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Progress! The second townhouse from Zetter Hotels may not have made its 2014 opening, but along with a “Spring 2015” arrival now finally comes a website, on which The Zetter Townhouse, Marylebone shares online real estate with its sibling in Clerkenwell.
Inside will be 21 rooms, two studio suites, and a rooftop apartment with terrace and “al fresco bath”. Bedrooms are “awash with artefacts from Uncle Seymour’s days as a loveable rogue and gambler” (if you recall, the hotel is on Seymour Street, and the hotel draws on the character of Wicked Uncle Seymour for inspiration). Quirky definitely comes to mind when looking at the first images above and below.
Do you have new hotel brand fatigue? Sorry, there's nothing anyone can or will do about it.
In today's new brand news, Skift reports that Viceroy Hotels' ultra-chic, ultra boutique property, the Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills, will be spun-off under former Viceroy founder but now current Proper Hotels founder and CEO Brad Korzen and his newly formed Proper Hospitality Group. (Korzen's Kor Group parent company already owns the Avalon.)
Yes, this is rather confusing. We were going to break down the whole transaction for you, complete with a flow chart, but really, all you need to know is that Avalon Beverly Hills will move over to the Proper Hotels group as a part of the new Avalon Hotels. Additionally, the Viceroy Palm Springs will rebrand into the Avalon Palm Springs. Skift says you should be able to book the either hotel from the new Avalon Hotels brand site in April.
In short: Proper Hotels now includes Proper and Avalon Hotel brands. Viceroy Hotels include only Viceroy Hotels and Resorts (along with the L'Ermitage. No idea when that name change will happen.)
Meanwhile, the first Proper Hotel will properly open in San Francisco later this year.
Last week, something happened in Chicago that made us crave diner food and now we can share how our appetite was whet the moment we stepped foot into Virgin Hotel's newest food outpost, Miss Ricky's. In true Virgin fashion the diner menu has been re-invented consisting of old stand-bys, with a cheeky twist and clever take on Branson's name.
When we originally stayed, the all-day dining restaurant off the lobby was still shrouded with paper as the menu and space was being finalized, but last Thursday, the diner welcomed it's first guests, tempting them with giant burgers, Reuben sandwiches and milkshakes.
With a menu that goes well beyond the normal flat grill of a truck-stop, the restaurant claims to be "a modern American diner for early morning noshes, late night bites and everything in between", and with hours starting at 6am to well after midnight on the weekends, you won't be disappointed.
Oh, a full cocktail menu will probably help with that too.
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We may have been off the mark thinking Aman Tokyo wouldn’t make a 2014 opening (it did), but our guess that Aman Resorts was not far off from adding a third hotel in China turned out to pretty accurate: Amandayan, in Lijiang, and Aman number 28, is now open.
Equally, that photo we dug out from the depths of the internet back in October was indeed from inside the all-suite resort. With a total of 35 suites, that’s a few more than the 32 we talked about at the time, but still a very small affair.
‘Dayan’ (lower case in the end in the resort’s name) is the historic name of Lijiang, established in the 13th century by the Southern Song dynasty. The old town of Lijiang, which Amandayan overlooks (see a photo below), is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is in the Yunnan province, which puts it in far southwestern China, towards the border with Myanmar.
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As promised when the Apple Watch was first announced last September, Starwood Preferred Guest has announced their app will allow guests to check-in and open their room door using the watch. No paper, no phone, no kiosks needed.
With today's new presentation on the Apple Watch revealing just how much it can do (SO much), how long it can go without charging (18 hours) and how much it will cost (starting from $349 up to $17,000), SPG has also detailed how their keyless room entry for watches will work.
Just like using your phone as a room key, the watch will only work at hotels that are equipped with the technology. Right now, that is for select Aloft Hotels, Element Hotels and W Hotels, but not all of them. If you're a member of SPG, you're staying at one of the participating hotels mentioned above, and you have an Apple Watch, then you
must be loaded can use your watch to open the room key.
We're assuming it works much like the phone app, where you can check-in and learn your room number all from the app, and then all you'll have to do is wave your watch in front of the door. But we'll find out soon on April 24 when the Apple Watch becomes available to us all.
[Photo via SPG]
Miami Hotel Mambo dances again!
The 393-room beachfront Collins Avenue hotel was recently sold to Chesapeake Lodging Trust, who have named HEI Hotels & Resorts as the manager with Starwood Hotels & Resorts as the franchisor. Here's the official farewell notice from The James as posted on their website:
While we maintain our commitment to community, art and design, we will be moving on from Miami - as of March 9, The James Royal Palm will no longer be part of The James Hotels. Endless thanks to the South Beach community, our local partners and especially to you - our guests - for supporting us as we evolve. During our time in Miami, we were proud to be acknowledged by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Fodor’s and Forbes.
We hope you’ll join us for inspired James experiences in Chicago and New York, and look forward to welcoming you at The James Los Angeles in 2016.
All existing reservations will be honored, and we hope you enjoy your stay on South Beach. Should you have any questions about an upcoming reservation in Miami, please call the hotel directly at 305-604-5700.
This is scary, even if it might not be the real Islamic State behind the incident.
The Montauk Manor, a resort and condo complex in the Hamptons, had their website hacked on Sunday by people claiming to belong to ISIS. The NY Post says a banner took over the website with Arabic writing that said, "There is no God but God", accompanied by the ISIS logo and Islamic music.
The message also ended by saying, "We are everywhere" with a winking smiley face at the end of the sentence, a hint that maybe this wasn't really ISIS behind the hack. There was also a link to a Facebook page with the troll face picture, an internet meme for hackers.
A few other sites that shared the same hosting company as Montauk Manor were also hacked yesterday in a similar fashion. But as of this morning, everything was back to normal. For now.
On the bright side, in the dead of winter, we are already thinking of places to stay in the Hamptons and might just add this hotel to our list. #lemonsintolemonade #hacksintoreservations
[Photo via NYPost.com]
It’s rendering time! Having semi-stalked W Amsterdam for well over a year now, with our latest look at the hotel just behind Dam Square showing discreet signage in place, the moment is here: an impression of what will be inside the 238-room hotel.
Take a gander at what is labelled as a Wow Suite above. There’s a lot to look at, but we're digging the 70s Amsterdam vibe, with the corner fireplace, the carpet, the dual-faced sofa, and the yellow / white / grey / black in the modular bookcase. Then there is the circular bed, with what looks like a sheer curtain that can be drawn around it. We’re not sure if that’s actually a balcony or just a ledge for the plants, but given what we’ve seen of the two buildings, we doubt there would be the kind of rooftop views the rendering would suggest. Keep reading for so. Much. More.
Chicago is absolutely not slowing down its hotel scene anytime soon. The latest hotel brand to set its sights on the Windy City is Viceroy Hotels.
The Viceroy Hotel Group officially announced this morning they will open The Viceroy Chicago in the city's Gold Coast nabe in 2017. The announcement was extremely light on details but here's what it said:
Working in tandem with Convexity Properties, the powerhouse luxury hospitality brand will unveil the Goettsch Partners and TAL Studio-designed property, located conveniently for guests on State Street in the Gold Coast. The area occupies the central part of a flourishing neighborhood, quickly gaining momentum as one of the most sought-after modern luxury destinations in the city.
Known for creating authentic and inspired experiences, Viceroy Hotel Group will be using design, art, style and culture to infuse the new property with all the amenities and services of a top-luxury hotel, while simultaneously working to maintain a distinct sense of place for guests eager to explore and experience the Chicago landscape.
Finding a hotel room is easy. Simply go on the Internet or use your smartphone and voila! You're booked. But if you are only interested in new hotels, then that's a different story. Luckily, you have us. And we're obsessed with new hotels. Here's a list of hotels that have opened or are opening this month (and a few that aren't going to make it.) Got a new hotel to add? Send it to us!
· PARK HYATT ZANZIBAR: The newest Park Hyatt hotel will open in Zanzibar on Stone Beach on March 12. There are only 67 rooms and suites at this hotel, making for an intimate experience. As JasonD told you in November, the architecture combines “Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements”, with the hotel “reminiscent of an exclusive Omani residence.” Rooms are currently going for $300 a night.
· BACCARAT HOTEL NEW YORK: The first hotel concept built around the French crystal brand, Baccarat, was set to open earlier this week on W. 53rd St., but according to the hotel's website, rooms will now open on March 9 for $879 a night for a grand classic king in seriously subdued white, black and gray tones. The mini-bars, however, are expected to be Baccarat bright red and filled with Parisian goodies.
· 1 HOTEL SOUTH BEACH: The first eco-luxe 1 Hotel is set to open in South Beach in the last week of March with rooms starting at $664 a night. Rooms will have reclaimed wood on the walls, natural poured concrete in the floors, overstuffed pillow on the couches, and peekaboo bathrooms. Chef Tom Colicchio is opening his restaurant downstairs while upstairs is a pool deck with similarly eco-luxe style cabanas and seating. Guests will also get goodie bags on arrival and seed bags at departure.
· BAHA MAR: The resort wonderland in the Bahamas will open three of its resorts on March 27--The Baha Mar Resort & Casino, The SLS Lux and The Rosewood at Baha Mar. Here's an idea of what you can expect from the room rates. But regardless of what hotel you book (a Grand Hyatt is also opening later in the spring), there is still a $40 a night resort fee, per day, plus tax.
· AC DC NATIONAL HARBOR HOTEL: As we told you last month, after opening in New Orleans and Kansas City, AC Hotels by Marriott will hit DC for their next hotel. The website is currently saying, "MARCH 2015" for an opening but we've plugged in several dates in March and no rooms were available. So don't be too surprised if this gets pushed to April.
· JW MARRIOTT VENICE RESORT & SPA: Another Marriott expected to open this month is the JW Marriott on Isola delle Rose, with 230 rooms, a spa, two pools (including one on the rooftop), two restaurants, and event space constructed from the former church that used to be on site. There is also complimentary ferry service to and from the central island of Venice. We found rooms for 288 Euros a night on March 23 but that price will go way, way, way up this summer.
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Nearly a year and a half ago we looked at this pair of Parisian palace hotels and said they were deep into their beauty sleeps: Hotel de Crillon had just about a year behind it, while Hotel Ritz was hammering away at renovating rooms and public spaces for fifteen months already. While there is progress to report, both hotels are still far off from waking up.
We’ll flip the order this time and make a stop on Place de la Concorde first, where today you will see a temporary façade larger than the Crillon itself hiding the construction quarters that have been erected (a better view of how that works below). Forget also that 2015 opening; it’ll be nearer the end of next year, if not 2017, before Rosewood will have its third European hotel.
We took a behind-the-scenes tour of the Loews Chicago back in early December but now it's your turn to actually stay in one of the 375 guest rooms, or if you prefer some larger space, one of the 25 suites inside the 52-story tower in downtown, just a block north of the Chicago River and close to North Michigan Avenue.
Rates tonight start at just $133 as part of the hotel's First Impressions rate, which is 30 percent off the usual rate. That's for a 377-sq. ft. superior room with a king bed, free WiFi, Garnier Thiebault linens, a work desk and chair, and a Keurig coffeemaker. A premium room with great city views is only $140 while a 621-sq.ft. junior suite is just $182. #BOOKIT #WORTHIT.