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Best Hotel Renovation: Loews Regency New York

December 31, 2014 at 11:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of year again: the 2014 HotelChatter Awards! Today and tomorrow, we'll be showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to...

So many renovations, so little time! This year we’ve loved the fierce new looks that hotels have been coming up with. Special mentions have to go to the Evian Resort Royal in France, and Berlin’s DVF-furnished Hotel Zoo. Over in LA, which we’ve already pledged our allegiance to, we’ve been intrigued by the progress on the Beverly Garland in North Hollywood. But the renovation to better all renovations? That has to be the Loews Regency in Midtown Manhattan.

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Hotel Figueroa to Suffer a Modern Makeover Next Year

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  Site Where: 939 South Figueroa Street #930 [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90015
December 24, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comment (1)

File under things you already knew: Downtown LA is, apparently, the place to be. File under things you might not have known: Downtown LA has the best preserved pre-1950s buildings in the United States. Really! When you wander around like we did the other week, saying “Why, it’s like Chicago, but better,” it really is. Which is why we’re sad to hear of the renovations coming up at one of its most historic hotels, the Figueroa.

This HC member only got her first glimpse of the Fig this month, but one foot in the door was enough to know it was true love*. The coffin-shaped pool. The Moroccan interiors. The belly dancers entertaining a Christmas party in the bar, while off duty cops ate in the kasbah-like lobby. It was like a film set. My god, this is what America is all about!

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A First Look at Delta's New Flagship Hotel in Toronto

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  Site Where: 75 Lower Simcoe Street, Toronto, Canada
December 23, 2014 at 1:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Toronto's Southcore financial district has a new, accommodating kid on the block that should fit right in with all those snazzy business suits and dresses. The all-Canadian brand Delta Hotels & Resorts has initiated its extreme makeover with the debut of its new flagship, the 567-room Delta Toronto, which opened last month. Reinventing itself as a sophisticated-yet-youthful luxury brand, was the name of the game for Delta's reinvention; and it seems they've succeeded, thanks to the sterling work of internationally acclaimed Champalimaud Design.

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The Gershwin is Dead, Long Live The Evelyn

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  Site Where: 7 East 27th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10016
December 22, 2014 at 9:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Deluxe Queen

You knew it as The Gershwin. But it appears the chic little NoMad hotel has quietly undergone gender reassignment; because without letting anyone know, or closing down, it’s just come out of a $30m renovation and is celebrating by changing its name to The Evelyn.

At least, it’s just finished the first renovation phase. All 160 rooms have now been redone. Next year, they’ll be tackling the public spaces.

The new rooms have been designed by Silvia Sofio, and reference Art Nouveau (we would have guessed Deco, tbh, but what do we know). So think sweet, sinuous lines, natural materials and old-style telephones (although we’re not sure what Art Nouveau types would think of the new peekaboo bathrooms).

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Smyth Tribeca Launches New Public Spaces, Fresh Rooms Will Come Soon

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  Site Where: 85 West Broadway & Chambers [map], New York, NY, United States, 10007
December 17, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Thompson Hotels may be planning to head west (Seattle) and south (Nashville), but they’re not forgetting their NYC properties: Smyth Tribeca, which arrived after a much-delayed start just shy of six years ago, finished the first phase of its complete redesign last month.

That includes the entire ground floor, which has been divided in a series of smaller spaces, filled with a mixture of Scandinavian and American mid-century furniture. Above is the Den, with a fireplace that uses Guastavino tile – and if you wonder why that’s significant, it is the same that is used for the ceilings of city landmarks like Grand Central Terminal and Carnegie Hall.

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How Does a Hotel Bring the Beach Indoors? Just Look at the Renaissance Aruba Marina

Where: Oranjestad, Aruba
December 10, 2014 at 4:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Renaissance Aruba Resort is a tale of two hotels. Literally.

Although united under one name and one website, two very different booking options exist: the Marina Hotel or the Ocean Suites. It's confusing, sure, but luckily they're only two blocks apart and connected by a golf cart shuttle that zips across the harbor front.

Are you traveling without children and hoping for a more active location? That's the adults-only Marina Hotel. (pictured above)

Are you a family looking for an ocean view and lots of resort-style pools? Ocean Suites it is.

Both have pools as cool and blue as the Caribbean just outside; both give guests complimentary access to a water taxi to a nearby private island of beaches and flamingoes (more on that to come); and both recently completed renovations to rid the guest rooms of staid patterns and bring the beach indoors.

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Here's the New Look for the Infamous Watergate Hotel

December 10, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comment (1)

Benghazi wasn’t a cover up. Obama does have a birth certificate. All these poor conspiracy theorists – what on earth will they find to fixate on now?

Well, they can always go old school with the news that the Watergate Hotel is set to reopen. After a $125m renovation – which follows years of languishing in disrepair, and then foiled plans to turn it into condos – the plan is to open the doors next summer.

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Marina Del Rey Hotel to Reopen After Renovations This Christmas

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  Site Where: Santa Monica [map], Los Angeles, California, United States
December 9, 2014 at 10:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

As it celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Marina Del Rey Hotel in Marina Del Rey, Calif. has announced that it will reopen on December 22nd after extensive renovations.

The $20 million renovation has turned the hotel into a four-star property, now with a full-service restaurant, 24-hour room service, concierge assistance, an outdoor, marina-facing pool, sundeck, marina-front wedding venue, and over 6,000 square feet of meeting space.

The guest rooms, shown in the cover photo, have been fully revamped, many now with private balconies. The details of the rooms have also been upgraded to include, among other amenities, Egyptian cotton linens. The new restaurant, SALT, is an indoor-outdoor eatery that will serve contemporary California cuisine and fresh seasonal seafood fare.

We’re looking forward to taking a closer look at the renovations sometime in 2015, and will certainly pass on an inside look when we do. Its location makes it one of the closest hotels in Santa Monica to Venice and LAX, so it should draw plenty of interest. Rates start at $239 a night.

[Photo: Pacifica Hotels]

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Dreaming of a White Christmas? Consider These Ski Resort Offerings

December 8, 2014 at 1:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

If a ski trip is on your wish list this holiday season, these resorts have got you covered...maybe not with the powder you're hoping for since that's up to the weather gods, but they have amped up their offerings for the 2014-2015 ski season.

The Lodge at Vail: Half of this resort underwent a renovation in 2008 but now, the rest of The Lodge has gotten an upgrade including the guests rooms which now feature light-colored walls and "soft alpine tones." But we're most interested in the tech upgrades which includes headboards equipped with power outlets, USB ports and old-fashioned reading lights. The large TVs are also compatible with Apple and Samsung products for future smart TV options. The Lodge is offering a variety of specials with rates up to 25 percent off, so long as you book before certain dates.

Limelight Hotel in Aspen: This Downtown Aspen hotel has put all new carpets, drapery and furniture into its 126 guest rooms. The hotel is also offering three new on-mountain adventures, ranging from a pricey powder tour that gives guests a guided tour of the mountains on a snow cat and 10-15 untracked powder runs to a behind-the-scenes tour with Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol. Rates at The Limelight start at $495 a night during the weekend in January but you can save on that rate, if you stay longer.

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Sleep in a Nate Berkus-designed Suite at Loews Regency New York

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  Site Where: 540 Park Avenue & 61st [map], New York, NY, United States, 10065
December 5, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

We said over the summer that entry-level Luxury Kings at the newly renovated Loews Regency Hotel in New York are a pretty excellent room choice already, but now, as the hotel wraps up its overhaul, it’s adding more choice with six designer-led Signature Suites.

You guessed right that one of those designers is Oprah’s own go-to guy Nate Berkus, who redid a 1,000 sq ft one-bedroom suite on the 21st floor. Above the bedroom, which we have to say, like most of his designs, we like a whole lot. It’s contemporary, uncluttered, and with interesting patterns, colors, and materials. More shots of the suite, and others, below.

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Room Demolition Has Begun at The Historic Mayflower Renaissance Hotel

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  Site Where: 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20036
December 4, 2014 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

"Long as I got my suit and tie (and drill), I'm a leave it all on the floor tonight...."

Calling Hotel PR people! Hot new hotel construction awareness trend alert! No longer are time-lapse videos of hotel room renovations the way to spread the news about a hotel's make-over. Instead, it's time to photograph your general manager suited up and wielding a drill. That's right, we fell for it. Now onto the real news at hand.

Perhaps seeking to eradicate all traces of Eliot Spitzer, the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC has kicked off a $20 million renovation project with general manager John Montano overseeing the jack hammer work for demolition for the very first hotel room.

The renovation will fix up all 583 rooms and 74 suites at the historic hotel, which will remain open for business during the work with construction happening floor by floor.

Here's what the new rooms will look like when the makeover is completed, hopefully by March 2015:

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The Langham Sydney, Formerly The Observatory, Has Unveiled Its Fresh New Look

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  Site Where: 89-113 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2000
December 2, 2014 at 12:27 PM | by | Comment (1)

Well, today's the day (well, yesterday if you're in Sydney), that the public gets to truly see what a $30 million AUD renovation on a hotel looks like when The Langham Sydney reveals the fruits of their labor.

If you recall, the folks over at Langham acquired the iconic Observatory Hotel and operated it for a little while with the existing but fairly dated decor while they put time and thought into the full refurbishment. Now, we couldn't be happier they took their sweet time because the results are pretty amazing. Out went the dark wood paneling that was prevalent throughout and in came the light!

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