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Who's Ready For A New Times Square Hotel?

October 31, 2012 at 9:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

There's tons of New York hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.

· Times Square Just Can't Get Enough Hotels: The previous statement happens to be very true this week, as both stranded travelers and commuters have become desperate for a place to stay in midtown. But in this case, we're not talking about Sandy at all—a new $2 billion project going up at 701 Seventh Avenue is making headlines this week as the next big thing to hit Times Square. And as The Real Deal reports, the development will almost definitely include a 500-room hotel that will sit on top of a 24,000 sq ft LED screen, the largest in Times Square.

Needless to say, hotels are falling over themselves to be chosen for the space.

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CitizenM Times Square Isn't Happening 'Til 2013 (And Other News)

October 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

There's tons of New York hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.

· CitizenM Times Square Is On Track For Summer 2013: European-based budget hotel chain CitizenM have been circling for a while now on a yet-to-open CitizenM Times Square property on 50th and Broadway. At the beginning of 2011, we were told the brand was shooting for a 2012 opening in Times Square (which obviously never happened). Now, CitizenM executive Michael Levie tells USA Today that construction is well underway, and that the 24-story, 240-room tower is set to open by next summer. What else? The company is also planning a second NYC location in Soho, set to open the following year.

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Renovated, Reopened and Rebranded...All In A New York Minute

October 11, 2012 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

There's tons of New York hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.

· Setai Fifth Avenue Changes Hands: After two years of being open, the lovely Setai Fifth Avenue, which famously promised to leave guests "breathless", has been taken over by Langham Hotels. Up til now, Langham didn't operate any properties in New York, so this is an exciting first for them. But having spent some time in their Boston, London and Hong Kong properties (and Chicago on the way!), we know they'll do a great job keeping up the Setai's classy vibe.

·Novotel Will Become Novel All Over Again: The Real Deal reports that Novotel New York has just launched a spiffy $85 million renovation that will focus on infrastructural improvements to the building, plus guest rooms and public spaces. Basically, the whole nine years. Owners of the 480-room property are reportedly hoping to "cash in on higher room rates," which currently hover at around $250-$300/night.

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Hotels Are Making Serious Money Off WiFi Fees And Other Enraging News This Week

August 27, 2012 at 2:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's even more hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.

· Hotels to Rake in $2 Billion in Fees: The next time you find yourself shelling out money for WiFi or to use the fitness center access during your hotel stay, remember, it's ok to be really pissed off about it. That's because hotels are set to take in about $2 billion in fees this year. That's up 5.4 percent from last year, according to the Tisch Center at New York University. While the annual take-in from fees isn't expected to keep growing, that's still a crazy high number. All the more reason to raise a fuss if that WiFi connection shorts out. Grrr.

· Seriously Sick at The JW Marriott Chicago: The new-ish JW Marriott Chicago is under investigation as a total of seven people who stayed at the hotel this summer have contracted the sometimes deadly Legionnaires’ disease which is found in water. The Chicago Tribune reports that the hotel has drained its pool, hot tub and fountain and even closed part of its spa. We're guessing that chlorine-free pool might not have been such a good idea after all. While the city's health department said there is "no ongoing health risk at the hotel", the JW Marriott is still working to alert the 8,500 guests who stayed at the hotel between July 16 and Aug. 15. Ugh. UPDATE: Two people have died from the outbreak.

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For Better Or Worse, NYC Hotels Got Their Fair Share Of The Spotlight This Week

August 10, 2012 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

They say there's no such thing as bad publicity, so we'll just go ahead and assume that somehow Grand Hyatt, The Mercer and Peninsula New York have managed to find the silver lining in the torrent of media attention that has come each of their ways this week.

First up: The Mercer played a starring role in an absurd incident involving a red Ferrari 458 Spider, an NYPD officer's foot, and The Hills star Stephanie Pratt's boyfriend. And, as luck would have it, the whole thing was caught on film and posted to YouTube.

To recap, a cop was issuing the car a parking ticket when the driver, Julian Chabbott, stormed out of the hotel, got into the car, and started trying to drive away while the cop was standing there. In a matter of seconds, he'd been pulled out of the driver's seat, shoved against the side of the car and thrown to the ground because he allegedly ran over the cop's foot. Hooray for innocent passersby armed with smartphones!

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A New Hotel Will Open in Minneapolis with a Book Butler on Staff (And Other Hotel News)

July 30, 2012 at 4:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's even more hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.

· It's Ok to Be a Geek at This Hotel: There's a new hotel coming to Minneapolis and it's going after geeks. The Commons Hotel will open on 10.11.12 and according to this press release the vibe is "industrial schoolhouse chic." Whatever that means! There will also be a Geek Chic suite and nerdy stay and play experiences and amenities such as alchemist mixology lessons, Book Butlers, Sudoku sleep-ins and a scholarly shopping shuttle for museum shop hopping. More brainiac diversions to the nearby University of Minnesota campus are also planned and even sports fanatics will find ways to indulge at the new hotel. The website is up and running here but rezzies won't begin for another few weeks.

· The Waldorf-Astoria in Panama Gets an Official Name: We already knew that Hilton was taking its luxe Waldorf Astoria brand to Panama but today they let us know that the 248-room hotel will officially go by the name Waldorf Astoria Panama. We like it. Simple and easy to remember. The hotel will open on January 1, 2013 with rates starting at just $219 a night.

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Paris' Hotel Costes Could Be Coming to Tribeca And Other News You Might Like

July 19, 2012 at 1:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's even more hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.

· Is the Hotel Costes Coming to Tribeca?: The Tribeca Citizen has discovered that a building at 443 Greenwich Street is turning into a hotel and that it may possibly become the New York outpost of the hip Parisian Hotel Costes hotel. A Sotheby's agent tweeted the Hotel Costes news but Tribeca Citizen hasn't been able to confirm anything just yet. What is for sure is that Tribeca is definitely getting a hotel at 443 Greenwich Street (pictured above.) And we're totally down with that!

· Sean Mac's Hotel Plans Materializing on W. 8th Street: When we last checked in with hotelier Sean MacPherson we could only guess if his plans to turn the Marlton House, an SRO building in Greenwich Village, would actually come to fruition. Well, according to this piece in the NY Post on the revitalized W. 8th Street neighborhood, his dreams are coming true. The building will be transformed into a Parisian-style 120-room boutique hotel. Even better, it will open by the end of the year.

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So Many New Asia Hotels, So Little Time

July 18, 2012 at 5:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

As we mentioned earlier today, there's a hotel boom happening in Asia right now. There's so many to list, we're giving you a sort of Magic Mike-type news brief. A little tease, and a little unveiling. It's just a little show for now, but keep coming back and we'll keep giving you a little more...detail.

Rosewood Beijing, slated to open in summer 2013 in the business-centric Chaoyang District will be the brand’s first China property. The 279-room hotel, though in an urban location, will be filled with terraces, gardens and balconies throughout to go along with its intended residential feel. Guestrooms will be designed to look like luxury apartments, with big bathrooms, walk-in closets and even window-seats, and at 538 sq.ft., they’re said to be amongst the largest in Beijing. The hotel will have seven restaurants and lounges, an indoor swimming pool, yoga studio, and the Rosewood Sense spa with five suites designed for overnight stays.

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Andaz Heading to India, Baccarat Will Open in Midtown and '50 Shades of Grey' Replaces the Bible

July 13, 2012 at 1:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's tons of hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.

· Andaz Is Heading to India: Hyatt Hotels have just announced plans for an Andaz Hotel in Guragon, India. The hotel will have 275 rooms along with 75 serviced apartments. Very interesting. There will also be a multi-cuisine restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, a specialty restaurant, a bar and gourmet store, a six-treatment room spa, a fitness center and a swimming pool. And Andaz brand standards like free WiFi and complimentary minibar drinks and snacks, we presume. Andaz Guragon will open in Late 2014.

· Baccarat Hotel & Residences Definitely Opening in Midtown Manhattan: Looks like the Starwood Stalker was right. Baccarat Hotels, a super-luxe hotel brand that was conceived in the hotel boom years but never panned out, is coming to Midtown Manhattan in the old Donnell Library on W. 53rd Street. The New York Times reports the hotel will have 114 rooms and 64 condos spread over 45 stories. Interestingly, the hotel's design will meet feng shui standards.

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Mandarin Oriental Gears Up for Milan While Langham Hotels Take Over The Observatory Hotel

June 15, 2012 at 9:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

There's tons of hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.

· Mandarin Oriental Milan is coming in 2013: The luxury brand, Mandarin Oriental have long had their eyes set on Italy but now we've got word that the MO Milano will open in 2013. The hotel will have 104 guestrooms including 34 suites set throughout three 19th century buildings on Via Monte de Pieta, a rather swank address. A GM has just been appointed for the property which is a good sign that the 2013 opening date will stick.

· Trump Lands in Miami: It's finally happened. Trump Hotels have officially assumed management of the Doral Golf Resort & Spa outside Miami. Over the next 18 months, Trump will put in about $200 million in renovating the almost-800-acre resort. The place will be fully re-branded when the new look is complete.

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Could London Hotels Suffer a Post-Olympics 'Hangover?'

December 12, 2011 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

2012 will be a huge year for London in more ways than one. With the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and a certain international sports event set to descend upon the city, Londontown will see a massive influx of tourists. Hotel rooms are rapidly being snapped up by intelligent travelers, and profit projections for city lodgings remain promisingly high.

But what will become of the city after the torch has been extinguished and tinsel and confetti from the Queen's celebration swept away? According to a recent report by local commuter publication of choice, the London Evening Standard, a dark cloud may descend over the city come 2013.

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Some Hotel News to Nibble On Over Thanksgiving

November 23, 2011 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

The world may be living in a 24-hour news cycle but we've got some news of our own for you--we're taking the rest of the week off. So barring any major hotel news or events, you won't be reading us again until Monday. Of course, we'd never leave you totally empty-handed. So here's a bunch of hotel news and info to nibble on until our return.

· At Thompson Beverly Hills, BondSt Sushi is out and Caufield's is in (pictured above.) Laurie Mulstay and Ron Marino, the duo behind LA's Magnolia and Bar Chloe, have created an all-American culinary experience at the hotel with classic renditions, farmers market small plates and homemade desserts. The bar will feature handcrafted cocktails, artisan wines and craft beers. We'll have more from inside Caufield's next week so save some room in your tummies!

· The Redbury Hotel in Hollywood has just launched their own dog pampering program in the form or two packages. The Standard Dog package comes with custom beds, bowls, and an in-residence door tag. Owners will get a Redbury-curated guide to everything dog-centric in the neighborhood. The Pampered Pooch package goes above and beyond the Standard with a Redbury dog tag, a Doggie DVD to watch while owners are out, plus the ability to watch your dog on a webcam and the services of a Canine Concierge to check in on your dog and you text updates. Packages start at $120 a pup. The Redbury also says, "With advance notice, The Redbury is happy to accommodate most any type of pet." So bring your pig!

· InterContinental Mark Hopkins in San Francisco is celebrating its 85th year on December 4 with fresh new guestrooms and special dining and drink packages at it's famed restaurant, The Top of the Mark. It's also giving away a weekend at the hotel on Facebook.

· Hotel Americano, the hot new hotel in Chelsea, now features iPads in every guestroom. The iPads run on the Runtriz platform so that guests can order room service, make spa appointments and put in requests all from the iPad's touch-screen. But the hotel also has their own app which features personal recommendations for things to do in NYC from Hotel Americano designer and architect Enrique Norten and creative legend Richard Pandiscio. It also comes loaded with a selection of digital newspapers, blogs, useful links and customized music playlists reflect the "cosmopolitan and nostalgic, yet decidedly Latin flavor of the hotel."

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