The W Washington DC , the closest hotel to the White House, has announced a new VIP Suites Program in all of its 23 "Fantastic and Marvelous Suites," seven "WOW Suites" and one "Extreme WOW Suite." The suite names are typical W branding but the VIP package is indeed inclusive.
In addition to the W’s Whatever/Whenever service (as long as it’s legal…), the VIP Suites Program gets you:
· A dedicated VIP Concierge that is assigned to each guest
· Guaranteed table at POV nightclub
· Guaranteed reservation at J&G Steakhouse, W’s critically-acclaimed restaurant
· $100 Food and Beverage credit, which can be applied toward POV, J&G or room service
· Complimentary luxury return transportation to the airport (Reagan National Airport or Dulles) or Union Station
· Breakfast for two and fresh fruit delivered daily
· An expanded lineup of Bliss amenities, from the Bliss Spa located in the hotel
· Complimentary high-speed Internet access
· A welcome amenity and farewell gift on the night before departure
Last week, we nearly lost our minds when we heard of a new underwater hotel that was hoping to open in Australia. Aside from our general dislike of underwater hotels (do we really need them?), we had major issues with this hotel looking to set up shop, literally, at the Great Barrier Reef. NO.
Fortunately, like all other underwater hotels we've heard about in our decade here at HotelChatter, this hotel will probably never see the light of day, or the darkness of the ocean floor. But now today, we've got to put up with yet another stupid hotel idea. And the only thing we hate more than underwater hotels are Space Hotels.
“If we can get enough people wanting to fly [to space] we can start building Virgin hotels in space, we can start doing trips to Mars, we can colonise Mars, we can start pulling asteroids back to Earth to see what minerals they have got in them."
Oh brother. We like how Branson dreams big, like intergalactic big but c'mon. Please open Virgin Hotels here on earth first and then we can start talking about your space hotels and colonizing other planets.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the company laid off one-third of its workforce, including 20 top executives and longtime employees. Clearly, this was done to save money and indeed Jason Kalisman, the acting CEO and chairman of Morgans (who spent a good portion of last year tussling with Ron Burkle) publicly said last month the company was going to "reduce costs and corporate overhead."
Meanwhile, after losing the Delano Marrakech and The Ames in Boston, not to mention an ongoing feud with the owners of the Mondrian Soho, the hotels of Morgans Hotel Group seem to be business as usual. We hopped over to the Morgans site today and saw that plans for the Delano Las Vegas were still intact, as were the plans for the Mondrian Bahia Mar in the Bahamas and the Mondrian London.
We also noticed quite a few expansions for the Mondrian and Delano brands. But will they actually happen? It looks like Morgans is trying hard to clean up its act and find a sure footing again but only time will tell.
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The New Yorker Hotel has seen some ups and downs in its 84 year history: from fashionable hotspot that drew the likes of Joan Crawford and Muhammad Ali; to scene of Nikola Tesla's death and, in recent years, status as a lowly Ramada.
But the iconic Art Deco-style hotel entered a new era last week when it joined the Wyndham Hotel brand, which, with a 1,083 room count, makes it the biggest hotel in the Wyndham portfolio.
East and West London may feel like worlds apart to some, but that isn’t stopping these hotels from embracing both: we’ve told you the Hoxton is expanding into Holborn, and now the Zetter & Zetter Townhouse are set to bridge their original haunt of Clerkenwell and tony Marylebone.
The Zetter Seymour, on the street of the same name just north of Marble Arch, should open in September with just 24 bedrooms in a double-wide Georgian townhouse. Mostly obscured by scaffolding, the exterior of number 26 (on the right) should give you an idea of what it will look like, with a total of six windows across.
While the Zetter Townhouse was created around fictional host "eccentric great aunt Wilhelmina", Marylebone will be the realm of "wicked uncle Seymour". What exactly that means is still kept under wraps, but there will be a large rooftop suite and a cocktail bar downstairs.
Planning a dirty weekend in London? We've already declared the rooms at the Sanctum Soho to be among the Sexiest hotel Rooms Alive! but, look out, the hotel's BXG Suite aka room 404, is possibly now the sexiest of the sexy after teaming up with luxury erotic specialists, Box Of Grey.
The suite is decorated with "voyeuristic" images of models Jenny Goodall and Tessa Kuragi by photographer Ray Burmiston and, if you pay £350 extra (on top of Junior Suite rates that start at $620) , comes with a "Bijoux Sanctum" flight case filled with restraints, a BXG leather mask, grey tie, Lelo Whip, feather, latex Bondage Bow and bullet vibrator.
Keep reading for some even naughtier items!
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If you haven't been to Vegas for a few years, then you're going to be blown away by the amount of changes that have happened in Sin City. Heck, even if you haven't been to Vegas in a year or two years, you might not recognize the latest re-incarnation of Fabulous Las Vegas.
Our sibling, VegasChatter is constantly chronicling the changes but if you've got a short attention span (and this is the internet so who doesn't?), here are 5 New Things to Try in Vegas (and 1 Big Thing to Avoid.)
1. THE PALMS' 24-HOUR HOTEL STAYS
We named 24-Hour Hotel Stays the Best New Service of 2013 and now, the trend has hit Vegas at the Palms Hotel and Casino. So if you check-in at 8pm on a Friday, you don't have to leave until 8pm on Saturday. There are some contingencies such as you must book through Palms.com and you must note your check-in time when you make the reservation. You also have to book either a Superior or Premier room, or the Ivory Suite to get the 24-hour stay. But it's totally worth it if it means saving you five hours from hanging around the airport with a nasty hangover. (Read more about it here.)
At long last and a few delays, the Metropolitan by COMO in Miami Beach has opened its doors (on March 3rd to be exact.) And it wouldn't be a hotel opening without a Facebook page showing off some opening photos.
For starters, we're loving the elevator lobby with its bold lighting fixtures. We're also drooling over the fare from the Traymore restaurant and the serene pool scene. Oddly, the Facebook page doesn't have any photos of the guest room. You'll have to head over to the hotel's website for those.
All in all, the beachfront hotel has just 74 rooms with interiors done by Italian designer Paola Navrone using "pastel pink and sea-foam green" which sounds like it could be terribly wrong but actually looks so perfectly right. Simple but definitely stylish.
Yet another new hotel will opening in Amsterdam--The Pestana Amsterdam, from the Pestana Group, a Portuguese hotel company.
The Pestana Amsterdam will occupy the former town hall and county seat of the City of Nieuwer-Amstel, alongside the River Amstel. The town hall was built between 1889 and 1892, just four years before Nieuwer-Amstel was merged into the City of Amsterdam. The building, as beautiful as it is, was then used for records storage.
The building style is Neo-Renaissance, aka is really pretty, and oozes with exterior detail. Pestana will not need to dress up this architectural beauty, which features decorative brick patterns and the classic Dutch stepped parapet, roof sculpture and finials galore, and one hellova cupola. Additions were made after the town hall was completed, and based on the digital image released, these will be integrated into the hotel's design.
A month ago we thought it looked like it was nearly complete, and so it was: Andre Balazs’ new London hotel, the Chiltern Firehouse, opened a couple of weeks ago. Nearly three and a half years after we first scoped it out, and many a walk-by in between, we were able to do a quick lap through the courtyard, peek into the buzzing restaurant, and peer through the windows into the yet-to-open bar.
We weren’t quite right with our guess of it being called the Chiltern Street Hotel (and actually prefer the Firehouse addition), but we did hit the nail on the head thinking that entry to the hotel is through the courtyard, in the far corner you see above. Those red benches we spotted were in place too, along with a range of other furniture that we trust will be permanently occupied once spring pushes through and those bare shrubs sport some greenery.
Before you rush over with your bags, know that the 26 suites aren’t quite ready yet. The restaurant, pretty much booked solid at the moment, is open daily for dinner and for brunch on the weekend.
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About a year ago we asked the question whether the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage, hovering in hotel-limbo since the ’08 financial crisis, would ever recover to the point of having an opening date and welcoming paying guests.
Our answer is here today: the hotel will actually, finally, truly open on May 15, just over a week after fellow chronic delay case the Shangri-La at the Shard. 2014 is proving to be quite the good luck charm for these hotels.
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While we were still sobbing into our colorful patterned knitwear over the apparent death of the Missoni hotel brand, came news of another fashion house getting onto the designer hotel bandwagon. Our brief flicker of excitement was extinguished somewhat, however, when we found out it's Tommy Hilfiger.
Actually, the king of prep has been sniffing around the hotel industry for quite a while, though nothing has as yet come out of his hotel opening plans. He even tried to buy the former MetLife clocktower at 5 Madison Avenue (future site of the New York City Edition Hotel) a few years back, but that didn't work out for him.