FOR last minute holiday planners or even those with indecisive bosses who schedule work meetings overnight, RoomsTonite is your dream come true. A hotel booking app launched only a few months ago, it will work on any smart phone or tablet, allowing you to book a room from over 1,000 hotels. And the best part? The direct connectivity with hotels ensures a guaranteed room booking no matter how late you try. “We want this to be the default app for those who book last-minute. Users just need to choose their day of travel for a city and choose their stay details,” explains Suresh John, founder and CEO. While the bookings are non-cancellable, non-amendable and non-refundable, they also limit reservations to a maximum of three rooms for as many nights.
Picking the RoomsTonite Assist, Hotel Classification and PayAsGuest as his top features, John says the first was launched only last week. A 24X7 virtual concierge service, it helps travellers before, during and post hotel stay. “Through this service, we enable customers to customise travel plans, and facilitate the service at a cost effective price,” says John. So be it booking cinema tickets and sending a courier to inquiring about late night autorickshaws prices in a particular city, this service will bring in the human touch which some technology-driven apps lack. Hotel classification segregates hotels into comfort, premium and luxury so you can easily pick, while Pay As Guest allows customers to proceed to check out without registering.
Aiming to reach one lakh downloads by June, you can also expect services in Colombo and Kathmandu, with over 2,500 hotels under their umbrella.
— Aakanksha Devi
Fresh fruits, citrus notes and light spirits come into their own, as city mixologists help beat the heat creatively.
Drinks on MG
Head bartender Alfonso del Portillo Valdés swears by his Elderflower Cooler, which combines gin, elderflower, cucumber and club soda, pointing out that when the base spirit is un-aged, you experience a dryer, more refreshing taste. The same goes for the Kalimotxo, which has a base of un-aged red white, along with blackberry, lime and Coca Cola. At MG Road. Details: 49652950
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At 420 feet up, opt for the Cell Your Soul cocktail. This one is great for whiskey lovers, as it combines Jim Beam Bourbon from Kentucky with ginger ale, and uses fresh lime, pink grapefruit juice and celery leaves to round off that summery taste. At WTC, Malleswaram. Details: 49653540
Head to the Movenpick hotel’s rooftop bar for the Classic Pink Gingerale, with capitalises on ginger’s refreshing properties, against a base of Bacardi white rum. For pure brain freeze, go for the Frozen Kiwi Daiquiri, which blends Bacardi blanco, triple sec, kiwi puree, lime juice and sugar syrup with crushed ice. At BEL Circle. Details: 43001000
Saji Thachery, F&B manager at The Taj West End recommends cocktails with fresh, seasonal fruits paired with lighter liquors. Try the Ice Berg, a sprightly amalgamation of frozen lemon, lime juice, sugar syrup, blue curacao and sparkling water. We’d also put a word in for the Blue View, which pairs fresh litchi and mango juice with lime, blue curacao and sprite. At The Taj West End, Race Course Road. Details: 66605660
Her music may not always be edgy, but Jennifer Lopez’s sense of fashion is always spot on. She took to the American Idol stage last week to perform Feel The Light, and not only with her voice but with her dress she really drove the point home. Wearing a stunning white floor-length dress, and skirt combo by Mariel Haenn, the custom-made off-the-shoulder gown had special effects, making it a light show. Watch her light it up on Jennifer Lopez: “Feel the Light” – AMERICAN IDOL XIV.
With the release of the trailer for the July 31 launch Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, all those feelings of the first film come rushing back. Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and of course, Tom Cruise all reprise their roles from Ghost Protocol, as Alec Baldwin steps in as CIA chief. The trailer comes with promise of high-octane bike chases, car crashes in the desert and even shows us a glimpse of Cruise, as IMF agent Ethan Hunt, hanging off a plane. Plus, a sexy lass thrown into the mix, as always.
Just when you thought two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks could not get any better, he proves you wrong. This time he does it as a guest on the Late Late Show, alongside debut host James Corden by playing out all his film roles in a six-minutes act. Hanks starts off as Forrest Gump, weaves in Sleepless in Seattle, Road To Perdition, The Green Mile and the recent Saving Mr Banks, among literally all the others, before ending with the Toy Story series in which he played Woody.
— Aakanksha Devi