The New Standard of Hotels

Making travel arrangements online is both convenient and a nightmare. In recent years, hotels have taken to social media to show off what makes them unique.

Many guests flock to the oceanfront rooms and gorgeous sunset views. Others rely on having top notch restaurants to bring in the bacon, like our featured hotel below.

If that’s not enough to sell a room, hotel chains like The Standard create an entirely unique (and somewhat scandalous) culture for their guests.

Thompson Hotels understand that the way to a guest’s heart is through their stomachs. According to its website, Thompson reflects the locales in the culinary realm, as well—with fresh, locally-sourced talents, select house-made ingredients and local artisinal finds.

The “Big Dumb Ice Cream Stand”

One look at Travel Channel’s Instagram feed will have you planning your next vacation. But among the dreamy photos, this small non-dairy ice cream shack caught our eye.

Upon closer review, it turns out this shack is actually quite famous in Maui, and undeniably gooi.

When you Google search them, you learn their tagline is “Coconut Glen’s Big Dumb Ice Cream Stand,” and we’ll admit right now they’ve cracked the code on gooi marketing.

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One look at their website gives you a complete snapshot of the shop’s personality. All the text rhymes, the photos are adorable, and its customer reviews are outstanding. Take a look for yourself!
 

Try the $100,000 Slide for Adults. Better than the Park

When every local business seems to be trying to out-advertise their competitors right now, a San Francisco nightclub is doing something different. Slide hasn’t gone solely down the route of social or print media. Instead, they went out to create a night to remember and invested in a 24-foot long $100,000 slide where kids are definitely not allowed to play.

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The concept behind Slide isn’t new. Back in 1879 it opened under the name Cafe Dan’s becoming an underground speakeasy known locally as a “ham & egger” during prohibition.

Hidden beyond The Cable Car Theater on the top floor, access to Ham & Egger was through a secret panel where a playground slide delivered you to the pleasures of illegal drinking/gambling below.

Cafe Dan’s reputation for outstanding jazz entertainment, and no doubt the slide, kept people coming back for more.

Demise and Rise

When prohibition ended in 1933, Cafe Dan’s faded sadly into obscurity. The building sat empty for decades until new owners took it over in 2006.

Taking inspiration from the club’s notorious past, the new owners restored Slide to its 1920’s splendor, installing a spanking new $100k replica slide.

Today, Slide isn’t you’re average Italian or French restaurant where the waiters greet you upon opening the door. You still have to enter by an unmarked door and slide down 24-feet to the basement where the music’s pumping.

For an unmarked restaurant, access to Slide isn’t as easy as you would expect. Most nights you have to cue to get in. But the wait is worth it. It’s 1920’s decor and unique atmosphere doesn’t just make you feel like you’re out having a good time; it makes you feel like you’re part of the history of one of San Francisco’s infamous nightspots.

Get Gooi With it!

Ready to dive in headfirst in one of America’s gooiest clubs? Put on your flapper dress, grab some giggle water, and join us for a jive at Slide.

8 Things to Take on a Trip with Genius Billionaire Tony Stark

Tony Stark is a man that has, and does, it all

Tony Stark is a man that has, and does, it all

Genius. Billionaire. Playboy. Philanthropist. Tony Stark is a man that has, and does, it all. Those of us closest to Stark know that spending the day, or even an hour with him, means you have to be prepared for anything.

At Mygooi HQ we like to imagine Tony Stark as part of our team. So we decided to compile a list of what to bring on a trip with the famed inventor, or if you want to go about your day feeling like you’re as gooi as he is. [Read more…]