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There are certain things in Liverpool you can never have too much of. Shellsuits. Scallies. Rascals. And Beatles-themed hotels. (Joking on the first three, honest.)
So in view of the fact that the Hard Day’s Night now charges from £99 ($170) and inclines us towards doing Liverpool as a Day Tripper, it’s nice to see Ibis offering a budget alternative. Yes, Ibis, purveyors of cheap but bland and soulless motel-style rooms around Europe.
This is no ordinary Ibis, though; it’s the photos, this one appears to have gone for psychedelic swirly carpets, sixties bright, clashing colors, and Beatles cartoons acting as headboards. Love it, and especially love the I am the Walrus mural in the lobby.
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Wellness holidays. Yoga retreats. Meditation breaks. They’re all well and good until you get there and realize you’re sharing a poky little room with a smug yoga freak, and the bathroom’s for the use of the entire corridor.
That's if you're doing it on the cheap, of course. Normally, for a five star wellness retreat, you’d have to go to Thailand (if you didn’t want to see half your annual salary disappear in a puff of incense-filled smoke). So we’re quite excited by the new Hotel Bellevue in Čikat, on Croatia’s Lošinj island, which opens Saturday.
Tucked away in Čikat’s pine forest, right on the Adriatic Sea, the Bellevue describes itself as “an oasis of hedonism…for all lovers of healthy holidays.”
There’s a spa, of course – or rather, a Spa Clinic offering things like immune system-protecting treatments as well as your standard massages and facials (and even your standard massages and facials use local sea salt and oils from indigenous plants). There are two pools – one indoor, one outdoor, both filled with seawater. There’s a “Fit Zone” with separate rooms for aerobic and anaerobic workouts (a separate weights room?). And there are special programs for health (Lošinj’s climate is said to be good for the lungs), vitality (including anti-gravity stretching) and wellness (basically just spa days). Approved!
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Shhh. There’s a new hotel – or hotel chain – gearing up to hit Manhattan, but it’s preparing under the radar. Why? Our best guess is that they don’t want any riff raff hearing about it.
Or any raff, at least. Riff is just fine – fitting, in fact. Because the chain will be called Riff Hotels, and the first property – opening next month – will be Riff Chelsea, a “musically-inspired” 44-room hotel at W30th St and 8th Avenue.
The creative theme is in its genes – formerly the Chelsea Star (indeed still the Chelsea Star for now – it’s remaining open, while being converted room by room, and will be officially rebranded in August), it was a pulling point for artists in the 1980s. Madonna stayed here, and
the hotel rumor has it that Lucky Star was inspired by the hotel.
The Chelsea Star looks pretty non-descript right now, but as the Riff, the hotel will be channeling the 80s: the lobby will house pictures of early New York Madonna by Richard Corman, there’ll be a performance space curated by artist collective Chashama, and rooms will be “retro-contemporary”, designed by Steed Hale, who worked on Studio 54. We don’t have pictures or even renderings yet, but you’ll need sunglasses at the ready if they’re anything like the hotel is promising:
Bold colors and eye-catching graphics will make every guest room different, with pop-art photography, edgy graphics, and bold, buzzy Jonathan Adler wallpaper.
Does this building look familiar? It should, and not just to hotel geeks or fans of Stalinist architecture. In fact, this – the Hotel Moskva, which opened in 1935, is the building on the label of Stolichnaya vodka.
And now it’s about to find a whole new kind of fame as the Four Seasons Moscow. The hotel has just started taking reservations for an opening date of October 30.
This isn’t the actual Hotel Moskva, sadly – the original building was demolished in 2004, when authorities decided that knocking it down and building a replica would be easier than restoring the original. Completed in 2012, the gargantuan new building houses offices, apartments and a shopping mall (currently open) as well as the hotel. The location is fantastic – right by Red Square, bang on Ploshchad Revolyutsii (basically it’s overlooking the State Historical Museum, which forms the entrance to Red Square). Get a room on a high floor, and you should be able to see the onion domes of the Kremlin, straight opposite you (yes, the Kremlin has churches). Possibly even St Basil's Cathedral, over the shoulder of the museum, if you're on the right side, and high enough.
Nearly ten years in the making, Peninsula Paris will finally have its first regular guests file through the doors on Friday, August 1. We spent a few hours last week exploring what those premiers clients can expect for the nearly $1,000 (€695) a night and up they will be spending on one of the hotel’s 200 rooms and suites under the “Avant-Première” opening offer.
Room-wise, the lead-in rate that’s (for now) just shy of four digits puts you in the Superior category, which comes in at 35 sq m (375 sq ft) with either King or Queen Bed. All rooms come with a separate dressing area, marble bathrooms, free WiFi and long-distance VOIP calls, and proprietary in-room tablets in 11 languages. More space is available in four steps towards a Grand Premier Room, which adds an additional €1,000 ($1,370) to the nightly bill. As we’ve said before, Parisian Palace Hotels aren’t for the faint of heart.
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Four score ago (1934) Laurance Rockefeller, of THE Rockefeller clan, and Mary French were wed in Woodstock, Vermont, and became hoteliers by purchasing the Woodstock Inn. Now another family-owned hotel has opened in the white clapboard town of Woodstock – 506 On the River Inn – the first US hotel for the family who owns and manages the Palacina and Zanzibar Collections in Europe and East Africa. This hotel is, however, a sentimental favorite for the family because husband Aaren grew up in Woodstock.
The 30-room On the River Inn comes across as a chic country estate – warm and comfy designed by a family with means. The palette is natural linen, stone, weathered leather and distressed wood with some design quirks that include old Vermonter quotes on throw pillows (“Hard telling, not knowing” – yeah, we don’t know what it means either) and an open country-style kitchen with a carpenter’s worktable and milk crates. Owner and designer Paulina Raguz of Palacina Interiors describes her concept as “a balance between a rustic farmhouse aesthetic and luxurious comfort. The décor is an homage to Vermont.”
It’s the second largest island in the Mediterranean, with 1149 miles of spectacular coastline, fine food and huge history… and yet Sardinia is rarely on our radar. Maybe because we don’t know where to go? Maybe because we hear it’s a destination only for oligarchs? Maybe.
You may put all that aside, though, once you see these pictures of Cala Cuncheddi, which reopened last week east of Olbia. Crisp, white rooms and marble bathrooms. Sea views. Vitra furniture. Gnarled olive trees. An infinity-style pool overlooking the beach below. A loggia – a loggia! – overlooking the Mediterranean.
The hotel has reopened after a complete overhaul (the last TripAdvisor reviews were from 2011), with a local/natural aim. So the design emphasis is on looking outwards, the restaurants, Asumari and Asarena, serve “zero kilometer” food (on specially designed Villeroy & Boch plates).
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Reviews look solid, particularly for St Petersburg Tchaikovskogo: free soft drinks in the mini bar, a “master of Thai massage” and excellent customer service (by no means a given in Russia) are what people are focusing on.
A room tonight will set you back 6800RUB ($199), though they drop in July to 4900RUB ($143). That’s up on the 4000RUB lead-in price on opening, though still great value for Russia.
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.