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AC Hotels By Marriott Coming to JFK and New Orleans While Moxy is Set for Milan

February 10, 2014 at 12:39 PM | by | Comment (1)

Last week, a tipster pointed us to a new location for AC Hotel by Marriott, the Spanish hotel brand that Marriott is now importing into the U.S. But unlike the other announced locations of Miami Beach and Chicago, this one has us a little, well, underwhelmed--AC Hotels By Marriott JFK Airport.

The 450-room airport hotel will open sometime in 2016, according to property manager, New Castle Hotels and Resorts. This hotel will actually be one of 16 AC Hotels by Marriott under contract (and totaling 3,215 rooms) around the globe. Need a refresher on what the AC By Marriott brand is all about? Go here.

Fortunately, AC won't be sticking to U.S. airports. The Dallas News reports that the developer NewcrestImage, LLC is working on bringing an AC Hotel By Marriott to historic downtown New Orleans. Now, that has us excited.

Marriott is also hard at work on its other hotel brand for Millennials--Moxy Hotels. The first one will open in Milan in August with more properties expected in six other European markets for 2015. In 10 years, Moxy hopes to have 150 contemporary designed hotels with affordable prices. Ciao Bella!

[Photo: AC Hotels By Marriott Nice]

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Nobu Hotels May Take Over Miami's Eden Roc Hotel

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  Site Where: 4515 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
January 30, 2014 at 4:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

For a while, it looked like Nobu Hotels had left us impatiently waiting for our next reservation. Since Nobu Las Vegas opened last March, we've been waiting for the Riyadh hotel to open in Saudi Arabai as well as other locations. But so far, no sake, although Nobu did recently announce a new hotel for Manilla. But today, this happened.

The Miami Herald's Lesley Abravanel reports that Nobu Hotels will actually take over the existing Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach in late 2014. Formerly a Marriott Hotel, the Eden Roc ran into some issues, to say the least, with Marriott and won a lawsuit to boot the hotel brand out.

MH says that "Nobu will head the resort's F&B operations and the south tower will turn into the Nobu Hotel, similar to the arrangement at Caesar's Palace." That means that the Nobu restaurant will also move from its current location at the Shore Club into the Eden Roc.

So far, everything is still unconfirmed but we're inclined to believe it's legit. Boy, Miami's hotel scene is going to be cray cray in the next few years. Even crazier than normal, which we didn't think was possible.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Does NYC Really Need Two EDITION Hotels?

January 16, 2014 at 1:16 PM | by | Comment (1)

In November, we were hot to the news that Edition Hotels was not only opening a hotel on Madison Avenue in the Clock Tower but that they were planning another Edition for Times Square. And now, here are all the details fit to print about the new hotel, opening in 2017:

Located at 701 Seventh Avenue, this will be the first hotel of this scale to be built in Times Square in over two decades. The world-class hotel design will feature floor to ceiling windows with unobstructed views of Manhattan in seventy percent of the property's 452 guest rooms.

The Times Square EDITION will be one component of a mixed use development which will feature 100,000 square feet of flagship retail, dining, entertainment and event space, as well an 18,000 square foot HD LED sign – one of the largest in the world. In keeping with the identity of EDITION, Mr. Schrager will lead all creative design and positioning for the hotel, as well as the entertainment programming offered within the property.

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Marriott Has Taken Their New Designs 'Underground'

Where: Bethesd, a
January 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's common knowledge that most major hotel brands have a super secret lair where they test out their new room designs, amenities, and services before letting them see the hotel hallway fluorescent lighting of the day.

Peninsula Hotels keep their proprietary guest room technology under wraps in a laboratory in Aberdeen, Scotland. Hilton once kept their secret lab inside an unassuming Hilton Garden Inn near LAX while Starwood Hotels does their research in a warehouse somewhere in upstate New York. Even the upcoming Virgin Hotels is testing their super secretive room design somewhere (our guess is the desert in California where Virgin Intergalatic lives.)

But now we know exactly where Marriott Hotels is trying out all their new stuff from guest room designs to food and beverage concepts and lobby layouts. It's called Innovation Lab and it's located two floors below the company's headquarters building in Bethesda, Maryland. Nickname? The Underground.

Here's how Marriott described the lab in a press release from las May:

“The Underground” -- is dedicated to promoting innovation and collaboration. Like a blank canvas, the floor-to-ceiling white space offers a clean slate for anyone – whether architect, designer, employee or customer – to manipulate and make his mark. This space showcases the brand’s commitment to the next generation of travelers, who seamlessly blend work and play, with a focus on changing style, technology and service.

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Watch North America's Tallest Hotel Top Out in Under a Minute

Where: 1717 Broadway [map], New York, NY, United States
January 10, 2014 at 10:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now that you've had a peek at what's inside the new Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn Central Park (aka the tallest hotel in North America), here's a snappy little video from EarthCam who worked with G Holdings to document the construction process with an HD megapixel webcam.

The video squeezes several years of construction work into a little under a minute, depicting the hotel rise 68 stories above the streets of New York City and blossom into the shiny new glass-fronted beauty that opened for business just last Tuesday.

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2013 Must-Have Hotel Amenity: Mobile Check-Ins

December 30, 2013 at 11:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of year again: the 2013 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...

For the first time ever in the history of HotelChatter Awards, the Must-Have Amenity of the Year is something that's found outside of the guest rooms. We're talking about mobile check-ins. (Way back when, we used to call this Smartphone Check-Ins.)

Marriott Hotels really led the way in 2013 with mobile check-ins with their program of the same name for for Marriott Rewards members. They began testing it earlier in the year at 30 properties, then expanded it over the summer to 325 Mariott-branded properties in the U.S. and then just a few weeks ago, they announced it was going worldwide. Here's how it works:

1. Join Marriott Rewards
2. Check-in to your hotel at 4pm the day before your arrival, then the app will send you an automatic notification when the room is ready.
3. Arrive at the hotel and bypass the front desk by hitting up the "expedited mobile check-in desk" to pick up your room key.
4. Head up to your room and immediately start doing these things.

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Best Hotel Opening of 2013: The London Edition

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  Site Where: Berners Street, London, United Kingdom, W1A 3BE
December 30, 2013 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of year again: the 2013 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...

London had a big hotel year, and among many highlights was a major moment in September, when Ian Schrager introduced our winner for best hotel opening: The London Edition. Sitting in the wood-panelled Punch Room, we heard his thoughts on the industry today and his vision for the brand, giving us hope that Edition was leaving early setbacks behind and headed for a brighter, opening-filled future.

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Have You Tried Marriott's New Thann Bath Toiletries?

December 12, 2013 at 1:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

In this insightful piece from the New York Times on the "evolving hotel bathrooms", we read that Marriott Hotels has put forth a new toiletry line called THANN. We did not know this!

Launched at Marriott hotels in October, Thann is a Thai skin care line featuring their Aromatic Wood Collection, "a line that balances Nutmeg essential oil with the sweetness of Orange and Tangerine essential oils." This line replaces the old Bath and Body Works line. It should now be in all Marriott hotels in the U.S. and Canada and should be in all Marriott hotels in the Americas, Latin America and parts of Asia by the end of this year. Or in a few weeks. (Marriotts in Europe and the Middle East will simultaneously be getting the Green Mandarin Collection from Acca Kappa, an Italian toiletry line.

But in reading this forum of Marriott Rewards members (note: the forum is not part of Marriott Hotels), reviews are so far mixed on the new line.

Just stayed @ the Marco Island Marriott. They had Thann Orange and Tangerine soaps in our room, but that was the only Thann product. The Paul Mitchell Awapuhi shampoo & conditioner were ok, but too small to use without adding what I had travelled with. The Thann soap smelled heavenly & the odd shape was good to hold on to. It would have been a classier touch if the products were all Thann.

They have an upleasant smell (to me). They seem more manly and it seems like you're catering to a male traveler. The Bath and Body Works products were unisex, imho, but if you are looking for a change perhaps offer both and have us put it in the preferences just like extra towels and type of pillow, etc.

We've yet to see Thann in action in a Marriott hotel room, but we think it's gotta be better than Bath & Body Works, which reminds us of our many mall excursions in the early 90s. Let us know your thoughts on the new line in comments below!

[Photo: Rewards-Insiders.com]

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Marriott's Mobile Check-In Has Gone Worldwide

December 6, 2013 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you scored a Black Friday or Cyber Monday deal recently at a Marriott Hotel, another kind of "deal" awaits you--Marriott's mobile check-in .

Over the summer we told you about this high-tech service and how it works (through the Marriott Mobile App) but back then, only about 30 properties were using it. By the end of the summer, about 325 hotels in the U.S and Canada were using it. Now, it's gone worldwide from the U.K. to Mexico, the UAE and India.

But Marriott isn't stopping there. By 2014, all 500 hotels should have the mobile check-in function.

So in case you've got a Marriott hotel stay coming up soon, this is how it works:

1. Join Marriott Rewards
2. Check-in to your hotel at 4pm the day before your arrival, then the app will send you an automatic notification when the room is ready.
3. Arrive at the hotel and bypass the front desk by hitting up the "expedited mobile check-in desk" to pick up your room key.
4. Head up to your room and immediately start doing these things.

Have you tried Marriott's Mobile Check-in App yet? Tell us what you think in comments below!

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Marriott Will Open DC's Biggest Hotel on May 1st

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  Site Where: 901 Massachusetts Avenue [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20001
November 25, 2013 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

As hyped as we are for new Trump International Old Post Office Hotel, we have more imminent DC hotel news to get excited about.

The downtown Shaw neighborhood of DC is getting a major new hotel next spring. The Marriott Marquis Washington will be the largest hotel in DC, connected to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The hotel will have a massive 1,175 rooms, including 49 suites, 105,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meetings space, five dining outlets, a high-tech concierge lounge, and a bi-level health club. The hotel is also designed to be LEED Silver accredited, and will incorporate the site’s original historic Samuel Gompers AFL-CIO headquarters, known as the "Plumbers Building,” and a 56-foot sculpture by Rodney Carroll, which will be the centerpiece of the grand glass atrium lobby. All interiors are by BBG-BBGM.

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The New York Edition: So Good They're Doing it Twice UPDATED

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  Site Where: 5 Madison Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10018
November 18, 2013 at 9:09 AM | by | Comment (1)

Ian Schrager wasn't kidding when he said size doesn't matter; his Edition Hotels are going big.

While checking on the opening date for the upcoming New York Edition at the website, we were pretty floored to read that there will, in fact, be two Editions coming to New York.

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Iceland is Getting a Brand-New 5 Star Hotel; Will It Be a W?

November 4, 2013 at 10:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

Iceland is home to some seriously cool hotels. There's Design Hotel's 101 Hotel Reykjavik, the Art Deco Hotel Borg, Klaus Ortlieb's Hlemmur Square Hotel, the luxury resort Hotel Ranga and the eco-design (and new member of the Design Hotels collection) ION. The only thing Iceland doesn't have, surprisingly, is a five-star property, but that's soon (hopefully) to change with the construction of a brand new 250-room luxury hotel next to Harpa, the Olafur Eliasson co-designed concert hall and conference center in Reykjavik.

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