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Are you ready to enter the Naughty Zone?
Revelers from the fashion, art, design, acting and even hospitality world were some of the first to experience the social scene at the New York Edition during the hotel's opening party on Tuesday night. While earlier in the evening W Magazine took over the three dining rooms that comprise the Clocktower Restaurant from chef Jason Atherton, by the time the clock struck 10pm, invited partygoers were free to roam between the restaurant, the billiards room, the upstairs bar and the lobby and lobby bar downstairs.
Despite the crowds (the upstairs bar was a shoulder to shoulder situation) and the celebrities (Rosario Dawson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Chrissy Teigen, Alexa Chung and Q-Tip as the DJ, to name a few), the party was simple, good-old fashioned fun. There were even reports of people were dancing on the purple-felted billiards table. #NotUs #Promise
The day after the party, which wrapped up sometime around 4am, Edition hotelier Ian Schrager arrived to "inspect the damage" which to a guest's eyes seemed nonexistent, but Schrager had some concerns about the lobby furniture. He also turned a lobby lamp around to face in his preferred direction.
Yet overall, Schrager was extremely happy with the turnout calling it a quintessential New York party, with a type of party electricity he hasn't felt with other Edition hotels. "I can't define it. I just know when it's there," Schrager said. "There was excitement and that's the part I enjoy." From the man who created Studio 54, one of the most iconic nightclubs in history, we'd take his word for it.
So now, let's take a look at what had people so excited about the Edition the other night.
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Let's just pause for a moment to think about how lucky we are to be living in a time when hotels are spreading their design wings and letting creativity flow. And we’re not being irreverent here -- we mean it. Remember the old days when hotels looked like they were all cut with the same dull cookie cutter? Dullsville, right?
ALT Hotels, baby sister brand of Le Germain Hotels, is a leader out of Canada that specializes in good design at a good price (think Mama Shelter or citizenM but where the private space is as important as the public space size-wise). The hotels are designed in a sorta industrial chic look, with enough comfy pockets for you to nestle into. They mix high-end furnishings with low-end services, meaning you get Italian designer chairs but not a concierge. This is how they manage to keep their uber-cool properties at a reasonable rate: in Winnipeg we’re talking $149 per night, every night.
While ALT Hotels all share a certain style, each ALT Hotel that opens has some unique features that make it its own, and the ALT Winnipeg – just opened two weeks ago – is no exception and we’re digging what we’re seeing.
If you want to see what we're seeing, go to the photo gallery!
Things are heating up in Charleston, and we don’t mean just the temperature, as the race for hotel openings continues. Last November, we reported several hotels in the works and about a year ago we highlighted one in particular that was off and running.
The Spectator Hotel, in Charleston's French Quarter, is now preparing for a July opening. In fact, just in time for July 4th with a two-night offering.
The hotel’s web site shows a first available date as July 4, with a 2-day minimum at $594 per night; after that, rates start at $349.
The New York Edition has opened its doors today inside the iconic Clocktower Building at Madison Square Park. We're still turning the pages of this newest Edition but our initial thoughts are good.
As we expected, the newest Ian Schrager hotel feels more like the London Edition, very intimate and clubby, rather than the Miami Edition which is more akin to hotel carnival with different amenities at every turn (and an ice skating rink and bowling alley in the basement.)
This Edition has a similar look to the other Editions of the world with neutral colors, exquisite lighting, and fur blankets on the beds and chairs, but as promised there is much New York drama, largely due to the incredible views out the giant windows and the original scalloped ceilings in the guest rooms.
Not much of the landmarked building interior layout was changed yet while the inside has been thoroughly Schragerized to resemble a high-end residential property rather than a hotel, the Edition still has a bit of that "old New York" feeling. And since "old New York" is quickly disappearing, this makes the Edition a very special hotel.
That said, there are some deviations from the Edition formula.
Alila Uluwatu, which Langham Place is promising to beat
We already knew, of course, that Bali was home to some of the most luxurious luxury hotels in the world. But just as you thought there was no more space for any new arrivals, along comes Langham, announcing a Langham Place to open in 2017.
It won’t be in just any part of Bali, either; but in the Ungasan-Uluwatu area, to the south of the island. It’s not just in any part of Uluwatu, either – it will have a rather spectacular clifftop location, a mere seven-minute walk from Pandawa Beach.
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.
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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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!
· 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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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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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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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.
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).