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From VegasChatter and HotelChatter: Wild Parties and Expensive Breafkasts

May 22, 2015 at 4:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

In travel, getting where you're going is just one part of the process. The other important question is: Where to stay? Our bro HotelChatter does a bang-up job of covering the latest news and trends in hotels and resorts. Out in Vegas, VegasChatter is keeping us informed on what's going down in Sin City.

VEGASCHATTER
· Whistle While You Werk It: A Brief Party Guide to Memorial Day Weekend 2015
· Tales From Inside The Pit: A Dealer's Tips on Tipping The Dealer
· What Sort of 'Inside Vegas' Stories are You Looking For?
· Head's Up Chip Collectors: Better Grab These Chips Before They're Gone

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From HotelChatter + VegasChatter: Music Festivals and Millennial Hotels

May 8, 2015 at 4:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

Our sister sites HotelChatter and VegasChatter do a bang-up job of covering the latest news and trends in the hotel world and in Las Vegas. So check in and stay awhile. VEGASCHATTER
· Rock in Rio Music Festival Begins Tonight: What to Know Before You Go
· s Las Vegas About to Become the Next Hot Spot for Cannabis Tourism?
· When One Door Closes, Resorts World Las Vegas Breaks Ground (And Has New Renderings, Too)
· The Day That Classic Vegas Died: Riviera's Final Dawn

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From HotelChatter + VegasChatter: Karaoke Rooms and Fail-cations

April 2, 2015 at 7:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Deciding where you want to go is only the first step of your trip. The second part is where to stay. And our big sis HotelChatter has quite an opinion on what's worth checking out when you're checking in. But that's not all. Out in Vegas, VegasChatter is keeping us informed on what's going down, and up, and breaking even in Sin City.

HOTELCHATTER
· One & Only Palmilla Will Be Back in Los Cabos on April 20
· No Joke, This Hilton Hotel Has Its Own Karaoke Room
· Worried Someone's Touched Your Hotel Toiletries? Not at Starhotels You Won't Be
· 'Marriott Traveler' Wants To Be Your Next Digital Destination Guide

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A Few Real-World Travel Tips That Don't Require Faking a Peanut Allergy or Bad Business Cards

March 20, 2015 at 1:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

By now you've all probably seen or heard of this ridiculous video from a faux socialite, named, well, you'll see if you watch the video.

He made headlines yesterday with his obnoxious first class travel hacks that included tips such as booking a refundable plane ticket just to get lounge access then canceling the ticket before the flight takes off; faking a peanut allergy to get a seat change; printing fake business cards to take advantage of corporate rates and finding the weakest hotel employee to badger for a suite upgrade.

If his fake tan, Hermes belt or girlfriend who flashes her breasts in biz class doesn't turn you off, then you might actually make it all the way through this largely pointless video. (At the end, he does redeem himself, only slightly, to say that he tips the people who take care of him very well.)

While people have been faking life-threatening scenarios or pretending to be more important than they really are for ages now to get upgrades (see also, travel "journalists" who promise coverage to publications they've never written for in exchange for free trips or actual journalists who think they can threaten PR with no coverage unless they get the upgrades they want), this video is sure to infuriate the hotel and airline industries for exposing holes in their system and for manipulating employees who are just trying to do their job.

However, as this Frank Abagnale-wanna-be says, these "tips" do require a lot of chutz pah to pull off and not everyone is gonna be up to such a long con. (Besides, we'd rather sit in the middle seat in coach than up in first with him.)

So disregard all that, and instead read some of our real-world tips on getting what you want while traveling, as culled from Travel Tips Archives of Jaunted, HotelChatter and VegasChatter.

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Virgin Hotels is More Virgin Atlantic Than Virgin America But Very Virgin, Nonetheless

Where: 203 N. Wabash Avenue [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60601
January 16, 2015 at 6:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

Virgin Hotels officially opened their doors to guests in Chicago yesterday and our sister site, HotelChatter, has the first look inside a Virgin guest room, excuse us, chamber for those visiting Chi-town. But if you were expecting to find a replica of a Virgin America airplane, complete with purple mood lighting and singing and dancing employees, you might be disappointed.

The historic building on Wabash has been done over into a very Virgin property, with lots of bright red touches everywhere, from the red tiles in the shower to the red SMEG mini fridge in the chambers, and the bright red coats worn by the lovely lady greeters at the entrance.

And even though the hotel is an American company, there are quite a few tributes to its British heritage--like the London Bridge depicted on the chamber rugs, the Birds and Blokes signs for the bathroom, the bright red telephone booth that serves as the hostess station at the not-yet-opened Miss Ricky's All-American Diner and the Union Jack on the dog bed at check-in. And for some reason, the chamber bed reminds us of Upper Class on Virgin Atlantic.

There's even a wall devoted to Sir Richard Branson in the 203 Coffee Bar (opening in a few weeks) and the history of his Virgin multimedia company, featuring photographs of Branson and his various companies, including Virgin Cola. (RIP.)

While the staff is incredibly happy and relaxed, no one has busted out a robot rap...yet. So if we're talking airlines here, Virgin Hotels feel more Virgin Atlantic than Virgin America but at the end of the day, Virgin Chicago actually wants to be a hub for locals.

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All Hail the Return of HotelChatter's Annual WiFi Report

April 23, 2014 at 9:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

This is the week, you guys! Our awesome sister site HotelChatter.com has completed yet another (the 10th annual!) info-packed report on hotel WiFi, and all info is laid totally bare, free from flowcharts. If you've ever searched for a hotel and tried to figure out, in the hotel website's fine print, whether or not they charge for WiFi and how much, then this report is for you.

Actually, it's a report for anyone! Do you want to sit in a cozy hotel lobby, drink tea and get some work done? Crash in your room and catch up on your favorite blogs (hint hint)? Head to a hotel with free WiFi that you find on the report. There's even a section on hotel chains that offer MOAR wifi strength, for those times you need the best possible connection for Skype video conferences or Netflix streaming.

Check it all out here:

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Halloween is Sin City Prime Time, Says VegasChatter

October 17, 2013 at 6:24 PM | by | Comments (0)


Our sis site HotelChatter does a bang-up job of covering the latest news and trends in the hotel world. We're also including a few links from VegasChatter, the newest member to the family. So check in and stay awhile.

VegasChatter:
· The top Vegas-y Halloween costume ideas for 2013
· Vegas airport's awesome new vending machine
· A behind-the-scenes look at opening a show in Vegas
· Does one really need a phone full of Vegas apps?

HotelChatter:
· Our Hottest Hotel Chef contest continues! To the east coast!
· Pink hotel cocktails for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
· Ahotel on NYC's Governors Island?
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Home Sweet Hotel

October 9, 2013 at 6:03 PM | by | Comments (0)


Our sis site HotelChatter does a bang-up job of covering the latest news and trends in the hotel world. We're also including a few links from VegasChatter, the newest member to the family. So check in and stay awhile.

HotelChatter:
· 8 things only luxury hotel guests would understand
· What sketches you out about hotel bathrooms?
· The Viceroy New York is finally open!
· Disney World 'B' ready for a new hotel

VegasChatter:
· 8 Vegas spots that are (surprisingly) still open
· Get your big game rooms NOW.
· The latest on Bally's Bazaar Shops
· SLOTZILLA!

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Sin City Halloween Party Planning Begins at VegasChatter

October 3, 2013 at 6:41 PM | by | Comments (0)


Our sis site HotelChatter does a bang-up job of covering the latest news and trends in the hotel world. We're also including a few links from VegasChatter, the newest member to the family. So check in and stay awhile.

VegasChatter:
· Our 2013 Guide to Halloween in Vegas is here!
· Is Sin City on the road to become Bodybuilding City USA?
· Let's talk about pedestrian bridges
· UGGGHH resort fees

HotelChatter:
· 5 reasons why hotels are better than your everyday experience
· Oscar de la Renta gets into the hotel toiletry game
· 10 tips for traveling (and hotel booking) in Africa
· Chicago is (still) so hot right now

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HotelChatter's Quirky Elevators and VegasChatter's Rockabilly Barbers

September 25, 2013 at 7:15 PM | by | Comments (0)


Our sis site HotelChatter does a bang-up job of covering the latest news and trends in the hotel world. We're also including a few links from VegasChatter, the newest member to the family. So check in and stay awhile.

HotelChatter:
· 10 quirky hotel elevators
· Quite a sweet suite upgrade for HotelTonight
· A hotel that's seemingly made for Instagram
· The Hilton New York ended room service, to begin this

VegasChatter:
· Juicy gossip for The Quad and The Linq
· The hot word in Downtown Vegas is "demolition"
· What do you save from your Vegas visits?
· A Rockabilly barbershop in Vegas? About time.

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HotelChatter Makes One Last Dive for Summer Hotel Deals

September 5, 2013 at 7:40 PM | by | Comments (0)


Our sis site HotelChatter does a bang-up job of covering the latest news and trends in the hotel world. We're also including a few links from VegasChatter, the newest member to the family. So check in and stay awhile.

HotelChatter:
· Get these end-of-summer deals while they're still for the gettin'
· Where you'll find the first LGBT wedding planner
· Two new Palm Springs hotels (that aren't the Hard Rock)
· New Manhattan hotel news!

VegasChatter:
· Everything you need to know for football season in Sin City
· How do you "collect" Vegas?
· Choose the right tower at Caesars
· Why 11-12-13 will swamp Vegas

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Every Hotel Needs Pizza on Speed Dial

August 22, 2013 at 8:40 PM | by | Comments (0)


Our sis site HotelChatter does a bang-up job of covering the latest news and trends in the hotel world. We're also including a few links from VegasChatter, the newest member to the family. So check in and stay awhile.

HotelChatter:
· The BEST button on a hotel phone
· Of course there's a "Sex in the City"-theme suite
· The motherload of new hotel news
· Last-minute US Open hotel packages, if you're game

VegasChatter:
· This "Vegas Virgin" had a Saved By The Bell run-in
· Oh gee, Giada's going to the Gansevoort
· Sin City is getting a Microsoft Store (yawn)
· Oooh! A good Vegas rant!