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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!

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 (2)

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!


· 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!


· 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]

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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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