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And The Hotel Wore White: Marchesa is Designing Wedding Gowns for St. Regis Hotels

April 29, 2015 at 4:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Not only can you hold your wedding at a posh St. Regis Hotel and Resort, but you can also wear a limited edition St. Regis couture bridal gown on your wedding day, designed by Marchesa.

The Marchesa Bridal Capsule Collection for St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, created by Marchesa designers and St. Regis Connoisseurs Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, feature four designs inspired by St. Regis resorts in Punta Mita, Dubai, Mumbai and New York.

The gowns will be available to buy starting in September on www.StRegis.com/weddings. Once a gown is selected, brides will have a fitting session with the Marchesa team in New York where the gown will be customized and altered to their specifications. Gowns can also be sent anywhere in the world if the brides want to do the alterations outside the U.S.

A Marchesa for St. Regis wedding gown start at $20,000 and go up to $50,000. So far, we don't think the price includes a discount on your next St. Regis hotel stay but you could always ask.

CLICK THE PHOTOS TO SEE SKETCHES OF THE MARCHESA BRIDAL CAPSULE COLLECTION FOR ST. REGIS!

[Photos: St Regis Hotels]

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Aloft to Light Up South Beach on May 28

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  Site Where: 2360 Collins Avenue [map], Miami , FL, United States, 33140
April 29, 2015 at 12:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

The season is winding down in Florida but the hotel scene in Miami remains hot, especially when it comes to new hotels.

Not only are both the Hyatt Centric South Beach and the AC Hotel by Marriott opening in mid-May but now the Aloft South Beach has just announced it too will open next month on May 28 to be exact.

Construction has been underway on the former Ankara Motel for a few years now (here's what it looked like when our Miami spy walked by it last July) but Aloft is nearly ready to show off its restoration efforts (the Ankara was built in 1954) as well as its new interiors.

Here's some info on what Aloft saved from the Ankara days and what they added in:

Components of the hotel that have retained their original form include the classic brick walls of the Historic Wing, refurbished Ankara Motel signage and the pool shape. Inside, modern design takes center stage as a translucent staircase welcomes guests into the thriving two-story atrium with custom leather wrapping and a striking light fixture inspired by drum cymbals. Additionally, the bar and lounge features a custom chandelier by Yellow Goat Design made of 1,000 colored acrylic lighting rods descending from the ceiling.

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New York's NoMad Hotel to Go BiCoastal With New DTLA Location

April 28, 2015 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Downtown Los Angeles' award-winning hotel scene continues to shine.

The LA Times reports that Giannini Building at 7th and Olive, a former Bank of Italy building that first opened in 1923, has been purchased by hotel developer The Sydell Group and wants to turn it into a boutique hotel--possibly a spin-off of the NoMad Hotel in NYC. Here's what Sydell has in store for the building:

The main former banking floor will be converted to a "living room" lobby for the hotel where guests can lounge or work, [Andrew E. Zobler, CEO of Sydell] said. The first floor will have a bar and a restaurant.

Sydell will operate the hotel, perhaps as a second branch of its NoMad Hotel on Broadway in New York. Plans call for 250 guest rooms that would either face outward or look into a large existing light well in the center of the upper floors of Giannini Place.

A rooftop swimming pool and event space with panoramic views of downtown are also on the drawing board. The hotel is to be a step up in room price and sophistication from Sydell Group's Freehand hotel being built in the former Commercial Exchange Building.

But there's another new boutique hotel coming to DTLA, just one block away from this one.

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Another Industrial-Inspired Hotel is Coming to Williamsburg

Where: North Tenth Street and Wythe Avenue [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States
April 27, 2015 at 4:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

The upcoming Williamsburg Hotel will, like others before it, feature modern expressions of the area's industrial heritage. This one might just raise the bar, and we do mean bar. Stay tuned.

Brooklyn, New York, and in particular hipster neighborhood of Williamsburg, is becoming a hot bed of hotel design. One new hotel we’ve been waiting to get a glimpse of, is the Williamsburg Hotel, expected to open later this year. (Ed. Note: This hotel is not to be confused with the former Hotel Williamsburg, which has been since been renamed McCarren Hotel & Pool.)

Developer Heritage Equity Partners, a family-owned business with roots in the area – like around the corner from the Williamsburg Hotel – plan to duly honor Williamsburg’s industrial legacy, combined with plenty of "wow" factor. Works for us.

The design team spearheading the wow includes local firm HWKN Architects, and Alex Michaelis of London-based Michaelis Boyd as interior designer.

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Nobu's Next Hotel Will Be in...

Where: 22752 Pacific Coast Hghway [map], Malibu, CA, United States
April 27, 2015 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Green tea waffles from room service at Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace

After opening the largest Nobu restaurant in the world at the Four Seasons Doha comes a new Nobu concept on a much smaller scale--Nobu Ryokan, set to open in Malibu, California, nearly next door to Nobu's restaurant there on the Pacific Coast Highway.

Apparently, the sushi chef's ryokan has been in the works for about two years, as Eater La discovered that Nobu Matsuhisa joined forces will billionaire Larry Ellison in 2013. Now, according to a real estate agent, the signage just went up on the former Casa Malibu space, meaning an opening could be in sight.

There's not much to go on other than signage and the ryokan concept which typically means a very small amount of rooms. The ryokan is located at 22752 PCH, directly on the beach, meaning that a room there will cost far more than a Nobu omakase meal.

The next proper Nobu Hotel will open in Miami at the Eden Roc this summer, with Chicago and London opening after that.

[Photo: Nobu Hotels]

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Hotel News Brief: Big Luxury Changes, a Return to Independence and New Vībs

April 27, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

So much hotel news, so little time – here are a few snippets to keep you up to date with the latest news from around the world, from shiny new things in Paris to reservations in Milan and new global partnerships.

· Ritz-Carlton Chicago to Become a Proper Ritz-Carlton: There has been a lot of changes to the Four Seasons portfolio lately and here comes another one--The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, which despite its name, has been a Four Seasons property for quite some time--will drop all association with Four Seasons and become a real deal Ritz-Carlton on August 1. A FlyerTalk member posted this message on the board:

"On July 31, 2015, Four Seasons will be concluding its management of The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel). Effective August 1, 2015, the Hotel will become a full participant in the Ritz-Carlton system. This means that the Hotel will no longer be a Ritz-Carlton in name only, but it will be a part of the Ritz-Carlton family of hotels."

Now the hotel will no longer have to correct guests when they get excited about staying at a Ritz-Carlton. Fortunately, those lake views won't change.

· The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Has At Last Declared Independence: After experiencing a rebirth under Jason Pomeranc's Thompson Hotels before becoming a Commune Hotel, the Hollywood Roosevelt is striking out on its own again. The nearly 90-year-old hotel announced that "owners have once again taken over the management reigns, while maintaining a consulting agreement with Commune Hotels & Resorts." There were whispers two years ago that the Roosevelt wanted to go its own way so this looks like a nice a little compromise. The hotel won't be completely independent though as it is now a part of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.

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The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne Will be Australia's Highest Hotel

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  Site Where: 250 Spencer Street, Melbourne, Australia
April 27, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

At last, we said last month, Ritz-Carlton Hotels is returning to Australia. That was following the announcement of a new hotel in Perth, part of a mixed-use complex with the usual residences, retail spaces, and restaurants. If that was good news, here is more: a second Ritz-Carlton hotel will come to Melbourne, scooping up the title of highest hotel in Australia in the process.

Just as in the country’s far west, the hotel will be part of a mixed-use project called 250 Spencer Street, where the hotel will have 250 rooms between floor 64 and 77 in one of multiple towers (something tells us the Sofitel Melbourne, between floors 36 and 50 in a tower nearby, is not happy about this).

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Rosewood’s Next Luxury Hotel Will Be in an Unesco World Heritage Site

Where: Puebla, Mexico
April 24, 2015 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

The cathedral of Puebla, Mexico.

The very near future for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is rosy indeed. The group already has 18 luxury properties in 11 countries, with another 11 under development, including this latest one—Rosewood Puebla Mexico, opening in 2016.

The downtown area of Puebla was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1987, because of it’s plentitude of historical sites such as Cholula, which is the site of the world’s largest pyramid. Puebla is also famous for its plentitude of churches (over 365) and for creating one of Mexico’s national dishes, mole poblano.

Here’s what’s in store for the Rosewood Puebla, which will be located near Zocalo, the city’s main square.

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More Places to Spa with Six Senses, from France to St. Lucia to Bali

April 24, 2015 at 8:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

It scares us sometimes when it turns out hotels we thought we talked about just a few months ago were actually on our radar closer to a few years ago. How time flies. Such is the case with Six Senses hotels, which we looked at in late 2013 for its expansion plans in all sorts of places: far from its usual Southeast Asia habitat in the French Alps near Mont Blanc, in the remote kingdom of Bhutan, and the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.

Opening dates in 2015 and 2016 seemed so far away at the time, and yet here we are, with the first two resorts scheduled to open on July 1: Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain, a half hour outside Chengdu in China. Chengdu is one of the largest cities in China and the capital of the Sichuan province, home to 80% of the world’s panda population. The resort will have 113 suites and villas (above a rendering, which shows an interesting mix of contemporary and traditional design), and not surprisingly, a serious spa with locally-inspired treatments and “sensory journeys”. Scheduled for July 1 as it may be (the May date on the website we've been told will be July), we can’t seem to make reservations yet.

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One City Block, Two Office Buildings, Three Dallas Hotels

April 23, 2015 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Two side-by-side outdated office buildings in downtown Dallas are getting a new lease on life. That’s always good news, especially when that new life is a hotel. Or three.

The Dallas Morning News reports that developer NewcrestImage plans to renovate the two towers on Commerce Street and with a little design magic, by the end of next year we can look forward to a Hampton Inn & Suites, Residence Inn by Marriott, and AC Hotels by Marriott, offering a total of about 400 rooms.

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Four Seasons Takes on French Riviera Grande Dame Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat

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  Site Where: 71 Boulevard du Général de Gaulle, Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat, France, 06230
April 22, 2015 at 4:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

File this under things-we-never-thought-we’d-write / bombshell news: Four Seasons Hotels will take over the management of Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, the iconic hotel at the tip of the Cap Ferrat peninsula on France’s Côte d’Azur, as of May 8. Yes, that is May 8 – as in less than three weeks away.

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Equinox is Getting Pumped for Their Own Line of Hotels

April 21, 2015 at 2:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

It was only a matter of time. After the launch of Even Hotels, an entire hotel brand built around fitness and wellness, now comes a hotel brand that's actually built around an existing chain of fitness centers.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Equinox will open its first Equinox Hotel in 2018 in NYC at the Hudson Yards development. It will be designed by hotel designers du jour, Yabu Pushelberg, and will have indoor and outdoor swimming pools along with the world's largest Equinox fitness center, at 60,000-sq.ft. An Equinox Hotel is also expected to open in Los Angeles in 2019 and Equinox hopes to open around 75 hotels worldwide.

And so far, the model is pretty simple--build a hotel around a high-end gym with the latest in fitness technology. Which is great, if you're into that sort of thing. #roomservicecheeseburgersforlife

[Photo: Equinox/Facebook]