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As 2014 Begins to Wind Down, Here's a Look at London's Newest Hotels

October 22, 2014 at 10:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Six pictures of six London hotels. Which one is the odd one out? Your time starts…. now.

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The Z Hotels Branches Out West To Marylebone Too

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  Site Where: 51-55 Gloucester Place, London, United Kingdom
October 21, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Here a hotel, there a hotel, everywhere a hotel, hotel: The Z Hotels is not letting up on its London expansion. It opened just south of Piccadilly earlier this year, which couldn’t be more central unless you camped out under the neon of Piccadilly Circus itself. It’s heading east, like everyone else, with a hotel in oh-so-fashionable Shoreditch coming next year, but despite its affordable roots, it’s not afraid of a little Marylebone action.

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M by Montcalm Shoreditch Is Aiming For Opening Early Next Year

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  Site Where: 151-157 City Road, London, United Kingdom, EC1V 1JH
October 17, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve been wondering for a while now what’s happening with the M by Montcalm Shoreditch, under construction just north of Old Street roundabout in London. Between inconsistent information about size, opening date, and rumors that it could become a Virgin, the best we had were our own shots of the angular exterior on City Road and a guestimate of opening sometime next year.

Those Virgin rumors we’ll shelve as just that for now, given that we have official news from Montcalm Hotels that it will open the hotel early next year, along with a more extensive website. The first room photo isn’t really making our heart beat any faster with anticipation just yet if we’re honest, with the walls, curtains, carpet, and not-quite-balanced bedspread virtually the same greyish-beige color.

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'Tis The Season for Sketch of the Dolce & Gabbana Christmas Tree at Claridge's!

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  Site Where: Brooke Street, London, United Kingdom, W1
October 16, 2014 at 6:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

Halloween hasn't even happened yet Claridge's in London, a Must-Stay Hotel, is already looking forward to the Christmas holidays.

As usual, the Mayfair hotel has released the sketch for the fashionable Christmas tree. And once again, fashion duo Dolce & Gabbana will be in charge of the tree decorating.

To be unveiled on November 19, the "Fairy Merry Christmas" tree will be surrounded by an enchanted forest, tended to by woodland animals and decked with hand-painted, blown-glass spheres featuring famous landmarks from cities around the world. Well, this is certainly different than last year's outrageous tree.

You can peep the sketch for the tree here but we'll be back with pictures of the real thing on or around November 19.

[Sketch: Claridge's]

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HotelChatter's Must-Stay Hotels for Fall 2014: Southwest London

October 16, 2014 at 8:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

Knightsbridge & Hyde Park

Introducing our handy hotel guides--HotelChatter's Must Stay Hotels--where we pick four hotels for four different types of travelers in a particular neighborhood of one major city. After Soho and Mayfair & the West End, we cut through Hyde Park into London's Knightsbridge, Belgravia, and South Kensington. Got a question about where to stay and when? Email us.

Looking for a hotel in London? You can troll online review sites, crowdsource on Facebook and comb through endless “Best Hotels” lists but why do all that when we’ve done all the work for you already?

Here are four different hotels to try in the city’s southwest (Knightsbridge, Belgravia, South Kensington). So whether you’re going for pleasure or work and whether you’ve got cash to throw around or have pennies to count, these hotels will fulfill your needs. One common thread running through these hotel picks? They have all free WiFi. So during your stay, you can write us a thank you email for the recommendation.

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Mondrian London’s Rumpus Room Is Ready for You to Romp Around In

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  Site Where: 20 Upper Ground, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9PD
October 15, 2014 at 10:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

Having set sail a few weeks ago, Mondrian at Sea Containers has added its promised rooftop bar: “1920s hedonism-inspired” Rumpus Room is now open.

Unlike New York, the list of rooftop bars in London isn’t that long, and even fewer can boast floor-to-ceiling windows with river views and outdoor space for al-fresco lounging and drinking, but Rumpus Room has both.

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HotelChatter's Must-Stay Hotels for Fall 2014: Mayfair & the West End, London

October 9, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Berkeley Square

Introducing our handy hotel guides--HotelChatter's Must Stay Hotels--where we pick four hotels for four different types of travelers in a particular neighborhood of one major city. From London's Soho last week, we continue with Mayfair and the West End today. Got a question about where to stay and when? Email us.

Looking for a hotel in London? You can troll online review sites, crowdsource on Facebook and comb through endless “Best Hotels” lists but why do all that when we’ve done all the work for you already?

Here are four different hotels to try in and around Mayfair and the West End. So whether you’re going for pleasure or work and whether you’ve got cash to throw around or have pennies to count, these hotels will fulfill your needs. One common thread running through these hotel picks? They have all free WiFi. So during your stay, you can write us a thank you email for the recommendation.

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London's Chi-Chi South Ken Is About To Get Exhibitionist

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  Site Where: 8-10 Queensberry Place, London, United Kingdom
October 9, 2014 at 7:12 AM | by | Comments (2)

Football. Gotham. There’s a theme to England’s upcoming hotel openings – they’re themed. How very exhibitionist, you say? Not as much as this next one, which will actually be called The Exhibitionist.

The Exhibitionist will open in London’s chi-chi South Kensington in November. It’ll be part of the Preferred Hotel Group and is in a building that was apparently constructed for officials of the royal family. There’s not a huge amount to go on so far, other than a Facebook page and this landing page on the PHG website, but here are some things we have gleaned already. There will be:

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We Actually Set Foot In One of the Suites at Chiltern Firehouse

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  Site Where: Chiltern Street, London, United Kingdom
October 8, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comment (1)

The hotel game is one of patience, confirmed once again for us this week: four years after we first snapped pictures of a dilapidated Marylebone fire station in London, two years after we uncovered a rendering or two, and six months after Andre Balazs finally opened Chiltern Firehouse, we actually made it over the threshold of one of its suites.

The vibe? Think Chateau Marmont, with a touch of vintage and a lived-in feel. Suite number 26 (incidentally the total number of suites in the house) faced Chiltern Street itself and was described to us as one of the larger options. Frustratingly, the only photo we were allowed to take away is the official one above (of a different suite). While each suite differs in size and layout due to the listed building (hallway doors are fire station red and have the original handles, lights are controlled by original black dial switches), furniture and style is consistent throughout.

Number 26 had two banquets with the blue/grey fabric you see in the photo running along the wall, a table with a few chairs and two rust-colored, chintz-covered, fringe-bottomed armchairs. The bed, around the corner in an open-plan L-shape, was dressed in white sheets and had the same wooden headboard as above. Thick carpet, dark blue and with a paisley-like motif, added to the vintage feel. The hallway had a small walk-in closet, a separate powder room, and a bathroom with separate shower and freestanding tub. The shower, big enough to do cartwheels in, had rather interesting pale blue / sea green tiling.

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The Second Zetter Townhouse Is Delayed Until the End of the Year

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  Site Where: 28-30 Seymour Street, London, United Kingdom
October 7, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

On a crisp winter day back in March, we walked down London’s Seymour street to look at the latest venture of The Zetter Group, converting a Georgian townhouse into its first Marylebone and third overall hotel.

At the time, we hoped an early fall opening would have been in the cards. While a photo of this past weekend reveals the double-wide brick façade, it also shows some work is still to be done, which the Zetter website confirms: opening will be at the end of 2014.

The official name also appears to be The Zetter Townhouse, Marylebone (rather than The Zetter Seymour) to sit alongside The Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell. We still have to wait for a look at the 24 rooms, cocktail bar, and rooftop apartment with terrace and outdoor bath, but we’ll have that for you when we can.

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Can Premier Inn Reinvent Itself As The Hub Of Tech-Friendly Hotels?

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  Site Where: 110 St Martin's Lane, London, United Kingdom, WC2N 4BA
October 7, 2014 at 8:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

A tech-friendly hotel that accepts reservations by app? Snooze. A tech-friendly hotel that only accepts reservations by app? Now that’s something we’re not sure anyone’s dared try before. Except there’s probably a reason for that.

Next month, budget UK chain Premier Inn launches a new brand, hub, with a flagship hotel opening in St Martin’s Lane, central London. It’s another millennial-friendly idea – aiming “to catch the imagination of guests who already rely on technology for many other aspects of their everyday lives”. Technology is going to play a central part – or, rather, the new hub by Premier Inn app will.

You’ll check in via the app, of course; then during your stay, you can control the TV channel, the room temperature or the lighting by using the app. You can use it to order food to pick up downstairs, and stream entertainment on the 40in TV. And for when you venture outside, the app contains a “detailed local area guide, hosting a careful edit of the hottest places” (more millennial speak, there), and even “is enhanced by an Augmented Reality experience in the room”. Not sure what that means. Not sure we want to.

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What To Order At Tanya's Cafe At Myhotel Chelsea

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  Site Where: 35 Ixworth Place, London, United Kingdom, SW3 3QX
October 6, 2014 at 8:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

For those moments when you need to socialize and detox, there’s a genteel catch up over a cup of tea… and then there’s Tanya’s Café at MyHotel Chelsea, which opened in August serving raw food and superfood cocktails.

We popped in last week for post-work drinks. First surprise: it was buzzing. And the clientele didn’t seem to be hotel guests either, but locals – particularly slender, clear-skinned, unbelievably young posh locals – think Cara Delevigne-types (Cara lives nearby in Belgravia).

Second surprise: it was expensive. £10.50 for a cocktail is fine, but a plate of chips & dips for £17.50? Nope. Also, surprisingly, there were only snack-style platters available in the evening – the proper meals are daytime only.

Third surprise: lawd, it was good. Here’s what we tried:

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