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The Hall in Miami, JDV's First East Coast Hotel, Will Have a 'Top Chef' In-House

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  Site Where: 1500 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
April 14, 2015 at 6:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

Earlier this year, we learned West Coast born-and-raised Joie de Vivre Hotels (JDV) would be expanding its horizons to Miami and New York. We're still waiting on the full details of the NYC property, but The Hall in Miami, at 15th and Collins, is going ahead with its "late summer" opening and now they've got "Top Chef" alum, Spike Mendelsohn, to create the food and bar menus.

Sunny's will be Spike's first outpost in Miami. The spot is named after his grandfather, but is also a nod to the weather in Miami (most days.) Designed by Robert McKinley, who also did the interiors for the rest of the hotel, Sunny's will "blend rustic elements and the tropics with natural, hand-crafted wood tables, all-weather chairs made from reclaimed rebar, and a Florida keystone main countertop."

Spike plans on serving reinterpretations of his favorite dishes he's picked up while traveling. That includes a Gulf Coast Grilled Grouper “Reuben,” the Greek-inspired Lifeguard Focaccia Myrtos Beach-Style, and the Jersey Shore Pork Roll Breakfast Sandwich. (Um, it's not pork roll. It's Taylor ham. Just saying.) Spike will also create made-to-order, brick-oven pizzas for The Hall's backyard bar and outdoor lounge area.

We wonder if his former judge, Tom Colicchio, will pop in. Colicchio, after all, is opening his Beachcraft restaurant up the road at the 1 Hotel South Beach.

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Dubai Will Get More Niche Lifestyle Hotels, But In a Very Big Way

April 10, 2015 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

The hotel scene in Dubai has long been synonymous with the top global hotel brands with the likes of IHG, Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, Accor, Carlson Rezidor and Hyatt firmly cementing their place across the city. With new regulations promoting mid-market hotel development, the mega hotel groups have been bringing in a variety of their brands ranging from the budget category to luxury.

However, while the "Big 7" continue to grow their footprint in the city, many developers are now looking beyond these hotel groups to either creating their own hotel brands or bringing in new, fresh brands. In other cities, these brands are considered "boutique" or "lifestyle" but in Dubai, they will be done in a very big way, with way more than 100 rooms. One such hotel is even aiming for 1,200 rooms.

Read on about this big small brands making their Dubai debut...

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Hotel Indigo Heading to The Mile High City in 2016

Where: 1801 Wewatta Street [map], Denver, CO , United States
April 7, 2015 at 4:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

Denver's hotel scene has been percolating for quite some time and while it's still nowhere near maxing out, it is becoming a well-rounded city in terms of its hotel options, whether you're looking for luxe, boutique or basic. And now here's comes another hip hotel to look forward to--Hotel Indigo Denver, the first Indigo for Colorado.

The hotel will open in Winter 2016 at 1801 Wewatta Street, adjacent to Union Station. The 203-room hotel will actually be located in the Union Tower West, a mixed-used development that will include office and retail space.

Above is a rendering of the tows but inside, as with all Hotel Indigo guest rooms, you can expect hard wood floors, spa bathrooms, locally-inspired design and artwork, fun and easygoing F&B concepts and free WiFi. Now, that's something to get high about.

[Rendering courtesy of John Portman & Associates]

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Your Next Andazm Could Happen at The Andaz Palm Springs in 2016

March 30, 2015 at 9:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

Thinking about your next Andazm? We know we are and if you can “wait for it” along with us, here’s a totally spot-on location – eternally hip Palm Springs. Yep, Andaz Palm Springs is coming to the California Desert but not until late 2016.

Still, when Andaz does the desert, it will do so in the heart of the Uptown Design District, a mile-long stretch of cool boutiques and great eats, and the iconic Palm Canyon Drive.

The hotel will offer 150 rooms, 17 suites, and two outdoor pools surrounded by an elevated terrace with bar (of course,) desert-friendly gardens, and plenty of party space, a Palm Springs prerequisite.

Indoors, expect a signature restaurant and lounge, spa and fitness center, indoor/outdoor meeting space, and the Andaz Salon, a celebration of local culture through live performances, exhibits, and exclusive special events.

The rendering above features Andaz's cool urban vibe while keeping a low profile, which is the norm for mid-century dominated Palm Springs. Floor-to-ceiling windows show off the neighboring San Jacinto Mountains while deep overhangs keep things cool.

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Mira! Thompson Hotels in Mexico Have Websites and Opening Dates

Where: Los Cabos, Mexico
March 25, 2015 at 12:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

We're still reeling with excitement over the pending October opening of tommie hotels in Manhattan but it turns out we'll have another Tom to look forward to this summer--Thompson Los Cabos. (ICYDK: both tommie and Thompson are a part of Commune Hotels.) And then just after that Thompson Playa del Carmen should open in the fall. Margs for everyone!

There is very little info on the websites and the photos are pretty much just models in skimpy bikinis on the beach admiring the view and sunsets, but here's a description of Thompson Los Cabos to get you fired up:

Imagine a side of Los Cabos you never knew existed. Where the soul willingly surrenders to el sol. Where a singular beachfront retreat commands a contour of the cape overlooking El Arco and the Bahía San Lucas horizon. From the sleek poolside lounge to the skygarden terrace, it’s a place to revel in the heat of the moment. Set to the pulse of an urban vibe by night, the warm, contemporary lines of visionary Mexico City architect Javier Sanchez draw you in, ultimately revealing a reflection of Cabo like no other.

Both Thompson Los Cabos and Playa del Carmen will be relatively small, about 125-150 rooms, and will no doubt focus on a design-driven party spaces. But hopefully, they have a few quiet spots for guests too. It's not all margs and Coronitas in Cabo, you know. #yeahright

[Photo: Thompson Los Cabos]

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The W Bellevue to Open in 2017, Conveniently Next to The Westin

March 24, 2015 at 7:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last year we gave you three top hotels to consider in Bellevue, Washington for "luxury, location and design", one of which was the Westin Bellevue. But in a couple of years, you'll be able to check out the Westin and the upcoming W Hotel in one stop.

The W Bellevue Hotel, which was announced this morning will be built on Bellevue Way between NE 4th and NE 8th Streets, and adjacent to The Westin Bellevue.

“W Bellevue is being designed with a unique narrative that represents our Eastside community,” says Kemper Freeman, Chairman and CEO, KDC, the developer behind the project. “The hotel’s cutting-edge design brings our community’s heritage into modern times with a contemporary interpretation of the joy and wonder that we all feel in a welcoming lakeside summer house. This hotel will truly represent all that we celebrate about our community and will bring an amped up W energy to Bellevue.”

Right now, the hotel is planned to have 245 guest rooms, including 25 suites and one Extreme Wow suite; FIT, a state-of-the-art workout facility; three restaurants and bars, one of which will be outside on a terrace with modern porch swings and a pool table; a library stocked with pulp fiction novels; and an oversized fireplace commonly found in traditional lodges, but with a W twist.

We can't wait to see what that twist may be. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait until 2017. Still, this is exciting news because it's the irst new W Hotel for the United States in a while. The W Philadelphia which was announced a few years ago won't open until 2018.

[Rendering: W Hotels]

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Best Western Announces Their First Vīb Hotel, Gangnam Style

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  Site Where: Seoul, Korea
March 19, 2015 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

A few months ago, Best Western Hotels announced their newest Vīb Hotels. (That’s pronounced Vibe.) And today, they’ve just released some info on the very first Vib Hotel to be developed in Seoul.

The Vīb, which is expected to break ground later this year, will be located in the city’s Gangnam district, which everyone knows all about now, thanks to Psy’s "Gangnam Style" song. The hotel will have 148 rooms and will be true to the Vīb philosophy which is about “innovation, technology, and style with authentic, local flavor offered at a great value."

And no doubt, a cool vibe too. Peep the renderings below, taken from the Vīb website, to understand more of what Vib is all about.

The Asia Pacific market will be a big one for Vīb Hotels, which is checking out spots for new hotels in Bangkok, Thailand; Sarawak and Shah Alam, Malaysia; and Ortigas, Philippines. Overall the

[Photos: Vib Hotels]

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Sofitel to Offer 'Five Star Plus' Luxury When It Opens in Frankfurt Next Year

March 11, 2015 at 5:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

After some delays in getting started, sleek, sexy and oh, so French Sofitel Hotels may be opening early next year in Frankfurt's Opernplatz, a city square facing the former Frankfurt Opera house.

The new Sofitel will offer “five-star-plus” service, an unofficial designation not unlike the seven star proclamations we’ve seen in recent years. Real world definitions aside, a night at the Sofitel, like a night at the opera, is proclaimed to be a “top performance.”

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An Abandoned Sanatorium is Totes Turning into a Haunted Hotel

March 9, 2015 at 5:07 PM | by | Comments (2)

Jail Hotels? Lock us in. Train Station Hotels? We're all aboard. Post Office Hotels? Send us to them. Sanatorium Hotels? Um...can we think about it?

That's what is supposedly happening in Kentucky with the former Waverly Hills Sanatorium, a favorite ghost hunters spot, which was opened from 1924 and 1961 before turning into a nursing home that eventually closed in 1981. Now, a development plan has been put forth to turn the haunted building into 120-room hotel with a 3,050-square-foot restaurant, an 8,500-square-foot conference center and a museum about the sanatorium's gruesome history (apparently 6,000 people died there from tuberculosis.)

We're guessing the hotel won't keep the sanatorium's infamous "body chute", an underground tunnel where bodies were sent to be collected and taken away (to be cremated nearby) out of sight from the rest of the patients. Then again, this might make for a great room service system. Eeeep.

[Photo via The Real Waverly Hills/Facebook]

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Hyatt Place Will 'Deliver' a New Hotel to a Former Post Office in St. Paul

Where: St. Paul , MN
March 9, 2015 at 4:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Looks like Hyatt Hotels may be the next big brand going postal.

Hyatt Place is hoping to open a 149-room hotel inside the former Eugene McCarthy Post Office in downtown St. Paul. I

The new Hyatt Place will occupy the lower floors of the 17-story “art deco gem” (we hear that a lot,) also known as Custom House, as it once housed customs offices on the upper floors. These floors will be reborn as luxe apartments.

While the apartments may have the better views of the Mississippi River or Kellogg Boulevard, the hotel gets the uber-tall ceilings, at 13 feet. That's also convenient because the Hyatt Place brand prides itself of having "roomy rooms."

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Your First Look Inside W Amsterdam, Opening September

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  Site Where: Spuistraat 175, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1012 VN
March 9, 2015 at 8:39 AM | by | Comments (6)

It’s rendering time! Having semi-stalked W Amsterdam for well over a year now, with our latest look at the hotel just behind Dam Square showing discreet signage in place, the moment is here: an impression of what will be inside the 238-room hotel.

Take a gander at what is labelled as a Wow Suite above. There’s a lot to look at, but we're digging the 70s Amsterdam vibe, with the corner fireplace, the carpet, the dual-faced sofa, and the yellow / white / grey / black in the modular bookcase. Then there is the circular bed, with what looks like a sheer curtain that can be drawn around it. We’re not sure if that’s actually a balcony or just a ledge for the plants, but given what we’ve seen of the two buildings, we doubt there would be the kind of rooftop views the rendering would suggest. Keep reading for so. Much. More.

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Two Landmarks in Downtown Portland Will Return as One Larger, Hipper Hotel

March 6, 2015 at 11:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

So what’s the first thing you think of when you look at a couple of old buildings, like the two in the photo above, that are in need of big time TLC? Naturally, what a cool hotel this could be comes to mind. OK, we’re biased but so are Portland based NBP Capital and Provenance Hotels, who plan to do just that. No word yet on an opening date.

According to Oregonlive, the interiors of the hotel will substantially be of new design, with restoration work focused on the outside walls, which thankfully are still rich in authentic detailing. The original hotel lobby will also be restored though it will not serve as the new lobby. No brainer here, this could be a hip lounge or restaurant space. The present plans are for two leased restaurants and 150 guest rooms.

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