Spotted: Sweet Deals at NYC’s Hotel Giraffe
Mar11

Spotted: Sweet Deals at NYC’s Hotel Giraffe

The suite view on Park Avenue A great location and luxurious amenities are the hallmarks of one of Manhattan’s boutique hotels that may not be on your radar. Staying at the Hotel Giraffe puts you front and center for much less than you might expect to pay in the Park Avenue South neighborhood, just north of Gramercy Park between midtown and downtown. The sophisticated setting fits in with the Eastside area’s Art Moderne style of...

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There Is Some Consideration for Guests Here
Feb08

There Is Some Consideration for Guests Here

Patrons of the Writers Bar and Jaan restaurant at Raffles L’Ermitage in Beverly Hills get free valet parking and customers of the spa at the InterContinental in Century City also park gratis via valet, which TAR awards the best chill-while waiting-for-your-car spot at a hotel in LA, complete with couches, coffee tables, heat lamps and ashtrays. But don’t get too comfortable: they always seem to deliver the cars pronto....

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Martini Madness On Rodeo

With the price of a few rounds of “designer” martinis requiring a C-note these days, it’s hard to imagine five for less than $20. But that’s exactly the deal at the Luxe Hotel’s Bar 360 Monday-Friday, 5:30-7:30 pm: $3.60 drink specials include a fresh watermelon martini, or, shades of Sex and the City, a cool Cosmopolitan, both giving deeper meaning to “happy hour.” Small plates like fried green tomatoes and fresh burrata, lobster...

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The Continental Touch
Jan25

The Continental Touch

So, you’re looking for some quiet luxury, a bit off the beaten path, but still close in and a tad undiscovered. It’s no further than a stone’s throw from the heart of Century City. Not many people realize that InterContinental has taken over what was formerly the Park Hyatt and for those with really long memories, the JW Marriott property on the edge of the Fox lot. Now that the St. Regis has gone condo, this is the hideaway hotel in...

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Topping Toppers: The Penthouse
Jan12

Topping Toppers: The Penthouse

Remember that kitschy Mexican dive Toppers, that place you took out-of-towners for a couple of cheap beers, marginal Margaritas and free nachos for happy hour? Those bad/sad memories will be forever altered as soon as you step into the gauzy, elegant yet beachy Penthouse atop the Huntley Hotel (designed by Thomas Schoos, of Koi and NY Tao renown.)  Open just over a month, the Penthouse is packing them in for happy hour, dinner and...

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