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Stop Everything and Look at These Mindblowing Videos of Soho House Istanbul

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  Site Where: Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
December 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes a property comes along that is so mindblowingly different, superlatively amazing and completely unique that all you can do is let that mouth of yours fall unattractively open. This is one of those times.

Seriously, we just found footage of the new Soho House Istanbul. And all we can say is, if you thought the existing Soho House properties are good, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

It’s going to be the biggest property so far, with a whopping 87 bedrooms, Cecconi’s restaurant with “courtyard garden”, two – yes, two – rooftop pools (of which one at least is overlooking the Bosphorus, according to the video) and a nightclub, as well as the screening room, gym and Cowshed spa you’d expect.

But by far the best bit is the building itself: Palazzo Corpi in Beyoğlu, built in 1882 for a Genoese family, and then taken over (uh, quelle surprise?) by the US consulate 25 years later – the first US-owned diplomatic premises in the world (more on the US links here #history). Look at this video we stumbled on (ok, we didn't stumble, we were doing a pretty thorough stalking job on the property) – and be prepared to be wowed. (Sorry, privacy settings mean it's viewable but not embeddable.)

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Here's the New Look for the Infamous Watergate Hotel

December 10, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comment (1)

Benghazi wasn’t a cover up. Obama does have a birth certificate. All these poor conspiracy theorists – what on earth will they find to fixate on now?

Well, they can always go old school with the news that the Watergate Hotel is set to reopen. After a $125m renovation – which follows years of languishing in disrepair, and then foiled plans to turn it into condos – the plan is to open the doors next summer.

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Room Demolition Has Begun at The Historic Mayflower Renaissance Hotel

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  Site Where: 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20036
December 4, 2014 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

"Long as I got my suit and tie (and drill), I'm a leave it all on the floor tonight...."

Calling Hotel PR people! Hot new hotel construction awareness trend alert! No longer are time-lapse videos of hotel room renovations the way to spread the news about a hotel's make-over. Instead, it's time to photograph your general manager suited up and wielding a drill. That's right, we fell for it. Now onto the real news at hand.

Perhaps seeking to eradicate all traces of Eliot Spitzer, the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC has kicked off a $20 million renovation project with general manager John Montano overseeing the jack hammer work for demolition for the very first hotel room.

The renovation will fix up all 583 rooms and 74 suites at the historic hotel, which will remain open for business during the work with construction happening floor by floor.

Here's what the new rooms will look like when the makeover is completed, hopefully by March 2015:

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The Heartbreaking Fate of One of Syria's Historic Hotels

November 24, 2014 at 8:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

Throwback Monday to… a time when Aleppo was a popular tourist destination.

The Baron Hotel was one of the finest hotels in Syria when it opened in 1911. Charles de Gaulle stayed here. So did Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. Agatha Christie wrote Murder on the Orient Express in room 203. “Hotel Baron, the only first-class hotel in Aleppo” says a poster from the 1930s strung up in reception. It’s the oldest hotel in Syria.

Or, rather, it was until last week, when its owner revealed he’s closed it.

“It's been nearly four years since the war began and I see nothing that inspires any optimism in me, quite the contrary,” Armen Mazloumian told AP. “Honestly, the hotel will never go back to how it was.”

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Belgrade's Newest Hotel Has a Great Location, a Terrible Name and a Worrying Number of Sexy Ladies

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  Site Where: Venizelosova 31, Belgrade, Serbia, 11000
November 21, 2014 at 4:08 AM | by | Comment (1)

Karisma. Allure. Caramel. Try to put your discomfort to one side – there’s a nice-looking hotel behind the worst name imaginable.

Karisma Hotels & Resorts, which run properties in Latin America and the Caribbean, has a small boutique arm called “Allure Hotels, by Karisma” – previously limited to two hotels in Colombia. And that’s the story behind the heinously named Allure Caramel by Karisma, which has opened in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. It’s the first Europe hotel for the brand.

The hotel is a redevelopment of the Hotel Admiral Club Belgrade, built in 1927 by a well known local, Mayor Vlada Ilic. It’s a stunning, standalone villa in Dorcol, the historic quarter of Belgrade. Think a sweeping entrance route behind a posh lawn, a stately lobby and frilly Corinthian columns and heavy drapes inside – basically, it’s like being in Newport RI, but in Serbia.

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Last Chance to Use Your SPG Points at The Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel

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  Site Where: 1140 Seabreeze Blvd. [map], Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States, 33316
November 17, 2014 at 2:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

Not long after Starwood Hotels dissolved its management of the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Fla. (the hotel is now known as The Diplomat and it's part of Hilton's Curio Collection), comes another big brand loss in nearby Fort Lauderdale.

The Sun-Sentinel reports that The Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel, remembered by most as the Yankee Clipper Hotel, will cease to be a Sheraton on December 2, 2014. However, no one knows yet what sort of brand, if any, will take over the cruise-ship inspired building which is also home to the Wreck Bar and Dos Caminos restaurant.

Interestingly, the building was sold in 2005 to the Starwood Capital Group, which is actually hotelier Barry Sternlicht's company and not Starwood Hotels'. So could this turn into a 1 Hotel or a Baccarat Hotel? Highly unlikely, as the building is rumored to be for sale, but we're dying to find out what will end up happening.

Got any inside scoop? Let us know!

[Photo: Sheraton Fort Lauderdale]

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The Hotel Du Controle at Versailles Is Back On Track and May Actually Open

October 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

It's been almost four years since the announcement of a luxury hotel planned on the estate of the iconic Palace of Versailles. The news of a hotel next to, alongside rather, one of the world's greatest architectural treasures generated quite a buzz as well as induced mixed feelings from the public. It seemed that everyone was talking about it (including us) but then it dropped off the radar, leaving us wondering if this was just another great hotel idea gone six feet under.

NON! The Hotel Du Grand Controle, originally slated to open in 2012, is back on and approaching a new finish line.

The 23-room, possibly five-star hotel will occupy a 17th-century dressed stone mansion (adopting its original name) that was once the home and offices of the treasurers to the kings of France. It's worth a note, so to speak, that money minders to royalty always seem to have really nice digs. But sometimes even a treasurer's digs need a little TLC, so the mansion has been undergoing a thorough and historically sensitive restoration, under the watchful eye of one of France's leading preservation architects.

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Napa Valley's Historic Acacia House Will Become Las Alcobas, A Luxury Collection Hotel

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  Site Where: 1915 Main Street [map], St Helena, United States, 94574
October 14, 2014 at 8:57 AM | by | Comment (1)

Need an excuse to start planning another trip to the wine country? Starwood Hotels has got your back, with the announcement that historic Acacia House, on Main Street in St. Helena, will be renovated and become Las Alcobas, one of its Luxury Collection Hotels.

True, you need a little bit of patience, with opening planned for somewhere between autumn 2015 and early 2016, but it’s never too early, right?

The renderings of the site and the building above are all we were able to dig out from the architect’s website, which shows how everything around the main house will be razed to make way for a number of new annexes that we presume will house the majority, if not all, 57 rooms. The above doesn’t scream luxury hotel to us, but we’ll reserve judgement until we’ve seen more. Meeting facilities, a signature restaurant, and spa with outdoor pool will be added as well.

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Manchester Will Become Gotham City Next Year

October 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

Manhattan may have something to say about this.

There’s a new hotel opening in Manchester next year. It’s retro, it’s art deco-ey and it’s a brooding old Victorian towerblock. Its name? Hotel Gotham.

Taking over a Manchester landmark – the former Midland Bank HQ on King Street – in April 2015, Hotel Gotham will have a restaurant and club as well as 60 rooms – spread over seven floors above a Jamie’s Italian restaurant. While the website is all retro New Yorky, the rooms, apparently, will “take their cue from art deco”. And, here’s where it gets weird – the Manchester Evening News reports that the overall design will be “Japanese and Tuscan inspired”. Too much? Not according to the owners, who are already calling it “one of the sexiest hotels in Europe”.

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Throwback Thursday: When The Riviera Palm Springs Was Ratpack-tastic

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  Site Where: 1600 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA, 92262
October 2, 2014 at 8:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

It was a time when its Doric columns over the porte cochère symbolised the elegance within, and the fountain outside was as thrilling as the Bellagio Fountains of the 21st century.

Yes, it’s Throwback Thursday, and we’re in Palm Springs, courtesy of a vintage postcard from the Palm Springs Visitor Center (they sell them for $1.99). It’s the 1960s, and we’re at the Riviera, that Ratpack favorite that opened in 1958 as the first hotel in the US to be built in a “spoke wheel” shape. Back then, it was every bit as sophisticated as Las Vegas.

Of course, Palm Springs is still sophisticated, even if we can’t say the same for Vegas. The Riviera has undergone a snazzy refurbishment with some seriously beautiful decor in the rooms, but to us, it’s still the most Vegassy of Coachella Valley hotels – when we stayed, we were surrounded by a hard-drinking, scantily-clothed and pool partying contingent.

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5 Hotels in the Scottish Borders That are Still a Part of the UK

September 19, 2014 at 1:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh displays both the Union Jack and Scotland flags and will continue to do so.

It’s official-- the United Kingdom is still a family of four, now that Scotland's independence was voted down by the people. (The UK also includes Wales and Northern Ireland.)

There are important arguments that could still be made in defense of Scotland and the situation is still quite tense, but for now, the Royals don’t lose a huge fan base, soccer matches between England and Scotland will sell out before they are scheduled, and hotels (hey, we needed a segue) will not have to spend money reprinting anything that has their address on it.

Given the events of this week, one of most interesting places in the UK right now is the line of separation between England and Scotland, known as the Scottish Borders. We’ve put together a list of some great hotels and inns in the borders that should be hopping for some time, so if you’re traveling in the area, stop and have a pint in the pub, some sure to be interesting conversation, and of course, a room for the night.

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The Trump Hotel in D.C. Is Now Officially Underway

Where: 1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20004
July 25, 2014 at 9:14 AM | by | Comments (2)

It was almost a year ago when we heard Donald Trump sound off about his newest hotel--Trump International Hotel, The Old Post Office--in Washington, D.C.

Now, this week, the hotel officially broke ground on construction. Well, actually it was just a ceremonial groundbreaking since the hotel will be rise within the bones of the historic Old Post Office building.

Here's a snapshot of the Trump family of hoteliers--The Donald, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump--along with DC dignitaries Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Vincent Gray, D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser, and Norman Dong, Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service for the U.S. General Services Administration. Is it just us, or are those shovels plated in gold? #trumplyfe.

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