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If we think about it for a second, we’re surprised Hotel Indigo hasn’t opened in Bangkok sooner than it will do, just over two months from now: its funky vibe, eclectic design, and often very pretty guestrooms seem like a natural fit for the Thai capital.
From what we can tell, the hotel was originally planned to arrive several years ago, so perhaps the thinking over at Indigo was similar to ours, but February 1, 2015 it will be in the end. At least that’s the date from which you can currently make a reservation at the 192-room hotel on Wireless Road, across Lumpini Park from Sofitel So. Our first impression, based on the rendering above and some photos below, is certainly favourable, with hardwood floors, window seats, stylish furniture, and an overall look that has a hint of Indigo Shanghai to it.
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Karisma. Allure. Caramel. Try to put your discomfort to one side – there’s a nice-looking hotel behind the worst name imaginable.
Karisma Hotels & Resorts, which run properties in Latin America and the Caribbean, has a small boutique arm called “Allure Hotels, by Karisma” – previously limited to two hotels in Colombia. And that’s the story behind the heinously named Allure Caramel by Karisma, which has opened in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. It’s the first Europe hotel for the brand.
The hotel is a redevelopment of the Hotel Admiral Club Belgrade, built in 1927 by a well known local, Mayor Vlada Ilic. It’s a stunning, standalone villa in Dorcol, the historic quarter of Belgrade. Think a sweeping entrance route behind a posh lawn, a stately lobby and frilly Corinthian columns and heavy drapes inside – basically, it’s like being in Newport RI, but in Serbia.
Imagine this, with a Singapore map on the wall
But it turns out we’ve underestimated Premier Inn. They’re not just UK and Ireland anymore. They’ve gone global.
In Singapore the other week, we stumbled on this story about Premier Inn’s plans to open its first hotel in Singapore. How exciting! Except now we realize there are already Premier Inns in India and the Arabian Gulf. You guys!
Anyway, Premier Inn Singapore Beach Road will have 300 rooms with rates at the SGD $160-190 rate ($127-152), which is good-to-standard for the more budget end of the market (although Singapore has lots of beautiful budget hotels, which it’ll have to compete with). It’s currently being built on Beach Road, near Arab Street, and is gunning for an mid 2016 opening. There will be a pool, fitness center and meeting rooms, too.
The former Roney Plaza/Gansevoort South/The Perry Hotel in Miami is almost finished with its $100 million renovation to turn into the naturally glam 1 Hotel South Beach, but you can reserve a room today for stays starting on March 1.
Not surprisingly for a luxury hotel in season in Miami Beach, the rooms are ridiculously expensive, with a king room going for $665 a night. Want a balcony with your room? That will be $712 a night. Prefer an ocean view? That will be $855 a night.
But we have to admit, these are some seriously good-looking rooms. Gone is the high-sheen of The Gansevoort and in its place is a eco-luxe look with reclaimed wood on the walls, natural poured concrete in the floors, overstuffed pillow on the couches, and peekaboo bathrooms. Don't forget, Chef Tom Colicchio is opening his restaurant downstairs while upstairs is a pool deck with similarly eco-luxe style cabanas and seating.
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Remember when we told you about the Urban Villa Edinburgh, that’s currently under planning? Turns out that’s not the only one of its kind on the scene: Urban Villa London will kick off the brand when it opens in January.
According to the website, owned by the NOHO Hotel Group, it’ll be a place “where boutique hospitality collides with the comforts of luxurious residential living”. This means an all-suite property (100 suites in total) located in Brentford, halfway between Chiswick and Heathrow Airport. Suites – or “villas”, as they call them, will be “design-led”, with some, the Winter Garden Villas, enjoying views of Kew Gardens.
There’s very little info on the website, but it promises to combine “Manhattan style with thoughtful British modern luxury”. Each room will have a living room, kitchen and winter garden, as well as the bedroom. There will also be a gym, inroom spa treatments, and a concierge service. Our favorite part: you can pre-order a harder or softer mattress at the time of booking. Take it from someone currently struggling with the spinal after-effects of a month on SE Asian mattresses – this is the best idea in the world.
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It’s still got it.
Back in the day, the Hotel Zoo, which opened in Berlin in 1911, hosted the likes of Sophia Loren and Grace Kelly. Now that it’s finally reopened after a two-year renovation, it’s already pulling the celebs back in – in the shape of Diane Von Furstenberg, who’s contributed to the furnishings, and Maison Martin Margiela, which has provided towels and nightshirts. Yes, nightshirts. The glamor!
In fact, glamor is a running theme here – the design of the hotel was inspired by the “film festivals and galas of the past” (the hotel was once the place for VIPs at the Berlin Film Festival), as well as “the clash of history and modern age” [sic].
DVF has done the catwalk-style carpet at the entrance – jade background, with monochrome leopards – leading to the Living Room lounge area. Lovely.
In these trying times of hotels for millennials, it was with a heavy heart that we first learned about the arrival of a new Dublin hotel called The Dean. That must be geared towards Students or Graduates, right?
Luckily, wrong: The Dean is a new boutique hotel. Of course, millennials will like it, but it's not necessarily aimed at them. In fact, it's majoring in art - no fewer than 45 contemporary Irish artists, from typographers to fine artists, are currently lined up to take to the walls when it opens later this month.
Rooms follow the Soho House model of being honest about room size: Mod Pods are "small and cool" (they have mini SMEG fridges), Punk Bunks are the same size, only with bunk beds, and SupeRooms are the daddies - double the size, with Samsung Smart TVs, Netflix, rainforest showers, and Nespresso machines. Hi-Fis are bigger still, and come with a record player and "classic vinyl".
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Hotels in shopping malls - they're catching on. First the Intercontinental Chengdu Global Center in Chengdu's New Century Global Center. Then Manchester's forthcoming Corn Exchange hotel. And now the trend has spread to the Netherlands (you know it's a trend when it hits the Netherlands), with the opening of Novotel Den Haag City Centre.
The hotel forms part of the fancy new Nieuwe Haagse Passage mall in The Hague, which opened in September with 10,500 square meters of shops, itself connecting two major shopping thoroughfares in the city: Grote Marktstraat and Spuistraat.
The Novotel - or SuiteNovotel to be precise (it's an all-suite property) - is gunning for long-stay guests with offers of "flexible furnishings", but there's plenty to offer the short-term traveler: 106 suites, all of them large (looks-wise, it's 'business competent', if not especially sexy); a bar and restaurant; a fitness center and free bike use; and, apparently, free massages (though it's not clear how you earn these).
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!
INTERCONTINENTAL SYDNEY DOUBLE BAY: The former Ritz-Carlton in Double Bay will reopen earlier than expected on November 6 (which is like, today in Australia). after a multi-million transformation into an InterContinental hotel. Previously, the hotel was set to open in later November. Rates start at $520 AUD which is about $446 US.
AC HOTEL BY MARRIOTT NEW ORLEANS: At last, the long-awaited AC Hotel by Marriott New Orleans will open on Carondolet Street on Friday, November 7, with a grand opening to follow on December 8. Rates start at $229 a night for the weekend but go down to $209 a night next week. Remember, this includes free WiFi.
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The “Northern England Hotel Scene” has hitherto not been a phrase that slips easily off the tongue, but the northern cities are killing it this year, with a Beatles hotel, a football hotel and a retro Manhattan hotel all journeying north of the Watford Gap.
You’ll find no Beatles murals here. Instead, you get a magnificent conversion of a grand 1903 building which was on English Heritage’s At Risk register, and had been closed for 20 years, before Starwood jumped in and turned it into the UK’s second Aloft.
Because of the history, the 116 rooms are pretty much all different (there are 97 room types, according to the Liverpool Echo). All, though, have high ceilings, ‘floating’ beds and Bliss amenities - and "Savvy" rooms have more architectural features, while "Aloft" rooms are more standard. And then those public areas – stained glass windows, wood-paneled conference rooms, and a stucco-roofed lobby. What more could you want?
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Last we checked, the Thompson Miami Beach was opening on November 14 but that opening date has been moved just a little bit back to November 21. However, the hotel is now offering a special opening package that starts at $399 a night, based on double occupancy, and includes the following:
· Minimum two-night stay in plush accommodations
· Daily breakfast for two at Seagrape, the restaurant from Miami's own Michelle Bernstein
· Signature welcome cocktails for two
· Beach swag bag with Coola sunscreen products, including body sunscreen, facial sunscreen and moisturizing lip balm
· Admission for two to Perez Art Museum Miami, so you can get a jump start on all the Art Basel festivities.
It’s getting close! Last time we heard about the Palm Springs Hotel, it was taking reservations for a 23 November opening, having hit a construction snag for its planned August opening date. But things have forged ahead, and the hotel is now taking reservations from 10 November. Not only that, but the first pictures have finally arrived. And they’re exciting.
Subtle throwbacks to midcentury modern, but not in an overly kitsch way. Modern, but classically so – it’s beautifully pitched. Simple, stone (unless that’s wood) flooring, flashes of color and Palm Springs legends on the walls. And this bathroom!
Take us there now.