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A new boutique hotel has opened in Tel Aviv and, from the looks of it, it's a keeper. The Norman Tel Aviv, in the heart of "White City," blends its local history with modern art and design, while taking a much hipper approach to elegance. Just the way we like it.
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Notting Hill may have found a permanent place in the London visitor’s heart due to one minor Hugh Grant / Julia Roberts movie (by the way, are you ready to feel old? Yes? It was released fifteen years ago), but the number of (interesting) hotel choices in the area has always been limited.
The list of options will have a new addition by next summer though, with the planned opening of The Laslett on Pembridge Gardens, around the corner from Notting Hill Gate tube station and close to the bottom end of famous Portobello Road. Set within five Victorian mansions, The Laslett is named after Rhaune Laslett, a local community activist and organiser of the Notting Hill Festival, the predecessor of the current annual Notting Hill Carnival.
From the people behind Living Rooms, a small collection of apartments for short and long stays, The Laslett will have 51 rooms and suites, meant to give you the sense you’re staying in a friend’s stylish townhouse rather than in a hotel. The first image we have (above) does seem to strike that balance well, with a nice deep grey on the walls, carefully misaligned artwork, and the odd bit of color and pattern thrown in. The ground floor will be “part coffee shop, part bar-kitchen, part gallery, part concept store”.
We’ll have to wait to see more from inside The Laslett, but we can tell you that opening rates will start from £215 ($335) a night. Blame Hugh and Julia for Notting Hill having become so expensive.
[Photos: The Laslett]
First look at a Mod Pod
The doors are open and the photos are in of the Dean Dublin, which opened last week.
What we like:
· Rooftop restaurant Sophie’s, with its 360-degree views of Dublin and what appear to be olive trees growing inside;
· Deft touches like Smeg fridges and old-style telephones in the rooms;
· The colors and textures – deep blues and velvet sofa-style wraparound headboards in the tiny Mod Pod rooms – trendy yet chic;
· Wraparound windows and massive desks in the Hi-Fi rooms – perfect workstation or what;
· Local elements like trays of “Irish munchies” and Grafton Barber toiletries;
· The €250m worth of local art about the place, and the ability to purchase some of it.
What we don’t like:
Idly surfing TripAdvisor the other day, we noticed that 25hours is now number 20 of 663 hotels in Berlin. Slash off a few negative reviews for those bathrooms and the fact not everyone who books a trendy hotel does so knowing it’s a trendy hotel, and that is actually quite astonishingly good.
“Jungle rooms” are the obvious winning rooms – these overlook the elephant enclosure and ape house in the Berlin zoo below (“Jungle M” category rooms even have a hammock from which to observe the animals). Comfy beds, spacious rooms and free bike ‘rental’ are the name of the game, here. We’re less keen on the glass-walled bathrooms, but nobody else seems to mind and they have a privacy curtain, so we’ll give them a break and categorize them as not totally peekaboo. (No, totally peekaboo would be the public ones.)
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Mingalabar! All this week we'll be focusing on one of the fastest changing hotel scenes on the globe: Burma, or Myanmar. (For Burma or Myanmar, see here - as fence-sitters, we'll be using the two interchangeably throughout the week.) We’ve already covered your hotel basics, and looked at Yangon’s most expensive hotel and its most historic. Today, let’s check in at its weirdest property.
You thought you had seen themed hotels. You thought you’d seen retro hotels. You even thought you’d seen boat hotels. Promise, you’ve seen none of these things until you see the Luxury Vintage Yacht Hotel in Yangon. It is the delicious trifecta of all the things above.
We discovered the LVYH by chance, looking for a same-day room on Agoda. Most of the four and five star hotels ranged from $200-500 that night. But there was one that was significantly cheaper: the Luxury Vintage Yacht Hotel was offering a room with balcony for $112.
Boat hotels are something that always intrigue us but rarely satisfy us, and we assumed this would be small, a bit grimy or past its prime. But the reviews were good and the price was unbeatable for its category, so we booked. And that’s how we arrived at the weirdest, most genius hotel we’ve ever stayed in.
The Luxury Vintage Yacht Hotel opened this summer, the first of a few planned for Botahtaung Jetty, on the Yangon River, just round the corner from the spectacular Botahtaung Pagoda. It’s a modern ship that came from Northern Europe, but it’s been styled as a total immersion 1920s experience. “Would you like to be a King… Sir…!” (sic) says the website. “Time Travel Yacht Will take you back to year 1920 in 30 seconds & Be a King…”
We’ll show you the public areas and talk about the full experience in another post, but for now, look at the photos of our room: 302, a standard room with balcony overlooking the river.
This is no poky cruise ship room – the bathroom is small, if perfectly comfortable, but the bedroom is relatively large. The beds are insanely comfortable memory foam, adjustable ones – you know, like the Tempurpedic hospital beds, that can form Z shapes, or raise your head or your legs, without you moving. Each has a remote control on the bedside table.
We recently stopped by the Boutique Design New York show (BDNY) to see what's new and different in the world of, well, boutique design. We found a new products coming to the market, as well as design firms that have been around for awhile but have new collections to show off. But here are a few notable items we could totally see in a hotel setting, in the New York area and beyond.
1. Andy Warhol Collection by Flavor Paper (pictured at the top)
1. Andy Warhol Collection by Flavor Paper (pictured at the top)
Just when you thought you'd seen enough Andy Warhol artwork in a hotel, now there's an entire Andy Warhol Collection of wallpapers, offered by Brooklyn based Flavor Paper. Flavor Paper has a wide range of creative hand screened patterns and digital imagery on paper, and we've seen their work in the Wythe Hotel and W Seattle, and the company reportedly added SLS Las Vegas to their list of projects. This Warhol collection was made possible via special licensing agreement with the Andy Warhol Foundation.
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It’s still got it.
Back in the day, the Hotel Zoo, which opened in Berlin in 1911, hosted the likes of Sophia Loren and Grace Kelly. Now that it’s finally reopened after a two-year renovation, it’s already pulling the celebs back in – in the shape of Diane Von Furstenberg, who’s contributed to the furnishings, and Maison Martin Margiela, which has provided towels and nightshirts. Yes, nightshirts. The glamor!
In fact, glamor is a running theme here – the design of the hotel was inspired by the “film festivals and galas of the past” (the hotel was once the place for VIPs at the Berlin Film Festival), as well as “the clash of history and modern age” [sic].
DVF has done the catwalk-style carpet at the entrance – jade background, with monochrome leopards – leading to the Living Room lounge area. Lovely.
In these trying times of hotels for millennials, it was with a heavy heart that we first learned about the arrival of a new Dublin hotel called The Dean. That must be geared towards Students or Graduates, right?
Luckily, wrong: The Dean is a new boutique hotel. Of course, millennials will like it, but it's not necessarily aimed at them. In fact, it's majoring in art - no fewer than 45 contemporary Irish artists, from typographers to fine artists, are currently lined up to take to the walls when it opens later this month.
Rooms follow the Soho House model of being honest about room size: Mod Pods are "small and cool" (they have mini SMEG fridges), Punk Bunks are the same size, only with bunk beds, and SupeRooms are the daddies - double the size, with Samsung Smart TVs, Netflix, rainforest showers, and Nespresso machines. Hi-Fis are bigger still, and come with a record player and "classic vinyl".
It’s getting close! Last time we heard about the Palm Springs Hotel, it was taking reservations for a 23 November opening, having hit a construction snag for its planned August opening date. But things have forged ahead, and the hotel is now taking reservations from 10 November. Not only that, but the first pictures have finally arrived. And they’re exciting.
Subtle throwbacks to midcentury modern, but not in an overly kitsch way. Modern, but classically so – it’s beautifully pitched. Simple, stone (unless that’s wood) flooring, flashes of color and Palm Springs legends on the walls. And this bathroom!
Take us there now.
Who’d have thought it? Boring* old** Brussels is fast becoming a new hotspot for boutique hotels. What’s Flemish for “schweet”?
The latest to open is the Hotel des Galeries, which is pretty special, as it’s actually in the Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert – the shopping arcade behind the medieval Grand Place, and once of Brussels’ must see spots. To enter, you take the side door to the Galeries, on the Rue des Bouchers (the pedestrianized cobbled street with all the tourist restaurants that you should definitely stay away from).
Owned by French hotelier Nadine Flammarion, whose husband (from a famous French publishing family) owns the bookshop downstairs, there are just 20 rooms (simple but modern), with views of the inside of the Galerie du Roi (the main mall), the cathedral, and the rooftops of central Brussels. Rates start from €160 ($201) per night.
A brand new boutique hotel in a 15th century building in the middle of Seville – sounds good? Here’s what sounds better: it’s so new, it’s not even on TripAdvisor yet.
Palacio Pinello opened in September in the Santa Cruz neighborhood of Seville, near the cathedral (you can see the Giralda from the hotel). It’s in a 15th century building, the Palacio de los Pinello, which was built by Pedro Pinello, a Genoese immigrant who was mates with Christopher Columbus. It’s either part of the same building, or is next door to, this historic one mentioned on TripAdvisor – but that’s the nearest you’ll come to it on there.
It’s also so new that there is no English version on the website, but from what we can gather, the rooms mix old and new with terracotta floors, feature wallpaper and slick marble bathrooms fitting in with coffered ceilings and a traditional scarlet exterior.
Manhattan may have something to say about this.
There’s a new hotel opening in Manchester next year. It’s retro, it’s art deco-ey and it’s a brooding old Victorian towerblock. Its name? Hotel Gotham.
Taking over a Manchester landmark – the former Midland Bank HQ on King Street – in April 2015, Hotel Gotham will have a restaurant and club as well as 60 rooms – spread over seven floors above a Jamie’s Italian restaurant. While the website is all retro New Yorky, the rooms, apparently, will “take their cue from art deco”. And, here’s where it gets weird – the Manchester Evening News reports that the overall design will be “Japanese and Tuscan inspired”. Too much? Not according to the owners, who are already calling it “one of the sexiest hotels in Europe”.