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Brussels' New Zoom Hotel is All About the Beer

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  Site Where: Rue de la Concorde 59, Brussels, Belgium, 1000
February 20, 2015 at 9:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last time we checked in on Brussels, we were all about the beer bar at the new Zoom Hotel in Ixelles (up the hill from the medieval bit, but where all we the cool kids go). 50 Belgian beers, selected by a top Belgian sommelier? Oui, s’il vous plait.

So obviously, when we were in Brussels last week, there was only one place we were going to stay. More on the hotel another time, but for now, here is the beer bar.

Yeah, it’s not what we were expecting either. Discreet. Grown up. Who knew boozing could be like this?

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Getting to Grips with Your Former Argentinian Room Mate

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  Site Where: Avenida 9 de Julio y Adolfo Alsina, Buenos Aires, Argentina
February 18, 2015 at 8:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

The lobby

Yesterday we introduced you to the Htl 9 de Julio, your former Room Mate in Buenos Aires that’s now in soft opening as an independent hotel. It offers your standard funky Room Mate design, a decent location… and impossibly low rates – just $38 is all we paid for both our stays this month. But what do you get for your $38?

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When is a Room Mate Not a Room Mate?

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  Site Where: Avenida 9 de Julio y Adolfo Alsina, Buenos Aires, Argentina
February 17, 2015 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

When is a Room Mate not a Room Mate? When it’s your Argentinian Room Mate.

This is the lobby of the Htl 9 de Julio (a proper millennial name, if ever there was one) in Buenos Aires. At least, that’s what the sign on the door says. But inside the building, it’s a different story. The signs in the elevators? Room Mate hotels. The floorplans? Room Mate. The emergency exit and bathroom signs? Room Mate.

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London's Canary Wharf Will Get a Tune Hotel in February

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  Site Where: 21 Hertsmere Road West, London, United Kingdom, E14 4BF
January 21, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Good news for the cost-conscious business traveller to London: a few weeks from now, there will be a fifth Tune Hotel to choose from, this time among Canary Wharf’s corporate high-rises. Four and a half years after we first tested its Westminster location, this 130-room hotel will bring some new interior design to go with the same low, low, low rates the group is known for.

Above a double room with window, of which there are 85. Another 22 doubles do without the exterior aspect, while for the 20 twin rooms the only choice is the windowed kind. Three accessible rooms (also with window) take it to the total of 130 rooms, walking distance from Canary Wharf tube station (the Jubilee line will take you to the heart of the West End in less than half an hour) and West India Quay for the DLR overground.

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citizenM Will Need to Step it Up in London to Make 2015 Happen

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  Site Where: Holborn, Tower Hill, London, United Kingdom
January 14, 2015 at 8:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

We may have accepted that citizenM’s expansion in London wouldn’t happen in 2014 when we heard they would be giving us a third affordable-chic hotel in Shoreditch, but that was based on the understanding that 2015 openings were a definite yes.

The year is young, we know, but what we are seeing at Tower Hill (the group’s flagship) and Holborn isn’t very promising. Starting at Tower Hill (above), the main difference between today and July last year is the concrete lift shaft that has risen to eight stories – you can see the photo from before here. Just as then, we’ll allow for the possible spurt in development given that this is a modular hotel, with all rooms built offsite and then craned into place.

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You Don't Have to Be a Banker to Stay at Istanbul's New Banker Han Hotel

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  Site Where: Karakoy, Istanbul, Turkey
January 8, 2015 at 1:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Let’s not let the sad news from yesterday put us off. Istanbul is one of the most wonderful cities in the world, and one of the best for the independent hotel scene. And when it comes to independent hotels, Karaköy is swiftly becoming the place to be.

The latest to hit the Bosphorus is the Banker Han, opening in April. It’s a new sibling for the Sofa Hotel, a boutique joint in Nisantasi, and it’s taking over a rundown street art centre, so it has cred on two counts, even without a website.

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Your First Anti-View of 2015 Comes from Bosnia

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  Site Where: Bistrik 34, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
January 8, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

We started the New Year off with a Killer View from Mostar – but not all Bosnia hotels are as lucky as Villa Anri. Here’s your first Anti-view of the year: from Hotel Bistrik in Sarajevo.

On the south side of the Miljacka, the Bistrik makes a big deal of its views on its website – you’re overlooking the Old Town and the hills beyond. Here's a sample pic:

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Check Out This UNESCO-Rated Killer View in Mostar, Bosnia

January 5, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s cold in Bosnia Herzegovina at the moment, really cold. In Mostar on New Year’s Eve, when we snapped this photo, there was a wind chill of 17 farenheit. Which made it difficult to get out into the Old Town and see the famous, and tragic, Mostar Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage area.

Luckily, from our room at Villa Anri, we could sit inside and see the bridge – the reason we were in Mostar in the first place – from the comfort of our room.

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Generator Paris Will Open on February 1

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  Site Where: 9-11 Place du Colonel Fabien, Paris, France, 75010
December 29, 2014 at 9:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

A corridor

Last time we heard about Generator Paris, it was with very basic renderings and an uncertain 2015 opening date.

Well, Christmas surprise – things have moved quickly. It’s now taking bookings from 1 February.

The building is, of course, an old office block in the 10th arrondissement, 15 minutes walk from the Eurostar at the Gare du Nord. It’ll be the biggest Generator so far with 950 beds. We only have renderings, so far, but there are more of them, now:

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What’s in the Bag at the Dean Dublin?

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  Site Where: 33 Harcourt St, Dublin, Ireland, 2
December 26, 2014 at 10:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hotel amenities. They can be crazy or sensible. They can be extravagant or parsimonious. But sometimes, they can be simple, sensible and also super-cool. Like at The Dean, Dublin’s newest (and, probably, trendiest) hotel.

We checked into a pod-like Punk Bunk last week to be greeted with these three bags hanging up by the bed. Early Christmas stockings? Laundry bags with the last guest’s stuff left over? Nope, amenities. A hairdryer. A clothes steam cleaner (in addition to the iron – pretty novel). And, the best one:

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Hotel Figueroa to Suffer a Modern Makeover Next Year

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  Site Where: 939 South Figueroa Street #930 [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90015
December 24, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comment (1)

File under things you already knew: Downtown LA is, apparently, the place to be. File under things you might not have known: Downtown LA has the best preserved pre-1950s buildings in the United States. Really! When you wander around like we did the other week, saying “Why, it’s like Chicago, but better,” it really is. Which is why we’re sad to hear of the renovations coming up at one of its most historic hotels, the Figueroa.

This HC member only got her first glimpse of the Fig this month, but one foot in the door was enough to know it was true love*. The coffin-shaped pool. The Moroccan interiors. The belly dancers entertaining a Christmas party in the bar, while off duty cops ate in the kasbah-like lobby. It was like a film set. My god, this is what America is all about!

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Poor Florence Is the Latest City to Get a Hotel Designed for Millennials

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  Site Where: Piazza Santa Maria Novella 21, Florence, Italy, 50123
December 11, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (2)

A “globe-trotting, design-loving clientele”. A fashion theme. Lots of communal spaces. Uh oh - this can only mean one thing. A hotel tailored to millennials.

Where is the latest city to suffer the indignity? Why, it’s poor, beautiful Florence. The Hotel Garibaldi Blu, which opened last week on Piazza Santa Maria Novella is themed around jeans – yes, jeans – which, actually, originated in Genoa. What that means, basically, is that the palette is blue.

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