It has Fabergé eggs. It has King Henry VIII. And it has Tudor-inspired cocktails. That’s quite something for a hotel venue.
Welcome to New York, and to BonBonnière, the new nightclub in the basement of the Hotel Chantelle. A London import – the first one opened in Soho last year – it’s “inspired by the Fabergé egg” and all the European opulence that goes with it.
What does that mean in the 21st century? Mirrored walls, LED-lit ceilings, and a giant Fabergé egg as the DJ booth. Now that is something.
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Twelve months ago, we listed six London hotels to watch out for, and waited patiently for each of them to arrive over the course of 2014. In a world of perpetual hotel delays, we didn’t do so badly, with only one out of six not opening as promised.
With last year’s success rate in mind and finding ourselves in a year that ends on five, it only seems right to take a look at five new London hotels that should make their debut between now and December. Noticeably absent from the list? Clermont London, the one hotel that prevented us from scoring a six out of six last year. Silence on the transformation of the Royal Horseguards Hotel continues, with no update since we first wrote about it in late 2013. Who knows, it may catch us by surprise and open this year, but having been fooled once, we’ll focus on the following for now.
The Lanesborough: closed for well over a year, a “Spring 2015” return came with a fresh website and the news that the Hyde Park Corner hotel would join the Oetker Collection. Renderings show the 93 rooms and suites to stay close to the original Regency décor, but despite Albert Pinto’s classic take, technology should be very 21st century. As much as we would love to believe a March completion, the hotel continues to be obscured by scaffolding last we saw, so we’ll say a hopeful June(ish) for reopening?
Every time we turn our heads away, a Paris hotel opens. Last week we had news of the ridiculously expensive La Réserve and the far more affordable Hilton Paris Opera; this week, we’re salivating over the opening (or should that be reopening?) of the Hôtel Les Bains.
Once a public bathhouse, then a cult nightclub, Les Bains, in the Marais district, was built in 1885 as Les Bains Douches, and was initially the most famous thermal spa in Paris – Marcel Proust took the waters here! Fast forward to 1978, and Andy Warhol and his ilk were living it up in the baths-turned-nightclub (designed by the then unknown Philippe Starck), which became the Studio 54 of Paris. The club closed in 2011, when it became a full-immersion art installation and artists’ residency. And now – draw breathe – it’s about to be a hotel.
Snowmaggedon. Snow-pacalypse. Juno? Whatever you
social media marketers folks want to call it, we're sticking with the simple Blizzard of 2015. Now, let's move on to the more important issue at hand--what are your hotel options if you are stuck in NYC during the storm?
On HotelTonight, the go-to app for last-minute hotel bookings, the choices are plentiful, and affordable. We found Sixty Soho for $149 tonight while Soho Grand is $179. And the Element Hotel in Times Square which has mini-kitchenettes is only $139. We also saw this deal being offered by the InterContinental Times Square:
Also Loews Hotels has offered up a customer hotline:
Given that it's low season in NYC and tourists are not hogging the hotel supply, and considering that most folk in the city made their way home a lot earlier in the day, your chances of getting a hotel for a decent price are extremely likely. Just ignore this incredibly unhelpful tweet from Quikbook, a booking site. Ugh.
A major snowstorm is set to arrive in the Northeast tonight. Do you have a cozy place to weather the storm? http://t.co/QlPHlwWnSL— Quikbook (@Quikbook) January 26, 2015
However, if you're supposed to be in NYC by tomorrow, chances are you've been delayed at the airport. Now you may have to cancel or delay your hotel reservation.
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It is an Upper East Side institution, a quintessentially New York experience which, provided you have the funds for a night's stay, will make you feel not like a guest passing through but rather, an actual resident and this place has been your home all along.
When we stayed there in 2008, we knew the rooms may not have been the most modern rooms on the block, but they were classic and clean and so very well-maintained. But that was seven years ago. Even though some rooms have received a soft goods upgrade since that time, The Carlyle is ready for a change.
Which is why we are thrilled to hear that NYC-based Tony Chi, the man behind the gorgeous Rosewood London is taking on The Carlyle's upcoming renovation project.
Last week, we showed you all around the revamped Gordon Bar at the reinvented Sixty Soho, formerly 60 Thompson. We hope you took a good long look at that stuff because you'll be seeing more of Sixty Hotels in the very near future.
The brand, created by the Thompson Hotels founders, is about to open Nautilus South Beach this spring, followed by the newly announced Sixty Hotel Montreal, opening in late 2016. This will be the sixth property for the new-old brand. How fitting.
Here's a press statement from hotelier Jason Pomeranc on the decision to open in Montreal on René Lévesque Boulevard in the Central Business District:
“The cultural and creative sensibility of the city along with its jet-set style makes Montreal an ideal location to open the next SIXTY Hotel” said Jason Pomeranc, co-owner of SIXTY Hotels. “Montreal is filled with eclectic and inspiring neighborhoods and offers fantastic global appeal. Our plan is to build a hotel that takes its inspiration from the local architecture and character of the city, while injecting SIXTY’s flair for hospitality to create a very chic and sophisticated destination hotel.”
Construction on the 240-room hotel is supposed to happen this spring and when it's all finished, the property will boast not just a super futuristic look from Atlanta-based BLUR Workshop, (as opposed to the historic bank building look in Chicago) but also a rooftop pool, restaurants, shops, 15 for-sale penthouse residences and, wait for it...a recording studio.
That was to be expected given that the Virgin company started out as a record shop, and this hotel is opening at the start of Music Row. But still, kind of awesome.
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Mindfulness – or mindful meditation – is all the rage right now and it looks set to stay that way. What better way to cash in on the trend than by opening a ‘mindful hotel’?
An eco-resort owned by fashion designed Marco Murzilli, it’s a simple place – “eremito” means “hermitage” in Italian, and the place has the ascetic feel of a monastery (it was built from scratch, but using 13th-century masonry techniques). There are just 14, pared back rooms based on monk cells – whitewashed walls, arches, no extraneous décor, sheets made of hemp, definitely no minibars. There’s no connectivity – no internet, no phone, no TV, no business center. There’s even no coupling – rooms are strictly for single occupancy. (If you're wanting to come as part of a couple, they suggest you book adjoining cells.)
Shepherd’s Bush doesn’t sound like the most rock n roll of London addresses, until you think about all those pop stars who’ve played the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, and those who performed in what was once Kensington House, a BBC studio – and a building that’s now the K West Hotel.
And so the hotel – which is often overlooked by London visitors, thanks to its location – is going all out to channel the music vibe, with a subtle rock refurbishment of the public areas and an ‘afternoon tea’ in the shape of late night munchies.
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That’s what’s on the menu this spring in Italy, where both Starwood (by way of St. Regis) and Marriott (by way of JW Marriott) are entering the Venetian hotel scene with a splash (ha!) on Isola di San Clemente and Isola delle Rose, respectively. But who will be victorious? Let’s look at what each brings to their corner before things get real around March / April time.
We’ve established they're fighting for your attention in the same category: private islands, ensuring the ultimate Venice experience of hopping on a complimentary shuttle when you want to be whisked away from the crowds on San Marco. We’ve known for a while that the JW Marriott would be opening in March, but the St. Regis is now confirmed for the month after. If all goes as planned, then Marriott will have a (minor) head start.
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!
Wowie zowie! We thought we had exhausted our hand-picked list of hotels worthy of a little friendly poke on Funky Friday. Well, lo and behold, a new supply may be surfacing as 2015 gets under way. We love it so bring it on. But for now, we’ll keep things informal with an occasional visit to Funky Friday.
For our first unofficial poke of 2015, we’re taking a (virtual) visit, more like a trip, inside the psychedelic fantasy of the Razzmatazz Cocktail Bar & Lounge at JW Marriott Abershon Baku in Azerbaijan.
The inspiration behind the design of Razzmatazz stems from the beautiful Persian rugs of Azerbaijan and the stories these rugs tell. Whether or not this bar clearly tells a story, or needs to, it sure speaks volumes in its amped up display. Floors, walls and ceilings play mind games with guests in kaleidoscope-friendly patterns in neon purple, hot pink, and red. If these are rug patterns then they could have been designed by Jimi Hendrix.