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And Now Kimpton Has Lost Hotel Palomar SF as Well

July 28, 2015 at 12:24 PM | by | ()

Alright then, you've heard the news but don't be too sad. We're still publishing until Friday.

Last week we told you that the Hotel Monaco in San Francisco, a flagship Kimpton Hotel, had been deflagged into The Marker Hotel, managed by Destination Hotels and Resorts. The move was apparently due to a union dispute as Kimpton is now a part of InterContinental Hotel Group, and all IHG hotels in SF need to be unionized.

A tipster with inside knowledge on the rebranding told us last week to expect "More Kimpton hotels to be rebranded in the weeks ahead to avoid become unionized." And now, here is news of another one--Hotel Palomar, the choicely located hotel at 4th and Market, just steps away from the Powell Street Cable Car.

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The Hotel Monaco San Francisco is Now The Marker Hotel

Where: 501 Geary Street [map], San Francisco, CA, United States
July 20, 2015 at 11:05 AM | by | ()

The Hotel Monaco San Francisco, a flagship Kimpton Hotel, just got de-branded to The Marker Hotel, managed by Destination Hotels and Resorts. (You can see the hotel on their website here.)

De- or reflagging, as hotel industry folks know very well, happens all the time but a tipster tells us this particular switcheroo, might be directly related to IHG acquisition of the hotel brand late last year.

More Kimpton hotels to be rebranded in the weeks ahead to avoid become unionized. IHG's local union contract requires any new IHG properties go thru "card check", and the union came a' knockin'. Lasalle and Pebblebrook own almost every Kimpton Hotel in SFO, so Kimpton will only be left managing the Buchanan and Sir Francis Drake, which are already unionized.

Our tipster also says that Viceroy Hotel Group may pick up the management contract for at least two other Kimptons.

We reached out to Kimpton for a statement about the deflagging but have yet to heard back. We'll keep you posted on which if other Kimptons get deflagged. Currently, The Marker (which has changed absolutely nothing at the hotel) is going for about $329 a night.

For what it's worth, Kimpton was made #11 on Fortune mag's "Best Places to Work" in 2015.

[Photo: The Marker Hotel]

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IHG Brings Mobile Check-In and Check-Out to the Masses

June 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

You best have those electronic devices charged for your next stay at an InterContinental Hotels Group property, as the hotel chain is upgrading and improving some of their travel technology.

There’s a whole bunch of goodies that they’re planning to introduce sooner than later, but to us the thing that deserves top billing is mobile check-in and check-out. This means confirmation of arrival time, text notification when your room is ready, as well as all kinds of other flexibility to manage your stay right from your phone. The nifty fifty is one of the first countries to score these features, but a global roll out is not far behind.

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More Giant Hotels for Mecca: The World's Largest Holiday Inn

June 3, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | ()

We’ve told you about the mindboggling Abraj Kudai hotel, the largest in the world with 10,000 rooms across 12 towers, which is on its way to Mecca. The exterior rendering showed an almost incomprehensibly vast structure with 1.4 million square meter footprint, due to be complete in 2017.

It’s not enough though, because just on Monday, the world’s largest Holiday Inn was announced for the city, roaring in at 5,154 rooms across five towers.

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Intercontinental Heads to Lyon as Part of France's Most Historic Renovation Ever

Where: Lyon, France
May 1, 2015 at 8:22 AM | by | ()

London is abuzz with thoughts about Lyon today, as Eurostar launches its first direct service between the two cities. Lyon, of course, is France’s gastro hub, and the new route will take four-and-a-half hours door to door.

And as if by magic, our friends at Hôtellerie de Luxe have tipped us off about the forthcoming Intercontinental Lyon. It’ll be parachuting into the aptly named Grand Hôtel-Dieu, one of Lyon’s largest and grandest buildings, a former medieval hospital on the edge of the Rhone river. But you'll have to wait a while -- this is a huge, important project, and the projected opening date is 2018.

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Hotel Indigo Helsinki Has a Very 'Don't Worry, Be Happy' Outlook on Life

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  Site Where: Bulevardi 26, 00120 Helsinki, Finland
March 20, 2015 at 12:40 PM | by | ()

The cheery artwork in this guest room is a great "pick me up" after a long day of travel, or just a long day

For several years counting, the Scandinavian countries have shared "top ten" honors among the happiest places on earth. It’s an interesting strategy for hotel expansion, and perhaps IHG (in partnership with Restel Limited) see it this way as they introduce Hotel Indigo to the Nordic region with Hotel Indigo Helsinki - Boulevard.

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Making Sense of Hotel Scents: How Brands Woo You With Smell

March 16, 2015 at 5:13 PM | by | ()

Sniff, sniff. What's that smell? Keep reading to find out! Ever wonder if that hint of lavender you detect when you enter a particular hotel is a faint whiff of lovely perfume? Most likely it's not -- what you smell is the subtle odor of brand marketing. Yes, hotels brand get you with design and decor, but your nose also is enticed into brand loyalty.

This is how it works according to Heather Balsley , SVP of America’s Brand Management for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) , who was kind enough to explain the process of scent selection to us.

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Can This Really Be London's First Hotel Doggie?

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  Site Where: 100 Vauxhall Walk, London, United Kingdom, SE11 5EL
March 6, 2015 at 9:02 AM | by | ()

Here’s a fact to blow your mind on a Friday. Until now, apparently, London did not have a “hotel dog”. Can you believe it? We couldn’t, but then we also can’t think of anywhere that has one – so it’s probably true.

Luckily, this terrible situation has now been rectified by the Staybridge Suites Vauxhall, who’ve just hired this good-looking guy. Waggers, a labradoodle, is now part of the “welcome home” reception team. He’s been hired at the tender age of just three months.

The hotel is designed for longer stays rather than short trips, which makes a staff member like Waggers even more valuable to guests. Feeding him is not allowed, but cuddles are totally ok. Waggers is also present at the drinks bashes that the hotel throws three times a week.

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Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh Just Opened, But It's Already Totally Pittsburgher

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  Site Where: 620 William Penn Place [map], Pittsburgh, PA, United States, 15219
January 30, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | ()

Pittsburgh is definitely a town on the up. Want proof? Look no further than the Hotel Monaco, which opened last week.

248 rooms including 13 suites are what’s available, and the Pittsburgh theme (yes, there’s a Pittsburgh theme) is strong, if subtle- think a lamp in the shape of a penguin (hockey), meeting rooms named after notable locals (including Scott Fahlman, who invented the :) smiley face emoticon (for real)), and the Rebellion Suite, named by locals for locals, which harks back to the "great whiskey rebellion of western Pennsylvania".

Rooms are your typical Kimpton riot of weirdness, including jade-colored headboards, black paisley carpets, yellow cushions, houndstooth curtains, feature wallpaper and gilded cages for the pearl-effect chandeliers. That’s all good; what’s less so are the “glass showers” that the hotel describes (there are no photos, but we assume that means peekaboo. Peekaboo is not sexy. It's gross).

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Hotel Indigo Bangkok Is Open, With Rates From $110 a Night

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  Site Where: 81 Wireless Road, Bangkok, Thailand
January 15, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

Where one door closes in the hotel world, another opens: Four Seasons may be leaving Thailand’s capital in a few months for a good three years or so, but a hop and a skip away from its current Radjadamri hotel, Hotel Indigo Bangkok opened its brand-new doors last Friday.

Above a rendering of the lobby of the 192-room hotel on Wireless Road, with soaring ceilings, funky furniture, and some serious chandelier action: one on the right, three above the bar at the far end, and one a floor up in what looks like a library-esque space.

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Hotel Indigo Has Landed in Newark

Go To The Hotel's Web 
  Site Where: 810 Broad St [map], Newark, NJ, United States, 07102
January 9, 2015 at 9:20 AM | by | ()

Just over two years ago, Newark got its first new hotel in four decades. And it looks like the fever is catching, because Hotel Indigo has just opened up in downtown Newark, making it the third in the New York area.

The theme is “modern industry” (tanneries, breweries and innovators hung around here in the 19th century), so there’s a mosaic tiled ticker tape (Thomas Edison’s invention) in the lobby, a bank vault-turned pizza oven in the restaurant, ALVA, and exposed brick walls in the bedrooms, giving it that authentic industrial vibe (the building itself is from 1912).

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Four Seasons Dublin Is Now Intercontinental Dublin

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  Site Where: Simmonscourt Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Ireland, 4
January 6, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | ()

Last time we checked in on Four Seasons Dublin, it was getting ready to wind down with another “five-star brand” ready to take over.

We guessed Intercontinental – and lo, it has come to pass! It switched hands officially on 1 January.

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