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Singapore Will Gleam Next Year With A Six Star Patina

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  Site Where: 15 Stamford Road, Singapore, Singapore, 178906
October 21, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Pretty sure this is the Patina

The scene: the breakfast buffet at the Sofitel So Singapore. The date: last Wednesday. The characters: a group of smartly dressed men and women having a business meeting. And us at the table next door, listening in.

We hadn’t realized when we sat down, but these people were in the hotel industry – two of them seemed to be on a giant hotel of Asia (take us with you?), and they were discussing the scene. They talked about millennial hotels, they talked about HotelChatter (hi!) and then they started talking about Patina Hotels, a forthcoming brand for Singapore. So we googled. And Patina looks incredible.

Behind it all is the Kwee family from Singapore, who own Capella, the Conrad, the Regent and the Ritz-Carlton. The first, and flagship, property will be The Patina, Capitol Singapore, part of a $750 redevelopment project of the old Capitol movie theater (Singapore’s first) on Stamford Road, and designed by Richard Meier (yes, the Richard Meier) and Jaya International Design.

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A Gansevoort Hotel Will Open in the Dominican Republic on December 15

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  Site Where: Calle Bruno Philipe, NO. 5, Dominican Republic
October 20, 2014 at 2:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

What do we love more than hotel openings? Surprise hotel openings!

We had no idea that Gansevoort Hotel Group was planning an oceanfront resort in the Dominican Republic but here it is!

The Gansevoort Playa Imbert on the country's north coast will be opening on December 15 with just 48 luxury suites, in one and two-bedroom loft layouts, along with three-bedroom apartments and a handful of four-bedroom penthouses, each with their own private rooftop jacuzzi. But you should know, the property was previously The Ocean Club Luxury Residences and Gansevoort is making it over into a hotel.

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Woot, Woot? The World's Tallest Holiday Inn to Open in NYC on Friday

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  Site Where: 99 Washington Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10006
October 20, 2014 at 1:21 PM | by | Comments (2)

While we are on the subject of prolific hotel cookie cutter maker architect Gene Kaufman, another one of his projects is set to open on Friday near Manhattan's World Trade Center---the world's tallest Holiday Inn. Um, yay?

We wrote about this hotel back in April 2012 and much of the announcement specifics are the same. The 50-story hotel at 99 Washington Street will have a whopping 490 rooms, many with killer views of the city and the Hudson River. It also promises to be full-service but we're not seeing much that's full-service about it, aside from the St. George's restaurant on site ("where kids eat free and the cuisine is sure to delight even the most discerning palate") and the complimentary "dinner snacks" that are served.

Judging by the photos on the website, the rooms look horrifyingly bland and boring but the lobby is a looker. Hello chevron floor design! And we're in love with the orange bar stool and high back armchairs. Here are the pictures on the hotel's website so far.

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Phuket Just Got A Fourth Novotel

October 17, 2014 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

One can never have too many hotels on Phuket, and for Accor, nine just isn’t enough. Hence the arrival of Novotel Phuket Karon Beach, which opened three days ago on Karon Beach (not exactly an exclusive location, but good if you want the feel of a resort).

The fourth Novotel on Phuket, it’s newly built with 224 rooms, which look rather nice, if not groundbreakingly original. There are three restaurants, two bars, a fitness center and sauna, and an outdoor pool (this rendering on the Facebook page looks nice, though we’re a little suspicious there’s no photo on the website yet).

There’s even a “video games area” (shudder) and a kids club.

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M by Montcalm Shoreditch Is Aiming For Opening Early Next Year

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  Site Where: 151-157 City Road, London, United Kingdom, EC1V 1JH
October 17, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve been wondering for a while now what’s happening with the M by Montcalm Shoreditch, under construction just north of Old Street roundabout in London. Between inconsistent information about size, opening date, and rumors that it could become a Virgin, the best we had were our own shots of the angular exterior on City Road and a guestimate of opening sometime next year.

Those Virgin rumors we’ll shelve as just that for now, given that we have official news from Montcalm Hotels that it will open the hotel early next year, along with a more extensive website. The first room photo isn’t really making our heart beat any faster with anticipation just yet if we’re honest, with the walls, curtains, carpet, and not-quite-balanced bedspread virtually the same greyish-beige color.

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Photos: An Inside Look at Marlon Brando's Former Digs Near Tahiti

October 16, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just over a year ago, we dished on the details behind The Brando, Marlon Brando's posthumous hotel on Tetiaroa, a 12-islet atoll 30 miles northeast of Tahiti. Photos and guest-experience insight were limited at the time, but now that the hotel officially opened this summer - on July 1st, the 10th anniversary of Brando's death - it's time to take an inside look.

We guess we'll start with the bad news: This is one hotel that none of us will ever see the inside of. Rates start at $3,800/night for a one-bedroom villa (2 guests), and there is a three-night minimum stay. From here on out, we can consider this an eye-candy post, but just for fun, here's what's included in your daily rate at the Brando:

Accommodations; all meals in all dining venues; bottled water, soft drinks, beer, and select wines, Champagne, and spirits; 24-hour dining in the privacy of your villa; 1 excursion per person per day from a select list of options; 1 spa treatment (50 minutes) per day; Internet access; 1 bicycle per guest; access to an outrigger canoe, kayak, paddleboard, and snorkeling equipment.

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Old And New In Perfect Harmony At Seville's New Palacio Pinello

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  Site Where: Calle Segovia 1, Seville, Andalusia, Spain, 41004
October 16, 2014 at 8:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

A brand new boutique hotel in a 15th century building in the middle of Seville – sounds good? Here’s what sounds better: it’s so new, it’s not even on TripAdvisor yet.

Palacio Pinello opened in September in the Santa Cruz neighborhood of Seville, near the cathedral (you can see the Giralda from the hotel). It’s in a 15th century building, the Palacio de los Pinello, which was built by Pedro Pinello, a Genoese immigrant who was mates with Christopher Columbus. It’s either part of the same building, or is next door to, this historic one mentioned on TripAdvisor – but that’s the nearest you’ll come to it on there.

It’s also so new that there is no English version on the website, but from what we can gather, the rooms mix old and new with terracotta floors, feature wallpaper and slick marble bathrooms fitting in with coffered ceilings and a traditional scarlet exterior.

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1 Hotel Central Park to Open in March and It Will Be the Most Eco-Chic Hotel Yet

October 15, 2014 at 11:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Well, lookie here. Luxury eco-hotel brand, 1 Hotels has unveiled a new website for the 1 Hotel Central Park AND they are even taking reservations for March 2015. (We had a feeling that a fall opening wasn't going to happen.)

A tipster let us know about the new website for 1 Hotel Central Park, and it is rather cool. Not only is the site full of details and gorgeous photos, but it's incredible easy, and pleasant, to navigate, dropping in hotel information with city information and general eco-conscious lifestyle information. We also like how the room categories are listed with starting rates attached. Speaking of rooms, here is how the Alcove Queen room is described:

Reclaimed wood, raw materials, painted brick walls and accents of blackened steel and copper surround a plush, queen-sized bed in the heart of the city, complete with a generous closet for your belongings.

Other room categories are Alcove Kings, and Studio, City and Park rooms with king beds. (The latter two denote the type of view.) There's a handful of rooms with two beds too.

Amenities in the guest rooms include a Keesta mattress, a triple filtered water system, complimentary Oogave Natural sodas in the minibar, yoga mat, in-room coffee and tea, and exclusive, organic 1 Hotels toiletries.

There's also a goodie bag given on arrival filled with healthy snacks and each room has a floor-to-ceiling slot of living plants so you're greeted with a "fresh boost" every time you walk in the door. Smells, er, sounds wonderful!

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The Short, But Very Important, List of New Hotels Coming to Chicago

October 13, 2014 at 12:25 PM | by | Comments (2)

Chicago has been a breeding ground for new hotels and new hotel concepts for a few years now. We even named it the Best Hotel Scene back in 2011. But the hospitality winds of change are just starting to pick up.

By our count, 8 very important hotels will open in Chicago in the next two years. Of course, there will be many, many, more hotels opening than just eight. But here are the ones we're dying to sleep with.

1. Virgin Chicago: At long last, Virgin Hotels finally revealed its much hyped but much covered up hotel concept last week. And we are loving it. Rooms will officially open to guests in the dead of winter on January 15 at $209 a night. We're currently hunting down a faux fur coat to accompany us on our virgin stay with Virgin Hotels.

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Le Méridien Brings Golf and Competition to Bangkok Airport Next Month

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  Site Where: 789 Moo 14, Bangna-Trad Road, Km 10.5, Bangpleeyai, Bangplee, Samut Prakan, Thailand, 10540
October 13, 2014 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Being in the middle of a brand refresh isn’t stopping Le Méridien Hotels from opening new properties, with next month the addition of Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa. While it’s too early for some of the new brand elements to pop up in the room design, the first images show an attractive, if relatively safe, contemporary look, golf course views, and a balcony with sunbed.

The tenth Starwood hotel and third Le Méridien in Bangkok, the hotel brings some much needed competition to the city’s airport hotel game, dominated by the Novotel BKK Airport at the moment. Being a 15-minute drive away, Le Méridien can’t quite beat the Novotel’s terminal location, but with fresh rooms and much more extensive facilities, it should shake things up nonetheless.

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This Is Miranda Lambert's Brand New Bed And Breakfast

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  Site Where: 221 W Main St [map], Tishomingo, OK, United States, 73460
October 13, 2014 at 8:43 AM | by | Comments (4)

Does it sound rude if we say this is not the kind of style we’d have thought Miranda Lambert would go for?

Welcome to The Ladysmith, the country singer’s new inn in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. It’s an old building from 1901; Lambert and Blake Shelton bought it last year as a bed and breakfast and events center (bridal parties rather than sell-out country shows).

It’s had a year-long renovation thanks to Lambert, and has emerged – well, as you can see. The clashing colors and pattern-on-patterns won’t be to everyone’s taste, but it’s definitely to ours – distressed wooden paneling with patterned wallpaper, yes please! Exposed brick walls with velvet chairs – book us in now! It’s like a shabby chic version of a Kit Kemp property, and we love it.

Lambert has been playing it coy, so far. "I have no idea what I’m doing," she told Taste of Country. "I don’t know how to run a bed and breakfast or anything about it. But it’s too beautiful of a building not to restore." It's ok, Miranda - you've done it proud.

The eight rooms all have names like the Knaughty Pine or Curtain Call (The Judge (up top) is probably our favorite with those exposed brick walls and modern chandelier above the bed). In fact, the only thing we don’t like are the plastic-looking cushions on the Knaughty Pine bed. Speaking of the beds, they’re Comforpedic IQ by Beauty Rest, a brand we don’t know personally, but one that sounds promising.

The only real downside is the price - $200 tonight for a room with shared bathroom, while the cheapest with an ensute is $280. We’d need a private performance for that price, Miranda.

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Kempinski Hotels To Open Its 'House Of The Rising Sun' On November 17th

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  Site Where: 18 Jai, Yanshui Road, Yanqi Lake, Huairou District, , China, 101407 Bei
October 10, 2014 at 3:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

Kempinski Hotels are now accepting reservations for their largest and their most striking hotel to date in China.

The Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing is located about an hour’s drive from Beijing’s city center and shares the site of a larger complex of Kempinski managed hotels overlooking the picturesque Yanqi Lake.

The design of the hotel—and this escaped even our eagle eyes—draws inspiration from the rising sun and other symbolism in Chinese culture. The architect, Shanghai Huado Architect Design Company, led a 60-day pow-wow with 60 designers from around the world, seeking a worldly perspective to come up with this unusual design, pictured above.

The 60 designers concluded that the hotel should resemble a scallop (anyone see a snail?) which is a symbol of good fortune in Chinese culture. The large bull’s eye in the center of the hotel’s outside wall represents—we are told—the rising sun, which in turn reflects the rising Chinese economy.

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