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HNB: Dream Chicago, The House Collective, Kimpton Vermont and More from Jeff Klein

June 29, 2015 at 2:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

So much hotel news, so little time – here are a few snippets to keep you up to date with the latest news from around the world!

· DEBUT HOTEL GROUP TO MANAGE LIVE AQUA HOTELS IN THE US: This brief is a bit of a doozy but here's what's happening--Grupo Posadas, Mexico’s largest hotel operator, is bringing its premier luxury boutique hotel brand, Live Aqua, to major U.S. cities, courtesy of benefactor/private equity group, Bighorn Capital, Inc. Debut Hotel Group, a Hampshire Hotels Management company, who are in charge of the Dream, Night and Time Hotel brands, will manage the Live Aqua U.S. hotels which are expected to "debut" in cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Houston and Washington, D.C. Interestingly, Chicago will be the first U.S. city to get a Live Aqua in 2017. Keep reading as the next brief is connected to this one.

· DREAM HOTELS TO OPEN IN CHICAGO: The Live Aqua hotel mentioned above will open in an 82-story high-rise in the West Loop area, which will actually be dual-developed as a Live Aqua and Dream Hotel. Yes, Dream Chicago is now happening. However, do not confuse this building with the other Mexican hospitality group Grupo Habita who are opening a hotel in Wicker Park, nor should you confuse it with the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. Meanwhile, a Time Hotel is expected to open in Nyack, NY. We'll have more on that later this week.

· INTRODUCING THE HOUSE COLLECTIVE: Forget luxury homes, when you can stay in luxury "Houses" from Swire Hotels. The Opposite House in Beijing, The Upper House in Hong Kong and the just-opened Temple House in Chengdu have always been united but now they've been consciously branded as The House Collective with a new website to boot.

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These Two Jackson Hole Hotels Are Now Noble Houses

June 29, 2015 at 10:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Noble House Hotels used to be one of our favorite under the radar chains – like a mini Kimpton, we always thought, with hotels primarily down the West Coast.

But now they’re hitting the gas with two new acquisitions in Wyoming, zoning in on Jackson Hole with Teton Mountain Lodge and Hotel Terra.

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Le Meridien and Loews Get Creative to Earn Your Business This Summer

June 29, 2015 at 9:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

Keep your eyes out for some snazzy hotel advertising this summer, as a couple of chains are doing their best to win your travel dollars and hotel budget—and they might have already captured ours.

According to Forbes, Le Meridien is going with a vintage approach to win over some new travelers. Think the classic cool of the jet age, as they've tasked illustrator—and Paris resident—Virginie Morgand with creating some travel-inspired images. We’ve included one such example above, but head over here to see some more of her original work—it’s pretty darn awesome.

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Reservations Kick Off from August 15 at The Laslett in Notting Hill

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  Site Where: 8 Pembridge Gardens, London, United Kingdom, W2 4DU
June 29, 2015 at 9:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’re getting close to the midway point of 2015, and so far we only have one confirmed opening from our list of five London hotels to watch this year (that’s the M by Montcalm Shoreditch). Things are looking up this week though, starting with online reservations going live for stays from August 15 at The Laslett Notting Hill, the new townhouse hotel we told you about late last year.

We can see rates starting from £155 ($244) on a Sunday night for a Spare Room Double, which range from 193-203 sq ft. That’s a prepaid rate, which goes up to £255 ($400) on a Saturday night. Largest rooms are Master Bedroom Suites at 313-360 sq ft, which on a Saturday in August is £350 ($550) a night when prepaid. Spare Room Singles are the entry-level category but as the name implies, sleep only one.

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Guess the Hotel with the Trompe L'Oeil Wallpaper

June 29, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's time for another rendition of Guess The Hotel! Here's how it works - we give you some hints, you drop your guesses in comments below, and we'll tell you if you're right or wrong tomorrow. And, away.. we.. go!

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Five Reasons Why Celebs Stay at the SoHo Metropolitan in Toronto

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  Site Where: 318 Wellington Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5V 3T4
June 26, 2015 at 4:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you look up the SoHo Metropolitan (part of Preferred Hotels & Resorts) on a tourism site, chances are pretty good that you won’t find it there. And if you ask your airport taxi driver to take you to take you to the hotel, you might have to give him/her the address in order to make it. But do you know who does know about the hotel? Film and music celebs, that’s who.

We checked out the hotel on a recent trip to Corktown (AKA Toronto, and for you history fiends, the nickname came about from an old historic neighborhood in the center of the city) because we wanted to know what draws all of those bright shining stars to the hotel? Following are the five main reasons why we think this is their pied-à-terre of choice. (With more pics in the Photo Gallery!).

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The Gale Hotel Moves North to Fort Lauderdale (And You Can Live There, Too)

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  Site Where: 401 Bayshore Drive [map], Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
June 26, 2015 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

With scene-stealers like Delanoand SLS South Beach across the street (just to name a few), the The Gale South Beach doesn't get as much attention as perhaps it should. With crisp-looking rooms, a sweet rooftop pool, and one of our favorite bars on the beach -- The Regent Cocktail Club -- you could even call this the little hotel that could.

More evidence of that get-up and go mentality? The Gale is now expanding to Fort Lauderdale. That's it above, or at least what it will look like when the project opens towards the end of 2016. We say "project," because this is not simply a hotel. The Gale Boutique Hotel & Residences will contain a 96-room hotel as well as 128 furnished residences -- which owners will be able to rent out.

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Finally, an 'Art Hotel' That's Actually an Art Hotel

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  Site Where: 1201 Broadway St [map], Denver, CO, United States, 80203
June 26, 2015 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

From one themed Colorado hotel to another – hot on the heels of the launch of Cannacamp comes The Art Hotel in Denver, which takes hotel art to another level. The odd “owner’s piece” scattered around? Pah. Temporary exhibitions? Pshaw. The Art Hotel has its own curator – no ordinary curator, either, but Dianne Vanderlip, former curator of the Denver Art Museum.

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Club Med Collides With Cirque du Soleil to Get 'Creactive'

June 26, 2015 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (2)

What happens when two French-based companies have a meeting of the minds...in the tropics? The answer is a one-of-a-kind experience that might have you doing backflips and cartwheels...or hobbling to the Wellness Centre for some deep-tissue therapy.

Quebec's acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil has recently been branching out...into movies, nightclubs and Broadway-style productions. A theme park must surely be on the executive drawing boards (if not, we thought of it first!).

But before that inevitably happens, they've team up with France-based Club Med All-Inclusive Resorts to launch a new kind of playground at their Punta Cana location. They call it "Creactive"", and it opened on June 15.

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Your New Cape Cod Amenity: Gold-Plated Shoes

June 26, 2015 at 10:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to an authentic New England experience there’s many items to add to your travel to-do list. There are the rocky beaches, the seafood, and of course the preppy clothing.

Cape Cod can help you get your fill of seaside New England, and now one resort is helping you out in the clothing department as well. Wequassett Resort and Golf Club has introduced quite the in-room amenity: Sperry topsiders in select guest rooms.

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27 Reported Dead in Gun Attack at Tunisian Hotels

June 26, 2015 at 9:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Hotel Imperial Marhaba, said to be one of two hotels involved in the attacks

Horrendous news out of Tunisia this morning, as 27 people are reported to have been killed after gunmen opened fire at hotels in the popular resort of Sousse.

According to the Tunisian government (via the Independent), two gunmen opened fire on a beach between two hotels, the Imperial Marhaba and the Soviva. One is dead, the other is on the loose.

Tourists in the resort talked of hearing noises like “firecrackers” and “fireworks”. Those in the hotel barricaded themselves in their rooms.

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Fairmont Heritage Place Joins Mayakoba Community in Mexico

June 26, 2015 at 9:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Mayakoba resort development in the Riviera Maya recently got a new addition – and this time they’re residences rather than hotel rooms. Fairmont Heritage Place has debuted six of the 30 planned homes and joins the Fairmont Mayakoba, Rosewood Mayakoba and Banyan Tree Mayakoba luxury resorts and the Mayakoba Residences already in the community.

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