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Kimpton Hotels' Secret Santa Turned Out to Be InterContinental Hotel Group

December 15, 2014 at 8:37 PM | by | Comments (4)

This is major. MAJOR. InterContinental Hotel Group has just announced that they will be acquiring one of our most beloved boutique hotel brands, Kimpton Hotels. Right? We know. We can't even. Someone please start spiking the eggnog. Now.

An agreement was made for IHG to purchase Kimpton for $430 million CASH. IHG said that Kimpton and its portfolio of hotels, restaurants and bars will nicely compliment IHG's own growing boutique business which includes Hotel Indigo and the new fitness-oriented EVEN Hotels. And of course, IHG thinks Kimpton is going to make a lot of money.

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Pullman Got Pulled From the Mall Of the Emirates

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  Site Where: Sheikh Zayed Road, al Barsha 1, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
February 4, 2013 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

We're only one month into 2013 but already there's drama brewing in the form of a hotel takeover, this time in Dubai. Hotelier Middle East reports that Pullman (which falls under the Accor brand) has been ousted as the management for Pullman Dubai Mall of the Emirates, which henceforth is to be known as the Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates.

'So what?' you're thinking, 'hotels change management all the time.' True.

What's interesting about this re-branding, though, is the method in which the owners will implement the new changes. According to a tipster in Dubai, the switch will take place during the night, meaning guests will go to sleep in one hotel and, for all intents and purposes, wake up in a new one.

The basic structure will remain exactly the same, but with all new signage, branding—not to mention new staff—it might feel a little Twilight Zone-y coming down to breakfast in a different hotel than the one you had dinner in the night before.

Two for the price of one! Not that we'd expect anything less from a hotel inside a mall...

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Andaz Will Be Tokyo-bound in 2014 (And Other News)

December 26, 2012 at 9:06 AM | by | Comments (2)

There's tons of hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.

· Andaz Tokyo Will Aim High: If you thought Andaz Amsterdam and Andaz Savannah and Andaz Maui were the last scraps of Andaz news for a while, think again. Hyatt has just announced a brand new Andaz property opening in Tokyo's Toranomon business district in summer of 2014. The 164-room hotel will occupy the top six floors of a 52-story tower currently under construction, and, yes, there will be a rooftop bar. The hotel will also take over the 37th floor, which will be dedicated to an infinity pool, spa and fitness center. Though this location will be a first for Andaz, it will be Hyatt's fourth in Tokyo, and its ninth in Japan.

For the rest of today's hotel news, read on!

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NYLO Is Finally Making A Move In NYC

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  Site Where: 2178 Broadway [map], New York, NY, United States, 10024
December 18, 2012 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've been hearing for a while about a potential NYLO hotel opening in NYC. Which would be completely fitting, considering the brand is named after, you guessed it, New York.

However, despite operating three hotels in Texas, and another in Warwick, RI, there's never been an actual NYC location.

Last we heard, NYLO Manhattan was slated for a downtown location, near South Street Seaport—which would have made for interesting competition with other FiDi hotels like Andaz Wall St, Gild Hall and Conrad New York.

But as it turns out, NYLO New York will actually be making itself at home on the Upper West Side. According to CP Executive, the brand has decided to take over a previously-existing property by the name of On the Ave Hotel, which has 282 rooms and is housed in a historic century-old building on Broadway.

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Is All Ending Well for the Modern Honolulu (Formerly The Waikiki Edition)?

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  Site Where: 1775 Ala Moana Boulevard [map], Waikiki Beach, HI, United States, 96815
May 7, 2012 at 3:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been almost a year since the calamitous takeover of the Waikiki Edition Hotel in Honolulu, but the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (full story here at Chicago Tribune)reports that business at the hotel has improved by "nearly 70 percent" since Aqua Hotels and Resorts took over the property and renamed it The Modern Honolulu. Occupancy is also up 30 percent from this time last year.

The hotel's new general manager, Vittal Calamur, told the paper that the hotel is offering something not usually found in Hawaii:

"There are of lot of great hotels in Hawaii, and people have come to know them, but the Modern brings something that wasn't here before," he said. "You can get this kind of a hotel experience in London and in Paris and New York, but in Hawaii, until now, you couldn't get this."

Yet while recent guests have reportedly been enjoying their stays at the Modern, there are still some hurdles for the hotel to overcome. For starters, the bankruptcy proceedings are still happening on June 1 and the result could include an $800,000 a year repayment to Marriott Hotels for breaking their management contract.

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The Setai Shakedown Shows No Sign Of Ending

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  Site Where: 2001 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
April 16, 2012 at 2:38 PM | by | Comment (1)

Sigh. It's been a week since we last checked in on the Setai in South Beach which underwent major management shakedown just before Easter. And it looks like the drama shows no sign of going away anytime soon.

We just got a new statement from the ousted management company, GHM. Here's what they have to say:

General Hotel Management (GHM), innovative leaders in the luxury hotel space, has provided detailed financial statistics that refute the misleading claims that the Setai in Miami was mismanaged. “There is no evidence that any of the Lehman Brothers’ accusations are legitimate,” said Hans R. Jenni, president and director of GHM. “The Setai’s hotel management team is the best in the business. Our work at the Setai ensured the hotel was consistently ranked among the best hotels in North America.”

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Things Were Not Always Good at The Setai But Here's Hoping It Can Get Better

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  Site Where: 2001 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
April 5, 2012 at 5:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

More info continues to come in from ex-employees at the Setai Hotel in South Beach which was the scene of a management shakedown last Saturday. And it looks like things were not very happy at The Setai for quite some time.

This Sun Post Weekly article from July 2011 details the rough working conditions inside the hotel's F&B operations. Namely, that GHM was importing young employees from other countries through their GHM Exchange program and had them working in excess of 40 hours a week.

According to the Sun Post, many of these exchange workers were threatened if they refused to work that many hours. Additionally, the report said the restaurant's service charges (aka automatic gratuities) often went to the hotel to pay for their expenses and not to the restaurants or their workers. One former employee emailed us to say that the GM of the hotel had told her they had to turn around every dollaras the owners were very tough on them.

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The Setai Not Feeling So Hot as Sold-Out Easter Weekend Looms

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  Site Where: 2001 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
April 4, 2012 at 10:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Another day, another report from inside the luxury hotel in South Beach, The Setai.

Not so surprisingly, staffers are not happy with new management company, Trevi Luxury Hospitality Group, which was installed in the dead of night after kicking out the old management crew, GHM.

Yesterday we heard from an owner of one of the Setai condo units who said staff morale and service was at the lowest levels they have ever seen.

Today we learn that over 40 employees have already peaced out of the hotel, even though they are being offered $500 to stay. Additionally, there is no food service down on the beach. All of this comes at a bad time for the hotel as it's Easter Weekend this weekend and the property is sold-out.

We're guessing the hotel won't be organizing any Easter egg hunts on Sunday then....

Got any other scoop on the Setai Shakedown? Even better, do you work for either the Setai or GHM and want to share your story on the DL? HotelChatter is here for you! (Anonymity assured!)

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DoubleTree Cookies Plus Mint Hotel iMacs Equals Fun In London

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  Site Where: Pepys Street , London, United Kingdom, EC3N 4AF
December 21, 2011 at 9:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

Exactly one year since Mint Hotel Tower of London debuted its jaw-dropping panoramic Sky Lounge, the dreaded Hilton DoubleTree takeover that we announced back in September has finally come to pass. The hotel is now known as the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London- Tower of London (bit of a mouthful, eh?)—and this is just one out of eight Mint hotels across the UK and the Netherlands that DoubleTree plans to re-brand over the coming year.

Second up is the Mint Hotel London Westminster, which is now the DoubleTree by Hilton London- Westminster.

But things aren't looking so bad! Aside from their newly-extended tongue-twisty names, both hotels will get to hang onto the the design elements and amenities that guests have become accustomed to over the past year—like the Sky Lounge, the Living Wall, floor-to-ceiling windows, and the in-room iMacs (phew!) Hilton will extend its HHonors program to both of the Thames-facing hotels, making London stays even more attractive to repeat Hilton guests. And the cookie? Well, we don't mind if we do...

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The Gansevoort Miami Beach is Neglecting Some of Its Hotel Rooms

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  Site Where: 2377 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
October 4, 2011 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Gansevoort Miami Beach underwent some managerial woes nearly two years ago and it looks like the scuffle has started to affect the hotel rooms.

A HotelChatter reader sent us this note along with the following photos about the sad state of the rooms, particularly room 536. They write:

I just got back from the Gansevoort in Miami Beach. After some research, I found your article which may explain why our rooms were in such sad shape. While the public areas of the hotel are beautiful, the room seemed to be one of the forgotten ones. The balcony was pretty shoddy looking (see photos), a handle to the shower controls was constantly falling off. One of the electrical sockets didn't work. The phone was broken, and the coffee maker didn't work. There's more, but no need to go any further.

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It Turns Out The Edition Waikiki Was 'Just a Job' to Some

Where: 1777 Ala Moana Blvd [map], Honolulu, HI, United States, 96815
September 6, 2011 at 9:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

We all had a three-day weekend thanks to the Labor Day holiday but down at the Waikiki Edition (or Edition Waikiki or Modern Honolulu, whatever team/side you're on), the employees were still working--both to serve guests and to fight against their new bosses, Aqua Hotels and Resorts.

As far as we know, Aqua is still running the hotel as the Modern Honolulu and Marriott is begrudgingly respecting the hotel owners, M Waikiki's recent bankruptcy filing. In the meantime, Marriott plans to sue M Waikiki up the wazoo, or for tens of millions of dollars in damages for breaking the management contract. As for the guests, Marriott is now urging them to call the Marriott reservations center and make reservations at other nearby Marriott hotels.

On the bright side, even though there are miserable employees on the property, the booze is free. The hotel is no longer selling alcoholic drinks because it needs to apply for a new liquor license in Aqua's name as the old one belonged to Marriott. That sounds crappy but reports say they are giving away the alcohol. Whee!!

Now onward with the next chapter in this story..

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Here's The Latest Edition on The Waikiki Edition

Where: 1777 Ala Moana Blvd [map], Honolulu, HI, United States, 96815
September 1, 2011 at 7:42 PM | by | Comments (3)

The takeover and the takeback of the Waikiki Editionis moving so fast that we're finding it hard to keep up with all the developments especially as we're attending a work conference in Vegas (for realz! and we are actually sober!) So we're sitting here trying to recap all that we can as we get the time. Fortunately, it's only 12:30pm in Hawaii right now so we're not too late!

First off BANKRUPTCY! M Waikiki LLC has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today. No doubt they blame Marriott for their financial woes but the filing also prevents Marriott from filing any countersuits against them. Tricky! Marriott, meanwhile, has called the move "desperate." As it stands right now, the hotel is now an Aqua Hotels and Resorts-run place called The Modern Honolulu. But given the craziness of the past few days, who knows how long that will last.

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