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Whether you're a frequent flyer or an armchair traveler, there are certain details it's nice to review before making plans for that next big trip. Every week, we'll squeeze our mindgrapes and share tips to make sure you're the best informed flyer in seat 1A...or 38K.
This Week: The 5 Things Everyone Should Do Before Staying at a Hostel or Budget Hotel
A glance at Jaunted's section on travel hacks shows that we don't do these write-ups very often (unless you count posts about how to evade parts of TSA's laughingly awful security as "travel hacks," which we don't, and also stop trying to get us in trouble). Sometimes though, there's a trick that's sufficiently clever, evil, and obscure - we prefer it be all three - that we feel the need to pass it on. Because we're humanitarians.
Today's tip comes courtesy of travel uber-blog View from the Wing. It has to do with how travelers can override the safeguards that hotels build into their rooms to contain costs and conserve energy. Like we said, we're humanitarians.
Movie Travel / Oldboy / Scary Travel / Hotels / → All Tags
Spike Lee recently completed his remake of the Korean cult classic Oldboy, and now FilmDistrict has released a number of hotel-themed promos in anticipation of the movie's Thanksgiving Day release.
The new ad campaign, with the tagline Hotel Oldboy: Preparing Your Stay, will probably make you think long and hard before you book your next hotel room.
Celeb Travel / Wedding Travel / LeBron James / Honeymoon Travel / Hotels / San Diego Travel / → All Tags
LeBron James finally tied the knot with his high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson in San Diego on Saturday.
The couple, who have been together for more than ten years and have two kids, decided one day wasn't enough to celebrate their nuptials so they planned a whole weekend's worth of activities.
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This weekend brought even more news on the fate of JFK Airport's TWA Flight Center or, as we may soon call it, The Standard, Flight Center.
The NY Post' s Page Six reports that hotelier Andre Balazs has more to celebrate than just the 5th anniversary of his Standard Hotel in NYC's Meatpacking District, as his plans to develop the Terminal 5 Flight Center into a 150-room hotel and convention center move forward.
The final proposal hasn't yet been approved by the Port Authority and, as we recently reported, they aren't having the easiest time agreeing that Balazs' design plans are the right ones for the space. Thus, this is the ideal time for Balazs to leak details in a bid to gain more publicity and garner excitement over the possible "Standard, Flight Center," while its neighbor, the old Terminal 3 Pan Am Worldport, is reduced to rubble (sharing a fate with the I.M. Pei-designed Terminal 6 Sundrome, demolished just two years ago).
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It's been over two years since any news on the possible future of the iconic architectural landmark, designed for TWA by Eero Saarinen. The will-it-or-won't-it continues, as hotel developer André Balazs goes head-to-head with JFK Airport over his proposed design for a 150-room property.
Page Six reports that "Differing opinions over the design have become a sticking point in the negotiations." This definitely isn't the most positive endorsement of whatever blueprints Balazs has rolled out. We stick by our pronouncement from two years ago, that a hotel is a nice idea, provided the design is respected, but likely won't happen at all.
Traveling solo or with a partner or even a group of friends is easy compared to traveling with little kids. This week we'll be posting some insights and tips from the family travelers of the Jaunted crew. Next up is our sister site, HotelChatter.com who lists some of the best hotels for families.
Families make up 30 percent of the adult leisure travel market, according to US Travel Association. Breaking that down further, the Family Travel Network says 100 million to 115 million trips per year involve children. But where will they all stay once they survive the plane flight (or car ride or train trip)? We, of course, have a few suggestions. Here are some hotels that have wow-ed us in the past year with their kid and family-friendly amenities and services.
· For breastfeeding moms: The Hard Rock Chicago has released a Nursing Mothers Amenity Program in partnership with Medela, a well-known brand to new moms and moms-to-be alike. For an extra $30 a night, nursing moms can use hospital grade Symphony breastpumps and Medela accessory starter kits which include the Quick Clean™ Micro Steam™ Bags, Quick Clean Wipes, Pump and Save™ Bags and Disposable Bra Pads. The guestrooms will also be specially prepped for mama and baby with microwaves, mini-refrigerators, ice packs for transportation and mini-cooler bags. (Just remember, never heat the breastmilk in the microwave!) Room rates start around $229 a night.
· For the fashion-conscious parents: The stylish Mark Hotel on NYC's Upper East Side has paired up with MacLaren strollers to create The Mark Hotel Baby Stroller that's done up in the hotel's signature black and white stripes. There's no cost to borrow the stroller for your shopping jaunts but do know that rooms start at around $550 a night.
· For when you forget the tear-free shampoo: Last year, Fairmont Hotels introduced Ollie, their toiletry mascot and their complimentary kids toiletries which include complimentary amenity kits that include an Ollie the Otter stuffed animal, no-tears hair wash, cleansing soap, toothbrush & paste, bubble bath and gentle lotion. Most Fairmont Hotels, if not all, can easily accommodate family requests from cribs to strollers, diaper pails and babysitting services.
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We've found the perfect vacation rental. Not a hotel room and not a time-share, but an honest-to-goodness home let out on Airbnb.com. After numerous stays in everything from boat cabins to futons in high-rise studios, we finally hit the jackpot with a ranch house* in Palm Springs, CA.
Now, Palm Springs may not be your cup of tea, but our slice of heaven in an unassuming neighborhood serves as a blueprint for successful vacation rentals everywhere, and all because it has these six things going for it:
Travel Ads / Videos / Animals / Hotels / Ibis Hotels / Cute Travel / Travel Advertising / → All Tags
Jaunted writers have for many years availed ourselves of Ibis hotels. The buildings are often well-placed, clustering around airports and city centers. The rooms are usually fairly affordable, with the hotels being somewhere above budget and below luxury. Last fall the chain even unveiled "Sweet Beds," and put out an accompanying video showing how the beds were built and why they were so comfortable.
Apparently publishing the technical specs of a bed on YouTube doesn't really inspire people to rave about how awesome it is. So the good people at Ibis circled back again, and approached London advertising firm BETC. The creatives over at BETC sat around a table and brainstormed for a while, before coming to what should have been the obvious conclusion: cute bunnies.
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Thanks to our site siblings over at HotelChatter, we’re pretty darn familiar with the hotel and motel options in and around the world’s airports. However, when it comes to just staying put right inside the airport there’s a new option that could be even more convenient than the airport hotel. That’s only the case if you’re cool with sleeping in some pretty tight quarters, as it looks like some kind of sleep pod recliners have made their way into the terminal.
They've only recently arrived overseas, in Abu Dhabi to be specific. Technically they’re calling them GoSleep, and they’re designed just for that purpose—to go to sleep.
The Great Gatsby, which hits theaters today, is set on Long Island, NY and was filmed in Australia, but that's not stopping hotels around the country from taking advantage of the movie's release by offering Gatsby-themed packages.
Tampa, FL might not conjure up images of glamor and decadence but the Vinoy Renaissance is hoping to change that with their ritzy Roaring Twenties Experience Package. The deal includes lodging, dinner for two from their 1925 menu, prohibition cocktails, Charleston lessons, and a downtown carriage ride. Rates start at $379 with promo code P51.
Throwback Thursday / New York City / JFK / Airports / Hotels / Holiday Inn / Retro Travel / → All Tags
Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
Are you sitting down? No? You might want to, because we're about to do something crazy. We're going to wax nostalgic for the good ol' days of airport hotels, specifically the Holiday Inns of the 1960s.
Sure, Holiday Inn still exists and they've even gussied up their image and amenities in the last decade especially to appeal to modern travelers, both business and leisure, but there was something special about the midcentury playfulness of the 1960s Holiday Inn that makes us yearn to even spend just one night in a JFK Airport hotel. Shocking!