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Kimpton Makes Their DC Presence Known with 2 New Hotels

May 6, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Good news for those heading to Washington, DC anytime soon, as the hotel scene just got that much better thanks to the kind folks over at Kimpton. The boutique hotel chain just acquired two new properties: sooner than later they’ll be taking over The Carlyle and the Savoy Suites Hotel.

For those in the know, the Carlyle does its thing over in Dupont Circle, and the Savoy Suites Hotel calls the city’s Glover Park neighborhood home—for everyone else just please refer to your favorite mapping software.

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Rich Palettes But Priced for the Non-Rich: Introducing Milan's Newest Opening

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  Site Where: Via G.B. Pirelli 20, Milan, Italy, 20124
May 6, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Milan is all ablaze with Expo at the moment, and hot on the heels of the most spectacular hotel ever comes the LaGare Milan, now open right around the corner from Milano Centrale train station.

There are 141 rooms, all looking swish enough – a bit more stylish than your average business hotel, but nothing outrageous. There’s a dark, rich palette with parquet floors and lots of wood; some suites and junior suites have balconies overlooking the cityscape, too.

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Opening This Month: New Hotels for May 2015

May 5, 2015 at 1:24 PM | by | Comment (1)

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!

OPENINGS

· NEW YORK EDITION: As we told you last week, the latest edition of Edition Hotels will open on May 12 in New York's iconic Clocktower Building. Rooms right now are going for $675 a night, before taxes. Learn more about what's inside the hotel here.

· LEGOLAND HOTEL WINTER HAVEN: Another Legoland Hotel will open in the U.S. on May 15, this time in Winter Haven, Florida, adjacent to the Legoland theme park there. There will be 152 rooms with four different Lego themes to choose from--pirate, kingdom, adventure or Lego Friends from Heartlake City, which is a new category for the Legoland Hotels brand. Rooms are sold-out on opening weekend but rates on May 19 start at $199 a night. Read more about what's it like inside a Legoland Hotel here.

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The Hoxton Amsterdam Opens Reservations from July 13, Under $150

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  Site Where: Herengracht 255, Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 5, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Is Amsterdam on your travel itinerary this summer? You may want to reconsider your hotel choices, as there will be something new to try: The Hoxton Amsterdam beat our estimate of an opening in September (along almost-neighbor W Amsterdam) by unleashing reservations from July 13.

Officially, rates start from €89, which currently comes out to a clean $100. Playing around with dates in the second half of July, a Saturday night seems most expensive, with rates from €159 ($178) a night, while on Sunday, we even spy a “Shoebox” for €69 ($77) a night. We’ve heard of dorm beds in an Amsterdam hostel going for more than that. All in all, depending on the size of the room you pick, you should be able to get an average of around $150 a night, which is outstanding value.

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The Guesthouse at Graceland Looks Like It'll Be the Real Heartbreak Hotel

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  Site Where: 3674 Elvis Presley Blvd [map], Memphis, TN, United States, 38116
May 4, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last time we heard about the Guesthouse at Graceland, it was Elvis Week in August, and Priscilla Presley was getting all shook up breaking ground for Graceland’s huge new hotel.

How things have changed! Because not only has a 120-acre “tourism development zone” been approved for the Graceland area, but renderings have now appeared on the Graceland website. Look at the pictures. Watch the video. What do you think?

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Austin to Get Another 'Grand' Hotel, The Hotel Granduca

May 1, 2015 at 11:10 AM | by | Comment (1)

Remember that hotel boom we were forecasting for Austin? Well, keep in mind that it won't just be contained to downtown. As we learned at South By Southwest, many of Austin's destination resorts are located out of the city limits. And don't forget about West Austin and the Barton Creek area, which will get a brand new hotel this fall.

The newest addition is Hotel Granduca Austin, a 9-story luxury boutique property located near the creek and amongst the hills, a 15-minute ride from downtown. It will have 194 rooms, six meeting rooms, and a 3,506 square foot ballroom. The hotel will feature Tuscan-inspired décor with Italian art and linens, and the hotel's in-house restaurant, Ristorante Visconti, will serve Northern Italian Cuisine. There's free Wifi, and the hotel will provide transportation to University of Texas football games.

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Amsterdam's Newest Hotel Will Be Millennial-Friendly and the Largest in Benelux

May 1, 2015 at 9:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

This is your Friday trivia question: What is Benelux?

Answer: It may sound like a butter-substitute spread, but it’s the abbreviation given to Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, three neighboring countries that aren’t always known for being the life and soul of the party (you might say boring, we would say underrated).

And Benelux has big news today: NH Hotels has announced plans to open the largest hotel in the region. Sadly for Belgium and Luxembourg, it’ll be in the most fun city of Benelux: Amsterdam.

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Inkaterra Urubamba Lets You Stay in the Valley of the Incas

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  Site Where: Huayoccari, Huayllabamba district, Cusco, Peru
May 1, 2015 at 9:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

Cusco and Machu Picchu in Peru are on many a traveler’s bucket list, so luxury hotels have been popping up both in the historic heart of Cusco (like the JW Marriott) as well as in the Sacred Valley of the Incas (remember those contortionists?).

The latter is where Inkaterra Hotels, a small Peruvian hotel group, has opened Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba this month. Built as a traditional “Peruvian casa hacienda”, it has just 12 rooms, but another 24 “boutique casitas” will be added during the summer. The setting certainly looks pretty stunning, don’t you think?

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Intercontinental Heads to Lyon as Part of France's Most Historic Renovation Ever

Where: Lyon, France
May 1, 2015 at 8:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

London is abuzz with thoughts about Lyon today, as Eurostar launches its first direct service between the two cities. Lyon, of course, is France’s gastro hub, and the new route will take four-and-a-half hours door to door.

And as if by magic, our friends at Hôtellerie de Luxe have tipped us off about the forthcoming Intercontinental Lyon. It’ll be parachuting into the aptly named Grand Hôtel-Dieu, one of Lyon’s largest and grandest buildings, a former medieval hospital on the edge of the Rhone river. But you'll have to wait a while -- this is a huge, important project, and the projected opening date is 2018.

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The New York Edition is Prepping for Guests and a Grand Opening 'Festival'

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  Site Where: 5 Madison Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10010
April 30, 2015 at 1:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've only just recovered from the opening excitement of the Miami Beach Edition last November but now we're gearing up to do it all over again.

Ian Schrager and Marriott Hotels will open their fourth Edition Hotel--the New York Edition-- inside the iconic 1909 Clocktower Building on Madison Avenue on May 12. As Schrager himself told HotelChatter in February, the New York Edition plans on celebrating its opening with not just one day or night of festivities but rather, with a series of special events spread out over the next three months.

What those special events will be, we don't know yet, but we do know a little bit more about what will be inside this edition of Edition.

The modern luxury hotel will have 273 guest rooms that more closely resemble the cozy feel of the London Edition rather than the open plan of Miami Beach Edition. But since each Edition hotel is meant to be its own "custom-made-one-off", the New York Edition will certainly have its own defining look--one that blends the old and the new. And of course, the Schrager.

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Aloft to Light Up South Beach on May 28

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  Site Where: 2360 Collins Avenue [map], Miami , FL, United States, 33140
April 29, 2015 at 12:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

The season is winding down in Florida but the hotel scene in Miami remains hot, especially when it comes to new hotels.

Not only are both the Hyatt Centric South Beach and the AC Hotel by Marriott opening in mid-May but now the Aloft South Beach has just announced it too will open next month on May 28 to be exact.

Construction has been underway on the former Ankara Motel for a few years now (here's what it looked like when our Miami spy walked by it last July) but Aloft is nearly ready to show off its restoration efforts (the Ankara was built in 1954) as well as its new interiors.

Here's some info on what Aloft saved from the Ankara days and what they added in:

Components of the hotel that have retained their original form include the classic brick walls of the Historic Wing, refurbished Ankara Motel signage and the pool shape. Inside, modern design takes center stage as a translucent staircase welcomes guests into the thriving two-story atrium with custom leather wrapping and a striking light fixture inspired by drum cymbals. Additionally, the bar and lounge features a custom chandelier by Yellow Goat Design made of 1,000 colored acrylic lighting rods descending from the ceiling.

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Unions and Reunions on Reunion Island with LUX Resorts

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  Site Where: Reunion
April 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hotel Le Récif

It’s always difficult to choose a favorite Indian Ocean brand, of course, but LUX* Resorts would have to be up there: a small clutch of properties in Mauritius, the Maldives, China and Reunion Island, always beautifully done, but not outrageously expensive.

And now they’re expanding in Reunion Island, signing two new management contracts with owners Asian Prosperous Holding Ltd. Up first is a brand new five star hotel in St Philippe, in the south of Reunion. It’ll have 82 pool villas, and is currently under construction, slated for opening next year.

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