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Hyatt Reopens and Renovates Churchill London, Picks Up Grosvenor House?

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  Site Where: Portland Square, London, United Kingdom
March 23, 2015 at 8:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Back in November, we told you about the gas explosion that occurred at the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, which led to the evacuation, and subsequent closure, of the hotel. The “foreseeable future” time frame that was attached to that closure was sad to see, but we can tell you that things are looking up: after four months, the hotel is open again.

We can find a King Room this coming Friday for £290 ($433) a night, which goes up £40 ($60) if you include breakfast. An additional bit of good news is that the hotel has taken the closure to not only do the repairs necessary after the incident, but kick off a multi-million pound renovation of the rooms and suites as well. That renovation should be complete by the summer; we don’t have any visuals of the changes yet, but will share them when we have more details.

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Only in Belgium Will You Find a Hotel with a Chocolate Laboratory Downstairs

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  Site Where: Rue du Marché aux Herbes 110, Brussels, Belgium, 1000
March 20, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Chocolates at turndown are all well and good, but here’s a hotel that’s going a step further – a chocolate store and workshop. This could only be in Belgium, of course – and it’s at the new NH Brussels Carrefour de l’Europe.

The hotel was previously a Best Western, but was taken over by NH this month. It’s in the Grasmarkt – a pretty square of medievalish buildings in the old town (though it’s very touristed, quite noisy, and even a little bit drunky – and most of those old buildings are now hotels). You’re right at the foot of the hill that leads to the Royal Palace, and a quick walk across from the Grand Place.

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This is What The Royal Palm in Miami Has Turned Into...

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  Site Where: 1545 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
March 10, 2015 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (3)

Moving out.

Yesterday was the official last day of existence for the James Royal Palm Hotel in Miami.

Today, the property is reborn as...wait for it...The Royal Palm Miami South Beach, a Luxury Collection Hotel from Starwood.

Not much else has changed at the property except for its logo which is quite cute. Rates for this weekend for a superior king bed start at $546 a night (plus a $25 resort fee.) FWIW, it's an SPG Category 6 hotel, which means it will take between 20,000 and 25,000 Starpoints to stay here for free night.

So we guess that's that. Or is it?

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James Hotels Have Checked Out of The Royal Palm Hotel in Miami

Where: 1545 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beah, FL, United States, 33139
March 9, 2015 at 3:36 PM | by | Comments (6)

Miami Hotel Mambo dances again!

The James Hotel brand has left the Royal Palm Hotel in Miami, after just two and half years.

The 393-room beachfront Collins Avenue hotel was recently sold to Chesapeake Lodging Trust, who have named HEI Hotels & Resorts as the manager with Starwood Hotels & Resorts as the franchisor. Here's the official farewell notice from The James as posted on their website:

While we maintain our commitment to community, art and design, we will be moving on from Miami - as of March 9, The James Royal Palm will no longer be part of The James Hotels. Endless thanks to the South Beach community, our local partners and especially to you - our guests - for supporting us as we evolve. During our time in Miami, we were proud to be acknowledged by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Fodor’s and Forbes.

We hope you’ll join us for inspired James experiences in Chicago and New York, and look forward to welcoming you at The James Los Angeles in 2016.

All existing reservations will be honored, and we hope you enjoy your stay on South Beach. Should you have any questions about an upcoming reservation in Miami, please call the hotel directly at 305-604-5700.

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The Park Central Hotel Has Taken Over The Westin Market Street in SF

February 26, 2015 at 5:47 PM | by | Comments (2)

The San Francisco hotel scene continues to be upgraded. The Westin Market Street hotel is no longer. Well, of course, the building and hotel still exist, however it is now going by the new name Park Central Hotel.

The change happened in late January when LaSalle Hotel Properties purchased the 681-room hotel and installed Highgate Hotel to manage it. The property will undergo only "modest renovations" and the restaurant MaSo will stay in place. The hotel will focus on bringing in some new programs and new partnerships with local affiliations.

As for the WiFi, which was free in the lobby and pay in the guest rooms under Westin, the Park Central plans on keeping it status quo.

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Peace Out Powell, Say Hello to The Axiom Hotel in San Francisco

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  Site Where: 28 Cyril Magnin St. [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
February 24, 2015 at 1:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Change is definitely in the foggy air for San Francisco's hotel scene. Last week, we told you about a newcomer to Fisherman's Wharf, Hotel Zephyr, along with a few other changes like the Loews taking over Mandarin Oriental and a new hotel brand, Proper Hotels, launching later this summer.

Now, we have word that the Powell Hotel in Union Square will transform into The Axiom Hotel. Host Hotels & Resorts bought the hotel last year and closed it in December to begin renovations. When The Axiom debuts in the fall, it will have 152 rooms, managed by Kokua Hospitality.

Above is the sample layout for a guest room at Axiom and below is a look at some rough sketches of the hotel's new look, which is being created by prolific hotel designers, Stonehill + Taylor:

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Hotel Zephyr is Phasing Out The Radisson Fisherman's Wharf in San Fran

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  Site Where: 250 Beach Street [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94133
February 19, 2015 at 4:14 PM | by | Comments (2)

Fly away on my zephyr...

While seemingly every other city in the United States has been riding the hotel boom of the past few years, San Francisco has been lagging, with only a handful of new hotels to show off. But change is in the air. SF is now Hot AF.

We've just heard about the major rebranding of the Mandarin Oriental into a Loews Hotel. Before that, the founders of Viceroy Hotels announced their new brand, Proper Hotels, will open their first hotel in the mid-Market neighborhood by the end of the year.

Last summer, we also heard about Yotels plan for "chic capsule cabins" in SF and there is still an unnamed boutique hotel coming to the SOMA nabe near AT&T Park. (Virgin Hotels, maybe?)

There are also lots of re-brandings and transformations of several properties happening throughout the city, including this one.

The Radisson Fisherman's Wharf is undergoing a major "re-imagination" to emerge as the Hotel Zephyr, operated by Davidson Hotels & Resorts. Yes, it's totally a millennial hotel but we'd take that over a Radisson any day.

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Loews Hotels to Take Over the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco

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  Site Where: 222 Sansome Street [map], San Francisco, CA , United States, 94104
February 17, 2015 at 1:50 PM | by | Comment (1)

2015 is going swimmingly for Loews Hotels. The Loews Chicago is just a few weeks away from opening its doors while the crazysexycool OE Collection is coming together and now, Loews is keeping on with its growth spurt by purchasing the 158-room Mandarin Oriental San Francisco in the city's financial district.

The deal is expected to close in late March which means a name change will happen shortly after that. Given that the hotel was just renovated in 2012, we're not so sure an extensive renovation is needed but we suspect Loews will go through the property and touch up what they can.

We're sad to lose a Mandarin Oriental for the West Coast (the only other one now is in Las Vegas) but Loews is on an exciting trajectory so we'll have to put our faith in them. Besides, nothing can change this killer view from the guest rooms.

Looking for one last night with MOSF? Rates this weekend start at $359 a night with a $50 dining credit.

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Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach Breaks From JDV; Is Now a Kimpton

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  Site Where: 500 Pacific Coast Highway [map], Huntington Beach, CA , United States, 92648
February 11, 2015 at 10:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Looks like Kimpton is wasting no time snapping up new properties now that it's got a bigger hotel company behind them.

Freshly acquired by InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG), Kimpton has taken over the Shorebreak Hotel in the surfer's paradise of Huntington Beach, Calif. from Joie de Vivre Hotels.

Sources tell us the management change happened while the hotel was in escrow with new owners. Apparently, JDV Hotels was supposed to manage the property but Kimpton swayed the new owners. Right now, the hotel's JDV website is dead. But the new Kimpton website is up and running.

The property first opened in 2009, but now with a new owner and a new managing company, we wonder if a renovation will be coming soon too. Rates start at $254 a night this weekend with breakfast included. Also included is free WiFi for Kimpton Karma Rewards members and a hosted evening wine hour. Oh and a selfie stick too.

Read our review of the Shorebreak Hotel HERE

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Hotel Verta Battersea Hopes for a Brighter Future as a Crowne Plaza

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  Site Where: Bridges Wharf, London, United Kingdom, SW11 3BE
January 28, 2015 at 9:03 AM | by | Comment (1)

Well, that took a long time. Three and a half years ago, the Hotel Verta – riverside in London’s Battersea neighborhood, with a heliport outside the front door – went looking for someone new after its Von Essen hotel group went into administration. That was only a year after it opened in a location that was enough out of the way for it to struggle pretty much from day one.

We’ll admit things have been so quiet we wouldn’t have been able tell you with certainty the Verta was still open, but evidently it was, with the news that it is now the Crowne Plaza London – Battersea. Together with the Crowne Plaza that is being developed near Albert Embankment and the existing City hotel, that will give IHG three Crowne Plazas on or next to the river between Battersea and Blackfriars.

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Here's Another Paris Opening, and It's a Lot Cheaper than the Last One

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  Site Where: 108 Rue Saint Lazare, Paris, France, 75008
January 23, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Paris hotels – they’re just like buses. You wait months for one swanky new one to open, and then two come along at once. Mon dieu!

Yesterday we showed you La Réserve, Jacques Garcia’s ridonkulously expensive new project in the 8th arrondissement. Today, let’s look at something far, far more affordable: the Hilton Paris Opera, which has just concluded its renovations.

The hotel is indeed near the Opera Garnier, also in the 8th arrondissement, near the Gare St Lazare. Formerly the Concorde, Hilton have poured €44m into the refurbishment, and the property now has 268 rooms, of which 29 are suites.

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Four Seasons Dublin Is Now Intercontinental Dublin

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  Site Where: Simmonscourt Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Ireland, 4
January 6, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (2)

Last time we checked in on Four Seasons Dublin, it was getting ready to wind down with another “five-star brand” ready to take over.

We guessed Intercontinental – and lo, it has come to pass! It switched hands officially on 1 January.

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