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Alaya Room Terrace
This is Indonesian-owned Alaya Hotels & Resorts’ second hotel in Bali (the first one is in Ubud) and the first artsy, upmarket boutique hotel to enter one of Bali’s, let’s say, more colorful neighborhoods. In fact, it’s reputed to be THE hotel opening of the year in the party-hearty South Kuta resort district.
It may be the off-season in Miami but that doesn't mean the hotel scene is getting quiet. In fact, many hotels in South Beach use the summer to give themselves a makeover. In other cases, it's prime time for construction on new properties.
Which seems to be the case with this newest hotel-in-the-works, which we discovered while wandering in the residential streets between Collins and Washington Avenues recently -- the area across from Collins Park and the Bass Museum.
Like with all historic buildings on Miami Beach, the original facade remains while the jackhammers go to town on the inside. But what exactly is it?
Despite numerous delays, a debilitating deadlock between its developer and the hired construction company, and a social media blackout since April 22, the extremely troubled Baha Mar Resort in the Bahamas is incredibly still taking reservations for September 8, starting at $175 a night for the Baha Mar Resort and $1,500 a night for the high-end Rosewood Resort.
But we've said it before and we'll say it again--don't book a room at this hotel until you know for sure that the hotel is open. We've received yet another horrible story from a guest who booked a vacation through Baha Mar, only to find out two weeks before her vacation began that the hotel would not be open in time.
She was forced to rebook her vacation at the Atlantis but when she got there, she discovered Baha Mar had rebooked other guests at The Cove at Atlantis, but not her. When she called Baha Mar to complain, she said they only offered her a "golf experience" at their golf course. Hmm....
Clearly, customer service is still #TheWORST at Baha Mar but the resort may actually be closer to opening. For real.
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One of L'Horizon's sexy ladies
It’s summer in the Coachella Valley, which means searing temperatures, misters working overtime and – most importantly – lowered prices. Palm Springs, too, is a huge Fourth of July destination, so what better time to recap all the openings and happenings in PSP?
Remember way back last year when we talked about the Horizon having closed unexpectedly? It’s reopening this week as L’Horizon Resort & Spa. Its 25 Cody-built bungalows have been revamped, there’s an infinity pool and the grounds span 3 acres. The as yet untitled restaurant will be helmed by Giacomo Pettinari, a Michelin-starred chef who was last at Valentino in LA, and is spouting all the organic and biodynamic buzzwords you might expect from a sleek California place rather than a retro PSP hotel. L’Horizon has already signed up to be part of the Leading Hotels of the World. No photos yet, other than sexy ladies, and no word on rates – you have to email the hotel a reservation request. Let’s hope they change that pronto!
When we heard about Swire Hotels expanding its House Collective to include The Temple House Chengdu, we said we really wanted a House to open nearer to home. The closest we will get so far is East Miami, which we just peeked into, but if our travels take us to China again, Chengdu will have to be on our itinerary: The Temple House should open next month.
That’s two years after we saw that first rendering of the hotel that includes 100 hotel rooms and 42 serviced residences, part of a conservation project surrounding the thousand-year-old Daci Temple. There is a new website up and running now, which includes only a few full images, like the above impression of the guestrooms.
They start with Studio 60, which kick in at a very large 60+ sq m / nearly 700 sq ft, and run up in various steps to Courtyard Suites and a Penthouse. We like the design – it feels very House-like, but with the addition of darker wood in comparison to Upper House (Hong Kong) and Opposite House (Beijing). It’s not quite as masculine as Rosewood Beijing, which we’ve said more than once we love, but very stylish. What we’re really onboard with, though, is the bathroom – check it out below.
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The other week we strolled by another new hotel coming to Miami Beach--Nautilus, a Sixty Hotel at 18th and Collins Ave, which we last heard was opening on July 6. Well, that date's not going to happen anymore as reservations for the hotel are being pushed back to October 1. Bienvenido a Miami!
On that date, rooms are going for $238.67 for a king superior room which includes a king bed, white marble floors, SFERRA linens, REN bath products (an HC fave), Bluetooth docking station, 48-in. flat screen TV and this badass vintage travel chest which doubles as the mini-bar filled with gourmet goodies and even books on how to make a cocktail. Keep reading to have a closer look at it!
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Those views though
Long Island City is an often overlooked place to stay in New York – why? It can’t be the location – the views of Manhattan are spectacular. Maybe it’s the fact that there aren’t many boutique options over there?
Puglia is the place where all the
rich cool kids of Italy spend their summers. The weather down south in the heel of the boot is hot, the beaches are beautiful and the food is spectacular.
The idea is to bring the masseria to the city, so it’s a big old building from the 17th century surrounded by grounds – including gardens, olive trees and even a pool!!! – in the city center. Since Lecce has been a built-up kind of place for centuries, if not thousands of years, this is nothing short of a hotel coup.
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The Element Suzhou Science and Technology Town (which we first heard about in 2013) is in Suzhou, Jiangsu province (the Science and Technology Town is, fittingly, an “eco city” in the industrial tech zone. There are 188 rooms and suites, all with energy-efficient kitchen and oversized windows (less claustrophobic but also means you’ll light the room less). The decor is typical Element - slightly bland, definitely inoffensive but overall mildly pleasant. It looks like there are decent views, too.
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Pack the sunscreen and sunglasses, as Kimpton is expanding their hotel footprint as they move into Palm Springs. There will be plenty of time to prepare—and to save up for a visit—as things are slated to start welcoming guests in 2016.
According to the folks over at The Desert Sun, it’s all new construction and things are well underway. The cranes, bulldozers, and hard hats are arriving on-site, as it won’t be long until the 155-rooms open up for business in the Museum Market Plaza. There’s been some delays here and there, but it does sound like things are finally on schedule. Again it’s 2016—fall to be specific.
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Usually, Mama welcomes us into the world. But in just a few short weeks, we’ll be welcoming a new Mama into the world—Mama Shelter Los Angeles.
We’ve been waiting for Mama to open for quite some time, pretty much since we sniffed out her address last summer (at the corner of Selma and Wilcox in Hollywood proper.) Now, after a few delays, Mama Shelter will be hugging guests tight to her bosom on July 1.
The LA Times recently ran a pre-opening piece on Mama Shelter, focusing on the colorful chalk artwork that adorns the ceiling of the ground floor lobby which packs in an extended bar, a check-in area, a business center, an oversized foosball table, a coffee shop and a small restaurant.
But last week, we were able to walk through the entire property, including the rooftop, with Mama Shelter
papa owner Benjamin Trigano, who in addition to heading up the U.S. expansion of his family’s quirky hotel collection, also owns the M+B Gallery in West Hollywood.
Although he’d never take the credit for it, Trigano completely embodies the spirit of this Mama Shelter—which is art-centric but super casual; innately cool, but extremely friendly; Hollywood, but real Hollywood, not the celebrity kind; and provocative, but a little silly. Indeed, he's pushing forth all of these attributes with a single goal in mind--to have fun.
"It's really about creating a real welcoming environment," Trigano said. "We stress this all the time with our staff, with everybody we work with, we're not trying to be the coolest, we're just trying to be a fun place to hang out and have a good time."
And there will no be shortage of places to have a good time here.
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Just a few weeks ago, a (not-so) little slice of Chicago swung open its doors to show the entire city how cool a vintage athletic facility-turned-hotel can be. Housed in a pretty ornate building on South Michigan Avenue, the Chicago Athletic Association calls upon the 120- year history of being the place to swim, play basketball, fence or catch a few laps on the running track as well as making for one of the neatest hotels we've checked out.
We had an opportunity to explore the finished product of the massive project of transforming this landmark into a lifestyle hotel that might even attract the folks that used its facilities decade before.