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Update 11.13.13: The digital art wall is now live!
As is often the case, not quite everything is up and running yet. There are a few rooms still being worked on, the 15-foot digital art wall is not yet live (though looks pretty cool as is, IOO), and the Wayfarer restaurant is not open (but will be, hopefully in about two weeks -- room service, thankfully, is available).
Nevertheless, we stopped by for a peek on opening afternoon and watched as the lobby steadily filled up with arriving guests -- we were told occupancy rates for opening week were high. And indeed, for a random Tuesday in November (today), rates are $499 a night. Normally, they will be even higher at $599 a night. Fortunately, that includes WiFi and a bunch of other goodies. Keep reading to find out what those are.
Now that Soho House have made their move on the hot Chicago hotel scene (as well as that of Mumbai, Barcelona, Toronto and Istanbul ... and a new club on New York's Lower East Side), rumor has it they may be turning their attention back home -- to a new London location.
The Evening Standard reports that Soho House hotelier Nick Jones is negotiating with property developer Stanhope for a boutique hotel and club with a rooftop swimming pool at the site of what used to be the BBC Centre in West London -- Stanhope bought the site for £200 million when the BBC moved the location of their headquarters in March this year.
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We weren't too far off on Monday when we mentioned that former Thompson hotelier Jason Pomeranc, his brothers Michael and Larry and their longtime partner, Stephen Brandman, had trademarked the name Sixty House Hotels.
But in today's Wall Street Journal, it was revealed that the hotel will be a part of the Sixty Collective with each property going by the Sixty Hotel moniker. (Remember, as part of the deal with Commune, Pomeranc and co. still have 60 Thompson, Thompson LES, 6 Columbus and Thompson Beverly Hills in their portfolio.)
Here's what Pomeranc told the WSJ about starting over again.
"In some ways, yes, we're back to where we started," Mr. Pomeranc said in an interview. "But it's obviously starting from a different perspective with a lot more experience, a lot more focus and a different place in the industry than we were before."
He said he hoped the new company would turn out to be a "360-degree culture experience" that involved "communicating not only through our properties" but also through print, film and new media.
Which when you go way back into the early Thompson Hotel days, that's what they were always about--merging a hotel stay with cool culture.
A development site is up for auction in Midtown Manhattan and it might possibly become a hotel. That's interesting enough news but what we find really intriguing is that this very same site was the scene of what an archived 1998 New York Times article calls a "police sex scandal (that rocked) the Giuliani administration".
According to the NYT, a brothel operated above El Bohemio restaurant, "a pleasant, open-fronted sandwich place decorated with movie posters," and it was quite popular with New York's finest:
"Police were coming in and out of there all the time," said a worker at a nearby factory. "That doesn't make them criminals, only human."
Two officers were eventually indited on charges of taking bribes of sex, cash and gifts.
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We've known that SLS Hotels are eager to expand all over the place but we found something a little unexpected today while cruising the U.S. Trademarks website--Hyde Hotels.
Registered in the middle of September, the trademark is owned by SBE, the parent company of SLS. If you aren't familiar with SBE, they also run the Hyde chain of nightclubs found in LA, Las Vegas (at the Bellagio) and in Miami at the SLS South Beach. You can peep some pics from Hyde Beach, the pool and beach scene at the SLS South Beach here.
Interestingly, under the trademark's goods and services, it also includes "gaming development" and "construction of hotel, resort, casino, restaurant, bar, and nightclub property." As SLS gets ready to open their SLS Las Vegas property with a full-fledged casino floor, this has us especially intrigued. Meanwhile, SLS already has another hotel brand in the works, The Redbury, which has a flagship hotel in Hollywood and another about to open in Miami Beach.
Of course, registering a trademark can't be taken as a sign that this hotel brand will actually happen. But if it does, this might be the first-ever, real-life translation of the standard boutique hotel review-- "a nightclub with hotel rooms attached."
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Iceland is home to some seriously cool hotels. There's Design Hotel's 101 Hotel Reykjavik, the Art Deco Hotel Borg, Klaus Ortlieb's Hlemmur Square Hotel, the luxury resort Hotel Ranga and the eco-design (and new member of the Design Hotels collection) ION. The only thing Iceland doesn't have, surprisingly, is a five-star property, but that's soon (hopefully) to change with the construction of a brand new 250-room luxury hotel next to Harpa, the Olafur Eliasson co-designed concert hall and conference center in Reykjavik.
Kimpton Hotels can be found all over the West Coast, especially in San Francisco where the company originated, but right now, they are ramping up their Pacific Northwest properties.
The friendly boutique chain has just announced plans to open a 97-room hotel in Seattle by late 2014. It will be their fourth hotel for the city. Here are the juicy hotel detes:
An adaptive reuse of the landmark Palladian Building, originally built in 1910 as the Calhoun Hotel, this new project will embody the gritty elegance of the city showcased in 97 rooms, 1,100 square feet of swank meeting and event space, a trend setting restaurant and a lounge with an edgy urban vibe.
Slated for a late 2014 opening, the historic building is located in the trendy West Edge neighborhood in downtown Seattle, just steps away from Pike Place Market and the famed Seattle waterfront as well as many favorite Seattle attractions. Designer Nicole Hollis will oversee the project.
And just to be clear, Kimpton does not own the property but rather they were selected for the management contract by local development company Shemiran Trade.
Meanwhile, Kimpton has even more properties lined up across America including Austin, Grand Cayman, Milwaukee, Palm Springs, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Savannah, and Sedona. What's next, London? (We hope!)
Almost to the day three years ago did we scout Marylebone’s Chiltern Street based on the juicy gossip that André Balazs had set his sights on an abandoned fire station as the location for his new London hotel. Three years ago! Where does the time go?
On the long and winding road to today, we stumbled upon some delicious renderings of the interior (which didn’t last long on the contractor’s website), learned that it would possibly be a Mercer Hotel Andre was planning here, saw a multistory extension going up at the back of the courtyard, and wondered out loud what progress was being made over the summer. A 2013 opening was always part of the plan, but in case you hadn’t noticed, Christmas is barely two months away. So will we still get inside this year?
DeNiro, with his other partner in Nobu Hotels, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa.
Robert De Niro must have been pretty happy about his experience working with BD Hotels on The Greenwich Hotel because he's partnering with them again to develop a new five-star boutique hotel...in Shanghai.
The hotel will be part of what is being called Project 179 a 850,000-square-foot complex on the Bund that will also feature retail space, restaurants "led by accomplished restaurateurs currently operating distinguished establishments in the United States," a performance center and multi-screen cinema. Let's hope the first screening at this new cinema is a Taxi Driver/Raging Bull double-bill.
Things have finally begun to move forward with 1 Hotels who are planning open the 1 Hotel Central Park in the spring of next year. 1 Hotels are also working on properties in South Beach and Brooklyn. And now we've learned that the brand has changed their name ever so slightly to 1 Hotel & Home.
Tipster Andrew alerted us to the moniker change-up and pointed us to the 1 Hotels website for the proof. Indeed, 1 Hotels is going by 1 Hotel & Home with the tagline, 100% Natural, which is no doubt a reference to the hotel brand's green and sustainable practices. Here's who some1 describes it:
Once in a while a brand comes along that does what’s right and makes you feel good. We’re creating a new place that brings the sounds and textures of nature inside and engages the community outside. A place to experience the sensual goodness that comes from the use of reclaimed materials, the freshest organic ingredients and a considered way of doing things. A place to relax, connect and celebrate something that has never been done before.
"A place to experience sensual goodness." That's a tall order for any hotel brand, especially one that is hoping to use reclaimed materials and organic ingredients in an urban setting. But we're excited to see how 1 Hotels, er 1 Hotel & Home pulls it off.
[Screengrab: 1 Hotels]
The famous "Arch" in Cabo
Yesterday as we cruised the beachfront "tourist corridor" in Los Cabos, Mexico where all the hotels are located, we learned that both Montage Hotels and Four Seasons would soon be setting up shop in Cabo.
We had heard about the Montage back in August but Four Seasons? That was new to us. So we did a little research and found that indeed Four Seasons is joining the party.
LosCabosGuide.com reports the hotel will open in The Cabo Riviera development which is located on more than 900 acres in the town of La Ribera, only 38 miles east of Los Cabos. That puts it pretty far from the tourist corridor and the action of the marina but it will still front the Sea of Cortez, ensuring lots of relaxing on the beach and water activities. The Cabo Riviera development will also include a golf course and its own 280-slip marina, along with an artists village, and plenty of high-end residences. (Sorry, no Senor Frog's here!)
In our research, we also uncovered a website for the Ritz-Carlton Reserve (essentially, a super luxe Ritz-Carlton) in San Jose del Cabo that was announced the other month. This Reserve should open in 2015 but sorry, your dollars won't go any further here as the dollars to peso exchange rate is pretty much the same. But we can all hope that the Reserve will keep prices below a $1,000 a night.
Now that we've finally seen the inside of The Marlton, we're ready to turn our attention to Sean MacPherson's next new hotel. After years of delays, things are finally moving along at 180 Ludlow Street in the Lower East Side, and while we are still waiting for The Marlton's Café Marlton to open up, the hotelier has released details of what will be The Ludlow's restaurant.
Last month we had some insider information on The Ludlow's 162 guest rooms and now Sean MacPherson has spoken to Eater and told them that he is teaming up with Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi (of Torrisi and Carbone restaurants) and their parent company, Major Food Group, to develop the new hotel's restaurant. Interesting news, given that MacPherson majorly dissed Carbone in the New York Times' Style section just a week ago: