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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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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.
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:
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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#Thatmomentwhen one of the most famous hotels in Europe gets sold and you start panicking that it’s the end of an era until you realize that everything’s going to be just fine and it’s just the owners, not the management, that are swapping keys.
That panic was all over us earlier this morning when saw a press release with the words “Gritti Palace” and “closing” in the headline. Could one of Starwood’s two flagship properties in Venice really be leaving the Luxury Collection?
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File this under things-we-never-thought-we’d-write / bombshell news: Four Seasons Hotels will take over the management of Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, the iconic hotel at the tip of the Cap Ferrat peninsula on France’s Côte d’Azur, as of May 8. Yes, that is May 8 – as in less than three weeks away.
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The latest involves two words: renovations and residences. Comprised of several wings, the hotel has been around since 1876, and there is plenty of opportunity to explore some of its history as you wander through the public spaces, the gardens, or stay in one of the historic suites if you’re lucky. From next month, the Authors’ and Garden Wings of the hotel will close for an expected seven months to “restore the historic heart of the property to its original splendor”.
That includes all rooms and suites (above a photo of the Joseph Conrad Suite), as well as restaurant Le Normandie and the Author’s Lounge. We don’t have renderings or details yet of the end result, but will share them when we do. In the meantime, if you want to make Mandarin Oriental your permanent home, you will be able to a few years from now.
The other week, we gave you the gossip on the G-Rough, Rome’s newest design hotel (and Design Hotel), which opened on March 23 – or rather, on its intriguing location in Piazza di Pasquino. But enough gossip; today it’s time to go inside.
Like many other Rome hotels, G-Rough started out as a house – a 16th-century palazzo, to be precise, that was a family home for generations before being converted into apartments.
Unlike many other Rome hotels, though, it has cleaved to its original function. The 10 rooms take up the space of the 10 apartments (the bathroom’s where the kitchen used to be in each apartment, for example, and the doors on each floor are intact). And instead of either tarting up the premises to “hotel standard” or meticulously degrading it to “shabby chic”, the G-Rough has stripped it back to its origins. “Rough luxe”, they like to call it, but we don’t think that quite explains it. Totally original and historically fascinating is more to the point. But no, that doesn’t sound as good.
See, this is how they designed it: G-Rough held a “demolition party” one night, and invited local designers, artists and trendy locals (the owner is a seventh-generation Roman, he knows them) to do what they wanted with the hotel. Wallpapers and paints were stripped, leaving behind only pallid traces of original color from the 1940s on the walls (each room has a different color scheme, and some mix it).
Tiled floors were left untouched (the palazzo’s protected status demands this), but ceilings had faces painted on the beams, other walls had pencil drawings done, and one even has its hallway decorated with hundreds of adhesive nail files (which probably seemed like a good idea at the demolition party, a couple of proseccos down).
As we told you before, the building originally opened as a bath house – Marcel Proust’s favorite, no less. In the 1970s, a newbie designer called Philippe Starck turned it into a nightclub, and it swiftly became the place to party in Paris. Then, it fell into disrepair, occasionally hosting artist residences. And now, it’s a hotel. Or, rather, hotel, restaurant and club, according to Paris Match. (Starck’s famous black-and-white checkered club flooring is now part of the restaurant.)
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Cast aside all mental images of Radisson Blus and chain hotels – this is a delicate 9-room, family-owned place in a 16th century palazzo. Palazzo Ricasoli (built by one of the main Florentine families) has been a hotel before – in the 19th century it was the oddly named Grand Hotel de New York. Now, it’s equally grand but a lot more Italian, with the rooms curated by local designer Piero Brarda.
This isn’t your average hotel – the palazzo is still owned by the family who built it, and your host is Baroness Maria Teresa Ricasoli Firidolfi who, amazingly, promises to treat you as if you’re at a friend’s house. There’s a butler and a concierge, who’ll do everything from unpacking your luggage to booking your Uffizi tickets.
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Ottawa, Canada's grand dame, The Fairmont Château Laurier may be redecorating its guest rooms, but all is very well and as original as possible throughout the historic public rooms of the hotel.
From the indoor, art deco pool to the Yousef Karsh portraits (most famously of Winston Churchill) in the Reading Room, the Château Laurier seeks to preserve all the little details, as well as the grandiose, and serves in places as a kind of time capsule to the days of its 1912 opening (which sadly coincided with the sinking of the Titanic, an event which claimed the life of the man who commissioned the hotel built, Grand Trunk Railway president Charles Melville Hays).
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Last month – was it really so long ago? – we showed you the view from the rooftop terrace of the Alma Historica, Montevideo’s newest hotel (it opened in January), and its first luxury boutique property. Appetites whetted? Hopefully so, because we promised to go inside. Let’s do it.
The Alma Historica is a restoration of a centuries-old palazzo with a couple of new floors (and that roof terrace) tacked onto the top. Where most hotels in Montevideo seem to be either new and slightly boring, or old and on the road to decay – if, admittedly, often in a rather beautiful way – Alma Historica is different. It’s embraced its roots, and its location on one of the historic core’s central squares, so the vibe is old school, with a hint of Victoriana – but adds an injection of very modern luxury. And it works beautifully.
The feel may be that of stepping into a posh house 100 years ago, but the theme is Uruguayan pride. All rooms are named after homegrown heroes, from artists to footballers. All the furniture was sourced locally. Even the bathroom soaps are made in Montevideo – and filled with local ingredients, like eucalyptus, lemon and yerba mate (which makes the national tea-ish drink), and red berries with seeds.