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As we told you before, the building originally opened as a bath house – Marcel Proust’s favorite, no less. In the 1970s, a newbie designer called Philippe Starck turned it into a nightclub, and it swiftly became the place to party in Paris. Then, it fell into disrepair, occasionally hosting artist residences. And now, it’s a hotel. Or, rather, hotel, restaurant and club, according to Paris Match. (Starck’s famous black-and-white checkered club flooring is now part of the restaurant.)
The hotel scene in Dubai has long been synonymous with the top global hotel brands with the likes of IHG, Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, Accor, Carlson Rezidor and Hyatt firmly cementing their place across the city. With new regulations promoting mid-market hotel development, the mega hotel groups have been bringing in a variety of their brands ranging from the budget category to luxury.
However, while the "Big 7" continue to grow their footprint in the city, many developers are now looking beyond these hotel groups to either creating their own hotel brands or bringing in new, fresh brands. In other cities, these brands are considered "boutique" or "lifestyle" but in Dubai, they will be done in a very big way, with way more than 100 rooms. One such hotel is even aiming for 1,200 rooms.
Read on about this big small brands making their Dubai debut...
The JW Marriott Bodrum, which opens May 15, will be just outside Bodrum proper (no real sacrifice), in Yalikavak. It has 107 rooms, all with views of the Aegean Sea, as well as seven villas, most of which have their own pools.
It’s like clockwork: the annual Skytrax awards for best airport come around, and Singapore’s Changi Airport wins. So it did last month, for the third year running, and no US airport even made the top ten.
If flying in and out of Singapore is nice and award-worthy at the moment, wait until their next project is going to be completed. Called Jewel Changi Airport, it is an enormous mixed-use complex that should be ready by the end of 2018, and includes lots of things, like a new Yotel, but we have to start with the above: the 40-metre high Rain Vortex, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall that will be at the heart of the complex. Just take in that rendering – can you imagine something like that greeting you at, say, Newark?
It’s been 25 years since a hotel last opened around Yosemite National Park. And you can feel it, too – good luck booking last minute accommodation that isn’t a tent.
But now, finally, here comes a much needed hotel: Rush Creek Lodge, a “contemporary mountain resort” and sibling property of Evergreen Lodge, opening in Spring 2016, just in time for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
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When you walk into some hotels you immediately get a sense of place, as if the hotel “fits.” This is most impressive when it’s a contemporary hotel, and such is the case with The Town House Company’s Blythswood Square hotel.
Opened in November 2009 in the former Royal Scottish Automobile Club building from 1823, this 100-room hotel has an elegant, modern décor with plenty of shout-outs to its past.
Leading the interior design was Jim Hamilton of Glasgow-based Graven Images and, while many of the fancy architectural details have been preserved, modern bespoke furniture, lighting and textiles ensure the property is au courant.
We’re particularly fond of the lighting in the restaurant: dramatic black-shaded hanging lamps with vintage photo interiors of classic cars and drivers. And then there's the striking scarlet-red banquettes that you see as soon as you walk into the lobby that go with the scarlet lights that hang in the front windows, both features a hearkening back to the days of yore when Blythswood Square (the square, not the hotel) was Glasgow’s red light district.
Tons o' pics in the photo gallery!
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Cast aside all mental images of Radisson Blus and chain hotels – this is a delicate 9-room, family-owned place in a 16th century palazzo. Palazzo Ricasoli (built by one of the main Florentine families) has been a hotel before – in the 19th century it was the oddly named Grand Hotel de New York. Now, it’s equally grand but a lot more Italian, with the rooms curated by local designer Piero Brarda.
This isn’t your average hotel – the palazzo is still owned by the family who built it, and your host is Baroness Maria Teresa Ricasoli Firidolfi who, amazingly, promises to treat you as if you’re at a friend’s house. There’s a butler and a concierge, who’ll do everything from unpacking your luggage to booking your Uffizi tickets.
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!
· M BY MONTCALM SHOREDITCH: April 21 is the new date for the next Montcalm Hotel in Shoreditch. Rates on that night start at 144.5 GBP a night for a deluxe room with "charming" views of London's skyline, UK King size beds, a pillow menu and a "choice of exotic room aromas." There's a chance the hotel could open earlier on April 15 but right now April 21 is the date you can actually book online.
· ALOFT MANHATTAN FINANCIAL DISTRICT: This Aloft was delayed several times before and we have little faith that it will open on April 23, especially since you can't seem to make a reservation for that date. But that's the date that is on their website so we'll keep the faith for a little longer.
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We’ve not heard a huge amount about Curio Collection since Hilton announced its “collection of originals”, but this month’s news is that the collection is planning its first two European hotels, with Istanbul and Hamburg to make their curious debut.
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2015 is the year of more manly hotel names in Manhattan. Tommie will hopefully arrive by the summer (reservations are open from October 1 for now) and The Paul NYC, which we first looked at late last year, is now open.
Paul is a NoMad, a millennial, and new to us, part of Choice Hotels’ Ascend Collection. There are 117 rooms inside, ranging from Bunk Mods (yes, with bunk beds) to Terrace Kings. We had seen some renderings, with hardwood floors and pops of red and blue, but above a real-life photo from inside a double room. We don’t see this way of lining up pillows very often anymore, but it’s always struck us as unbalanced somehow. You can’t sit against them or sleep on them like this, and it’s not visually better than in line with the bed, so what’s the point? Is that just us?
Late this fall, where Vancouver’s oh-so-hip and oh-so-coolly-named Gastown meets historical Chinatown, the Skwachàys Lodge Hotel & Gallery opened its doors to the public (pronounced skwatch-eyes). No trumpets blew and there weren’t any fireworks, but this little 18-room hotel is truly one-of-a-kind.
Owned and operated by the registered charity, Vancouver Native Housing Society, each room is designed by one of six local interior designers in collaboration with one of six Aboriginal artists (Native Americans in U.S.-speak in case you didn't know). Each unique suite features original carvings, paintings, fabric, art, custom furniture and décor.