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The TWA Flight Center at JFK Has a New Name and, Perhaps, a New Future

September 9, 2013 at 10:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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So Maybe There Won't Be a TWA Hotel at JFK After All

August 28, 2013 at 10:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's been a photo shoot set, an exhibit and, most recently, a villain's lair, but there's one thing the TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport won't be and that's a hotel...any time soon.

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.

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Where to Stay When You Leave...And Have The Kids With You

August 21, 2013 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Is There a Such Thing as a Perfect Airbnb Property?

July 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM | by | Comment (1)

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:

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Video Interlude: Cute Bunnies in Hotel Beds

July 8, 2013 at 4:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Would You Pay $12 an Hour to Sleep in an Airport Terminal?

May 15, 2013 at 9:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Celebrate The Jazz Age With These Gatsby-Inspired Hotel Packages

May 10, 2013 at 4:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Throwback Thursday: An Airport Hotel of the 1960s

April 18, 2013 at 4:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

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!

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San Francisco's Ritz-Carlton Will Haul You Off to Alcatraz for Free

April 1, 2013 at 1:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco is teaming up with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy this spring for a new Give Back Getaways program that includes voluntourism excursions to Alcatraz Island and the Presidio Nursery.

The program will give hotel guests the chance to help preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, which stretch 70 miles north and south of the Golden Gate Bridge, by spending a half-day volunteering, cleaning, pruning, weeding, and planting in the parklands.

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Where To Go With Your Tax Refund: Florida's Beaches (After Spring Break)

March 14, 2013 at 1:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tax day is coming, and you're probably excited...but not because you look forward to sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip—a Tax Refund Vacation.

We know what you're thinking, Florida, really? Yes, really. The mere mention of the sunshine state can conjure up images of screaming kids and Mickey Mouse, but Florida also offers some of the country's best food and beaches.

If it's a little R & R you're after, head to the Gulf Coast, where the white sand beaches in Sarasota, Pensacola, and Tierra Verde were recently named among the best in the entire country.

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Making a Weekend on St. Maarten Happen: Where to Stay

February 26, 2013 at 6:48 PM | by | Comments (0)


One of the Sonesta's two pools has this awesome view of Maho beach & the end of the runway

Wondering when is the right time to jet down for a long weekend on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten? Right now, that's when. We did it and you can too, easily. All this week we'll be sharing the details on making the dream of sunning, sipping cocktails and spotting St. Maarten's notoriously low-flying planes a reality.

We're going to give it to you straight: the toughest bit of a planning travel to St. Maarten is figuring out a hotel that won't break the bank and isn't too far away from the good plane spotting at Maho Beach. The high season of winter takes hotels near sold-out levels, prime properties that look like hotels are actually condos or time-shares, and the island doesn't have an abundance of nice hotels as it is.

All that being said, there are a few to consider:

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Pan Am (Kinda) Flies Again at Palm Springs Modernism Week

February 19, 2013 at 5:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

"Air travel isn't like it used to be."

If you've ever uttered or even thought those words, then get your butt to Palm Springs this month to see what air travel used to be all about thanks to a large exhibition of archival pieces from Pan Am. This exclusive event is titled "Welcome Aboard: The Pan Am Experience" and will be on display through February 25 as part of Palm Springs' Modernism Week.

Collected by actor Phillip Keene, who worked as a Pan Am steward from 1987-1991, the bounty of vintage ephemera covers everything from Pan Am menus and uniforms to advertisements and luggage. It's really a chance to view the bits of iconic design that made up the legendary airline, and it doesn't matter if you've flown Pan Am in the past or not.

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