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The Miramar's Iconic Bungalows Get a Well Deserved Makeover

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  Site Where: 101 Wilshire Boulevard [map], Santa Monica, CA, United States, 90401
July 28, 2015 at 4:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

You don't have to be a star, baby, to bask in the sunshine and seclusion of the Miramar's reborn bungalows, but just in case, sign the guest book.

Alright then, you've heard the news but don't be too sad. We're still publishing until Friday.

Curious about Old Hollywood? Then go west to Santa Monica and check out the guest book at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. Better yet, sign it as you check into one of the 32 newly revamped bungalows, of which 22 are now open with the others scheduled for completion by August 1.

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The Dome Penthouse at Café Royal London Comes With Its Own Light Show

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  Site Where: Regent Street, London, United Kingdom
July 23, 2015 at 8:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we stood on its terrace back in November 2012, the Dome Penthouse at Hotel Café Royal London was still a raw space, waiting to be turned into one of the hotel’s top suites. That would take another year, along with the historic suites that we looked at and the very serene Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre buried underneath Regent Street.

With Paris Hilton having just checked out, we had a chance to see the finished suite with our own eyes the other week. Standing next to the statue of Britannia is still a very London moment, but inside we got a demo of some of the other unique features the suite has, which includes the ability to turn it into your own nightclub / movie theater. On the wall that separates living room and bedroom/bathroom, a rotating light installation brings the visual effects to go along with the music from a pretty serious sound system. If you need a suite where you can throw a party (Paris?), this is for you.

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Hotel de Tourrel Brings Modern Minimalism to Historic Provence

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  Site Where: 5, Rue Carnot, Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France, 13210
July 17, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Earlier this week, the weather in our hometown of London seemed to take an unfortunate turn from sunny July to rainy October. Desperate for something to distract us with thoughts of warm summer days, we stumbled upon these photos of the new Hotel de Tourrel in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, the perfect solution. Opened in May, it combines a 17th century stone manor with sleekly contemporary interiors.

We love the light airiness of the above guestroom, which is one of only seven – simply labelled Numéro Un à Numéro Sept. Crisp white walls, wooden floors, high ceilings, the stone wall with the B&O flat screen TV. It’s like a palate cleanser compared to, say, this (shudder).

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The Colony Palms Is the Next Palm Springs Hotel to Get a Facelift

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  Site Where: 572 N Indian Canyon Drive [map], Palm Springs, CA, United States, 92262
July 7, 2015 at 9:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

As if there wasn’t already enough upheaval in the wonderful world of Palm Springs, here comes more big news: the Colony Palms has been sold, and is going to spend the next few months getting its face lifted.

Palisades Hospitality Group (which has a 30-strong portfolio across California, Hawaii and Mexico including the El Dorado in Sonoma) and CovoCapital (a San Francisco-based investment company) snapped it up last week, and have already announced “enhancements” to the spa, Purple Palm restaurant, and guestrooms, along with landscaping changes and an extra 1200 square feet of event space being created (hopefully not out of the lush gardens).

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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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