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The cathedral of Puebla, Mexico.
The very near future for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is rosy indeed. The group already has 18 luxury properties in 11 countries, with another 11 under development, including this latest one—Rosewood Puebla Mexico, opening in 2016.
The downtown area of Puebla was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1987, because of it’s plentitude of historical sites such as Cholula, which is the site of the world’s largest pyramid. Puebla is also famous for its plentitude of churches (over 365) and for creating one of Mexico’s national dishes, mole poblano.
Here’s what’s in store for the Rosewood Puebla, which will be located near Zocalo, the city’s main square.
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It scares us sometimes when it turns out hotels we thought we talked about just a few months ago were actually on our radar closer to a few years ago. How time flies. Such is the case with Six Senses hotels, which we looked at in late 2013 for its expansion plans in all sorts of places: far from its usual Southeast Asia habitat in the French Alps near Mont Blanc, in the remote kingdom of Bhutan, and the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.
Opening dates in 2015 and 2016 seemed so far away at the time, and yet here we are, with the first two resorts scheduled to open on July 1: Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain, a half hour outside Chengdu in China. Chengdu is one of the largest cities in China and the capital of the Sichuan province, home to 80% of the world’s panda population. The resort will have 113 suites and villas (above a rendering, which shows an interesting mix of contemporary and traditional design), and not surprisingly, a serious spa with locally-inspired treatments and “sensory journeys”. Scheduled for July 1 as it may be (the May date on the website we've been told will be July), we can’t seem to make reservations yet.
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Two side-by-side outdated office buildings in downtown Dallas are getting a new lease on life. That’s always good news, especially when that new life is a hotel. Or three.
The Dallas Morning News reports that developer NewcrestImage plans to renovate the two towers on Commerce Street and with a little design magic, by the end of next year we can look forward to a Hampton Inn & Suites, Residence Inn by Marriott, and AC Hotels by Marriott, offering a total of about 400 rooms.
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File this under things-we-never-thought-we’d-write / bombshell news: Four Seasons Hotels will take over the management of Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, the iconic hotel at the tip of the Cap Ferrat peninsula on France’s Côte d’Azur, as of May 8. Yes, that is May 8 – as in less than three weeks away.
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It was only a matter of time. After the launch of Even Hotels, an entire hotel brand built around fitness and wellness, now comes a hotel brand that's actually built around an existing chain of fitness centers.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Equinox will open its first Equinox Hotel in 2018 in NYC at the Hudson Yards development. It will be designed by hotel designers du jour, Yabu Pushelberg, and will have indoor and outdoor swimming pools along with the world's largest Equinox fitness center, at 60,000-sq.ft. An Equinox Hotel is also expected to open in Los Angeles in 2019 and Equinox hopes to open around 75 hotels worldwide.
And so far, the model is pretty simple--build a hotel around a high-end gym with the latest in fitness technology. Which is great, if you're into that sort of thing. #roomservicecheeseburgersforlife
What's different about this site from other booking sites is that Amazon Destinations pulls in destinations near you that are easy to reach by car. So when we went to Amazon Destinations, it showed us places for weekend trips near Los Angeles like Palm Springs and Santa Yznez. Amazingly, there was very little Vegas on the landing page, which is usually every booking site's go-to discount destination, especially for Southern California folks.
However, when we clicked the "Santa Barbara, Solvang, Buellton" section, all that popped up were tiny inns in Santa Barbara. Nothing in Solvang. Nothing in Buellton. And no branded hotels of any kinds.
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That was crazy fast.
Rooms are available to book for April 26 for $229 a night. That's for a 300-sq.ft. king room with modern minimalist decor in warm colors (Notice the "floating" cabinet.) The room rate includes complimentary in-room coffee and WiFi. Other top amenities include the Hyatt Grand beds, a 40" TV, iPod docking station and windows that open.
Downstairs the hotel will have a restaurant from Chef Roland Liccioni called Cochon Volant Bakery, Brasserie and Bar, which as the name reveals is an all-day spot serving "gourmet cheeses, fresh baked goods, fruits, organic juices, to-go foods and wines imported from France." The hotel's lobby also features a interesting "statement" piece behind the front desk from local South Loop artist Francine Turk.
In short, the place looks very cosmopolitan and chic, almost like Park Hyatt-lite.
But that's not all on the Hyatt Centric front.
Shinan Govani of Hello! Magazine in Canada reports that the hotel brand just signed a deal for 51 Camden Street in Downtown Toronto. The hotel will have 130 rooms and it will be "built-to-suit" which is a bit different from the Ace's usual modus operandi of rehabbing historic buildings.
Govani also reports that the Ace has partnered up with Carbon Hospitality in Toronto with Shim-Sutcliffe Architects overseeing the design. If all goes well, the hotel should open in 2018, probably in time for that year's Toronto Film Festival. We're excited but in a totally cool, calm and "whatever works" Ace kind of way.
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We were surprised when Four Seasons bowed out of its Bangkok hotel on Radjadamri Road, but a placeholder website for a riverside residence development told us that the group wasn’t done with the Thai capital. It wasn’t, with the announcement of a new 312-room hotel mere weeks later.
The surprises aren’t over though, as a more extensive website for Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok at Chao Phraya River (there’s a mouthful) tells us these two things: the residence tower may be a high-rise (73 stories in fact), but the hotel will be an interesting, multi-level but low-slung building, and the overall development incorporates the 100-suite Capella Bangkok.
The above rendering shows you how that is all going to work: the slender tall tower on the right will have 355 Four Seasons residences, which are all corner units. To the right of that is the Four Seasons hotel, to the left the Capella. The buildings on the far left of the rendering will tell you more about the development’s location: right at the edge is one of the wings of the Shangri-La hotel, while the lit-up cupola is the famous Hangover II bar at Lebua at State Tower.
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No rest for the wicked though, as things are continuing on in the Bahamas – more specifically, renovations at One&Only Ocean Club (perhaps you recall certain scenes from the movie Casino Royale being set here). Target for the renovations is the Hartford Wing of the resort, where rooms will get new furniture, while being expanded by 110 sq ft so that each includes a terrace or balcony.
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Now that Loews Hotels has officially taken over the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco, it's as good a time as any to unveil a new hotel brand.
The Loews Regency San Francisco will join the Loews Regency New York, which reopened last year after a major innovation, and these two properties will be the start of the Loews Regency brand. This also means Loews will now have three brands--the flagship Loews brand, the Loews Regency and the upcoming OE Collection.
Here's what you can expect from a Loews Regency brand. If you like important breakfast meetings, then pay attention.
· Location: Situated in the most sought after locations within a destination.
· Service: Approachable luxury with a personalized style that is warm and engaging.
· Energy : Featuring vibrant lobby bars and lounges, as well as a culture that exudes sophisticated, modern and comfortable touch points. Additionally, each location will have its own Power Breakfast. The famed Power Breakfast was first established in New York and is now a storied institution that attracts top professionals and celebrities to the Loews Regency New York.
So far, there's only New York and San Francisco in the Regency mix but maybe the recently-opened Loews Chicago hotel could be a contender too. We'll keep you posted.
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Not long ago, Starwood Hotels hinted that they would be unveiling a new "soft" collection of hotels. Well, today is the day. Introducing: Tribute Portfolio. And guess who's now a part of it? (Keep reading to find out!)
The collection is meant to be a group of independent luxury hotels, who will keep their own identities rather than take on a Starwood-branded personality. But of course, the Starwood Preferred Guest program will be in place, allowing guests to use and earn Starpoints for stays at Tribute hotels.
As for what the collection is about, it's simply a "celebration of individuality." Which is not that much different from other hotel collections out there such as Marriott's Autograph Collection and Hilton's Curio Collection. Here's a description on the Tribute website for interested guests:
This isn't about us. It's about you. You want more one-of-a-kind hotels in exciting locations, superior service and the SPG member benefits you love. Tribute Portfolio invites you to discover hotels as unique as you are. Stay Independent.