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We're going to miss the words "Miami Hotel Mambo," and we're kinda sad that we won't be reporting on the debut of these new hotel restaurants under that tag.
New hotels and new restaurants are a dime a dozen on Miami Beach but here are three new hotel restaurants on the way that we're legit excited about.
Sunny's at The Hall
We love us a Top Chef, and Spike Mendelsohn may just be one of our favorites. The Hall will bring affordable cool to the heart of South Beach and we have high hopes that Sunny's will do likewise when it comes to food. As an avid surfer, Spike has promised to bring his love for beach towns and beach eats to this new spot. In a world overrun with high-end steakhouses and Italian restaurants, this more casual eatery is just what Miami needs.
This Must Be The Place, says the wall art at Mondrian South Beach. For what? As of this Thursday, the answer is: a pop-up sushi concept from Brooklyn.
The hotel's Sunset Lounge will be the site of their first pop-up dining concept -- Momo Sushi Shack, which opens this Thursday and will be open through October. New Yorkers may know Momo Sushi Shack from its location in cool-kid Bushwick. In addition to sushi, the Japanese restaurant serves a bunch of vegan and vegetarian dishes and, naturally, has a big focus on ingredients from indie and local purveyors.
Hotel rooftop bars: Some are born with views, some never have any, and some have great views thrust upon them. And then there are those so breathtaking that we don’t even care how they achieved them.
Such is the case at Das Loft, the 18th-floor bar at the top of the Sofitel Vienna, with its plum view of Wien's First District and St Stephen's Cathedral. This isn't a classic rooftop bar, in the sense that it actually has a roof, and is just glass-walled, on the top floor. But with arguably the best views in the entire city, who cares about missing a bit of breeze?
It’s summer in Vienna right now, and summer in Vienna means sunshine. Lots of it. The land-locked city has been basking in 100 degree temperatures for the last few weeks. It can be brutal.
It’s a whole lot less brutal, though, at The Guesthouse, a Terence Conran-designed hotel that’s one of our all-time Wiener loves. The Guesthouse (Guesthaus?) goes all out for summer with outdoor patio seating in the brasserie (called a Schanigarten), picnic hampers and - the crowning glory - homemade ice cream.
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It's not often that you hear of a Marriott Hotel being design-forward. Unless, perhaps the word EDITION is attached. Which is why the recent $16-million renovation of the Grand Cayman Marriott is such a breath of fresh (seabreeze) air.
Just look at how welcoming that new entrance is. And doesn't it feel like it's a portal to a lifestyle or boutique hotel? Some beach-chic, independent, pretty young thing? We haven't seen the results of the overhaul in person but the photos and the accompanying brochures have a fresh, modern look that we have not typically associated with Marriott's main brand.
That's because the team at Grand Cayman have created their own concept, The Beach House Experience, complete with its own branding from the typography all the way to the tacos.
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If you’re looking for take-out that will complement your fashionable black-tie outfit, The Mark is the place to go to get your pizza-to-go.
The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges has just started offering their gourmet pizzas on a “get it to go” basis, and they enlisted design shop Pandiscio & Co. to come up with a chichi box design that incorporates the hotel’s iconic black-and-white stripe from the lobby floor.
While the trend in hotel restaurants seems to be shifting towards unique concepts to feed the hunger for everything hyper-local and hyper-specific, we remain fans of certain well-known restaurant brands, including the BLT Steak and wider BLT family of eateries.
Which means we should start looking at flights to Aruba, where a new BLT Steak is set to open at the Ritz-Carlton Aruba.
Tomorrow, July 1, marks the 125th birthday of mystery writer extraordinaire, Agatha Christie. This grande dame, though, wrote more than mere mysteries; she wrote of exotic lands and places that she herself had explored and consequently served to whet the appetite of her readers for travel.
In 1934, Ms. Christie traveled from Venice to Istanbul on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, penning one of her finest stories, Murder on the Orient–Express, at the end of her journey while at the Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul (you knew there had to a hotel in here somewhere, right?).
To commemorate this grand journey, the chefs of the Belmond Hotel Cipriani (David Bisetto), the Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah (Arif Kemal Dogan) and the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (Christian Bodiguel) have come together to prepare a 1930s-themed feast on her big day.
Time for dessert
Once you’ve seen one insanely expensive hotel restaurant, you’ve seen them all – or possibly, that’s just the voice of someone who’s never been able to afford a tasting menu.
Here’s one that we’d like to save up for, though: La Table Krug, the insane 11-course tasting menu that’s launched at the St. Regis Mexico City, in conjunction with Krug (aka Möet Hennessy Mexico).
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You know the scenario. You’re going for it at the breakfast buffet, possibly trip number 3. If you’re with someone else, they stay while you go up. If you’re not, there’s a moment of anxiety as you’re away. What if they clear my stuff away while I’m gone? Oh, the humiliation of realizing they thought I’d already eaten enough! Let me just leave my phone there, so they realize I’m coming back. Cross fingers nobody steals it.
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Are you ready to enter the Naughty Zone?
Revelers from the fashion, art, design, acting and even hospitality world were some of the first to experience the social scene at the New York Edition during the hotel's opening party on Tuesday night. While earlier in the evening W Magazine took over the three dining rooms that comprise the Clocktower Restaurant from chef Jason Atherton, by the time the clock struck 10pm, invited partygoers were free to roam between the restaurant, the billiards room, the upstairs bar and the lobby and lobby bar downstairs.
Despite the crowds (the upstairs bar was a shoulder to shoulder situation) and the celebrities (Rosario Dawson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Chrissy Teigen, Alexa Chung and Q-Tip as the DJ, to name a few), the party was simple, good-old fashioned fun. There were even reports of people were dancing on the purple-felted billiards table. #NotUs #Promise
The day after the party, which wrapped up sometime around 4am, Edition hotelier Ian Schrager arrived to "inspect the damage" which to a guest's eyes seemed nonexistent, but Schrager had some concerns about the lobby furniture. He also turned a lobby lamp around to face in his preferred direction.
Yet overall, Schrager was extremely happy with the turnout calling it a quintessential New York party, with a type of party electricity he hasn't felt with other Edition hotels. "I can't define it. I just know when it's there," Schrager said. "There was excitement and that's the part I enjoy." From the man who created Studio 54, one of the most iconic nightclubs in history, we'd take his word for it.
So now, let's take a look at what had people so excited about the Edition the other night.
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Mee Restaurant at the Belmond Copacabana Palace
Once upon a time, we wondered whether in-house restaurants had any effect on your hotel choice. As hotels continue to push their offerings in an effort to compete with local establishments and become part of the city's scene, hotel restaurants around the world continue to get better and better.
Two awards were handed out this week that show the restaurant industry is taking notice. Down south, MEE Restaurant at the Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio, known for its "sophisticated pan-Asian cuisine," received a Michelin star in the first edition of the Michelin Guide Rio de Janeiro & São Paolo. It was one of six restaurants to be honored in the first edition of the Michelin Guide to cover South America.