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One of L'Horizon's sexy ladies
It’s summer in the Coachella Valley, which means searing temperatures, misters working overtime and – most importantly – lowered prices. Palm Springs, too, is a huge Fourth of July destination, so what better time to recap all the openings and happenings in PSP?
Remember way back last year when we talked about the Horizon having closed unexpectedly? It’s reopening this week as L’Horizon Resort & Spa. Its 25 Cody-built bungalows have been revamped, there’s an infinity pool and the grounds span 3 acres. The as yet untitled restaurant will be helmed by Giacomo Pettinari, a Michelin-starred chef who was last at Valentino in LA, and is spouting all the organic and biodynamic buzzwords you might expect from a sleek California place rather than a retro PSP hotel. L’Horizon has already signed up to be part of the Leading Hotels of the World. No photos yet, other than sexy ladies, and no word on rates – you have to email the hotel a reservation request. Let’s hope they change that pronto!
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Pack the sunscreen and sunglasses, as Kimpton is expanding their hotel footprint as they move into Palm Springs. There will be plenty of time to prepare—and to save up for a visit—as things are slated to start welcoming guests in 2016.
According to the folks over at The Desert Sun, it’s all new construction and things are well underway. The cranes, bulldozers, and hard hats are arriving on-site, as it won’t be long until the 155-rooms open up for business in the Museum Market Plaza. There’s been some delays here and there, but it does sound like things are finally on schedule. Again it’s 2016—fall to be specific.
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Usually, Mama welcomes us into the world. But in just a few short weeks, we’ll be welcoming a new Mama into the world—Mama Shelter Los Angeles.
We’ve been waiting for Mama to open for quite some time, pretty much since we sniffed out her address last summer (at the corner of Selma and Wilcox in Hollywood proper.) Now, after a few delays, Mama Shelter will be hugging guests tight to her bosom on July 1.
The LA Times recently ran a pre-opening piece on Mama Shelter, focusing on the colorful chalk artwork that adorns the ceiling of the ground floor lobby which packs in an extended bar, a check-in area, a business center, an oversized foosball table, a coffee shop and a small restaurant.
But last week, we were able to walk through the entire property, including the rooftop, with Mama Shelter
papa owner Benjamin Trigano, who in addition to heading up the U.S. expansion of his family’s quirky hotel collection, also owns the M+B Gallery in West Hollywood.
Although he’d never take the credit for it, Trigano completely embodies the spirit of this Mama Shelter—which is art-centric but super casual; innately cool, but extremely friendly; Hollywood, but real Hollywood, not the celebrity kind; and provocative, but a little silly. Indeed, he's pushing forth all of these attributes with a single goal in mind--to have fun.
"It's really about creating a real welcoming environment," Trigano said. "We stress this all the time with our staff, with everybody we work with, we're not trying to be the coolest, we're just trying to be a fun place to hang out and have a good time."
And there will no be shortage of places to have a good time here.
It’s been a couple months since we first got pumped up (sorry) regarding the news around Equinox Hotels. We’re still a way from the first debut, scheduled for New York at some point in 2018, but now there’s a little more news about where else the chain might be headed.
The perfect fit for a hotel dedicated to fitness would be right next to a football stadium, right? Well as long as we’re talking about the athletes and not the fans that’s probably the case. We know a football fan or two who are more dedicated to the chips and dip than the weight room—ourselves included!
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Like most dreams, we forget about them when we wake up in the morning. So it's understandable that we've forgotten all about the Dream Hollywood Hotel since first hearing about it in 2011. But lo and behold, here's a snapshot of the Dream sequence, er, construction, rising up on Selma Avenue in Hollywood.
When it's all said and done, the hotel should have 182 rooms, spread out over 10 stories. And as you can see from this rendering posted on Curbed.com, there will some sort of rooftop experience as well.
Which means that while you're on top of the Dream, you'll also be able to wave to the people dining and drinking (and working out) on the rooftop at the forthcoming Mama Shelter Los Angeles which is half a block away. (Mama will be opening in a few weeks; stay tuned next week for our sneak peek.)
Also in the neighborhood, just a few small blocks away, will be Thompson Hollywood which was announced the other week. At long last, Hollywood won't just be a trendy branding fad, but instead, it will be a neighborhood you can actually stay in. Cheers to that.
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We've had a little focus on Catalina Island this week, and we already showed you the amazing cheese and wine spread that's laid out every afternoon at the Pavilion Hotel in main town Avalon. Today, we're taking you inside the Pavilion, with pictures from our stay last summer.
Last year, two of Catalina Island’s most iconic properties closed: the Zane Grey Pueblo and the Inn on Mount Ada.
The good news is, the Inn on Mount Ada reopened this year after minor renovations. It’s still much more expensive than the other hotels on the island - $655 for a room tonight. Having said that, it famously books up well in advance, so the fact that it has any availability is a great sign. (Maybe we're not the only ones who thought it was still closed?)
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Luxury seekers in Santa Barbara, rejoice.
The old Miramar Hotel in Santa Barbara, Calif. will be replaced in 2018 as a brand-new Rosewood Resort. High profile developer Rick Caruso (he did The Grove in LA) and his company, Caruso Affiliated, announced the plans for his first hotel project yesterday.
The resort will have 122 guest rooms and 48 suites, which will be mostly villas and cottages, and most will have immediate beach access, a rare amenity for a Southern California resorts. The property will have an oceanside bar and restaurant with an outdoor terrace, a signature restaurant, two swimming pools, a Sense spa, a fitness center, a screening room and a ballroom. Which all sounds lovely, but we are a bit worried about the trains that pass through the property a dozen times a day, as pointed out by the LA Times.
We trust Caruso and Rosewood will install the best sound-proofing there is. Work will begin on the property next year. When it opens, Rosewood Montecito will be the third property in California for the luxury brand.
[Rendering: Rosewood Hotels & Resorts]
UPDATE: The Santa Catalina Island Company has told us that the LA Times story was incorrect, and that no hotels or restaurants owned by the SCIC will close rooms or use paper plates, although some outlets are shipping laundry to the mainland. They say "The company has been preparing for some time for the restrictions so it will not be necessary to go to these lengths."
Catalina Island is one of the quintessential weekend destinations for SoCal types, but all is not well in Palm-Springs-On-Sea paradise this year.
According to the LA Times, the drought, which was a looming presence even during our stay last summer, is getting serious. Like, properly serious. Avalon is now under a Stage 2 (of 3) rationing, with a 25 per cent cut in water usage.
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We've said it before but Downtown LA is in the midst of awesome renaissance. What was historically a business district is now a lifestyle-oriented live/work/play destination. And you know what that means--more millennial hotels.
By the end of next year, another new (hotel) kid on the block is scheduled to open its uber-hip doors as Hotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles.
According to a press release, the new 350-room Hotel Indigo is being developed by Greenland USA (American division of China based Greenland Group) as part of a much larger project, aptly named Metropolis, designed by global architect Gensler.
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To the fans of all things extraterrestrial, this one's for you. We kick off this special edition of Funky Friday by saying this may be light years away (aka, not gonna happen,) but if your network of SciFi buddies pitches in, you may just see the opening of The UFO Hotel.
Is anyone surprised? We figured it was only a matter of time before there would be a close encounter of the hotel kind. Except that this kind involves some home grown alien crowd-funding.
The UFO Hotel is the brainchild of Luis Ramallo, UFO enthusiast and owner of popular road stop Alien Fresh Jerky in Baker, California. Baker is small community in the Mojave Desert, conveniently situated along the Los Angeles – Las Vegas route, so there should be no shortage of guests, whether die-hard science fiction fans, or just plain curious.
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It comes as no surprise when we hear of Hollywood icons reinventing themselves. No, we’re not talking about stars of the silver screen, but rather an iconic hotel that has catered to them for the last 88 years--The Hollywood Roosevelt.
As we told you last month, the new owners of the hotel, David Chang and Goodwin Gaw, reclaimed management of the hotel, turning it back into an independent property that's now a part of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts collection. (Meanwhile, former management company, Thompson Hotels, just announced their new Hollywood hotel yesterday.)
To go along with their newfound independence, the Hollywood Roosevelt now sports a new website, renewed top brass and oh, yes, revamped guest rooms, given the Midas touch by the house of Yabu Pushelberg.