Why? Because design is everything. While assigning a legendary designers name to a hotel doesn’t necessarily guarantee that it’ll provide awe-inspiring accommodation, there’s no denying that lending iconic Italian brand Bulgari to a property adds some weight to a new opening.
Such is the case at the former site of the Normandie Hotel in Knightsbridge, which is set for a mammoth overhaul when Bulgari London takes over in December 2011; complete with 78 extremely well-appointed rooms, the establishment also promises an on-site restaurant, bar, spa, swimming pool, and ballroom. And with everything decked out by legendary designer Antonio Citterio, you can expect a sumptuous stay indeed.
Why? Because it's time to shake off those holiday indulgences. To be housed inside the historic Metropole building, the Corinthia Hotel London is one of the most anticipated openings in London for 2011; a £300 refurbishment will ensure it can compete with the likes of The Savoy, complete with 300 bedrooms, split-level penthouses, a selection of restaurants, bars and an in-house spa. And as if that wasn’t enough, a separate ESPA spa is being built next door for those who want to pamper and preen all-day long. Wrapping things up nicely at the hotel is its location beside the Thames, ensuring gorgeous views from wherever you look. And with a spring 2011 opening planned, you don’t have to wait too long, either.
Corinthia Hotel London Whitehall Place SW1 PHONE: 020 7930 8181 SITE: corinthia.com
Why? Because you wanna get higher. For a while, the new Four Seasons Heron Tower -- scheduled to open in March 2011 -- will be housed inside London’s tallest building. That is, at least, until Renzo Piano’s Shard of Glass skyscraper in London Bridge throws open its glossy doors. But the Four Seasons Heron Tower doesn’t need such soaring accolades to win our approval; inside the hotel will comprise 190 bedrooms and suites, and 120 private residences and conference facilities, as well as an on-site gym, spa and swimming pool for those who like to balance work with down-time. And being a Four Seasons property, you can bet your bottom pound that gentlemen guests will be kept in the manner to which they’ve undoubtedly become accustomed.
Why? Because each week in this space, Simon Majumdar of Dos Hermanos will be letting you know what to order where (as well as what to avoid). What Simon's Having: In its mid 90's incarnation, under the watchful eye of legendary bartender Dick Bradsell, Detroit helped to re-ignite London's love with stylish cocktail bars. It may have been overtaken in the style stakes since its heyday, but it remains a good start and end point for a night in Covent Garden. Try a Hedgerow Sling made with Sloe Gin or a King Kong made with four types of rum. The Chatter At The Bar: Be warned. It attracts a loud crowd, so chatter of any kind is almost impossible.
Why? French-Chinese fare on Market. In the space formerly occupied by Mecca, you can get French faves like beef tartare or traditional Chinese dishes like dumplings in chili sauce.
In other words, imagine going to a classy place in the wealthy business center of Pudong in Shanghai. The sleek space looks like everything will cost a fortune, but -- unlike in Shanghai -- the prices here are surprisingly reasonable. They do good dim sum, too.
Pudong 2029 Market St. PHONE: 415-252-0700 SITE: pudongsf.com
Why? Because your New Year's party is coming, and we want to help up your grooming game. You are a modern guy with a respect for the traditional trappings of manhood. Enter The Barber Lounge, where the modern spa meets the old-school barbershop experience. Cue the Sinatra.
The deal? AskMen worked with Gilt to get you a Men’s Deluxe Barber Cut and Barber Facial, valued at $135, for just $90. Follow this link to get yourself cleaned up for the New Year in style (link).
Few gaming systems have created as much buzz in as little time as OnLive. A brilliant, petite, inexpensive gadget that allows you to stream an ever-growing library of the gaming industry’s hottest titles directly to your TV, the OnLive Game System also holds the record for the easiest setup in history: 1) Take it out of the box; 2) Plug it in; and 3) Play. Featuring amazing multiplayer functionality -- as well as the option of pausing your game and playing it again from anywhere you want -- the OnLive Game System has the potential to become a must-own product for casual gamers and hardcore gamers alike. Check it out.
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Why? VIP treatment for your taste buds. From the same gang who brought us Beretta, which set a new standard for quality-casual food and cocktails in this city, Starbelly gives every dish the star treatment in an open, bright space. Try the flan-like liver pate or the wild mushroom and marscapone risotto to start before moving into familiar but inventive mains like pizza, a burger, or bavette steak. End on a sweet note with the pot de crème.
Why? Because now is not the time for half measures. So you're in Las Vegas for New Year's Eve. You're spending the craziest night of the year in the craziest city in America, so you'd better make sure you don't go home with memories of a dismissive stripper and a few desultory tugs at the nickel slot (that's not a double entendre, by the way, though we admit it really sounds like one).
Do it right this time. Head out to one of our top 10 Vegas New Year's Eve events and return home without any memories at all. (Wait -- did that come out right? Should we really be recommending this sort of thing?)
Why? Because sometimes egg nog isn't enough. Small delectable dishes and large exotic drinks are what the Blue Martini Lounge has made its reputation on. What sets the Blue Martini Lounge apart from other bars is its exquisite Martini Menu, as well as its attention to high quality spirits.Inebriating masterpieces like Cookies And Cream -- Three Olives Vanilla Vodka, chocolate liqueur and cream, served in a cookie-crumb-rimmed martini glass with an Oreo cookie -- there is no end to the creativity and tasting delights. You have to ask yourself: “What would Bond do?”