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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 (4)

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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The Only Mystery is the Menu as Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice Celebrates Agatha Christie’s B-Day

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  Site Where: Giudecca 10, Venice, Italy, 30133
June 30, 2015 at 7:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tomorrow, July 1, marks the 125th birthday of mystery writer extraordinaire, Agatha Christie. This grande dame, though, wrote more than mere mysteries; she wrote of exotic lands and places that she herself had explored and consequently served to whet the appetite of her readers for travel.

In 1934, Ms. Christie traveled from Venice to Istanbul on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, penning one of her finest stories, Murder on the Orient–Express, at the end of her journey while at the Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul (you knew there had to a hotel in here somewhere, right?).

To commemorate this grand journey, the chefs of the Belmond Hotel Cipriani (David Bisetto), the Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah (Arif Kemal Dogan) and the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (Christian Bodiguel) have come together to prepare a 1930s-themed feast on her big day.

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Baha Mar Files for Bankruptcy, Throws Shade at China, Bounces Checks and Stops Answering the Phone

June 30, 2015 at 2:49 PM | by | Comment (1)

Baha Mar has done it again. And by "it", we mean continued to promise to vacation-goers that their resort wonderland will open someday soon, despite filing for bankruptcy yesterday. Here are some choice quotes from the press release that Baha Mar, led by their chairman and CEO, Sarkis Izmirlian, put out yesterday:

Mr. Izmirlian stated, "I am committed to doing all I realistically can to move Baha Mar forward to be completed and opened successfully. I am confident that, once opened, Baha Mar will be a world-class destination resort that will attract guests from around the world and serve as a key economic sparkplug to The Bahamas. The Chapter 11 process provides the appropriate venue to create a viable financial structure that places Baha Mar's interests foremost."

Mr. Izmirlian continued, "The general contractor repeatedly has missed construction deadlines. This has caused both sizeable delay costs and forced the resort to postpone its opening. Unable to open, the resort has been left without a sufficient source of revenue to continue our existing business.

Oh yes. He did just throw some serious shade at China Construction America, which is mostly owned by the government on China. #sorrynotsorry. But Izmirlian continues:

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Inside and All Around The Paul NYC

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  Site Where: 32 W 29th St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10001
June 30, 2015 at 10:40 AM | by | Comments (2)

Yesterday we asked which butch hotel had a surprisingly feminine wallpaper game with these trompe l’oeil post-it notes. Nobody took a guess! Way to make us feel popular… But instead let’s feel superior – because it was (of course) The Paul which just opened in Midtown and is part of the boutique Ascend Collection from Choice Hotels. So without further ado, let’s go inside.

LOCATION:
The Paul is in the NoMad area, with the Ace on the next block of 29th Street and the Nomad a block away on Broadway. Other than that, there isn’t a huge amount to do in the immediate area but it’s handily right around the corner (literally) from the 28th St subway and an easy walk from Penn Station where we dropped off the rental car.

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The Ace New York is the Spiritual Home of Keyboard Warriors

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  Site Where: 20 W 29th St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10001
June 30, 2015 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (5)

It’s a class or a convention of some kind, right?

This was the scene that greeted us when we went into the Ace New York last Saturday and took this (really crappy, sorry) photo. Not a seat to be had in the lobby, whether at the official computer tables or in the chairs. Surely, we thought, there had to be some kind of event going on?

No, they said in the Breslin as we shamefully had lunch, mortified that we only had a smartphone. No, they confirmed today when we called to make entirely sure. There are events going on all the time at the Ace (many of which are open to the public) but that’s normal. “We have free WiFi and we’re open to the public,” we were told. Come in this afternoon and it’ll be even busier.

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Too Cool for School: Graduate Charlottesville Makes Its Debut

June 30, 2015 at 8:56 AM | by | Comment (1)

More college fun in a hotel setting, as another location from Graduate Hotels is now open for business. As is the case with most of their properties this one is located in close proximity to a center of higher education. This time it’s the University of Virginia, as Graduate Charlottesville is now open for business—Thomas Jefferson would be proud.

It’s quite an upgrade if you ask us, as it’s replacing a former Red Roof Inn. There’s 135 rooms in all, and it’s just blocks away from the school and The Rotunda. The location sets it in walking distance to great shops and restaurants, but if you’re looking to stay on campus—of the hotel that is—they have you covered as well. Sheepdog Coffee will open this fall along with a rooftop bar just in time for the kids to return back to class.

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Taking the Bather's Elevator at the Royal Hawaiian

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  Site Where: 2259 Kalakaua Avenue [map], Honolulu, HI, United States, 96815
June 30, 2015 at 8:23 AM | by | Comments (4)

There is no escaping the modern day scale of development when you’re in Waikiki, but inside the 1927 historic wing of The Royal Hawaiian, we found a few things that remind you of a different age. One of them was this sign: the "Bather’s Elevator”. Despite 1920s bathing suits leaving the minimum amount of skin exposed, it was considered improper to take the normal guest elevators between room and swimming pool / beach. The solution: a dedicated elevator.

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Too Cool for Pool: The Purple Billiards Table at the New York Edition

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  Site Where: 5 Madison Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10010
June 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we took you all around the Clocktower Restaurant and Bar at The New York Edition last month, we couldn't share with you any of our own photos due to a photo embargo. That's since been lifted so we thought we'd share with you one of our favorite rooms in the house--the billiards room.

Featuring a gem toned purple felt table and an ornate, original chandelier that was colored to match the pool table, the parlor is not very big in size but the high ceilings, elaborate mahogany entrance and collage of photos in French baroque gold leaf frames give the room a powerful presence. And a seductive one too.

Much like the fur throws found on the bed, the billiards tables are an Edition Hotel standard. There's a white carrera marble table with ocean views at the Miami Edition and an antique table in the lobby of the London Edition. We can't wait to see what they do for Sanya, China, Bangkok and Guragon, India, all opening sometime next year.

[Photo: Juliana Shallcross/HotelChatter]

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Thompson's Cabo Hotel, The Cape, is Now Open

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  Site Where: Mexico
June 29, 2015 at 6:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

We first reported the anticipated opening of the 161-room boutique resort, The Cape, back in March. Now, the resort has officially gone live and we have three words for you: location, location, location.

The resort is near the southernmost tip of the Baja California Sur Peninsula and situated along the surfer-friendly Monuments Beach. It also offers unobstructed views of the region’s most famous landmark, The Arch, from virtually any vantage point on property. The vibe is described as combining an urban aesthetic with a retro, 1960s Southern California-meets-Baja feel.

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