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It's starting to look like a bummer summer for Atlantic City.
First, came the news that the Revel Hotel, a brand new, gorgeously modern resort and casino could shutter as soon as next month if it didn't find a new buyer. Now, comes news that weathered Trump Plaza, located next to Caesars Atlantic City, could also close in September due to low revenues. Unless Trump can find a buyer or get an injection of money from somewhere, then the casino will shut down and roughly 1,000 workers will be laid off.
Despite having an excellent location in the center of the boardwalk across from the beach, the Trump Plaza has seen better days. There might be Chihuly (or Chihuly-inspired chandeliers) found on the casino floor, but overall, the property is in bad condition. We were shocked at the level of disrepair we saw last year in the public spaces. And the room photos on the website have us scared. It looks like nothing has been updated since the 1980s.
The procession of Parisian luxury hotels on their way to closure for a full revamp is not unlike the parade of models swooshing past a front-row seat during the city's famous fashion week, soon to loop back in a brand new outfit: there was Prince de Galles (now open again, dressed in full Twenties Art Deco), the Ritz (still closed, but harboring the home of Madame Coco), the Crillon (still closed too, but with Lagerfeld involved), the Plaza Athénée (due to return in June), and now it is time for Hotel Lutetia to do the same.
The hotel, unlike all others above located on the city’s Left Bank, will close its doors on April 14. They will stay that way for at least a year, during which time it will be transformed to become part of The Set Hotels. It will be the third hotel for the group, joining London’s Café Royal and Amsterdam’s Conservatorium.
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Wow. What a sad way to end a good week--Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, on the heels of making announcements about their two new brands--have suddenly put the brakes on the Hotel Missoni brand. Here's the official statement:
The Rezidor Hotel Group and the Italian fashion house Missoni have mutually agreed to terminate the worldwide Master Licence Agreement for the development and operation of the brand Hotel Missoni, effective 31st December 2013. The existing properties Hotel Missoni Edinburgh and Hotel Missoni Kuwait will cease to operate under the marks of Hotel Missoni latest by 30th June 2014.
Well, guess we can scratch Missoni off the list of fashion-branded hotels that might open in Macau. Carlson Rezidor CEO Wolfgang M. Neumann said the decision was due to their new focus on the Radisson Blu and Park Inn brands and probably, their new brand for millennials, Radisson Red, and their new collection of hotels, The Quorvus Collection, aimed at parents of millennials.
Meanwhile Missoni CEO Alberto Piantoni said that the fashion house has "new strategic visions in the field of interior design and hospitality." So does this mean that Hotel Missoni might be resurrected somewhere else, possibly in an actual fashion capital like Milan, Paris or New York? We will keep our fingers crossed.
[Hat tip to tipster SH.]
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Hayman Island, a dot on the map in the Coral Sea off Australia’s Queensland coast, has headed into the final stretch of its journey to become a One&Only Resort: complete closure until July 1st this year.
Once the hotel appears at the other end as One&Only Hayman Island, pretty much nothing will be as it was before. We’re talking dramatic room reconfigurations and top-to-bottom renovation, and the addition of private residences both on the undeveloped eastern tip of the island and beach-side next to the luxury yacht marina.
The Hayman Wing (previously called the Lagoon Wing) is already complete, with new interiors like you see above, but we expect the DVF suite to have stayed the same. Various room types and views are available, including interconnecting rooms for families.
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When one hotel closes, another one is quick to open. The Millennium Hotel in St. Louis which has been in steady decline for a few years, will close the last 164 of its 780 hotel rooms on January 22.. The general manager for the hotel gave this statement to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
“The hotel has served the St. Louis community well for many years,” Robert Rivers, the owner’s regional general manager, said in a statement. “However, we have concluded that the hotel, in its current state, does not meet our standards and has not kept pace with guest demands.”
An example of how outdated the hotel is? According to a TripAdvisor review, the rooms did not have wireless internet. Good grief! But the biggest loss will be the hotel's spinning restaurant at the top of the building. Baseball fans will also miss this killer ballpark view. No word on what could possibly take its place but residential condos is most likely.
Meanwhile, in Orlando, the new-ish Legoland Theme Park will be getting its own 152-room Lego-themed hotel in 2015. Having spent some time at Legoland Hotel in California, which just opened last April, we bet the Orlando outpost will be very similar. But of course, with Orlando being so
muggy hot in the summer months, there will probably be more water features at the pool.
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We’ve known that The Lanesborough London would be closing later this year to complete a top-to-bottom renovation, but now we finally have a tiny bit more information on what will happen when doors shut on December 20.
They will remain so until the fourth quarter next year – it wouldn’t surprise us if that means a planned return right before Christmas – and the designer responsible for the overhaul is the late Alberto Pinto, his final project before his passing last year. The hotel will keep its Regency style, but will bring in the requisite hotel technology updates to take it into the 21st century. No renderings or other visuals are available unfortunately to show you what that will look like.
While the Peninsula Paris might be slowly revealing its Beaux Arts façade on Avenue Kléber, a hop and a skip down the Champs Élysées, two other Parisian luxury hotels are still very much off in the land of dreams.
Hotel Ritz, on terribly chic Place Vendôme, is coming up to the midway point of its two-year plus closure, or as the French put it so much more eloquently, “vers une nouvelle legende”. If possible, the building is even more obscured from prying eyes than it was last time we walked by, earlier this year.
The Lanesborough now has a closing date for its massive renovations--December 20th.
As we reported in August, the luxury hotel is to go under the knife for extensive renovations. While we had hoped the hotel would stay open during the renovation and keep the disturbance to guests to a minimum, it looks like they've decided to close up shop while they work behind the scenes. We've been told by sources that the hotel will be closed for about a year. So that means it should reopen just in time for the 2014 holiday season. We're still working on getting more info on who is doing the job and what the final result may look like but when we have it, we'll get it to you.
Looking on the hotel's website, we see that reservations past December 20th are a no-go. You can, however, reserve a room for December 19th for £495 a night, which is nearly $800 US. Then again, it's your last chance to stay at the Lanesborough in its current condition.
And don't fret, while the hotel is closed, the Lanesborough's butler's heart, er service tips, will go on.
The second week of September will be a full circle moment for London hotels: just as both Ace and Edition are opening their doors to fight for the title of hippest place to rest your head, so will a former coolest spot in town meet its final moments under the auctioneer’s hammer. The London Evening Standard reports that The Hempel – vision of Anouska Hempel and once the hangout of every celeb, model, and wannabe – is having its entire contents auctioned off on September 12.
You can browse all available items here, but you better be quick as interest apparently is huge. Perhaps you’d like the bed David and Victoria Beckham once slept in? The rest of the Lioness Suite it was part of does come with that piece of celebrity history. Or The Beluga Suite that Michael Jackson favored?
The auction starts at 10am on September 12, with viewings the two days before. What is to become of the hotel? If you know at all what is happening in London these days, the answer will come as no surprise: luxury apartments. Despite soaring prices, appetite for residential real estate in the UK capital continues to be voracious. Given the location close to Notting Hill and Hyde Park, we have no doubt the apartments will sell like hot cakes once redevelopment has been completed.
For those looking for a hit of Anouska Hempel design with their hotel stay, there is still Blakes in London and – though re-branded – Dylan Amsterdam.
[Photo: The Hempel]
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It may be the offseason in Miami but in this town, the hotel drama never slows down. First up, a major hotel closure.
The National Hotel on Collins Avenue was shut down by the city for failing "numerous" safety inspections.
The Miami Herald writes:
Jacques Roy, the National general manager, said the 154-room hotel could reopen as soon as next week once it resolves unspecified safety and building-code issues with Miami Beach. The city’s fire marshal and building department declared the hotel unsafe after recent inspections, according to Miami Beach spokeswoman Nannette Rodriguez. In an email, Rodriguez said “it will not reopen until all work is completed.” The 1939 hotel has been undergoing lengthy renovations.
While the hotel's general manager sounded optimistic that the hotel would reopen soon, in the meantime, all 74 of the hotel's employees have been laid off with no hint as to when they might start again.
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The late Leona Helmsley's Park Lane Hotel is about to go out in history, just like its famous owner. It's in the process of being offloaded to a mysterious buyer who sought the help of New York-based developer Witkoff Group to help facilitate the private sale.
Once the $660 million (give or take $10 mil depending on your source) deal is done (the expected date is in November) word is the new owners intend to turn the prestigious hotel into…condos. Decisions are still being made on whether a hotel/condo model will work or whether to completely demolish the building and rebuild.
If these super-secret investors decide to continue on the real-estate route, they'll be building a tower of high-end condos thanks to the 46-story Park Lane's Central Park South location, but we can't help but feel sad this will be the end of an era in the hotel world. We were waiting to get just a little older to sit in Harry's Bar and order a $19 martini and not feel like an insolent kid for daring to be in such a grown-up place.
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It seems not a week goes by at the moment without us writing about hotels changing management companies, whether more or less amicably due to ‘different strategic visions’ for the property or openly hostile, with middle-of-the-night takeovers and changing of the locks. Earlier this week, we talked about Ritz-Carlton losing Rose Hall in Jamaica (having previously reported on both Ireland and Palm Beach). Today it’s Mandarin Oriental, which will cease management of its Dhara Dhevi resort in Chiang Mai, Thailand, at the end of August.
From the official statement:
“…the Owner and Mandarin Oriental have different aspirations for its management and long-term development. As such, we have mutually agreed that Dhara Dhevi Hotel Company Limited will resume the management of the property with effect from close of business on 31st August 2013. The hotel will be named The Dhara Dhevi hotel.”