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SBE's Sam Nazarian Dishes On The Star Designers of SLS South Beach

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  Site Where: 1701 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
May 14, 2012 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's no secret that we're psyched for the upcoming June opening of SLS South Beach. As June 14 gets closer (and we hear rumors that the hotel will soft open even sooner), details of the room decor is starting to trickle out. But what's the official line?

We spoke to sbe founder Sam Nazarian and asked what we can expect from the SLS South Beach rooms designed by Philippe Starck.

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The SLS South Beach Sure Looks Sexy (Thanks to That Mirror on the Ceiling)

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  Site Where: 1701 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
April 25, 2012 at 11:28 AM | by | Comment (1)

The SLS South Beach doesn't open for another two months but we're finally getting a little more insight as to what the second-ever SLS Hotel will look like.

And like most things, in South Beach, it will be oozing sex appeal. But only up in the guestrooms. The rest of the joint is taking an eclectic design approach.

USA Today has some scoop on the interior design details of the hotel including a retro American camp theme at reception:

The reception desk is made from a distressed slab of wood; the lighting, from an antique wood kayak hanging from the ceiling. Vintage shots of camping trips reinforce the camp theme.

Down at Bazaar, the restaurant from Chef Jose Andres (which is also found in the first SLS Hotel in Los Angeles), Philippe Starck designed a room that is to be covered in grandma-approved art in only one color, acid yellow.

Expect love-it-or-hate-it acid yellow touches throughout the room - in photographs, on book shelves and in paintings.

Eeeeeeeee.

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Stay with Mama in Marseille Starting April 12

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  Site Where: 64, rue de La Loubière, Marseille, France
March 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

It looks like Mama Shelter's offbeat design and budgety prices have worked well enough in Paris to warrant an expansion. Mama Shelter Marseille will be opening on April 12 with 127 rooms starting at 69 Euros a night.

From what we can gather, the concept in this city by the sea will be very much like the Parisian original. Once again, designs in the casual common area will have the touch of Philippe Starck while up in the guest rooms you will find 27" iMac TVs, satin cotton sheets, free WiFi and those eerie nightstand masks.

Details on the website are scant and there aren't any photos up yet but there will be also be a Mama Shelter restaurant downstairs with food by Alain Senderens. If Mama's house in Marseille is anything like Paris, expect DJs at night, live music on the weekends and fingers crossed, a geeky cool iMac photobooth.

For our review of the original Mama, go HERE!]

[Photo: think moto/Flickr]

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Showering at SLS South Beach Will Make You Pretty in Pink

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  Site Where: 1701 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
February 2, 2012 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (2)

With the opening of The SLS Hotel at South Beach coming up in April, we're officially in stalking mode.

Don't worry, we're not creeping around the construction site, a bunch of roses and unrequited love notes in hand. But we are checking out the hotel's website and Facebook page religiously, anxiously awaiting any new crumb of a detail or sneak peek of what's to come in one of the most anticipated hotels of the year.

This week, our devotion was rewarded: look at the pretty-in-pink renderings of the guest bathrooms that were just posted!

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'Something Lovely's Starting': SLS South Beach Will Finally Open in April 2012

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  Site Where: 1701 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
November 2, 2011 at 2:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's finally official--the long awaited SLS South Beach will open in April 2012! This will mark the second SLS Hotel to open after the flagship one in Los Angeles and hotelier Sam Nazarian is pulling out all the stops, combining pretty much all of his restaurant and nightclub hotspots under one roof.

First off, the hotel will feature room designs from SLS hotel designer Philippe Starck. While we only have that above rendering to go on, the rooms still retain the airy and effervescent quality of the SLS in LA but this looks a little, how do we say this?--cozier?

There are no "floating" glass beds and cramped low ceilings, although there will be oversized chaise lounges and the beds do look as if they are levitating ever so slightly. Starck is also doing something a little unusual behind the bed with curtains that feature a painted-on bedroom scheme. Same goes for the "armoire" that "holds" the TV opposite the bed (we saw this in another smaller rendering.) Oh and don't forget to look up, because there's a mirror on the ceiling!

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We Take a Design Nerd Stroll Through The Delano

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  Site Where: 1685 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
August 31, 2011 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Since it opened in 1994, the Delano Hotel has defined what it means to be a chic, South Beach boutique hotel.

Next year, its creative guru Philippe Starck will give the beach a new vision, with his work on SLS South Beach--mere steps away from the hotel that started it all. But can he top the ground-breaking work he produced for Ian Schrager at Delano?

After we took an 'ethos tour' with Delano GM Steven Hiblum, who pointed out the little quirks we'd missed on previous strolls through the lobby, and told us all about Starck's inspiration for his designs, we're not sure he can.

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José Andrés Deconstructs Tea Time at The SLS Hotel

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  Site Where: 465 S La Cienega Blvd [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90048
October 15, 2010 at 2:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

One of the things we were always torn about with the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles is that only guests were allowed inside the lobby area. All other visitors were directed through to a separate entrance--where the award-winning Bazaar Restaurant from José Andrés is located.

While we liked that the SLS offered guests privacy in the lobby area, we were also a bit hurt because the lobby is not just a check-in spot with a couple of couches and tables but a place where guests could dine and drink amongst the interior design of Philippe Starck. It looks and feels unlike most hotel lobbies, more like a swank private club than a hotel lobby.

So we were doubly excited when we found out that SLS not only opened up the lobby to all visitors but that Andrés has curated a special afternoon tea time in this space called, Tres by José Andrés.

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Le Royal Monceau in Paris Will Reopen on October 20 with a 'Starck' New Look

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  Site Where: 37 Avenue Hoch, Paris, France, 75008
September 27, 2010 at 2:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

Mon dieu, ces hotels Parisiens are going in for ze refurb at ze moment, non? If it’s not the Hotel Athenee or the Marais Bastille, it’s the Royal Monceau, which has been closed since June 2008 and is due to reopen on October 20.

Why have the works taken so long? Because, Mesdames et messieurs, they’ve been conducted by prolific hotel designer Philippe Starck no less. And because, to start the renovations, he threw a "demolition party" and invited his guests to destroy whatever they could destroy of the hotel.

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The Girl from Ipanema Would Have Gotten Down at Hotel Fasano

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  Site Where: Av. Viera Souto 80, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 22420-000
July 20, 2009 at 11:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Since Mondays suck (by definition), we thought we’d brighten the mood today by checking in with too-sexy Hotel Fasano in Rio. The 91-room hotspot perched right on Ipanema Beach opened back in 2007. We’ve checked in with the hotel a couple times already, but this weekend the NYT finally gave it their official hotel treatment.

“While the initial hype may have faded and celebrity sightings are less common, the Philippe Starck-designed hotel still retains an aura of exclusivity, especially from its bossa nova-chic lobby and sexy rooftop pool,” writes Times-er Lionel Beehner. These days, you’re less likely to see Yoko Ono or Madonna than middle-age men with their “much younger arm candy.”

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Philippe Starck's 'yoo' Launches a Hotel Group, Yo

April 16, 2009 at 2:02 PM | by | Comments (2)


From left: John Hitchcox, Marcel Wanders, Philippe Starck

Yoo, a design and investment company co-founded by developer John Hitchcox and much-hyped designer extraordinaire Philippe Starck — which we believe is pronounced like "you" and not, like, your stoner cousins drawn out "yo" greeting — is launching a hotel group of its very own.

Apparently, the company won an architectural competition to design a new hotel in Split, Croatia, and after designing the 110-room hotel on the Adriatic Sea (the first five star resort and spa in the city), the company — which, right now, primarily does residential projects — announced a new focus on hospitality.

Several yoo designers have already done hotel projects: The JIA Hotel in Hong Kong was designed by yoo, and The Mondrian South Beach, "the work of yoo's newest design partner Marcel Wanders," are examples — from here, yoo plans to partner with hospitality groups to "design hotels in the brand's signature style with the dramatic lobbies, whimsical accessories and unique lighting already found in yoo's residential work."

Philippe Starck: conquering the hotel design world, one quirky piece of room decor at a time.

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Westin Galleria Dallas Got a Dallas-Style Facelift

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  Site Where: 13340 Dallas Parkway [map], Dallas, TX, United States, 75240
April 1, 2009 at 5:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Too much and perhaps too late? Hotels around the globe are completing renovations just as travelers start to rethink their vacation plans. On the bright side, you will probably be staying in new rooms for less. This week we'll be looking at some of the new-old faces out there and telling you what these spiffed up joints will cost you. Any suggestions? Let us know.

The Westin Galleria Dallas, which we named the Best Hotel for Serious Shoppers in the big D (and yes, we meant it), has just unveiled the final results of its makeover, a nice addition to the recently-revamped (and seriously upgraded) Dallas Galleria mall to which it is attached.

Okay, confession: as many a native Dallasite will tell you, this mall has recently acquired some heavy fab-ness and it's hot time the hotel stepped up to match. The Galleria's interior was pretty-fied, a Sushi Samba was added — not to mention it still has an ice-rink, a Saks and a Nordstrom.

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The New York Times Finally Visits Mama Shelter in Paris

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  Site Where: 109 Rue de Bagnolet, Paris, France, 75020
March 23, 2009 at 9:11 AM | by | Comment (1)

Fast becoming the most talked about new hotel in the City of Lights, Mama Shelter is a Philippe Starck-designed budget boutique option in an out-of-the-way (some might say “dodgy”) corner of Paris that seems to be drawing international hipsters (and New York Times journalists) to its chic bar and simple rooms. That’s thanks, in no small part, to the starting rate of 79 euros a night—a rarity in one of the world’s most expensive cities.

So buzzworthy was this budget boutique hotel becoming that the New York Times sent travel writer Fred Bernstein to stay there and enlighten us all with his review. We've been dying to hear what the critics say about Mama Shelter since November and Bernstein gives it a thorough review.

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