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Fewer Walls, More Walls of Glass: It's Singita Ebony Lodge's New Refurb

Where: South Africa
July 30, 2015 at 8:35 AM | by | ()

When a posh safari lodge decides to reinvent itself as an even posher safari lodge, you know you’re in for a treat. Such is the case for Singita Ebony Lodge in South Africa. The first of the Singita properties (it first opened 22 years ago), it just reopened after a complete renovation.

Private plunge pools for each of the 12 suites. Bling new leopard and zebra print fabrics. And, the biggest change - walls of, well, wall, replaced by those of glass and canvas, putting guests right in the bush.

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Unpicking the $8m Facelift at the Historic Wiltcher's Hotel in Brussels

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  Site Where: Avenue Louise 71, Brussels, Belgium, 1050
July 29, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

For a capital city, Brussels doesn't have many grande dame hotels. One exception is the Beaux Arts style Wiltcher’s, which was built in 1911 on the posh Avenue Louise, was later used as an office building, then became a Conrad and was taken over by German chain Steigenberger in January 2013. Steigenberger announced a gradual two-year renovation when it took over - and now, nearly $8m later, the changes are now pretty much finished. So what’s changed?

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Here's a New Opening to Fill You with Turkish Delight

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  Site Where: Ayvalik, Turkey
May 29, 2015 at 9:02 AM | by | ()

Another day, another smashing hotel opening. Today it’s the turn of the Murat Reis in Ayvalik, Turkey - a project so new that the website is still under construction.

The hotel has opened with 91 rooms for a look that it describes as “modern with a Mediterranean accent”. And it’s pretty lush and beach-ready – look at those Travertine floors and matching headboards, the striped linen (why do we never see striped linen in hotels?) and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the beach.

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How to Sweeten a Suite: Add a Complimentary Gin Bar

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  Site Where: 13 Half Moon St, London, United Kingdom, W1J 7BH
May 5, 2015 at 10:25 AM | by | ()

Could there be a more attractive phrase than “complimentary gin bar”? Possibly – but in lieu of “hunky private footman”, in-room gin bar will have to do.

The amenity is the idea of Flemings (no apostrophe), the redoubtable, family-owned Mayfair hotel that, until now, has paired super-stylish public areas with slightly less inspiring rooms. But that’s all set to change with a £14m refurbishment, designed to rejuvenate the 129 bedrooms and add a tea lounge, bar and restaurant helmed by a Michelin-starred chef.

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Flash Mobs and New Rooms: the Grand Hyatt Taipei Goes All 2015

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  Site Where: Taipei, Taiwan
April 14, 2015 at 9:42 AM | by | ()

The last few times we’ve heard about Taipei, it’s been for new hotel openings – from citizenM to Mandarin Oriental. But new isn’t always best, or so the Grand Hyatt Taipei wants you to think. On April 23 it will finish a complete renovation that stripped the hotel right down to the bone.

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Reservations for the New Ritz Paris Will Open in June

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  Site Where: 15 Place Vendôme , Paris, France
April 6, 2015 at 9:35 AM | by | ()

Progress on the Salon César Ritz

Saying the Ritz Paris has been closeted away for a while now is something of an understatement – we're talking July 2012 - but as the interminable renovations finally begin to drag to a close, some concrete information is emerging.

Specifically, information in the shape of this interview with Christian Boyens, the General Manager.

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Lowry the Artist Will Come to the Lowry Hotel Later This Year

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  Site Where: 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Manchester, United Kingdom, M3 5LH
April 6, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

Things have been pretty quiet over at the Lowry, Manchester’s once fanciest hotel, since Rocco Forte sold it last year, while new, interesting ventures like Hotel Football and Hotel Gotham have been springing up around it.

So here’s some welcome news – the Lowry is getting a £4m renovation, with work expected to be completed by the end of the year. The ever so slightly blah rooms, hallways and the spa will be the focus of attention.

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It's Only 30, But Northcote Lodge Already Got a Facelift

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  Site Where: Northcote Road, Langho, Blackburn, Lancashire, United Kingdom, BB6 8BE
March 13, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | ()

A new room in the Garden Lodge

Ain’t no birthday like a hotel birthday. To celebrate its 30th, English country house hotel and recent addition to the Relais & Châteaux portfolio, Northcote Lodge, has opened a new wing.

We say “wing”, but it’s actually much better than that – a brand new building in the hotel grounds. The Garden Lodge houses seven rooms and one suite – all of which have terraces, supersized tubs as well as showers, and views across the Ribble Valley in Lancashire. The décor is rather nice – almost new-style Laura Ashley – if a little shiny in this particular room. Maybe that headboard will calm down with age? Free non-alcoholic minibars, Bose sound-systems and Temple Spa amenities are par for the course.

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London's Old Lady Goring Gets A Right Royal Facelift

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  Site Where: Beeston Place, London, United Kingdom, SW1W 0JW
February 26, 2015 at 9:02 AM | by | ()

Yesterday, we talked about the good manners on display at The Goring. But who cares about manners when there’s a sleek refurb to drool over?

We popped into the bar on Saturday for an opening day drink. The bar itself isn’t so new – they’ve done up one side of it to look like the other, including layering the ceiling in gold leaf – gold leaf!

The rooms have been redone, but we didn’t get a chance to see them – expect pictures next week.

But it’s the lobby that’s seen probably the biggest change – from a traditional, even staid, plain white affair, to this hand-painted number.

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The Goring Is Closed for the First Time in 105 Years, But at Least It's Not for Long

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  Site Where: Beeston Place, London, United Kingdom, SW1W 0JW
February 16, 2015 at 8:35 AM | by | ()

Things we never expect to change in London:
The royal family.
The never-ending roadworks.
The inability to make any kind of eye contact on public transport.
That bastion of poshness, the Goring Hotel.

Edit: those were things we never expected to change until this weekend, when we walked past the Goring and found it closed – closed! For the first time in its 105-year history! – for renovation.

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The Martha Washington Hotel Is Now Exclusively Ladylike

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  Site Where: 29 East 29th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10016
February 3, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

Last time we checked in on the Martha Washington Hotel, it had just opened “exclusively for everyone” (as opposed to exclusively for wimmen, as it was in its heyday), but was still largely sporting the same décor as the hotel’s previous incarnation as the Hotel Lola.

Four months on, the Martha Washington is still exclusively for everyone, but its décor has got a little more exclusive, thanks to the refurb by Annabelle Selldorf, which has just been completed.

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The Sandymount Is the Latest Dublin Hotel to Get a New Look

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  Site Where: Herbert Road, Sandymount, Dublin, Ireland, 4
January 30, 2015 at 9:41 AM | by | ()

You wait for ages for the Dublin hotel scene to switch things up, and then lots of things happen at once. Following the Dean’s opening, the next property to go under the hammer (literally speaking) is the Sandymount, a family-owned, historic hotel from 1955, though the building – or buildings, rather – dates from 1866, when it was a row of houses.

History, of course, is only good in a certain way, so right now they’re refurbishing 60 bedrooms at a cost of €1m.

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