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At These Prices, Every Hotels Are Within Everybody's Reach

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  Site Where: Coventry Street, London, United Kingdom, W1D 6BZ
March 3, 2015 at 9:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we first got our hands on pictures of Every Hotels, the new brand for Glh Hotels, we weren’t too impressed - that decor? Fine, but hardly millennial-sharp.

Did we speak too soon? Because this review in the Mail Online seems pretty blown away by the first property in Piccadilly.

As we said before, they’ve souped up the amenities – so there are complimentary (non-alcoholic) minibars, blazing fast WiFi, Hypnos (ie great) beds and that infernal, ubiquitous Nespresso machine in every room.

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M by Montcalm Shoreditch Is Delayed until mid-April

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  Site Where: 151-157 City Road, London, United Kingdom, EC1V 1JH
March 3, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

The beginning of March should have allowed us to cross the first of our five London hotel openings for 2015 off of our list, but it was not to be: the M by Montcalm Shoreditch has been delayed until mid-April.

Where reservations had been moved up to March 1 previously, we’re now looking at April 14 as the first day to stay at Montcalm’s “manifestation of glory”. Rates have crept up slightly with the six-week delay, starting at £187 ($289) a night rather than £170 ($262) before.

Room descriptions continue to ramble on about Deluxe Twin rooms that have “a super comfortable king size bed” (?), that “ooze personality”, and are designed with “oodles of luxury”. Two new photos have shown up, which we will say make those rooms look slightly more appealing than before.

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The Waldorf Astoria Will Lose Its Towers As Well As Its Old Decor

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  Site Where: 301 Park Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022
March 3, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Many have spent the night with old lady Waldorf, but few have owned her – until now. Because the new owners of the Waldorf Astoria New York, Chinese company Anbang Insurance Group, which finally sealed the deal last month, have announced that they’ll be converting some of the rooms into condos.

The rooms in question are in the Waldorf Towers, which currently operate as a hotel-within-a-hotel on the 27th-42nd floors of the building, with suites and apartments accessed via a separate entrance. (They’re “somewhat nicer” than the notoriously in-need-of-help rooms in the main building, according to our secret correspondent.) According to Wu Xiaohui, the company chairman, the plan is “to renovate the two towers into luxury residential apartments with world-class amenities and finishes to reflect its culture and social status.”

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Orange is The New Beige at The Hotel Irvine in Orange County

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  Site Where: 17900 Jamboree Road [map], Irvine, CA, United States, 92614
March 2, 2015 at 7:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

Old vs. New #TBT #hotelirvine

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The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, Calif. is one of the luxest hotels on the Southern California coast, boasting 128 glam bungalows and opulent villas with room rates close to $900 a night. (There's also the on-site pasta room, among other amenities and services.) Make no doubt about it, this place is heaven, if you can afford it. But if you can't, there's a fun alternative to try.

The company behind the resort, The Irvine Company, which started out as the Irvine Ranch, recently upgraded The Hotel Irvine, on Jamboree Road, to be an independent lifestyle hotel that millennials and business travelers alike will feel comfortable staying at.

The hotel has a central location in Irvine, close to the John Wayne Airport and Disneyland, and although it has a very corporate exterior (it looks like an office building), the property is shiny and happy on the inside. And there's also a lot of orange, which is fitting for this Orange County hotel.

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21c Takes on Old City Hall in Indianapolis for Its Next Museum Hotel

March 2, 2015 at 5:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Is it us or are those the famous 21c red penguins on the roof of the lobby?

More exciting news for fans of 21c Museum Hotels, but you’ll have to hang in there until late 2017/early 2018. The quirky art/design hotel chain is coming to downtown Indianapolis, and the project involves one of the city’s prized possessions, the Old City Hall.

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The Weirdest Hotel Robbery Continues to Get Weirder at The London West Hollywood

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  Site Where: 1020 N. San Vicente Boulevard [map], West Hollywood, CA, United States, 90069
March 2, 2015 at 4:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Oscar Awards were so last week, but just as the water cooler talk about which movies won and which movies should have won, so continues talk about someone's glamorous dress. Only this is so much more complicated than, "Who are you wearing?"

Just before the weekend, news came out that last year's Oscar winner, Luptia Nyong'o had her expensive Calvin Klein pearl dress stolen from her suite at The London West Hollywood the day after the awards show. At the time, the hotel issued a statement saying the "unfortunate" incident, first reported by TMZ (of course), was true and that they were helping the police in their investigation.

Things took a weird turn on Friday when the dress was RETURNED to the hotel, stuffed inside a garbage bag and left under a bathroom sink in one of the public bathrooms at the hotel. Making the return of the beautiful dress even stranger was that the thief called TMZ (of course) to say that the dress was not worth the estimated $150,000 talked about in the press, because a jeweler told him the pearls on the dress were fake.

You would think that despite the fakery and despite not catching the thief, the case of the missing dress would be largely shut. After all, the dress was returned, no harm, no foul, except maybe two easily replaceable pearls were missing. But no, it gets even weirder.

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The Loews Chicago is Now Officially Open (and Rates are Rather 'Loew')

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  Site Where: 455 N. Park [map], Chicago, IL, United States
March 2, 2015 at 3:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

We're only in the third month of the new year, and we've already got another new hotel to check out in Chicago--The Loews Chicago (the first hotel to open this year was the Virgin Chicago.)

We took a behind-the-scenes tour of the Loews Chicago back in early December but now it's your turn to actually stay in one of the 375 guest rooms, or if you prefer some larger space, one of the 25 suites inside the 52-story tower in downtown, just a block north of the Chicago River and close to North Michigan Avenue.

Rates tonight start at just $133 as part of the hotel's First Impressions rate, which is 30 percent off the usual rate. That's for a 377-sq. ft. superior room with a king bed, free WiFi, Garnier Thiebault linens, a work desk and chair, and a Keurig coffeemaker. A premium room with great city views is only $140 while a 621-sq.ft. junior suite is just $182. #BOOKIT #WORTHIT.

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Has the Boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel Silently Finished?

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  Site Where: 9641 Sunset Blvd [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90210
March 2, 2015 at 9:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

In all the stories about the Grammys and the Oscars that have come out over the past few weeks, there was one that really intrigued us – John Legend pulling out of a party at the Beverly Hills Hotel, because of opposition to the Sultan of Brunei.

Very worthy, Mr Legend, we thought – but no more than we’d expect from the man who hired a food truck for Eric Garner protestors in New York.

But then we thought, wait. If Hollywood is boycotting the BHH, why has a top Grammys party been booked there in the first place? Has the boycott silently ended? Does sympathy with people who face an Isis-lite stoning for being gay go out of fashion?

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Meet the Dublin Hotelier Who's Getting Ed Sheeran Fans Hot Under the Collar

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  Site Where: 268 - 272 North Circular Road, Phibsborough, Dublin, 7
March 2, 2015 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s been a while since we had a hotel acting kinda jerky online … too long, some might say. Too long no more – enter the Charleville Lodge in Dublin, which celebrated the announcement of some upcoming Ed Sheeran concerts by telling his fans… that they’d be better off staying in a homeless hostel.

The hotel is a 15-minute walk from Croke Park, the venue for the concerts, and as one might expect, raised its rates for the Sheeran dates (24-25 July). A lot. To €279 ($313).

Sheeran fans took to the hotel’s Facebook page to complain. The shame! How dare a hotel which recently ran a New Year’s promotion with rates for €20.15 pull a stunt like this? What kind of business runs on supply and demand?

And in response to their complaints, the hotel (or rather, Paul Stenson, the owner) posted a long, long status update (well worth looking on the Facebook page – it’s still up), claiming that the cheapest room in Dublin for those dates is €229, and telling people that “if you are expecting reduced rates… you need your head examined more than I do.”

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The Lanesborough Will Have Crave Tablets Surrounded by Lots of Regency Style

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  Site Where: Hyde Park Corner, London, United Kingdom
March 2, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Our scepticism about that (already delayed) March reopening for The Lanesborough London turned out not to be unfounded – the hotel now talks about an “end of Spring” return. That makes our estimate of June(ish) feel about right, and a recent walk by Hyde Park Corner does show some progress: the scaffolding that has obscured the hotel from view for so long is starting to come down.

Underneath is a freshly painted/cleaned exterior, and a few glimpses of the interiors are available courtesy of The Lanesborough butlers having taken to Twitter. Hashtags and the Albert Pinto-designed Regency interiors may seem a little incongruous, but among all that period design will be some advanced technology in the form of Crave tablets. From booking a spa treatment to getting a hold of your butler, all you need is the tablet.

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Check-Out Folio: Hotel Festivals, Dress Codes and 'Timeless Style'

February 27, 2015 at 6:57 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!









ALSO: All-inclusive resort haters, stand down.

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A Golfer's Must-Stay Hotel: The Jack Nicklaus Villas at Trump National Doral

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  Site Where: 4400 N.W. 87th Avenue [map], Miami, FL, United States, 33178
February 27, 2015 at 4:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

South Florida is not short on golf resorts with championship golf courses, but only the Trump National Doral outside of Miami has bragging rights to the new Jack Nicklaus Villas, a collection of 172 guest rooms and suites with views of the resort's famed "Blue Monster" golf course which Nicklaus frequently played, and won.

The villas, a part of the $250 million renovation Trump has done on the property, were designed by architects WATG with interiors by Ivanka Trump who went with her usual elegant palette of ivory and champagne with a bit of caramel mixed in. Mahogany wood and gold leaf Spanish revival details were also added and each room features photos and mementos of Nicklaus' career.

In short, it feels more like a Trump Hotel than a themed-golf suite and that's a good thing. If you've had a bad back nine, the last thing you want to see when you get back is more reminders of your crappy play.

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