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We first learned about Spanish chain Room Mate when they took over the QT Times Square way back in 2008, and talked to founder Enrique “Kike” Sarasola to understand what they’re all about. In short, that’s individual hotels with distinct personalities (called Oscar, Grace, Isabella, and so forth) that should give you the feeling of staying with a local friend who knows the ins and outs of each city.
That philosophy has resulted in a total of 18 hotels today, from Grace in New York to Carlos in Buenos Aires, and now Aitana in Amsterdam. Not a Dutch name (in case you were wondering whether it was locally inspired), the 284-room hotel is located on the man-made IJ Dock (the IJ is the surrounding water) northwest of the city’s central station.
The first rendering (we have a picture from almost exactly the same angle just below) also clearly shows the all-glass top floor that will be added to create an ‘upside down’ hotel with Living Room lobby, restaurant, and bar all on the hotel’s rooftop.
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Having looked at new Amsterdam hotels that start with a W (the W and Waldorf Astoria), we backtrack through the alphabet to the letter H, where we find two additional, and somewhat polar opposite, future openings: the business-focused Hyatt Regency and budget-chic Hoxton.
The 211-room Hyatt Regency will be located in the former Emma Kinderziekenhuis (a children’s hospital) between Sarphatistraat and Spinozastraat, down the street from the Amstel InterContinental and an easy stroll away from the city’s outpost of the Hermitage museum. Comparing what we found in person with Google Street View, a series of low-rise buildings has been levelled, creating what looks like the perfect space for the hotel’s driveway, entrance, and any gardens or terraces the architects might have in mind.
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Having received a first shot of the future W Amsterdam thanks to one of our tipsters, we decided to do a little further investigation and see what we could find out about the hotel located just off of Dam Square, less than ten minutes’ walk from the city’s central railway station.
We’d agree with our tipster’s assessment that the building, in its current state at least, lacks in the aesthetics department, but, with the right bit of love and W imagination, we do see a lot of potential. The address is not Raadhuisstraat 2, but rather Spuistraat 175, the street that runs along the back of the building. The Albert Heijn (a grocery store) and Gall & Gall (a wine & spirits shop) you see on the ground floor in the above shot will remain. Based on the description on the architect’s website, this will mean that all public spaces of the hotel, including reception, restaurant, and bar, will be on the top floor of the hotel. Read on for more about the building’s history and future as a W.
If ever there was a town that the much-overused words "quaint" and "charming" seem made for, it's Hanover, New Hampshire.
Located in the state's Upper Valley, along the Appalachian Trail, and separated from Vermont by the Connecticut River, Hanover is most famously home to Dartmouth College, an elite Ivy League university -- and all of the fortunes that brings.
That being said, quaint and charming (not to mention the phrase "elite Ivy League ...") can rub some of us the wrong way, and so we approached the Hanover Inn, a storied hotel that occupies a building dating from 1780 and overlooks Dartmouth Green (scene of Conan O'Brien's epic 2011 commencement speech) with some trepidation.
The feeling was not initially assuaged by our first glimpse of the hotel lobby, which felt a little stuffy with its fireplace, leather armchairs, black and white photographs of alumni, rocking chairs on the patio, and a lot of deep green (Dartmouth College colors). Closer inspection, however, revealed modernist touches such contemporary works of art and a centerpiece table created from big slab of granite; an homage to New Hampshire's "granite state" moniker.
We’ve heard of some desperate moves to get out of paying a bar tab, but this is one takes the cake. Last Saturday, a 30-year old (word is he’s named Jason Pace) allegedly attempted to skip out on a bill he racked up at a Hilton Garden Inn in Manchester, New Hampshire.
The man, reported by the Manchester Union-Leader newspaper to be from North Carolina, tried to make a break for it and ran out the hotel and jumped its fence. But an Olympic high jumper the dude is not, and he became impaled on 18 inches of said fence after a failed scaling attempt.
The Manchester Fire Department found him balancing precariously on one leg with a spike pierced through the other. Reports say it took a team of eight firefighters to free Pace, using saws, hydraulic cutting tools, and a cutting wheel to cut away the fence stuck to his leg. He was then transported to Elliot Hospital Trauma Center where he underwent a successful surgery.
So far, no word on whether he’ll face charges for his antics, but our guess is he hasn't got a leg to stand on in court. Heh.
[Photo: Jeffrey Hastings/The Daily Mail]
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Not being accustomed to buying antique barber chairs, we can't say for sure whether $1,600 (about the cost of 50 haircuts) is actually a deal or not. But at an auction, which took place on Saturday at Balsams Grand Resort in New Hampshire, the century-and-a-half-old hotel certainly succeeded in cleaning itself out to make way for a major renovation project.
Set to re-open in mid-2013, the new Balsams first had to get rid of its ties to the past. Plates, towels, sheets, a ski lift—pretty much the entire contents of guest rooms and other public spaces—were put on the block. And the buyers didn't disappoint!
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Considering a family outing before the thaw? Omni Mount Washington Resort, which apparently has the longest zip line in all of New England (who knew?), might be a good place to consider.
Set amid the snowy peaks of White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, the 200-room historic resort has a whole slew of "winter wonderland" activities that you just can't do in your own backyard. Ideal for adventurous families, the list includes Alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, canopy tours, snowshoeing, dog sledding, ice skating and, yes, historic sleigh rides through the woods.
One of the country’s oldest, most historic hotels will soon change hands. As of Sept. 1, the Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, will add Omni to the front of its moniker.
The luxe 365-room New England resort opened in 1902 at the base of Mount Washington, the Northeast’s highest peak, and has notably hosted Thomas Edison, Babe Ruth, and three U.S. presidents. Recently the resort finished a multi-million-dollar restoration and renovation project, which includes a new spa, conference center, and outdoor pool complex.
A few months ago, The Study at Yale opened on campus at the Ivy League school in October and back then, we were chomping at the bit for some real photos rather than renderings. And now that the hotel has officially opened today we finally got 'em.
A ribbon-cutting is being held today at 4pm to celebrate the opening. Not sure if it will be a kegger because kids are either wrapping up their last exams or they have already headed home for the holidays.
Here's what you can expect:
At 4 pm, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano will join [Hospitality 3's developer Paul] McGowan to cut a ceremonial ribbon at the entrance of the 124-room hotel at 1157 Chapel Street. A reception featuring the Yale Whiffenpoofs*, America's first and oldest collegiate a cappella group, will be held immediately after at The Study at Yale’s restaurant, Heirloom.
The a capella group! Andy Bernard is probably jealous.
The rooms at The Study do sound extremely inviting for an on-campus visit. Each guest room has a leather reading chair and ottoman, an expanded desk area, marble and glass showers and wireless internet. But what really stirs the preppy inside of us is the bath robe. Each room also comes with a custom designed seersucker bathrobe, stitched with the hotel’s logo which is a pair of reading glasses.
More photos after the jump. Thanks Susie!
We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.
There's only one thing better than a snow-covered mountain view out of a hotel room, and that's this killer view: a framed snow-covered mountain view out of a hotel room, and said hotel room is in the Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire.
Who needs the Hamptons or the Jersey Shore when you can partake in a chili challenge in New Hampshire?
The Waterville Valley Resort in New Hampshire is totally ready for summer. On May 25, the 10th Annual Chili Challenge pits all the area's restaurants in a cookoff, and luckily, all the area hotels are nearby. (Though, honestly, we sorta think of chili as a winter food.)
Rooms at Waterville's lodges and condos start at $43 per person (with quad occupancy) and you have five properties to choose from. If you book a Memorial Day package, you also get $50 worth of "Town Square Bucks," which you can spend at select businesses after the Chili Challenge.
It might be worth it to get to Waterville a day early, too. On May 24, a penny carnival for the kids leads into an evening at the town's planetarium. After an indoor presentation, astronomers will then set up telescopes outside and help you scout the sky for cool stuff.
[Photo: Global Reaction]