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Back in September when we first heard that Rodrigo Nino of New York real-estate company, Prodigy Network was planning to crowdfund a hotel, we knew very little of what to expect beyond its description on the company's website as "an innovative micro-living glass tower, one block away from the World Trade Center."
Late last week Curbed tipped us off to some new renderings that bring the project out of the extended-stay hotel category mehs and into the fancy design hotel category yays.
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The ground-breaking will happen on Tuesday, December 3 at 11am. But the 82-story tower which will be the tallest residential towers in downtown Manhattan, won't open until 2016. When it does, it will have a 175 hotel rooms, a restaurant and 143 residences. The tower will obviously have some killer views of downtown, as well as midtown and the New York Harbor, but it will also have a public plaza.
Robert A.M. Stern Architects is designing the tower along with the private residence floor plans and interiors. Yabu Pushelberg will design the interiors of the Four Seasons hotel. Coincidentally, project is owned by Metro Fund, LLC, a joint venture of Silverstein Properties, who are also building the world's largest Four Seasons Resort in Orlando, which will open next year. Also, a partner in the project is the California State Teachers’ Retirement System. Unfortunately, it will probably cost a big portion of your retirement savings to buy a place here or even just spend the night.
[Rendering: Robert A.M. Stern Architects]
Although Kauai and the word "big" would never be used in the same sentence to describe its size, it does have a surprisingly large property in the form of the Grand Hyatt Kauai, which is located on 50-acres with over 600 guest rooms, an outdoor spa, seven restaurants and a golf course.
It's a resort in every sense of the word, but it certainly is a beautiful property. It recently renovated its 37 suites and committed itself to green initiatives, the coolest of which is a design aspect that says no building can be higher than the tallest coconut tree, ensuring that the natural environment remains a main attraction despite it being a sprawling resort.
When we stumbled across the trademark for Hyde Hotels earlier this month, we had no idea if this would actually happen. Or maybe we were just trying not to get our hopes up. But this morning, we've learned that Hyde Hotels, Resorts & Residences are real and they are really happening--in Midtown Miami and Hollywood Beach, Florida. sbe has partnered up with developer Jorge Perez and his company, The Related Group, a prolific builder of luxury condominiums and multi-family residences, to get the brand going.
But the question on everyone's mind is now--how does one transform a nightclub brand into a hotel brand? By focusing on design, for starters. Hyde Hotels want to "strike a balance between innovation and functionality. Hyde will give guests everything they need, without the clutter of items they don’t." And as with all new hotels, technology will be a huge focus, allowing guest to customize everything from their interactions with hotel staff to personalized in-room and on-property amenities. Lastly, the hotel's nightclub roots will shine through with the brand's connections to the worlds of music, fashion, art and even, socializing.
Here's what Sam Nazarian, founder, chairman and CEO of sbe, has to say about his newest hotel brand:
“The Hyde brand has always been defined by its connectivity to music, fashion, art and socializing, where luxury is not about pretense or posturing, but rather authentic style with a commitment to facilitating distinct lifestyle experiences. Past collaborations with Related (ex. SLS Hotel & Residences Brickell) show that they understand how the Hyde Hotels, Resorts & Residences brand can fill a major void in the marketplace, and can adapt to an array of global communities.”
Hyde Hotel will also be given out special VIP perks to their hotel guests and residence owners such as exclusive access to the Hyde portfolio, including outposts at Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center, the Bellagio in Las Vegas, SLS South Beach and the American Airlines Arena, as well as the entire sbe hospitality platform which has over 80 properties in the hotel, restaurant and nightlife properties realm.
Keep reading for more info on Hyde Hotel & Residences Midtown Miami and Hyde Resort & Residences Hollywood Beach
This HotelChatter contributor learned a valuable lesson and enjoyed a red-sand beach along the Road to Hana, but more importantly, he discovered that driving back to "civilization" on the same day would be foolish given the hotel that awaits travelers. Despite being a small, sleepy town, Hana is home to one (and only one) rather incredible resort, the Travaasa Hana.
Formerly the Hotel Hana Maui, the deal here is that you are transported back to the "old Hawaii," a place before all the concrete and cars showed up. While we know that sounds odd since we're talking about a resort, we were impressed by how well-incorporated it was into the landscape. Other than the floors of the buildings, the only concrete to be found was the path that led from the lobby to the rooms and the small walkway around the edge of the infinity pool. Otherwise, it's green grass, palm trees, and ocean views.
If you're heading to Miami Beach sometime soon for Thanksgiving, Art Basel, Christmas, New Year's or just a general getaway, you should be aware of some major construction that's going on.
This is the scene along Collins Avenue, home to a boatload of hot hotels. A lane of Collins is ripped up from about 5th Street up to 15th Street. It ends just before The Sagamore, The Delano, SLS, Surfcomber and Catalina Hotels begin. Construction started last June and isn't expected to be finished until sometime next summer. That means hotels along this route--The James Royal Palm, The Loews, The Dream--and many others have front-row seats to the construction and its noisy players.
However, the good thing about the beachfront hotels (The James and The Palms) is that out back they have access to the beach path which you can take instead of walking along the street. Plus, you can get some exercise by renting a bike.
Meanwhile, the hotels along Ocean Drive are construction-free. Well, for the most part. Thanks to constant renovations and remodelings, Miami is never really construction-free.
Less than a month since we heard news of a new boutique hotel opening in Bushwick, we hear that another new hotel is in the works for the Bushwick/Williamsburg border. We get the feeling there's lots more to come.
The latest development is a 100-room hotel at 280 Meeker Avenue and 646 Lorimer Street, which will also feature an indoor/outdoor food and beverage space, ground floor retail, and a 10-unit residential building.
The site is three blocks from the Lorimer stop on the L train, and less than a mile from other hotel developments at 175 Broadway (next to the historic Williamsburgh Savings Bank) and 93 Wythe Avenue, which we think might be a Hoxton Hotel. Our friends at Curbed also recently reported news of a 14-stroy hotel hybrid coming to 500 Metropolitan Avenue, which is just a five-minute walk, or 2-minute fixie bike ride, away.
[Photo: Google Street View]
As hyped as we are for new Trump International Old Post Office Hotel, we have more imminent DC hotel news to get excited about.
The downtown Shaw neighborhood of DC is getting a major new hotel next spring. The Marriott Marquis Washington will be the largest hotel in DC, connected to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The hotel will have a massive 1,175 rooms, including 49 suites, 105,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meetings space, five dining outlets, a high-tech concierge lounge, and a bi-level health club. The hotel is also designed to be LEED Silver accredited, and will incorporate the site’s original historic Samuel Gompers AFL-CIO headquarters, known as the "Plumbers Building,” and a 56-foot sculpture by Rodney Carroll, which will be the centerpiece of the grand glass atrium lobby. All interiors are by BBG-BBGM.
Chilled-out is perhaps not a state of being one would most commonly associate with NYC hotel Dream Downtown, but even hard-partiers need a break some time.
The hotel is now running a series of Sunday Sessions that are free and open to anyone who wants to join. Yoga classes are held in The Gallery every other Sunday, and taught by Lululemon ambassadors. Also, in-between Yoga Sundays they are offering other fun classes, such as a Wool & The Gang knitting circle. In the new year they plan to add to the program with juicing classes, cinema classes, and more. It's not all kumbaya, by the way, when we attended a yoga session the other week, we found it pretty darn competitive.
Here's another Miami Hotel Mambo move for you. As of just the other day, the Angler's Hotel on Washington Avenue, has become a Kimpton Hotel. This marks the third Kimpton Hotel in the Miami area. They already have the EPIC and the beachfront Surfcomber Hotel.
As far as we can see, not much has changed since we last stayed there.. There was an addition that opened in early 2008 and now, another expansion is planned for next year that will add 83 new rooms as well as a rooftop pool and a new lobby.
The Angler's has always had free WiFi but now you'll have to be a member of Kimpton's InTouch loyalty program to get it. The Angler's has also already begun Kimpton-izing the rest of the hotel to include hosted wine hour, yoga mats and animal-print bathrobes in the closet, a "You Forgot It, We Got It" list of complimentary toiletries and complimentary morning coffee and tea service from 6am to 10am every day.
Rates this weekend start at $339 a night.
While Hard Rock Hotels might be the perfect place to party, it's not a brand that we usually associate with free WiFi. Typically, it's an additional charge or folded into a resort fee.
But lo and behold, when we signed on to the network at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida, this is what greeted us:
Hard Rock Unplugged: Free Wireless Internet Access for Our Guests
Party on! For us, working nerds anyways.
In the mood for a quickie tonight at the Seminole Hard Rock? The property is actually sold out this weekend (weekends are typically sold-out at this resort.) But a deluxe room is available on Monday for $189 a night and there's no resort fee. Rocking.
We'll have more on the other rock star touches at the Seminole Hard Rock for you next week.
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When one hotel closes, another one is quick to open. The Millennium Hotel in St. Louis which has been in steady decline for a few years, will close the last 164 of its 780 hotel rooms on January 22.. The general manager for the hotel gave this statement to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
“The hotel has served the St. Louis community well for many years,” Robert Rivers, the owner’s regional general manager, said in a statement. “However, we have concluded that the hotel, in its current state, does not meet our standards and has not kept pace with guest demands.”
An example of how outdated the hotel is? According to a TripAdvisor review, the rooms did not have wireless internet. Good grief! But the biggest loss will be the hotel's spinning restaurant at the top of the building. Baseball fans will also miss this killer ballpark view. No word on what could possibly take its place but residential condos is most likely.
Meanwhile, in Orlando, the new-ish Legoland Theme Park will be getting its own 152-room Lego-themed hotel in 2015. Having spent some time at Legoland Hotel in California, which just opened last April, we bet the Orlando outpost will be very similar. But of course, with Orlando being so
muggy hot in the summer months, there will probably be more water features at the pool.