Yesterday Marriott announced a partnership with The Envelope Please, an initiative begun by Maria Shriver to encourage guests to tip the attendant who cleans their room. The deal puts tip envelopes in more than 160,000 guests rooms at participating Marriotts — Courtyard, Residence Inn, JW Marriott, Ritz Carlton, you get the idea —throughout the U.S. and Canada, beginning this week, which happens to be International Housekeepers Week. Read more
Hotels and dance. They happen to be two of my favorite interests, but they aren’t obvious partners. So cheers to JW Marriott for looking to the Joffrey Ballet to inspire its ground troops in matters of grace and poise.
Sometime over the summer Chicago’s elite dance company created a series of training videos for JW Marriott staffers. The JW Marriott in Chicago, hometown to the Joffrey and the idea, got first dibs on the videos. Read more
For two hours late Monday afternoon the ballroom at the Pierre Hotel was transformed into Versailles, or Versailles as dreamed up by designer Stacey Benedet for her alice + olivia Spring 2015 collection.
Models flaunting Benedet’s flirty dresses — Halston-esque halter necklines, chiffon accordion pleats — stood grouped in themed tableaux. Carpets of faux grass — miniature golf, anyone? — blanketed the real carpeting to create a garden room where the Pierre’s fanciful frescoes of Versailles backdropped the models. Read more
For a certain kind of hotel — stylish, luxury-minded, not too obsessed with the NFL — New York Fashion Week is a biannual opportunity. The timing is ideal — end of summer for the Spring Collections, the dead of February for Winter offerings. What better moment to entice newcomers and remind locals and former guests that yes, we’re here?
Fashion Week 2014 roars into town September 3 through 11, and if week is a misnomer, fashion isn’t. Hotels by definition are big league Fashion Week participants – the well-dressed hoards have to stay somewhere. But promoting good looks for guests – and drop-ins – tops the FW agenda at several hotels. Read more
Can’t make it to today’s matches at the U.S. Open?
The Crosby Street Hotel offers a tall, cool alternative. The Grey Goose Honey Deuce Cocktail is available as long as the Open is in town – through September 8, in other words.
It’s a last liquid gasp of summer – vodka, raspberry liqueur, lemonade and chilled honey dew melon balls on a stick. Sounds like an ace. Read more
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