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LondonHouse Coming to Chicago in 2016 (With a Tri-Level Rooftop, Too!)

Where: 360 North Michigan Avenue [map], Chicago, IL, United States
February 17, 2015 at 6:08 PM | by | Comments (5)

Yet another luxury hotel, LondonHouse, is set to open in Chicago in the spring of 2016 at the corner of North Michigan and Wacker Drive. Despite the name, the British are NOT coming.

Chicago-based Oxford Capital Group will open the property at the historic London Guarantee Building (hence the name) after a comprehensive renovation resulting in a high-design, 452-room lifestyle hotel with a new 22-story “modernist” glass tower designed by Goettsch Partners.

Per a press statement:

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Starwood and Marriott Team Up for Yet Another Denver Hotel Project

February 17, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (5)

After a busy 2014 that saw Denver's hotel scene hit its highest peak, the city is wasting no time keeping the momentum going, announcing yet another downtown hotel project, this time in the form of a dual-branded property.

This spring, Marriott and Starwood will team up to break ground on an 18-story building that will house an AC Hotel and Le Méridien Hotel. To be located at the corner of 15th and California, a block from the Convention Center, the two hotels will add a total of 491 rooms. Each will have its own separate entry, lobby, and restaurants.

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A European-Style Sanctuary Is on Its Way to Burma's Inle Lake

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  Site Where: Maing Thauk Village, Inle Lake, Nyaung Shwe Township, Shan State, Myanmar
February 17, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comment (1)

A Suite

Burma’s Inle Lake is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the country, home to men who row their boats with their feet, floating gardens and a “jumping cat” temple. Because of that, it’s also heaving with hotels – and now here’s one more, the Sanctum Inle Resort.

Cast aside all thoughts of Sanctum Soho – this is no rockstar hotel. In fact, it’s the polar opposite – a new build, but done in the style of a European monastery, complete with arches, contemplative cloisters, plenty of greenery and an all-pervasive aura of calm. Nope, we have no idea why the land of beautiful stupas has gone for a Italianate monastery for its design – but remember, Burmese hotels tend to be weirdly wonderful.

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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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