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PROVISIONAL KITCHEN, CAFE & MERCANTILE

Once I decide on a hotel I want to stay at, I spend a lot of time trying to find the best possible rate. Who doesn’t want the biggest bang for their buck? And when it comes to booking hotel packages, sometimes they can be a great value and sometimes they can actually cost you more than if you had booked items separately. They key is to make sure the package works for you and that you’ll take full advantage of it or else you might find yourself wasting money. Do your homework and you can definitely save a few bucks…and those few bucks can be used for souvenirs! We booked the Bed & Breakfast package for our stay at The Pendry Hotel in San Diego which turned out to be a tremendous value. The package included valet parking and a $60 daily breakfast credit. We had the choice of using our breakfast credit for room service or dining at Provisional Kitchen, Cafe & Mercantile, just one of several food establishments in the hotel. We opted to dine in the restaurant each morning of our stay and we couldn’t be happier. The food was great, the service was impeccable, and the environment is amazing. Take a look for yourself.provisional restaurant pendry san diego_Reviving Charmprovisional restaurant pendry san diego Reviving Charmprovisional restaurant pendry san diego 1_Reviving Charmprovisional restaurant pendry san diego 5A_Reviving Charmprovisional restaurant pendry san diego 7_Reviving Charmprovisional restaurant pendry san diego 6_Reviving Charmprovisional restaurant pendry san diego 11B_Reviving Charmprovisional restaurant pendry san diego 12_Reviving Charm

The concept of Provisional was designed in partnership with Alchemy Works, an innovative retail concept located in the Downtown L.A. Arts District and Newport Beach. As a result of this unique collaboration, a curated collection of jewelry, books, and housewares are available for sale at Provisional. This gives you a flavor of what they have to offer…provisional restaurant pendry san diego 8_Reviving Charmprovisional restaurant pendry san diego 9_Reviving Charmprovisional restaurant pendry san diego 10_Reviving CharmAll images by Reviving Charm with the exception of no. 2, which is from Pendry Hotels.

 

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TRAVEL: CHECKING INTO THE PENDRY

The Pendry Hotel, situated on a prime corner in the Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego, opened its doors early this year with lots of fanfare as a new venture for the Montage Resorts & Hotels brand. The Pendry San Diego is only one of two, and was the first, in the Pendry chain (the other is in Baltimore). Mr. B and I visited the San Diego location over the Fourth of July weekend where we were invited to tour the rooftop pool and enjoyed delicious appetizers at the bar. Impressed with its sophisticated style, Mr. B and I vowed that next time we were in San Diego we’d book a room at The Pendry. The hotel combines modern day luxury and California style, as seen from my pictures captured in July and earlier today.

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If you need me, I’ll be at The Pendry over the next few days. But don’t be surprised if the “do not disturb sign” is on display. This holiday weekend is meant to be stress-free and the goal is to refresh, relax, and rejuvenate. I hope you get a chance to do the same!

Welcoming the Waldorf Astoria to L.A.

One of the most anticipated openings in Los Angeles recently was the new Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Beverly Hills. The 12-story, 170 room hotel opened its doors earlier month and by the looks of it I am sure it will attract a crowd of “who’s-who’s” in the Hollywood circles. waldorf_astoria_exterior_Beverly HillsThe hotel and grounds were designed by the renowned architectural firm Gensler (a firm I wanted to work at when I was an aspiring architect) along with the studio of French designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, who has revamped various iconic hotels including the Four Seasons George V in Paris and the Savoy Hotel in London. The interiors are influenced by the Art Deco/Streamline Moderne style appropriate for the Beverly Hill’s location. It’s all about the glamour, baby!

Waldorf Astoria Beverly HillsThere are actually three restaurants on the property, each developed by the acclaimed French chef and author Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Jean-Georges has restaurants all over the globe but this is his first venture in Los Angeles. Welcome to L.A., Jean-Georges!waldorf astoria Jean Georges beverly hills restaurant 1waldorf astoria Jean Georges beverly hills restaurant 5Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills restaurant 4waldorf astoria beverly hills restaurant Reviving Charmwaldorf astoria Jean Georges beverly hills restaurant 2Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills restaurant 2China for the restaurant is from Bernardaud.
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills / Photographed for THR Magazinewaldorf astoria restaurant cuisine beverly hillsA beautiful patio is a must for Southern California since we can enjoy eating outdoors almost 365 days per year. This looks most inviting, doesn’t it? waldorf astoria Jean Georges beverly hills restaurant patiowaldorf astoria Jean Georges beverly hills restaurant patio 2Guest room hallways are lined with original works of art. Not surprisingly since the Waldorf Astoria incorporates the best of the best.
waldorf astoria beverly hillsGuest rooms and suites have a quiet elegance about them. waldorf astoria guest suite beverly hillsWALD_BeverlyHills_GuestRoomWaldorf Astoria / Beverly Hillswaldorf astoria guest roomA bathroom fit for a movie star…or for Reviving Charm. Guest rooms are stocked with designer toiletries by the French brand Diptyque. I would stay here for the toiletries alone!

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A gold glass chandelier hangs over a staircase in the spa. The hotel is the new home to the Spa by La Prairie, a luxury skin care brand. I have been curious about the La Prairie line and just ordered their product to try. The new spa will give me a fabulous excuse to make a reservation for some pampering while visiting the new hotel. Two birds, one stone….waldorf astoria beverly hills artwork Reviving CharmLa Prairie has six treatment rooms and spa “experience showers” for men and women. The spa is ultra chic and modern designed in classic black and white. aldorf Astoria / Beverly Hills spaWaldorf Astoria Beverly Hills / Photographed for THR MagazineThe rooftop pool offers beautiful views of Beverly Hills. In case you’re planning your own trip to the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, don’t forget to reserve your VIP cabana! Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills / Photographed for THR Magazine pool

The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is a beautiful property dubbed the “soon-to-be-iconic” hotel. I can certainly see why. Once I make my way to the Waldorf Astoria and pay a visit to the La Prairie spa I will be sure to share my experience with photos of my own.

Photos courtesy of Waldorf Astoria and The Hollywood Reporter.

The Fairway Villas at Wynn Las Vegas

Yesterday we looked at Las Vegas “then”; today we’re taking a close look at it “now”. Vegas has come a long way, baby! The epitome of bad taste can easily be found in the town often referred to as Sin City, but there are also wonderful spaces tucked amidst the garish design. One such space is the Fairway Villas at the Wynn Hotel. In 2015, the Wynn Las Vegas announced that the hotels’ apartments and villas became available to the general public. Previously, they were available to invited hotel guests only. The Fairway Villas offer private views of the golf course adjacent to the resort. One and two bedroom villas are available ranging in size from 2,411 to 3,224 square feet. As one could expect from an exclusive property, the villas have their own private drive entrance, registration lobby, personal ambassador, butler service and priority reservations at the golf course, spa, and restaurants. Naturally, rates are available only upon request. This might be one of those times where if I have to ask, I probably can’t afford it!
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For a closer look at the Fairway Villas, take a virtual tour on the Wynn hotel website. Images courtesy of the Wynn Hotel and Wynn Magazine.

PART 3: THE SUITE LIFE AT BACARA RESORT AND SPA

Booking a room a hotel or resort is something I take very seriously. I do a lot of research and it’s not uncommon for me to call a hotel directly and ask a few questions about the location of certain rooms, types of rooms or their amenities. I have found this helps to ensure we get the best room for our dollar and a room that meets our expectations. At certain hotels I might even go so far as to request a specific room number; however, not all hotels will allow this. The latter was the case with Bacara. But nonetheless, we very happy with our room, its amenities and its location within the resort. This was our first stay at Bacara so naturally I did a lot of research about the resort and even spoke to a reservation agent about the differences between a few of the rooms. I narrowed it down to two room types. Do I reserve a smaller room with an ocean view or larger room without an ocean view? Oh, the problems to have! Ultimately, I ended up booking an 820 square foot Executive Suite sans view. Let me take you on a tour…

Our Executive Suite had a small entry space (photo bottom left) that had a full-length mirror in a perfect location for checking yourself before heading out the door. You can’t see the actual front door in the pictures below but it is located opposite the mirror. The louvered door is a small powder room, as seen in the photo to the right. Having two bathrooms in our room was another huge selling point for booking the Executive Suite. bacara-resort-executive-suite-1From the foyer, you automatically enter the dining area of the open dining/living area of the suite. The dining room comfortably seats six.
bacara-suite-dining-room-via-reviving-charmThe room was generously sized to include a living area, dining room, and dedicated office space. You can see the front door to the suite at the right-hand side of the picture below.suite-life-at-bacara-reposrt-by-reviving-charmbacara-executive-suite-detailsThis is the office area before I got situated in the room. I ended up using this space as a makeshift dressing room and a place to store my suitcase since the only closet in the suite was fairly small. There are lots of drawers in the room but very little space for hanging clothes. I found that the desk was also handy as an area to layout cosmetics, etc. bacara-resort-executive-suite-office-spacebacara-suite-detail

I also used the desk as a place to draft a handwritten note for the hotel Concierge that was extremely helpful in arranging to have a couple of floral arrangments delivered to the room. More on that later…

The office area is equipped with a tablet that allows you to do many things. For instance, you can request housekeeping, room service, and express checkout. I rarely used it but it was a great feature to have when I needed it.barcara resort executive suite via Reviving Charm 1In the corner of the living area there is a comfy chair and ottoman where you can catch up on the reading material supplied by the resort. I am a magazine junkie so I was happy to enjoy some new reading material. The doorway to the left side of the tray table is the entrance to the one bedroom in the suite.
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Window treatment details.bacara resort suite life via Reviving CharmLet’s enter the bedroom now, shall we?bacara-executive-suite-bedroomFrom the bedroom, another louvered door leads you into the main bathroom. The louvered doors are a very nice decorative touch throughout the entire suite but they don’t provide much in the way of privacy when it comes to masking sound. For this reason, I often used the powder room when I needed to tinkle. The hotel should seriously think about making a change to the door situation. bacara-executive-suite-bathroom-1bacara-suite-bath-productsIf you look closely at the bathroom photos you might notice that the floral arrangement moved from place to place within the space. Ultimately they stayed in the location you see below.  bacara-suite-flowers

Speaking of flowers…Whenever we stay in a hotel for any length of time I really like to have fresh flowers placed in our room before we arrive. I usually order two small arrangements: one for the bedroom and one for the bathroom. I couldn’t write this post without mentioning something about the flowers I ordered for the room as it is a testament to the exceptional service we received when it came to a last minute request. You see, I had been meaning to call Bacara to order flowers but never got around to it. It was about three hours before check-in in time when I finally was able to make the call. I called the Concierge and apologized for the short notice and inquired about the possibility to have flowers placed in the room. I had no special requests other than I was looking for something elegant. The Concierge called around and called me back promptly to inform me that my request could be granted and provided me with a very reasonable quote. When we checked into our room we found these two small floral arrangements waiting for us. I was very happy with the floral arrangements but I kinda chuckled when I saw the carnations since it had only been days after writing this post. bacara resort suite life in room flowers Reviving CharmI can’t share photos of our suite without including a picture of our private balcony that overlooks the pool. This was a great place to relax outdoors without having to leave our room. bacara suite balcony via Reviving CharmSo there you have it…the 3rd and final post about Bacara Resort and Spa. I hope you have enjoyed it. Most importantly, I hope this series may be useful in helping you decide any future vacation plans. If you happen to book your next vacation at Bacara, feel free to drop me a note and let me know how your trip was. I would love to hear all about your experience. bacara resort landscaping via Reviving Charm