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And Now Kimpton Has Lost Hotel Palomar SF as Well

July 28, 2015 at 12:24 PM | by | Comment (1)

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 | Comments (8)

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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Checking In On All That Palm Springs Construction

July 13, 2015 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sleepy Palm Springs is undergoing precedented construction at the moment, so it felt only right to check in on a couple of projects when we were in town last week.

First, Arrive. No extra info on the project since we last checked in – but from these photos it looks like the winter opening may finally be on track. Look at those midcentury lines!

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HNB: Dream Chicago, The House Collective, Kimpton Vermont and More from Jeff Klein

June 29, 2015 at 2:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

So much hotel news, so little time – here are a few snippets to keep you up to date with the latest news from around the world!

· DEBUT HOTEL GROUP TO MANAGE LIVE AQUA HOTELS IN THE US: This brief is a bit of a doozy but here's what's happening--Grupo Posadas, Mexico’s largest hotel operator, is bringing its premier luxury boutique hotel brand, Live Aqua, to major U.S. cities, courtesy of benefactor/private equity group, Bighorn Capital, Inc. Debut Hotel Group, a Hampshire Hotels Management company, who are in charge of the Dream, Night and Time Hotel brands, will manage the Live Aqua U.S. hotels which are expected to "debut" in cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Houston and Washington, D.C. Interestingly, Chicago will be the first U.S. city to get a Live Aqua in 2017. Keep reading as the next brief is connected to this one.

· DREAM HOTELS TO OPEN IN CHICAGO: The Live Aqua hotel mentioned above will open in an 82-story high-rise in the West Loop area, which will actually be dual-developed as a Live Aqua and Dream Hotel. Yes, Dream Chicago is now happening. However, do not confuse this building with the other Mexican hospitality group Grupo Habita who are opening a hotel in Wicker Park, nor should you confuse it with the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. Meanwhile, a Time Hotel is expected to open in Nyack, NY. We'll have more on that later this week.

· INTRODUCING THE HOUSE COLLECTIVE: Forget luxury homes, when you can stay in luxury "Houses" from Swire Hotels. The Opposite House in Beijing, The Upper House in Hong Kong and the just-opened Temple House in Chengdu have always been united but now they've been consciously branded as The House Collective with a new website to boot.

More news briefs below!

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Where Will Palm Springs Fit All These New Hotels?

June 24, 2015 at 8:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

One of L'Horizon's sexy ladies

It’s summer in the Coachella Valley, which means searing temperatures, misters working overtime and – most importantly – lowered prices. Palm Springs, too, is a huge Fourth of July destination, so what better time to recap all the openings and happenings in PSP?

*L’HORIZON:
Remember way back last year when we talked about the Horizon having closed unexpectedly? It’s reopening this week as L’Horizon Resort & Spa. Its 25 Cody-built bungalows have been revamped, there’s an infinity pool and the grounds span 3 acres. The as yet untitled restaurant will be helmed by Giacomo Pettinari, a Michelin-starred chef who was last at Valentino in LA, and is spouting all the organic and biodynamic buzzwords you might expect from a sleek California place rather than a retro PSP hotel. L’Horizon has already signed up to be part of the Leading Hotels of the World. No photos yet, other than sexy ladies, and no word on rates – you have to email the hotel a reservation request. Let’s hope they change that pronto!

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Kimpton Will Say Hello to Palm Springs Next Year

June 18, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Pack the sunscreen and sunglasses, as Kimpton is expanding their hotel footprint as they move into Palm Springs. There will be plenty of time to prepare—and to save up for a visit—as things are slated to start welcoming guests in 2016.

According to the folks over at The Desert Sun, it’s all new construction and things are well underway. The cranes, bulldozers, and hard hats are arriving on-site, as it won’t be long until the 155-rooms open up for business in the Museum Market Plaza. There’s been some delays here and there, but it does sound like things are finally on schedule. Again it’s 2016—fall to be specific.

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Chicago's Hotel Burnham Gets a Facelift

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  Site Where: 1 W. Washington [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60602
May 11, 2015 at 12:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

A true icon in Chicago's hotel scene, Hotel Burnham has at last given its guest rooms and its equally iconic restaurant, Atwood, a contemporary new look. This is the first time since 1999 the hotel has seen a refresh, replacing classic turn of the century decor with a more modern style.

As one of the America's first skyscrapers, the hotel retained its history as an architectural wonder by using rich woods and sophisticated colors in each of the 122 guest rooms, with bright artwork added to give it some whimsy. The rooms still feature usual Kimpton touches like Frette Linens, a stocked mini-bar and the in-room yoga mat for getting your chi on.

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HNB: A New Kimpton in SF, Ritz Picks Up Budapest, More Seasons in Dubai and Some Sneakers

May 7, 2015 at 7:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

So much hotel news, so little time – here are a few snippets to keep you up to date with the latest news from around the world!

HOTEL TOMO TO TURN INTO HOTEL BUCHANAN, A KIMPTON HOTEL: Back in September, we told you how the Japanimation-themed Hotel Tomo in San Francisco would turn into a Kimpton Hotel but we had no idea the place would get a full-on rebranding. It will now open in June as the Hotel Buchanan, and it looks completely different. Gone is all the kitschy decor, replaced with more masculine yet stylish furniture and amenities.The only nod to the hotel's former history is a light-weight, Shibori-print Kimono, which will be placed in the guestrooms instead of the usual Kimpton animal print robes. No exact opening date is set but we'll be sure to let you know when we have it.

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Kimpton Makes Their DC Presence Known with 2 New Hotels

May 6, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Good news for those heading to Washington, DC anytime soon, as the hotel scene just got that much better thanks to the kind folks over at Kimpton. The boutique hotel chain just acquired two new properties: sooner than later they’ll be taking over The Carlyle and the Savoy Suites Hotel.

For those in the know, the Carlyle does its thing over in Dupont Circle, and the Savoy Suites Hotel calls the city’s Glover Park neighborhood home—for everyone else just please refer to your favorite mapping software.

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Ink48's 'Heaven Over Hell' Penthouse Combines Cool Design, a Hot Location, and Killer Views

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  Site Where: 653 11th Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
May 1, 2015 at 3:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ink48 Hotel claims "unobstructed, panoramic views" of the City and the Hudson River and you know what, they may be right – especially if you’re sitting on this amazing penthouse terrace.

Kimpton Hotels are nothing if not unique, colorful, and full of life, not the least of which is a new life with InterContinental Hotel Group.

Take for example, Ink48 Hotel, a former printing house with a front-page position to take in the Midtown urban scenery and the Hudson River. With spring in full swing, and Cinco de Mayo around the corner, Ink48 has just the spot, so to speak, for your special whatever whenever – the “Heaven Over Hell” Penthouse Suite.

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Come May, Chicago's Hotel Allegro Will Be Singing a Pretty New Tune

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  Site Where: 171 W Randolph St. [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60601
April 9, 2015 at 7:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

One of Chicago's very first trendy boutique hotels is getting a bit of a facelift as they look to celebrate their 17th birthday this year. In the heart of the theater district, Hotel Allegro is planning to unveil a bit of drama in May with renovated rooms, a completely new lobby with communal lobby bar and enhance public "chill" space.

In a grand to attempt to reconnect with the building's 91 years of history, the Kimpton property is is embracing an art deco design for all areas of the hotel. From being greeted by a glimmering flapper girl painting and original light fixtures in the lobby to a sleeker and more cosmopolitan styling for the rooms, we were giddy with excitement on a recent hard hat tour.

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A Look Inside Kimpton's Brand New Sedona Property

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  Site Where: 100 Amara Way [map], Sedona, Arizona , United States, 86336
March 12, 2015 at 12:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sedona is known for its incredible outdoor scenery, which translates into killer views for its low-rise hotels positioned just outside the red-rock canyons and beside its river, Oak Creek.

Six months ago, Kimpton put its hand in the cookie jar and got its first property there, taking over and transforming an existing property into the the Amara Resort and Spa.

The 100-room creek side hotel is located near Uptown Sedona and positions its rooms to face Bear Wallow Canyon and its infamous Mitten Ridge. But the best views might come from the courtyard that splits the property in half and extends outward from the lobby and its adjoining restaurant and patio, continuing on and fanning out as it approaches the creek.

A grassy sitting area occupies the middle ground while the pool and hot tub give you a front row seat to take in the creekside trees (which were still a few weeks away from blooming during our visit) and mountain views. It is especially nice during Kimpton's free wine hour.

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