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Rezzies are Open for Ritz-Carlton's Newest Reserve, Mandapa in Bali

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  Site Where: Jalan Kedewatan, Banjar Kedewatan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
May 22, 2015 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Bali continues to be a hot destination not just for adventurous travelers, but also luxury hotels.

Last week we learned that Langham Hotels will be opening their first Langham Place resort on a clifftop in Ungasan-Uluwatu area. Today, Ritz-Carlton Hotels has announced that their equally impressive Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, the third in the brand's ultra-exclusive collection, will open in September of this year in Ubud.

Indeed, reservations are live on the hotel's website, starting at around $670 a night for a Reserve Suite, one of the largest entry-level suites in Ubud at around 1,000-sq.ft., with views of the rain forest and rice paddies. But this is just the starting room category for Mandapa. Accommodations also include one, two and three-bedroom villas, most with private pools. (There are 35 suites and 25 private pool villas in total.)

Here's what else is expected at the Mandapa:

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Mandarin Oriental to Take Over Hotel Ritz in Madrid

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  Site Where: Plaza de la Lealtad 5, Madrid, Spain, 28014
May 22, 2015 at 1:39 PM | by | Comments (2)

Another day, another grand European hotel gets snapped up. This time it's the Hotel Ritz Madrid which was recently purchased by Mandarin Oriental Hotels in partnership with The Olayan Group, a Saudi Arabian multinational group for a total cost $148 million.

Here is what the new owners have in mind for the 167-room hotel, which first opened in 1910, and which was a part of the Belmond/Orient-Express collection, but in recent months had been looking for a new mommy or daddy.

The Hotel will undergo a comprehensive renovation in 2017, currently estimated to cost some $103 million. Mandarin Oriental’s total investment for its share in the project, including the acquisition, renovation and transaction expenses, is estimated at $126 million, with the Group’s share of the purchase price to be paid from cash reserves, and the renovation to be funded through an appropriate mixture of equity and debt. Mandarin Oriental will manage the Hotel under a long-term management agreement.

Mucho dinero, indeed. For now, the hotel is still open as the Hotel Ritz, with deluxe rooms start at 430 Euros next weekend. That rate does include free WiFi.

But this isn't the only Mandarin Oriental getting a new look. A tipster tells us the Mandarin Hyde Park will FINALLY get a very much-needed update to their guest rooms starting in April of next year. We could not confirm the news but we really hope it happens.

For more on the latest with Mandarin Oriental Hotels, read our recent coverage here.

[Photo: Hotel Ritz Madrid]

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Are You a People Person? Then Choice Hotels Wants You

May 21, 2015 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

You know Choice Hotels? It’s the chain responsible for everything from Comfort Inn to EconoLodge, and all the brands in between. Well they’re looking for a little help, and apparently if you’re a digital dynamo, a media maven, or a social butterfly—their words not ours—you could be what they’re looking for.

Ready your resume, as Choice Hotels are welcoming one and all to apply for a little gig this summer. It’s something they’re calling the Ultimate People Person. If you’re the best candidate for the job you’ll be traveling across the nifty fifty—or at least the lower 48—sharing and caring about those who are having a good time at one of the brand’s many properties.

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The New York Times and Financial Times Have Created a Digital Access Program for Hotels

May 20, 2015 at 10:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

The complimentary newspaper that used to come with a hotel stay has pretty much vanished, thanks to the advent of WiFi and smartphones But now, there's a way to get "all the news that's fit to print" when staying in a hotel, thanks to a new digital access program from the New York Times and Financial Times that launched today.

The first-of-its-kind offering will provide hotel guests in the U.S. with free unlimited access to more than 25 sections on the NYTimes.com and FT.com on any device that's connected to the hotel’s WiFi network. Currently, unlimited digital access to the NY Times is only available with a monthly subscription. Otherwise, users are restricted to 10 free articles a month.

“The New York Times has been available in select hotels for years, starting with the print newspaper and more recently with digital access,” Hannah Yang, executive director, Education and Corporate Marketing, The New York Times, said in a statement. “Teaming up with a premier brand like the FT enhances the guest experience, allowing them to explore and discover the vast amount of digital content available on FT.com and NYTimes.com, which normally require a subscription for full access.”

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Trouble in Paradise As There's Nowhere to Stay in Lanai This Summer [UPDATED]

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

UPDATE: A rep for the Four Seasons Resorts on Lanai has told us that while the hotels are closed for renovations, the island itself is still open for exploration. Guests can visit the shops, restaurants, a newly renovated movie theater as well as play on the Manele Golf Course. A Summer Golf Special will be offered starting on June 1, which includes 18-ocean-view holes, club rental, prix fixe lunch at VIEWS restaurant and transportation to and from the harbor for only $325. But the rooms are not available for overnight stays.

When we last left you on Lanai, the plan was for some serious renovation and refurbishment to take place at the island’s two main hotels— Four Seasons' two properties, the Lodge at Koele and Manele Bay. Well the time has come, so you'd better hit up Airbnb if you’re looking for accommodation on the Pineapple Isle. Because it's only going to get worse from here.

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Call 1-844-5OCLOCK to Make Your Margaritaville Hotel Reservations (Seriously)

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  Site Where: 1111 North Ocean Drive [map], Hollywood, FL, United States
May 19, 2015 at 7:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Thirsty for a Margarita...ville hotel stay? Simply call 1-844-5OCLOCK to make your reservation at the brand new Margaritaville Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida, opening on October 1.

As we briefly mentioned in September, the beach resort inspired by singer Jimmy Buffett will have 349 rooms, 17 stories, a Margaritaville Landshark Bar & Grill, a License to Chill rooftop bar, the Lone Palm Bar and a 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar. There will also be a 15,000-sq.ft. St. Somewhere Spa and an "authentic 'no worries' tropical vibe" present throughout.

Here are some more details on what to expect after you get drunk and screw er, relax in your hotel room:

Each of the resort’s 349-rooms will evoke feelings of relaxation and paradise, with coastal-luxe décor. Business and leisure travelers alike will enjoy luxurious bedding with crisp all-white linens, teak-finished furnishings accompanied by subtle maritime accents, spacious walk-in rain showers, 42-inch LCD televisions and clocks with Bluetooth capabilities, ensuring maximum comfort and total relaxation.

Spacious walk-in rain showers with sea glass colored tile, teak vanities topped with vessel sinks and tropical bath potions (rendering above) will create a serene bath experience that is truly transporting. Attention to detail will be expressed in the thoughtfully selected features placed in every guestroom and suite, ensuring each guest enjoys a slice of paradise.

We're assuming cheeseburgers are definitely on the room service menu too.

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'The End of The Hotel Room' is Here With ZOKU Hotels

May 19, 2015 at 3:27 PM | by | Comments (4)

In a time when the behemoth hotel operators are launching new brands to target millennials, (see Moxy, Hyatt Centric, Canopy, Radisson Red, Vib, Venu etc.) one hotelier is thinking outside the box in an effort to disrupt the home-office concept.

ZOKU, a new hotel brand created by ex-CitizenM founder Hans Meyer and co-founder Marc Jongerius, is ready to shake up the hotel industry yet again with a revolutionary new concept which shifts the focus from the bed to the living and work space.

The ZOKU loft hotel room revolves around a central feature which will be a four-person table that can be used to work, dine and entertain, or just hang out. The interiors will be customizable in addition to a retractable staircase, a lounge area, a kitchen and a funky yet functional storage area. While the concept caters more to long-stay guests, visitors can stay anywhere from one night to three months.

All ZOKUs will have an open-plan communal living and co-working spaces to highlight and encourage interaction and networking. Additional features include free and fast WiFi (Thank God!) and a 32-inch LED TV with BYOC (Bring Your Own Content!) The concept replaces the traditional hotel staff with Sidekicks, employees who are globally centered yet rooted in the local scene. They connect guests to any and all services, which range from housekeeping, bike rentals, laundry, and meeting room services.

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A Piece by Piece Guide to the New Legoland Hotel In Florida

May 19, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

The final bits and pieces (ha, get it?!) have been put in place, and it’s time for grand opening of the latest slice of paradise within the LEGO kingdom. LEGOLAND Hotel is now doing its thing just outside Orlando, and the reactions, reviews, and social media shares are coming in piece by piece (ok, we’re done, promise).

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Yet Another Baha Mar Dream Vacation Has Collapsed

May 18, 2015 at 2:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just last week, we posted a silver lining that emerged from the storm clouds of the epic opening fail of Baha Mar Resort & Casino in the Bahamas, which has been plagued by construction delays, thanks to a standoff between the resort and its construction company.

A Hyatt Gold Passport guest told HotelChatter that he was extremely impressed with Hyatt's customer service for affected guests of the Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar, which involved a dedicated hotline for Hyatt guests and a full refund of all of his Passport points used to book the trip, plus a few extra.

This was pretty much the only positive report we've heard regarding Baha Mar in months. But today, we're back to the usual doom and gloom that has been hovering over the resort complex since they missed their (second) targeted opening date of March 27.

Tribune 242 is reporting that a bride and groom who were scheduled to have their wedding in June at the SLS at Baha Mar are now unable to get a refund nor answers to their many questions from SLS and Baha Mar. They are also trying to wrangle refunds for 100 of their guests, who had booked hotel rooms and flights to The Bahamas.

Apparently, the couple and their 100 guests were treated as one giant group, instead of individuals. Eventually, SLS offered the group a mixture of cash and credits for future stays, but the cash portion was not even enough to cover everyone's air fare. Now the groom, who himself is a builder of luxury homes in Houston and thus very familiar with construction projects and delays, said the experience has been such a nightmare that he will never return to the Bahamas again, "unless it was to see the ruins of Baha Mar."

And he's not alone.

Keep reading to hear yet another example of someone who was royally screwed over by Baha Mar.

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The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone Will More Likely Open In Summer

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  Site Where: 28-30 Seymour Street, London, United Kingdom, W1H 7JB
May 18, 2015 at 9:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

Progress, we called it, when The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone got its website back in March, about a year after we first walked down Seymour Street to take pictures of the third Zetter hotel. It had us hopeful for a Spring opening, but alas: it will be summer – perhaps August – before the hotel opens.

Renovation of the double Georgian townhouse is advancing, with the front façade free of scaffolding. The biggest change is visible from Quebec Mews behind the hotel (below).

The hotel will have 21 rooms, 2 studio suites, and that rooftop apartment with terrace and outdoor roll top bath. Rates will start from £258 ($405) a night, with entry-level rooms being described as “compact”. That’s maybe a little more than we were hoping for, but in line with those over in Clerkenwell. We’ll report back when we have more details on square footage, amenities, and the like.

[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]

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This Sketch Is Your First Sight of Nobu Hotel Los Cabos

Where: Los Cabos, Mexico
May 15, 2015 at 8:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

You know we’re always on the comings and goings of Nobu Hotels, as the chain makes its way to spots like Miami, Chicago, London, and even that one planned for Malibu. Well now the hotel chain is making its way out of the nifty fifty and heading south of the border. Up next for Nobu Hotels is Mexico, and they have their eyes on Cabo San Lucas.

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Upstairs Downstairs at The New York Edition

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  Site Where: 5 Madison Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10010
May 14, 2015 at 4:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Are you ready to enter the Naughty Zone?

Revelers from the fashion, art, design, acting and even hospitality world were some of the first to experience the social scene at the New York Edition during the hotel's opening party on Tuesday night. While earlier in the evening W Magazine took over the three dining rooms that comprise the Clocktower Restaurant from chef Jason Atherton, by the time the clock struck 10pm, invited partygoers were free to roam between the restaurant, the billiards room, the upstairs bar and the lobby and lobby bar downstairs.

Despite the crowds (the upstairs bar was a shoulder to shoulder situation) and the celebrities (Rosario Dawson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Chrissy Teigen, Alexa Chung and Q-Tip as the DJ, to name a few), the party was simple, good-old fashioned fun. There were even reports of people were dancing on the purple-felted billiards table. #NotUs #Promise

The day after the party, which wrapped up sometime around 4am, Edition hotelier Ian Schrager arrived to "inspect the damage" which to a guest's eyes seemed nonexistent, but Schrager had some concerns about the lobby furniture. He also turned a lobby lamp around to face in his preferred direction.

Yet overall, Schrager was extremely happy with the turnout calling it a quintessential New York party, with a type of party electricity he hasn't felt with other Edition hotels. "I can't define it. I just know when it's there," Schrager said. "There was excitement and that's the part I enjoy." From the man who created Studio 54, one of the most iconic nightclubs in history, we'd take his word for it.

So now, let's take a look at what had people so excited about the Edition the other night.

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