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The Faena Hotel Miami Beach is Aiming for a November 1 Opening

June 11, 2015 at 7:03 PM | by | ()

It's been a while (ok, a few years) since we followed up on what Argentinian developer Alan Faena had in mind for Miami but strolling by the Faena construction sites the other day, we fully grasped how massive this hotel and residential project is. Fittingly, the six-block development from 32nd to 36th Street on Collins Avenue is being called The Faena District.

Some background: Faena is also the hotelier behind Faena Hotel in Buenos Aires, one of the best luxury hotels in the city. (And also, not a fan of Justin Bieber.) Now, he's bringing his Faena flair to Miami in the form of three residence towers; one Faena Forum, a performance hall designed by Rem Koolhaas; and two hotels--one of which will be the Faena Miami Beach, created out of the old Saxony Hotel. (Faena also runs the existing Casa Claridge Hotel across the street from The Saxony on Collins Avenue.)

According to the Miami Herald, the Faena Miami Beach, with its 169 hotel rooms should open on November 1, but in doing a little walk-by the other day, we're skeptical (as always) of that date.

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Everything is Coming Up Rosewood in Montecito

June 3, 2015 at 4:08 PM | by | ()

Luxury seekers in Santa Barbara, rejoice.

The old Miramar Hotel in Santa Barbara, Calif. will be replaced in 2018 as a brand-new Rosewood Resort. High profile developer Rick Caruso (he did The Grove in LA) and his company, Caruso Affiliated, announced the plans for his first hotel project yesterday.

The resort will have 122 guest rooms and 48 suites, which will be mostly villas and cottages, and most will have immediate beach access, a rare amenity for a Southern California resorts. The property will have an oceanside bar and restaurant with an outdoor terrace, a signature restaurant, two swimming pools, a Sense spa, a fitness center, a screening room and a ballroom. Which all sounds lovely, but we are a bit worried about the trains that pass through the property a dozen times a day, as pointed out by the LA Times.

We trust Caruso and Rosewood will install the best sound-proofing there is. Work will begin on the property next year. When it opens, Rosewood Montecito will be the third property in California for the luxury brand.

[Rendering: Rosewood Hotels & Resorts]

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Starwood Introduces a 10-Point Guide for Fixing Sheraton Hotels

June 1, 2015 at 11:50 AM | by | ()

The Sheraton Suites in Kansas City

It's the first of 'tha month. But it's also the first big day of the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference where all the big hotel companies make their game-changing announcements for the year. And kicking it off is Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide who have grand plans for the outdated-but-popular-in-China-and-with-boomers Sheraton Hotels brand.

Sheraton 2020 is an aggressive five-year plan for Sheraton which involves hitting major milestones such as-- opening 150 new hotels by 2020; a whopping $100 million marketing campaign set to launch in September; the launch of a new premier tier--Sheraton Grand; "continuous innovation of the Sheraton guest experience"; a "maniacal" focus on service excellence; and, for the owners and developers, some new revenue and profit-driving initiatives.

Here's the official statement from Adam Aron, Starwood's interim CEO.

“Sheraton is Starwood’s largest, and most global brand, with a nearly 80-year history as a pioneer and true beacon of hospitality around the world,” said Adam Aron, Starwood CEO on an interim basis. “With Sheraton 2020, we are marshalling the formidable might, muscle and creativity of our organization, which has famously distinguished itself as the industry’s premier brand builder and innovator. This is a top priority, and we will act boldly to put Sheraton back on its rightful pedestal as a global hotel brand of choice, everywhere.”

Whoa. Anyone else getting some serious "Braveheart" vibes here?

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Both Tommie and Thompson Hotels to Take on Hollywood (Again)

May 28, 2015 at 3:56 PM | by | ()

That didn't take long. Just last month, it was revealed that the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel had left the Thompson Hotels collection to be an independent hotel (that's part of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.) But Thompson won't be gone long from the Hollywood scene.

A press release put out by Thompson's parent hotel company Commune Hotels & Resorts announced an all-new Thompson Hollywood Hotel, opening on Wilcox Avenue, north of Sunset Boulevard. (FWIW, this will be incredibly close to the Mama Shelter Hotel, due to open next month.)

The Thompson Hollywood will be a 200-room hotel in a 10-story building with a nearly 5,000-sq.ft. restaurant, a 1,862-sq.ft. bar and an outdoor plaza. The rooftop "penthouse" level is promising views of the Hollywood sign and DTLA as well as an outdoor pool deck, a second restaurant and a fitness center. But that's not all.

A new build of Commune's made-for-millennials brand, Tommie Hotels, was announced for Hollywood as well.

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Even More Hotels To Look Forward to in Philadelphia

May 26, 2015 at 5:12 PM | by | ()

Come 2017, this mega-modern tower will be home to W and Element Philadelphia, and we can't help but notice their next door neighbor--The Ritz-Carlton

Philadelphia is on a (redevelopment) roll with more upcoming hotels to choose from than there are cheese steak stands. VisitPhilly, the source of all information for incoming travel, has rounded up 10 new hotels coming to town.

But we too, have been following hotels such as the Starck-designed SLS LUX; Four Seasons' new home; Kimpton'smove into a former court building; and an AC Hotel by Marriott which is set to engulf a funky Deco building.

If that's not enough for the option-oriented traveler, here are four more hotels to add to the mix. And expect even more behind these.

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Now Midtown NYC Will Get an Aloft Hotel

May 11, 2015 at 1:46 PM | by | ()

We’ve been waiting for Aloft Financial District to open (supposedly on June 25) but in the meantime, there’s another Aloft to focus on—Aloft New York Midtown.

Set to break ground later this month on 38th Street, just off 5th Avenue, the newest Aloft in the city will have 27 stories with 180 loft-style guest rooms. Architecture firms Nobutaka Ashihara Architects and Paul Vega of VLDG Inc. will design the hotel, encasing it in glass and metal with 360 degree views of the city. As with all other Alofts, this one will be very tech-centric, enabling keyless entry, as well as social, planning live music shows in the Aloft's XYZ bar.

This will be the fourth Aloft in the NYC area but certainly not the last. Starwood Hotels is planning to double their Aloft presence by 2017. Which is totally fine, but we just hope the "loft-style" rooms break from the usual faux-retro Aloft style.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Maybe a Semi-submerged Hotel Will Do Better than an Underwater Hotel?

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  Site Where: Doha, Qatar
May 8, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | ()

We’ve been talking about underwater hotels for as long as we’ve been around, but even in 2015 we do not seem much closer to one becoming a real-life thing. Perhaps the step that will get us from hotels on dry land to hotels underwater is this: Amphibious, a semi-submerged hotel planned for Doha, Qatar (yup, we saved the best till last).

Along with the bunch of other hotels that we talked about yesterday, Amphibious is scheduled for completion before the World Cup is held in Doha in 2022. It combines up to four hotels, residences, offices, and a marina, “like a big aquatic animal stretching out from the land into the sea”. The bill for making this big aquatic animal? €500 million.

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Here's What Tommie Hudson Square Will Have For Millennials When They Visit

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  Site Where: 231 Hudson Street [map], New York, NY, United States
May 6, 2015 at 7:19 PM | by | ()

As we told you the other month, the first ever tommie hotel (yup, all lowercased like that) will open in New York on October 1 and it will be a quintessential millennial hotel, complete with bedside charging stations, creative storage spaces and vision boards in the guest rooms.

But tommie will also give its youthful clientele the ability to "shape their stays and personalize their in-room experiences" by purchasing a variety of items from the hotel's newly announced General Store. These items go beyond toiletries and bottled water (although those are available too) and include fun items such as food, clothing and other wearables. (Some items will also be complimentary.)

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Chiltern Firehouse Has Room Photos and (Gasp!) Online Booking

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  Site Where: Chiltern Street, London, United Kingdom
May 6, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | ()

It had to happen at some point. Having opened his much-anticipated Chiltern Firehouse in London, Andre Balazs seemed intent on keeping its website a blank landing page with a telephone number and email address; whether you wanted to have dinner or spend the night, calling or emailing and hoping to get a response was your only option, unless you had insider access. Even when we finally saw one of the suites, we had all of one photo that we could share from inside the Marylebone firehouse.

Not anymore. We’re not sure exactly when this happened, but there are now plenty of photos on the website, along with – wait for it – the ability to book a room. Yourself. Online. How novel! We suppose the desire/need to fill those rooms night after night, summer or winter, won out in the end.

Above a photo of the Loft Suite that we saw back in October last year, which we described as “Chateau Marmont, with a touch of vintage and a lived-in feel”. You can see the blue/grey banquets running along the wall and just a corner of the rust-colored, chintz-covered, fringe-bottomed armchairs we referred to.

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A ‘NUO’ Luxury Hotel Brand is Coming to Beijing This Year

May 5, 2015 at 8:24 PM | by | ()

Here’s a new hotel brand to watch, NUO Hotels that is, a "made in China" luxe brand scheduled to debut in the capital this year.

NUO Hotel Beijing, the flagship of as many as 15 NUO Hotels targeted over 15 years, will offer 5-star “residential style luxury,” seriously sustainable design, and masterful contemporary interiors inspired by the culturally rich Ming Dynasty. Aka, green and gorgeous.

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The Hoxton Amsterdam Opens Reservations from July 13, Under $150

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  Site Where: Herengracht 255, Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 5, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | ()

Is Amsterdam on your travel itinerary this summer? You may want to reconsider your hotel choices, as there will be something new to try: The Hoxton Amsterdam beat our estimate of an opening in September (along almost-neighbor W Amsterdam) by unleashing reservations from July 13.

Officially, rates start from €89, which currently comes out to a clean $100. Playing around with dates in the second half of July, a Saturday night seems most expensive, with rates from €159 ($178) a night, while on Sunday, we even spy a “Shoebox” for €69 ($77) a night. We’ve heard of dorm beds in an Amsterdam hostel going for more than that. All in all, depending on the size of the room you pick, you should be able to get an average of around $150 a night, which is outstanding value.

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New York's NoMad Hotel to Go BiCoastal With New DTLA Location

April 28, 2015 at 12:05 PM | by | ()

Downtown Los Angeles' award-winning hotel scene continues to shine.

The LA Times reports that Giannini Building at 7th and Olive, a former Bank of Italy building that first opened in 1923, has been purchased by hotel developer The Sydell Group and wants to turn it into a boutique hotel--possibly a spin-off of the NoMad Hotel in NYC. Here's what Sydell has in store for the building:

The main former banking floor will be converted to a "living room" lobby for the hotel where guests can lounge or work, [Andrew E. Zobler, CEO of Sydell] said. The first floor will have a bar and a restaurant.

Sydell will operate the hotel, perhaps as a second branch of its NoMad Hotel on Broadway in New York. Plans call for 250 guest rooms that would either face outward or look into a large existing light well in the center of the upper floors of Giannini Place.

A rooftop swimming pool and event space with panoramic views of downtown are also on the drawing board. The hotel is to be a step up in room price and sophistication from Sydell Group's Freehand hotel being built in the former Commercial Exchange Building.

But there's another new boutique hotel coming to DTLA, just one block away from this one.

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