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Wake Up With John Wayne At Hotel Derek

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  Site Where: 2525 West Loop South [map], Houston, TX, United States, 77027
June 23, 2014 at 9:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

Derek's pool

Ever fantasized about waking up with a celebrity? Actually, that hardly needs a question. We know you’ve done it, and we all know how that fantasy goes. Hotel bed, rumpled sheets, pillows shmooshed and a glass of champagne on the table. Shower running and the dulcet tones of singing to themselves under the water, acting as your sweet alarm clock.

Ok, so we can’t exactly make that happen, but we can get you part of the way, by telling you about the Hotel Derek in Houston, which has none other than John Wayne delivering its wake up calls.

And no, “Rise and shine sleepyhead, it’s time to giddy up and get those feet on the ground,” may not be the romantic arousal you were envisioning, but you can’t have everything, plus John Wayne strikes us as the type who’d have enjoyed a bit of flirtatious banter.

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Can Madrid 'Bear' The Arrival Of Another Boutique Hotel?

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  Site Where: Mejía Lequerica 8, Madrid, Spain, 28004
June 9, 2014 at 11:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

Madrid already has a a plethora of beautiful (and affordable) boutique hotels, but in August one more will open. Hotel Urso (or "bear") is a design-driven modern boutique at the crossroads of three central neighborhoods: Chamberi, up-and-coming Tribunal and fabulous LGTB hub Chueca (we'll leave the bear jokes to you). The hotel is operated by Marugal who also manage the boxy Viura in Rioja, and the art-infused Square Hotel in Paris.

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The Vintro Hotel & Kitchen to Open in South Beach This July

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  Site Where: 2216 Park Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
May 21, 2014 at 11:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

We may be heading into the off-season in Miami Beach, but there's no slowing down the hotel scene.

The Vintro Hotel & Kitchen, a 50-room luxury boutique hotel, is set to open in July in the Collins Park neighborhood (a few blocks inland from W South Beach.) Formerly the Lido Park Hotel, The Vintro has kept the Art Deco facade (originally designed by architect Harry O'Nelson) yet the interiors were entirely stripped and renovated by Guillermo de Yavorsky, an architect based in St. Barth.

Billing itself as an "adult playground", the hotel will feature a bar, restaurant, and a roof deck with a plunge pool. Rooms are tight but well-designed featuring artwork from emerging artists and luxe amenities like in-room Nespresso machines, 46" flat-screen TVs and FREE WIFI. However, we must warn you: the bathrooms are SERIOUSLY peek-a-boo. You will have a prime view of the shower from the bed. Like, no curtain or nothing. Which is pretty perfect for a sexy getaway with your lovah, but please do not share this room with a coworker.

As for the kitchen, Chef Giorgios Nikolas Bakatsias, developed a concept and menu for the 67 seat Vintro Kitchen restaurant. The menu will focus on seasonal and local ingredients from Miami with a selection of wines "made by farmers not factories." And of course, this is Miami so there will be a robust cocktail selection as well.

While the hotel's old website is still saying March 2014, the hotel should open in July. We'll keep you posted on the exact date but room rates will start at around $249 a night.

[Photos: Vintro Hotel & Kitchen/Facebook]

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The Spectator Hotel Will Open its Contemporary Doors in Historic Charleston in 2015

May 20, 2014 at 12:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

For a healthy dose of historic charm, pleasant peninsular climate, and small scale Southern hospitality, Charleston, South Carolina is a tough act to follow. For three consecutive years Charleston has been named the No. 1 U.S. City by Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards, and the demand for rooms is just as hot.

Next Spring, there will be 41 more rooms to choose from with the opening of The Spectator Hotel in historic downtown Charleston.

The hotel, located at the corner of State Street and Linguard Street, is being developed by Jay Keenan and Batson Hewitt of Palmetto Commercial Properties, both longtime residents of Charleston. The hotel’s location is ideal for visitors—or anyone that likes to shop— being within earshot of the historic City Market, one of the oldest public markets in the country.

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Inside The 1888 Hotel, An Alternative to Sydney's Corporate Hotel Scene

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  Site Where: 139 Murray Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia
May 8, 2014 at 2:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

1888 Shakes Things Up With a "Cozy Industrial Vibe"

Focusing on being Instagram-worthy as it does (and handing out free nights if you have 10,000 followers or more), Sydney’s 1888 Hotel better be bringing it in the looks department. We showed you how to get the lobby (or yourself) into the frame, and are following up today with a closer look at how the rest of the hotel measures up.

1888’s Pyrmont location puts you just on the "other" side of Darling Harbour, to the west of Sydney’s CBD. A stroll across the pedestrian bridge will take you into the city’s core in 15 minutes, or you can take the scenic ferry route and sail underneath the Harbour Bridge before you dock at Circular Quay.

Getting to the hotel from the airport is easy enough: hop on the express train to the city’s Central Station and change to the monorail, get off at Convention Centre (you buy the monorail ticket on the train), enter the parking garage and take the lift up to the fourth floor, exit on the other side, and 1888 is right in front of you. The red brick building (formerly a wool-storage facility) certainly looked pretty against the backdrop of bright blue Sydney skies when we arrived.

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The Sanderson and St Martins Lane Hotels Freshen Up Their Minimalist Vibe

March 31, 2014 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

With so many new hotels now open in London (and more to come), it's no surprise that two of the original boutique hotels in town--The Sanderson and St Martins Lane--have gotten an updated look, focusing on "comfort and simplicity." But don't worry, these stylish hotels still retain the minimalist look that made them "hotel famous."

Interior designer Tim Andreas of Banjo Ad Inc, who has worked on other Morgans Hotels, took charge of the renovations for both hotels. At the Sanderson, Andreas gave the 150 guest rooms new custom pieces like a cozy built-in banquette, a "Tchin Tchin" chair, custom rugs and hand-painted designs on the blackout shades. Here's a more official, and detailed, description:

The rooms will introduce a new sense of modern, paying tribute to the baroque era. Tim’s designs are inspired by decorative motifs from the 17th century including decorative, plaster trophy designs, elaborate wood oak carvings and hand-blocked scenic wallpaper to reflect the serenity and comfort of an English Manor House. With minor updates to the bathroom design, it remains encased in a glowing floor-to-ceiling glass box wrapped in golden layers of sheer curtains.

More importantly, these rooms got a tech upgrade, adding new flat-screen smart TVs, media hubs with USB charging, and additional charging stations near the bed.

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Every Guest Will Be 'The Best Guest' at The Cromwell in Las Vegas

March 25, 2014 at 12:52 PM | by | Comment (1)

For so long, visitors to Las Vegas have been hypnotized by the massive hotel casinos that populate The Strip. With thousands upon thousands of hotel rooms, sprawling casino floors, restaurants for every appetite and nightclubs for every kind of party, Las Vegas has been ruled by the "Bigger is Better" credo.

But when The Cromwell opens at the end of May (in the old Bill's Gambling Hall location), they hope to change what Vegas visitors are used to—switching from massive casino resort to intimate boutique hotel, and perhaps more importantly, from a transaction-based stay to an experience-based stay.

“We’re really more about the experience,” said Karie Hall, general manager of The Cromwell. “In Vegas, you get [the experience] for your best guests but this is our chance to give it to every guest."

Indeed, Hall said Cromwell looked to other boutique and luxury hotel groups like Mandarin Oriental, Standard Hotels, Morgans Hotels, and even SLS Hotels to see what personalized services they offer and to understand best how to deliver on them. (Interestingly, by next year, all these hotels, except the Standard, will have a presence on the Strip.)

As The Cromwell puts the finishing touches on its building over the next month, here are some confirmed experiences that guests will receive just by booking a room, starting with the hotel’s complimentary happy hour.

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How The Cromwell Will Be Bringing The Boutique Game to Las Vegas

March 21, 2014 at 5:50 PM | by | Comment (1)

When Caesars Entertainment closed Bill's Gambling Hall (formerly the Barbary Coast) last year, the decision was clear--the property on the corner of Flamingo and Las Vegas Boulevard was going to be a boutique hotel.

While the initial hotel brand, who shall not be named, didn't work out, and Caesars decided to run the property on their own, they are still determined to offer a true boutique experience with the new The Cromwell Hotel, opening on May 21st. Here's how they'll do it.

For starters, The Cromwell only has 188 hotel rooms. By comparison, the Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace has 181 rooms. But Nobu is a part of a massive casino experience and it doesn't have its own entrance (although it does have dedicated Nobu bellmen at the front of Caesars to greet guests.) Because of the limited amount of rooms, The Cromwell can take guests from arrival through check-in and up to their rooms in a much faster time than any other hotel in town.

The Cromwell will also have its own casino (but no sports book) as well as the first-ever restaurant from Giada De Laurentiis and day and nightclub venues from Vegas's after-hours legend, Victor Drai. Specialty F&B and happening nightlife on property? Check and check.

But its the perks that The Cromwell will bestow on its guests that will at last bring the boutique game to Vegas. No high-roller suite needed. Here's what to expect when you book a standard room at The Cromwell:

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Surf’s Up Near The Break Hotel, Opening Soon in Rhode Island

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  Site Where: 1208 Ocean Road [map], Narragansett, Rhode Island, United States, 02882
March 5, 2014 at 2:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

Looking for a place to lay your head while 'Hanging 10' in the seaside surf town of Narragansett? Well look no further, Daddy-o, ‘cause The Break, with its retro chic surfer vibe, is set to open in June.

Part of Lark Hotels, who have boutique coastal properties throughout New England, The Break is decked out by local designer Jocelyn Chiappone, who has tapped into the late 60s, vintage surfer feel of the place. Bold modern textiles pop with color palettes of bright orange, earth tones, crisp white and shades of green and blue. Furnishings combine dark woods with wicker chairs and chandeliers, mid-century inspired armchairs and sofas, fabric headboards and ceramic tables.

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San Fran's Hotel Frank To Be Reborn as The Hotel G This Spring

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  Site Where: 386 Geary Street [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
February 27, 2014 at 6:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

We can always count on New York, Chicago and Miami for a new hotel but San Francisco? Those are few and far between. So when we got news that a new boutique hotel was opening this summer in Union Square, we immediately perked up.

The Hotel G, located on the corner of Geary and Mason Street, was formerly known as the Hotel Frank before it closed down in 2012. (We even stayed in it way back when!) So it's not exactly a new build. But after an extensive renovation of all 13 floors and 153 guest rooms, the hotel will emerge with a new design that is "simple yet functional and complements the building's unique architectural environments," said general manager, Steve Rizzo.

The hotel will also get a simple yet functional new name, The Hotel G.

Guest rooms will have "fog-colored walls, wood finishes and earthy fabrics and textiles." Expect some pops of bright color along with cool decor accents like Victorian settees (a nod to the hotel's past), vintage school house chairs, banker's lamps and mid-century writing desks. Modern amenities will include flat-screen SmartTvs, docking stations, Nespresso coffee makers and not surprisingly, complimentary WiFi.

The rooms we've peeped on the website are waaaay more subdued than the Frank's old rooms. We liked the Frank's quirky design but the G Funk Era, er, the Hotel G, is much, much, much easier on the eyes.

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Montreal Says 'Bienvenue' to a New ALT Hotel

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  Site Where: 120 Peel Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3C 4B8
February 27, 2014 at 9:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

Groupe Germain Hospitalité is opening its fifth ALT Hotel at the end of March: the ALT Hotel Montréal Griffintown. Along with Hôtel Le Germain Montréal and ALT Hotel Brossard Quartier DIX30, this will be the company’s third hotel in and around the city. It will also be the first hotel (try to keep with all of these stats!) to open in cool-sounding Griffintown, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods now home to Montréal’s Fashion Week and its own bespoke beer, Griffintown Blonde Ale from Brasseur de Montréal. (You know you’ve made it when your name’s on a beer, are we right?)

The hotel will continue to fulfill the ALT Hotels mandate of offering a “no-frills-chic hotel concept combining modern design and eco-friendly features at an affordable rate.”

See more renderings below!

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A Peek Inside Toronto’s Iconic Hipster Hangout, The Drake Hotel

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  Site Where: 1150 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
February 20, 2014 at 9:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Drake Hotel was one of, if not THE, first boutique hotel in Toronto when it opened. When we heard that dot-comer Jeff Stober was opening The Drake west of Queen West, we thought it impossible for the hotel to survive in the then downtrodden boonies. We were wrong, so wrong—not only did The Drake persevere but it quickly became a hotspot for locals who lined up to get into its basement band venue and kickass lounge. Now, ten years on, we set out to discover whether The Drake Hotel still had true cachet.

We walked in on a wintry Saturday afternoon and the place was overflowing with bohos and hipsters alike, most waiting for a table in the recently-reno’ed (and enlarged but still full to capacity) restaurant and lounge. If you ever wondered what the Canadian design aesthetic is, you need to come here. There’s lots of natural wood, industrial lighting, earth tones, forest motifs and—to take it one step further—The Drake has a kitschy camp feel that reminds us of every camping trip we ever took as kids, sans mosquitoes.

The rooms carry on that mid-century modern campground feel but with modern ModCons. You can see inside the rooms in the photo gallery, but there are a few things that deserve an extra shout-out. First, let’s hear it for “Hairy Chest Man.” This particular doll for adults with leather studded collar is handmade and you can find a different doll in every room. Next, the “pleasure menu”: The Drake purports to be the first hotel in the world to carry one and while we can’t vouch for that, we can say that it is probably the most extensive menu of its kind that we’ve had the “pleasure” of seeing (yuck yuck). We also loved the owl light and the toiletries by Malin + Goetz.

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