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HNB: Jose Andres Says Yes to SLS But No to Trump

July 8, 2015 at 6:09 PM | by | Comment (1)

So much hotel news, so little time – here are a few snippets to keep you up to date with the latest news from around the world!

SLS NEW YORK TO OPEN SUMMER 2016 WITH JOSE ANDRES IN THE KITCHEN: SLS New York announced today that it received $109 million financing from Fortress Investment Group for their 190-room luxury lifestyle hotel at 444 Park Avenue South. That's enough change to get their favorite chef José Andrés installed in the kitchen at the hotel. Word is Andrés will bring his The Bazaar by José Andrés concept to the hotel. This marks the third Bazaar for the world but the first JA restaurant in NYC. The hotel should open by Summer 2016.

AND HERE'S WHERE JOSE ANDRES WON'T BE OPENING (OR SO HE HOPES): Andrés recently backed out of opening a restaurant inside the Trump International Hotel, Washington D.C, set to open next year. He did so because of The Donald's unsavory remarks about Mexicans and illegal immigrants. However, Trump won't let him get away so fast. According to a statement from Donald Trump, Jr.: “In the event Mr. Andrés defaults in the performance of his obligations, we will not hesitate to take legal action to recover all unpaid rent for the entire 10 year term together with all attorneys’ fees and additional damages we may sustain. We will also enforce the exclusivity provisions preventing Mr. Andrés from opening a competing restaurant anywhere in the D.C area. Mr. Andrés’ obligations under the lease are clear and unambiguous." Gulp.

HILTON LOS CABOS HAS OFFICIALLY REOPENED: After getting pummeled by Hurricane Odile last September, the Hilton Los Cabos is now back open for business and better than ever. The resort has reimagined culinary concepts, including a swim-up bar; renovated guest rooms; and a new El Sombrero hat shop. In August, the resort will also open its hotel-within- a-hotel concept, called La Vista Club which features 65 Club-level rooms and suites.

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Aloft to Make a 'Pitt' Stop in Sydney in 2016

Where: Sydney, Australia
June 25, 2015 at 5:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

Adaptive re-use in hotel design knows no bounds. And we love everything about that, as well as the news that Aloft is planning its Sydney debut as the Aloft Sydney Pitt Street, opening November 1, 2016.

Aloft will be moving into – and on top of - the Druids House, a former lighting factory dating to 1909, and from 1927 the Aussie home of popular fraternal society, the United Ancient Order of Druids. That should make for some interesting bar chatter.

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5 New Hotels for Boston

June 24, 2015 at 9:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

Every month, we tell you which hotel openings you need to know about (and which, inevitably, miss their deadlines). While we have a healthy list of arrivals around the world, there are a few places that are either consistently popular or having a bit of a hotel moment, so “new hotels for…” gives you a rundown of the openings you will want to know about for a particular destination.

Hey Boston! We probably don’t need to tell you this, but you have a major construction boom going on. Offices, (expensive) condominiums – the number of high-rises either in progress or being planned are set to change the city’s skyline dramatically. Among all those developments are a number of hotels; here are five of them that are headed your way.

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Inside and All Around Aloft Detroit

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  Site Where: 1 Park Ave [map], Detroit, MI, United States, 48226
June 22, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

You’ve met the delightful doorman and had a sneak peek of the room. Appetite whetted? Hope so, because it’s time to go inside and all around the Aloft Detroit.

LOCATION
The David Whitney building isn’t just in Downtown Detroit; it’s a historic 1915 skyscraper in Downtown Detroit, that locals told us was designed by Daniel Burnham, though Wikipedia says no. Either way, it’s a historic, 19-story building that used to be home to offices – doctors, dentists, even a plastic surgeon – and now has the Aloft on floors 1-9 and apartments above it. Before reopening (officially in April, soft opening last December), it was undergoing a four year restoration. Before that, it was derelict for 15 years. This is a pretty big deal.

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Why Is This Aloft Detroit Doorman Dressed Like an English Butler?

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  Site Where: 1 Park Ave [map], Detroit, MI, United States, 48226
June 12, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (2)

The top hat – the bow tie – is this really Detroit?

When we checked into the Aloft Detroit yesterday, there were two things that wowed us: the jaw-dropping central atrium of the David Whitney Building, and the friendly reception from the British-styled doorman. Was this part of the uniform or was it a special outfit to greet a planeload of Brits off the first Virgin Atlantic flight from London?

We asked the doorman – or Doorman/Greeter as his official title is. Christopher Roddy is his name and he told us that his hat – so English wedding! – is not part of the uniform. He bought it 11 years ago from Henry the Hatter - a Detroit hatmaker since 1893.

The bowtie isn’t Aloft’s, either – he bought that, too. The look he’s going for: Mr French, an English butler on a TV show from his childhood. We haven’t seen the show, but he has the English butler look on fleek.

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Aloft South Beach is Almost There...Maybe

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  Site Where: 2360 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
June 9, 2015 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've been waiting a long time for The Aloft South Beach but it's really, truly, almost ready to open. Maybe.

Just a week ago, we had the opening (skeptically) pegged for June 4 but that has been pushed back again to Thursday, June 11. However, people seem to think it will really open this time so we'll see.

We snapped a few pictures of the hotel construction on Sunday. Indeed most of the hotel does look finished, even the pool deck but the entrance, which is being rehabbed from its life as the Motel Arkana, still needs a bit of work.

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Even More Hotels To Look Forward to in Philadelphia

May 26, 2015 at 5:12 PM | by | Comments (2)

Come 2017, this mega-modern tower will be home to W and Element Philadelphia, and we can't help but notice their next door neighbor--The Ritz-Carlton

Philadelphia is on a (redevelopment) roll with more upcoming hotels to choose from than there are cheese steak stands. VisitPhilly, the source of all information for incoming travel, has rounded up 10 new hotels coming to town.

But we too, have been following hotels such as the Starck-designed SLS LUX; Four Seasons' new home; Kimpton'smove into a former court building; and an AC Hotel by Marriott which is set to engulf a funky Deco building.

If that's not enough for the option-oriented traveler, here are four more hotels to add to the mix. And expect even more behind these.

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Now Midtown NYC Will Get an Aloft Hotel

May 11, 2015 at 1:46 PM | by | Comment (1)

We’ve been waiting for Aloft Financial District to open (supposedly on June 25) but in the meantime, there’s another Aloft to focus on—Aloft New York Midtown.

Set to break ground later this month on 38th Street, just off 5th Avenue, the newest Aloft in the city will have 27 stories with 180 loft-style guest rooms. Architecture firms Nobutaka Ashihara Architects and Paul Vega of VLDG Inc. will design the hotel, encasing it in glass and metal with 360 degree views of the city. As with all other Alofts, this one will be very tech-centric, enabling keyless entry, as well as social, planning live music shows in the Aloft's XYZ bar.

This will be the fourth Aloft in the NYC area but certainly not the last. Starwood Hotels is planning to double their Aloft presence by 2017. Which is totally fine, but we just hope the "loft-style" rooms break from the usual faux-retro Aloft style.

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Opening This Month: New Hotels for May 2015

May 5, 2015 at 1:24 PM | by | Comment (1)

Finding a hotel room is easy. Simply go on the Internet or use your smartphone and voila! You're booked. But if you are only interested in new hotels, then that's a different story. Luckily, you have us. And we're obsessed with new hotels. Here's a list of hotels that have opened or are opening this month (and a few that aren't going to make it.) Got a new hotel to add? Send it to us!

OPENINGS

· NEW YORK EDITION: As we told you last week, the latest edition of Edition Hotels will open on May 12 in New York's iconic Clocktower Building. Rooms right now are going for $675 a night, before taxes. Learn more about what's inside the hotel here.

· LEGOLAND HOTEL WINTER HAVEN: Another Legoland Hotel will open in the U.S. on May 15, this time in Winter Haven, Florida, adjacent to the Legoland theme park there. There will be 152 rooms with four different Lego themes to choose from--pirate, kingdom, adventure or Lego Friends from Heartlake City, which is a new category for the Legoland Hotels brand. Rooms are sold-out on opening weekend but rates on May 19 start at $199 a night. Read more about what's it like inside a Legoland Hotel here.

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Aloft to Light Up South Beach on May 28

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  Site Where: 2360 Collins Avenue [map], Miami , FL, United States, 33140
April 29, 2015 at 12:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

The season is winding down in Florida but the hotel scene in Miami remains hot, especially when it comes to new hotels.

Not only are both the Hyatt Centric South Beach and the AC Hotel by Marriott opening in mid-May but now the Aloft South Beach has just announced it too will open next month on May 28 to be exact.

Construction has been underway on the former Ankara Motel for a few years now (here's what it looked like when our Miami spy walked by it last July) but Aloft is nearly ready to show off its restoration efforts (the Ankara was built in 1954) as well as its new interiors.

Here's some info on what Aloft saved from the Ankara days and what they added in:

Components of the hotel that have retained their original form include the classic brick walls of the Historic Wing, refurbished Ankara Motel signage and the pool shape. Inside, modern design takes center stage as a translucent staircase welcomes guests into the thriving two-story atrium with custom leather wrapping and a striking light fixture inspired by drum cymbals. Additionally, the bar and lounge features a custom chandelier by Yellow Goat Design made of 1,000 colored acrylic lighting rods descending from the ceiling.

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Aloft is Preparing for a British Invasion

March 9, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

ALoft Liverpool

The UK’s second (and third, and thereafter) cities don’t often get much of a look in when it comes to attracting Americans – whether visitors or investors. But all that might be about to change with the news that Aloft is preparing quite an aggressive British invasion.

According to C&IT, in this article which was sent to us by one of our wonderful readers, Starwood plans to sign off on three UK Alofts this year: Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Aloft Manhattan Financial District is Grounded for Another Month

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  Site Where: 49-53 Ann Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10038
February 2, 2015 at 1:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

The newest Aloft Hotel for Manhattan--the Aloft New York Financial District--was set to debut this week (according to our Master List of Hotel Openings) but now the fun, select service hotel from Starwood Hotels will open instead on March 5. This is a bummer but not surprising given Starwood's regular delays.

If the March 5 opening date still holds, then guests can expect all the usual Aloft accoutrements like funky but comfortable rooms; the w xyz bar and lounge; the re: charge gym; the re: fuel 24-hour pantry for quick bites; free WiFi; and a slightly north of Wall Street location, across from a Pace University campus and about a 15-minute walk to the September 11 Memorial and Museum.

However, we wouldn't put all our money into booking a room just yet. The website says the hotel will open on March 5, with reservations being taken for June 5. Eep. In the meantime, there's always the new Residence Inn. Or you know, one of the many other Starwood properties in Manhattan.

[Photo: HotelChatter]