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Now You Can Paint The Yotel New York On Your Nails

October 22, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Can't make it to the Park Hyatt Place Vendome in Paris for a mani and pedi at their new eco-nail suite? Or perhaps, you can't afford the $90 mani prices? Don't freak. You can simply pop into the Yotel New York for its own line of eco-friendly nail polishes.

The funky Times Square hotel has partnered up with Habit Cosmetics to offer two custom-created nail polishes. One will be done in a "bold plum" shade while the other will be "cool blue-grey." Both colors reflect the YOTEL's signature color palette.

Aside from the daring colors, the lacquers are also vegan, cruelty-free and free of toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and camphor. They are even said to be infused with myrrh extract, which can strengthen your nails. Even further, the bottles are eco-friendly and topped off with custom bamboo caps. #themoreyouknow.

The nail polish will be sold at YOTEL New York’s Mission Control shop for $15 or you can order online at www.HabitCosmetics.

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The Newest Private Island Hotel Is A Corker (And An Anantara)

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  Site Where: Medjumbe Island, Mozambique
October 22, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Is it Robinson Crusoe’s island? A previously undiscovered atoll in some warm ocean we just found on Google Earth?

No, it’s better than either of those. It’s the brand new Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa. Just that island. Just that hotel.

The hotel and its 1km-long, 300m wide private island form part of the Quirimbas archipelago off Mozambique. That’s a 45 minute flight from Pemba for you and the inhabitants of the other 11 thatched villas on the island. (And if you’re wondering, there are 32 islands in the archipelago, along with coral reefs and an aquatic national park (think dolphins and turtles as well as neon fish.)

The villas have private hammocks and pools, even though they’re bang on the beach. The design is posh rustic – nicely understated. You won’t want to move from your private space, of course, but if you do, there’s also a main pool, bar, lounge bar, spa and restaurant.

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Here Comes A New Base For Your Next Geneva Trip

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  Site Where: Nyon, Switzerland
October 22, 2014 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Oh Switzerland, you keep surprising us! If it’s not chic hostels or hostels with spas, it’s an affordable extended stay brand that is still affordable for shorter stays.

New brand Base will be a cross between a hotel and a serviced apartment – but a good cross. Think large, modern suites (accessed via self check-in) with Hypnos beds, internet TV and floor-to-ceiling windows, plus proper kitchens. The rooftop bar will have views of Lake Geneva and the Alps, there’s a fitness center and Italian restaurant, and guests will also have free use of bicycles (or Base Bikes as they call them). Planning to return? They’ll give you a “Base Box” to store your belongings/papers/drinks until next time. For free.

The first Base will be in Nyon, outside Geneva. It’s being “sustainably constructed” right now, and will have eco cred too – solar panels, triple glazing, and no chemicals will be used during cleaning. It’s due to open October 2015.

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Pack Your Designer Carry-on Bags: Edition Miami Beach Will Now Open on November 10

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  Site Where: 2901 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
October 21, 2014 at 7:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

After what feels like years of waiting, you can now officially book a room for November 10 at the Edition Miami Beach. And if you use corporate/promotional code ISS, you can stay on opening night for $250 a night, compared to the regular rate of $430 a night.

There is a $25 resort fee, per day, that includes beach chair service, beach towels, Internet access, bike rental and "more." A resort fee is never fun but it is actually very common for South Beach hotels

Nevertheless, after we fell head over heels in love with Edition London, we've been anxiously awaiting its Miami Beach sister. The 294-room hotel from hotelier Ian Schrager and Marriott Hotels was designed by architects George Yabu and Glenn Pushelber, along with landscape designer Madison Cox. While the guest rooms will be luxurious in an understated, frill-free way, the rest of the resort will be very turnt up.

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An Update On All The Shiny and Happy New Hotel Brands Out There for Millennials

October 21, 2014 at 3:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

The past few month has been all sorts of insane with new hotel announcements, mostly brands aimed at millennials. We understand that many hotel brands needed to revitalize their offerings for the "next gen traveler", particularly with their design, tech and entertainment offerings, but they are seriously going overboard. Like, we can't even. [Insert girl crossing her arms in front of her face emoji here.]

And we can't help but wonder if all their presumptions research about millennials are just a little off base? Judging from the room key shown above, hotels apparently think that when fun-seeking millennials enter their hotel rooms, they like to remove articles of clothing but not their Vespa helmets, jump on beds, and laugh about all the shopping they did.

This could be true of the millennials in their early 20s but eventually, they will want the same things the rest of us fogies now seek out in hotels--functional but comfortable furniture, and some peace and quiet. So hotels are essentially creating hotel brands that millennials will grow out of in about ten years.

But whatever, there's no stopping the hype.

Now, for all the old people out there who are over the age of 33 and can't remember what happened last week, or even this morning, here's a rundown of all the shiny and happy new hotel brands that are out there. (Yes, this means our story from March is now outdated.)

VIRGIN HOTELS

We've been waiting a long time for Sir Richard Branson's newest hotel product. But now, not only do we have details on what the concept is about, we can also sleep with a Virgin on January 15 in Chicago. A loyalty program should be revealed next month and is expected to have perks for Virgin America and Virgin Atlantic status members.

AC HOTELS BY MARRIOTT

The very first AC Hotel will open in the U.S. in New Orleans in mid-November. Unlike most Marriott Hotels, free WiFi is expected here. Previously, the design-forward AC Hotels were only open in Europe.

TOMMIE HOTELS

There's still not much out there about what Tommie, the spin-off brand for Thompson Hotels, a Commune Hotel, will look like, but we do know we can crash with him in Tribeca this summer.

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Low-Key Saba Island Now Has a Hotel Spa, Thanks to Queen's Garden Inn

October 21, 2014 at 2:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

The new Frangipane Spa at the Queen's Garden Resort on Saba

If you remember the killer views we showed you last winter that make the Queen's Garden Resort on Saba, the Caribbean island's most luxurious property, you might recall the unfinished building in some of the photos. The work-in-progress was a spa, which was finished earlier this month, just in time for the upcoming Caribbean season.

Called the Frangipani Spa, it features two open air treatment rooms, Finnish sauna, Turkish steam bath, herbal facial aroma pots, waterfall shower, and an outdoor Jacuzzi. Like the hotel, it overlooks Saba's capital, "The Bottom," as well as the mountainside and ocean.

The photos below show a simplistic charm and a hut-like environment, the beige of the wood dominating as a background and allowing the bright Caribbean-colored accents to burst out. So as not to lose sight of the views, the hotel decided to completely leave out one side of the building - a decision we think will turn out to be a really good one. The treatments will use products from SXM Nectar on nearby St. Maarten.

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Capella Pedegral in Cabo Will Reopen on January 15 (And Other Resort Reopening Dates)

October 21, 2014 at 12:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

The other week we published a list of official reopening dates for the resorts and hotels of Cabo San Lucas, who were hit very hard by Hurricane Odile in September. Worryingly, quite a few of the hotels on the list were only given the dreaded "To Be Announced" slot for their opening dates. Today, we have a few of those TBA dates firmed up.

· Capella Pedegral: The luxury hotel plans on reopening January 15. Here's a portion of the statement they put on their website:

Capella Pedregal has completed its assessment of the damage resulting from Hurricane Odile, and as reported earlier, the damage to the hotel was not severe and our initial goal was to be operational the earliest date possible. Unfortunately, the items needed for our hotel to be fully operational are estimated to be delivered and installed in January 2015.

If you have reservations with the hotel before January 15, 2015, Capella will issue fulleposit refunds and can either book you for alternative dates or check availability at their sister properties. Call 877.247.6688 with your concerns.

· One & Only Palmilla: Initially, this hotel was hoping to be back up by December 15. But now that date has been pushed to March 15. Here's their statement:

Hurricane Odile significantly impacted One&Only Palmilla and our team members and we are working hard to bring back our beloved resort and to delivering a true One&Only experience.

If you have reservations before March 15, call the hotel at 888-691-8081 to reschedule or amend.

· Esperanza, an Auberge Resort: Initially expected to open in December, the luxury resort will now open on March 1. If you have a reservation booked prior to this new March opening, contact reservations at 866-311-2226 for refund and re-booking assistance.

Keep reading for a list of updated reopening dates in chronological order

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Music to Our Ears: An Ace and an Edition May Be Coming to Nashville

October 21, 2014 at 10:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

Exciting times are ahead for Nashville’s hotel scene. In particular, the city's boutique otel scene is really coming up. Already, there's a Virgin, Thompson and Kimpton in the works, but now we've learned there's an Ace and an Edition coming as well.

How do we know this? The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation has released a "cheat sheet" of new Downtown/Midtown hotels in the works, most of them opening in the city's coolest neighborhoods. But don’t pack your bags yet, as many of these hotels are years from completion, with some still under speculation. And we all know that anything can happen in hotel development, not the least of which is a flag change.

Still, it's hard for us not to want to grab a partner and do-so-do with excitement. Here's what has us skipping in our cowboy boots this morning:

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Dear Hotel Housekeepers, Would You Please Stop Taking Our Free Food Away?

October 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (9)

It's time for another Hotel Rant! Today, let's talk food. Free food. Those fruit platters and cookie jars that you get on check in. Got a hotel rant you want to share? Let us know!

Last week, we stayed at a hotel that shall remain nameless. We checked in after a 13-hour flight to a room stocked with a free minibar. A few minutes later, we were brought a welcome gift: orange juice, a packet of cheese cookies, a chocolate bar, and a box of marshmallows. Perfect! A little graze of that, and we wouldn’t need to venture out while zombie-fied.

As it happened, we drank the juice, had one cookie and one marshmallow, and realized we didn’t want to add a sugar coma to the jetlag one, so we ordered room service. No worries! We closed the marshmallow box, put the lid on the cookies, and left the chocolate in its wrapper. The rest of those goodies could wait for tomorrow.

The next morning, we stumbled down to breakfast. By the time we stumbled back up, our room had been cleaned. And the entire tray had been taken away.

Why, housekeeping, why? Why would you think that an airtight plastic pot of cookies that had been opened, deprived of one cookie, carefully closed again and set neatly on our desk, was finished? Why would you think that a box of marshmallows that had been dipped into and taped back up was to be thrown away? Why would you think that an unopened chocolate bar was repellent to us? Why?

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Singapore Will Gleam Next Year With A Six Star Patina

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  Site Where: 15 Stamford Road, Singapore, Singapore, 178906
October 21, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Pretty sure this is the Patina

The scene: the breakfast buffet at the Sofitel So Singapore. The date: last Wednesday. The characters: a group of smartly dressed men and women having a business meeting. And us at the table next door, listening in.

We hadn’t realized when we sat down, but these people were in the hotel industry – two of them seemed to be on a giant hotel of Asia (take us with you?), and they were discussing the scene. They talked about millennial hotels, they talked about HotelChatter (hi!) and then they started talking about Patina Hotels, a forthcoming brand for Singapore. So we googled. And Patina looks incredible.

Behind it all is the Kwee family from Singapore, who own Capella, the Conrad, the Regent and the Ritz-Carlton. The first, and flagship, property will be The Patina, Capitol Singapore, part of a $750 redevelopment project of the old Capitol movie theater (Singapore’s first) on Stamford Road, and designed by Richard Meier (yes, the Richard Meier) and Jaya International Design.

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The Z Hotels Branches Out West To Marylebone Too

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  Site Where: 51-55 Gloucester Place, London, United Kingdom
October 21, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Here a hotel, there a hotel, everywhere a hotel, hotel: The Z Hotels is not letting up on its London expansion. It opened just south of Piccadilly earlier this year, which couldn’t be more central unless you camped out under the neon of Piccadilly Circus itself. It’s heading east, like everyone else, with a hotel in oh-so-fashionable Shoreditch coming next year, but despite its affordable roots, it’s not afraid of a little Marylebone action.

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Mandarin Oriental Has Yet Another New Fan...

October 20, 2014 at 4:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

Move over, Morgan Freeman. Lucy Liu is the latest celebrity to come out as a "fan" of Mandarin Oriental Hotels for their ongoing advertising campaign.

Photographer Mary McCartney (yes, as in that McCartney) has photographed Liu arriving at her favorite MO hotel Mandarin Oriental New York. Liu was actually born in NYC and says she loves the hotel's proximity to Central Park, along with their "delicious and comforting" Chinese breakfast. We assume that's the Mandarin Oriental breakfast served at the Asiate restaurant (for $36) and through room service and which includes "Soy Chicken Rice Congee, Poached Egg, Chicken Shu Mai Roasted Pork Steamed BunGinger, Cilantro, Pickled Mustard Greens with a Choice of La Colombe Coffee or Tealeaves Green Teas."

Hopefully, being a fan of the MONY means Liu will now have the $1,000 room rate waived.

Liu joins 27 other existing fans of Mandarin Oriental including Freeman, Cecilia Bartoli, Caterina Murino, Sir Peter Blake, Lin Chiling, Karen Mok, Kevin Spacey, Christian Louboutin, Sophie Marceau, IM Pei, Michelle Yeoh, Jane Seymour, Kenzo Takada, Jerry Hall, Vanessa Mae, Vivienne Tam, Barry Humphries, Frederick Forsyth, Darcey Bussell, Bryan Ferry, Liam Neeson, Dame Helen Mirren, Maggie Cheung, Sigourney Weaver, Sir David Tang, Hélčne Grimaud and Sa Ding Ding.

[Photo: Mandarin Oriental Hotels]