Worst Hotel Hype of 2011: W Paris Opera
It's what you've been waiting all year for--The 2011 HotelChatter Awards! We'll be bringing you the best and worst of the year all day today and part of tomorrow. Agree or disagree with our picks? Air your thoughts in comments below.
There are several hotels we could call out for hyping themselves up without actually delivering anything to us devoted hotel guests in 2011. Like Thompson's Belgraves Hotel in London which is now opening February 1. But we expect delays from Thompson just as much as we expect celebrities to frequent their hotel lounges.
Back in NYC, the Dream Downtown certainly took forever to open but it's now one of the hottest places to stay (and swim) so that lengthy wait was worth it. We've also been waiting a long time for Virgin Hotels to take flight but we were satiated (for now) with their announcement of a Chicago hotel in 2013 (Ugh.)
And we can't even get started on Edition Hotels which managed to open only one other hotel in 2011 before losing its flag at the Edition Waikiki bringing the total of open and operating Edition Hotels back to one.
In fact, we almost put Edition Hotels up for the Worst Hotel Hype award this year but considering we already gave them that award in 2009 and that they've had an incredibly rough year, we've gone with another hotel who's been playing with our emotions--The W Paris Opera.
We first heard this hotel would open was on July 1, 2011. That quickly got delayed until December 1, 2011 which was prompted changed to January 12, 2012. And now the hotel is aiming to open on February 14, Valentine's Day. Hmpf. We are going to need lots of chocolate, flowers and champagne to make up for this. Good thing, W Paris already has the champagne waiting.
And on the bright side, we named the W London as the hotel with the Worst Hype last year and after opening on time on Valentine's Day, the hotel has been a huge hit with the masses and celebs alike. Let's hope the same happens for the W Paris too.