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Hotel de Tourrel Brings Modern Minimalism to Historic Provence

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  Site Where: 5, Rue Carnot, Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France, 13210
July 17, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

Earlier this week, the weather in our hometown of London seemed to take an unfortunate turn from sunny July to rainy October. Desperate for something to distract us with thoughts of warm summer days, we stumbled upon these photos of the new Hotel de Tourrel in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, the perfect solution. Opened in May, it combines a 17th century stone manor with sleekly contemporary interiors.

We love the light airiness of the above guestroom, which is one of only seven – simply labelled Numéro Un à Numéro Sept. Crisp white walls, wooden floors, high ceilings, the stone wall with the B&O flat screen TV. It’s like a palate cleanser compared to, say, this (shudder).

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Virgin Hotels is Attempting to Open in New Orleans

July 16, 2015 at 11:27 AM | by | ()

Virgin Hotels is keeping on with its expansion plans, having just announced an upcoming hotel in Dallas, but it's also eyeing a hotel for one of our fave cities, New Orleans.

According to Nola.com, Gatehouse Capital, a Dallas-based hotel developer, is attempting to open a Virgin Hotel at Baronne and Lafayette streets, which is currently the site of a parking lot. However, their recent proposal for a 14-story building with 183 rooms, a restaurant, rooftop garden, pool and bar was rejected by the city planning council for exceeding the height limit at 148-feet.

The Virgin developers and their architect were told to bring the building back within the city's height limit of 125-feet but to do that would mean reducing rooms and thus, killing the "economic feasibility of the project."

Here's hoping they can still manage to work it out. Virgin + New Orleans could equal GREATNESS.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Not Hyatt, But Starwood Signs The Augustine Prague (Plus a Few Others)

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  Site Where: Letenska 12/33, Prague, Czech Republic, 11800
July 16, 2015 at 9:27 AM | by | ()

It’s over two years ago that Rocco Forte Hotels dropped The Augustine Prague from its portfolio, during some dark days before its current ambitious expansion plans. We had heard whispers that it would become a Park Hyatt hotel, but no: it is now part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection.

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Gap and Virgin Hotels Come Together To Bring The Dressing Room To You

July 15, 2015 at 2:40 PM | by | ()

We’re hardly surprised that Virgin Hotels is thinking outside of the box when it comes to in-room amenities. But their latest idea has nothing to do with WiFi or the mini-bar, as this time it’s all about shopping for clothes right from the comfort of your room—thanks to a new partnership with the folks over at Gap.

Utilizing Gap’s "reserve in store" technology, Virgin Hotel guests can shop ‘til they drop over at Gap.com, and they won’t even have to wait—or pay—for shipping. Items will be delivered right to their room in as quickly as three hours, and from there they can try them on, check them out, and decide what they like. It’s kind of like the ultimate dressing room if you think about it.

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The Hall South Beach Now Taking Reservations for October 1

Where: 1500 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
July 14, 2015 at 4:13 PM | by | ()

Just a few months ago we reported that Joie de Vivre's first East Coast hotel would be opening in Miami and my how time flies--reservations are now open for The Hall South Beach starting on October 1.

Rates begin at $188 a night for a deluxe room with a full bed. If you're planning on visiting Miami with a close friend or lover, you'll want a deluxe room with a queen bed instead. Those rooms are roughly the same size as the full rooms, but with a slightly bigger bed.

Deluxe rooms with king beds start around $200 a night while a room with two queen beds is $220. Rooms with views of the pool are close to $300 a night. (Since the hotel sits on the opposite side of Collins from the beach, there aren't any ocean views.)

There's also a $20 resort fee per night that's added to your rate, along with taxes, making a three-night stay in deluxe queen room around $700 total.

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Opening This Month: New Hotels for July 2015

July 14, 2015 at 2:47 PM | by | ()

Better late than never, right?

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!


· TEMPLE HOUSE CHENGDU: Reservations have opened up for Temple House, a part of newly-formed House Collection, for July 18. Rooms on that night start at CNY 3,499 (about $548) for the deluxe temple suite. The next weekend a regular temple suite starts at CNY 2,699 or about $435 a night.

· ONE HOTEL CENTRAL PARK: While reservations aren't open on the website until August, the eco-friendly luxury hotel has promised to be open this month, but to be safe, wait until August to book. As for what to expect rate-wise, well, we're not quite sure because the hotel is being indecisive but expect to pay $250 a night for an Alcove Queen during the typically slow month of August.

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New Suites, Library, and Garden at Firmdale Hotels in London

July 14, 2015 at 10:14 AM | by | ()

With Firmdale’s flagship Ham Yard Hotel a year old, the biggest news we’re waiting for from Tim and Kit Kemp will be anything definitive on their second hotel in New York. In progress on W. 56th Street, we’re hoping to walk by soon to see what we can find, but in the meantime, we’ll settle for updates at a number of London hotels: from new suites to a library and a refreshed garden space.

Given that it’s summer, let’s start outdoors at Number Sixteen, a small townhouse hotel with 41 rooms in South Kensington. Accessed through the Conservatory, the updated garden is an all-day venue for eating and drinking. Private gardens like this are real estate gold in this part of town, so on a warm July day it should be perfect for a lazy breakfast. Everything inside the hotel is in signature Kit Kemp style, but be aware that entry-level single rooms are a teensy 8 sq m (86 sq ft).

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Checking In On All That Palm Springs Construction

July 13, 2015 at 10:25 AM | by | ()

Sleepy Palm Springs is undergoing precedented construction at the moment, so it felt only right to check in on a couple of projects when we were in town last week.

First, Arrive. No extra info on the project since we last checked in – but from these photos it looks like the winter opening may finally be on track. Look at those midcentury lines!

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HotelTonight Gives You A Little In-App Advice With 'Aces'

July 13, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

You know we’re pretty darn familiar with HotelTonight, and if you’re reading this you probably are too. Well the booking just got better, as the HotelTonight app is adding on a little something extra for your next stay—a virtual concierge.

HotelTonight is the latest company to go all in with tips, tricks, and other advice right from their mobile platform. They’re calling their version of thing Aces, and they describe it as an in-app chat feature that connects guests with their team of insiders. Advice includes insight from locals as well as recommendations, and they’re also helping out with hotel and room requests.

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You Can Now Get Gourmet Pizza To-Go at The Mark NYC

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  Site Where: Madison Avenue at 77th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10075
July 10, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | ()

If you’re looking for take-out that will complement your fashionable black-tie outfit, The Mark is the place to go to get your pizza-to-go.

The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges has just started offering their gourmet pizzas on a “get it to go” basis, and they enlisted design shop Pandiscio & Co. to come up with a chichi box design that incorporates the hotel’s iconic black-and-white stripe from the lobby floor.

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Holiday Inn Express Names Rob Riggle As 'Breakfast Excellence Honcho'

July 10, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | ()

Your next Holiday Inn Express stay might be that much funnier—at least in theory—as the hotel chain has signed up comedian, actor, and all around funnyman Rob Riggle to shill for the brand. The humor—again, at least in theory—starts with his title, as from this point forward he will be known as Creative Director and Breakfast Excellence Honcho.

The partnership arrives as Holiday Inn Express launches a new contest, as they need a little bit of help to name their newfangled pancake machine. This month guests are welcomed and encouraged to send in suggestions on what to call the thing.

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Peninsula Hotels to Open Next in Istanbul

Where: Istanbul, Turkey
July 9, 2015 at 7:33 PM | by | ()

A suite at the Peninsula Paris

The owner of Peninsula Hotels has just entered into a joint venture to develop a hotel in Istanbul. Here's what the SCMP wrote about the news:

Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, owner of the Peninsula hotels, will spend €150 million to develop a hotel in Istanbul with two Turkish partners, the company said in an announcement to the stock exchange on Tuesday.

The project, subject to approval, will entail an estimated total investment of €300 million and will be equally owned by Peninsula Istanbul Holdings and SLI, a joint venture between Turkish group Dogus Holding and private equity fund BLG.

The hotel will be built in the Salıpazarı Port located in the historic Karaköy area overlooking the Bosphorus strait between Europe and Asia, according to the announcement.

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