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Boutique Hotels in Berlin Unite with New Booking Site

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  Site Where: Berlin, Germany
January 30, 2014 at 1:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

Seven boutique hotels located across Germany's capital have joined together in creating a booking site called BoutiqueHotelsinBerlin.com. No hotel on the site has more than 200 rooms, and only two have been operating for more than three years. Customers can search by location and compare notes on the properties' themes, rooms, and facilities.

Granted, this is not an extensive collection by any means for a city as big as Berlin, but we like the concept of seeing the little guys join forces. We assume more properties will jump on the newly-launched site over the next year, giving the bigger, more SEO dominate hotel chains a little competition as travelers continue the trend of seeking out small, more authentic properties around the globe.

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Ian Schrager Thinks Size Doesn't Matter, and Other Findings from LE Miami

Where: Miami, Florida
November 15, 2013 at 9:14 AM | by | Comment (1)

"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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Barcelona Princess Has Brighter Brights After Rooms Revamped by Designer Desigual

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  Site Where: Avenida Diagonal, 1, Barcelona, Spain, 08019
October 24, 2013 at 9:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Three words come to mind when viewing the newly-reno’ed rooms and public spaces at the Hotel Barcelona Princess, re-done by Barcelona-based clothing designers Desigual: “kooky,” “quirky” and “vivid.” These are not rooms for lovers of cool minimalism but, rather, for hipster bohos looking for an eccentric room to call their own.

The 363-room Barcelona Princess Hotel, a member of London-based Great Hotels of the World, is located at the foot of Avenida Diagonal, about a 10-minute walk to the beach and next to the International Congress Centre. It was designed by Oscar Tusquets Blanca and opened in 2004.

Now, eighteen of the hotel’s rooms and two of their junior suites on the 23rd and 24th floors have been taken over and redecorated by Desigual to launch the Desigual Living Collection, created to fulfill the company's goal of bombarding homes with outrageous patterns and over-the-top color — the antithesis of neutral purity.

More pics below!

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What the Heck’s Going On in the City in the Center(re) of Canada?

October 18, 2013 at 12:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ever vigilant, we’ve noticed that there’s been a real buzz in the hotel world in the geographic center of Canada—unassuming Winnipeg. We decided to find out why two new locally-owned boutique hotels are or have just opened, why Groupe Germain decided to build the soon-to-be-open ALT Hotel, and why the Delta Winnipeg decided to embark on a top-to-bottom reno that sets them up to be the one of the first Delta Hotels to unveil the chain's new room design blueprint.

We first spoke with Neil Fishman, GM of The Grand, a boutique hotel that just opened on September 23 at Winnipeg's international airport. The property is Winnipeg’s first member of Preferred Hotels, falling under the Sterling Design label. We asked him what was behind the decision to open the hotel now? His response:

In October 2011, the Winnipeg Airport Authority built a brand new state-of-the-art airport [which we at HC just happen to know was designed by Caser Pelli & Associates, architects of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur]. We thought it was important to build a hotel that would be adjacent to the new terminal while offering our guests a new, unique boutique hotel experience. It was our goal to build a property unlike any other hotel in Winnipeg—to offer amenities and services no other hotel was able to offer. Winnipeg is a booming market and there is a tremendous amount of growth in the airport area.

The Grand is a vision in glass, making it unique in the city. We’re told that the property has spa-like bathrooms, iPads in every room, Smart TVs with free access to Netflix, and, for you Starbucks fanatics out there, Starbucks coffee in the rooms and the lobby. (We’ll be reviewing this hotel later in the year so you’ll get the full inside scoop then.)

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Sunset Views From Lisbon's Bairro Alto Hotel Rooftop

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  Site Where: PRAÇA LUIS DE CAMÕES, 2, Lisbon, Portugal, 1200-243
October 18, 2013 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

Did you know that Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, predates London, Paris, and Rome by hundreds of years? It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that there is a lot of history to explore here, from wandering the streets of Alfama, the city’s oldest district that tumbles down the hillside from the Castle of Săo Jorge, to gorging on traditional pasteis de Belém.

Another advantage of Lisbon? A balmy 78F (26C) in October, which opens up opportunities to hotel rooftop at a time when more northern climates have gone well into fall/winter mode. We did just that at the Bairro Alto Hotel, in the heart of the nightlife quarter of the same name.

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The Xenia London Brings Style – And Bedside Tablets – To Cromwell Road

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  Site Where: 160 Cromwell Road, London, United Kingdom, SW5 0TL
October 8, 2013 at 9:23 AM | by | Comment (1)

London’s busy Cromwell Road – one of the main arteries in the city’s southwest and a key route to and from Heathrow airport – isn’t known for its stylish hotels, dominated as it is by ho-hum options and, to use Ace terminology, an "aesthetically challenged" Holiday Inn and Marriott.

One new hotel that is aiming to shift that perception is Hotel Xenia, which opened with 99 bedrooms this summer, about midway between Gloucester Road and Earl’s Court tube stations. We stopped by to find out what you can expect inside, from cashmere blankets to free WiFi and bedside tablets to a restaurant focused on healthy eating.

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A Day In Hollywood, A Night In The Moment Hotel

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  Site Where: 7370 Sunset Boulevard [map], Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, United States
October 3, 2013 at 5:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

It’s just over two months ago now that The Moment Hotel arrived on Sunset Boulevard, transforming a former 1950s motel and creating 39 modern rooms with pops of green, orange, and purple, open plan bathrooms, and a common rooftop deck.

So how should you spend a day in Hollywood when spending the night at The Moment Hotel? Here’s a few thoughts, from morning eggs and coffee to late night options, as we heard them straight from The Moment’s mouth:

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Hotels Curated in NYC: An Event for Hotel Nerds Like Us

Where: 55 Gansevoort [map], New York, NY, United States
September 24, 2013 at 6:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's a new hotel conference coming to NYC next month and it's right up our boutique-loving-lifestyle-hotel alley--Hotels Curated.

Presented by the N Group and IndieWalls, the event is billed as a half-day discussion about opportunities and challenges in the lodging sector, focusing on branding, design and our fave, technology.

The format for the conference will consist of two panels--one about the "It Factor" in hotels and the other about innovations in design, architecture and technology as well as a special "Innovators Showcase" featuring quick pitches from select companies in hospitality tech and service-delivery. Afterwards there will be a cocktail network session. Cheers!

Guest speakers include Michael Achenbaum of Gansevoort Hotels; Michael Adams, editor in chief of Hospitality Design Magazine; Jeffrey Beers of Jeffrey Beers International design firm; David Duncan, President of the Denihan Hospitality Group; and Julie Frank, Director of Design, Global Brand Design.

Here are the details:

WHEN: OCTOBER 4th, 2pm to 5pm

WHERE: 55 Gansevoort, New York City

Interested in attending? You can register here. And yes, of course, HotelChatter will be there too! Hope to see you there!

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Get These Limited-Edition Hotel Cocktails While They Can Still Be Got

August 29, 2013 at 10:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

We hate to keep going on about summer ending soon and all but, as if to prove our point, time’s running out on some of these fave seasonal cocktails. You better get ‘em while you can.

The bar downstairs at the Andaz 5th Avenue has some summery cocktails on offer until September 30. The two most popular are the Taken to Task, containing Aylesbury Duck vodka, lemon, Cochhi Americano, berries and orange bitters, and the Scarlet Rum Old-Fashioned, with Flor de Caña 7 year rum, Scarlet Ibis rum, Clear Creek Pear Liqueur and Angostura bitters. Mmm… boozy.

The Waldorf Astoria New York has U.S. Open fever and is offering a grand slam of a cocktail during the run of the matches in August and September. The Tennis Ball features the hotel’s Top of the Waldorf Honey produced by the six apiaries on the 20th floor along with Zubrowka Bison Grass vodka, Cocchi Americano, Midori melon liqueur and fresh lemon juice.

Two more "can't misses" below!

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Downtown Miami's b2 Hotel Is A Real Deal

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  Site Where: 146 Biscayne Blvd [map], Miami , FL, United States, 33132
August 7, 2013 at 10:31 AM | by | Comment (1)

We've written a few times about the b2 miami downtownin the Biscayne Boulevard area, but the question still remained--would it be a good place to stay given its location? Well, Angela "Big Ang" Raiola of Mafia Wives and Big Ang fame thought so! She was just there last week filming a scene for her new VH1 reality show airing in September called "Miami Monkey".

Still, in a region that courts both beach crowd and cruise customers, we needed to take a look for ourselves and see who b2 would best benefit.

Indeed, it's decent Downtown digs, but you have to know what you're getting into to make it work.

So, here are the good, the great, and the not-so-great when it comes to this hotel.

The Good:
If you're a cruise ship passenger and arriving the day before your sailing, the b2 is in a top spot, just across the street from the Port of Miami. In fact, from most rooms you're looking directly out into the Bay and can see mega-liners set up and ready to go. It's super convenient. Also, if you're in town for a Miami Heat game or concert, it's less than a 10 minute walk to the American Airlines arena. There's no official biz center, but we loved the free WiFi and loaner iPads (even if they're only available for one hour if there's a demand for them). Plus one can print remotely to the front desk if you've brought your own laptop.

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Kale Is Cool At Vancouver’s Forage Restaurant at The Listel Hotel

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  Site Where: 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6E 1C5
July 19, 2013 at 10:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

OK – so every city has its share of restaurants that serve local, sustainable cuisine, but believe us when we tell you that forage restaurant takes this concept to the nth degree.

Forage is located in one of Vancouver’s most eco-conscious hotels, The Listel. This hotel goes out of its way to be a good citizen in, arguably, one of the greenest cities on the planet (did you know that if a corporation wants to build a structure in Vancouver, they need to give something back to the community, like public green space or art?). The hotel has a zero waste policy, solar panels and a heat capture system. And in the late fall of last year, forage opened and continues that tradition of sustainability.

Chef Chris Whittaker attacks this philosophy with a vigor that is quite astounding. He grows his own vegetables, catches his own fish, make his own preserves, composts all of his food waste, hunts for the purpose of feeding his family, and forages to connect himself with nature and remind himself where our food comes from. Pretty impressive, right? The man evens keeps mason bees to pollinate his crops.

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The Nimb Hotel: A Fairytale Fantasy In Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens

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  Site Where: Bernstorffsgade 5, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1577
July 18, 2013 at 12:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

During our recent trip to Copenhagen we stopped in at, what looked to be, a Moroccan palace but in reality turned out to be the swanky Nimb Hotel.

Nimb is located in Tivoli Gardens (don’t be fooled – Tivoli is swarming with great restaurants and bars, not just kids and candy floss). From the outside the hotel looks like it’s a theme park ride: You expect cars with little kids and unhappy parents will emerge from within and the faint strains of “It’s A Small Palace After All” can be heard. However, once you enter the sanctity of the lobby, you find that it is, indeed, a theme park of sorts – one made for design-loving hotel geeks.

When Nimb Hotel first opened in 1909 it wasn’t a hotel at all, but a building that first housed a bazaar and a restaurant. In 2008 it was decided that a hotel should be created and Nimb Hotel was born.

There are plenty of pics for you in the photo gallery!

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