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And Now, Here Comes The OE Collection from Loews Hotels

October 17, 2014 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Another day, another new hotel brand.

This week we've seen the introduction of two new hotel brands to the market--the badly-named Vib by Best Western and the sadly-named Canopy by Hilton. But wait, The Week Where Everyone Announces a New Hotel Brand is not over! Here comes The OE Collection from Loews Hotels.

Much like Hilton's Curio Collection and Marriott's Autograph Collection, the OE Collection will be a grouping of different, independent hotels, operated by Loews Hotels. However, Hotel News Now reports that OE hotels will "fit into the upper-upscale and luxury lifestyle categories." So, kind of like Starwood's Luxury Collection, no?

The OE Collection is also Loews' answer for the overhyped all-important millennial traveler segment, promising edgy design and exciting F&B. Although, we're confused how it can be both for millennials and a luxury hotel collection. Are millennials making some serious dollars now? We'll find out when OE officially launches in January.

Now, let's all get to the giant elephant standing slightly inebriated in the room...

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The HelloTel App is Great for Business Travelers, But Will Be Even Better for Random Hook-Ups

October 16, 2014 at 1:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

We saw the news in our inbox earlier this week for a new hotel social networking app called HelloTel and made a mental note to come back to that never later in the week. But then we saw this write-up in Thrillist which called it "Tindr for hotel guests." Oh really? Now, we're interested. #sexstillsells

Although the app was pitched to HotelChatter as a "great way for business travelers to meet up so there's no awkward dinner by yourself at the hotel bar" and a way for groups to meet up during conference (complete with a picture of a hotel meeting room filled with people) it will, as Thrillist suggests, probably spur random hook-ups instead.

And why shouldn't it? Hotel rooms are perfect for random anonymous hook-ups where the only personal items your meet-up will see are the items in your suitcase, and perhaps your face cleanser on the bathroom sink.

Nevertheless, HelloTel does have some other features beyond finding you a warm body for the night. Since we're not a millennial, we decided to check out the app's promise to connect business travelers.

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Photos: An Inside Look at Marlon Brando's Former Digs Near Tahiti

October 16, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just over a year ago, we dished on the details behind The Brando, Marlon Brando's posthumous hotel on Tetiaroa, a 12-islet atoll 30 miles northeast of Tahiti. Photos and guest-experience insight were limited at the time, but now that the hotel officially opened this summer - on July 1st, the 10th anniversary of Brando's death - it's time to take an inside look.

We guess we'll start with the bad news: This is one hotel that none of us will ever see the inside of. Rates start at $3,800/night for a one-bedroom villa (2 guests), and there is a three-night minimum stay. From here on out, we can consider this an eye-candy post, but just for fun, here's what's included in your daily rate at the Brando:

Accommodations; all meals in all dining venues; bottled water, soft drinks, beer, and select wines, Champagne, and spirits; 24-hour dining in the privacy of your villa; 1 excursion per person per day from a select list of options; 1 spa treatment (50 minutes) per day; Internet access; 1 bicycle per guest; access to an outrigger canoe, kayak, paddleboard, and snorkeling equipment.

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The One Where We Hear Moxy Hotels are Coming to the U.S.

October 15, 2014 at 2:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

If you liked the man meat that you saw at Moxy Milan earlier this week, then keep your fingers crossed that Moxy Hotels will open in the United States.

We can't reveal our sources but there is word going around that a Moxy Hotel is being developed for New Orleans, which really could not be a more perfect city for the young and fun Moxy brand. It's also a favorite city for Marriott International.

The hotel company already has 18 Marriott-branded hotels in or just outside the city, with several more within an hour's drive. And every brand is represented there from Residence Inn to Couryard, Springhill Suites, Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Marriott and even the first-ever AC Hotels by Marriott in the United States. That hotel is opening next month.

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Hilton Worldwide Has Unveiled Their New Hotel Brand. And The Name is...

October 15, 2014 at 12:37 PM | by | Comments (6)

CANOPY by Hilton

Ever since the epic fail that was Denizen Hotels (you can read up on that here), Hilton Worldwide has been desperately seeking a new lifestyle brand to fit into their portfolio. Once the court-ordered business restrictions were lifted last year, Hilton went into overdrive.

First, they announced their Curio Collection, a group of mostly already existing hotels with no real unifying trait except that they tend to be more boutique in terms of design, and of course, they are part of the Hilton HHonors network.

Now, Hilton Worldwide has officially announced their totally new lifestyle brand, Canopy by Hilton Hotels.

Chris Nasetta, president and CEO of Hilton Worldwide, revealed the new brand to existing Hilton hotel owners at Hilton Worldwide's Global Partnership Conference in Orlando. Here's what he had to say about it:

“Built on extensive market research, our highly anticipated Canopy by Hilton brand delivers a fresh approach to hospitality and the guest experience,” Nassetta said. “We saw an opportunity to not only enter the lifestyle space by developing a new brand, but also to redefine this category by creating a more accessible lifestyle brand. We identified the need to take the emphasis off of capital-intensive design and deliver exactly what the target consumer desires: an energizing, comfortable stay with more included value.”

Here's what we took away from that statement: affordable. Although Canopy promises to be so much more.

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1 Hotel Central Park to Open in March and It Will Be the Most Eco-Chic Hotel Yet

October 15, 2014 at 11:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Well, lookie here. Luxury eco-hotel brand, 1 Hotels has unveiled a new website for the 1 Hotel Central Park AND they are even taking reservations for March 2015. (We had a feeling that a fall opening wasn't going to happen.)

A tipster let us know about the new website for 1 Hotel Central Park, and it is rather cool. Not only is the site full of details and gorgeous photos, but it's incredible easy, and pleasant, to navigate, dropping in hotel information with city information and general eco-conscious lifestyle information. We also like how the room categories are listed with starting rates attached. Speaking of rooms, here is how the Alcove Queen room is described:

Reclaimed wood, raw materials, painted brick walls and accents of blackened steel and copper surround a plush, queen-sized bed in the heart of the city, complete with a generous closet for your belongings.

Other room categories are Alcove Kings, and Studio, City and Park rooms with king beds. (The latter two denote the type of view.) There's a handful of rooms with two beds too.

Amenities in the guest rooms include a Keesta mattress, a triple filtered water system, complimentary Oogave Natural sodas in the minibar, yoga mat, in-room coffee and tea, and exclusive, organic 1 Hotels toiletries.

There's also a goodie bag given on arrival filled with healthy snacks and each room has a floor-to-ceiling slot of living plants so you're greeted with a "fresh boost" every time you walk in the door. Smells, er, sounds wonderful!

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Best Western Announces a New Boutique Hotel Concept, Vib

October 15, 2014 at 9:28 AM | by | Comments (4)

After nearly 70 years as a cornerstone of America's mid-range hotel scene, Best Western has announced that it will take a step into two new markets with two new brands, Vib (pronounced "vibe") and BW Premier.

The Premier Collection has actually been up and running for a while, and includes this recently opened eco-resort in Malaysia. In fact, last time we checked in on Premier, it was planning properties in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nairobi and Oman. Just to catch you up if you missed it, the BW Premier Collection will be a "soft brand" offering, meaning that it will consist of a variety of high-end properties in different markets (as opposed to a single hotel brand, like Vib). Hotels in the Premier Collection will be bookable through the Best Western website, and guests will be able to earn and use their Best Western reward points at any hotel in the collection.

The big announcement is the new boutique Vib concept, short for Vibrant. It is being described as a "stylish and technology-centric hotel concept created to meet the needs of today’s connected traveler," featuring "vibrant and modern design with a focus on convenience, technology and social engagement." That's about as vague as it gets, and the details are pretty scarce except for the fact that the properties will be tech-savvy and have large lobbies that incorporate local flair. You can check out the short promotional video below.

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Montage Hotels Breaks Ground on New Gaslamp Hotel, The Pendry

Where: 5th Avenue and J Street [map], San Diego, California, United States
October 14, 2014 at 10:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, San Diego broke ground on its newest hotel project, a 317-room, 12-story Montage Hotel in the city's Gaslamp Quarter.

Scheduled to open in 2016, the hotel will have just 36 rooms with only one and two-bedroom suite options. The property, which will not be called Montage, but rather Pendry San Diego, will also have two restaurants, a spa, a rooftop pool, a nightclub, and a beer hall. Is it expected to draw both business and leisure travelers with its location three blocks from the convention center in the heart of the city's main leisure district, the Gaslamp.

The hotel says it will "appeal to young, hip guests looking for both superior personal service and high-quality design and amenities," and rates are projected to start between $250 and $300 a night. Few details have been released about the restaurants, nightclub, and beer hall, but the hotel hopes to attract locals as well as visitors and become a destination in themselves.

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Napa Valley's Historic Acacia House Will Become Las Alcobas, A Luxury Collection Hotel

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  Site Where: 1915 Main Street [map], St Helena, United States, 94574
October 14, 2014 at 8:57 AM | by | Comment (1)

Need an excuse to start planning another trip to the wine country? Starwood Hotels has got your back, with the announcement that historic Acacia House, on Main Street in St. Helena, will be renovated and become Las Alcobas, one of its Luxury Collection Hotels.

True, you need a little bit of patience, with opening planned for somewhere between autumn 2015 and early 2016, but it’s never too early, right?

The renderings of the site and the building above are all we were able to dig out from the architect’s website, which shows how everything around the main house will be razed to make way for a number of new annexes that we presume will house the majority, if not all, 57 rooms. The above doesn’t scream luxury hotel to us, but we’ll reserve judgement until we’ve seen more. Meeting facilities, a signature restaurant, and spa with outdoor pool will be added as well.

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The Short, But Very Important, List of New Hotels Coming to Chicago

October 13, 2014 at 12:25 PM | by | Comments (2)

Chicago has been a breeding ground for new hotels and new hotel concepts for a few years now. We even named it the Best Hotel Scene back in 2011. But the hospitality winds of change are just starting to pick up.

By our count, 8 very important hotels will open in Chicago in the next two years. Of course, there will be many, many, more hotels opening than just eight. But here are the ones we're dying to sleep with.

1. Virgin Chicago: At long last, Virgin Hotels finally revealed its much hyped but much covered up hotel concept last week. And we are loving it. Rooms will officially open to guests in the dead of winter on January 15 at $209 a night. We're currently hunting down a faux fur coat to accompany us on our virgin stay with Virgin Hotels.

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Le Méridien Brings Golf and Competition to Bangkok Airport Next Month

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  Site Where: 789 Moo 14, Bangna-Trad Road, Km 10.5, Bangpleeyai, Bangplee, Samut Prakan, Thailand, 10540
October 13, 2014 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Being in the middle of a brand refresh isn’t stopping Le Méridien Hotels from opening new properties, with next month the addition of Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa. While it’s too early for some of the new brand elements to pop up in the room design, the first images show an attractive, if relatively safe, contemporary look, golf course views, and a balcony with sunbed.

The tenth Starwood hotel and third Le Méridien in Bangkok, the hotel brings some much needed competition to the city’s airport hotel game, dominated by the Novotel BKK Airport at the moment. Being a 15-minute drive away, Le Méridien can’t quite beat the Novotel’s terminal location, but with fresh rooms and much more extensive facilities, it should shake things up nonetheless.

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Put On Your Snazziest Walking Shoes, Hyatt Herald Square Is Open

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  Site Where: 32 West 31st Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10001
October 10, 2014 at 1:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

There's one hotel we missed on our recent openings list--The Hyatt Herald Square New York, which is now officially open. Perfect timing, ahead of the holiday season, even Halloween, which to many of us is a bone fide holiday in itself.

Here's what to like about Hyatt Herald Square, so far:

· Close to Shopping. Herald Square has always been a clusterF high-energy Manhattan neighborhood, with a history of both the fashion and publishing worlds to keep things current and looking good. While the publishing sector has mostly moved on, on-line that is, Herald Square is still home to big-brand fashion, including those celeb lines at Macy's.

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