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The Buckingham Hotel in NYC Will Now Be Known as The Quin, With One 'N'

Where: 101 West 57th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
April 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM | by | ()

We're not quite sure how they are going to cover this up.

The Buckingham Hotel in NYC closed down last year to complete some massive renovations and while the job is still ongoing, the hotel has decided to makeover its name too.

The hotel will now be known as the Quin Hotel. That's right, the Quin with one "n." And yes, it does sound kind of like a nickname for the Algonquin. We're still trying to track down the origin of the name, maybe it has something to do with the hotel's jazzy past.

A reader tipped us off to the news in DNAinfo.com which has some scoop on the drama behind the scenes

. Apparently, Highgate Hotels has been installed as the new management company for the hotel but the renovations are making the long-term tenants (about a dozen) miserable.

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Tempo Miami Is Humming a New Tune With a New Name

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  Site Where: 1100 Biscayne Boulevard [map], Miami, FL, United States, 33132
February 21, 2012 at 1:30 PM | by | ()

We took a little peek at Tempo Hotel Miami the other day (more on that soon because it is quite lovely), and came away with some scoop: The hotel is getting a new name starting March 1.

Yep, after Rock Resorts failed to spend much more than a year running the new property and skedaddled out of town, Tempo is shedding its old image, ditching the Tempo, and will instead be called Casa Moderna Miami Hotel & Spa.

It's all part of an attempt to re-brand the hotel as a more upscale place and, perhaps, wipe the slate clean.

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What's the Deal with the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina's New 'Marquis' Moniker?

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  Site Where: 333 W. Harbor Dr. [map], San Diego, CA, United States, 92101
March 14, 2011 at 2:16 PM | by | ()

The San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina just got Marquis'd after its recent renovation. Now the hotel is sporting a new name: the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina.

Thing is, we didn't know what the new Marriott Marquis moniker meant. Does it give the hotel a noble ranking? We checked with a Marriott official, who told us that the Marquis designation is given to select hotels that have similar characteristics.

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The Mondrian Scottsdale Is Now The Hotel Theodore

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  Site Where: 7353 E Indian School Rd [map], Scottsdale, AZ, United States, 85251
March 18, 2010 at 2:21 PM | by | ()

Forget trying to accumulate Virgin America points at the The Mondrian Scottsdale. Morgans Hotel Group ran the hotel up until Tuesday but since they foreclosed on the property back in December, Bank of America has taken over the unwanted property and replaced the brand with an independent management company, GF Hospitality. The hotel will now be known as The Hotel Theodore.

Dawn Gilbertson at the Arizona Republic reports that most of the Mondrian's staff remains although the hotel will have a new general manager. Additionally, the hotel's far-out trippy design might get toned down a bit:

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The Graves 601 Hotel is Now a Wyndham

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  Site Where: 601 1st Ave N [map], Minneapolis, MN, United States, 55403
January 18, 2010 at 9:39 AM | by | ()

It looks like Wyndham Hotels is doing their best to gussy up their brand not just by introducing a "fashion" hotel to NYC but also by snapping up cool, independent hotels like the Graves 601 in Minneapolis.

The 255-room hotel has just joined the Wyndham family and it's official name will now be: Graves 601 Hotel, Wyndham Grand. But that seems to be the only thing that's changing here. The hotel is not undergoing any on-site changes, aside from adding "Wyndham Grand" to the signage, said Benjamin Graves, the Graves Hospitality president, in a statement:

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Raffles L'Ermitage Hotel to Become The Viceroy Beverly Hills

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  Site Where: 9291 Burton Way [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90210
January 15, 2010 at 2:06 PM | by | ()

Angelina Jolie better start packing up her kinky sex toys as the official announcement came down today that the Raffles L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills would turn into a Viceroy Hotel...just like our tipster told us would happen.

Viceroy Hotel (formerly Kor Hotels) founder and CEO Brad Korzen From the official release:

The company will begin a significant refurbishment of the property in the coming months, which will be phased to have minimal impact on the experience of the hotel’s guests. The hotel will relaunch in late 2010 as Viceroy Beverly Hills, the newest addition to VHG’s growing Viceroy Hotels and Resorts brand which welcomed three new hotels and resorts to its portfolio in 2009 – Viceroy Miami, Viceroy Anguilla in the Caribbean and Viceroy Snowmass in Colorado.

Until then the hotel will operate under the name L'Ermitage Beverly Hills and bookings can be made through this website: www.lermitagebh.com. Meanwhile, we bet Kelly Wearstler, Korzen's wife and Viceroy's interior designer, is already scouring the world for some oversized dog lamps to place in the rooms.

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Will The Ivy Hotel in San Diego Turn into an Andaz? (Update: Yes It Will)

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  Site Where: 600 F Street [map], San Diego, CA, United States, 92101
January 11, 2010 at 10:21 AM | by | ()

UPDATE: It's for real! Hyatt has officially announced today that the Ivy Hotel will become an Andaz on February 1. So far it looks like everything will stay the same except now you can use Hyatt Gold Passport points to stay there.

We can hardly believe our luck on this Monday morning. On the day that Andaz Wall Street is to open in New York, a tipster has pointed us to this random link here that said the sexy The Ivy Hotel in San Diego may turn into a Hyatt Andaz Hotel.

There's not much to go on except that the hotel employee's union Unite Here says they have learned this bit of info and that the rebranding of the Ivy will help restore faith in San Diego's LGBT community after the issues with the owner of the Manchester Grand Hyatt, regarding his hefty donation to the "Yes on Prop 8" campaign (which denied marriage to gay couples.)

As for the Ivy, this could be a good step for them--if indeed it's true.

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The Hilton San Francisco Changes Its Name...Sorta

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  Site Where: 333 O'Farrell St. [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
September 23, 2009 at 8:48 AM | by | ()

The official transition to fall has brought other changes as well, though the one we're about to mention is hardly as noticeable as leaves turning autumnal colors. It was recently announced that, effective immediately, the Hilton San Francisco has changed its name to—drumroll, please—The Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Shocking, we know.

The name change was brought about for one glaring geographic reason: The hotel is located just two blocks away from Union Square, San Francisco's pulsing city center, known for shopping, dining, and close proximity to major cable car stops and other popular tourist neighborhoods like Chinatown and North Beach. Hilton cites a want to "raise awareness among visitors" by adding "Union Square" to its tail end, hopefully filling a few more rooms in the process.

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So Much for That :: The Hotel De Soleil Will Now Be the Z Ocean

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  Site Where: 1458 Ocean Dr [map], Miami Beach, fl, United States, 33139
April 7, 2009 at 5:25 PM | by | ()

We knew it wouldn't last long but we thought maybe, just maybe, there wouldn't be another name change until next year. However, the Regent South Beach, Vinnci, The Hotel De Soleil will soon be called the Z Ocean. Really. Really? Really.

To celebrate the name change (and new ownership by Intercontinental Hotel Group), Kevin Bacon's band, The Bacon Brothers, will be perform live on April 17. The hotel will then open to the public the next day. The Miami Herald reports:

New additions: Zushi Flirt, a sushi bar located in the hotel's breezeway, private beach club, private nightclub and a piano bar.

Why the name Z Ocean?

''We were looking for something that people will remember,'' Taic said, 'Instead of `The Ocean,' this is 'Z Ocean.' ''

We guess that does beat being a Crowne Plaza Hotel. Discuss amongst yourselves.

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Setai San Diego Changes Name to Sè San Diego

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  Site Where: 1047 5th Avenue [map], San Diego, CA, United States, 92101
December 22, 2008 at 5:06 PM | by | ()

Some breaking news: The Setai San Diego has changed its name to Sè San Diego to avoid any confusion with The Setai Miami which is currently owned by the epic FAIL bank, Lehman Brothers. Straight from the official press release:

Today, Fifth Ave. Partners Llc., owners and developers of the hotel, Setai San Diego, are proud to announce that beginning Monday, Dec. 22, 2008 the property currently named Setai San Diego will be renamed Sè San Diego.

The Setai Miami is currently owned by Lehman Brothers. Due to the uncertainty of this ownership, Fifth Ave. Partners Llc. determined that a new hotel name and brand would be best for its development.

The developers believe the meaning of the Chinese word Sè – colour, look, quality; expression, sensuality and physical attraction - better represents the level of design, art and experience that will be unique to the San Diego property and long-term vision of the company.

The creation of the Sè hotel brand also supports the owner’s desire to have complete freedom to independently create and manage their investments. Fifth Ave. Partners Llc. are currently in advanced planning stages for additional Sè hotels in the Western US and internationally.

Now it's totally official: The Setai Miami remains the only Setai hotel around. And we're liking the name Sè, especially since it fits in with the hotel's Zen Chic style and feel. Perhaps the hotel should have just done this from the beginning to avoid all the confusion?

Lastly, a new update on the hotel's opening status: A rep for the hotel says the hotel is indeed soft-opened right now but no new reservations are being accepted until Friday.