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We recently had the chance to have a look at the luxe 7,000-acre Casa de Campo in the DR so that we could sus out exactly why celebs like Beyoncé and Jay-Z, The Kardashians, Michael Jordan and the Clintons – even the final two episodes of The Bachelorette last season were filmed here – choose this resort as their tropical home-away-from-home.
We think that the answer is this: When you close your eyes and imagine a chic West Indies design idyll – dark mahogany wood, stone flooring (the native Coralina stone with a distinctive mottled pattern), sandy taupe furnishings, crisp white sun shades and linens to match – this is the place where it actually exists. Add to that rooms that are over 600 sq ft and villas that can be bought or rented and sleep up to 14 people (or more if you’re creative), and it’s quite the set-up.
Lots of room and villa pics below!
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Nearly 18 months after taking over one of Chicago's most "passed around" properties, the Autograph Collection has unveiled a fresh new look for The Hotel Chicago, formerly known as the House of Blues Hotel, then the Hotel Sax.
Marriott's Autograph Collection snapped up the hotel in early 2014, and gave it a very simple new name. Next up was the new look, which debuted earlier this summer. In the "City of Skyscrapers", what else could the theme be for the Hotel Chicago, but some of the most iconic buildings the Windy City has to offer?
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?
It seems like just yesterday we were playing Guess The Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, but fast-forward five years and we’re back—and we’re talking yet another renovation. The ship-shaped hotel formerly known as The Yankee Clipper has been doing its things in Fort Lauderdale for years and years, and after a stint as a Sheraton it has been turned over and turned into the B Ocean Resort.
Upgrades and improvements are scheduled to wrap up early next year, so all those spring breakers will be able to check things out during their ins and outs of sobriety. The Sun Sentinel has all the details, but it sounds like new colors and fun furnishings are just part of the plans.
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Your next stay in San Francisco just got that much better, as there’s one Starwood property throwing open the doors on its latest renovation and remodel.
All in all there’s been $12 million spent on Le Méridien San Francisco, and the place is ready to show off its stuff right in the middle of the city’s Financial District. For those keeping score at home, there are 360 rooms to checkout and of those 80 are sweet suites.
New stuff includes the brand’s signature Le Méridien Hub—think of it as way more than just the lobby, as they spin things into something that operates as coffee shop by day and lounge by night. There are subtle touches in this space reflecting the streets of the city, and even the carpet shows off a little local love. Even the event space and meeting spots have been improved, so if you’re looking for 12,500 square feet of space for your next soiree this place has you covered.
Who knew there was only one Autograph Collection property in Germany until now? And who’d have thought that Dresden would be the second city to get one?
Gewandhause Dresden, which reopened after a major refurbishment in April, has just joined the Berlin’s Hotel am Steinplatz in the Autograph Collection. And while you may not associate Dresden with historic buildings (for obvious reasons), this is in a baroque palazzo dating back to 1768. You’d only really know that from the striking exterior, though - inside it’s all a sleek modern affair, with funky flooring, gauzy white drapes and a rather stunning inner atrium.
A full renovation of the hotel's 117 generously-sized suites is currently underway, led by luxury design firms Smith/Firestone Associates (SFA Design) who will preserve the hotel's best attributes--intimacy and privacy--while bringing the decor up to today's standards of modern luxury.
Here's a detailed description on the modern glamour and high-tech amenities guests will find in the rooms
Guests staying in L’Ermitage's spacious suites (which start at 650 sq feet) will find a sophisticated residential hideaway draped in tranquil hues, subtly accented with bold provocative color. Lavish Venetian cut-glass mirrors reflect caramel-colored walls, shimmering with gold and gray sparkle, leading guests to a celebrity-ready dressing room, complete with a walk-in closet and a selection of mirrors featuring indoor/outdoor lighting settings. In the bedroom, floor-to-ceiling suede and velvet headboards, white onyx and gray marble, eclectic art and inspiring technology align to create a perfect reimagining of this Beverly Hills retreat.
“Our intent was to create a series of unique settings that celebrate the individuality and personalities of L’Ermitage guests,” said Kara Smith, Principal at SFA. “Room Designs were infused with a modern interpretation of the blend of indulgence and sanctuary for which the hotel is famed. The fusion of colors, textures, and curated artwork deliver that perfect realization of the hotel you always wanted to stay in, the home you always wanted to live in, and the space you love to entertain in.”
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It's not often that you hear of a Marriott Hotel being design-forward. Unless, perhaps the word EDITION is attached. Which is why the recent $16-million renovation of the Grand Cayman Marriott is such a breath of fresh (seabreeze) air.
Just look at how welcoming that new entrance is. And doesn't it feel like it's a portal to a lifestyle or boutique hotel? Some beach-chic, independent, pretty young thing? We haven't seen the results of the overhaul in person but the photos and the accompanying brochures have a fresh, modern look that we have not typically associated with Marriott's main brand.
That's because the team at Grand Cayman have created their own concept, The Beach House Experience, complete with its own branding from the typography all the way to the tacos.
Last time we checked in on L’Horizon Palm Springs, the trumped up new name for the midcentury Horizon Palm Springs, it was preparing to reopen after a nearly year-long refurbishment, gunning for the top end PSP clientele.
Well now it’s open, the website is finally up and running (kind of - we still can’t see anything but a seductive lady on the homepage and the reservations tab) and the photos are in. So without further ado, here’s the new look:
With Firmdale’s flagship Ham Yard Hotel a year old, the biggest news we’re waiting for from Tim and Kit Kemp will be anything definitive on their second hotel in New York. In progress on W. 56th Street, we’re hoping to walk by soon to see what we can find, but in the meantime, we’ll settle for updates at a number of London hotels: from new suites to a library and a refreshed garden space.
Given that it’s summer, let’s start outdoors at Number Sixteen, a small townhouse hotel with 41 rooms in South Kensington. Accessed through the Conservatory, the updated garden is an all-day venue for eating and drinking. Private gardens like this are real estate gold in this part of town, so on a warm July day it should be perfect for a lazy breakfast. Everything inside the hotel is in signature Kit Kemp style, but be aware that entry-level single rooms are a teensy 8 sq m (86 sq ft).
Two Bunch Palms celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, but it’s in the last couple of years that it's got really interesting. The resort got new owners in 2012, having been in receivership. Kevin Kelly of Canyon Ranch fame became CEO in July 2013. In September they stripped out the heavy, steakhouse-style restaurant and made a fresher, more Californian area (see it after the jump).
Sandals Resorts seems to be in a renovating kind of mood. First Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Ocho Rios got spiffed up and now the company has announced significant enhancements to Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa to be completed by December 2015.