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All this talk about IKEA getting ready to sweep Europe with a new chain of budget hotels got us thinking about some of the other cool brands out there. And it's a good thing there's so many of them—because while certain brands have managed to deliver on their promises, others have yet to open a single property. And yet we still remain hopelessly glued to the screen...
Take a look at these six other hotel brands we're most excited about, and see which openings are coming to a theater near you.
The world finally exhaled when Virgin made the announcement that the location of its first-ever hotel would be in Chicago. It's going to have a modest 250 rooms, and it will open in the city's historic Dearborn Bank Building, which will hopefully make good on Richard Branson's promise that all Virgin properties will become "the hippest most comfortable in any city." Well, sir, we'll hold off on judgment until we see one actually open. Construction began in May, with a projected opening date of Fall 2013.
Parent hotel company, Rezidor, along with the Al Jassim Group announced that the 220-room hotel will be exclusively designed by Rosita Missoni, the matriarch who founded Missoni along with her husband in 1953. And it looks like the rest of the Missoni signature hotel offerings will also be in place.
The extensive food and beverage outlets will comprise Hotel Missoni's signature restaurant "Cucina" with a traditional yet creative Italian menu, a second all-day-dining restaurant, Bar Missoni, a pool bar and a lobby lounge. The food and beverage offering will be further enhanced by a number of distinguished fine dining restaurants providing a variety of culinary tastes incorporating the luxurious and stylish essence of the Hotel Missoni brand. Guests will benefit from an 800 square meter Spa- and fitness area, an outdoor swimming pool, approximately 1,500 square meter conference- and banquet facilities including ball room, and a business centre.
After taking on Edinburgh and Kuwait as well as planting their stylish chevron flag in Oman, Turkey and Brazil, the Hotel Missoni brand is heading to yet another exotic, far-flung destination--Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.
Parent company Rezidor Hotels just announced today that the Hotel Missoni Mauritius will open in 2014 overlooking the village of Baie du Cap with 80 luxury suites, unobstructed ocean and beach views and of course, all the Missoni goodness you can imagine. (Actually, you don't have to imagine you can peep a hotel room at the Hotel Missoni in Edinburgh, thanks to us.)
The fashionable hotel will also feature the Hotel Missoni's signature Cucina restaurant, an authentic Italian cafe called Choco Cafe, an all-day dining restaurant, a lounge bar and a beach/pool bar.
Tomorrow in Kuwait City, the second-ever Hotel Missoni will open its doors, almost two years after the original wowed with its masterfully clashing interiors in Edinburgh, Scotland. Like Edinburgh, the Kuwait hotel will be filled to the brim with objects from the Italian Missoni fashion brand, everything from the coffee cups from which you drink to the decorative pillows you toss off your bed at night. And it's going to have complimentary Maserati chauffeur service from the airport, too. Hellowhen can we check in?
Unfortunately for us, the hotel is in Kuwait, which isn't a destination we get around to very much. Edinburgh is a far easier jaunt, but to allay our curiosity, the Missoni has been kind enough to send along some sneak peek, pre-opening snapshots of the lobby, rooms and other public areas. And of course the gold leather sofas...
Weeeee! The Hotel Missoni Kuwait finally has an official, locked-down opening date andyesreservations are open and working. The second-ever Missoni Hotel is due to debut with views over the Arabian Gulf on March 1, and although rooms starts $450, there's a 20% off Advance Booking rate still in effect that brings it down to $361 per night.
So why is this hotel so important? Well, we actually made a detour on a trip to London up to Scotland for the specific purpose of personally checking out the first of the Missoni Hotelsthe Missoni Hotel Edinburghand we loved it, even naming the video tour of the room our Best Hotel Video Tour of 2010.
What's more is that the Missoni Hotels are pioneering a kind of all-inclusiveness that we wish every upscale hotel would adopt as well, and that's tacking on freebies like complimentary WiFi, in-room movies, a few items of laundry, the (non-alcoholic) contents of the minibar, and, with some rates, even complimentary breakfast.
It's what you've been waiting all year for--The 2010 HotelChatter Awards! We'll be bringing you the best and worst of the year all day today and part of tomorrow. Agree or disagree with our picks? Air your thoughts in comments below.
Our own JetSetCD made a special detour to Edinburgh on her UK travels at the start of 2010 specifically to spend the night at this hotel. Here's what she thought:
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Edinburgh...Kuwait...Oman...Brazil. The list of current and under-construction Missoni Hotels is an exotic one, and today we can add another city to the list: Antalya, Turkey. 2013 will bring a Missoni Hotel to the Turkish Riviera, and although this one will follow the pattern of the other Missoni by having the interior personally designed by Rosita Missoni, its exterior will differ greatly. It's going to have a celebrity-designed golf course!
Hotel MIssoni Belek, Antalya is bringing in Swedish golf champ Annika Sörenstam to create the 18-hole course, which will be just one of the attraction in the development around the hotel; there'll also be a country club, shops, residential villas and an olive grove. That last bit sounds much closer to Missoni's Italian heritage than gray days in Edinburgh.
Welcome to our regular feature, Pitch Your Hotel, where we let hoteliers, general managers and other hotel execs tell us on-camera what makes their hotels so different from all the rest. And believe us, the competition is fierce these days. So sit back, relax and listen to them explain why their hotels are worthy of your hard-earned dollars or rewards points.
Between the scotch sipping and nighttime ghosts and ghouls tours in Edinburgh last week, we holed up at the stylish Hotel Missoni, right in the heart of the Royal Mile.
Since we’ve already brought you an inside look at the fabulous guest rooms and the swinging lobby and bar, this time we found the coolest kilted doorman at the hotel and asked him to to make a video for our regular Pitch Your Hotel series.
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Last we heard, the second of the Missoni Hotels was going to open early— this month. But when we went to feast our eyes upon the new hotel in all its glory we were instead greeted with the words, 'Opening Early 2011... book now!'
Bummer. Way to make us feel like it's Monday, even if it is a holiday-week Tuesday.
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.
It seems like designers these days can't do without their own hotel;
The past few years have brought us everything from a Missoni Hotel in Scotland to a Maison Moschino in Milan, but did you know that the Salvatore Ferragamo family owns several hotels in Italy? Or that designer Christian Lacroix put his touch on two Paris properties? Well, now you now! And you can find out even more about fashion hotels around the world over at our sister site Jaunted, where they've just compiled an Ultimate Guide to Fashion Designer Hotels, complete with a map.
Now that we've seen the complete list (until the next Missoni Hotel or Palazzo Versace opens), we'd love to stay in each and check them off. Which one would you most like to visit?
It still feels like just yesterday that we were saying goodnight to Edinburgh, Scotland and climbing into bed under Missoni sheets at the Hotel Missoni Edinburgh, the first of the Italian fashion brand's hotels to open in the world. But now, since they've just opened booking for their second property coming to Kuwait City this October, we'll have to add Kuwait to our itinerary.
This Kuwait Missoni hotel sounds quite lovely, and at $220 per night on average, it better be. In addition to a complimentary minibar, two items laundry, Wifi and in-room movies, its 18 floors with 169 rooms will overlook the Arabian Gulf and benefit from a Choco Cafe, other restaurants, a Six Senses Spa and a large outdoor pool and terrace. Plusplusyour room rate includes free Maserati limo pick-up from the airport. Oh man; Kuwait, here we come!