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We're still reeling with excitement over the pending October opening of tommie hotels in Manhattan but it turns out we'll have another Tom to look forward to this summer--Thompson Los Cabos. (ICYDK: both tommie and Thompson are a part of Commune Hotels.) And then just after that Thompson Playa del Carmen should open in the fall. Margs for everyone!
There is very little info on the websites and the photos are pretty much just models in skimpy bikinis on the beach admiring the view and sunsets, but here's a description of Thompson Los Cabos to get you fired up:
Imagine a side of Los Cabos you never knew existed. Where the soul willingly surrenders to el sol. Where a singular beachfront retreat commands a contour of the cape overlooking El Arco and the Bahía San Lucas horizon. From the sleek poolside lounge to the skygarden terrace, it’s a place to revel in the heat of the moment. Set to the pulse of an urban vibe by night, the warm, contemporary lines of visionary Mexico City architect Javier Sanchez draw you in, ultimately revealing a reflection of Cabo like no other.
Both Thompson Los Cabos and Playa del Carmen will be relatively small, about 125-150 rooms, and will no doubt focus on a design-driven party spaces. But hopefully, they have a few quiet spots for guests too. It's not all margs and Coronitas in Cabo, you know. #yeahright
[Photo: Thompson Los Cabos]
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Having just added Hayman Island and Wolgan Valley in Australia, One&Only Resorts is going to triple its presence in Mexico, adding to its current One&Only Palmilla resort in Los Cabos with two properties near Puerto Vallarta.
It's been a rough four months for the The Resort at Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. First, it had to deal with the devastation that was caused by Hurricane Odile.
Then the luxury resort had to pick up the management pieces after the resort owners booted Capella Hotels from the property. After a bit of a legal tussle, it looks like Capella has backed down and the property will take on a new identity as The Resort at Pedregal. Coincidentally, the hotel has erased their Facebook history. The new page only has
3 four likes and all new photos.
Rates next weekend start at $900 a night. No, that's not in pesos. That's in USD. Whooeee.
While a lot of work has been done on the property, it seems as if the rooms will remain the same as when we stayed there last year.
Keep reading for more Cabo reopening dates!
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The Mayakoba resort community near Playa del Carmen, Mexico sits on 240 acres of tropical forest with eco-friendly lagoons and surrounded by the Caribbean shoreline.
Unlike many resorts in Mexico, there is much more to do than just drink margaritas on the beach (although we like that too). Biking via the extensive shady paths, golfing and scenic boat tours around the canals are just a few.
The hard question is this: Which of the three resort properties should you choose for your stay-- the Fairmont, Rosewood or Banyan Tree? Here is a brief overview of each:
The Fairmont Mayakoba struck us as the most kid-friendly with its waterslide and kids pool, even though all three resorts have kids clubs. It’s also apparently dog friendly as we saw this little number poolside (sadly the Paris Hilton-y owner was not actually Paris Hilton). Casitas are scattered throughout the property, some of which are beachfront with stairs leading right to the ocean and some have oceanfront private plunge pools. The Mexican craft beer tasting with tapas is a must do. The Fairmont is the largest of the three with 401 rooms but it is also the least expensive (although certainly just as lovely as the others.) Off-season prices start at less than $300 per night.
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Last time we checked in on Andaz Mayakoba, we were filing it under “back-up Andazm”, since we hadn’t heard much about it since it was announced, despite a mid-2015 opening.
Well, turns out there’s a reason for that. That mid-2015 opening is gonna be May 2016. Oof.
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It's that time of year again: the 2014 HotelChatter Awards! Today and tomorrow, we'll be showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to...
There could really only be one choice for worst hotel hell this year: the number Hurricane Odile did on the resorts of Cabo San Lucas.
Odile came and went in September, with social media giving us updates from the frontline. Many resorts closed for weeks, if not months, and some are still closed as we write this. Then there was that legal battle that followed for Capella too.
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It looks like Hurricane Odile is still causing trouble in Cabo. Aside from structurally damaging nearly every resort and forcing many of them to close for several months, the hurricane stirred up some behind-the-scenes drama.
We've already chronicled the saga of The Resort at Pedregal which kicked out Capella Hotels as their managing brand. Now the same things seems to be happening at Secrets Marquis. Initially, Secrets Marquis said they would reopen on December 20. Then, their Facebook page made an update saying that the resort would be closed until further notice.
Over the weekend, a tipster told us the resort made another kind of announcement on Facebook last week, claiming parent company of Secrets--AM Resorts--has been locked out of the property. Here's the full statement:
Cabo Azul not quite back to its former self.
The Cabo Azul Resort, a Diamond Resort property, sent out an email to guests saying that reservations through May 2015 will be cancelled. New reservations have also been suspended until July, although this could change. (Previously, the resort was listed as opening in January.) Las Ventanas al Paraiso is still somewhat TBA but their website has said an "early 2015" opening is anticipated.
Several more hotels should reopen this month and next and if you're looking for a relatively inexpensive way to experience Cabo, now is the time to go as room rates for all-inclusive rates in early December are averaging about $250 a night and several more hotels going for well under $200.
[Photo: Cabo Azul/Facebook]
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Over the weekend, there was a slight reprieve in the press release war between Capella Hotels and the owners of The Resort at Pedregal but judging by the latter's social media postings, they are not backing down and will forge ahead with their new identity and management.
Quick backstory in case you missed it last week: The owners of Pedregal terminated Capella as the luxury resort's manager, installed a new GM (from a Wyndham hotel in Chicago, btw) and locked Capella's old GM out of the property. Capella took the owners to the NY Supreme Court and got a ruling which reinstated them as managers. Meanwhile, the resort is still closed for ongoing renovations due to damage sustained by Hurricane Odile.
Could this BE any more of a hotel telenovela???
Over the weekend, perhaps to show off their determination in the face of the court ruling, The Resort at Pedregal has been steady with their social media postings. Here are a couple of posts from their Facebook feed:
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Earlier today, we learned that Capella Hotels was reinstated as manager of the Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, a luxury resort that's currently closed while undergoing renovations for damage sustained from Hurricane Odile in September. But there's another storm brewing behind the scenes and this one could damage the resort for good.
Earlier in the week the owner of the Pedregal property, Hoteles de Cabo, S.de R.L.de C.V, (also known as CarVal Investors) announced that Capella would no longer manage the resort. The property would be known instead as The Resort at Pedregal. When we inquired about the reason for the management change, we were told this: "It was decided by ownership that it is in the best interests of everyone involved for The Resort to begin a new direction and the name change reflects the commitment to the new direction." Very vague.
But now that Capella has taken the matter to court and won a ruling in their favor, Hoteles de Cabo has let loose a bunch of allegations of mismanagement including, "unauthorized payments to themselves, and false financial reports." Perhaps worst of all, Hoteles De Cabo said Capella Hotel Group is withholding the funds that were donated to the employees of the resort after the hurricane.
Here's a statement from the Pedregal ownershipr:
"Beyond its mismanagement of the property itself, Capella has held funds donated by generous patrons to help the neediest team members recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Odile.
Capella is holding tens of thousands of dollars intended specifically to help hotel associates get their lives back in order following the horrific storms that have plagued Cabo recently. For reasons beyond our knowledge, they have opted not to distribute those funds. This is not only unacceptable for the unfortunate families involved, but should be doubly embarrassing in light of the fact that the funds were donated by our guests."
So much for that hefty donation Capella Hotel Group contributed. Hoteles de Cabo has said their company has distributed $125,000 directly to the employees of the hotel.
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UPDATE, 11.7.14: Capella just got reinstated. Scroll down to see the court decision and Capella statement.
Here's a mixed bag of news--The Capella Pedregal Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico is still set to reopen in January, after extensive renovations which were necessary when Hurricane Odile had its way with the resort area in September. However, it will no longer be a Capella Hotel.
Instead, the resort will have a new name and identity--The Resort at Pedregal. Already, the Capella Pedregal's social media presence has been wiped away and The Resort at Pedregal's branding, complete with a turtle logo, is now in place (it seems there's a lag with the Facebook page but we bet that will be online any minute.)
The change is shocking especially considering that Capella corporate ponied up a hefty donation to help the employees of the hotel after Hurricane Odile hit.
When we inquired about an explanation, we were told, "It was decided by ownership that it is in the best interests of everyone involved for The Resort to begin a new direction and the name change reflects the commitment to the new direction. "
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The other week we published a list of official reopening dates for the resorts and hotels of Cabo San Lucas, who were hit very hard by Hurricane Odile in September. Worryingly, quite a few of the hotels on the list were only given the dreaded "To Be Announced" slot for their opening dates. Today, we have a few of those TBA dates firmed up.
· Capella Pedegral: The luxury hotel plans on reopening January 15. Here's a portion of the statement they put on their website:
Capella Pedregal has completed its assessment of the damage resulting from Hurricane Odile, and as reported earlier, the damage to the hotel was not severe and our initial goal was to be operational the earliest date possible. Unfortunately, the items needed for our hotel to be fully operational are estimated to be delivered and installed in January 2015.
If you have reservations with the hotel before January 15, 2015, Capella will issue fulleposit refunds and can either book you for alternative dates or check availability at their sister properties. Call 877.247.6688 with your concerns.
· One & Only Palmilla: Initially, this hotel was hoping to be back up by December 15. But now that date has been pushed to March 15. Here's their statement:
Hurricane Odile significantly impacted One&Only Palmilla and our team members and we are working hard to bring back our beloved resort and to delivering a true One&Only experience.
If you have reservations before March 15, call the hotel at 888-691-8081 to reschedule or amend.
· Esperanza, an Auberge Resort: Initially expected to open in December, the luxury resort will now open on March 1. If you have a reservation booked prior to this new March opening, contact reservations at 866-311-2226 for refund and re-booking assistance.
Keep reading for a list of updated reopening dates in chronological order