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Canada Gets Its First Autograph Collection Hotel with the Revamped Algonquin Resort

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  Site Where: 184 Adolphus Street , St Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada, E5B 1T7
March 27, 2014 at 8:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

New Brunswick’s Grande Dame of a hotel, The Algonquin Resort, reopened last week after a one-year “rafters to registration” refurb to become Canada’s first hotel under Marriott’s Autograph Collection brand of independent hotels.

The century-old plus Algonquin Resort’s guest rooms and public spaces were completely redesigned by Toronto designer, Robynne Moncur of Moncur Design. The hotel’s décor reflects its Victorian origins but is re-styled for a modern sensibility, with a living room-style lobby that invites lingering around the two-sided fireplace. The lounge now opens to an outdoor patio that takes in the nightly sunsets over Passamaquoddy Bay in the awesomely-named St. Andrews-by-the Sea.

Each guest room and suite in the 233-room resort includes comfy pillow-top mattresses and bathrobes, radiant heat flooring in the bathrooms so that your tootsies don’t get cold, MP3 players, 32-inch flat screen TVs, in-room coffee, and complimentary in-room movies and WiFi. Select rooms and suites even feature a balcony or patio for you to while away an afternoon with a book — something like Michael Martin’s Lost in Hotels seems appropriate!

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The 2014 Definitive Guide to Canadian Hotel Openings

Where: Canada
January 29, 2014 at 11:03 AM | by | Comment (1)

Drake Devonshire Inn, opening this summer.

When we released our Master List of Worldwide Hotel Openings in 2014, our Canadian hotel section was sparse. Sorry. BUT, news has been coming in from our neighbo(u)r to the north about 2014 hotel openings so we've been able to expand on that section. We'll add this to the Master List soon (sorry again) but here's a dedicated look at what's in store for Canada. Looks like we need to make a trip up there soon, eh?


St. John’s
· JAG Hotel: Spring

· Atlantica Hotel Halifax (reopening): March
· Hampton Inn by Hilton: Spring


· ALT Hotel Montreal Griffintown: Spring

Quebec City
· Fairmont Le Château Frontenac (reopening): June

The rest of the country below!

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The Loews Regency Makeover 'Kept Nothing At All', Except the Breakfast

Where: 540 Park Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10021
December 19, 2013 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Manhattan power breakfasters and NYC-visitors alike won't have to wait much longer for the Loews Regency Hotel in New York to reopen: reservations are currently accepted for stays beginning on January 16, 2014. The highly-anticipated reopening of the Park Avenue property follows a comprehensive $100 million renovation, and includes a new restaurant, salon, spa and four new private meeting spaces.

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The Loews Regency Hotel Will Reopen At Last on January 16

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  Site Where: 540 Park Ave [map], New York, NY, United States, 10021
October 7, 2013 at 1:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Loews Regency Hotel on Park Avenue shuttered its doors last January leaving the NYC's power breakfasters suddenly homeless. But come January 16th, the landmark hotel will be making eggs and bacon again, amongst other things.

The hotel is finishing up an extensive $100 million renovation, that's been spearheaded by Jonathan Tisch, the chairman of Loews Hotels & Resorts, and which has overhauled 379 guest rooms (above) including 58 suites as well as created a new restaurant and a new salon and spa, along with new private meeting spaces and a fitness center.

While we already knew that the salon and anti-aging spa will be run by celebrity stylist Julien Farel, we're a little more interested in the return of the restaurant, especially since it was so well-loved by so many powerful people.

Loews promises a new dining concept managed by New York restaurateurs Gherardo Guarducci and Dimitri Pauli of the Sant Ambroeus Hospitality Group. (Their Sant Ambroeus restaurant on West 4th is favored by celebs and models alike.) Together they will work Executive Chef Dan Silverman to bring a market-fresh menu filled with "modern interpretations of classic dishes" combined with "international flavors and palates."

But will Larry King still be able to get his Cheerios with blueberries? We hope so.

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Hotel Victor Unveils Its New Look (And Plans to Merge With Versace's Mansion Too!)

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  Site Where: 1144 Ocean Dr [map], Miami Beach, FL , United States, 33139
September 24, 2013 at 3:29 PM | by | Comments (2)

The other week we could scarcely believe the news that the new owners of Gianni Versace's South Beach mansion-turned-hotel would want to merge their new acquisition with their existing hotel--The Hotel Victor. After all, we though the Victor was supposed to be property of the Pomeranc brothers, formerly of Thompson Hotels.

But no, the Victor is now solely under the Nakash family who owns Jordache Enterprises. We know, Jordache Jeans and Versace in one place? Only in South Beach.

As for the Victor, the hotel has officially reopened after an impressive $8 million renovation that gave the hotel more of a "beachhouse vibe" with new guestrooms and oceanfront suites as well as an updated pool scene and cabanas, and a new lobby designed by Yabu Pushelberg. Amenities now include free WiFi, communal computers and complimentary beach cruisers, which let's face it, is the fastest way to get around South Beach in high season. Unless you've brought your own rollerblades, of course.

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Back to School: Inside New Hampshire's Hanover Inn

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  Site Where: 2 East Wheelock St. [map], Hanover, NH, United States, 03755
August 14, 2013 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

If ever there was a town that the much-overused words "quaint" and "charming" seem made for, it's Hanover, New Hampshire.

Located in the state's Upper Valley, along the Appalachian Trail, and separated from Vermont by the Connecticut River, Hanover is most famously home to Dartmouth College, an elite Ivy League university -- and all of the fortunes that brings.

That being said, quaint and charming (not to mention the phrase "elite Ivy League ...") can rub some of us the wrong way, and so we approached the Hanover Inn, a storied hotel that occupies a building dating from 1780 and overlooks Dartmouth Green (scene of Conan O'Brien's epic 2011 commencement speech) with some trepidation.

The feeling was not initially assuaged by our first glimpse of the hotel lobby, which felt a little stuffy with its fireplace, leather armchairs, black and white photographs of alumni, rocking chairs on the patio, and a lot of deep green (Dartmouth College colors). Closer inspection, however, revealed modernist touches such contemporary works of art and a centerpiece table created from big slab of granite; an homage to New Hampshire's "granite state" moniker.

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Newly-Reno’ed Hotel d’Angleterre in Copenhagen Has a Parisian Vibe

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  Site Where: 34 Kongens Nytorv, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1050
August 1, 2013 at 12:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Hotel d’Angleterre in Copenhagen, part of Leading Hotels of the World, re-opened its doors in May after two years of renos. After being cosseted behind scaffolding during the reno, it felt like we were unwrapping a present when we walked in. What struck us immediately was the hotel’s chic elegance that is so often the trademark of Parisian hotels. The fact that Copenhagen’s hottest hotel bar is found here, and it’s a champagne bar to boot, only added to the feeling that we must be in Paris. And – oh wait – the hotel’s name IS Angleterre, which is French for England....

A tad disoriented? Pay no mind; let yourself appreciate the fact that you’re in Copenhagen, surrounded by lush purple flowers and furniture, modern art and beautiful people, in a lovely hotel that offers warm and friendly service.

Hotel d’Angleterre currently has 35 rooms and suites, with 55 more in the works. The rooms really are a hotel lover’s dream, whether you’re a technophile or a custom comfort nut: There is Bang & Olufsen A/V equipment in each room; beds are the Swedish luxury brand, Dux; the custom hotel scent is by Danish brand, Laura Bonné (whose cosmeceuticals are also used in the spa), and the high-tech Swiss Geberit douche toilets have more buttons on their remotes than do the TVs. The rooms even have butler cupboards -- leave your shoes to be shined and they’ll magically disappear and reappear again without any human interaction whatsoever, so continue to dance naked in your room if that’s your thing. Plenty of pics below!

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Topnotch Resort & Spa is Looking More Topnotch Than Ever

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  Site Where: 4000 Mountain Road [map], Stowe, Vermont, United States, 05672
June 7, 2013 at 12:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Back in January we told you that the Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe, Vermont was undergoing a major reno. Shortly after that, the hotel closed up shop as it entered the final stage of its makeover. But now the hotel is nearly ready for its close-up and will re-open on June 28.

A Preferred Boutique and Preferred Pride hotel, the fruits of Topnotch's multi-million dollar refurbishment include:

• A more contemporary entryway that opens to a spacious new lobby designed to showcase soaring mountain views

• A brand spanking new bar

Two new restaurants: The Flannel & The Roost

• 68 newly renovated rooms and suites

• New wedding & events venue

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Sheryl Crow Has Some Fun At the Sam Houston Hotel

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  Site Where: 1117 Prairie street [map], Houston, TX, United States, 77002
April 1, 2013 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Nothing like a little celebrity appearance to make a hotel re-opening event really sparkle, and that's what happened last week when Sheryl Crow turned up at the Sam Houston (which used to be called The Alden).

The 100-room hotel recently completed renovation work on all guest rooms, suites, and public spaces (the rooms now "combine clean decor with contemporary touches," which is a good thing, since the hotel's been around since 1924!), and has spent the past month celebrating its grand re-opening. Meanwhile, Sheryl Crow has a new album coming out, and she was in town doing promo at a local radio station.

The opportunity was too good to pass up!

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The Paramount Hotel Is Putting Itself Back On Top

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  Site Where: 235 W 46th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
March 22, 2013 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's been a while since Manhattan's Paramount Hotel was in the spotlight—once a hot, trend-setting hotel, it gave way in recent years to hotter, even trendier places like the Ace and The Standard.

But it seems like the Paramount is poised for its big comeback, after it reopened this week flaunting a $40 million renovation, including updated guest rooms, a redesigned two-story lobby, a new restaurant and bar, an Italian cafe, and a retail concept to rival the Ace's hipster goodie shops, Opening Ceremony and Project 8a.

Coolest of all, perhaps, is the fact that Diamond Horseshoe, the hotel's legendary supper club from the 1920s, is going to be resurrected this fall in its original basement location. Developer Aby Rosen told the WSJ that the new 21st century Diamond Horseshoe will "be a nightspot akin to the Box, but without the raunchy content."

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Radisson Lexington Drops the Radisson, Is Now Known Simply As 'The Lexington'

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  Site Where: 511 Lexington Ave [map], New York, NY, United States, 10017
March 5, 2013 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's a move we've witnessed before—an out-of-date Manhattan hotel seeks to reinvent itself with a sexier design and a shortened name. Hence, the Roger Williams became The Roger. And now, the former Radisson Lexington will now be known as The Lexington.

The hotel actually dates back to 1929, when it was originally known as The Lexington (so essentially it's come full circle). But the hotel isn't just returning to its roots by name alone: the owners hired Dash Design, who's worked on flashy renovations at the W Union Square and the J House in Greenwich, CT, to breathe new life into the 84-year-old hotel. The theme of the new multimillion dollar re-design? the glamorous, jazz age of New York.

That 1920s theme is definitely trending right now—we've also seen it appear at Manhattan's two newest hotels, The Refinery and The Jade—though we don't mind since part of New York's charm lies in its past.

If you're wondering exactly what "glamorous, jazz age New York" entails, take a look at the photo above, or read this tidbit from the hotel's press release:

"Brilliant gold elevator doors with whimsical songbirds will offer a taste of the Lexington New York City's original construction and serve as the entry point to the upstairs area of the hotel.

Photographs and drawings reflective of the Lexington New York City's storied past will compliment imagery of today's music scene and hang salon style above the bed…a verse from Irving Berlin's Russian Lullaby will dance through the room, embroidered into elements such as the lamp shade, bed cover and drapery."

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Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter Has Arrived

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  Site Where: 111 Perimeter Center West [map], Atlanta, GA, United States, 30346
February 27, 2013 at 9:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

After months of renovation work, costing around $20 million, Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter has officially opened inside the former Atlanta Perimeter Hotel and Suites. Of course, you remember the back story on this place, right? It originally opened as the W Atlanta Perimeter back in 1999, then Starwood sold it off in 2012, and it became an independent hotel.

But back in April, the owners announced that Starwood would return as the hotel's operator—only this time, it would become a Le Meridien property.

Lots of work went in to transforming the hotel—including top-to-bottom renovations of all guest rooms, suites and public spaces, as well as a new Club Lounge, two club floors, and a new restaurant and bar. Biggest of all, the hotel took away all the balconies and replaced them with floor to ceiling windows.

But the hotel is nearing the end of its metamorphosis: on Thursday, the hotel officially re-opened as Le Meridien, with four out of twelve floors now open to guests. Though the restaurant is still under construction, the Longitude Bar is open, and the rest of the property is set to be completed by early June.

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