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Jenna Talackova is a controversial figure and an amazing one at that. A symbol of the movement for trans rights, the famous transgender was recently removed by Donald Trump from his Miss Universe competition after it was made public that she entered the competition as a transgender, a complicated move to arbitrate since she clearly identifies wholly as female, so to speak of her as subverting the rules of the competition misunderstands it. And it's certainly not a case of taking advantage of anti-discrimination; Miss Talackova is gorgeous and everything that the Miss Universe pageant looks for, which in and of itself challenges negative preconceptions about transgendered people. Fortunately, after a public outcry, they reinstated Jenna Talackova in the competition.
Now Jenna Talackova is out and about, furthering her modeling career at the Hotel Wilshire, and she's been barred from something else. Only this time, it has nothing to do with discrimination, just an unauthorized photo shoot. She and her entourage arrived at the Hotel Wilshire with cameramen in tow, ready to take some model shots. However, the room they had been offered was not ready for them, so they moved up to the pool deck without authorization and began a shoot alongside the hotel's lovely restaurant. The hotel shut it down for the sake of the guests dining in their establishment and Miss Talackova had to move inside to another prepared room where she could continue her photo shoot. This is a star I'm following with interest, and I'm happy to see her making use of a great Los Angeles establishment in the Hotel Wilshire.
According to our friends at HotelChatter, the Hotel Palomar San Diego is the first Kimpton hotel to have a dedicated art gallery space! This luxury downtown hotel provides guests with the ultimate urban retreat within easy reach of San Diego’s phenomenal attractions. The Hotel Palomar San Diego is a luxurious and sophisticated boutique hotel surrounded by award-winning theatres, a lively nightlife, and within walking distance from the Gaslamp Quarter. This is certainly the hotel where Art in Motion is alive in every regard, and with the new Art Gallery addition, the Hotel Palomar San Diego is the place to be to experience art, culture, and luxury, all without needing to leave the hotel property! A small section of the lobby has been converted into Salazar Contemporary Art Exhibits which will feature art work of local artists. The art display will rotate roughly once a month and the profits will be donated to a children’s charity that supports the arts. Be sure to explore this incredible hotel and its newly opened art gallery on your next trip to the beautiful San Diego!
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The Los Angeles area has over 50 luxury hotels, and it’s about to get a few more come summer of 2014. There will be a new Ritz Carlton property as well as a JW Marriott opening in this Hollywood town. The hotels will be located across from the Staples Center, Grammy Museum, and Nokia Theater. Both luxury hotels will certainly add a new and exciting touch to Los Angeles. If you’re like us and simply can’t wait until 2014 to experience a Ritz Carlton or JW Marriott hotel, then be sure to visit our website and explore the various Marriotts we have to offer in cities all over the world!
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Like many people, it's difficult for me to avoid a good case of vigilantism, and while this strikes me as being a little more pointless and undirected than, say, glitter bombing, it did happen at a hotel, and Kim Kardashian is probably the most famous person to be covered in a fine layer of cooking flour this weekend. Ms. Kardashian was heading down the red carpet at The London West Hollywood to launch her new perfume called True Reflection. In this case, the image reflected would be a pastry white. Although this does lead me to consider my own line of perfumes, styled after various baked goods. There's really nothing that can match the allure of a batch of fresh chocolate chip cookies.
Events were barely interrupted by the light dusting, and I'm sure all remnants of the flour will be cleaned up by your next stay at the London West Hollywood. Although you might want to be careful; it is frequented by a number of Hollywood's rich and famous, and you never know when the next half-baked avenger might strike. Collateral damage of flour bombing can be high, especially if they use the self-rising kind. Because if you put it in an oven it might bake a little more softly? I don't know, jokes about flour are kind of hard. Anyway, should you wish to brave the trenches of the great battle between our nation's bakers and the celebrities they happen to loathe, the London West Hollywood is a lovely hotel, and you should most definitely check it out.
Maybe you've got a really big family or you're just traveling with a person you can't stand and you want a plausible way to get away from them under the guise of giving them the very best. Well, there's not a lot of hotels that offer full two-bedroom suites, but there are at least two in the Los Angeles area that offer an affordable option for the opulent traveler. The Sunset Tower Hotel and the Chateau Marmont both offer great choices around the Hollywood area.
Sunset Tower's two-bedroom suite comes with two king beds, a full two bathrooms and spacious living room area. Classy, modern decor accentuates the roomy common area and the sheets are only the finests Egyptian linens. The hotel itself is right on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, and a heated outdoor pool deck gives loves views of the surrounding city. A 7,000 sq ft salon and spa offers a getaway from the city, and you can dine very well indeed at the critically acclaimed Tower Bar.
Nearby Chateau Marmont is a much-needed getaway from the bustle of the City of Angels. The smaller boutique hotel is fashioned after a French countryside castle and boasts a Gothic flair that hints at its more decadent side. As Harry Cohn once said, "If you must get in trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont." The great variety of rooms at the Chateau let you make trouble in just the way you'd like, too. Starting with the two-bedroom suite with queen and twin beds, large living room and a full kitchen, you've already got a home-away-from-home. And it only goes up from there. Their hill- and poolside bungalows are the perfect way to get a whole building all to yourself. Up to three bedrooms offer enough room for either a very large family or a party of bachelors, and with the poolside bungalows, you even get direct access. It's perfect for the adventurous types who want to get away from the city while staying in the city.
To find out more about the Sunset Tower Hotel and the Chateau Marmont or see rates and availability, check them out here and here.
The Huntley Hotel Santa Monica has a few packages that are too good to pass up! Before we dive into the deals and steals, let’s explore the hotel itself. The Huntley Hotel Santa Monica is a unique Southern California urban retreat overlooking the ocean front in the heart of Santa Monica. It is situated one block from the beach and Third Street Promenade, within walking distance from the Pier and incredible dining options, word-renowned galleries, and incredible shopping.
MasterCard Best Offer
With this package, stay 3 nights and get the 4th night free when you pay with a MasterCard. Choose from various room types including a Deluxe City View Room with 1 queen bed or 2 queen beds, or a Premiere Ocean View Room with 1 queen or 2 queen beds.
Suite Dreams Offer
Enjoy the luxurious accommodations of a spacious suite and daily complimentary breakfast for two.
City Breaks Offer
Book a room with this package and receive daily breakfast for 2 and a $15 hotel credit. Choose from various room types including a Deluxe City View Room with 1 queen bed or 2 queen beds, or a Premiere Ocean View Room with 1 queen or 2 queen beds.
Make your reservations and be well on your way to enjoying ocean views, luxurious accommodations, and fun cocktail creations at the Penthouse rooftop restaurant and lounge at the Huntley Hotel Santa Monica!
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Savannah Smiles go best with a 2010 Dr. Loosen ‘Bernaksteler Lay’ Riesling-Kabinett. As stated by Kris Margerum and reported on HotelChatter, ““The lemon notes and powder sugar create an amazing match with this off-dry, high- acid white wine.”
Trefoils-Old Fashioned Shortbread go best with the 2007 Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Wine. "The creamy richness of the shortbread is balanced by the fresh lively notes of the Sparkling Wine."
Dosidos-Peanut Butter Cremes go best with a 2009 Schloss Gobelsburg Gobelsburger Zweigelt. "The light bodied and fruity Zweigelt paired with the Do-Si-Dos brings home the flavors of peanut butter & jelly."
Samoas go best with a Graham’s 20-Year Tawny Port. "The coconut is an ideal blend with the oak-aged port, while the Noval Vintage Ruby Reserve Port is rich enough to match the chocolate and mint flavors of the popular Thin Mints."
Tagalongs-Peanut Butter Patties go best with Rare Wine Company’s “Imperial-Old Reserve” Malmsey Maderia, “Nothing goes better with sweet Maderias than chocolate and nuts.”