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Fewer Walls, More Walls of Glass: It's Singita Ebony Lodge's New Refurb

Where: South Africa
July 30, 2015 at 8:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

When a posh safari lodge decides to reinvent itself as an even posher safari lodge, you know you’re in for a treat. Such is the case for Singita Ebony Lodge in South Africa. The first of the Singita properties (it first opened 22 years ago), it just reopened after a complete renovation.

Private plunge pools for each of the 12 suites. Bling new leopard and zebra print fabrics. And, the biggest change - walls of, well, wall, replaced by those of glass and canvas, putting guests right in the bush.

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3 New Miami Hotel Restaurants We're Ravenous For

July 29, 2015 at 7:05 PM | by | Comment (1)

We're going to miss the words "Miami Hotel Mambo," and we're kinda sad that we won't be reporting on the debut of these new hotel restaurants under that tag.

New hotels and new restaurants are a dime a dozen on Miami Beach but here are three new hotel restaurants on the way that we're legit excited about.

Sunny's at The Hall
We love us a Top Chef, and Spike Mendelsohn may just be one of our favorites. The Hall will bring affordable cool to the heart of South Beach and we have high hopes that Sunny's will do likewise when it comes to food. As an avid surfer, Spike has promised to bring his love for beach towns and beach eats to this new spot. In a world overrun with high-end steakhouses and Italian restaurants, this more casual eatery is just what Miami needs.

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10 Things We Love About The Ludlow

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  Site Where: 180 Ludlow Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10002
July 29, 2015 at 5:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

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Yes, this totally cool coffee table in the lobby is a scaled map of Manhattan. Yes, that's Central Park in the middle and yes, that's grass.

It's summer in the city, and we love nothing more than to hit the streets and see the latest hotel developments, up close and personal. We recently popped into The Ludlow to check out the new Penthouse - which was cool on so many levels - but we were also drawn to the countless other great details throughout the hotel. We rounded up our 10 favorites.

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Studio City Macau Will Have 1,600 Rooms and a Figure 8 Ferris Wheel

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  Site Where: Macau, Macau
July 29, 2015 at 10:35 AM | by | Comment (1)

In case you were thinking that labeling what’s going on over in Macau as Macau Hotel Madness was unnecessary exaggeration, take a look at this: Studio City Macau, to open sometime later this year, will be bringing us the world’s first figure eight ferris wheel, 130 meters up in the air.

That’s right, those two golden circles that sort of look like Olympic rings are in fact a ferris wheel, joining the 1,600 rooms divided between the “Celebrity Tower” and the “Star Tower”. For some real-life photos of what that looks like, keep reading.

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Moxy Hotels Makes Some Movies, Well YouTube Ones

July 29, 2015 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

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Marriott is keen on what the kids are doing these days, so they’re hitting up YouTube—obvi—to show off to the target millennial demo what Moxy Hotels are all about.

In case you don’t recall ,the Moxy brand is edgy and contemporary—at least, it aims to be—so they’ve hired comedian Taryn Southern to help them out with a little web series. The cleverly titled Do Not Disturb series will be shot later this week in a mock-up of a hotel room with a slumber party motif.

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Unpicking the $8m Facelift at the Historic Wiltcher's Hotel in Brussels

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  Site Where: Avenue Louise 71, Brussels, Belgium, 1050
July 29, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

For a capital city, Brussels doesn't have many grande dame hotels. One exception is the Beaux Arts style Wiltcher’s, which was built in 1911 on the posh Avenue Louise, was later used as an office building, then became a Conrad and was taken over by German chain Steigenberger in January 2013. Steigenberger announced a gradual two-year renovation when it took over - and now, nearly $8m later, the changes are now pretty much finished. So what’s changed?

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This New Paris Hotel Has $100 Rooms Overlooking the Eiffel Tower... So What's the Catch?

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  Site Where: Paris, France
July 29, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

View from the roof - and those $100 rooms

Paris: one of the prettiest cities in the world, but doesn't she half know it. As do her hotels - we can’t quite remember the last time one opened that we could actually afford (only slight exaggeration thanks to citizenM).

But here’s one that should fit our wallets - Les Piaules, a hotel-hostel crossover in the 11th arrondissement (Belleville), opening in September.

The creation of three entrepreneurs (with no hotel experience - bonne chance!), Les Piaules has architectural cred - it’s set in an art deco building - and that quintessential Paris hotel amenity - a rooftop bar overlooking the Eiffel Tower (bonus: this also has views of Sacré Coeur). And the obscenely low rates start from €25 ($27) per person - so what’s the catch?

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The Miramar's Iconic Bungalows Get a Well Deserved Makeover

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  Site Where: 101 Wilshire Boulevard [map], Santa Monica, CA, United States, 90401
July 28, 2015 at 4:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

You don't have to be a star, baby, to bask in the sunshine and seclusion of the Miramar's reborn bungalows, but just in case, sign the guest book.

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Curious about Old Hollywood? Then go west to Santa Monica and check out the guest book at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. Better yet, sign it as you check into one of the 32 newly revamped bungalows, of which 22 are now open with the others scheduled for completion by August 1.

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A New SoulCycle To Spin Out of 1 Hotel South Beach

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  Site Where: 2341 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
July 28, 2015 at 2:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

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We already knew that 1 Hotels was eco-conscious. Now we know it's body-conscious, too. Or should we say soul-conscious?

Yes, a SoulCycle studio is coming to the 1 Hotel South Beach later this year.

The new outpost will be Miami's second SoulCycle location (the other is in Coral Gables), and the brand's 50th studio nationwide. It's slated to open in December, which is good news for hardcore SoulCycle fans who are planning to attend Art Basel or simply hit up South Beach when it gets cold everywhere else in the country.

SoulCycle South Beach will be a 2,600-square-foot, 54-bike studio and will offer the signature high-energy rides the brand is famous for. If you happen to not be familiar with the SoulCycle workout, know this: riders burn between 500-700 calories in a 45-minute high-intensity cardio blast. Rides also involve upper body toning using hand weights and choreography.

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And Now Kimpton Has Lost Hotel Palomar SF as Well

July 28, 2015 at 12:24 PM | by | Comment (1)

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Last week we told you that the Hotel Monaco in San Francisco, a flagship Kimpton Hotel, had been deflagged into The Marker Hotel, managed by Destination Hotels and Resorts. The move was apparently due to a union dispute as Kimpton is now a part of InterContinental Hotel Group, and all IHG hotels in SF need to be unionized.

A tipster with inside knowledge on the rebranding told us last week to expect "More Kimpton hotels to be rebranded in the weeks ahead to avoid become unionized." And now, here is news of another one--Hotel Palomar, the choicely located hotel at 4th and Market, just steps away from the Powell Street Cable Car.

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11 Things That Make Hong Kong's Hotel Icon... Iconic

Where: Hong Kong
July 28, 2015 at 11:44 AM | by | Comment (1)

You already know it’s easy to pig out at breakfast and phone home from the Hotel Icon in Hong Kong, but those aren’t the only innovative things that this teaching hotel is doing. Friends of friends are falling over themselves about the amenities at the Icon - and during our recent stay, we realised why. So here you go - not 10, but 11 things that make the Icon, well, iconic.

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It's Raining Meteors and These are the Best Hotels to See the Show

July 28, 2015 at 10:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

It may not be raining men, as the song goes, but according to big-brain astronomer types, it is going to be raining meteors this summer. The Delta Aquarid meteor shower is making its debut late July and the Perseid meteor shower is hitting its peak in mid-August, and some hotels are set up for stargazing. Here's where to go to get the best view of the show.

AKA Central Park (above)

The newly-remodeled penthouses at AKA Central Park will give you a glamping experience like no other. The 1,000-square-foot wraparound terraces have an outdoor bedroom with a queen-sized bed, fireplace and a primo telescope meant solely for stargazing (nudge, nudge, wink, wink).

Rates mid-August start at $395 and the Penthouse Suite starts at $815.

More hotels with star views below!

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