The Sound of Summer in New York City

Introducing: 100 Things to Do This Summer in New York City

We’re here to help you find the best ways to spend your time in New York City. So, as we encounter these warmer days together, with each post we’ll let you know about upcoming events, shows, festivals, and opportunities in the city this summer.


In summer music takes over New York City. The clubs, parks, and streets come alive with melodies to suit every taste. It’s the season where musicians break out, flooding the city with new grooves cooked up over the winter and now finally able to flow free.

Nearly every inch of the city reverberates with new sounds and infectious rhythms.

So, if you like your music outdoors, in NYC you’ll find it there. Even the symphony. If you want to kick back in a traditional theater space and listen to non-traditional music, we have that, too.

It all sounds like summer here.

Governors Ball Music Festival

When: June 2 – 4, 2017
Where: Randall’s Island Park
Getting there from the hotel: It’s about a 20- or 30-minute ride north depending on traffic.

In early June, Randall’s Island Park will be dotted with food trucks, criss-crossed with fun games and activities, and filled with music. The Governors Ball Music Festival brings rock, electronic, hip-hop, indie, Americana, pop, folk, and more to the nearly 433 acres of waterfront walking paths, athletic fields, fun playgrounds, and fragrant gardens. This is the festival’s 17th year. Headliners include Tool, Chance the Rapper, Phoenix, Childish Gambino and Lorde. Also performing will be  Flume, Wu-Tang Clan, Wiz Khalifa, Cage the Elephant, Rae Sremmurd, Logic, Marshmello, Beach House, Local Natives among many, many more. 

Blue Note Jazz Festival

When:June 1 – 30, 2017
Where: Various location throughout the city


This year’s lineup has yet to be announced. But last year’s Blue Note Jazz Festival included 10 venues and 100 events all devoted to bringing together the world’s best jazz musicians. So you’ll want to prepare for this year’s edition. The festival offers an up-close-and-personal series of performances from the who’s who of the jazz world. Previous years have included performances by Natalie Cole, Buddy Guy, Chris Botti, McCoy Tyner, Dave Brubeck, Brian Wilson, Bobby McFerrin, Chaka Khan, Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell, Dave Holland, Chris Potter, and Gary Peacock.

Concerts in the Parks: New York Philharmonic

When: June 13 – 18, 2017
Where: Various parks throughout the city

Since 1965, The New York Philharmonic’s Concerts in the Parks has become a summer tradition. Taking place in five different locations — four outdoor, one indoor — throughout the month of June, these concerts are a great way to experience one of the oldest and most acclaimed orchestras in the country. The best part? All of the concerts are free! There will also be post-concert fireworks following the performances in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn.


  • Tuesday, June 13,  8 p.m. in Van Cortlandt Park
  • Wednesday, June 14, 8 p.m. in Central Park
  • Thursday June 15, 8 p.m. in Cunningham Park
  • Friday June 16, 8 p.m. in Prospect Park
  • Sunday June 18, 3 p.m. Indoors on Staten Island

Make Music New York

When: June 21, 2017
Where: Streets, sidewalks, and parks across the five boroughs

June 21st will be the longest day of 2017. And that’s a good thing, because Make Music New York is ready with more than 1,000 concerts set to take the streets, sidewalks, and parks across the five boroughs. All live music, all free. Make Music New York is held each summer solstice on June 21st, the longest day of the year, bringing together music makers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.


2017 NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival

When: June 19 – July 16, 2017
Where: Abrons Arts Center and National Sawdust Theater

This festival is different. Different sounds. Different instruments. And an overall different approach to music. The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival celebrates emerging and established composers, performers, and sound artists from all over the world. You’ll experience music featuring electronics. fixed media, acoustic instruments with electronics, visual music, and multimedia pieces such as video and dance, as well as audio and video installations.

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What’s New in Nightlife in New York City

100 Things to Do This Summer in New York City

We’re here to help you find the best ways to spend your time in New York City. So, as we encounter these warmer days together, with each post we’ll let you know about upcoming events, shows, festivals, and opportunities in the city this summer.

The great thing about New York City’s nightlife is, it’s new every summer. The snow has melted. Temperatures have ascended out of their frigid wintry depths.

New York City’s rooftops emerge from hibernation and come to life once again with drinks, music, and food. Each venue has something unique to offer, from signature drinks and daily specials, to the special views you’ll get of the New York City skyline.

La Birreria

Lots of people have rooftop gardens in New York. But this one’s a beer garden. La Birreria (Italian for “The Brewery) is the rooftop restaurant of Eataly, the Italian marketplace 14 stories below. Into ales? Choose from three proprietary, cask-conditioned ales brewed on the premises.

Each is served through traditional hand pumps at the perfect temperature.

Where: 200 Fifth Ave

Getting there: La Birreria is just eight blocks south of Hotel Chandler, about a 10-minute walk.

230 Fifth

You’ll be surrounded by plants, flowers — even palm trees — as you take in the incredible views from 230 Fifth, one of the largest rooftop bars in New York City. Weeknights feature upbeat lounge music, while weekends will get you a mix of 80’s, 90’s, and House. 230 Fifth is primarily a bar, but they serve food too and have a solid menu if you’re hungry.

Where: 230 Fifth Ave

Getting there: 230 Fifth is just four blocks south of the Hotel Chandler, about a five-minute walk.

L’isola Wood Fired Pizza Bar & Gastro Bar

As you can see for yourself in their virtual tour, L’isola Wood Fired Pizza Bar & Gastro Bar offers a more quaint and cozy rooftop experience. Reviews abound with praise for L’isola’s attentive staff, great food, and reasonable prices. Just a few years ago, the site was an empty parking lot. Now it’s a three-level, family-owned pizzeria with a hand-built brick oven where they make every pizza to order. Other delicious entrees include a juicy burger or a fresh catch of the day.

The Delancey

The beautiful rooftop lounge at The Delancey has everything you need for a night out, including the after party — when the rooftop closes at midnight, simply head to one of the lower levels for live music via DJ or band. For your open-air experience up top, you’ll take a stroll by the fish pond and relax at one of the candle-lit couches surrounded by potted palm trees.

Where: 168 Delancey St.
Getting there: The Delancey is on the lower east side, about a 15-minute ride south of Hotel Chandler.

Berry Park

Looking for a relaxed, sporty atmosphere? Berry Park has you covered in more ways than one. The rooftop features a full bar, and it’s covered so you can enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline rain or shine. The main floor is equipped with three large projector screens dialed in to all the big games, a cozy fireplace, and a foosball table.

Where: 4 Berry St., Brooklyn

Getting there: Berry Park is just across the river in Brooklyn, a quick ride east from Hotel Chandler through the Queens Midtown Tunnel. The trip will take about 20-25 minutes depending on traffic.

After a late night, wake up on the right side of the bed and begin your day with complimentary all-American breakfast for two at Hotel Chandler.



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3 Reasons You’ll Want to Get Stuck on Broadway

Introducing: 100 Things to Do This Summer in New York City

Sure, there are more than that, but you want the best. We’re here to help you find the best ways to spend your time in New York City. So we’ll be posting here on our blog over the coming months letting you know about upcoming events, shows, festivals, and opportunities in the city this summer.

Stuck. Have you ever been there? Stuck in traffic? Stuck in a never-ending line at the airport or return counter?

Yup, we’ve all been there. Being stuck reveals things about us. How we react. What we learn. Who we will become.

Now playing on Broadway are three completely different takes on being stuck and all that it can show us about human nature. One is a now-classic and hilarious tale of a disenchanted reporter who gets trapped in a time loop. Another is the story of an actress clinging to the spotlight, unwilling to let go.

And the last is a tale of people unexpectedly stranded but just as unexpectedly enveloped in kindness and compassion on one of America’s darkest days.

All three are so good, you may just want to see them over, and over, and over …

Groundhog Day

Bill Murray made the story famous. And now you can enter the time loop once again — Groundhog Day has become an acclaimed, hilarious musical. The starring role is in the hands of two-time Tony nominee Andy Karl, who plays the misanthropic TV weatherman Phil Connors. Can Phil learn his lesson and escape time loop, or is he destined to spend eternity in a malaise of repetition? Judging from the reviews, Phil turns out ok — on its London debut, The Stage called it “an absolute triumph.” The Times said the musical adaptation is “so much fun that it should be illegal.”

When: Groundhog Day is playing through January 7, 2017.
Where: August Wilson Theater
Getting there: The theater is just a short walk north of The Iroquois.

Sunset Boulevard

Dreams, delusion, and danger collide as film and stage icon Glenn Close returns to Broadway to star in Sunset Boulevard. It’s the story of a silent movie-era diva desperate to hold on to the spotlight, but as the truth of her fading career emerges, so does her darker side. Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sunset Boulevard features a lush, noir-influenced score, brought to life in New York by a 40-piece orchestra.

When: Sunset Boulevard is playing through June 25, 2017.
Where: Palace Theater
Getting there: The theater is about a 20-minute walk north on Hotel Chandler.

Come From Away

It had never happened before in history. After the attacks on 9/11/2001 every plane in the sky over the United States was ordered to land. Come From Away gives voice to an uplifting, compassionate story that rose out of the darkness that day. It’s set in the remote town of Gander in Newfoundland, which found itself playing host to the passengers of 38 planes. This touching musical shows how a tiny community opened its hearts and homes to unexpected guests.

When: Come From Away is playing through December 30, 2017.
Where: Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
Getting there: The theater is about a 20-minute walk north on Hotel Chandler.

Pair Your Stay with Broadway

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Celebrate the Original Wonder Woman This Mother’s Day

As a child, your favorite word was probably “mom.” Maybe it wasn’t consciously your favorite, but we’d bet it was the word you used most often.

So it was for most. Because moms are the go-to for so many critical needs.

They instinctively know great ways to deal with scraped knees, hurt feelings, and schoolyard bullies.

And if you needed to find something? Who did you ask first?


So, it’s that time again. Mother’s Day is on its way.

You could just give her flowers and a card again. But maybe this year you could join forces with your original wonder woman … tap into her secret mom super power. Learn from the first woman in your life who still knows where to go, what to do, how to win.

We know she’s ready.

Are you?

The Amazing Mother’s Day Scavenger Hunt

If you’ve ever seen a mother-son or mother-daughter team on The Amazing Race, you’ve probably wondered: could me and my mom handle that? Here’s your chance to find out.

The Amazing Mother’s Day Scavenger Hunt puts you and mom through a series of physical and mental challenges. The event begins just five blocks north of Hotel Chandler at Slattery’s Midtown Pub. And it’s not limited to two people. The rest of the family can also join. Navigate puzzling clues and tackle exciting obstacles in a race across the city. The hunt takes about three hours and each member of the winning team receives a New York City gift package.

Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party

If you want to take things at a slower pace, the Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party is a great choice. Treat mom to the most spectacular spring landscape New York City has to offer. Enjoy live music and games after a relaxing brunch among the historic Lilac Collection at the New York City Botanical Garden.

Bateaux Mother’s Day Cruises

This year, the Bateaux New York — just a few blocks from Hotel Chandler — is offering two special Mother’s Day cruises along the Hudson River. Step aboard the all-glass, European-inspired Bateaux New York for brunch from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Or enjoy a beautiful evening on the water for dinner from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Enjoy a delicious meal and dance to live music. Both Mother’s Day cruises depart from Chelsea Piers and will give you stunning views of the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and more.

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Take in All the Color of NYC

Spring in New York offers up an explosion of color and life. From the blossoming of trees and blooming of flowers, to the diverse people and cultures of the city. All seem to burst out of their winter doldrums at once. New sights, new sounds, new tastes, new people to meet.

The city comes to life again in a new way. And all of a sudden, just like that, it’s springtime in New York.

Here are some notable events to celebrate all that’s new in New York City this spring.

Sakura Matsuri 2017


Especially in the Northeast, spring seems to come and go more quickly every year. So the Sakura Matsuri, the annual cherry blossom festival, fits well here. In traditional Japanese culture, the fleeting beauty of cherry blossoms symbolizes the ephemeral nature of life. It’s a great opportunity to pause, reflect, and imbibe the beauty of spring. The festival is happening at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, April 29 – 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Rainbow Book Fair

It’s the largest LGBT book event in the country. Since 2009, the Rainbow Book Fair has brought together thoughtful, interesting people of all ages, from early teens to those in their 70s and 80s. You’ll find a spectrum of countries, ethnicities, gender identities, and viewpoints represented in person and in print at the fair. Rainbow Book Fair is open to all and you’ll enjoy special book discounts and giveaways. It’s taking place April 29 just a few miles north of Hotel Chandler at John Jay College from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Daffodil Celebration & Wine Weekend


It’s been an oasis in the city since 1891. And every year since, the New York Botanical Garden has enriched lives through education and research. You can enjoy its lush landscape and extensive gardens at the Daffodil Celebration & Wine Weekend on April 29 – 30, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Experience acres of flowering trees and take in the beauty of more than 300,000 newly planted daffodil bulbs at Daffodil Hill. Your afternoon will include a selection of delicious wines from New York as you hear about science of wine-making from experts in the craft.

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A Food Festival for Every Appetite

Food being served


It’s spring in New York City. Time to get outside and experience more of what this great city has to offer. And if there’s one thing NYC has in abundance, it’s food.

The best chefs in the world?


The most exclusive restaurants?


With the warmer weather comes the opportunity to enjoy more tastes, sights, and sounds. Outdoor and indoor festivals alike give you the chance to explore new neighborhoods and new flavors. Ready to experience once-in-a-lifetime culinary excellence not available anywhere else? Welcome to spring time in New York City.

Taste of the Upper West Side

people dining outdoors


The 10th annual Taste of the Upper West Side is happening May 19 – 20. And both days have something different to offer.

On May 19, enjoy Summer in the City: Surf & Turf. Alex Guarnaschelli, judge on Food Network’s Chopped is your host alongside food and travel explorer Adam Richman. Savor delectable dishes from Maison Pickle (of Jacob’s Pickles fame), The Fat Monk, Kirsh Bakery and Sugar Factory American Brasserie, and more.

On May 20, experience Best of the West, a tribute to the Upper West Side’s most illustrious chefs and restaurants.This evening will be hosted by Jesse Palmer, host on the networks of Disney, ESPN, and ABC. Restaurants participating include Jean-Georges, Boulud Sud, Dovetail, Rosa Mexicano, The Leopard at des Artistes, and Jacques Torres Chocolate.

Beer & Bacon Classic

Beer & Bacon ClassicUnlimited beer and bacon. Need we say more? We will anyway: in addition to all the beer and bacon you can eat, the Beer & Bacon Classic gives you rare access to explore Citi Field. Taste beers from more than 50 regional breweries and grab plate fulls of sizzling bacon from local chefs. Bungee runs, photo booths, and giant Jenga will give you opportunities to let the beer and bacon settle before you go back for more. Hungry? Be there April 29 – 30.


It might be the world’s most caffeinated conference. If coffee is your thing, CoffeeCon is where you want to be. It’s coming up on May 13 at the Metropolitan Pavilion complete with a tasting floor, top coffee experts, tasting seminars, and hands-on labs in every brewing method. You’ll be able to speak with top coffee vendors, check out the latest brewed trends and technology, and, perhaps best of all, just learn how to brew better coffee yourself at home.

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

NY vegetarian Food FestivalFruits and vegetables will be crafted in every conceivable form and taste at the seventh annual NYC Vegetarian Food Festival. It’s coming to the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan from May 20 – 21. You’ll get access to informative sessions with vegetarian experts and learn about the best plant-based nutrition options available today. Plus, vegan nachos!


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Spring Comes Early to NYC

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It seems like every winter there’s one or two days where, out of the blue, spring shows up — maybe even just for a few hours. But it’s always enough to remind us: there’s nothing like spring time in New York City. It’s those little tastes of bliss that keep us going through the cold and snow. And the great thing about New York is that, in a city so filled with creativity and life, you can always find beauty and inspiration somewhere.

If you’re planning a visit this winter, here’s a couple of ways to get a taste of spring New York-style, even if there’s still a chill in the air.

The Orchid Show: Thailand

Walk through the doors of Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and be immersed in a world of color and life. The Orchid Show is back for its 15th year with a tribute to Thailand, which is home to more than 1,200 native orchid species.

We can tell you it’s beautiful. We can say it’s a calming, glorious stroll through the wonder of nature. But you really need to experience it for yourself to understand. The sights, the smells, the intricate delicacy of each orchid combine to transport you and provide respite from the cold. You’ll probably forget it’s winter all together.

This year’s exhibition takes place February 18 to April 9. In addition to the enormous array of orchids in full bloom, there will also be Thai dance performances, film screenings, tours, orchid care demonstrations, and expert Q&As. And Orchid Evenings returns this year for you night owls.

New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show

Photo by the New York Botanical Garden

Macy’s Flower Show

The Macy’s Flower Show is a floral-filled spectacle like no other, and it never fails to impress. Last year’s edition included about a million flowers, trees, and plants, all meticulously shaped and styled to adorn the floors and halls of Macy’s Herald Square.

Perhaps best of all, it’s free.

Over the course of the two-week show, there will also be kids’ activities, live music, and seminars. Don’t miss this 43rd installment of the show where you’ll see hundreds of thousands of beautiful flowers and exotic topiaries from all over the world, arranged by renowned horticulturalists.

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Sipping in the City

New York City. If it’s anything, it’s delicious.

For every exclusive New York dish, every plate filled with the city’s best fare, there’s a drink to match. Even if you already have a favorite drink, in Manhattan you’ll probably find a new one. Or two.

With so many places, tastes, sights, and sounds to explore, now all you need is time and a plan. Well, we can’t give you more time, but here are some really solid plans.  

So, what’ll it be?

NYC Whiskey Walk

nyc whiskey walkEight whiskeys. Eight bars. Imbibe Ireland’s premium whiskeys and enjoy time with food and friends. The day starts at 12pm, ends at 10pm, and brings you to some of New York’s best bars. A portion of all proceeds goes to local charities, including Free Arts NYC.

It really is a walk, too: all of the bars are within easy walking distance of each other. There’s no better way to prepare for St. Patrick’s day. The NYC Whiskey Walk happens on March 4th.

Good Spirits 2017

Enjoy new and classic cocktails paired with delicious food prepared by up-and-coming chefs. The Good Spirits National Tour comes to New York City on March 2nd. Start out with a tried-and-true drink, then move on to drinks just making their debut. Or vice versa. There aren’t really any rules here. Just have fun, drink responsibly, and enjoy celebrated local, national, and international spirit brands prepared by talented mixologists.

NYC Craft Beer Festival

nyc craft beer festivalThe NYC Craft Beer Festival is happening March 24th and 25th. Take your pick between 75 breweries and 150 craft beers. All tickets allow entry into the Metropolitan Pavilion for a session of unlimited beer tasting. And if you’re looking for some extra flavor, the VIP ticket option gets you another hour, exclusive beer tastings not available on the general floor, and access to the VIP Lounge. Your complimentary souvenir tasting glass ensures the tasting can continue even when the festival ends.

NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting

If wine is more your style, here’s the event for you. Meet New York winemakers and taste the fruit of their labor with more than 200 wines to choose from. Pair each one with local cheeses, charcuterie, and other hors d’oeuvres. Over 40 wineries will be represented as you take a relaxing and flavorful stroll through the Alman Building on March 7th from 6 to 8pm. Learn more here.

NY Cocktail Expo

nyc cocktail expoNot just cocktails, the cocktails to discover and savor. The NY Cocktail Expo brings to you face to face with the top New York City cocktail bars, including Dutch Kills, Station House, Sweet Afton, The Bonnie, Cork & Kerry, and more. This event is new — the first expo was held in April 2016 — but it’s already proven that it’s here to stay with sell-out crowds and the top mixologists at every event. The next one is at the Beer Garden at Bohemian Hall in Queens on March 12.

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The State of Art in NYC

What happens when you put 8.5 million people on an island?


Local, international, inspiring, political, thought-provoking, abstract, challenging, weird, classic, innovative, and just plain beautiful art. In a city where the best art isn’t necessarily mainstream, can be subversive, and is often found in surprising places, you have to know where to look. Here are a few tips.

Clio Art Fair

Dubbed “the anti-fair,” the Clio Art Fair is dedicated to discovering independent artists.This fair features artists without any exclusive NYC gallery representation and seeks to give their work wider exposure.

The next Clio Art Fair is happening this month March 2-5. Artists presenting their work at Clio use many different materials, but there’s a common thread of playfulness and spontaneous creativity that runs through much of the fair.We think you’ll find the experience eclectic, different, interesting, and worth it.  

Art on Paper

Art on Paper


The venue for Art on Paper is itself a sight to behold. Pier 36 in Lower Manhattan is a 70,000-square-foot facility on the East River where you can enjoy great views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty. The event is only in its third edition but has experienced growing and enthusiastic crowds at each installment. The gist of the event is as simple as its title: all the art you’ll see is made on or with paper. But, as with all great artists, when you give them boundaries those boundaries will be transcended. Expect to see paper do and be what you never imagined it could. Art on Paper will take place March 2-5.

Asia Week New York

Asia Week New York is about celebration. For one week in March, every year since 2009, Asia Week New York brings people together to celebrate and promote Asian art in the city. You’ll see art brought in from collections all across the world, including works from China, India, Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, Japan and Korea. This year’s edition includes exhibitions from 50 international Asian art specialists hailing from England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and the United States. Open House Weekend takes place on Saturday and Sunday, March 11–12, and exhibitions remain open the following week through Saturday, March 18.

Affordable Art Fair

True to its name, the Affordable Art Fair is just that. Affordable. It was founded in 1999 to make great art accessible to everyone. Explore local, national, and international galleries featuring sculptures, photography, and paintings. You’ll see well-known artists and newcomers side-by-side. The fair is now 18 years old and held in 10 cities. It comes to New York City from March 30th through April 2nd with 70 local, national, and international exhibitors offering an array of original artwork for you to enjoy.

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The Life of a Concierge: Top 3 Strangest Requests!

Could you imagine what it’s like to be a concierge of a 4- star hotel? A Concierge helps assist with anything and everything that you could think of: from food recommendations, things to do, and places to see to arranging car services and giving directions around the city.  Our Chef Concierge, Charlie Loor, here at Hotel Chandler, shared that being a concierge has certainly been a rewarding experience.  He has been able to help guests have an unforgettable and unparalleled experience in NYC.  On the other hand, he’s also heard of some very outrageous and unusual requests! Here are Charlie’s top 3 strangest requests as a Concierge:

Surprise Wedding Proposal

The Concierge: Charlie Loor, Hotel Chandler

“I had a guest who was going to propose to his fiancé and ask if I could arrange a horse and carriage ride through the streets of New York. He wanted someone to jump in the carriage and surprise her with the ring so that he could ask her to marry him. I contacted our friend that does the horse and carriage tours in the city. After careful planning and having someone that would be ideal for this request. I put it all together for him having a fellow colleague coordinate with the driver of the carriage pull up to a stop light and my colleague jumped on the carriage and sang “amore” (the song was my idea) he caught her off guard as he proposed. This one could be the most difficult one I’ve had to arrange thus far.”

Movies on the Beach—with No Sand

The Concierge: A group of staff, the Ritz Carlton Cancun Mexico

“In 2001, a wealthy older guest staying with his family and personal chef at this elegant oceanfront property wanted to watch a movie on the beach—without having to step on the sand. “We decided to order a whole lot of carpets,” says the hotel’s public relations manager, Paulina Feltrin. “They needed to be white to match the color of sand. It was summer and there’s not much need for carpets here, but we located a dozen and laid them out all along the beach, along with a large movie screen and cinema-style seating. The entire family watched the film under the stars, and no one got their feet wet or dirty.””

Poisonous Fish Removal

The Concierge: Abdul, Four Season Resort Seychelles

“A Russian guest at this sparkling beach resort in the Seychelles recently demanded that the hotel remove a fish from the sea so he could be comfortable enough to swim. The offending creature, a lionfish, is indeed venomous, but it’s so common in these waters that divers specifically stay at the hotel for the chance to see one. This was explained, but “the guest was still not happy,” says Manaf, the hotel’s recreation manager. “In the end my staff had to spend a morning snorkeling through the waters looking for the creature. We told him they had all swum away. Only then was he satisfied.””

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