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After posting our Worldwide Hotel Openings list we've been getting a ton of emails and a few comments telling us about the new hotels set to open in 2010. Many thanks for keeping us informed! We'll be updating the list daily but the best way to get your hotel opening news out there fast is to comment on the story here. We see story comments way faster than we can wade through the emails in our inbox.
We did however catch this email in our inbox today telling us that the infamous Nicky O Hotel is back on the block. But proving that there's a God in heaven that is looking out for us, Miss Nicky Hilton herself is not involved in the project. Hallelujah! But guess who is? Jordache Enterprises. Yes, the jeans maker!
Speaking of Cabo San Lucas, it seems that wannabe hotelier Nicky Hilton jetted down to the Mexican resort town to spend some time with her boyfriend at the ME Cabo Hotel. But perhaps Nicky thought she was in France because she was caught trying to suntan topless. Always on the alert for naked celebrity gossip, Page Six reports:
[Nicky Hilton] was spotted at the Nikki Beach hotel "sunbathing topless in a white Louis Vuitton bikini with her boyfriend, David Katzenberg. "Hotel staff had to tell her to cover up because topless sunbathing is not permitted in Mexico," our tipster giggled.
Actually, the Nikki Beach nightclub is on the premises of the ME Cabo Hotel and they also run the beach part of the hotel. It's kind of confusing because Nikki Beach does have some hotels out there as well as nightclubs. But we're pretty sure Nicky Hilton was trying to let her girls out at the ME Cabo. Still, why didn't she just book one of the level rooms with a private terrace?
Wanna be like Nicky? The ME Cabo is offering a "Cabo Delight Special" with 20 percent off regular room rates. Just keep your top on.
It musta been a birthday cake for Nicky Hilton in the shape of the Breakwater Hotel which was the doomed location for her further doomed Nicky O Hotels enterprise. Man, we're so glad this is over.
Nicky has moved on to restaurant investing, at least for now, though don't be completely shocked if she resurfaces as a fledgling hotelier --
[UPDATE: It was only open for two months but CatHouse is already undergoing renovations for structural damage. We'll keep you posted on the reopening date.] A handful of other celebs did make it to the opening like Tommy Lee, Jack and Kelly Osbourne, Carrot Top as well as CatHouse celeb chef Kerry Simon and his Australian partners, Billy Cross and Mick Doohan, a five-time world Formula One motorcycle racing champion. So needless to say there were a lot of Aussies and gearheads in the place. MORE on the CatHouse opening, including a Paris Hilton sighting, after the jump.
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[UPDATE: It was only open for two months but CatHouse is already undergoing renovations for structural damage. We'll keep you posted on the reopening date.]
A handful of other celebs did make it to the opening like Tommy Lee, Jack and Kelly Osbourne, Carrot Top as well as CatHouse celeb chef Kerry Simon and his Australian partners, Billy Cross and Mick Doohan, a five-time world Formula One motorcycle racing champion. So needless to say there were a lot of Aussies and gearheads in the place.
MORE on the CatHouse opening, including a Paris Hilton sighting, after the jump.
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If you're a regular visitor to HotelChatter, you know that we heavily cover the hotel going ons in Miami in our Miami Hotel Mambo content, as well as the craziness that happens in Las Vegas in our Viva Vegas content.
Today, we can report on both scenes at once, thanks to the Pure Management Group. We have these people to thank (or hate) for the Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace, the LAX club at Luxor, the Pussycat Dolls Lounge, and a bunch of other hotspots in Las Vegas.
And in the very near future, Dec. 5th, to be exact, Pure Management will celebrate the grand opening of their Company restaurant, an American bistro, inside the Luxor Hotel & Casino. Described as a "modern ski chalet", (in the Luxor, an Egypitan-themed casino?) the cuisine features American classics and "soon-to-be classics." Executive Chef Adam Sobel, formerly of Restaurant Guy Savoy, heads up the cuisine and celeb investors include Nick Lachey, Wilmer Valderamma, and the dreaded hotelier dropout Nicky Hilton.
This marks yet another change at the Luxor that will hopefully save it from crapping out. We wonder if they will eventually do away with the pyramid?
· Meow, Luxor to Open Its CatHouse By Late December [HotelChatter]
· The Miami Hotel Mambo :: Off-Season Happenings in South Beach [HotelChatter]
· Company, An American Bistro [Official Site]
Note to self: If a Hilton sister ever approaches us with a business proposition, we're running in the opposite direction (unless it involves porn, of course).
If only we could've advised hotel magnate Robert Falor. It looks like any hopes of resuscitating his disastrous plans for the Nicky O hotel are now completely dead. Investors who put up cash for the ill-conceived/financed condo-hotel project filed a lawsuit last week in Cook County Circuit Court, claiming that:
Because the payments under the Contract for Deed were not timely paid and the final closing date has expired, the Contract for Deed has expired, and Printers Row no longer has the right to purchase the Blake Hotel or its property.
Falor, his lawyer, and executives at his real estate company all refuse to talk about this latest development. They're probably just exhausted from doing constant damage control: Two of his other downtown Chicago projects have also ended up in bankruptcy court.
Personally, we like Hotel Blake better anyway without the celebrity tenants. The 162-room hotel in the historic downtown building has comfy beds with red duvets and free WiFi. Though watching Falor's demise is just depressing at this point.
Meanwhile, Nicky Hilton has moved onto the restaurant biz. People reports she's opening a restaurant called The Company at the Luxor with Nick Lachey and Wilmer Valderamma. Look out guys. Nicky's business poison.
We don't even know how to break this to you, especially on a Monday morning, but it looks like Nicky O Hotels ain't over yet.
A devoted HotelChatter tipster, AFdude, emailed us over the weekend to alert us to the new official Nicky Hilton website. Here you can find information about Nicky's clothing endeavors, boutiques, fan club and the dreaded Nicky-O Hotels.
Last we left Nicky O, the project was dead in the ground and Nicky's developer Robert Falor was in some serious doo-doo with the property, not to mention he has a lawsuit against Nicky. But so far, there's no real new news on Nicky O on Nicky's website, other than the condo-tel might rise again. Kinda like Voldemort.
We still doubt that Nicky O will ever open up anywhere but we guess she's just trying to save face and get some more publicity at the same time.
The full email from our tipster is after the jump.
"Falor went bankrupt, what a loser! Cross him off my Blackberry!"
Nicky Hilton's disastrous Nicky O hotel plan has forced her developer Robert Falor and his Falor Companies to file for bankruptcy.
Oaktree lenders are suing Falor's Company for $36 million for failing to a) finish Nicky O and for b) failing to get celebs like Scott Storch or Pharrell Williams, or another "celebrity reasonably satisfactory to the Mezzanine Lender" to buy condos in the building.
So now that Oaktree's pulled out of the deal, Falor can't afford to renovate the property into a hotel-condo, regardless of Nicky O's presence. He's filing for bankrupty and plans to just make a regular old hotel sans condos. Key word: plans which is highly unlikely. He's probably hoping for someone to swoop in and buy it off of him. Maybe Clooney?
Either way, Nicky O got all sorts of media attention last fall* with Nicky making the usual press rounds. But it has turned out to be an embarrassment for everyone involved and Nicky hasn't even publicly commented on the destruction she left behind.
Perhaps the only person coming out on top is Mark Zilbert, who was initially assigned to sell the condo units of the proposed Nicky O South Beach.
But he found they weren't enamored by the idea of hotel ownership, no matter whose name was on the front door. "We were selling 300-square-foot hotel rooms," Zilbert said. "Celebrity clients are not interested in condo-hotels at all."
Zilbert will never sell condo-hotels to celebrities in this town again! By his own accord of course. Meanwhile, another hotel broker Guy Trusty (whatta name!) says Falor has given the hotel-model a bad name, thanks to Nicky O and some of his other failed condo-hotel ventures in South Florida.
All the while, Nicky Hilton's dating David Katzenberg and she and her tampon are hitting the Hollywood club scene nightly. Just another day in Hollywood folks!
*We wanna know---why hasn't People Magazine run an article on this yet since they were so gung-ho about Nicky's announcement last summer? Are they afraid they won't have exclusive rights to Paris' "How I Deal with Genital Herpes" story?
A Chicago development group is ditching plans to work with heiress Nicky Hilton to convert the Hotel Blake in Printers Row into a Nicky O's Chicago. "While we are always evaluating the marketplace, we anticipate that the property will remain as the Hotel Blake for the foreseeable future," Robert Falor, president of Robert Falor Investments, said Tuesday in a statement. The company also is dropping a similar conversion planned for the Breakwater hotel in Miami's chic South Beach. Nicky Hilton and her representatives could not be reached for comment.
Hotel Blake will remain the Blake, at least for now, and who knows what will happen to the old Edison Hotel on Ocean Drive, which is gutted at this point.
In any event, we are sure Nicky and her Balenciaga bag will resurface somewhere, probably in LA, and may even attempt a return to the hotel game, however it is time to stop holding out hope that Nicky O is going to happen. Shocking we know.
Despite what you might think, we are actually bummed about this. Not as upset as we were when Clooney's "upscale" Vegas project went up in flames, but bummed nonetheless.
· Hotel Group Drops Nicky Hilton Plans [Chicago Tribune]
In a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court, Robert Falor Investments and Grand USA Hotel Supply & Restaurant allege Hilton hasn't kept up her end of an April 2006 agreement in which she promised to promote the redevelopment project known as Nicky O's Chicago, a Nicky Hilton Hotel.
Hilton also allegedly contracted out interior design work she was supposed to perform and tried to charge it back to the developer, the lawsuit alleges. The development group also claims Hilton misrepresented that she and her associates had experience in hotel design.
Update: According to the comments, the rumors of Nicky O's demise have been greatly exaggerated.
Either way, with all that has gone on this week, probably best for the hotel to issue a statement at some point.
A HotelChatter tipster, who has reliably tipped us off before, reports witnessing this scene on Ocean Drive just one hour ago:
I was walking on Ocean Drive and passing by the Nicky O which is still mostly covered up, and from where I was walking (across the street) a brown haired woman in huge sun-glasses stormed out walking in a very fast pace and seemed to be upset. This woman looked very much like Nicky Hilton. Although I am not sure if its her or not. However, if it was Nicky, it didn't seem like she was leaving her hotel in a very good mood.
What might he have witnessed? Could have been any old upset girl. However, if we were the betting sort, we would bet he may have witnessed someone from Robert Falor's group telling Nicky it is game over on the Nicky O hotel project.
Nicky O construction has slowed to a crawl and most importantly, to date, demand for a Nicky O condo units just has not been there. Throw in the fact that Falor floated the perfect public bail out theory to the Herald earlier this week, and it sure does look like this project has entered Clooneyville.
· Nicky O coverage [HotelChatter]
The trials and tribulations of Nicky Hilton's Nicky O Hotels are well-documented here from a design scandal to naked models on the rooftop to offering a non-refundable Super Bowl package without actually having a hotel for guests to stay in.
The latest snafu however might just signal the end of Nicky O hotels altogether or so we hope and pray.
As most of you know, last week a web site called ParisExposed.com launched, offering viewers an intimate look into Paris' life from her journals to pictures of ex-boyfriends to home videos--both sexual and non-sexual--all for just $39.99 a month. It has since been shut down due to some legal proceedings (the belongings came from a storage locker Paris forgot to pay the rent on) but the damage to Paris was done.
And it's also included her sis Nicky into the fray as well. Nicky was the camera holder behind the video where Paris utterred racial slurs. Which does not sit well with developer Robert Falor. Douglas Hanks of the Miami Herald reports that Falor is concerned not only about Nicky's behavior but also that her handbag and clothing line are doing poorly. All of which means that Nicky's "celebrity" name could mean squat by the time the hotel actually opens--which incidentally is now set for May.
And now, a HotelChatter reader sounds off about Nicky's hotelier intentions:
Paris is the one saying the nasty statements but Nicky is filming and laughing. Doesn't seem right that someone that would partake in this would be trying to open up a hotel, especially in an international city like Miami.
Maybe developers eager to make a buck off a celebrity should reconsider such celebrity ventures, like Falor whose company was close to declaring bankruptcy and has faced several litigation suits over the management of other South Florida hotels.
Or at least they could pick a celebrity that has successfully sold other products like Paul Newman or Gwen Stefani. Heck, George Foreman might even be able to sell a hotel better than Nicky O.