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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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Opening This Month: New Hotels for April 2015

April 7, 2015 at 2:32 PM | by | ()

Finding a hotel room is easy. Simply go on the Internet or use your smartphone and voila! You're booked. But if you are only interested in new hotels, then that's a different story. Luckily, you have us. And we're obsessed with new hotels. Here's a list of hotels that have opened or are opening this month (and a few that aren't going to make it.) Got a new hotel to add? Send it to us!


· M BY MONTCALM SHOREDITCH: April 21 is the new date for the next Montcalm Hotel in Shoreditch. Rates on that night start at 144.5 GBP a night for a deluxe room with "charming" views of London's skyline, UK King size beds, a pillow menu and a "choice of exotic room aromas." There's a chance the hotel could open earlier on April 15 but right now April 21 is the date you can actually book online.

· ALOFT MANHATTAN FINANCIAL DISTRICT: This Aloft was delayed several times before and we have little faith that it will open on April 23, especially since you can't seem to make a reservation for that date. But that's the date that is on their website so we'll keep the faith for a little longer.

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Gordon Ramsay is Back in 'Hotel Hell' And It Doesn't Look Good (For the Hotels)

July 28, 2014 at 1:29 PM | by | ()

As promised, Gordon Ramsay has returned to your living rooms with a second season of Hotel Hell, where he helps small, independent hotels turn around their pitiful establishments.

The first episode of the new season aired last week (on Fox at 9pm EST) and saw the drastic renovation of the worn down Meson de Mesillia in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where the owner, Cali, was forcing her lounge singer aspirations on the hotel guests and staff.

Thanks to new furniture and decorating from show sponsor, Overstock.com, Ramsay helped make some significant improvements to the property, introducing a fresh breakfast buffet and a modern pool scene. He also gave the owner a no-nonsense smack down about her singing, even putting her microphone on ice, literally, in the freezer.

The owner was grateful for Ramsay's intervention...eventually.

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Brunei Gets Serious About New Laws as Dorchester Hotels Boycott Intensifies

May 2, 2014 at 3:49 PM | by | ()

The Sultan of Brunei--whose Brunei Investment Agency owns the luxurious Dorchester Collection of hotels--announced yesterday that the first phase of the adoption of Sharia law for his country has begun.

This first phase, which is guided by Islamic principles, will administer fines or jail terms for offenses like pregnancy out of marriage, failure to perform Friday prayers and propagating other religions. The second phase will start next year and will issue amputations and/or whippings for thefts or alcohol consumption. Later next year, the law will introduce the death penalty by stoning for adultery, sodomy and insulting the Koran or the Prophet Muhammad. While most of the tiny country is Muslim, about 15 percent of the citizens are non-Muslims yet they will still be subjected to Sharia law.

The law was supposed to go into effect a few weeks so there is speculation that the Sultan was wavering but clearly, he decided to go ahead with it.

Meanwhile, the boycott of Dorchester Hotels in Beverly Hills is heating up.

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We Guess There's No 'Pink Champagne on Ice' at the Rixos Hotel in Tripoli

Where: Tripoli, Libyan
August 22, 2011 at 5:00 PM | by | ()

You can check in anytime you like but you probably can't leave until the fighting dies down in Tripoli.

Reports from Libya today have been all about the rebels taking down Qaddafi's nefarious regime in the capitol of Tripoli but the journalists responsible for getting those reports out are in a bit of a quandary themselves.

Approximately three dozen journalists are holed up in the five-star Rixos Al Nasr Hotel. Actually holed up is not the right word. Trapped is more like it.

The Guardian UK writes:

For months, many have feared they could be held by the regime as human shields if rebels reached the capital. The only exit route from Tripoli by land, the road to the Tunisian border, has been cut off by rebel fighters for more than a week.

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Oh Shucks, Planet Hollywood Hotels to Open in China, Panama and Qatar First

April 1, 2011 at 11:46 AM | by | ()

Remember back in September when we cried tears of joy after hearing that Wyndham Hotels would be rolling out more Planet Hollywood Hotels? Our beloved early 90s movie-themed hotel would now be offered to us outside of Vegas.

We eagerly began jotting down a few possible trips--Planet Hollywood Miami, Planet Hollywood New York, Planet Hollywood Hollywood (duh) and Planet Hollywood London.

So imagine how utterly gutted we were when we found out that the first Planet Hollywood hotels would open, not here in America, but in China, Panama and Qatar. Why, god why?

USA Today reports:

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Snapshot: Bill and Ian, The Celebratory Edition

February 1, 2008 at 8:45 AM | by | ()

Bill Marriott posted this snapshot of him and Ian Schrager on his blog the other day, after the two made their announcement about Edition Hotels at ALIS.

Here's what Bill Marriott asked his secretary to type up and hand to the tech department to put on his blog about the buzz surrounding Edition:

We have other agreements in the works for hotels in more U.S., European and Caribbean destinations, but we're not ready to talk about them yet. In fact, interest from developers has been overwhelming right from the start and it's gaining momentum.

You know we were really skeptical about this partnership at the start. But then we realized it's something being put together by the two biggest hoteliers in the world. So it should be good. And we confess, we are really liking the name Edition.