WHY IT RATES: Guests and locals alike can relive the ’70s in style.—Jessica Zickefoose, TravelPulse Associate Editor
Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton, announces today the opening of IDC, a speakeasy-inspired, retro-themed bar situated on the second-floor balcony of the hotel’s historic Pantlind Wing. An acronym for “I Don’t Care,” the name “IDC” is a cheeky play on words meant to elicit a recommendation to questions like “where do you want to get drinks tonight?” or “what do you want to do later?” Guests can access the funky 70’s themed “speakeasy” by signing up to receive a rotating monthly passcode at idontcaregr.com.
“A first of its kind in Downtown Grand Rapids and in the heart of the Hotel District, IDC’s multifaceted theme and alluring concept is an ode to the ’70s and primed to deliver an experience unlike any other,” said George Aquino, vice president and managing director, AHC+Hospitality. “Those ‘in the know’ will appreciate the all-season, indoor-outdoor space – a rare find in Grand Rapids – and groovy tunes from decades’ past.”
Located on the second floor of the Amway Grand Plaza’s Monroe Avenue entrance, guests will find a door with a keypad requesting the secret passcode of the month. Once granted access, guests are greeted by special effect lighting from revolving disco balls and hits from the ’70s. Interior furnishings meld contemporary and art deco themes; white Carrara marble and bronze fixtures juxtaposed with flashy décor and bold red color palettes. Indoor space can accommodate up to 25 and the glass-covered outdoor balcony area – open year-round with outdoor heaters – is split into two sections and can accommodate up to 90.
The cocktail menu features elevated takes on nostalgic concoctions like the Harvey Wallbanger, Tequila Sunrise, Best Amaretto Sour and a rotating monthly special. Beer and wine selections are also reminiscent of popular 70’s sips – Miller High Life is served in a flute as an ode to its longtime slogan “the Champagne of beers.” A small bites menu includes variations of bento box-style snacks.
SOURCE: AHC+Hospitality press release
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Vegas’ Venetian Resort Giving Free Night to Essential Workers
As Las Vegas slowly comes back to life with the reopening of hotels and casinos next week, the Venetian Resort wants to thank all the essential workers who were so instrumental in helping to fight the deadly coronavirus.
As part of its ‘Share the Love’ program, the Venetian is offering a free night to essential workers at its hotel, which features the two towers on the Las Vegas Strip. The offer is good for a stay through Dec. 29, 2020. And if the essential worker would like to add any additional nights, they will be at the hotel’s special ‘Friends & Family’ rate.
Per the Venetian, first responders and other essential workers include employees from the following services and sectors:
—Fire services, law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services & public safety agencies
—Businesses or organizations that provide food, shelter, or critical social services for disadvantaged populations
—Home maintenance/repair services
—Auto repair services & trucking service centers
—Grocery stores, supermarkets, hardware stores, convenience & discount stores
—Pharmacies, healthcare operations, & biomedical facilities
—Post offices & shipping outlets
—Gas stations & truck stops
—Banks & financial institutions
—Veterinary services & pet stores
—Laundromats & dry cleaners
—Agriculture, livestock & feed mills
—Logistics & Supply Chain Operations: Warehousing, storage, distribution, and supply-chain related operations
—Essential stays in hotels, commercial lodging, dormitories, shelters, and homeless encampments
Those interested must call 866-275-9040 to take advantage of the free room for essential workers.
Visit venetian.com/sharethelove for more information on the program.
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