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Ogunquit's The Cliff House Has New Owners, Will Renovate Next Year

April 23, 2014 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

The historic property on the rocky Maine coast has a new owner - with new tricks up their sleeve. The 70-acre Cliff House Resort & Spa has been a popular property in the summer resort town of Ogunquit, Maine for nearly 150 years. Now it’s about to get a new owner: Rockbridge, a hotel firm that is behind over 325 properties in 45 different states, just announced that it has purchased The Cliff House from the local Weare family. The property was founded by Elsie Jan Weare in 1872, and has been run by her descendants ever since.

That family tree ends this month, as The Cliff House opens for the season under its new owner. The 166-room resort will now be managed by New Castle Hotels, the team behind 29 properties like The Westport Inn in Connecticut and The Westin Portland Harborview, Maine’s first Westin-branded hotel, which just re-opened in December after a full restoration.

The Cliff House will also receive a “comprehensive renovation after the 2015 season, revitalizing the distinguished property,” according to a statement released by Rockbridge, though the firm wouldn’t elaborate on what those renovations will entail. (Okay, they did mention it would “preserve the resort’s significant tradition while updating technology and back-of-house equipment to increase the property’s efficiency and improve the guest experience.” So, things will happen, basically.)

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Hotel G's Up and Will Open on May 2 in San Francisco

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  Site Where: 386 Geary Street [map], San Francisco, CA , United States, 94102
April 22, 2014 at 3:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

San Francisco's old Hotel Frank in Union Square will re-open as the Hotel G on May 2.

We already told you about what to expect from the hotel here but we're impressed with this latest room shot they've put up. Wow. The hotel has come along way from this.

We couldn't book a room on the hotel's website until May 12 but rooms on that date are available for 30 percent off at $160.10 a night. Regular room rates will run about $229. And of course, there is free WiFi. C'mon, this is San Francisco.

[Photo: Hotel G/Facebook]

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Singapore's Sentosa Island to Get Cozier with a New Sofitel Hotel

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  Site Where: 2 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa, Singapore, 099891
April 22, 2014 at 10:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

One easy destination to explore near Singapore that doesn't require a trip back to Changi Airport is Sentosa Island. Just a few minutes out of the city, sun and beach lovers can wiggle their toes in the sand without the stress of overseas travel.

Aside from the beach, Sentosa is home for several golf courses as well as a Universal Studios theme park and other family-fun activities. Already there's several luxury hotels on the island, including W Sentosa Cove and Capella Resort Sentosa but soon there will be one more, Sofitel.

Currently named the Singapore Resort & Spa Sentosa, Managed by Accor, Sofitel is going to glam it up before stamping their name on the property. Over the next 18 months, the hotel's colonial, low-rise architecture will see a full refurbishment with rooms, public areas, spa, conference room and landscaping undergoing a refresh.

Once complete, the resort will be renamed Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa with 215 suites and villas and killer ocean views. Along with So Spa, their brand's signature spa, being added to the offering, guests will be able to chill beach-side since it will be one of the few hotels in the country actually located next to the beach.

[Photo: The Singapore Resort & Spa Facebook]

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NYC's Largest Hotel Goes Minimal For Its New Look

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  Site Where: 1335 Avenue of the Americas [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
April 21, 2014 at 10:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

In Midtown Manhattan, you need a break sometimes, so it's good to see New York City's largest hotel, the the 1,985-room New York Hilton Midtown has gone for a tranquil look in its multi-million dollar room renovation.

The hotel has just completed the first phase of a renovation program that is expected to last until 2016. With the help of Dallas-based interior design firm, Looney & Associates, 187 Executive level guest rooms and 41 suites now have a minimal, sophisticated new look.

Functional design features include custom dimmable lighting, oversized televisions, multiple power point options and abundant workspaces. Renovated bathrooms have new architectural finishes, vanities and illuminated mirrors, while the lobby features a new reception area, luxurious Executive Lounge, improved lighting design, and new stone flooring.

Up next is the Grand Ballroom, the city’s largest hotel ballroom. Its Foyer, Promenade Sutton Hall and Nassau ballroom complex are scheduled to be completed by end of third quarter 2014.

Alas, despite the renovations, Hilton still isn't bringing back room service or a full-service restaurant.

[Photo: Hilton Midtown New York]

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Bath's Royal Crescent Gets a Refreshing Makeover

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  Site Where: 16 Royal Crescent, Bath, United Kingdom, BA1 2LS
April 18, 2014 at 1:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

This famous curvy building is so big you have to go to the next town just to take a picture of it.

This week, a rather well known resident of Bath, England, The Royal Crescent Hotel, unveiled its stylish and historically-inspired new look. The hotel has one of the best addresses in town, at No. 16 Royal Crescent, a world-recognized landmark of architecture and urban planning dating to 1767.

The renovation followed the high-profile bankruptcy and auction of the Von Essen Hotel portfolio, which included this Georgian gem. The hotel was purchased in 2012 by private investment firm Topland Group, who proceeded with the much needed upgrades.

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DoubleTree Hilton Boston Wraps Its $8.6 Million Facelift

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  Site Where: 821 Washington St. [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02111
April 16, 2014 at 10:38 AM | 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.

For a hotel located across the street from a hospital, you’d think that that the DoubleTree Hilton Boston would have had a facelift sooner. But this month the property announced the completion of an $8.6 million renovation that gave the 267 guest rooms a much needed new look. That's the "Before" picture above. Now brace yourself for the "After" shot below.

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Before and After: The Renaissance Long Beach Goes from Grandma to Pretty Young Thing

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  Site Where: 111 East Ocean Boulevard [map], Long Beach, CA , United States, 90802
April 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

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.

Ok. Let's be honest. The only good thing that we can say about this old room at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Long Beach, Calif. is that we're loving the Queen Mary outside the window. Everything else though, can go. And fortunately that's exactly what happened.

The Renaissance has just finished an $8 million renovation that upgraded each of the 374 guest rooms, including the 14 suites and the presidential suite, as well as the lobby, the Club Lounge and the fitness center. Work on the pool is set to begin soon.

Well, what are you waiting for? Take a look at how the rooms look now!

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Lodge at Vail Announces More Renovations Plans This Summer

April 8, 2014 at 9:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

After celebrating its 50th birthday last year, The Lodge at Vail will give guests a present of their own in the form of significant renovations that will start in August and be completed in time for next winter.

Recent renovations remodeled the hotel's International Wing in 2008 and the pool in 2013, and now the remaining 56 rooms will be revamped entirely, including interior finishes, furnishings, soft goods, lighting, and the installation of air conditioning. The corridors, main stairways, and lobby will also get facelifts, the latter receiving new furnishings, textiles, paint, artwork, and lighting "designed to maintain the authentic character and cozy ambiance for which the boutique hotel is known."

The entire property will remain open during the renovations, but it is definitely something to keep in mind should you be looking to visit Colorado this fall. All improvements should be done sometime in December, so you should be safe in booking a January stay. We'll let you know if there are any major delays, and we look forward to checking out the property ourselves and passing on our thoughts once it is completed. Above are the renderings of what to expect.

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Portland's Governor Hotel Gets Re-Elected as Sentinel Hotel

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  Site Where: 614 SW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR, 97205
April 7, 2014 at 10:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

One of Portland’s most revered landmarks, and one of its prettiest buildings, has now been re-branded as Sentinel Hotel (No "THE" needed.)

Formerly the Governor Hotel, Sentinel retains its predecessor’s legacy and provides a great example of repositioning a historic property into a 21st century hotel.

The hotel takes its new name affectionately from a design detail that is repeated along the roof parapet. The consensus is that these robot-looking, terra cotta carvings represent sentinels--protectors or guardians--looking out over the city.

The building, robot sculptures and all, opened in 1909 as the Seward Hotel and in 1932, was renamed the Governor Hotel. Following a rather sizeable stint as a carpet store post WWII, the "Governor" was re-elected, so to speak, as a luxury hotel in 1992. This incorporated a circa 1923 building next door, which is now a National Landmark and provides the beauteous historic backdrop for the hotel’s main public areas and event spaces.

Provenance Hotels purchased the Governor in April 2012 in partnership with Woodbine Development Corporation. Together, they dropped $6 million on renovations for the hotel that included the guest rooms, four floors of meeting space and the lobby along with new F&B--Jake's Restaurant and the Jackknife bar.

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Watch for a New and Improved Watch Hill Inn, Launching This Summer

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  Site Where: 44 Bay Street [map], Watch Hill, RI, United States, 02891
March 31, 2014 at 12:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

One of the oldest inns in America, Watch Hill Inn is getting a youthful makeover as it prepares to re-launch this summer as an all-suite boutique hotel. A joint venture is in place between Watch Hill Properties and Ocean House Management, who also run the 5-star Ocean House, a short walk away, and nearby Weekapaug Inn. Co-mingling of guests and facilities of this hotel threesome is part of the game plan.

The historic inn fronting Watch Hill Harbor dates to 1845 and is considered one of the oldest purpose-built inns in the country. Yeah, age is just a number and the 169-year old inn will undergo a few constructive nips and tucks that will ideally attract a younger generation of leisure traveler. The well-to-do traveler that is, based on the proposed villa concept.

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The Sanderson and St Martins Lane Hotels Freshen Up Their Minimalist Vibe

March 31, 2014 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

With so many new hotels now open in London (and more to come), it's no surprise that two of the original boutique hotels in town--The Sanderson and St Martins Lane--have gotten an updated look, focusing on "comfort and simplicity." But don't worry, these stylish hotels still retain the minimalist look that made them "hotel famous."

Interior designer Tim Andreas of Banjo Ad Inc, who has worked on other Morgans Hotels, took charge of the renovations for both hotels. At the Sanderson, Andreas gave the 150 guest rooms new custom pieces like a cozy built-in banquette, a "Tchin Tchin" chair, custom rugs and hand-painted designs on the blackout shades. Here's a more official, and detailed, description:

The rooms will introduce a new sense of modern, paying tribute to the baroque era. Tim’s designs are inspired by decorative motifs from the 17th century including decorative, plaster trophy designs, elaborate wood oak carvings and hand-blocked scenic wallpaper to reflect the serenity and comfort of an English Manor House. With minor updates to the bathroom design, it remains encased in a glowing floor-to-ceiling glass box wrapped in golden layers of sheer curtains.

More importantly, these rooms got a tech upgrade, adding new flat-screen smart TVs, media hubs with USB charging, and additional charging stations near the bed.

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A Look at 4 of South Lake Tahoe's Newly Renovated Hotels

March 27, 2014 at 1:31 PM | by | Comment (1)

South Lake Tahoe's newest hotel, the Landing.

Despite eight ski resorts in the greater Tahoe area, winter is actually the region's offseason and, this year, it has seen an impressive amount of renovation take place in anticipation of the busy summer season. Below, we take a look at some South Lake properties that have been brushed up of late:

The Landing

It's the newest hotel in Tahoe having just opened at the end of last year, and it's also South Lake's most high-end boutique resort. We told you about the bathrooms that sport the manliest hotel amenity ever, and that novelty is just a tiny aspect of what makes the lake-front Landing impressive. Its in-house, wood-fire Greek restaurant, Jimmy's, is perhaps the best dining in town (we recommend going with the tapas), and its position on the lake results in killer views. A full-service spa, free wine tasting, valet parking, and in-room fireplaces round out the perks. Rates start at $199/night.

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