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The Loews Chicago is Now Officially Open (and Rates are Rather 'Loew')

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  Site Where: 455 N. Park [map], Chicago, IL, United States
March 2, 2015 at 3:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

We're only in the third month of the new year, and we've already got another new hotel to check out in Chicago--The Loews Chicago (the first hotel to open this year was the Virgin Chicago.)

We took a behind-the-scenes tour of the Loews Chicago back in early December but now it's your turn to actually stay in one of the 375 guest rooms, or if you prefer some larger space, one of the 25 suites inside the 52-story tower in downtown, just a block north of the Chicago River and close to North Michigan Avenue.

Rates tonight start at just $133 as part of the hotel's First Impressions rate, which is 30 percent off the usual rate. That's for a 377-sq. ft. superior room with a king bed, free WiFi, Garnier Thiebault linens, a work desk and chair, and a Keurig coffeemaker. A premium room with great city views is only $140 while a 621-sq.ft. junior suite is just $182. #BOOKIT #WORTHIT.

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The Park Central Hotel Has Taken Over The Westin Market Street in SF

February 26, 2015 at 5:47 PM | by | Comments (2)

The San Francisco hotel scene continues to be upgraded. The Westin Market Street hotel is no longer. Well, of course, the building and hotel still exist, however it is now going by the new name Park Central Hotel.

The change happened in late January when LaSalle Hotel Properties purchased the 681-room hotel and installed Highgate Hotel to manage it. The property will undergo only "modest renovations" and the restaurant MaSo will stay in place. The hotel will focus on bringing in some new programs and new partnerships with local affiliations.

As for the WiFi, which was free in the lobby and pay in the guest rooms under Westin, the Park Central plans on keeping it status quo.

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DC is Readying a Bunch of New Hotels in Time for the 2016 Election

February 26, 2015 at 3:57 PM | by | Comment (1)

Only 620 days until the 2016 election, but who’s counting? The momentum is building and hoteliers in the DC area are physically building new hotels as well as renovating in advance of what will be a very important presidential election. Let’s review who's on the hotel ballot:

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AC Hotel Chicago Downtown is Expected to Open in May (So They Say)

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  Site Where: 630 N. Rush Street [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60611
February 26, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've long known that the old Sheraton Four Points in Chicago on Rush Street was transforming into an AC Hotel by Marriott but now we have a date on when this transformation will be revelead---MAY.

That's what the website for the hotel is saying, but you know this hotel business, dates can, and do, change. Interestingly, that's also when the new Hyatt Centric brand will open in Chicago. (Taps fingers together and laughs a Dr. Evil kind of laugh.)

Still, if May is when the hotel opens, guests can expect masculine but comfortable decor, free WiFi, tapas and cocktails from the AC Lounge, and breakfast with those imported buttery croissants in the AC Kitchen. There should also be an AC Store where you can pick up toiletries, snacks, wine and phone chargers, among other things. No word on room rates but we'll update you when we have them. #prayfor$200orless

Elsewhere in the AC world, AC KC (Kansas City) is about to open, while AC DC is happening next month, followed by AC MB (Miami Beach). And there's a whole bunch more in the works too. You can read those here.

GO INSIDE THE AC HOTEL BY MARRIOTT EXPERIENCE!

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You Can Now Earn SPG Points Just By Ordering an Uber

February 25, 2015 at 7:46 PM | by | Comments (2)

We've seen hotels partner with the taxi-on-demand service that is Uber, usually in the form of a room package with an Uber credit. Hyatt Hotels went a bit further by allowing guests to order Ubers to and from their Hyatt hotels within the Hyatt app. But now, Starwood Hotels has trumped them all.

Starwood Preferred Guests members can now earn 1 Starpoint for every dollar spent with Uber. You'll also earn more points if you use Uber during an SPG stay. Gold and Platinum members will earn even more.

This sounds ideal, especially if you're a big city kind of kid/business traveler who relies on Uber to get around, although the linking up of Uber and SPG accounts is not seamless.

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The New York Edition Hotel Will Open in May, With a Three Month Opening 'Festival'

February 25, 2015 at 2:07 PM | by | Comments (4)

The long-awaited, eagerly anticipated New York Edition, inside the historic Clock Tower building at Madison Square Park, is going to need a little bit more time.

After reservations for Miami opened last fall, word was that the New York Edition would open in April, but looking at the hotel's website today, we found this:

JUNE. But don't put away your Platinum Amex card just yet.

Master hotelier and Edition visionary, Ian Schrager has told HotelChatter that the hotel will actually open on May 11, with a grand opening on May 12. He promises this will NOT be a soft opening but that the hotel will be "totally ready." Even better, Schrager said there will be a "three-month festival of events to celebrate. This completes the trilogy of three hotels originally owned by Marriott: Miami, London and NY." (These hotels are actually being sold off now.)

Sad as we are about even a slight delay, this is probably a smarter time to open. I mean, have you seen New York lately? With the kind of winter they are having, it's better to wait it out. So May will be the perfect spring awakening. The days will be longer, the skirts will be shorter, the sweaters will be thinner, and most importantly, the moods will be happier. But you better hope your wallets are thicker.

Rates for a 265-sq.ft. superior room at the New York Edition will start at $725 a night, which is actually in line with many high-end luxury properties in NYC. A gorgeous-looking Loft Suite is going for $1,000 a night and has views of Madison Park. Whatever the room, all guests will get free WiFi, bottled water and no doubt, a crazy cool curated minibar.

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Hyatt Centric South Beach Has Opened Up Reservations for Stays From....

February 25, 2015 at 12:21 PM | by | Comment (1)

UPDATE: A Hyatt Centric South Beach reps says the hotel will open in April but that the "spring inventory" has not been released yet. The hotel is working on a special opening package which they will release next week. Once we have those details, we will let you know how you can book a stay in April. Stay tuned.

The other week, we had an operative on the ground in South Beach who cruised by the forthcoming Hyatt Centric South Beach to check on the construction progress. Our operative's conclusion? April was going to be a tough opening date to make. And they were right.

Hyatt Centric South Beach, one of the first hotels of the new Hyatt Centric millennial-friendly brands to open, is now taking reservations from JUNE 1.

We found a room on that date for $239 a night for a 300-sq.ft. king bed with complimentary WiFi, 47" flatscreen HDTV, a tea and coffemaker, a minibar, an oversized desk with ergonomic chair and a Hyatt Plug Panel for all your gadget hookups.

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This is Palazzo Versace's 'Timeless Style' on Its Way to Dubai

February 24, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (5)

We’re just going to let those two words – “timeless style” – taken straight from the Palazzo Versace website, sit alongside the above image for a minute. We’ll be here when you’re ready.

Taken it all in? Though we’ve spent much more than a minute looking at this and the few other visuals now available for the Dubai-based (where else) extravaganza, we continue to struggle putting into words what we think. It’s… very bright. To the point where we feel like you’d be wearing sunglasses inside. We also cannot sign off on the turquoise and the purple against the burnt sienna(ish) of the marble on the floor. Are we alone in thinking this?

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The World's Largest Nobu Restaurant to Open Soon at The Four Seasons Doha

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  Site Where: Doha , Qatar
February 23, 2015 at 3:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa, is a busy man these days. In addition to growing his Nobu Hotels collection (Miami, Chicago and London hotels are all coming soon), he's also celebrating the 20th anniversary of his eponymous restaurant empire.

And what better way to celebrate than by opening the largest Nobu in the world (and the second one for the Middle East) inside one of the most luxe properties in the world, The Four Seasons Doha? It's like the Nobu version of #treatyoself.

The opening date for the 26,000-sq.ft. Rockwell Group-designed Nobu at The Four Seasons Doha is still uncertain, but when it's finished it will be quite an affair. Which is par for the course for over the-top Doha.

The restaurant will feature an expansive 192-seat interior dining area, intimate 10-seat sushi counter, two exclusive private dining rooms, and a one-of-a-kind 82-seat rooftop lounge that encompasses both indoor and outdoor seating options.

Elliptical ribbons of river stone capped with bronze accents form the exterior of the structure – resembling a coiled shell – creating the three-tiered levels of the restaurant. While incorporating design elements made from natural, rich materials that reflect the cuisine and roots of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, this location will reflect Doha’s specific history and culture. Since the city is known for pearl diving, Rockwell Group references this past in many layers of the design.

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Hard Rock Orlando is Really 'Amped Up' About Their New Rooms

February 20, 2015 at 6:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

When a hotel decides to redo its rooms, it's called a renovation. When a Hard Rock Hotel decides to redo its rooms, it's called a "remaster." Such is the case with the 650 rooms at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando.

Above is how the property looked before it got remastered. Very old-school, old rocker kind of style. Below are more shots of the room in 2011, pre-renovation.

Keep reading to see what therooms look like after a complete renovation. (Hint: if you're a millennial, or a teenage girl, you'll probably dig it!)

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Four Seasons Quits Uruguay, Shangri-La Has Island Fever, and Other Hotel News

February 20, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s nearly the weekend, there's lots of hotel news that is worthy of your attention, so here are a few snippets to keep you up to date on the latest from around the world.

Four Seasons Carmelo, Uruguay: we could almost do a weekly feature called the Four Seasons Chronicles, because the news about the Canadian group keeps coming in. Upping its hotels in South America with two new properties in Colombia just a few weeks ago, now it’s down one again by virtue of the departure of the resort in Carmelo, Uruguay by March 31 this year. By early March we should find out which brand will come in its place.

Shangri-La in Mauritius and Sri Lanka: having gotten the opening of its hotel at the Shard in London out of the way in 2014, this year Shangri-La Hotels will have islands on its mind. First, in Mauritius, the former Oberoi Le Touessrok will become Shangri-La Le Touessrok in September following a major renovation. On Sri Lanka, Shangri-La Hambantota Resort & Spa should open just before that, with a second property in capital Colombo to follow in 2017.

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The Paasschen is Gone from Starwood Hotels

February 17, 2015 at 3:27 PM | by | Comments (7)

Hot hoteliers, listen up: Starwood is hiring!

Frits van Paasschen has resigned as president and CEO of Starwood Hotels. Director Adam Aron, 60, has been named the interim CEO while Starwood searches high and low (internally and externally) for Paasschen's replacement.

Paascchen was hired by Starwood in September 2007, despite not having any hospitality experience (he did, however, work on global expansion for Disney, Nike and Coors.) Just last week, Paasschen oversaw the earnings call for Starwood where he announced a new unnecessary soft brand for Starwood. But despite that bit of news and despite the portfolio growth under Paasschen, Starwood has been underperforming compared to its rivals (cough, Marriott, cough) and thus, the board at Starwood decided it was time for a change.

Officially, Paasschen will "stay on as consultant" (#blessed) during the leadership transition but some of the remarks from his colleagues on his departure are way harsh. You can tell this did not end very well.

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