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Hamilton Princess, Hamilton, Bermuda

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Location Stroll from the Hamilton Princess into the center of Hamilton, where Front Street’s shops, bars, and restaurants line one side of the street, and a harbour walk lines the other. Explore the side streets where more goodies await. Hamilton is Bermuda’s capital city and its center of commerce — largely revolving around offshore insurance, an industry that has helped Bermuda weather tourism ups and downs. The city, which is in Pembroke Parish, is fairly central for exploring over to the East End, where the town of St. George, a UNESCO World Heritage site, reminds of early settler’s lives; and to the West End, where the Royal Naval Dockyard and Horseshoe Bay await.

Lodging The Hamilton Princess sits majestically above Hamilton Harbour, its bright strawberry ice cream pink facade easily recognizable from far and wide. As striking as its appearance and its location overlooking Hamilton Harbor and the Hamilton Yacht Club are, perhaps the most amazing thing about the hotel these days is its art collection, which includes works from Warhol to Matisse. The collection was the finishing touch to renovations that added a new parade of shops, an Exhale spa and yoga studio, and a state of the art fitness room overlooking the pool. The hotel has its own private beach club on Sinky Bay. It has equipment for activities such as paddle boarding and also a satellite lunch spot, Marcus’ on the Beach. A jitney runs every half hour between the hotel and the beach club. Each Saturday morning, a local art expert gives a guided tour of the hotel’s art collection. Still, for all the magnificence of its modern art collection, and its updates, the hotel has not lost any of its classic Gilded Age splendor.

View of a Room 657  Renovations at the Hamilton Princess transformed guest rooms into sleek, modern, and decidedly non fussy digs. This king bed room has a lounge area with a couch, and there is also a work area with a desk. There is a separate dressing area with plenty of hanging and shelf space. The small bathroom has a walk in shower with double heads and is stocked with one of the best products found in a hotel bathroom anywhere: Rose 31, which has a gorgeous musky rose fragrance. The view is not fully of the bay, but a partial one and only if you are standing at the windows, which look over the entrance driveway and Hamilton’s pretty pastel colored office buildings.

Restaurants and bars The Hamilton Princess has many commendable bars and restaurants: the lobby bar, the Crown and Anchor serves from breakfast to late night drinks, when one of the island’s many talented bands play. There is an outdoor patio restaurant overlooking the manicured gardens and harbour. The hotel’s signature restaurant is Marcus — New York based Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s beautiful island outpost, which also looks out over the lawn and water. 

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Hotel Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club

76 Pitts Bay Road, HMO8

Tel: (441) 295-3000

thehamiltonprincess.com

Marriott Marquis Houston, Texas USA

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Location Houston is probably best known for its space exploring neighbor, NASA, about half an hour’s drive away. But the city is coming into its own with an expanded downtown area that now encompasses what is now called Avenida and the George R. Brown Convention Center. The Marriott Marquis Houston is also within walking distance to the city’s traditional entertainment center with its respected museum and the theater districts. Sports fans staying at the hotel have both the Houston Astros baseball ground and the Houston Rockets stadium within walking distance. The cool new METROrail light railway efficiently runs people throughout the city and a city bike share program has bike hire in several locations.

Lodging The hotel overlooks the picturesque Discovery Green, a large park with cooing doves, squawking grackles and a verdant pond.This epic scaled marbled Marriott Marquis Houston opened in December 2016, a full three years after ground was broken in what was once a parking lot. Connected by a skybridge to the George R. Brown Convention Center, the hotel is both business oriented with 100,000 square feet of meeting space, and leisure focused with the Parkview Terrace overlooking Discovery Green.

This extensive pool deck on the sixth floor has outdoor dining at the HighDive, an infinity pool and large hot tub overlooking the city, and a lazy river in the shape of Texas. The hotel also features a beautiful spa, Pure, which has a focus on natural therapeutic treatments, and a large fitness center. The hotel’s unique art collection pays tribute to the city and the state — and the elevators honor NASA with giant sized classic photos of America’s astronauts breaking scientific ground in space.

View of a Room 1541 This double queen room overlooks the Parkview Terrace via floor-to-ceiling windows, and has city views too. Though sparsely furnished with beds, desk, and an armchair, the comfort level is high, as is functionality. The bathroom is equally light on fripperies, bu meets all needs adequately . The empty fridge is also a bonus. A large TV screen and intriguing art bring life to the buff and beige walls. The room’s design highlights the idea that this place is for sleeping, not living in, and that guests should get out and enjoy the hotel and the city’s many restaurants and entertainment venues.

Restaurants and bars One certainly can’t get bored at this hotel: start with fine wines and small plates at the lobby wine bar, Cueva; or catch a game and grab a bite at Biggio’s, a sports bar with a second floor out-door patio, which was conceived with Astro’s Hall of Fame Craig Biggio.

For breakfast through dinner casual dining, there is the elegant modern Walker Street Kitchen and for a dinner of authentic Mexican — not Tex-Mex — cooking, Xochi is noted local chef Hugo Ortega’s take on traditional cuisine from Mexico’s Oaxaca region. Xochi also has outdoor dining overlooking Discovery Green.

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1777 Walker Street

Houston, Texas 77010

Boston Park Plaza has deals for its 90th Anniversary celebration

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BOSTON, MA – The Boston Park Plaza hotel, which recently completed a dramatic $100 million lobby to roof restoration project that included each of the hotel’s 1,060 guestrooms, suites, lobby and all public space, will launch its 90th Anniversary celebration with a variety of special packages and experiences.

Originally opened as the Statler Hotel in March 1927, the Park Plaza’s 90th Anniversary invites all   couples married  at the hotel to try its Relive the Romance Package.  Guests who provide their original receipt from their wedding night or honeymoon will receive the original rate they paid on the first night of their stay. In 1967, for example, couples would have paid around $23 per night.  This package is available for a minimum two night stay.  Rates start at $199 for the second night and the offer is based upon availability, through December 30, 2017.

Other hotel guests can experience the Park Plaza’s Anniversary Package.  This special Anniversary Package offers rates from $249, including a Champagne amenity to toast the next 90 years. And, regardless of room package booked, guests may enjoy a suite upgrade from a superior queen guest room to a one bedroom suite for only $90 per night.  Both offers are available through December 30, 2017, based upon availability.  Packages may be booked at bostonparkplaza.com or by calling the hotel at (617) 426-2000.

Also, the 90 Days of Surprises and Delights means lucky guests will receive surprise experiences and amenities, which could include a room upgrade, cocktails or dinner at Off The Common, tickets to sites and attractions, special treats from the chef, and more.

Additionally, beginning April 1, 2017, Off The Common, Boston Park Plaza’s bustling onsite restaurant and lounge, will serve a rotating monthly classic cocktail specials tied to each of the last nine decades, along with an ongoing menu of classic a la carte menu items, such as chilled lobster cocktail or crispy chicken a la king for $19.27, created by Executive Chef Andrew Beer.

For additional information: bostonparkplaza.com.

 

The Charles Hotel opens Benedetto

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soppressata-and-white-bean-bruschetta-with-grilled-red-onionCambridge, MA — At the end of November, The Charles Hotel and Chef/Owner Michael Pagliarini, of Giulia fame, opened Benedetto in the space previously occupied by Chef Jody Adams’ Rialto.

Designed by the acclaimed New York-based Bentel & Bentel architectural team, Benedetto is a rustic farmhouse-chic Italian restaurant with an outdoor patio. Two separate dining areas are also available for private bookings and events, with each able to comfortably accommodate 20-75 guests.

Benedetto in The Charles Hotel is open seven days a week for dinner service beginning at 5:00 p.m. For more information visit www.benedettocambridge.com.

The Bernic opens in New York

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New York, New York — The Bernic, a 96 room, 22-story newly-built hotel, is now open on 145 East 47th Street, with a new restaurant and sky lounge in tow. The property lies just blocks away from the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal, Rockefeller Center and Times Square.
Floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies in almost every room offer a view of the city’s iconic skyline. Blind contour artist Ian Sklarsky added works to the lobby, public areas and in every guest room, inspired by the nearby United Nations building.
 
Rooms feature radiant floor heating, bath amenities by Beekman 1802, complimentary coffee via an en-suite Nespresso machine, Apple TV, luxury linens and terry, Sterns and Foster luxury bed, turndown service via Chocolat Moderne and a book collection curated by Strand Bookstore.
 
The restaurant, Allora, features house-made pastas, grilled whole fish and throwback tableside preparations like Steak Diane and Zabaione. The Bernic’s sky lounge is due to open this coming Spring, 2017.

For more info: thebernichotel.com

Photo credit: BabiloniaFoto

Nature and Modernism in Vieques

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Vieques, Puerto Rico — The island of Vieques is preserved as a National Wildlife Refuge, boasting one of only five bioluminescent bays in the world. No wonder the strikingly modern El Blok hotel was built to LEED Gold certification — all without sacrificing comfort.

The hotel has 21 rooms, including two grande suites, and the onsite El Blok Restaurant, helmed by executive chef Carlos Perez, and inspired by the beach restaurants of St. Tropez’s ritzy heyday.

For more info: elblok.com

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Hyatt Hotels adds Andaz Mayakoba Resort, Riviera Maya

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RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico – Hyatt Hotels recently announced the December 2016 opening of Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, anew addition to the eco-resort Mayakoba, located on the Caribbean beachfront just north of Playa del Carmen.

Situated on 590 acres of  oceanfront, preserved mangrove and lagoons, the property has 214 guest rooms, including 41 suites. Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya marks the first Mexican resort for the lifestyle Andaz brand. The property will join the Andaz resort collection, which currently consists of Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort and Andaz Scottsdale, which debuted in November 2016.

 

Hilton Westchester makes you feel at home (especially with HBO)

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Rye Brook, NY — It might be 2016, but there is something strangely comforting about finding HBO on your TV in your hotel room. The Hilton Westchester is a warm and inviting hotel, especially at this time of year when it’s all dressed up in fall foliage through its extensive grounds. But, even in these days of On Demand and taking your own movies with you when you travel (what’s the point of that?), there is something about clicking onto HBO that feels like home when you are away from home!

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Verb Hotel offers $99 room, but only if you party

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Boston, MA — The Verb Hotel, a dynamic reimagining of a classic mid-century motel in the heart of Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, is offering a $99 room rate for guests who book a holiday party with Hojoko. You really will want a part in the restaurant, which comes courtesy of James Beard Award-winning owners Tim Cushman and Nancy Cushman. In short — the food is superb. The playful sake selection doesn’t hurt either.

Hojoko can accommodate groups of up to 175 with entertainment possibilities for DJs, live music and karaoke.

Whats more, the package is good though to February — Valentine’s party anyone?

The “Party All The Time” package is valid November 19, 2016 through February 28, 2017. For more info visit: http://www.theverbhotel.com

Kimpton opens its first international hotel

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Kimpton Hotel Group will open its first international property and it’s the first new luxury property on Grand Cayman in more than 10 years!

Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, the American hotel brand’s first Caribbean hotel, is located on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. Set to open in November, 2016, the property will feature a distinct local Caymanian influence.

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The resort has 266 rooms and a signature restaurant, Ave and Avecita, and a beach bar, Coccoloba. There are two pools, a spa, and extensive event and meeting space.

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There are a number of opening specials available – such as the Grand Opening offer, which includes a $100 dining credit and $100 spa credit on any two night (minimum) stay, or the Fourth Night Free package. More info: www.seafireresortandspa.com

Cape Codder Resort offers Haunted Hotel package

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Hyannis, MA — The Cape Codder Resort and Spa is ready for Halloween with decorations and a special package deal. Here are some of the characters you’ll bump into in the corridors of this Haunted Hotel this year.

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Hyannis’s most haunted!

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Creepy Cape Cod!

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Massachusetts’ most malevolent!

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For more info on the Haunted Hotel package: www.capecodderresort.com

W Hotels launches its first music festival

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What with all the music events taking place in hotel lobbies these days, the next step was always going to be a festival right? Wake Up Call: a W Hotels Music Festival is the hotel brand’s first-ever weekend long music festival. Likely, it’s the first hotel curated multi-day music fest anywhere.

The inaugural event takes over the entire W Scottsdale from September 30 to October 2.  The music festival will then travel annually to different W Hotels around the world, with the soon-to-open W Las Vegas slated to host the three-day bash in 2017.

The Scottsdale festival will feature performances by Bebe Rexha, Cee Lo Green (DJ set), De La Soul, Jess Glynne, Kungs, Lost Frequencies, Matoma, Mayer Hawthorne and Nico & Vinz, with additional artists to be announced.

Ticket packages for WAKE UP CALL: a W Hotels Music Festival go on sale today and include a three-night stay at W Scottsdale, two (2) all-access passes to the three day festival, and two (2) limited edition Jeremy Scott x W Hotels bucket hats, starting at $349 for rooms and $549 for suites. Already local? Daily passes are available starting from $50, with the three-day VIP pass starting at $100 at WScottsdaleTickets.com.  For more information or to book a room package, visit WScottsdaleHotel.com/WAKEUPCALL.

 

 

 

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

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

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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128 East 45th Street
New York, NY 10017

212.986.6400

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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

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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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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