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We’ve been talking it about for over three years now, but Hilton Hotels has finally given the Hilton London Bankside its own website, only a few months after putting its name on the building itself. Above a King Guest Room, indeed very similar to the renderings we saw a year ago. If this is that “new brand design”, what say ye? Reservations for the 292 rooms, all with free WiFi, are being accepted from October 29, so an autumn opening seems feasible.
Restaurant OXBO Bankside will be a “fresh and contemporary grill”, and The Distillery Bar will have as a unique feature “pipette aromatics, infusions and onsite made bitters with which to accent drinks inspired by the building’s heritage as a distillery” (we presume that refers to whatever was here before, the Hilton itself is brand new). We’re curious to see the fitness center with lap pool.
Hoxton Hotels has officially gone international this week: The Hoxton Amsterdam is now open. We hope one of you had a chance to play that online fruit machine and win a free stay, which would mean you’d be lucky enough to lounge around these lovely public areas right now. These photos will probably be the only time you get to see them this empty before the millennials and digital nomads set up camp permanently in the vintage chairs and leather sofas.
As we type this, a Shoebox Twin is still available for this coming Friday at an outstanding €139 ($155) a night. Split between two, you’re getting a chance to be one of the first to stay here for the equivalent of a bunk bed in an eight-bed hostel dorm – quite the no-brainer. More photos below.
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We’re eager for 1 Hotels to open its flagship hotel on Central Park this month, but our eye is equally on the project that’s been in the works over at Brooklyn Bridge Park since, well, the last time real estate was the hottest thing since sliced bread. Remember those days?
When trying to sort out what to pay for a night over in Central Park, we came across a whole bunch of new renderings of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Park, so naturally we had to share them with you. First thing to notice? In 2012 we said that we weren’t “totally wowed” by the hotel’s design and boy has it changed. Rather than a simple rectangular shape, we now have various angles, both in the footprint and in the façade, with lots of green. The above aerial gives a much better impression of the hotel’s location versus the park and the bridge as well. Opening should be mid-2016.
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It wasn’t fall 2014, it wasn’t March this year, but it really, definitely should be July (this July) when the 1 Hotel Central Park – the eco-luxury brand’s flagship hotel – will open. And they’d better, because we’re planning on spending the night with 1CP soon, and we’d hate for the hotel to pull a Baha Mar (let’s just go ahead and make that an industry term, shall we?) and cancel on us.
Reservations are only open from August, but on the rate front the hotel still seems to be all over the place. Breakfast wasn’t $70 per person, but we’ve been quoted $40 over email and the website says $38 in places, despite the confirmation that it should be $35 per person. Equally, rates for the same room on the same night seem to differ depending on the route you take to get there, which just shouldn’t be the case. Expect to pay about $250 a night for an Alcove Queen during the slow month of August, but double- and triple-check your rate before you commit to anything.
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Northwest Europe is going through a heatwave this week (or as most other places would call it, “summer”), but Aman Resorts is with you if you’re thinking ahead to your winter break to the sun: Amanera, its resort in the Dominican Republic, will open towards the end of 2015.
Above the view that will greet you from one of only 25 casitas the resort will have, with this particular setting reserved for one of 13 that have their own 10-metre private swimming pools. Their “raw, organic design” is meant to complement the natural setting, and each has a flat, biodiverse roof with a garden to help cool the interiors and be eco-conscious at the same time.
A day spent looking at Perth hotels last year convinced us of one thing: there was a dearth in Perth of places that were either affordable or ones we wanted to stay in. But the second point, at least, is set to change now, with Como opening a Perth branch in September.
Como The Treasury will be part of a A$580m redevelopment of the 19th-century Treasury buildings, a heritage-listed precinct of the city (the cathedral is also there) which is having a 33-story mixed use tower built amid the historical buildings.
This is, in a way, a downgrade for Perth – the brand originally scheduled to move into the project was Aman, which planned a 46-room hotel before pulling out. Como will have 48 rooms.
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If you find a room in London – the most expensive city in Europe – for around £150, you tend to run the risk of it coming with added extras like bedbugs or in-a-bad-way floral décor. Not so at the new Doubletree by Hilton London Docklands Riverside – the 11th Doubletree in London – which has just opened in the Docklands area (after an extensive renovation of what was the Hilton London Docklands Riverside).
Or, to be precise, south of Docklands, south of the river to the Isle of Dogs and Canary Wharf, and way out east compared to everywhere else. That’ll explain the affordable prices, but don’t write it off. Even if you’re not in town for meetings, Docklands is exceptionally well connected to the rest of the city. The downside is that it’s probably too expensive for a taxi so you’d have to rely on public transport, and although there are restaurants and bars, it’s creepily empty at night.
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It may not have owned the hotel, but it still couldn’t have been pleasant for Mandarin Oriental to watch its brand-new-almost-ready-to-open Beijing hotel go up in flames following a little fireworks mishap. That was in 2009, and the hotel opposite Rem Koolhaas’ iconic CCTV Tower still hasn’t recovered from the unfortunate (but sort of mesmerizing) conflagration.
We’ll get to “Mandarin Oriental, Beijing” in a second, because in a gutsy move the group has just announced that it will also open “Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing”. In the district of the same name, which has lots of major hotels, it will occupy the top two floors of “WF Central”, a mixed-use complex.
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Like a number of hotels in other cities, this one finds its home in a former bank building, which from the get-go makes this a little different than the proliferation of sleek and modern new builds that have been popping up in South Beach.
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If, like us, you’re a sucker for tall buildings, you’ll be all excited about the opening of the Shanghai Tower, which will top out at 2073 feet – the second tallest structure in the world – when it opens in a few months in Pudong with 121 floors. There will be a 120th-floor observation deck, offices, restaurants, cafes “sky lobbies” (areas open to the public) and, oh yes, a five star hotel.
Will it be Shangri-La? Mandarin Oriental? No! It’s one you might not immediately think of, Jin Jiang International Hotels, a major Chinese group. The Shanghai Tower J-Hotel will occupy floors 84-110 of the skyscraper, with the lobby on floor 101.
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You already had one lot of Hotel News Briefs this week but to get you through Hump Day, here's a more exotic version. Enjoy!
Hyatt Place has opened its first property in Africa, Hyatt Place Taghazout Bay, 10 miles north of Agadir (above). It’s part of a sustainable development (Taghazout Bay) overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and has 152 rooms (all with balcony), two outdoor pools, a gym, tennis club and golf course. Not active enough? They offer hang-gliding and mountain biking too. Rates from $86.
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More college fun in a hotel setting, as another location from Graduate Hotels is now open for business. As is the case with most of their properties this one is located in close proximity to a center of higher education. This time it’s the University of Virginia, as Graduate Charlottesville is now open for business—Thomas Jefferson would be proud.
It’s quite an upgrade if you ask us, as it’s replacing a former Red Roof Inn. There’s 135 rooms in all, and it’s just blocks away from the school and The Rotunda. The location sets it in walking distance to great shops and restaurants, but if you’re looking to stay on campus—of the hotel that is—they have you covered as well. Sheepdog Coffee will open this fall along with a rooftop bar just in time for the kids to return back to class.