Hotel Desk: Authentic Experiences

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The 1828 Smart Hotel in Buenos Aires.

Hotels around the globe are upping the ante on authentic experiences with refreshed properties, dolled up suites, Zen getaways and classic family fun.

City Life
Triumph Hotels, a New York City-based hospitality company, recently revamped a few of its properties, including The Cosmopolitan Hotel TriBeCa, one of New York’s oldest hotels built back in 1838. It’s currently undergoing a guestroom renovation, sprucing it up with a contemporary look, plus it’s welcoming the Serafina restaurant next door, which will provide guests room service starting in spring 2017. Rates start at $259 per night.

Triumph’s The Hotel Edison, a historic hotel in Times Square that originally opened its doors in 1931 and was named after Thomas Edison, who turned on the lights for the grand opening, unveiled a new set of Signature Suites this year, including accommodations with a terrace, kitchenette, and a family suite. Rates start at $229 per night.

Triumph Hotels plays up the history and architecture of its buildings, connecting them to the neighborhoods they’re located in. So much so, that the hotel brand, in conjunction with Streetwise, offers free custom neighborhood walking tours five days a week, each starting at a different property. During the holidays, a special “holiday window” tour is offered for travelers to see the city’s iconic department store decorations.

Small Luxury Hotels of the World, known for its collection of hotels that play into the local vibe, has added new properties to its portfolio in Asia and South America. The Edison George Town in Penang, Malaysia (rates start at $112 per night dbl), for instance, is an early 1900s-era mansion that opened in July with 35 guestrooms and suites built around a central courtyard. Hotel28 Myeongdong in Seoul, South Korea ($157 per night dbl) also opened in July and offers guests their own private film screening or a stay in the Director’s Suite—the hotel’s signature room showcasing Hermes furniture. And in South America, the 1828 Smart Hotel (rates start at $220 per night) opened its doors in Buenos Aires’ trendy Palermo neighborhood, featuring 14 guestrooms, and a Smart Suite with its own balcony and outdoor jacuzzi. The property also houses an intimate spa, a piano lounge with live shows, and an urban garden ideal for pre-dinner drinks.

Holistic Life
Guests who want to get away from city life and find Nirvana, should check out The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, a Virtuoso Preferred hotel in Wyoming that recently opened a new adult-centric, all-inclusive wellness retreat, Magee Homestead, as part of the brand’s Lodging Collection. It features nine individual cabins and a private lodge, and an outdoor pool and cabanas, plus a full suite of spa and wellness experiences. The property’s main lodge features a dining room, living area, an expansive bar, and a game room.

During their stay, guest’s rejuvenation experience begins at the Wellness Pavillion, which features the Magee Spa, offering organic massages and facials, plus natural body treatments, as well as a grotto soaking pool, sauna, steam rooms, and fitness center. The wellness programming includes yoga, Pilates, and meditation, plus hiking and biking on over 50 miles of trails, horseback riding, fly fishing, ranger tours, a gun club, and archery. Rates start at $875 pp per night.

Family Life
Classic family fun can be found at Great Wolf Lodge, which offers guests an indoor waterpark at its 13 locations in North America with separate areas for toddlers, tweens and adults. Families will find complimentary kids programing that includes morning yoga, arts and crafts, dance parties and more. Plus little ones can get pampered, too, at Scooops Kid Spa (available at 10 locations). Additionally, a couple of the properties offer Slideboard, an interactive waterslide that doubles as a competitive video game.

First-time guests of the Great Wolf Lodge Pocono Mountains, which just underwent a $1 million overhaul and now offers GMO-, gluten-, and allergen-free dining options, can take advantage of the Welcome to the Wolf Pack package, available through Dec. 29, with up to 25 percent savings and a $100 resort credit (promo code WELCOME).

Rates for September across all properties start at $199 per night. You’ll also want to know that Great Wolf Lodge will open a property in Colorado in late 2016, and another one in Georgia in 2018.

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