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Low-Key Saba Island Now Has a Hotel Spa, Thanks to Queen's Garden Resort

October 21, 2014 at 2:20 PM | by | Comments (2)

The new Frangipane Spa at the Queen's Garden Resort on Saba

If you remember the killer views we showed you last winter that make the Queen's Garden Resort on Saba, the Caribbean island's most luxurious property, you might recall the unfinished building in some of the photos. The work-in-progress was a spa, which was finished earlier this month, just in time for the upcoming Caribbean season.

Called the Frangipani Spa, it features two open air treatment rooms, Finnish sauna, Turkish steam bath, herbal facial aroma pots, waterfall shower, and an outdoor Jacuzzi. Like the hotel, it overlooks Saba's capital, "The Bottom," as well as the mountainside and ocean.

The photos below show a simplistic charm and a hut-like environment, the beige of the wood dominating as a background and allowing the bright Caribbean-colored accents to burst out. So as not to lose sight of the views, the hotel decided to completely leave out one side of the building - a decision we think will turn out to be a really good one. The treatments will use products from SXM Nectar on nearby St. Maarten.

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The InterContinental Barclay Hotel in New York Has Closed, But...

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  Site Where: 111 East 48th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10017
October 1, 2014 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

But only for renovations!

The InterContinental Barclay Hotel on 48th and Park Avenue, and a favorite spot for U.S. Open tennis players, will be closed for the next 18 months for some pretty extensive renovations--about $175 million worth of renos.

The building that currently houses the InterCon first opened in 1926 yet much of the interior decor of the hotel was very stuck in late 1990s and early 2000s. See a shot of the ho-hum guest rooms here on TripAdvisor. Yet in its new reincarnation, the Barclay will be thoroughly modern and updated.

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Before and After: Sixty Soho Shows Off The Sexy Sixty Style

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  Site Where: 60 Thompson Street [map], New York, NY, United States
September 30, 2014 at 6:27 PM | 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.

Sixty Soho, formerly known as 60 Thompson, is the flagship of the newly formed Sixty Hotels collective from the original Thompson Hotels founders, led by Jason Pomeranc. But now that the hotel is no longer a Thompson, it was time to change up the look.

So Sixty enlisted Tara Bernerd & Partners, a London-based interior architecture and design to six, er, sex up the 97-guestrooms as well as the lobby and lobby bar. Here's what the rooms at 60 Thompson used to look like. Keep reading to see the new and improved Sixty Soho...

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Guess Who's Hiding in The Closet at The Beverly Garland Hotel?

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  Site Where: 4222 Vineland Ave [map], North Hollywood, CA, United States, 91602
September 26, 2014 at 2:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Beverly Garland in North Hollywood didn't quite make its intended summer opening but the hotel is pressing ahead with its $20 million, multi-phase redesign.

The hotel, first opened in 1970 by actress Beverly Garland, is in the midst of renovating its 242 guest rooms, 14 suites and public spaces with a hip new look from Forchielli Glynn. We got a glimpse of the intended room design last December but now we've got a peek inside the closet.

Since the hotel has hosted many celebrities (Kurt Cobain allegedly proposed to Courtney Love at the hotel) and has been featured in many TV shows and films, it's only fitting that the wallpaper in the closet contains some paparazzi. Here's a scene from the 1960s movie, La Dolce Vita. For once, entering the closet is going to be thrilling!

The hotel is still open during the renovations and we found a room for next weekend at $369. The following weekend was much cheaper at $279 a night. Popular Los Angeles chef, Warren Schwartz, has opened his Warren's Blackboard restaurant at the hotel but that should changeover to a sustainable dining concept called, The Front Yard, sometime later this year.

[Photo: The Beverly Garland]

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InterContinental Sydney Double Bay Unveils Their Fresh New Design

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  Site Where: 33 Cross Street, Double Bay, NSW, Australia, 2028
September 19, 2014 at 1:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

We already knew that InterContinental planned to take over the former Ritz-Carlton in Sydney and turn it into the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, but today, we've got a few snapshots of the renovated, InterContinentalized space and it looks very sleek.

This bay-side sanctuary half-way between the city center and iconic Bondi Beach will feature restored rare white marble, Parisian-style balconies, a nautical-themed gin bar and an open rooftop retreat. The hotel's design, done by Aussie firm, Bates Smart Architects, will feature a neutral palette, metallic finishings and splashes of pale blue and yellow tones with each room sporting soft blue, white and charcoal furnishings against framed dark timber elements. It's classic decor married with laid-back Aussie style and topped off with a sophisticated European aesthetic.

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San Clemente Palace Will Close in October to Get the St. Regis Treatment

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  Site Where: Isola di San Clemente 1, Venice, Italy, 30124
September 11, 2014 at 8:24 AM | by | Comment (1)

We highlighted both the rooms at Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem and St. Regis San Clemente Palace Venice recently as examples of luxury hotels that failed to inspire with their design. The Waldorf landed on a palette of browns that escapes us and the St. Regis didn’t look like we’d expect it after a €25 million do-over.

Turns out we weren’t wrong to be disappointed: while the Venetian island resort has joined Starwood under the St. Regis brand earlier this year, the closure period that will see those €25 million making a splash starts this October and lasts until spring 2015.

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Stay Warm in One of Loews Santa Monica’s New Beachcomber Fire Pit Rooms

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  Site Where: 1700 Ocean Avenue [map], Santa Monica, California, United States, 90401
September 4, 2014 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

You can now stay warm while you chill out in front of your own personal fire pit at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel’s new Beachcomber Fire Pit Rooms and Suites, where temperatures December through February can plummet to a horrifying 50 F (that’s a shout-out to all of you tough northerners out there who can endure -20 F in January – we’re looking at you Fargo).

With direct access to the beach, these four stylin’ rooms all have terraces with private fire pits so that you can roast some wienies or pig out on s’mores in a more civilised way than backpacking with a tent in tow and searching for kindling (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

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Before and After: The Hotel Teatro Unveils New Restaurant and Lobby Concept

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  Site Where: 1100 14th Street [map], Denver, Colorado, United States, 80202
August 28, 2014 at 2:22 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.

As new hotels continue to open up across the city of Denver, the Hotel Teatro is not letting the new kids in town steal the entire spotlight.

This month, the hotel showed off its recently transformed common areas, including a brand new lobby and restaurant concept. The changes keep the marble and architectural detail of the original 1911 building, but definitely inject a sense of modernism. Let's take a look inside with some before and after photos:

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The Merrion Dublin Has a New Penthouse

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  Site Where: Upper Merrion Street, Dublin, Ireland
August 28, 2014 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

If your list of Dublin hotel room requirements includes things like duplex, roof terrace, and private cedar wood hot tub, the just refreshed Penthouse at The Merrion brings all of those things together. Sixteen years after it was first opened, the hotel has redone the two-floor space, which includes the above master bedroom. Between the furniture (desk chair, sofa), drapes, and colours, it strikes a rather feminine tone to us; more images of the rest of the suite below.

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Hotel MdR Marina del Rey Is Ready for Its DoubleTree Debut

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  Site Where: 13480 Maxella Avenue [map], Marina del Rey, CA, United States, 90292
August 20, 2014 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Warm chocolate-chip cookies at check-in have arrived harbor-side in Los Angeles, with the Hotel MdR in Marina del Rey completing its renovation and joining DoubleTree Hotels.

$7.5 million of refreshments went into both an interior and exterior spruce-up, ranging from a new lobby and revamped pool area to refreshed guestrooms. The last stop on the renovation track has been the opening of restaurant Barbianca Local Kitchen. More shots from inside below.

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More Côte d’Azur Pool Time at Tiara Yaktsa and Miramar

August 15, 2014 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

We may have listed eight of our favorite Côte d’Azur hotel pools earlier this year, but not surprisingly there are many – many – more to choose from. Shortly after our little sample of where you can take a refreshing dip in the south of France, two additional pools joined the list of options with the April reopening of their respective, and renovated, hotels from a small brand we don’t hear much about: Tiara Hotels.

Both are located in Théoule-sur-Mer, a village just west of glitzy Cannes, with above Tiara Yaktsa, a name that conjures up images of Thailand or Indonesia more than it does la douce France for us. The 21 rooms and suites also looks further afield for inspiration, with “Middle-Eastern Moucharaby flair” and a mix of creams and vibrant pinks and purples.

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Another Day, Another Hyatt Hotel In New York: This Time in Herald Square

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  Site Where: 30- 32 West 31st Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10001
August 12, 2014 at 4:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

The rooftop lounge of the Hyatt Herald Square New York offers a memorable historical perspective of Manhattan, worth the price of admission - or your cocktail

Hot on the heels of the newly opened Park Hyatt New York, work is well under way on another Hyatt branded hotel, due to open this October--the Hyatt Herald Square New York .

The Hyatt Herald Square New York has moved into the former Holiday Inn on West 31st Street, a tall, slender, 20-story building completed in 2011. Other than changing the sign on the door, the reported $6 million renovation is concentrated on the interiors and upgrades to Hyatt Hotels corporate standards. The hot new look that we're seeing so far is credited to local firm VLDG, with Paul Vega leading the process. VLDG is no stranger to Hyatt, having also designed the Hyatt Union Square. Vega's concept for this new Hyatt draws inspiration from the surrounding fashion industry and Herald Square’s publishing heritage. These are great subjects for hotel designs, especially when combined under one roof.

The interiors are looking good, featuring the warmth of natural woods, select implosions of color, and another great hotel wingback chair we haven't seen before and must add to our special photo gallery

Hyatt wants you to feel at home, and the Den really does have a comfortable vibe to it - not to mention a nicely stocked bar

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