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citizenM Will Need to Step it Up in London to Make 2015 Happen

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  Site Where: Holborn, Tower Hill, London, United Kingdom
January 14, 2015 at 8:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

We may have accepted that citizenM’s expansion in London wouldn’t happen in 2014 when we heard they would be giving us a third affordable-chic hotel in Shoreditch, but that was based on the understanding that 2015 openings were a definite yes.

The year is young, we know, but what we are seeing at Tower Hill (the group’s flagship) and Holborn isn’t very promising. Starting at Tower Hill (above), the main difference between today and July last year is the concrete lift shaft that has risen to eight stories – you can see the photo from before here. Just as then, we’ll allow for the possible spurt in development given that this is a modular hotel, with all rooms built offsite and then craned into place.

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The Best Room to Book at The Savoy in London

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  Site Where: Strand, London, United Kingdom, WC2R 0EU
January 7, 2015 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you like traditional elegance in a hotel, you can’t really beat the star wattage at London’s Savoy hotel. The place oozes fine service and, to be honest, we were pretty impressed. But great service, location and iconic status often comes with a price tag to match. Luckily, what we were shown as the best room to book at the hotel was not a status symbol suite, but a Luxury King River View--specifically, room 514.

Rooms at The Savoy are decorated in either Edwardian or Art Deco style--although all Luxury King River View rooms are done up in Edwardian--and are pretty darn spacious. But what makes this room so special? It’s the commanding view over the River Thames and the British Eye. We stayed on a higher floor that also looked out over the Thames, but there is something about being a bit lower down at tree-level that makes one feel more "at one" with your green surroundings and dappled sunlit room.

Check out the photo gallery!

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London's Paddington Hilton Adds New GWR Tower Rooms

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  Site Where: 146 Praed Street, London, United Kingdom, W1 1EE
January 6, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you had to name a railway station hotel in London, chances are your first thought would be of the gothic exuberance that is the St. Pancras Hotel. Maybe neighboring Great Northern Hotel, possibly even the much more contemporary Shangri-La at the Shard, which, as much as it isn’t necessarily advertised as such, literally sits on top of London Bridge station.

Much less attention is there for the Paddington Hilton, attached to the station of the same name that for most travellers is only synonymous with the (outrageously overpriced) Heathrow Express. But, the hotel is trying to step things up a bit with the addition of 56 new “GWR” Tower rooms, in reference to its original Great Western Royal Hotel name. Set in their own wing, the rooms look to Art Deco for design inspiration and come with access to a dedicated Executive Lounge.

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Hilton Wants to Own the Airport Hotel Game in Europe

January 5, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Europe’s busiest airports had a good year last year: citizenM arrived at Paris Roissy – Charles de Gaulle, the first European Element came to Frankfurt, and of course, the shirtless men of Moxy welcomed us at Milan Malpensa. With the last two of those openings courtesy of industry giants Starwood and Marriott, it seems appropriate that the latest news comes from Hilton Hotels, which is reflagging the former Kempinski hotel at Munich airport as the Hilton Munich Airport this month.

With that step, the almost proverbial “airport Hilton” is now available at each of the seven largest European airports (that’s London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris CDG, Munich, Amsterdam, Madrid, and Rome). There is more to the change in Munich than a different badge on the front door though, and construction in Amsterdam to replace its dated 1970s hotel is moving along too.

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Most Provocative OpenThread: Should Breastfeeding Be Allowed at Claridge's?

December 31, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of year again: the 2014 HotelChatter Awards! Today and tomorrow, we'll be showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to...

OpenThreads are our way of handing over the microphone to you, dear readers. We put forth a topic, a dilemma, a question, a preference, or an opinion and you let us know how you really feel.

Past provocative OpenThread discussions have involved the travails of tea-making, the glories of good service, and evil minibar pricing, but the one that proved most provocative this year was the recent Claridge’s breastfeeding incident.

Was it right of London’s grande dame to ask this mother to cover up with a “ridiculous shroud” while she fed her baby?

She said no. The women who staged a mass “feed-in” protest outside the hotel agreed with her. The internet was split.

But you, HotelChatterers, were unanimous. Claridge’s were entirely within their rights to ask her to cover up.

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Check Out the Hot New Uniforms for St James' Court in London

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  Site Where: 54 Buckingham Gate, London, United Kingdom, SW1E
December 26, 2014 at 9:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

Peplum jackets. Flashes of gold. Peacock feathers. It’s not your standard hotel employee uniform; but it is the new look for the staff at the London Taj property, St James' Court.

The new uniforms have been designed by Jermyn Street Design (who’ve done bespoke uniforms for other hotel brands including Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn). This was a rather more upmarket task, though – the designers visited the hotel and took inspiration from the scallop shell symbol of St James of Compostela (on the hotel gates, and in the hotel logo), and the Taj peacock feather. They’ve been incorporated into the silk (100%!) scarfs and ties, and F&B staff aprons, respectively.

The uniform comprises two versions for ladies – a draped dress with asymmetric detailing, or a bias-cut, slightly peplum (they claim - it doesn't seem inordinately peplumy to us) jacket-skirt-blouse combo. The scarf features that scallop, with gold, teal and grey tones.

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Check Out the Dear Little Christmas Deer at Belgraves London

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  Site Where: 20 Chesham Place, London, United Kingdom, SW1X 8HQ
December 22, 2014 at 8:11 AM | by | Comment (1)

From tasty to tasteful – this is the Christmas display in the window at Belgraves, Thompson’s London outpost.

No blinged up trees or chocolate santas for them; this is a 3D winter woodland scene, handmade by paper cutter Terry Jackson. There are eight layers to the installation, and it’s backlit – that’s what gives it a 3D effect. Here's a close-up:

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Hotel Holiday Cocktail Week 2014: Four Seasons London Canary Wharf’s Christmas Carol Cocktails

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  Site Where: 46 Westferry Circus, London, United Kingdom, E14 8RS
December 18, 2014 at 3:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

‘Tis the season to celebrate and there’s no better way than with a holiday-inspired beverage. And, as we all know, a holiday cocktail a day keeps the Grinch away. For Hotel Holiday Cocktail Week, we’ve scanned the globe for some delectably delicious cocktails that will leave you humming a merry tune that doesn’t include, “You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch.”

Four Seasons London at Canary Wharf has created a holiday cocktail collection based on Dickens’ classic tale, A Christmas Carol. The three ghosts, or spirits, in the story are brought to life through three enticing cocktails, the 1870 X.O, the Apple Pie Eggnog Martini and the Sparkling English Christmas.

Once upon a time there lived an "extra old" cognac that was first bottled in 1870 by Maurice Hennessy, and this is where our cocktail story begins. Representing the Ghost of Christmas Past, the 1870 X.O Cocktail hearkens back to the days of yore when dark liquors were all the rage.

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London's Hilton Bankside Is Starting to Come Together

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  Site Where: Great Suffolk Street, London, United Kingdom
December 16, 2014 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s time for our six-monthly check in with the longstanding London hotel project that is the Hilton Bankside. A year ago, we thought the dormant site behind Tate Modern had finally picked up again, with construction reaching street level. Then, over the summer, we stumbled upon some much-improved renderings of the interiors, which were described as according to Hilton’s newly launched brand standards.

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Your Newest Hot Hotel Room Will Be a London Hospital Bed

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  Site Where: 24 Endell St, London, United Kingdom, WC2H 9HQ
December 15, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comment (1)

Hospital (n)
An institution providing medical and surgical treatment and nursing care for sick or injured people

That’s not what the Hospital Club in London is, though. They will care for you, of course – care for you beautifully, in fact. You don’t have to be sick to go there, but you do have to be a member.

Or, at least, you did have to be a member. Because from January, the hospital is getting a hotel wing, and it’s open to us all. Just as you were starting to think Soho House was the only private members’ club that mattered!

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Character Cocktails at The Savoy's Theatrical Beaufort Bar

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  Site Where: Strand, London, United Kingdom, WC2R 0EU
December 11, 2014 at 4:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Savoy Hotel has had more than its share of legends stay at the hotel since its opening in 1889 – Charlie Chaplin, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Humphrey Bogart are but a few. To honor these celebrities and captains of industry The Savoy’s deeply dramatic Beaufort Bar has created a series of Character Cocktails and, we gotta tell ya, this is cocktail theater.

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The Laslett London Is Opening In Notting Hill Next Summer

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  Site Where: 8 Pembridge Gardens, London, United Kingdom, W2 4DU
December 10, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Notting Hill may have found a permanent place in the London visitor’s heart due to one minor Hugh Grant / Julia Roberts movie (by the way, are you ready to feel old? Yes? It was released fifteen years ago), but the number of (interesting) hotel choices in the area has always been limited.

The list of options will have a new addition by next summer though, with the planned opening of The Laslett on Pembridge Gardens, around the corner from Notting Hill Gate tube station and close to the bottom end of famous Portobello Road. Set within five Victorian mansions, The Laslett is named after Rhaune Laslett, a local community activist and organiser of the Notting Hill Festival, the predecessor of the current annual Notting Hill Carnival.

From the people behind Living Rooms, a small collection of apartments for short and long stays, The Laslett will have 51 rooms and suites, meant to give you the sense you’re staying in a friend’s stylish townhouse rather than in a hotel. The first image we have (above) does seem to strike that balance well, with a nice deep grey on the walls, carefully misaligned artwork, and the odd bit of color and pattern thrown in. The ground floor will be “part coffee shop, part bar-kitchen, part gallery, part concept store”.

We’ll have to wait to see more from inside The Laslett, but we can tell you that opening rates will start from £215 ($335) a night. Blame Hugh and Julia for Notting Hill having become so expensive.

[Photos: The Laslett]