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Will Trump Hotels Be The Target of the Next Big Hotel Boycott?

July 2, 2015 at 4:36 PM | by | Comment (1)

In his bid for presidency, Donald Trump made some derogatory remarks (to say the least) about illegal immigrants in America, leading Univision and NBC Universal to drop Trump and his "Miss Universe" which he partially owns. Trump was also recently dropped by Macys department store who announced that due to his remarks they would no longer be producing or selling his clothing line.

So far, Trump has retaliated by telling Macys he never liked that they made his ties in China, and by banning Univision employees from his Trump National Doral Resort in Miami.

Now, we can't help but wonder if Trump Hotels will be on the receiving end of a ban themselves?

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An Airport Hotel You'll Actually Enjoy: CitizenM Paris at Charles de Gaulle

Where: 7 Rue de Rome, Tremblay-en-France , France, 93290
July 2, 2015 at 3:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

Airport hotels with their deserted lobbies, lifeless guest rooms and sad and stranded travelers, can be depressing places, but the CitizenM Paris at Charles De Gaulle airport shattered every airport hotel stereotype from the moment we walked inside.

Natural light streamed in from all sides of the whimsically decorated lobby, which held bright red chairs and sofas, ceiling-height black bookshelves crammed with books and tchotchkes, and subtle nods to airplanes. More refreshingly, there were actual people hanging out in the lobby-- watching TV, working at one of the many tables, having drinks at the bar or reading a book/tablet in a quiet nook.

Given that the rooms upstairs are tiny, it makes sense that guests would choose to socialize downstairs but if you want to hunker down in your guestroom, you'll have a giant king bed, a Samsung tablet next to you that controls everything in the room from the blinds to the TV and mood-lighting, free movies, free WiFi, a narrow desk to work at or to place all your gadgets on for charging, a wide shower berth, and just enough space on the floor to do some squats and sit-ups.

Best of all, the hotel windows are triple-glazed, meaning you won't hear the rumble of the airplane engines unless you step outside.

In short, the world's airport needs more of CitizenM Hotels, which are genuinely fun (and not some forced corporate idea of fun) and make that random layover actually enjoyable.

Here's a quick breakdown of our stay at the CitizenM Paris at Charles de Gaulle:

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Como's First Australian Hotel Will Be in Perth

Where: Perth, Australia
July 2, 2015 at 10:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

A day spent looking at Perth hotels last year convinced us of one thing: there was a dearth in Perth of places that were either affordable or ones we wanted to stay in. But the second point, at least, is set to change now, with Como opening a Perth branch in September.

Como The Treasury will be part of a A$580m redevelopment of the 19th-century Treasury buildings, a heritage-listed precinct of the city (the cathedral is also there) which is having a 33-story mixed use tower built amid the historical buildings.

This is, in a way, a downgrade for Perth – the brand originally scheduled to move into the project was Aman, which planned a 46-room hotel before pulling out. Como will have 48 rooms.

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The Only London Hotel with a Thameside Pier Is... A Doubletree

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  Site Where: 265 Rotherhithe St, London, United Kingdom, SE16 5HW
July 2, 2015 at 9:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you find a room in London – the most expensive city in Europe – for around £150, you tend to run the risk of it coming with added extras like bedbugs or in-a-bad-way floral décor. Not so at the new Doubletree by Hilton London Docklands Riverside – the 11th Doubletree in London – which has just opened in the Docklands area (after an extensive renovation of what was the Hilton London Docklands Riverside).

Or, to be precise, south of Docklands, south of the river to the Isle of Dogs and Canary Wharf, and way out east compared to everywhere else. That’ll explain the affordable prices, but don’t write it off. Even if you’re not in town for meetings, Docklands is exceptionally well connected to the rest of the city. The downside is that it’s probably too expensive for a taxi so you’d have to rely on public transport, and although there are restaurants and bars, it’s creepily empty at night.

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The Ritz-Carlton Is the Next Florida Hotel Set for an Upgrade

July 2, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Over in Fort Lauderdale the best keeps getting better, as the next property in town—following some news from the W—to get a nip and tuck is The Ritz-Carlton.

The place hasn’t even been open ten years, but it’s already time to get some work done. They were the first property in town to score an AAA Five Diamond rating, so we guess they don’t want to just rest on their laurels. All in all they will be spending $8 million to upgrade and improve the place, as they work with the architecture and design group over at Streetsense.

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Mandarin Oriental Will Boldly Go for Round Two in Beijing

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  Site Where: Wangfujing, Beijing, China
July 2, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

It may not have owned the hotel, but it still couldn’t have been pleasant for Mandarin Oriental to watch its brand-new-almost-ready-to-open Beijing hotel go up in flames following a little fireworks mishap. That was in 2009, and the hotel opposite Rem Koolhaas’ iconic CCTV Tower still hasn’t recovered from the unfortunate (but sort of mesmerizing) conflagration.

We’ll get to “Mandarin Oriental, Beijing” in a second, because in a gutsy move the group has just announced that it will also open “Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing. In the district of the same name, which has lots of major hotels, it will occupy the top two floors of “WF Central”, a mixed-use complex.

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Beware, Resort Fees May Be Getting a New Name

July 1, 2015 at 7:50 PM | by | Comments (3)

The term "resort fee", usually brings to mind unnecessary charges for items and services you don't need such as "free local calls" or "boarding pass printing." What was once limited to actual resort properties in actual resort destinations, has now turned into a means for hotels--whether a sprawling resort with a golf course, spa and water activities or a standard-sized hotel-- to squeeze a little extra cash out of their guests.

In Vegas, resort fees are a way of life for the hotels and casinos that line The Strip and dot Downtown. Even off the Strip places have resort fees now. But more startling than the prevalence of resort fees in Vegas is the unchecked increase of resort fees. MGM Resorts have increased resort fees at their properties at least once a year for the past several years, and sometimes even twice a year. It's truly scary.

Meanwhile, popular beach and desert destinations such as Maui, Miami, Palm Springs and Scottsdale, have also made resort fees a way of (vacation) life. But several hotels have gone a different route with their terminology to describe the added fee that's tacked on per day, plus tax, at their property.

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The Langford Hotel Will Open in Downtown Miami in September

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  Site Where: 121 SE 1st St [map], Miami, FL, United States, 33131
July 1, 2015 at 4:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

Another day, another stamp on the Miami Hotel Mambo dance card. This time, however, the action is taking place off the beach, over in downtown Miami, where The Langford Hotel will open in September.

Like a number of hotels in other cities, this one finds its home in a former bank building, which from the get-go makes this a little different than the proliferation of sleek and modern new builds that have been popping up in South Beach.

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The Second Tallest Building in the World Will Have a Hotel

Where: Shanghai, China
July 1, 2015 at 10:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

If, like us, you’re a sucker for tall buildings, you’ll be all excited about the opening of the Shanghai Tower, which will top out at 2073 feet – the second tallest structure in the world – when it opens in a few months in Pudong with 121 floors. There will be a 120th-floor observation deck, offices, restaurants, cafes “sky lobbies” (areas open to the public) and, oh yes, a five star hotel.

Will it be Shangri-La? Mandarin Oriental? No! It’s one you might not immediately think of, Jin Jiang International Hotels, a major Chinese group. The Shanghai Tower J-Hotel will occupy floors 84-110 of the skyscraper, with the lobby on floor 101.

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Beachside Sri Lanka or an Indonesian Treehouse? The Choice Is Yours

July 1, 2015 at 9:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

You already had one lot of Hotel News Briefs this week but to get you through Hump Day, here's a more exotic version. Enjoy!

Hyatt Place has opened its first property in Africa, Hyatt Place Taghazout Bay, 10 miles north of Agadir (above). It’s part of a sustainable development (Taghazout Bay) overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and has 152 rooms (all with balcony), two outdoor pools, a gym, tennis club and golf course. Not active enough? They offer hang-gliding and mountain biking too. Rates from $86.

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This Four Seasons Is Bringing the Concierge Desk to the Beach

Where: HI, United States
July 1, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s plenty of good uses for the concierge, but what we’re looking for is something above and beyond. That’s where Four Seasons comes in, as they’re taking the title of concierge and taking it to the next level of fancy.

At Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka‘upulehu on the Big Island of Hawaii the hotel has introduced something they’re calling Oceanfront Concierge Service—um, yes please. Basically the concierge team will be roaming about the beaches and pools in hopes of helping you plan this, that, or the other thing. Between 8am and 5pm you'll get assistance with the typical like dining reservations, but they’re also up for creating customized adventures and all kinds of ocean activities.

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The Lanesborough London Reopens Today

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  Site Where: Hyde Park Corner, London, United Kingdom
July 1, 2015 at 8:35 AM | by | Comments (3)

The day is here: The Lanesborough London is open again. Nearly two years after we found out about its closure and renovation, the 93-room luxury pile on Hyde Park Corner is back. Back in April we showed you a first few renderings of the Alberto Pinto-designed interiors, and here we are now with some actual photography.

Above the bright yellow Deluxe Room we led with then as well – what do you think? Don’t let the traditional surroundings fool you; the in-room technology will be very much of the future. Today is soft opening, and reservations are live from mid-month, with a Deluxe Room still beginning from £575 (now $905) a night. A Buckingham Suite, the highest suite category before you get to the Lanesborough and Royal Suites, takes that right up to £3,395 ($5,345) a night.

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