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UPDATE: SIKE! It's not going to be an Ace Hotel but rather A Thompson Hotel, the sixth Thompson for Manhattan!
Now, we can add another entry to the "maybe" column on our list of upcoming Ace Hotels. While nothing has been confirmed, The Real Deal reports that an abandoned nine-story office building from the 1880s has been purchased by a joint venture partnership, one of whom is an owner of the Ace New York.
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After playing coy with us the other week, Mandarin Oriental Hotels has now officially confirmed that they will be taking over management of the Mansion On Peachtree in Atlanta's posh Buckhead neighborhood.
Starting May 2012, the 127-room hotel will be rebranded as The Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. The 25 luxury residences attached to the hotel will also undergo a name change to the Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. Previously, the hotel was managed by Rosewood Resorts.
So far it doesn't look like much will be changed inside the hotel, although the Atlanta SkyRise Blog did report that Del Frisco's will take over the restaurant spot in the hotel which once belonged to Craft from Top Chef's Tom Colicchio.
We'll keep you posted on anything more we hear with the MO ATL but as always, if you've got some scoop, send it to us!
As you can see from our snapshot above, the work on The SLS Hotel at South Beach is in full gear. That's the building at the rear of the hotel that will house the poolside bungalows (including one by Lenny Kravitz Design) looking very close to what the rendering promised. But: will the hotel still open in April?
We checked in with the hotel's rep but they still don't have a hard opening date to announce. Yet according to local industry tipster Dee Theconciergeliaison, the scheduled opening date is now May 8.
The good news is, we can't see this hotel joining the hotel delay merry-go-round--not with the amount of buzz it has in Miami and with the amount of work we see going on at the site on a daily basis.
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Way back when in 2007, we reported that luxury hotel brand, Mandarin Oriental, was thinking about opening a hotel in Atlanta. The place would be a new build, featuring 200 hotel rooms, 70 high-rise condos and 11,500 square feet of retail space. Ah...the pipe dreams of good old 2007!
Then the economy collapsed and whatever plans the MO had for ATL were promptly shelved. But now, nearly five years later, MO might be trying again, albeit a little more cautiously.
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Wow, King & Grove sure is growing fast. The still-new hospitality company with two properties in Montauk and one in Miami has hotels in the works in L.A. and New York City. But what's this? It looks like there could be a second Miami hotel coming to their portfolio, too.
We heard a rumor that King and Grove was working on renovating Miami's Versailles Hotel (formerly a condo-hotel), which is located on Collins Avenue in the 30s. Positioned to become the hot new spot on Miami Beach, the stretch is already home to The Palms and The Edition South Beach, with Faena Saxony (the hotel formerly known as Cipriani Miami) on the way. Adding a King and Grove property to the mix would cement this as the most exciting couple of blocks in Miami Hotel Land.
UPDATE 3.19.12: This property will definitely NOT be an Ace Hotel.
A recent blog post on design site, PSFK had our hearts aflutter with this headline, "Ace Hotel Miami Tests Whether Or Not Room Color Effects Your Mood" but when we clicked to read the story, it was actually about a color project at the Ace Hotel Palm Springs. Not sure why PSFK messed up the headline but we started to wonder if an Ace Hotel really was coming to Miami.
That curiosity lead us to this post from Miami Rankings which had some good scoop:
We aren’t getting an Ace Hotel here in Miami but the Indian Creek Hotel on South Beach is going to be renovated and reopening as an upscale hostel (note the errant ‘s’ in that word) that is owned by the same folks who own the Ace Hotel in NYC and Palm Springs. But here’s the fun part–the Sydell Group’s properties include the following restaurants: The Breslin Bar and Dining Room, The John Dory Oyster Bar, No. 7 Sub, and others. Anticipated opening date: Fall 2012.
UPDATE: 1.26.12, 3:58PM EST: We got too excited and read way too much into the tweet below. The Hyatt Union Square will stay a Hyatt but there is an Andaz coming to Amsterdam later in 2012. But hey, Hyatt? Andaz Union Square would still be awesome.
We've been anxiously awaiting more news about the Hyatt Union Square and today, we just might have it.
Just a few weeks ago, we heard about the exciting restaurants and bars that might open up inside the hotel but we've been following The Points Guy on Twitter as he attends the One World Mega Do and he let the news slip:
Upcoming hyatts: Amsterdam andaz, union square NY and French quarter new Orleans
We knew about Amsterdam and we thought we heard something about New Orleans before but UNION SQUARE NEW YORK CITY? That would be awesome. More free WiFi and minibar snacks for us! It would also mean Andaz has the island of Manhattan well-covered, after Andaz Wall Street and Andaz Fifth Avenue.
We've put in a line to Andaz to see if this is really true but we are praying that it is.
Last October, we scouted out an old fire station in Marylebone at Chiltern Street where Andre's London hotel was rumored to open. Back then our spy told us the building was not very big and that if indeed AB turns it into a hotel, it would be a very small one. We agreed it was too small for a Standard outpost but it might be a perfect spot for another sort of Mercer Hotel.
And indeed that's probably what will happen. TheStreet.com reports:
UPDATE, 10.11.11: While DNAInfo.com quoted Balazs as saying that they aren't going to turn the Cooper Square into another Standard, we are hearing the exact opposite now: The Cooper Square will be a Standard Hotel. We're furiously chasing down more leads and we promise more detes to come.
The twosome were spotted in Beverly Hills this week doing the usual schmoopie thing but looking mighty good doing it.
Meanwhile, back in New York it looks like Balazs' plans for taking over the Cooper Square Hotel are going swimmingly. DNAInfo.com has a detailed report from a community liquor license meeting and it seems like most of the residents are pleased with his takeover, provided that he doesn't turn the space into another Standard.
The forecast for 2012 in Miami? Hot as hell with a deluge of new and newly renovated hotels. In fact, there's been so much Miami Hotel Mambo-ing going on of late that we're getting dizzy. To help us all keep things straight, we created this Shortlist of Shiny New Hotels Coming to Miami.
We'll return to this in the coming months to give you updates on each hotel's progress--and, as always, if you have the scoop on these or any other new hotels in the works, please do share!
Here's what's on deck for Miami Beach and beyond:
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UPDATE: Confirmed: Richfield Hospitality will be running the Tempo Miami.
Yesterday we reported on how Rock Resorts dropped the Tempo Miami from their roster of hotels. Supposedly the split from the hotel owners was "amicable" which is always good news to hear. Yet our minds were already turned to the new management company that would be setting up shop in the hotel.
We asked and we received. A tipster let us know that Richfield Hospitality will now be setting the tempo for Tempo Miami. This is the same management company that's in place at The Joule in Dallas and the St. Regis Deer Crest in Park City as well as a few other full service and select service hotels (Hiltons, Four Points, etc.)
Like any good management company, Richfield promises "revenue-generating hotel operations" which is probably what the owners of Tempo Miami are looking for...quick.
UPDATE: Hotels Mag has just cited a Sunday Times report that said Amanresorts might be sold for $400 million. Sorry, but we think this one has LVMH all over it now.
Just days after we caught wind that Andre Balaz might be taking over Cooper Square, we've got another interesting hotel rumor on our hands here and it's a doozy. From a well-heeled deep throat:
Someone who was once associated with the company at a high level confirmed through what he has heard from his very close contacts still on board there that Amanresorts has sold to LVMH [Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy] and that the sell will be officially announced in October.
Yes, that basically reads like someone heard from an acquaintance who heard from someone else's mother's baby sister cousin-in-law's niece's neighbor that Amanresorts has been snapped up by luxury goods house LVMH but still, that is huge news! If it's true of course.
Our informant also tells us that Amanresorts has been up for sale for the past year and that this sort of alignment with a fancy pants luxury brand like LVMH would make sense, especially since Amanresorts is in touch with their fashionable side as evidenced by this Vogue photoshoot.