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At Long Last, Andre Balazs Will Open a Standard Hotel in London

June 10, 2014 at 4:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Chiltern Firehouse in London has no real rooms open but it's restaurant has already been declared a success. (If you can count Lindsay Lohan dropping by every night a success). So it's not surprising that working off of the Chiltern's good vibes, hotelier Andre Balazs is now planning a Standard Hotel for Londontown.

EsatesGazette.co.uk has the full scoop:

André Balazs Properties is partnering with Crosstree Real Estate Partners to convert the 150,000 sq ft Camden town hall annexe, WC1, and open the first Standard Hotel outside the US.

Balazs has entered an exclusivity agreement with Crosstree to open a circa 250-bedroom hotel – its sixth Standard – on the site of the former council offices.

Now this is exciting. Because it might mean that we could actually stay in the Standard whereas the Chiltern operates a bit like Balazs' ultra-exclusive Mercer Hotel in Soho, NYC. And because it's a Standard, we can also expect a cool F&B and possibly a rooftop bar. We're also loving the convenient location across from King's Cross St Pancras Station.

We just hope the security team gets a stern talking too about releasing elevator footage of celebrities.

[Photo: Camden New Journal]

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Yotel is Bringing Its Chic Capsule Cabins to San Francisco

June 9, 2014 at 10:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

Yotels, the capsule hotel chain that's known for its in-room mood lighting and its Yobot, are making good on their promise from last fall to take the chain worldwide.

The historic Grant Building at Market and Seventh streets in San Francisco, will turn into a 200-room Yotel after undergoing some extreme renovations. No word on the pricing but with such small rooms, one has to expect some small, er, low, rates.

Capsule rooms aside, the news of a Yotel is excellent for San Fran. The city might be home to some of the world's top tech firms (Twitter, Google, etc.), but its hotel scene has been lacking as of late, especially when you compare it to other big cities like New York, Miami and Chicago, which are readying not just new and hip hotel brands (Ace, Virgin, Edition) but also stylish reincarnations of established brands like Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott.

Hopefully, the arrival of a Yotel will spur some other cool hotel brands to come in. Already, the mid-Market area is making way for a Hampton Inn and another 250-room hotel. Fingers crossed a Hotel Indigo or an Andaz Hotel is coming up next.

[Photo via SFist]

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SLS Hotels Now Offering a More 'LUX' Option

May 27, 2014 at 9:33 AM | by | Comment (1)

When we told you what to expect at the SLS Las Vegas last week, we mentioned the three different room towers at the property--World, Story and Lux. Well, now it turns out SLS LUX isn't just a room tower in Vegas but a new brand within a brand from SLS Hotels.

SLS LUX will be an all-suite and residential experience for guests with upgraded amenities and personalized VIP services. The first SLS LUX will obviously open in Vegas over Labor Day Weekend but SLS is also planning another SLS LUX in Miami (pictured above) in 2016 to complement the upcoming SLS Brickell Hotel & Residences, which will open next year.

This new LUX will have 450 residences, 85 luxury suites, a tennis and fitness center, rooftop pool, wine cellar, cigar room and two restaurants, Katsuya and SBar. Yabu Pushelberg will do the interiors while works from Colombian sculptor Fernando Botero will adorn the entrance. So in case you were ever disappointed with the basic-ness of an SLS room, the LUX room should have whatever you're looking for. We hope.

SLS says additional LUX locations are already in development in the U.S. Meanwhile, SLS Park Avenue won't be opening this year but in 2015 instead.

[Rendering: SLS LUX]

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Kimpton to Turn Former R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Building into a Boutique Hotel

May 27, 2014 at 9:18 AM | by | Comment (1)

Kimpton can't get enough of Southern hospitality. Fresh off opening The Brice Hotel in Savannah, the friendly boutique hotel chain is now taking over a historic office building in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The R.J. Reynolds Building, the longtime headquarters for the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, was built in 1929 by Shreve & Lamb, the same architects who designed the Empire State Building. The lobby is decorated with ornate murals, gold leaf millwork in the ceilings, and nickel and brass elevators throughout. You can see some photos of the building's Art Deco interior design here.

The building has been vacant since 2009 but now PMC Property Group will turn the office space into 175 hotel rooms, 36 suites, a hotel fitness center, and a 120-seat restaurant and bar, along with plenty of meeting and event space. Of course, the developers and Kimpton will do what they can to preserve the building's original design but we're gonna guess they won't be bringing back the museum of tobacco that once graced the tobacco building's ground floor. Heck, Kimpton probably won't even allow smoking in the guest rooms. Ain't that funny?

[Photo: Wikipedia]

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The Spectator Hotel Will Open its Contemporary Doors in Historic Charleston in 2015

May 20, 2014 at 12:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

For a healthy dose of historic charm, pleasant peninsular climate, and small scale Southern hospitality, Charleston, South Carolina is a tough act to follow. For three consecutive years Charleston has been named the No. 1 U.S. City by Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards, and the demand for rooms is just as hot.

Next Spring, there will be 41 more rooms to choose from with the opening of The Spectator Hotel in historic downtown Charleston.

The hotel, located at the corner of State Street and Linguard Street, is being developed by Jay Keenan and Batson Hewitt of Palmetto Commercial Properties, both longtime residents of Charleston. The hotel’s location is ideal for visitors—or anyone that likes to shop— being within earshot of the historic City Market, one of the oldest public markets in the country.

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21c Museum Hotels Will Bring Its Artsy Style To the Music City

May 19, 2014 at 4:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's not just high-flying Virgins that are headed to Nashville, but museum lovers too.

According to Tennessean, a landmark building in Downtown Nashville has been sold at auction to 21c Museum Hotels. It must have been meant to be, as it was reportedly the 21st bid (of $6.8 million) that won the luxury boutique hotel and restaurant group its new Nashville digs.

This will be the 5th hotel following Louisville, Cincinnati, Bentonville and Durham (due to open in early 2015.) The hotel group also plans to expand into Lexington; in an historic bank designed by McKim Mead and White; Oklahoma City, in a former Ford Model T plant, and Kansas City; in a redevelopment of the Savoy Hotel and Grill. Each of these future hotels sound so great we had to mention them.

The Nashville property, located at 222 Third Avenue North, dates to the 1890s and is a registered national landmark. It was most recently used as office space and will need some work to convert it to a luxury boutique hotel. But taking on an historic building and bringing out its character are what make the 21c Hotels so appealing. With the exception of Bentonville, which is a new build, each of the 21c hotels was uniquely developed as an adpative reuse.

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Virgin Looks to Start-Up a Hotel in Silicon Valley

May 19, 2014 at 10:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

Virgin Hotels are still working away on their first hotel in Chicago, four long years after Sir Richard Branson hinted to us there would be a Virgin Hotels brand, but the new locations are starting to populate.

Most recently, the brand announced plans for Nashville along with NYC and with Dallas, LA, Miami, and London on the horizon. And now possibly. Silicon Valley.

The Silicon Valley Business Journal reports that Virgin Hotels are looking to develop a hotel on a parking lot next to a Caltrain station in downtown Mountain View, which is home to Google and other tech companies. In typical Virgin Hotels fashion, details are scant on the project idea. But maybe some new info will come to light when it's discussed at the city council meeting on Tuesday.

Yet as the Virgin Hotel brand stays fully clothed from head to toe, they did give us 6 things we should know about the Virgin Hotel experience and they are all pretty perfect things for Silicon Valley's start-up culture. Except maybe the part about wooing women. Virgin might have teach some of those kids a few things about that.

[Photo: Virgin Hotels]

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Sixty Hotels to Return to Miami Beach with The Nautilus Hotel

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  Site Where: 1825 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
May 12, 2014 at 8:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sixty Hotels, the lifestyle hotel group that consists of four former Thompson Hotels, is adding to its collection with The Nautilus Hotel in Miami Beach, an iconic property originally designed by architect Morris Lapidus in the 1950s.

In recent years, the oceanfront hotel at 1825 Collins Avenue, went by the name, Continental South Beach, and offered a rather sub-par South Beach experience. But now Sixty Hotels will renovate the property from top to bottom, to transform it into a "luxury beach house" with both an international and residential feel.

"South Beach is a natural fit for our clientele, who appreciate a great night out just as much as the rich sense of architectural history the hotel and its surroundings offer," said Jason Pomeranc in a statement.

The hotel will have 251 rooms with 29 suites and two signature penthouses with ocean views and a private garden terrace. All guest rooms will have a "soothing" color palette, along with SFERRA linens, gourmet mini-bars and amenities by REN, a skincare line that's hard to find in American hotels.

There's no photos or renderings of the property available yet, aside from these old nostalgic snapshots, but here's how Sixty describes: the decor and design (from Caroline Giraud-Sukornyk of CG Design and Miami-based architecture firm, Arquitectonica.)

Upon entering, guests will be immediately met with an unpretentious beach vibe with nautical accents and tufted grey linen sofas that and metallic orange leather chairs at the concierge desk brighten the space with eye catching pops of color. Furthering the beach home feel that the property brings as its design inspiration is the use of materials throughout the lobby area such as grey concrete, glove leather, various stones and linen chairs and sofas, reminiscent of those found in global beachfront estates. Timeless and sophisticated, the Nautilus South Beach will combine subtle design with attentive service.

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1 Hotels Hire 3 Superstar Chefs to Run Their Restaurants

May 8, 2014 at 11:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

We still have to pinch ourselves to believe that 1 Hotels are really real and are really happening.

The eco-friendly luxury hotel brand that quickly launched and quickly disappeared, thanks to the fallout from the economic recession, is now hard at work at completing its three hotels in New York (near Central Park), Brooklyn (near the bridge) and in Miami (in South Beach.)

And they've just added a trio of superstar chefs to do the hotels' farm-to-table restaurants.

Jonathan Waxman, Tom Colicchio and Seamus Mullen will do the restaurants for 1 Hotels Central Park, Miami and Brooklyn, respectively. The announcement was brief, only mentioning that the chefs would "celebrate nature in both design and food" and that all restaurants would use local purveyors. Also, the restaurants will all be totally different from each other (as we would hope.)

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Yale's Study Hotel to Open in Philly at Drexel University

May 8, 2014 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Study at University City will open in 2016. Learn up. You will be tested.

When you’re a sleepy college student, “plush accommodations” refers to “anywhere moderately soft and not covered in spilled beer or Tostitos crumbs.” As an adult, expectations are a bit higher.

Hence the Study Hotels, a concept developed by Paul McGowan of Hospitality 3, which aims to bring elevated accommodations to university markets. (No more crashing on your kid’s futon during a weekend visit, or hoping there’s “one of the nice Best Westerns” nearby.)

This week the brand announced the development of its second property – The Study at University City – after signing a long-term lease with Drexel University in Philadelphia, one of the hottest hotel markets around.

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Shangri-La at the Shard Is Officially Open

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  Site Where: 31 St. Thomas Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9QU
May 6, 2014 at 5:58 PM | by | Comments (3)

The day is finally here: the long-awaited Shangri-La at the Shard London is open. Following a traditional Chinese ceremony of ‘awakening the lion’, and ribbon cutting and speech by Mayor Boris Johnson earlier today – two things that surely don’t come together very often – we stopped by this evening to see what difference a month makes.

The answer to that? A lot, with guests milling about restaurant and lounge Tīng on floor 35, where four weeks ago everything was still wrapped in protective plastic and the only guests were hard-hatted construction workers.

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Haymarket Square Hotel and Public Market Are Budding in Boston

Where: Boston, MA
May 1, 2014 at 7:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

A year-round food market and 180-room hotel should create a booming new market district.

Great news for Boston, hotel junkies, foodies, and Boston hotel junky foodies: Last week the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved plans for a $14 million project that will put a year-round public market near the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.

The 28,000-square foot Boston Public Market will host up to 45 vendors, giving locals year-round access to meat, fish, and veggies from local farms; Boston’s Haymarket area already bustles with pushcart vendors on (weather-appropriate) weekends, but this be a huge indoor option that ensures healthy eating and Instagram photos of homemade quinoa salad with favas all year round. (#Blessed)

Also inside the Boston Public Market: a bakery, raw bar, and demo kitchen for use by local chefs. The nonprofit managing the project, Boston Public Food Market, has already raised $9 million and plans to open up shop in summer 2015.

And what pairs best with food? Shelter. Duh.

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