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Canopy By Hilton Will Open in Iceland in 2016

Where: Iceland
July 9, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | ()

It’s time to say halló to another worldwide Hilton option, and this time it‘s Canopy by Hilton. The plan is to set up shop over in Iceland, as they stake claim to being the first of the new brand to call Reykjavik home.

Work is already underway at the future site of Canopy Reykjavik | City Centre, with the bulldozers and construction crews at hard at work over on Hverfisgata Street. We’d certainly love to visit Iceland sooner than later, but we’ll have to take their word for it when they describe the location as “a thriving neighborhood in the centre of the city.” We just are curious as to how far away the place is to that famous hot dog stand.

There are plans to incorporate plenty of local this and that to the design and architecture, so when you finally get a chance to check-in at some point in early 2016 expect an open and airy lobby. There will be a rooftop bar and restaurant with sights of the city, and we only imagine that this will be a seasonal option #thankswinter.

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Sorry Detroit, Virgin Hotels to Do Dallas in 2018

June 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM | by | ()

The ladies of Virgin Chicago. The garb for Dallas will definitely be shorter and skimpier different.

The fourth property for Virgin Hotels has just been announced and well, grab your cowboy boots and your cowboy hats, because Virgin is heading for Dallas. (But the other D--Detroit--is still a possibility.)

Set to open in 2018 in the Dallas Design District, the hotel will have over 200 guest rooms, er, "chambers", a spa, pool and several places to eat and drink, including The Commons Club, the all-day, everyday lounge first launched at the Virgin Chicago.

Other Virgin amenities will also be found in Dallas including free and blazing fast WiFi, no cancellation fees as long as you call before midnight, early check-in or late check-out without penalty, and mini bar items at street prices. Guests can also socialize during the hotel's Social Hour when complimentary drinks are served, top shelf included.

But before Dallas, we'll have Virgins in Nashville and New York to sleep with, hopefully sometime next year.

[Photo: Virgin Hotels]

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Inside the Radisson Blu Belgrade

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  Site Where: Vojvode Misica Boulevard, Belgrade, Serbia
June 19, 2015 at 4:44 PM | by | ()

The Radisson Blu Belgrade is the brand, and city's, newest hotel. When it opened this past December, it instantly became, along with the Moskva Hotel, one of the top luxury hotel options in Belgrade.

With 236 rooms, the hotel splits its focus between business and leisure travelers, but its location poses some concern for the latter. Unlike hotels downtown, guests of the Rad Blu will have to use public transportation or cabs to get to most of the major attractions in the city. This neighborhood offers little in the way of food, drink, or entertainment at the moment, and although that could change in the future, it is the reality today. Guests should expect to spend most of their time outside the hotel in distant neighborhoods.

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Kimpton Will Say Hello to Palm Springs Next Year

June 18, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

Pack the sunscreen and sunglasses, as Kimpton is expanding their hotel footprint as they move into Palm Springs. There will be plenty of time to prepare—and to save up for a visit—as things are slated to start welcoming guests in 2016.

According to the folks over at The Desert Sun, it’s all new construction and things are well underway. The cranes, bulldozers, and hard hats are arriving on-site, as it won’t be long until the 155-rooms open up for business in the Museum Market Plaza. There’s been some delays here and there, but it does sound like things are finally on schedule. Again it’s 2016—fall to be specific.

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Calling All 'Modern Explorers': Inside the Hyatt Centric South Beach

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  Site Where: 1600 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
June 12, 2015 at 1:51 PM | by | ()

When Hyatt Centric was announced in January of this year, we presumed that this was just Hyatt Hotels' way of grabbing the attention of the millennial traveler. But after touring the Hyatt Centric South Beach, the second Hyatt Centric to open (the first opened in Chicago the other month), we realize the hotel goes deeper than just trendy design, free WiFi and social hours.

It's actually kind of the perfect hotel for the new and emerging yuccie or Young Urban Creative, introduced this week by Mashable. Yup, we're gonna need a new tag for these guests.

Keep reading for an all-around tour of the Hyatt Centric South Beach

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5 Things Not to Miss at Vermont's On The River Inn

June 5, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

Sometimes you just need a little Vermont in your life, and thankfully one of the state’s latest and greatest properties can be found in Woodstock—here’s five things not to miss at 506 On The River Inn.

The Location

If you’re looking for possibly the ultimate bucolic little New England town look no further than Woodstock, and thankfully On The River Inn is just a few miles from town. Along the way pick up awesome sandwiches—and cookies, chips, sides, and drinks (wine too!)—at Woodstock Farmer’s Market, and then pull off an enjoy a picnic on the town green just steps away from just one of the area’s many covered bridges. Boutiques, galleries, an honest-to-goodness general store, and the charm of yesteryear line the downtown corridor, but you’re also only minutes away from other goodies like Long Trail Brewing Company. Sugarbush Farm, and Billings Farm and Museum.

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Seattle's Newest Boutique Hotel Will Come Out of a Strip Joint

June 2, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

Buildings come and go, and some are even made into hotels; however, when those buildings are former strip clubs turning into a hotel—well, then you have something to talk about.

Let’s travel out to Seattle via the friendly folks at the Seattle Times where we learn that an adult establishment once know as the Lusty Lady will be reborn as a boutique hotel.

Things are on schedule for a transformation at some point in 2017, and visitors can expect to choose from one of 43 guestrooms. Rounding out the offerings will be some shops and retail as well as a rooftop deck.

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Cleveland's New Hilton Wants Your Snapshots For Its Art Installation

May 27, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | ()

A new Hilton isn’t generally that exciting a prospect, but with a little local flair and art it certainly can be. That’s the case over in Cleveland, as hotel developers are asking for snapshots and shares of The Forest City—yep, we had to look the nickname up on Wikipedia.

Hotel officials are asking locals to show off some of why Cleveland rocks, and that’s what they’re going to use to decorate bits and pieces of the new property. According to Crain’s Cleveland Business, the arts and crafts is all taking place as part of construction at the new Hilton Cleveland Downtown.

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The Gregory Finally Shows What Kind of Man He Is

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  Site Where: 42 West 35th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10001
May 21, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | ()

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.”

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The Newest AC Hotel by Marriott Will Open in Chicago on June 5

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  Site Where: 630 N. Rush [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60611
May 15, 2015 at 2:06 PM | by | ()

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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The Tao Group May Bring Bottle Service to Room Service With Tao Hotels

May 13, 2015 at 12:50 PM | by | ()

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.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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After A Tough Week, Two New Hotels Might Brighten Baltimore's Spirit

May 6, 2015 at 2:11 PM | by | ()

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.

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