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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.
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Just a few weeks ago we heard that Marriott's new brand for Milennials, Moxy Hotels, would be opening its first hotel in Milan this August, with five more locations to open by 2015. Today, we know exactly where those new hotels will be. And if you like airport hotels, then you should be psyched.
· MOXY Milan Malpensa Airport: 162 rooms, located at Terminal Two and scheduled to open in August, 2014
· MOXY Munich Airport: 317 rooms, located approximately five minutes from the main terminal and scheduled to open in spring, 2015
·MOXY Berlin Ostbahnhof: 190 rooms, centrally located near Ostbahnhof train station and scheduled to open in spring, 2015
·MOXY Frankfurt Gateway Gardens: 305 rooms, located approximately five minutes from Frankfurt Airport and scheduled to open in summer, 2015
·MOXY Berlin Airport: 266 rooms, located at the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport and scheduled to open in autumn, 2015
·MOXY Oslo Exporama: 229 rooms, located approximately 15 minutes from both the airport and city center and scheduled to open in autumn, 2015
While times, they are a-changing, the vast majority of airport hotels are still conservatively-designed chain hotels. The Grand Hotel Winnipeg Airport, part of Preferred Hotel Group, could be the next generation of stylin’ airport boutique hotels that have it all goin’ on.
To prove our point here are 10 things that we loved:
1. It brings back the golden age of flying – We’ve all heard tales of a time when one wore their Sunday best to fly and martinis were copious. We’ll never get those days back, but with The Grand’s design scheme we can still pretend. Colours in the hotel are tarmac grey paired with sky and Robin’s egg blues. The addition of whites makes the hotel feel crisp and laundered. It feels like optimism, all shiny and new.
2. Artwork – The hotel doesn’t bill itself as an art hotel, but it should. All of the artwork in the hotel—the rotating images behind reception, in the rooms and throughout the public areas—are photographs taken by the hotel's owner, Keith Levit.
3. The Room – Spacious and well-thought out, full of flat spaces and cubby holes for our stuff. We had a Deluxe Runway View room (620 sq ft) and—calling all location scouts—it looked directly out onto the apron and runways.
4. Local food done really well – Fresh ingredients including the kitchen’s homegrown micro greens made for a great dinner, and you should see that walk-in wine cellar!
Not ones to apologize for noticing and appreciating the minutiae of a hotel because we do sweat the small stuff, some small but important deets are below:
Despite having the above "Arriving on Schedule" image posted at their website, the new Bloc Hotel will, in fact, not be touching down in Gatwick in time for its scheduled Fall 2013 opening date; rather spring next year.
They have three different opening dates posted on their website (March, April and May), but, as you are only able to book a room from that night on, we are calling it a May 1st opening day when rates start at £79 ($127). That price gets you a 102-square-foot "Snug" room without a window; "compact but luxuriously finished, akin to a cabin on a luxury yacht." You'll also get free WiFi and a Samsung Galaxy Tablet to control the lighting, climate and your Samsung LED Smart TV.
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OK, so it's hard to get too excited about a new Howard Johnson hotel, but as all-too frequent riders of the AirTrain, we can appreciate this new one's location.
A tipster pointed out that a new HoJo opened last week on Archer Avenue in Jamaica, Queens, which is actually just a few minutes' walk to the AirTrain's Jamaica Station -- putting you within a 30-minute commute of JFK. Not a bad idea for those early morning flights.
Rates start at $110 and that includes breakfast, WiFi and access to a fitness center. You'll earn Wyndham Reward points, too, so you can save up for something with a bit more pizzazz: like the Dream Dubai
When you hear this phrase, "A warm, welcoming and inspiring space", what do you think of? Wherever you may be thinking of, it's most definitely not the security checkpoint at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. Yet that is exactly what Springhill Suites by Marriott is attempting to do with the space.
Now, through December 31st, passengers in terminal 3's E18 security checkpoint will be able to gaze at relaxing artwork, lounge in comfy seating, double-check their travel documents in soft lighting and listen to music from SpringHill Suites' custom Pandora channels.
Dubbed the Springhill Suites Security Area, the space aims to mimic the hotel brand's own "calm, comfortable, relaxing and stylish spaces." And we have to say, that checkpoint in the photos below does look way better than our usual stressed out security zone. We just hope the zone will also work its magic on grumpy TSA workers.
Not traveling through DFW? Another Springhill Suites Security Area also just opened at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina. Fingers crossed for LAX and JFK, and maybe MIA and SFO and ORD too?
[Photos: Springhill Suites]
In case you're at work or reading this on your phone, allow us to tell you what's happening in this video above.
Holiday Inn has made a commercial featuring a nervous-looking guest* and a lovely looking lady with a guitar. The guest tells the lovely lady what he liked about his recent stay at the new Holiday Inn at Newark Airport in New Jersey and she puts his review to song. It sounds funny! It is not.
It's a little annoying and forced and at three minutes, is way too long for us to be voluntarily be watching video on our computer. Maybe if Tenacious D was singing the review we would be more entertained. However, the point has been made. Holiday Inn wants us to "Change Our View" of their brand (especially after they put a billion dollars into relaunching it) and we've certainly done that with this hotel.
The Frankfurt Airport debuted a new hotel called the Hundepension last week, but unfortunately none of us will ever get to stay there. Why? Because it’s for dogs.
The airport appears to be vying for a piece of the dog-boarding pie and providing travelers with a convenient place to stash their pets before leaving. Given the fact that it's a small operation -- there are only 25 "rooms" -- we assume this to be a trial run of sorts for the concept. Airport operator, Fraport AG, said:
"When dog owners go on holidays or business trips, they often have difficulties finding someone to take care of their loyal companion. So, don’t bark up the wrong tree trying to find a solution as Frankfurt Airport is dedicated to the canine comforts of your four-legged family members."
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Balazs is currently in talks to transform the old Eero Saarinen-designed TWA terminal at JFK airport into a 150-room hotel. There's just one problem: Saarinen was a giant of the architectural world, and the TWA Terminal was one of his masterworks.
It's the name of the game--one hotel closes, and another opens. That's the case with the Venezuelan-based EuroBuilding Hotels Group which has entered the North American market with its first U.S. property, the new EB Hotel Miami. With a modest $38 million bankroll, they quietly opened in June.
Just five minutes from Miami International Airport, the 133-room boutique spot is primarily targeting the upscale business traveler, whom they'll pick up (and return) to MIA via a courtesy van.
Most of the bells and whistles at the EB are of the tech variety, with a 24-hour business center and three private conference rooms, each with video-conferencing capabilities. One can get ready for any meeting by using the center's free copier, printer, scanner and fax machines (yes, people still fax documents, folks). Need to send out a package? There's shipping and receiving services too. And if you've got computer issues, the on-site Information Technology Concierge can help you out. Of course, the hi-speed WiFi is free throughout the hotel.
Rooms are sleek and soundproofed, with double-glazed windows to keep the noise from the nearby runway to a minimum, and to ensure a good nights sleep, since this is hardly in a party-central part of town. But #avgeeks will love the views as many rooms will give you front-and-center look at the planes taking off into the sky.
Should you have some down time there's a 24-hour fitness center, but most guests will take the opportunity to head to South Beach, which is less than 20 minutes away by taxi, for some surf and sand.
Rates begin at $138 per night until August 31st as part of the grand opening special.