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Room 100: The Magazine!: Thompson Hotels publishes its smashing in-house new bedside companion.

Our Winter 2012 edition of Room 100 just hit the rooms, lounges and front desks of all our hotels, including our newest ventures in South Beach, Miami, and Belgravia, London.

The magazine is our stand-alone, highly-visual splash of a book featuring all the people, places and things that we love in the worlds of style, architecture, design, cuisine, cocktail culture, literature, cars, and good-old Hollywood. For this round, our third quarterly edition, we decided to run double covers, showcasing the gorgeous faces of Ed Burns and Famke Janssen, both with great projects hitting now and near.

We didn’t have to look far to find some of the most amazing talents in decor, food and drinks, as they are our colleagues in crime. Among those in-house classics, we feature stories on Blue Ribbon’s Bromberg brothers (now manning the pans at the Thompson Lower East Side); design wiz Jim Walrod, who created the Thompson Beverly Hills’ new Caulfield’s, which features three handsome spaces and arrives just in time to replace the Algonquin Hotel’s Blue Room vibe; and Tara Bernerd, the cool-cat interior designer of London’s new Belgraves.

We also provide an insider’s guide to where to go in Miami (home of the new Thompson Ocean Drive), as well as some shakin’ cocktails from both Sax Chicago and Washington D.C.’s Donovan House, while stellar chef Mark Hix tells us how he came up with the Belgraves hotel’s culinary force, HIX Belgravia. And Lastly, fashion designer Jeremy Laing and his deejay-muse Lauren Burns Coady provide a spooky-cool photo expo of themselves, along with Coady’s play list. Laing designed the dresses sported by cocktail servers at the Thompson Toronto.

We’ll be putting all of our stories, photo essays and first-serial right lit-reading excerpts on our Room 100 blog in our next installement. Why wait? Check in. Drop out.

–Steve Garbarino, editor