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Seattle Kimptons: Are You Willing to Rename Your Goldfish, 'Gronkfish'?

January 27, 2015 at 3:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Kimpton's Nine Zero Hotel in Boston

UPDATE: THE CHALLENGE HAS BEEN ACCEPTED!

Are you betting on the Super Bowl? The Kimpton Hotels in Boston certainly are, offering up a challenge to their Kimpton counterparts in Seattle.

If the Patriots win, Boston proposes that the Seattle Kimpton hotels do the following on the day of the Championship Parade in Boston:

• Serve New England Clam Chowder in their restaurants

• Serve a New England brewed beer and a Boston tea-infused cocktail in their bars

• Replace Seattle’s best coffee with the coffee that New Englanders all run on

• Wear Patriots gear at the Front Desk while checking in their guests

• Rename the hotel’s pet gold fish, "Gronkfish" for the day

• Play music by Boston bands in their hotel lobby all day

No word yet on whether Seattle has accepted or what Boston will do if, gasp, the Patriots lose. So, in that sense, it's not really a bet. We hope Seattle returns the favor with some terms of their own should the Seahawks win a consecutive championship.

Now, to fully grasp the seriousness of this bet, watch this video of Joe Capalbo, Kimpton's Area Director of Operations for Boston, laying down the terms for Seattle, while aboard the Boston Tea Party ship.

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Confirming What We Already Knew: Marriott's Moxy Hotels are Coming to The U.S.

January 27, 2015 at 1:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

More major hotel news today regarding millennial brands--Marriott International has announced they will bring Moxy Hotels to the United States. (But we already knew that.)

Already eight Moxy Hotels are lined up, with three hotel set for NYC (in Chelsea, Mid-town and Lower Manhattan), as well as San Fran, Seattle, New Orleans, and Chicago. (See? WE TOLD YOU.)

Naturally, we're a bit concerned about the need for THREE hotels in New York City. But Marriott is sparing no expense here, having contracted Yabu Pushelberg to do the design of at least one NYC hotel. (Remember, this duo recently did another Marriott property--Miami Beach Edition.) So clearly, Moxy is aiming to make a sexy splash when it lands stateside. Which is probably right on brand as the Moxy models are always half-dressed.

Meanwhile, the men of Moxy are still planning on coming in, er, to London three times, as well as in Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin and Denmark.

So what can you expect from Moxy Hotels, aside from lots of man meat? Affordable rates (well, at least near the airport in Milan. NYC probably will not have this), free and "furiously fast" WiFi, Apple TV in the rooms, snug rooms and no phones next to the bed as Moxy is all about high-tech, including keyless entry and motion-sensor lighting. And whatever else millennials are into these days.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Hilton Rose Hall is Not Quite a 'Jewel' But Almost

January 27, 2015 at 1:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

The all-inclusive Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa in Montego Bay was recently purchased by Sagicor Life Jamaica, owner of the three Jewel Resorts in Jamaica: Jewel Runaway Bay, Jewel Dunn's River and Jewel Paradise Cove.

However, no name change is taking place, at least for now. The 489-room resort will continue to operate as the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa and will be managed by Aimbridge Hospitality. And Hilton loyalists, have no fear! Guests of the resort will continue to have access to Hilton benefits, including participation in the Hilton HHonors loyalty program.

However, there will be some upgrades happening to the resort. In a press statement, Dave Johnson, President and CEO of Aimbridge, talked (vaguely) about the future plans for the property:

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Hyatt Has Gone Public With Their New Millennial Hotel Brand, Hyatt Centric

January 27, 2015 at 10:55 AM | by | Comment (1)

At last, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts have thrown their hat (porkpie, we're assuming) into the trendy millennial hotel brand ring, by announcing HYATT CENTRIC., with its first hotel opening in 2015.

Here's what Hyatt Centric is about, according to their website:

Pick a location and pack your bags! We are at the center of the most unique destinations—in the middle of the action, in the know, and always on-hand to serve up insider knowledge, intriguing tidbits, and great conversation over a well-crafted cocktail. We are your local home base, preparing you to explore the best our cities have to offer.

Yup, that sounds like a millennial hotel. And just like all the other millennial hotels out there, Hyatt Centric experience is focusing on design, socialization (with The Corner Lounge), technology (including free WiFi) , artisanal beverages, foodie bites and wellness (the hotel gym is called The Health Studio.)

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

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Tudor Cocktails and Faberge Eggs Are on the Menu at Hotel Chantelle

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  Site Where: 92 Ludlow St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10002
January 27, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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5 New London Hotels for 2015

January 27, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comment (1)

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?

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Marcel Proust and Andy Warhol Have Already Tested the Waters at Paris' Latest Hotel

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  Site Where: 7 rue du Bourg l'Abbé, Paris, France
January 27, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Hotel Deals and Tips for Those Weathering the Blizzard of 2015

January 26, 2015 at 7:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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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The Carlyle New York to Get a Makeover From Tony Chi and Associates

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  Site Where: 35 E. 76th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10021
January 26, 2015 at 3:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel & Resort, is not just a hotel where Kate Middleton would stay while visiting New York, it is also a hotel where we would spend the end of our days.

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.

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Sixty Hotels to Take Their New Brand to Montreal in 2016

Where: Montreal, Canada
January 26, 2015 at 2:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.”

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The Virgin Hotel in Nashville is Now Showing Some Skin

January 26, 2015 at 1:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Now that we know what actually happens inside a Virgin Hotel, we can actually enjoy these newly released renderings for the Virgin Hotel Nashville, opening in 2016.

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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Learn to Live Like a Hermit at Italy's Newest Design Hotel

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  Site Where: Località Tarino 2, Parrano, Umbria, Italy, 05010
January 26, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

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’?

Such cynicism isn’t very mindful, of course; so that’s why we’re nothing but excited for the opening of Eremito, a new hotel in Umbria, which has already been snapped up by Design Hotels.

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.)

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