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There are definitely killer views from Monastero Santa Rosa, located as it is on Italy’s almost painfully scenic Amalfi Coast. We’ll get to those in a second, but perhaps unusually we’ll start this time with this killer view of the hotel itself, because it is just as good.
Perched on a rocky outcrop and beautifully lit at night, it began life as the name suggests as a monastery in the 17th century. These days, it’s a pretty stunning hotel with just 20 rooms and suites and – what else would you expect – a cliff-edge pool. Check it out after the jump.
We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.
We told you last year that Omni Hotels was taking over the King Edward Hotel in Toronto and would be spending $40 million on renovating the hotel, from guestrooms to the 17th floor Crystal Ballroom that has been closed since the 1970s. While its 20-foot ceilings and four-way skyline views will make for a dramatic addition to the hotel, we’ll start today with a look at the before and after of the guestrooms.
The move to Omni last year marked 110 years since the hotel first opened in 1903, so it’s probably no surprise the rooms had a rather classic feel, but how have they changed?
The historic Farragut Building in Knoxville, Tennesee, may be reverted back to its original use as a popular downtown hotel. The Beaux Arts building, constructed in 1919, was the original home of The Farragut Hotel, replacing an earlier hotel on the same site. Northern California-based Halo Hospitality Group has stepped forward with a proposal to convert the building to a 190-room full service hotel.
The hotel’s location, at 530 South Gay Street, sits within a larger historic district in Downtown Knoxville that is recorded in the National Register of Historic Places. The Farragut Hotel was named after Navy Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, a Tennessee native whose 60+ year naval career began when he was nine-years old (so says Wikipiedia. Guess they didn't have any age restrictions back then. Regarded as a hero many times over, why not have a hotel in his honor?
Local news archives say the hotel has hosted some pretty important guests over the years from Babe Ruth to Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. Halo Hospitality has made it clear they wish to restore the hotel to its former glory which is great news for Knoxville locals and visitors alike.
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The New Yorker Hotel has seen some ups and downs in its 84 year history: from fashionable hotspot that drew the likes of Joan Crawford and Muhammad Ali; to scene of Nikola Tesla's death and, in recent years, status as a lowly Ramada.
But the iconic Art Deco-style hotel entered a new era last week when it joined the Wyndham Hotel brand, which, with a 1,083 room count, makes it the biggest hotel in the Wyndham portfolio.
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We have been following the Peninsula Paris -- Peninsula Hotels' grand entry into Europe -- throughout its six year restoration of the former Hotel Majestic, a 1908 Beaux Arts building in the 16th arrondissement (fun fact: George Gershwin wrote part of "An American in Paris" here).
Now that its August 1st opening date draws closer, we have a peek at what some of the 200 guest rooms will look like. Spot the high-tech bedside tablet we told you about last Spring? Rooms will also feature curated artworks, elegant furniture, ambient lighting, expansive luggage and wardrobe space and a valet box. Marble bathrooms will have deep-soaking bathtubs, separate rain showers, double washbasins, inset televisions and toiletries by Oscar de la Renta.
Given its storied history, (host to John D. Rockefeller; birthplace of the original martini) we expected soon-to-be-restored-and-reopened Knickerbocker Hotel to be pulling out a few big collaborator names. And so we're not entirely surprised to hear that the hotel has grabbed one of the country's top chefs to oversee its entire food and beverage program.
Charlie Palmer, who is a hotelier as well as a master chef will be in charge of the Knickerbocker’s fourth-floor signature restaurant and bar, a ground-floor café, and rooftop lounge. Hotel guests will also get priority access and "preferential treatment" at Palmer’s flagship restaurant, the Michelin-starred Aureole, just around the corner on 42nd Street.
We all love a good Bloody Mary when we're hungover. Not only is it tasty, the tomato juice and the celery stick help replenish all the vitamins we lost the night before. So, it's pretty perfect that January 1st is National Bloody Mary Day.
And just in time for the biggest hangover day of the year, the St. Regis New York has completed renovations at its King Cole Bar -- reopening under the direction of Chef John DeLucie (he of Waverly Inn fame) -- so you can sip on a Mary in the very place it was birthed in 1934.
The all-new Knickerbocker is slated to now open in mid-2014, and it has just been accepted into The Leading Hotels of the World fold. The hotel will have 330 guestrooms, a food and beverage collaboration "with one of the most recognized master chefs in New York" including a signature restaurant and bar on the fourth-floor; a ground-level boulangerie, and an 7,500-square-foot rooftop bar and terrace offering panorama of the city's skyline.
Not too long ago it was slim pickings on the (good) hotel front for those wanting to lay their head somewhere close to the Lincoln Center, Columbia University and Central Park. That's somewhat changing nowadays, though; here's a pick of the best of the (Upper) West (Side).
1. Empire Hotel
The Empire's iconic glowing neon sign beckons from the rooftops of the Upper West Side and the 12th-floor rooftop from which it balances is the scene of many a swanky party -- especially around the time of Fashion Week. The hotel's 420 guestrooms are small, though, with doorless showers -- just try to not make a mess.
November rates start at $309.
A development site is up for auction in Midtown Manhattan and it might possibly become a hotel. That's interesting enough news but what we find really intriguing is that this very same site was the scene of what an archived 1998 New York Times article calls a "police sex scandal (that rocked) the Giuliani administration".
According to the NYT, a brothel operated above El Bohemio restaurant, "a pleasant, open-fronted sandwich place decorated with movie posters," and it was quite popular with New York's finest:
"Police were coming in and out of there all the time," said a worker at a nearby factory. "That doesn't make them criminals, only human."
Two officers were eventually indited on charges of taking bribes of sex, cash and gifts.
One of New York's finest, Lou Reed passed away last weekend at the age of 71. Since his passing the Hotel Chelsea -- immortalized in Chelsea Girls, which Reed co-wrote and Nico performed -- has been the site of pilgrimage for fans wishing to pay their respects. Little bouquets of flowers, hand-written notes, and photographs have all sprung up at the entrance to the hotel, which is currently closed to guests while it undergoes renovations led by King & Grove... and nothing will ever be the same again ...
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When a floating Titanic-themed three-bedroom hotel opened in Liverpool earlier this year, people complained that the idea was in poor taste. With that misstep still fresh in Liverpudlian minds, Signature Living had better tread carefully in their new project to develop the old White Star Line headquarters into a hotel.
Albion House, the 19th-century building that was the home of the White Star Line in 1912 when the shipping line's Titanic sank, has stood empty for decades but was recently acquired by the development company. Signature Living began work this month and (optimistically) hope to have the first part of the 350-room hotel and apartment building named The Titanic open by April.