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Breakfast with a View: The Hotel Eden in Rome

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  Site Where: Via Ludovisi, 49, Rome, Italy, 00187
April 30, 2015 at 4:33 PM | by | Comment (1)

Earlier today, we gave you one of the newer and more affordable options in Rome--The Corner Hotel, which we booked at a flash sale price of just 106 Euros. To end the day, let's head over to one of city's more traditional luxury, and way more expensive, hotels--The Hotel Eden.

The Eden--previously a Le Meridien Hotel, now a part of the Dorchester Collection--has long been known for its rooftop restaurant and panoramic views of the Eternal City. And as you can see here, the view at breakfast time in the hotel's La Terrazza dell'Eden restaurant is spectacular. (And this is only one half of the view.)

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The New York Edition is Prepping for Guests and a Grand Opening 'Festival'

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  Site Where: 5 Madison Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10010
April 30, 2015 at 1:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've only just recovered from the opening excitement of the Miami Beach Edition last November but now we're gearing up to do it all over again.

Ian Schrager and Marriott Hotels will open their fourth Edition Hotel--the New York Edition-- inside the iconic 1909 Clocktower Building on Madison Avenue on May 12. As Schrager himself told HotelChatter in February, the New York Edition plans on celebrating its opening with not just one day or night of festivities but rather, with a series of special events spread out over the next three months.

What those special events will be, we don't know yet, but we do know a little bit more about what will be inside this edition of Edition.

The modern luxury hotel will have 273 guest rooms that more closely resemble the cozy feel of the London Edition rather than the open plan of Miami Beach Edition. But since each Edition hotel is meant to be its own "custom-made-one-off", the New York Edition will certainly have its own defining look--one that blends the old and the new. And of course, the Schrager.

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Sweet Suites: The Adara Suites at the Park Weggis Hotel Near Lucerne

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  Site Where: Hertensteinstrasse 34, Weggis/Lucerne, Switzerland, 6353
April 29, 2015 at 11:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

Originally opened as the Hotel Bellevue in the oldie days of 1875, the Park Weggis hotel (part of Swiss Deluxe Hotels) – on Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne – has definitely renovated since that time. One of its latest renos, completed in 2007 (they also renovated some rooms in the main building in 2011), was to add ten uber-modern Adara Suites and this is where our story starts.

Many of the luxury hotels in Switzerland are beautiful, yes, but tend to lean towards a more traditional elegance. What strikes us about these suites, which brings the room count up to 52 at this boutique Relais & Chateaux property, is their modernity.

We stayed in an Adara Deluxe Junior Suite – the Adara ones come in Deluxe Junior Suites and then Suites – which was about 70 sq m (750 sq ft) and we’ll tell ya, the green-tinged black marble bathroom took up about half of that space. If your idea of relaxing is to set your one-touch mood lighting to “evening,” hang out in the deep soaking tub in the middle of your bathroom with a glass of prosecco, and then shower under the Dornbracht Bigrain rain shower using the Bulgari Red Tea toiletries (surprisingly hard to come by and, in case you’re wondering, we did take them home with us), then this is the luxe crash pad for you.

There are so many more pics in the photo gallery!

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Which Hotel Group Will Pick Up Amsterdam's Former Palace of Justice?

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  Site Where: Prinsengracht 432-436, Amsterdam, Netherlands
April 29, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

The hotel news and gossip out of Amsterdam just keeps coming in: perhaps sensing we were somewhat disappointed with Hotel Pulitzer picking Preferred’s LVX Collection after leaving the Starwood fold, a kind tipster dropped us a link to a possible hotel project further down the city’s Prinsengracht canal in the former Palace of Justice.

Dating back to 1664 and 1864, the 15,000 sq m (161,000 sq ft) building was put up for sale earlier this year by the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf (the Dutch government’s real estate agency of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations), complete with glossy interactive pdf that shows how the vast building could be put to different uses – including conversion into a luxury hotel, reportedly one of the last ones the city will allow within its historic core.

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What's Onboard The Four Seasons Private Jet?

April 28, 2015 at 5:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Four Seasons blew the lid off the luxury hotel game when they announced their very own private 757 jet in February 2014, followed up by an impressive list of journeys that would include a ride in the private jet and a stay at a Four Season hotel, or several Four Seasons hotels.

Since most of us don't have $100,000 to blow on a Four Seasons jet joyride, we'll have to settle for some photos.

Feast your eyes on the interiors of the Four Seasons Jet, which includes Dom Perignon bubbly at your lie-flat seat (there are 52 of them), Bose headphones, Bulgari amenity kits, Mongolian cashmere blankets, and iPads for your in-flight entertainment. There's a staff of 10 to accommodate you including an executive chef and a sous chef so you may actually enjoy your airplane meal. Imagine that?

[Photos: Four Seasons Hotels]

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The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne Will be Australia's Highest Hotel

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  Site Where: 250 Spencer Street, Melbourne, Australia
April 27, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

At last, we said last month, Ritz-Carlton Hotels is returning to Australia. That was following the announcement of a new hotel in Perth, part of a mixed-use complex with the usual residences, retail spaces, and restaurants. If that was good news, here is more: a second Ritz-Carlton hotel will come to Melbourne, scooping up the title of highest hotel in Australia in the process.

Just as in the country’s far west, the hotel will be part of a mixed-use project called 250 Spencer Street, where the hotel will have 250 rooms between floor 64 and 77 in one of multiple towers (something tells us the Sofitel Melbourne, between floors 36 and 50 in a tower nearby, is not happy about this).

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Qatar Buys Maybourne, Redevelopment for Claridge's and the Berkeley on the Horizon

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  Site Where: Brook Street, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom, W1K 4HR
April 27, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (3)

It’s possibly the most quintessentially English hotel, but Claridge’s is about to get a little less anglo, as Qatar has just bought the hotel, along with its siblings the Connaught and Berkeley.

Qatar’s Constellation Hotels Group – which already owns the Intercontinental Park Lane – has snapped up a 64% stake in Coroin, which owns the Maybourne Hotel Group (and is mainly owned by the Barclay brothers, who also own the Telegraph newspaper and London’s Ritz).

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Rosewood’s Next Luxury Hotel Will Be in an Unesco World Heritage Site

Where: Puebla, Mexico
April 24, 2015 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

The cathedral of Puebla, Mexico.

The very near future for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is rosy indeed. The group already has 18 luxury properties in 11 countries, with another 11 under development, including this latest one—Rosewood Puebla Mexico, opening in 2016.

The downtown area of Puebla was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1987, because of it’s plentitude of historical sites such as Cholula, which is the site of the world’s largest pyramid. Puebla is also famous for its plentitude of churches (over 365) and for creating one of Mexico’s national dishes, mole poblano.

Here’s what’s in store for the Rosewood Puebla, which will be located near Zocalo, the city’s main square.

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Baby You Can Drive Their Car, If You Book A Room At These Luxe Hotels

April 24, 2015 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Luxury hotels and their cars - there’s a subject we’ve covered from many angles. From tooling in a Tesla around SoCal, to hotel suites dedicated to the Bentley and the Jaguar, to an entire hotel that celebrates the Ferrari.

For a traveling luxury car enthusiast, what could be better? How about driving one of these babies yourself? You know you want to, and now you can, if you're staying at the The Athenaeum in London, or at one of a selection of Waldorf Astoria Hotels around the world.

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More Places to Spa with Six Senses, from France to St. Lucia to Bali

April 24, 2015 at 8:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

It scares us sometimes when it turns out hotels we thought we talked about just a few months ago were actually on our radar closer to a few years ago. How time flies. Such is the case with Six Senses hotels, which we looked at in late 2013 for its expansion plans in all sorts of places: far from its usual Southeast Asia habitat in the French Alps near Mont Blanc, in the remote kingdom of Bhutan, and the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.

Opening dates in 2015 and 2016 seemed so far away at the time, and yet here we are, with the first two resorts scheduled to open on July 1: Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain, a half hour outside Chengdu in China. Chengdu is one of the largest cities in China and the capital of the Sichuan province, home to 80% of the world’s panda population. The resort will have 113 suites and villas (above a rendering, which shows an interesting mix of contemporary and traditional design), and not surprisingly, a serious spa with locally-inspired treatments and “sensory journeys”. Scheduled for July 1 as it may be (the May date on the website we've been told will be July), we can’t seem to make reservations yet.

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3 Killer Views at Fairmont Le Montreux Palace in Switzerland

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  Site Where: Avenue Claude Nobs 2, Montreux, Switzerland, CH-1820
April 23, 2015 at 5:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

We do like to wax poetic sometimes over the killer views we find from hotel rooms all over the planet, but the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace in Switzerland (part of Swiss Deluxe Hotels and Leading Hotels of the World) has not one, not two, but at least three killer views that we noticed recently. It seems that wherever you go you’re faced with another scenic vista of mountains and lake (Lake Geneva, to be exact).

We’re sharing those vistas here with you in a minute, but this isn’t the particular scene that prompted Deep Purple to write their hit, Smoke on the Water, while staying at a hotel nearby this illustrious hotel that’s played host to many a rock star celeb.

No, that scene, which probably included the aforementioned vista, was of a fire started by a fan with a flare gun (kids, don’t try this at home) at the famed casino close to the hotel where Frank Zappa was playing in 1971. Rumor has it that the band Deep Purple looked out their window this particular December to see flames and smoke rising from the building and were so inspired that they penned the song. And where did they end up recording said song? At Le Montreux Palace.

But back to the views we saw. The first is from room 118, a Junior Suite category room. This Mediterranean-like room in butter yellows, creams and light pebble greys (reno’ed in 2009), has a small balcony that looks out over Lake Geneva PLUS a French balcony off of the bedroom side of the room to give you the same scrumptious view. Most rooms, in fact, have either a balcony or veranda in this 236-room property. The Junior Suites also come with a sitting area with a desk, coffeemaker, a bathroom with both a tub and a shower, the brand’s Le Labo Rose 31 toiletries and, our favorite, a mirror/TV that swivels so that you can watch CNN in the living room or from your comfy bed. WiFi’s part of the package for President’s Club members, which is free to join.

Plenty of pics of the room and the other killer views in the photo gallery!

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Four Seasons Takes on French Riviera Grande Dame Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat

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  Site Where: 71 Boulevard du Général de Gaulle, Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat, France, 06230
April 22, 2015 at 4:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

File this under things-we-never-thought-we’d-write / bombshell news: Four Seasons Hotels will take over the management of Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, the iconic hotel at the tip of the Cap Ferrat peninsula on France’s Côte d’Azur, as of May 8. Yes, that is May 8 – as in less than three weeks away.

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