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As we told you the other month, the first ever tommie hotel (yup, all lowercased like that) will open in New York on October 1 and it will be a quintessential millennial hotel, complete with bedside charging stations, creative storage spaces and vision boards in the guest rooms.
But tommie will also give its youthful clientele the ability to "shape their stays and personalize their in-room experiences" by purchasing a variety of items from the hotel's newly announced General Store. These items go beyond toiletries and bottled water (although those are available too) and include fun items such as food, clothing and other wearables. (Some items will also be complimentary.)
Another day, another upgrade for Loews Hotels, who have made some rather big moves in 2015, opening Loews Chicago and Loews San Francisco as well as announcing the Loews Regency bran. This time the work is happening on the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson.
Loews has announced that the property will undergo a "multi-million dollar remastering of the guest rooms, meeting space, lobby, fitness center, signature Lakeside Spa and Flying V Bar & Grill."
“We are thrilled to begin the comprehensive renovation at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. It was one of the first hotels I developed from start to finish and has remained an integral part of the Loews Hotels & Resorts portfolio,” said Jonathan Tisch, Chairman, Loews Hotels & Resorts in a statement. “I have personally worked alongside our designers on the new look and feel of the resort, and am eager to see how they will add to the experience of the property.”
The work will begin this month and should be completed before the year is out. However, the resort will remain open while the upgrades are happening.
Baltimore had an extremely tense week last week, but now that the judicial wheels have started turning and the curfew has been lifted, the residents of Charm City are slowly getting back to normal. And it's not all doom and gloom in B-more right now, especially now with the city's hotel scene.
After the expected opening of the Ivy Hotel next month, two more cool hotels are expected to open here in the next few years.
Firstly, hometown athletic gear manufacturer, Under Armour, has broken ground on their hotel concept in the historic Fells Point neighborhood. Housed in a 100-year old pier building, the new hotel will feature 128 rooms situated in one of the hottest entertainment districts in town. The transformation of Recreation Pier will include a new first-floor pool on the edge of the pier, adding a restaurant and whiskey bar and even bringing new life to the vintage ballroom of the building.
Kevin Plank, the CEO of the clothing company, wants to inject some life in an otherwise forgotten building. He even will offer Chesapeake Bay crab boat rides from the company headquarters directly to the hotel. Slotted to open in the fall of 2016, "Hotel Under Armour" will call upon an unnamed big-dog in hospitality to manage the day-to-day operations.
Could this be the hotel pool?
It may be time to rename the City of Light the City That Never Sleeps… When It Comes To Hotels. Paris is on fire at the moment, and the latest project to get on the road is the Seine-side Hermitage Plaza, in the La Défense area (Europe’s largest purpose built business district, according to Wikipedia).
There are more superlatives for the project itself – twin glass towers, the tallest multi-purpose building “ever erected in Western Europe” according to the people behind it. To put that into perspective, at 320m high, it’s almost the same height as the Eiffel Tower (they’ve deliberately made it a little shorter, so as not to outshine Monsieur Gustave). And although it’s not especially central, the height means you’ll get sweeping views of the Seine and the Eiffel Tower, too.
Good news for those heading to Washington, DC anytime soon, as the hotel scene just got that much better thanks to the kind folks over at Kimpton. The boutique hotel chain just acquired two new properties: sooner than later they’ll be taking over The Carlyle and the Savoy Suites Hotel.
For those in the know, the Carlyle does its thing over in Dupont Circle, and the Savoy Suites Hotel calls the city’s Glover Park neighborhood home—for everyone else just please refer to your favorite mapping software.
Here’s a new hotel brand to watch, NUO Hotels that is, a "made in China" luxe brand scheduled to debut in the capital this year.
NUO Hotel Beijing, the flagship of as many as 15 NUO Hotels targeted over 15 years, will offer 5-star “residential style luxury,” seriously sustainable design, and masterful contemporary interiors inspired by the culturally rich Ming Dynasty. Aka, green and gorgeous.
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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!
· NEW YORK EDITION: As we told you last week, the latest edition of Edition Hotels will open on May 12 in New York's iconic Clocktower Building. Rooms right now are going for $675 a night, before taxes. Learn more about what's inside the hotel here.
· LEGOLAND HOTEL WINTER HAVEN: Another Legoland Hotel will open in the U.S. on May 15, this time in Winter Haven, Florida, adjacent to the Legoland theme park there. There will be 152 rooms with four different Lego themes to choose from--pirate, kingdom, adventure or Lego Friends from Heartlake City, which is a new category for the Legoland Hotels brand. Rooms are sold-out on opening weekend but rates on May 19 start at $199 a night. Read more about what's it like inside a Legoland Hotel here.
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Spending time not paying attention to your significant other just got that much better in paradise, as The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort has flipped the switch for complimentary WiFi all across the resort. Of course we’re kidding, no one would ever take a Facebook or Instagram break while on their honeymoon; however, if an exception ever arose this hotel has you covered—ha!
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Is Amsterdam on your travel itinerary this summer? You may want to reconsider your hotel choices, as there will be something new to try: The Hoxton Amsterdam beat our estimate of an opening in September (along almost-neighbor W Amsterdam) by unleashing reservations from July 13.
Officially, rates start from €89, which currently comes out to a clean $100. Playing around with dates in the second half of July, a Saturday night seems most expensive, with rates from €159 ($178) a night, while on Sunday, we even spy a “Shoebox” for €69 ($77) a night. We’ve heard of dorm beds in an Amsterdam hostel going for more than that. All in all, depending on the size of the room you pick, you should be able to get an average of around $150 a night, which is outstanding value.
UPDATE: The exact date of reservations shown as open for Baha Mar is September 8.
This latest delay from The Baha Mar Resort in The Bahamas is not surprising at all, given the resort's history of opening delays. But it is another setback for a hotel that had initially hoped to open in December 2014.
Right now, according to The Baha Mar's website, you can book a room at either The Baha Mar Casino & Hotel for $285 a night; The SLS Lux for $385 a night or The Rosewood for $520 a night. Those rates don't include taxes or the $43 a day resort fee. Which makes a two-night stay at the Baha Mar hotel, shown above, a pretty expensive one at $736.38 total.
And as is becoming routine for Baha Mar, the resort hasn't made any announcements about the new delay. People are still leaving comments on the Baha Mar Facebook page about their reservations. Check out this comment left on Saturday.
Even if The Baha Mar resort opens in September (and we really want it to), we still wouldn't take a chance on booking a room there until you've actually read reviews or seen pictures from people who have been inside.
[Photo: Baha Mar]
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Our comparison between hotel opening dates and blind dates turned out to be pretty prophetic in the case of SLS New York: the hotel would have stood us up big time had we counted on that February 2015 opening – and that’s after both 2013 and 2014 didn’t happen.
As much as scaffolding has been looking serious at the Park Avenue hotel, we can add another year’s wait to try the 190 rooms, rooftop with “killer views of the city”, and “unrivaled restaurant and nightlife concepts”: the hotel won’t open before early 2016. Bummer.
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We've only just recovered from the opening excitement of the Miami Beach Edition last November but now we're gearing up to do it all over again.
Ian Schrager and Marriott Hotels will open their fourth Edition Hotel--the New York Edition-- inside the iconic 1909 Clocktower Building on Madison Avenue on May 12. As Schrager himself told HotelChatter in February, the New York Edition plans on celebrating its opening with not just one day or night of festivities but rather, with a series of special events spread out over the next three months.
What those special events will be, we don't know yet, but we do know a little bit more about what will be inside this edition of Edition.
The modern luxury hotel will have 273 guest rooms that more closely resemble the cozy feel of the London Edition rather than the open plan of Miami Beach Edition. But since each Edition hotel is meant to be its own "custom-made-one-off", the New York Edition will certainly have its own defining look--one that blends the old and the new. And of course, the Schrager.