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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.
When we talked about Intercontinental’s branding-by-smell last month, the general consensus was that it was rather a good idea.
But sometimes, you can have too much of a good thing. And that might just be the case at the Intercontinental de la Ville in Rome.
HC reader @GreeleyCopley tweeted us last week:
We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.
The InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile earlier this month completed a $13 million renovation of the Michigan Avenue hotel’s Historic Tower, now officially renamed the Executive Tower (presumably because it looka shiny new, no longer “historic.”)
And they accomplished it in record time! Beginning in January 2015, the hotel refurbished 315 guest rooms and corridors in the tower. Above is how the rooms looked before. Now a peek at the after:
Back in November, InterContinental Hotels reopened the former Ritz-Carlton in Sydney’s Double Bay as its second property in the city, following a multi-year closure and renovation of the hotel. Many a hotel in the central business district, including the ‘other’ InterContinental, can give you the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House views the city is famous for, but back in the day the likes of Madonna, Bill Clinton, and Princess Diana all opted to stay here instead. We wondered why, so we made the 15-minute cab ride to Double Bay and peeked inside the Royal Suite to find out.
Set on the hotel’s fifth floor, the Royal Suite is a one-bedroom suite with living room, study, bedroom, ensuite bathroom, powder room, dining room, pantry, and option for a connecting bedroom. The contemporary design really worked for us, with pale herringbone hardwood floors, white walls, and dark wood – but the real draw is in the direction of the light streaming in through the arched windows.
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After years of planning, one of the most ambitious waterfront revitalization projects in Washington, DC (or anywhere else for that matter) is starting to pick up some speed.
Simply named The Wharf, this development is so large there are at least three hotels planned and the first one out of the gate is from InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. The present schedule suggests an opening date in mid-2017.
Hoffman-Madison Waterfront is the master developer for The Wharf, which encompasses a mile-long stretch and 27 acres of waterfront land along the Washington Channel. Carr City Centers will develop the Wharf InterContinental Hotel. They also redeveloped the the Willard Washington DC.
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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.
View of the Avenida dos Aliados and the main square in Porto's Old Town from the Intercontinental
Yesterday, while featuring one of the coolest hotel beds we've come across, we wrote that the Yeatman's advantage over its competing hotels is its position on the hillside in Gaia, with its rooms looking back across the river at the Porto skyline. That is indeed the most killer view when it comes to expansive landscape scenery, but those who wish to stay in the city center can still enjoy a trip to the window upon waking up in the morning.
The InterContinental Porto Palacio Das Cardosas couldn't be more in the center of the city, and it takes advantage of this by having all 105 rooms overlook the Avenida dos Aliados in the middle of Old Town Porto. The exterior of the building fits in quite well with its surroundings. The hotel has been outfitted into a remodeled 18th century palace, the Cardosas. Built in 1788, it is the oldest building on the square.
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But only for renovations!
The InterContinental Barclay Hotel on 48th and Park Avenue, and a favorite spot for U.S. Open tennis players, will be closed for the next 18 months for some pretty extensive renovations--about $175 million worth of renos.
The building that currently houses the InterCon first opened in 1926 yet much of the interior decor of the hotel was very stuck in late 1990s and early 2000s. See a shot of the ho-hum guest rooms here on TripAdvisor. Yet in its new reincarnation, the Barclay will be thoroughly modern and updated.
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We were once pretty excited about massive hotel being built by Korean Air in Downtown LA but admittedly, it's been a while since we checked in on the property, which should be completed in 2017. However, today, some pretty big news was announced---the hotel, which has been known as the Wilshire Grand, will be an InterContinental Hotel.
According to the press release, the 900-rom hotel will be the largest InterContinental Hotel in the Americas. The building itself will be the tallest building on the West Coast at 1,100 feet. The hotel will also be the first hotel on the West Coast to have a "sky lobby" which will be located on the 70th floor as well as a dizzying rooftop pool. Here's a bit more on the plans for the decor scheme inside the hotel:
In particular, the new property will reflect the four ecological typologies of Los Angeles while also embracing the laid-back sophistication of the city. The natural wood and warm colors in the building will reflect the city's beach culture while the hotel's sky lobby will incorporate Los Angeles' car culture into the design through abstract representations of car lines into the internal paneling and decor.
Hmm...considering that LA is taking great pains to distance themselves from their "car culture" we're not so sure that's the best design approach to embrace. But who cares? There's going to be a sky lobby!
Still, 2017 is a long ways off. In the meantime, IHG Rewards Club members can use/earn points at the other InterContinental in LA in Century City which recently unveiled a sexy new look.
Rendering via PR Newswire]
We already knew that InterContinental planned to take over the former Ritz-Carlton in Sydney and turn it into the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, but today, we've got a few snapshots of the renovated, InterContinentalized space and it looks very sleek.
This bay-side sanctuary half-way between the city center and iconic Bondi Beach will feature restored rare white marble, Parisian-style balconies, a nautical-themed gin bar and an open rooftop retreat. The hotel's design, done by Aussie firm, Bates Smart Architects, will feature a neutral palette, metallic finishings and splashes of pale blue and yellow tones with each room sporting soft blue, white and charcoal furnishings against framed dark timber elements. It's classic decor married with laid-back Aussie style and topped off with a sophisticated European aesthetic.
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It’s less than two years ago we welcomed a second InterContinental hotel to London, with the Westminster outpost setting up next to New Scotland Yard, a walk across St James’s and Green Park to its Park Lane sibling. It’s less than a year ago we talked about a third InterContinental coming to the city, this time much further east at the O2 arena.
Things have taken a very unexpected turn though this month, with the InterContinental Westminster going and now gone, becoming the surprise return of Conrad Hotels to the city. As of now, the hotel on Broadway is known as the Conrad London St. James, a major move up from the previous Conrad location in Chelsea Harbour (now a Millenium Monogram Collection if you recall). Still with us? It’s all in the hotel rebranding game.
There’s something about the Intercontinental Park Lane that makes a tiny part of us die inside with every visit. Yes, they’ve been renovating the rooms to de-drab them, and yes, the views can be awesome, but it always feels so… sterile.
Having said that, we’ve always given props to the spa for having good therapists and decently priced treatments, considering its surroundings.
And this summer, the treatments have got even more appealing, with the introduction of Ayurvedic-inspired Sundãri treatments.
There are lots available – see the menu here – but they’ve kicked the program off with special offers on two treatments: a “Facial, Massage and Floatation Bed Offer” (a 30 minute massage, 30 minute facial and 20 minutes lying on a floatation bed) for £65 instead of £112.50; and the signature Sama treatment for £90 instead of £135. This takes 90 minutes and packs in loads of stuff: a feet-in-hot-towels thing; a “cleansing back ritual”; an Ayurvedic massage; a hand and food massage to relieve “stress and negativity”; facial cleanse and exfoliation; a Marma massage; and a scalp massage.