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We love hotels. We love room service. We love poolside cocktails. There is nothing more decadent than a trip to a hotel, the epicenter of our social circles and respite from our daily life. They are destinations in themselves, with the acumen of the location converged in the design and the sensibilities of its inhabitants. Hotels are daydreams made real, with amenities at your fingertips and a dip in the water just steps away. More than temporary homes, today's hotels aspire to be just like home - whatever home it is that you are looking for.

Our Favorite Hotel Summer Drinks

8/25/11: hotelcrush, yummy

The hotel cocktail can be overpriced, rushed, and cranked out with the same care as a beer on tap. But it can also be deliciously reviving, the perfect complement to a sunny afternoon or evening outdoors. Here are our favorites to move you gently through the last few weeks of scorchingly pleasant weather.

The Parker Palm Springs - Fresh Squeezed Lemonade: We love the cold, tart taste of fresh squeezed lemonade and the Lemonade Stand at the Parker is devoted solely to this. With poolside ordering and shady lounge chairs, this is our favorite setting for an hour drowned in our Kindle and some Balzac.

W Hollywood - Berry Caipirinha: A good caipirinha is neither too sweet nor too sour, and the W Hollywood has struck the perfect balance of both. We love the addition of muddled strawberries which nearly turns the drink from a cocktail to a Jamba Juice.

W D.C. - Mixed Berry Mojito: Nothing seems more decadent than sipping a mint and berry cocktail on a weekday afternoon against the backdrop of snipers patrolling the rooftop of the White House. We love this refreshing cocktail for all the reasons we love mojitos (mint, lime) and berries (sweet, slightly acidic).



6/22/11: palm springs, ooh la la

Sipping a lemonade poolside at the Viceroy is as decadent as our rock'n'roll gets these days, but it's the good smothering of heat that has us in fits and keeps us coming back. Pool etiquette is such that you're not supposed to take the lounge chair next to someone if others are available (as in the movie theater, or train) but sometimes the good sun/shade is just one side of the pool. We're not known as the shrinking wallflower (as a particular incident on last week's plane flight confirms). So etiquette be damned, we're sitting in the shady lounge chair with the lovely umbrella. Another lemonade, please...


More Awkward Than Your Gym Locker Room: Two Bunch Palms

3/14/11: palm springs

Our morning started curtly at 9am when we heard the lock turn on our cabin door, the entrance of hotel staff thwarted only by the metal security bolt and our unexpected nudity.  Words tumbled reflexively, and totally unnecessarily, from our mouth:  “We’re NOT ready!”  The door shut soundly.  A few minutes later, the sound of another lock opening.  Scratching.  Straight through the sliding glass door at the foot of our bed we could see the looming shadow of a gardener raking the patio.  Given our state of exposure, an orgy would have passed unacknowledged.  Privacy?  For all the talk of noise privacy and resort etiquette, would a few warning knocks on the door be too much to ask?


We Have a New Crush: The Parker Palm Springs

3/6/11: palm springs

There’s nothing more decadent than a weekday spent poolside with a lemonade (spiked, of course). Our travels pushed past the beat of the city to the desert pulse of the Starwood Le Meridien Resort, the Parker Palm Springs. We were immediately knocked senseless by the absolute relaxation that sinks into your skin as you pass through the tall orange doors. This is not your highly-stylized Viceroy or your hair flying, cork-popping Ace – the Parker Palm Springs is a resort after your superego. The property is immaculately maintained, and designed so fluidly that almost any path eventually leads to your destination, whether it’s the pool, spa, lemonade stand, or life-size chess game. Whether your mood is raucous or temperate, it’s a beautiful thing to never feel lost.

The Parker Lobby and Pool

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The Room and Bath Amenities

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