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Sneak Peek at The Freehand Chicago, Opening This Spring

November 28, 2014 at 11:29 AM | by | Comment (1)

The Virgin Chicago won't be the new, hip hotel in Chicago for very long after it opens in January. A little over a year ago, we were stoked to find out that a second outpost of the Freehand Hotel/Hostel concept would be opening in Chicago's trendy River North neighborhood. Today, we've got a sneak peek at the rooms inside the Freehand Chicago as well as a functioning website.

The Freehand Chicago will open in the old Tokyo Hotel at 19 East Ohio Street. Once NY-based Roman & Williams Buildings & Interiors finish up transforming the building, which was originally built in 1927, the hostel will have 250 beds split between private rooms and shared rooms. Above is what the private rooms will look like, below is what a shared room will look like.

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Two More AC Hotels by Marriott Will Open in the Midwest

November 26, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

The other day we did a quickie round-up of the expected AC Hotels By Marriott, which include Kansas City, Chicago and Miami Beach, and now there are two more ACs to add to the list--Des Moines and Minneapolis.

A tipster sent us the information, pointing to a couple of news articles for each property. In Des Moines, the AC Hotel will go up at the southeast corner of East Fourth Street and East Grand Avenue. It will have 108 rooms and should open as early as this spring. There was/is some issue concerning the "over saturation" of hotels in downtown Des Moines (a Hampton Inn and a Residence Inn by Marriott will also open in the area) but the AC should make it worth it with their French croissants and their signature AC cocktails. (Cornhusker martini, anyone?)

In Minneapolis, a nine-story, 244-room AC Hotel will go up at 401 Hennepin Av. S., across 4th Street from the Minneapolis Central Library. It will be near the light-rail line, Target Field and the all-important Target Center. The developer, M.A. Mortenson Co., said the AC brand was "a natural fit for the culture and vibrancy of the downtown Minneapolis market." If all goes well, the hotel should open in 2016.

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Here's Where The Next AC Hotels by Marriott Will Open in The U.S.

November 24, 2014 at 4:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

Now that we've gone inside and all around the AC Hotel by Marriott in New Orleans (above), we can confidently say that we are extremely excited for more AC Hotels to open across the U.S. But also, selfishly, we're hoping that AC doesn't adopt a super aggressive expansion model. It's ok to take it nice and slow. Like a fine wine, and that's important to the Spanish heritage of the AC brand, right?

Nevertheless, there are several more AC Hotels in the works and their opening dates are coming up soon. Here's how it's looking right now:

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What is The Washington Park Hotel in Miami All About? We're About to Find Out

November 14, 2014 at 5:13 PM | by | Comment (1)

Up in New York, it's been sort of a hotel marketing trend to present the hotel as a mysterious, manly-named place with as few details as possible, like Paul. Down in Miami, the same sort of awareness/unawareness ploy is going on with Washington Park Hotel. except this time, the hotel is looks like a lady.

The Washington Park Hotel is set to open in early 2015 at 11th and Washington Avenues. Judging from its website, the hotel looks like a pretty place to hang out. (Indeed, there's a picture of two lady surfers.) But other than its pretty and feminine style, including a floral entwined logo, there's not much we know about the hotel. At least not on its website.

Like any good millennial hotel, the WPH does have aFacebook page but there's not much else there either, except for a mention about their upcoming curated cocktails, which is pretty par for the course in Miami. However, there is a sexy side to the hotel. Like, literally, a sexy side as the hotel shares the space withis on the same block as The World Erotic Art Museum as well as a propaganda museum.

More details on the hotel, such as how many rooms, photos, amenities, services, etc, should be coming soon. But you know they already had us at "erotic art museum."

[Screengrab from WashingtonParkHotel.com]

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The First of Two Cambria Suites for NYC Will Open Next Month

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  Site Where: 125 West 28th Street [map], New York, NY, United States
November 13, 2014 at 1:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Way back in early 2013 we learned that prolific hotel architect, Gene Kaufman, would be building two Cambria Suitesfor New York City. Today, we learn that one of those hotels is getting ready to open soon.

Cambria Hotel & Suites New York - Chelsea on W. 28th Street, will open next month, according to a hotel rep. But there's a chance it could be delayed further. The website says reservations will begin for stays on February 27 and beyond but we couldn't make reservations for those dates either. So we'll just say the Cambria Suites is opening sometime in the very near future.

All 135 highly stylized rooms at the hotel promise to have "free wireless high-speed Internet access, a coffee maker, desk, hair dryer, microwave, refrigerator, private bath, sitting area, flat-screen television and sofa sleeper." The hotel will also have a rooftop terrace, a lounge and dining area, a ground-floor meeting room and a fitness center.

This Cambria Suites will actually set the model for the other Cambria Suites in the city. So far, there's only one other one coming to midtown at West 46th Street but who there is always room, somehow, for more.

[Rendering: Gene Kaufman Architect]

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Viceroy Hotels to Open in Portugal in 2017

Where: Algarve, Portugal
November 12, 2014 at 12:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been a while since we've heard from Viceroy Hotels but today's announcement is rather grand--Viceroy Algarve at Quinta Da Ombre will open in Portugal in 2017.

The resort will have 147 "stylishly-curated hotel guest rooms" along with 99 Viceroy-branded residential units in apartment, villa and townhouse configurations. There will also be seven dining venues, two outdoor swimming pools, an 18-hole golf course with designated clubhouse, a spa, a children's center a library lounge and over 6,000-sq.ft. of event and meeting space. The property will be designed by architectural design firm WATG, with interiors done by Wimberly.

All we have right now to look at is a watercolor painting of the area but Viceroy promises the resort will mix a "classic villa aesthetic" with "sleek, modern decor." As for Quinta da Ombria, it's a major development project by Pontos Group in the Algarve region, Portugal which is about two hours south of Lisbon and just 25 minutes from the Faro airport. It's still under construction but Viceroy is already hyping up its proximity to neighboring villages which are described as "centuries old." And that's what this Viceroy seems to be about--mixing the very old with the very new.

Now that Viceroy has broken into the European market, we expect more locations to be announced. We've also heard a rumor that Viceroy Hotel Group might be creating another brand.

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Work on The Virgin Hotel New York Should Begin Soon

Where: 1225 Broadway [map], New York, NY, United States
November 11, 2014 at 3:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

We are counting down the days until we can stay at the Virgin Hotel Chicago, (64 days to go!) but in the meantime, work is starting on the next big Virgin Hotel--Virgin New York.

The Real Deal Blog reports that developer, The LAM Group, filed permits yesterday for the Virgin Hotel in the hot-to-trot NoMad neighborhood at 1225 Broadway between 29th and 30th streets. That lot will be demolished and a 38-story hotel with 447 hotel rooms will be built with duplexes on the 34th and 35th floors.

Downstairs will have 100,000-sq.ft. of retail space. Upstairs it looks like there will be a rooftop lounge and possibly a pool. The architect for the project is listed as Brian McFarland of VOA Architecture, the company behind plenty of hospitality projects, including the remodel of The Tides in Miami Beach.

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A Controversial Hollywood Development (and Its Hotel) Remains On Shaky Ground

November 11, 2014 at 1:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

One of the most talked about mixed-use developments in the history of Hollywood is having a hard time getting off the ground, mostly because of what is going on below the ground. Millennium Hollywood, aka "MillHoll," is an ambitious live-work-stay destination that aims to add about a million square feet, and a 200-room luxury hotel, onto a couple of vacant parking lots. MillHoll is located next door to the iconic Capital Records Tower, which is to be a highlighted feature of the mega-urban project.

The hottest issue that may be keeping MillHoll from advancing past renderings form is whether or not the land is sitting on top of an active earthquake fault. If it's true, that's one hell of a "no-no."

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A Funky Philly Deco Building May Be The Next Uber-Urban Address For AC Hotels by Marriott

November 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

A former film distribution center for Warner Brothers may become the new Philadelphia address for AC Hotels by Marriott.

As faithful readers of HC already know, AC Hotels originated in Spain by designer Antonio Catalán as an urban contemporary hotel collection. Marriott announced its plans to import the brand back in June 2013, starting with AC Hotel New Orleans (which just opened), followed by Kansas City (December) and Miami (March 2015.) More locations have also been announced for Chicago, Asheville (North Carolina) and Irvine, Calif. And now Philadelphia.

The proposed Philly hotel, located at 13th and Florist Streets, is in the early planning and design stages, and an opening date has not been established. The Warner Brothers building is a two-story, Deco-inspired design dating back to 1947. There's really not much to work with here, so why not just build what you need on top of what you got?

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A Roundup Of The Latest Hotels Coming To Downtown Charleston

November 7, 2014 at 12:49 PM | by | Comments (4)

Charleston is in the midst of a hotel boom that will just not quit. With a projected 4.5 million visitors a year pouring into one of the most popular cities in the US, do the math - the need for rooms sure seems justified. In our concerted effort to keep up with all the new developments we reached out to the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, who shared a 'cheat sheet' of new hotels planned, proposed, or trying really hard to happen across the "Holy City."

Here's a status report on some of the hotels that are a "go", specifically in the much loved historic and Downtown neighborhoods.

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What Does Shoreditch Need? A New Hotel, Of Course

Where: 61-67 Great Eastern Street, London, United Kingdom
November 6, 2014 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

Because our list of new hotels for east London wasn’t long enough, here is another one: the Great Eastern Street Hotel. No points for guessing which street the hotel is on, which means that once complete, it will be a hop and a skip from The Hoxton Shoreditch and Nobu Shoreditch. In fact, you can just spy a sliver of the building that will be torn down to make way for Nobu in the aerial view above, to the right of the leafless tree, one block behind Great Eastern Street.

The 70,000 sq ft project will have a 125-bedroom hotel, taking over a site that was derelict for over a decade. Incorporating the façade of a Victorian warehouse, the Grade-II listed Griffin Pub will be restored, with “upper levels being converted to residential use”.

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W Beijing Is Opening Tomorrow, Here's What's Inside

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  Site Where: No.2 Jianguomennan Avenue, Beijing, China, 100022
October 31, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

The day has (almost) arrived: the W Beijing Chang’An is, at long last, opening. Not only are we able to make online reservations, rooms are still available on opening night tomorrow from $242.

What’s more, we actually have a photo from inside the hotel: we present to you, above, what a Spectacular Room looks like. A step up from entry-level Wonderful Rooms, they run at $318 under the “Extraordinary W Offer”. That shoots up to $451 for a fully flexible rate. The room comes in at nearly 540 sq ft, with the prerequisite open plan bathroom and some interesting purple herringbone-style art-slash-headboard. That pattern comes back in the hardwood floors and what we think could be quite a pretty blue area rug.

The exterior of the hotel leaves no doubt about this being a W either: check it out below.

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