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Suddenly, Perth is So Hot for Hotels Right Now (But Will It Be Affordable?)

Where: Perth, Australia
April 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

We first talked about the vintage awesomeness of Terrace Hotel and the gaming paradise of Crown and then the luxury of a Ritz-Carlton, but now even more hotel announcements are coming out of Perth. Australia's fourth largest city is surely the newest hot spot for new properties, major renovations and increased service, but all of this may come at a high price.

Room rates in the west coast city are not cheap. On a recent trip with an overnight stop-over in Perth, we searched high and low for an affordable room that wasn't the Bates Motel. Our efforts turned up a room that was close to the airport (we had an early flight) that set us back $250 for the night. The room was basic; the building, prison-like. We weren't impressed and we wondered what was going on with Perth's hotel scene?

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At Last, Inside citizenM Times Square

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  Site Where: 218 West 50th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
April 11, 2014 at 10:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

They finally made it. The long-awaited citizenM Times Square is open and welcoming guests as of last night -- but, sorry to those unhappy with the pricing, not for less than $199 a night.

We had a look around yesterday and were shown the room in the top photo. It is neat, clean, bright and, with features like a big bed and a large underbed storage drawer, makes good use of its limited space, but, yeah, pretty small.

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The Jade Hotel to Expand in NYC and Miami

April 10, 2014 at 2:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

Looks like we weren't the only ones who enjoyed a stay at the The Jade Hotel in NYC.

According to the Wall Street Journal, a second Jade Hotel with what we hope will be 114 similarly designed rooms will open in late 2015 at 34-36 W. 38th Street (near Bryant Park). What's got us excited is that the original architects from Atelier & Co. along with the city's most prolific hotel architect ever, Gene Kaufman are tasked with doing the design. And that's not all. A third Jade Hotel will open near the South Street Seaport at 33 Peck Slip. This address was previously occupied by a Best Western. Atelier will also be behind this project along with MLG Architects. This hotel will actually open first in mid-2015.

But wait, there's YET ANOTHER Jade Hotel in the works...in Miami. That hotel will open sometime in 2016. #OMG #Yes.

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The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills Hotel Will Actually Be Happening Now

April 10, 2014 at 12:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

What a difference six years can make. Back in 2008, plans for The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills to open next to the Beverly Hilton were firmly squashed by Beverly Hills residents and to some extent, the recession. Today, we learn the project is back on again. And it's really, really, really happening this time. But there will be some changes to the Beverly Hilton.

The hotel's Oasis Court, Lanai guest room buildings and its south parking structure along with the building that once housed the Trader Vic's restaurant, will be torn down to make way for the 170-room Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills Hotel and its accompanying residences. Here's a bit more info from the LA Times on what to expect:

The new hotel will be clad in curving white stone inspired by Streamline Moderne style with bronze accents. Guest rooms will have floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto landscaped private balconies. The rooftop swimming pool deck will include greenery, cabanas and a bar and grill exclusive to hotel guests. There will be an upscale restaurant open to the public, stores including jeweler Graff Diamonds and a Waldorf Astoria Spa. The hotel will also include meeting space and a ballroom that will hold as many as 200 people.

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Vesper Hotel Wants to Take Boutique to a Dutch Beach

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  Site Where: Koningin Astrid Boulevard 46, Noordwijk, Netherlands, 2202 BE
April 9, 2014 at 3:32 PM | by | Comment (1)

Just a few weeks ago, over 50 world leaders descended on the Netherlands (the Hague, to be more precise) for the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit. The long list of world leaders included President Obama, who brought the beachside village of Noordwijk aan Zee to a near complete halt when he stayed the night at Huis ter Duin, a chique, but rather old-school, Grand Hotel right on the beachfront.

Had the summit been a little later in the year, and President Obama been in the mood for something a bit more youthful and design-forward, he would have had the option of staying at the Vesper Hotel, opening this summer on the same boulevard, billing itself as the first boutique hotel on the Dutch coast.

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Hotel Indigo Is Coming to the Barbican London

April 9, 2014 at 8:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

London is trying to keep up with New York when it comes to the number of Indigo Hotels it has: the Big Apple might have already made it to a list of five (future) hotels, but the UK capital is right behind with now number four, in the form of Hotel Indigo – Barbican.

A new-built and due to open in 2016, the Indigo will sit nicely between the current hotel at Tower Hill to the east and at Paddington and Earl’s Court to the west (for a little more on the post-war brutalist architectural experiment that is the Barbican, go here).

The hotel will have 101 guestrooms, a gym, and a restaurant in the arched cellars of a former brewery. There will be 35 apartments and office space in the complex as well. We just hope there will be lots of covetable furniture, and that rates will stay below the £200 ($335) mark.

[Rendering: Indigo Hotels]

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Two New Stonehill & Taylor-Designed Hotels are Coming to Midtown

April 8, 2014 at 3:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

We are fans of architectural team Stonehill & Taylor's work on (to name just a few) The NoMad Hotel and Refinery Hotel, so we are pleased to see that, in a landscape of bland hotel development projects, they will be bringing their touch to two new Midtown Manhattan hotels.

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Ferrari Gears Up For Its First Hotel, Coming in 2016, and Yeah, It's Red

Where: Barcelona, Spain
April 8, 2014 at 1:41 PM | by | Comment (1)

What you're looking at right now is the in-your-face rendering for the Ferrari Hotel. Ferrari, as in Ferrari, the car. And yes, this is for real.

Ferrari is planning their second Ferrari World theme park in Barcelona at the Port Aventura Resort (The first theme park is in Abu Dhabi.) When completed in 2016, it will be Europe’s first Ferrari theme park and Ferrari’s first luxury hotel.

Without much to go on about the details of the hotel, other than this picture, here’s what we do know so far:

The building’s shape is supposedly to resemble the front wing of their Formula 1 car. (Apologies to F1 fans if we've got this wrong.) The red exterior will be no ordinary red--it will be Ferrari "red", just as the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Italy, reflects the recognizable Ferrari "yellow."

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Freehand Miami to Get More Hands, er, Rooms

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  Site Where: 2727 Indian Creek Drive [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
April 8, 2014 at 12:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Freehand Miami won over HotelChatter contributor JetSetCD last year with their "funky fresh" hostel rooms and amenities, all at a very reasonable rate ($21 a night for a shared bunk room when JetSetCD was there) And it looks like other folks have been equally impressed because the Freehand just expanded its property.

The hostel acquired the building next door and has opened it up as the "Guest House" with nine Private King Rooms, five King Suites (a new room type) and one private Bungalow which can sleep four.

The Guest House is accessible through the existing Freehand courtyard so the lobby, the Broken Shaker bar and the pool aren't very far away at all. It's also across from the building that will house the Freehand's restaurant, which still hasn't opened but we're hearing it should debut later this year.

Rooms in the Guest House start this weekend at $60 for a dorm room and $224 for a private king room.

[Top Photo: Freehand Miami; Gallery Photos: Cynthia Drescher for HotelChatter]

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Firmdale's Flagship Ham Yard Hotel London Is Opening On June 1

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  Site Where: 1 Ham Yard, London, United Kingdom, W1D 7DT
April 8, 2014 at 8:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we walked past Ham Yard Hotel last week, we could spot furniture behind the large factory-style windows, signalling Firmdale’s future flagship is making good progress. From the fabric on the chairs to the bold patterned curtains, there was no mistaking Kit Kemp’s style even from a distance, and now we have a whole set of images to back that up.

They come alongside a planned opening on June 1, which means we’re in the homestretch until the time we can check out the 91 bedrooms and suites, eat in the restaurant, drink at the bar, and knock over some pins in that bowling alley. Images show a number of different designs: from bold blue / yellow / white and a rich chocolate brown with gold and cream (above), to vibrant pink and purple and a more subdued grey (below). Reservations have also opened.

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In Case It Wasn't Already Obvious, This is What Airbnb's Founder Thinks of Hotels

April 7, 2014 at 3:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've long known that Airbnb wants to "disrupt" (gag) the hotel industry but we found this recent social media posting from its founder, Brian Chesky, rather bold.

Captured by Valleywag on the Frontback app, the image shows a picture of Chesky's girlfriend in an Airbnb pad with a note attached to a bouquet of flowers that says, "Fuck Hotels."

Hmm...we wonder what Chesky's partner, Chip Conley would have to say about that, given that Chip made his fortune off of his Joie de Vivre hotel company, which he later sold off but in which he's still a part-owner of about 15 hotels. #notcool

Social media takedown aside, Airbnb is incredibly useful in many ways--for folks on a budget, or for hosts who have extra space in their houses and apartments and in areas with limited hotel rooms or too-high hotel rates. But we hope Chesky realizes that he can never stay in a hotel ever again. Never.

And now, we'll be waiting for a hotel's answer to Airbnb. (Hint: you can start with that room and its dubious comforter.)

[Image via Valleywag]

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Now You Can 'Qbic for a Quid' Every Month

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  Site Where: 42 Adler Street, London, United Kingdom, E1 iEE
April 7, 2014 at 1:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Although we weren't lucky enough to snag a £1 room when the Qbic London ran its recent promotion, we are pretty pleased to hear that we will have another chance: one a month, in fact.

Each month from here on, Qbic London will be offering 100 of their funky, Cubi-style guest rooms at £1 each. That gets you free WiFi, a light brekkie, and evening snack, too.

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