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Getting surfers and skateboarders to stay at the Hotel Erwin in Venice, Calif. has never been a tough sell for the hotel, thanks to its beachfront location along the Venice Boardwalk, its spunky style (a wall of grafitti art greets guests upon their arrival) and a killer rooftop scene like no other on the beach.
But now there's a whole new way for skaters to go all out at the hotel--The Red Bull Dogtown Suite.
For $1,500 a night, guests can stay in this 750-sq.ft. suite decked out with surf and skateboard decor, a 52" TV, a big round bed and a giant two-person tub. The suite also has a large private balcony with killer ocean views and even a custom DJ turntable should guests want to spin some tunes. And of course, it's stocked with cans of Red Bull.
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We hope you like these rooms, because there's more of 'em coming!
Yesterday's news of the sixth Thompson Hotel coming to Manhattan was surprising enough but not nearly as surprising as Thompson's expansion plans, which are no doubt being made possible by its new parent company, Commune Hotels and Resorts. (If you aren't up to speed, Thompson and Joie De Vivre Hotels merged back in October and their new parent company, Commune, debuted last month.)
Indeed, the company's CEO Stephen Brandman told us yesterday, "Global expansion will happen before you think." But it seems like it's already here.
Aside from 5 Beekman and the newly opened Thompson Belgraves in London, Thompson Hotels is also running The Sutton Place Hotel in Chicago (which will be relaunched as the Thompson Chicago in late 2013 after renovations) and the Hotel Victor in Miami (which will go by Thompson Ocean Drive after its renovations are finished). But there's even more.
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[This story has been updated from yesterday's, which was originally posted on 2/21/12 at 3:28pm.]
We've been anxiously anticipating the new name for the newly merged Joie de Vivre Hotels and Thompson Hotels as the temporary name, JT Hospitality, was not very original and also conjured up a line of hotels from Justin Timberlake.
Nevertheless, the wait is over as the announcement comes today that the hotels will now fall under the new company name...COMMUNE HOTELS AND RESORTS. (And yes, the website is already up and running.)
"Our ethos is about individuality, community, locations that are authentic to their environment, and the kind of service that exceeds guests' expectations and makes travel exciting again," the three executives wrote in a statement. "We believe celebrating individuality is the best way to elevate the guest experience."
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Even though the Saguaro Palm Springs just opened the other week, we decided to eschew the two-hour drive from Los Angeles and instead, hop on a plane to Scottsdale and check out the original Saguaro.
We've been obsessing over this hotel's bright color scheme for months now and indeed, driving towards the hotel we let out a little yelp when we saw the brightly colored walls on the guestroom balconies. Yeah, we're nerdy like that. But how did the hotel measure up in living color? Read our review and peruse our galleries to find out!
Well, it looks like our guessing game from yesterday wasn't very hard at all. Yes, the shiny, bright and happy pool scene indeed belongs to the colorful Saguaro Scottsdale. Now that we've given you a peek at the pool scene, allow us to take you inside one of the hotel's garden suites located on the ground floor with private patios that lead out to the hotel's two pools. We hope you like the color pink!
This is room 4109 which features a king-sized bed, separate sitting area, a large bath room with a soaking tub and a separate shower, two flat-screen TVs (one in each room) and two mini-patios that lead out to the hotel's main pool.
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As committed hotel toiletries connoisseurs, we are fans of Lather soaps and bathroom goodies. (That includes the littlest hotel fans among us.) So we're happy to see that hotels around the country agree, and Lather is popping up everywhere from West Hollywood to Manhattan.
We asked the Lather peeps for an update on where we can
stealuse their products in hotels, and also where to find them after we've checked out....
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What do you get when you merge The Custom Hotel with The Hollywood Roosevelt? JT HOSPITALITY. Note: JT is not actually involved in this one.
When we got an email in our inboxes a short while ago with the subject heading, "JOIE DE VIVRE HOSPITALITY AND THOMPSON HOTELS MERGE" we thought for sure someone was playing a prank on us. Or maybe that someone was celebrating April Fools Day six months early.
But given that the news came from JDV's director of public relations, we knew that this was no joke. So now let's get into the details of this seemingly unholy merger.
The merger took effect on October 1st and it is purely a management partnership involving only hotel management operations but not real estate assets. Together, the company will now be known as JT Hospitality (did anyone just think of Justin Timberlake? We did.) and will manage 45 properties under the Thompson and JDV brands. The company is set to be officially announced/rebranded in early 2012 when the global branding strategy is rolled out.
Thompson's CEO and co-owner Stephen Brandman has been named CEO of JT Hospitality and the company will be headquartered in NYC. John Pritzker, whose private equity firm, Geolo Capital, took a majority stake in JDV last year, will serve as co-chairman as will Jason Pomeranc, Thompson Hotel's other co-owner and poster boy.
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How’s this for an Inception moment? There we were, yesterday, having lunch at the Top of the Mark in San Francisco’s Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, looking idly at the view of the Transamerica Building, the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks when we cast our eyes southwest and noticed The Clift. We’d stayed there last week, so that tickled us.
But then our eyes panned a little to the right and saw a tiny rooftop oasis with palm-type plants and bushes and sun loungers. And as we were thinking how cute it was, we realised that it was the penthouse at the Hotel Adagio. And, coincidentally, our room, since we’d checked in at 11pm the night before to find the hotel full. The only room available? The penthouse. So instead of walking us to another hotel, lovely Peter at the front desk did us the honors.
So there we were in the rooftop bar of one hotel, looking at our ex hotel and our at-the-time-current hotel room. Yes, it was as convoluted as a Christopher Nolan script.
Perennial Virant, soon to be serving room service at the Hotel Lincoln
The Chicago Hotel Scene just keeps getting hotter. Not only are we awaiting the opening of Ian Schrager's new Public Hotel on September 12 and the first-ever U.S. location of Radisson Blu on Halloween, but now we've got word that Joie De Vivre Hotels will open their second hotel outside of California in Chi-town. (The first is opening soon in Scottsdale.)
The company finalized a management agreement last week for a 184-room hotel near Lincoln Park on North Clark Street. The hotel is currently closed as it undergoes significant renovations (it's being built within a historic landmarked building) but it should open by February 2012 and will be called, Hotel Lincoln. JDV gives us more of the detes here:
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Recently, we did a post on hotels that were acting like airlines in all the wrong ways with infuriating fees. But the Custom Hotel near Los Angeles International Airport is imitating the airlines in a very good way, a sort of mod-60s, golden age of flying way.
We toured the airport hotel yesterday to look at the revamping that's been going on since Joie De Vivre Hotels snapped up the place last year. The biggest change is the concept of Custom Hotel. Previously, under its old owner, the hotel was more of a dark, boutique, too cool kind of property that may have done better in Hollywood rather than near the beach.
But now with JDV's guidance the hotel has embraced its location, opening up the property up people seeking not just a convenient airport hotel but a happy and recreational stay as well. Here's how Custom has customized their hotel to fit its airport proximity.
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We told you yesterday about the yummy Red Velvet Cupcake cocktails at the Shorebreak Hotel. If you have one too many of them and decide to stay at the Huntington Beach hotel, we have the lowdown on the rooms.
We shelled out $219 for a room in the sleepy beach community, which is nicknamed Surf City for the many surfers who crowd the waters looking for the perfect wave. During our visit, there was even a surf competition going on. The Shorebreak takes its cues from the surfer community. Check out more about the hotel after the jump.
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The old Hotel Theodore formerly known as The Mondrian Scottsdale nee James Scottsdale has finally gotten a new identity, The Drinkwater, which comes from the hotel's location on Drinkwater Boulevard. (That name came about in honor of Scottsdale's former four-term mayor, Herb Drinkwater.)
If you recall, the hotel was snapped up by Joie De Vivre Hotels back in February and when it reopens in the fall will actually be JDV's first hotel outside of California.
Right now, the place is undergoing some "reimagination" to showcase the spirit of the Southwest as envisioned by architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat of Stamberg Aferiat Architecture.. The hotel is not closed but there is limited availability.