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10 New Hotels for Bali

Where: Bali, Indonesia
May 27, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comment (1)

Every month, we tell you which hotel openings you need to know about (and which, inevitably, miss their deadlines). While we have a healthy list of arrivals around the world, there are a few places that are either consistently popular or having a bit of a hotel moment, so “new hotels for…” gives you a rundown of the openings you will want to know about for a particular destination.

Oh, Bali. Perennially popular you may have been indeed, but Julia Roberts cycling magically sweat-free through rice paddies must have really kicked it up a notch. Overcrowding be damned, the list of hotels we can think of that will come to your shores in the next five years (all to “unspoiled” and “pristine” corners, of course) easily runs up to the fingers on both our hands (and that’s with a bit of doubling up as you’ll find out). Here are ten hotels coming to the Island of the Gods:

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Belmond Cadogan and Costes London Are Coming to Sloane Square

Where: Sloane Square, London, United Kingdom
May 27, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve talked about London’s posh Sloane Square and its surrounding streets for their ability to bring on an acute case of real estate envy. Largely residential as the area may be, there are two new hotels arriving next year – one a rebirth, one a fresh arrival: Belmond Cadogan and Hôtel Costes. We strolled down Sloane Street and across the square to see where both are at.

Starting with Belmond Cadogan, it was only a few months after Orient-Express became Belmond that they announced the $48 million renovation – and full closure – of The Cadogan. We hate to start with some bad news, but if that summer 2016 reopening is happening, things better get going over on Sloane Street. Closed since last summer, the building is certainly empty, but it felt rather dormant to us.

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Cleveland's New Hilton Wants Your Snapshots For Its Art Installation

May 27, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

A new Hilton isn’t generally that exciting a prospect, but with a little local flair and art it certainly can be. That’s the case over in Cleveland, as hotel developers are asking for snapshots and shares of The Forest City—yep, we had to look the nickname up on Wikipedia.

Hotel officials are asking locals to show off some of why Cleveland rocks, and that’s what they’re going to use to decorate bits and pieces of the new property. According to Crain’s Cleveland Business, the arts and crafts is all taking place as part of construction at the new Hilton Cleveland Downtown.

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W London Has Gone 'Wyld' With Technology

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  Site Where: 10 Wardour Stree, London, United Kingdom, W1D 6QF
May 26, 2015 at 7:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

W Hotels is already implementing their keyless entry technology which lets guests open the guest room doors using their smartphones, and their watches. But at the W London--Leicester Square technology has now invaded the hotel uniforms.

Staffers at the hotel's nightclub, Wyld, are now wearing these super cool Glofaster uniforms featuring LED technology that pulses to the beat of the club's music. (The hotel also changes its exterior colors on a whim too.)They were designed by Britain's rising fashion designer, Claire Barrow. Here's a bit more on what these uniforms are like:

[Barrow's] creations for Wyld feature reactive strip lighting, made by Glofaster, within a W screen-printed design that was influenced by the club’s glowing red neon lights. Both male and female uniforms also boast Barrow’s signature embroidered motifs, with designs that take inspiration from Wyld’s renowned oversized disco ball and London’s vibrant night scene. The bespoke garments combine Barrow’s chic ‘Do It Yourself’ approach to design with Wyld’s rock and roll aesthetic.

You can see these uniforms in action at Wyld from 10pm on Wednesday-Sunday. Rooms at the W currently start about 340 GBP next weekend.

[Photo: W London]

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Even More Hotels To Look Forward to in Philadelphia

May 26, 2015 at 5:12 PM | by | Comments (2)

Come 2017, this mega-modern tower will be home to W and Element Philadelphia, and we can't help but notice their next door neighbor--The Ritz-Carlton

Philadelphia is on a (redevelopment) roll with more upcoming hotels to choose from than there are cheese steak stands. VisitPhilly, the source of all information for incoming travel, has rounded up 10 new hotels coming to town.

But we too, have been following hotels such as the Starck-designed SLS LUX; Four Seasons' new home; Kimpton'smove into a former court building; and an AC Hotel by Marriott which is set to engulf a funky Deco building.

If that's not enough for the option-oriented traveler, here are four more hotels to add to the mix. And expect even more behind these.

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The Nile Ritz-Carlton Will Open Late Summer, Kempinski Joins In

Where: Cairo, Egypt
May 26, 2015 at 12:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

It’s nearly a year ago that we last looked at a rendering of The Nile Ritz-Carlton, along with the not completely unexpected news that its opening would be moved back to 2015. That’s a solid six years after it was reflagged and began its extensive renovation, with now finally a formal announcement of a “late summer” arrival and an actual exterior photo.

The hotel will have 331 rooms, “reminiscent of the timeless style of Ritz-Carlton properties around the globe whilst being anchored in the flavours and traditions of Egypt”. We don’t have any visuals to go with that yet, but we’ll hazard a guess in saying it will be fairly traditional. Outside, there is an Olympic-sized pool with private cabanas, and the spa has a terrace for sunset yoga sessions overlooking the river. Restaurants will serve everything from Arabian to Continental and Italian food. The hotel’s website is still surprisingly spare, and reservations aren’t open yet, so more is to come.

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Fairmont Copley Plaza Doorman Does Sick Kid A Solid

May 26, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comment (1)

Here’s a warm and fuzzy story to keep that holiday buzz going, and well—it’s actually something warm and fuzzy. One doorman in Boston went above and beyond, and in doing so the Fairmont Copley Plaza might just have become the go-to property in that city.

From the folks over at CBS Boston, Michael Eades has worked at the hotel as doorman for well over 20 years. Recently he has found a special place in his heart for a 12-year old boy living at the hotel with his mom, as the little guy seeks treatment for a rare disease at a nearby hospital.

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5 New and Renewed Milan Hotels to Go on Your Radar Right Now

Where: Milan, Italy
May 26, 2015 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Excelsior Hotel Gallia,now reopened

To say Milan is having a moment right now would an understatement of leviathan proportions. And let’s thank boring trade show Expo for all the lovely hotels it’s showering us in.

We’ve covered plenty of 2015 openings as they happened (scroll through here), but there are still some to come, and a couple that have quietly unlocked those doors since we checked in a few weeks ago. Here are the ones to watch:

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Conrad Will Come Back to Chi-Town

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  Site Where: 101 E. Erie Street [map], Chicago, IL, United States
May 26, 2015 at 8:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

This is a bit of a pattern: day one, a brand’s exit from a certain market is announced. The clock starts ticking, and by day two or three, re-entry – in something newer, bolder, shinier – follows. So it was with Four Seasons in Bangkok, and now the same happens for Conrad Hotels in Chicago.

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Check Out the Glamorous Pool Attendants at Alila Ubud

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  Site Where: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
May 26, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

The pool at Alila Ubud in Bali is well known as one of the island’s best – an infinity pool overlooking the Ayung river and valley, it’s probably second only to Hanging Gardens in the jaw-dropping stakes.

But when we visited the hotel for a spa treatment last week, what we were far more excited about were the pool attendants. And we’re not talking men; we’re talking monkeys.

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Check-Out Folio: Cuddle Up With Some Holiday Weekend Reading

May 22, 2015 at 4:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

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! But since this is a holiday weekend for America as we honor our armed forces, we won't be back in our virtual offices until Tuesday, May 26.









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From VegasChatter + Jaunted: Memorial Day Parties and Mad Max Travel

May 22, 2015 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· Whistle While You Werk It: A Brief Party Guide to Memorial Day Weekend 2015
· Tales From Inside The Pit: A Dealer's Tips on Tipping The Dealer
· What Sort of 'Inside Vegas' Stories are You Looking For?
· Head's Up Chip Collectors: Better Grab These Chips Before They're Gone

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