Category Archives: Hotels

WHERE TO STAY in Chicago

 

It’s funny, we have lived here about 10 years and have always known about these three hidden gems.

Yet, I talk to people who have lived here their whole life! And they are not familiar with City Suites, The Majestic and The Willows.

Willows and Majestic are tucked away in quiet neighborhoods, where you can blend right in with the locals. While City Suites is right on Belmont amidst the buzzing energy!

Summer and Fall are fantastic times in Chicago! Whether you are a local and have friends traveling that will need rooms or you are a traveler reading this – it’s NEVER TO EARLY TO RESERVE YOUR ROOM. The small inventory of rooms in Boystown and Lakeview always sell out.


IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW:

Market Days August 13-14, 2016
Out in the Park at Six Flags Sept. 10, 2016

 

Halloween in Chicago – October 29-31, 2016

(not to mention, every weekend is a great weekend, in Chicago!)


In Boystown/Lakeview you get small, intimate restaurants and a treasure trove of shopping neighborhoods with unique shops and art galleries! Golf courses, the Lincoln Park Zoo, Wrigleyville and the Cubs Stadium, Old Towne, marinas and harbors, Hollywood gay beach, Andersonville, plus endless waterfront walking and bike paths, are all very accessible!

 

For years, visitors and locals alike have branded The Majestic Hotel the pre-eminent boutique hotel in Chicago. Offering the atmosphere of a well-appointed, upscale English country estate, this 100 percent, non-smoking Hotel offers the perfect haven of relaxation amidst the energetic city life found in the popular Lakeview neighborhood.

 

Broughton Hotels has 3 properties in the area. The Majestic Hotel, The Willows Hotel & The City Suites – each welcome you with an abundance of personality, style and charm that epitomizes the essence of their environments.

Exuding the charm of historic buildings – circa 1920s – They are a collection of boutique hotels that combine a stylish, unique and alluring atmosphere with a location that is ideal and accessible – just 10 minutes north of downtown Chicago’s business, financial and shopping districts – and brimming with the quintessential qualities of an upscale, city hotel. You can be just steps away from all of the gay events, in a cool neighborhood!

 

All three properties in Boystown pride themselves on their personalized care, premier service and exceeding the needs of their discriminating leisure and business travelers. The staff is passionate here and ensure an enjoyable and memorable stay – something you don’t often see in the big hotels downtown. These properties boast a welcoming “neighborhood” charm yet with all the luxury boutique services and amenities of a full-service hotel.

Many packages are available depending on your interests. Everything from theatre and dining to comedy and baseball!

Use CODE BGC When Booking!

CITY SUITES HOTEL

THE WILLOWS

MAJESTIC HOTEL
The Majestic 773.404.3499
The City Suites 773.404.3400
The Willows 773.528.8400

The Best of Gay Chicago

Palm Springs Deal

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This sun drenched desert oasis vacation destination is returning to its glory days as a Hollywood playground, a central gathering spot for modern architectural design aficionados, musicians and artists drawn by nature’s inspiration, and an increasing crowd of cool-seekers.

It could be the surge of super hip (and becoming super large) events like the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Modernism Week, and Coachella and Stagecoach Music Festivals. Or the openings of incredibly unique museums such as the Architecture and Design Center in downtown Palm Springs, or nearby Sunnylands, with an public garden and walking paths inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings.

 

Maybe it’s the Hollywood glitz and glamour. The Rat Pack lived, loved and played here…it doesn’t get any better than that. Stars such as Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Lucille Ball all built homes here (that you can now rent!), adding a touch of stardust. Wearing a favorite vintage outfit, shopping for midcentury modern treasures in Uptown Design District, dining alfresco in downtown bistros under the warm sun…now that’s a vacation.

But frantic and hurried it is not. The pace is relaxed, the colors are saturated by the warm desert light, and the living is easy. Nestled at the base of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains, the City of Palm Springs is the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The streets, lined with palm trees, are perfect for exploring boutique shops, art galleries and museums while soaking up the warm sunshine.

 

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WHERE TO STAY?

INNdulge, of course!

Our favorite place to stay in Palm Springs! Whether you want to socialize with friends or spend time with someone special – we love this place!

SUMMER 2 FOR 1 Special  NOW  through September 15, 2016.
Pay for one weeknight get the 2nd weeknight free (Sundays through Thursdays).

  • 24 Poolside Rooms & Garden Suites
  • Complimentary Continental Breakfast
  • Large Heated 24-hr Pool
  • Pool chiller during summer months
  • In room DVD Players
  • DVD Library
  • 12 Man 24-hr Jacuzzi
  • Wi-Fi Property Wide
  • Full Kitchens in all Suites
  • Microwaves
  • King Sized Beds
  • Refrigerators
  • Coffee Makers
  • Hair Dryers
  • On Site Gym

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Palm Springs Summer Events and DEALS

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Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to experience some of the best restaurants the Valley has to offer.

Restaurant Week is the perfect time to visit your favorite restaurant or try something new, as chefs prepare delicious 3 courses meals for your dining pleasure, priced at $26 or $38. JUNE 3-12th!

Desert area hotels and attractions are offering great rates too!

 

4th Annual Splash House Pool Party

Splash House heads back to the desert for this summer for its fourth year in Palm Springs, June 10-12 and August 12-14. The festival returns to the colorful crowd favorite of the Saguaro Hotel and checks in for the first time at the iconic multi-pool Riviera Resort & Spa. After Hours found its home at last year’s memorable Air Museum parties, and Splash House will host its biggest late-night program yet this summer on the tarmac.

Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines AUGUST 20-21

The Idyllwild Arts Foundation proudly presents the 23rd annual Jazz in the Pines Festival featuring over two dozen bands. Performers and fans of jazz, blues, and R&B have a breathtaking mountain campus to themselves after the departure of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program’s thousands of arts-lovers and before the first semester of the Foundation’s residential high school, Idyllwild Arts Academy.

And as always – shop local!

Palm Springs VillageFest THURSDAY NIGHTS

Every Thursday evening in downtown Palm Springs, enjoy a diverse array of artists, artisans, entertainers, assorted fruits, vegetables, fresh flowers, jewelry, international cuisine, and don’t forget the sweets.

COD Alumni Street Fair SATURDAY AND SUNDAY MORNINGS

Open-air shopping at its best. Open from 7 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays all year. Bargains galore. A great way to start your day.

BEST PLACE TO STAY WITH THE BEST LOCATION ?? InnDulge!

Marriott’s Renaissance Hotels

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The Renaissance Hotel in Chicago was the site for a new short film, “Business Unusual”.

The 12-minute film, shot throughout Chicago and on location at the newly transformed Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, boasts an impressive cast including Yoshua Sudarso (“Power Rangers Dino Charge”), Jason Gerhardt (“General Hospital,” ABC’s “Mistresses”), Grant Bowler (“Defiance,” “True Blood,” and “Ugly Betty”), Tia Carrere (“Wayne’s World”) and Brian Poli-Dixon (artist, actor, and former NFL receiver).

“Business Unusual” centers around two ad executives and former colleagues, having just arrived in Chicago to compete against each other in a pitch. A pompous character, Chip, delivers the first pitch and receives extremely positive feedback from the clients. Following Chip’s seemingly successful presentation, David, (a less seasoned entrepreneur) nervously begins to present his pitch– when the client is suddenly called away to an emergency and is asked if he can finish the next day. David agrees and returns to his hotel. As he is anxiously preparing to revamp his pitch, the Navigator (Renaissance Hotels’ local concierge) persuades him to join other guests for an evening of discovery through beverage, food and local music in the hotel’s bar. Here he has a chance platonic encounter with a kind, wise, and successful woman named Ella. David finds his groove and is inspired to create an exceptionally fun and clever campaign, focused on the use of a Rube Goldberg machine that ultimately lands him the account. The Rube Goldberg machine in the film was designed by “America’s Got Talent” quarterfinalist Steve Price.

 

“Renaissance Hotels is designed for the today’s business travelers, who see travel as an opportunity to experience something new and unexpected, so they come away with a new perspective — whether that’s from experiencing the local neighborhood around our hotel or simply stumbling into a live performance, a mixology demonstration or an art exhibit in the programmed public spaces,” said Dan Vinh, Vice President Marketing, Renaissance Hotels. “‘Business Unusual’ incorporates cameos with strong Chicago ties to demonstrate the importance of Renaissance Hotel’s passion for incorporating unexpected, indigenous and local elements into the guest experience.”

Like them on Facebook www.facebook.com/RenHotels.

Follow them on Twitter www.twitter.com/RenHotels.

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Follow them on YouTube www.youtube.com/RenHotels AND see the movie!

Palm Springs Winter Deal

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GET AWAY TO WARM!!!

Picturesque Palm Springs is known for its hot springs, stylish hotels, golf courses and spas. It’s also notable for its many fine examples of midcentury-modern architecture. Its core shopping district along Palm Canyon Drive features vintage boutiques, hip interior design shops and buzzy restaurants. The surrounding Coachella Valley offers hiking, biking and horseback riding.

INNdulge is THE GAY PLACE TO STAY! A Legendary gay resort in Palm Springs with a tropical pool/hot tub, free breakfast, Wi-Fi & a gym in a relaxed space. WINTER SALE RIGHT NOW!! Only A few rooms left!

2 FOR 1 SPECIAL
(December 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016)
Pay for one night and get the second night FREE!
Excludes Friday, Saturday and holidays
RESERVE NOW!
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Winter Deals in Chicago Boystown

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BOYSTOWN (noun)

boasting the best shopping, famous nightlife,
biggest events, and wonderful community.

WINTER and the holidays, are  great reasons to visit Chicago!

December and the holiday season! So much to see and do in Chicago now through New Years!

 

SANTA SPEEDO RUN Dec 5th

Holiday dining and drinks at KIT KAT LOUNGE

How the Diva Stole Christmas Dec. 11th

Christkindlmarket – thru Dec. 24th

New years  eve  brand new EPIC Chicago  celebration! CHI TOWN RISING

Plus – events  at  all your favorite gay bars!

 

 

If you are gay and visiting Chicago, chances are you want to stay in Boystown, so you are not paying for cabs/Uber  to go back and fourth from downtown!

Hotels Near Boystown Chicago – Things to Do

Shop, Eat, Drink and Sleep in  Boystown, Chicago. Enjoy all of the fabulous things to do less than one mile from The Majestic Hotel. This area along North Halsted features the best in Boystown, Chicago bars, dining, entertainment and more. After a night on the town, rest easy in “shabby-chic” accommodations boasting all the charms of a classic London estate. LGBT Chicago pride runs deep in fun-loving Boystown.

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Boystown is the US’s first officially recognized gay village and still stands as a national hub of our nation’s LGBT community. Explore a host of delightful boutiques, unique eateries and entertainment hot-spots or venture downtown for amazing tours, fantastic sites and amazing shopping!

 

Proud Purchase Card for local businesses:

The Gift of MORE!

GET – The Northalsted Proud Purchase Card & enjoy MORE this Holiday Season

RECEIVE – 20% VALUE added Bonus Bucks
Spend $25 and earn an additional $5 to spend

GIVE – Of all Bonus Bucks distributed, Northalsted Business Alliance will donate an additional 5% to our charity members.

 

Choose your dates on the  hotel website and there are many deals at these hotels!  3 hotels in Boystown to choose from!  Find out about the rewards program now being offered and be sure to mention Code BGC when booking for a special gift at check in time!
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Hotel Germs in your Room

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No one really knows who was in their hotel room before them. Or what kind of mess they made. Maybe it was a bachelor party and the boys got drunk and threw up. Maybe it was used for prostitution and all the sexually transmitted diseases it brings. Yes it happens, especially in the best hotels. Or maybe someone got a really bad virus infection. Worse somebody died in the room. Hotel germs are a fact of life. With so many people using these rooms, hotel germs will tend to be higher than in your house.

The important question is did the cleaning staff really clean everything properly? The TV remote control, the bed light lamp switch, the toilet seat and handle. Cleaning staff are under enormous pressure to clean fast. On average, housekeepers clean 13 to 15 rooms a day, but it can be as high as 30 at some hotels. And there is no universal standard for cleaning hotel rooms.

Like our hospitals, hotels are becoming places where anti biotic resistant bacteria are beginning to thrive. Why? Because of the constant use of commercial cleaning agents combined with heavy use of antibiotics in our meat production systems have created these super bugs. Hotel rooms are places where a huge number of people from all over the country and World bring their own strains of bacteria. And if they bring that strain of disinfectant/antibiotic resistant bacteria you are screwed. As the video below shows, staff are also using sponges and toilet brushes to clean other surfaces which adds to the problem. Fecal contamination from toilet brushes can be deadly, especially if they are used to scrub surfaces other than the toilet.

Just because your room looks spic-n-span doesn’t necessarily make it so. Our friends at Oyster.com dish the dirt on hotel cleaning practices and offer tips on how to freshen up after checking in.

First of all, let’s just start out by saying that not every hotel room is secretly swarming with skin cells of past guests, E. coli, and/or unidentified bodily fluids. Every hotel has different protocol, schedules, and cleaning staff that determine just how clean your temporary home is going to be. We aren’t dumb (and neither are you); we know that not all maids are spending hours scrubbing, buffing, and spraying down every surface and crevice of our hotel rooms. But after digging, we uncovered some pretty dirty secrets of hotel “cleaning” practices, hiding in the sheets, on your pillows, across the bathroom counter, in the glasses you drink from — pretty much everywhere. Think you’re better off not knowing about how dirty the bedsheets are or what infectious bacteria is colonizing on that remote control? Trust us, it’s better to know — and know how to deal with it. And we’re here to help.

Glasses  and  Mugs. Tv remotes  and  telephones. Bedding and more!

READ ABOUT IT AT  JETSETTER.

BEWARE – Hotel Credit Card Scam

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A new wave of scammers are targeting hotel guests by pretending to be calling from the front desk, requesting personal information and credit card details.

The fraudsters, according to Lifehacker, call hotel rooms, claiming to be hotel managers or front desk clerks reporting an error with their booking, asking them to clarify credit card numbers over the phone.

One Reddit contributor experienced this on a recent hotel stay in Vegas: “Sunday morning at 10:30 my hotel phone rings and it’s the manager letting me know their computer system is down at the moment…He lets me know that because the system is down they’re a few hours behind on recovering data. He confirmed my room number and offered me an extended checkout (which sounded great from the hangover) and also offered to comp our least expensive night’s stay for the inconvenience. He mentioned there were 30+ people in the checkout line and offered to check me out via the phone and said I could leave my keys as I left. He asked me to confirm my credit card number and I got a little hesitant and said I would feel more comfortable providing that in person.”

Luckily the Redditor picked up on the scam and headed to the lobby where the front desk confirmed that the call had not come from inside the hotel.

Consumer Affairs have reported similar examples up and down the country. Their advice on avoiding these scams? Never provide personal info and credit card numbers to incoming callers.

Gay Wedding Deal in Puerto Vallarta

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PLOOKING FOR A DESTINATION WEDDING?

COSTA SUR RESORT & SPA WILL PAY FOR IT!
Puerto Vallarta’s Popular Wedding Resort Splurges on Guests with Free Wedding with Booking

Costa Sur Resort & Spa has launched its “All Inclusive Free Wedding Package” giving away most elements of a wedding with a 10 room booking. – This hotel and resort is GORGEOUS!  We have toured the property and the it is a spectacular setting right on the ocean.

Located in Mexico’s Pacific Coast destination of Puerto Vallarta, is one of the destination’s most popular wedding resorts, already hosting hundreds of weddings year-round, including over 200 LGBT ceremonies.

The property has a full in-house wedding staff and able to provide not only a secluded beach-front wedding but all the amenities needed for a world-class wedding.

The hotel’s wedding package promotion is based on a 10 room booking for a minimum of 2 nights; Costa Sur will give the happy couple a complimentary wedding banquet, Costa Sur Resort & Spa special table setting with round tables and Tiffany chairs and 4 hours of open bar, including a sparkling wine toast.

In addition, the couple will also receive 2 Nights All Inclusive complimentary accommodations, Upgrade to suite and a full wedding coordinator for any additional needs.

On the night of the wedding, the couple’s room will be decorated with the resort’s signature romantic setting rich with chocolate dipped strawberries and sparkling white wine.

Puerto Vallarta has the sun, the beach, and the beautiful blue ocean year round. It’s the perfect mix with plenty of romantic beachfront backdrops, as well as a very fun, charming local Mexican village, just 10 minutes from the resort.

For reservations please visit www.costasurpuertovallarta.com

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$99 Deals in Palm Springs

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SUMMER $99 SPECIAL

Summer is back and so is our $99 Special!
Superior non-pool view rooms are $99 per night plus tax during the week (Sunday through Thursday) and $149 per night plus tax during the weekend (Friday and Saturday). All other rooms are discounted accordingly.This special is available from June 15, 2015 – September 15, 2015
(not available during holiday weekends).

 

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Chicago hotel deals

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There are LOTS AND LOTS of March events in Chicago!  And until  February 15th, you can grab a sweet  hotel  deal, 50%  off  your March stay!!

 

Polar Plunge March 1st.  St Patricks Events March 7th. More St Patricks March 15th., Local Food Expo March 19 , Pet Expo  March 20th, Tattoo Convention March 20th, Beer festival, Flower Show and on and on!   Check out the calendar HERE.

 

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 City Suites    Willows    Majestic                        
USE  CODE   BGC  WHEN  BOOKING!!    
Chicago is an amazing city year round! And during the week, many of the clubs and bars run specials, so it’s  a great time to save money, and make new friends!
 
Visit  Best Gay Chicago for the latest information!

 

Book Now for Southern Decadence Deals in New Orleans

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VIP WEEKEND PASSES ARE FLYING! CALL NOW FOR

MORE INFORMATION AND TO RESERVE YOUR PASS.
THIS WILL SELL OUT!

HOTEL PACKAGES  STARTING AT JUST $471.00 PER PERSON!
*VIP PASS INCLUDED!

 

For more information, please contact Dave at dave@donovantravel.com or 401-942-7700.

 

*Southern Decadence is an annual six-day event held in New Orleans by the gay and lesbian community during Labor Day Weekend, climaxing with a parade through the French Quarter on the Sunday before Labor Day.

Marriott #LoveTravels Campaign

 

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Marriott International Celebrates Inclusion with Powerful LGBT Portraits by Noted Photographer Braden Summers

 Marriott International today launches #LoveTravels, a multicultural campaign that conveys the company’s commitment to make everyone feel comfortable being who they are, LGBT  and  GAY, everywhere they travel. To bring #LoveTravels to life, Marriott has partnered with photographer Braden Summers to share exclusive and powerful images celebrating inclusion as part of its new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) social media and marketing campaign. Summers’ unique ability to capture warmth and emotion perfectly communicates the company’s welcoming approach to hospitality.

Where to stay in Las Vegas to be close to the gay scene?

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Las Vegas is a city targeted to, well, everybody and the LGBT scene in Las Vegas is one that is continually growing. While you are holiday in Sin City it is important to know where to stay, especially if you want to be close to the gay scene and more importantly, close to the famous Las Vegas strip.

The Wynn Las Vegas and the Encore are ideal places to stay while in Vegas, especially if you feel a little embarrassed asking the front desk where the gay scene is located as they have their own Pride Concierge service. This is designed to make everyone, both gay and non-gay feel welcomed by the hotel. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is another good place to stay while you are in Vegas as it’s located near the Fruit Loop, the gay area in Las Vegas. Staying here you’ll not only feel like a celebrity but you’ll not need to rent a car as everything should be in walking distance.

Places like the Luxor Hotel and Casino are definitely worth a visit if you chose not to spend your time staying in their hotel. All the staff are both welcoming and friendly to everyone who crosses into their resort and who knows,  the casino games on offer may have you wishing you stayed there in the end . If you chose to try your hand at anything, try roulette. It’s a game that’s based solely on chance so you will really be able to find out if it is really your lucky night. If you are into more skilled games you should try something like poker where you can really test your skills, but watch out for sharks! You don’t want to gamble away all your holiday money, especially when Las Vegas is such a great shopping spot.

Casinos Around The World

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I am really not much of a gambler, but I enjoy the opulence and beauty of so many of the new casinos. And I do like slots!

If you’ve driven the Las Vegas Strip lately, you may have noticed some major construction going on just below the Stratosphere, near the northern end of the Strip.  Which previously has been a neglected area for new construction, but Las Vegas is running out of room!  Eventually downtown and the strip will connect.

There are two major projects here, the first of which is the SLS Las Vegas, a 1,600-room luxury ($400  million  rebuild) casino resort from growing hospitality company sbe. This will be the fourth SLS property in the US (New York, South Beach and LA, while sbe also operates Redbury Hotels and the Raleigh in South Beach).

Macau, one of the hottest new international gambling locations, is known worldwide as “the Monte Carlo of China.” However, don’t expect any draconian rules here – Macau is home to some of the biggest, most exciting casinos and casino hotels in the world. Hotel Lisboa – The Lisbon Hotel in Macau is renowned as a symbol of Macau. It looks like a cross between a Western luxury five-star hotel and a traditional Chinese lantern, all 15+ stories lit up like a beacon in the middle of Macau.

MONACO – Monte Carlo, the Hotel de Paris; Famous for its jet-set lifestyle and magnificent casinos, Monte Carlo is ideal for a high rolling holiday. As for the lodging of choice, none can compare to Hotel de Paris, connected to the Place du Casino by a mere flight of stairs. Despite how popular this opulent hotel has become since it first opened in 1864, it still retains an air of discretion.

So we all kind travel the world this year?! You can still gamble from the comfort of your home. CasinoSpesialisten offers  everything from blackjack to roulette, plus mobile casino for your phone or tabletSo until you can get to Macau or Monaco, stay home and get online!

Best Hotels in Chicago Boystown Area

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Summer is just around the corner! (I think!)  and  summer in Chicago is amazing!

You have got IML and the GRABBY  AWARDS  in May over Memorial Day weekend

PRIDEFEST  will happen   June  22nd  &  23rd, 2014

Pride Day   is  June 29th, 2014

North Halsted Market Days will be August 9th and 10th, 2014

OUT IN THE PARK at Six Flags  will be  September 13th, 2014

SO BOOK YOUR ROOM NOW stay right in Boystown!

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 BroughtonHotels recently completed renovations on  three historic Chicago boutique hotels, The Majestic Hotel (528 West Brompton), The Willows Hotel (555 West Surf), and City Suites Chicago (933 West Belmont). All have undergone stunning top-to-bottom transformations.

Originally built in the 1920s in Chicago’s Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods, each property features a renewed grandeur that includes sophisticated new guestroom and lobby furnishings, enhanced lighting, window treatments, linens, carpeting and beautiful custom artwork throughout. iHome docks are now in all guestrooms, and fiber optic internet has been installed in every hotel. California-based design firm AF Canta created the concept for the renovation.

“We are thrilled to introduce a stunning renovation that retains the charm that travelers have embraced at broughtonHotels. We look forward to welcoming guests to ‘live like a local’ and experience a stay in the unique neighborhood settings offered at these three special Chicago properties,” says CEO Larry Broughton.

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The 52-room Majestic Hotel offers the refined tranquility of an old-world English country estate in the midst of the bustling East Lakeview neighborhood. Tucked amidst brownstones in a quiet upscale residential area one block from Lake Michigan, The Majestic Hotel is walking distance to Wrigley Field, minutes from downtown and steps from the eclectic attractions on Broadway, Halsted and Clark Streets. The elegant, re-designed lobby features sparkling Art Deco crystal chandeliers, comfortable furnishings, a wall-length vintage photograph of Wrigley Field on stretched canvas, and an expansive fireplace. The hotel’s guestrooms and suites now feature a color scheme with soothing neutral tones, luxurious new linens and window coverings, soft velvet throws, with plush new carpeting and tasteful wooden furniture. A renovated meetings and event space that can accommodate up to 25 guests provides the perfect setting for showers, parties and small business meetings.

The 55-room Willows Hotel, a storied landmark building that was a regular haunt of Al Capone, is a regal Parisian-inspired gem in the Lincoln Park area. Steps from the shops and restaurants on Clark and Diversey, and only two blocks from Lake Michigan, the Willows Hotel offers an enchanting retreat surrounded by stately Victorian greystone buildings. The highlight of the redesigned lobby is an exquisite fireplace, surrounded by communal gathering tables, rustic French country light fixtures and marble flooring. The redecorated guestrooms and suites include new furniture, carpeting, bed linens, and walls painted in a calming gray hue. The classic décor provides guests with a refined setting for business and leisure travel in one of Chicago’s most desirable neighborhoods.

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The 45-room City Suites Chicago is an oasis of comfortable yet refined charm on Belmont Avenue near the nightlife, theaters and restaurants in the Boystown and Wrigleyville areas of Lakeview. The serene lobby is highlighted by neutral décor, a corridor lined with natural wood beams, an expansive fireplace and striking black and white photography. The tastefully redecorated guestrooms and suites offer the ambiance of a hip Chicago apartment and feature chic mid-Century modern touches with stunning light fixtures, black and white linens, new furniture and carpeting. City Suites Chicago is a two-minute walk to the Brown, Purple and Red Lines at the Belmont CTA stop, allowing guests convenient access to all of the attractions in Chicago.

 Book now and get the exclusive BGC 20% off rate!

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About The Majestic Hotel, The Willows and City Suites Chicago

Located in Chicago’s vibrant Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods, The Majestic Hotel (528 West Brompton), The Willows Hotel (555 West Surf), and City Suites Chicago (933 W Belmont) offer guests luxurious comfort, timeless elegance and classic sophistication with first-class personalized service and amenities. Each broughtonHOTELS Chicago property offers a complimentary continental breakfast, 24-hour tea and coffee from local roaster Uncommon Ground, afternoon cookies, free wireless internet access, iHome docks in all guestrooms, luxury robes, and complimentary access to nearby upscale fitness centers.

 

About broughtonHotels
Newport Beach, California-based broughtonHOTELS was founded in January 2001 by Larry Broughton. With nearly twenty hotel properties located throughout California and the Chicago area, and an eye on national expansion, the broughtonHOTELS team specializes in creating boutique hotel experiences with a distinctive point-of-view; putting the guest experience first by developing a warm, inviting atmosphere with service being paramount, and appropriate, for each property. Their portfolio of hotel properties continues to grow with an emphasis on the human component of the hospitality industry and not just the atmosphere and accoutrements of each hotel. To learn more about broughtonHOTELS visit 
www.broughtonHOTELS.com.

Twitter can be your Best Friend when Traveling

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There was a great article recently in Conde Nast Traveler which revealed how TWITTER can be your best friend when traveling.  Take for instance American Airlines.   A consumers luggage was lost. The traveler  was in Quito Ecuador and she could not get assistance from the airport – allegedly they had no lost luggage system.  The traveler tweeted  AA  and  her luggage was located quickly.

Airlines and Hotels DO NOT want bad publicity. And they have discovered that an angry tweet can be very damaging. They want to fix it fast.

Want to switch flights?  Don’t try to call by phone and don’t stand in lines – TWEET the airlines with your request. Most airlines are happy to put you on standby.

Have a dirty hotel room and the front desk says, “Sorry, we are sold out.”  TWEET  photos of the dirty room, and just see how fast they react to make things right!

@AmericanAir

@AVIS

@ChoiceHotels

@DeltaAssist

@HyattConcierge

@Marriott

@SheratonHotels

@United

@WaldorfAstoria

@WHotels

 

 

Palm Springs Leather Pride November 7-11, 2013


Leather Pride will once again be held the
2nd weekend
in November following the Greater
Palm Springs Pride Festival
so that
guests who
wish to may bookend their vacation to
Palm Springs and enjoy BOTH 
celebrations. 

Summer in Chicago – Great Hotels in Boystown

Spring was quick in Chicago!  Now summer is about here!
The Cubs are back and the beaches are set to officially open this weekend.
Chicago in summer is a sight to behold — the parks are lush, Lake
Michigan glimmers in the hot sun, boats in every marina and the streets bustle with tourists
and locals enjoying the warm weather and weekends of street festivals. 
Gay pride in Chicago expands to 2 WEEKENDS this year. 
PRIDE FEST is 2 full days this year June 22-23
Pride Fest features musical entertainment on two stages, food and drink
and more than 60 vendors offering fine arts, crafts, world market goods
and merchandise tailored to the gay community.

The event is hosted by the Northalsted Business Alliance, which also
sponsors the world-famous Northalsted Market Days in August.

Then on June 29th is  PROUD TO RUN followed by an afternoon Beach Party. 
Proud To Run is a 10K run and 5K run and walk that celebrates Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex/Inquiring, &
Allies (LGBTQI&A) pride.
To wrap it all is the famous Chicago Gay Pride Parade June 30th. It starts at noon  at Broadway &
Montrose. And then heads south. Last year over 750,000 people! Details online.
Come to Chicago this summer!
GET A ROOM NOW! 

Use CODE BGC When Booking!

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