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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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Viceroy to Get a Piece of the Chicago Pie in 2017

March 5, 2015 at 2:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Chicago is absolutely not slowing down its hotel scene anytime soon. The latest hotel brand to set its sights on the Windy City is Viceroy Hotels.

The Viceroy Hotel Group officially announced this morning they will open The Viceroy Chicago in the city's Gold Coast nabe in 2017. The announcement was extremely light on details but here's what it said:

Working in tandem with Convexity Properties, the powerhouse luxury hospitality brand will unveil the Goettsch Partners and TAL Studio-designed property, located conveniently for guests on State Street in the Gold Coast. The area occupies the central part of a flourishing neighborhood, quickly gaining momentum as one of the most sought-after modern luxury destinations in the city.

Known for creating authentic and inspired experiences, Viceroy Hotel Group will be using design, art, style and culture to infuse the new property with all the amenities and services of a top-luxury hotel, while simultaneously working to maintain a distinct sense of place for guests eager to explore and experience the Chicago landscape.

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Soho House to Open a Hotel, with Bike Storage, in Amsterdam

March 3, 2015 at 12:12 PM | by | Comments (2)

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Amsterdam has quietly been upping its hotel scene in the past few months.

Recently, we've told you about the upcoming Generator Hotel/Hostel, The Hoxton, two new Sir Hotels, the Hyatt Regency, The W and Element Hotels, and the millennial-friendly Student Hotel. That's in addition to recent notable openings like the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam (last May) and the Andaz Amsterdam (late 2012.)

And now comes Soho House.

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DC is Readying a Bunch of New Hotels in Time for the 2016 Election

February 26, 2015 at 3:57 PM | by | Comment (1)

Only 620 days until the 2016 election, but who’s counting? The momentum is building and hoteliers in the DC area are physically building new hotels as well as renovating in advance of what will be a very important presidential election. Let’s review who's on the hotel ballot:

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Plans Resurface, Again, for a Titanic-Themed Hotel on The Site Where The Ship Was Built

Where: Belfast, Ireland
February 24, 2015 at 11:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

Here we go again. When we reported in 2009 of plans to convert the shipyard where the ill-fated Titanic was built into a themed hotel, we weren’t sure we liked the idea. We're still not sure, but we’re keeping an open mind as we follow the latest hotel’s progress until it actually, finally opens. No date on that yet.

With a little help from a £4.9 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the 4-star, 84-bed hotel will occupy the headquarters of Harland and Wolff, one of the largest shipbuilders of the 20th century. Many a cruise ship in addition to the RMS Titanic were built here as well as some pretty serious navy warships.

What makes the hotel seem more plausible this time around may be the fairly new next door neighbor. The uber-angular Titanic Belfast museum, which opened in 2012, overlooks the historic shipyard buildings and what will be the front side of the hotel. The hotel will have a new steel and glass entrance, illustrated in the top rendering.

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What's The Deal With Starwood Hotels' New Brand?

February 16, 2015 at 2:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

But will the new brand have eclairs like the Le Meridien does?

Last week, while everyone was so Hyatt Centric centric, news came out that Starwood Hotels will launch another "soft" brand that will be positioned somewhere in between the Luxury Collection Hotels and the newly acquired Design Hotels brand. (You can read about Starwood's takeover here.)

There has been no name or branding released and Starwood president and CEO, Frits van Paasschen, would only say that they are in discussion with hotel owners on the brand. But it looks like the brand will most likely be created by converting existing Starwood properties/brands.

Does Starwood, and the world in general, really need another hotel brand? No, most certainly not. But this news is also concerning because the purpose of this new unnamed brand sounds EXACTLY like what Le Meridien Hotels is attempting to do with their brand refresh, which is provide an upscale, design and culture-oriented hotel experience. (FWIW, it also sounds a lot like Loews' OE Collection.)

Of course, this new brand is still unfolding and it could fill a very real need for hotel guests. Also, the M word was also not mentioned and we're thankful for that. But still, this is very much to be continued....

Got any scoop on the new Starwood brand? Let us know!

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The Reverie Saigon Is Gradually Peacocking Its Way into Reality

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  Site Where: 22-36 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, 57-69F Dong Khoi Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, District 1
February 16, 2015 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last time we checked in on the Reverie Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City’s forthcoming hotel that’s so luxurious it will make you wilt, the website was showing availability from 1 February, and we got all optimistic.

A little too optimistic, as it turns out, as the opening has now been pushed back to May/June. But forget about silly opening dates, and let youtself be dazzled. Here’s a new picture, bringing new meaning to the word “peacocking”. No wonder it dares to call itself “the boldest expression of opulence to debut in Vietnam, ever”. Not even sure it needs to qualify itself with “Vietnam”.

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