LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA RESORT: How could we not be pumped about the very first Legoland Hotel to open in the U.S.? All 250 rooms will be done up with one of Lego's three most popular product lines--pirate, kingdom or adventure. Suites will also have kids-only bunk areas and in-room treasure hunts. Other goodies include free WiFi, flatscreen TVs and of course, Legos to play with. Hotel guests will have VIP entry to some rides at the park before it opens to the public but you can probably find us at the bar. Rates start at $199 a night.
Opening: APRIL 5
LANGHAM CHICAGO: There are only two other Langham Hotels in the U.S. (make that three as of April) so we're especially excited to see what this burgeoning hotel brand will bring to Chi-town. So far they are planning 316 rooms with killer views of the Chicago lake and river. A full service restaurant, bar and lounge along with an afternoon tea service is also expected. We're probably most excited for the free WiFi.
JDV HOTEL HONOLULU: We're still trying to track down more information on the second Joie de Vivre Hotel set to debut in Honolulu (JDV already runs the Coconut Waikiki Hotel)--UPDATE: It's now open and it's called The Shoreline Waikiki Hotel--but you bet it will be a stylish yet affordable boutique hotels. And given how expensive Hawaiian hotels can be, this is reason alone to get excited. The hotel doesn't even have a name yet but it will be announced soon.
MANDARIN ORIENTAL PUDONG SHANGHAI: Reservations have just opened at the newest luxury hotel in Shanghai (really, is there any other kind of hotel here?) For about $512 a night you can lounge around in a 538-sq.ft. deluxe room with floor to ceiling windows, deep soaking tubs, walk-in rainforest showers, illy coffee machine, Frette linens, huge flatscreen TVs and both wired and wireless internet for up to four devices. You might even forget about the six restaurants and lounges that are also on site including the signature Mandarin Oriental cake shop. But we hope you don't.
Opening: JULY 1
HOTEL INDIGO ST. PETERSBURG: Admittedly, we get psyched about nearly every Hotel Indigo opening but we've been waiting for their Russian property to open for quite some time now. Fortunately, the hotel is opening this summer. For real. The boutique property has just 119 rooms and all are decorated in themes of "Tchaikovsky", "Summer Garden" and "Casting yard", the major historical themes associated with hotel's location. Plus they all include free WiFi. The spot will also have a swimming pool and a restaurant and lounge.
Opening: JUNE 15
1888 HOTEL SYDNEY: There are quite a few chain hotels in Sydney's Central Business District which is why travelers looking for a less touristy side of the city will be happy to stay at the boutique 1888 hotel in the inner-city suburb of Pyrmont. Built out of the old bones of a former wool-storage facility, the hotel will keep some elements of the original late 19th century structure such as high ceilings, exposed brick walls, huge period windows and an internal atrium towering seven stories.
Opening: MARCH (but possibly later)
WALDORF ASTORIA JERUSALEM: Hilton Hotels is taking their ritzy Waldorf Astoria brand to Jerusalem inside the former Palace Hotel. Once Waldorf is done fancying up the place it will have 191 guest rooms, 30 suites and 2 presidential suites spread out over the original building and a newly constructed tower, along with 30 private residences, a grand ballroom and a retractable atrium roof. Let us pray!
PARK HYATT SIEM REAP: Park Hyatt Hotel will open their first hotel in Cambodia in Siem Reap inside the old Hotel De La Paix and once the renovations are done, the spot will be very true to Park Hyatt form. Meaning, it will be small (only 109 guest rooms) and modern (check out this rendering) and will also have two restaurants, one bar, a retail bakery, a spa and two swimming pools.
FOUR SEASONS KYOTO: Last but not least, Four Seasons has a luxury spot planned for Japan in Kyoto's historical Higashiyama-ku area (that's one of the site's temples above.) The hotel and its 186 rooms and suites will be a fusion of "modern luxuries and traditional Japanese design." Restaurants, a bar, swimming pool, spa and a gift shop are also planned.
Opening: LATE 2013 (we hope)
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