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And what kind of man is that? Perhaps reserved, slow to warm up, are things that come to mind when describing our first impression of The Gregory. We have had a placeholder website with little information for a while now, our date in May has been pushed back to “summer”, and a first few photos of Greg reveal him to dress understated, relatively conservatively.
Parallels to the world of dating aside, this is the first look inside the former Hotel 35 / Gregorian on West 35th Street: lots of whites, creams, a hint of dark wood, and a few tasteful frames on the wall. The Gregory will have a total of 132 rooms that “channel the elegance of 1940s New York City street style to instantly transport guests back in time.”
Chicago is often referred to as the Second City, but according to AC Hotels by Marriott, the Midwestern mecca is actually the fifth city; the fifth U.S. city to get their newest property geared towards millennials and their travel needs.
Planning to officially open its doors on June 5 on Rush Street, the AC Hotel Chicago is just completing the finishing touches to the well-connected rooms and public areas. (Remember, this was previously the Four Points by Sheraton.) With free WiFi throughout the hotel, guests will be not have to think twice when Instagraming pics, updating their status or sending out a few last emails before exploring the River North area of the city.
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Have you ever been at a nightclub and thought, "Man, I wish this place had a hotel room for me to sleep in. " No, of course not. No one wants to sleep in a nightclub. Not intentionally anyways. But the folks behind the Tao Group nightlife company, which runs the massively popular Tao nightclubs in NYC and Las Vegas, are giving the nightclub/hotel concept a try.
The NY Post reports that Tao Group partners Marc Packer, Richard Wolf, Noah Tepperberg and Jason Strauss will open the first-ever Tao-branded hotel at 414 W. 15th Street in a new 23-story building. The hotel is expected to be completed in Summer 2016. Details uncovered by the Post show there will be a rooftop lounge that can accommodate 240 people, a 23rd floor lounge for the same amount of people, along with another lounge and terrace on the second floor.
No word yet on how many rooms this hotel will have but you can probably expect Tao's pan-Asian cuisine to be served in the rooms, similar to the Tao-run room service we experienced last month at The Maritime Hotel. Tao also runs the Tao Ink bar at the Maritime, so we would expect a similar concept for the Tao Hotel. And we're assuming bottle service can also be delivered via room service.
But hopefully Tao will ditch this "Always a Happy Ending" tagline in their hotel marketing campaign.
Baltimore had an extremely tense week last week, but now that the judicial wheels have started turning and the curfew has been lifted, the residents of Charm City are slowly getting back to normal. And it's not all doom and gloom in B-more right now, especially now with the city's hotel scene.
After the expected opening of the Ivy Hotel next month, two more cool hotels are expected to open here in the next few years.
Firstly, hometown athletic gear manufacturer, Under Armour, has broken ground on their hotel concept in the historic Fells Point neighborhood. Housed in a 100-year old pier building, the new hotel will feature 128 rooms situated in one of the hottest entertainment districts in town. The transformation of Recreation Pier will include a new first-floor pool on the edge of the pier, adding a restaurant and whiskey bar and even bringing new life to the vintage ballroom of the building.
Kevin Plank, the CEO of the clothing company, wants to inject some life in an otherwise forgotten building. He even will offer Chesapeake Bay crab boat rides from the company headquarters directly to the hotel. Slotted to open in the fall of 2016, "Hotel Under Armour" will call upon an unnamed big-dog in hospitality to manage the day-to-day operations.
Denver's hotel scene has been percolating for quite some time and while it's still nowhere near maxing out, it is becoming a well-rounded city in terms of its hotel options, whether you're looking for luxe, boutique or basic. And now here's comes another hip hotel to look forward to--Hotel Indigo Denver, the first Indigo for Colorado.
The hotel will open in Winter 2016 at 1801 Wewatta Street, adjacent to Union Station. The 203-room hotel will actually be located in the Union Tower West, a mixed-used development that will include office and retail space.
Above is a rendering of the tows but inside, as with all Hotel Indigo guest rooms, you can expect hard wood floors, spa bathrooms, locally-inspired design and artwork, fun and easygoing F&B concepts and free WiFi. Now, that's something to get high about.
[Rendering courtesy of John Portman & Associates]
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!
· M BY MONTCALM SHOREDITCH: April 21 is the new date for the next Montcalm Hotel in Shoreditch. Rates on that night start at 144.5 GBP a night for a deluxe room with "charming" views of London's skyline, UK King size beds, a pillow menu and a "choice of exotic room aromas." There's a chance the hotel could open earlier on April 15 but right now April 21 is the date you can actually book online.
· ALOFT MANHATTAN FINANCIAL DISTRICT: This Aloft was delayed several times before and we have little faith that it will open on April 23, especially since you can't seem to make a reservation for that date. But that's the date that is on their website so we'll keep the faith for a little longer.
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2015 is the year of more manly hotel names in Manhattan. Tommie will hopefully arrive by the summer (reservations are open from October 1 for now) and The Paul NYC, which we first looked at late last year, is now open.
Paul is a NoMad, a millennial, and new to us, part of Choice Hotels’ Ascend Collection. There are 117 rooms inside, ranging from Bunk Mods (yes, with bunk beds) to Terrace Kings. We had seen some renderings, with hardwood floors and pops of red and blue, but above a real-life photo from inside a double room. We don’t see this way of lining up pillows very often anymore, but it’s always struck us as unbalanced somehow. You can’t sit against them or sleep on them like this, and it’s not visually better than in line with the bed, so what’s the point? Is that just us?
Those looking to spend some time in Philadelphia for more than a weekend—and maybe even more than a week—will be wise to check out the new option that is ROOST Apartment Hotel. Yes they enjoy capitalizing all the letters, but besides that the property is a new long-term stay hotel concept now up and running in the city.
There’s no rundown kitchenette or overly loved coffee table here, as the folks behind things are bringing plenty of design and décor to the concept. Expect things to feel a little more like a boutique property with fancy pants in-room Bonavita coffee makers, upscale Bosch washer and dryers, bath products from Davines, and they’re even partnering with Brooklyn Bicycle for a bike share thing.
Right now 27 units are up and running at 15th and Chestnut Streets, and later this year a similar property will be opening its doors at Rittenhouse Square.
It sounds like things have been a hit so far, but just note that you’re going to need to stay for a bit if you want to check things out. There’s a one-week minimum, and you can expect to shell out between $125 and $255 per night. That price doesn’t sound too bad to us, and it sounds even better if you get your company to pick up the bill when traveling on business.
[Photo: ROOST Apartment Hotel]
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Downtown Los Angeles is quickly becoming the neighborhood to stay in, or at least visit, in Los Angeles with options ranging from The Ace Hotel, the quirky Hotel Figueroa and the luxe Ritz-Carlton. And now here comes Level DTLA, an residential-style, extended stay property, from LEVEL Furnished Living, set to open this summer.
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Amsterdam has quietly been upping its hotel scene in the past few months.
Recently, we've told you about the upcoming Generator Hotel/Hostel, The Hoxton, two new Sir Hotels, the Hyatt Regency, The W and Element Hotels, and the millennial-friendly Student Hotel. That's in addition to recent notable openings like the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam (last May) and the Andaz Amsterdam (late 2012.)
And now comes Soho House.
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An artsy, cool new hotel is opening in New Orleans soon – the 167-room Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery will debut in April about four blocks from the French Quarter in the Warehouse Arts District, a very up and coming name (and home to the popular Cochon Butcher sandwich shop.)
Old No. 77 will be the latest offering from Provenance Hotels and is described by the company thusly:
The hotel is the latest incarnation of a building that began its life in 1854 as a warehouse serving the Port of New Orleans and has served the city as the Ambassador Hotel for the last two decades. With Provenance Hotels at the helm, it is undergoing a renovation and rebranding that highlights rustic original details – like hard wood floors and exposed brick walls – and pairs sophisticated modern design with the culture, art and joie de vive that is uniquely New Orleans.
And the rooms are joie de vive indeed!
The The Gregory.
There will be another man to sleep with in Manhattan this Spring. No, sorry, it's not a real man but rather a manly hotel.
The practice of giving a hotel a man's name has been all the rage for the past few years and NYC seems to be leading the pack with The Paul, Archer, The William, The Roger Smith and The Marlton. Now comes, The Gregory NYC, opening in May.
The 132-room hotel was previously known as Hotel 35 at 42 West 35th Street. But way before that, in 1903 when it first opened, the hotel was known as The Gregorian. Its sole purpose back then was to house the overflow of its sister hotel, The Waldorf-Astoria. (The Waldorf was previously located on the spot of where the Empire State Building now stands.) Interestingly, The Gregory's sister hotel today is The Renwick, which will open near Grand Central Terminal this summer.
Nevertheless, its this turn of the century history that is influencing the hotel's renovation today: