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A Peek and a Deal at The SLS Lux Hotel at Baha Mar

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  Site Where: Baha Mar, Bahamas
February 16, 2015 at 1:38 PM | by | Comments (2)

We've already told you what to expect room rate-wise at the upcoming Baha Mar Resorts, the first of which will open on March 27, but today we have a closer look at, and a deal for the SLS Lux at Baha Mar.

In case you weren't sure, SLS Lux is what it is says--a luxer version of the usual, SLS Hotels. A room at the SLS Lux at Baha Mar starts at 358-sq.ft. and includes the "Sleep Lying Still" signature beds, 48-inch flat-screen TVs, Ciel spa toiletries and a Juliette balcony, among other amenities. But judging by this new rendering of the rooms, SLS Lux actually looks more simpler than the average SLS Hotel room. We do like that rug, though.

And these are rather small rooms for being "Lux" but the good news is that the opening rate on March 27 has dropped from $715 a night to $450 a night, with a $100 resort credit. There is still a $40 per night, plus tax resort fee to add-on.

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The Reverie Saigon Is Gradually Peacocking Its Way into Reality

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  Site Where: 22-36 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, 57-69F Dong Khoi Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, District 1
February 16, 2015 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last time we checked in on the Reverie Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City’s forthcoming hotel that’s so luxurious it will make you wilt, the website was showing availability from 1 February, and we got all optimistic.

A little too optimistic, as it turns out, as the opening has now been pushed back to May/June. But forget about silly opening dates, and let youtself be dazzled. Here’s a new picture, bringing new meaning to the word “peacocking”. No wonder it dares to call itself “the boldest expression of opulence to debut in Vietnam, ever”. Not even sure it needs to qualify itself with “Vietnam”.

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Here's Your First Look at the Press Hotel in Portland (Maine), Opening in April

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  Site Where: 119 Exchange Street [map], Portland, ME, United States, 04101
February 13, 2015 at 5:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

Extra, extra! Read all abou — oookay. We have a feeling the folks behind the Press Hotel are probably going to get tired of reading variations on that opening.

Almost exactly one year ago, we reported that this Portland, Maine hotel was on the way, preparing to inhabit the former headquarters of the “Portland Press Herald” newspaper. (It will also be an Autograph Collection Hotel and thus a part of Marriott.) Well, deadline is upon us.

Press Hotel is now slated to open in April, and here’s your first look at the guest rooms.

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Portugal Not on Your Summer Radar? It Should Be Now

Where: Portugal
February 13, 2015 at 8:28 AM | by | Comment (1)

The pool at Pousada de Crato

Poor little Portugal is a country that’s often woefully overlooked, but here are some new openings that should earn it a second glance… All three of these pousadas are new signings for the Small Luxury Hotels of the World umbrella.

Pousada Mosteiro de Amares (above) used to be a 12th-century Cistercian monastery in the countryside of Minho, near Peneda Gerês National Park. These days it’s been transformed into a stunning modern-rustic hotel with extensive gardens, designed by Eduardo Souto de Moura. Rates are even more extraordinary than the hotel itself, starting at a mere €83 ($94) per night.

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Hyatt Centric to Open Their First Hotel in South Beach in April

Where: 1600 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
February 12, 2015 at 2:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Remember the other day when we gave you the lowdown on the high season hotel happenings in Miami? Well, there's already been a change to the list. A BIG ONE. Sit down for it. Or at least stop glancing at Facebook while you read this important news.

The expected Hyatt South Beach at 16th Street and Collins Avenue will actually open as the Hyatt Centric South Beach, making it the very first Hyatt Centric hotel to open. If you aren't familiar with Hyatt Centric, you can read all about that here. In short, it's a hotel for millennials.

Since the name change was pretty sudden (or at least we think it was), the hotel's layout has not changed much since its initial description. But here's what you can expect from the 105-room hotel:

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JW Marriott Kicks Off Austin Hotel Boom Tomorrow

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  Site Where: 110 E. Second St. [map], Austin, TX, United States, 78701
February 12, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Let superstition be damned: Marriott Hotels is taking Friday the 13th head on by opening its JW Marriott Austin tomorrow. The largest JW Marriott in the United States (1,012 guestrooms) and second largest in the world (largest being the JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai, because everything is bigger in Dubai), there are some dazzling stats that come with its size, but we’ve mostly focused on its walk-up burger window.

A King or Double-Queen Room is still available from $299 a night on opening day, of which the website currently only displays the above artist impression. We like the factory-style rolling doors that return in the headboard design, with the rest showing an expected subdued mix of blues, greys, whites, and browns.

The 1,000+ rooms on East Second Street are only the beginning of a highly-concentrated hotel boom for Austin, with another 1,400 rooms arriving within blocks of the JW Marriott. First up is The Westin Austin Downtown, now scheduled for July 16th on East 5th – a relative lightweight with only 326 rooms. It is making good on its promise of a 2015 opening though, which cannot be said of The Fairmont Austin, now pushed back to 2017, half a decade after it announced its 1,000+ room hotel.

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Expect Things to Heat Up on Madrid's Newest Rooftop Terrace

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  Site Where: Marqués de Valdeiglesias, 1 (Esq. Gran Via, 2), Madrid, Spain, 28004
February 12, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

From one brand new Spanish-speaking rooftop terrace to another: the Principal Madrid, the latest hotel to open in the Spanish capital.

It’s also the latest addition to the Design Hotels portfolio, and part of the Spanish Unico hotel group, which has two other hotels – one in Barcelona, one in Madrid – so you know it already has cred. Add to that that it’s the first five star hotel on the Gran Via (for reals) in an equally grand building from 1917, and it’s an appealing prospect.

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Check Out The Gates, A New Hotel in Key West’s New Town

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  Site Where: 3824 N Roosevelt Blvd [map], Key West, Florida, United States, 33040
February 11, 2015 at 3:50 PM | by | Comments (4)

The furniture’s arriving, paint is setting and staff is training: preparations are well underway to herald the opening of the 245-room boutique lifestyle property, The Gates, in Key West’s New Town.

Scheduled to open in April, the property is aiming to be the sophisticated design hotel that hasn’t been seen in these parts before. It will combine “refined luxury, modern design, organic touches, and Floridian flare to recreate the verve of Hemingway's ‘old school Key West.’ " What that means, in less marketing speak, is that you should expect lots of white and grey, whitewashed wood, blue sky- and ocean-colored accents, and some contrasting modern design touches just to make it interesting.

The Gates is designed by Andrea Henzlik of AHD in Atlanta and her goal was to make the property feel home-grown, chic, convivial and relaxed. To this end, the hotel will have a residential feel without the traditional front desk and has partnered with locals including photographer Jorge de la Torriente of De La Gallery, whose work will be found in the public spaces and rooms, the Key West First Legal Rum Distillery will be supplying their farm-to-bottle craft-distilled blends at Rum Row, the hotel’s bar, and Rodriguez Cigar Factory, the oldest cigar maker on the island, will be providing its premium cigars to be savored in the hotel’s Cigar Garden.

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Haiti's New Marriott is Going Local and Sustainable

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  Site Where: 147 Avenue John Paul II, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, HT6113
February 11, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Normally, we tend to think, it’s easy. Independent, locally-owned hotel: good. Big, nasty, advantage-taking chain: bad.

But not in the case of the Marriott Port-au-Prince, the first international brand to reach Haiti, which opens March 1. It’s not just a chain hotel, but a collaboration between Marriott, the Clinton Foundation and Digicel Group, and it “aims to bring sustainability to the people of Haiti”.

Those are big words, but they’re backed up by fairly big actions. Staff are predominantly Haitian, and local businesses are providing everything from bathroom amenities and food (even the coffee) to the artwork displayed in the hotel, and even some of the “design elements” (or “furnishings”, as we assume we should call them).

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The Baccarat New York to Open on March 2 at $729 a Night

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  Site Where: 20 West 53rd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
February 10, 2015 at 3:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we last glimpsed the glitz behind the forthcoming Baccarat Hotel in New York, rooms were going for around $800 a night on the suspected opening date of March 23.

But now, in checking the hotel's website, we see that the hotel will actually be open on March 2. And the price has dropped down a bit to $729 for a classic king. Here's what you'll get for that rate, aside from the glittery Baccarat decor:

The Classic King’s refined palette of champagne, ivory, platinum, stainless steel and chocolate brown feels both classic and contemporary, setting off such considered accents as cashmere throws, marble-topped nightstands and hand-painted panels, plus Baccarat crystal sconces and tabletop pieces. Crisp white custom-made Mascioni jacquard linens cover the beds, and delicacies from Parisian gourmet shop Fauchon fill Baccarat-red enamel minibars. In the white-marble bathrooms, meanwhile, Italian robes await and amenities created exclusively for the hotel by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris abound.

Guests will also be able to control their lighting, climate, entertainment and more by a tablet, which will also be wired into housekeeping, valet, a 24-hour concierge and in-room dining. Another cool touch is that the oversized, flat-screen TVs are "concealed within smoked mirrors." Sounds very "Fifty Shades of Grey" and we like it.

The steep rate, fortunately, does include complimentary WiFi. #richpeoplelikefreeWiFitoo

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Baltimore's Ivy Hotel to Open in June

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  Site Where: 205 E. Biddle Street [map], Baltimore, Maryland , United States, 21202
February 10, 2015 at 12:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sitting area off the lobby at the soon-to-open Ivy Hotel in Baltimore

If you're looking to enjoy a trip to Baltimore while at the same time avoiding the busy, touristy hotels that surround Inner Harbor, the old streets of the Mt. Vernon neighborhood just a few blocks north will boast the city's newest luxury property when the Ivy Hotel opens this June.

The specs of the hotel echo that counter-corporate mentality that one might be looking for when expanding their horizons beyond Inner Harbor. With only 18 rooms - nine suites and nine rooms - it's about as boutique as it gets without calling itself a bed and breakfast. The hotel likens the experience to staying at a private mansion, each room a little different and featuring high-ceilings, a fireplace, hand-carved paneling, and locally designed armoires. Some rooms even have balconies.

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This Hotel Was Entirely Designed by Its Facebook Fans

February 10, 2015 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

Guys, this is just the beginning.

You thought millennial hotels were bad enough? Meet the Club Med Val Thorens Sensations, which was designed by… its Facebook fans.

According to the Mail, the 384-room hotel was the first to be entirely crowdsourced, and it was all done via Facebook requests.

So what do Facebook fans want in a hotel?

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