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Mandarin Oriental Gears Up for Milan While Langham Hotels Take Over The Observatory Hotel

June 15, 2012 at 9:49 AM | by | ()

There's tons of hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.

· Mandarin Oriental Milan is coming in 2013: The luxury brand, Mandarin Oriental have long had their eyes set on Italy but now we've got word that the MO Milano will open in 2013. The hotel will have 104 guestrooms including 34 suites set throughout three 19th century buildings on Via Monte de Pieta, a rather swank address. A GM has just been appointed for the property which is a good sign that the 2013 opening date will stick.

· Trump Lands in Miami: It's finally happened. Trump Hotels have officially assumed management of the Doral Golf Resort & Spa outside Miami. Over the next 18 months, Trump will put in about $200 million in renovating the almost-800-acre resort. The place will be fully re-branded when the new look is complete.

Langham Hotels Take Over The Observatory Hotel: One of our favorite hotels Down Under, The Observatory on The Rocks in Sydney (pictured) won't be an Orient-Express Hotel much longer. Thanks to a new owner, the hotel will switch over to the Langham Hotels brand in August. While we hope the rooms get an upgrade, we pray they don't touch the glamorous indoor swimming pool.

Four Seasons Takes Over Encantado: Another management switcheroo has broken out, this time in New Mexico. Auberge Hotels have been kicked out of Encantado Resort in Santa Fe and replaced with Four Seasons. The takeover is effective immediately and after a short transition period, the resort will be known as Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe. Hotels Mag reports that Four Seasons was brought in by the owners to boost occupancy levels.

Free Sunglasses for Checking In at Element On Solstice Day: The Summer Solstice is officially happening next Wednesday, June 20th and if you are checking into an Element Hotel somewhere, you'll be rewarded with a free pair of aviator sunglasses. Free WiFi, free breakfast and now free shades. Not too shabby!

[Photo: Nadiapriestly/Flickr]

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