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This morning, we rounded up some of the planned luxury hotels coming to this world and while we're excited to stay in those future hotels, that's, like, years away at this point. We need something to satiate our new hotel fix now. Luckily, we don't have to fly around the world--just to Los Angeles. Here are three hotels that are now taking reservations:
· The Line Hotel, Los Angeles: The first Korean-American-inspired hotel in Los Angeles will open now on September 16. Rates on the website are going for about $349 a night, $319 if you use your AAA card. Inside the hotel will be a bar from the Houston Brothers, food options by Chef Roy Choi of the famous Kogi Korean BBQ food trucks and a "carefully curated" art boutique concept store. Los Angeles based designer Sean Knibb did the interiors.
· The Moment, Hollywood: This hotel was supposed to have its big moment in February but now it's happening on June 1. An introductory offer, called "Start Your Moment", has rates at $239 a night and includes two drinks on the Moment Roofdeck, breakfast for two and the staff's Hot Hollywood picks on sights, bites and activities.
· Palihouse Santa Monica: We got the scoop in March on the third hotel from the Paligroup set in a residential nabe of Santa Monica. Now it's your turn to peep the goods, starting on June 1. Rates are going for $299 a night and yes, that includes free WiFi.
[Photo courtesy of Paligroup]
We talk hotels all day long here at HotelChatter but over at Condé Nast Traveler they’ve put all the hotels we love to dish about in their annual Hot List.
There are hotels on this list that even we have yet to investigate like the Daniel hotel in Vienna which looks like an upscale Ace hotel with free WiFi, glorious showers and Vespa rentals. Or the Cooking and Nature Hotel in Alvados, Portugal which lives up to its name with a communal kitchen for guests (there are staffers who help do the prep work.) They've also highlighted hotels we've got the skinny on, like the Wythe in Brooklyn, the Saguaro Palm Springs, The Palihotel in LA and the Inn at the Presidio in San Francisco.
The only problem is the Affordable Luxury list features 63 hotels and we just don’t have the time to visit all 63 of them! We're gonna be making some tough decisions soon.
On Monday, we talked at length about the rooms inside citizenM's Bankside London Hotel, which just opened the other week. We're following up today with more on what you can find in the public spaces, including the living room / lounge area, restaurant canteenM, and first floor meeting rooms.
The expansive ground floor, much larger than in the earlier citizenM hotels, features ample space to lounge, work, and eat. You can see some of the various seating areas sprinkled around the space in the pictures, including a small courtyard with birch trees and bright red patio furniture.
There are plenty of tables to catch up on some work or your emails (remember, Wifi is free free free), or have a last-minute meeting using one of the flat-screen TVs to finish that presentation for tomorrow. Four complementary Macs can be found just beyond the courtyard on the left if you do not have a computer with you.
When we last stopped by citizenM Bankside in June, we thought the group's first London hotel looked nearly ready to go. Turns out we were right: soft opening happened a few weeks ago, and we were invited to attend a press preview just last week to get all the details on what will be a game-changing hotel for citizenM.
There's so much to talk about that we will break it down for you in two parts. First up, a bit of background on the philosophy of citizenM, their plans for London and beyond, and the rooms. We'll have more for you on the public spaces later this week.
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We're going to be totally straight with you regarding our peek at the Hotel NOI Vitacura in Santiago, Chile. We were just spending a super sunny, hot day walking around the tony neighborhood of Vitacura and, suddenly, a modern building caused us to do a doubletake.
"I wonder if that's the new NOI hotel?"
Turns out it was, and we ventured inside to do some snooping. A quick turn in the Portofino Book Lounge (very nice) and we had to see more. Up in Room 310, a standard with flatscreen TV, freestanding soaking tub and free WiFI, we found a spacious layout thatthank godonly adhered to the hotel's Italian theme with the most subtle details. Hence the striped bedspread, leather-covered desk drawers and old school valet stand.
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Forget what you might know about Yotels overseas; those capsule-like rooms are officially Yotel 1.0. What New York is about to get next month, when the first Yotel in the Americas debuts, is Yotel 2.0a 669-room ode to efficiency and modernity. In fact, the hotel is based on the concept of airplane classes; a Yotel "Premium Cabin" equates to Economy Class, "First Class Cabins" follow, and the VIP Suites are of course where you want to be...especially when you walk in to discover a round, rotating bed, 3-sided fireplace and sprawling outdoor deck with hot tub.
Yes, Yotel has evolved miles from their airport terminal hotels to create something even jaded New York is buzzing about. Just wait until the restaurant and bars open...
We've been checking in on the construction for years now, but Vikram Chatwal's Dream Downtown hotel is finally looking like a habitable building now. The odd structure, which butts right up against the rear of the Maritime, has less aesthetic charm; in fact, it looks like a robot and is obviously aiming at what looked cool back in 2001, rather than 2011. Silver? Really? But then again, it is on the border of the Meatpacking District and Chelsea, so perhaps it's hoping club-hoppers will be attracted by its shininess?
Hey, we don't have anything against the place so far except for the fact that it's offending our eyes, and maybe the fact that those rooms look a tad tiny. See what we mean this way:
We caught the news about the new Trump Toronto last summer when the least annoying Trump—Ivanka—TwitPic'd photos of herself in hard hat and swish navy-and-white dress inspecting the site. But now word comes that the hotelier, spa visionary, occasional model and handbag designer is pushing south of the border too with a 364-room, 70-story, $400 million building in Punta Pacifica, Panama City, Panama.
The first 15 floors feature a casino, restaurants, spas, shops and Bay Loft apartments; hotel rooms and residences both start on the 16th floor.
Another new hotel for Dalston? Yessir. Last year we got all excited over the news that the first hotel in East London hotspot Dalston, the Avo, would be opening early 2011. And now, not even two months later, another hotel has announced its arrival. Not only will it be in Dalston, but it’ll also be on the same street.
The new four star hotel will be slightly bigger than the Avo, with 70 rooms set over 6 floors and a rooftop garden. It seems the location close to Dalston Kingsland Station (only three stops from Stratford and the 2012 Olympics site) is too much for hotel planners to resist - so let's just hope it'll be open by then.
The plans are still shrouded in mystery - there's no sign of an owner yet - but we'll keep an eye on it.
Beautiful property, with an incredible interior design
The promise of free, easy in-room WiFi
Service is weak, at the moment
Property will be crowded for some time
Pool area is small
Check in was strange. We arrived between the hours of 2-6 PM (around 5PM) and the check in line was substantial but not (Caesar's overwhelming.) We were greeted by two smiling beautiful people (a girl and a guy) who's job seemed to be chatting up the people waiting in line and making sure the inmates stayed calm -- it worked.
However, when it was our turn the smiling front desk clerk tried to joke with us saying, "Looks like your reservation is not in our system." To quote our favorite Real World line ever, "It wasn't not funny." The last thing you want to say to a traveler that has just flown across the country is "oops, you forgot to make a reservation."