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What to do for some January fun when you’re known as the most haunted hotel in America, so spooky that Stephen King penned The Shining after one terrifying night at yours?
Why, in addition to the ghost tours and looping the film on your entertainment system, you realize the one thing missing that would really cement your reputation is a Shining-style maze. So you build it.
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Just as 2014 was a banner year for hotel openings across New York City, 2015 and beyond should not disappoint. With some big name hotels coming from SLS, Edition, Public, and Baccarat, there are also some great boutiques and independents in the works that we're following.
Here are 4 special hotels that we are looking at today. Of course, there are more. We're not blind. We'll have those for your shortly. But for now, take a look at these lovely spots:
1. The Beekman Hotel, 5 Beekman Street - Opening 2015
1. The Beekman Hotel, 5 Beekman Street - Opening 2015
Things are looking up, literally, at The Beekman, a luxury hotel and condo development in lower Manhattan. We've been covering the upcoming Thompson hotel ever since it was announced and we're excited to see and share this rendering - the one we've all been waiting for. Pictured above is the spectacular 9-story atrium lounge/bar/dining space that is clearly the showpiece of the Beekman.
This circa 1883 New York City landmark, formerly known as Temple Court, just oozes with great detailing, most notably the graceful wrought iron railings and floor bracing. The hotel's interiors are being designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (images to follow) and will offer 287 rooms and suites, a rooftop lounge and restaurants by Keith McNally and Tom Colicchio. The hotel is slated to open later this year. We'll see you in the lounge.
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Three things out of the many things we love about hotels: first, well thought through themes. Second, all things retro. Third, going in a totally unexpected direction.
We told you about the Gotham before – the extraordinary new project taking over the historic Midland Bank HQ, a brooding, art deco building that’s perfect for the Gotham theme. And the art deco theme. And the exotic theme, all of which we’ve been promised.
It’s only a few months ago Raffles Hotels finally added a second European hotel to its portfolio: Istanbul, giving at least some company to until-then solo act the Royal Monceau in Paris. Expansion on the continent will continue though, if in the slightly left-field Polish capital of Warsaw, with the revival of the historic Hotel Europejski, due to open in 2016.
First opened in 1857, the hotel was known as one of the most luxurious in the Russian Empire. Virtually destroyed during World War II, it was rebuilt and eventually reopened in 1962. Closed for years, now the Europejski will be restored to its former glory, with 103 rooms and suites, restaurants, bar, and spa.
Yes, it’s an umbrella. No, it’s not your standard hotel umbrella. Because although it’s large, and although it’s sturdy, it is completely unmarked. No funny colors. No embarrassing logo. Nothing that says “I’m a tourist, please mug me.”
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.
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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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.
"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:
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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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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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]
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.