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Our man on the London scene, JasonD, peeped around the hotel today and sent back a few photos for us to drool over. He'll be dishing on all the ins and outs of the Edition next week but for now, just enjoy the eye candy.
[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]
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While the viewing platform at the top has been open for months, and a number of restaurants have moved into Europe’s tallest structure as well, Shangri-La looks to have a classic of hotel delay. Initially scheduled to be ready for the Olympics (ha!), we’ve had end of June, the more non-committal “summer”, and end of September as D-day for the group’s first UK property at various points in time. As of now, there is still no confirmed opening date – all we hope is that it will make it this year.
Meanwhile, rates at Edition are holding steady at £270 (about $420) a night for a queen room, which will get you 237 square feet of hotelier Ian Schrager’s latest work. About $50 extra takes that up to a Superior Room at just over 300 square foot.
[Photo: JasonD for HotelChatter]
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This morning, we are completely gobsmacked, as the Brits would say. We've just discovered that the London Edition Hotel is now opening on September 12!
Previously, we reported the hotel would be opening on October 15 and very rarely do hotels ever open before that. But whatever the reason for the early opening, we'll take it!
Rates start at 295 pounds a night or about $451 a night. However, if you use code LPR at booking you can get that rate down to 255GBP or about $390
The hotel's website is also showing off a few more room photos including a shot of the very minimalist bathroom. No photos of the Berners Tavern restaurant or the Punch Room lounge but we suspect those are forthcoming.
To celebrate the opening, Edition Hotels in collaboration with Sedition, the digital art collecting site, to offer Edition fans "Prosopopoeia" from artist Mat Collishaw. It's pretty much a big shiny diamond. We hope that's what we'll find at the London Edition as well.
[Photo: London Edition]
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Hot days on the beach and cool dips in the ocean. Joy riding on sailboats. Crab fests washed down with cold beers. Feeling the breeze in your hair from the top of the ferris wheel. Chomping on salt water taffy. Enjoying chocolate-covered frozen bananas as you watch the world go by. Yup, summer is in full swing right now. But we're already looking forward to the chilly sweater season, thanks to these new hotels expected to open in October.
Here are 5 hotels that have us looking forward to October even in the middle of summer. Which one is your favorite? Let us know in comments below!
· THOMPSON CHICAGO: Set to open on October 1, the old Sutton Place Hotel promises rooms starting at 320-sq.ft., city views, REN spa amenities, 24-hour room service and a fully stocked minibar with Dean & Deluca snacks. We found rates on opening night for $263 a night for a 21-day advance purchase rate.
· HARD ROCK PALM SPRINGS: The latest rock star resort will open on October 5 out of the old Hotel Zoso. The place has been completely redone to include 160 rooms, including a VIP rock star suite along with a Rock Spa, a Body Rock fitness centers, a Rock Shop gift store, a few restaurants and a rocking pool scene. We found rates on opening night for $262 a night.
We recently told you hotelier extraordinaire Ian Schrager would bring The London Edition to the UK in October. Now Schrager has finally released more coveted details on this project (the brand he created with Marriott International), as he returns to London after the 15 years since he introduced both the Sanderson and St. Martins Lane hotels.
The London Edition sets out to preserve the original Berners Hotel, built in 1835 as five luxury Georgian townhouses and turned hotel in 1908. But don't think that means this'll be another stuffy-puffy London property. Schrager makes it clear:
“The hotel is inspired by the grand traditions of Great Britain: the traditional, aristocratic English country manor and the quintessential London private gentleman’s club with a modern, edgy, urban feel.”
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Naturally, we clicked over to the website right away and after trying a few dates, we finally found that the hotel will open on OCTOBER 15 with rates starting at 295 GBP a night. (Or about $458.) That's for a small (237-sq.ft.) guest room with a queen bed which also includes a 46-inch flat screen TV, turndown service, robes and slippers and free WiFi. The next room category is a superior room for 335 GBP a night, followed by the deluxe room at 375 GBP and then by a Loft-type room for over 465 GBP.
The much-hyped Edition Hotels has only just one hotel open right now--in Istanbul--but in checking out their social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you'd think they were open all over.
The pages, which have been seriously ramped up this month, highlight not just what Edition is about, but what Edition is into and that's mostly art, design, architecture, photography and other high-brow activities. Very rarely do they mention something from their hotel(s) but with London, New York and Miami on the very near horizon, we bet that will change.
In the meantime, here are more than a few good reasons to follow Edition Hotels on social media:
1. They tease their new properties. (Btw, the London Edition is opening in September.)
London-bound this fall? We know where you should be staying... #comingsoon— EDITIONHotels (@EDITIONHotels) May 20, 2013
2. They read good books.
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Will this be the Hudson London?
If you thought London would be taking a break when it comes to hotel openings after a rather frenetic Olympic year, think again: the next few years look to be filled with all sorts of exciting stuff to keep us happy. We’re listing the hotels we have our eyes on for you below, and stay tuned as we will be taking you inside when we can.
- A rebirth rather than a brand new hotel, the former St. John Hotel became One Leicester Street on May 1, including a refurbished restaurant and outdoor terrace
- Over in King’s Cross, the Great Northern Hotel also got a new a lease on life as part of the revitalization of the entire station, with sleeper compartment-inspired rooms called Couchettes
- South Kensington got a new boutique hotel contender this month in the form of the 99-room Xenia Hotel on Cromwell Road, not far from the Ampersand we showed you last year
- Affordable-chic brand base2stay is re-branding itself as Nadler Hotels, and its flagship The Nadler Soho will open on June 1, a stone’s throw from the likes of Dean Street Townhouse and Firmdale’s the Soho Hotel
- This isn't really a new hotel but it is newsworthy--The Waldorf-Astoria Syon Park has now been downgraded to just the Hilton London Syon Park. A Hilton Worldwide spokesperson told Business Insider that, "Having operated the property since March 2011, we've mutually agreed with our owner that the new positioning will be the best fit for the local market."
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Just a week after we reported that the New York Edition would open a year early in 2014, we have more good news: Marriott has announced that it will introduce its Ian Schrager designed Edition in New Delhi within "the next few years."
Despite the Istanbul Edition being the brand's only open hotel (remember, the Waikiki Edition became the Modern Honolulu), you wouldn't know it from all the press and activity of late thanks to its eight properties in the pipeline: London (2013), Miami (2014), New York (2014), Bangkok (2015), Abu Dhabi, Gurgaon, Sanya, and New Delhi.
Back in October, we gave you the scoop on the London Edition, which is supposed to be the brand's big relaunch this year. The Miami Edition, unfortunately, just had its opening date pushed back by a year.
It's been a minute since we last checked in on Ian Schrager's upcoming New York Edition, which was originally slated for a 2015 opening. Our friends at Curbed turned their attention to the hotel last week, after one reader complained that the iconic building's lights had ben permanently turned off.
Curbed posted a response from Marriott, in which we learned two things: first, the lights are only off temporarily while work is being undertaken to restore the building's exterior, and get that clock tower (above) in tip top shape. And second, the hotel is now scheduled to open in 2014, one year ahead of schedule.
Could it be? It certainly could. The Marriott rep explained that while "there is no set time table for the completion [of the restoration], it will likely be around the opening of the hotel, in 2014." Yippee!
What happened seventeen years ago? We barely graduated high school (well, some of us). More importantly, it was the last time hotelier Ian Schrager gave face to Miami Beach with the Delano. Now, almost two decades later, he's back to shake things up again with a ground-breaking project that involves rich people being insanely happy with their homes.
The hotel mogul just announced he'll set a new bar with the Residences at the upcoming Miami Edition, slated for an early 2014 debut. There will be 26 limited-edition residences some say will be different than anything else in Miami. Ooh, the suspense! Not really, because we have all the dish. Basically, they're being touted as "Homes in the Sky." Literally.
They'll be perched on the top floors of the existing landmark 1950s building that will be the Miami Beach Edition hotel with some residences in the adjacent, newly constructed 18-story tower. All will have panoramic views, each with that sophisticated and arty Schrager touch. They'll also be custom made with a private entrance.
With the excitement of last week’s news that long-awaited ME London is actually welcoming guests (albeit in soft-launch), our minds naturally went to two other London openings for 2013 we’ve been stalking since the dawn of time: Shangri-La at the Shard and Edition London.
Last time we checked in on their progress, both hotels were starting to emerge from the rubble of construction and renovation. And despite the new year having started, it looks like our patience will be tested for just a little while longer.