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SLS Las Vegas Will Open Even Earlier Than Planned on August 23

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  Site Where: 2535 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
June 17, 2014 at 12:49 PM | by | Comment (1)

Hotel delays don't faze us. But hotels that open earlier than expected do, which is why today we're doing a little happy dance after hearing that the SLS Las Vegas will open at midnight on August 23, and not August 25 as we last heard and not September 1 as was originally planned.

The casino resort put out a press release, stating something completely unheard of in the hotel world: "construction on The Strip’s newest resort is wrapping ahead of schedule." Translation: SLS Las Vegas is a unicorn.

According to the release, rooms will be open for reservations on August 23 yet all we're seeing on the website is availability for August 25. We also couldn't pull up a room rate as the site was having issues. Perhaps too many people trying to ride the unicorn? However, last we checked room rates for that date we found a World Tower room for $149 a night. You can also book a room through HHonors, thanks to SLS's new partnership with Hilton Hotels' Curio Collection. All the restaurants will also be open on August 23, including Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, Cleo, Katsuya, Ku Noodle and The Griddle Cafe.

For help deciding what room to book, check out our analysis of the room categories here.. For even more on the SLS and its transformation from the old Sahara to today, head on over to VegasChatter.

[Photo: Greg Clarke/VegasChatter]

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COMO's Second Maldives Hotel Is As Stunning As You'd Expect

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  Site Where: Maldives
June 16, 2014 at 10:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

That's so Maldives

All Maldives hotels are equally gorgeous, of course, but some are more gorgeous than others – hence our excitement at the official opening of Maalifushi by COMO, the company’s second resort in the Maldives, and a little brother/sister for Cocoa Island.

It’s your standard Maldives affair: a private, 20-acre white sand island with a 'street' of rooms suspended over jewel-colored water. One slight difference is that it also has garden rooms, billed as the choice for small children. A non-honeymooning Maldives hotel? Now that’s news.

There’s a restaurant, Madi, a pool bar and lounge, a signature Como Shambhala spa and an onsite dive center. Want to get away from it all (as much as you can while stranded on a remote Maldivian island)? There’s another restaurant, Tai, on the other side of the island, and the hotel also owns a nearby strip of land that guests can book for romantic dinners away from child guests.

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Five Things That Will Maximize Your Andazm In Tokyo

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  Site Where: 1-23-4 Toranomon, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan, 105-0001
June 16, 2014 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (3)

We’re always up for a hotel stay, but when it comes with the chance to take in that freshly opened new hotel smell? We’re all over it. Such was our luck at Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, where we walked through the front door the day after the ribbon was cut last week.

One of the tallest structures in Tokyo, Toranomon Hills tower (the big one in the middle in the above photo, with a bonus appearance of Tokyo Tower on the left) dominates the skyline south of the vast green expanse surrounding the Imperial Palace. Andaz spreads across six floors of the building, with reception on floor 51, rooftop bar, function space and wedding chapel (yes, really) on floor 52, spa on floor 37, and 164 guestrooms between floors 47 and 50.

We had high hopes for our Andazm at Andaz no. 12 and we left pretty satisfied after a night in one of its rooms. Why? Here are five things that made it work for us.

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Hot To Trot And Kid-Friendly: Praia Verde Is A Trendy Parent's Dream Hotel

June 13, 2014 at 9:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Are you a parent who prides themself on being cool, not frumpy? Does your heart sink if you check into a family-friendly-but-mediocre resort? Do you have too much self-awareness to run the gauntlet of wrathful looks if you chance it with the kids in a trendy place?

If so, you need to get to Portugal. Specifically, Praia Verde, in Castro Marim, on the eastern coast of the Algarve. It’s the latest property for the Design Hotels portfolio, and it’s family friendly. No, apparently that’s not a contradiction in terms.

The all-suite property opened in April, and goes for a look that will complement, rather than dominate the landscape: a low-rise building with neutral colors and natural materials – wood, slate, even straw – to keep the focus on the outside, even when inside.

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Your New Turkish Room Mate Is Smoking Hot

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  Site Where: Meşrutiyet Caddesi Nº 34, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey, 34435
June 11, 2014 at 1:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

“You have got a new friend in Istanbul” said the email that popped into our inbox yesterday. Good thing we didn’t click the spam button – it was from Room Mate Hotels, announcing their first place in Turkey will open 1 July.

Room Mate Kerem (so new, they have yet to put a face to the name*) will be in Beyoglu, a block up from pedestrianized shopping strip Istiklal Street, right by the British Consulate (a few minutes away from the Pera Palace).

It’s a historic building (of course – it’s Beyoglu) re-envisioned by designer Lázaro Rosa Violán, and the renderings look superb: a modern take on Art Deco, with lofty ceilings and oversized windows, lots of mirrors and glass to flood the lobby with light, and even a library and what looks like an antique display cabinet of glass and pottery. Drool over all the pictures here.

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CitizenM Paris Has Opened With Distinctly Un-Parisian Prices

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  Site Where: 7 Rue de Rome, Tremblay-en-France, France, 93290
June 10, 2014 at 9:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

Il est arrivé! CitizenM Paris opened at Charles de Gaulle airport last week, and the reviews are in – or at least, three of them are up on TripAdvisor.

There are no room types, of course, but cushy furniture and fittings, multicultural plugs and sockets, and a Samsung tablet to control everything in the room all get a thumbs up. Triple glazing means you get to enjoy watching the planes without hearing them, and Vitra furniture (and floating zeppelins in the lobby) means you get to sit around in style. It’s walking distance from Terminal 3, or 20 minutes from T2.

Prices this week look pretty decent – ranging from €67.15 ($90) to €109.65 ($150), with the rest of the month looking steady at the €75 mark and the entire month of August at €67. Note that these are “citizens only” rates – sign up to their mailing list and you automatically get 15% off and free cancellation until 6pm day of arrival. Très handy.

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Park Hyatt Vienna Has Opened, Complete With Cigar Lounge

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  Site Where: Am Hof 2, Vienna, Austria, 1010
June 4, 2014 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (3)

Vienna is already a city of top tier hotels, but, as of this week, it has one more: wilkommen, Park Hyatt Vienna!

Park Hyatt’s first incursion into Austria, the hotel opened June 2, just a day late (unless you count the original plan to open in 2013). It’s in a nice, slightly different position from most of the other lux hotels: on the slightly less touristy northwestern side of the Innere Stadt.

There are 143 rooms, and a restaurant, bar, and cigar and whisky lounge (possibly copying the nearby Kempinski’s). The spa boasts a pool in the old bank vault, and uses Sodashi products for its treatments.

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Opening This Month: New Hotels for June 2014

June 3, 2014 at 2:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

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 JUNE 2014

· THE LUDLOW: At long last, Sean MacPherson's newest hotel project will open this Thursday, June 5 with a special opening rate of $175 a night for a studio queen which is just 215-sq.ft. You can upgrade to a studio king, at 325-sq.ft. for an extra $40. The room rate includes free WiFi, Maison Martin Margiela robes, and a gluten-free minibar. However, the restaurant will not be open so room service won't be in service but there will be a continental breakfast served in the garden and lobby bar.

· EVEN HOTELS: The first hotels from the new IHG brand, Even Hotels, will open this month in Rockville, Maryland and in Norwalk, Connecticut. Rates start around $130 a night and give guests access to a multitude of wellness items, including "in-room training zones." You can read more of what's on offer here.

· ANDAZ TOKYO: (To the tune of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy"): Andaz is so fancy, you already know, they're in the fast lane from LA to Tokyo. Well, they will be when the Andaz Tokyo opens on June 11. Rates start at $384 a night for an Andaz King which will get you complimentary WiFi and minibar snacks. Just remember, this hotel is high up as it's located on floors 47-52 of the 52-story Toranomon Hills tower.

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St Regis Takes On Venice's San Clemente Palace, But Will It Reopen This Month?

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  Site Where: Isola di San Clemente 1, Venice, Italy, 30124
June 3, 2014 at 9:41 AM | by | Comment (1)

If there were one major European city where we’d pick a hotel for its far out, rather than central, location, Venice would probably be it. La Serenissima, as everyone who’s elbowed their way through the crowds on the Riva degli Schiavoni or queued to walk across the Rialto bridge will know, is anything but calm in the touristy bits.

That’s why the San Clemente Palace – far from the madding crowd on a private island, only accessible by its own shuttle – has always sounded ideal to us. A 17th-century monastery (though island life dates back to the 1100s), it sits in the lagoon between Giudecca and the Lido – about a 12-minute boatride to San Marco on the hotel’s private shuttle.

And now it’s got a little more ideal with the news that, following an 18-month, €25m refurbishment after it ran out of money in 2012, it’s reopening as a St Regis property – mmm, butler service – on June 15. (Somehow, Starwood has won out over Four Seasons, which initially was slated to take it on.)

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EVEN Hotels Will Open Next Month With In-Room Training Zones

May 14, 2014 at 4:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the beginning of the year, just as you were starting out on your New Year's resolutions, we uncovered a few opening dates for EVEN Hotels, the new wellness hotel brand from InterContinental Hotel Group.

Now, if you've fallen off the fitness wagon since January (um, we have), a new source of motivation is almost here.

The EVEN Hotel in Norwalk, Conn. is now accepting reservations for June 27. Rates start at $128 a night for a Wellness King room which includes free WiFi, a 40-in HDTV, natural eucalyptus linens, EO bath toiletries, an in-room training zone, fitness kit and led mood lighting. On-site will be another extensive fitness center and "Eat Well Experience Restaurant & Lounge" filled with healthy options to nosh on.

The EVEN Hotel in Rockville, Maryland will open a little bit later on July 11. [Update: This hotel should also open before June is over.] Rates have not yet been determined but it will have all the same amenities and facilities as the EVEN Norwalk.

Curious about EVEN? You can enter their new Travel Well contest on Facebook which will give one lucky winner a weekend stay for two at an EVEN Hotel with airfare included and an EVEN weekender bag filled with healthy goodies and EO toiletries.

[Photo: EVEN Hotel Norwalk]

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What to See, Like and Savor at The SLS Las Vegas, Opening in August

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  Site Where: 2535 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
May 12, 2014 at 1:38 PM | by | Comment (1)

Last week, we got to the tour the most ambitious SLS Hotel project yet--the SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino at the far end of the Las Vegas Strip, where the old Sahara casino used to be.

For "old" Vegas fans, there's not much of the original Sahara left, aside from the bones of the room towers and casino building. But if you want a thrilling new way to do up Vegas, baby, Vegas, the SLS will satisfy little and large spenders alike. Sorry, we got carried away with SLS-speak. What we meant to say is, there will be something for everyone here. You may not need to leave the SLS at all.

THE ROOMS
As we mentioned on Friday, there will be three different room towers, each with a different category of rooms inside.

The World Tower will feature SLS "lite" sort of rooms. These rooms are no bigger than 400-sq.ft. (with the exception of a suite) and they are more fun and functional rather than over-the-top luxurious.

Rob Oseland, president and COO of SLS Las Vegas told us these rooms were designed by Philippe Starck to be "cost effective chic."

There's an exclusive SLS bed (called Sleep Lying Still from Beauty Rest by Simmons Hospitality), 300-thread count bedding, down pillows and a comfy little couch at the foot of the bed. There's also the SLS-branded Saints & Sinners minibar goodies as well as a desk and rolling chair and a flat-screen TV.

And instead of putting in a lot of luxury layers where room technology is concerned, Oseland said SLS will simply boost the cell reception and install a fast WiFi network, which at the end of the day, is really what guests want from their hotel rooms. The World Tower rooms are the starting room rate at $149 a night on August 25. Yet if you want some luxurious settings, you should upgrade up to the Lux Tower.

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Opening This Month: New Hotels for May 2014

May 6, 2014 at 8:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

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 MAY 2014

· SHANGRI-LA AT THE SHARD: Opening today! The hotel, which occupies the top floors of The Shard skyscraper, has just 59 rooms open with the rest to come online later in the summer (as will the pool on the 52nd floor and some specialty suites.) Deluxe city view rooms start at $895 a night and include breakfast and WiFi. Stay tuned for more from inside the hotel later today!

· RITZ-CARLTON RANCHO MIRAGE: Due to open at last on May 15, the newest Ritz-Carlton will have 244 guestrooms, starting with “Resort View” rooms at 450 square feet, along with two restaurants, a Ritz-Carlton club lounge, a spa and several specialty suites. Rates start at just $219 a night.

· THE ARCHER: As we told you yesterday, The Archer will finally stop being so darn mysterious on May 28. However, rooms on the hotel's website are only open for June 15 and beyond. We hope that changes. Rates start at $259 for a Classic King.

· THE BRICE HOTEL: This new Kimpton hotel in Savannah is due to open on May 20. Already, there's a grand opening offer that includes 15 percent off the room rate and two drinks at the Pacci Kitchen and Bar. Room rates start at $187 on opening night.

· SOFITEL SO SINGAPORE: As we told you back in February, the Sofitel So Singapore (whose emblem was designed by Karl Lagerfeld) will soft-open on May 31. Rooms feature questionable bold design but also amazing goodies like Sofitel MyBeds, free WiFi, an Apple Mac mini, an iPad mini, and iPhone 5 for guest use. Rates on opening night start at $238USD for an advance purchase rate.

· RESIDENCE INN/COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT AT LA LIVE: We gave you a close-up look at this hybrid Marriott hotel in downtown LA yesterday but while the hotels' websites say the property will be opening this month, we don't have an exact date or room rate.

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