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It’s over two years ago that Rocco Forte Hotels dropped The Augustine Prague from its portfolio, during some dark days before its current ambitious expansion plans. We had heard whispers that it would become a Park Hyatt hotel, but no: it is now part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection.
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The soon to be MGallery Castle Hotel Windsor
MGallery by Accor is one of our go-to favorite brands - always inventive, always boutiquey, and usually properties with a golden history. So this is great news - Accor is bringing two UK Mercure hotels over to the MGallery brand in September.
In royal Windsor, where every American should visit at least once in their lives, they’ll take over the the Castle Hotel Windsor. This place has some history - the site dates back to the 16th century, though the current building is Georgian.
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This month marks the end of the road for the Four Seasons Philadelphia, as the brand is shutting its doors in the city and it won’t return until early in 2018. Fear not if you’re a fan of the building, as we can only imagine that workers are already busy at upgrading and improving things as part of its rebirth into a new property.
Things will be closed until the fall, and that’s when the property will reopen as a Hilton. Not just any Hilton either, as The Logan—as it will be known—will be part of the chain’s latest brand known as the Curio Collection.
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Another day, another grand European hotel gets snapped up. This time it's the Hotel Ritz Madrid which was recently purchased by Mandarin Oriental Hotels in partnership with The Olayan Group, a Saudi Arabian multinational group for a total cost $148 million.
Here is what the new owners have in mind for the 167-room hotel, which first opened in 1910, and which was a part of the Belmond/Orient-Express collection, but in recent months had been looking for a new mommy or daddy.
The Hotel will undergo a comprehensive renovation in 2017, currently estimated to cost some $103 million. Mandarin Oriental’s total investment for its share in the project, including the acquisition, renovation and transaction expenses, is estimated at $126 million, with the Group’s share of the purchase price to be paid from cash reserves, and the renovation to be funded through an appropriate mixture of equity and debt. Mandarin Oriental will manage the Hotel under a long-term management agreement.
Mucho dinero, indeed. For now, the hotel is still open as the Hotel Ritz, with deluxe rooms start at 430 Euros next weekend. That rate does include free WiFi.
But this isn't the only Mandarin Oriental getting a new look. A tipster tells us the Mandarin Hyde Park will FINALLY get a very much-needed update to their guest rooms starting in April of next year. We could not confirm the news but we really hope it happens.
For more on the latest with Mandarin Oriental Hotels, read our recent coverage here.
[Photo: Hotel Ritz Madrid]
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The first St. Regis in Russia, its arrival has come a little suddenly, which is easily explained by its previous life as a Kempinski hotel. Dating back to 1870, when it was built as the home of Count Orlov-Davydov, the hotel now has 210 rooms and suites with “belle époque interiors”, which includes the Royal Suite above. It’s… a lot. We’re not so sure about the grey/green and cognac leather combo, but mostly the sofa on the left hurts our eyes a little – not the only questionable sofa, it turns out.
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We went through a series of updates last week after we initially reported the new owners of the Mondrian Soho were trying to kick out operators Morgans Hotel Group (in the middle of the night, no less) and rebrand the property as the NoMo Soho Hotel.
By the end of the day, a court had ruled Morgans should remain the operator, but the hotel's owner, Alex Sapir, isn't giving up. Like, at all. Here's what the statement he put out about the struggle to get the NoMo up and running:
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A while back we gasped when we heard that the Mondrian Soho, due to a litany of problems, would essentially be no mo'. (Meaning, no more.) And now, thanks to its new owners, that day has come--except there's a twist we did not expect.
The Mondrian Soho has been officially rebranded into the NoMo Soho Luxury Hotel. #NotAprilFools
Here is the official announcement for the now independent luxury hotel:
A Partnership between ASRR Capital, Alex Sapir and Rotem Rosen’s publicly traded Israeli Company, and Gerard Guez has announced the launch of a new independent luxury property, NOMO SOHO. Formerly known as the Mondrian SoHo and located at 9 Crosby Street in Downtown Manhattan, NOMO SOHO, which is in the process of transitioning management, will pay homage to its historic neighborhood while bringing a distinctively modern hospitality experience to Manhattan.
As an abbreviation for “nostalgic + modern,” the term NOMO sits at the intersection of vintage and cutting edge, both associated with the style of its location. The property and its namesake celebrate the original spirit of the area—known for its artistic origins, cast iron architecture and cobblestone streets—while blending the culture and fashion of today’s digital age.
ICYMI, Gerard Guez is the founder of Buddha Bar restaurants, but he is also working hard as a hotelier, as evidenced by the Buddha Bar Hotel in Paris.
The 263-room hotel will now be a part of Preferred Hotels & Resorts new Lifestyle collection, while Graham Leslie, the hotel's chief executive and head of hospitality will oversee the relaunch of NoMo which will include new amenities, new programming, new partnerships and new restaurant and lounge menus throughout the year. But we don't think the guest rooms will be touched. At least not right away.
Room rates at the NoMo SoHo (sorry, this still kills us) start at around $609 a night.
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Time to change up the welcome mat!
Remember last month's news that Proper Hospitality Group would be taking over Viceroy's Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills and the Viceroy Palm Springs and using them to create a new hotel brand, Avalon Hotels? No? That's ok. Here's the recap.
Anyways, tomorrow, April 7, is the day for the Palm Springs hotel to drop all Viceroy association and turn into an Avalon. Here's the note from the Viceroy Palm Springs hotel website about the change:
Effective April 7, 2015, Viceroy Palm Springs will no longer be managed by Viceroy Hotel Group. On this date, the hotel name will change to Avalon Hotel Palm Springs and Proper Hospitality will take over hotel management. As a guest of Avalon Hotel Palm Springs, you will receive the same services and amenities that you would have received under the previous management.
Indeed, considering the recent reviews on TripAdvisors are rather amazing, we doubt Avalon will change up anything. We also hear that Avalon Hotels will unveil their new brand website shortly which will be fun to look at as well.
Meanwhile, actually staying at The Avalon in Palm Springs this weekend will be an expensive stay. There are only suites available starting at around $1,700 a night. However, rates for next weekend are a bit more reasonable at $500 a night, plus a $30 resort fee per day which includes valet parking, WiFi, and coffee in the morning.
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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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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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Yesterday was the official last day of existence for the James Royal Palm Hotel in Miami.
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?
Miami Hotel Mambo dances again!
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.