Andaz Heading to India, Baccarat Will Open in Midtown and '50 Shades of Grey' Replaces the Bible
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.
· Andaz Is Heading to India: Hyatt Hotels have just announced plans for an Andaz Hotel in Guragon, India. The hotel will have 275 rooms along with 75 serviced apartments. Very interesting. There will also be a multi-cuisine restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, a specialty restaurant, a bar and gourmet store, a six-treatment room spa, a fitness center and a swimming pool. And Andaz brand standards like free WiFi and complimentary minibar drinks and snacks, we presume. Andaz Guragon will open in Late 2014.
· Baccarat Hotel & Residences Definitely Opening in Midtown Manhattan: Looks like the Starwood Stalker was right. Baccarat Hotels, a super-luxe hotel brand that was conceived in the hotel boom years but never panned out, is coming to Midtown Manhattan in the old Donnell Library on W. 53rd Street. The New York Times reports the hotel will have 114 rooms and 64 condos spread over 45 stories. Interestingly, the hotel's design will meet feng shui standards.
· The Four Seasons Toronto Will Have iPads in Every Room: There's still a few more months before the Four Seasons Toronto opens but already details of its tech offerings are coming out. USA Today reports that the hotel will indeed have iPads in every room. (We had heard "tablets" but not specifically iPads.) Guests will be able to use the tech to order up room service, a cab or even a toothbrush. Rates start at a hefty $545CAD a night.
· '50 Shades of Grey' Is the New Bible?: Last week, a Hotel Indigo in the UK made headlines for swapping out the in-room bible for Kindles. This week, The Damson Dene Hotel in Cumbria, Northwest England is swapping out the bible for copies of the erotic, best-selling book "50 Shades of Grey." The hotel's general manager said, "'I thought it would be a special treat for our guests to find it in their bedside cabinet and that includes the men." Naturally, it's caused some controversy but probably increased hotel bookings as well.