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Meet Rebecca Robbins, The Benjamin NYC's Sleep Expert
Last year this time, we wondered whether the new trend of sleep ambassador programs was a valuable hotel amenity or just another useless marketing gimmick. During an interview with one such ambassador, we learned about the steps travelers should take to get a better night's sleep at a hotel. Basically, it was a "do this, don't do that" sort of conversation.
But one thing we failed to discuss was whether a sleep ambassador had any impact on a hotel beyond guest suggestions. Is there any concrete impact, or just a list of dos and don'ts? On a recent stay at the Benjamin NYC, we discovered that a sleep ambassador's job is not all about pleading to guests to make good bedtime decisions. During its renovation, The Benjamin actually called upon sleep expert Rebecca Robbins to help design the room.
Turns out, she helped the hotel make decisions surrounding the room's design that are aimed at getting a better night's sleep. Some, like eliminating noise, are obvious. Others, like using analog clocks, go a little under the radar. And chocolate on the pillow? To that, Ms. Robbins says no. Read on to see the complete list.
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The Excelsior Hotel Gallia,now reopened
We’ve covered plenty of 2015 openings as they happened (scroll through here), but there are still some to come, and a couple that have quietly unlocked those doors since we checked in a few weeks ago. Here are the ones to watch:
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“Families look no further than the Grand Wailea”, we said last year when we listed our Must Stay Hotels for Wailea, Maui. The vast resort has an almost overwhelming list of pools, activity slides (including this, which looks terrifying) and other things on its 40 acres of grounds to keep the kids happy.
In order to keep things fresh as well, a major renovation project kicked off last October, which will last throughout this year. Those pools and activity slides were re-tiled in December, and all rooms are getting an overhaul – above, the end result.
Q: Just how many new hotels is it possible for one company on one tiny Mediterranean island to have in 2015?
* The Fiesta Hotel Palmyra is reopening as the Palladium Hotel Palmyra (above). It’s now a 4 star superior, and is beachfront in San Antonio. Interiors have got a refresh, gardens have been added and there’s a new restaurant. It also gets a gym! (#notwhatyoucametoibizafor)
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UPDATE: A rep for the Four Seasons Resorts on Lanai has told us that while the hotels are closed for renovations, the island itself is still open for exploration. Guests can visit the shops, restaurants, a newly renovated movie theater as well as play on the Manele Golf Course. A Summer Golf Special will be offered starting on June 1, which includes 18-ocean-view holes, club rental, prix fixe lunch at VIEWS restaurant and transportation to and from the harbor for only $325. But the rooms are not available for overnight stays.
When we last left you on Lanai, the plan was for some serious renovation and refurbishment to take place at the island’s two main hotels— Four Seasons' two properties, the Lodge at Koele and Manele Bay. Well the time has come, so you'd better hit up Airbnb if you’re looking for accommodation on the Pineapple Isle. Because it's only going to get worse from here.
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A true icon in Chicago's hotel scene, Hotel Burnham has at last given its guest rooms and its equally iconic restaurant, Atwood, a contemporary new look. This is the first time since 1999 the hotel has seen a refresh, replacing classic turn of the century decor with a more modern style.
As one of the America's first skyscrapers, the hotel retained its history as an architectural wonder by using rich woods and sophisticated colors in each of the 122 guest rooms, with bright artwork added to give it some whimsy. The rooms still feature usual Kimpton touches like Frette Linens, a stocked mini-bar and the in-room yoga mat for getting your chi on.
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On Manhattan, Mandarin Oriental New York will be launching 42 refreshed one- and two-bedroom suites inside its Columbus Circle hotel this summer. The inspiration behind the design? Three “unique themes and color palettes – New York Sunrise, New York Dusk and New York Nights”. Each of those aligns to a particular type of suite, with views of the Hudson River or Central Park. Above is the Premier Central Park View Suite, which has killer twilight views.
Another day, another upgrade for Loews Hotels, who have made some rather big moves in 2015, opening Loews Chicago and Loews San Francisco as well as announcing the Loews Regency bran. This time the work is happening on the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson.
Loews has announced that the property will undergo a "multi-million dollar remastering of the guest rooms, meeting space, lobby, fitness center, signature Lakeside Spa and Flying V Bar & Grill."
“We are thrilled to begin the comprehensive renovation at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. It was one of the first hotels I developed from start to finish and has remained an integral part of the Loews Hotels & Resorts portfolio,” said Jonathan Tisch, Chairman, Loews Hotels & Resorts in a statement. “I have personally worked alongside our designers on the new look and feel of the resort, and am eager to see how they will add to the experience of the property.”
The work will begin this month and should be completed before the year is out. However, the resort will remain open while the upgrades are happening.
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Could there be a more attractive phrase than “complimentary gin bar”? Possibly – but in lieu of “hunky private footman”, in-room gin bar will have to do.
The amenity is the idea of Flemings (no apostrophe), the redoubtable, family-owned Mayfair hotel that, until now, has paired super-stylish public areas with slightly less inspiring rooms. But that’s all set to change with a £14m refurbishment, designed to rejuvenate the 129 bedrooms and add a tea lounge, bar and restaurant helmed by a Michelin-starred chef.
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The tony Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas will reopen its doors June 1 – and sounds like the romantic 57-room beachfront resort will be better than ever after a comprehensive repair and renovation following Hurricane Odile. Here’s what to expect:
Guest Rooms: The guestrooms and suites feature warm shades of natural gray, faded blue and white while weathered driftwood-colored woodwork, rustic woven linens, natural leather and metallic tile finishes in bronze and silver add layers of texture. The refreshed bathrooms feature floating double vanities and spacious showers built for two with access to the terrace.
Dining: With a new hand-sculpted ceramic ceviche bar taking center stage, Esperanza's signature Cocina del Mar restaurant will be reintroduced with a cluster of hanging wood cylinder pendant lights that create a sparkling star pattern throughout the palapa in the evenings and candle lanterns will dot the thatched walls, walkways and shady palm trees. The Lounge Bar will have hand-made ceramic agave-shaped lanterns draped from metallic driftwood branches.
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The last hotel on our ramble through Switzerland takes us to the country’s capital of Bern and the uptown chic hotel, the Hotel Schweizerhof Bern (part of Leading Hotels of the World and Swiss Deluxe Hotels).
This 99-room property’s been around for more than 150 years and in 2005 the hotel shut down for a major reno (you know the story: you’re a new owner so you absolutely have to re-decorate) and, six years and 50 million Swiss Francs later, ta-da! Now it’s a stylin' five-star superior property.
Designed by Maria Vafiadis from MKV Design in London, our 410 sq ft Deluxe King Room was decorated in earthy taupes and grays with dramatic stainless steel and black-and-white glass bathrooms. Floors were done in herringbone oak which kept the room warm in feel and the view was of the rooftops of the Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It had the feel of a luxe pied-à-terre.
Room perks include the minibar with its complimentary beer and soft drinks, a Nespresso machine and kettle, free WiFi, locally-made comfy linens, a Japanese soaking tub AND a shower, a window in the bathroom that opens and has the same aforementioned view, and Bulgari White Tea toiletries (this writer’s fave of the Bulgari line).
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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.
Embassy Suites, known for its spacious rooms, free breakfasts and gratis happy hours, has overhauled its downtown San Diego property -- and it's looking quite spiffy. Above is a photo of the lobby before the renovation. Below is the lobby now:
In addition to the lobby enhancements, the restorations included work to the atrium, 341 two-room suites, fitness center, meeting spaces, business center, hallways and guest areas. The hotel now has new flooring, lounge décor and furniture. Catering to frequent business travelers, the property also improved its more than 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space and its technology.
Rates start at $197.
[Photos: Embassy Suites]