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Our man on the London scene, JasonD, peeped around the hotel today and sent back a few photos for us to drool over. He'll be dishing on all the ins and outs of the Edition next week but for now, just enjoy the eye candy.
[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]
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While the viewing platform at the top has been open for months, and a number of restaurants have moved into Europe’s tallest structure as well, Shangri-La looks to have a classic of hotel delay. Initially scheduled to be ready for the Olympics (ha!), we’ve had end of June, the more non-committal “summer”, and end of September as D-day for the group’s first UK property at various points in time. As of now, there is still no confirmed opening date – all we hope is that it will make it this year.
Meanwhile, rates at Edition are holding steady at £270 (about $420) a night for a queen room, which will get you 237 square feet of hotelier Ian Schrager’s latest work. About $50 extra takes that up to a Superior Room at just over 300 square foot.
[Photo: JasonD for HotelChatter]
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This morning, we are completely gobsmacked, as the Brits would say. We've just discovered that the London Edition Hotel is now opening on September 12!
Previously, we reported the hotel would be opening on October 15 and very rarely do hotels ever open before that. But whatever the reason for the early opening, we'll take it!
Rates start at 295 pounds a night or about $451 a night. However, if you use code LPR at booking you can get that rate down to 255GBP or about $390
The hotel's website is also showing off a few more room photos including a shot of the very minimalist bathroom. No photos of the Berners Tavern restaurant or the Punch Room lounge but we suspect those are forthcoming.
To celebrate the opening, Edition Hotels in collaboration with Sedition, the digital art collecting site, to offer Edition fans "Prosopopoeia" from artist Mat Collishaw. It's pretty much a big shiny diamond. We hope that's what we'll find at the London Edition as well.
[Photo: London Edition]
It's time for a walk down memory lane with a HotelChatter flashback!
On this day way back in 2010, we read the news that hotelier Ian Schrager and his commercial landlords had defaulted on a $140 million loan for the Gramercy Park Hotel. This was kind of a common occurrence back then as hotels were still trying to recover from the economic collapse of 2008 and 2009.
Yet with GPH in 2010, one investor was not interested in assuming the loan for the hotel because it was hard to get Schrager to agree to stay. And we couldn't have imagined GPH without Schrager...back then.
Today, we're totally ok with the fact that GPH no longer has Ian Schrager roaming the lobby. (He left less than six months after this.) No doubt that's because his Public Chicago, which opened in 2012, has kept us very entertained. Now, we're just wondering when he will open more of them. Oh and we can't forget about his hand in Marriott's Edition Hotels. We'll see the fruits of his labor again with the London Edition, opening this October.
As for the Gramercy Park Hotel, it's still a great spot and nearly all of Ian's handiwork remains. The hotel also has new restaurants from hotshot restauranteur Danny Meyer. Plus, you can probably even get into the Rose Bar these days! Rates start at $395 a night at the end of July.
We recently told you hotelier extraordinaire Ian Schrager would bring The London Edition to the UK in October. Now Schrager has finally released more coveted details on this project (the brand he created with Marriott International), as he returns to London after the 15 years since he introduced both the Sanderson and St. Martins Lane hotels.
The London Edition sets out to preserve the original Berners Hotel, built in 1835 as five luxury Georgian townhouses and turned hotel in 1908. But don't think that means this'll be another stuffy-puffy London property. Schrager makes it clear:
“The hotel is inspired by the grand traditions of Great Britain: the traditional, aristocratic English country manor and the quintessential London private gentleman’s club with a modern, edgy, urban feel.”
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Naturally, we clicked over to the website right away and after trying a few dates, we finally found that the hotel will open on OCTOBER 15 with rates starting at 295 GBP a night. (Or about $458.) That's for a small (237-sq.ft.) guest room with a queen bed which also includes a 46-inch flat screen TV, turndown service, robes and slippers and free WiFi. The next room category is a superior room for 335 GBP a night, followed by the deluxe room at 375 GBP and then by a Loft-type room for over 465 GBP.
What happened seventeen years ago? We barely graduated high school (well, some of us). More importantly, it was the last time hotelier Ian Schrager gave face to Miami Beach with the Delano. Now, almost two decades later, he's back to shake things up again with a ground-breaking project that involves rich people being insanely happy with their homes.
The hotel mogul just announced he'll set a new bar with the Residences at the upcoming Miami Edition, slated for an early 2014 debut. There will be 26 limited-edition residences some say will be different than anything else in Miami. Ooh, the suspense! Not really, because we have all the dish. Basically, they're being touted as "Homes in the Sky." Literally.
They'll be perched on the top floors of the existing landmark 1950s building that will be the Miami Beach Edition hotel with some residences in the adjacent, newly constructed 18-story tower. All will have panoramic views, each with that sophisticated and arty Schrager touch. They'll also be custom made with a private entrance.
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We should know better than to get emotional when we hear of hotel construction delays—but there’s something about this one that hits a bit hard. We’d hoped that Ian Schrager’s new project with Marriott, the Miami Beach Edition, would indeed open this spring has previously reported. But, in an interview with the Miami Herald, the hotelier said it wouldn’t open until 2014.
Unlike any Marriott we’ve ever stayed at, this one promises to be pretty badass with a nightclub, bowling alley and an ice skating rink. This means we can throw a strike, do a triple toe-loop, and pop that all in one night! Is it no wonder we’re crying in our cornflakes? Let’s get this wrapped up, Mr. Schrager.
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But what about the actual Edition brand as a whole? In the four years since it was first announced, we've only gotten to see two properties: the Edition Istanbul, and the now ex-Edition Modern Honolulu. And we have it on good authority that Edition London is being hailed as the brand's big re-launch, rather than just hotel number three.
Whose authority, you ask? Why, Edition's new VP of Brand Experience, Ben Pundole. (If that name sounds familiar, then you're right: Pundole was one of the original founders of King & Grove Hotels, though he left the company in June. Now, he works full time for Edition Hotels under the man himself, Ian Schrager).
Read on to hear from Pundole himself about Edition's new direction!
Hotelier boss-dog Ian Schrager talks with HC on hotels, politics, and a side of disco
We're not very good at hiding when we have a crush on a hotel brand, so we'll fess up to being Public Chicago devotees. It was launched by hotelier-extraordinaire Ian Schrager on October 11, 2011 and is celebrating its one-year anniversary.
To mark the occassion, Schrager brought in his buddy, old-school Studio 54 DJ John "Jellybean" Benitez (you wouldn't know Madonna without him)to man the turntables and rock the crowd.
We were thrilled to be invited to a party where even Billy Zane couldn't stop grooving, but before we danced, we took a few minutes to ask Schrager about his latest hotel plans and what financial advice he'd give Chi-Town's own President Obama.
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It's been a busy year for King & Grove Hotels, the boutique hotel brand started by former Morgans Hotel Group CEO Ed Scheetz and Ben Pundole, the former Director of Entertainment at Morgans. (You may remember him as the man who brought SPiN Ping Pong to the Mondrian LA.)
King & Grove started out just over a year ago with two boutique properties in the Hamptons before going on to assume management of The Tides South Beach, the Hotel Williamsburg, the Hotel Chelsea and the Hotel Lola as well as plotting out two hotels for downtown Los Angeles. But it looks like all the fast expansion has taken its toll on the brand's foundation--specifically Pundole.
The NY Post reports that Pundole resigned from K&G on Thursday after the promise of ownership and control of the company from Scheetz and K&G's other owner Joseph Chetrit--whose Chetrit Group has bought several of the hotels that K&G is operating--fell through. A source gave the lowdown on the exit to the Post:
Ben has been treated pretty unfairly. Ben created Ruschmeyer’s, which has been a wild success, and was the creator of this new hotel brand. He found and hired most of the employees and even found the Williamsburg, which they purchased on his suggestion, and now he’s walking away with nothing. Chetrit and Scheetz are taking his hard work, contacts and hip following.
You've seen this photo of Public's re-imagined Pump Room, you know, the one that makes you want to go there NOW.
Ever wonder what Public Chicago used to look like in its former Ambassador East glory? We often do. Originally opened in October of 1926, the hotel has a long history of being the place to be well before it became Public. First a luxury haven for the upper echelon, the Ambassador later drew celebs in droves following the opening of the Pump Room in 1938. That interest definitely petered off in the years before Public opened (September 2011), but the point is that this hotel was once as hot as it is today.
Here's The Pump Room under the former Ambassador East umbrella. Yowza.
During a recent visit to Public, we dug around for more clues about the hotel’s past life and scored, getting our hands on a bunch of old images of the former Ambassador East. We couldn’t resist sharing so take a look and a gander down hotel memory lane. Of course, you won't miss Public's totally crushing design and might even start wondering what it means to be hot both then and now.