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




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!


Conrad New York gets in the Holiday Spirit


Conrad NY Winter Workshop copy

New York, New York — The Conrad New York will host its third-annual Winter Workshop, bringing a host of family activities to Battery Park City.

Every Saturday afternoon through December, the event will feature an art station for ornament making and decorating provided by the Children’s Museum, and Christmas cookie decorating. There will also be opportunities for having a photograph taken with the big guy, Santa Claus, and the Mr. Snowman hot chocolate bar, where guests can create their own hot chocolate using fun toppings like candy canes, crystallized ginger, and crushed ginger bread crumbs. Tea sandwiches, cookies, and holiday treats will also be available for both children and adults

The Winter Workshop takes place December 5, 12, and 19, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Tickets cost $35 for children, and $20 for adults.


Photo Credit: Conrad New York

Conrad New York adds The Bruffin and gets ready to Pop



New York — The Conrad New York hops on the hybrid pastry-breads trend by adding the Bruffin to the menu at the hotel’s coffee counter and in the hotel’s restaurant, Atrio. The Bruffin is a cross between a brioche and a muffin–sort of. Try the Bruffin Eggs Benedict, or the Bruffin burger and slider.

Also, as spring sunshine thaws New York City, Conrad New York’s rooftop bar, Loopy Doopy, is stocking up on People’sPops for its Prosecco & Ice Pop cocktails. Atrio’s kitchen is also adding pops to the menu with Mocha Pop and Churros dessert: hazelnut cream-filled churro, a mocha-flavored ice pop, and two dips – mascarpone and cocoa &  espresso foam. Loopy Doopy will reopen on Memorial Day Weekend for the 2015 season with a new look, including high-top seating for enjoying the bar’s remarkable views, and abstract “loop-de-loop” chairs.


For more info: Conrad New York


Photo credit: The Bruffin/Conrad New York

Doubletree Hotels in Boston celebrate Earth Hour




Boston, MA — DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in Boston will celebrate Earth Hour 2015 by asking guests and social media fans to take the DoubleTree pledge by turning the lights out from 8:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28.  

Those taking part are DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston – Cambridge, DoubleTree by Hilton Boston – Downtown and DoubleTree Club by Hilton Boston Bayside. Guests staying on property can show their support by writing their names on a leaf to add to each property’s Pledge Tree to be displayed in their lobby. For every pledge made either on property via a Pledge Tree or through each hotel’s social media channels using the hashtag #DTPledge, $2.00 will be donated by the hotels to benefit Roxbury city school gardens via our partner Citysprouts (up to a $700 value). On Thursday, April 23, the hotel teams will further their commitment to living sustainably by planting blueberry bushes at the David Ellis School and a tree at the Orchard Gardens Pilot School for this and future generations to enjoy.

These three DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels in Boston will be joining hundreds of Hilton Worldwide’s more than 4,300 global properties that will once again connect with guests in demonstration of their commitment to living sustainably.

“This year, we wanted to plan an Earth Hour event that would reach beyond the walls of our property and really encourage our guests and neighbors to join us in support of this global effort,” said Danny Dwyer, Senior Events Services & Catering Manager for the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston – Downtown. “Rallying our sister properties and partnering with Citysprouts will allow us to not only reach more people, but also extend our sustainability commitment beyond Earth Hour.”

Make Earth Hour a daily habit and just SOS–switch off something!


Photo credit: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston – Cambridge celebrates spectacular redesign


BOSTON, MA – The DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston – Cambridge not only has a new name, but a spectacular new Mod look. Located by the Charles River ‘twixt Boston and Cambridge — hence the new name! — the makeover includes a seasonal rooftop terrace for private events and  a complete reconfiguration of the hotel lobby, which now includes a grand staircase and a multi-functional, open-concept space.


The lobby features three modular check-in desks, lounging space focused around a fireplace feature, and an expanded Business Center set around a communal table.  A new grab-and-go cafe – Made Market Pantry – opens this fall offering ready-made meals, snacks and beverages. To celebrate this new Hilton concept, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston – Cambridge, has a new package called You’ve Got It Made, available from now through December 30, which includes a $25 credit for the Made Market Pantry.

This all-suite hotel is home to one of the area’s best known jazz clubs, Scullers. It also includes a second floor bar and lounge, Fusion, and restaurant, The Green Room. Hotel facilities include a heated indoor pool and whirlpool, 24-hour DoubleTree Fitness by Precor® equipment, 24-hour Business Center and more than 9,500 square feet of newly renovated function space.

For reservations and to book the You’ve Got It Made package at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston – Cambridge, call (617) 783-0090 or visit BostonCambridgeSuites.DoubleTree.com.



Photo credit: DoubleTree by Hilton


Hilton Westchester offers casual dining deals


image004Rye Brook, NY — The Hilton Westchester offers casual dining deals, inside and out. This month, the hotel ntroduces a series of light, casual Thursday evening specials, served on its tree-shaded patio. Executive Chef Rafael Velazquez dubs these weekly specials – served every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. – his “Black Board Bash.” The series kicks off Aug. 8 with “La Taqueria,” featuring a trio of tacos priced at the “bet you can’t eat just one” price of two for $7 or three for $10. Chef’s weekly specials will be posted on Facebook at facebook.com/HiltonWestchester.

Also, in the härth lounge, every weekday from 4 to 7 p.m., Hilton Westchester offers the 50/50 Happy Hour Experience featuring half price flatbreads, and half off local draft microbrews.  Cheers!

For more info: www.hilton.com


Photo credit: Hilton Westchester

Conrad New York Gains New Food and Beverage Duo


New York, N.Y. –Conrad Hotels & Resorts has appointed Antonio Cardoso as Executive Chef and Tucker Flake as Director of Food and Beverage of Conrad New York. Cardoso will oversee daily operations for the Battery Park City hotspots signature restaurant ATRIO, its rooftop bar Loopy Doopy and all in-room dining. He will also manage the green roof garden, incorporating its fresh, seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs as ingredients in his dishes. In addition, Cardoso will be responsible for menu development, training, and supervising of culinary functions within the restaurant. Tucker Flake will manage and orchestrate all Food and Beverage programming and culinary operations throughout the property.

Conrad New York - Atrio Restaurant

Cardoso has 14 years of culinary experience in a myriad of restaurants and luxury hotels throughout New York and the Bahamas, including The Plaza Hotel, The Ritz Carlton Central Park and most recently, The Ritz Carlton Abaco Club at Winding Bay, Abacos, Bahamas.

Flake’s resume includes Le Mondrian Hotel, Scottsdale, Arizona; Hudson Hotel, New York; and most recently The Michelangelo Hotel, New York.

ATRIO boasts seasonal menus featuring cured meats, farmhouse cheeses, and a menu that features fresh pastas and pizzas. Loopy Doopy, a cozy rooftop bar, offers small plates, sophisticated cocktails and 180-degree views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the New York Harbor, and the mighty Hudson River.

For more info: Conrad New York, http://www.conradhotels.com.

Photo credit: Conrad New York

Conrad New York, New York, USA


Conrad New York - lobby (evening)

Location The Conrad New York opened in 2012 and the following year it greeted a new neighbor: the Freedom Tower. Set in Battery Park City, the hotel is steps from the Financial District and, in fact, one is stepping on a hallowed part of the FD: Battery Park City is built on landfill from the excavation for the foundation of the late World Trade center. The Conrad is in the heart of this newly built upscale neighborhood on the southwestern tip of Manhattan. Battery Park City comprises expensive condos, restaurants (including Danny Meyer’s North End Grill), and that institution that forms the heart of a neighborhood, a cinema. The Conrad sits nestled in North Cove with Jersey City in view across the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline to its rear. Directly across the street from the main entrance, the Irish Hunger memorial, which was dedicated in 2002, makes for an interested sculpture that captures history, both in memory, and physically in the old fieldstone walls that encase it. The esplanade that runs along Battery Park City makes for a refreshing venue for a hike, bike, or run. New York City is about street life, though, and TriBeCa, SoHo, Greenwich Village, and the Meatpacking District make for interesting walks, too. The attractions of South Street Seaport are also nearby.

Conrad New York - riverview room (evening)

Lodging The Conrad New York’s exterior shows a smart mid-rise tower of fourteen floors. On entering the second level lobby, however, one is taken aback at the space age design and an angled atrium that stretches several floors high – something like a scene from a sci-fi movie and echoing Third Quarter design principles. AKA: it looks very 1970s. Even better, the build-out kept environmental impact to a minimum and the Conrad has Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification, making it a truly modern construction in more than looks. As with many Hilton properties these days, there is a green roof to further benefit our future environment. The lobby is dominated by a big, and we mean big, ceiling-to-floor blue painting called Loopy Doopy. It’s painted by contemporary artist Sol DeWitt and is part of the hotel’s unique modern art collection. The Conrad New York is a 463 room all suite hotel.  Every suite has a living room or sitting area.  There are different suite or room categories – e.g., standard, deluxe, superior, luxury, etc., which range in size. The Conrad Suite, which is the largest, is considered the Presidential suite and is located on the 15th floor. Guest rooms have a similar modernist ambiance to the rest of the hotel. Sleek blond woods and furnishings, hi-tech electrical finishings, large walk-in rain showers, and wet bar are functional and fine features.

Conrad New York - Atrio Restaurant

Restaurants and Bars The Conrad New York’s main eatery is Atrio restaurant and wine bar, which is Italian inspired, culinary speaking that is. The design echoes the sleek modernism of the rest of the hotel with an all-white décor and light furnishings. The open kitchen and couches add a relaxed element and Atrio is both a casual place to grab a pizza, a social place to sip a drink at the bar, or somewhere to have nice dinner. Atrio offers all-day dining and with dishes such as ricotta pancakes with lemon curd and bruschetta scrambled eggs, breakfast is not to be missed either. There is also a seasonal rooftop terrace named for the atrium painting: Loopy Doopy has a sophisticated bar menu and some inventive cocktails, including boozy ice pops for humid summer evenings. The view over the Hudson River to Jersey City includes the Statue of Liberty standing proudly in the water. Drinks and bar snacks, as well as tea and coffee are available in the Atrium Lounge, too.

Conrad New York - front entrance (hi-res)

Fitness and spas There is a 24-hour fitness center. There is no spa, but there is a second floor barbershop – handy for those FD meetings.

Tech There is a charge for WiFi.

Info Conrad New York, 102 North End Ave., New York, New York. 212-945-0100. ConradHotels.com

Photo credit: Conrad New York

Iconic New York City Hilton is Renamed



New York, New York — On the eve of its 50th anniversary, the Hilton New York has been renamed  New York Hilton-Midtown, honoring  its Manhattan neighborhood.

Originally, the hotel’s name was even more location specific. When Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton opened the hotel in June 1963 on Sixth Avenue between West 53rd and 54th Streets, he named it the New York Hilton at Rockefeller Center.

Besides Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Central Park, Carnegie Hall, Fifth Avenue and St. Patrick’s Cathedral are all close by. The 1,981-room  hotel is a short walk from Times Square, Broadway theaters and  Fifth Avenue shopping.  For more info:  www.hiltonnewyorkhotel.com

Photo credit: New York Hilton-Midtown

Conrad New York Awarded LEED Gold Certification


Conrad New York - Atrio Restaurant

New York, New York — The spectacular Conrad New York, located in Battery Park City, was recently awarded LEED Gold certification for New Construction by the U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC). The award was verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

This is the first LEED Gold New Construction major renovation project certified under the latest rating system in New York. The Conrad NY’s green buildout is part of a company wide initiative to adopt enviromentaly sound practices.

For more info: www.conradnewyork.com

High Style, Low Price Lunch at Conrad New York


New York, New York — Just steps from the Financial District, Atrio Restaurant and Wine Bar in the new Conrad New York hotel has a deal that’s a complete steal. Not in the accepted Wall Street way, mind. Atrio’s Express Yourself Bento Box lunch pairs high quality and high style – the restaurant is a futuristic vision of minimalism – with low cost – really, $25 for lunch in Manhattan?


Whether it’s for lunch or any other time, Atrio’s Chef Anthony Zamora cooks up sophisticated takes on Italian food and among his dishes are spaghetti and meatballs straight from his Italian grandmother’s original recipe.


For more info: www.conradnewyork.com

Photo credit: Conrad New York/Hilton Int.

Boston’s FiDi Hilton Adds Nix’s Mate


Boston, Mass — Former Todd English Chef David Nevins heads the kitchen at  Nix’s Mate, the anchor restaurant in the city’s Financial District Hilton.  Nevins’ debut menu includes spring pea risotto topped with lobster and Nix’s Surf ‘n’ Turf with cheddar infused white polenta and bacon basted green beans.

The independently owned Nix’s Mate (named after a tiny Boston Harbor Island)  serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and has an adjacent bar too.  This particular Hilton is a franchised establishment set in a 1928 art deco building.

For more info:  hilton.com. Restaurant: 617-348-1234. nixsmate.com.

Photo credit: Nix’s Mate.

Hotel Junkie’s Best and Worst Hotel Experiences of 2011


Hotel Junkie doesn’t bother profiling or providing news on places we wouldn’t want to stay. But that’s not to say that there weren’t some nightmarish hotel experiences this year, though. In the spirit of the awards season, here are two extremes of hotel hospitality.

Worst  first? It just happens to be a Motel 6. But, let’s not tar all Motel 6’s with the same brush. Many are pleasant places to stay overnight while road tripping  – Bristol, VA, comes to mind – with friendly staff and clean adequate guest rooms. (Yes, the coffee tastes the same at all of them – awful.) However, for an all round bad experience is hard to beat Motel 6 on Old Annapolis Road, Laurel, MD. Here’s not what to do if you are a franchise or hostelry owner: a) Glare silently at guests checking in from behind a plate glass window. Perhaps add a polite hello, how are you? b) Give guests a room with an overpowering smell of mould. This nasty, tiny room should have been condemned.  c) Leave dog-excrement around the property, especially where people walk. After a 13-hour drive, there was little option but to suffer this –one of the more expensive Motel 6 facilities at around $70 a night – indignity.

As for the best hotel experience of 2011, well, that’s harder to choose. Most hotels aim to please and be pleasant. Or at least manage to pretend to be pleasant. But the Hilton Sixth Avenue in Manhattan is a wonderful facility with top dining, helpful staff, and some of them even have warm friendly smiles. Not bad for New York City, especially Midtown. Guest rooms are spacious; the suites amazing. Etrusca, the Hilton’s on site Italian restaurant, is one of Manhattan’s undiscovered gems. Location wise, too, it’s perfect for theater, shopping, business, and Central Park. But the towering hotel has everything a guest needs within its walls, including adjacent parking, to cut down on the city’s stress and struggle. The Hilton Sixth Avenue’s atmosphere is calm and modern with a bustling lobby reminiscent of a Neil Simon scene where people are doing what people do in New York: Hurry about with great purpose.

The Empire Suite, Hilton Sixth Avenue. 2011

New York Hilton Midtown, New York, NY, USA


Location This landmark Hilton hotel is a discreet distance from the hubbub of Times Square, which is a blessing when trying to retain sanity in the push and shove of Midtown. But everything that a visitor would need is close by: Turn right onto Sixth Avenue and trot a couple of blocks to Radio City Music Hall or art deco designed Rockefeller Center. Head  left and Central Park is less than 10 minutes walk away. The Museum of Modern Art — MoMA — is close, too. This Hilton is also flanked by New York’s Fashion District, and the epicenter of the city’s famed shopping, Fifth Avenue, is nearby, which means hotel guests return loaded with bags of goodies. Broadway’s offerings are also within minutes. Midtown is still where most vacationers and business people opt to stay: Right in the center of it all.

The Hotel The Hilton New York’s grand marbled lobby is a microcosm  of the bustling city outside. The flow of people is, well, at least 22/7, it seems. Guests pass in and out of this low ceilinged entryway in an almost continual chaotic flow that somehow works. But that’s New York to a tee. Yet, this iconic tower is also that most precious things in crazy Midtown — a haven from the madness. The Hilton NY’s signature restaurant, Etrusca’s impressive transformation in 2011 is just one of the many updates that the hotel’s renovations have brought over the past decade. Renovations that run to tens of millions of dollars and  take it into the 21st century with the same standing as when it launched in the last one. The  redesign  reiterates the Hilton philosophy of modern luxury and comfort. It doesn’t pander to trends so much as remind that the brand set them in the first place. An unobtrusive beige and brown color palette, and natural wood and stone create a soothing atmosphere in the guest rooms. The Executive Level is a luxury tower within the hotel and features 51 luxury suites and a spacious lounge. The elegant modern sculpture in the lobby might go mostly unnoticed. But it’s a symbol of understatement that seems appropriate.

Hotel Amenities

Restaurants and Bars Off the lobby are two bars, the Bridge Bar and the Lobby Lounge,  as well as the Marketplace cafe, which serves as a take-out for tired guests to enjoy in their room. But do not miss what has to be one of Manhattan’s undiscovered gems: Etrusca, the Hilton’s longstanding  Mediterranean inspired restaurant, whose revamp was finished in 2011, taking it from old school “trattoria” style to sleek, elegant dining spot with outstanding food. It isn’t just a hotel restaurant: It’s a Manhattan destination.

Fitness rooms, pools, and spas The massive 24 hour PreCor  fitness room has a yoga and Pilates center, and a sauna, but no pool.

Parking Parking is a breeze, though not a steal ( NYC rates apply), in the underground garage located in the back of the hotel. Enter on West 53rd Street.

Tech There is a charge for WiFi.

Highs For New York City, the staff were pleasant and welcoming. Always a relief to the weary traveler.  This Hilton accepts pets up to 75 lbs and Hilton’s pet beds are very comfy! There’s a very civilized noon checkout, too.

Lows Apart from the perennial Hotel Junkie gripe of charging for  WiFi, the Hilton New York is a top-notch facility.


Design +++

Rooms +++ Suites ++++

Food ++++

Courtesy +++

Location ++++

1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York,  10019

Tel: 1-212-586-7000    Fax:  1-212-315-1374

Hilton New York

Useful websites: Etrusca MoMA, Radio City Music Hall,  Rockefeller CenterCentral Park, New York City Dining,

Photo credit: Hilton Hotel Group

Reviewed September, 2011. Number of visits 2

Hilton Baltimore, Baltimore,MD, USA


Location For fans of baseball, particularly Baltimore Orioles followers, the Hilton Baltimore hotel is the place to stay. Not only is this new Hilton located adjacent to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, but many rooms overlook the baseball ground. Yep, right onto the field. Even if you’re not a fan, the sight of the iconic green is an interesting and quite unique one. Football fans? The M&T Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens, is also nearby. Hilton Baltimore is located in Camden Yards, a 21st century development in the Baltimore Inner Harbor district, right downtown. The hotel is also next to the Baltimore Convention Center, which can be accessed by a skybridge. Thus it attracts the usual flow of confectioners and business travelers. But it’s a short walk away from cultural spots, too. Oh, and the Sports Legend Museum is across the road on Camden Street. Appropriate for the state where Babe Ruth was born.

The Hotel The Hilton Baltimore opened in 2008 and takes the Hilton brand into a new era of function and form. It’s simply designed, but not without a certain spectacular-ness. The lobby is a massive, cavernous room, with a cozier bar in one corner, some couches and seating in its center, and lots of sleek marble flooring connecting the space. The latter makes for a very noisy area though! A warm orange, both in bright and brunt shades, runs throughout the hotel, even to the guest rooms, which are spacious. Hilton Honors members have a private lounge with TVs and comfortable seating. Located on the 18th floor, the lounge serves complimentary early evening appetizers and a breakfast buffet,  and the lovely view over Baltimore’s storied skyline is also free. Oh, there’s another piece of green visible from some rooms: an eco-sensible green roof is installed!

Hotel Amenities

Restaurants and Bars The Diamond Tavern is dubbed a modern American restaurant, which translates as a casual place to grab breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s an upscale sports bar with 20 high-definition televisions; great for drinks, too. Though the outdoor patio is a nice addition for warm months, because of a more café/bar atmosphere, it’s not the place for a romantic dinner,

Fitness rooms, pools, and spas Not only does the Hilton Baltimore have an indoor heated lap pool and hot tub, and spacious exercise rooms, but there’s an outdoor deck with tables and chairs overlooking – yep, you guessed it – Oriole Park. Also, the treadmills are placed in front of a window wall offering the same view. (It’s not like Hotel Junkie is a baseball nut, but how unique is that?)

Tech There is a charge for WiFi. A full-service UPS store is located within the building.

Highs Hotel Junkie found the staff to be pleasant and welcoming. No attitude, just great service, as it should be. Guest bathrooms have Peter Thomas Roth toiletries, but no magnifying mirror or robes. This Hilton accepts pets up to 75 lbs and Hilton’s pet beds are very comfy! There’s a very civilized noon checkout, too.

Lows On game nights, the area is either a) madness, or b) fun – depending on personal taste! And, that prehistoric WiFi charge? Why?


Design +++

Rooms +++ Suites Unseen

Food ++

Courtesy ++++

Location ++++

401 West Pratt Street

Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 21201


Hilton Baltimore

Useful websites: Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum, Baltimore Orioles,Baltimore Dining Guide

Photo credit: Hilton Baltimore