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The Archer Hotel and Its Sweet Turndown Service Will Debut in May

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  Site Where: 45 West 38th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10018
April 14, 2014 at 2:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

The much-anticipated and slightly secretive Archer Hotel in NYC is getting very close to opening day.

Although we are still waiting on an exact date, we are told that the hotel will now be opening in May -- that's quite an improvement on the July date we were expecting, although, currently July 1st remains the first date open for booking through the website (starting at $229 a night).

At the construction site on West 38th Street, scaffolding is down and signs are being pasted up as we speak.

We also hear that there will be an eight-item rotation for turndown that will offer complimentary treats including Baked by Melissa cupcakes, Fatty Sunday Pretzels, Dylan’s 100 Calorie Bars, Kanpekies Shortbread Cookies, Chocolate Dipped Fancy Fortune Cookies with Archer messages, and, from David Burke (who will be running the hotel's restaurant), black and white Cookies, fruit pops and truffles. Oh dear, we're already sweet on The Archer.

We're hoping to get an exact May opening date for you soon. Stay tuned!

[Photo: HotelChatter}

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Suddenly, Perth is So Hot for Hotels Right Now (But Will It Be Affordable?)

Where: Perth, Australia
April 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

We first talked about the vintage awesomeness of Terrace Hotel and the gaming paradise of Crown and then the luxury of a Ritz-Carlton, but now even more hotel announcements are coming out of Perth. Australia's fourth largest city is surely the newest hot spot for new properties, major renovations and increased service, but all of this may come at a high price.

Room rates in the west coast city are not cheap. On a recent trip with an overnight stop-over in Perth, we searched high and low for an affordable room that wasn't the Bates Motel. Our efforts turned up a room that was close to the airport (we had an early flight) that set us back $250 for the night. The room was basic; the building, prison-like. We weren't impressed and we wondered what was going on with Perth's hotel scene?

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At Last, Inside citizenM Times Square

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  Site Where: 218 West 50th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
April 11, 2014 at 10:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

They finally made it. The long-awaited citizenM Times Square is open and welcoming guests as of last night -- but, sorry to those unhappy with the pricing, not for less than $199 a night.

We had a look around yesterday and were shown the room in the top photo. It is neat, clean, bright and, with features like a big bed and a large underbed storage drawer, makes good use of its limited space, but, yeah, pretty small.

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Two New Stonehill & Taylor-Designed Hotels are Coming to Midtown

April 8, 2014 at 3:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

We are fans of architectural team Stonehill & Taylor's work on (to name just a few) The NoMad Hotel and Refinery Hotel, so we are pleased to see that, in a landscape of bland hotel development projects, they will be bringing their touch to two new Midtown Manhattan hotels.

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A Big New Hotel is Headed for Midtown Manhattan But It's Not Much to Get Excited About

Where: 350 West 40th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10018
April 3, 2014 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's yet another new hotel coming to Midtown Manhattan and the elements are likely the dullest words we will write today.

The men behind this underwhelming project are the ubiquitous Gene Kaufman and Sam Chang, and it is depressingly located across from Port Authority Bus Terminal and down the street from the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. (Still, though, we'll admit it's a handily central, though not exactly scenic, location).

In a little bit more interesting news, however, Curbed reports that the hotel will rise 35 stories and hold a massive 594 rooms That's definitely one of the most biggest developments we've heard of for a while in this area. We just hope they find a way to jazz it up.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Edinburgh Just Got its First DoubleTree

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  Site Where: 34 Bread Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH3 9AF
April 1, 2014 at 9:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

As the site of a year-long Homecoming celebration, the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup, Andy Murray hotel, and possible declaration of independence, Scotland is having a huge year in 2014. Good time for a new hotel to open up in the capital, Edinburgh.

The just-opened 138-room DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre is the first DoubleTree by Hilton in the city, joining 21 of the brand's properties in the United Kingdom. While the hotel at first looks to be a wee bit out from the main Old Town/Grassmarket/Princes Street drag, it's actually in a pretty handy location, a few minutes' walk from the castle, the bars and restaurants of Lothian Street, and the National Museum.

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The Ludlow Hotel Will Start Taking Bookings Very Soon

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  Site Where: 180 Ludlow [map], New York, NY, United States, 10002
March 28, 2014 at 10:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

At close to six years of delays and drama, we've not been quite sure whether or not to get our hopes up for The Ludlow Hotel on Manhattan's Lower East Side ever actually opening.

However, it does look like an opening date is imminent. We recently stumbled across a real, live website for the hotel, which states" "Bookings from Spring 2014.

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Andy Murray's Cromlix Hotel To Open Next Week

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  Site Where: Kinbuck, Dunblane, United Kingdom, FK15 9JT
March 26, 2014 at 1:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tennis pro Andy Murray is about to open his very first hotel next week in Dunblane, Scotland, but lest you think he's throwing in his tennis career to become a full-time hotelier, he will actually be missing opening ceremony to prepare for the Davis Cup quarter-final in Italy.

In true behind every great man ... tradition his mum, Judy, who actually handled much of the design herself, will be there instead.

The hotel has just 15 rooms including five suites, as well as a one-bedroom gate lodge. All have all been named by Andy in recognition of famous Scots: poet Robert Burns; Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon who became Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Robert the Bruce, medieval King of Scotland, Eden, the family who previously owned Cromlix, Sir Alex Ferguson, former football manager and player and Sir Chris Hoy, Olympic cyclist.

Most suites feature hand-painted freestanding baths in gold, silver and copper, and all rooms feature Peter Reed 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton bed linen and Cromlix’s bespoke range of Arran Aromatics toiletries. On-site activities include tennis (of course), falconry, snooker and fishing.

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M-aybe CitizenM Still Has Some Work to Do

Where: 218 West 50th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
March 25, 2014 at 2:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

It looks like CitizenM Hotels were getting ahead of themselves when they opened up bookings for their Times Square property. When we stopped by earlier today to take a peek, we were told that, while a few guests are staying tonight (the projected opening date) opening date has now been pushed back to April 12. Given that this is the rather unwelcoming scene we were greeted with at the front door, we'd say that's a wise decision.

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A New Hotel on Canal Street: The Be Hotel

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  Site Where: 125 Canal Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10002
March 24, 2014 at 10:10 AM | by | Comments (2)

A new boutique hotel quietly opened up in Chinatown last week and, with rates for the cheapest rooms (Parlor King) starting at $109, it presents a pretty good deal at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge.

The BeHotel NYC located in the old Grand Sichuan restaurant space, describes itself as a "stylishly appointed boutique hotel ... conceived for the world traveler who looks for comfort with modern sensibilities."

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New in Queens: The Paper Factory Hotel

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  Site Where: 37-06 36th Street [map], Long Island City, NY, United States, 11101
March 20, 2014 at 9:32 AM | by | Comment (1)

While we were all otherwise occupied over the holiday and Polar Vortex season, a brand new hotel quietly opened up in burgeoning hotspot, Long Island City.

Actually The Paper Factory Hotel is still in its soft opening phase but most things are up and running. The hotel is, as you might guess, housed in a former paper factory and has preserved the 100-year-old factory's machines and scattered them throughout the space.

The hotel's 122 guestrooms retain something of an industrial vibe and we detect shades of Ace Hotels in strategically placed refurbished old radios and trunks. Prices range from $145 for a Double to $189 for a 'Deluxe King Suite.' Pretty attractive rates, we think, and, for the outer borough-averse, it's just one block from the M and R trains and three stops from Manhattan.

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One&Only's Newest Resort Will Be Quite Fit

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  Site Where: Kumbor
March 13, 2014 at 5:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

Keeping up with a fitness plan is hard enough when we're at home in our normal day-to-day routine, but it becomes a real challenge to fit in some training while jaunting all over the world. But thanks (we think?) to One & Only's newest initiative to bring high-end health to their guests, there should be no excuse for skipping the sweat session.

One & Only have planned to open their first European property tucked away in the Montenegro resort town of Kumbor and while most guests will be breathless by the beauty of the surrounding mountains and water of Tivat Bay, the hotel is hoping that visitors will also breathing hard in their luxury fitness center. That's because One & Only Portonovi has partnered with world-renowned wellness brand, Chenot, to bring the pinnacle in fitness to the posh resort digs.

Once the 110-room resort opens in 2016, guests will be able to retreat to a wellness and vitality center that will blend the spa with the gym and give guests the illusion that are relaxing when they are actually huffing and puffing. The center will feature treatments from Espace Vitalité Chenot to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul.

Between the fresh sea air and the nearly 54,000 square foot wellness spa, we might find it easy to stick to our own program while traveling, but we might need to fit our sessions in around some boating from the private marina, Mediterranean culture and any one of the restaurants in the sea-side resort.

[Photo: One & Only Portonovi Facebook]