It's our weekly wrap-up, Check-Out Folio where we round up the best (Credits in folio-speak) and worst (Charges) hotel news of the week. Got a scoop? Or just want to share a recent hotel story? Tell us all about it!
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Utah’s Bear Lake has a new camping option that’s far from roughing it. The area's first glamping resort to cater to families, couples and corporate retreats, will debut in Garden City, UT this summer.
Conestoga Ranch is set to open on July 1 and will be able to accommodate 160 guests over 18 acres above Bear Lake. Glamping tents and conestogas, or covered wagons, all with full beds and fresh linens, will be available for overnight guests. The mobile wagons can be moved into custom “encampments” while the tents all have en suite bathrooms, complete with hot showers.
The cathedral of Puebla, Mexico.
The very near future for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is rosy indeed. The group already has 18 luxury properties in 11 countries, with another 11 under development, including this latest one—Rosewood Puebla Mexico, opening in 2016.
The downtown area of Puebla was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1987, because of it’s plentitude of historical sites such as Cholula, which is the site of the world’s largest pyramid. Puebla is also famous for its plentitude of churches (over 365) and for creating one of Mexico’s national dishes, mole poblano.
Here’s what’s in store for the Rosewood Puebla, which will be located near Zocalo, the city’s main square.
Luxury hotels and their cars - there’s a subject we’ve covered from many angles. From tooling in a Tesla around SoCal, to hotel suites dedicated to the Bentley and the Jaguar, to an entire hotel that celebrates the Ferrari.
For a traveling luxury car enthusiast, what could be better? How about driving one of these babies yourself? You know you want to, and now you can, if you're staying at the The Athenaeum in London, or at one of a selection of Waldorf Astoria Hotels around the world.
A BrewDog bar in Leicester
Beer hotels – it’s taken a while, but it appears they might be finally becoming a Thing. Hot on the heels of the Dogfish Inn in Delaware comes news that Scottish craft brewer BrewDog is planning to open its own hotel.
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It scares us sometimes when it turns out hotels we thought we talked about just a few months ago were actually on our radar closer to a few years ago. How time flies. Such is the case with Six Senses hotels, which we looked at in late 2013 for its expansion plans in all sorts of places: far from its usual Southeast Asia habitat in the French Alps near Mont Blanc, in the remote kingdom of Bhutan, and the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.
Opening dates in 2015 and 2016 seemed so far away at the time, and yet here we are, with the first two resorts scheduled to open on July 1: Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain, a half hour outside Chengdu in China. Chengdu is one of the largest cities in China and the capital of the Sichuan province, home to 80% of the world’s panda population. The resort will have 113 suites and villas (above a rendering, which shows an interesting mix of contemporary and traditional design), and not surprisingly, a serious spa with locally-inspired treatments and “sensory journeys”. Scheduled for July 1 as it may be (the May date on the website we've been told will be July), we can’t seem to make reservations yet.
Finding a hotel is often only one part of your trip. The other half is getting there. And our bro Jaunted does a bang-up job of covering the latest news and trends in the travel world. Out in Vegas, VegasChatter is keeping us informed on what's going down in Sin City.
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We do like to wax poetic sometimes over the killer views we find from hotel rooms all over the planet, but the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace in Switzerland (part of Swiss Deluxe Hotels and Leading Hotels of the World) has not one, not two, but at least three killer views that we noticed recently. It seems that wherever you go you’re faced with another scenic vista of mountains and lake (Lake Geneva, to be exact).
We’re sharing those vistas here with you in a minute, but this isn’t the particular scene that prompted Deep Purple to write their hit, Smoke on the Water, while staying at a hotel nearby this illustrious hotel that’s played host to many a rock star celeb.
No, that scene, which probably included the aforementioned vista, was of a fire started by a fan with a flare gun (kids, don’t try this at home) at the famed casino close to the hotel where Frank Zappa was playing in 1971. Rumor has it that the band Deep Purple looked out their window this particular December to see flames and smoke rising from the building and were so inspired that they penned the song. And where did they end up recording said song? At Le Montreux Palace.
But back to the views we saw. The first is from room 118, a Junior Suite category room. This Mediterranean-like room in butter yellows, creams and light pebble greys (reno’ed in 2009), has a small balcony that looks out over Lake Geneva PLUS a French balcony off of the bedroom side of the room to give you the same scrumptious view. Most rooms, in fact, have either a balcony or veranda in this 236-room property. The Junior Suites also come with a sitting area with a desk, coffeemaker, a bathroom with both a tub and a shower, the brand’s Le Labo Rose 31 toiletries and, our favorite, a mirror/TV that swivels so that you can watch CNN in the living room or from your comfy bed. WiFi’s part of the package for President’s Club members, which is free to join.
Plenty of pics of the room and the other killer views in the photo gallery!
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VegasChatter editor, 702Becca, snapped this shot on a recent stay and if you wanted to lay on the bed while chatting to your lovah in the bathtub, that is totally possible. Of course, you can always close the pocket shutter doors if you want some privacy. But since the toilet doesn't have its own door, and since it's right across from the tub, you may want to keep those pocket doors closed permanently. All you randy hotel designers out there, if you want a peek-a-boo tub, that is fine, but please don't make the toilet peek-a-boo too.
Rates for the Pan Pacific Seattle start around $225 a night. [Photo: Rebecca/HotelChatter]
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Two side-by-side outdated office buildings in downtown Dallas are getting a new lease on life. That’s always good news, especially when that new life is a hotel. Or three.
The Dallas Morning News reports that developer NewcrestImage plans to renovate the two towers on Commerce Street and with a little design magic, by the end of next year we can look forward to a Hampton Inn & Suites, Residence Inn by Marriott, and AC Hotels by Marriott, offering a total of about 400 rooms.
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Always wanted to visit all fifty states, but didn’t know where to stay? Hilton Garden Inn now has you covered, as they’re happy to announce that they’re in the works to have a property in each and every one of those in the nifty fifty.
The final one for the Hilton folks will be over in Hawaii, as the chain just signed the paperwork to get down to business over in Hawaii. They’re skipping right over Waikiki and Oahu, as the plan is to head right into Kauai with the Hilton Garden Inn Kauai/Wailua Bay. They’re partnering up with the locals over at Aston Hotels and Resorts to manage things, and the 216-room beachfront spot will open its doors in 2016.
This won’t be new construction, but a full renovation and remodel will take place before the place starts flying the Hilton Garden Inn flag. Room rates and other details still haven’t been released, but we’d hope things would be a little more affordable than other spots on the island—saving you some cash for that helicopter tour.
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