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Last week, HotelChatter Special Contributor Eric Rosen explored the historic back alleys of Istanbul and checked out the Edition Istanbul, a mysterious property which we've only heard about from afar. It's also currently the only Edition Hotel in the world.
The 78 rooms at the Edition Istanbul were designed by Gabellini Shepherd Architects in two different palettes: a soothing milky “Soaped Oak,” and the richer, more masculine “Dark Rosewood,” which is what this room on the 7th floor was.
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A Viceroy will be in these parts soon.
Fresh after adding Cassa New York to their collection and seeing the departure of president Nicholas Clayton to Jumeirah Hotels, Viceroy Hotel Group has just announced the Viceroy Istanbul will open in 2013, a year earlier than we expected.
The hotel will be a part of the rising Nef Bebeköy Development.
Spread across ten separate buildings and over 16 acres of land, offering 58 guest accommodations, Viceroy Istanbul will boast spectacular panoramic views of the Bosphorus, the strait that forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia, and direct access to a tranquil outdoor garden and forest area. The property will offer guests and residence luxury services including a casual and signature restaurant, banquet and meeting facilities, an outdoor art gallery, and a state-of-the-art full service fitness center and spa.
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Going strong from their recent W Paris opening, Starwood barrels through yet another major opening in Europe, this time with Le Meridien Istanbul Etiler. The 259-room hotel is actually, as you can see above, comprised of three separate blocks all stacked on to of one another.
Kind of a cool concept, and we'd expect nothing less from Le Meridien, which is perhaps Starwood's most design-oriented brand. But the real art here doesn't have anything to do with picture frames or collectible key cards. Judging from these new images of the guest rooms, the views of the Bosphorus are absolutely killer.
Leading us to think that, of all the "blocks," you're really better off picking a room in the top third of the hotel. As far as inspiration, we think gazing down on gorgeous, sprawling Istanbul will certainly do the trick to get the creative juices flowing.
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Tides Riviera Maya, now the Viceroy Riviera Maya
Now that the Tides South Beach is no longer a Viceroy Hotel (it belongs to cool kid hotel brand, King & Grove), we've been wondering what would be happening to the Tides Hotel brand that Viceroy had spun-out from this iconic South Beach property. Well, today we have our answer. Sort of.
The Mondrian's gal will be getting around soon.
Gosh, it's not even 2012 yet and we're already thinking ahead to 2014. That's because in addition to opening a hotel in London, Mondrian Hotels is planning on opening another hotel abroad--in Istanbul.
The press release put out yesterday by parent company Morgans Hotel Group says that Mondrian, the whimsical and fanciful design brand, will open a 128-room room in Istanbul's Old City area. And the hotel group's new partners, The Light Group will create original food and beverage options for the hotel. There will also be a spa, renovated from an existing historic Turkish bath.
Can't wait until 2014 to test out these new Mondrians? Word is the Mondrian Qatar should open in early 2013. Sadly, the Mondrian Bahamas (yes, Mondrian is going Caribbean) will not be open until 2014. We better rest up because we will be sleeping around a lot in the next few years.
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UPDATE: Turns out that the color scheme in the two photos is totally different for a reason! There are two color schemes available to the rooms: Dark Rosewood (the dark one, pictured above) and Soaped Oak - the lighter color, visible in the renderings. For new pictures of both color schemes, see after the jump.
It’s heeeeere! We’ve spent every day of the last three weeks scouring Edition Hotels’ Facebook page and website to see whether they’d put up rooms of the Edition Istanbul, and although there’s still no joy on either count, we now have our hands on the very first picture of a room. Time to play a game of 'Is It Anything Like The Renderings?'!
The good news? In size and style, it looks almost exactly like these pictures of what the rooms were meant to be like, apart from one small thing – the color scheme is totally different! It’s gone from a cool ash color on the walls and floor to a much warmer, redder wood. And even the lamps floating from the ceiling have morphed from a silvery bronze to a gold color. At the time, don’t forget, we were told that:
Designed in conjunction with Gabellini Shepherd architects, the Istanbul Edition aimed for "quiet elegance" and "modern luxury" by using a color palate of bronze and silver-gold, with extensive use of pale and dark woods.
Unless the color balance has been touched up beyond recognition, we don’t see any of that pale wood. Not even on the ceiling.
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Ah, there’s nothing quite like intrigue and confusion to get us all excited over a hotel opening. And an early opening? That gets us even more aflutter.
But, no sooner did we see that news, than we had an email from Edition’s PRs telling us that the hotel did not soft open today, and that the online reports were inaccurate. They told us that:
The hotel will soft open soon with the official launch in March/April.
So we called the hotel to clarify and spoke to a charming gentleman who told us that no, the hotel didn’t open today. But, yes, it’s opening soon – very soon. In fact, it’s opening tomorrow.
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While we’ve been getting all breathless over the dishy W London, turns out the
cougar matriarch of the European Ws, the W Istanbul has been quietly going under the knife. And now, just in time to steal London’s sassy new kid thunder, it’s peeling back the bandages to reveal its new look.
The hotel has opened two new restaurants, Frederic’s and Minyon. Frederic’s is an upscale Italian joint overlooking the Bosphorus with a 350-strong wine cellar, hearty ingredients (truffles, saffron, oysters), a revolving gallery of art that changes monthly and a cigar menu.
But the one we’re really excited about is Minyon, which is serving up international cuisine on small plates, to a backdrop art from young local artists, DJs, and a regular Wednesday night bash called Indie-Pendent Ladies (we likey). We can’t make the English tab on the website work, and sadly we don’t speak Turkish, but the pictures need no translation – stuffed avocado, salads, and a yum-looking crème brulee that we probably wouldn’t share. Also, any restaurant that describes itself as "titillating" gets a thumbs up from us.
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Christmas came early for HotelChatter! A tipster let us know that the website for the forthcoming Istanbul Edition was live, complete with photo renderings of the guest rooms, descriptions galore and even a few special room rate offers! So let's get right into it.
First up, let's talk about the rooms. After all, this hotel plans on being a
seven-star hotel Strike that. The hotel has no plans for seven-star status but instead plans to be a "luxury lifestyle hotel."
Designed in conjunction with Gabellini Shepherd architects, the Istanbul Edition aimed for "quiet elegance" and "modern luxury" by using a color palate of bronze and silver-gold, with extensive use of pale and dark woods (check out the hard wood floors in the pics below!)
The hotel has six room categories (not including the Penthouse Suite)--Superior, Superior with Terrace, Deluxe, Deluxe with Terrace, Loft with Terrace and Deluxe Prime.
Guest rooms start at 320-sq.ft. and feature an entrance vestibule, bedroom area, work station and seating area with wall-to-wall windows overlooking the city. Amenities include down comforters and pillows, customized linen, custom designed furniture and fabrics, silk carpets, oversized closets, glass enclosed shower and rain showerheads, 42” Bang & Olufsen flat screen TV’s with full cable access, iPod docking station and best of all free WiFi.
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Another week, another historic hotel revamp is nearly completed. This time it’s the turn of the Pera Palace in Istanbul, which is entering its last month of building works – it’s down to open 1 September. Just in time, too, seeing as we’re now more than halfway through Istanbul’s stint as European Capital of Culture.
The restoration has taken two years and €20m, and as well as a spruce up for the whole property, they’ve updated it with a spa. And although wishy washy hotel spas weren’t around when the Pera Palace originally opened in 1892, they’ve kept things traditional with a Turkish hammam, steam bath, sauna and Jacuzzi, as well as a modern gym.
We now know that if there was a concrete opening date for any one of the proposed Edition Hotels that we've heard about (from Hawaii to Chicago to Istanbul), the Marriott press machine would be working overtime to build the buzz.
But since the Edition Hotels website still only has "Development" listed in the place of where "Hotel Locations" should be and that there really isn't any information on this page, we're going to go ahead and say that you'll be waiting even longer to get your "Edition."
Adding to that, we did find a sort of dubious website for the Edition Hotel Istanbul, which last time we checked was to open on December 15, but there's really nothing on this site either--just a bunch of construction pics. Ho-hum. (Also, this bland building is supposed to turn into a 7-star hotel? Eeee.)
Meanwhile, there's nothing new out there on the hotels to be included in the Autograph Collection from Marriott. We're guessing they are biding their time until 2010 to really get moving. Right? Right?
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