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A Quick Peek at the Glitzy Baccarat Hotel New York, Opening in March

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  Site Where: 20 West 53rd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
January 9, 2015 at 1:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

Baby it’s cold outside, but the heat – and the crystal chandeliers – are on inside the Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York. It's been 250 years (make that 251) since the legendary glass maker Baccarat was founded, and after some delays (and possible sale) the first hotel to carry the luminous Baccarat name is finally going to open.

Right now, the opening date (as set by the website and the hotel's reps) is March 23 but there's always a chance the hotel could open earlier than that. We will keep your fingers crossed.

In the meantime, let's have a look around at the luxury property.

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St. Regis Istanbul Is Delayed Until March 1, But Photos Are Here

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  Site Where: Mim Kemal Oke Cad No 35, Nisantasi Sisli, Istanbul, Turkey, 34367
January 9, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

We optimistically wrote in June last year that both Raffles and St. Regis would be opening an Istanbul hotel before the year was out (and questioned what was happening with Viceroy as well). Raffles may have made good on that promise, but St. Regis Istanbul certainly didn’t: the hotel is now delayed until March 1 (at least).

As a consolation prize, we do have some actual photos from inside the hotel, which will have 118 rooms and suites in the Nisantasi neighborhood. Above a Superior Room, starting at 450+ sq ft. While the overall style is fairly inoffensive luxury, there is some interesting art on the walls, and bathrooms strike a bit bolder note – check it out below.

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Budapest's New Music-Themed Hotel Will Make You Trill with Delight

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  Site Where: Hercegprímás utca 5, Budapest, Hungary, H-1051
January 9, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

It has kerts. It has snow. It has a Buda and a Pest. But you know what was really lacking in Hungary’s capital?

A music-themed hotel.

Welcome to the world Aria Hotel, which opens in Budapest March 15. A 19th-century palazzo in Pest, near St Stephen’s basilica, it was originally a bank, but will now be a 49-room hotel themed around “the universal love of music”. But don’t take that in a tacky way. This is not Vegas-style hotel; it’s actually a project by Henry Kallan, the man behind the Library Hotel and Casablanca in NYC and the Aria in Prague.

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Raffles Is Bringing Back Hotel Europejski Warsaw

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  Site Where: Krakowskie Przedmiescie 13, Warsaw, Poland
January 8, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s only a few months ago Raffles Hotels finally added a second European hotel to its portfolio: Istanbul, giving at least some company to until-then solo act the Royal Monceau in Paris. Expansion on the continent will continue though, if in the slightly left-field Polish capital of Warsaw, with the revival of the historic Hotel Europejski, due to open in 2016.

First opened in 1857, the hotel was known as one of the most luxurious in the Russian Empire. Virtually destroyed during World War II, it was rebuilt and eventually reopened in 1962. Closed for years, now the Europejski will be restored to its former glory, with 103 rooms and suites, restaurants, bar, and spa.

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Jordache Jeans are Now In Fashion at The Setai in Miami

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  Site Where: 2001 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beachh, FL, United States, 33139
January 6, 2015 at 2:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Setai, a seriously sexy and swanky hotel in Miami Beach, received their Christmas present a little early the other week--a big box of Jordache Jeans!

Kidding. But The Setai did get snapped up by The Nakesh Family, who started the cheesy "designer" jeans company in the late 1960s, and which hit their peak in the 1980s.

The New York Post reports that the Nakeshes are purchasing the hotel for close to $90 million. They apparently already owned 15 of the 163 luxury residences attached to the 80-room hotel. The same family also owns Gianni Versace's old mansion which goes by the name Casa Casuarina, as well as the adjacent Hotel Victor.

Just two years ago, The Setai had a major shakedown where the owners kicked out the General Hotel Management group who was running the property and replaced them with Trevi Luxury Hospitality Group.

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More, Lots More, On Mandarin Oriental Milan

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  Site Where: Via Andegari 9, Milan, Italy, 20121
January 5, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Eight years ago, Mandarin Oriental announced they would open a hotel in the heart of Milan. A long silence followed, during which the planned 2013 opening came and went. Then, just over a year ago, we saw the four 19th century buildings that will make up the hotel with our own eyes when we walked down Via Monte di Pietà, preparing ourselves for more waiting until 2015.

Shockingly, our calendar tells us that it is now officially 2015, and like magic, we found an actual dedicated website for Mandarin Oriental Milan, with more details and most of all, renderings. Let’s dig in. Above the entrance, which will be a block behind Monte di Pietà on narrow Via Andegari; a quick look at Google Street View shows an imposing gate and rectangular courtyard, where we assume this is a close up of the right-hand corner. Read on for a look at rooms and the spa.

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The Reverie Saigon Is a Vietnamese Dream

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  Site Where: 22-36 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, 57-69F Dong Khoi Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, District 1
January 2, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just in time for the New Year! It’s another Times Square hotel, but not Manhattan; this one is in Ho Chi Minh City, aka Saigon. The Reverie Saigon – the latest addition to the Leading Hotels of the World group – will open February 1.

It’s part of the modern Times Square building in District 1, taking over the 27th-39th floors of the building, and has 286 rooms. Don’t expect traditional Vietnam looks, though – it’s been designed by four Italians, who’ve lent it an opulent, almost Venetian feel. Rooms look very different from each other – you can go from an over the top frilly headboard and gilt mirror combo (above)…

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How to Enjoy Rome's Hotel de Russie Without Paying $800 for a Room

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  Site Where: Via del Babuino 9, Rome, Italy, 00187
December 26, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comment (1)

Sure, enjoying a luxury hotel is easy if you’ve got the $$$ to burn that it takes to stay the night. But let’s face it, that’s not always the case, so we love to find ways to sample a hotel for a fraction of the cost of checking in. Who said you needed to be an overnight guest anyway?

We found the perfect alternative at Hotel de Russie in Rome, where rooms will easily go for $800 a night and up, and if you’re lucky, you’ll spot a Hollywood star or two (Pitt, Clooney, they’ve all stayed here). Just off of Piazza del Popolo, on designer store-lined Via del Babuino, the de Russie hides a beautiful – and particularly tranquil – courtyard and garden behind its façade, where you can take a quiet break from the hours of strolling through the Eternal (and sometimes frenetic) City.

Yes, the food prices on the menu of Stravinsky Bar will make you look twice (hello €35/$43 sandwich!), and even a latte set us back €8 ($10), but that did come with free WiFi, for two hours, which worked across three devices. We caught up on email sitting close to a terrace heater (it was out of season) and listening to the jazz music coming from the bar.

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Four Seasons Bangkok Will Become Anantara Siam Bangkok On March 1

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  Site Where: 155 Radjadamri Road, Bangkok, Thailand, 10330
December 23, 2014 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

We had heard whispers of this bit of hotel news before, but frankly couldn’t believe it would really happen, and yet here it is: Four Seasons Bangkok will be no more.

From March 1, the 354-room hotel on Radjadamri Road will become the flagship for Anantara Hotels & Resorts, officially known as Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel & Spa.

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Real-life Photos from Inside the Ritz-Carlton Bali, Now Open

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  Site Where: Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan Lot #3, Sawangan, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, 80363
December 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Not only did a kind tipster point us to The Ritz-Carlton Bali missing from our list of hotels opening this month, he also provided us with a set of photos of the days-old hotel. We first looked at the beachfront / cliff-side hotel last summer, now we have much more detail on the return of Ritz-Carlton to the Indonesian island and can compare rendering to reality. Speaking of Ritz-Carlton, Bali, and renderings, we also have a whole bunch of new ones for Mandapa, the Ritz-Carlton Reserve that will open in Ubud next summer.

Our tipster was at the resort a day after the first guests arrived, but noted that while it looked stunning, quite a few rooms and the spa weren’t ready. The above shot is taken from the top of the cliff overlooking the majority of the resort down to the beach, and construction is still visible on the left, although in the aerial view we saw last year all there was meant to be were trees.

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88 Pounds of Chocolate Went into This Christmas Display at Dublin's The Marker

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  Site Where: Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin, Ireland, 2
December 19, 2014 at 8:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

That’s a paltry little holiday display, you might say, observing the santa-sleigh-tree combo in the lobby of Dublin’s The Marker hotel. These trendy hotels. Too cool for Christmas. SMH. By the way, why does the lobby smell of chocolate?

Then, if you got up close to the santa, you would realize your terrible mistake. I have maligned the Marker, you would say. This santa-sleigh-tree is so well done that I had no idea it was entirely made of chocolate and icing. This is actually the most fabulous Christmas display in the world!

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Inside The Long-Awaited Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage Near Palm Springs

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  Site Where: 68900 Frank Sinatra Drive [map], Rancho Mirage, CA, United States, 92270
December 17, 2014 at 7:01 PM | by | Comments (5)

It is always a bit surreal to step inside a hotel or resort that you've spent months or years hyping up--you know how we do it--poring over renderings, searching for possible opening dates, hunting for room amenities and cycling through the reservations system to find out the opening rates for different room types.

But when we stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage near Palm Springs last month, that strangeness was heightened because the resort took more than seven years to open.

In fact, the resort was mostly finished in 2008 but then the financial crisis hit and since one of the hotel's backers just happened to be Lehman Brothers (RIP), the Ritz-Carlton was put on hold. The hotel was locked up--but fully secured and with air conditioning--for the next seven years until new owners (and money) were found to finish up the resort.

It finally opened for real in May. And yes, some of the rooms look exactly like the initial room renderings we saw back in 2007.

Yet despite all those years hidden away, half-finished and neglected, the resort has emerged as a bright, shiny desert gem.

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