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We haven't played Guess the Hotel for quite some time so allow us to liven up your wintry Friday afternoon with a new edition. You know the rule--we drop some hints, you drop your guesses in comments below. And away we go!
Recently, we toured an iconic hotel in a popular warm-weather destination that completed a major renovation a little over a month ago. While the bones of the structure remain, the inside has been gloriously updated to reflect the needs of today's modern traveler, as evidenced by these shining new iMacs in the Yabu Pushelberg-designed lobby. Here are some more hints to get you guessing:
· The hotel has an incredible location along a main drag that fronts the ocean.
· There's been a recent management change at the hotel, although branding from the previous operators is still lingering.
· On certain weekday mornings, a crowd sits in the lobby to hear about the hotel's architectural history.
· Once upon a time, P. Diddy threw a party here with penguins.
Ok, we probably just gave it away with that last hint but still, test your hotel knowledge by submitting your guess in comments below! We'll reveal the full monty on Monday!
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When we talked about the impending closure – and auction of contents – of The Lanesborough, we mentioned that the closest option for those wanting to stay within the Starwood family while in London was the Park Tower in Knighstbridge, a few minutes’ walk west towards the department stores of Harvey Nichols and Harrods.
Turns out, just as the Lanesborough is going in for its makeover, the Park Tower has finished its own. Part of the group’s Luxury Collection, the hotel finished a redo of its public spaces this summer, with a new lobby, lounge, and bar.
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In June the Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires unveiled the first phase of its $49 million reno: a new lobby, landscaping and gardens, guestrooms, and two new dining venues—the Elena Restaurant and the Pony Line Bar. One would think that that’s the whole she-bang. But wait, there’s more.
The final phase has just been completed and it involves a new CIELO spa and Nuestro Secreto, a seasonal restaurant.
The designers of the year-long reno had the tango in mind when they re-designed the hotel, and you can see this throughout the hotel with a sinuous swirl here and a locking of limbs pattern there. We, however, can also see a few “modern gaucho meets the horsey set” design elements, leather headboards in the rooms, horse statues at the entrance and in the Elena Restaurant and Pony Line Bar.
Having scoped out where both W Hotels and Mandarin Oriental will be landing in Milan, we turned down the city’s Via Montenapoleone to make our way to the Four Seasons, and check in on some of the work that has been going on to keep the hotel fresh and ready for whatever competition will show up in the next few years.
For the 15th-century former convent that houses the hotel, that means renovation of its 68 guestrooms has started, and the addition of a brand new spa. Resident Four Seasons designer Pierre-Yves Rochon has put his name on the new look of the rooms, and Patricia Urquiola is responsible for the spa. No matter what happens within the hotel's walls, one of its loveliest features is actually outside: its pretty courtyard, a space so quiet in the middle of Milan that you can reportedly sleep with the windows open, something we can easily believe based on the silence we experienced here.
The Edgewater Hotel in Seattle may have thrown away one of its most charming qualities, but the one in Madison, Wisconsin, is doing right by itself with a $100-million renovation that is set to be complete next summer.
The renovations will include the construction of a brand new tower that will bring the room total to 202, rehabs of the two existing building from the 1940s and 1970s, an acre public plaza with plans for an ice rink in the winter (shown above), four restaurants, and a full-service spa, fitness, and personal training center.
The Edgewater sits between the Capitol Building and Lake Mendola, putting visitors in walking distance to both the downtown district as well as the water (plus, great views). Madison is known as a college town with a good beer scene, and this contributor guesses that it could be a national draw for tourism if it wasn't located in Wisconsin. No disrespect to the state - we've been multiple times and enjoyed it - but not many people who live outside the Midwest would consider it a vacation destination.
The all-new Knickerbocker is slated to now open in mid-2014, and it has just been accepted into The Leading Hotels of the World fold. The hotel will have 330 guestrooms, a food and beverage collaboration "with one of the most recognized master chefs in New York" including a signature restaurant and bar on the fourth-floor; a ground-level boulangerie, and an 7,500-square-foot rooftop bar and terrace offering panorama of the city's skyline.
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We’ve known that The Lanesborough London would be closing later this year to complete a top-to-bottom renovation, but now we finally have a tiny bit more information on what will happen when doors shut on December 20.
They will remain so until the fourth quarter next year – it wouldn’t surprise us if that means a planned return right before Christmas – and the designer responsible for the overhaul is the late Alberto Pinto, his final project before his passing last year. The hotel will keep its Regency style, but will bring in the requisite hotel technology updates to take it into the 21st century. No renderings or other visuals are available unfortunately to show you what that will look like.
The 215-room hotel in the city's River North neighborhood is currently open as the Amalfi Hotel but it's undergoing a multi-million renovation and will officially reopen as The Kinzie in February. But aside from lounging in upgraded rooms and public spaces done by the Gettys Design Group Chicago, guests will also be getting quite the history lesson with their stay.
The hotel's namesake, John Kinzie, is often referred to as "Chicago's first civilian" who was involved in the city's first controversial murder (he was later acquitted) and then had some wild escapades during the War of 1812. During that time, he identified first as a British citizen (even though he was born in Quebec) and then was captured by the British for treason. Naturally, when he escaped British imprisonment somewhere in Nova Scotia, he quickly re-identified as a U.S. citizen and spent his last years in Chicago. His son later opened the city's first hotel and restaurant. The Kinzie Hotel now stands just blocks from where John Kinzie's original mansion once stood (the street is even named after him too.)
The Kinzie's new Double Cross lounge will be the most obvious homage to the man. Inspired by a silver piece Kinzie designed in the shape of a double-barred cross as well as for his "mercurial" reputation, the sixth floor lounge will be open from 5 to 8pm and will give guests an assortment of complimentary small bites and a cocktail to kick off their evenings.
Keep reading for more on the guestrooms at The Kinzie!
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Three words come to mind when viewing the newly-reno’ed rooms and public spaces at the Hotel Barcelona Princess, re-done by Barcelona-based clothing designers Desigual: “kooky,” “quirky” and “vivid.” These are not rooms for lovers of cool minimalism but, rather, for hipster bohos looking for an eccentric room to call their own.
The 363-room Barcelona Princess Hotel, a member of London-based Great Hotels of the World, is located at the foot of Avenida Diagonal, about a 10-minute walk to the beach and next to the International Congress Centre. It was designed by Oscar Tusquets Blanca and opened in 2004.
Now, eighteen of the hotel’s rooms and two of their junior suites on the 23rd and 24th floors have been taken over and redecorated by Desigual to launch the Desigual Living Collection, created to fulfill the company's goal of bombarding homes with outrageous patterns and over-the-top color — the antithesis of neutral purity.
More pics below!
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Ever vigilant, we’ve noticed that there’s been a real buzz in the hotel world in the geographic center of Canada—unassuming Winnipeg. We decided to find out why two new locally-owned boutique hotels are or have just opened, why Groupe Germain decided to build the soon-to-be-open ALT Hotel, and why the Delta Winnipeg decided to embark on a top-to-bottom reno that sets them up to be the one of the first Delta Hotels to unveil the chain's new room design blueprint.
We first spoke with Neil Fishman, GM of The Grand, a boutique hotel that just opened on September 23 at Winnipeg's international airport. The property is Winnipeg’s first member of Preferred Hotels, falling under the Sterling Design label. We asked him what was behind the decision to open the hotel now? His response:
In October 2011, the Winnipeg Airport Authority built a brand new state-of-the-art airport [which we at HC just happen to know was designed by Caser Pelli & Associates, architects of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur]. We thought it was important to build a hotel that would be adjacent to the new terminal while offering our guests a new, unique boutique hotel experience. It was our goal to build a property unlike any other hotel in Winnipeg—to offer amenities and services no other hotel was able to offer. Winnipeg is a booming market and there is a tremendous amount of growth in the airport area.
The Grand is a vision in glass, making it unique in the city. We’re told that the property has spa-like bathrooms, iPads in every room, Smart TVs with free access to Netflix, and, for you Starbucks fanatics out there, Starbucks coffee in the rooms and the lobby. (We’ll be reviewing this hotel later in the year so you’ll get the full inside scoop then.)
While the Peninsula Paris might be slowly revealing its Beaux Arts façade on Avenue Kléber, a hop and a skip down the Champs Élysées, two other Parisian luxury hotels are still very much off in the land of dreams.
Hotel Ritz, on terribly chic Place Vendôme, is coming up to the midway point of its two-year plus closure, or as the French put it so much more eloquently, “vers une nouvelle legende”. If possible, the building is even more obscured from prying eyes than it was last time we walked by, earlier this year.
Browsing through our photo archive, we come across many hotel memories: some fond, some we wish to forget, and some that stand out for being just that little bit different. One of the latter relates to The Plaza New York, which has had a rather tumultuous decade or so: from its controversial acquisition and disgruntled owners suing the developer over the sight-unseen acquired apartments, to struggles at both the restaurants and the food mall. Then of course there was that whole Charlie Sheen disaster.
Way before all of this went down, we found ourselves inside The Plaza on a sweltering early summer day when its contents pre-renovation were on sale, for anyone who wanted to take a piece of hotel history home. The truly fancy stuff had already gone by auction, so we’re talking everything that was left. And we do mean EVERYTHING: from maids uniforms and iron boards to linens and individual strands of the chandeliers, if it was there, you could buy it.
We were fascinated by the strange experience of walking through the ornate public spaces and the long corridors, all packed with piles of sometimes rather questionable stuff. But it didn’t stop there.