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Hotel Football Is Thinking Of The Fans, Will Open Four Months Late

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  Site Where: 99 Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester, United Kingdom, M16 0SZ
November 10, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Another week, another hotel opening delay. But this one is a little different. Where other hotels say sorry, hands up, we can’t finish it in time, this one claims to be opening late because they want to make it even better than planned, honest guv. Because it’s going to be extra brilliant, it’s going to take extra time.

The place in question is Hotel Football, the hotel we’d love to hate but actually rather like the look of – or rather, of the rooms, at least. It has just pushed its opening date back from November to March – but not because it’s waiting to die down from the scandal of employing a convicted killer in its advertising campaign. Perish the thought! It’s because, as a spokesman told the Manchester Evening News, they want to “further develop unique features, beyond our original plans”. Of course, guys, of course - all for the fans. How very generous.

From now until the opening in March, we will be enhancing the conference and banqueting facilities and will also be extending our rooftop 5-a-side football pitch and event space by over 50%.

We want to ensure the supporters and hotel guests have an unforgettable experience when they visit us and this additional preparation time will ensure this. It’ll be worth the wait.

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Ignore The Name, The Dean Dublin Is Not (Just) For Millennials

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  Site Where: Dublin, Ireland
November 7, 2014 at 8:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

In these trying times of hotels for millennials, it was with a heavy heart that we first learned about the arrival of a new Dublin hotel called The Dean. That must be geared towards Students or Graduates, right?

Luckily, wrong: The Dean is a new boutique hotel. Of course, millennials will like it, but it's not necessarily aimed at them. In fact, it's majoring in art - no fewer than 45 contemporary Irish artists, from typographers to fine artists, are currently lined up to take to the walls when it opens later this month.

Rooms follow the Soho House model of being honest about room size: Mod Pods are "small and cool" (they have mini SMEG fridges), Punk Bunks are the same size, only with bunk beds, and SupeRooms are the daddies - double the size, with Samsung Smart TVs, Netflix, rainforest showers, and Nespresso machines. Hi-Fis are bigger still, and come with a record player and "classic vinyl".

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Novotel's New The Hague Hotel Is A Suite Shopper's Dream

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  Site Where: Grote Markstraat 46, The Hague, Netherlands, 2511 AA DE
November 6, 2014 at 8:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hotels in shopping malls - they're catching on. First the Intercontinental Chengdu Global Center in Chengdu's New Century Global Center. Then Manchester's forthcoming Corn Exchange hotel. And now the trend has spread to the Netherlands (you know it's a trend when it hits the Netherlands), with the opening of Novotel Den Haag City Centre.

The hotel forms part of the fancy new Nieuwe Haagse Passage mall in The Hague, which opened in September with 10,500 square meters of shops, itself connecting two major shopping thoroughfares in the city: Grote Marktstraat and Spuistraat.

The Novotel - or SuiteNovotel to be precise (it's an all-suite property) - is gunning for long-stay guests with offers of "flexible furnishings", but there's plenty to offer the short-term traveler: 106 suites, all of them large (looks-wise, it's 'business competent', if not especially sexy); a bar and restaurant; a fitness center and free bike use; and, apparently, free massages (though it's not clear how you earn these).

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Opening This Month: New Hotels for November 2014

November 5, 2014 at 12:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

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!

INTERCONTINENTAL SYDNEY DOUBLE BAY: The former Ritz-Carlton in Double Bay will reopen earlier than expected on November 6 (which is like, today in Australia). after a multi-million transformation into an InterContinental hotel. Previously, the hotel was set to open in later November. Rates start at $520 AUD which is about $446 US.

OPENINGS

AC HOTEL BY MARRIOTT NEW ORLEANS: At last, the long-awaited AC Hotel by Marriott New Orleans will open on Carondolet Street on Friday, November 7, with a grand opening to follow on December 8. Rates start at $229 a night for the weekend but go down to $209 a night next week. Remember, this includes free WiFi.

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Aloft Liverpool Opens Without A Beatle In Sight

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  Site Where: The Royal Insurance Building · 1 North John Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom, L2 5QW
November 5, 2014 at 9:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

The “Northern England Hotel Scene” has hitherto not been a phrase that slips easily off the tongue, but the northern cities are killing it this year, with a Beatles hotel, a football hotel and a retro Manhattan hotel all journeying north of the Watford Gap.

And the latest northern offering is equally impressive: Aloft Liverpool has just opened in a grade II-listed building, the former Royal Insurance HQ in John Street.

You’ll find no Beatles murals here. Instead, you get a magnificent conversion of a grand 1903 building which was on English Heritage’s At Risk register, and had been closed for 20 years, before Starwood jumped in and turned it into the UK’s second Aloft.

Because of the history, the 116 rooms are pretty much all different (there are 97 room types, according to the Liverpool Echo). All, though, have high ceilings, ‘floating’ beds and Bliss amenities - and "Savvy" rooms have more architectural features, while "Aloft" rooms are more standard. And then those public areas – stained glass windows, wood-paneled conference rooms, and a stucco-roofed lobby. What more could you want?

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Istanbul's Mysterious New Public Hotel Is Not a Public Hotel

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  Site Where: İstiklal Caddesi, Turnacıbaşı Sokak, No 1, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
November 5, 2014 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

The email came from a tipster. “Public Hotel Istanbul”, it said. A five star hotel opening on Istiklal Caddesi in Beyoglu. We squealed with delight – Public comes to Istanbul! A quick google shows it’s not, but Schrager or no Schrager, this is still a fascinating project.

There's infuriatingly little info about the hotel, but our tipster told us it was about to open when he went past, and that it was a $20m renovation project. The website seems to be in Turkish only, but Google Translate (which is really hard to decipher here) makes it a 19th-century building, originally owned by a woman related to Egyptian Ottoman statesman, Abbas Halim Pasha. It describes it as a blend of neoclassical and Ottoman architecture.

Istanbul is, of course, one of the world's best cities for boutique hotels, so the old building has been meticulously brought up to date. The website describes it as a "HIP most exclusive hotel" - we're wondering whether this means a forthcoming partnership with HIP Hotels, though there's no mention of it on their website yet. There will be 51 high-ceilinged rooms and seven suites, decorated in a neoclassical meets art nouveau style (some of them have stucco ceilings), although they've been kitted out with retro touches, like Smeg fridges, and modern fixtures like a tech hub. Bathrooms have L'Occitane smells, Seljuk tiles and Philippe Starck fittings. No photos yet, other than these background ones from the website.

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Bagatelle, a Restaurant Brand, Will Try Their Hand at The Hotel Biz in Miami

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  Site Where: 220 21st Street [map], MiamI Beach, FL, United States, 33140
November 4, 2014 at 4:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

Bagatelle, a popular restaurant brand that originated in NYC's Meatpacking District before expanding to Sao Paolo, St. Tropez and St. Barth (with a brief stint in Las Vegas), is now heading to Miami Beach. But instead of opening another hot restaurant or beach club, owners Aymeric Clemente and Remi Laba are opening a restaurant + hotel + pool club, called Villa Bagatelle.

Located at 21st and Collins in the current Boulan Hotel, Villa Bagatelle will take about 18 months to fully open. The first phase of the renovation is happening now, with a cosmetic touch-up of the hotel's common areas and guest rooms. The rooms are actually all suites and have at least one bedroom with a deluxe Tempur-Pedic bed, a fully equipped epicurean kitchen with dining areas, living room with queen-bedded sofa bed, and oversized marble spa-inspired bathroom. Some suites have private terraces with either views of downtown or the ocean.

The second renovation phase will transform the rooftop pool deck into a "complete Bagatelle St. Tropez experience" with a full service food and beverage concept. The courtyard at the hotel will also transform in to The Bagatelle Gardens where guests can enjoy breakfast, light lunch, dinner, coffee and cocktails. Is that Bagatelle enough for you?

You can actually stay at the hotel now, although the Villa Bagatelle branding is not complete. Rates start around $379 a night but we found a suite king in a few weeks for $289 a night.

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First Photos of Aman Tokyo, Opening December 22

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  Site Where: 1-5-6 Otemachi, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo, Japan, 100-0004
November 4, 2014 at 2:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

We were wrong. After a number of delays, and our own gazing up to the top six stories of Otemachi Tower without being able to step inside, we thought Aman Tokyo wouldn’t open this year.

It is. On Monday, December 22, the first city Aman will be here, and we have some truly luscious photos for you to drool over too. If ever you’ve had a fantasy of staying in a hyper-modern, minimalist penthouse in the sky, floating above the city, start scouting for tickets to Tokyo now (we were just there and confess to doing a quick fare search already). Here’s what else you need to know: Aman Tokyo is the beginning of a new chapter for Aman, with discussions in progress for “city retreats” in New York, London, Paris, and Singapore.

The photo above is of the soaring atrium, up thirty-plus stories from the city’s business district. Nearly 30 meters high, it’s been designed to resemble the interior of a Japanese paper lantern. For a sense of scale, spot one of the chairs next to the pillars on the far left. We love the deep grey stone, the wood (Camphor wood, so we’ve learned), and the simplicity of the furniture design.

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All Suites and a Courtyard: What's Next On the Edinburgh Scene

November 4, 2014 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Edinburgh's Urban Villa

It feels like only yesterday that we were mourning the demise of the Hotel Missoni (and then the most expensive hotel in Scotland), but Edinburgh isn’t the kind of town to let a couple of closures get it down – instead it’s up and at ‘em with new plans.

Hot on the heels of the opening of the Ibis Styles, which we talked about last week, come plans from Marriott to build Scotland’s second Courtyard by Marriott property (it already has one at Aberdeen Airport). The Courtyard Edinburgh Hotel will have 240 rooms and will open in 2016, taking over three neighboring Georgian townhouses in Baxter’s Place, in central Edinburgh. Fun fact: Robert Louis Stevenson’s grandfather once lived there.

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Snag a Beach Swag Bag With Your Room When The Thompson Miami Beach Opens on November 21

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  Site Where: 4041 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
November 3, 2014 at 12:16 PM | by | Comment (1)

Last we checked, the Thompson Miami Beach was opening on November 14 but that opening date has been moved just a little bit back to November 21. However, the hotel is now offering a special opening package that starts at $399 a night, based on double occupancy, and includes the following:

· Minimum two-night stay in plush accommodations
· Daily breakfast for two at Seagrape, the restaurant from Miami's own Michelle Bernstein
· Signature welcome cocktails for two
· Beach swag bag with Coola sunscreen products, including body sunscreen, facial sunscreen and moisturizing lip balm
· Admission for two to Perez Art Museum Miami, so you can get a jump start on all the Art Basel festivities.

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Behold The First Photos of the Palm Springs Hotel, Now Opening November 10

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  Site Where: 2135 N Palm Canyon Dr [map], Palm Springs, CA, United States, 92262
November 3, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s getting close! Last time we heard about the Palm Springs Hotel, it was taking reservations for a 23 November opening, having hit a construction snag for its planned August opening date. But things have forged ahead, and the hotel is now taking reservations from 10 November. Not only that, but the first pictures have finally arrived. And they’re exciting.

Subtle throwbacks to midcentury modern, but not in an overly kitsch way. Modern, but classically so – it’s beautifully pitched. Simple, stone (unless that’s wood) flooring, flashes of color and Palm Springs legends on the walls. And this bathroom!

Take us there now.

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How to Know Which Hotel to Avoid in Cape Verde

Where: Cape Verde
November 3, 2014 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

How do you know when not to stay at a hotel? Check out the celebrity guestlist. And if you’ve got Kerry Katona, Danielle O’Hara and one of the Black Eyed Peas, you have your answer.

These were the ‘stars’ who attended the opening bash of the Melia Dunas Beach Resort & Spa in Cape Verde last week.

The hotel is a five star, all inclusive resort, with 1251 “units” (rooms, apartments and villas). According to the Daily Mail, there’s an acre of pool-age, a fitness center and spa, five restaurants and – the telling bit if you’re wondering who they’re going for – 14 bars. By the looks of the photos, they also have (or had, for the opening party), staff dressed as mermaids and Jack Sparrow.

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