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First Look at The Verb Hotel, Opening at Fenway Park This Summer

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  Site Where: 1271 Boylston St. [map], Boston , MA, United States, 02215
March 20, 2014 at 12:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

The historic Fenway Motor Hotel, a Howard Johnson property, closed late last year to make way for a new hotel development. Now in the quickest hotel conversion turnaround we've seen yet, the Verb Hotel has been born. It will open this summer, with reservations being taken on April 1.

Surprisingly, the 94-room hotel will not be all about baseball but rather rock n' roll. The hotel is set to feature rare music and pop-culture memorabilia about Boston such as "historic Boston Phoenix covers and photographs of musicians who performed locally or appeared on WFNX, Boston’s famed classic rock station." The music theme even extends to the Verb logo, which is a guitar pick.

But this makes sense as the original owner, Bob Sage, told the Boston Globe last year that his hotel used to take in a lot of performers. “I got a lot of people in here from Columbia Records. They were trying to promote their records," he told the paper. And of course, Fenway Park doesn't just host baseball games but concerts as well.

While we can see what the exterior and layout of the hotel will be like from this rendering, we don't quite know what's happening in the guest rooms. But the hotel's website is promising a "mid-century classic, lovingly restored with TLC." We'll check back in with them on April 1.

HOLD UP: We do have renderings of the guest rooms! Peep some pics below!

[Rendering: The Verb Hotel]

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Hotel Indigo to Open in NYC and Miami's Financial Districts in 2016

Where: Canada
March 19, 2014 at 12:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

We can't get enough of Hotel Indigos and fortunately, it's getting easier and easier to find a Hotel Indigo wherever we go.

The boutique brand from InterContinental Hotel Group has announced new hotels in New York's Financial District and in Miami's Brickell area.

The Hotel Indigo NYC Financial District will open in 2016 on Maiden Lane, one of the city's oldest streets, between Nassau and Broadway. This historic location will no doubt play a part in the Hotel Indigo's design which always works in elements from the surrounding area. And since Maiden Lane was where many of the city's watchmakers were located (there's a clock embedded in the sidewalk in front of William Barthman Jeweler), we're expecting a lot of clocks. Indeed, Hotel Indigo is already promising a "unique spin on the idea of time."

The hotel is also located one block from the new One World Trade Center. In total, the 25-story new-build hotel will have 190 rooms featuring all the Indigo brand standards--hard-surfaced flooring with area rugs, spa-inspired bathrooms, plush bedding and free WiFi, along with a bar and restaurant serving locally sourced food. And the new Interactive Neighborhood Guides will be in place as well.

This will be the fifth Indigo in NYC since it already has locations in Brooklyn and Chelsea with two more in the works in the LES and Flushing, Queens.

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Some Updates on the 6 Denver Hotels Set to Open This Year and Next

March 19, 2014 at 11:45 AM | by | Comments (2)

It's been no secret that Denver, a city once considered a "cattle town," is growing up right in front of our eyes. With six hotels in the pipeline for the next two years, it is an incredible increase considering the city's relatively small downtown. We look forward to watching the progress it makes in the coming years, and wish each of the hotels luck in serving their role. Here's an updated list with details and opening dates:

1. The Crawford Hotel:Much of downtown's growth is revolving around Union Station, which is being completely redeveloped in anticipation of the launch of the airport line in 2016. The Crawford Hotel, set to open July 12th with 112 rooms, will be the only hotel to rest within its walls. It should be pretty impressive and we can't wait to get a glimpse of its railcar-themed rooms.

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Nobu Hotels Are Now Bringing Their Green Tea Waffles to Chicago

March 18, 2014 at 6:03 PM | by | Comment (1)

Just yesterday we swooned over the green tea waffles at the Nobu Hotel in Las Vegas and now today, we learn we'll be able to scarf down those breakfast delights on our next trip to Chicago. Or well, maybe our third to next trip to Chicago.

Nobu Hotels officially announced the Nobu Hotel and Restaurant that will open in the West Loop neighborhood on the corner Randolph and Preoria Streets in early 2016. Here are the details from the press release:

Inspired by the world-renowned Japanese culinary genius Chef Nobu and championed by Academy award-winning actor Robert De Niro and Hollywood producer Meir Teper, the boutique Nobu Hotel will feature 155 luxury rooms, the Nobu Restaurant and a special indoor and outdoor bar. A lounge and venue on the rooftop will deliver a fusion of laid-back luxury, high-energy nightlife and exclusive guest room retreats.

No doubt the Nobu in-room dining will be present as will the complimentary green tea Welcome amenity, the Natura Bisse toiletries and the turndown service. However, it will be interesting to see if Chicago will copy the Las Vegas design (pictured above) or if the Rockwell Group will dream up something different. We're feeling adventurous today so let's hope they get creative.

[Photo: VegasChatter]

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London's Zetter Hotel Is Heading West to Marylebone

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  Site Where: 28-30 Seymour Street, London, United Kingdom
March 11, 2014 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

East and West London may feel like worlds apart to some, but that isn’t stopping these hotels from embracing both: we’ve told you the Hoxton is expanding into Holborn, and now the Zetter & Zetter Townhouse are set to bridge their original haunt of Clerkenwell and tony Marylebone.

The Zetter Seymour, on the street of the same name just north of Marble Arch, should open in September with just 24 bedrooms in a double-wide Georgian townhouse. Mostly obscured by scaffolding, the exterior of number 26 (on the right) should give you an idea of what it will look like, with a total of six windows across.

While the Zetter Townhouse was created around fictional host "eccentric great aunt Wilhelmina", Marylebone will be the realm of "wicked uncle Seymour". What exactly that means is still kept under wraps, but there will be a large rooftop suite and a cocktail bar downstairs.

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Pestana Adopts Historic Town Hall for Its Amsterdam Debut in 2016

March 10, 2014 at 11:13 AM | by | Comment (1)

Yet another new hotel will opening in Amsterdam--The Pestana Amsterdam, from the Pestana Group, a Portuguese hotel company.

The Pestana Amsterdam will occupy the former town hall and county seat of the City of Nieuwer-Amstel, alongside the River Amstel. The town hall was built between 1889 and 1892, just four years before Nieuwer-Amstel was merged into the City of Amsterdam. The building, as beautiful as it is, was then used for records storage.

The building style is Neo-Renaissance, aka is really pretty, and oozes with exterior detail. Pestana will not need to dress up this architectural beauty, which features decorative brick patterns and the classic Dutch stepped parapet, roof sculpture and finials galore, and one hellova cupola. Additions were made after the town hall was completed, and based on the digital image released, these will be integrated into the hotel's design.

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The James Hotel To Open in Los Angeles on Sunset Boulevard

March 7, 2014 at 2:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've long been a fan of James Hotels in Chicago, Soho and Miami, with their cool art, minimalist but comfortable rooms and happening nightlife so the news that they are coming to the West Coast has us, in short, thrilled.

The LA Times reports that The James Los Angeles will open in 2016 on the southeast corner of Sunset and La Cienaga boulevards in a new $300 million complex called, Sunset La Cienaga, which will also have apartments, retail and eateries.

The James itself will have 286 rooms done in a "warm modernism" interior style and two James-branded bars and restaurants, including a rooftop bar. Woot! Oh and don't forget, James Hotels also offer free WiFi. Even better.

The hotel already has a website up, although it only has a press release announcing the property. This marks a return to the west for The James which used to operate a hotel in Scottsdale, which then later turned into a Mondrian before finally becoming The Saguaro, a JDV Hotel.

[Rendering: CIM]

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Red Roof Inn Is Rolling Out a New 'Upscale Economy' Brand

March 6, 2014 at 3:10 PM | by | Comment (1)

Another day, another new hotel brand. This time it's from Red Roof Inn, who is now rolling out "upscale economy" hotels to be known as Red Roof PLUS+ Yes, it sounds a bit like an airline seat category but hey, we like upgrades.

The PLUS+ brand is hoping to offer guests an “enhanced experience at a value price”. Thirty-one hotels will be launched immediately with nine more set to open by the end of the year. All will feature a NextGen design that has modern furniture, flat-screen TVs with HD channels, wood-like floors, extra outlets, and Rest Suite beds by Serta with high-end bedding. Red Roof says that within two years, 20 percent of its portfolio will actually be PLUS+ hotels.

Here are some more "pluses" that guests can expect from Red Roof PLUS+:

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The Godfrey to Open a Second Hotel in Boston

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  Site Where: 59 Temple Place [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02111
March 6, 2014 at 9:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Godfrey, slated for late 2014, will be Boston's next grand opening

There’s a spate of hotel developments afoot in the Hub. But according to a recent report released by the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, the next hotel opening to hit the city will be The Godfrey in late 2014.

The property comes from the same team behind the just-opened Godfrey in Chicago, a Cubist-influenced building that, to those of us without art history degrees, could also be described as “Jenga chic.”

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The Ace Hotel's Second NYC Spot Will Open on The Bowery

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  Site Where: 223-225 Bowery [map], New York, NY, United States, 10012
March 5, 2014 at 10:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

Back in September, we heard that Ace Hotels was considering opening their second NYC hotel in the old Salvation Army building at 225 Bowery. Today, the sale of the building has been completed and it was announced, officially, that Ace Hotels would be taking it over.

Here are the deal basics: Eastern Consolidatd arranged the $30 million+ sale of 223-225 Bowery, which was also owned by the Salvation Army, to Omnia Group Ltd and North Wind Group. The 55,00-square foot building's first two floors have been occupied by the SA's Chinatown Corps Community Center while the other eight floors have been vacant for more than 13 years. The shelter and community center will now be moving out to a new spot in Brooklyn.

Ace Hotels has plans to "re-imagine" the building but will probably salvage whatever original or historical bits they can. And since the original Ace Hotel in Seattle was created out of an old Salvation Army building, we trust that Ace will handle this properly.

But as we learned back in September, this Ace will be even grungier more rugged than the other Ace Hotels with smaller rooms and less frills (not like Ace is a frilly brand to begin with.) The hotel will still have a happening lobby and bar scene. No word on when it will open but possibly late 2015.

[Photo: Google Street View]

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Marriott's Millennial Brand, Moxy, Announces More Locations

March 3, 2014 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just a few weeks ago we heard that Marriott's new brand for Milennials, Moxy Hotels, would be opening its first hotel in Milan this August, with five more locations to open by 2015. Today, we know exactly where those new hotels will be. And if you like airport hotels, then you should be psyched.

· MOXY Milan Malpensa Airport: 162 rooms, located at Terminal Two and scheduled to open in August, 2014
· MOXY Munich Airport: 317 rooms, located approximately five minutes from the main terminal and scheduled to open in spring, 2015
·MOXY Berlin Ostbahnhof: 190 rooms, centrally located near Ostbahnhof train station and scheduled to open in spring, 2015
·MOXY Frankfurt Gateway Gardens: 305 rooms, located approximately five minutes from Frankfurt Airport and scheduled to open in summer, 2015
·MOXY Berlin Airport: 266 rooms, located at the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport and scheduled to open in autumn, 2015
·MOXY Oslo Exporama: 229 rooms, located approximately 15 minutes from both the airport and city center and scheduled to open in autumn, 2015

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Restoration Hardware is Apparently (Not) Working on a Hotel Brand in NYC

February 26, 2014 at 9:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

UPDATE 2.27.14: We received word from a Restoration Hardware representative: "We have no plans to open a hotel at that location." But could there be a different location in mind? Only time will tell.

Well, this is quite cool and a little weird at the same time. The once hot Pastis restaurant (featured in several eps of SATC at its peak) is about to shutter on Friday and in its place will go a massive Restoration Hardware. (Pastis will open up in another new location later.)

But that's not all, according to ThirstyNYC, this Restoration Hardware will actually be a Restoration Hardware Hotel. What?? We had no idea the pricey furniture store was working on a hotel brand.

We can't seem to find any more details on the hotel or what its concept will be like. But we guess that isn't very hard to imagine. Fill the hotel with all Restoration Hardware furniture and voila, you have a hotel. Good thing we've always admired the Restoration Hardware bedroom set-ups.

Got any leads on the Restoration Hardware hotel? Let us know!

[Photo:JasmineJennyJen/Flickr]