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Hello Thursday! Time for a quick roundup of news from around the world, because hotels never sleep. We’ve got Shanghai, Mumbai, Uruguay, and a few places in between. Onwards!
Rocco Forte Shanghai: Following the first small steps on the road to significant expansion taken in Jeddah, here is the confirmation that Shanghai (above) will follow in 2018. The first Rocco Forte hotel in China is also the first in Asia Pacific altogether, and part of the “Longhua International Aviation Service Centre, a new urban complex in Shanghai’s Xuhui Riverside area known as West Bund”. There is no official name yet, but it will be on the top 15 floors of a high-rise at 280 rooms and suites.
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You best have those electronic devices charged for your next stay at an InterContinental Hotels Group property, as the hotel chain is upgrading and improving some of their travel technology.
There’s a whole bunch of goodies that they’re planning to introduce sooner than later, but to us the thing that deserves top billing is mobile check-in and check-out. This means confirmation of arrival time, text notification when your room is ready, as well as all kinds of other flexibility to manage your stay right from your phone. The nifty fifty is one of the first countries to score these features, but a global roll out is not far behind.
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We like to think that we know our way around social media, but when it comes to aggregating data from Twitter and parsing out the positive and negative posts—that’s above our pay grade.
Thankfully Fortune is featuring the handiwork from the smarty-pants team over at Crimson Hexagon, as they just released a little information about the most hated hotel brands doing their thing on social media. We’ll get to all the details in a minute, but to cut to the chase Hilton has a lot of work to do. They scored a 17% negative rating, as guests aren’t cool with paying for WiFi, complain of poor connection speeds, report billing problems, and note a few other less than positive comments.
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The other week we strolled by another new hotel coming to Miami Beach--Nautilus, a Sixty Hotel at 18th and Collins Ave, which we last heard was opening on July 6. Well, that date's not going to happen anymore as reservations for the hotel are being pushed back to October 1. Bienvenido a Miami!
On that date, rooms are going for $238.67 for a king superior room which includes a king bed, white marble floors, SFERRA linens, REN bath products (an HC fave), Bluetooth docking station, 48-in. flat screen TV and this badass vintage travel chest which doubles as the mini-bar filled with gourmet goodies and even books on how to make a cocktail. Keep reading to have a closer look at it!
Booking your next stay at a Marriott property just got that much easier, so maybe you’ll be enjoying one of those new social hour things before you know it.
It’s all because of a new partnership between Marriott and TripAdvisor, as per Bloomberg Business the two will now kind of be joining forces when it comes to making a room reservation or two. Through the use of TripAdvisor, one will be able to book rooms within the Marriott portfolio of brands. We can only imagine the thinking here is that someone would be so enamored with all those traveler photos that in only a few clicks he or she would be counting down the days until check-in.
It’s not been an ideal week for the poor Waldorf Astoria New York. First there was that shooting. Now, it’s been announced that the US will be moving its HQ for the UN General Assembly, which traditionally takes place there, to the New York Palace Hotel.
The move is at the behest of the US State Department, because of worries about safety – but not because they’re concerned a possibly drunken wedding guest might let his gun go off in the lobby, oh no! It’s because the Waldorf Astoria is now owned by Chinese company Anbang Insurance Group. Allegedly (the State Department didn’t give a reason.)
The extreme makeover of the seductive hotel will be undertaken by The Related Group/Related Companies, who purchased the W last summer and the renovations will be carried out in stages throughout the year.
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The third Ritz-Carlton Reserve (that would be Mandapa, on Bali) is only a few months away from opening, and we know about resorts planned for Los Cabos (Mexico), Pearl Island (Panama), Tamuda Bay (Morocco) and Muscat (Oman). But not only did we find a whole lot of renderings of the Moroccan resort, which we will get to in a second, this page seems to suggest a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is on its way to the Maldives, too.
Described as a “self-contained island resort” on the island of Ekulhivari, there will be 35 water villas and 55 beach villas, keeping the total count nicely in the double digits. Above renderings of the water villas, built as is the Maldives tradition on stilts over the ocean. We see daybeds and plunge pools on the terraces and sea views from everywhere inside the villa. A few more impressions below.
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Pack the sunscreen and sunglasses, as Kimpton is expanding their hotel footprint as they move into Palm Springs. There will be plenty of time to prepare—and to save up for a visit—as things are slated to start welcoming guests in 2016.
According to the folks over at The Desert Sun, it’s all new construction and things are well underway. The cranes, bulldozers, and hard hats are arriving on-site, as it won’t be long until the 155-rooms open up for business in the Museum Market Plaza. There’s been some delays here and there, but it does sound like things are finally on schedule. Again it’s 2016—fall to be specific.
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Usually, Mama welcomes us into the world. But in just a few short weeks, we’ll be welcoming a new Mama into the world—Mama Shelter Los Angeles.
We’ve been waiting for Mama to open for quite some time, pretty much since we sniffed out her address last summer (at the corner of Selma and Wilcox in Hollywood proper.) Now, after a few delays, Mama Shelter will be hugging guests tight to her bosom on July 1.
The LA Times recently ran a pre-opening piece on Mama Shelter, focusing on the colorful chalk artwork that adorns the ceiling of the ground floor lobby which packs in an extended bar, a check-in area, a business center, an oversized foosball table, a coffee shop and a small restaurant.
But last week, we were able to walk through the entire property, including the rooftop, with Mama Shelter
papa owner Benjamin Trigano, who in addition to heading up the U.S. expansion of his family’s quirky hotel collection, also owns the M+B Gallery in West Hollywood.
Although he’d never take the credit for it, Trigano completely embodies the spirit of this Mama Shelter—which is art-centric but super casual; innately cool, but extremely friendly; Hollywood, but real Hollywood, not the celebrity kind; and provocative, but a little silly. Indeed, he's pushing forth all of these attributes with a single goal in mind--to have fun.
"It's really about creating a real welcoming environment," Trigano said. "We stress this all the time with our staff, with everybody we work with, we're not trying to be the coolest, we're just trying to be a fun place to hang out and have a good time."
And there will no be shortage of places to have a good time here.
The Chelsea Hotel, Toronto (part of Langham Hotels and the largest hotel in Canada at 1590 rooms) is the first hotel in Toronto to implement a program called Closing the Gap to ensure guests with disabilities have a positive hotel experience.
The program was designed by the Accessibility Professionals of Ontario (APO), a full-service accessibility consulting firm, with the intention of helping “people with disabilities to travel and access goods and services independently and with dignity,” said Colin McCarthy, founder and lead consultant of APO.
And what does this mean exactly, you may ask?
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Just a few weeks ago, a (not-so) little slice of Chicago swung open its doors to show the entire city how cool a vintage athletic facility-turned-hotel can be. Housed in a pretty ornate building on South Michigan Avenue, the Chicago Athletic Association calls upon the 120- year history of being the place to swim, play basketball, fence or catch a few laps on the running track as well as making for one of the neatest hotels we've checked out.
We had an opportunity to explore the finished product of the massive project of transforming this landmark into a lifestyle hotel that might even attract the folks that used its facilities decade before.