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Last week, Hilton Worldwide opened the 183-room DoubleTree by Hilton Cape Town - Upper Eastside, the brands first DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in South Africa. Yes, the name is a mouthful, but we can swallow that if it means a new affordable option for Cape Town.
We’ve noticed lately Hilton’s been stylifying (yeah, made that word up) their DoubleTree brand, and this newly reno’ed, upscale property is no exception. The lobby is filled with white latticework and vibrant nature colors of green and blue. Rooms are a mix of earthy browns, greys and whites. The Rooms range from executive and suites to two-story loft rooms located on the penthouse floor with sweet views of the city’s skyline.
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The raison d’être of Marriott’s Autograph Collection is to provide not just a place to lay your weary head, but to give you an experience based on different themes like Culinary Delight, Artistic Getaway, Urban Excitement or Sporting Adventure. (For added fun, you can visit their Facebook page and have your autograph analysed to see which theme suits you best. It was shockingly accurate.)
Now they’re bringing that concept to the UK for the first time with the addition of two upscale hotels: Threadneedles in London and The Glasshouse in Edinburgh.
Threadneedles is set in the heart of the Square Mile, the original site of the Roman settlement that started it all. Being in The City, you’re close to St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Borough Market and the Tower of London.
The hotel is in a former Victorian bank and blends the traditional with the contemporary. The lobby is dominated by an elaborate stained-glass dome from 1856 and the hotel has a see-and-be-seen restaurant and bar for the business crowd, Bonds. For those of you who have really latched on to the theme idea, you’re looking at Urban Excitement, Culinary Delight, Wedding Celebrations and Historic Explorations at this boutique hotel.
Even though Langham Hotels is prepping to open in Chicago and have recently taken over the Setai Hotel in NYC and the Observatory Hotel in Sydney, they've actually closed the door on the Langham Yangtze in Shanghai.
Sophie Friedman, a Conde Nast Traveler contributor based in China, emailed us last week to say the hotel, a place we once called "practically perfect", parted ways with Langham (i.e. the management contract was not renewed.) Instead, the building's owners are doing their own thing and the hotel has been renamed Yangtze Boutique Hotel.
Just over a week ago we told you that the Observatory Hotel in Sydney will leave the Orient-Express Collection come summer to be part of Langham Hotels. By then, Orient-Express will no longer have a presence in Australia; earlier this year its other property Lilianfels Blue Mountains made the transition to Starwood's Luxury Collection, marking this collection's debut in the country at the same time.
Lilianfels is set a few hours outside of Sydney in the village of Katoomba, the heart of the Blue Mountains national park in New South Wales. As you can see from the aerial shot, the famous Three Sisters are just a few minutes' walk away. Inside the historic mansion that was once the residence of New South Wales Chief of Justice, Sir Frederick Darley, you'll find 67 traditionally decorated rooms and 4 suites, with 22 of the rooms and 3 suites having views of the Jamison Valley.
We took a little peek at Tempo Hotel Miami the other day (more on that soon because it is quite lovely), and came away with some scoop: The hotel is getting a new name starting March 1.
Yep, after Rock Resorts failed to spend much more than a year running the new property and skedaddled out of town, Tempo is shedding its old image, ditching the Tempo, and will instead be called Casa Moderna Miami Hotel & Spa.
It's all part of an attempt to re-brand the hotel as a more upscale place and, perhaps, wipe the slate clean.
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When Thompson Hotels peaced out of the Sagamore Hotel in South Beach way back when, they got busy expanding their hotel collection elsewhere--New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago and even London. But now Jason Pomeranc and co. are strapping on their roller blades and coasting along Ocean Drive once again.
If you're a frequent guest at Hyatt's Summerfield Suites, things are going to get a lot more homey during your next extended stay. That's because Hyatt Hotels has announced they are rebranding all of their Summerfield Suites hotels (38 in total) as well as the Hotel Sierra hotels they just acquired (16 of these) into a new Hyatt brand called Hyatt House.
Hyatt Hotels made the announcement this morning saying:
Inspired by extensive research and consumer insights, Hyatt House seamlessly combines form and function to create a warm, inviting, and comfortable environment. Upon arrival, guests are encouraged to relax with design elements and amenities that feel closer to home, allowing them to easily connect with others through enhanced social spaces.
Santa Barbara is getting Hyattized, though too bad not in time to capitalize on the royal couple fever that hit the local hotel scene earlier this month. The 80-year-old Hotel Mar Monte has been transformed into the city's first Hyatt, the Hyatt Santa Barbara.
As part of its new persona, the oceanfront hotel has been getting renovations since February. The hotel has redone 92 of its 171 rooms, lobby, and pool and deck areas.
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Ladies, if you had your gilded hearts set on doing a Sex and the City/Real Housewives of New York trip to Morocco and staying at the new Mandarin Oriental in Marrakech we have some crushing news-The MO is no mo'.
A tipster tells us that the Mandarin Oriental, which was delayed last October for an early 2011 opening date then again until Summer 2011, has now been completely shelved and instead the property will be a Taj Hotel.
It will open this fall as the Taj Palace Marrakech. According to the Taj Hotels press release dated May 26th, the property will have 161 guestrooms, including 25 grand suites and one royal suite which is pretty much the same configuration the Mandarin Oriental was talking about.
Here's what else Taj has in store for the hotel:
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You can make a reservation at the new Hotel Indigo Del Mar starting January 3 on its website. The newly branded hotel, which is taking over the Best Western Stratford Inn, will make its grand debut on January 2.
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With the renos at Shelborne and the construction at The SLS Hotel at South Beach, the Delano stretch of Collins Ave is humming with activity lately. Now comes news that the Doubletree Surfcomber Hotel will lose the 'tree and turn into a Kimpton come April 15.
The Miami Herald has the dirt on the rebranding, reporting that the hotel will stay open during several months of renovations. (Keep that in mind when booking!)
The new-look Kimpton Surfcomber (or whatever its official name will be) should be revealed in time for December's peak season around Art Basel Miami Beach.
Looks like on April 1, the Alila Villas Hadahaa will become the Park Hyatt Maldives. Although the rebranding hasn't been officially announced yet, it ain't an April Fools' joke.
Our pal the Points Guy tipped us off to it, and he got confirmation that the eco-friendly luxury hotel is, indeed, getting Park Hyatt-ized.