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Seattle Kimptons: Are You Willing to Rename Your Goldfish, 'Gronkfish'?

January 27, 2015 at 3:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Kimpton's Nine Zero Hotel in Boston

Are you betting on the Super Bowl? The Kimpton Hotels in Boston certainly are, offering up a challenge to their Kimpton counterparts in Seattle.

If the Patriots win, Boston proposes that the Seattle Kimpton hotels do the following on the day of the Championship Parade in Boston:

• Serve New England Clam Chowder in their restaurants

• Serve a New England brewed beer and a Boston tea-infused cocktail in their bars

• Replace Seattle’s best coffee with the coffee that New Englanders all run on

• Wear Patriots gear at the Front Desk while checking in their guests

• Rename the hotel’s pet gold fish, "Gronkfish" for the day

• Play music by Boston bands in their hotel lobby all day

No word yet on whether Seattle has accepted or what Boston will do if, gasp, the Patriots lose. So, in that sense, it's not really a bet. We hope Seattle returns the favor with some terms of their own should the Seahawks win a consecutive championship.

Now, to fully grasp the seriousness of this bet, watch this video of Joe Capalbo, Kimpton's Area Director of Operations for Boston, laying down the terms for Seattle, while aboard the Boston Tea Party ship.

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Confirming What We Already Knew: Marriott's Moxy Hotels are Coming to The U.S.

January 27, 2015 at 1:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

More major hotel news today regarding millennial brands--Marriott International has announced they will bring Moxy Hotels to the United States. (But we already knew that.)

Already eight Moxy Hotels are lined up, with three hotel set for NYC (in Chelsea, Mid-town and Lower Manhattan), as well as San Fran, Seattle, New Orleans, and Chicago. (See? WE TOLD YOU.)

Naturally, we're a bit concerned about the need for THREE hotels in New York City. But Marriott is sparing no expense here, having contracted Yabu Pushelberg to do the design of at least one NYC hotel. (Remember, this duo recently did another Marriott property--Miami Beach Edition.) So clearly, Moxy is aiming to make a sexy splash when it lands stateside. Which is probably right on brand as the Moxy models are always half-dressed.

Meanwhile, the men of Moxy are still planning on coming in, er, to London three times, as well as in Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin and Denmark.

So what can you expect from Moxy Hotels, aside from lots of man meat? Affordable rates (well, at least near the airport in Milan. NYC probably will not have this), free and "furiously fast" WiFi, Apple TV in the rooms, snug rooms and no phones next to the bed as Moxy is all about high-tech, including keyless entry and motion-sensor lighting. And whatever else millennials are into these days.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Tudor Cocktails and Faberge Eggs Are on the Menu at Hotel Chantelle

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  Site Where: 92 Ludlow St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10002
January 27, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

It has Fabergé eggs. It has King Henry VIII. And it has Tudor-inspired cocktails. That’s quite something for a hotel venue.

Welcome to New York, and to BonBonnière, the new nightclub in the basement of the Hotel Chantelle. A London import – the first one opened in Soho last year – it’s “inspired by the Fabergé egg” and all the European opulence that goes with it.

What does that mean in the 21st century? Mirrored walls, LED-lit ceilings, and a giant Fabergé egg as the DJ booth. Now that is something.

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The Carlyle New York to Get a Makeover From Tony Chi and Associates

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  Site Where: 35 E. 76th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10021
January 26, 2015 at 3:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel & Resort, is not just a hotel where Kate Middleton would stay while visiting New York, it is also a hotel where we would spend the end of our days.

It is an Upper East Side institution, a quintessentially New York experience which, provided you have the funds for a night's stay, will make you feel not like a guest passing through but rather, an actual resident and this place has been your home all along.

When we stayed there in 2008, we knew the rooms may not have been the most modern rooms on the block, but they were classic and clean and so very well-maintained. But that was seven years ago. Even though some rooms have received a soft goods upgrade since that time, The Carlyle is ready for a change.

Which is why we are thrilled to hear that NYC-based Tony Chi, the man behind the gorgeous Rosewood London is taking on The Carlyle's upcoming renovation project.

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The Virgin Hotel in Nashville is Now Showing Some Skin

January 26, 2015 at 1:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Now that we know what actually happens inside a Virgin Hotel, we can actually enjoy these newly released renderings for the Virgin Hotel Nashville, opening in 2016.

Construction on the 240-room hotel is supposed to happen this spring and when it's all finished, the property will boast not just a super futuristic look from Atlanta-based BLUR Workshop, (as opposed to the historic bank building look in Chicago) but also a rooftop pool, restaurants, shops, 15 for-sale penthouse residences and, wait for it...a recording studio.

That was to be expected given that the Virgin company started out as a record shop, and this hotel is opening at the start of Music Row. But still, kind of awesome.

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First Look: The Gordon Bar at SIXTY SoHo

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  Site Where: 60 Thompson St. [map], New York, NY, United States, 10012
January 23, 2015 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we brought you a sneak peek of the Sixty SoHo’s new look and mentioned the recent opening of its new bar, The Gordon Bar. Here, now, are the details on Manhattan’s newest watering hole.

The Gordon Bar is just off the second-floor lobby and reception area of the hotel. Like the lobby, the feel here is cozy but swank. The focal point on one end of the room is a fireplace bookended by glass shelves with knickknacks and potted plants. In front of that is a small glass coffee table with art books, around which are clustered armchairs and a plush loveseat in nice communal seating area.

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Dream Midtown's Renovations Can Only Mean One Thing: It's Party Time

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  Site Where: 210 West 55th Street [map], New York, New York, United States, 10019
January 23, 2015 at 11:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

The 220-room Dream Midtown recently completed the first phase of a $20 million renovation that included a floor-to-ceiling redesign of the lobby, guest rooms, and suites. The property also changed its name from the Dream New York to the Dream Midtown.

As you can see above, the new rooms look pretty spiffy with their canopy-style headboards. But the most interesting thing about this renovation is the second phase that will be unveiled this spring: Nightlife offerings by TAO Strategic Group, they who run the massive nightclubs Tao in NYC and Las Vegas, will include the introduction of 4,000 square-foot bi-level rooftop lounge. According to the hotel, the atmosphere and vibe will mirror the current experience one can have at Dream Meatpacking, which is already big party spot. Dream Midtown will also turn its cellar into a nightlife zone, but no timetable for that has been released.

So, we don't really even have to read between the lines to get the drift of this announcement: Dream Midtown is turning itself into a party zone. Whether it's a good idea or a bad idea will simply depend on how the plan is executed, and we look forward to seeing how it turns out. Either way, we hope the new renovations include soundproofing the rooms.

[Photo: Dream Hotels]

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How to Escape 'Chiberia' in Chicago at These 3 Hot Hotels

January 22, 2015 at 5:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

The view from the Park Hyatt Chicago. Brrr.

Chiberia has already raised its icy head in Chicago with wind chills in the negative double digits and tourists running for cover. But there’s no need to suffer the elements this winter in Chicago--simply find a luxe hotel in downtown to hunker down. With these full-service posh options, you won’t have to venture out, nor will you want to.

The James: Drag yourself downstairs, away from the modern, comfy room to experience dry-aged steaks at David Burke’s Primehouse, which also serves breakfast and lunch. Feeling reclusive? David Burke’s can be delivered right to your door via room service. One item not to miss: the bacon stick with black pepper and maple syrup. And if you wake up at 3 a.m. craving more bacon? No problem, room service operates around the clock. The Asha Spa offers a menu of treatments specifically for men so they can pretty themselves up before reentering society. Get a nightcap at the JIMMY bar or check out the happy hour special from 6 pm to 8 pm Wednesday through Friday with $6 wines by the glass and $5 appetizers from David Burke’s.

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This New Hotel Brand Wants to Give You a 'Proper' Hotel Stay

January 22, 2015 at 4:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

Back in November, we heard a rumor that Viceroy Hotels would be creating a new hotel brand, presumably aimed at Millennials.

Lo and behold, Skift.com has picked up the official scoop on the new brand from Viceroy's founders. And brace yourselves. The new brand is called Proper Hotels, but surprisingly, it's not for millennials but rather folks used to boutique and lifestyle hotels, but more "high-end."

The new brand was created and is being fostered by Brad Korzen, the founder and former CEO of Viceroy (Proper, however, is not a part of Viceroy Hotel Group.) This is a good thing as everyone knows how much The Viceroy in Santa Monica changed the boutique game on the West Coast, bringing together high design, cool style and a sexy social scene. (Unfortunately, service was way off.)

Korzen is also keeping his wife, Kelly Wearstler, as interior designer for the brand. We enjoy Weartsler's colorful and whimsical style but she may need to dial it back a bit as Proper is going after the start-up crowd, who may not appreciate her luxe decor, oft mimicked by Real Housewife-types.

But we're getting ahead of ourselves here. Let's talk about where Proper will open properly:

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Joie de Vivre Hotels is Moving East With Miami Beach and NYC Hotels Lined Up

January 22, 2015 at 11:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

We often found that while most East Coast people are wiling to go West, to the land of sun and empty happy people, it is hard to make West Coasters go East, to the land of brutal winters and rude strong-minded people and stay there. (Or maybe that's just our own experience.)

But West Coast brand, Joie de Vivre Hotels, is taking its California hotel style to the East Coast, opening in Miami Beach and NYC's Bowery hood in the next couple of years.

The Hall will open this summer at 15th Street and Collins Ave, prime Art Deco in a building originally designed by architect L. Murray Dixon. Now, Miami-based architectural firm ADD Inc. and interior design firm Robert McKinley Creative are "renewing" the landmark property to create a 164-room JDV hotel with a courtyard, indoor/outdoor restaurant, a library bar, a swimming pool and in a city of craft cocktails, a beer garden. We're already thirsty.

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Loews Chicago Gears Up to Grill Some Steak With Their New Restaurant

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  Site Where: 455 N. Park Drive [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60611
January 22, 2015 at 9:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

In a foodie city such as Chicago, it's great news when a hotel takes their food and beverage offering serious. That's why we're pretty excited to catch a flavor of (wayyyyy) South of the border at the new Loews Chicago once they open in March.

Previously unreleased, the hotel has picked hometown chef, Jose Garces, to tempt the taste-buds of guests and locals as he chars up some of his Argentinian faves in the themed restaurant. Featured as a central focus for the eatery is the parrilla, or grill, Rural Society's menu will explore cooking more than steak on an open flame creating an authentic and refreshed experience using quebracho, an Argentine hardwood to cook the meats.

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The Hotel Jerome in Aspen Got Disicked Over

January 21, 2015 at 7:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

We totally feel for Scott Disick, husband boyfriend baby daddy to Kourtney Kardashian. He had a rough 2014. His parents passed away within three months of each other, and as we witnessed on "Khloe and Kourtney Take The Hamptons" (You know you watched it, admit it), he took to binge drinking to cope with the losses, so much so he was sent to the hospital for alcohol poisoning.

Then in what should have been a happier end to the year, he welcomed his third kid and second son, Reign Aston, in mid-December. Turns out a third kid did not hold Disick down.

He has continued to party it up since the baby's birth, jetting off to Vegas for a wild club weekend and most recently, Aspen, where he and his crew trashed a hotel suite at the recently renovated Hotel Jerome, an Auberge Resort, stole some liquor and blazed up the joint.

Ever mindful of celebrities behaving badly in hotel rooms, TMZ has the scoop:

Sources at Hotel Jerome tell TMZ ... the first night Scott and his crew -- which included famed artist Alec Monopoly -- went out on the town, and when they came back one of his buds jumped over a counter at the bar in the lobby and stole a bottle -- which we think is Johnny Walker Black Label -- which they took back to the room. The hotel didn't call the cops, but charged him $400.

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