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The Miramar's Iconic Bungalows Get a Well Deserved Makeover

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  Site Where: 101 Wilshire Boulevard [map], Santa Monica, CA, United States, 90401
July 28, 2015 at 4:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

You don't have to be a star, baby, to bask in the sunshine and seclusion of the Miramar's reborn bungalows, but just in case, sign the guest book.

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Curious about Old Hollywood? Then go west to Santa Monica and check out the guest book at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. Better yet, sign it as you check into one of the 32 newly revamped bungalows, of which 22 are now open with the others scheduled for completion by August 1.

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A New SoulCycle To Spin Out of 1 Hotel South Beach

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  Site Where: 2341 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
July 28, 2015 at 2:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

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We already knew that 1 Hotels was eco-conscious. Now we know it's body-conscious, too. Or should we say soul-conscious?

Yes, a SoulCycle studio is coming to the 1 Hotel South Beach later this year.

The new outpost will be Miami's second SoulCycle location (the other is in Coral Gables), and the brand's 50th studio nationwide. It's slated to open in December, which is good news for hardcore SoulCycle fans who are planning to attend Art Basel or simply hit up South Beach when it gets cold everywhere else in the country.

SoulCycle South Beach will be a 2,600-square-foot, 54-bike studio and will offer the signature high-energy rides the brand is famous for. If you happen to not be familiar with the SoulCycle workout, know this: riders burn between 500-700 calories in a 45-minute high-intensity cardio blast. Rides also involve upper body toning using hand weights and choreography.

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And Now Kimpton Has Lost Hotel Palomar SF as Well

July 28, 2015 at 12:24 PM | by | Comment (1)

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Last week we told you that the Hotel Monaco in San Francisco, a flagship Kimpton Hotel, had been deflagged into The Marker Hotel, managed by Destination Hotels and Resorts. The move was apparently due to a union dispute as Kimpton is now a part of InterContinental Hotel Group, and all IHG hotels in SF need to be unionized.

A tipster with inside knowledge on the rebranding told us last week to expect "More Kimpton hotels to be rebranded in the weeks ahead to avoid become unionized." And now, here is news of another one--Hotel Palomar, the choicely located hotel at 4th and Market, just steps away from the Powell Street Cable Car.

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It's Raining Meteors and These are the Best Hotels to See the Show

July 28, 2015 at 10:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

It may not be raining men, as the song goes, but according to big-brain astronomer types, it is going to be raining meteors this summer. The Delta Aquarid meteor shower is making its debut late July and the Perseid meteor shower is hitting its peak in mid-August, and some hotels are set up for stargazing. Here's where to go to get the best view of the show.

AKA Central Park (above)

The newly-remodeled penthouses at AKA Central Park will give you a glamping experience like no other. The 1,000-square-foot wraparound terraces have an outdoor bedroom with a queen-sized bed, fireplace and a primo telescope meant solely for stargazing (nudge, nudge, wink, wink).

Rates mid-August start at $395 and the Penthouse Suite starts at $815.

More hotels with star views below!

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The Former Yankee Clipper, Now B Ocean Resort, Gets a 2016 Upgrade

July 28, 2015 at 9:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

It seems like just yesterday we were playing Guess The Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, but fast-forward five years and we’re back—and we’re talking yet another renovation. The ship-shaped hotel formerly known as The Yankee Clipper has been doing its things in Fort Lauderdale for years and years, and after a stint as a Sheraton it has been turned over and turned into the B Ocean Resort.

Upgrades and improvements are scheduled to wrap up early next year, so all those spring breakers will be able to check things out during their ins and outs of sobriety. The Sun Sentinel has all the details, but it sounds like new colors and fun furnishings are just part of the plans.

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Tommie Hudson Square Delays Until February 2016

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  Site Where: 231 Hudson Street, New York, United States
July 27, 2015 at 1:31 PM | by | Comments (3)

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The delays keep rolling in for Manhattan: we’ve told you the SLS New York won’t be happening before early next year, the 1 Hotel Central Park will most likely be August, not July (at least that’s still very soon), and now tommie Hudson Square rains on our parade by pushing back its reservations to February 1, 2016.

If you’re keeping track, that’s quite a difference with the October 1 date it started out with back in March, when it gave us a bunch of photos along with the ability to book a room – and the suggestion that “summer” would even be possible. Alas, it is not to be.

When we look at rates during the depth of winter, a “Twin Stack” with bunk beds starts at $249 a night before taxes. $10 more gets you an Urban Queen with a courtyard view, while an Alcove King with City View comes in at $299. When it opens, tommie will have Harold’s Meat & Three American Eatery, a lobby bar and courtyard, as well as a rooftop and a “24-hour General Store”.

Based on what we’ve heard, and the fact that reservations still aren’t live on its website, we don’t think The Renwick New York (sister hotel to The Gregory) will make its summer opening either – it’ll more likely be September or October before you can start penning that novel or work on those in-room easels.

[Photo: Tommie Hotels]

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Inside Princess Cruises' Two Denali Lodges

July 24, 2015 at 3:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

Relaxing and enjoying the view at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge

In an effort to broaden the stay and experience of cruising in Alaska, Princess Cruises owns and operates five wilderness lodges throughout the state. The properties are constructed to accommodate large groups of tourists traveling before or after their cruise. In this way, they are not built for someone looking for a rustic stay in the wilderness. They are outfitted and able to accommodate families and groups, and with that comes lots of tour buses, long lines, and crowded common areas.

Princess has two lodges in the vicinity of Denali National Park, each with its own unique location and resulting benefits. During a recent visit to the Park prior to a cruise, I spent nights at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge and the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, transferring between Anchorage and the Park scenically and effortlessly via Princess' own luxury rail cars.

That last part is one of main reasons the lodges are so popular: A visit is extremely turnkey. Not only can you arrange transport through Princess, a stay is much like being on a cruise in that the lodges allow you to book excursions through them, providing ample and easy opportunities to explore the Last Frontier. The properties might lack true character because of the reality of their scope and size, but they are without question beautiful thanks to their location in the Alaskan wilderness.

With those things said and understood, I feel comfortable explaining that they are great options for general travelers who want to get a taste of the Alaskan wilderness before or after their cruise without taking on risk or doing a lot of planning. Below, we take a brief look inside them.

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Kids & Dogs Can Enjoy Miami Spa Month at The Betsy Hotel

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  Site Where: 1440 Ocean Drive [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
July 24, 2015 at 11:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's Miami Spa Month through the end of August (yes, it's technically two months long), which means it's easier to upgrade your Miami hotel stay with a little pampering. Most treatments on the Spa Month menu are $99 (plus tax and gratuity), with some higher-end services at $129.

One South Beach hotel in particular has extended its spa month specials to the entire family, with treatments for kids and even pups available. The Betsy South Beach, the nicest hotel located right on Ocean Drive, welcomes guests with little ones and four-legged friends to its Zen-like Betsy Wellness Garden, Miami’s only open air rooftop spa, to try one of these custom treatments.

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Le Méridien 'San Francisco Treats' Itself to $12 Million Renovation

July 24, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Your next stay in San Francisco just got that much better, as there’s one Starwood property throwing open the doors on its latest renovation and remodel.

All in all there’s been $12 million spent on Le Méridien San Francisco, and the place is ready to show off its stuff right in the middle of the city’s Financial District. For those keeping score at home, there are 360 rooms to checkout and of those 80 are sweet suites.

New stuff includes the brand’s signature Le Méridien Hub—think of it as way more than just the lobby, as they spin things into something that operates as coffee shop by day and lounge by night. There are subtle touches in this space reflecting the streets of the city, and even the carpet shows off a little local love. Even the event space and meeting spots have been improved, so if you’re looking for 12,500 square feet of space for your next soiree this place has you covered.

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Langham Place is Renovating its Fifth Avenue Digs and Gives One Artist Full Reign

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  Site Where: 400 Fifth Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10018
July 23, 2015 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's only been a couple of years since Langham Hospitality Group rebranded the Setai Fifth Avenue and has recently embarked on a major renovation of the luxe Midtown address, now known as Langham Place Fifth Avenue, the brand's first location outside of Asia. (Meanwhile, Langham just opened the Langham Place, Haining in China earlier this month as well.)

The 214 guest rooms, including a whopping 57 suites, will have a refresh of finishes and furnishings, overseen by Meyer Davis Studio but it is the public spaces and a one man art show that seem to be the focus of the upgrades.

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We All Scream for the Ice Cream Flight at The Pierre New York

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  Site Where: 2 East 61st Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10065-8402
July 22, 2015 at 5:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

It’s been a hot one, alright. Temperatures have been at record highs across much of the US, so you can be forgiven for wanting to break your summer diet to indulge in a little frozen treat.

The Pierre, a Taj Hotel (and part of Leading Hotels of the World), has come to the rescue with their Summer Ice Cream flight at Two E Lounge. You get four miniature-sized cones in these delish-sounding flavors:

- Wild Blueberry Verbena

- White Peach Raspberry

- Alphonso Mango

- White Chocolate Strawberry

And no – the frozen goodness is not over – you also get a 70% Dark Chocolate Pistachio Parfait Pop and, to carry you from serious indulgence to overindulgence, two Micro Macarons.

The Summer Ice Cream Flight ($12) is available exclusively for Summer 2015, served daily from 3 p.m. until close until September 7. Order two and dinner's done.

[Photo: The Pierre, a Taj Hotel]

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Is This a Record? Gaylord Hotels are Putting Up the Christmas Decor Already

July 22, 2015 at 9:35 AM | by | Comment (1)

We’re more than halfway through July, and there’s plenty of summer to be had in hotels across the globe—well at least the top half the globe. That doesn’t mean that hotels aren't looking forward to the holiday season, though - in fact, some properties are already busy heading up to the attic and taking an inventory of the Christmas decorations.

Gaylord Hotels—now part of the Marriott family—are beavering away getting ready for the holidays at four of their larger resorts. With properties having between 1,000 and 2,000 guestrooms there’s a lot of work to be done, as trees, wreathes, ornaments, and lights just don’t go and appear on their own. In Nashville it sounds like the lighting work has already begun—probably to give them time to figure out which one light is turning off the whole damn string of lights.

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