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Having waited for so long, we were pretty psyched to check out Shangri-La at the Shard last week. One thing we can say for sure now that we’ve been inside? It will be unlike any other hotel in the city – the Asian-influenced design and skyscraper setting is more Tokyo or Hong Kong than London, even as you look out over the British rooftops.
Arrival happens through the ground floor lobby on St. Thomas Street, which has a reception desk, small seating area, and around the corner, coffee shop and patisserie LÁNG. We liked the mural made out of coffee cups and saucers (see below for a picture), and as the final furniture arrives, LÁNG will also get outdoor seating, between the Shard and the escalator that runs up to the concourse level of London Bridge station.
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Last year we looked at how the Hilton at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport would be building itself a replacement hotel right next to the 1972 original, gold-reflective windows and all. Back then, there was just a bare plot of land, but a quick check just before a recent departure from Schiphol showed us that construction is moving along nicely.
If you’re wondering why the two are quite so close together, it’s because the current hotel’s days are numbered: once the new Hilton is complete in 2015, its elderly neighbor will be facing the wrecking ball. The above picture also shows a sliver of the multi-colored diamond-shaped exterior cladding that will cover the hotel – a rendering of what that will turn out to be you can see below.
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It's been seven months since we noted that construction was slowly but surely happening on the Tommie Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Seems we should have emphasized the slowly over the surely as we peeked in the other day and found only the beginning of excavations. On the brighter side, though, we also found a rendering pasted up -- albeit alongside a somewhat disappointing Spring 2016 estimated completion.
A peek at architect Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman's website throws up some more renderings revealing an interesting grid-like feature on the rooftop and at the front entrance.
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We can only hope the recent layoffs at Morgans Hotel Group will turn the ship towards calmer waters and sunnier shores, because there are still a few properties in the pipeline that we want to see being completed.
In London at least that seems to be a bit of a question mark, because all reference to the Hudson London – planned in an Edwardian building on Great Scotland Yard formerly used by the Ministry of Defense – has been removed from the group’s website.
For now, the Mondrian London continues to progress towards opening sometime this summer (we hope), having just received its new “Sea Containers” sign (the name of the building) and its new trademark blue lighting. The first three floors of guestrooms in the middle of the building look to have river-facing balconies.
We’re on a roll when it comes to scoping out the latest on citizenM at the moment: the exterior of citizenM at Paris Charles de Gaulle seems pretty much finished, New York Times Square is getting ever so close to being done, and the Holborn location in London looks like this. When we walked by the latter, we wondered what the third London opening at Tower Hill would look like et voilà: here are the renderings.
This citizenM is interesting beyond the fact that it will bring more high-style, affordable hotel rooms to London: it will be the group’s flagship, and at 370 rooms, its largest hotel. It is being built over the exit hall of Tower Hill tube station, which will get an upgrade as part of the work. Opening is scheduled for the fall.
When we talked about the arrival of Dorsett Hotels in London a few weeks back, we knew that the conversion of Shepherd’s Bush Pavilion wasn’t its only project. A second hotel – Dorsett City – is being planned on Aldgate, right next to St. Botolph Church. That puts it a few minutes' walk north of Trinity Square and just west of recent newcomer Qbic.
Dorsett City will rise from the reconstruction of an office building called The Matrix, to be ready in late 2015. Three stories are being added for a total of 275 rooms and suites, in addition to two restaurants, a bar, meeting facilities, and a spa.
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Rosewood London may have dominated headlines for the past six months as the new kid on the block in Holborn (sorry Boris, we’re still not down with calling it ‘Midtown’), but this year should see two new hotels opening in the same area, albeit in a very different segment: citizenM and Hoxton, both representing the much appreciated wave of stylish but affordable options that most cities need more of.
It’s also seconds for both when it comes to the British capital: citizenM Bankside is a twenty-minute walk across the river, and Hoxton Shoreditch has been doing its things just east of the Old Street roundabout for eight years. We walked past both hotels to check out what the buildings are like and how construction is coming along.
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Not anymore, as we saw when we walked by a few days ago, with the listed 1920s Art Deco façade sparkling in the morning sun. It makes for a striking anchor to Brown Hart Gardens, which the hotel faces, and we can start to see some of the features we can expect once The Beaumont opens this fall.
What’s still covered on the left, like a present waiting to be unwrapped, is “Room” – the inhabitable sculpture by Antony Gormley, made from stainless steel and part of one of the suites in the hotel. The hotel's top floor also looks to have a smaller footprint, which suggests there will be space for balconies and / or terraces that should offer pretty great views over the roofs of Mayfair and the greenery of Grosvenor Square a block or so away.
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Having looked at new Amsterdam hotels that start with a W (the W and Waldorf Astoria), we backtrack through the alphabet to the letter H, where we find two additional, and somewhat polar opposite, future openings: the business-focused Hyatt Regency and budget-chic Hoxton.
The 211-room Hyatt Regency will be located in the former Emma Kinderziekenhuis (a children’s hospital) between Sarphatistraat and Spinozastraat, down the street from the Amstel InterContinental and an easy stroll away from the city’s outpost of the Hermitage museum. Comparing what we found in person with Google Street View, a series of low-rise buildings has been levelled, creating what looks like the perfect space for the hotel’s driveway, entrance, and any gardens or terraces the architects might have in mind.
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Having scoped out the other big Amsterdam opening that starts (and ends) with a W, we kept on walking and turned down the city’s Herengracht canal until we hit up the row of patrician houses that is being transformed into the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam.
About this time last year we gave you the first preview of the 94-room hotel, which is planned for a March 2014 opening. What we could see through the windows does not tell the full story of the hotel’s progress of course, but the public spaces and the downstairs kitchen we spied certainly seemed to need some work still. Let’s just hope that March opening will be happening, especially as it should kick off three consecutive months of openings for the brand, with Beijing and Jerusalem scheduled for April and May.
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Having received a first shot of the future W Amsterdam thanks to one of our tipsters, we decided to do a little further investigation and see what we could find out about the hotel located just off of Dam Square, less than ten minutes’ walk from the city’s central railway station.
We’d agree with our tipster’s assessment that the building, in its current state at least, lacks in the aesthetics department, but, with the right bit of love and W imagination, we do see a lot of potential. The address is not Raadhuisstraat 2, but rather Spuistraat 175, the street that runs along the back of the building. The Albert Heijn (a grocery store) and Gall & Gall (a wine & spirits shop) you see on the ground floor in the above shot will remain. Based on the description on the architect’s website, this will mean that all public spaces of the hotel, including reception, restaurant, and bar, will be on the top floor of the hotel. Read on for more about the building’s history and future as a W.
Looks like SLS isn't the only new hotel coming to the City of Brotherly love. Philadelphia is getting two brand new luxury hotels -- a W and an Element -- thanks to a $33 million tax break measure passed last week that will allow for construction to begin on a $280 million building in Center City. (W Hotels had hoped to open in Philadelphia way back in 2006 but the project was later scrapped in 2008.)
The measure was opposed by a group of the city's hotel owners, but Mayor Michael Nutter and the city council saw things differently. "It's a big winner for the city," Nutter said. "1,800 construction jobs over a three-year period of time, 450 permanent jobs and a signature headquarters hotel right in the heart of Center City."
The site for the project at 15th and Chestnut, which has been vacant for years, is between City Hall and Rittenhouse Square and a half-mile from the convention center. Competing hotels in the area will be Kimpton's Hotel Palomar, the new Rad Blu (which we dished on a few weeks ago), the Four Seasons on the Ben Franklin Parkway, and the Rittenhouse Hotel, among others.