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This time last year, the San Clemente Palace was a shuttered, slightly battered grand old hotel in Venice, quietly wasting away on her own private island.
How things have changed – because after being picked up by Starwood and promptly closed for €25m of renovations, the St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace is now open. Doesn’t she look better?
The Ocean Terrace Inn in St. Kitts, located in the capital city of Basseterre, has officially reopened its doors following a major renovation during a one-year hiatus. It began taking guests earlier this month. Closed in April 2014 for the rebranding, the 50-room property is the oldest boutique hotel in St. Kitts and its sister island Nevis.
Another day, another hotel makeover, but here’s one that’s as refreshing as its name. The Hotel Royal at Evian Resort is wrapping up a 2-year renovation and will re-open on July 1.
The Hotel Royal is one of two luxe hotels (plus a golfer's retreat) on the lands of the iconic Evian Mineral Water. The hotel, aging gracefully since 1905, has received the full rejuvenating package with a top-to-bottom makeover -including a new top floor.
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Just shy of two years, that’s how long it will take between hearing about The Lanesborough London’s renovation plans (that was in August 2013) and seeing their result: reservations at the Hyde Park Corner hotel are open from July 1.
That isn’t to say that the official opening date will be July 1 though, as the hotel isn’t committing to that yet – who knows, it may be earlier. As always, with live reservations come a few more details, like room types among the total of 50 rooms and 43 suites. The 50 rooms are split between Deluxe and Executive; a Queen bed in either category gives you a shower and single vanity, while a King comes with shower, bath, and double vanity. Above a rendering of a Deluxe Room (we’re still a step away from actual photography); matching patterns between headboard / bedspread / curtains / chair / armchair / bench makes us a little nervous, but we’re hoping Alberto Pinto’s eye ensures it will work in real life. A Deluxe Room starts from £575 ($860) a night, but the first weekend of July seems to come at a premium, with rates starting at £750 ($1,050) a night.
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Slowly, but surely, the last of the hotels extensively damaged by Hurricane Odile last September are opening again in Cabo, Mexico. The other week we let you know One & Only Palmilla will reopen April 20. Now, we hear the Hilton Los Cabos will reopen July 1, almost a year later.
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We’ve just talked about Thompson Hotels heading to Cabo (June 13 will see the opening of The Cape), but six weeks before that, One&Only Palmilla will come back, finally reopening on April 20 after recovering from the impact of Hurricane Odile.
Here is part of the statement from the hotel’s website:
The entire One&Only Palmilla team is looking forward to welcoming our guests back to the resort as of 20 April 2015. Hurricane Odile significantly impacted One&Only Palmilla and the entire area of Los Cabos. Our team is working hard to bring back our beloved resort and to delivering a true One&Only experience.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude for all of the supportive thoughts and generous contributions from friends, past guests, colleagues and business partners following Hurricane Odile's devastating impact. Through everyone's generosity we raised just over $216,000 including contributions from Kerzner International and other Kerzner-managed resorts. Funds have now been distributed to help One&Only Team Members rebuild their homes and their lives.
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Back in November, we told you about the gas explosion that occurred at the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, which led to the evacuation, and subsequent closure, of the hotel. The “foreseeable future” time frame that was attached to that closure was sad to see, but we can tell you that things are looking up: after four months, the hotel is open again.
We can find a King Room this coming Friday for £290 ($433) a night, which goes up £40 ($60) if you include breakfast. An additional bit of good news is that the hotel has taken the closure to not only do the repairs necessary after the incident, but kick off a multi-million pound renovation of the rooms and suites as well. That renovation should be complete by the summer; we don’t have any visuals of the changes yet, but will share them when we have more details.
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Our scepticism about that (already delayed) March reopening for The Lanesborough London turned out not to be unfounded – the hotel now talks about an “end of Spring” return. That makes our estimate of June(ish) feel about right, and a recent walk by Hyde Park Corner does show some progress: the scaffolding that has obscured the hotel from view for so long is starting to come down.
Underneath is a freshly painted/cleaned exterior, and a few glimpses of the interiors are available courtesy of The Lanesborough butlers having taken to Twitter. Hashtags and the Albert Pinto-designed Regency interiors may seem a little incongruous, but among all that period design will be some advanced technology in the form of Crave tablets. From booking a spa treatment to getting a hold of your butler, all you need is the tablet.
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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.
It's been a rough four months for the The Resort at Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. First, it had to deal with the devastation that was caused by Hurricane Odile.
Then the luxury resort had to pick up the management pieces after the resort owners booted Capella Hotels from the property. After a bit of a legal tussle, it looks like Capella has backed down and the property will take on a new identity as The Resort at Pedregal. Coincidentally, the hotel has erased their Facebook history. The new page only has
3 four likes and all new photos.
Rates next weekend start at $900 a night. No, that's not in pesos. That's in USD. Whooeee.
While a lot of work has been done on the property, it seems as if the rooms will remain the same as when we stayed there last year.
Keep reading for more Cabo reopening dates!
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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.