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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.
We first reported the anticipated opening of the 161-room boutique resort, The Cape, back in March. Now, the resort has officially gone live and we have three words for you: location, location, location.
The resort is near the southernmost tip of the Baja California Sur Peninsula and situated along the surfer-friendly Monuments Beach. It also offers unobstructed views of the region’s most famous landmark, The Arch, from virtually any vantage point on property. The vibe is described as combining an urban aesthetic with a retro, 1960s Southern California-meets-Baja feel.
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The Esperanza resort, reopening today
Nearly a year after Hurricane Odile struck Cabo San Lucas, most of resort area’s hotels have reopened, several of them better than before like One & Only Palmilla and the Esperanza which actually reopens its doors today. And there are a few still to come, thanks to this recent update from the Visit Los Cabos tourism board.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, a Rosewood Resort will open in a few days on June 4. The Hilton Los Cabos, whose damage we witnessed in real time, is set to open on July 1 as will the brand-new Cape, a Thompson Hotel (which is now offering rooms on July 1 for $299 a night.)
After that Hyatt Place and Hyatt Ziva will reopen on July 15 and August 15, respectively. Cabo Azul Resort and Spa is aiming for a September 30 reopening while Zoetry Casa Del Mar; El Ganzo; Dreams Los Cabos: and ME Cabo will take until October 1. The Melia Cabo Real will need a little bit more time--until November 30.
But it will be much longer for the Westin Resort & Spa which is aiming for a March 2016 reopening.
Still, even after all the hotels reopen, there will more hotel action for Cabo as the Nobu Hotel Los Cabos is expected to open in 2017. How do you like them apples, Odile?
Have you visited Cabo San Lucas recently? Tell us how the hotel scene is!
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You know we’re always on the comings and goings of Nobu Hotels, as the chain makes its way to spots like Miami, Chicago, London, and even that one planned for Malibu. Well now the hotel chain is making its way out of the nifty fifty and heading south of the border. Up next for Nobu Hotels is Mexico, and they have their eyes on Cabo San Lucas.
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The tony Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas will reopen its doors June 1 – and sounds like the romantic 57-room beachfront resort will be better than ever after a comprehensive repair and renovation following Hurricane Odile. Here’s what to expect:
Guest Rooms: The guestrooms and suites feature warm shades of natural gray, faded blue and white while weathered driftwood-colored woodwork, rustic woven linens, natural leather and metallic tile finishes in bronze and silver add layers of texture. The refreshed bathrooms feature floating double vanities and spacious showers built for two with access to the terrace.
Dining: With a new hand-sculpted ceramic ceviche bar taking center stage, Esperanza's signature Cocina del Mar restaurant will be reintroduced with a cluster of hanging wood cylinder pendant lights that create a sparkling star pattern throughout the palapa in the evenings and candle lanterns will dot the thatched walls, walkways and shady palm trees. The Lounge Bar will have hand-made ceramic agave-shaped lanterns draped from metallic driftwood branches.
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Slowly, but surely, the last of the hotels extensively damaged by Hurricane Odile last September are opening again in Cabo, Mexico. The other week we let you know One & Only Palmilla will reopen April 20. Now, we hear the Hilton Los Cabos will reopen July 1, almost a year later.
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We're still reeling with excitement over the pending October opening of tommie hotels in Manhattan but it turns out we'll have another Tom to look forward to this summer--Thompson Los Cabos. (ICYDK: both tommie and Thompson are a part of Commune Hotels.) And then just after that Thompson Playa del Carmen should open in the fall. Margs for everyone!
There is very little info on the websites and the photos are pretty much just models in skimpy bikinis on the beach admiring the view and sunsets, but here's a description of Thompson Los Cabos to get you fired up:
Imagine a side of Los Cabos you never knew existed. Where the soul willingly surrenders to el sol. Where a singular beachfront retreat commands a contour of the cape overlooking El Arco and the Bahía San Lucas horizon. From the sleek poolside lounge to the skygarden terrace, it’s a place to revel in the heat of the moment. Set to the pulse of an urban vibe by night, the warm, contemporary lines of visionary Mexico City architect Javier Sanchez draw you in, ultimately revealing a reflection of Cabo like no other.
Both Thompson Los Cabos and Playa del Carmen will be relatively small, about 125-150 rooms, and will no doubt focus on a design-driven party spaces. But hopefully, they have a few quiet spots for guests too. It's not all margs and Coronitas in Cabo, you know. #yeahright
[Photo: Thompson Los Cabos]
It's been a rough four months for the The Resort at Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. First, it had to deal with the devastation that was caused by Hurricane Odile.
Then the luxury resort had to pick up the management pieces after the resort owners booted Capella Hotels from the property. After a bit of a legal tussle, it looks like Capella has backed down and the property will take on a new identity as The Resort at Pedregal. Coincidentally, the hotel has erased their Facebook history. The new page only has
3 four likes and all new photos.
Rates next weekend start at $900 a night. No, that's not in pesos. That's in USD. Whooeee.
While a lot of work has been done on the property, it seems as if the rooms will remain the same as when we stayed there last year.
Keep reading for more Cabo reopening dates!
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It's that time of year again: the 2014 HotelChatter Awards! Today and tomorrow, we'll be showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to...
There could really only be one choice for worst hotel hell this year: the number Hurricane Odile did on the resorts of Cabo San Lucas.
Odile came and went in September, with social media giving us updates from the frontline. Many resorts closed for weeks, if not months, and some are still closed as we write this. Then there was that legal battle that followed for Capella too.
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It looks like Hurricane Odile is still causing trouble in Cabo. Aside from structurally damaging nearly every resort and forcing many of them to close for several months, the hurricane stirred up some behind-the-scenes drama.
We've already chronicled the saga of The Resort at Pedregal which kicked out Capella Hotels as their managing brand. Now the same things seems to be happening at Secrets Marquis. Initially, Secrets Marquis said they would reopen on December 20. Then, their Facebook page made an update saying that the resort would be closed until further notice.
Over the weekend, a tipster told us the resort made another kind of announcement on Facebook last week, claiming parent company of Secrets--AM Resorts--has been locked out of the property. Here's the full statement:
Cabo Azul not quite back to its former self.
The Cabo Azul Resort, a Diamond Resort property, sent out an email to guests saying that reservations through May 2015 will be cancelled. New reservations have also been suspended until July, although this could change. (Previously, the resort was listed as opening in January.) Las Ventanas al Paraiso is still somewhat TBA but their website has said an "early 2015" opening is anticipated.
Several more hotels should reopen this month and next and if you're looking for a relatively inexpensive way to experience Cabo, now is the time to go as room rates for all-inclusive rates in early December are averaging about $250 a night and several more hotels going for well under $200.
[Photo: Cabo Azul/Facebook]
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Over the weekend, there was a slight reprieve in the press release war between Capella Hotels and the owners of The Resort at Pedregal but judging by the latter's social media postings, they are not backing down and will forge ahead with their new identity and management.
Quick backstory in case you missed it last week: The owners of Pedregal terminated Capella as the luxury resort's manager, installed a new GM (from a Wyndham hotel in Chicago, btw) and locked Capella's old GM out of the property. Capella took the owners to the NY Supreme Court and got a ruling which reinstated them as managers. Meanwhile, the resort is still closed for ongoing renovations due to damage sustained by Hurricane Odile.
Could this BE any more of a hotel telenovela???
Over the weekend, perhaps to show off their determination in the face of the court ruling, The Resort at Pedregal has been steady with their social media postings. Here are a couple of posts from their Facebook feed: