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citizenM Will Need to Step it Up in London to Make 2015 Happen

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  Site Where: Holborn, Tower Hill, London, United Kingdom
January 14, 2015 at 8:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

We may have accepted that citizenM’s expansion in London wouldn’t happen in 2014 when we heard they would be giving us a third affordable-chic hotel in Shoreditch, but that was based on the understanding that 2015 openings were a definite yes.

The year is young, we know, but what we are seeing at Tower Hill (the group’s flagship) and Holborn isn’t very promising. Starting at Tower Hill (above), the main difference between today and July last year is the concrete lift shaft that has risen to eight stories – you can see the photo from before here. Just as then, we’ll allow for the possible spurt in development given that this is a modular hotel, with all rooms built offsite and then craned into place.

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Hyatt Regency Amsterdam Will Look Like This In 2016

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  Site Where: Sarphatistraat, Amsterdam, Netherlands
January 2, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

We may have seen some demolition last year at the former children’s hospital in Amsterdam that will become the city’s first Hyatt Regency, but boy did we underestimate how much bulldozing was still to be done.

Before we show you where things are today, above is the end result planned for the 211-room hotel, scheduled for 2016. Take note of the three historic facades on the right (three stories with the white vertical stripes, then the mishmash of windows, then the four stories in darker brick) and check out what that looks like today below.

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An Exclusive Preview of What's Inside the Hoxton Amsterdam

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  Site Where: Herengracht 255, Amsterdam, Netherlands
December 29, 2014 at 10:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Talk about our prayers being answered: when we looked at the canvas Hoxton Hotels would be working with for its Amsterdam hotel, we said no one would regret the departure of the awfully bland rooms of the former Rembrandt Classic Hotel.

Not only did a recent walk by the canal-side hotel confirm that gone they are, with the interior stripped down to its bare bones, here are some photos of the seriously good-looking rooms Hoxton will have for us come summer 2015. It’s a very masculine mix of dark herringbone floors, exposed beams, what looks like appropriate Vermeer blue on the walls (like we saw at Waldorf Astoria, further south on the same canal), solid wooden desk, a bit of leather on the chair, and a pop of mustard on the stool. If Hoxton can give us all this at the right price, it may knock out both the Waldorf Astoria and the equally-hyped W Hotel.

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W Amsterdam Is Busy Adding Its All-Glass Rooftop Floor and W Signage

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  Site Where: Spuistraat 175, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1012VN
December 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM | by | Comments (2)

Nearly a year has passed since we last walked by the upcoming W Amsterdam, right behind the city’s Dam Square, due to open sometime in the Fall of 2015. We’re glad to report that aside from news about expansion into an additional building (more on that in a second) W Hotels is making lots of progress.

On the left the 1903 Telephone Exchange Building as it was twelve months ago, on the right what it looks like today: a series of windows has been removed (you can just about make out the brick inserted on the right), the all-glass rooftop floor that will house Living Room, restaurant, and bar is clearly visible (go here for a rendering), and of course, the W is proudly displayed on the corner. More photos, including of the KAS Bank Building next door the hotel will spread out to, below.

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London's Hilton Bankside Is Starting to Come Together

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  Site Where: Great Suffolk Street, London, United Kingdom
December 16, 2014 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s time for our six-monthly check in with the longstanding London hotel project that is the Hilton Bankside. A year ago, we thought the dormant site behind Tate Modern had finally picked up again, with construction reaching street level. Then, over the summer, we stumbled upon some much-improved renderings of the interiors, which were described as according to Hilton’s newly launched brand standards.

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An Inside Look at The Loews Chicago Hotel, Opening in March

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  Site Where: 455 N. Park Drive [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60611
December 9, 2014 at 11:39 AM | by | Comment (1)

With the dust still fresh in the air and the raucous sounds of construction all around, Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood has been pinned by the folks over at Loews Hotels for their latest property to open early next year.

Donning a hard-hat and safety glasses, we scored an exclusive sneak peak inside the for a first-hand look at the Loews Chicago Hotel.

Just east of the shopper's paradise that is Michigan Avenue and sporting views of Lake Michigan, this new build hotel in downtown is also just a five-minute walk to Navy Pier, making it a central spot to stay in Chicago. The hotel is actually comprised of two towers, one housing 400 Loews hotels rooms and the other Loews luxury condominiums. These are completely separate from the hotel with different entrances and amenities.

But we're here to talk about the hotel side. And away we go!

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Your Early Christmas Present: Soho House Farmhouse Will Open In June

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  Site Where: Great Tew, Oxfordshire
December 2, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

When news broke over the summer of a Soho Farmhouse hotel in Oxfordshire, we predicted it’d be a couple of years off, given that they had to build the thing from scratch.

We were wrong: Soho House Farmhouse will be opening in June 2015!!! #squeal #swoon #reconfiguresadventcalendarimmediately.

The evidence? This job advert for an HR manager we found browsing the Soho House website this weekend.

It doesn’t divulge much more info – it’ll be “in the heart of” the 125 acre Great Tew Estate, the log cabins (rooms) will be “spread around lakes”, while there will be two larger properties for groups, the Cottage and the main farmhouse. It looks like there will be a screening room, the Electric Barn, as well as the Boathouse pool and, of course, the Cowshed spa. It sounds heavenly. No word on rates, but Soho House properties are generally pretty reasonable for what they are - even for non-members like us (REMEMBER: you don't have to be a member to stay, however many shifty people 'offer' to 'help you' with membership in the comments).

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Rooms with an Anti-View: Coming Soon to the Beverly Hills Hotel?

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  Site Where: 9641 Sunset Blvd [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90210
November 28, 2014 at 9:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

The sign of anti-views to come? On a recent stroll down Sunset Boulevard we couldn't help but notice some work going on across the street from The Beverly Hills Hotel. Sitting on one of the most in-your-face positions on Sunset and a major commuter route between LA and the Valley, is this less than lovely, walled mini-mansion that may become a permanent view from many of the hotel's guest rooms.

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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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