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The Iconic Evian Resort Royal Drinks to the Completion of Its Renovation

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  Site Where: South Shore of Lake Geneva, Evian, France, 74500
July 8, 2014 at 4:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Clearly one of the feature spaces in the hotel is the restaurant Les Fresque, beneath its historic frescoed, vaulted ceilings

Evian, the icon of bottled natural hydration, and decades of brilliant marketing, has completed a multi-million Euro renovation of the luxury hotel neighboring their famous mineral springs. The Evian Resort Royal , built in 1909, sits on the French side of Lake Geneva, surrounded by 45 acres of parkland which it shares with the Evian Ermitage and Le Manoir du Golf, a “refuge for golfers.”

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Hilton to Debut a New Look for the Concorde Paris Opera in September

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  Site Where: 108 Rue Saint Lazare, Paris, France, 75008
July 3, 2014 at 1:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Already, the pending arrival of the Peninsula Paris has other luxury hotels in town shaking in their fashionable, custom-made boots.

Yet while the Concorde Paris Opera isn't quite on the same luxe level as the Shangri-La, The Mandarin Oriental or the George V, the hotel has decided to take on a rather expensive makeover, to the tune of $50 million. After which, it will also turn into a Hilton. The Hilton Paris Opera to be precise. (We covered the Concorde rebranding news here.)

First signs of the new look should debut in September with the finished product, which is being overseen by Parisian based ERTIM Architects in collaboration with Richmond International of London, to be ready by early next year. The hotel will remain open throughout the construction but in the end, all 268 rooms will be made over and a new bar will be introduced. Here are the details:

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There's Another New Hotel Coming to Las Vegas (Well, Kinda)

July 1, 2014 at 8:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

The jazzy, bright and LED-screen heavy Quad Hotel and Casino, which replaced the fading Imperial Palace on the Las Vegas Strip last year, is already getting tuned out.

Caesars Entertainment announced today that the Quad will undergo more than $200 million worth of additional renovations to turn into the LINQ Hotel & Casino, capitalizing on the adjacent LINQ shopping and entertainment district that opened this spring and which culminates in the soaring High Roller observation wheel.

The Quad/LINQ has been slowly renovating its 2,256 rooms and suites which should be finished this fall as will the much-needed renovation of the exterior, which is still from the Imperial Palace days. A new spa and a new pool deck will open in early 2015. Yet, the energy of The Quad should remain as Caesars is hoping to attract millennial travelers using "social interaction" by "catering to the 'connected' consumer.

Tariq Shaukat, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Caesars Entertainment, hinted at all this saying, "The resort will provide guests with a highly social and connected environment, with all the great restaurants, shops and experiences available at the LINQ Promenade right at their fingertips.” The LINQ. Yup, there's probably going to be a couple of apps for that.

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W Chicago-Lakeshore Unveils Their Very Swish New Look

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  Site Where: 644 N. Lake Shore Drive [map], Chicago , IL, United States, 60611
July 1, 2014 at 3:25 PM | by | Comments (2)

Sleeker. Sexier. Sassier.

Those are the three words used to describe the freshly revealed design of W Chicago Lakeshore after a massive renovation that made this beach-side stunner even more stunning.

Forking over about $38 million dollars for a much-needed refresh of the 520 guest rooms and suites, corridors, and even building exterior, the only hotel that overlooks Lake Michigan is once again the hotspot for visitors. And for locals too thanks to a few new restaurant and lounge offerings.

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Hotel Okura Tokyo Will Close Next Year Until 2019

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  Site Where: 2-10-4 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
June 27, 2014 at 8:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

Tokyo’s Toranomon Hills Tower may have only just opened, Andaz hotel and all, but one of the classic hotels nearby is planning its own future skyscraper already: the Hotel Okura Tokyo – famous for its 1960s time capsule lobbywill close next year August for four years of redevelopment.

Come February 2019, a brand new two-tower complex should be finished, which will increase room count from just over 400 to 550, adding office space in the process. Design will maintain “traditional Japanese aesthetics” while bringing in all the latest technological equipment – and looking at some of the room photos on the hotel’s website, they look like they could use some work. Half of the hotel’s grounds will be turned into a green “metropolitan oasis”.

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Before and After: The Donovan House in D.C. Get Kimpton-ized

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  Site Where: 1155 14th St Nw [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20005
June 23, 2014 at 5:21 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.

The Donovan House in Washington, DC started life as a Thompson Hotel (and before that, a Holiday Inn) but now, under the Kimpton Hotels flag, the hotel has gotten well, Kimpton-ized.

Above is how the Donovan House looked at the height of its Thompson times. Pretty standard, but still rico suave. Now, click below to see what the rooms look like today after a multi-million dollar renovation of all rooms and suites.

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Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo Will Start 4 Years of Renovations in October

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  Site Where: Place du Casino, Monte Carlo, Monaco
June 4, 2014 at 9:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

And so the wave of grande dame hotels embarking on major renovations continues: this time, it’s the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, in the tiny principality of Monaco, which will start four years’ worth of work this October.

While we initially thought the hotel would close its doors entirely, it’s taking a slightly different approach and will continue to operate “on a reduced scale”. In order to prepare for the work, the hotel will indeed shut from October 6 to mid-December, but reopen for the holiday season, with full work kicking off on January 18 next year.

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Check Out the Renovated 169-Year-Old Watch Hill Inn, Reopening in June

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  Site Where: 44 Bay St. [map], Watch Hill, RI, United States, 02891
May 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

We should all look so good at 169.

As reported earlier this year, Rhode Island’s historic Watch Hill Inn has undergone a renovation — and now we learn that the bandages come off on June 6. Starting then you’ll be able to gaze upon the newly nipped, tucked, and enhanced visage of the property that is considered one of the country’s first purpose-built inns. Back in the glory days of electric trolleys and scarcely glimpsed ankle flesh, these sassy ocean-side accommodations were hosting everyone from Clark Gable to Henry Ford. (Not that a lady likes to brag.)

Today its looks will attract a more contemporary breed of moneyed young bucks. Watch Hill Inn has 18 villa-style suites ranging from 650- to 4000-square feet in size, and they’re all flouting a “contemporary coastal” design: creams and blues with nautical accents and modern tech like in-room iPads, wireless music systems and Apple TV. (The three-bedroom penthouse has its own media room. Nice.)

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The Lanesborough London's Reopening Has Been Delayed Until March 2015

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  Site Where: Hyde Park Corner, London, United Kingdom
May 29, 2014 at 5:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

Having closed just before Christmas last year, The Lanesborough London has been hiding under scaffolding and protective wrapping for its extensive renovations.

At the time of closure – and based on a sign that was displayed on its front door until not too long ago – we had hoped for a return just before the 2014 festive season. But the first delay is already in the bag: the hotel’s website now talks about reopening on March 31, 2015.

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Go Big or Go Home: $75M Reno Biggest Ever at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City

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  Site Where: 1 rue des Carrières , Québec City, Québec, Canada, G1R 4P5
May 27, 2014 at 5:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you’ve never been to this Gothic revival-style grand hotel dominating Québec City’s skyline, you should know that renovating Le Château Frontenac would be like renovating a castle (the hotel even has ramparts!). But renovate they did and paid the princely price of $75 mill to revamp the 611-room, 120-year-old property. Wowza!

Compared to when this writer last stayed at the hotel about seven years ago, the lobby-to-roof reno looks to have kept the property’s elegant classical interior while updating textures and adding a more contemporary color palette.

Some of the nifty new things include the changes made to the Fairmont Gold level, Fairmont’s version of the Club Level. The room count went from 45 to 60 rooms and the private lounge – with dedicated concierge, morning breaky, evening hors d’oeuvres, and honor bar – has been consequently expanded and gussied up.

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The Sheraton Park Lane Hotel London Is Finally Up for a Renovation

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  Site Where: Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom, W1J 7BX
May 22, 2014 at 9:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Lanesborough may have closed late last year for its year and a half overhaul, but it looks like another Starwood sibling in London will finally be getting its turn to go in for a little refresh too: the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel will start a full renovation this autumn.

Technically on Piccadilly and not Park Lane, the hotel’s snooze-inducing décor in its 303 guestrooms (which is much less fresh-looking than the above image would suggest) is not something that many will miss we think.

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The Wyndham New Yorker is Under Renovation But The Killer Views Can't Be Touched

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  Site Where: 481 8th Avenue & 34th Street [map], New York, New York, United States
May 21, 2014 at 1:18 PM | by | Comment (1)

While it is not the sexiest part of town, it makes sense that so many tourists decide to stay in Midtown, especially those visiting for the first time. Not only does it provide direct access to the major attractions of Times Square, the Empire State Building, and Madison Square Garden, but its central location makes it just as easy to go to Central Park as it does Brooklyn.

Last weekend, we swung through to check out what's happening at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel on 34th and 8th, which was rebranded as a Wyndham earlier this year and has since kicked off a 5-year renovation plan as it makes the change. (The hotel's iconic New Yorker Hotel sign will of course, remain.)

The outside is sporting the scaffolding as an exterior revamp is underway, yet most of the rejuvenation will be felt indoors. Fifty-seven guest rooms will be added by the end of the year to bring the total to 1,083, as well as a new wine bar (fall 2014), a spruced up lobby, and the introduction of the Wyndham personality.

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