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Belfast's Tallest Office Block Will Become a Hotel

June 25, 2015 at 9:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

On a visit to Dublin a few months ago, we were struck by how the traditionally stale hotel scene was getting a much needed injection with openings like The Dean. Now it looks like the same thing may be happening north of the border, with Northern Irish chain Hastings Hotels announcing a new property in Belfast.

Windsor House, an office block in the center of Belfast, is already one of the tallest buildings on the Emerald Isle; plans (which look likely to be approved, given that Belfast wants to double its tourist income) have now been submitted to turn it into a 200-room hotel, the Belfast Grand Central Hotel in a £30m conversion.

That’s a name that has gone before – the original Grand Central dated back to 1893 and was often dubbed the best hotel in Ireland, with the likes of the Beatles and Winston Churchill staying. It, too, had 200 bedrooms – good vibes!

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Even More Hotels To Look Forward to in Philadelphia

May 26, 2015 at 5:12 PM | by | Comments (2)

Come 2017, this mega-modern tower will be home to W and Element Philadelphia, and we can't help but notice their next door neighbor--The Ritz-Carlton

Philadelphia is on a (redevelopment) roll with more upcoming hotels to choose from than there are cheese steak stands. VisitPhilly, the source of all information for incoming travel, has rounded up 10 new hotels coming to town.

But we too, have been following hotels such as the Starck-designed SLS LUX; Four Seasons' new home; Kimpton'smove into a former court building; and an AC Hotel by Marriott which is set to engulf a funky Deco building.

If that's not enough for the option-oriented traveler, here are four more hotels to add to the mix. And expect even more behind these.

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Which Hotel Group Will Pick Up Amsterdam's Former Palace of Justice?

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  Site Where: Prinsengracht 432-436, Amsterdam, Netherlands
April 29, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comment (1)

The hotel news and gossip out of Amsterdam just keeps coming in: perhaps sensing we were somewhat disappointed with Hotel Pulitzer picking Preferred’s LVX Collection after leaving the Starwood fold, a kind tipster dropped us a link to a possible hotel project further down the city’s Prinsengracht canal in the former Palace of Justice.

Dating back to 1664 and 1864, the 15,000 sq m (161,000 sq ft) building was put up for sale earlier this year by the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf (the Dutch government’s real estate agency of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations), complete with glossy interactive pdf that shows how the vast building could be put to different uses – including conversion into a luxury hotel, reportedly one of the last ones the city will allow within its historic core.

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Could JFK's TWA Terminal Turn into a JetBlue Hotel?

April 15, 2015 at 11:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

UPDATE 2:08pm EST: A source familiar with the bid tells us this will NOT be a JetBlue-branded hotel. JetBlue is just a minority investor. Bummer. We'll still hold out some hope for cool partnerships with the airline, whose main terminal is just across the way.

Well, this is certainly an interesting twist. The old TWA terminal at JFK International Airport may turn into a JetBlue Hotel.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the airline has partnered with developer MCR Development LLC, and the duo are now in negotiations with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Even better, they've apparently emerged the "preferred bidder."

You guys. A JetBlue hotel? We can't deal.

Naturally, JetBlue must have been a bit green about the debut of Virgin Hotels earlier this year but given that JFK is JetBlue's home airport, and where the budget airline first originated, this is the perfect spot to launch their hotel business. There aren't many details on the scope of the project other than it will have 500 rooms or so.

While this is exciting for AV and Hotel Geeks alike, it could fall apart as so many other deals have with this iconic terminal, designed by architect Eero Saarinen. In the past five years or so, Marriott Hotels, Ian Schrager, Andre Balazs, Yotel and Donald Trump have all made moves to turn the terminal into a hotel but all have failed for various different reasons. So we fully expect to spend more time at the gate with this flight.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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Rocco Forte Hotels Inches Towards Doubling In Size With New Opening in Jeddah

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  Site Where: Thalia Street, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
April 8, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comment (1)

Having seen its struggles, we were very excited when Rocco Forte talked about the promising future for his hotel group following a $95m cash injection from Italian investors, not in the least because of his goal to revive the Grand Tour of Italy and save the country’s economy in the process. There was talk of hotels in Venice, Milan, Naples, and Sicily, as well as others further afield to double Rocco Forte’s presence from its current ten hotels.

While we were expecting Venice to be announced first, given the “advanced stage of discussion” about a hotel there, further afield it is: number 11 will be the Assila Hotel and Residence, a development in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, opening this summer.

Above a rendering of the hotel, which will have 146 rooms, 62 suites, and 94 serviced apartments in what looks to be a dual-towered glass structure.

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3 Eye-Opening Design Hotels are Coming to Scotland

April 2, 2015 at 6:17 PM | by | Comment (1)

With a creative hotel design like this - resembling a coil of ribbons - you'll always be able to find your way back to your room

While Scotland may have failed to declare independence from England last year, it has been making its own way when it comes to the region's hotel scene.

To see what we're talking about, check out these three upcoming hotels (and trust us, there's more to follow) that are raising eyebrows and in at least one case, blood pressure. No confirmed opening dates for any of these places but remember, this is just the beginning.

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Best Western Announces Their First Vīb Hotel, Gangnam Style

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  Site Where: Seoul, Korea
March 19, 2015 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

A few months ago, Best Western Hotels announced their newest Vīb Hotels. (That’s pronounced Vibe.) And today, they’ve just released some info on the very first Vib Hotel to be developed in Seoul.

The Vīb, which is expected to break ground later this year, will be located in the city’s Gangnam district, which everyone knows all about now, thanks to Psy’s "Gangnam Style" song. The hotel will have 148 rooms and will be true to the Vīb philosophy which is about “innovation, technology, and style with authentic, local flavor offered at a great value."

And no doubt, a cool vibe too. Peep the renderings below, taken from the Vīb website, to understand more of what Vib is all about.

The Asia Pacific market will be a big one for Vīb Hotels, which is checking out spots for new hotels in Bangkok, Thailand; Sarawak and Shah Alam, Malaysia; and Ortigas, Philippines. Overall the

[Photos: Vib Hotels]

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A Swiss Hotel Design Competition Goes Downhill When Jurors Can't Pick a Winner

Where: Switzerland
February 20, 2015 at 5:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

A design competition in Switzerland has seen a little drama recently, but will likely result in one amazing new hotel.

The competition involved several international "starchitects" who were challenged to design a luxury hotel adjacent to the Therme Vals spa in the Swiss Alps, pictured above. It all went downhill from there, so to speak.

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Edinburgh’s Historic Royal High School Will Graduate into a Classy Hotel

February 18, 2015 at 7:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

One of Edinburgh’s treasured historic buildings is getting closer to becoming a luxury hotel. But don’t check your schedule yet, we can't tell you the name, the opening date, or the number of rooms. However, we do know it will bear a flag we all recognize and it will be a first for that flag in Edinburgh. Our thinking caps are firmly in place.

Built in 1829 on Calton Hill with an Acropolis-like presence, this Greek Revival building was originally a boy’s school, and has been empty and in need of TLC since 1968.

Converting the A-listed heritage site to a luxury “arts hotel” has been on the table since 2010 when developers Duddingston House Properties secured a 125-year lease on the property. Early plans raised both eyebrows and concerns from the public, preservation agencies, and city planning officials. Understandable but imagine the possibilities.

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Philippe Starck's South Beach Hotel in Singapore Will Unveil the Future

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  Site Where: Beach Road, Singapore, Singapore
February 18, 2015 at 8:27 AM | by | Comments (2)

Having just processed the scale and design of the future home of Andaz Singapore, here we are with more on Philippe Starck’s entry into the city’s hotel / mega development game. Part of the gigantic South Beach development, we have some up to date construction shots, but we also stumbled upon these renderings on the hotel website, so far just called The South Beach.

First: the “unveil the future” isn’t our imagination running away with us; keep reading, and you see this bold statement plastered along the construction site - which is not so much down the road from the iconic Raffles Hotel, as the Andaz is, but directly opposite the front entrance.

Second: whoa, that’s a lot of things in one rendering. White walls, ceiling, and bed. Black/grey/white camouflage flooring, which bleeds into the furniture (see the nightstands and the legs of the table). Mirror and artwork behind the bed. TV on a wooden stand. A bathroom clad in mirrors. A lighting fixture in the form of a metal tube coming down from the ceiling. Discuss.

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InterContinental Will Be One of Three Hotels at DC's Mega Waterfront 'Wharf'

February 11, 2015 at 6:07 PM | by | Comment (1)

After years of planning, one of the most ambitious waterfront revitalization projects in Washington, DC (or anywhere else for that matter) is starting to pick up some speed.

Simply named The Wharf, this development is so large there are at least three hotels planned and the first one out of the gate is from InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. The present schedule suggests an opening date in mid-2017.

Hoffman-Madison Waterfront is the master developer for The Wharf, which encompasses a mile-long stretch and 27 acres of waterfront land along the Washington Channel. Carr City Centers will develop the Wharf InterContinental Hotel. They also redeveloped the the Willard Washington DC.

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The Upcoming South Beach Hotel in Singapore Has No Flag Yet But It's Got a Star Designer

January 5, 2015 at 1:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

The sleek and gigantic South Beach development takes up a city block, featuring two angular towers with sky gardens and a wavy canopy covering a retail promenade. The hotel will share the tower in the foreground with residential apartments.

If you celebrated the New Year in downtown Singapore, you may have noticed a couple of striking high-rise buildings in the works. This is South Beach, a seriously “green” mixed-use development in the heart of the business district and yeah, there’s a hotel planned. The 654-room “luxury concept hotel” does not yet have a confirmed operator or a firm opening date but it’s got an interior designer we can get excited about – Philippe Starck.

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