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Graduate Hotels Want You to Relive Your 'Glory Days' of College

August 28, 2014 at 12:56 PM | by | Comments (6)

UPDATE: We've received more room photos below. Give your Cliff Notes in comments below.

In recent years, we've seen major hotel brands rushing to grab the attention of Millennials as the young, design-savvy, and tech-centric crowd enters the workforce and begins to travel, whether for business, leisure or (most likely), bleisure.

Marriott Hotels is ramping up their Moxy and AC Hotels by Marriott brands, while Radisson Hotels have gone and created Radisson Red. Thompson Hotels are queueing up their Tommie brand while Virgin Hotels is getting closer and closer to opening their first hotel. All these brands are offering amenities that are important to Millennials, such as--great design, social spaces, useful tech, free WiFi and reasonable prices. Which, really, any modern traveler will like these days.

But now there's a new brand of hotels ready to compete with the big boys--Graduate Hotels. Surprisingly, the brand is not aimed at Millennials but we don't believe them. Here's what Graduate promises to be about:

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The Moxy is Looking Foxy as Opening Day Nears

August 20, 2014 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Buona giornata! There is so much hotel news flying around this week, we just don't have enough time to focus on all of it. So here's a quick rundown to get you up to speed on the latest.

· THE MOXY MILAN HAS SOME GOOD-LOOKING STAFFERS: The first-ever Moxy Hotel from Marriott International,is set to open on September 1 in Milan and if the rooms look as good as the hotel's crew members (who are reportedly singers, dancers, martial artists, photographers, DJ’s and musicians by night), then we think we're going to like this place very much. Rates start at 85 Euros a night. You can follow more of the hotel's opening antics on Facebook.

· COLDPLAY TO PLAY THE ACE LA: The first major, major act is coming to the old United Artists Theater at The Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Coldplay will play songs from their newest album, Ghost Stories (and some of their older albums too) on Wednesday, September 18 at 8:30pm. You can win tickets to the show via the host, CBS Radio, or by entering on Radio.com. Or you can simply peruse our photos of the awesome theater here and then imagine yourself listening to Coldplay there.

· THIS GUY AGAIN: The Sultan of Brunei, whose Dorchester Collection of hotels suffered a major setback earlier this year when the Sultan's brutal anti-gay policies in Brunei came to light, is now looking at scooping up NYC's iconic Plaza Hotel. We're having a hard time imagining the precocious Eloise under the Sultan's rule but we'll stay optimistic that he turns his attention elsewhere instead.

· A HOTEL FOR LADIES, NOW OPEN TO MEN: While we're on the topic of what women really want from a hotel, perhaps we should consider "Men" on the list? That's what The Martha Washington Hotel in NYC's NoMad nabe will have when it re-opens next month. It was originally built as a home for unmarried women in 1903. Danny Meyer of Shake Shack fame will open an Italian restaurant in the hotel, to be called Marta.

[Photo: Moxy Milan Malpensa]

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Opening This Month: New Hotels for August 2014

August 5, 2014 at 10:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Finding a hotel room is easy. Simply go on the Internet or use your smartphone and voila! You're booked.

But if you are only interested in new hotels, then that's a different story. Luckily, you have us. And we're obsessed with new hotels. Here's a list of hotels that have opened or are opening this month (and a few that aren't going to make it.) Got a new hotel to add? Send it to us!

HOTELS OPENING IN AUGUST 2014
· THE PARK HYATT NEW YORK: The global flagship for the Park Hyatt brand will open on August 19 in a brand new luxury skyscraper across from Carnegie Hall and just a block from Central Park. You can sneak a peek at a studio suite here. If you've got about $800 to spare, you can book a room for opening night. We'll have more on the rest of the hotel for you later today.

· THE SOHO HOUSE CHICAGO: Located in the West Loop nabe in an old warehouse, the Soho House Chicago will open on August 11 with 40 rooms, ranging in sizes Small, Medium and Medium Plus. Small rooms start at $240 a night and include WiFi, complimentary tea & coffee and Cowshed toiletries. On site will also be a Cowshed Spa, a rooftop pool with al fresco dining, a 40-seat screening room, along with two restaurants imported from London and an all-day cafe for coffee, smoothies, pastries, etc.

· ELEMENT HOTEL HARRISON: At last, there will be a stylish and eco-friendly place to rest your head near Newark International Airport. Rates at The Element, which is the extended-stay spin-off brand of Westin Hotels, will start at $140 a night. We couldn't actually book rooms for opening night of August 21 so we suggest calling the hotel if you're looking to stay close to that date.

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One Month In, And Everyone Loves Park Hyatt Vienna

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  Site Where: Am Hof 2, Vienna, Austria, 1010
July 10, 2014 at 9:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

We thought it looked fabulous from the renderings and pre-opening video, and now the crowd-sourced verdict on the Park Hyatt Vienna is in….

And it is, apparently, indeed fabulous.

A friend who visited (not stayed) last week tells us that the rooms are lovely and the public areas are stunning. A review in Forbes mentions real gold tiles in the swimming pool and the winning fact that all standard rooms have sitting areas, effectively turning them into junior suites. The Telegraph calls the service “polished”, the bathrooms “lavish” and the beds “heavenly”. Vivienne Westwood has already had a fashion show there (pics on the hotel’s Facebook); she brought along Poppy Delevingne (sister of Cara), who made local headlines by showing off the window seats to full effect (above).

Over on TripAdvisor, the 21 reviews all mark it as “excellent”, and though we’re not convinced by all of them (Vienna is known for having “dull” hotels? Really?), the photos are pretty phenomenal – remember that giant wall of onyx in the bar? The spa treatment rooms get that too.

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Opening This Month: New Hotels for July 2014

July 7, 2014 at 2:26 PM | by | Comment (1)

Finding a hotel room is easy. Simply go on the Internet or use your smartphone and voila! You're booked.

But if you are only interested in new hotels, then that's a different story. Luckily, you have us. And we're obsessed with new hotels. Here's a list of hotels that have opened or are opening this month (and a few that aren't going to make it.) Got a new hotel to add? Send it to us!

HOTELS OPENING IN JULY 2014
Note: There aren't many new hotels opening this month but keep reading below a list of notable hotels that JUST opened.

· THE VINTRO HOTEL AND KITCHEN: The 50-room luxury boutique hotel, formerly the Lido Park Hotel, will open July 20 in the Collins Park neighborhood of Miami Beach (a few blocks inland from W South Beach.) Chef Giorgios Nikolas Bakatsias will helm the Vintro Kitchen. Rates start at $188 a night for a standard king room with a courtyard view.

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Brisbane's Hotel Scene Is Booming with The Arrival of 3 New Hotels

June 24, 2014 at 2:31 PM | by | Comments (3)

Australia's third-largest city was at one time considered a "big-country town", but that nickname might be ancient history with Brisbane welcoming three new hotels over the next few months. And the transformation couldn't come at a more perfect time with the G20 Summit taking place in the city this November.

Previously, Brisbane was rather barren when it came to edgy hotels. But soon the city will have a lot to show when it comes to cool destination hotels.

Already welcoming guests, Gambaro Hotel will attract those who want a slice of design within Brisbane's liveliest entertainment districts. Located on Caxton Street, Gambaro offers up sleek decor and luxury amenities like APPELLES Apothecary amenities and Sealy signature beds. Best of all, it has a rooftop with extraordinary views.

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Opening This Month: New Hotels for June 2014

June 3, 2014 at 2:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

Finding a hotel room is easy. Simply go on the Internet or use your smartphone and voila! You're booked.

But if you are only interested in new hotels, then that's a different story. Luckily, you have us. And we're obsessed with new hotels. Here's a list of hotels that have opened or are opening this month (and a few that aren't going to make it.) Got a new hotel to add? Send it to us!

HOTELS OPENING IN JUNE 2014

· THE LUDLOW: At long last, Sean MacPherson's newest hotel project will open this Thursday, June 5 with a special opening rate of $175 a night for a studio queen which is just 215-sq.ft. You can upgrade to a studio king, at 325-sq.ft. for an extra $40. The room rate includes free WiFi, Maison Martin Margiela robes, and a gluten-free minibar. However, the restaurant will not be open so room service won't be in service but there will be a continental breakfast served in the garden and lobby bar.

· EVEN HOTELS: The first hotels from the new IHG brand, Even Hotels, will open this month in Rockville, Maryland and in Norwalk, Connecticut. Rates start around $130 a night and give guests access to a multitude of wellness items, including "in-room training zones." You can read more of what's on offer here.

· ANDAZ TOKYO: (To the tune of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy"): Andaz is so fancy, you already know, they're in the fast lane from LA to Tokyo. Well, they will be when the Andaz Tokyo opens on June 11. Rates start at $384 a night for an Andaz King which will get you complimentary WiFi and minibar snacks. Just remember, this hotel is high up as it's located on floors 47-52 of the 52-story Toranomon Hills tower.

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Welcome to the Jungle: Best Western Opens a Malaysian Eco-Resort

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  Site Where: 41396 Persiaran Lembah Perpaduan, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, 31150
May 6, 2014 at 10:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

Yes, you read correctly. Best Western has upped their game and opened up their first eco-resort in Malaysia, as part of the Best Western Premier Collection. It's a luxury resort that is both environmentally-friendly and the perfectly tropical for the ultimate in relaxation. And with a name like The Haven, it can't go wrong.

The 100-room resort north of Kuala Lumpur is in the middle of geological formations dating back 280 million years, surrounded by limestone hills, the Bintang and Kledang Mountains and the rivers of Perka and Kinta. As a sustainable resort, The Haven uses 100 percent renewable energy by harnessing the power of the wind and sun; one of the first hotels in Malaysia to do so.

Guests will be able to soak up a little slice of paradise at the four-level, lagoon-style pool and the private tropical gardens. This isn't your parents' Best Western since each room will serve up panoramic views of the lake while still staying tech savvy with flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi.

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Opening This Month: New Hotels for May 2014

May 6, 2014 at 8:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

Finding a hotel room is easy. Simply go on the Internet or use your smartphone and voila! You're booked.

But if you are only interested in new hotels, then that's a different story. Luckily, you have us. And we're obsessed with new hotels. Here's a list of hotels that have opened or are opening this month (and a few that aren't going to make it.) Got a new hotel to add? Send it to us!

HOTELS OPENING IN MAY 2014

· SHANGRI-LA AT THE SHARD: Opening today! The hotel, which occupies the top floors of The Shard skyscraper, has just 59 rooms open with the rest to come online later in the summer (as will the pool on the 52nd floor and some specialty suites.) Deluxe city view rooms start at $895 a night and include breakfast and WiFi. Stay tuned for more from inside the hotel later today!

· RITZ-CARLTON RANCHO MIRAGE: Due to open at last on May 15, the newest Ritz-Carlton will have 244 guestrooms, starting with “Resort View” rooms at 450 square feet, along with two restaurants, a Ritz-Carlton club lounge, a spa and several specialty suites. Rates start at just $219 a night.

· THE ARCHER: As we told you yesterday, The Archer will finally stop being so darn mysterious on May 28. However, rooms on the hotel's website are only open for June 15 and beyond. We hope that changes. Rates start at $259 for a Classic King.

· THE BRICE HOTEL: This new Kimpton hotel in Savannah is due to open on May 20. Already, there's a grand opening offer that includes 15 percent off the room rate and two drinks at the Pacci Kitchen and Bar. Room rates start at $187 on opening night.

· SOFITEL SO SINGAPORE: As we told you back in February, the Sofitel So Singapore (whose emblem was designed by Karl Lagerfeld) will soft-open on May 31. Rooms feature questionable bold design but also amazing goodies like Sofitel MyBeds, free WiFi, an Apple Mac mini, an iPad mini, and iPhone 5 for guest use. Rates on opening night start at $238USD for an advance purchase rate.

· RESIDENCE INN/COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT AT LA LIVE: We gave you a close-up look at this hybrid Marriott hotel in downtown LA yesterday but while the hotels' websites say the property will be opening this month, we don't have an exact date or room rate.

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Haymarket Square Hotel and Public Market Are Budding in Boston

Where: Boston, MA
May 1, 2014 at 7:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

A year-round food market and 180-room hotel should create a booming new market district.

Great news for Boston, hotel junkies, foodies, and Boston hotel junky foodies: Last week the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved plans for a $14 million project that will put a year-round public market near the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.

The 28,000-square foot Boston Public Market will host up to 45 vendors, giving locals year-round access to meat, fish, and veggies from local farms; Boston’s Haymarket area already bustles with pushcart vendors on (weather-appropriate) weekends, but this be a huge indoor option that ensures healthy eating and Instagram photos of homemade quinoa salad with favas all year round. (#Blessed)

Also inside the Boston Public Market: a bakery, raw bar, and demo kitchen for use by local chefs. The nonprofit managing the project, Boston Public Food Market, has already raised $9 million and plans to open up shop in summer 2015.

And what pairs best with food? Shelter. Duh.

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Reflect on The Material World From Your Luxury Suite at Shangri-la Lhasa

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  Site Where: 19 Norbulingka Road, Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, 850000
April 24, 2014 at 4:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

What comes to mind when considering a trip to Tibet? Checking out (perhaps from a distance) Mount Everest? Studying the teachings of the Dalai Lama? Visiting seriously ancient temples? Whether you do all or none of these things, Shangri-La Hotels wants to end your day in the peak of luxury--no pun intended--at their first hotel in Tibet’s capital city, Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa.

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The Ludlow Will Open June 3rd at $159 a Night

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  Site Where: 180 Ludlow [map], New York, NY, United States, 10002
April 24, 2014 at 9:40 AM | by | Comment (1)

The Ludlow, the latest (and long-awaited) venture from Sean MacPherson and BD Hotels is now open for bookings starting June 3rd.

We see rates starting at a reasonable "Soft Opening" rate of $159 for a Studio Full; $289 for a Skybox Loft, and $329 for a Loft King with Terrace. The hotel's 184 guestrooms (including 20 suites) will be available in nine configurations, all with city views and many with a private terrace. Rooms will feature hardwood floors, handmade silk rugs, artisan-crafted Moroccan pendant lamps and Indo-Portuguese style beds.

Amenities include Bellino sheets from Italy and new, exclusive bath products from Red Flower, while bathrobes and “Persian rug” trompe-l’oeil bathmats come from French label Maison Martin Margiela. Let's just hope for more space than at MacPherson's last hotel, The Marlton.

You can also look forward to a lobby bar, covered garden and restaurant from Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi. And free WiFi.

[Photo: The Ludlow]