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After a busy 2014 that saw Denver's hotel scene hit its highest peak, the city is wasting no time keeping the momentum going, announcing yet another downtown hotel project, this time in the form of a dual-branded property.
This spring, Marriott and Starwood will team up to break ground on an 18-story building that will house an AC Hotel and Le Méridien Hotel. To be located at the corner of 15th and California, a block from the Convention Center, the two hotels will add a total of 491 rooms. Each will have its own separate entry, lobby, and restaurants.
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But just how close will the one in South Beach, come to hitting its targeted open date?
We swung by the construction site on the corner of Collins Avenue and 16th Street the other morning to take a look. As if the company had been stirred into action by our coverage, the site was abuzz with activity. Detour signs were set up in front a massive hole in the road on 16th Street and construction workers tinkered away on the exterior of the building at multiple levels.
That's all a good sign, for sure. But--and you can call us jaded if you like--we're not convinced this means that the hotel will be finished by April.
Extra, extra! Read all abou — oookay. We have a feeling the folks behind the Press Hotel are probably going to get tired of reading variations on that opening.
Almost exactly one year ago, we reported that this Portland, Maine hotel was on the way, preparing to inhabit the former headquarters of the “Portland Press Herald” newspaper. (It will also be an Autograph Collection Hotel and thus a part of Marriott.) Well, deadline is upon us.
Press Hotel is now slated to open in April, and here’s your first look at the guest rooms.
Not long after the news came out yesterday about South Beach, came this news about the Hyatt Centric The Loop:
Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago, a 22-story property first constructed in 1927 by Frank Chase, has undergone a transformative renovation from an office building to an iconic new hotel, all while maintaining the integrity of the building’s roots. The hotel features 257 guest rooms, 2,513 square feet of meeting space, a 24-hour fitness center, rooftop bar and a new signature French bistro, Cochon Volant, run by James Beard award winning Master Chef Roland Liccioni. The hotel will showcase elements of the area’s rich cultural and architectural past while offering guests a full range of modern amenities.
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We’ve called out the Waldorf Astoria New York for the good (honoring room rates from long ago today) and the bad (cough – the rooms – cough) of its long history. That the hotel has seen a few things in its century-plus tenure is undeniable, and you can now take a walk back in time through its online archive.
Prince Farming is plowing through his contestants this season on The Bachelor, and on Monday, February 16, ABC will air an episode where he takes his remaining ladies to Dubuque, Iowa’s Hotel Julien to give out some
tongue kisses roses.
Pffft, some of you snobby types might be thinking. Dubuque, Iowa? Really? But actually Dubuque is quite lovely and so is the boutique-y Hotel Julien with 133 rooms and suites. This isn’t where the overnight dates will take place, but if they did the Fantasy Suite would probably be the hotel’s two-bedroom Capone Suite, described as such:
The best part of adulthood is getting to do all the things you weren’t allowed to do as a kid. Want to eat pizza for a week? Go for it. Spend the weekend dancing to loud music in your underwear? No one’s going to tell you no.
Except, maybe, a boss — or a mortified spouse. Other than that, though, it’s all you.
And if dad never built you a tree house, here’s your chance to spend the night in your very own. Behold Moose Meadow Lodge, a “luxury log home bed & breakfast” in Waterbury, Vermont, which is smack in the middle of the Green Mountains. (It’s also home to Green Mountain Coffee, if you’re a java junkie.)
The 86-acre property offers easy access to hiking, rock climbing and, this time of year, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. (They’ll loan you the shoes.) And the main lodge puts a refined spin on rustic living, filled with woodsy bric-a-brac like deer antler lamps. Why? Because Vermont, that’s why.
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Remember the other day when we gave you the lowdown on the high season hotel happenings in Miami? Well, there's already been a change to the list. A BIG ONE. Sit down for it. Or at least stop glancing at Facebook while you read this important news.
The expected Hyatt South Beach at 16th Street and Collins Avenue will actually open as the Hyatt Centric South Beach, making it the very first Hyatt Centric hotel to open. If you aren't familiar with Hyatt Centric, you can read all about that here. In short, it's a hotel for millennials.
Since the name change was pretty sudden (or at least we think it was), the hotel's layout has not changed much since its initial description. But here's what you can expect from the 105-room hotel:
Just over a year ago, when marijuana first became legal in Denver, we wondered when - or if - the city's hotels would begin to openly allow pot smoking in the rooms. One particular small inn made headlines when it began marketing itself as a "bud and breakfast," but overall, in the face of all the hype over marijuana tourism, the question of smoking pot in hotel rooms has been met with resounding silence from all major hotels over the last 13 months, especially the corporate-owned variety.
Despite the desire for out of town tourists to toke up, hotels wouldn't even so much talk about it, let alone discuss what might happen in the future. When asked directly, the common refrain was that there is a $250 or more charge for smoking anything in the rooms.
Flash forward to last week, when something peculiar happened, something that could suggest a slight loosening of the collar. The Curtis Hotel, known for its funky floor decor and big personality, offered a pot-friendly Valentine's Day package that included - get this - a ride to the dispensary, in-room munchies (brownies, Cheetos, Red Vines, water) and a vase of Colorado weeds in place of romantic roses (seriously!).
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Let superstition be damned: Marriott Hotels is taking Friday the 13th head on by opening its JW Marriott Austin tomorrow. The largest JW Marriott in the United States (1,012 guestrooms) and second largest in the world (largest being the JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai, because everything is bigger in Dubai), there are some dazzling stats that come with its size, but we’ve mostly focused on its walk-up burger window.
A King or Double-Queen Room is still available from $299 a night on opening day, of which the website currently only displays the above artist impression. We like the factory-style rolling doors that return in the headboard design, with the rest showing an expected subdued mix of blues, greys, whites, and browns.
The 1,000+ rooms on East Second Street are only the beginning of a highly-concentrated hotel boom for Austin, with another 1,400 rooms arriving within blocks of the JW Marriott. First up is The Westin Austin Downtown, now scheduled for July 16th on East 5th – a relative lightweight with only 326 rooms. It is making good on its promise of a 2015 opening though, which cannot be said of The Fairmont Austin, now pushed back to 2017, half a decade after it announced its 1,000+ room hotel.
Monday night's episode of The Bachelor picked up with picking Kelsey up off the floor after she had a "panic attack."
In case you didn't know, a panic attack on "The Bachelor" is defined as a strategic move pulled by a girl when she senses that her decision to make out with The Bachelor after she tells him she is recent widow may mean she will not get a rose.
And Kelsey was 100 percent correct. Her panic attack performance earned her a rose. Alas, two girls who were not smart enough to fake a medical emergency were sent home from Santa Fe.
UnFortunately for them, the show whisked everyone away to magnificent Deadwood, South Dakota where the girls were put up in the most luxe property in the area--The Deadwood Mountain Grand Holiday Inn Resort.
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After years of planning, one of the most ambitious waterfront revitalization projects in Washington, DC (or anywhere else for that matter) is starting to pick up some speed.
Simply named The Wharf, this development is so large there are at least three hotels planned and the first one out of the gate is from InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. The present schedule suggests an opening date in mid-2017.
Hoffman-Madison Waterfront is the master developer for The Wharf, which encompasses a mile-long stretch and 27 acres of waterfront land along the Washington Channel. Carr City Centers will develop the Wharf InterContinental Hotel. They also redeveloped the the Willard Washington DC.