United States Travel Guide
The New York Edition has opened its doors today inside the iconic Clocktower Building at Madison Square Park. We're still turning the pages of this newest Edition but our initial thoughts are good.
As we expected, the newest Ian Schrager hotel feels more like the London Edition, very intimate and clubby, rather than the Miami Edition which is more akin to hotel carnival with different amenities at every turn (and an ice skating rink and bowling alley in the basement.)
This Edition has a similar look to the other Editions of the world with neutral colors, exquisite lighting, and fur blankets on the beds and chairs, but as promised there is much New York drama, largely due to the incredible views out the giant windows and the original scalloped ceilings in the guest rooms.
Not much of the landmarked building interior layout was changed yet while the inside has been thoroughly Schragerized to resemble a high-end residential property rather than a hotel, the Edition still has a bit of that "old New York" feeling. And since "old New York" is quickly disappearing, this makes the Edition a very special hotel.
That said, there are some deviations from the Edition formula.
If you have $200 million to spend, why not invest it all in a new hotel project over in Hawaii? That’s exactly what one group is doing according to the folks over at Pacific Business News. Pacific Links Hawaii will set up shop on Oahu, taking over the turf formerly home to the Mahaka Hotel & Resort.
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When we unveiled the new rooms at The Linq Hotel & Casino last October, we were impressed with the property's tech-centric amenities (aimed at millennials, of course)-- items that many other hotels in Las Vegas don't usually pay attention to, such as WiFi hotspots in each room and TVs that allow guests to order room service or request items from housekeeping. The LINQ has an app for the guest room experience too.
Downstairs at the 3535 Bar, the tech amenities continue with a color-changing LED vortex that rises out of the bar and phone chargers at every seat. There's even a mobile check-in service available (and which you should definitely take advantage of during peak check-in time.)
But of all places to ditch the tech, you would expect The LINQ to do so in the spa, right? Nope, not here.
We’ve been waiting for Aloft Financial District to open (supposedly on June 25) but in the meantime, there’s another Aloft to focus on—Aloft New York Midtown.
Set to break ground later this month on 38th Street, just off 5th Avenue, the newest Aloft in the city will have 27 stories with 180 loft-style guest rooms. Architecture firms Nobutaka Ashihara Architects and Paul Vega of VLDG Inc. will design the hotel, encasing it in glass and metal with 360 degree views of the city. As with all other Alofts, this one will be very tech-centric, enabling keyless entry, as well as social, planning live music shows in the Aloft's XYZ bar.
This will be the fourth Aloft in the NYC area but certainly not the last. Starwood Hotels is planning to double their Aloft presence by 2017. Which is totally fine, but we just hope the "loft-style" rooms break from the usual faux-retro Aloft style.
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A true icon in Chicago's hotel scene, Hotel Burnham has at last given its guest rooms and its equally iconic restaurant, Atwood, a contemporary new look. This is the first time since 1999 the hotel has seen a refresh, replacing classic turn of the century decor with a more modern style.
As one of the America's first skyscrapers, the hotel retained its history as an architectural wonder by using rich woods and sophisticated colors in each of the 122 guest rooms, with bright artwork added to give it some whimsy. The rooms still feature usual Kimpton touches like Frette Linens, a stocked mini-bar and the in-room yoga mat for getting your chi on.
This is the most literal interpretation of Sweet Suite that we've encountered.
Everyone wants chocolate to melt in their mouth, not in their beds, which is especially true if you are staying in the Chocolate Suite at Langham Boston.
Promising " a scene out of 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory'", the suite consists of a chocolate-themed, two-level loft suite fully stocked with chocolate and candy "as far as the eye can see." A special in-room dining dinner menu is served with chocolate-infused items such as piri-piri chili shrimp with cocoa nibs, cocoa-dusted filet mignon, and cocoa butter seared New Bedford sea scallops, followed by dessert of course.
In the morning, guests can have chocolate-infused breakfast in bed such as dark chocolate croissants and Nutella and banana and hazelnut brioche French toast. When taking a break from eating chocolate, guests can watch chocolate on the TV with movies like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Chocolat,” and “Forest Gump."
But the real highlight of the package takes place out of the suite at the hotel's Chocolate Bar Buffett.
Chicago's rooftop bar season is right around the corner, so we're extremely excited to add a new destination on our list of late night libations multiple stories above the hustle and bustle of the streets.
As promised, The Virgin Hotel has opened the Windy City's newest destination for bird's eye drinks and nibbles with Cerise.
Remember a few weeks ago when we got a little inside scoop on the rooftop menu? Well, with two very different bars serving up summer sips with Far East flavors, the ride to the 26th floor of this vintage building will be well worth the wait. An equally Asian-inspired lite bites menu features anything from oysters and spring rolls to two different types of dumplings. (Trust us, do NOT pass on the dumplings)
As we told you the other month, the first ever tommie hotel (yup, all lowercased like that) will open in New York on October 1 and it will be a quintessential millennial hotel, complete with bedside charging stations, creative storage spaces and vision boards in the guest rooms.
But tommie will also give its youthful clientele the ability to "shape their stays and personalize their in-room experiences" by purchasing a variety of items from the hotel's newly announced General Store. These items go beyond toiletries and bottled water (although those are available too) and include fun items such as food, clothing and other wearables. (Some items will also be complimentary.)
Another day, another upgrade for Loews Hotels, who have made some rather big moves in 2015, opening Loews Chicago and Loews San Francisco as well as announcing the Loews Regency bran. This time the work is happening on the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson.
Loews has announced that the property will undergo a "multi-million dollar remastering of the guest rooms, meeting space, lobby, fitness center, signature Lakeside Spa and Flying V Bar & Grill."
“We are thrilled to begin the comprehensive renovation at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. It was one of the first hotels I developed from start to finish and has remained an integral part of the Loews Hotels & Resorts portfolio,” said Jonathan Tisch, Chairman, Loews Hotels & Resorts in a statement. “I have personally worked alongside our designers on the new look and feel of the resort, and am eager to see how they will add to the experience of the property.”
The work will begin this month and should be completed before the year is out. However, the resort will remain open while the upgrades are happening.
Baltimore had an extremely tense week last week, but now that the judicial wheels have started turning and the curfew has been lifted, the residents of Charm City are slowly getting back to normal. And it's not all doom and gloom in B-more right now, especially now with the city's hotel scene.
After the expected opening of the Ivy Hotel next month, two more cool hotels are expected to open here in the next few years.
Firstly, hometown athletic gear manufacturer, Under Armour, has broken ground on their hotel concept in the historic Fells Point neighborhood. Housed in a 100-year old pier building, the new hotel will feature 128 rooms situated in one of the hottest entertainment districts in town. The transformation of Recreation Pier will include a new first-floor pool on the edge of the pier, adding a restaurant and whiskey bar and even bringing new life to the vintage ballroom of the building.
Kevin Plank, the CEO of the clothing company, wants to inject some life in an otherwise forgotten building. He even will offer Chesapeake Bay crab boat rides from the company headquarters directly to the hotel. Slotted to open in the fall of 2016, "Hotel Under Armour" will call upon an unnamed big-dog in hospitality to manage the day-to-day operations.
Good news for those heading to Washington, DC anytime soon, as the hotel scene just got that much better thanks to the kind folks over at Kimpton. The boutique hotel chain just acquired two new properties: sooner than later they’ll be taking over The Carlyle and the Savoy Suites Hotel.
For those in the know, the Carlyle does its thing over in Dupont Circle, and the Savoy Suites Hotel calls the city’s Glover Park neighborhood home—for everyone else just please refer to your favorite mapping software.
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It's a step and repeat of sorts for The Mark Hotel. Once again, the luxury Upper East Side hotel served as the departure point for several glamorous celebrities heading out to the annual Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday night. Leading the stylish pack was, as usual Anna Wintour, who was joined by hotelier André Balazs, designer Michael Kors, actors Emily Blunt, Kate Hudson, and Adrien Brody, rapper Common, and a slew of models from Jourdan Dunn to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Kendall Jenner.
Here are just a few shots of the fashion elite exiting the hotel.