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One more hotel to add to our OPENING THIS MONTH list!
“What’s with the French?” you may ask. Well, Kempinski is bringing a bit of grand Paris to Moscow with the opening of the palace-like Hotel Nikol'skaya in the centre of Russia’s capital, the company’s second hotel in the city.
Just a few minutes’ walk from the Bolshoi Theatre, Duma and the famous GUM department store, the hotel was formerly the residence of Count Orlov-Davydov until the early 1900s and also used to house the Koeller perfumery and many fine chocolate shops. After six years of restoration by Leo International Design Group (architects of several Shangri-Las and Le Meridiens in China and Thailand), the hotel has opened its grand doors with 211 rooms and suites, six—count ‘em—six restaurants and bars, a spa, fitness center and five meeting rooms.
Having scoped out where both W Hotels and Mandarin Oriental will be landing in Milan, we turned down the city’s Via Montenapoleone to make our way to the Four Seasons, and check in on some of the work that has been going on to keep the hotel fresh and ready for whatever competition will show up in the next few years.
For the 15th-century former convent that houses the hotel, that means renovation of its 68 guestrooms has started, and the addition of a brand new spa. Resident Four Seasons designer Pierre-Yves Rochon has put his name on the new look of the rooms, and Patricia Urquiola is responsible for the spa. No matter what happens within the hotel's walls, one of its loveliest features is actually outside: its pretty courtyard, a space so quiet in the middle of Milan that you can reportedly sleep with the windows open, something we can easily believe based on the silence we experienced here.
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The Chatwal Hotel in New York has only been open for a few years but already it's important and chic enough to have its own line of luggage.
A limited-edition collection of seriously sexy red luggage from T. Anthony has just been unveiled.
The line, conceptualized by The Chatwal's general manager, Joel Freyberg, features five pieces of "classic" luggage all made with deep red canvas hardcover cases that are trimmed in brown leather and sport polished nickel hardware. There are two suitcases for clothing and shoes, a hatbox, an adorable jewelry case and a make-up case. (No duffel bags or backpacks here!)
This luggage not only looks heartbreakingly good, it will leave you heartbroken when you hear how much it costs-the pieces range from $1,000 to $1,525.
While similar pieces can be found online at T. Anthony, The Chatwal line is only availble in store. (A fab window display is launching this week.) However, if you book this luggage through The Chatwal, they are planning to offer you a stay at another Luxury Collection hotel. Once you've completed your stay at The Chatwal, the butler will pack up your pretty new luggage, ship it ahead of you and it will be unpacked when you arrive.
More photos of the luxe luggage after the jump!
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Ok, so technically, Mickey didn’t make an appearance in this video of the under-construction Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World, but we would have appreciated the reference (if slightly on-the-nose) had the iconic character popped up.
Rather, it is Thomas Steinhauer, Regional Vice President and General Manager of the hotel, who dons his hard hat and walks you through the 434-room resort – the largest Four Seasons resort in the world – as it progresses towards a summer 2014 opening.
Capella Pedegral may change any of your previous conceptions about Cabo San Lucas, which probably involve thoughts of LA/OC folks partying or celebrities paying top dollar for a romantic rendezvous.
True, Capella Pedregal, situated on a stony hillside above The Marina (home to Senor Frog's and a quick boat ride out to El Arco), is often referred to as the "Beverly Hills of Cabo" and room rates are similar to those at the top places in Beverly Hills, at around $650 a night.
But it's also where you will find touches of the real Mexico, making Capella far more interesting than being just some resort on the beach. And when you're paying that much a night, the last thing you want is some same-old, same-old, luxury resort. So here are 7 Authentic Mexican Touches at Capella Pedregal that we found during a recent visit.
1. Mexican Cooking Classes: Capella Pedregal's Don Manuel's restaurant features Su Cocina, a dual-kitchen where guests can learn traditional Mexican cooking techniques and recipes, including a variety of ceviches and salsas. Cooking lessons are also offered here to kids who learn to make tortillas à mano, quesadillas, flautas, and churros.
2. Daily Delivery of Coronitas, Tortilla Chips and Guacamole. Every afternoon, this selection arrives at your door. It's included in the room rate and if you're not there to accept it, room service will leave a note telling you to call down when you would like it delivered.
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As much as we wanted to believe that Mandarin Oriental would open its Milan hotel this year, no one will be surprised that’s not happening. Unfortunately, we’re going to rain on your – and our own – parade even further, since it was whispered in our ear that it will more likely be sometime in 2015.
2015! That demands at least another year of patience for the 104-room hotel on Via Monte di Pietà, around the corner from the W Milan. It seemed rather quiet when we walked by recently, but who knows what hive of activity it was inside. The MO announcement from way back in 2007 talks about three 19th century buildings, but we counted four distinct facades, which also pop up in an architectural rendering we found in the wonderful treasure trove that is the internet.
Sure enough, just as we compile a list of our favorite killer hotel views comes another view that nearly tops them all.
This is the view outside room 336 at the luxury resort, Capella Pedregral, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. What more can you ask for? The ocean, the beach, a couple of palm tree, a boat happily sailing by and in case you can't see it, your own private plunge pool on the terrace. Muy bonita!
Rates for this Ocean View King Room, the starting room category at the hotel, are currently going for about $650 a night. That rate includes complimentary WiFi, complimentary minibar refreshments (non-alcoholic) and a daily delivery of Coronitas, tortilla chips and guacamole. We'll have more on that and other authentic Mexican touches at Capella Pedegral next week.
Room service, we wish we knew how to quit you. Actually, no we don't. We want to order you forever and ever and ever!
While CNT didn't seem too fazed by this report, we found ourselves looking around and wondering--are we the only ones ordering room service these days?
This particular editor has stayed in three different hotels in the past month and I ordered room service in two of them. Breakfast is an especially key room service order for me since I hate having to go out and scrounge for food early in the morning (or you know, get dressed and troop down to the lobby.) Plus, having breakfast in bed is truly one of the experiences I love most about hotels. I definitely can't get that at home.
Gripes about delivery charges and overpriced items aside, a few of us here at HotelChatter also had straight-up conniption fits this summer when the Hilton New York killed their room service. For a luxury hotel to remain luxury or even just "full-service" we strongly believe they need room service. That said, we ain't knocking the other brands that have free breakfast spreads down in the lobby. Quite a few of them do it good. And they are certainly cheaper than these insane in-room dishes.
But usually, if there's room service menu sitting on the desk in our hotel room and we're tired and hungry, you can bet we're going to order up something to eat.
Maybe we aren't in the majority on this topic? Tell us if you still order room service in comments below!
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"Traditional luxury belongs to the past." This is the epiphany that led Serge Dive and Sarah Ball (both of travel media company Beyond Luxury) to launch a trade show that would shake up the luxury travel market. Their vision for LE Miami was that it would be ‘more than just a trade show;’ an annual forum that would "literally define the contemporary travel industry ... your year-round source for the contemporary travel evolution."
The show's inaugural event took place over four days in June. In between the awards, the parties and the meetings, a couple of key events stood out: the "Ministry of Ideas," which featured speakers including Seth Godin and Ian Schrager talking on the theme 'Be Creative, Create', "and the Leadership Lab a conversation between 11 key influencers, including Claus Sendlinger of Design Hotels; Grupo Habita's Carlos Couturier, Priya Paul of Park Hotels and Ace Hotel president Brad Wilson, that discussed the topics bringing about the shift in luxury and the heightened influence of the "creative class. The results were recorded and you can now read the full report here.
The Esperanza Resort in Cabo, Mexico has long been a favorite luxury retreat for celebrities and discerning hotel guests alike. And with a super private location nestled above the Sea of Cortez, we can totally see why.
Of course, in a property as luxe as this Auberge resort, all the rooms here could be considered one of the Best Room to Book but we took a particular liking to this one when we strolled through Esperanza last month--Garden Casita 23.
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Way back in 2010 we first talked about about luxury conglomerate LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey) creating a luxury hotel group under the name Cheval Blanc. For the longest time, there was just one hotel in Courchevel 1850, the fancy French ski resort, where all-caps Kanye designed – of all things – some bronzed teddy bears. Paris, hometown of LVMH, has, not surprisingly, been planned for years but we’ve understood that the conversion of venerable department store La Samaritaine is proving to be difficult.
This week Cheval Blanc is at least one step closer to calling itself a proper hotel group with the opening of Cheval Blanc Randheli, on the island of the same name in the Maldives. Designed by Jean-Michel Gathy, there are just 45 villas with a look that is “smooth, integrated, classy and comfortable as if it was your own home”. Ha! Maybe the home of Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH and Forbes 10th richest man in the world, but ours looks decidedly different. We’ll let that one slide and drool over the pictures anyway, shall we?
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We knew an opening had to be close when we walked by the Peninsula Paris in early October and saw that the facade had been freed of construction wrapping. Now, Le Figaro is reporting that the luxury hotel will actually open on August 1st.
We tried to read the article using our rudimentary French skills but we picked up the most important part--the opening date. Besides we already knew that the hotel would have 200 rooms, an all-day dining restaurant in The Lobby, a Chinese restaurant, cigar lounge, a rooftop bar and terrace and an 18,000 square foot spa below ground with indoor pool.
The hotel's website is not taking reservations yet but we hope that changes in the new year.
Hat tip to Hoteliere de Luxe for the heads up.
[Photo: JasonD for HotelChatter]