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Z Hotels Opens Early in Shoreditch, Adds Sixth London Hotel on Fleet Street

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  Site Where: 136-144 City Road, London, United Kingdom, EC1V 2RL
March 25, 2015 at 9:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

How about that: when we first learned about The Z Hotels heading out to Shoreditch (like everyone else), we thought the opening of its hotel in The Bower complex wouldn’t happen until second half of the year. Wrong – The Z Shoreditch opened on March 9.

But before we get to that, the budget-chic group is throwing a sixth London hotel in the mix on Fleet Street, right across from the Royal Courts of Justice. That will be the building above, a former office that will have 110 rooms between the lower ground, ground, and three upper floors. Behind the hotel is a beautiful courtyard with the Temple Church, built by the Knights Templar and famous from the Dan Brown novel. A few more shots below.

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More Private Member Club Hotel Rooms at The Arts Club London [Updated]

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  Site Where: 40 Dover Street, London, United Kingdom, W1S 4NP
March 24, 2015 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

First The Hospital, now The Arts. London has its share of private members clubs, and here is the second one this year that is not just adding hotel rooms to its facilities, but allowing non-members to stay the night, too. [UPDATE: Turns out, our understanding of how the hotel rooms at The Arts Club are going to work, along with what is reported elsewhere, was not correct. Speaking again to the reps of The Arts Club, hotel rooms will only be available to members or guests of members. So if you want to check into The Arts Club, better sign up for membership or start cultivating an inside contact...

The Arts Club on Dover Street (just off of Piccadilly in Mayfair, a minute walk from Green Park) will be adding 16 rooms and suites by the summer. Guests will have access to all of the Club’s facilities, which includes three restaurants, a garden, and a nightclub. In contrast to The Hospital Club (further east just around the corner from Covent Garden), the rooms here will be much bigger, with suites going up to over 1,000 square feet.

Above a rendering of one of the rooms: high-gloss hardwood floors, some subtle greys and blues, and a touch of Art Deco to its design. Its feel reminds us a little of what we’ve seen at The Beaumont, don’t you think?

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Hyatt Reopens and Renovates Churchill London, Picks Up Grosvenor House?

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  Site Where: Portland Square, London, United Kingdom
March 23, 2015 at 8:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Back in November, we told you about the gas explosion that occurred at the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, which led to the evacuation, and subsequent closure, of the hotel. The “foreseeable future” time frame that was attached to that closure was sad to see, but we can tell you that things are looking up: after four months, the hotel is open again.

We can find a King Room this coming Friday for £290 ($433) a night, which goes up £40 ($60) if you include breakfast. An additional bit of good news is that the hotel has taken the closure to not only do the repairs necessary after the incident, but kick off a multi-million pound renovation of the rooms and suites as well. That renovation should be complete by the summer; we don’t have any visuals of the changes yet, but will share them when we have more details.

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Expect Sugar Highs in Mayfair as Claridge's Unveils its 2015 Easter Egg

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  Site Where: Brook Street, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom, W1K 4HR
March 20, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Easter is on its way, and that means chocolate. And while not every hotel can have a chocolate store inside, they can at least do things like commission their own bespoke Easter eggs. At least, if they’re Claridge’s, they can.

The 2015 Claridge’s Easter Egg, which has officially been “unveiled” by pastry chef Ross Sneddon, is on sale in the hotel shop, McQueens, now. It’s an Art Deco egg, inspired by the checkerboard lobby. There are 100 limited edition eggs up for grabs – made of dark, milk and white Valrhona chocolate. Inside each is a stuffing of chocolate mini eggs (“quail eggs”, as Claridge’s calls them). It’s wrapped in monochrome Art Deco foil and put in an eau de nil box – so you will at least have those remains once you’ve massacred the egg.

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Three New Rooftop Suites Are Coming to London's Marylebone Hotel in May

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  Site Where: 47 Welbeck Street, London, United Kingdom, W1G 8DN
March 19, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve seen London hotel rooms with balconies, terraces, and outright gardens, but retractable roofs that turn it into an indoor/outdoor space where you can still watch TV even if a little British rain makes an appearance?

That’s a new one we think, on offer from May onwards at The Marylebone Hotel, when three new suites – the Marylebone, the Wimpole, and the Harley – will come online. Above a shot of the Marylebone suite’s terrace, the largest at 860 square feet inside and 430 square feet underneath that retractable roof. And yes, that is a fireplace you spot underneath the TV.

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The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone Has a Website

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  Site Where: 28-30 Seymour Street, London, United Kingdom, W1H 7JB
March 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Progress! The second townhouse from Zetter Hotels may not have made its 2014 opening, but along with a “Spring 2015” arrival now finally comes a website, on which The Zetter Townhouse, Marylebone shares online real estate with its sibling in Clerkenwell.

Inside will be 21 rooms, two studio suites, and a rooftop apartment with terrace and “al fresco bath”. Bedrooms are “awash with artefacts from Uncle Seymour’s days as a loveable rogue and gambler” (if you recall, the hotel is on Seymour Street, and the hotel draws on the character of Wicked Uncle Seymour for inspiration). Quirky definitely comes to mind when looking at the first images above and below.

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How Do You Like Your London Hotel Tea? 3 Tea Times for 3 Different Types

March 13, 2015 at 1:21 PM | by | Comment (1)

Tea and crumpets are as English as fascinators, but you can be overwhelmed by the sheer number of afternoon teas at London Hotels. So we thought we’d help you out by narrowing the field according to your tea type.

BEST TEA FOR FASHIONISTAS: Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley

This is the kind of tea that makes you smile, with brightly-colored fanciful treats. The Berkeley gets creative with each season’s couture collections for their Prêt-à-Portea, and every tea treat you eat is inspired by a designer. Late last fall their partnership with Jimmy Choo brought about a velvet praline cream cake with sweetheart bow – replicating the must-have Gala pointed-toe pump – and the Cayla zebra-print handbag in chocolate moelleux and meringue.

The 2015 Autumn/Winter Prêt-à-Portea draws inspiration from Diane von Fürstenberg, Dolce and Gabbana and Moschino. The “collection” changes every six months because, as you know, fashion can be so fickle. Tea is served daily from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is £45 ($67) to £58 ($86).

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It's Only 30, But Northcote Lodge Already Got a Facelift

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  Site Where: Northcote Road, Langho, Blackburn, Lancashire, United Kingdom, BB6 8BE
March 13, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

A new room in the Garden Lodge

Ain’t no birthday like a hotel birthday. To celebrate its 30th, English country house hotel and recent addition to the Relais & Châteaux portfolio, Northcote Lodge, has opened a new wing.

We say “wing”, but it’s actually much better than that – a brand new building in the hotel grounds. The Garden Lodge houses seven rooms and one suite – all of which have terraces, supersized tubs as well as showers, and views across the Ribble Valley in Lancashire. The décor is rather nice – almost new-style Laura Ashley – if a little shiny in this particular room. Maybe that headboard will calm down with age? Free non-alcoholic minibars, Bose sound-systems and Temple Spa amenities are par for the course.

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Soho Farmhouse Will Have Stables, a Cookery School, and Lots of Children

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  Site Where: Great Tew, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
March 11, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | Comment (1)

The days are getting longer, the weather’s getting more bearable and the countdown is on for Soho Farmhouse, the new country house hotel by Soho House, which is opening in Oxfordshire in June.

We were originally doubtful that it’d make its predicted summer opening date, what with having to be constructed from scratch, but turns out we had no reason to doubt – the Farmhouse now has a website, and although it’s only a holder page and reservations aren’t yet open, it definitely feels on track.

They're still being rather coy about the details, though the numbers are now coming in: it’s a 93 acre site, and there will be 40 cabins of one, two and three beds, all of which are on the water (there are two lakes on property). In addition, the farmhouse itself will have seven bedrooms, and there will be a five-bedroom cottage. So far, so Babington House, with the variety of accommodation options.

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Can This Really Be London's First Hotel Doggie?

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  Site Where: 100 Vauxhall Walk, London, United Kingdom, SE11 5EL
March 6, 2015 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (2)

Here’s a fact to blow your mind on a Friday. Until now, apparently, London did not have a “hotel dog”. Can you believe it? We couldn’t, but then we also can’t think of anywhere that has one – so it’s probably true.

Luckily, this terrible situation has now been rectified by the Staybridge Suites Vauxhall, who’ve just hired this good-looking guy. Waggers, a labradoodle, is now part of the “welcome home” reception team. He’s been hired at the tender age of just three months.

The hotel is designed for longer stays rather than short trips, which makes a staff member like Waggers even more valuable to guests. Feeding him is not allowed, but cuddles are totally ok. Waggers is also present at the drinks bashes that the hotel throws three times a week.

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The Hotel Fomerly Known As The Hudson London Is Now an Empty Shell

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  Site Where: Great Scotland Yard, London, United Kingdom
March 6, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

It took a year from taking the first picture of Hudson London to it quietly disappearing from the Morgans Hotel Group website. Though not a complete surprise given some of the struggles the group had, we did welcome Mondrian at Sea Containers during that time and learned that there would be suites running at £10,000 a night (which would almost seem a steal compared to what we just saw in Paris), before the rumor mill told us Malmaison would be moving into the building on Great Scotland Yard instead.

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Pay What You Want for Your Stay at This Scottish Borders Hotel

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  Site Where: Edinburgh Rd, Peebles, United Kingdom, EH45 8PL
March 5, 2015 at 8:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

Pay for your room what you think your stay was worth. A brave initiative that was recently tried in Paris and now has made its way across the Channel and up to Scotland.

Cringletie House, a castle hotel in the Scottish Borders outside Edinburgh, has just launched a “20 in a bed” promotion. And before your minds end up in the gutter, know that it’s simply the opportunity to invite 10 couples to stay – in individual rooms – and, basically, let them know how they’re doing.

The stays are bed and breakfast, and there’s no set fee – they simply want your opinion, and you’re free to pay as much as you think it’s worth.

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