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Introducing Ikos Resorts, All Inclusive Hotels You Won't Hate

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  Site Where: Halkidiki, Greece
November 14, 2014 at 8:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ikos Oceania

Does the phrase “all inclusive” make you come out in hives? Do you shudder at the idea of ugly wristbands? Does your stomach heave when imagining a “five star buffet” three times a day?

Us too. But it’s always good to challenge one’s demons and confront one’s prejudices, so we’re intrigued by the idea of Ikos Resorts, a new upmarket all-inclusive group – or “Infinite Lifestyle”, as they call it.

Ikos is kicking off in Greece, with two beachside properties opening in Halkidiki next year: the Ikos Oceania in March, and the Ikos Olivia in May. They promise to “redefine the all-inclusive experience”, keeping the good side of all-inclusive (no extra bills to pay) and jettisoning the bad part (everything else). So instead of grubby buffets and poolside rubdowns, you’ll get Michelin-starred chefs overseeing four a la carte restaurants per property. No need for rainbow-colored cocktails, either – there will even be sommeliers!

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A Brief Look at The AC Hotel By Marriott in New Orleans

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  Site Where: 221 Carondolet [map], New Orleans, LA, United States
November 13, 2014 at 2:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ever since we first heard about Marriott International's plans to import the AC Hotels brand from Europe into the United States, we've been incredibly curious to see the finished product. And now we have--at the AC Hotel New Orleans. #hotelnerdalldayeveryday

Since we're still in the midst of exploring the hotel, we're only sharing a few photos today but we'll have more to talk about, a lot more, on Friday and Monday. So far, we can absolutely say the hotel, which was kept very well under wraps during the construction process, is hitting all the right marks.

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The First of Two Cambria Suites for NYC Will Open Next Month

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  Site Where: 125 West 28th Street [map], New York, NY, United States
November 13, 2014 at 1:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Way back in early 2013 we learned that prolific hotel architect, Gene Kaufman, would be building two Cambria Suitesfor New York City. Today, we learn that one of those hotels is getting ready to open soon.

Cambria Hotel & Suites New York - Chelsea on W. 28th Street, will open next month, according to a hotel rep. But there's a chance it could be delayed further. The website says reservations will begin for stays on February 27 and beyond but we couldn't make reservations for those dates either. So we'll just say the Cambria Suites is opening sometime in the very near future.

All 135 highly stylized rooms at the hotel promise to have "free wireless high-speed Internet access, a coffee maker, desk, hair dryer, microwave, refrigerator, private bath, sitting area, flat-screen television and sofa sleeper." The hotel will also have a rooftop terrace, a lounge and dining area, a ground-floor meeting room and a fitness center.

This Cambria Suites will actually set the model for the other Cambria Suites in the city. So far, there's only one other one coming to midtown at West 46th Street but who there is always room, somehow, for more.

[Rendering: Gene Kaufman Architect]

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Here's Hoping We Can Seek Mama Shelter in Los Angeles in February

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  Site Where: 1557 Wilcox Avenue [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90028
November 12, 2014 at 1:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Under construction in August. Mama Shelter Hotels are on a roll right now. First, there came the news that you can bring Mama home with you in the form of skincare products. Then, Accor Hotels acquired a 35 percent stake in the Philippe Starck-designed hotel collection, and within that announcement, we learned that the first U.S. house for Mama, Mama Shelter Los Angeles will open in February 2015. That's just a few months away!

Sadly, there's not much else to report other than the opening date. The hotel is still hiring key positions and it's still under construction. We pray that this will all be finished by February.

In the meantime, we did stumble across this description of the hotel by its developer, Benjamin Trigano in LA Confidential.

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There's a Citadel In the Sea Coming to England, But Not Till Next Spring

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  Site Where: The Solent, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
November 12, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

It sounds like the best idea ever – a 19th century “sea fort” in the Solent, off England’s Isle of Wight, being transformed into a “luxury citadel on the sea” (AKA a 22-room hotel). But you’ll have to wait to see whether it’s as good as it sounds, because No Man’s Fort failed to open last week as scheduled, and has failed to provide a new date.

The ‘citadel in the sea’ is set to have 22 bedrooms, a museum, cabaret club, spa, laser quest arena, rooftop garden and pool, and two helicopter pads (for just 22 bedrooms, you can see who they’re aiming at). There’s not much about the rooms, yet, other than a few photos on the website, but we’d imagine they’ll be suitably luxurious.

The fort once housed soldiers, and was then turned into a luxury property – but this is the third sea fort for new owners Clarenco. Or rather, it will be once it opens – according to the BBC, there’s not yet any furniture in the hotel, due to “issues with construction of the landing stage”.

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Don't Forget About The Hyatt South Beach, Opening This Spring

Where: 1600 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
November 10, 2014 at 4:30 PM | by | Comment (1)

We've been so dazzled by the new big name hotels opening in Miami over the next few months--Thompson, Edition, Sixty, Aloft and AC Hotels to name a few--it's been hard to keep up with all the others. But we've been doing our best, dishing what we know so far on hotels like The Gale Suites and Villa Bagatelle. And now we've got an update on the forthcoming Hyatt South Beach.

Even though we once hoped this hotel would be an Andaz, it is still going ahead as a Hyatt hotel, the first such branded hotel for Hyatt in South Beach (there's a Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami.)

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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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