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Nira Montana Brings Luxe and Affordable Skiing to Mont Blanc

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  Site Where: Località Arly, 87, La Thuile, Italy, 11016
December 11, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

When you think of skiing close to Mont Blanc, France’s Chamonix will probably come to mind first of all, but if you have a case of been-there-done-that, there is a new hotel to check out this season in the Italian town of La Thuile, which will still give you the proximity to Il Bianco, or “the White One” as the mountain is called.

And if it’s new experiences you are looking for, Nira Montana, as it’s called, fits the bill in other ways too: you may not have yet had a chance to stay at a Nira Hotel, a small group with only a few properties, disparately encompassing Nira Alpina (in the Swiss ski resort of St. Moritz), Shanti Maurice (a beach resort on Mauritius), and Nira Caledonia (a city hotel in Edinburgh, of all places).

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Here's What Virgin America's Elevate Members Will Get at Virgin Hotels

December 10, 2014 at 10:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

As the opening day gets closer and closer for the very first Virgin Hotel, the brand's loyalty program is also getting closer to coming out.

We reported two months ago that a Virgin Hotels loyalty program would be "integrated into the airlines' current loyalty programs." Today, we know exactly how that will work.

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The Laslett London Is Opening In Notting Hill Next Summer

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  Site Where: 8 Pembridge Gardens, London, United Kingdom, W2 4DU
December 10, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Notting Hill may have found a permanent place in the London visitor’s heart due to one minor Hugh Grant / Julia Roberts movie (by the way, are you ready to feel old? Yes? It was released fifteen years ago), but the number of (interesting) hotel choices in the area has always been limited.

The list of options will have a new addition by next summer though, with the planned opening of The Laslett on Pembridge Gardens, around the corner from Notting Hill Gate tube station and close to the bottom end of famous Portobello Road. Set within five Victorian mansions, The Laslett is named after Rhaune Laslett, a local community activist and organiser of the Notting Hill Festival, the predecessor of the current annual Notting Hill Carnival.

From the people behind Living Rooms, a small collection of apartments for short and long stays, The Laslett will have 51 rooms and suites, meant to give you the sense you’re staying in a friend’s stylish townhouse rather than in a hotel. The first image we have (above) does seem to strike that balance well, with a nice deep grey on the walls, carefully misaligned artwork, and the odd bit of color and pattern thrown in. The ground floor will be “part coffee shop, part bar-kitchen, part gallery, part concept store”.

We’ll have to wait to see more from inside The Laslett, but we can tell you that opening rates will start from £215 ($335) a night. Blame Hugh and Julia for Notting Hill having become so expensive.

[Photos: The Laslett]

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Robert De Niro Plans to Reopen the Gates of the Former K Club Resort in Barbuda

December 9, 2014 at 8:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Actor/writer/director/Nobu hotelier Robert De Niro just got a new title--and a great big thank you-- from the government of Antigua and Barbuda. Prime Minister Gaston Browne has pronounced De Niro “special economic envoy” to the two-island Caribbean country for his commitment to reviving the ailing K Club Resort on Barbuda.

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An Inside Look at The Loews Chicago Hotel, Opening in March

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  Site Where: 455 N. Park Drive [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60611
December 9, 2014 at 11:39 AM | by | Comment (1)

With the dust still fresh in the air and the raucous sounds of construction all around, Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood has been pinned by the folks over at Loews Hotels for their latest property to open early next year.

Donning a hard-hat and safety glasses, we scored an exclusive sneak peak inside the for a first-hand look at the Loews Chicago Hotel.

Just east of the shopper's paradise that is Michigan Avenue and sporting views of Lake Michigan, this new build hotel in downtown is also just a five-minute walk to Navy Pier, making it a central spot to stay in Chicago. The hotel is actually comprised of two towers, one housing 400 Loews hotels rooms and the other Loews luxury condominiums. These are completely separate from the hotel with different entrances and amenities.

But we're here to talk about the hotel side. And away we go!

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Oh Heyyyyy: Sneak Peek at What Virgin New York Will Look Like

December 9, 2014 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just last month, we heard that work would begin soon on the forthcoming Virgin Hotel New York. And now this Virgin is starting to show some skin. The rendering kind.

The 38-story hotel will go up at 30th and Broadway, smack dab in the middle of the oh-so-ho NoMad neighborhood. It will also be very close to the hotel that spurred the comeback of this random, in-between area--the Ace New York.

Now, is it just us or does this look like a USB flash drive plugged into the ground? #justus #butyoutotallyseeitright?

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Starwood Plans a Double Dutch Debut With Element and an Expanded W Amsterdam

December 8, 2014 at 4:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

The uber-eco friendly Element Amsterdam is wonderfully--or dangerously--close to a shopping mall, but you can still feel good about "going green" while spending some green.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts is bringing two of its design-driven brands to one of Europe’s hippest cities, with Element Amsterdam and W Amsterdam both opening next year. Here’s the latest on these upcoming hotels. Just two more reasons to love Amsterdam.

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Dreaming of a White Christmas? Consider These Ski Resort Offerings

December 8, 2014 at 1:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

If a ski trip is on your wish list this holiday season, these resorts have got you covered...maybe not with the powder you're hoping for since that's up to the weather gods, but they have amped up their offerings for the 2014-2015 ski season.

The Lodge at Vail: Half of this resort underwent a renovation in 2008 but now, the rest of The Lodge has gotten an upgrade including the guests rooms which now feature light-colored walls and "soft alpine tones." But we're most interested in the tech upgrades which includes headboards equipped with power outlets, USB ports and old-fashioned reading lights. The large TVs are also compatible with Apple and Samsung products for future smart TV options. The Lodge is offering a variety of specials with rates up to 25 percent off, so long as you book before certain dates.

Limelight Hotel in Aspen: This Downtown Aspen hotel has put all new carpets, drapery and furniture into its 126 guest rooms. The hotel is also offering three new on-mountain adventures, ranging from a pricey powder tour that gives guests a guided tour of the mountains on a snow cat and 10-15 untracked powder runs to a behind-the-scenes tour with Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol. Rates at The Limelight start at $495 a night during the weekend in January but you can save on that rate, if you stay longer.

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What is The Q&A Residential Hotel Brand All About?

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  Site Where: 70 Pine Street [map], New York, NY, United States
December 8, 2014 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

New York City is never short on hotel rooms, that we know all too well, as it seems a new hotel pops up every other week. But hotel rooms that function as full-size apartments are a different story.

Furnished Quarters is a company that provides temporary furnished apartments in New York and Boston, but now they are actively launching a "residential hotel concept" in Manhattan, called Q&A, with its first hotel opening in the Financial District in the spring.

The hotel, located at 70 Pine Street, will have 132 suites throughout four floors of a thoroughly Art Deco skyscraper. (The lobby is Art Deco done to the max.) The suites will be "full-sized, furnished, turnkey apartments--most with separate office space."

And guests will have access to traditional business hotel services like complimentary continental breakfast, a concierge, fitness center, business center, and valet laundry and dry cleaning, as well aspreferential access to the rooftop lounge and restaurant.

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It Was a Bad Weekend for Hotel WiFi, Furries, Claridge's and Atlantic City

December 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (4)

Happy Monday Morning! There is so much hotel news flying around today and we just don't have enough time to focus on all of it. So here's a quick rundown to get you up to speed on the latest.

Sony Pictures' Embarrassing Leaks Sent From St. Regis Bangkok: Late last week, Sony Pictures film studio was hacked in a major way with salary information for its biggest stars published on the internet, along with personal and financial information about actors, confidential power point presentations, and even employee complaints. Hacker group DarkSeoul has taken responsibility for the act, which according to Bloomberg was done using the WiFi from the St. Regis Bangkok. It has not been determined if the hackers did their dirty deed from a guest room or the public areas. But the internet is free in public spaces and about $12USD in the guest rooms. Either way, a small price to pay for humiliating a major corporation. We do worry what this now means for the future of Hotel WiFi.

Furries Get Gassed in Chicago: The Midwest FurFest Convention, which is for people who like dressing up in animal costumes and who call themselves "Furries", was broken up on Saturday night by an intentional gas leak at the Hyatt Regency Rosemont hotel. Nineteen people needed to be sent to the hospital while thousands of others were sent to nearby shelters as the hotel was evacuated. Powdered chlorine was later found by investigators at a ninth floor stairwell. After a few hours, and some testing, officials determined the hotel safe to enter again. The Midwet FurFest resumed later on Sunday.

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Additional Amenities to Admire at The Miami Beach Edition

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  Site Where: 2901 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
December 5, 2014 at 4:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

See more from the Miami Beach Edition here--Guestrooms :: Market :: Minibar :: Basement

Art Basel is in full swing in Miami Beach, but we're still admiring the hotel work of art that is the Miami Beach Edition. Today, we're looking at the spa, fitness center and the pool area at the oceanfront resort.

The spa is located in the basement of the hotel, but on the opposite side from Basement, the Edition's recreational area. You have to take a separate staircase from the lobby, just before the Matador restaurant, to access the spa as well as the fitness center. It's not a far walk, but you can't take the elevator directly to the spa, so make sure towel off before you head back upstairs. When returning to your room after a massage, you will just have to be comfortable with your post-treatment face and hair. Or else, shower off in the locker rooms.

There are nine treatment rooms offering massages, body treatments, and facials, along with a Beauty Lounge where you can indulge in a manicure or pedicure, as well as a blow-out. (Not sure that's worth it though because, hello, this is Miami. Humidity will always win.)

However, the co-ed Relaxation Lounge is a large and stylishly serene place to relax, pre and post-treatment, since the spa actually offers mini-treatments here, like the Power Nap, which uses electro-stimulation to give you the benefits of a four-hour nap in 20 minutes. There's also an oxygen treatment where you essentially put on an oxygen mask while lounging on a daybed and flipping through Vanity Fair in the back of the room. It sounds ridiculous and decadent and we want to try it.

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Fairmont Ditches Corporate Coffee For a Small, Artisanal Cup

December 5, 2014 at 2:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

For those that follow this site regularly, you know we take our in-room cup of coffee seriously.

With that in mind, it is in good spirits that we pass on the word of Fairmont Hotels' partnership with a southern artisanal micro-roaster from Birmingham, Alabama called H.C. Valentine Coffee Company.

We haven't yet sampled the coffee personally, but it sounds promising, or at the very least, interesting, since most corporate brands tend to offer corporate coffee, like Starbucks.

The partnership is only for Fairmont's North American line of properties, and you can find a list of participating hotels here.

[Photo: Fairmont Hotels]