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Quick history lesson: in 2006, we first learned about 1 Hotels, a newly conceived brand by Barry Sternlicht, head of Starwood Capital (which is different from Starwood Hotels, though Barry was a former exec at Starwood, and founded the W brand). Locations were planned for Seattle, New York, Washington DC, Scottsdale, Atlanta, Cleveland, and Fort Lauderdale. Lots of hype was made. The NY Times wrote about it.
Then, bad things happened to the economy, Sternlicht's grand visions unravelled like a sweater caught on barbed wire, and pretty much all of the projects sadly collapsed.
Fast forward to last night, when we received an email from Starwood Capital officially announcing the revival of both brands (1 Hotels and Baccarat Hotels). And not just that: a new timeline has been put in place to open five properties over the next two years.
Well, it was supposed to happen today, but it looks like the St. Regis Abu Dhabi's opening will be delayed--this time until April 15th.
Guess you shouldn't rush what promises to be one glam piece of property with 283 gussied-up guest rooms including 40 grand suites, including one actually located on a bridge that offers second-to-none Arabian Gulf views. Then there's the 24-hour butler service that each guest is entitled to.
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The original Delano Hotel in Miami.
Another day, another hotel to cross off the Master List of Worldwide Hotel Openings
Today, it's the Delano Las Vegas which was set to open in Mandalay Bay's THEhotel by December 2013. But now VegasInc.com reports the opening will most likely happen in the first quarter of 2014. The hotel's own website is actually saying "January 14" but we know better than to trust that. However, once the renovations are complete, the Delano will stick around for at least ten years. In case you need a refresher, here's what Delano has in store for Vegas:
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We should know better than to get emotional when we hear of hotel construction delays—but there’s something about this one that hits a bit hard. We’d hoped that Ian Schrager’s new project with Marriott, the Miami Beach Edition, would indeed open this spring has previously reported. But, in an interview with the Miami Herald, the hotelier said it wouldn’t open until 2014.
Unlike any Marriott we’ve ever stayed at, this one promises to be pretty badass with a nightclub, bowling alley and an ice skating rink. This means we can throw a strike, do a triple toe-loop, and pop that all in one night! Is it no wonder we’re crying in our cornflakes? Let’s get this wrapped up, Mr. Schrager.
Read more for what's in store..
Read more for what's in store..
A new year, a new hotel for NYC!
Despite initially saying they would be open for NYC's Hotel Week, The Jade Hotel will now FINALLY open on February 1st and the opening room rates are pretty fantastic for a new hotel in Manhattan. Granted, it's the dead of winter but we'd be ok with spending $199 a night for a Grove Queen which includes free WiFi, Bigelow toiletries and a dandy retro-rotary phone to order room service on. Plus, that rate is a lot less than the $400 price tag mentioned back in October.
But if you're feeling flush, you could splurge on the Greenwich Penthouse suite on the top floor which has a walk-out balcony and a spa tub and a separate shower. (Sadly, it still only offers a queen-sized bed.)
Like all good new hotels about the open, the Jade has its Facebook page up and running with a bunch of photos of its Parisian-inspired decor. Have a look-see now at those snaps now and maybe we'll have some new ones for you shortly!
[Photo: The Jade Hotel/Facebook]
It's that time of year again: the 2012 HotelChatter Awards! Today and Monday, we'll be showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to...
Regarding the hotel's woeful failure to launch, a recent commenter pointed out, "Ever occur to anyone that this part of town got affected by Hurricane Sandy and had no light for 10 days (among other things)?" And she makes a valid point. Surely, NYC has bigger things to worry about than a stalled Hyatt hotel (which the commenter says will eventually "open with a bang"....hmm, we'll see about that!).
Trouble is, we've been waiting for this place to open for well over two years now. So while some of the blame can reasonably be placed on Sandy, we're thinking the problem goes back further than that.
The Hyatt Union Sq certainly looks finished...
Remember back in the summer when the leaves were on the trees and hotel rooftops flourished, and we were giddy with excitement about two new Manhattan hotels set to open in the fall, Hyatt Union Square and The Jade? In fact, we even went as far as naming the latter one of the best hotels to hit NYC in 2012.
But it looks like we may have jumped the gun on that one, as there's a chance The Jade won't even be opening until 2013. As for the Hyatt Union Sq, same deal. Delayed, delayed, delayed.
Now, we know how these things go. But what's strange to us is how both hotels are on the same street, in basically the same neighborhood in Manhattan, and both seem to be suffering from a case of chronic postponement. Almost like a game of chicken to see who can hold out the longest without ever opening. Is this the curse of opening a hotel on 13th Street?
Back in 2006, we reported on an underwater hotel being built in Fiji known as Poseidon Resort Mystery Island. Though, aside from a few other press reports and a dinky little photo, details were a little, er, mysterious.
Now, things seem to be picking up again for the all-suite, bubble-shaped hotel 40 feet below the surface. Last week, Design-Milk posted a bunch of new photos of the place, showing off the hotel's en suite aquariums, and shimmer-y public spaces. The article states:
"The company has completed all of the necessary design and engineering for the subsea structures and is currently working to secure the capital necessary to begin construction."
It goes on to say the resort will take two years to complete once construction begins. Which means, we might end up seeing a race to the finish between this place and Dubai's much larger, even more elaborate Water Discus Hotel.
Last one to build an underwater hotel is a rotten turtle egg!
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There's tons of New York hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.
· Times Square Just Can't Get Enough Hotels: The previous statement happens to be very true this week, as both stranded travelers and commuters have become desperate for a place to stay in midtown. But in this case, we're not talking about Sandy at all—a new $2 billion project going up at 701 Seventh Avenue is making headlines this week as the next big thing to hit Times Square. And as The Real Deal reports, the development will almost definitely include a 500-room hotel that will sit on top of a 24,000 sq ft LED screen, the largest in Times Square.
Needless to say, hotels are falling over themselves to be chosen for the space.
Welcome to another hotel dispatch from our special contributor, The Smooth Operator. We can't divulge his identity but we can tell you he spends about 70 percent of his time on the road, staying in all the hot hotels and checking out their restaurants and bars to see if the social scene and rooms are up to snuff. If you're deciding whether or not to take a chance on that hip boutique hotel in the city, read The Smooth Operator for his opinion first. (Or send us an email and we'll have him answer it for you!)
Last week he happened to be in Miami and we were curious about The James Royal Palm, which was supposed to open on October 1. We've been giving this hotel tons of pre-opening love, so we're disappointed with the recent turn of events. We asked the "powers that be" at The James if we could take a look around since we were under the impression (given our last report) that it would be open on time. Let's just say the response was less than pleasant and we don't dig that, especially when we've been good girls and boys. But, HC has NICE friends out and about, we asked Smooth and another pal to find out what was going on and what was behind all the hostility? Turns out, it's coming from a few directions. Read on for the report of The James Miami's progress thus far.
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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.
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As August has officially rolled into September, we’ve had to say goodbye to the summer that never really was in London (weather-wise that is) and turn our hope towards the early fall months to still be able to hotel rooftop at some of the city’s newest hotels.
One of the places on our list to hop into the express elevator for as soon as possible is Radio, the 10th floor rooftop bar, lounge & terrace at ME by Mélia London.
The last time we talked about the hotel, and as part of our London hotel openings to watch for this year, we were hoping for a September 1 opening. We still saw plenty of people with hard hats wandering around this past weekend, and the reservation system allows bookings from September 28.
What else is there to look forward to at ME by Melia London? Stay tuned to find out!