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Top properties offer most outrageous hotel amenities
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Now that ultra-plush bathrobes, high-thread-count linens and designer toiletries are de rigueur at upscale hotels, top properties are offering innovative and extravagant perks to ensure a distinctive experience. Some, like the Ritz Carlton South Beach's tanning butler and Hotel Monaco's pet psychic, trend toward the whimsical. Others are designed to enrich guests' connection to the locale, like the in-house art concierge at Le Royal Monceau, who will design a trip through the best Parisian museums and galleries, or the genealogists on hand at Ireland's Lodge at Doonbeg to track visitors' family ancestry. More

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2 new hotels costing $100 million planned for Sacramento Airport
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Sonnenblick Development LLC, which helped develop Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, will spend $100 million on two hotels at California's Sacramento International Airport, the site's first new lodging properties in 30 years. The Los Angeles-based company won the contract to build the hotels, which will be attached to the airport's new Terminal B, according to Robert Sonnenblick, the company's principal. Construction of a 225-room full-service hotel and a 150-room limited-service property will start in mid-2013, with an opening planned for the first quarter of 2015, he said. More

Hotel sneak peek: Boston's The Revere
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Boston's getting a new hotel, and SmarterTravel.com got an advance look at it. The Revere, located on Stuart Street near Boston Common, is taking over from what formerly was a Radisson. Once the $27 million makeover is complete, the independent hotel is going to be a mix of leisure, business, and fun, with plentiful conference space, more than 300 guest rooms, and some bars and dining for locals and guests. Standard guest rooms have about 300 square feet of space, and they all come with a private balcony. Plus, each room is decorated with individual touches, like unique prints and quirky shower curtains. More

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Meet David. He’s exhausted from a day of meetings. But in a few hours, he’ll pack up and leave. Why? Because noises from the hallway and neighbouring rooms are keeping him awake. He’ll never return and he’ll tell at least ten people about his poor experience. What can you do?


The state of the sit-down breakfast in Washington, DC
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About six years ago, Michel Richard Citronelle stopped offering a full-service, sit-down breakfast, a decision that barely would rate a mention if it weren't for the restaurant's location tucked inside the boutique Latham Hotel in Georgetown. "Little by little, [breakfast] started slowing down, and we decided this was not worth the effort," says Jean-Jacques Retourne, general manager and maitre d' at Citronelle, whose kitchen continued to offer room-service breakfasts even after its call to close the physical space for the morning. Last year, however, Citronelle gingerly re-entered the breakfast business with M Express, a mostly grab-and-go service of pastries, juice, coffee, omelets, bagels and cold cereal in the restaurant's lounge, a menu that rather smacks of a celebrity chef-branded continental breakfast. More

Checking in? Hotels amp up ways to make good first impressions
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Their goal: Dazzle guests during the first, crucial 15 minutes of their stay — or at least avoid annoying them. Some hotels train front-desk employees to glean information during check-in chitchat that they can later use to impress guests. (Sending complimentary cups of tea to people who say they have a cold, perhaps.) Others are prettying up lobbies — and even driveways — to enhance views and make them easier to navigate. Some lavish welcome goodies on children and pets. And at least one brand, Denihan Hospitality Group's Affinia, has hired a body-language expert to train employees how to read travelers' moods to help figure out the best greeting approach. More

Meat-loving Las Vegas embraces its vegan side
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Move over cheeseburgers and rib-eye steaks, Las Vegas restaurants are starting to go vegan. Well, not quite all of them. But if you're looking for a plant-based, meatless eating option, there are more choices cropping up in Sin City. At the high end, the Wynn and Encore hotels offer vegan items at every single restaurant, but there are plenty of other mid-range options. "When people travel, they often look for healthier food options, which is hard to do when you travel," said Tal Ronnen, consulting vegan chef for the Wynn and Encore. "We're definitely meeting a need that's out there." More


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Survey reveals hotel guests want Wi-Fi over everything else
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What is your favorite hotel amenity? Survey says: Free Wi-Fi. OK, no surprise there, but according to a new Hotels.com survey, hotel guests overwhelmingly would take Wi-Fi over high-end coffee makers, an iPod dock, video game systems and workout equipment/DVDs. Many of the 415 guests polled reported that the availability of Wi-Fi factored into their decision on which hotel to book. More than one-third — 38 percent — said free Wi-Fi was a must when staying at a hotel; 35 percent said it is the single amenity they want to see more of in hotels; and 31 percent said they want it to become a standard amenity at hotels this year. More

Going to the dogs: Pet-friendly hotels raise the welcome sign
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With money to spend and time to fill, empty nesters Roy and Mary-Ann Ramsey travel the world with their canine "child," Zahra. The travel agency owners, both over 55, take their black British Labrador on at least three trips a year and are serious about ensuring Zahra enjoys them just as much as they do. Luxury hotel groups such as Fairmont and Kimpton, and properties such as the DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore, are taking notice of travelers like the Ramseys and offering pet-related amenities to gain their business. Recession or not, the pet industry is booming. It has enjoyed average growth of 5 percent for the past five years and is estimated to hit $53 billion this year, according to the American Pet Products Association. In its 2011-2012 Pet Owners Survey, the group reported that 10.6 million dog owners had taken their pet on a trip within the previous month. More

Mining Exchange meets modern: Downtown hotel soon to open doors
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When construction workers began remodeling the Mining Exchange Building in Colorado Springs, Colo., three years ago, they uncovered a bronze-and-steel staircase hidden beneath drywall and carpet, with an intricate fleur-de-lis scroll work supporting the banisters. Perry Sanders Jr., who owns the historic structure and had a vision of turning it into Colorado Springs' first boutique hotel, adopted the symbol and it now graces the carpet in the lobby and drapes in the guest rooms. "It's just so cool," Sanders said of the design. "It's something that amazing artisans 112 years ago did." Sanders is just as enthusiastic about the entire hotel project, which is finally approaching the finish line and plans to open its doors May 2 as The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel on South Nevada Avenue. More

Louisville's artsy 21c Museum Hotel to open in Lexington, Ky.
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The arts-focused 21c Museum Hotel is about to get a third location — this time in downtown Lexington, Ky., which has few high-end hotel options, the Herald-Leader reports. Construction could begin later this year, with the hotel expected to open in 2014, according to the report. The original 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Louisville, Ky., is a combination of a high-end boutique hotel and contemporary art museum, with exhibits that regularly change. Since its opening in 2006, it evolved into a popular destination for the city while earning several prestigious honors, such as being voted in 2009 and 2010 the No. 1 hotel in the USA by Conde Naste Traveler readers. More

New generation of chefs take over the top kitchens in New York City restaurants
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Move over, Mr. Batali. New York City has recently been infiltrated by a new set of hot young chefs, from 31-year-old Justin Bogle, the executive chef at Gilt to Katzie Guy-Hamilton, the 26-year-old "Top Chef Just Desserts" star who has landed a gig at New York Central. "I see the next generation of chefs forging their own paths and expressing their individuality," says Bogle, one of the youngest N.Y. chefs to receive two Michelin stars. The young chefs tell the NY Daily News how they got their start. More

New boom for hotels in Napa, Calif.?
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If all goes as planned, there could be a whole lot more room at the inn around Napa, Calif. According to hotel plans under discussion, more than 1,100 hotel rooms soon may be coming to the city center and surrounding areas. Among them: The already approved Ritz-Carlton is slated to have 351 rooms. Another 300 rooms in the new downtown specific plan. George Altamura plans a 90-room hotel on Soscol Avenue. The St. Regis resort at Stanly Ranch includes 245 rooms. A business traveler hotel with 120 rooms could eventually open next to the new Cinedome in south Napa. But how many hotel rooms does Napa Valley need? And could there ever be too many? More
 
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