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The Andazms won't stop coming!
We gave you a little update last week on the new Andaz Hotels expected to open in the next few years. Thanks to a connected tipster, we've got some scoop on one of those upcoming hotels--The Andaz Delhi in India.
The hotel will be close to the Delhi International Airport in a mixed-use project called, Aerocity. This will be the first airport hotel for the Andaz brand. According to the architect firm, the hotel will have seven stories, 446 guest rooms, ballroom space, meeting rooms, two rooms, gardens, fitness center, a spa and an outdoor pool. Sounds pretty swish for an airport hotel, we have to say. But you know, don't make this a thing, Andaz.
The hotel has no opening date but it is in pre-opening stages and already has a rather experienced general manager, which is a very good sign. In total, there will be three Andaz Hotels in India--Andaz Aerocity, Andaz Gurgaon and Andaz Jaipur. That's good for us, is it good for you?
[Renderings: BauerLatoza Studio]
We've got Milan on our minds today
The "young and rich" luxury brand that is ME by Melia is in the midst of a global expansion, making powerful modern design statements (to put it lightly) in each city it debuts.
With hotels like ME London, a futuristic class act by Foster + Partner; the recently opened sexy cool ME Majorca and ME Ibiza; and the mind-altering ME Dubai, coming in 2016, it should be no surprise that when ME Milan Il Duca opens next year, it, too, will be something very special.
Chicago has been a breeding ground for new hotels and new hotel concepts for a few years now. We even named it the Best Hotel Scene back in 2011. But the hospitality winds of change are just starting to pick up.
By our count, 8 very important hotels will open in Chicago in the next two years. Of course, there will be many, many, more hotels opening than just eight. But here are the ones we're dying to sleep with.
1. Virgin Chicago: At long last, Virgin Hotels finally revealed its much hyped but much covered up hotel concept last week. And we are loving it. Rooms will officially open to guests in the dead of winter on January 15 at $209 a night. We're currently hunting down a faux fur coat to accompany us on our virgin stay with Virgin Hotels.
What is everyone smoking in Chicago? Because hotels want to go to there, badly.
We're still digesting the news that we'll be able to stay at the Virgin Hotel Chicago on January 15 and we're still not quite over the coolness of the new Soho House Chicago. Heck, we're still in love with Ian Schrager's Public Hotel (although a friend tells us the property is starting to show some wear and tear after three years.) Now, our minds are spinning over the announcement of an Ace Hotel coming to the Windy City.
Curbed Chicago has all the pertinent details of the property and its location.
The upcoming Ace will be located literally right across the street from the old Fulton Market Cold Storage building, which Sterling Bay is also developing. The Fulton Market Cold Storage facility, now called 1K Fulton will become the future home of hundreds of Google employees, as well as the new global headquarters of Chicago-based SRAM Corporation.
The area is also home to the Soho House as well as the upcoming Nobu Chicago.
Details are scant on what will actually be inside this Ace but we bet there will be the usual Ace Hotels amenities like plenty of Pendleton blankets, a coffee shop of some sorts , a hipster sort of restaurant and free WiFi. Yet given that the competition in Chicago is getting fiercer by the minute, we suspect Ace will bring their A-game out with a few more special features. We can't wait to see what those will be.
The hotel game is one of patience, confirmed once again for us this week: four years after we first snapped pictures of a dilapidated Marylebone fire station in London, two years after we uncovered a rendering or two, and six months after Andre Balazs finally opened Chiltern Firehouse, we actually made it over the threshold of one of its suites.
The vibe? Think Chateau Marmont, with a touch of vintage and a lived-in feel. Suite number 26 (incidentally the total number of suites in the house) faced Chiltern Street itself and was described to us as one of the larger options. Frustratingly, the only photo we were allowed to take away is the official one above (of a different suite). While each suite differs in size and layout due to the listed building (hallway doors are fire station red and have the original handles, lights are controlled by original black dial switches), furniture and style is consistent throughout.
Number 26 had two banquets with the blue/grey fabric you see in the photo running along the wall, a table with a few chairs and two rust-colored, chintz-covered, fringe-bottomed armchairs. The bed, around the corner in an open-plan L-shape, was dressed in white sheets and had the same wooden headboard as above. Thick carpet, dark blue and with a paisley-like motif, added to the vintage feel. The hallway had a small walk-in closet, a separate powder room, and a bathroom with separate shower and freestanding tub. The shower, big enough to do cartwheels in, had rather interesting pale blue / sea green tiling.
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Earlier tonight, Virgin Hotels, at long last, unveiled their new website with actual information, not just rumors, about their hotels. Even better, reservations are now open for the Virgin Chicago starting on January 15. Rates for a “Chamber King” start at $209 a night.
We're still undressing the Virgin Hotels site but here are the pertinent details. Before we go any further, we strongly suggest you watch the video above to get a clear sense of what the hotel has to offer and how they plan on doing it.
Last week, we wondered if there were any more Andaz Hotels on the horizon, aside from the upcoming Munich and Bali properties (which, TBH, had us plenty excited.) As it turns out, we will be having multiple Andazms once again.
A helpful hotel insider reminded us of some rumored Andaz locations that we've already heard about but with some updates. (Yup, we got intimate with Andaz and forgot about it.)
Andaz New Delhi: But apparently, it's near an airport so only for quickies. No opening date yet.
Andaz Mayakoba: It is still expected to open in mid-2015 but we haven't heard much new on the property since it was announced. We'll file this under "Back-Up Andazms."
Andaz Paris: Oui! Andaz Paris should open after the Hyatt Hotel du Louvre gets renovated. However, the renovations have not begun so we'll have to put that cigar on ice.
In the meantime, you can hit up the brand-new Andaz Tokyo for your Andaz fix.
Got any more inside info on how to get with an Andaz? Hand it over.
Got any more inside info on how to get with an Andaz? Hand it over.
On a crisp winter day back in March, we walked down London’s Seymour street to look at the latest venture of The Zetter Group, converting a Georgian townhouse into its first Marylebone and third overall hotel.
At the time, we hoped an early fall opening would have been in the cards. While a photo of this past weekend reveals the double-wide brick façade, it also shows some work is still to be done, which the Zetter website confirms: opening will be at the end of 2014.
The official name also appears to be The Zetter Townhouse, Marylebone (rather than The Zetter Seymour) to sit alongside The Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell. We still have to wait for a look at the 24 rooms, cocktail bar, and rooftop apartment with terrace and outdoor bath, but we’ll have that for you when we can.
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Following a snapshot on Wednesday, it’s time to take a closer look at Mondrian London at Sea Containers, now finally open on the city’s Southbank. Getting inside the hotel is possible from the river if you’re on foot, but the main entrance – white curtains, candles, and all – is on Upper Ground, where construction on Southbank Tower is still in full swing.
Up a few steps and past the second of two oversized interlocking anchor chains (the first is outside), you’ll find reception (above), sliced out of the copper hull that runs all the way to the river, with spotlights marking its shape as a dotted line on the floor.
We were thrilled back in February about the announcement of Andaz Munich since we have
a hot and heavy love affair sort of a thing for Andaz Hotels. But somehow we totally missed out on the other news that Andaz dropped that month as wel--Andaz Bali.
There's not much info to go on but the beachfront Andaz Bali will open in 2016 (before the Andaz Munich). The property will be designed by Tierra Design and Japanese interior design firm Spin Design Studio. Here's a little more on the hotel set-up, straight from the Hyatt press release:
The hotel will be comprised of low-rise clusters and pavilions set within dramatic landscaping, and will feature 144 guestrooms and villas, small intimate meeting facilities, multiple dining options, a fitness center, several outdoor swimming pools, and a spa.
Sounds so very Andazy. And we're completely ok with that.
But aside from Andaz Munich and Bali, there doesn't seem to be any other Andazs on the horizon. We have to ask--Andaz, are you ok? Are you ok, Andaz? Or are you just taking your time with the foreplay?
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We said on Monday that September was making its last two days count in London, and it did: following the opening of The Beaumont in tony Mayfair, we finally had a chance to see inside Mondrian at Sea Containers last night.
The references to the building’s history are everywhere: from the copper hull that cuts from the entrance past reception to the riverside restaurant in a sweeping curve to the actual containerships displayed in the lounge above.
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It's been rumored for several years that the iconic TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport would one day turn into a hotel. And once again, the rumor mill is working overtime with reports that a new hotel brand will soon install themselves at the terminal.
Earlier this year, negotiations between hotelier Andre Balazs and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey fell through . Now it seems the Port Authority is out shopping for a new Sugar Daddy.
Following the release of a formal Request For Proposal last month, the word on the street— runway rather— is that interested parties may include Yotel, who made their name with their capsule concept at UK airports; developer Related Companies; Marriott International and even, Donald Trump.