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One&Only Keeps Busy by Renovating Ocean Club Bahamas

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  Site Where: One Casino Drive, Paradise Island, Bahamas
April 20, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

One&Only is on a roll it seems: two new resorts in Australia, two new resorts to be built in Mexico, new villas in the Maldives, and the reopening of Los Cabos, all in the past ten months.

No rest for the wicked though, as things are continuing on in the Bahamas – more specifically, renovations at One&Only Ocean Club (perhaps you recall certain scenes from the movie Casino Royale being set here). Target for the renovations is the Hartford Wing of the resort, where rooms will get new furniture, while being expanded by 110 sq ft so that each includes a terrace or balcony.

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Before and After: Sandals Ochi Beach Resort is All Freshened Up (With a Record 105 Pools)

Where: Jamaica
April 17, 2015 at 3:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.

Sandals, the famed adult-only brand of all-inclusives, has just re-launched Sandals’ largest and Jamaica’s newest resort to date, the 529-room Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Ocho Rios.

Previously known as Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort, the resort was rebuilt with a stylish beach club vibe in mind and includes: seven new dining options for a total of 16 restaurants, the Ochi Beach Club, upgraded accommodations and a refurbished lobby among other improvements. Above is what the Great House Lobby looked like before. And now it is, well, wow.

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The Royal Hotel at Evian Resort Will Reveal its 'Sparkling' Makeover on July 1

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  Site Where: 960 Avenue Du Leman, 74500 Evian Les Bains, France
April 17, 2015 at 3:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Another day, another hotel makeover, but here’s one that’s as refreshing as its name. The Hotel Royal at Evian Resort is wrapping up a 2-year renovation and will re-open on July 1.

The Hotel Royal is one of two luxe hotels (plus a golfer's retreat) on the lands of the iconic Evian Mineral Water. The hotel, aging gracefully since 1905, has received the full rejuvenating package with a top-to-bottom makeover -including a new top floor.

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The Lanesborough London Opens Reservations from July 1

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  Site Where: Hyde Park Corner, London, United Kingdom
April 17, 2015 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just shy of two years, that’s how long it will take between hearing about The Lanesborough London’s renovation plans (that was in August 2013) and seeing their result: reservations at the Hyde Park Corner hotel are open from July 1.

That isn’t to say that the official opening date will be July 1 though, as the hotel isn’t committing to that yet – who knows, it may be earlier. As always, with live reservations come a few more details, like room types among the total of 50 rooms and 43 suites. The 50 rooms are split between Deluxe and Executive; a Queen bed in either category gives you a shower and single vanity, while a King comes with shower, bath, and double vanity. Above a rendering of a Deluxe Room (we’re still a step away from actual photography); matching patterns between headboard / bedspread / curtains / chair / armchair / bench makes us a little nervous, but we’re hoping Alberto Pinto’s eye ensures it will work in real life. A Deluxe Room starts from £575 ($860) a night, but the first weekend of July seems to come at a premium, with rates starting at £750 ($1,050) a night.

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Before and After: The Palace Hotel San Francisco Mixes the Historic With the New

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  Site Where: 2 New Montgomery Street [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94105
April 16, 2015 at 12:35 PM | by | Comments (2)

We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.

When we think of The Palace Hotel in San Francisco, we think of its rather splendid Garden Court. What is now the Garden Court once was the Grand Court, an open air carriage entrance in the original Palace Hotel, which burned down in the 1906 earthquake that destroyed 80% of the city (for more on its long history, go here).

As much as we immediately think of the Garden Court, less of an instant image comes to mind when we think of the rest of hotel, including its guestrooms. Or at least we did, until we saw what The Palace is doing to its rooms this year, grabbing 2015 by the horns to bring them up to date in a big way. See both before and after below.

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Get a Room (City, Modern or Gallery) at Radisson Blu Glasgow

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  Site Where: 301 Argyle Street , Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, G2 8DL
April 15, 2015 at 2:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Radisson Blu Glasgow is in a modern glass and slate building that stands across from Glasgow’s more somber sandstone early 20th-century Central Station. It makes for an interesting contrast in time periods.

Opened in 2002 and then reno’ed in 2012, the Radisson Blu Glasgow is designed by the same folks who did the Blythswood Square hotelGraven Images – and although the insides of both hotels are distinctly different, you can see the same deft hands at work albeit with a lesser budget, we suspect. Still, if you’re looking for a place to lay your hat for a few days at a reasonable cost, this will fit the bill nicely.

The 247 rooms on offer at the Radisson Blu come in three styles: You got yer Gallery rooms, your Modern rooms and the City rooms.

We have pics of all three so keep on going!

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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 | Comments (0)

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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Come May, Chicago's Hotel Allegro Will Be Singing a Pretty New Tune

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  Site Where: 171 W Randolph St. [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60601
April 9, 2015 at 7:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

One of Chicago's very first trendy boutique hotels is getting a bit of a facelift as they look to celebrate their 17th birthday this year. In the heart of the theater district, Hotel Allegro is planning to unveil a bit of drama in May with renovated rooms, a completely new lobby with communal lobby bar and enhance public "chill" space.

In a grand to attempt to reconnect with the building's 91 years of history, the Kimpton property is is embracing an art deco design for all areas of the hotel. From being greeted by a glimmering flapper girl painting and original light fixtures in the lobby to a sleeker and more cosmopolitan styling for the rooms, we were giddy with excitement on a recent hard hat tour.

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A Peek at the citizenM Glasgow

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  Site Where: 60 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, G2 3BW
April 9, 2015 at 7:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

CitizenM hotels are all about the social life of a hotel, and the citizenM Glasgow fits that bill perfectly. Reno’ed in September 2014 the property has a plethora of public lounging areas that take the place of large private rooms.

With seven floors in total, two of them are made up of the well-designed public spaces where you can eat, drink, computer (yes, we think that should be a verb, much like “hoteling” should be), chat, read, or watch TV – pretty much anything you choose to do has a spot for it.

The spaces are beautifully designed with Vitra furniture and distinctive artwork, and blend seamlessly as you stroll through the hotel. Although each area has its own feel it all fits together as a package.

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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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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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Getting Boutique-y in the Florida Keys: The Renovated Amara Cay Opens in Islamorada

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  Site Where: 80001 Overseas Highway [map], Islamorada, FL, United States, 33036
April 1, 2015 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

A boutique hotel, Amara Cay Resort, just hit the shores of Islamorada in the Florida Keys after a multi-million renovation and it’s lookin’ mighty stylish. The resort’s 110 guestrooms, all public spaces, meeting rooms, landscaping, retail space and restaurant are completely redesigned.

Amara Cay Resort’s guestrooms and suites feature clean designs and furnishings incorporating elements such as wood, rattan and dark tile. Each guestroom has a newly extended balcony with ocean views.

The resort also added the new Oltremare Ristorante, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The 60-seat restaurant includes a coastal Italian-inspired menu including homemade pasta, locally caught seafood and farm-grown produce.

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