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Whoa. This UFO Hotel May Land in the California Desert, If You Help Pay for It

Where: CA, United States
May 29, 2015 at 3:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

To the fans of all things extraterrestrial, this one's for you. We kick off this special edition of Funky Friday by saying this may be light years away (aka, not gonna happen,) but if your network of SciFi buddies pitches in, you may just see the opening of The UFO Hotel.

Is anyone surprised? We figured it was only a matter of time before there would be a close encounter of the hotel kind. Except that this kind involves some home grown alien crowd-funding.

The UFO Hotel is the brainchild of Luis Ramallo, UFO enthusiast and owner of popular road stop Alien Fresh Jerky in Baker, California. Baker is small community in the Mojave Desert, conveniently situated along the Los Angeles – Las Vegas route, so there should be no shortage of guests, whether die-hard science fiction fans, or just plain curious.

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Graduate Hotels Start New Semester in Madison, Durham and Others On Horizon

May 28, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s been almost a year since we first learned of Graduate Hotels, and since then the chain has been busy doing their thing—showing everyone how to relive the glory days of college but in hotel form.

The latest property just opened up in Madison, Wisconsin, and with it comes 72 rooms. The new Graduate Madison takes over for the former Campus Inn, and we can only imagine that brings quite an upgrade. Campus visitors take note, as this place is only a couple blocks from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s campus.

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Belmond Cadogan and Costes London Are Coming to Sloane Square

Where: Sloane Square, London, United Kingdom
May 27, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve talked about London’s posh Sloane Square and its surrounding streets for their ability to bring on an acute case of real estate envy. Largely residential as the area may be, there are two new hotels arriving next year – one a rebirth, one a fresh arrival: Belmond Cadogan and Hôtel Costes. We strolled down Sloane Street and across the square to see where both are at.

Starting with Belmond Cadogan, it was only a few months after Orient-Express became Belmond that they announced the $48 million renovation – and full closure – of The Cadogan. We hate to start with some bad news, but if that summer 2016 reopening is happening, things better get going over on Sloane Street. Closed since last summer, the building is certainly empty, but it felt rather dormant to us.

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Even More Hotels To Look Forward to in Philadelphia

May 26, 2015 at 5:12 PM | by | Comments (2)

Come 2017, this mega-modern tower will be home to W and Element Philadelphia, and we can't help but notice their next door neighbor--The Ritz-Carlton

Philadelphia is on a (redevelopment) roll with more upcoming hotels to choose from than there are cheese steak stands. VisitPhilly, the source of all information for incoming travel, has rounded up 10 new hotels coming to town.

But we too, have been following hotels such as the Starck-designed SLS LUX; Four Seasons' new home; Kimpton'smove into a former court building; and an AC Hotel by Marriott which is set to engulf a funky Deco building.

If that's not enough for the option-oriented traveler, here are four more hotels to add to the mix. And expect even more behind these.

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Fairmont Copley Plaza Doorman Does Sick Kid A Solid

May 26, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comment (1)

Here’s a warm and fuzzy story to keep that holiday buzz going, and well—it’s actually something warm and fuzzy. One doorman in Boston went above and beyond, and in doing so the Fairmont Copley Plaza might just have become the go-to property in that city.

From the folks over at CBS Boston, Michael Eades has worked at the hotel as doorman for well over 20 years. Recently he has found a special place in his heart for a 12-year old boy living at the hotel with his mom, as the little guy seeks treatment for a rare disease at a nearby hospital.

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Rezzies are Open for Ritz-Carlton's Newest Reserve, Mandapa in Bali

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  Site Where: Jalan Kedewatan, Banjar Kedewatan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
May 22, 2015 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Bali continues to be a hot destination not just for adventurous travelers, but also luxury hotels.

Last week we learned that Langham Hotels will be opening their first Langham Place resort on a clifftop in Ungasan-Uluwatu area. Today, Ritz-Carlton Hotels has announced that their equally impressive Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, the third in the brand's ultra-exclusive collection, will open in September of this year in Ubud.

Indeed, reservations are live on the hotel's website, starting at around $670 a night for a Reserve Suite, one of the largest entry-level suites in Ubud at around 1,000-sq.ft., with views of the rain forest and rice paddies. But this is just the starting room category for Mandapa. Accommodations also include one, two and three-bedroom villas, most with private pools. (There are 35 suites and 25 private pool villas in total.)

Here's what else is expected at the Mandapa:

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Mandarin Oriental to Take Over Hotel Ritz in Madrid

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  Site Where: Plaza de la Lealtad 5, Madrid, Spain, 28014
May 22, 2015 at 1:39 PM | by | Comments (3)

Another day, another grand European hotel gets snapped up. This time it's the Hotel Ritz Madrid which was recently purchased by Mandarin Oriental Hotels in partnership with The Olayan Group, a Saudi Arabian multinational group for a total cost $148 million.

Here is what the new owners have in mind for the 167-room hotel, which first opened in 1910, and which was a part of the Belmond/Orient-Express collection, but in recent months had been looking for a new mommy or daddy.

The Hotel will undergo a comprehensive renovation in 2017, currently estimated to cost some $103 million. Mandarin Oriental’s total investment for its share in the project, including the acquisition, renovation and transaction expenses, is estimated at $126 million, with the Group’s share of the purchase price to be paid from cash reserves, and the renovation to be funded through an appropriate mixture of equity and debt. Mandarin Oriental will manage the Hotel under a long-term management agreement.

Mucho dinero, indeed. For now, the hotel is still open as the Hotel Ritz, with deluxe rooms start at 430 Euros next weekend. That rate does include free WiFi.

But this isn't the only Mandarin Oriental getting a new look. A tipster tells us the Mandarin Hyde Park will FINALLY get a very much-needed update to their guest rooms starting in April of next year. We could not confirm the news but we really hope it happens.

For more on the latest with Mandarin Oriental Hotels, read our recent coverage here.

[Photo: Hotel Ritz Madrid]

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Are You a People Person? Then Choice Hotels Wants You

May 21, 2015 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

You know Choice Hotels? It’s the chain responsible for everything from Comfort Inn to EconoLodge, and all the brands in between. Well they’re looking for a little help, and apparently if you’re a digital dynamo, a media maven, or a social butterfly—their words not ours—you could be what they’re looking for.

Ready your resume, as Choice Hotels are welcoming one and all to apply for a little gig this summer. It’s something they’re calling the Ultimate People Person. If you’re the best candidate for the job you’ll be traveling across the nifty fifty—or at least the lower 48—sharing and caring about those who are having a good time at one of the brand’s many properties.

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The New York Times and Financial Times Have Created a Digital Access Program for Hotels

May 20, 2015 at 10:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

The complimentary newspaper that used to come with a hotel stay has pretty much vanished, thanks to the advent of WiFi and smartphones But now, there's a way to get "all the news that's fit to print" when staying in a hotel, thanks to a new digital access program from the New York Times and Financial Times that launched today.

The first-of-its-kind offering will provide hotel guests in the U.S. with free unlimited access to more than 25 sections on the NYTimes.com and FT.com on any device that's connected to the hotel’s WiFi network. Currently, unlimited digital access to the NY Times is only available with a monthly subscription. Otherwise, users are restricted to 10 free articles a month.

“The New York Times has been available in select hotels for years, starting with the print newspaper and more recently with digital access,” Hannah Yang, executive director, Education and Corporate Marketing, The New York Times, said in a statement. “Teaming up with a premier brand like the FT enhances the guest experience, allowing them to explore and discover the vast amount of digital content available on FT.com and NYTimes.com, which normally require a subscription for full access.”

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Trouble in Paradise As There's Nowhere to Stay in Lanai This Summer [UPDATED]

May 20, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

UPDATE: A rep for the Four Seasons Resorts on Lanai has told us that while the hotels are closed for renovations, the island itself is still open for exploration. Guests can visit the shops, restaurants, a newly renovated movie theater as well as play on the Manele Golf Course. A Summer Golf Special will be offered starting on June 1, which includes 18-ocean-view holes, club rental, prix fixe lunch at VIEWS restaurant and transportation to and from the harbor for only $325. But the rooms are not available for overnight stays.

When we last left you on Lanai, the plan was for some serious renovation and refurbishment to take place at the island’s two main hotels— Four Seasons' two properties, the Lodge at Koele and Manele Bay. Well the time has come, so you'd better hit up Airbnb if you’re looking for accommodation on the Pineapple Isle. Because it's only going to get worse from here.

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Call 1-844-5OCLOCK to Make Your Margaritaville Hotel Reservations (Seriously)

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  Site Where: 1111 North Ocean Drive [map], Hollywood, FL, United States
May 19, 2015 at 7:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Thirsty for a Margarita...ville hotel stay? Simply call 1-844-5OCLOCK to make your reservation at the brand new Margaritaville Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida, opening on October 1.

As we briefly mentioned in September, the beach resort inspired by singer Jimmy Buffett will have 349 rooms, 17 stories, a Margaritaville Landshark Bar & Grill, a License to Chill rooftop bar, the Lone Palm Bar and a 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar. There will also be a 15,000-sq.ft. St. Somewhere Spa and an "authentic 'no worries' tropical vibe" present throughout.

Here are some more details on what to expect after you get drunk and screw er, relax in your hotel room:

Each of the resort’s 349-rooms will evoke feelings of relaxation and paradise, with coastal-luxe décor. Business and leisure travelers alike will enjoy luxurious bedding with crisp all-white linens, teak-finished furnishings accompanied by subtle maritime accents, spacious walk-in rain showers, 42-inch LCD televisions and clocks with Bluetooth capabilities, ensuring maximum comfort and total relaxation.

Spacious walk-in rain showers with sea glass colored tile, teak vanities topped with vessel sinks and tropical bath potions (rendering above) will create a serene bath experience that is truly transporting. Attention to detail will be expressed in the thoughtfully selected features placed in every guestroom and suite, ensuring each guest enjoys a slice of paradise.

We're assuming cheeseburgers are definitely on the room service menu too.

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'The End of The Hotel Room' is Here With ZOKU Hotels

May 19, 2015 at 3:27 PM | by | Comments (4)

In a time when the behemoth hotel operators are launching new brands to target millennials, (see Moxy, Hyatt Centric, Canopy, Radisson Red, Vib, Venu etc.) one hotelier is thinking outside the box in an effort to disrupt the home-office concept.

ZOKU, a new hotel brand created by ex-CitizenM founder Hans Meyer and co-founder Marc Jongerius, is ready to shake up the hotel industry yet again with a revolutionary new concept which shifts the focus from the bed to the living and work space.

The ZOKU loft hotel room revolves around a central feature which will be a four-person table that can be used to work, dine and entertain, or just hang out. The interiors will be customizable in addition to a retractable staircase, a lounge area, a kitchen and a funky yet functional storage area. While the concept caters more to long-stay guests, visitors can stay anywhere from one night to three months.

All ZOKUs will have an open-plan communal living and co-working spaces to highlight and encourage interaction and networking. Additional features include free and fast WiFi (Thank God!) and a 32-inch LED TV with BYOC (Bring Your Own Content!) The concept replaces the traditional hotel staff with Sidekicks, employees who are globally centered yet rooted in the local scene. They connect guests to any and all services, which range from housekeeping, bike rentals, laundry, and meeting room services.

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