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Buona giornata! There is so much hotel news flying around this week, we just don't have enough time to focus on all of it. So here's a quick rundown to get you up to speed on the latest.
· THE MOXY MILAN HAS SOME GOOD-LOOKING STAFFERS: The first-ever Moxy Hotel from Marriott International,is set to open on September 1 in Milan and if the rooms look as good as the hotel's crew members (who are reportedly singers, dancers, martial artists, photographers, DJ’s and musicians by night), then we think we're going to like this place very much. Rates start at 85 Euros a night. You can follow more of the hotel's opening antics on Facebook.
· COLDPLAY TO PLAY THE ACE LA: The first major, major act is coming to the old United Artists Theater at The Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Coldplay will play songs from their newest album, Ghost Stories (and some of their older albums too) on Wednesday, September 18 at 8:30pm. You can win tickets to the show via the host, CBS Radio, or by entering on Radio.com. Or you can simply peruse our photos of the awesome theater here and then imagine yourself listening to Coldplay there.
· THIS GUY AGAIN: The Sultan of Brunei, whose Dorchester Collection of hotels suffered a major setback earlier this year when the Sultan's brutal anti-gay policies in Brunei came to light, is now looking at scooping up NYC's iconic Plaza Hotel. We're having a hard time imagining the precocious Eloise under the Sultan's rule but we'll stay optimistic that he turns his attention elsewhere instead.
· A HOTEL FOR LADIES, NOW OPEN TO MEN: While we're on the topic of what women really want from a hotel, perhaps we should consider "Men" on the list? That's what The Martha Washington Hotel in NYC's NoMad nabe will have when it re-opens next month. It was originally built as a home for unmarried women in 1903. Danny Meyer of Shake Shack fame will open an Italian restaurant in the hotel, to be called Marta.
[Photo: Moxy Milan Malpensa]
Just as London was sweltering through one of the stickiest days of the summer so far, did Ace Shoreditch open its rooftop bar and terrace last night, crowning its nearly year-old European venture on the hotel’s 7th floor together with a number of meeting spaces.
Running along virtually the length of the building, the terrace offers views ranging from the City (you can see the famous Gherkin in the above shot) to St. Paul’s, the Barbican, Centre Point at Tottenham Court Road, and the far north.
Back in September, we heard that Ace Hotels was considering opening their second NYC hotel in the old Salvation Army building at 225 Bowery. Today, the sale of the building has been completed and it was announced, officially, that Ace Hotels would be taking it over.
Here are the deal basics: Eastern Consolidatd arranged the $30 million+ sale of 223-225 Bowery, which was also owned by the Salvation Army, to Omnia Group Ltd and North Wind Group. The 55,00-square foot building's first two floors have been occupied by the SA's Chinatown Corps Community Center while the other eight floors have been vacant for more than 13 years. The shelter and community center will now be moving out to a new spot in Brooklyn.
Ace Hotels has plans to "re-imagine" the building but will probably salvage whatever original or historical bits they can. And since the original Ace Hotel in Seattle was created out of an old Salvation Army building, we trust that Ace will handle this properly.
But as we learned back in September, this Ace will be even
grungier more rugged than the other Ace Hotels with smaller rooms and less frills (not like Ace is a frilly brand to begin with.) The hotel will still have a happening lobby and bar scene. No word on when it will open but possibly late 2015.
[Photo: Google Street View]
So we've already shown you inside a guest room at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, as well as 14 other cool things to see but today, we're taking you on a tour of the historic United Artists Theater first built in 1927 as the flagship theater for the United Artists movie studio.
The theater has been immaculately preserved throughout its long history (mostly thanks to pastor Gene Scott and his congregation who occupied the theater for about 20 years) and basically all that Ace Hotels needed to do was install some new carpeting and do some touch-ups here and there. (They're also working on building a new box office as the old one could barely hold one person.)
The theater's revitalized glory will be unveiled on February 14th when the hotel hosts their first event, The Spiritualized, which is already sold-out. But until then, guests at the Ace Hotel (like we were last night) aren't able to even peek into the theater. So we decided to give you a good, in-depth glimpse of it now. 3, 2, 1, action!
When it comes to tipping the maid, there is always a bit of confusion about where to put the tip. Do you leave it on the nightstand or the desk? Or perhaps you leave it on the dresser or the minibar?
At the just-opened Ace Hotel Los Angeles, there is no confusion about where your dollar bills go. On the desk atop the stationary is a little yellow envelope with the words "MAID TIP stamped in red. And there you go.
While we doubt luxury hotels would ever consider adopting this sort of hint for guests (it's probably considered too "vulgar"), we do think it could work at lots of other boutiquey hotels. But if this becomes a hotel standard, then we best remember to bring dollar bills with us. We'll feel pretty sheepish leaving that envelope empty. Wonder if they take credit cards?
Check out more of what's inside the rooms at Ace Hotel Los Angeles in the gallery below!
Yesterday, we took you inside a guest room at the just-opened Ace Hotel in Dowtown Los Angeles. Today, we're showing you 14 Things we liked about the hotel, most of them are outside of the guest rooms. We especially like #1, #7, #11 and #13. What about you?
1. Hot Doorman: Definitely a good first impression.
2. Photo Booth Near the Check-In Desk: Your room not ready yet? Amuse yourselves in the photo booth for a while.
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Decisions, decisions, decisions. We were completely torn over what snapshot from the just-opened Ace Hotel Los Angeles we should put up first.
That's because the hotel has so many awesome Ace-y things to show off--from the clever penciled artwork on the walls to the Stumptown coffee offerings, the curious library hanging above the front desk, the rooftop pool and lounge with killer views of Downtown LA and the immaculately preserved United Artists theater which was built in 1927.
But we'll show you that Ace goodness tomorrow. Today, we'll take you inside a guest room on the third floor.
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Ace Hotels had a rough month last month, but they rebounded with the opening of the American Trade Hotel in Panama the other week and now comes news that the long-awaited Ace Hotel Los Angeles will open a tad bit early on January 6, just in time for the Golden Globes. Previously, the hotel was set to open on January 15.
We found a "Small" room open that night for $289 a night. That includes a queen bed, flat screen television, full-stocked minibar, a custom Revo Radio, free internet and Rudy's toiletries. A "Medium" room is going for $299 while a "Medium With Terrace" room is $319. (Room photos are below.)
Those are big increases from the initial opening rate of $129 that we found (and booked) last month for January 15th. We guess the hotel is already cashing in on Awards Season, which kicks off on January 13th with the Golden Globes. But who cares. The Ace is finally opening in Los Angeles!
We're still not over the shocking news of Alex Calderwood's sudden death last week. And judging from the emails we've received and the tweets we've seen, people who knew Alex personally are still in utter shock as well.
While details of his death have not been released, the Daily Beast did find out that Calderwood passed away in a hotel room at the just-opened Ace London Shoreditch last Thursday afternoon. By the time The Daily Beast arrived at the hotel on Sunday, they could hardly find anything amiss in the lobby and restaurant. However, employees at the hotel were shaken.
But behind the game faces, the staff had, however, clearly been rattled by the events of recent days, which came to a dramatic head when an ambulance, preceded by a paramedic on a bike, arrived at the hotel at 2:30pm on Thursday afternoon, shortly after the body of Calderwood was discovered.
Calderwood was pronounced dead on the scene. The police said his death was not suspicious but would not give any further details until a post-mortem was carried out this week. Calderwood has publicly mentioned his struggles with alcoholism but it's not clear if that played any role in his death.
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"Traditional luxury belongs to the past." This is the epiphany that led Serge Dive and Sarah Ball (both of travel media company Beyond Luxury) to launch a trade show that would shake up the luxury travel market. Their vision for LE Miami was that it would be ‘more than just a trade show;’ an annual forum that would "literally define the contemporary travel industry ... your year-round source for the contemporary travel evolution."
The show's inaugural event took place over four days in June. In between the awards, the parties and the meetings, a couple of key events stood out: the "Ministry of Ideas," which featured speakers including Seth Godin and Ian Schrager talking on the theme 'Be Creative, Create', "and the Leadership Lab a conversation between 11 key influencers, including Claus Sendlinger of Design Hotels; Grupo Habita's Carlos Couturier, Priya Paul of Park Hotels and Ace Hotel president Brad Wilson, that discussed the topics bringing about the shift in luxury and the heightened influence of the "creative class. The results were recorded and you can now read the full report here.
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The Ace in DTLA in early August
Good news has come for hipsters who wait--The Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles is now taking reservations for JANUARY 15, 2014 and beyond. But there's a catch.
You can't make these reservations just by going to the hotel website. Instead, you can only make a reservation through a link that was sent out to Ace's e-mailing list, called The A-List. Oh don't worry, we've got the link for you right HERE. Even better, the Ace DTLA is offering a special rate for opening night--just $129 for a small or medium room. A medium room with a terrace is just $149.
Some other good things to know about the Ace--WiFi is free (woot!), pets under 25 pounds are accepted for $25 (woof!), valet parking is available (not sure for how much yet) and all rooms are non-smoking rooms (whew!). The amenities will also include Rudy's Toiletries, Pearl+ soaps and a Revo Radio as well as a flat-screen and a fully-stocked minibar. We're so there, will you be?
Now that Ace Hotels have crossed international waters to London and Panama, there's no stopping them. While they've still got Los Angeles and Pittsburgh as well as two new NYC hotels on tap, the hipster hotel brand is also thinking about expanding to the Far East.
A super secret hotel spy has given us the lowdown on the Ace's Asia hotel expansion plans but was reluctant to divulge the exact city. So now we're left to speculate. We actually think Beijing would be the perfect spot for an Ace Hotel, perhaps in the 798 Art Zone where art galleries and shops have sprung from former military factory buildings. But the Ace Hotel brand could also do well in Shanghai and Hong Kong too. Then again, maybe Ace will surprise us by opening in another one of China's big cities like Guangzhou, Chongqing, or Chengdu.
And it may not even be China. Maybe Tokyo is at the top of their list, especially now that the Summer Olympics are coming there. You never really know with Ace. But you can expect it to be in a historic building in a pre-revitalized area with a fascinating, if quirky, history. That's just the Ace way.