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Part of a mixed-use development called Gateway Gardens, the hotel is just over 2 miles from the airport terminal. TripAdvisor reviews haven’t made it onto the site just yet, but a first few questions regarding airport shuttles (there is one 24 hours a day) are being answered by the hotel.
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Yet, this Night Hotel may have been more like a nightmare.
A reader tipped us off to the recent reviews on TripAdvisor and they are horrifyingly bad. Since American Airlines seems to be using this hotel as a place for displaced/delayed passengers, the reviews have come fast and furious. Here are two that are still fit to print:
Walked into the room, two of the light fixtures were non operational, room was dark and the air conditioner was so noisy that I would have needed ear plugs. Windows were beyond filthy. I turned around, walked to the front desk and tossed them my keys. I asked to be given a ride back to the airport immediately and was. The guy at the front desk asked if I was going to catch a late night flight so I told him "yeah, something like that".
I did not feel safe at this hotel. Their shuttle took forever to arrive at the airport, took 2 calls to find out where they were, and was so old and rickety I couldn't talk on my cell phone. The lobby night club attracts an unsavory crowd and people are lurking around everywhere. The halls are dark. The front desk is covered with graffiti and the staff couldn't answer basic questions. My room furniture was covered in vinyl upholstery with lights around the bed. Everything is painted black. The bathroom needs a total make-over. Somehow they thought I'd be fooled by a new shower curtain.
It’s no secret Thailand’s tourism industry is suffering from the events of the past few months, with one of our last visits showing hotels noticeably quieter than we’re used to. One hotel seems to be doing fine though, thank you very much: the Novotel Bangkok Airport.
While we’ve appreciated its 24-hour flexi policy (meaning no matter the time you check in, you have your room for 24 hours), and have overlooked somewhat high rates for Bangkok in the past for both this and its convenience being next to Suvarnabhumi’s terminal, the hotel’s rates now really seem from a completely different city.
We recently paid around 7,000THB ($225) for a night in the hotel, booking well in advance, and saw rates creeping towards $250 and up later on – more than a room in town at hotels like the The Peninsula, the St. Regis, or Sofitel So.
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Loews Hotels have been busy at work on their new Chicago hotel, which is expected to open next year near North Michigan Avenue, but in the process, they managed to snap up another hotel in the area. This time near the airport.
The 556-room InterContinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel was recently purchased by Loews Hotels. The deal should close in late July which means the InterContinental branding will switch over to the Loews branding. The hotel will then go by the name, Loews Chicago O'Hare. And yes, this means the hotel will now have free WiFi.
The hotel is two miles from the airport and is also connected to the Donald E. Stephen’s Convention Center and the Fashion Outlets of Chicago. Downstairs the hotel has its own entertainment, thanks to three restaurants and bars and a curated art gallery. So it's clearly no rinky dink airport hotel.
Meanwhile, Loews is crushing hard on the Midwest these days as they just snapped up the Graves 601 Hotel in Minneapolis, and the Loews Chicago proper is coming soon. But this might not be the end. Jonathan Tisch, the chairman of Loews Hotels & Resorts, hinted at more Loews in the future.
“The Midwest is an area where we were looking to increase our presence,” he said in a statement. So, Loews Detroit? Loews Cleveland? Loews Des Moines? We'll keep our eyes out.
[Photo: InterContinental Chicago O'Hare; Loews Logo added by HotelChatter]
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Moxy Hotels, the hip and affordable hotel brand for young folk, is opening its first location this summer at Milan's Malpensa Airport (Terminal 2) in August, followed by several more European airport hotels next year. We've seen renderings of the exterior for Moxy but today, we've got a sneak peek at the interiors.
Designers David Tracz and David Shove-Brown, co-founders of the Washington DC-based Studio3877, were tapped to do the architectural and interior concepts for the brand and judging from these renderings, they've really nailed the "contemporary design" aspect for Moxy, especially in the guest rooms.
These spaces look so sleek and chic, it's hard to believe they will be at affordable rates. No, really. These are affordable rates. We found a room for 89 Euros for a standard room at Moxy Milan on September 1. And of course, that includes free WiFi.
[Renderings by Neoscape]
There are no room types, of course, but cushy furniture and fittings, multicultural plugs and sockets, and a Samsung tablet to control everything in the room all get a thumbs up. Triple glazing means you get to enjoy watching the planes without hearing them, and Vitra furniture (and floating zeppelins in the lobby) means you get to sit around in style. It’s walking distance from Terminal 3, or 20 minutes from T2.
Prices this week look pretty decent – ranging from €67.15 ($90) to €109.65 ($150), with the rest of the month looking steady at the €75 mark and the entire month of August at €67. Note that these are “citizens only” rates – sign up to their mailing list and you automatically get 15% off and free cancellation until 6pm day of arrival. Très handy.
What are those? Very much like they did in Rotterdam before, they’re offering you a free night stay if you’re willing try out the hotel before it’s officially open. The details you can find here, and last we checked only next week Tuesday (June 3) still had availability, so hurry up if you’re interested.
The good news is that shortly after the hotel will be welcoming normal guests as well, with a room the first weekend of June going for a fairly reasonable €79 ($108) a night, which can go down to €67.15 ($91) a night if you’re a registered citizen with the group. You’ll pretty much find all the usual citizenM aspects in the hotel, from the compact rooms with super king-size beds to Vitra furniture-filled public spaces.
Now if only citizenM could delight us and bring those rates to the heart of Paris as well?
It rarely happens that we come across an entire brand of hotels that we haven’t talked about before, but here we are: Penta Hotels, which has just opened a property at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. Mostly located in a number of German cities and then the slightly left-field list of Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, Penta bills itself as a "completely new generation of hotels", where "the details that are important to you are right here" including a "pleasant ambience of sound, light, and aroma".
Sounds to us like Penta is shooting for the Millenial, along with citizenM, Qbic, Moxy, and a number of other young hotel brands. At least one of those Penta will have to compete with directly at Charles de Gaulle, with citizenM’s entry nearing completion and due to open this year.
Seeing that Penta has set up shop in a former Park Inn by Radisson, it’ll have to do some serious sprucing up to challenge citizenM’s Vitra designer furniture-filled living rooms. The "pentalounge", the "beating heart" of every Penta Hotel that is "part cool club and part hotel lobby", will arrive next year, which we assume means work will be ongoing between now and then.
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Holiday Inn London Heathrow M4 Jct 4 usually hypes its convenient location to Heathrow Airport, just off the M4 motorway at Junction 4, and its airport shuttle service but now they've got a few new things to shout about.
The hotel finished a renovation of 280 of its rooms with the "modern business traveller" in mind and they crowdsourced a lot of the design from customer feedback.
Five concept rooms were initially done over and the hotel had guests come in and share their thoughts. The hotel then took the best elements from each of the five designs and incorporated those into the final product which are called Double Standard Rooms. Now the rooms have new furniture, leather club chairs, 32-inch HDTVs, ample workspaces and quality bedding with a choice of soft or firm pillows. Compare the new rooms with the older standard rooms here.
The Holiday Inn is now calling these rooms the hotel room of the future. We don't think it's quite there yet but it's a massive improvement. Rates for a double standard room start at $118 this weekend while the standard rooms are $104. The hotel still somehow charges for WiFi but all you need to do is join IHG's Rewards Club loyalty program to get it for free.
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Bloc Hotels may not have made its initial planned arrival at London’s Gatwick Airport last fall, but it looks like it has beat our expectation of May 1 by a month – Bloc Hotel at LGW opened on March 31 next to the departure gates at the airport’s South Terminal.
Inside the black-and-gold hued building (see below for a rendering), you’ll find 245 rooms that focus on comfort, technology, and amenities rather than space. Beds are covered in Egyptian cotton, there are monsoon showers in the bathroom, and HD TVs on the wall. Everything is controlled by a tablet, and WiFi – we’d almost like to say, of course – is free.
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Last year we looked at how the Hilton at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport would be building itself a replacement hotel right next to the 1972 original, gold-reflective windows and all. Back then, there was just a bare plot of land, but a quick check just before a recent departure from Schiphol showed us that construction is moving along nicely.
If you’re wondering why the two are quite so close together, it’s because the current hotel’s days are numbered: once the new Hilton is complete in 2015, its elderly neighbor will be facing the wrecking ball. The above picture also shows a sliver of the multi-colored diamond-shaped exterior cladding that will cover the hotel – a rendering of what that will turn out to be you can see below.
Speaking of airport hotels that appeal to Millennials, we spied the CitizenM Paris the other day. We've been so eagerly awaiting the arrival of the CitizenM in Times Square, we nearly forgot about their Parisien edition. And yes, that is a photo we snapped on our iPhone through the back of a taxi. Do we get an "A" for effort? Oui.
According to the website, the hotel is due to open sometime in 2014. When we drove by it last week, the exterior of the building--done in the standard CitizenM blackish-gray color--looked completely finished. So we guess all that's left is what's on the inside which should be about 230 futuristic capsule-style hotel rooms and generous public spaces with our fave hotel amenity ever, free WiFi.
So far, CitizenM doesn't seem to be letting loose with any opening dates for Paris but we hope it's before the summer crush of travelers. If not, well, we'll just have to make a special trip to Paris to check it out. For what it's worth, the hotel is hiring a few key opening team positions.