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A few years ago, the planned Trump Hotel in Fort Lauderdale was still "blowing in the wind" without an operator and it continued that way until last month, when Conrad Hotels announced they would be taking over the property (in partnership with CFLB Partnership LLC) and renaming it the The Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Residences.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, the 290-roomproperty will be a condo-hotel with different residential layouts which will be rented to guests when the owners are not staying in them. Prices for the units will start at $450,000.
But since the building was left unoccupied for so long, it will now require some loving care to get it up to Conrad Hotels luxury standards. Word is the property will get about $34 million in enhancements that will also include a fitness center, a Conrad Spa, a swimming pool and an oceanfront restaurant. It will open in 2015. Better late than never at all.
Hat tip to Thackftl for the on-the-scene observation.
[Photo: Michael Graves Design]
With only a few more months to go until the second of the new Missoni Hotels chain opens in Kuwait, we thought we'd check on how things are going with them and their rumored complimentary Maserati limos.
Although previously announced as opening in October in the Symphony Centre development, the Hotel Missoni Kuwait has been moved up to a September debut, well over a year since their first propertyHotel Missoni Edinburghinaugurated the chain in Scotland.
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It looks like Wyndham Hotels is doing their best to gussy up their brand not just by introducing a "fashion" hotel to NYC but also by snapping up cool, independent hotels like the Graves 601 in Minneapolis.
The 255-room hotel has just joined the Wyndham family and it's official name will now be: Graves 601 Hotel, Wyndham Grand. But that seems to be the only thing that's changing here. The hotel is not undergoing any on-site changes, aside from adding "Wyndham Grand" to the signage, said Benjamin Graves, the Graves Hospitality president, in a statement:
Pondering a little spring jaunt to the Big Apple but feeling the allure of a "staycation" more and more? Luckily, with room rates dropping along with stocks, Manhattan with flowers blooming is a pretty recession-friendly quick trip. To help you out, the Wyndham Garden Hotel Chelsea is extending a 35% off "Friends and Family" discount for stays through April 30.
According to the deal, some nights with this special will reach below $100, perfect "if you just need a night away from your roommate, or have friends coming into town." Add to this the fact that the WiFi here is free and the place is nicely designed by Michael Graves, and we think it's a solid option for a budget, yet comfortable, weekend in NYC.
To book the "Friends and Family" offer, visit WyndhamNYC.com or call 212-243-0800 and use the promo code QandC.
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Despite last week's depressing news that Wyndham Hotels would be slashing 4,000 jobs in the new year, the company has just opened two new hotels in New York--The Wyndham Garden Hotel Midtown Convention Center and the Wyndham Garden Hotel Manhattan Chelsea West.
The Midtown hotel is located at 341 W. 36th Street, between 8th and 9th avenues and somewhat close to the city's Javits Convention Center. The hotel features furniture design from Michael Graves and boasts that it is the only hotel in Manhattan that has Clean Air allergy-friendly rooms. We also like the sound of the public spaces which have "power booths" with flat-screen televisions and signature Wyndham Smart Chairs, both wired for Internet access. The hotel has its own restaurant Greenhouse 36, the Eat. Refresh. Live cafe and a Beyond Room Service program. Introductory rates here start at $179 a night.