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The Virgin Hotel Chicago Strips Down to Reveal Its Signage

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  Site Where: 203 N Wabash [map], Chicago, IL, United States
November 20, 2014 at 6:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's really happening! Gone is the wraparound red construction board at Chicago's eagerly anticipated hotel and in its place, a real live Virgin. Er, marquee.

That's right. Signage just went up at the Virgin Hotel Chicago and it is looking good. Of course, the entrance is predictably Virgin with its red sign lettering and the Virgin logo on the plaque next to the door, but still looking good. We're also chuckling at the cheeky window signage which says, "Is the plural of cheese, cheese or cheeses? Either way I could use a glass of wine." So could we. And some cheeses while we're at it.

Additionally, signage went up for Miss Ricky's All American Diner at the hotel, and a special VIP with some giant red lips stopped by to admire it. Lovely. And slightly scary.



Rates for the hotel, which opens on January 15 start at $219 a night for a Chamber King room.

Congrats to Virgin. Now just make sure the T, E, and L are always lit up. Otherwise, you'll have a real oxymoron on your hands there.

[Photo: Virgin Hotel]

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Montage Hotels Breaks Ground on New Gaslamp Hotel, The Pendry

Where: 5th Avenue and J Street [map], San Diego, California, United States
October 14, 2014 at 10:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, San Diego broke ground on its newest hotel project, a 317-room, 12-story Montage Hotel in the city's Gaslamp Quarter.

Scheduled to open in 2016, the hotel will have just 36 rooms with only one and two-bedroom suite options. The property, which will not be called Montage, but rather Pendry San Diego, will also have two restaurants, a spa, a rooftop pool, a nightclub, and a beer hall. Is it expected to draw both business and leisure travelers with its location three blocks from the convention center in the heart of the city's main leisure district, the Gaslamp.

The hotel says it will "appeal to young, hip guests looking for both superior personal service and high-quality design and amenities," and rates are projected to start between $250 and $300 a night. Few details have been released about the restaurants, nightclub, and beer hall, but the hotel hopes to attract locals as well as visitors and become a destination in themselves.

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Swissôtel The Howard Is Making Way for Arundel Great Court London

Where: Strand, London, United Kingdom
October 6, 2014 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Back in 2012 when ME London arrived on Aldwych, the quiet departure of nearby Swissôtel The Howard the year before slipped our hotel radar. Part of a rather dour-looking concrete complex, the Swissôtel occupied a prime river-facing spot one block over from Somerset House, so after its closure it faced the wrecking ball.

Three years on, demolition of the hotel seems nearly done, which in the end will level the entire city block, making way for the Arundel Great Court development. Above an aerial shot of what that will look like, with the new building midway between the two churches on Strand (the multi-faceted roof of the office section faces Strand, with the hotel / residential side surrounding a courtyard facing the river). Below a shot of the hotel from the river.

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Here's Your First Look at Mama Shelter Los Angeles, Opening Later This Year

Where: 1557 Wilcox Avenue [map], Hollywood, CA, United States, 90028
August 18, 2014 at 7:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

Mama Shelter in Bordeaux

There's been no formal announcement but there's been no secrecy surrounding it either. We're talking about the pending Mama Shelter Hotel for Los Angeles. See, it's right there on the Mama Shelter Twitter bio.

But aside from a LinkedIn job listing looking for a hotel restaurant and general manager, we were having a hard time uncovering the exact whereabouts of Mama Shelter LA. But today, we've found our Mama.

Previously, we've heard West Hollywood and Hollywood flung about as possible locations but those are two very different areas. West Hollywood is trendy and expensive. Hollywood is gritty chic and more affordable. Since the latter practically describes Philippe Starck's Mama Shelter concept to a T, we suspected that's where it would open.

We put in a request to our contact at Mama Shelter hotels on the exact location, but while waiting to hear back, our resourceful European editor uncovered this article. Even if you don't understand French, you can understand what it says.

Des négociations sont aussi en cours pour l'ouverture dans un ancien hôtel des années 1920, dans le quartier de Hollywood, à Los Angeles, «fin 2013».

So Hollywood, it is. And an old hotel from the 1920s too. But still, we wanted to know exactly where. So, we dug a little deeper.

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Sink Holes Appear Around Lotte World Tower & Hotel in Seoul

Where: Seoul, Korea
August 13, 2014 at 9:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Lotte Hotels might come out on top in the race for the largest hotel suite in Moscow, but one of the group’s new hotels in hometown Seoul, South Korea, is having some start-up problems on its way to its topping out. We’ll explain.

Above is a shot of the tower – once finished the tallest on the Korean peninsula, outshining the Hotel of Doom, and sixth tallest building in the world – on the way to its projected 123 stories (556 – 1,824 ft) total height. Floors 86-119 are planned to have a luxury hotel. Construction has hit a snag with news of sink holes appearing around the tower, as well as a nearby lake mysteriously shrinking.

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Will the Lalit London Hotel Actually Happen?

Where: Queen Elizabeth Street, London, United Kingdom
August 5, 2014 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

While the former Port of London Authority building at Tower Hill is being reimagined as 10 Trinity Square, directly across the river the St. Olave’s Grammar School at Tower Bridge might be a few steps further on its way to becoming The Lalit Hotel London.

A tipster pointed us to the project having picked up some steam, after being announced back in 2012 as the first European venture of the Indian hotel group, with a late 2014 opening no less. Grade-II listed, the school dates back to the late 1800s and was derelict for over a decade before conversion work began.

The building is now almost fully obscured by scaffolding (more shots below), with the concrete core you see peeking out behind and the ochre brick on the right both part of the One Tower Bridge development.

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Hotel Construction Check: 1 Hotels Central Park

August 4, 2014 at 8:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

1 Hotels are getting closer to opening their first-ever hotel but not close enough. We swung by the site for the upcoming 1 Hotel Central Park at the corner of 58th and 6th Avenue and well, things are coming along but not as fast as we'd like.

Above is how the property looked last week. Now, here's how it looked last August.

It looks like most of the exterior work is complete but lord knows what's on the inside. And while the 1 Hotels & Home brand has lined up their superstar chefs, they haven't announced any opening dates other than Fall 2014.

But if we had to guess, we'd say 1 Hotel Central Park is at least a few more months away from opening. Know any differently? Tip us off.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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These Five New London Hotels Are All Heading for Shoreditch

August 4, 2014 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve been heading east so often recently to scope out the latest London hotels news that we thought it was time to do a quick roundup of what we have on our radar in the Shoreditch (and Shoreditch-adjacent) area. Here are five new hotels that are likely to open their doors in the next few years, though some we’d be much more inclined to put our money on than others.

1. M by Montcalm Shoreditch: is it happening? Looking at the construction we saw just weeks ago, we’d say yes, but timing we think will be late spring to summer next year. From a brand perspective, who knows at this point, whether Montcalm will stick or Virgin or someone else swoops in and picks it up, we’ll have to find out. Location is just north of Old Street roundabout.

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The Only Thing Better Than A Soho House Hotel: A Soho Farmhouse Hotel

July 31, 2014 at 8:30 AM | by | Comment (1)

Just when you thought Soho House was all about quietly colonizing the world, with Chicago on track to open next month, comes the welcome news that it’s not neglecting its origins. No, not the forthcoming City of London property, but something much better – another English country house hotel to rival Babington House.

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Will 10 Trinity Square and citizenM Tower Hill Open Next Year?

Where: Tower Hill, London, United Kingdom
July 30, 2014 at 9:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we had our first drink at Gŏng at Shangri-La at the Shard a few weeks ago, we spied a number of cranes across the river working on neighboring hotel projects 10 Trinity Square and citizenM Tower Hill, and made a mental note to have a closer look on the ground.

So we did this past weekend, with above the imposing façade of the former Port of London Authority, due to become mixed-use complex 10 Trinity Square, with 120-room hotel, restaurant, club, spa, and 41 residences. The glass building you see poking out on the left is the car-melting Walkie-Talkie tower on Fenchurch Street.

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Before and After: Palace Hotel Tokyo Is Way Ahead Of The Game

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  Site Where: 1-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo, Japan, 100-0005
July 23, 2014 at 2:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hotel Okura might be preparing itself for a multi-year closure–demolition–redevelopment cycle next year (if the Monocle petition to keep it won’t throw a spanner in the works), but another iconic Tokyo hotel will have shrugged when they read that news and thought: been there, done that, way ahead of you.

Above is what Palace Hotel Tokyo looked like in late 2008, presiding over its own moat in its second incarnation, after starting life as the government-run Hotel Teito just after WWII. The following year it closed and reinvented itself over the span of three years into something worthy of the theme “Before and After” – check it out after the jump.

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A New Riverside London Hotel Might Be Coming to St. Paul's

Where: Queenhithe, London, United Kingdom
July 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Believe it or not, but this sad-looking vacant block of red brick has uninterrupted, million-dollar views of London’s Tate Modern museum, with that little bit of murky water actually being the river Thames. Why are we showing you this? Because a few years from now this might turn into a glassy new mixed-use complex, centered around a new 224-room hotel a few blocks away from St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Referred to at the moment as the Queensbridge House Hotel & Apartments, the 7-story building would replace three existing office blocks, which sit tightly between the Thames and the busy street right behind, as well as above it – more pictures to get a sense of how that works below.

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