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Two More AC Hotels by Marriott Will Open in the Midwest

November 26, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

The other day we did a quickie round-up of the expected AC Hotels By Marriott, which include Kansas City, Chicago and Miami Beach, and now there are two more ACs to add to the list--Des Moines and Minneapolis.

A tipster sent us the information, pointing to a couple of news articles for each property. In Des Moines, the AC Hotel will go up at the southeast corner of East Fourth Street and East Grand Avenue. It will have 108 rooms and should open as early as this spring. There was/is some issue concerning the "over saturation" of hotels in downtown Des Moines (a Hampton Inn and a Residence Inn by Marriott will also open in the area) but the AC should make it worth it with their French croissants and their signature AC cocktails. (Cornhusker martini, anyone?)

In Minneapolis, a nine-story, 244-room AC Hotel will go up at 401 Hennepin Av. S., across 4th Street from the Minneapolis Central Library. It will be near the light-rail line, Target Field and the all-important Target Center. The developer, M.A. Mortenson Co., said the AC brand was "a natural fit for the culture and vibrancy of the downtown Minneapolis market." If all goes well, the hotel should open in 2016.

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Hotel Indigo Brings Its Pretty Guestrooms to Bangkok

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  Site Where: 81 Wireless Road, Bangkok, Thailand, 10330
November 26, 2014 at 8:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

If we think about it for a second, we’re surprised Hotel Indigo hasn’t opened in Bangkok sooner than it will do, just over two months from now: its funky vibe, eclectic design, and often very pretty guestrooms seem like a natural fit for the Thai capital.

From what we can tell, the hotel was originally planned to arrive several years ago, so perhaps the thinking over at Indigo was similar to ours, but February 1, 2015 it will be in the end. At least that’s the date from which you can currently make a reservation at the 192-room hotel on Wireless Road, across Lumpini Park from Sofitel So. Our first impression, based on the rendering above and some photos below, is certainly favourable, with hardwood floors, window seats, stylish furniture, and an overall look that has a hint of Indigo Shanghai to it.

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A First Look Inside Four Seasons Trinity Square London, Opening 2016

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  Site Where: Trinity Square, London, United Kingdom
November 25, 2014 at 9:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Never did we think it would be Four Seasons that would end up managing Ten Trinity Square when we first looked at the development earlier this year, but so we found out a few months ago. The website has moved on from being just a landing page, with a tiny bit more detail on the hotel, residences, and club that will arrive inside the former Port of London Authority building.

Starting with the hotel, opening is scheduled for 2016, with no further commitment to when within that twelve-month window. It will occupy the lower ground to the third levels, with 100 guest rooms and suites (the press release from Four Seasons talked about 98, but who are we to nit-pick).

Above the rendering we have at this point, which shows soaring ceilings, classic details, and a dramatic four-poster bed and step-down lounge. We assume this would be one of the suites, and if the hotel is located on the lower floors of the building, this 2nd floor layout we found in February may indeed be accurate. That called for all rooms having separate bathtubs and showers, and no fewer than three Royal Suites.

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Here's Where The Next AC Hotels by Marriott Will Open in The U.S.

November 24, 2014 at 4:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

Now that we've gone inside and all around the AC Hotel by Marriott in New Orleans (above), we can confidently say that we are extremely excited for more AC Hotels to open across the U.S. But also, selfishly, we're hoping that AC doesn't adopt a super aggressive expansion model. It's ok to take it nice and slow. Like a fine wine, and that's important to the Spanish heritage of the AC brand, right?

Nevertheless, there are several more AC Hotels in the works and their opening dates are coming up soon. Here's how it's looking right now:

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The Ultimate Guide to 2014 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Hotel Deals

November 24, 2014 at 12:52 PM | by | Comments (16)

Bargain travel hunters, get ready to go crazy.

Once again, we've compiled a master list of Black Friday and Cyber Monday hotel deals. And once again, this list is a beast. So much so, that we've had to break it up into different groups. First, we listed the discounts from hotel brands and booking sites, followed by popular destinations and then individual states and some countries. We suggest you rely on the Control+F function to find whatever area you are particularly interested in.

While most of the deals kick off at either midnight the hotel's time on either November 28 or December 1, quite a few are available through the whole weekend. So the deal starts off on Black Friday and extends all the way into Cyber Monday. Some deals have even started already (see: Accor Hotels' SuperSale.)

As always, you must, must, must read the fine print on the hotel deals. And not just the fine print that we've listed but the even finer print that you see on the hotel's booking page as many of these deals require advance payment or are nonrefundable or are only available on certain dates.

And yes, we will be adding to this list but only for big and noteworthy deals. If you're a PR company or a hotel sales/marketing rep and you want your deal to show up on this list, please submit the offer in comments in the exact format that we've used below.

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GOT A BLACK FRIDAY OR CYBER MONDAY DEAL THAT WE MISSED? ADD IT IN COMMENTS BELOW USING THE SAME FORMAT AS US!

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Gas Blast at Hyatt Regency London Injures 12, Closes Hotel

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  Site Where: 30 Portman Square, London, United Kingdom, W1H 7BH
November 24, 2014 at 8:24 AM | by | Comment (1)

Some terrible news out of London just as the weekend was starting a few days ago: around 11.40pm on Friday night, a gas explosion occurred in the basement of the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, injuring twelve hotel employees.

All guests were evacuated and accommodated at nearby hotels. Various news outlets, including the BBC, are referring to a few people being hospitalized, with the total number of guests evacuated at around 500. No guests were injured, according to a Hyatt spokesperson.

While The Telegraph opens with the blast having caused “part of the building to collapse”, the main structure of the building is intact. The London Fire Brigade, which responded to the incident, believes it due to a suspected gas leak, resulting in “extensive damage to the basement and the ground floor”.

We hope the injured will recover soon. We’ll keep you posted if there is a longer-term impact on the Hyatt, but leave you for now with the official statement from the hotel’s website:

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Two New Ways to Book a Hotel Room and One That Always Stays Constant

November 21, 2014 at 5:21 PM | by | Comments (3)

You use already use Amazon.com to do everything you need from buying books, diapers and shoes to streaming TV shows and movies so it makes sense that the e-tailer will start allowing you to book hotels through them. But this won't be just another massive web hotel deals aggregator.

According to Skift's exclusive report about the forthcoming Amazon Travel service, hotel options will be curated and independent hotels. Here's how it will work from the hotel side:

Properties would load their room types, availability, pricing information, and photos into an Amazon extranet and would pay a standard 15% commission to Amazon for the prepaid bookings, the hoteliers at the independent properties said.

The properties would get notified by Amazon via email of bookings, hoteliers said, and they would update calendars on the extranet.

The hotels would generally list their properties at rack rates, but would be free to discount, one hotelier said.

Hoteliers would receive their payments from Amazon for the stays in two installments and could obviously attempt to negotiate a lower commission than the standard 15%.

Did you catch that part? Pre-paid bookings. But if the discounts are good and more importantly, the hotels are hand-selected, rather than being just hundreds of big hotel brands, this could be very attractive when searching for a reasonably-priced hotel that still has some personality.

Skift reports that Amazon Travel will start around January 1 in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle with other cities to roll out soon.

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The Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel Will Turn Into...

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  Site Where: 1140 Seabreeze Blvd. [map], Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States, 33136
November 21, 2014 at 4:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

A B Hotel!

This is an interesting turn of events. The other day we reported that the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel, formerly The Yankee Clipper, would stop being a Sheraton on December 1 but there was no clue as to who or what brand would go in its place. Now, we have an answer. A tipster tells us that the hotel will be a B Hotel. And indeed, it's been confirmed on the B Hotels website with an opening date of December 1.

You might remember the B brand opened its very first hotel in Fort Lauderdale, but that has now changed into a Sonesta Hotel. B went onto open a spot in Orlando as well as Savannah and they launched their b2 brand in Miami.

No doubt all the B programming will be installed in their FLL spot, including mood lighting, free WiFi and variety of amenities and services that all start with B. Hopefully they will let the Yankee Clipper's Wreck Bar and the Dos Caminos restaurant just "b."

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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The Virgin Hotel Chicago Strips Down to Reveal Its Signage

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  Site Where: 203 N Wabash [map], Chicago, IL, United States
November 20, 2014 at 6:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's really happening! Gone is the wraparound red construction board at Chicago's eagerly anticipated hotel and in its place, a real live Virgin. Er, marquee.

That's right. Signage just went up at the Virgin Hotel Chicago and it is looking good. Of course, the entrance is predictably Virgin with its red sign lettering and the Virgin logo on the plaque next to the door, but still looking good. We're also chuckling at the cheeky window signage which says, "Is the plural of cheese, cheese or cheeses? Either way I could use a glass of wine." So could we. And some cheeses while we're at it.

Additionally, signage went up for Miss Ricky's All American Diner at the hotel, and a special VIP with some giant red lips stopped by to admire it. Lovely. And slightly scary.



Rates for the hotel, which opens on January 15 start at $219 a night for a Chamber King room.

Congrats to Virgin. Now just make sure the T, E, and L are always lit up. Otherwise, you'll have a real oxymoron on your hands there.

[Photo: Virgin Hotel]

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Revel Resort Remains Closed and Now, Ownerless

November 20, 2014 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

The luck has gone from bad to worse to slightly better and then back to worse for the now-closed Revel Resort & Casino on Atlantic City's boardwalk. The Canadian firm who announced last month they would buy the resort for a bargain $110 million has decided to drop the deal.

Toronto-based Brookfield US Holdings LLC has simply said that it "terminated the Revel acquisition." The Press of Atlantic City first reported the news and said the reason for the termination was because " bondholders refused to rework debt connected to construction of Revel’s power plant." The power plant story is kind of a doozy. Read the Press' report to find out more.

So what does this mean for Revel? Well, a backup buyer was named at the bankruptcy auction, developer Glenn Straub. He even appealed the bankruptcy court decision to name Brookfield as owner. The good news is, he's still very interested but he doesn't seem keen to keep the aspect of Revel. Hey, something is better than nothing, right?

Keep reading for another update on the AC Hotel Scene

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Best of British! Premier Inn Is Expanding to Singapore

Where: Beach Road, Singapore, Singapore
November 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Imagine this, with a Singapore map on the wall

Normally when we’re writing about Premier Inn, we’re thinking of it as a cuddly, budget UK brand, doing things like topping satisfaction lists and trying to appeal to millennials.

But it turns out we’ve underestimated Premier Inn. They’re not just UK and Ireland anymore. They’ve gone global.

In Singapore the other week, we stumbled on this story about Premier Inn’s plans to open its first hotel in Singapore. How exciting! Except now we realize there are already Premier Inns in India and the Arabian Gulf. You guys!

Anyway, Premier Inn Singapore Beach Road will have 300 rooms with rates at the SGD $160-190 rate ($127-152), which is good-to-standard for the more budget end of the market (although Singapore has lots of beautiful budget hotels, which it’ll have to compete with). It’s currently being built on Beach Road, near Arab Street, and is gunning for an mid 2016 opening. There will be a pool, fitness center and meeting rooms, too.

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Another Ugly Truth About Hotels Exposed: The Remote Control is Filthy

November 19, 2014 at 3:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

Look. We're not stupid. We know that several, many, maybe hundreds of people have stayed in a hotel room before we got there. We know this.

Which is why we always throw the comforter or top blanket on the bed to the floor and why we avoid touching the remote control and never drink out of the bathroom glasses. But just when we think we had mastered the germs in hotel rooms, here's come another new report just reminding us how filthy hotel rooms can be, even after housekeeping has come by.

A new study from The Rossen Reports team went into hotel rooms at five major hotel chains after housekeepers finished cleaning the rooms and began conducting bacteria tests. They also waved the trusty old backlight over the room. Bacteria was found in the in-room telephones (Ew) and suspicious stains were found throughout the room (Ew but also, eh). However, the remote control proved once again to be the filthiest object in the room.

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