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Ok, so technically, Mickey didn’t make an appearance in this video of the under-construction Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World, but we would have appreciated the reference (if slightly on-the-nose) had the iconic character popped up.
Rather, it is Thomas Steinhauer, Regional Vice President and General Manager of the hotel, who dons his hard hat and walks you through the 434-room resort – the largest Four Seasons resort in the world – as it progresses towards a summer 2014 opening.
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As much as we wanted to believe that Mandarin Oriental would open its Milan hotel this year, no one will be surprised that’s not happening. Unfortunately, we’re going to rain on your – and our own – parade even further, since it was whispered in our ear that it will more likely be sometime in 2015.
2015! That demands at least another year of patience for the 104-room hotel on Via Monte di Pietà, around the corner from the W Milan. It seemed rather quiet when we walked by recently, but who knows what hive of activity it was inside. The MO announcement from way back in 2007 talks about three 19th century buildings, but we counted four distinct facades, which also pop up in an architectural rendering we found in the wonderful treasure trove that is the internet.
So we were all sorts of excited when W Hotels announced it would be opening its first Italian hotel in Milano, but had not even a hint of an image to go with it. Now we do, if only of the exterior of the five-story structure on Via Brera, in the middle of the city’s artsy and nightlife quarter.
To get the worst news out of the way: that 2013 opening that floated around at the time did not quite work out – obviously – and if you’re eager to check in, pace yourself. It’ll be another two and a half years until April 1, 2016 (no April Fool’s joke, we hope) before that will be possible.
We scoped out the construction site yesterday hoping for some sneak peeks at the rooms or public spaces but the construction crews were still removing parts of the old Sahara and putting in newer foundations. Various parts of the buildings are also trying out some paint jobs and the entire site is wrapped in banner ads for the restaurants, bars and retail coming to the SLS (Umami burger! Fred Segal!)
Still, we won't be able to see much happening on this hotel for another few more months. Don't worry, if something does happen, VegasChatter will be all over it.
We may have had to scrap it from our list of 2013 openings (it’ll be mid next year probably), but at least Firmdale Hotels’ future flagship in London is making some good progress. Construction has been going on for nearly three years now, and we can just about start to make out how the hotel is coming together.
Like a missing piece of the city’s puzzle, the building twists and turns on an irregularly-shaped plot right behind Piccadilly Circus that was vacant for four decades. Looking at the site from Great Windmill Street, we suspect there will be a (partial) pedestrian zone (above) cutting through to Sherwood Street, very nearly joining the one between Café Royal and Whole Foods.
We'd all but given up on the construction site at 138 Allen Street/139 Orchard Street ever morphing into an actual hotel. The saga of what will most likely be called the Allen Street Hotel is a long one, so here goes:
Development began all the way back in 2008 and quickly rose to 16 stories. But then, in late 2011, the still-unfinished hotel went into foreclosure when developers defaulted on their loan, and then went back on the market for $28 million.
Things went quiet for a while, but when we checked in the other day, we saw a sign with a completion date posted (January 1. 2014). As well as information that the project will be led by Richter + Ratner
Once upon a time
in a land far, far, away in London, there was a beautiful castle hotel being built high up in the sky amongst the clouds at the top of a very tall giant building called, The Shard. And the castle hotel on a cloud was given the name, Shangri-La London at The Shard.
castle hotel was meant to be open to everyone in the land and beyond by the time the great gladiators Summer Olympics came into town in 2012. But that didn't happen. Yet the hotel kept building and a new date of June 2013 was given. Then another new opening date of September 2013 was given. And then mysteriously, there was no new opening date to be found.
the people us very worried. Then behold, a super secret messenger arrived at our door inbox with a mysterious note that said, The hotel will not open for quite some time. The fairytale has turned into quite a bit of a nightmare.
Ditching the Grimm-speak for a bit, we've learned that The Shangri-la had some serious issues with their builders and so they are starting anew with a different group of builders. We're not quite sure if this means ripping out existing construction and starting fresh or just having them finish up the job to Shangri-La's expectations. (We suspect it's the former.)
Last time we walked down Avenue Kléber in Paris to check in on the construction progress at The Peninsula, the former Hotel Majestic was still covered in scaffolding. Just over five months later, there is much more to see, with the limestone exterior freely basking in a pale autumn sun last week. The 1908 façade has some beautiful architectural details, and the u-shape that will enable a lobby terrace facing the avenue is clearly visible.
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While we had hoped that the new boutique hotel, The Godfrey, would open in Chicago's River North nabe this year, it looks like we won't have to wait much longer in 2014. The Godfrey plans to open the doors to its crazysexycool cubist-influenced building on February 1st. (Fun fact: it's adjacent to Hotel Felix on West Huron Street.)
The hotel will have 221 guestrooms spread out over 16 floors with 27 of those rooms as one-bedroom Godfrey Suites. All rooms, designed by Gettys Design Group Chicago, will feature " calming tones and textiles juxtaposition with impactful uses of color and contemporary built-in furnishings." In other words, the rooms look rather modern but thankfully not scary futuristic or uncomfortable.
Amenities include a 46-inch HD LED television, complimentary Wi-Fi, plush bathrobes, L'OCCITANE bath products, a large work station, wet bar, iHome docking station and RFID key cards. Guests will be able to control the TV via their smartphone and access flight info from the TV too.
Oh and there will be complimentary WiFi in all guestrooms and public spaces. YES.
Well lookie here, another secret stealth hotel is set to open in New York City, bringing holiday and hospitality cheer to the E. 39th Street Murray Hill nabe this December.
The Williams Club, a 20th century mansion once a private clubhouse for Williams College alumni, was bought by Shlomo Bakhash of The Kash Group who tapped Warner Hospitality to manage it (they're behind the Hard Rock Hotels.) Now the building is being converted into an extended stay hotel. And they've decided to give it the most original name ever--The William! Well, why not? In fact, why start yet another NYC hotel project?
It's quite simple, really. The investors wanted to spread their wings and the climate seems to be the right time.
“Being the curious individuals we are, we walked up the stairs and knocked on the door,” Mr. Najbicz, executive vice president of hotel operations, told The Commercial Observer.
The 1920's property is being brought to 2013 standards thanks to an $11 million investment by Shlomo Bakhash of the Kash Group, who's had a hand in smartening up residential and commercial properties, but this is his first foray into the hospitality biz. The plan? Use design company Edwin Zawadzki and Mason Wickham of In Situ Design, Lilian Bakhash of Lilian B Interiors, and artist William Engel to put in 33 rooms across five floors. Meanwhile, two restaurants and a pub named Peacock and the Shakespeare that will be under the tutelage of English chef Robert Aikens and owner Jason Hicks of the Jones Wood Foundry. Their agenda is to have at least one be a British-style resto replicating the Jones Wood Foundry fashion.
We've not said much about the new hotel currently underway at 414 West 15th Street, across the street from the Chelsea Market, because the project itself has been fairly hush-hush -- and seems to be taking a while to get moving.
Architecture and design firm Stonehill & Taylor, at their website, are calling it only the Greenwich Village Hotel and state that the project was "created in partnership with one of the world’s most renowned hotel operators, (and) the details of the project are confidential". Oooh.
Even so, it's been a while since anyone has mentioned the project, so we went down to the West Village to take a peek. What we found (basically a big hole in the ground) didn't look too encouraging for a hotel that's been in development for a couple of years.
While wandering through Midtown the other day, we noticed that construction is currently underway at 38 West 36th Street and a rendering posted at the worksite reveals that it will be a property from Vancouver-based hotel group Executive Hotel Le Soleil.