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First Look at Homewood Suites, Opening in NYC on June 1

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  Site Where: 312 W. 37th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10018
April 18, 2014 at 11:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last fall, we let you know that NYC would soon be getting its first Homewood Suites Hotel and now today, we've got pictures from inside the spot, opening on June 1.

Located in Times Square South at 37th Street and 8th Avenue, this Homewood has two big amenities that we love--full kitchens (with a full-sized fridge, microwave and oven) and free WiFi. It's also got all-suite accommodations, free hot breakfast every day and complimentary dinner and drinks Monday-Thursday.

We especially dig the "homey" part of this Homewood suites. The rooms look quite...well...pretty to be honest. We like the hardwood floors, the color scheme and even the wall paper that looks like flecks of light behind the bed. Much better-looking than this Homewood Suite.

Rates for opening night start at $279 for a king studio suite, which is a nonrefundable rate. A more flexible rate of $301 is also available. A one bedroom suite starts at $379 a night.

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Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam Will Start Welcoming Guests on May 1

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  Site Where: Herengracht 542-556, Amsterdam, Netherlands
April 16, 2014 at 9:38 AM | by | Comment (1)

Looks like the order in which Waldorf Astoria’s latest hotels are coming across the opening finish line is Beijing – Jerusalem – Amsterdam in the end. A few months ago, when we doubted Amsterdam would be completed by March, the official word was still exactly the other way around, but Beijing is open (pretty parasols and all), Jerusalem caught us by surprise by being ready a few months’ early (though there is very limited view of what it’s like inside yet), and Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam is now scheduled for May 1.

Spread across six historic town houses that date back to the 1600s on one of the city’s central canals, the hotel will have 93 rooms and suites. The restaurant still awaits its name, but there will be the usual Peacock Alley, in this case on the Bel Etage, the principal floor of the town house accessed by a grand staircase from the entrance. Other things to look forward to are the private garden, the indoor swimming pool, and the Vault Bar, taking advantage of the building previously housing a private bank.

Reservations start from May 7 at the moment; we found a King Deluxe Room on that day for a not-inconsiderable €445 ($615). You can shave just over $90 off of that if you are willing to book an advance purchase rate. The 1,324 sq ft Brentano Suite will set you back €3,735 ($5,163) a night.

[Rendering: Waldorf Astoria Hotels]

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5 Reasons To Get Excited About The Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World

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  Site Where: 10100 Dream Tree Blvd [map], Orlando, FL, United States, 32836
April 14, 2014 at 3:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Four Seasons Orlando at Disney World won't open until August 3 but they keep teasing us on their Facebook page with photos of the property.

And even though we'd normally stay away from the humidity of Orlando in August, we find ourselves practically crossing the days off on the calendar. Here are five reasons why we're hoping the Four Seasons Orlando will make all our dreams come true.

1. The Adult Pool. The adult pool (separated from the family pool) will have cabanas, cocktail servers and specialty services like "sunglass cleanings." We hope massages are on that list too. #serenitynow

2. Firework Chandeliers in the Lobby. Night time is ruled by fireworks at Disney World but we're loving this cool chandelier of "fireworks" above the lobby's grand staircase.

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The Archer Hotel and Its Sweet Turndown Service Will Debut in May

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  Site Where: 45 West 38th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10018
April 14, 2014 at 2:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

The much-anticipated and slightly secretive Archer Hotel in NYC is getting very close to opening day.

Although we are still waiting on an exact date, we are told that the hotel will now be opening in May -- that's quite an improvement on the July date we were expecting, although, currently July 1st remains the first date open for booking through the website (starting at $229 a night).

At the construction site on West 38th Street, scaffolding is down and signs are being pasted up as we speak.

We also hear that there will be an eight-item rotation for turndown that will offer complimentary treats including Baked by Melissa cupcakes, Fatty Sunday Pretzels, Dylan’s 100 Calorie Bars, Kanpekies Shortbread Cookies, Chocolate Dipped Fancy Fortune Cookies with Archer messages, and, from David Burke (who will be running the hotel's restaurant), black and white Cookies, fruit pops and truffles. Oh dear, we're already sweet on The Archer.

We're hoping to get an exact May opening date for you soon. Stay tuned!

[Photo: HotelChatter}

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The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem is Now Open (and With Free WiFi, Too!)

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  Site Where: 26-28 Agron Street, Jerusalem, Israel, 9419008
April 14, 2014 at 12:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

Maybe we had the date wrong but we could have sworn the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem was opening in August, not April (after missing a Summer 2013 opening date.) But whatever the reason for the mix-up, we don't care. Because the luxury hotel is now OPEN.

The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem was built on the site of the former Palace Hotel within walking distance to the Old City and Jaffa Gate. Here is a gushing description of the hotel from the press release:

The breath-taking centrepieces of the hotel are the grand entry and lofty atrium promenade, featuring a retractable glass ceiling which floods the hotel with natural light throughout the day. Complemented by arched windows, this open-air architectural style creates the atmosphere of a Jerusalem city street. Drawing on the rich heritage of Waldorf Astoria, a towering, iconic clock rests in the atrium expanse, with four sets of numbers covering its four bold faces. Blending Greco-Roman, Gothic and Ottoman architecture, the hotel is a wonderful mixture of cultures, creating a fascinating space beyond the hotel’s beautifully preserved 80-year old façade.

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Suddenly, Perth is So Hot for Hotels Right Now (But Will It Be Affordable?)

Where: Perth, Australia
April 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

We first talked about the vintage awesomeness of Terrace Hotel and the gaming paradise of Crown and then the luxury of a Ritz-Carlton, but now even more hotel announcements are coming out of Perth. Australia's fourth largest city is surely the newest hot spot for new properties, major renovations and increased service, but all of this may come at a high price.

Room rates in the west coast city are not cheap. On a recent trip with an overnight stop-over in Perth, we searched high and low for an affordable room that wasn't the Bates Motel. Our efforts turned up a room that was close to the airport (we had an early flight) that set us back $250 for the night. The room was basic; the building, prison-like. We weren't impressed and we wondered what was going on with Perth's hotel scene?

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Renaissance Santiago Opens With a Sleek and Luxe Look

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  Site Where: Avenida Kennedy, 4700 Vitacura, Santiago, Chile, 7630454
April 11, 2014 at 11:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

Renaissance Hotels, Marriott's "luxury lifestyle" brand, is getting on the expansion bandwagon by expanding into Latin America. The Renaissance Hotel Santiago becomes their third hotel in South America and their first in Chile’s capital.

The hotel’s design team is New York based dashdesign and Santiago based MC Studio, who also designed W Santiago (while working at Tony Chi). A classic modern approach was taken to the hotel’s design, featuring large open spaces with simple but sculptural furnishings, finished in warm earth tones and shades of grey.

What really makes the interiors come alive is the use of Latin-inspired accent colors and bold artwork, which gives the hotel its local flavor. Speaking of flavor, there is one fine dining restaurant and several options for casual fare including poolside, and in the bar or lounges. For a liquid only excursion, the hotel offers regional wine and beer, as well as 29 varieties of coffee. This is after all, South America.

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At Last, Inside citizenM Times Square

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  Site Where: 218 West 50th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
April 11, 2014 at 10:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

They finally made it. The long-awaited citizenM Times Square is open and welcoming guests as of last night -- but, sorry to those unhappy with the pricing, not for less than $199 a night.

We had a look around yesterday and were shown the room in the top photo. It is neat, clean, bright and, with features like a big bed and a large underbed storage drawer, makes good use of its limited space, but, yeah, pretty small.

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Vesper Hotel Wants to Take Boutique to a Dutch Beach

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  Site Where: Koningin Astrid Boulevard 46, Noordwijk, Netherlands, 2202 BE
April 9, 2014 at 3:32 PM | by | Comment (1)

Just a few weeks ago, over 50 world leaders descended on the Netherlands (the Hague, to be more precise) for the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit. The long list of world leaders included President Obama, who brought the beachside village of Noordwijk aan Zee to a near complete halt when he stayed the night at Huis ter Duin, a chique, but rather old-school, Grand Hotel right on the beachfront.

Had the summit been a little later in the year, and President Obama been in the mood for something a bit more youthful and design-forward, he would have had the option of staying at the Vesper Hotel, opening this summer on the same boulevard, billing itself as the first boutique hotel on the Dutch coast.

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Firmdale's Flagship Ham Yard Hotel London Is Opening On June 1

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  Site Where: 1 Ham Yard, London, United Kingdom, W1D 7DT
April 8, 2014 at 8:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we walked past Ham Yard Hotel last week, we could spot furniture behind the large factory-style windows, signalling Firmdale’s future flagship is making good progress. From the fabric on the chairs to the bold patterned curtains, there was no mistaking Kit Kemp’s style even from a distance, and now we have a whole set of images to back that up.

They come alongside a planned opening on June 1, which means we’re in the homestretch until the time we can check out the 91 bedrooms and suites, eat in the restaurant, drink at the bar, and knock over some pins in that bowling alley. Images show a number of different designs: from bold blue / yellow / white and a rich chocolate brown with gold and cream (above), to vibrant pink and purple and a more subdued grey (below). Reservations have also opened.

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'Magic City' Costume Designer is Making Over The Shelborne Uniforms

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  Site Where: 1801 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
April 7, 2014 at 1:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach in Miami is in the midst of some major renovations (to the tune of $150 million) but when it re-opens in June, the staff might be looking like they came off a movie set.

That's because the iconic Collins Avenue hotel has enlisted Hollywood costume designer, Carol Ramsey, to create 1950's-inspired uniforms for all front of the house employees. Ramsey has a bit of experience in the realm since she worked on the show, "Magic City", which is set in a Miami hotel in the late 1950s.

Here's what she has in store for the Shelborne (heads-up to Shelborne job applicants, you are gonna need some fit legs.)

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Our First Visit to Shangri-La at the Shard London

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  Site Where: 31 St. Thomas Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9QU
April 7, 2014 at 8:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Having waited for so long, we were pretty psyched to check out Shangri-La at the Shard last week. One thing we can say for sure now that we’ve been inside? It will be unlike any other hotel in the city – the Asian-influenced design and skyscraper setting is more Tokyo or Hong Kong than London, even as you look out over the British rooftops.

Arrival happens through the ground floor lobby on St. Thomas Street, which has a reception desk, small seating area, and around the corner, coffee shop and patisserie LÁNG. We liked the mural made out of coffee cups and saucers (see below for a picture), and as the final furniture arrives, LÁNG will also get outdoor seating, between the Shard and the escalator that runs up to the concourse level of London Bridge station.

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