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The Anaheim Marriott is a New Marriott Through and Through

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  Site Where: 700 W Convention Center Way [map], Anaheim, CA, United States, 92802
February 19, 2015 at 7:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the past couple of years, Marriott Hotels have rolled out quite a few important, and relevant, new amenities and services. So many, that we're kind of in disbelief at how far Marriott has come, aside from that whole hotspot blocking biz of course.

Just 10 years ago, Marriott Hotels felt very out of touch with the emerging breed of savvy travelers who want new technology and good design. Marriott Hotel furniture was often depressing, the carpeting was usually an eyesore, while lobby socializing was nonexistent, and the services were almost always at an added fee. There was also a complete lack of innovation. Just sell a room, check in the guest then collect their money.

But today, even though Marriott would never be considered a boutique or lifestyle brand, it is giving guests a thoroughly modern experience. Here's how:

The WiFi is free-ish (so long as you are a member of Marriott Rewards and book directly through Marriott), the furniture is still corporate but definitely more appealing (and in some cases, even stylish), the technology in the rooms has been upgraded to include flat-screen TVs and plenty of outlets, and you can even check-in and check-out of your room through the Marriott Mobile App. They've also shown their softer side with employees, by introducing these tip envelopes.

One hotel that's got all that's new and shiny about Marriott to show off is the Anaheim Marriott at Disneyland.

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Hotel Zephyr is Phasing Out The Radisson Fisherman's Wharf in San Fran

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  Site Where: 250 Beach Street [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94133
February 19, 2015 at 4:14 PM | by | Comments (2)

Fly away on my zephyr...

While seemingly every other city in the United States has been riding the hotel boom of the past few years, San Francisco has been lagging, with only a handful of new hotels to show off. But change is in the air. SF is now Hot AF.

We've just heard about the major rebranding of the Mandarin Oriental into a Loews Hotel. Before that, the founders of Viceroy Hotels announced their new brand, Proper Hotels, will open their first hotel in the mid-Market neighborhood by the end of the year.

Last summer, we also heard about Yotels plan for "chic capsule cabins" in SF and there is still an unnamed boutique hotel coming to the SOMA nabe near AT&T Park. (Virgin Hotels, maybe?)

There are also lots of re-brandings and transformations of several properties happening throughout the city, including this one.

The Radisson Fisherman's Wharf is undergoing a major "re-imagination" to emerge as the Hotel Zephyr, operated by Davidson Hotels & Resorts. Yes, it's totally a millennial hotel but we'd take that over a Radisson any day.

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The Peninsula Chicago to Get a Makeover, Inspired By Sister Hotels in Paris, Hong Kong and Shanghai

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  Site Where: 108 East Superior [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60611
February 19, 2015 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Peninsula Chicago, which opened in 2001, is undergoing a guest room overhaul this year, perhaps to freshen up before new luxury hotels like LondonHouse and Nobu hit the scene. Details are sparse, but here’s what we know. All 339 rooms and suites will be redesigned, with the new décor inspired by the best elements of other Peninsula properties such as:

Accent details from the Peninsula Paris:

Distinct wood and leather finishes from the Peninsula Hong Kong;

Elegant color palettes from the Peninsula Shanghai:

Can you picture a combination of these features? Well, we can’t either but look forward to seeing the most likely beautiful result.

The hotel will up its game in the technology space as well: in-room proprietary Peninsula touch tablets will feature 11 different languages and will control everything in the room from the curtains to the Nespresso machine, plus complimentary long-distance calling via VOIP technology.

Peninsula Chicago enthusiasts, what would you like to see in the newly designed rooms? Do tell.

Peninsula Chicago enthusiasts, what would you like to see in the newly designed rooms? Do tell.

[Photos courtesy of Peninsula Hotels/HotelChatter]

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The Goring Is Closed for the First Time in 105 Years, But at Least It's Not for Long

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  Site Where: Beeston Place, London, United Kingdom, SW1W 0JW
February 16, 2015 at 8:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Things we never expect to change in London:
The royal family.
The never-ending roadworks.
The inability to make any kind of eye contact on public transport.
That bastion of poshness, the Goring Hotel.

Edit: those were things we never expected to change until this weekend, when we walked past the Goring and found it closed – closed! For the first time in its 105-year history! – for renovation.

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The New GM of the Marriott London Park Lane is a Handy Man

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  Site Where: 140 Park Lane, London, United Kingdom, W1K 7AA
February 9, 2015 at 9:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

There are hands on hotel General Managers, and then there are hands on hotel General Managers.

The new GM of the London Marriott Park Lane, Nicolas Kipper, is one of the latter.

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Sleeping is the Last Thing You'll Do in The Dream Downtown's New 'GuestHouse'

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  Site Where: 355 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
February 6, 2015 at 3:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

This is definitely not your mother’s penthouse suite, but for its unique design, funky features, and creative amenities, could be the “mother of all penthouses” for the hip (or hip hop) Manhattan lifestyle seeker.

The zany world of hotel penthouse design just got a new entry and the bar is now officially raised. Dream Hotels, the artsy brand that dares to go where no one else goes, has unveiled the new GuestHouse at Dream Downtown. With its vibrant design and endless amenities, sleeping is probably not high on the list of things to do.

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We Go Inside Every Signature Suite at The Loews Regency New York

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  Site Where: 540 Park Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10065
February 6, 2015 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

After hearing about the special Signature Suites inside the Loews Regency New York since last summer, including one designed by Nate Berkus, this hotel design nerd was pretty excited to finally get to explore every high-end nook and cranny at an event hosted by Loews earlier this week. Here are her reactions:

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The Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas are Looking 'Sheepish' These Days

February 4, 2015 at 9:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

After New Year's, after CES and after the Super Bowl, comes the fourth biggest holiday/event of the year, so far, for Las Vegas--Chinese New Year--where most Vegas casinos celebrate the only way they know how--by going over the top with the parties, events, shows and decorations.

Here's what we saw when we popped into the Waterfall Atrium at The Venetian/Palazzo the other weekend.

This Chinese New Year is the Year of the Goat but there were a few different variations of the animal on display from rams to adorable baby sheep. (In truth, this year can be either/or ram, goat or sheep.) According to the resort, they consulted with a feng shui master to pull together the impressive display. We quite liked the informational tidbits that we saw as well that explained the meaning of the coins and other parts of Chinese New Year.

But aside from the decorations, The Venetian/Palazzo will throw a huge Eye Ceremony and Lion Dance on February 19 at 3pm with celebrations continuing on property through March 8.

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The Martha Washington Hotel Is Now Exclusively Ladylike

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  Site Where: 29 East 29th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10016
February 3, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | Comment (1)

Last time we checked in on the Martha Washington Hotel, it had just opened “exclusively for everyone” (as opposed to exclusively for wimmen, as it was in its heyday), but was still largely sporting the same décor as the hotel’s previous incarnation as the Hotel Lola.

Four months on, the Martha Washington is still exclusively for everyone, but its décor has got a little more exclusive, thanks to the refurb by Annabelle Selldorf, which has just been completed.

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The Sandymount Is the Latest Dublin Hotel to Get a New Look

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  Site Where: Herbert Road, Sandymount, Dublin, Ireland, 4
January 30, 2015 at 9:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

You wait for ages for the Dublin hotel scene to switch things up, and then lots of things happen at once. Following the Dean’s opening, the next property to go under the hammer (literally speaking) is the Sandymount, a family-owned, historic hotel from 1955, though the building – or buildings, rather – dates from 1866, when it was a row of houses.

History, of course, is only good in a certain way, so right now they’re refurbishing 60 bedrooms at a cost of €1m.

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The Carlyle New York to Get a Makeover From Tony Chi and Associates

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  Site Where: 35 E. 76th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10021
January 26, 2015 at 3:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel & Resort, is not just a hotel where Kate Middleton would stay while visiting New York, it is also a hotel where we would spend the end of our days.

It is an Upper East Side institution, a quintessentially New York experience which, provided you have the funds for a night's stay, will make you feel not like a guest passing through but rather, an actual resident and this place has been your home all along.

When we stayed there in 2008, we knew the rooms may not have been the most modern rooms on the block, but they were classic and clean and so very well-maintained. But that was seven years ago. Even though some rooms have received a soft goods upgrade since that time, The Carlyle is ready for a change.

Which is why we are thrilled to hear that NYC-based Tony Chi, the man behind the gorgeous Rosewood London is taking on The Carlyle's upcoming renovation project.

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The Musicians Have Landed at London's K West

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  Site Where: Richmond Way, London, United Kingdom, W14 0AX
January 26, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (2)

Shepherd’s Bush doesn’t sound like the most rock n roll of London addresses, until you think about all those pop stars who’ve played the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, and those who performed in what was once Kensington House, a BBC studio – and a building that’s now the K West Hotel.

And so the hotel – which is often overlooked by London visitors, thanks to its location – is going all out to channel the music vibe, with a subtle rock refurbishment of the public areas and an ‘afternoon tea’ in the shape of late night munchies.

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