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Taking the Bather's Elevator at the Royal Hawaiian

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  Site Where: 2259 Kalakaua Avenue [map], Honolulu, HI, United States, 96815
June 30, 2015 at 8:23 AM | by | Comments (4)

There is no escaping the modern day scale of development when you’re in Waikiki, but inside the 1927 historic wing of The Royal Hawaiian, we found a few things that remind you of a different age. One of them was this sign: the "Bather’s Elevator”. Despite 1920s bathing suits leaving the minimum amount of skin exposed, it was considered improper to take the normal guest elevators between room and swimming pool / beach. The solution: a dedicated elevator.

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Chicago Athletic Association Hotel is Open For Business

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  Site Where: 12 South Michigan Ave [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60603
June 17, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just a few weeks ago, a (not-so) little slice of Chicago swung open its doors to show the entire city how cool a vintage athletic facility-turned-hotel can be. Housed in a pretty ornate building on South Michigan Avenue, the Chicago Athletic Association calls upon the 120- year history of being the place to swim, play basketball, fence or catch a few laps on the running track as well as making for one of the neatest hotels we've checked out.

We had an opportunity to explore the finished product of the massive project of transforming this landmark into a lifestyle hotel that might even attract the folks that used its facilities decade before.

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A Few More Details on The Renwick NYC, Opening This Summer

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  Site Where: 118 E 40th [map], New York, NY, United States, 10016
June 8, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sister hotel The Gregory surprised us by opening so soon after we learned more about him, but The Renwick is still being a bit shy. We had seen one photo from inside the Midtown hotel (that’s the one above), and now we have a little bit more information on the 173-room property, which should also arrive this summer.

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DC's Historic Morrison-Clark Inn Debuts Its Asian-Inspired Addition

June 5, 2015 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hotel renovations are always an interesting study for us. Lately, we’ve come to expect a mix and match of historic and decorative styles as the new normal. But here's a hotel design that just might be a first--one that merges Chinese culture with Civil War era, Victorian-inspired architecture.

The Morrison-Clark Inn in Washington, D.C., has done just that, with the unveiling of its new expansion and uber-Asian look. With good reason.

The Morrison-Clark is a national landmark named after David Morrison and Ruben Clark, original owners of two side-by-side townhouses, both dating to 1864. After many years as a military hostel and social club for First Ladies and their BFFs, the property was sold, renovated, and opened in 1987 as the quaint Morrison-Clark Inn with just 42 rooms.

Looking to expand every which way, the Inn saw an incredible opportunity in its next door neighbors-- home of the Chinese Community Church and Parsonage for over 70 years. Hence the honorary Chinese-influenced design.

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Inside The Pavilion, Catalina Island's Midcentury Motel-Hotel

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  Site Where: 513 Crescent Ave [map], Avalon, Catalina, CA, United States, 90704
June 5, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've had a little focus on Catalina Island this week, and we already showed you the amazing cheese and wine spread that's laid out every afternoon at the Pavilion Hotel in main town Avalon. Today, we're taking you inside the Pavilion, with pictures from our stay last summer.

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Historic Closures and Reopenings on Catalina Island

June 4, 2015 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last year, two of Catalina Island’s most iconic properties closed: the Zane Grey Pueblo and the Inn on Mount Ada.

The good news is, the Inn on Mount Ada reopened this year after minor renovations. It’s still much more expensive than the other hotels on the island - $655 for a room tonight. Having said that, it famously books up well in advance, so the fact that it has any availability is a great sign. (Maybe we're not the only ones who thought it was still closed?)

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Seattle's Newest Boutique Hotel Will Come Out of a Strip Joint

June 2, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Buildings come and go, and some are even made into hotels; however, when those buildings are former strip clubs turning into a hotel—well, then you have something to talk about.

Let’s travel out to Seattle via the friendly folks at the Seattle Times where we learn that an adult establishment once know as the Lusty Lady will be reborn as a boutique hotel.

Things are on schedule for a transformation at some point in 2017, and visitors can expect to choose from one of 43 guestrooms. Rounding out the offerings will be some shops and retail as well as a rooftop deck.

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Chanel Will Permanently Move into the Spa at Ritz Paris

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  Site Where: Place Vendome, Paris, France
June 2, 2015 at 8:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Bit by bit – or painfully piecemeal, depending on your perspective – the details on what to expect at Hotel Ritz Paris when it reopens towards the end of the year are coming out. We’ve looked at the hotel in various stages of its réhabilitation (last time was late February), which began nearly three years ago.

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Independence Day: A Look at The Hollywood Roosevelt's Revamped Guest Rooms

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  Site Where: 7000 Hollywood Boulevard [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90028
May 29, 2015 at 11:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

It comes as no surprise when we hear of Hollywood icons reinventing themselves. No, we’re not talking about stars of the silver screen, but rather an iconic hotel that has catered to them for the last 88 years--The Hollywood Roosevelt.

As we told you last month, the new owners of the hotel, David Chang and Goodwin Gaw, reclaimed management of the hotel, turning it back into an independent property that's now a part of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts collection. (Meanwhile, former management company, Thompson Hotels, just announced their new Hollywood hotel yesterday.)

To go along with their newfound independence, the Hollywood Roosevelt now sports a new website, renewed top brass and oh, yes, revamped guest rooms, given the Midas touch by the house of Yabu Pushelberg.

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Time to Spa at The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel Will Be From July

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  Site Where: Beau Street, Bath, United Kingdom
May 28, 2015 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s not quite the promised “Spring 2015”, but we’ll take it: The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel will open July 1.

It was last November that we walked you through a load of renderings from inside the listed building in Bath, which will have direct access to the original Roman thermal springs. Naturally, this is what your spa experience will be all about. The hotel’s “private water reserve bubbles to the surface at 47 degrees centigrade, packed full of rich natural minerals”. A one-hour “Bath Circuit” is a “ritualised self-guided tour of the thermal pools, saunas, steam room, ice alcove and elegant relaxation rooms”, which concludes with a “very special Water Ritual Ceremony”. What exactly that is, we’ll have to find out.

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Here's a Hotel Breakfast That's Totally Worth $41

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  Site Where: Philharmoniker Str. 4, Vienna, Austria, 1010
May 21, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (4)

Yesterday we talked breakfast – specifically, how much you’d spend on it. JasonD says $35; let’s see if this one makes him change his mind.

I’m a sucker for an amazing hotel breakfast, and the buffet at the Hotel Sacher was one of the highlights of my trip to Vienna last year. When I returned this year, even though I wasn’t staying in the Sacher, I made a beeline for the breakfast buffet. The cost? €37, or $41.

Yes, that’s a lot of money for breakfast, but it’s worth every penny. For starters, I was held up a few minutes from getting to my breakfast, because the president of Lithuania was arriving at the hotel #starquality. Then I walked through the tiny jewel box of a residents’ lounge to reach these two ladies who beckon you in, signaling that breakfast is night:

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Dallas Icon to Regain Its Mid-Century Glory as The Statler Hilton

May 13, 2015 at 6:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Here’s some news sure to please staunch preservationists and dedicated followers of Mid-Century design. The former Statler Hilton Dallas, a classy 1950s gem in downtown Dallas, is getting a second act.

The hotel is reopen in 2016 after extensive renovations as a new member of Hilton Hotels' Curio Collection .

The Dallas Morning News reports that developers Centurion American Development Group got the official “nod” from City Council along with about $46 million in pocket change to forward the mixed-use project which includes the restoration of the Old Dallas Central Library, another cool 50s building, located next door to the hotel.

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