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Mandarin Oriental to Take Over Hotel Ritz in Madrid

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  Site Where: Plaza de la Lealtad 5, Madrid, Spain, 28014
May 22, 2015 at 1:39 PM | by | Comments (2)

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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St. Regis Takes Over From Kempinski at Hotel Nikolskaya in Moscow

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  Site Where: 12 Nikolskaya, Moscow, Russian Federation
May 12, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

We’ve mostly had our eye on St. Regis over in Istanbul (opened at the end of March), but here they are with another addition: St. Regis Hotel Nikolskaya in Moscow.

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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UPDATES! The Mondrian Soho Lives On (But Not For Long)

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  Site Where: 9 Crosby Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
April 13, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Please scroll to the bottom for new updates and statements regarding this case.

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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The Mondrian Soho is No Mo', Literally. Introducing the NoMo Soho Luxury Hotel (UPDATED)

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  Site Where: 9 Crosby Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
April 6, 2015 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (3)

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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Viceroy Palm Springs to Transition into The Avalon Palm Springs Tomorrow

Where: 415 South Belardo Road [map], Palm Springs, CA, United States, 92262
April 6, 2015 at 11:01 AM | by | Comment (1)

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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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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