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In the lead up to the look inside we plan to give you once fully finished, we had the opportunity to put on some high-visibility gear and a hard hat last week and see the site as it is today. The place was crawling with hundreds of construction workers, which are laboring away pretty much round the clock to get everything guest-ready over the next month.
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After much back-and-forth, it looks like plans for Hard Rock Atlantic City have finally been put to rest. Developers of the casino hotel, the first phase of which was scheduled to open in 2015, apparently backed out of the deal on Wednesday, after they'd already been given a generous six-month extension by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission to get their act together.
Which, as we can see, they failed to do.
What a bummer! When we first heard about these plans in 2010, we were actually pretty excited—especially given the fact that Revel was being billed as Atlantic City's "last casino" for a while. We'd kinda hoped that Hard Rock would become the boardwalk's miracle hotel, proving everyone else wrong. Instead, we just get another empty, unused lot.
Not a photo of the W Milan (it's the W Chicago Lakeshore), though we don't doubt Milan will have its share of paparazzi snaps soon enough
It's crazy to think that in a city where the Armani Hotel, Maison Moschino and Hotel Bulgari fill their beds with the fashion-foward set year-round, that a W Hotel hasn't claimed a single cobblestone as its own.
Oh waitwe take that back! The W Milan has announced that it'll be opening in the Italian metropolis as soon as May 2013 and guess what? It'll not only be the first W in Milan, but the first W in the entire country of Italy. Che meraviglia!
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Riu Hotels has over 100 properties throughout Europe (Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria), the Caribbean (Aruba, the Bahamas, Jamaica) and North Africa (Tunisia, Morocco), but with only the one Riu Florida Beach, it has yet to truly tackle the US market. Until now.
The Real Deal reports that the Spanish-owned company has set its sights on Manhattan, and a 600-room tower is planned to go up at 46th St and Eighth Ave, right around the corner from Times Square.
European travelers will likely appreciate a familiar brand, though we can't say the area doesn't currently offer plenty of choices. Being one of the most congested areas of the city, there are already eight major hotels within a one-block radius of the planned Riu site alone! Can you say Riu-dundant?
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Now, let's not make a big deal about this, but summer is kinda...sorta winding down. And coming up is back-to-school season, which for NYC, is usually one of the busiest times of the year, hotel-wise.
But another thing to look forward too, of course, is new hotel openings! This year, Manhattan is adding a new boutique hotel housed inside an old hat factory, known as more ›
Believe it or not, it's been nearly nine months since we last checked in on what will be the world's first Virgin Hotel. That's long enough to have a baby and yet the Virgin Hotel in Chicago's Loop hasn't even started showing. Or has it?
We strolled on by just yesterday and noticed some movements here and there, most notably the first sign. It simply announces the construction office, but it does say "Virgin Hotel"yay!
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Remember when South Beach had a Regent?
Yes, we're talking a Regent Hotels Regent, although this was over five years ago, an eternity in the Miami Hotel Mambo game. If not, you may instead remember the Regent Bal Harbour--also no longer around.
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Thanks to the Almighty miracle that is YouTube, we could spend all day just browsing clips of featherbrained folks doing weird things in hotel rooms (like watching Cuban rapper Pitbull get it on with a hot female plumber in Miami's Epic Hotel—not the kind of thing you see every day).
But to make things easier, we've whittled down the selection to just five videos, showing the best of what YouTube-broacast hotel shenanigans have to offer. Click below to see for yourself!
Who doesn't love a good hotel implosion?
In what is likely the perfect answer to a Monday afternoon, we present the below AP video of this weekend's big hotel implosion down in New Orleans. The building, the 17-story Pallas Hotel/Grand Palace built in 1950, is being cleared to make way for a new University Medical Center, but that doesn't mean it has to go quietly.
It took 400 tons of explosives, the evacuation of 200 people in the area, the closure of an Interstate highway and much nail biting to get the structure down yesterday morning, but it all went off without a hitch. No tears here for a fallen hotel though; the place had been abandoned for years.
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With big things happening for Tune Hotels in the UK and Australia, it kind of makes sense that the expansion waves would also carry over to Asia, where the chain is actually based.
This September, Tune will open its third Thailand hotel, a 130-room outpost on Bangkok's Sukhumvit Soi 14, a few blocks away from Lumphini Park, and encircled by pricier hotel choices like Westin Grand Sukhumvit, Grand Millennium Sukhumvit and Sheraton Grand Sukhumvit.
But while basic rooms at those places generally go for around $150-$220 USD, Tune will be swinging into town with rates of just $15 USD/night.
In about two years, it’ll be time to hit the slots at a new $500 million casino and resort project planned for Lake Charles in Louisiana. Construction begins by July 20th for the new 700-room Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Lake Charles, which will have 1,600 slot machines and 60 gaming tables. Paging VegasChatter!
Other planned amenities include tennis, golf, a spa, pools, a pleasure boat dock, croquet and falconry. Yes, we said croquet and falconry. Pretty snazzy, huh? With all of those amenities, we’re glad to know that there will be plenty of parking spaces. Yep. There will be 3,000 spaces, with a thousand of them in covered parking on the 242 acres.
Have you ever been to the Four Seasons Bali Jimbaran? If yes, then you're likely smirking at the memory of an over-the-top stay at one of the best hotels in the world. If no, add it to your hotel bucket list tout de suite. Or don't…since right across the street there's a new construction site which, in October of this year (yeah we'll see about that), will become the new Le Méridien Jimbaran Bay.
We did a little spying on the property recently while on our way to the excellent fresh seafood warungs (casual beachside eateries) of this south end of Jimbaran Beach, and though the hotel's newest, largest buildings are still very much in the concrete-and-rebar stage, it's quite obvious that the resort's proximity to these restaurants and the wide, calm beach itself will be the top selling point.
In total, the property should total 139 suites in the renovated Ristia Resort. There's not much other information available, not even photos on the official Starwood site, but we do know that the property will feature a lagoon-style pool and a 3-story restaurant and bar with a top terrace specifically designed for taking in the famous Bali sunsets.