Revere Hotel Boston Common

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Location Situated on the corner of Stuart and Charles Street South, the Revere Hotel Boston Common is a few minutes walk from that historic green space — Boston Common — and is actually in the city’s theatre district. It is also close to Chinatown and the Back Bay’s shopping and dining. Still, both the Common and the Public Garden are a couple of blocks walk away. To the rear of the building are brick-lined streets and row houses, and a taste of old Boston. Also, Jacques, a drag cabaret that’s been a nightlife staple for decades survives the city’s ever-changing modes. Most of downtown Boston is an easy walking distance away, even the now busy Seaport area.

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Lodging The Revere Hotel Boston Common was created from a former Radisson — quite a transformation indeed! Enough of a change to gain the hotel AAA Four Diamond status in 2012, the year it opened. Not only is the hotel in the theater district but it has its own theater — Theatre 1 — tucked to the rear of the forecourt. The property includes 356  guest rooms and suites, a clubby bar called Emerald Lounge, a play on a Wizard of Oz theme adopted by the property.  In the summer, Rooftop@Revere lounge offers drinks and small plates, and amazing views of the city. The rooftop lounge is adjacent to the small dipping pool and adopts a beach atmosphere with cabanas. A buffet breakfast is served in the Atrium, a pleasant conservatory type space with lots of windows giving full street views.

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View of a Room 922 This king bed guest room is spacious with retro mod furniture and a good size desk. Still, working from the giant houndstooth day bed is a comfortable option, too!

There is a narrow balcony which is mostly taken up by the AC unit and doesn’t really offer a good view.

The bathroom is bright with white marble and fittings. The hotel uses local spa Shoah’s products and cuts plastic waste with refillable full size bottles. Two robes are provided, along with an in room coffee maker.

Info

Revere Hotel Boston Common

200 Stuart St. 

Boston, MA 02116

617-482-1800

http://www.RevereHotel.com. 

Le Diner en Blanc, Boston style

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Boston, MA — It was quite a sight: 2,000 people gathered in front of the Boston Children’s Museum’s waterfront terrace, eating and drinking, and all dressed top-to-toe in white. This was the Hub’s annual Le Diner en Blanc, part of a worldwide culinary spectacle, launched nearly 30 years ago in Paris. Le Diner en Blanc is a fun, elegant summer event, now held in over 70 cities in more than 25 countries around the world.

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The location remains a secret and isn’t announced until 4 p.m. on the day of the dinner. This year’s  location by Fort Point Channel, away from the massive development that has pretty much eradicated views of Boston’s harbor and with lovely views of Boston’s city skyline was perfect.

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Photo credit: Tricia McCormack

 

Dinner at BLT in the Ritz-Carlton Westchester

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White Plains, NY — The Ritz-Carlton Westchester, located in the heart of White Plains, includes a BLT outpost, which offers inside dining, an elegant experience to be sure, and also al fresco service on its street side patio.

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Inside or out, the meal begins with BLT’s customary popover, a batter bun popular in old school Northeast steak houses and restaurants of note.

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Summery dishes at BLT include a beet salad and bass with leeks, each tender and tasty.

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The Charles Hotel brings back Author’s Breakfast Series

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Cambridge, MA — The Charles Hotel is bringing back its popular Author’s Breakfast Series this summer with a joint event hosted by writers Meghann Foye and Nora Zelevansky. Both authors have recent books to talk about: “Meternity,” and “Will You Won’t You Want Me?” Both ladies will lead book readings, followed by a discussion.
This is the first time the hotel’s  Author’s Breakfast event will be led by two authors, who are reputedly friends adding to the friendliness of the kick off the hotel’s latest Author’s Breakfast season. 
 
The breakfast will be held at the farm-house chic eatery, Henrietta’s Table and will allow attendees to have casual conversations with the authors. Tickets can be purchased online here.
Photo credit: The Charles Hotel

Harborview Nantucket, Nantucket MA USA

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Location Nantucket sits in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Cod and is accessed by ferry. The quickest is the Hy Line passenger ferry, which departs from Hyannis. Located just two blocks from the town of Nantucket, the Harborview’s position just out of town gives it both seclusion from summer crowds and access to all of Main Street’s shopping and dining — everything, including the delightful Starlite cinema, Whaling Museum, the Boat Basin and Straight Wharf, is only a few minutes walk away. Cars are a bit of a hassle on Nantucket’s tiny roads and streets. Explore the rest of the island by bus, bicycle, or motor scooter and check out the dunes and beaches, as well Sankaty Head Light, which dates to 1850 and is located near the village of Siasconset, which is pronounced Sconset, on the eastern part of the island.

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Lodging Harborview Nantucket is the sister hotel to Martha’s Vineyards Harbor View Hotel, and the likeness is easily seen in the architecture’s classic Cape look paired with modern, simple, but elegant interiors. Harborview Nantucket, however, comprises 11 cedar-shingled self-catering vacation cottages, plus a reception, set around a lawn, which leads to a beach. Sounds idyllic? It is. The cottages range from a cozy, romantic studio styled like a fisherman’s shack, to a four-bedroom renovated barn. Each has a fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, TVs in the lounge and bedrooms. Harborview Nantucket operates like a hotel, but without a restaurant or bar. There’s daily housekeeping; the hotel’s concierge will shop and fill your ‘fridge. Most cottages have decks and outdoor showers, and there is a SunFish sailboat, kayaks, and paddle boards for guest’s use. A set of complimentary local Cisco beers and Nantucket wines await in your cottage’s ‘fridge, and vacation begins… 

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View of a Room Fair Wind — This two-bedroom, two-bathroom, thoroughly spacious so-called cottage is set on two levels. The master bed, which has a closet and TV, and an enormous bathroom, is on the top floor. The adjacent landing has a sofa-bed that can be used for extra children or guests.

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Downstairs the open-plan living room, kitchen, and dining room includes a dining table and seating for six, and a wonderful big couch to laze on. The kitchen includes everything you need to cook a meal or make snacks (you buy the food), right down to a set of herbs and spices. There is a brick fireplace, but the hearth sits unused for most of the year, of course. The ground level bedroom has its own TV and bathroom. Oh, and there are robes hanging in the closet, just to add to the at-home coziness.

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To the rear of the cottage is the utility room, which houses the washer and dryer. Fair Wind is next to the reception and overlooks the lawn, with the beach and sea directly in front of its deck.

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Information

24 Washington St, Nantucket, MA 02554

508-709-9328

http://www.harborviewnantucket.com

Asha airs wares at H​arborview Nantucket trunk show

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Nantucket, MA — Harborview Nantucket hosts an exclusive trunk show featuring the jewelry and accessories line Asha, July 13-15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. During this three-day event, Founder and Creative Director Ashley McCormick will be onsite to present her classic-chic designs and offer 15 percent off of merchandise. Cisco Brewers will provide a signature cocktail and light appetizers for the launch, and one lucky winner will receive an overnight stay at Harborview Nantucket and a Nantucket tote bag.

Asha is sold in over 80 boutiques nationwide, including Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. The Trunk Show is open to the public. For more information: Harborview Nantucket

 

Martha’s Vineyard’s Harbor View Hotel throws daylong Fourth bash

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Martha’s Vineyard, MA — As usual, the Harbor View Hotel will host a magnificent July 4 Celebration in Edgartown. The day will include live music, fireworks, a parade and great food — all open to the public as well as hotel guests. The fun begins with children’s activities at 10 a.m. on the hotels front porch, continues with the annual Edgartown Parade around 5 p.m., and ends in the hotel’s Lighthouse Grill for food and dancing.
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Photo credit: Elizabeth Cecil

Absolut Oak checks into the Taj Hotel, Boston

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Boston, MA — Absolut — you know, the vodka people — took over the Taj Hotel’s rooftop for an event launching Oak, a flavorsome oak barrel rested vodka.

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The new concoction was shaken and stirred into cocktails and even combined with fruity syrups for snow cones. Or as Absolut put it, Snoakones…

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Photo credit: Absolut/Chris Anderson

Take a Tour of Space-age Strega Steakhouse in Boston’s Park Plaza Hotel

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Boston, MA — Tucked inside the venerable Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, Strega Steakhouse adds quite the contrast in style. Its modernist lines and sleek white decor is counterpoint to the Park Plaza’s early Twentieth Century gilded opulence.

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Club Quarters Hotel, Grand Central, New York, New York USA

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Location Club Quarters sits on the corner of East 45th and Lexington in Midtown Manhattan, right across from the massive and aptly named Grand Central Terminal. FDR Drive lies four blocks east, while heading west takes you over to Park and then Madison Avenues: Everywhere you head, Midtown is pulsing at your fingertips. Immediate iconic neighbors include the beautiful Chrysler Building, between East 42nd and 43rd, and United Nations Plaza over on First Avenue. Walk three blocks to East 42 and hang a right and continue for three blocks: You’ll arrive at the New York Public Library and Bryant Park. So much is within walking distance and yet America’s largest train station by track volume is right there on Club Quarters’s doorstep.

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Lodging Club Quarters has a stripped back, less hotel style — sort of aiming to be a private club. Yet, it has everything you need: the small lobby leads to large elevators and on to guest rooms. There are four guest room types and also corporate apartments for extended visits. Whizz up to the rooftop club room where excellent coffee and tea await along with snacks.

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There are lots of lounge chairs with tables. There’s a work station with computers. Even better there’s an outdoor terrace to take in some of Midtown’s bustle from a nice distance. As its name suggests, there is a club type atmosphere and membership brings several advantages. However, use of the club room and high speed Wi-Fi, unlimited, chilled filtered water, and a fitness center are included for all guests. There is no restaurant as such, but Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse is accessed by the elevator, and delivers. It is one of Midtown’s best restaurants too!

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View of a Room 904 There’s nothing like the view of old New York architecture to stir a romantic response of this harried city. This Standard Room has a great view over Lexington Avenue and the massive US Post Office Building at Grand Central. It has a queen bed, work station, and a Keurig brewer. For a small room it os remarkably well-designed : coat hooks are right by the door, the seating around the table/work station doubles as a case rack.

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Info

128 East 45th Street
New York, NY 10017

212.986.6400

clubquartershotels.com

Hotel Indigo LES, New York City, New York USA

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Location As its name infers, Hotel Indigo LES is located in New York City’s Lower East Side, an area once known for its artists and musicians, cheap rents and shady characters. Uptown life is threatening the area and with the creeping commerce comes swanky and throughly impressive buildings like the Indigo LES, which sits on Ludlow Street, right in the thick of the bars, music venues, and nightlife.

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Lodging Opened in December 2015, Hotel Indigo LES boasts something not many New York City hotels have: space. Massive space. The lobby may well have more than any hotel anywhere. It’s open-plan with lots of seating, and has a market cafe in one corner. But, it is the lobby’s location on the 14th floor and the fact that it is walled with glass that seals the deal with views right over the city. Let’s just say, this developer got lucky with air rights. It is quite compelling. The bedrooms are also spacious, some have large terraces and  there’s a duplex penthouse that’s breathtaking. Otherwise, the hotel takes design inspiration from graffiti art, something synonymous with the Lower East Side beginning in the 1980s, back when it was called property damage!

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Mr. Purple is the hotel’s main bar and restaurant, and is located on the rooftop level. It has lots of outdoor seating space, too. There is a small lap pool on the roof. There is a parking garage adjacent to the hotel.

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View of a Room 704 This is a Deluxe King Room with Terrace. And it is undeniably among the largest of rooms in the city. Not only does the bedroom have plenty of legroom, but the bathroom is far from cramped and has beautiful painted tile flooring. The terrace isn’t just a little space, either  — it’s big enough to throw a party on and has privacy fencing, and lounge chairs. SO, go ahead: have a party. Or just chill. Is this New York York City or Los Angeles you might be tempted to ask yourself. Even the in-room safe is large enough for a laptop — smart thinking. Note the spray paint can cocktail shaker and nods to graffiti artists on the walls. Yup, there goes that local theme again.

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171 Ludlow Street

NY, NY 10002

212-237-1776

hotelindigolowereastside.com

The William Vale set to open this July in Williamsburg

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New York City, New York — The William Vale is due to open this July in Williamsburg, bringing 183 suites with private balconies, an outdoor public park, the longest hotel pool in the city, and a ballroom to the neighborhood. In addition, the hotel is in partnership with acclaimed restaurateur Andrew Carmellini and the NoHo restaurant group, which will lead the food and beverage program. The main restaurant, Leuca, which will feature southern Italian fare, and Westlight, the rooftop bar, is set to open in August. Here’s a sneak peek at the guest rooms:

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The William Vale
111 N. 12th St. Brooklyn, NY 11249
info@thewilliamvale.com
718.631.8400

Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland USA

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Location Set on the corner of South Calvert and East Redwood streets, this Mid Atlantic States Hotel RL is a few minutes walk from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and another few from the Orioles’ home field, Camden Yards. It is also within spitting distance of the State House, which is the site for much filming for the American version of television series, House of Cards. Indeed, one of the Hotel RL’s meeting rooms was used for a scene or two. Directly opposite the hotel on Redwood Street is the Chesapeake Shakespeare Theater, which is housed in a 19th century bank, the Mercantile Deposit and Trust Company. The harbor offers lots of dining, some of it unique, like Philip’s Seafood in the massive red brick former United Railways and Electric Company, which also houses Baltimore’s Hard Rock Cafe. There’s also the bland vista of generic chains, including the perennial Shake Shack et al. For an interesting off-the-beaten track supping spot, turn left out of RL and head to Water Street Alley, where a cafe, bar, Italian suit all needs.

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Lodging Hotel RL is Spokane, WA-based Red Lion Hotels boutique brand. The Baltimore location opened in 2015 and is set in a 10-storey, 1905-built former office building, known as the Keyser Building. RL is among the new breed of boutique and has an expansive open-plan lobby built for social activity (which translates as people sitting around and on their ‘phones), keyless room entry, and both self and remote Internet check-in. But, it’s got more originality and spirit behind such things as the community-social lobby lounge, the games room, and the relaxed dining and drinking area. At the lobby’s center is the living Stage and its big wooden “bleacher” style seating. The seating is part sculpture and part hang-out spot. When there’s a reading or performance going on, then it’s definitely the latter. The Living Stage brings in community leaders, artists, and musicians, merging real life with hotel life. The games room has Monopoly and Scrabble, and also a big desk for plugging in for online games or work. The restaurant and bar have excellent drinks and food, all with a local, southern inspired take. There is complimentary Wifi, bicycles, a small fitness center, and valet parking. For self-parking, a garage lies to the rear.

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View of a Room 607 The State House’s eye-catching white cupola and gold pinnacle stands out among the expanse of rooftops viewed from 607’s large windows. But perhaps the most impressive thing about this room is the amount of space: a large entry area (which could use and easily house a coatrack and shelf for dropping keys or phone), leads into a large room with king sized bed. The wardrobe nook has adequate hanging and storage space and there’s a chair and coffee table. Below the flatscreen, neatly housed behind a wood facade, is a pull out bed, which works for a child or as a couch. Some rooms have refrigerators — this one does not. The flooring is engineered oak and there are massive mirrors in the hallway and bathroom — all adding to a feeling of spaciousness.

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The bathroom is also far from cramped, too, and has a large walk-in shower. It is stocked with Cascade Soapery toiletries, echoing the company’s roots.

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An analog clock made from a section of a tree trunk also echoes the Pacific Northwest’s wonderful and mis-used forestry. It also nixes the need for a lighted digital display, allowing for a better night’s sleep. In fact, this room has barely any lighted displays and it has heavy blinds to cut out light disturbance. Although positioned across from the elevator, corridor noise was minimal.

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Info

207 East Redwood St.

Baltimore, MD 21202

800-7335466

redlion.com/m/baltimore

 

Take a tour of The Verb Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts

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Boston, Massachusetts — Is this the most rock and roll hotel ever? Could just be. The Verb Hotel echoes Boston’s Fenway neighborhood’s not too distant past, back when this part of Boylston Street was all about music. Rehearsal spaces and recording studios once sat where condos now tower above the Verb. Fact: Keith Richards recorded at the legendary Woolly Mammoth studio across the street! And Tony Bennett is among many artist who once stayed at the Verb’s predecessor, the Fenway Motor Inn.

 

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The Roxy Hotel Tribeca, New York, New York

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Location The Roxy sits on a triangular plot in Tribeca. It’s flanked by the Avenue of the Americas and Church Street on its sides, and White and Walker Streets on its top and bottom. Tribeca is very much a lived-in and affluent neighborhood, and quieter than most. It’s cobbled streets and raised level shops, many clad in 19th century ironwork, make the area unique. Wander over to Greenwich Street for top class restaurants and trendy bars, or wander nearby the hotel for smaller boutique eateries and cafes. The Tribeca Film Institute lies one block to the north on the Avenue of the Americas and the organization’s annual film festival floods the area with high profile and arthouse premieres, and attendant cinemaphiles. The New York Academy of Art is located on Franklin Street and the Hook and Ladder 8 on North Moore Street is the firehouse used in the original Ghostbusters movie. Only the exterior was filmed, but it’s fondly referred to as the Ghostbusters firehouse.

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Lodging The first thing that hits you when checking into this thrilling boutique hotel is its ground to roof atrium and its open plan elevators zooming up and down the building. The Roxy was previously the Tribeca Grand, which grew a reputation as a place to see and be seen t just as the neighborhood was coming up in the early 2000s. In 2015, the name, and the game, switched. The eight-story building with its central atrium has both a 1920s jazz , bohemian and funky 1970s vibe. It’s a very musical hotel: Paul’s Cocktail Lounge on the gourd floor features a jazz band playing through the evening, and a DJ playing soul and pop classics through the weekend brunches. A bar and restaurant space sit just off the expansive lounge. But most people eat and drink where the action is — in the lounge. There’s rarely a moment from noon to night when there isn’t music playing. But it’s fun and the music brings the neighborhood into the hotel and connects guest rooms to the action. What with it’s vaulted ceiling and brick cellar schtick, the Django jazz club in the basement really does have a speakeasy vibe. There’s also a movie theater in the basement, which regularly shows films. On the ground floor, Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee and Blackstones Hairdressing complete the services. WiFi in the hotel is complimentary.

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View of a Room 303 On entering this guest room that early 1970s feel intensifies: there’s op art patterned wallpaper lining the bathroom, a gold and brown patterned curtain at the window overlooking Church Street, and an overall palette of browns and rusts. It’s a room with much warmth and great character. The bathroom has all the usual toiletries, plus cotton buds and cotton pads, as well as a robe. The usual booze stocked mini bar and flatscreen await your whim; a desk and chair provide a perch for work; and, of course, there’s a bed, an extremely comfy one at that. Textured brown wallpaper wraps over a curved wall in the bedroom; the curve is echoed on the other side, in the bathroom. It’s an interesting detail that softens the often boxiness of hotel rooms. It’s a design curve ball that hits the mark.

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The Roxy Hotel Tribeca

2 Avenue of the Americas, New York City, NY 10013

646-760-4283.

http://www.roxyhotelnyc.com

Aloft Manhattan Downtown – Financial District

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Location Set in Lower Manhattan, New York’s Financial District can be an overwhelming place filled with looming buildings and ominous financial institutions. One World Trade Center towers over everything of course, marking a new chapter in the area. There is the other side: the historic part defined by narrow winding streets, old churches like St Paul’s Chapel, and artfully crafted buildings made of stone and brick. The Aloft Manhattan Downtown – Financial District is on Ann Street, a short stretch, which dates to 1728 and is one of the oldest streets in all of the five boroughs. It was named for the wife of a merchant and developer, Captain Thomas White. Barnum’s American Museum, operated by P.T. Barnum, was located on the corner of Ann Street. It’s a largely forgotten little street nowadays, which makes it a quiet bolthole from the FiDi hullabaloo.

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Lodgings Conveniently located adjacent to a parking garage, the Aloft Manhattan Downtown – Financial District is an easily negotiated hotel in a city where negotiating most tasks can be exhausting. The lobby lounge and check-in are is small, but open plan. There’s a cafe offering everything from coffee to juices, and from healthy snacks to breakfast sandwiches. The hotel now offers a room service menu (pastas, salads, sandwiches, and desserts), which arrives delivery style in a bag of boxes. Still, the food is well prepared.The W XYZ Bar to the rear leads to a courtyard for al fresco drinking and bites during warm weather. It’s a hidden gem in a city of few comfortable boltholes.

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View of a Room: 1101 Aloft is known for compact accommodations and in a city of tiny homes, this room serves as normal. Everything is on hand: HD TV, desk for working, and an empty wine fridge, which if you jiggle the shelving serves to keep anything cool. Comfy bed and roomy shower provide not only the basics but a level of luxury. Still, Aloft doesn’t purport to be a luxury chain: your room is where you sleep, shower, but otherwise drop your stuff and go.

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Aloft Manhattan Downtown – Financial District

49-53 Ann St

New York, NY 1003

212-513-0003

aloftmanhattandowntown.com

 

Nick Fradiani performs at the Aloft Manhattan Downtown – Financial District

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New York, New YorkAmerican Idol winner Nick Fradiani packed the patio at the Aloft Manhattan Downtown – Financial District‘s W XYZ Bar on April 19. Performing al fresco in the hotel’s interior courtyard, Fradiani, who won American Idol Season 14, performed as part of the Live at Aloft Hotels concert series.

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It’s a little known fact, but artists like The Lumineers and Ed Sheeran played Live At Aloft Hotels sets before they made it big!
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 Aloft Hotels has put a spotlight on up-and-coming artists since the brand’s inception in 2008 with the introduction of Live At Aloft Hotels, the signature ongoing music series offered at every one of the brand’s 100 plus hotels worldwide. As a further commitment to rising musicians, Aloft’s annual Project Aloft Star global talent competition is aimed at discovering the world’s hottest music acts. The 7th annual competition is scheduled to launch early this summer.

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All Live At Aloft Hotels 2016 Tour performances have no cover charge and are open to hotel guests and music-loving locals. For a complete and up-to-date list of all artists, locations and performance dates, please visit LiveAtAloftHotels.com

Aloft Manhattan Downtown – Financial District

49-53 Ann St

New York, NY 1003

 

 

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Take a tour of Boston’s Hotel Commonwealth’s new Fenway Suite

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Boston, MA — Just in time for the 2016 baseball season, the Hotel Commonwealth’s Fenway Suite debuts with a wealth of memorabilia, both culled both Fenway Park, just around the corner, and collected from auctions.

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Take a break at Lil’s Cafe in Kittery, Maine

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Kittery, Maine — We all know that Kittery is the cutest foodie hub going and Lil’s Cafe is at the heart of the action.

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Set in an old bank in Wallingford Square, along with sandwiches and salads, and coffee, tea, and pastries, Lil’s houses the Vinyl Vault, a secondhand record alcove behind the bank’s old Mosler safe door.

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Cakes, pastries, and other baked goods are made in the basement kitchen. The result includes curly crullers and cream puffs to go with that perfect cup of coffee. What’s a cruller? It’s a doughnut type pastry beloved by Mainers, usually straight, but who can argue with a curly one?

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Brunch at Committee in Boston gets a snowy, but yummy start

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Boston, Massachusetts – As spring snowstorms hit Boston in early April, Seaport restaurant Committee introduced its new weekend brunch service, brightening up many a Bostonians wintry weekend. The Greek influenced Committee’s brunch menu includes Consulting Chef Diane Kochilas’ breakfast favorites with a Greek twist, Greek style lunch entrees, and some tasty brunch beverages from Committee’s Beverage Director, Peter Szigeti.

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Committee’s brunch menu includes a selection of breakfast pies (Pites) inspired by Greek street food, including bougatsa, a cinnamon flavored custard filled phyllo pastry; kolokithopsomo with summer squash, feta, and Greek yogurt; and tyro pita, a savory phyllo pastry with feta, kasseri, vlahotiri, and rigani. Each is served in (fake) newspaper.

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Dishes include creamy baklava oatmeal with toasted walnuts, Kalamata figs, honey, shredded phyllo pastry, and cinnamon, allspice, and clove spices. A twist on French Toast made with Greek tsoureki, an egg enriched white flour bread, is flavored with cinnamon, scattered with fresh berries, and finished with maple whipped cream.

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Favorites from Committee’s weekday lunch menu will be also be available, including the artichoke moussaka and a grass-fed beef burger.

Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 3pm in the Committee dining room and on the patio — once it stops snowing!

www.committeeboston.com

Boston’s Liberty Hotel renovates to the tune of $11 million

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Boston, MA — The already remarkable Liberty Hotel, set in the city’s former Charles Street Jail, just became more dashing. An $11 million refurbishment of the guest rooms has elevated this Starwood Luxury Collection member to another level of comfort — and fun: the design riffs on the jailhouse theme, and include safes as bedside tables in each room. Guess what? That’s where you’ll find the real safe!

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Rita Wilson returns to The Carlyle hotel’s Café Carlyle

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New York, New York — Musician, actress and producer Rita Wilson returns to the Carlyle hotel’s lauded Café Carlyle, February 23-March 5. Wilson debuted at the famous supper club with a residency in the fall of 2014. Wilson’s winter Café Carlyle residency will center around her first original collection of songs, a self-titled set that marks her second album, which will be released March 11.

Performances take place Tuesday – Friday at 8:45pm; and Saturdays at 8:45pm and 10:45pm. Reservations: 212.744.1600 Café Carlyle is located in The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel (35 East 76th Street, at Madison Avenue).

The Charles Hotel’s Henrietta’s Table hosts Victor Hugo Wine Dinner

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Cambridge, MA — On March 2, The Charles Hotel’s Henrietta’s Table will host a Victor Hugo Wine Dinner featuring a four-course menu curated by Executive Chef Peter Davis. Naturally, the dishes will be expertly paired with wines from the literary named Victor Hugo Winery, and the dinner will feature cheeses from Massachusetts’ Shy Brother’s Farm and Ruggles Hill Creamery. The menu will highlight New England produce, including seared Arcadian red fish accompanied by celery root puree, and Pineland Farm sirloin with roasted shittake demi-glaze,  Greta’s Fair Haven roasted Gilfeather potato puree, and crispy parsnip.
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Henrietta’s Table (1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138)
Wednesday, March 2 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Tickets: $60.00 per ticket (includes tax & gratuity).Tickets must be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/victor-hugo-wine-dinner-at-henriettas-table-tickets-21065331975
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Take a tour of the new Renwick Hotel in Midtown Manhattan

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New York, New York  — The Renwick hotel recently opened in Midtown East in what was formerly an artists enclave. Taking that theme of art for art’s sake, with some design cachet thrown in, The Renwick enlisted Brooklyn-born, Los Angeles-based artist and actor Gregory Siff to spiff up the lobby with two murals.

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The Renwick scores high marks on astute, warm design, mixing old elements like recycling the wood from the old rooftop water tower into woodwork for the lobby, with gleaming new bathrooms.

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And, of course, comfy bedrooms. As they say, art for art’s sake, comfort for goodness sake.

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London gets Empirical

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London, England — Visitors to London get a special treat this coming week. UK jazz super group For six days, from 22 – 27 February, hot new jazz group Empirical will take over a retail unit in the centre of Old Street Underground Station and transform the space into a pop-up jazz lounge. Listeners are invited to visit the lounge for lunchtime and evening commute live sets, with late night sessions scheduled for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Early birds will also be able to catch an 8 a.m. mid-week performance. All gigs are free of charge. Empirical’s new album, Connection, is due out on March 18 (in the UK).

Take a tour of the newly renovated Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common’s Presidential Suite

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Boston, MA — Just in time for Lincoln and Washington’s birthdays, the Ritz-Carlton gave Hotel Junkie a tour of its reimagined Presidential Suite. Firstly, there is the amazing view, complete with a new coat of snow (above). Then there is a chandelier made of mock bi-focals, recalling the suite’s muse: Benjamin Franklin. (True, Franklin was never a president.)

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Many such fittings are bespoke, including a reading chair and daybed, which is placed for maximum views by the window.

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And get the TV over the tub — every home should have one!

For more information: Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common

Take the Presidential Appeal package at the Ritz-Carlton, Boston

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Boston, MA — Valid through November 30, the Ritz-Carlton Boston’s Presidential Appeal package includes accommodations for two in the luxurious Presidential Suite, access to the Ritz-Carlton Club Level lounge for two, an in-suite dining experience for two prepared by the hotel’s chef, and a 24 Karat Gold Signature Facial for two at The Spa at Equinox Sports Club, adjacent to the hotel. Also, includes a $1,000 shopping spree through the designer boutiques on Newbury Street and curated tours of Boston for two including:
    • A private tour of Fenway Park, home of the world champion Boston Red Sox who were cheered on by fans like U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy and FDR
    • A tour of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate
    • Private sedan transportation from hotel for both tours
    • A copy of John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage, the Pulitzer Prize-winning volume of short biographies describing acts of bravery and integrity by eight United States Senators.
    • Airport transfers

The package starts at $15,000 for a two night stay (taxes not included). For more info: click here.

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Enjoy the Norman Rockwell Experience with the Red Lion Inn

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Stockbridge, MA — What with all the artifacts, the Red Lion Inn is a veritable art gallery and museum in its own right. Take advantage of the Stockbridge icon’s Norman Rockwell Experience and enjoy overnight accommodations, breakfast for two, and two passes to the treasured Norman Rockwell Museum.

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Rates begin at $235 on weekdays and $305 on weekends, per night, inclusive of taxes and meal gratuities. Offer runs through May 26, based on availability. For more information, click here.

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