Southampton Inn Offers a Passport To The Best of The Hamptons this 2015

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Located in the heart of Southampton, the Southampton Inn’s envious location offers guests a gateway to the best the Hamptons summer season has to offer this 2015. With 90 newly renovated guest rooms, on-site dining, outdoor recreation, and connections to all the most popular activities on the East End, the Southampton Inn is the ultimate destination for a weekend getaway or longer vacation stay.

At the resort, guests can partake of the Southampton Inn’s acres of lawn space that offers nooks to appeal to many interests. Private gardens are ideal for reading or quiet contemplation, while the all-weather tennis courts, heated 50-foot swimming pool, shuffleboard court, Ping Pong table or green spaces for croquet, volleyball, or badminton will appeal to athletes of all ability levels.

For dining options, visitors can enjoy a meal al fresco in one of the new outdoor lounge chairs in the pool area, or unwind over breakfast, lunch or dinner at the award-winning, on-site Café Oso that offers both patio seating as well as indoor dining options.

At the end of the day, guests can retire to their well-appointed guestrooms that include Tempur-Pedic mattresses, upscale linens, Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, and flat-screen televisions with more than 100 channels, to rest up and prepare to experience new adventures tomorrow.

With an on-site, well-stocked game room, the Southampton Inn is welcoming to families and guests of all ages. Pets are also welcome (for an additional fee) in one of the Inn’s 18 specially designated pet-friendly guest rooms. AAA discounts plus mid-week specials make a stay at Southampton Inn both convenient and cost effective.

The property’s 6,000 square feet of flexible indoor meeting space, includes a newly renovated conference room and ballroom, on-site restaurant, and proximity to transportation to and from New York City also make the Southampton Inn an ideal location for corporate meetings, retreats and conferences as well as social gatherings. Day passes to the pool and tennis courts are also available for $100 which includes a $20 voucher to the Inn’s on-site Café Oso.

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ULTIMATE LUXURY NEW YEAR’S EVE EXPERIENCE IN TIMES SQUARE AT THE NEW YORK MARRIOTT MARQUIS

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OVER-THE-TOP NEW YEAR’S EVE PACKAGE INCLUDES A GLAMOROUS STAY IN A PRESIDENTIAL SUITE AND FRONT ROW SEATS TO THE BALL DROP AT GALA PARTY IN BROADWAY LOUNGE

NEW YORK (November 3, 2014) – It’s the most iconic location in the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve — Times Square in New York City, where the famous ball drop has taken place for over 100 years to herald in the new year. This year the New York Marriott Marquis makes it even more exciting.

Guests who book the Ultimate Luxury New Year’s Eve package will arrive via private limousine to the sounds of a baby grand piano in a sumptuous presidential suite as they get ready to usher in the new year. Their private attendant will greet them with Piper Heidsieck champagne and the chef’s selection of festive hors d’oeuvres, as they explore this spacious two-bedroom suite, decorated in celebratory style. Then it’s time to primp with a personal stylist from PRIMP Salon & Spa Services for the gala party below in Broadway Lounge, where they’ll be seated in the prime ball drop-view seats, overlooking the thousands of people gathered for the big countdown at midnight. And, as a warm-up to the countdown, earlier in the evening they’ll enjoy a surprise visit outdoors to Times Square, surrounded by the crowds. In Broadway Lounge, they’ll enjoy a full evening of entertainment, special buffet dinner menus, premium bars and dancing, as midnight approaches. Then it’s countdown time, when the air is filled with a storm of confetti throughout Times Square, as the famous Waterford crystal ball descends. The new year starts off in the morning with breakfast at Crossroads; the perfect ending to the celebration and the perfect beginning to 2015.

Not keen on the idea of being outside in the cold weather in Times Square with family or friends for the countdown to midnight? For the first time ever, the New York Marriott Marquis will sell “Ball Drop View to New Year’s Eve in Times Square” guest rooms on marriott.com. Guests can pass up the outdoor experience, staying cozy inside, in their comfortably appointed guest room to watch the festivities, without having to bundle up. This is a 3-night stay with arrival on December 29 or December 30. The entire 3-night stay is just under $6,000 and is inclusive of tax ($5,745.70 total).

To complement our New Year’s Eve offerings, we have launched the New York Marriott Marquis Best of 2014 Promotion. Entrants share a photo of their best moment of 2014 on our Facebook promotion app or on Twitter or Instagram with @MHMarquisNYC and #WINMarquisNYE to enter for a chance to win a two-night stay in a ball-drop view guest room during New Year’s Eve. The entry period for the promotion ends on November 17. Promotion details: http://bit.ly/MarquisBestof2014

For guests who are looking forward to a celebration, individual tickets are still available to the gala party in Broadway Lounge, described above. Individual tickets range from $1,000 per person for communal seating, to $3,500 per person for prime view ball drop seating. Please note these tickets do not include a hotel guest room or overnight stay.

Details:

Ultimate Luxury New Year’s Eve Experience Package – $50,000

• 3 nights in a presidential suite, arrival 29 or 30 December

• Limousine transportation from and to the airport (LaGuardia, JFK or Newark)

• Welcome champagne and Chef’s hors d’oeuvres

• A personal musical welcome from a live performer, at the baby grand piano in the suite

• A private room attendant for in-room service

• In-room personal stylist for hair and make-up on 31 December, before the party, by PRIMP Salon & Spa Services

• Up to 4 seats at the New Year’s Eve gala in Broadway Lounge, with Ball-Drop Views

• An early evening surprise visit outdoors to Times Square

• New Year’s Day breakfast at Crossroads

• Maximum 4 guests

To book any of these experiences, please contact Mariette at (212) 704-8864 during business hours, email: NYMMSpecialEvents@marriott.com OR visitwww.marquisNYE.com/package

The New York Marriott Marquis is located on Broadway between West 45th and West 46th Streets, in the heart of Times Square.

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Bar Boulud, Boston Makes Its Debut At Mandarin Oriental, Boston

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The award-winning Mandarin Oriental, Boston and Chef Daniel Boulud have opened Bar Boulud, Boston. The French-inspired bistro and wine bar is Chef Boulud’s first restaurant in Boston, and second partnership with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. The restaurant follows the successful format of Bar Boulud, New York, located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and Chef Daniel Boulud’s first UK restaurant, Bar Boulud, London, located at Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park, both of which have achieved significant acclaim. This approachable restaurant concept is known for its traditional French bistro fare, seasonal New England inspired dishes, signature charcuterie with recipes by renowned Parisian charcutier Gilles Verot, and an impressive wine cellar showcasing Burgundy and the Rhone Valley, well-suited for leisurely dining, business meetings or special occasions.

Chef Aaron Chambers, most recently Executive Chef at Boulud Sud in New York City, leads the daily culinary operations of Bar Boulud, Boston as Chef de Cuisine with a menu that includes an impressive selection of traditional terrines and pâtés, such as: Pâté Grand Mère, chicken liver, pork, cognac and Pâté Grand-Père, foie gras, pork and truffle, along with an assortment of signature sausages such as:Boudin Blanc, white pork sausage with truffled mashed potatoes and apple and Boudin Noir, blood sausage with mashed potatoes, apple and caramelized onions.

A selection of grilled beef burgers adds an American touch to the menu with: ‘The Frenchie,’ topped with pork belly confit, arugula, Dijon, tomato compote and Morbier cheese on brioche bun and ‘The Piggie,’ topped with barbecued pulled pork, jalapeño mayonnaise, and a red cabbage slaw. Additional menu highlights include: the classic Coq au Vin, with red wine-braised Amish chicken, bacon lardons, pearl onions, tender baby carrots and trumpet royale mushrooms;Handmade Chitarra Pasta, laced with local Wellfleet clams, bottarga, fennel and chili garlic; New England Sole Meunière, served with cauliflower, marcona almonds, capers, brown butter and fresh parsley; and a hearty Croque Monsieur, served on house-made brioche, layered with melted Gruyère cheese and house-made ham.

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It’s Time For The Hamptons

Best known as the summer playground for the rich and famous, the Hamptons are home to the summer’s hottest hotels, bars, clubs and events. New York movers and shakers de-camp from New York City to their summer homes between Memorial Day and Labor Day to socialize, support charities and play.

Below is a sneak peek of some of the trendiest hot spots in the Hamptons this season   Whether you are looking for a nice stroll on the beach, a relaxing oceanfront weekend getaway or exciting nightlife, the Hamptons has always been a classic destination to escape the concrete jungle that allows you to rub elbows with the rich and famous. Whatever the case, don’t forget to bring your designer swim suit and dress your best, as you never know who you will run in to.

Here’s a Happy group of choices. Just follow the links for more info and to make reservations. Having a great time is a given.

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Beacon Bar at Hotel Beacon

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Cuisine: American
Location: 2130 Broadway, at 75th Street

New York, NY 10023

Phone: 212.787.1100
Fax: 212.724.0839
Website: http://www.beaconhotel.com/beaconbar.htm
Facebook: www.facebook.com/HotelBeacon
Twitter: @BeaconHotelNYC
Instagram: HotelBeacon
Date Established: April 2013
Director of Beverage Operations: Joshua Wallin
General Manager: Thomas J. Travers
Design: Schefer Design LLC
Hours of Service: Monday – Wednesday, 11:30am – 12am
Thursday – Saturday, 11:30am – 1am
Sunday, 12pm – 12am
Happy Hour: Monday – Sunday, 3pm – 7pm ($8 drink specials)

Capacity: 62 seats, 10 at the bar
Price Range: Lite Bites: $9-25
Cocktails: $12-14
Beer: $6-16
Wine: $10-20 glass; $38-450 bottle
Coffee & Tea: $5-7

Specialties: Jumbo Lump Crabcake $15


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New New York City, specifically the Upper West Side, just got a little better with the opening of Beacon Bar at Hotel Beacon NYC, the official hotel of the Beacon Theatre. A sophisticated bar and lounge adjacent to the legendary Beacon Theater.  Local residents, as well as enthusiastic theatergoers, now have a neighborhood place to enjoy tasty eats and well-crafted libations in an unpretentious, yet stylish ambience.

Designed by Schefer Design LLC with the intention of creating a chic and relaxed ambience, Beacon Bar comfortably seats 62, including 10 at its expansive bar.  The setting is as luxurious as it is casual, providing spacious accommodations for guests on cozy banquets and lounge chairs.  Cobalt blue leather, and brown and beige circular patterned seats, mahogany wood floors and paneling, and mirrors create a cool vibe.  In addition, large street side windows provide great people watching on well-trafficked Broadway.  Whether one is meeting friends for drinks and snacks, interested in enjoying a crafted draft beer while watching a ball game, or simply desiring a fresh cup of high-quality tea, Beacon Bar is the ideal destination.

Open from afternoon to late evening, Beacon Bar is the perfect escape for any occasion, including pre-and post-concert. The kitchen prepares its fine-tuned selection with care. Its menu features delectable “lite bites,” such as a light and luscious, (non filler) Jumbo Lump Crabcake ($15) with a terrific wasabi mayo and fennel citrus salad; The Pulled Pork Sandwich ($15) on a sesame bun is served with spicy slaw is is a delicious tribute to this regional dish. Roasted Portabella Burger ($13) with sautéed onions and peppers and Fontina cheese offers a chance to be naughty and guilt-free (and you needn’t be vegetarian to fall in love with it),  while another excellent vegetable option is Beacon Bar’s Seasonal Chilled Vegetable Plate ($18),a lovely mélange of asparagus, shitake, avocado, edamame and mung bean sprouts with spicy sesame dressing. One of the best choices may be the Mexican Shrimp Cocktail ($14), with Citrus Tomato Sauce, Avocado, and a ton of Tortilla Chips. Made in a ceviche style, the spicing is perfect and the shrimp are fresh.  

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Also, easy-to-share plates, available for two, three or more, include an impressive Charcuterie Plank ($18/$25) and Cheese Board ($16/$23) with a nice variety of meats and cheeses, served attractively with fresh fruit and crackers.  Accompanying its light and seasonal menu, Beacon Bar offers a fine selection of Harney and Sons Teas and La Colombe coffees. The cappuccino is exceptional.

Beacon Bar takes cocktails seriously and to a new level with its specialty handcrafted drinks, including the Parisian Sling ($14), gin, cherry heering Benedictine, pineapple juice, sparkling wine; Beacon Big Apple ($12), whiskey, apple juice, house-made strawberry/cucumber shrub; and “Classic” Dark & Stormy ($13), rum, fresh muddled ginger, lime juice.  It also delivers a thoughtful list of notable wines ($10-20 glass; $38-450 bottle) and unique beers ($8-16) that will please even the most discerning palates, with labels such as Speakeasy Prohibition Ale ($9) and Stone Arrogant Bastard 22 oz. Ale ($16). There is a real mixologist here: We especially liked the best Mint Julep in Manhattan and a wonderful Margarita.

Service is exceptionally helpful and the clientele is  a great mix of people staying in the hotel, locals and trendy Europeans.

Beacon Bar is open every day of the week.  For more information, go to beaconhotel.com/beaconbar or better yet, check it out. Inquire about nights with live music. Beacon Bar is real discovery.

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THE NEW YORK PALACE TO BE GILDED IN PREMIUM LINDT CHOCOLATE THIS SPRING

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Gold Chocolate themed package, decked-out Lindt Chocolate Brunch and oversized LINDT GOLD BUNNY figures fete the arrival of spring, while supporting Autism Speaks at this luxury hotel

New York Guests at The New York Palace will taste the sweetness of the spring season with the Gold Chocolate Package, celebrating Easter and the 60th birthday of the iconicLINDT GOLD BUNNY. The month-long initiative begins March 24 to coincide with the start of spring, and features premium Lindt chocolate experiences, allowing guests to indulge during their stay. A themed hotel package, a custom-created Gold Chocolate Weekend Brunch featuring the LINDT GOLD BUNNY in restaurant Istana, and giant LINDT GOLD BUNNY figures greeting guests from the hotel courtyard all help to usher in the Easter season and spring weather.

The Palace’s Gold Chocolate package gives guests yet another reason to revel in New York’s warm spring weather and Easter celebrations. The package is comprised of luxury accommodations and a myriad of ways to enjoy premium Lindt chocolate, including a $100 daily food and beverage credit, which can be used towards the Gold Chocolate Weekend Brunch, and an iconic LINDT GOLD BUNNY and special welcome amenity.GILT Restaurant at The New York Palace

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WORLD’S FIRST HOTEL ACCOMMODATION AUCTION WEBSITE IS LAUNCHED

World’s first online bidding website selling hotel accommodation across the world has just been launched

Example

3 nights in Deluxe, Marriott Hotel, Marble Arch, UK

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Check in: Jan 17, 2012 3:00 PM Check out: Jan 20, 2012 12:00 PM Board type: Room only Max occupancy: 3

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Time left:
5d 14h 28m 23s (Jan 17, 2012 4:55 AM)
Quantity:
1
Rack rate:
£621.00 GBP
Current bid:
£96.00 GBP (approx $147.10)
Must be paid by:
Jan 17, 2012 8:55 AM

Only Bidding is a company with a new concept based on the fact that unoccupied hotel rooms are lost revenue.

Only Bidding empowers the consumer to pay a price that they are happy to pay for hotel accommodation and a price that hotel suppliers are willing to accept for that room- balancing supply and demand: a Win- Win situation for all!
For the customer, it’s simply grabbing a bargain hotel stay for a price that may otherwise be out of budget. Customers can find great deals during low seasons/quiet periods and last minute as hotels will be willing to reduce the room rate. Hotel rooms are an inventory that expires each night, so hotels often will accept rates that are cheaper than other available rates.

For the hotel, the advantages of joining Only Bidding are clear- they get to fill otherwise unoccupied rooms with guests. A hotel will be paying indirect costs for the running of the hotel regardless of whether the hotel has one room occupied or a hundred. The hotel would increase occupancy and therefore increase revenue. Additionally, there is a greater chance of the hotel’s restaurants, bars, spa facilities having an increase in turnover as there are more guests.

Is Only Bidding any different to Ebay or Groupon?
It is different from eBay as Only Bidding sells hotel accommodation with specified dates and not vouchers. This guarantees availability thus being advantageous over vouchers which can leave customers disappointed if they can’t book their chosen dates.
Is Only Bidding any different to Priceline?

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ANDREA MARCOVICCI GREETS THE HOLIDAY SEASON

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OAK ROOM PRESENTS

ANDREA MARCOVICCI GREETS THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH A

“BLUE CHAMPAGNE” TOAST

Blue Champagne Cocktail $20.00

1 OZ Blue Curacao

Top with Veuve Clicquot

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For her record-breaking 24th year at the famed Oak Room Supper Club of the

legendary Algonquin Hotel, the “Queen of Cabaret,” Andrea Marcovicci, returns to her first love—the torch song! “Blue Champagne: The History of the Torch Song” runs November 16th -December 30th, with Shelly Markham on piano and Jered Egan on bass. To honor the occasion, the Algonquin has created the “Blue Champagne Cocktail,” its newest signature drink (combining Blue Curacao and Veuve Clicquot Champagne).

“Blue Champagne: The History of the Torch Song” not only revels in the heartbreak inherent in this most vulnerable genre of music, but the show is carefully balanced with zany numbers in a quest for comic relief from unrequited love songs, as well as wonderful stories of the legendary ladies of torch…Helen Morgan, Ruth Etting and Libby Holman, among others. With her latest show, Andrea brings her unique insight to this tale of longing, losing and gunplay!

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Highlights: After a striking opening of “The Red Dress,” a Dorothy Parker poem, the glamorous Marcovicci combines  “Someone to Watch Over Me,” with the lesser known “Mr. Right,” by Alan Jay Lerner and Kurt Weill. From that instant the audience is under her spell, While her voice was never her strongest asset, it has mellowed with the years and she has gained control over her range and has softened the rough edges. It does what it is meant to do . . . serve as a vehicle for her superb acting and indestructible delivery.

Other poignant moments include a spellbinding interpretation of “Love Me or Leave Me,”  and a laid back version of “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” which acts as a foil to Irving Berlin’s “Say It Isn’t So,” which is arguably the high point of the evening. “Body and Soul,” “Just Like A Man” and “Shakin’ the Blues Away” round out the 19 song beautifully researched act.

If you are an Andrea Marcovicci fan, you will be delighted with her Oak Room flight, which will add special holiday matinees, so inquire. A legend in her own time, don’t miss one of the world’s three finest cabaret performers.

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Shows are Tuesdays through Thursdays at 8:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 11, with a $60 cover charge weeknights and late weekend shows and $65 for early weekend shows, plus either a $30 minimum or $60 prix fixe dinner. Reservations: (212) 419 9331 or bmgurn@algonquinhotel.com

There will be special holiday shows Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas at 7:30 pm, matinees at 2:00 pm December 22nd and 29th, and Monday December 27th at 7:30 pm. The Algonquin is inaugurating “New Year’s Eve Eve” December 30th at 8:30, an end of the year annual festive evening featuring camaraderie, great food and matchless entertainment, with Andrea hosting another Algonquin First.

Dubbed “a heartbreaker” by PEOPLE magazine, while the San Francisco Chronicle was “seduced by a temptress.” The New York Times stated, “She has a masterly balance between poignancy and wit,” and to the New Orleans Times-Picayune “she sings so beautifully that you find tears stinging your eyes.” Andrea Marcovicci has sold out Carnegie Hall and appeared in concert with numerous orchestras and at the White House. She has acted in films, television and theatre. Costars include Danny DeVito, Woody Allen, Sir Michael Caine, Sir John Gielgud and Sam Waterston. Her latest film, Irene in Time, has recently been released on DVD, and she has created more than 30 nightclub acts.

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