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First, the good news: after a two-year wait, La Réserve Paris, Jacques Garcia’s latest project for hotelier Michel Reybier, opened this week. The first, and very lucky, guests checked in Monday.
And now for the bad: with rates starting from $1,262, it’s likely you’ll be waiting a little longer to try it out.
You know the story already, of course, but this joins Geneva and St Tropez for the La Réserve brand, it’s in the 8th arrondissement, just off the Champs Elysées near Place de la Concorde, and is a petite place with just 40 rooms. We say “rooms” but 26 of these are suites, and four are presidential suites.
Q: Which hotel group expressed solidarity with the Paris terror attacks by adding its name to the #jesuischarlie campaign?
A: Probably lots of them.
Q: Which hotel group tried to piggy-back into people’s minds on the back of the Paris terror attacks by tagging photos of its new hotel with #jesuischarlie in an attempt as clumsy as it is offensive to use a global movement of solidarity as a marketing tool?
A: This may surprise you – it was everyone’s favorite East London hipsters at The Hoxton.
Yesterday, as the eagle-eyed Evening Standard noticed, the Hoxton posted a couple of photos of its forthcoming Paris property to its Facebook page. They looked pretty wonderful, actually. But the caption was less so:
W Paris – Opéra, the W brand’s one and only property in France, has opened their new cocktail bar focused on American whiskeys, Bar Brûlé. This Thursday-Saturday soon-to-be hotspot is tucked away on the first floor of the hotel and overlooks the grand Garnier Opera house.
Bar Brûlé, which the hotel is dubbing the “embassy of American whiskeys,” takes its name from the French word for burnt, which was sparked by the entire hotel’s creative concept of "a spark triggered by the fusion of the energy of New York and the city of light."
Headed up by chief barman Emeric Aguilar, the bar menu features over forty rare American whiskeys from micro-distilleries and cocktails that are divided into three categories: Old-Fashioned, Modern Classics and Originals.
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Europe’s busiest airports had a good year last year: citizenM arrived at Paris Roissy – Charles de Gaulle, the first European Element came to Frankfurt, and of course, the shirtless men of Moxy welcomed us at Milan Malpensa. With the last two of those openings courtesy of industry giants Starwood and Marriott, it seems appropriate that the latest news comes from Hilton Hotels, which is reflagging the former Kempinski hotel at Munich airport as the Hilton Munich Airport this month.
With that step, the almost proverbial “airport Hilton” is now available at each of the seven largest European airports (that’s London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris CDG, Munich, Amsterdam, Madrid, and Rome). There is more to the change in Munich than a different badge on the front door though, and construction in Amsterdam to replace its dated 1970s hotel is moving along too.
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¡Feliz año nuevo! We're getting ready to close out 2014 with our year-end awards, happening later today but before we go, here's one last Hotel News Briefs for the year. Enjoy! We'll be back with a full slate of news on Friday. Well, maybe Monday if we haven't recovered from the hangover then.
LA RESERVE PARIS HOTEL TO OPEN ON JANUARY 19: In just a few short weeks, French hotelier and vintner Michel Reybier will open a companion hotel of sorts for the existing La Reserve Paris Apartments. The 40-room hotel La Réserve Paris Hotel will open in a Haussmannian mansion off of Champs-Elysées at 42 Avenue Gabriel. The large rooms and even larger suites, all designed by Jacques Garcia, will pay homage to the Belle Époque era with "muted lighting, antique furniture, lush fabrics and regal colors." There will also be a spa onsite with three treatment rooms, a gym and a 52-foot indoor pool. Rooms at the hotel on January 19 start at 1,100 Euros a night for a deluxe room, shown above. Not that flush? Consider the Generator Paris instead, opening on February 1.
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Well, Christmas surprise – things have moved quickly. It’s now taking bookings from 1 February.
The building is, of course, an old office block in the 10th arrondissement, 15 minutes walk from the Eurostar at the Gare du Nord. It’ll be the biggest Generator so far with 950 beds. We only have renderings, so far, but there are more of them, now:
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OhEmGee. There is already so much hotel news flying around this week and it's ONLY MONDAY. Needless to say, we just don't have enough time to focus on all of it. So here's a quick rundown to get you up to speed on the latest.
· FAIRMONT NO LONGER IN PLACE AT BOSTON'S BATTERY WHARF HOTEL : The Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel in Boston was recently sold and the Fairmont brand was ousted as of October 27. The hotel will now be known as The Battery Wharf Hotel & Spa. It will be managed by a Canadian company, Westmont Hospitality Group.
· FAIRMONT ALSO HAVING ISSUES IN BERMUDA BUT PICKS UP BARCELONA: Just after the $90 million redevelopment of The Fairmont Hamilton Princess, and their brand new marina, The Princess Marina, the hotel's owners are now trying to ditch the Fairmont brand. A report came out today about a lawsuit filed in NYC by the hotel's owners and as expected for these type of owner-manager lawsuits, it's not pretty. Read the full list of accusations, and Fairmont's response, here. Meanwhile, Fairmont has announced they will pick up the Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I in Barcelona.
· ANOTHER AC HOTEL BY MARRIOTT IN THE WORKS: We're closing in on the grand opening of the first AC Hotel by Marriott in the U.S. (in New Orleans) but we've got a tip on another AC location. Sorry, it's not as exciting as NOLA. Woodbine Development, Inc is bringing the AC brand to the Park Place Development in Irvine, Calif.
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If you thought the ladies of Manhattan have the best kept nails around, you need to see the women of Paris – all those monochrome outfits wouldn’t half look boring if they weren’t accompanied by a flash of color in the talons area.
In fact, nails are so crucial to the French look that Park Hyatt Place Vendôme has just opened a nail suite, run by beauty brand Kure Bazaar. Suite 601 has been completely retooled as a salon, with a tongue-twister of a name: The Nail Suite By Kure Bazaar in Suite 601.
French manicures, normal manicures, pedicures and “luxurious nail rituals are on the menu”, at this, Kure Bazaar’s first nail salon. And if you’re into all things eco, you’ll love that Kure Bazaar nail varnish is 85% natural ingredients. No, not naturally occurring paint and oils – ingredients like wood pulp, cotton, wheat, corn and, um, potatoes.
Call us snobs, but London goes better with Paris and Rome than with Hamburg and Copenhagen. We’re not the only ones who think so, either – Generator Hostels are opening properties in the City of Light/Eternal City next year.
Generator Paris (above) will be the largest Generator to date, with 950 beds in the 10th arrondissement (AKA the Canal St Martin nabe). It’ll be designed by Toronto-based Anwar Mekhayech, who’s also worked for Soho House and Momofuku, and will include a café-lounge and an intimate bar”. Prices will start from €25 for a dorm and €98 for a private ensuite room (for two people). Pretty decent, for Paris.
Last week, we wondered if there were any more Andaz Hotels on the horizon, aside from the upcoming Munich and Bali properties (which, TBH, had us plenty excited.) As it turns out, we will be having multiple Andazms once again.
A helpful hotel insider reminded us of some rumored Andaz locations that we've already heard about but with some updates. (Yup, we got intimate with Andaz and forgot about it.)
Andaz New Delhi: But apparently, it's near an airport so only for quickies. No opening date yet.
Andaz Mayakoba: It is still expected to open in mid-2015 but we haven't heard much new on the property since it was announced. We'll file this under "Back-Up Andazms."
Andaz Paris: Oui! Andaz Paris should open after the Hyatt Hotel du Louvre gets renovated. However, the renovations have not begun so we'll have to put that cigar on ice.
In the meantime, you can hit up the brand-new Andaz Tokyo for your Andaz fix.
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The City of Light is a cruel mistress. She taunts us by opening amazing hotels we can never afford (like the Peninsula) and gets us all steamed up wanting to visit. She tantalizes us with €1 hotel deals, but only for a few weeks. And then she goes silent on new, but affordable, openings.
But word has reached us of an opening that has style, joie de vivre, je ne sais quoi and, erm, panache. Hotel Panache will open early next year in the 9th arrondissement, in the Grand Boulevards neighborhood (close to the Folies Bergères).
Formerly the three star Hotel Madrid Opera (which is now closed), it’s being done by the team behind the nearby Hotel Paradis, with design by Dorothée Meilichzon. Info is limited so far, but we know that the Panache will have 45 rooms “with big suites”, a restaurant and – the best bit – a cinema room.
It may take another half decade for Peninsula Hotels and Harrods to become permanent neighbors, when The Peninsula London opens in the department store’s Knightsbridge ‘hood, but that isn’t stopping the two brands collaborating this fall.
Until October 7, one of the department store’s window displays features the above shot of The Peninsula Paris, which we showed you when we previewed the hotel in June, along with six digital windows featuring images of the building on Avenue Kléber.
During the month of October, more visuals from Paris are projected on four screens placed near some of the store’s entrances and escalators; perhaps a way to tie you over until you’ve found that $1,000+ it takes to stay the night. The display also contains a miniature version of the “Dancing Leaves” Lasvit installation found in the lobby of the hotel.