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For us, hotel opening dates are very much like blind dates--we have very low expectations of them turning out to be good and most times, we don't even expect them to show up. So we're taking the new opening date of the SLS New York very casually.
But there's a little part of us that is hopeful the hotel will be the man of our dreams, er, open in February as planned.
The website for the Park Avenue hotel in the NoMad nabe is still listing "2015" as the their opening date but a recent lodging report has it pegged for February. The hotel will have 190 rooms, designed by Philippe Starck, along with different restaurant and lounge concepts from other SLS hotels and a rooftop "experience." The timing could be great too, since the New York Edition will open in April.
We peeped at the hotel's exterior and signage last Fall and there wasn't much to report, but we're keeping the faith that the hotel is further along in the process a year later. After all, we've been waiting for this hotel since 2012 when they promised a 2013 opening date. So, you know, it's kinda like they owe us to open in February now.
[Rendering via SLS New York]
Perhaps 2012 can be known as the year we were sweet on Singapore. From The Raffles to the original Shangri-La and all the boutique hotels in between, "The Lion City" roared through the year and continues to do so, as another grandiose hotel prepares to make headlines with its December 2012 debut.
This property, the PARKROYAL on Pickering, will be the flagship for the PARKROYAL brand (part of the Pan Pacific group) and is already bragging that it's "Singapore's first-hotel-in-a-garden." We're sure the Shangri-La's Garden Wing would love to argue, but let's humor the PARKROYAL for a moment.
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Fly into Peru's Lima Airport anytime soon and, even before you hit the streets, you'll be face-to-face with a huge ad for the two JW Marriott properties in Peru: the JW Marriott Lima and the JW Marriott Cusco. For now we focus on the JW Marriott Cusco, as it's only just opened and we just missed it by a few days. Still, we managed to snap a few preview shots.
The property sits within a former monastery and numbers 153 rooms and suites, all with supplemental oxygen to combat the effects of Cusco's high altitude. This feature they "borrow" from the Orient-Express Hotel Monasterio just up the street, which originated the unique offering. In fact, the JW and the Monasterio will go head-to-head in competition for guests; who will choose Orient-Express and who will choose Marriott?
In just over two weeks, the world will have a second Armani Hotel to drool over. At least, that's the hope. After delaying and missing the hubbub of Milan Fashion Week earlier this season, the Armani Hotel Milan has posted an official opening date to their website: November 10.
Okay, so actually we've known this for a little bit, but the magic of it is that the hotel seems to be sticking to the day. When we snooped around the property earlier this year, we noted that the place looked very much finished from the outside, but that filling out the 96 roomsboasting the largest hotel room sizes in the whole cityis likely the cause of the autumn date.
Despite the fact that it's totally crunch time at the Armani Milan, they are not yet taking reservations. That, however, doesn't mean you can't add it to your holiday wish list.
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Have you ever heard the famous Italian
phrase mantra "Fare una bella figura?" It translates to something like "to make a fine figure," but the gist is to always put forward a physical appearance that makes you look good. Usually this involves dressing well and behaving appropriately, but for this moment we're going to apply it to the under-construction Armani Hotel Milan.
We checked in on the construction ourselves pretty recently, but it seems as though work is progressing nicely as the hotel has set down an official opening date of November 10, 2011. So it will make it yet this year!
So how is the Armani Milan putting its best foot forward? By waiting until well after all the Fashion Weeks have finished. This way, the property and all its opening kinks aren't immediately tested and exposed to who would likely be A-list fashion guests, had the hotel pressured itself into opening for the pomp of a Fashion Week debut in late September. Whew. Instead it will enjoy a leisurely month or so before holiday shopping crowds really stretch its legs.
What's worse than the two-week delay, just two weeks before the opening? A little bait-and-rate-switch on The Nolitan's website, where prices are promised "from $289." Sounds good, seeing as the last times we checked, the best deals we could find were $314 and $337.50, respectively.
Weeeee! The Hotel Missoni Kuwait finally has an official, locked-down opening date andyesreservations are open and working. The second-ever Missoni Hotel is due to debut with views over the Arabian Gulf on March 1, and although rooms starts $450, there's a 20% off Advance Booking rate still in effect that brings it down to $361 per night.
So why is this hotel so important? Well, we actually made a detour on a trip to London up to Scotland for the specific purpose of personally checking out the first of the Missoni Hotelsthe Missoni Hotel Edinburghand we loved it, even naming the video tour of the room our Best Hotel Video Tour of 2010.
What's more is that the Missoni Hotels are pioneering a kind of all-inclusiveness that we wish every upscale hotel would adopt as well, and that's tacking on freebies like complimentary WiFi, in-room movies, a few items of laundry, the (non-alcoholic) contents of the minibar, and, with some rates, even complimentary breakfast.
The theme this week seems to be the expansion in Asia, and Starwood continues the charge with the first W Hotel in Taiwan, opening in Taipei on December 28, 2010.
If you don't already recognize the skyscraper looming in the background of the rendering above, that's Taipei 101, once the world's tallest building and still the most recognizable in the country. The W won't be next door exactly, but they're hoping the sleek glass facade will make it an attraction all its own in the energetic Xinyi district. It also helps that the W Taipei will boast two scenester restaurants, a W retail store and a rooftop WET pool and bar.
What hotel brand is sticking a 24-story, 357-room, 3-restaurant modern glass tower in the center of historical Shanghai? If you guessed Langham, then you'd be correct. The traditionally British chain of uber-luxury hotels already has a small footprint in Asia thanks to their Langham Place collection, but they're seeking to add a second top-level property to the Pearl of the Orient, Shanghai (as they've already got the Langham Yangtze Boutique).
The new hotel is set to open sooner rather than later; October 2010 to be more exact. It will tower over the Xintiandi districtan area for shopping, upscale teahouses, western chains (it has several Starbucks) and expat residencesand give the moneyed tourists another option than the Bund for a 5-star hotel stay.
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Search the back of your closet for that Missoni piece you totally splurged on at a sale last year, because the first Missoni Hotels property is on the brink of throwing open its brightly-patterned doors in Edinburgh, Scotland.
It'll be all the colors and patterns your weary tourist eyes can handle in June, when the hotel opens and we finally get to see more than renderings of what looks to be a vibrant Italian fashion fantasyland plopped into Scotland.
The opening itself will be quite an imported spectacle, with Rosita Missoni herself cutting the ribbon to the 136-room property on the Scottish capital's historic Royal Mile. Not to mention that some of the furnishings are from her own home, and a majority of the rest are previews of the latest Missoni home lines, debuting at the hotel first.
So what's the nightly damage to your credit card for a room alone? A reasonable $268, considering that includes WiFi, laundering of 2 items of clothing, premium movies and a newspaper in the world's newest fashion hotel. Add another $22 if you'd like a Missoni breakfast delivered to your Missoni linen-otfitted bed. Here's hoping that even the room service features Missoni-branded toast and pats of butter.
[Photo: Hotel Missoni]