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The St. Regis Bal Harbour Has a New Cabana Designed By Miami's Hot Shop, The Webster

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  Site Where: 9703 Collins Avenue [map], Bal Harbour, FL, United States, 33154
November 5, 2014 at 5:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

Winter season is practically here and that has us thinking of another kind of season, one where no puffy coats are needed--hotel cabana season.

Kicking off the season of private poolside enclaves is the St. Regis Bal Harbour in Miami, who has partnered with the high-end fashion boutique The Webster to create a special Webster Cabana for the hotel. Conveniently, The Webster has a store in the Shops at Bal Harbour.

You may also remember The Webster from their summer collection for Target. Now, Laure Heriard Dubreuil, CEO and Co-Founder of The Webster, has filled the 600-sq.ft. St. Regis cabana with her signature style, which is "Luxe Miami" all the way.

The cabana reflects The Webster’s love of color and print with striking interior features including The Webster’s signature patterned wallpaper, rattan furniture by Paul Frankl covered in a lively floral print and a custom coffee table topped with turquoise glass.

Additional design elements inside the space include a bar accessorized with Webster candles, Murano glass pieces and other unique items curated by Laure. Perfectly complementing the cabana’s interior, pink and brown lounge chairs, which are situated next to a dining table with chairs covered in the same playful color combination, will be enjoyed while relaxing on The Webster Cabana’s outdoor terrace.

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Four Seasons Confirms Oahu at Ko Olina, Renovates Mexico City

November 5, 2014 at 9:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

The bit of rumor we passed on back in August about the JW Marriott Ihilani’s future has been confirmed: it will become Four Seasons Resort O‘ahu at Ko Olina.

The few things we know at this stage? It will be the first Four Seasons hotel on the island of Oahu, the fourth island of Hawai’i with a Four Seasons (the others are Maui, Lana’i, and the Big Island), and the fifth Four Seasons in total. Another first is the creation of private residences, which adds to our expectation that the current room count of 387 will change.

The only rendering we have is above, a sweeping staircase (complete with lady in a mustard-yellow ball gown) over reflecting pools. The architects working on the renovation include 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Toyo Ito.

When we look at the JW Marriott website, we can only make reservations up to January 9, 2015. We think it will be 2016 or 2017 until Four Seasons reopens.

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Bagatelle, a Restaurant Brand, Will Try Their Hand at The Hotel Biz in Miami

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  Site Where: 220 21st Street [map], MiamI Beach, FL, United States, 33140
November 4, 2014 at 4:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

Bagatelle, a popular restaurant brand that originated in NYC's Meatpacking District before expanding to Sao Paolo, St. Tropez and St. Barth (with a brief stint in Las Vegas), is now heading to Miami Beach. But instead of opening another hot restaurant or beach club, owners Aymeric Clemente and Remi Laba are opening a restaurant + hotel + pool club, called Villa Bagatelle.

Located at 21st and Collins in the current Boulan Hotel, Villa Bagatelle will take about 18 months to fully open. The first phase of the renovation is happening now, with a cosmetic touch-up of the hotel's common areas and guest rooms. The rooms are actually all suites and have at least one bedroom with a deluxe Tempur-Pedic bed, a fully equipped epicurean kitchen with dining areas, living room with queen-bedded sofa bed, and oversized marble spa-inspired bathroom. Some suites have private terraces with either views of downtown or the ocean.

The second renovation phase will transform the rooftop pool deck into a "complete Bagatelle St. Tropez experience" with a full service food and beverage concept. The courtyard at the hotel will also transform in to The Bagatelle Gardens where guests can enjoy breakfast, light lunch, dinner, coffee and cocktails. Is that Bagatelle enough for you?

You can actually stay at the hotel now, although the Villa Bagatelle branding is not complete. Rates start around $379 a night but we found a suite king in a few weeks for $289 a night.

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A Fire Damaged Church May Be Revived Into 'The Most Luxurious Hotel in Palm Springs'

November 4, 2014 at 1:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

In September of 2013, Palm Springs lost one of its most treasured buildings to fire, the Community Church of Palm Springs, a city landmark dating back to 1935. The photo below shows the church post-fire. Also damaged was the adjacent Orchid Tree Inn property which included several historic bungalows.

So now, what better news could we share other than not only are these endangered buildings being saved, they are getting a new life as a luxury hotel, The Orchid Tree Resort and Spa.

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Do Not Do: Plug the Microwave Cord Across The Sink

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  Site Where: 770 W 47th Street [map], Kansas City, MO , United States, 64112
November 3, 2014 at 6:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

While staying at the Sheraton Suites in Kansas City, Miss. the other week--our first Sheraton Suites experience actually--we came across this disaster scenario in our suite with the microwave cord stretched across the sink to the outlet.

We know that any capable adult would take extreme precautions when running either the sink or the microwave in this scenario but still, this is a fire/electrocution hazard just waiting to happen.

Not helping is that we spied a torn off cord of some other kind on the other side of the room as well.

Despite the fear of electrical shocks, we didn't mind the rest of the room, even though it was rather outdated and rather expensive for what it was (over $200 including tax.) The bed was a super comfortable Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed and the Shine products in the bathroom were excellent. They even came with a little shower poof.

We also liked the complimentary bottled water for Starwood Preferred Guest members and that there was free WiFi in the guest rooms and the lobby. But having the wires carefully tied up and put away would have been a nicer touch.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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Snag a Beach Swag Bag With Your Room When The Thompson Miami Beach Opens on November 21

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  Site Where: 4041 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
November 3, 2014 at 12:16 PM | by | Comment (1)

Last we checked, the Thompson Miami Beach was opening on November 14 but that opening date has been moved just a little bit back to November 21. However, the hotel is now offering a special opening package that starts at $399 a night, based on double occupancy, and includes the following:

· Minimum two-night stay in plush accommodations
· Daily breakfast for two at Seagrape, the restaurant from Miami's own Michelle Bernstein
· Signature welcome cocktails for two
· Beach swag bag with Coola sunscreen products, including body sunscreen, facial sunscreen and moisturizing lip balm
· Admission for two to Perez Art Museum Miami, so you can get a jump start on all the Art Basel festivities.

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Yee Haw, The Dallas Cowboys are Opening an Omni Hotel

November 3, 2014 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Across the pond, in Manchester, they are building Hotel Football, exactly what it sounds like--a hotel devoted to the national pastime of football. Now, in Dallas, they are building the American version of Hotel Football--The Omni Frisco Hotel, which is being built in partnership with the Dallas Cowboys.

The Omni will have 300 guest rooms, meeting space, ballroom, several restaurants and bars, and a rooftop pool deck. It will be adjacent to the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and Frisco's Multi-Use Event Center, which are already under construction (That's it on the far right in the photo above.)

No word on whether the rooms will be decked out in Cowboy gear but we can probably expect an "Ultimate Fan" suite, or two.

While the Cowboys won't be playing at their headquarters on game day, they will be using the spot as their training facility. The headquarters will also the team's administrative offices, coaches' offices and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. Ding, ding, ding!

The Omni Frisco, which will be the fifth Omni Hotel for the Dallas/Fort Worth-area, will break ground later this spring and should open in early 2017. Let's hope the Cowboys make it to the Super Bowl that year. No pressure, though.

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Behold The First Photos of the Palm Springs Hotel, Now Opening November 10

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  Site Where: 2135 N Palm Canyon Dr [map], Palm Springs, CA, United States, 92262
November 3, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s getting close! Last time we heard about the Palm Springs Hotel, it was taking reservations for a 23 November opening, having hit a construction snag for its planned August opening date. But things have forged ahead, and the hotel is now taking reservations from 10 November. Not only that, but the first pictures have finally arrived. And they’re exciting.

Subtle throwbacks to midcentury modern, but not in an overly kitsch way. Modern, but classically so – it’s beautifully pitched. Simple, stone (unless that’s wood) flooring, flashes of color and Palm Springs legends on the walls. And this bathroom!

Take us there now.

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Amanda Bynes is Spooking West Hollywood Hotels

October 31, 2014 at 5:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

When Amanda Bynes was placed under psychiatric care last summer after some outrageous incidents in NYC and LA, we thought, "Good. The girl is going to get the help she desperately needs." We also made a mental note that her best celebrity performance in hotels would be just a one-off win. We were wrong.

Amanda escaped was recently released from a second stint in a psychiatric hospital the other day and immediately took to the streets of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. That adventure alone signals she is still not well.

TMZ reported that Amanda was looking to find a place to stay in one of the hotels that line Sunset but was turned away. So she settled for chowing down at Mel's Diner, where a waitress promptly asked for money first then told TMZ everything Amanda ate and what she said.

Now, today TMZ reveals it was The London West Hollywood where Amanda was turned away. But she didn't take the diss lightly.

Sources tell [TMZ] Bynes attempted to snag a room at the London hotel as she meandered the streets on the Sunset Strip Thursday, but when she got there she was turned away. Amanda has stayed there before and caused big problems.

[TMZ was] told Amanda became angry, grabbed a giant wad of cash, and tossed the bills into the air in the direction of the front desk.

Despite how badly we feel for Amanda, we completely agree with the hotel on this blacklisting.

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Refinery Hotel Wants You to Look Good and Feel Good, From Pop Men's Fashion to Inner 'Wellth'

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  Site Where: 63 West 38th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10018
October 31, 2014 at 4:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

One of the greatest ideas ever to hit the hospitality marketing scene is the concept of partnering with outside companies to create an ongoing, bespoke hotel experience.

Manhattan's Refinery Hotel is doing just that by showcasing a pop-up men's clothing store, the J. Hilburn Pop-up Shop, followed by the launch of a wellness program for both guests and the locals, the "Wellth Series."

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Inside the Valley Ho Hotel's New Presidential Suite

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  Site Where: 6850 E. Main Street [map], Scottsdale, Arizona, United States, 85251
October 30, 2014 at 1:15 PM | by | Comment (1)

The Valley Ho Hotel in Scottsdale was once-upon-a-time a Hollywood hangout back in the 50s. It has been awarded up and down for its vibe and style, and while it may not have the celebrity status it once did, this week's opening of its new high-end suite shows it still has plenty of star power.

The Presidential Loft Suite is essentially a large apartment with 1,500 square-feet of interior space and a ridiculous 550 square-feet of balcony/outdoor space. Featuring two floors, the downstairs level has a living room, dining room, half bathroom, and a full kitchen. The bedroom is upstairs, with a walk-in closet, washer/dryer, and terrazo-tiled bathroom.

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Even More Hello Kitty Swag From The Line Hotel in Los Angeles

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  Site Where: 3515 Wilshire Boulevard [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90015
October 30, 2014 at 11:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

Today is the first day of the Hello Kitty Con in Downtown Los Angeles and if you were one of the lucky ones who booked a Super Sweet Stay at The Line Hotel before it sold-out, then you'll be wrapping yourself up in a Hello Kitty bathrobe, sipping Hello Kitty champagne, eating a Hello Kitty-tattooed apple and Instagramming the rest of the sweet HK swag that came with your room.

If you didn't book get to book a room, it's ok. We went inside one the rooms at the hotel and took a ton of pictures. Here you go!

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