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Finalmente! The Hilton Cabana Miami Beach has officially opened.
The beachfront property on (way north) Collins Ave was set to open in December but that was quickly pushed off until March. Then we sort of lost track. But now we've got word that it's really open.
The 10-story Art Deco building has 231 guest rooms and suites spread out over Cabana-style buildings, hence the hotel name. Most of the rooms will have balconies from which you can gaze at either the sea or the pool. We dig the orange stripes and the cheeky photograph of two ladies fishing.)
In-room amenities include 42-inch flat-screen TVs, walk-in showers, large work desks, room service from 6am to midnight and complimentary WiFi (well, it's part of the $20 resort fee. ) Also onsite are two pools; the Brasserie L'echon, an all-day dining spot; a lobby bar and both a business and fitness center.
Right now, room rates this weekend start at just $199 a night for a room with two queen beds. Gotta love Miami in the off-season!
[Photo: Hilton Cabana Miami Beach]
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It’s one of those places that’s been dubbed the hot new destination for a few years, yet still seems to keep reasonably under the radar, but things might all be about to change for Montenegro with the arrival of the Regent Porto Montenegro in Tivat, which has now confirmed an opening date of 1 August.
Actually, it probably won’t all change since the hotel will be tiny – just 35 rooms and 51 “residences” varying from one to three bedrooms. It’s more likely to be a change for Regent, who have never done “residences” before, only hotel rooms.
We’re not too keen on the building itself – a rather lumpy modern take on an Italianate palazzo – but the rooms look nicely fresh and modern (less staid than we might have thought) and the views over the marina and the Bay of Kotor are going to be dreamy. After all, when you’re inside, it doesn’t matter what it looks like on the outside, right?
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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.
[Photo: Greg Clarke/VegasChatter]
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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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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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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“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.
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’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.
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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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.)
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]