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The Setai on Fifth Avenue opened a few season too late to join in the revelry of being a neighbor to New York Fashion Week when the shows happened in Bryant Park, but just because all the action moved up to Lincoln Center doesn't mean the hotel intends to sit quietly. Instead, they've begun courting fashionistas headed to the shows (and shopping) with a Fashion's Night Out package.
It's the first of many FNO hotel packages to come, to be sure, but this may be the only one with access to a chauffeur-driven Maserati. For $749 with promo code PKFASH, you get "superior accommodations," a 60-minute Swedish massage or rose crystal facial, 20% off further spa treatments, and that coveted time with the Maserati. It's available all Fashion Week (September 8-15) and of course includes the usual complimentary amenities of the hotel (pressing of up to five garments, in-room refreshments, free WiFI, etc).
As veterans of two FNOs (the only two), we can vouch for the need to have steady transportation to hit all the hotspots and sales during the one evening. Also, it doesn't hurt to have a spa appointment waiting and a location right on Fifth Avenue, within a quick drive of both the uptown and downtown festivities.
[Photo: The Setai]
Presidents Day may have come and gone, but ski season is far from over, at least out west. Telluride, for example, has more than five feet on the ground—and two hotels are offering 50 percent off a second room to encourage group ski trips.
First up, the Hotel Madeline, the former Capella Telluride property that was handed over to West Paces Hotel Group earlier this season. (Service, at least per TripAdvisor, hasn't suffered.) The 84 guest rooms start at $250 a night, and a second room is free if you book at least two nights. Split the cost over a foursome, and you're looking at 50 percent off.
The deal also extends to the Inn at Lost Creek, a 32-suite boutique next door, where rooms have fireplaces, kitchens, balconies, jetted tubs and washer/dryers. Again, the second room is free when you book at least two nights. The "Spring Ski Fling" offer is good for stays through June 1.
[Photo: Inn at Lost Creek/Facebook]
With rooms hovering well above $500 a night--$895 a night next Friday night!--the Setai Fifth Ave has been out of our price range. So last night we did the next best thing to checking in and dropped by the hotel's Bar on Fifth to check it out instead.
We were meeting friends who work nearby, and the location on 36th Street and Fifth Ave clearly plays a huge part in the mix. We arrived at 5 p.m. when the slick looking bar was still fairly quiet. Not 15 minutes later, however, a group of men in suits arrived, and then more arrived, and soon the corner of the bar right next to us was filled with a bunch of obnoxious dudes complaining about their beer and asking the bartender for more samples of red wine.
We can't think of a better way to spend a December evening than on the beach in Cabo. But throw in John Legend and the Roots, and we're swooning. The beachside Capella Pedregal will turn into a concert venue and host the hot hip-hop acts on December 11 under the stars. And guests will even get a chance to meet the musicians—swooning again.
Legend, the Roots and special guest Joss Stone will perform on a makeshift stage that will float above one of the resort pools while guests watch from love seats and chaise lounges. Promoting their joint album, Wake Up!, Legend and the legendary Roots will kick off a live music concert series at the hotel.
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More Manhattan Mania! The upcoming Setai Fifth Avenue has just announced that its culinary plans will include a restaurant from busy Manhattan chef Michael White, who already runs Convivio, Alto and Marea and a has fourth restaurant planned for Soho. This will be his fifth.
The new restaurant will be called Ai Fiori and The NYT has the detes:
The second-floor restaurant in the Setai Fifth Avenue, 400 Fifth Avenue (37th Street), set to open in late fall. The restaurant will feature the food of the Italian Mediterranean coast, with some French Riviera influences, and have about 185 seats with another 40 at the bar.
Looks like this luxury hotel is passing up the kind of quick "restaurant concepts" we talked about yesterday.
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On Friday, we showed you a peek at a five-star hotel so comfortable with incorporating tech into the guestrooms, that their snazzy plug panels along qualify as sweet hotel porn. We recently explored this hotel, Breidenbacher Hof of the Capella Hotels group in Düsseldorf, Germany, and were quite impressed with everything that it offersfrom free wifi to an expansive guests-only living room with refreshments bar.
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So here we are, still obsessing over the next hotels to open in New York—like The Chatwal, The Nolitan, and W New York Downtown—and we almost forgot about others that were scheduled for a little further down the road.
But unlike some of those hotels that have been promising us all sorts of Spring surprises with very little to show for it, The Setai Fifth Avenue is revealing loads of valuable intel—six months away from opening on November 1st. That's right, we've got an opening date, a website, room renderings, and—bless their luxurious efficiency—room rates!
We know! What did we do to deserve this? Well, since it is a Setai—managed by ultra-fancy Capella Hotels—those room rates are pretty high, so let's not get carried away. The online reservation system tells us that a Standard room on opening day, November 1st, is a hefty $545 a night. Avenue Apartment Suites are $2,395 a night, and the Penthouse Apartments... well, they're the "if you have to ask, you can't afford it" kind of expensive.
Today marks the opening not only of NYLO Las Colinas (yay!), but also of Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, "boasting a prized and secluded cliffside setting where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez." And, we assume, not yet boasting an embarrassingly-scantily-clad pack of Spring Breakers. And yes, it's super late it was shooting for November of '08 last we checked.
Oh, well, maybe it never will become a nasty college Spring-Break-y destination: calling itself an "intimate oceanfront hideaway," the resort has only 66 luxe guestrooms, and each one has a private plunge pool, ocean views and a "personal assistant" (i.e. concierge) assigned to its occupants.
Also, apparently you get quite the welcome (according to the sensational wording in the press release, anyway):
Upon arrival, guests emerge from a 1,000-foot private tunnel carved through the mountainside to find a breathtaking expanse of azure sky and sea - an exclusive haven just minutes away from lively downtown Cabo, yet seemingly worlds apart.
Well, that sounds nice, eh? The resort also has a signature, Don Manuel, and the al fresco El Farallon, "with cliffside tables overlooking the crashing waves below."
But avoiding those Spring Breakers is gonna cost you: opening rates start at $525 per room per night, and they're available through October 15th.
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A lousy economy filled with budget-aware travelers didn't keep the luxe high-end Capella Singapore on Sentosa from opening for business today.
Unlike another musically named, South East Asian hotel (Tune in Malaysia) Capella costs a lot more than a pretty penny. Room rates start at $750 Singapore dollars per night (which equals about $492 U.S. dollars)for rooms that are double in size than the average hotel room. Capella square-footage can reach well over 4,000-sq-ft.
Last we heard, the Capella Pedregal was on track for a "Fall 2008" opening. (And construction was well underway.) Now we hear that the 66-room hotel part of the property will start taking guests in November.
While it'll probably be a bit of a soft open, many amenities will be ready to go. (So they say.) Among them are 61-foot yachts available for charter and the Auriga spa.
You'll have to be a guest to get all the goods though; the resort sits outside Cabo San Lucas and is only accessible via private tunnel. Swanky!
· Before Airbrushing: Capella Pedregal Under Construction [HotelChatter]
· Capella Hotels coverage [HotelChatter]
Capella Hotels, the high-end company developing resorts around the world had to do something to drum up publicity since most of its properties aren't taking guests anytime soon. So to get us talking, the brand has announced that two custom Rolls Royce Phantoms will be available to guests at the Capella Singapore, opening in late 2008.
The breathless release announcing the cars doesn't specifically say if they'll just be doing airport runs or providing around-the-town driving too. Knowing the MO of Capella, though, we'd guess they'll drive you anywhere you want if you pay enough.
Meanwhile, one of the two hotels that's actually open has just gotten some recognition for its restaurant Schlossstern. (Yep, that's three s's.) With a Michelin star and a 17-out-of-20 rating from the Gault Millau guide, the Capella Schloss Velden sounds like it might actually be worth the big bucks.
· Capella Hotels coverage [HotelChatter]
As we mentioned then, the centerpiece of the resort will be the spa.
The centerpiece is a gigantic spa designed by Sylvia Sepielli, the Ian Schrager of spa design. Auriga-branded space will sprawl for 10,000 square feet, with treatment rooms, pools, a fitness center and other spa standards.
Today, a very generous HotelChatter reader sent us some snaps of the construction going on at Capella Pedregal as well as some interior room pics. This should fulfill your hardhat/hotel construction erotica needs.
However, it will still be another year before you can lay your head down on the pillows of money at this resort. A Fall 2008 opening is planned.
MORE pictures after the jump.
· Capella Pedregal Unveils New Rich-People Spa [HotelChatter]