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Studio City Macau Will Have 1,600 Rooms and a Figure 8 Ferris Wheel

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  Site Where: Macau, Macau
July 29, 2015 at 10:35 AM | by | ()

In case you were thinking that labeling what’s going on over in Macau as Macau Hotel Madness was unnecessary exaggeration, take a look at this: Studio City Macau, to open sometime later this year, will be bringing us the world’s first figure eight ferris wheel, 130 meters up in the air.

That’s right, those two golden circles that sort of look like Olympic rings are in fact a ferris wheel, joining the 1,600 rooms divided between the “Celebrity Tower” and the “Star Tower”. For some real-life photos of what that looks like, keep reading.

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Moxy Hotels Makes Some Movies, Well YouTube Ones

July 29, 2015 at 9:35 AM | by | ()

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Marriott is keen on what the kids are doing these days, so they’re hitting up YouTube—obvi—to show off to the target millennial demo what Moxy Hotels are all about.

In case you don’t recall ,the Moxy brand is edgy and contemporary—at least, it aims to be—so they’ve hired comedian Taryn Southern to help them out with a little web series. The cleverly titled Do Not Disturb series will be shot later this week in a mock-up of a hotel room with a slumber party motif.

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Tommie Hudson Square Delays Until February 2016

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  Site Where: 231 Hudson Street, New York, United States
July 27, 2015 at 1:31 PM | by | ()

Alright then, you've heard the news but don't be too sad. We're still publishing until Friday.

The delays keep rolling in for Manhattan: we’ve told you the SLS New York won’t be happening before early next year, the 1 Hotel Central Park will most likely be August, not July (at least that’s still very soon), and now tommie Hudson Square rains on our parade by pushing back its reservations to February 1, 2016.

If you’re keeping track, that’s quite a difference with the October 1 date it started out with back in March, when it gave us a bunch of photos along with the ability to book a room – and the suggestion that “summer” would even be possible. Alas, it is not to be.

When we look at rates during the depth of winter, a “Twin Stack” with bunk beds starts at $249 a night before taxes. $10 more gets you an Urban Queen with a courtyard view, while an Alcove King with City View comes in at $299. When it opens, tommie will have Harold’s Meat & Three American Eatery, a lobby bar and courtyard, as well as a rooftop and a “24-hour General Store”.

Based on what we’ve heard, and the fact that reservations still aren’t live on its website, we don’t think The Renwick New York (sister hotel to The Gregory) will make its summer opening either – it’ll more likely be September or October before you can start penning that novel or work on those in-room easels.

[Photo: Tommie Hotels]

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A Tiny Bit More on The Peninsula London

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  Site Where: 1-5 Grosvenor Place, London, United Kingdom
July 22, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

We’re not going to lie: if our patience often gets tested when it comes to hotel openings, the wait for The Peninsula London will be the ultimate test. Two solid years after we heard the hotel was coming to Knightsbridge / Belgravia, we finally got a first look at its exterior, due to replace the office block currently occupying the 1-5 Grosvenor Place address. Along with that came a projected opening in 2021, also known as the next decade.

The community consultation process is in full swing, more details of which you can find on the dedicated project website. Luckily for us, the boards used during the consultation events are available online, and include a few more renderings to whet our appetite for the 190-room hotel. Above a view of the main entrance on Grosvenor Place, with the usual two lions standing guard, the green Rolls-Royce even making a digital appearance outside, and just on the right the Wellington Arch.

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Virgin Hotels is Attempting to Open in New Orleans

July 16, 2015 at 11:27 AM | by | ()

Virgin Hotels is keeping on with its expansion plans, having just announced an upcoming hotel in Dallas, but it's also eyeing a hotel for one of our fave cities, New Orleans.

According to Nola.com, Gatehouse Capital, a Dallas-based hotel developer, is attempting to open a Virgin Hotel at Baronne and Lafayette streets, which is currently the site of a parking lot. However, their recent proposal for a 14-story building with 183 rooms, a restaurant, rooftop garden, pool and bar was rejected by the city planning council for exceeding the height limit at 148-feet.

The Virgin developers and their architect were told to bring the building back within the city's height limit of 125-feet but to do that would mean reducing rooms and thus, killing the "economic feasibility of the project."

Here's hoping they can still manage to work it out. Virgin + New Orleans could equal GREATNESS.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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In Six Years From Now, This is What The Peninsula Hotel London Will Look Like

Where: 1-5 Grosvenor Place, London, United Kingdom
July 16, 2015 at 10:02 AM | by | ()

Two years ago, a formal announcement was made for a Peninsula Hotel in London at 1-5 Grosvenor Place. Today, we've finally got a few more details on the design and specs of the hotel, thanks to building plans recently submitted to the Westminster City Council.

Currently, the spot for Peninsula London is, as JasonD wrote in 2013--" a rather unattractive office block." Here's what it looked like two years ago:

Now, the owners of the Peninsula brand--The Hongkong and Shangai Hotels, Limited--along with joint venture partners, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland (Grosvenor), are proposing a new building that "responds to the heritage of its immediate neighbours", that being all the swank buildings of Belgravia. Here's a (far away) rendering of what the hotel will look like when its completed:

Designed by British-based Hopkins Architects, the hotel will have 190 hotel rooms, a spa, several bars and restaurants and a ballroom. The property will also have 24-28 residences with their own separate leisure and spa facility, along with an entrance and reception on Halkin Street. A pedestrian entrance is planned for Grosvenor Street which will be accessed from "a colonnade linking to an internal ‘Palazzo-style’ courtyard, approximately 30 x 30 metres, allowing vehicle access." No doubt, this is where Peninsula will line-up all their fancy cars and their Mini-Coopers, too.

We're already getting giddy about these plans, but we'll have to temper our excitement. Construction on the Peninsula won't even begin until summer 2017, with an opening expected sometime in 2021. In case you have forgotten simple math, that's SIX YEARS FROM NOW. Sigh.

[Rendering: Peninsula Hotels]

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The Hoxton Amsterdam Is Open

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  Site Where: Herengracht 255, Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 13, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | ()

Hoxton Hotels has officially gone international this week: The Hoxton Amsterdam is now open. We hope one of you had a chance to play that online fruit machine and win a free stay, which would mean you’d be lucky enough to lounge around these lovely public areas right now. These photos will probably be the only time you get to see them this empty before the millennials and digital nomads set up camp permanently in the vintage chairs and leather sofas.

As we type this, a Shoebox Twin is still available for this coming Friday at an outstanding €139 ($155) a night. Split between two, you’re getting a chance to be one of the first to stay here for the equivalent of a bunk bed in an eight-bed hostel dorm – quite the no-brainer. More photos below.

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Peninsula Hotels to Open Next in Istanbul

Where: Istanbul, Turkey
July 9, 2015 at 7:33 PM | by | ()

A suite at the Peninsula Paris

The owner of Peninsula Hotels has just entered into a joint venture to develop a hotel in Istanbul. Here's what the SCMP wrote about the news:

Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, owner of the Peninsula hotels, will spend €150 million to develop a hotel in Istanbul with two Turkish partners, the company said in an announcement to the stock exchange on Tuesday.

The project, subject to approval, will entail an estimated total investment of €300 million and will be equally owned by Peninsula Istanbul Holdings and SLI, a joint venture between Turkish group Dogus Holding and private equity fund BLG.

The hotel will be built in the Salıpazarı Port located in the historic Karaköy area overlooking the Bosphorus strait between Europe and Asia, according to the announcement.

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Proper Hotels Heading to Downtown LA

July 7, 2015 at 5:09 PM | by | ()

Proper Hotels, the new hip hotel brand from the founders of Viceroy Hotels, has just announced a location for its second Proper property--Downtown Los Angeles.

Developers Frank Stork, Channing Henry and The Kor Group teamed up to buy the historic 1924 YWCA building at 11th and Broadway (aka The Case Hotel.) We reported on this purchase back in December 2013 and wondered if the building would turn into a Viceroy. Now we know it's going to be a Proper sort of joint.

The historic building will undergo extensive redesign and redevelopment over the next year and a half in order to open as a Proper Hotel in 2017. Here are some brief details on what will be inside when it opens:

The new hotel, located on the border of Downtown’s Historic and Fashion Districts, will reside in the 13-story red brick and stone masonry building. Amenities include a destination restaurant, a rooftop pool and lounge, and the conversion of some of the building’s historic, double-height spaces into unique suites and public areas.

The team is thrilled to be one of the key players in the redevelopment of South Broadway, an active area whose nearby projects include hundreds of apartment units under construction along Broadway and 11th, the Hearst Herald Examiner renovation, and the City’s planned streetcar construction that will stop in front of the hotel, directly connecting Broadway to the Convention Center, 6 blocks away, as well as the Disney Concert Hall and Broad Museum in Bunker Hill.

Proper will open their first hotel in San Francisco by the end of the year. The company also runs the Avalon Hotels in Beverly Hills and Palm Springs.

[Photo: Google Street View]

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Sorry Detroit, Virgin Hotels to Do Dallas in 2018

June 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM | by | ()

The ladies of Virgin Chicago. The garb for Dallas will definitely be shorter and skimpier different.

The fourth property for Virgin Hotels has just been announced and well, grab your cowboy boots and your cowboy hats, because Virgin is heading for Dallas. (But the other D--Detroit--is still a possibility.)

Set to open in 2018 in the Dallas Design District, the hotel will have over 200 guest rooms, er, "chambers", a spa, pool and several places to eat and drink, including The Commons Club, the all-day, everyday lounge first launched at the Virgin Chicago.

Other Virgin amenities will also be found in Dallas including free and blazing fast WiFi, no cancellation fees as long as you call before midnight, early check-in or late check-out without penalty, and mini bar items at street prices. Guests can also socialize during the hotel's Social Hour when complimentary drinks are served, top shelf included.

But before Dallas, we'll have Virgins in Nashville and New York to sleep with, hopefully sometime next year.

[Photo: Virgin Hotels]

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Hoxton Hotels Starts a London Trilogy with Southwark Hotel

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  Site Where: Blackfriars Road, London, United Kingdom
June 22, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | ()

In yet another sign that SE1 Waterloo/Southbank/Southwark has become "a postcode you pay for", as we’ve been told on more than one occasion (London, raise your hand with us if you feel like you missed that memo), Hoxton Hotels is expanding to a triple-threat in the city’s hotel market with the announcement that their third hotel, The Hoxton Southwark, is in the works.

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Sneak Peek at East Miami, Opening in December

June 15, 2015 at 4:26 PM | by | ()

Feel Totally at East

That was the tagline that greeted guests who arrived at the pre-opening office of East, Miami, the first U.S. outpost of Swire Hotels' East Hotels brand.

This will be the third hotel for the business traveler brand (they bill themselves as a "business hotel with a life") with the other two East Hotels in China--one in Hong Kong and one in Beijing.

Not much has changed plans-wise since we first heard of the directions to, er, for the East. The hotel will still include 255 contemporary rooms, done with the signature orange accents of East, eight suites, and 89 residences, all designed by Miami-based Arquitectonica architects. The building is not quite ready but East helpfully had some model rooms for guests to walk through.

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