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Now that summer is officially here (thanks to yesterday's Summer Solstice), we thought it would be good to look at what we've got to be excited about this summer. And for us that means Hotel Openings!
Here are 5 Hotels to Look Forward To This Summer complete with opening dates and opening rates.* So where will you be heading this summer?
1. Pod 39, New York: We had hoped to watch the Fourth of July fireworks from the rooftop of the new capsule-roomed Pod 39 Hotel but it looks like we will have to wait just one more day--until July 5th.
Rates for opening night start at $139 a night for a single pod room.
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Toronto’s über-luxe Four Seasons Hotel in the former hippie haven - now ch-chi neighbourhood - of Yorkville, has announced it is taking reservations for October 1 and beyond.
Designed by the Canadian interior design team of George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, the hotel is full of soothing grays with accent colors of Wedgewood blue and butter cream yellow. Floor-to-ceiling windows and Toronto’s largest spa are only two of the items that set it apart from the crowd.
It is said to be the next generation of Four Seasons properties, with tablets in each of the 259 guest rooms and suites so that you can order room service, a cab, or a toothbrush; a TV in the bathroom mirror so that you can watch whatever suits your fancy, be it Glee, Dexter or Matlock; and a kitchen opened by Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulard.
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Despite rumblings of a soft opening soon after Memorial Day, SLS South Beach has yet to thrown open its doors and much ballyhooed front terrace. (That's happening on Thursday, see below for more.)But that doesn't mean no one has checked in--last week, this giant duck did.
With design god Philippe Starck at the drawing board, we knew to expect the unexpected--but a giant silver duck never once entered our visions of this hotel. We should have known, we guess. When he walked us through his designs for the property, Starck said:
Outside in the garden, is a long swimming pool, the kingdom of the duck toy you had in your bath as a child.
OK, now we know. He's a literal kind of guy.
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We can't believe it finally happened but the Bulgari London hotel has officially opened!
Initially, the hotel was supposed to open on June 1 but when we checked the rates today, we found rooms bookable for tonight. In doing a little internet research, it turns out Business Traveller confirmed that the hotel opened on Monday, May 28. Sneaky!
But despite the fact that it's opening weekend at the hotel, if you've got the cash, there are rooms still available. We found rates for 440GBP or about $678 USD for a superior guest room with a king bed, starting at about 430-sq.ft. That includes a marble bathrooms, a small sitting area, 42" flat-screen TVs, Nespresso coffee makers and best of all, free WiFi. Oh and of course, Bulgari bath toiletries.
We're still waiting to get a sneak peek inside the rooms but if the Bulgari London is on your bucket list, we recommend booking now. As the summer progresses and the Olympics draws nearer, rates won't be under 500 quid for a long, long, long time.
We're still not sure when The Hyatt Union Square in Manhattan will open (it certainly doesn't look like in July) but up in Midtown, there's another Hyatt hotel with a clear opening date--The Hyatt Place Midtown on 36th and 6th near Penn Station.
The hotel is now taking reservations for November 26 and on. If you've never stayed at a Hyatt Place before, here's what you can expect: spacious guest rooms with divided living and sleeping areas, a king Hyatt Grand Bed (or two double beds), 42" flat-panel HDTVs, plenty of places to plug in your gadgets (including hookups for the TV), a Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper (yes, in all rooms), complimentary continental breakfast buffet and best of all, free WiFi.
Downstairs, there will be one of those new-fangled Grab n' Go restaurant, a bakery cafe, a "den" to hang out in and an "E Room", a business center in case you somehow forgot your laptop.
We’ve been excited for the opening of the luxe-meets-green Ivy Boutique Hotel in Chicago’s Near North neighborhood since February, when we first shared word on the new boutique digs. Originally set to open in April, the Chicago hotel still hasn’t opened and now with the NATO tornado in full effect (think blocked streets, closed museums, boarded-up storefronts), Ivy is instead hoping and praying for a late May opening.
“The city is being really wacky about occupancy,” said James Cazares, manager of Ivy Boutique. “Because of NATO they are behind.” Still, the hotel is preparing as if it will open any day now, wrapping up construction this week and preparing for final inspections next week. Ask us and we say count your lucky stars, Ivy—you’ve managed to steer clear the NATO chaos.
The James Royal Palm Miami isn't opening until later this fall but to all your eager hotel beavers out there (you know who you are), we've just got word that reservations for the hotel are now open!
Hopping onto the hotel's website we found a special pre-opening rate of $299 a night for October 1. That rate gets you a 275-sq.ft. room with a king bed, views of the Miami cityscape and Biscayne Bay, a cocktail and snack bar (hopefully like the ones they have at James Chicago), a 42-inch plasma TV, gloriously free WiFi, a private work/dining niche, nightly turndown, custom robes and slippers and Intelligent Nutrients bath amenities. Bigger rooms with partial ocean views are also available for $379 a night.
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As the Summer Olympics get closer, we expect a rush of hotels in London to open, like the ME by Melia London. The hotel initially was set to open on June 4 but today we navigated the dizzying ME website and found the hotel is instead opening on July 15 at nearly 400GBP a night.
That's for a deluxe room which includes a rain shower, music speakers, free WiFi, built-in adaptors for Europe and USA, an integrated digital media hub, mood lighting, a sitting area, an in-room spa menu and a bunch of other amenities, standard (mini-bar) and not (pillow menu.)
Rooms on the desirable Level (which are the 8th and 9th floors of the hotel) start around 552GBP a night and include balconies with seating areas and killer views of either Covent Garden or the Thames.
Regardless of what room they book all guests can partake in the
On Top Radio rooftop (named after the adjacent Marconi House and former home of the BBC) with seating for 140 people as well as the downstairs STK steakhouse.
Shockingly, we did still find rooms available for £455 a night on July 27, opening night for the Olympics. Sure, that might be close to a $1,000 USD but it's a new hotel on the opening night of the Olympics! Some one out there must want to splurge, no?
The Revere is almost here!
Boston's newest hotel will open tomorrow and in honor of Paul Revere's famous ride on April 18, 1775, the hotel is offering a special opening rate of $177.50.
The rate is good through May 31, 2012 but you must call the hotel directly to book and use the promo code REV775. Regular rates are around $430 a night.
But that's not all that the hotel has planned for opening day. Rock climbers from Boston Rock Gym will scale down the 24 stories of the hotel's exterior sporting the Revere's hotel uniforms. These unis were designed in partnership with students at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and will be worn by the hotel's doormen, valets and cocktail servers.
This certainly ain't the old Radisson on State Street anymore.
We initially thought that The Lord Balfour would make his--or her, judging by the look of the photo murals on the walls--debut in South Beach this winter. Then, it was looking like spring. Now, let's just go ahead and call it summer, as word comes down that the renovated boutique hotel in "SoFi" (South of Fifth Street) is now taking reservations from June 15.
According to a press release, introductory rates will start at $199 a night. When we plugged June 15 into the online rezzie system, we found a Queen room going for $209 a night. That snags you around 198 square feet, bamboo flooring and amenities that include a docking station, 40" HD TV, plush robes, slippers and ETRO bath products.
We told you way back in August that The Pod Hotel would be opening their second NYC location in the Summer of 2012 and amazingly, the Pod is staying true to their word, having just announced a June opening date for Pod No. 2.
Fortunately, this Pod won't be called Pod No. 2 but rather Pod 39 after the hotel's location on 39th Street in the Murray Hill nabe. And unlike the original pod, Pod 39 will have private bathrooms in all the guestrooms. Room categories range from double, queen and bunk beds starting at 60-sq.ft. and keeping in line with the Pod concept, the biggest rooms are only 120-sq.ft.
Downstairs will be an open lobby space with a “window box” reception desk, a coffee bar, and a unique Pod feature: a “screening wall” where guest photos and videos are projected around the clock. But best of all, the hotel plans to open an international taco bar as part of their lobby restaurant concept.
The Hotel Indigo Edinburgh is set for an April 14 opening with just 60 rooms set inside an early 1800 historic building which has preserved many of the original features such as decorative interior staircases and a unique cupola.
The Indigo brand's room standards of free WiFi, hardwood floors and spa-style bathrooms are in place, as well as vibrant decor (we're liking the orange) but one thing does appear to be missing--the photography wallpaper. But perhaps it's just this room shown on the hotel's website.
Downstairs, guests can dine and drink at the Turquoise Thistle, the hotel's all-day dining restaurant and cocktail lounge which will serve "classic and modern Scottish dishes with a contemporary twist, using a predominance of locally sourced produce."
Best of all, the price is oh so very right here. We found a non-smoking room for an "Ace Opening Rate" of just £109 a night. That includes complimentary breakfast, VAT and a late check-out. Full payment is required at booking but never fear, regular room rates are the same amount as well.