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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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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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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.
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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A new room in the Garden Lodge
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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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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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.
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.
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.
Over the past spring and summer, the five-star New York Palace has been having a little work done.
The $120 million renovation, guided by San Francisco-based design firm BAMO, includes refurbished Tower rooms and suites on the 41st floor and above; an overhaul of the former Le Cirque restaurant (set to be a new venture from chef Michel Richard), and an increase in the number of rooms from 899 to 909. Work is still ongoing (and is being completed stage by stage so as not to cause too much disruption) but the hotel, no longer a part of the Dorchester Collection, has unveiled its brand new lobby space, which had been closed since June.
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If you're a fan of anything and everything Ritz-Carlton, you might remember the hotel brand having a property in Sydney that has since been merely part of fond memories of luxury digs and top-notch service in the upmarket inner-suburb of Double Bay. Now, some deep pockets are giving the old hotel new life by turning it into an InterContinetal Hotel.. This will be the second InterContinental Hotel for the city.
The new owners will fork over a wad of cash to transform the derelict building which was built as Australia's only Ritz in 1991 and eventually became the destination for the likes of Princess Diana, Madonna and Bill Clinton on their visits Down Under. In 1997, the hotel made an infamous list when INXS lead-man, Michael Hutchence, was hung himself in room 524 causing the hotel's reputation to nosedive. In 2001, it was turned into Sir Stamford which then closed in 2009 causing the building to go in ill-repair.
Usually, when a 25th birthday is in order, there is no talk about a make-over or a face-lift. At least, we hope not. But when it came to celebrating their 25th anniversary, The Hilton in Brisbane has gone all out to spruce themselves up.
Overall, the property is in a great location and has seen heaps of people come and go. Including the Aussie celeb set, socialites and locals alike. With all of these visitors, the hotel started to look a little run-down and was in need of a major modernization. And that's just what Hilton did to the tune of $37 million.