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Maybe we had the date wrong but we could have sworn the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem was opening in August, not April (after missing a Summer 2013 opening date.) But whatever the reason for the mix-up, we don't care. Because the luxury hotel is now OPEN.
The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem was built on the site of the former Palace Hotel within walking distance to the Old City and Jaffa Gate. Here is a gushing description of the hotel from the press release:
The breath-taking centrepieces of the hotel are the grand entry and lofty atrium promenade, featuring a retractable glass ceiling which floods the hotel with natural light throughout the day. Complemented by arched windows, this open-air architectural style creates the atmosphere of a Jerusalem city street. Drawing on the rich heritage of Waldorf Astoria, a towering, iconic clock rests in the atrium expanse, with four sets of numbers covering its four bold faces. Blending Greco-Roman, Gothic and Ottoman architecture, the hotel is a wonderful mixture of cultures, creating a fascinating space beyond the hotel’s beautifully preserved 80-year old façade.
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The singsongy sounding Marriott Marquis Washington DC is still planning to open on May 1, but right now, reservations are being accepted online only for June 1 at a grand opening rate of $269 a night.
Yet in an effort to capitalize on the summer travel to DC (did you know this summer will be the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner?), the soon-to-be-largest hotel in DC (with 1,175 rooms) has put together three opening packages and they are actually deal-worthy. Here they are:
· Summer Weekends Deal: From June 1-September 1, the hotel is offering 40 percent off two night stays and 50 percent off three-night stays from Thursday-Sunday nights. Suites are exempt. All stays must be purchased in advance and are nonrefundable. Still, you can get a two night stay for just $108 a night or a three-night stay for just $90 a nigt. Book by May 23 to score the best rate. Use code NEW to book.
Not much longer to wait!
The Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills will officially open its doors on June 11, making it the first Andaz in Japan and the 12th Andaz hotel overall. Here are a few words from the hotel's general manager:
“We are thrilled to introduce the Andaz brand to this exciting city to become a bridge between Tokyo’s fascinating past and dynamic future,” said Arnaud de Saint-Exupéry, General Manager of Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills. “We look forward to offering the boutique lifestyle hotel concept to both guests and locals, which is something quite new for the Japanese hotel market. The Andaz brand is deeply rooted in local culture, and we are committed to providing an unscripted, Japanese-inspired experience to guests that will help them feel truly connected to the heart and soul of Tokyo.”
We couldn't find a room online for June 11th (it said the hotel was sold-out) but we did find a special opening offer for June 16th for about $375 a night for an Andaz King. Remember, this is Andaz, so complimentary WiFi, minibar snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are included.
While we're crazy excited for the Four Seasons Resort at Disney World to open this summer, we're having a tough time swallowing the $645 opening rate. Fortunately, there's a new and more affordable alternative opening this summer as well--The B Resort.
Much like its sister property in Fort Lauderdale, the B will offer stylish and playful guest rooms (with free WiFi!) along with several B Signature services like B Active (fitness center), B Nourished (dining concepts including one by Jeffrey Chodorow) and B Adventurous (excursions outside the hotel.) This resort will also have the very first B full-service spa called B Indulged. Rounding out the services and amenities are a zero-entry saltwater pool, a kids zone, an ice cream shop and courtesy loaner iPads.
The hotel will open its doors on June 1 with a special introductory offer of $159 a night for a chic room which are located near the pool area with a king or two queen beds. There is a $20 resort fee plus tax but the introductory offer is including that as well as self-parking. Blackout dates do apply and reservations are nonrefundable and final. But still, that saves you nearly $500 a night compared to the Four Seasons.
[Photo: B Resort Disney World/Facebook]
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We've been eagerly anticipating the stateside debut of the CitizenM hotels so we're extremely pumped to see the hotel is accepting reservations for March 25th.
We found a room for $199 a night on opening night which, to be honest, is a little bit of a buzzkill. It's March and still pretty cold in NYC. We sort of hoped this would be the starting rate in warmer times like May-ish, especially given how small these rooms are.
But no matter, that rate includes free wifi andmovies in all rooms, XL kingsize beds, a power rain shower, Skype phone rates, wall to wall windows and an "ambient room experience with touch screen control for colour, temperature, blinds, television and more."
The hotel will open its doors to real, live, paying guests on May 6th with a superior room starting at 450GBP a night, or an eye-watering $748 USD. Thankfully, that includes VAT.
While the rooms will open on May 6 as will Ting, the signature restaurant and lounge on level 35, the hotel's champagne and cocktail bar, Gŏng--located on the top floor and named after the interlocking wooden brackets commonly used in traditional Chinese architecture and featured throughout the venue-- will open later on in July. It will be the highest champagne and cocktail bar in London when it opens. (FWIW, the infinity pool will also open on level 52, but in the fitness center, not as part of Gŏng.)
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*We've actually been informed that the Park Hyatt New York will open earlier than August 28th but that this is just a placeholder date on their website for reservations. We're not sure of the exact opening date but rest assured, we will tell you AS SOON as we know.
It's not quite the moment we've been waiting for (that will happen on opening day) but it's a very close second. Today we've got a sneak peek at what the 210 guest rooms and suites inside the Park Hyatt New York will look like when it opens on August 28th.
The room interiors were done by design firm Yabu Pushelberg who clearly went for a residential feel with plenty of seating, a perfectly positioned TV and dresser and with custom artwork on the walls. We also found out the bath toiletries will feature a custom scent from Le Labo called, Tubereuse 40.
Elsewhere in the hotel, which takes up 25 floors of the 90-story One57 skyscraper, will be an indoor pool with underwater speakers that pipe in an exclusive soundtrack from Carnegie Hall, a restaurant from Executive Chef Sam Hazen, a 25th floor spa and a bar overlooking Carnegie Hall on 57th Street. There will also be free WiFi throughout the hotel. YES.
Alas, this is a Park Hyatt near Central Park so room rates are priced accordingly, about $795 a night. And no, we don't think those will ever come down.
[Photo: Donna Dotan/Park Hyatt New York]
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Orlando's newest hotel, The Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Studios, is in the midst of putting the finishing touches on its sprawling 1,800 room resort. Just last week, the hotel's 52-foot tall retro sign went up, signaling not only that the hotel is close to opening but also giving passerby's a hint of what to expect--a themed resort inspired by the beach resorts of the 1950s and 60s. Notice the promise of "color TV" and "cold air."
You'll get a feel for that theme mostly in the guest rooms which feature mid-century furniture and decor. But don't worry, there will be flat-screens and free WiFi in the rooms too. On-site there will also be two outdoor pool complexes, including a lazy river; a retro bowling alley, game room and several dining options. There's even a Starbucks too! But despite the name, there's no actual beach at this beach resort.
Sick of all the hotel openings stories yet? No? Good, because here's another one!
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!
HOTELS OPENING IN FEBRUARY 2014
· RITZ-CARLTON KYOTO: The newest Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Kyoto, will open on February 8 on the banks of the Kamogawa River. It's also close to Kyoto's downtown districts of Gion, Kawaramachi and Pontocho streets. Inside the guest rooms, you'll find complimentary WiFi, “Kyoto Shabon-ya” soap and seasonal bath salts, Asprey toiletries, Japanese “IMABARI” robes and towels and Nespresso machines. On the property, there's a spa and fitness center, two restaurants (one Italian and one Japanese) and two bars, including a lobby bar. Rates start at 68,500 Yen on opening night. That's roughly $675 USD.
· THE BROOME NYC: The intimate, 14-room Soho hotel with an open-air courtyard and rooftop deck, will open on February 14, Valentine's Day. How fitting. Rooms start at $260 on opening night. Go here to see more photos of the property.
· METROPOLITAN BY COMO, MIAMI BEACH: Looks like the new luxury spot in Miami Beach is now taking reservations for February 18 and on. (Previously, the hotel was supposed to open in December and then January.) We found an opening offer for $364 a night. If you book the advance purchase rate, you can save a little more at $352 alight.
Let's see... where did we leave off with The Godfrey Hotel? Last time we discussed what was going to be inside the River North property, it was October. And there have been some big updates since then like the hotel contest you can actually win. Also, the hotel opens tomorrow on February 1.
That's right: the 16-story, cubist-inspired property will fling open its doors to actual guests. Inside, there's free WiFi everywhere, an elliptical lobby decked in marble, a full-service restaurant, and a small spa. The 221 guest rooms come stocked with bathrobes (we had to check), L'Occitaine bath products, and high-tech features that sound, well, fun. Let's just say: Should you wish to use your smartphone as a TV controller, you're all set.
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We've looked at insane Valentine's Day packages, considered a few of the sensible ones and rolled our eyes at the predictable amenities hotels will roll out over the next few weeks. But we think we've finally found the one.
It has everything we love--a boutique sensibility and size, with new, never-been-touched beds and an ideal location in the heart of SoHo. It's called The Broome NYC and it's opening on Valentine's Day.
The Broome, at 431 Broome Street, has just fourteen rooms spread through a five-story building, originally built in 1825. The room categories range from a standard queen to deluxe along with a junior suite and a penthouse suite. Amenities include furnishings by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, plush-top mattresses, Bellimo sheets and Samsung SmartTVs. The starting room categories are small but the penthouse has a 400-sq.ft private terrace for a reasonable amount (just $500 on opening night.)
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The 51-room boutique hotel is located in Collins Park, just a block from the Miami Beach Convention Center. While its previous incarnation was the similarly-named SBH South Beach Hotel, the rebranded South Beach Hotel has new owners and management--the Think Hotel Group who've opened the nearby Boulan Hotel and Sweetwater Beer Garden.
Their South Beach Hotel has been completed renovated and now features a revamped outdoor courtyard, hand-carved Guatamalan wood furniture in the lobby and minimalist guest rooms with free WiFi and room service from the Charles St. Restaurant.
The hotel is also family-friendly with junior suites that have either a king bed or two queen-sized bed and a kitchenette with cribs available on request. Oh and of course, there's a pool--the ultimate family-friendly amenity.
But above all, we're digging the opening rates which start at $175 a night. While the hotel officially opens in March, it's taking reservation now while in preview mode. The Think Hotel Group is also working on two more hotels in the same area--The Ansonia and The Plymouth. Those are expected to open sometime next year.
[Photo: South Beach Hotel]