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Famed Golden Nugget plans to reopen hotel-casino in Atlantic City

golden nuggetThe hotel-casino that hosted everyone from the Rat Pack to Liberace in Las Vegas plans to return to Atlantic City with a bigger, better, and more modern debut.

Landry's, Inc., the parent company to the Golden Nugget Las Vegas, announced plans to buy the Trump Marina Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. The purchase is currently pending regulatory approvals, but Landry is already planning the design, decor and details of the new Atlantic City hotel, which will be located next to Borgata and Harrahs in the upscale Marina District.

The new Golden Nugget, which was originally a fixture in Atlantic City from 1980-1987, is being planned as a "premier resort destination" and will feature a number of Landry's award-winning restaurant concepts including Chart House, Red Sushi, Lillie's Asian Cuisine and Noodle Bar and the acclaimed Grotto Italian Ristorante and Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse.

Luxury travel: Presidential Suite at Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC

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There's no denying that power is the top player in Washington DC. From the White House to the Capitol Building to the endless red leather, cherry wood restaurants that have housed heads of state for martini lunches over the years. Still, Washington DC has a few hidden gems worthy of an ambassador or two.

Mandarin Oriental Washington DC's recently renovated presidential suite is anything but 'under the radar' in this high-powered city. On a brief stop to Washington DC, I had the opportunity to explore the 3,500-square-foot space and overwhelmed by the idea of high-level meetings happening in his luxe space.

Top 5 hotels to visit for Valentine's Day

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It's Valentine's Day... that special Hallmark holiday when women swoon over heart shaped candies and men scurry at the last minute to find anything red that might suffice as a thoughtful gift. But let's be real, teddy bears and chocolates are so cliche. Unless it comes in a little blue box with a white ribbon, you're going to have to start upping your game on Valentine's Day.

Good news lovers: We've found the perfect way for you wow your partner, and also enjoy a little bit of the holiday for yourself. These five hotels have everything you could want for the perfect Valentine's Day - romance, seclusion, and of course, room service.

First Virgin Hotel to open in New Mexico

virgin hotelWe expected something a little more glamorous from the Virgin crew, but our friends at HotelChatter report that Sir Richard Branson's first hotel will open in New Mexico. Seems the voyageur needs a little place to sleep before lifting off to orbit from Virgin Galactic Spaceport headquarters (located in New Mexico).

The good news is that there's more coming. Branson told HotelChatter that San Francisco and Washington DC are still top targets for Virgin Hotels. Here at Gadling, we're pretty confident we'll see a few Virgin Hotels pop up in Chicago and New York, and even across the pond in London. *When* seems to be the multi-billion dollar question.

As for what you can expect from the hotels? Mums the word for now, but we know that each hotel will be "unique" and of "interesting, authentic and high quality" design. And, we're quite sure there will be something special for guests when they check-in, not unlike the unique service one gets flying with the Virgin crew.

Former TWA terminal at JFK airport could become boutique hotel

boutique hotelIt appears second chances do exist in the travel industry. The Wall Street Journal reports that the former TWA terminal at New York's JFK airport might re-open in the form of a boutique hotel.

The terminal was first opened in 1962 and welcomed travelers into the international port, but was closed in 2001 when American Airlines bought TWA, according to USA Today.

The rumor around the airport is that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the airport, would place a 150-room hotel into the unoccupied area that sits between the TWA terminal and the newer JetBlue terminal. The WSJ reports that the space would also house additional restaurants and shops.

Our prediction: If the airport turns this space into a hotel it could be a cash-cow opportunity for the airport. With JetBlue's international affiliations and most flights arriving and leaving from T6, where the hotel would be near, this could mean a few overnight travelers thanks to redeye flights and international schedules.

Lost & Found: Top 10 items left behind in hotel rooms

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What's the most commonly left item from guests in hotel rooms? It's not the missing peanuts from the mini-bar.

Hotel guests are notoriously walking away from some of their most private possessions when they check out of hotels, but just how personal are the items? You'd be surprised. Following a check of its 31 UK hotels' lost property departments, Novotel revealed the strange objects left behind in hotel rooms by its guests during 2010.

Because of the amount of items housekeeping has picked up in Novotel rooms, the hotel has launched a new online boutique so people can purchase everything from the bed to the art on the walls, just in case they want to go home with something different.

Chinese New Year: Fun ways to celebrate the ancient tradition

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Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. Known as "Spring Festival," the festival begins on the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar and ends with Lantern Festival, celebrated on the 15th day.

This year, the year of the Rabbit, is said to be a more peaceful and placid year offering a nice break from the fast-paced year of the Tiger in 2010. The year of the Rabbit is a good time to reflect, rest and plan for the coming year. Amid the lavish festivities and parties that take place around China and in Chinatowns around the world, the Chinese New Year also celebrates some fun and quirky traditions.

I caught up with my friends at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong to learn a little more about what the Chinese New Year means to them, and get some interesting facts and stats on how to properly celebrate Chinese New Year, no matter where you reside.

Daily Pampering: Private jets with JetSuite from $999 one-way

private jetWhen commercial airlines get too complicated, why not opt for your own private jet to get you where to need to be. JetSuite, a 4-seater private jet, was developed by industry veteran Alex Wilcox and several other founding members of JetBlue Airways to offer travelers a little more luxury in-flight.

JetSuite's fleet of Embraer Phenom 100 jets are some of the most fuel-efficient aircraft in their class with speeds up to 450 miles per hour, an operating altitude of up to 41,000 ft, and a glamorous interior cabin designed by BMW. It also has one of the largest baggage compartments in its category, alleviating the stress of lost baggage when you arrive at your destination.

Starting at $999 for a one-way flight, this could be a great option for friends wanting to whisk themselves away for a weekend or the CEO needing a last-minute flight to a business meeting.
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Omni Chicago Hotel offers special rates for Bears, Packers playoff game

chicago hotel nfl Everyone is gearing up for Sunday's big game, especially Chicago hotels! We already brought you news about the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas', month-long Super Bowl promotions and the Chicago Kimpton's four hotel deals for this weekend's game. Now the Omni Chicago Hotel is joining the team and giving travelers a sweet deal for the playoffs.

The Omni Chicago Hotel, Michigan Avenue's only all-suite hotel, is offering travelers heading to the Windy City for Sunday's game a "Green Bay Bundle" -- a two-night stay where the second night is free of charge should Green Bay triumph over Chicago. The promotion also includes a $50 food and beverage credit.

To sweeten the deal, Bill Bennett, director of sales and marketing for the Omni Chicago Hotel, Windy City native and die hard Chicago fan, has agreed to wear a Green Bay jersey and the iconic "cheesehead" hat if Green Bay wins.

The "Green Bay Bundle" package is available on January 21, 22 and 23 only, has limited availability and can be booked on a first come, first serve basis. The rate is $179.00 per night with a free second night should Green Bay win.

Chicago Kimpton hotels announce last-minute deals for Bears, Packers game

chicago hotel monacoAre you ready for some serious football? Chicago is! And Kimpton Hotels is gearing up to give travelers coming in for the historic NFC Championship game a deal they can't refuse.

The Chicago Bears take on the Green Day Packers this weekend, and the four Kimpton Chicago hotels -- Allegro, Burnham, Monaco and Palomar -- are offering an "End Zone" package to celebrate the matchup.

Guests who book the "End Zone" package receive deluxe overnight accommodations for two, which reflects a 20 to 60% discount before package elements, Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese, two Chicago-brewed beers and two pretzels.

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