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Almost two years after Sydney's iconic Observatory Hotel changed owners to become The Langham Sydney, the property will close its door to undergo a massive renovation to make the space a lot more, well, Langham.
The first day of renovations is scheduled for July 24. Over the next four months, all 96 guest rooms, the lobby, dining areas and the residential-style ballroom will see a bit more than a few new coats of paint. Spending around $30 million AUD, the hotel will install a new design element, to bring it more in-line with their other properties around the globe.
Each of the rooms will trade their stuffy, dated interior for a more modern, white-washed decor with herringbone hardwood-floors, modern furnishings and gold and teal accents marrying high-end luxe with colonial charm. Being one of the only hotels in Sydney to offer balconies in each room, guests will be able to enjoy the near perfect Sydney weather from the comfort of their own room.
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Who would have thought that a hotel located in one of Sydney's most stunning spots on The Rocks would need to embark beautification process? Well, the folks over at Pier One Sydney Harbour decided to pretty things up a bit after the ownership of the hotel changed hands.
Earlier this year, Pier One became part of Marriott's Autograph Collection and thus they decided to really wow their
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For the next 17 weeks, the hotel will be overhauling their lobby, dining and bar facilities to better fit in with their new brand. One thing that won't be changing is the 100-year old character of the building and the stunning views across Sydney Harbour. Originally built as a working cargo wharf and passenger transit facility, the hotel now offers a modern and contemporary stay steeped in history with some rooms offering the closest thing you can get to an overwater bungalow in an urban setting.
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.”
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:
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.
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.
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 lobby – will 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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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.
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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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.
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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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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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.