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Old Street Magistrates Court Becomes New London Hotel

Where: Old Street, London, United Kingdom
July 28, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

The renderings for London’s former Bow Street Magistrates Court had us seriously excited for its rebirth as a 99-room hotel when we discovered them earlier this year, and now it looks like there is a similar project in progress further east.

The Old Street Magistrates Court, a five-minute walk east of Old Street roundabout and next to Hoxton Square, will become a “5-star boutique hotel styled to fit with the new modern art and media image”. We’re not exactly sure what that means, but we guess the target market is the Shoreditch artsy media set. There will be 128 rooms between the Edwardian structure and a new-built block behind; what that looks like you can see below.

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That Time When EDM Took Over Europe's Staidest City's Business Hotels

Where: Brussels, Belgium
July 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)


Not your usual hotel doorpeople

What happens when you hold an upmarket music festival in a place with no accommodation just outside a major hotel town or city? Neon everywhere and flower headdresses in totally unthinkable hotels, that’s what.

Yes, if you thought Coachella was bad enough unique for colonizing Palm Springs, you clearly haven’t heard of Tomorrowland, a gargantuan EDM festival that takes place in Boom, an appropriately named town 20 miles outside of Brussels, over two weekends: this and last.

Boom doesn’t really have any hotels, which is where Brussels comes in. For two weekends of the year, the supposedly staid (it’s not, but more on that another time) centre of the European Union is full of dayglo, and three of the city’s poshest hotels get done up as rave accommodation, having been bought up by the festival for the exclusive use of their guests.

Take The Hotel, the European Union's hotel of choice for businessmen, diplomats, and President Obama, where we’ve spent the last few days. Normally, it’s full of suits; this weekend, it’s awash with fairy wings, bro baseball caps and t-shirts that read “Fuck off reality, we’re going to Tomorrowland”. The lifts are paved with fake grass instead of the normal marble, and there are butterflies and flowers 'embroidered' all over the lobby.

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The Trump Hotel in D.C. Is Now Officially Underway

Where: 1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20004
July 25, 2014 at 9:14 AM | by | Comments (3)

It was almost a year ago when we heard Donald Trump sound off about his newest hotel--Trump International Hotel, The Old Post Office--in Washington, D.C.

Now, this week, the hotel officially broke ground on construction. Well, actually it was just a ceremonial groundbreaking since the hotel will be rise within the bones of the historic Old Post Office building.

Here's a snapshot of the Trump family of hoteliers--The Donald, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump--along with DC dignitaries Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Vincent Gray, D.C. Councilmember Muriel Bowser, and Norman Dong, Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service for the U.S. General Services Administration. Is it just us, or are those shovels plated in gold? #trumplyfe.

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The World's Largest Novotel Is Coming To Madrid

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  Site Where: Calle de O'Donnell, 53, Madrid, Spain, 28009
July 24, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Bigger is always better, of course – or mas grande, mas bueno, as people who don't speak Spanish they say in Madrid. Because not content with the three Novotels Accor already owns in the city; they’re getting another – and this one is going to be the biggest Novotel in the world.

The Hotel Convención – a gargantuan four star hotel a few blocks away from Retiro Park – is going to be completely redesigned, refurbished and will debut as a Novotel in 2016. Plans include a rooftop pool, business floors, and a children’s corner.

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Demolition Is Done for Achenbaum's New London Hotel

Where: 45 Curtain Road, London, United Kingdom
July 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Six months after we first cycled past Michael Achenbaum’s future London hotel, phase one of the project seems to be complete: razing the drab 3-story office building that stood between the hotelier and the British version of his rooftop pool parties.

Nothing but a small pile of rubble remains on Curtain Road, a couple of blocks away from Ace Shoreditch (a few years from now, you’ll be able to wave from one rooftop to another).

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JW Marriott is Launching a New Spa Concept With Quickie Treatments

July 23, 2014 at 3:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

JW Marriott Hotels want you to relax. Wait. Actually they want you to "demystify and re-imagine the spa experience" with their new spa concept---Spa by JW.

While JW Marriott hotels around the world often have a spa component of some sort, the hotel brand is now officially getting into the spa game with Spa by JW. Not very creative but at least, we know whose spa it is.

The first Spa by JW will open at the new JW Marriott Hotel in Houston Downtown when the hotel itself opens in September. Another Spa by JW will open at the JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar in December followed by at least 20 more.

Through a variety of treatments--short and long--Spa by JW will concentrate on four purposes--Calm, Indulge, Invigorate and Renew. Here are some examples of that:

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A New Riverside London Hotel Might Be Coming to St. Paul's

Where: Queenhithe, London, United Kingdom
July 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Believe it or not, but this sad-looking vacant block of red brick has uninterrupted, million-dollar views of London’s Tate Modern museum, with that little bit of murky water actually being the river Thames. Why are we showing you this? Because a few years from now this might turn into a glassy new mixed-use complex, centered around a new 224-room hotel a few blocks away from St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Referred to at the moment as the Queensbridge House Hotel & Apartments, the 7-story building would replace three existing office blocks, which sit tightly between the Thames and the busy street right behind, as well as above it – more pictures to get a sense of how that works below.

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Along the Water, The Aloft Miami Beach is Slowly Coming Together

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  Site Where: 2360 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
July 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Our Miami Beach tipster has returned with some new shots of the upcoming Aloft Hotel in Miami Beach on way north Collins Avenue.

The latest Starwood hotel to hit Miami won't open until March 19, 2015 and judging by the pictures, we're even a little skeptical of that date. Yet it is interesting to see how Aloft is updating the old Motel Arkana, keeping much of the motel's existing structure but also adding another tower adjacent to the lot. (See the rendering on the Aloft Miami Beach website to get a better idea of how it will look.)

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The Hilton London Bankside Will Showcase New Brand Design, Opening Next Year

Where: Great Suffolk Street, London, United Kingdom
July 22, 2014 at 9:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Late last year we asked the question whether the Hilton London Bankside was being revived, with construction having picked up after several years of silence to the point where the multi-story hole in the ground had been filled up.

The revival question we can now answer with a resounding yes, with the hotel recently having “topped out”, i.e. reached its highest point. It also sounds like it will open mid next year, with the rather bland interior renderings we looked at previously now updated on the architect’s website to reflect a much warmer, interesting design which apparently follows “Hilton’s newly launched brand standards”. Above one of the 292 rooms, further below lobby, restaurant and bar.

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Downtown LA to Get Another Hip Hotel, The Freehand

July 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

We're loving Downtown LA these days and so are hotels. On the heels of an Ace Hotel opening with its excellent historic theater and a new hybrid Residence Inn/Courtyard by Marriott Hotel comes news that Freehand Hotels/Hostels will open in DTLA in 2016.

The LA Times reports that the site of the Freehand Hotel will be the 13-story Commercial Exchange Building at 8th and Olive streets. The former office building, built in 1924 and once home to Edgar Rice Burrough's publishing company, was recently purchasedby the Sydell Group Ltd, the same company who did the awesome Ace Hotel in New York and (see clarification below) the excellent Line Hotel in LA's Koreatown. The LA Freehand, like the original in Miami and the upcoming one in Chicago, will be developed in partnership with Yucaipa Cos., Ron Burkle's investment company.

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This is the M by Montcalm London Shoreditch, But Could It Become a Virgin?

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  Site Where: 151-157 City Road, London, United Kingdom, EC1V 1JH
July 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Given how little information we could parse together about the two new Montcalm Hotels potentially opening in London, we headed into town to see what we could find in person. Double-checking addresses, we struck one of our list before we even left the house, with the hotel on Finsbury Square no longer featured on the website.

What we found in Shoreditch was a little more encouraging in terms of actual construction going on, with the hotel at or very near its highest point. Just north of Old Street Station, the pointy building is very nearly without horizontal lines, sitting next to a fancy apartment complex (on the left) also in progress.

A tipster whispers in our ear that despite the ongoing construction under the Montcalm banner, a number of other groups, including Virgin Hotels, are interested in acquiring the property. While we can’t verify that bit of delicious hotel gossip, we’re all over it – especially since Montcalm doesn’t seem quite sure of anything when it comes to the hotel.

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The Damai Beach Resort in Sarawak is Perfecting Its Public Spaces

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  Site Where: Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
July 18, 2014 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

View from our Superior Poolside Room at the Damai Beach Resort

The Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure travelers, especially the area surrounding the city of Kuching. A short drive outside the city sits the Sarawak Cultural Village and Mount Santubong, where you can learn about Iban longhouses and explore the exotic wildlife of the rainforest.

There are a number of hotels in Kuching that are very affordable and within a 45-minute drive, but if you want to stay on the coast, the area's flagship resort is the Damai Beach Resort in Sarawak. It recently underwent a series of refurbishments that included upgrades to the main pool, children's pool, and dining areas, and further renovations are taking place as we speak.

Damai is in the midst of adding a new ballroom and parking facilities, which it hopes will attract more events to the property. One other addition that's not being advertised but we saw while on site is the addition of a swim-up bar in the main pool.

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