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Just over a year ago, we dished on the details behind The Brando, Marlon Brando's posthumous hotel on Tetiaroa, a 12-islet atoll 30 miles northeast of Tahiti. Photos and guest-experience insight were limited at the time, but now that the hotel officially opened this summer - on July 1st, the 10th anniversary of Brando's death - it's time to take an inside look.
We guess we'll start with the bad news: This is one hotel that none of us will ever see the inside of. Rates start at $3,800/night for a one-bedroom villa (2 guests), and there is a three-night minimum stay. From here on out, we can consider this an eye-candy post, but just for fun, here's what's included in your daily rate at the Brando:
Accommodations; all meals in all dining venues; bottled water, soft drinks, beer, and select wines, Champagne, and spirits; 24-hour dining in the privacy of your villa; 1 excursion per person per day from a select list of options; 1 spa treatment (50 minutes) per day; Internet access; 1 bicycle per guest; access to an outrigger canoe, kayak, paddleboard, and snorkeling equipment.
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We can't reveal our sources but there is word going around that a Moxy Hotel is being developed for New Orleans, which really could not be a more perfect city for the young and fun Moxy brand. It's also a favorite city for Marriott International.
The hotel company already has 18 Marriott-branded hotels in or just outside the city, with several more within an hour's drive. And every brand is represented there from Residence Inn to Couryard, Springhill Suites, Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Marriott and even the first-ever AC Hotels by Marriott in the United States. That hotel is opening next month.
CANOPY by Hilton
Ever since the epic fail that was Denizen Hotels (you can read up on that here), Hilton Worldwide has been desperately seeking a new lifestyle brand to fit into their portfolio. Once the court-ordered business restrictions were lifted last year, Hilton went into overdrive.
First, they announced their Curio Collection, a group of mostly already existing hotels with no real unifying trait except that they tend to be more boutique in terms of design, and of course, they are part of the Hilton HHonors network.
Now, Hilton Worldwide has officially announced their totally new lifestyle brand, Canopy by Hilton Hotels.
Chris Nasetta, president and CEO of Hilton Worldwide, revealed the new brand to existing Hilton hotel owners at Hilton Worldwide's Global Partnership Conference in Orlando. Here's what he had to say about it:
“Built on extensive market research, our highly anticipated Canopy by Hilton brand delivers a fresh approach to hospitality and the guest experience,” Nassetta said. “We saw an opportunity to not only enter the lifestyle space by developing a new brand, but also to redefine this category by creating a more accessible lifestyle brand. We identified the need to take the emphasis off of capital-intensive design and deliver exactly what the target consumer desires: an energizing, comfortable stay with more included value.”
Here's what we took away from that statement: affordable. Although Canopy promises to be so much more.
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Well, lookie here. Luxury eco-hotel brand, 1 Hotels has unveiled a new website for the 1 Hotel Central Park AND they are even taking reservations for March 2015. (We had a feeling that a fall opening wasn't going to happen.)
A tipster let us know about the new website for 1 Hotel Central Park, and it is rather cool. Not only is the site full of details and gorgeous photos, but it's incredible easy, and pleasant, to navigate, dropping in hotel information with city information and general eco-conscious lifestyle information. We also like how the room categories are listed with starting rates attached. Speaking of rooms, here is how the Alcove Queen room is described:
Reclaimed wood, raw materials, painted brick walls and accents of blackened steel and copper surround a plush, queen-sized bed in the heart of the city, complete with a generous closet for your belongings.
Other room categories are Alcove Kings, and Studio, City and Park rooms with king beds. (The latter two denote the type of view.) There's a handful of rooms with two beds too.
Amenities in the guest rooms include a Keesta mattress, a triple filtered water system, complimentary Oogave Natural sodas in the minibar, yoga mat, in-room coffee and tea, and exclusive, organic 1 Hotels toiletries.
There's also a goodie bag given on arrival filled with healthy snacks and each room has a floor-to-ceiling slot of living plants so you're greeted with a "fresh boost" every time you walk in the door. Smells, er, sounds wonderful!
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After nearly 70 years as a cornerstone of America's mid-range hotel scene, Best Western has announced that it will take a step into two new markets with two new brands, Vib (pronounced "vibe") and BW Premier.
The Premier Collection has actually been up and running for a while, and includes this recently opened eco-resort in Malaysia. In fact, last time we checked in on Premier, it was planning properties in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nairobi and Oman. Just to catch you up if you missed it, the BW Premier Collection will be a "soft brand" offering, meaning that it will consist of a variety of high-end properties in different markets (as opposed to a single hotel brand, like Vib). Hotels in the Premier Collection will be bookable through the Best Western website, and guests will be able to earn and use their Best Western reward points at any hotel in the collection.
The big announcement is the new boutique Vib concept, short for Vibrant. It is being described as a "stylish and technology-centric hotel concept created to meet the needs of today’s connected traveler," featuring "vibrant and modern design with a focus on convenience, technology and social engagement." That's about as vague as it gets, and the details are pretty scarce except for the fact that the properties will be tech-savvy and have large lobbies that incorporate local flair. You can check out the short promotional video below.
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Scheduled to open in 2016, the hotel will have just 36 rooms with only one and two-bedroom suite options. The property, which will not be called Montage, but rather Pendry San Diego, will also have two restaurants, a spa, a rooftop pool, a nightclub, and a beer hall. Is it expected to draw both business and leisure travelers with its location three blocks from the convention center in the heart of the city's main leisure district, the Gaslamp.
The hotel says it will "appeal to young, hip guests looking for both superior personal service and high-quality design and amenities," and rates are projected to start between $250 and $300 a night. Few details have been released about the restaurants, nightclub, and beer hall, but the hotel hopes to attract locals as well as visitors and become a destination in themselves.
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Need an excuse to start planning another trip to the wine country? Starwood Hotels has got your back, with the announcement that historic Acacia House, on Main Street in St. Helena, will be renovated and become Las Alcobas, one of its Luxury Collection Hotels.
True, you need a little bit of patience, with opening planned for somewhere between autumn 2015 and early 2016, but it’s never too early, right?
The renderings of the site and the building above are all we were able to dig out from the architect’s website, which shows how everything around the main house will be razed to make way for a number of new annexes that we presume will house the majority, if not all, 57 rooms. The above doesn’t scream luxury hotel to us, but we’ll reserve judgement until we’ve seen more. Meeting facilities, a signature restaurant, and spa with outdoor pool will be added as well.
Chicago has been a breeding ground for new hotels and new hotel concepts for a few years now. We even named it the Best Hotel Scene back in 2011. But the hospitality winds of change are just starting to pick up.
By our count, 8 very important hotels will open in Chicago in the next two years. Of course, there will be many, many, more hotels opening than just eight. But here are the ones we're dying to sleep with.
1. Virgin Chicago: At long last, Virgin Hotels finally revealed its much hyped but much covered up hotel concept last week. And we are loving it. Rooms will officially open to guests in the dead of winter on January 15 at $209 a night. We're currently hunting down a faux fur coat to accompany us on our virgin stay with Virgin Hotels.
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Being in the middle of a brand refresh isn’t stopping Le Méridien Hotels from opening new properties, with next month the addition of Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa. While it’s too early for some of the new brand elements to pop up in the room design, the first images show an attractive, if relatively safe, contemporary look, golf course views, and a balcony with sunbed.
The tenth Starwood hotel and third Le Méridien in Bangkok, the hotel brings some much needed competition to the city’s airport hotel game, dominated by the Novotel BKK Airport at the moment. Being a 15-minute drive away, Le Méridien can’t quite beat the Novotel’s terminal location, but with fresh rooms and much more extensive facilities, it should shake things up nonetheless.
There's one hotel we missed on our recent openings list--The Hyatt Herald Square New York, which is now officially open. Perfect timing, ahead of the holiday season, even Halloween, which to many of us is a bone fide holiday in itself.
Here's what to like about Hyatt Herald Square, so far:
· Close to Shopping. Herald Square has always been a
clusterF high-energy Manhattan neighborhood, with a history of both the fashion and publishing worlds to keep things current and looking good. While the publishing sector has mostly moved on, on-line that is, Herald Square is still home to big-brand fashion, including those celeb lines at Macy's.
That includes a Delano for the seaside resort of Cesme (you may remember Four Seasons heading there too), and two hotels for Istanbul: another Mondrian and a property called 10 Karaköy, part of the group’s “Originals” collection, which is opening already on November 15.
Taking its name from the district it calls home, the hotel will have 71 rooms and suites inside its historic neoclassical building, ranging from Standard Queen (a rendering above) to Loft Terrace Suites and a Penthouse.
Last week, Marriott International was fined $600,000 by the FCC for jamming up guests mobile WiFi hotspots at the Gayord Hotel in Nashville (a Marriott entity), thus forcing guests to join the hotel's network and pay the ridiculous WiFi fees. This week, Marriott wants to win back some love by announcing that a whopping 29 Marriott hotels will sport wireless charging stations for guests to charge their devices on.
We heard the news the other day and we were just like, well, this:
The gesture is appreciated, especially since it came about from a survey of real travelers on Marriott's TravelBrilliantly.com platform, meaning that Marriott is really listening to what guests want. And we've all been there when we roll up into a hotel and our phone dies. Or we forget our charger completely.
We can also respect the type of charging stations being used--a KS Portable from Kube Systems which uses the Qi wireless charging technology. Simply place your device, whether it be an iPhone or a Galaxy so long as it's equipped for wireless charging, on one of these black cubes and voila! You're charging. Up to six devices are allowed too.
But let's be real, it's hard for us to get excited about charging our devices in a hotel that is charging us for WiFi.
UPDATE: A publicist for Marriott Hotels wanted to clarify that WiFi is free in the lobbies at Marriott Hotels.
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