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We have been following the Peninsula Paris -- Peninsula Hotels' grand entry into Europe -- throughout its six year restoration of the former Hotel Majestic, a 1908 Beaux Arts building in the 16th arrondissement (fun fact: George Gershwin wrote part of "An American in Paris" here).
Now that its August 1st opening date draws closer, we have a peek at what some of the 200 guest rooms will look like. Spot the high-tech bedside tablet we told you about last Spring? Rooms will also feature curated artworks, elegant furniture, ambient lighting, expansive luggage and wardrobe space and a valet box. Marble bathrooms will have deep-soaking bathtubs, separate rain showers, double washbasins, inset televisions and toiletries by Oscar de la Renta.
Morris Moinian's Fortuna Realty may already have their hands full developing both the new Hotel Hugo and the Aloft New York Midtown (not to mention dealing with their neighbors), but in an article (we almost missed) at Hotels magazine he reveals details of another project in the works.
Armed with only the information that a 175-room luxury boutique hotel with spa, rooftop bar and lounge was to go in, we've had our eye on the Fortuna Realty development project at 25 West 38th Street for a while now.
Last thing we heard was that the developers were having some problems getting their neighbors, the Havana NY restaurant, to vacate the premises, so, taking a peek at the Starwood website we are happy to see that the project appears to be moving along, and that it will become an Aloft Hotel; the Aloft New York Midtown, to be precise.
It's on. It's (maybe) off. It's back on again! The long saga of the hotel development project in the Meatpacking District, opposite the Chelsea Market, has taken some twists and turns, and, when renderings disappeared from Stonehill and Taylor's website disappeared recently, we wondered if developers had called it a day. The good news (from New York YIMBY) is that new plans have been filed and the project is apparently moving ahead.
While we work down our list of London hotel openings to look out for this year, the preliminary one for 2015 is steadily growing. If all goes as planned, this should be an interesting addition to that list: the restoration and conversion of the Grade-II listed former Port of London Authority into a mixed-use complex with 120-room hotel, restaurant, club, spa, and 41 residences.
Located at Tower Hill, next to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, it was originally commissioned in 1911 and completed just over a decade later, following delays due to World War I. Plans have been floating for the better part of a decade, with a fancy event organized as early as 2011 to celebrate approval being granted.
Key part of the restoration is bringing back the original rotunda, which was damaged in WWII bombings, with a centerpiece of ‘twisted fins’ to reflect light. The above rendering doesn’t quite give the same impression of the perfectly circular roof that is visible in the floor plan and aerial view below, but we get the idea.
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Usually major metropolitan areas are where you’ll find every hotel brand under the sun close together, but in a few years’ time there might be a very unlikely contender for having one of the largest concentrations of different hotel brands in the world: a master development in Portugal, roughly 50 miles south of capital Lisbon.
If one day a reality, we couldn’t name anywhere else that boast hotels from Hilton, Marriott, Four Seasons, Park Hyatt, Raffles, Fairmont, Aman, and Six Senses, all cosily together on the peninsula across the water from Setúbal and further down the Alentejo coastline – yet that is what the above map calls for.
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Last week, a tipster pointed us to a new location for AC Hotel by Marriott, the Spanish hotel brand that Marriott is now importing into the U.S. But unlike the other announced locations of Miami Beach and Chicago, this one has us a little, well, underwhelmed--AC Hotels By Marriott JFK Airport.
The 450-room airport hotel will open sometime in 2016, according to property manager, New Castle Hotels and Resorts. This hotel will actually be one of 16 AC Hotels by Marriott under contract (and totaling 3,215 rooms) around the globe. Need a refresher on what the AC By Marriott brand is all about? Go here.
Fortunately, AC won't be sticking to U.S. airports. The Dallas News reports that the developer NewcrestImage, LLC is working on bringing an AC Hotel By Marriott to historic downtown New Orleans. Now, that has us excited.
Marriott is also hard at work on its other hotel brand for Millennials--Moxy Hotels. The first one will open in Milan in August with more properties expected in six other European markets for 2015. In 10 years, Moxy hopes to have 150 contemporary designed hotels with affordable prices. Ciao Bella!
[Photo: AC Hotels By Marriott Nice]
Hats off to the owners of a much-delayed hotel project who will be leaving their hat on their historic building located at the corner of Orchard and Canal Street.
Back in 2012 we reported about a new hotel planned in the former Jarmulowksy Bank, a City Landmark in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Anyone that restores a protected historic building--and we thank you for that--knows that delays happen. In the case of 9 Orchard Street, this time it is for a really good reason--the building’s original cupola. This one is a 50-foot-high domed structure that graces the rooftop and the local skyline. It was removed in the early 1990s for restoration and omitted from the hotel project.
Now the cupola is back on, thanks to DLJ Real Estate Capital, the property’s owner. DLJ will be restoring and re-installing the building’s distinctive top hat as it was originally intended. This is good news all around even if it delays the hotel opening.
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Leicester Square, a central but not particularly charming London square of mostly unglamorous cheap restaurants and perpetual tourist throngs, has been the subject of a makeover the last few years. The W hotel landed at its northwest corner in 2011, and the public park was redeveloped in an effort to match the brief moments of glamour during red carpet premieres at one of its cinemas.
While it probably hasn’t quite achieved that goal yet, there is more development work in the pipeline: the local council (government) has approved a plan to redevelop the Odeon West End Cinema, at the southern end of the square, into a mixed-use complex with hotel, two-screen cinema, spa, restaurants, bars, and banqueting space. But not everyone is happy with that idea.
A hotel/condo mixed use building that was originally planned for a former parking lot opposite Bryant Park back in pre-recession 2008 is back on the scene.
According to New York Yimby, new building permits have been filed for 12-20 West 40th Street, indicating a 32-story building with a planned 274 residences and a 213-room hotel spanning the first fourteen floors.
We're pretty sure the folks at the Bryant Park Hotel can't be too happy about that. If it helps, at least they were first?
The story that is sending everyone to the office water cooler--it was announced that entrepreneur/hotelier Andre Balazs will NOT be developing a hotel in the world-famous architectural icon that is the TWA Flight Center at JFK. Previous negotiations between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Andre Balazs Properties have fallen through, and we have little more information than that. Design-savvy Balazs was to develop a Standard Hotel beneath the lightweight concrete “wings” of the former TWA building, designed over 50 years ago by Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen.
The re-development of the TWA Flight Center was also to incorporate a conference center, retail, and of course, a flying museum. This is an unquestionably daunting task for any developer, especially given that the project involves an international airport. Again, little is being said about the status of this project going forward.
Keep reading to see who we think should operate a hotel inside the historic terminal instead!
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Last time we checked in on Fortuna Realty Group and Hotelier Matthew Moinian's Hudson Square property, it was still going by the name Soho Hotel. Now comes a new name (reflected in an updated exterior rendering above), new website, and new details on what will be Hotel Hugo.
The 20-story hotel, designed by Beverly Hills-based architect Marcello Pozzi, will feature 122 guest rooms, including two top floor suites; a ground floor Italian restaurant by Sean Largotta of Crown Group Hospitality, and a rooftop cocktail lounge with 360 degree views of the New York City skyline.
The hotel's design juxtaposes raw industrial elements with modern finishes including high gloss imported Italian walnut paneling, chrome fixtures and exposed concrete. The entrance features a 17-foot glass façade leading into the main lobby with floor to ceiling travertine walls and blue marble flooring. Vertical gardens are positioned throughout the hotel’s ground floor; from a horticultural structure behind the check-in desk to indoor foliage in the restaurant, which will also feature floor to ceiling windows that open to the sidewalk for both indoor and outdoor dining.