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Another Day, More Bad News for the Waldorf Astoria

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  Site Where: 301 Park Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022-6897
June 19, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (2)

It’s not been an ideal week for the poor Waldorf Astoria New York. First there was that shooting. Now, it’s been announced that the US will be moving its HQ for the UN General Assembly, which traditionally takes place there, to the New York Palace Hotel.

The move is at the behest of the US State Department, because of worries about safety – but not because they’re concerned a possibly drunken wedding guest might let his gun go off in the lobby, oh no! It’s because the Waldorf Astoria is now owned by Chinese company Anbang Insurance Group. Allegedly (the State Department didn’t give a reason.)

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W Fort Lauderdale is Being Prepped for a Nip and Tuck

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  Site Where: 401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard [map], Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States, 33304
June 18, 2015 at 5:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

W Hotels - design-driven, energy-infused, and known for upping its own game, has announced "W"hopping renovation plans for the W Fort Lauderdale and The Residences at W Fort Lauderdale.

The extreme makeover of the seductive hotel will be undertaken by The Related Group/Related Companies, who purchased the W last summer and the renovations will be carried out in stages throughout the year.

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Who Do You Think You Are? Madonna Takes Over The Standard Hotel

June 18, 2015 at 3:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

The queen of pop pops, locks, and twerks her way from an in-room gym to a fireworks-filled Manhattan rooftop in her new video for "Bitch I'm Madonna," which hit the Internet in all its glitter-packed glory today. (Okay, technically it dropped yesterday as a 24-hour exclusive on Tidal. But who's using that? #SorryJayZ.)

The colorful clip is the third from her "Rebel Heart" album, and it's definitely the best hotel party we've never been invited to. Check out the video. Does the place look familiar? Because if you're a hotel nerd, it should.

Backed by a bevy of backup dancers and celeb cameos (like Rita Ora, Chris Rock, Alexander Wang and the song's DJ-producer, Diplo) Madonna winds her way through the 17th floor suite at The Standard, High Line, temporarily transformed into a thumping haven of vogue dancers and sock puppets. (Yes, sock puppets.)

Then it's upstairs to the hotel's celeb-fave nightspot, the Boom Boom Room (or as it is officially known, Top of the Standard — Zzz!) for 360-degree views, a rap verse from Nicki Minaj, and breakdancing courtesy of Madonna's youngest son, David. (Her older son, Rocco, cameos as a DJ.) Finally, the diva hits the hotel rooftop for a final crowd-surfing throw down. CAN'T STOP WON'T STOP 2015, Y'ALL.

The Standard, High Line is no stranger to music video shoots; it's here that Beyonce filmed a clip from her last album too. (It's also here that she, Jay-Z and Solange got into that little elevator scuffle, but that's another story.) And in fact, a pose-striking Beyonce is one of several other stars (like Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Kanye West) who pop up to lip sync that refrain — "Bitch I'm Madonna" — in deference to the pop queen who paved the way. (Even some adorable "Like a Virgin"-attired little girls sass it up in homage to the Material Girl's influence.)

Crank it loud at your next hotel bash. If you live for the love of the party — and don't care what others think — you're Madonna, too. Even if you can't afford that penthouse rate.

[Image via StandardCulture.com]

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Kimpton Will Say Hello to Palm Springs Next Year

June 18, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Pack the sunscreen and sunglasses, as Kimpton is expanding their hotel footprint as they move into Palm Springs. There will be plenty of time to prepare—and to save up for a visit—as things are slated to start welcoming guests in 2016.

According to the folks over at The Desert Sun, it’s all new construction and things are well underway. The cranes, bulldozers, and hard hats are arriving on-site, as it won’t be long until the 155-rooms open up for business in the Museum Market Plaza. There’s been some delays here and there, but it does sound like things are finally on schedule. Again it’s 2016—fall to be specific.

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What to Expect When You're Expecting to Visit Mama Shelter Los Angeles

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  Site Where: 1557 Wilcox Avenue [map], Hollywood, CA, United States, 90048
June 18, 2015 at 9:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

Usually, Mama welcomes us into the world. But in just a few short weeks, we’ll be welcoming a new Mama into the world—Mama Shelter Los Angeles.

We’ve been waiting for Mama to open for quite some time, pretty much since we sniffed out her address last summer (at the corner of Selma and Wilcox in Hollywood proper.) Now, after a few delays, Mama Shelter will be hugging guests tight to her bosom on July 1.

The LA Times recently ran a pre-opening piece on Mama Shelter, focusing on the colorful chalk artwork that adorns the ceiling of the ground floor lobby which packs in an extended bar, a check-in area, a business center, an oversized foosball table, a coffee shop and a small restaurant.

But last week, we were able to walk through the entire property, including the rooftop, with Mama Shelter papa owner Benjamin Trigano, who in addition to heading up the U.S. expansion of his family’s quirky hotel collection, also owns the M+B Gallery in West Hollywood.

Although he’d never take the credit for it, Trigano completely embodies the spirit of this Mama Shelter—which is art-centric but super casual; innately cool, but extremely friendly; Hollywood, but real Hollywood, not the celebrity kind; and provocative, but a little silly. Indeed, he's pushing forth all of these attributes with a single goal in mind--to have fun.

"It's really about creating a real welcoming environment," Trigano said. "We stress this all the time with our staff, with everybody we work with, we're not trying to be the coolest, we're just trying to be a fun place to hang out and have a good time."

And there will no be shortage of places to have a good time here.

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Fastest Finger First for Triumph Hotels' NYC Flash Sale

June 18, 2015 at 8:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

New rooms at The Evelyn

New York, New York, the city so good its hotels charge at least double what they should be charging. Not, luckily, at Triumph Hotels – at least, not if you book in their 24-hour flash sale coming up next week.

From midnight Sunday night to midnight Monday (the longest day of the year, as it happens), you’ll be able to book any of their seven hotels at a hefty discount.

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Blue Ocean Views from Waikiki's Pink Palace

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  Site Where: 2259 Kalakaua Avenue [map], Honolulu, HI, United States, 96815
June 17, 2015 at 10:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s perhaps not such a surprise that Starwood Hotels would be well-represented among Waikiki’s major concentration of Hawaii hotels. When we did the math during a recent stay at The Royal Hawaiian, we were still a bit shocked by the sheer scale of things: four hotels, all virtually neighbors. Two Sheratons, a Westin, and a Luxury Collection hotel (the Royal Hawaiian). And 4,100 rooms between them – over four thousand rooms. Solitude and isolation you won’t find here, that’s clear.

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Chicago Athletic Association Hotel is Open For Business

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  Site Where: 12 South Michigan Ave [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60603
June 17, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just a few weeks ago, a (not-so) little slice of Chicago swung open its doors to show the entire city how cool a vintage athletic facility-turned-hotel can be. Housed in a pretty ornate building on South Michigan Avenue, the Chicago Athletic Association calls upon the 120- year history of being the place to swim, play basketball, fence or catch a few laps on the running track as well as making for one of the neatest hotels we've checked out.

We had an opportunity to explore the finished product of the massive project of transforming this landmark into a lifestyle hotel that might even attract the folks that used its facilities decade before.

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Checking in on The Lennox Hotel Miami

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  Site Where: 1900 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
June 16, 2015 at 6:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been over three years since we first heard about the Lennox Hotel going up in Miami but there isn't much news to report.

We walked by the site of the old Peter Miller Hotel on Collins Avenue across from the luxury spot, The Setai. And work is coming along but it will be a while before this hotel opens its doors, especially since looking down 19th street, you can see all the units that need to be finished. You can head over to Kobi Karp Architects to peep some renderings of what the hotel should look like when it's finished. (That guest room is everything.)

However, we did learn that this hotel will be a part of Lennox Hotels, which has two other properties in South America--one in Ushuaia Patagonia and the other in Buenos Aires. So expect even more South American flair to invade Collins.

[Photos: HotelChatter; Rendering: Kobi Karp]

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Sneak Peek at East Miami, Opening in December

June 15, 2015 at 4:26 PM | by | Comment (1)

Feel Totally at East

That was the tagline that greeted guests who arrived at the pre-opening office of East, Miami, the first U.S. outpost of Swire Hotels' East Hotels brand.

This will be the third hotel for the business traveler brand (they bill themselves as a "business hotel with a life") with the other two East Hotels in China--one in Hong Kong and one in Beijing.

Not much has changed plans-wise since we first heard of the directions to, er, for the East. The hotel will still include 255 contemporary rooms, done with the signature orange accents of East, eight suites, and 89 residences, all designed by Miami-based Arquitectonica architects. The building is not quite ready but East helpfully had some model rooms for guests to walk through.

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Ritz-Carlton Philly Will Unveil a New Look Next Spring

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  Site Where: 10 Avenue of the Arts [map], Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19102
June 15, 2015 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

With so much hotel activity going in the City of Brotherly Love, it was only a matter of time before we would hear of yet another major re-dux in the luxury market.

One hotel in particular that probably doesn’t need a re-do but is getting one anyway is The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, slated to start upgrades this fall which will be completed in spring 2016.

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San Francisco 49ers to Get an Equinox Hotel Right Next Door

June 15, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s been a couple months since we first got pumped up (sorry) regarding the news around Equinox Hotels. We’re still a way from the first debut, scheduled for New York at some point in 2018, but now there’s a little more news about where else the chain might be headed.

The perfect fit for a hotel dedicated to fitness would be right next to a football stadium, right? Well as long as we’re talking about the athletes and not the fans that’s probably the case. We know a football fan or two who are more dedicated to the chips and dip than the weight room—ourselves included!

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