Inside Whistler’s new pod hotel

When discussing where to stay on their next trip to the mountains, skiers and snowboarders might have in mind a traditional Alpine hotel room kitted out with wooden cladding, gingham curtains and a view of the mountains – but the new Pangea Pod Hotel in Whistler is set to change all that.

Source: Inside Whister’s new pod hotel

Inside Beverly Hills’ ritziest new hotel | New York Post

The hotel further ensures its It-spot status by offering only 170 rooms and suites (intimate by LA “big brand” standards), all of which come with floor-to-ceiling windows, private balconies, marble bathrooms (furnished with swoon-worthy deco vanities and amenities by Ferragamo or Diptyque), along with posh perks like complimentary pressing and shoe shining.

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This Hotel in Iceland Is Bubble Where You Can See the Northern Lights – Thrillist

Have you ever fantasized about being the one INSIDE the snow globe?  Now may be your chance….

If you’re looking for a hotel that is far more than a toilet and place to rest your head, the kind of place that is an experience in itself, you might want to try sleeping in a bubble. Really. Iceland’s The 5 Million Star Hotel puts you in a bubble in the middle of nature with nothing between you and the stars (and hopefully, the northern lights) but your room’s clear walls.

Full story:  This Hotel in Iceland Is Bubble Where You Can See the Northern Lights – Thrillist

America’s most amazing hotel pools – CNN.com | CNN Travel

I could NOT swim in this pool!!  Like EVER …  Be sure to click the link below to view the other nine hotels pools featured.

The neo-Gothic Joule has one of the world’s most striking infinity pools.Pushing design to its literal edge, this 1927 historic hotel has one ultra-modern feature: a window-walled rooftop infinity pool that sticks out almost 2.5 meters from the building’s exterior.

Non-acrophobics can swim to the deep end and take in the views of downtown Dallas, 10 stories below.

The Joule Dallas, 1530 Main Street, Dallas, Texas 752201; +1 214 748 1300

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Say Hello To London’s Coolest New Hotel: The Novotel London Canary Wharf

From the super-hotel that is The Ned to the capital’s cool little gems, like Ham Yard Hotel, London is awash with inspiring and design-savvy places to lay your head. You would be forgiven for thinking, therefore, that a new property from Novotel – part of the French Accor group – wouldn’t be anywhere near as exciting as some of the big-name openings flinging open their doors in town. You’d be wrong.

Source: Say Hello To London’s Coolest New Hotel: The Novotel London Canary Wharf

Hotel industry wakes up to the smartphone revolution | The Independent

Yet before you can go to your hotel room, you must queue to be given a key, or more likely a piece of plastic. Then, in my experience, return a few minutes later to the front desk to get the key re-coded when the magic plastic fails to perform. (Or, worse, as happened at the Hotel Uzbekistan in Tashkent last month, the key to room 504 does work but it already occupied by a suddenly very surprised couple.)

Starwood, now part of Marriott, began keyless check-in in 2014.

Now rival Hilton is in the game, energetically rolling out the “Digital Key” concept across the UK. Nine properties, from the Hampton by Hilton at Exeter airport to the Hilton Garden Inn in Aberdeen, are already equipped. That number will increase at an average of four a week to reach 100 by the end of the year.

Full story:  Hotel industry wakes up to the smartphone revolution | The Independent

Mainers want to turn this picturesque island fort into a music, theater destination

This would be amazing.  I would definitely visit!

PORTLAND, Maine — Sitting in the middle of Portland Harbor, Fort Gorges is completely open to the public. There are few safety rails in the 19th century military installation. It has no front door and the fort is never closed. Visitors, who must come by private boat, are free to roam. Nothing is off limits.

It’s been this way since the federal government gave it to the city in 1960. But that’s changing.

Source: Mainers want to turn this picturesque island fort into a music, theater destination — Living — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine