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Sixty Hotels to Take Their New Brand to Montreal in 2016

Where: Montreal, Canada
January 26, 2015 at 2:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we showed you all around the revamped Gordon Bar at the reinvented Sixty Soho, formerly 60 Thompson. We hope you took a good long look at that stuff because you'll be seeing more of Sixty Hotels in the very near future.

The brand, created by the Thompson Hotels founders, is about to open Nautilus South Beach this spring, followed by the newly announced Sixty Hotel Montreal, opening in late 2016. This will be the sixth property for the new-old brand. How fitting.

Here's a press statement from hotelier Jason Pomeranc on the decision to open in Montreal on René Lévesque Boulevard in the Central Business District:

“The cultural and creative sensibility of the city along with its jet-set style makes Montreal an ideal location to open the next SIXTY Hotel” said Jason Pomeranc, co-owner of SIXTY Hotels. “Montreal is filled with eclectic and inspiring neighborhoods and offers fantastic global appeal. Our plan is to build a hotel that takes its inspiration from the local architecture and character of the city, while injecting SIXTY’s flair for hospitality to create a very chic and sophisticated destination hotel.”

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The Virgin Hotel in Nashville is Now Showing Some Skin

January 26, 2015 at 1:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Now that we know what actually happens inside a Virgin Hotel, we can actually enjoy these newly released renderings for the Virgin Hotel Nashville, opening in 2016.

Construction on the 240-room hotel is supposed to happen this spring and when it's all finished, the property will boast not just a super futuristic look from Atlanta-based BLUR Workshop, (as opposed to the historic bank building look in Chicago) but also a rooftop pool, restaurants, shops, 15 for-sale penthouse residences and, wait for it...a recording studio.

That was to be expected given that the Virgin company started out as a record shop, and this hotel is opening at the start of Music Row. But still, kind of awesome.

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St. Regis and JW Marriott Will Duke it Out Private-Island Style in Venice from April

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  Site Where: Venice, Italy
January 26, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

The setting: Venezia, Queen of the Adriatic. The contenders: Starwood v. Marriott. The prize: best new hotel in the category “private islands”.

That’s what’s on the menu this spring in Italy, where both Starwood (by way of St. Regis) and Marriott (by way of JW Marriott) are entering the Venetian hotel scene with a splash (ha!) on Isola di San Clemente and Isola delle Rose, respectively. But who will be victorious? Let’s look at what each brings to their corner before things get real around March / April time.

We’ve established they're fighting for your attention in the same category: private islands, ensuring the ultimate Venice experience of hopping on a complimentary shuttle when you want to be whisked away from the crowds on San Marco. We’ve known for a while that the JW Marriott would be opening in March, but the St. Regis is now confirmed for the month after. If all goes as planned, then Marriott will have a (minor) head start.

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This New Hotel Brand Wants to Give You a 'Proper' Hotel Stay

January 22, 2015 at 4:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

Back in November, we heard a rumor that Viceroy Hotels would be creating a new hotel brand, presumably aimed at Millennials.

Lo and behold, Skift.com has picked up the official scoop on the new brand from Viceroy's founders. And brace yourselves. The new brand is called Proper Hotels, but surprisingly, it's not for millennials but rather folks used to boutique and lifestyle hotels, but more "high-end."

The new brand was created and is being fostered by Brad Korzen, the founder and former CEO of Viceroy (Proper, however, is not a part of Viceroy Hotel Group.) This is a good thing as everyone knows how much The Viceroy in Santa Monica changed the boutique game on the West Coast, bringing together high design, cool style and a sexy social scene. (Unfortunately, service was way off.)

Korzen is also keeping his wife, Kelly Wearstler, as interior designer for the brand. We enjoy Weartsler's colorful and whimsical style but she may need to dial it back a bit as Proper is going after the start-up crowd, who may not appreciate her luxe decor, oft mimicked by Real Housewife-types.

But we're getting ahead of ourselves here. Let's talk about where Proper will open properly:

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Joie de Vivre Hotels is Moving East With Miami Beach and NYC Hotels Lined Up

January 22, 2015 at 11:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

We often found that while most East Coast people are wiling to go West, to the land of sun and empty happy people, it is hard to make West Coasters go East, to the land of brutal winters and rude strong-minded people and stay there. (Or maybe that's just our own experience.)

But West Coast brand, Joie de Vivre Hotels, is taking its California hotel style to the East Coast, opening in Miami Beach and NYC's Bowery hood in the next couple of years.

The Hall will open this summer at 15th Street and Collins Ave, prime Art Deco in a building originally designed by architect L. Murray Dixon. Now, Miami-based architectural firm ADD Inc. and interior design firm Robert McKinley Creative are "renewing" the landmark property to create a 164-room JDV hotel with a courtyard, indoor/outdoor restaurant, a library bar, a swimming pool and in a city of craft cocktails, a beer garden. We're already thirsty.

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Where to Get Super Bowl XLIX Hotel Rooms in Phoenix

January 21, 2015 at 2:28 PM | by | Comment (1)

If January in NYC is the most wonderful time of the year due to low season low room rates, then Super Bowl, happening on February 1, is the most heinous time of the year, a time when down and out, dirty, disgusting hotels can charge triple their usual depressed rates as a way to gouge the super fans.

We saw it happen in New Jersey last year when a Best Western charged a $1,000 a night, as well as in New Orleans the year before when the average daily rate jumped nearly 130 percent to about $290 a night. The 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis may have actually been the worst as the expensive hotel options consisted almost entirely of low-budget brands. #theworst

Now, the rates are rising in Phoenix where the game will kick off at University of Phoenix Stadium. Like all other Super Bowls before, unless you are attending the Big Game as a guest of a big corporate sponsor, the options in Phoenix and neighboring Scottsdale are limited and expensive.

But we're choosing to remain positive here by rounding up the most reasonable options across the internet for the dates of January 30 to February 2.

Got a hotel room in Phoenix we should kno about? Send it to us!

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Hotel News Briefs: Ace Hotels, AC Hotels and Airbnb's Un-Hotels

January 20, 2015 at 4:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hallo! There's a bunch of news flying around and we're having trouble getting to it all, so we've packaged the tidbits up nice and neat for you to read about here. Enjoy!

· BEHIND-THE-SCENES STRUGGLE IS HAPPENING AT ACE HOTELS: Alex Calderwood, the man who founded Ace Hotels, passed away last November, shocking those close to him and those who like us, just loved his hotels. His presence can still be found throughout the Aces, including in illustrated format at the Ace Hotel DTLA. But now his estate is asking for a bigger presence. We received a media alert which said the following:

The estate of the late Alex Calderwood has filed suit against Ace Group International LLC (“Ace”), its member Ecoplace LLC, and board member Stefanos Economou. Calderwood’s estate is the majority stakeholder in Ace and is asking the court to declare that it, not Ecoplace or Economou, has the right to control and manage Ace under the Ace membership agreement and Delaware law. The case is pending in the Supreme Court of New York for New York County.

Calderwood, who passed away in November 2013, was the founder and creative force behind Ace and its collection of successful Ace Hotels. Aspen Ace LLC, with Gordon Sondland as President, was established to advise and represent the estate on behalf of the Calderwood family.

Ay, yi, yi. We hope this ends amicably.

UPDATE 1.20.15, 5:00PM PST: A rep from Ace Group International has sent over this statement on the lawsuit.

Upon Alex Calderwood’s death, his interest in AGI passed to his estate which is administered by his father Thomas Calderwood. AGI’s operating agreement states that the estate's interest is a profit/distribution only interest and that it has no management rights. Stefanos Economou and the rest of Ace’s management team have been operating the company since Alex’s death. A lawsuit was filed which requests a broader role for the estate. We believe that this lawsuit is without merit.

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These Citizens Won't Be Entering London Until 2016

January 19, 2015 at 5:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

It never fails. We compile a Master List of Hotel Openings and despite our "clear eyes full hearts can't lose" game day approach to the year ahead, we know there will inevitably some tough breaks. Like this one regarding CitizenM Hotels trio of London hotels--Shoreditch, Tower Hill and Holborn (pictured, under very minimal construction.)

We already knew a 2015 opening for any of the three hotels would be tough. But now a tipster has received word from a Citizen at CitizenM that the hotels won't open before 2016. Gutted. Oh well, strike this one from the list and carry it over to 2016's draft.

[Photo: JasonD for HotelChatter]

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A First Timer's Guide to Sleeping with The Virgin Hotel in Chicago

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  Site Where: 203 N. Wabash Avenue [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60601
January 19, 2015 at 1:42 PM | by | Comments (2)

Over the weekend, we did IT. We finally slept with Virgin Hotels. It was not what we expected, since we didn't know what to expect, thanks to Virgin Hotels keeping their hotel product under wraps (lots of NDAs were signed, apparently), but despite entering uncharted territory, we can't wait to do it again.

So that your first time won't be a rocky time, here's our guide of what to expect when sleeping with a Virgin...Hotel.

(Not in the mood to read? Just look at the photos, you pervert you.)

APPROACHING THE VIRGIN: The Virgin Hotels Chicago is located at 203 N. Wabash, right on the corner of Wabash and Lake. Just up the block is the Hotel Monaco and two blocks past that is the Chicago Riverwalk (and one block past that are the Trump and Langham Hotels.) Getting to the hotel from the airport is incredibly easy. Just take the Blue Line on the CTA from O'Hare and you'll be dropped off at Clark/Lake, which is about three blocks from the hotel. We walked the walk while dragging a suitcase and it was totally fine. Luckily, the weather was "warm", around 30 degrees. When it's negative 30 degrees, you may just want to Uber from the CTA stop.

ADMIRING THE VIRGIN: As we got closer to the hotel, our heart skipped a beat when the bright red neon VIRGIN HOTELS sign came into view. Although Miss Ricky's All-American Diner and Two Zero Three coffee shop, the restaurants that bookend the entrance, are not opened yet, the well-lit property gave off a bustling vibe. We hardly noticed the historic architecture of the building, that is, until we stepped inside where amongst all the modern socializing spaces, it was clear this place had a long history before. (Look up at the ceiling and you'll see the original and ornate ceiling tiles, uncovered by Virgin.)

SAYING HELLO: The first person you will see before stepping inside the Virgin is a doorman, who will welcome you inside. Once you get inside, though, you will see an Ambassador, a lovely lady dressed in a bright red Virgin-colored, floor-length coat with a black faux fur hat. She will show you to either the red-carpeted stairwell, leading up to the second floor social spot, The Commons Club, or towards the check-in desk. She will also show you where your four-legged friend can wait--in a mod Union Jack pet pod at the bottom of the stairs--while you check-in.)

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Rosewood Picks Up Tuscan Retreat Castiglion del Bosco

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  Site Where: Località Castiglion del Bosco, Montalcino, Italy, 53024
January 19, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

We thought 2015 was just going to be the year that Rosewood Hotels would expand its European presence with the reopening of the Hotel de Crillon in Paris. It is still doing that – bar any delays we don’t know about yet – but while that’s enough of a hallmark moment, Rosewood will also start managing the Tuscan estate Castiglion del Bosco this spring.

Estate isn’t hyperbole by any means, consisting as it does of the ruins of a castle, a medieval church, and the Borgo, what was once a farming village, dating back 800 years. The Borgo now forms the heart of the hotel, but there are ten additional villas in restored farmhouses in the surrounding area. That looks something like the above, which is really about as Tuscan as it can get, don’t you think?

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The AC Hotel Miami Beach Will Now Open in April

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  Site Where: 2921 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
January 16, 2015 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Miami. Remember when it used to be "God's Waiting Room?" Or perhaps more relevant for the pop culture obsessed--the place where "Golden Girls" was filmed (and where the girls once ran their own hotel?) No longer.

We've just got the official opening date for one of the several anticipated openings of 2015--the upcoming 150-room AC Hotels by Marriott Miami Beach.

Opening in April, the hotel will be the third AC Hotel for the U.S., after New Orleans and Kansas City, which opens next month. So far it looks like it will have all the same amenities as the AC New Orleans--from the AC Lounge to the AC Kitchen to the free WiFi. However, it will be the sexiest AC thanks to its rooftop pool. Not to mention, the beach is across the street. #bringyourflipflops

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Nobu Shoreditch Makes Progress, But Achenbaum's London Hotel Isn't

Where: Shoreditch, London, United Kingdom
January 16, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we first headed over to east London’s Willow Street to check out the future site of Nobu Shoreditch, we encountered a dreary office block without much sign of the excitedly announced construction status of the future hotel. We assumed that everything that was there had to be razed, and we were right: above what you’ll find today, which is to say, nothing much.

In true east London style, graffiti has taken over the plywood surrounding the narrow site, where by first quarter next year a five-story, 156-room hotel should be complete. While we'd still love for that to happen so soon (in hotel time), we’ll believe it when we see it.

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