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Renaissance Washington Reno Came to a Cool $30M

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  Site Where: 999 Ninth Street NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20001
March 1, 2013 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel just announced they’ve completed a redesign of all 807(!) guest rooms and suites to the tune of $30M. Wow -- talk about investing in the economy. Good on ‘em.

The hotel is located across from Mt. Vernon Square and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, close to DC’s Chinatown and Penn Quarter districts.

The rooms, designed by Dash Design in New York, are meant to complement the hotel’s recent lobby redo and are done in khakis and cocoa-browns with splashes of reinterpreted denim blues and reds. Each room is accented with clean and modern furniture. The leather lounge and desk chairs are inspired by twentieth-century modernism. LED reading pin lights are mounted on headboards with easy to reach plugs for guests to plug in their own mobile devices.

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If You Hate Palm Trees, Don't Stay At Renaissance Barcelona Fira

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  Site Where: Plaza Europa, 50-52,L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain, 08902
February 6, 2013 at 9:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Almost a year ago, we reported on the new Renaissance Barcelona, a pretty standard, 211-room Renaissance property set to open near the Paseo de Gracia, with a steakhouse and lounge.

Meanwhile, in October, a second Renaissance opened in Barcelona, the 357-room Renaissance Barcelona Fira, with a great deal more pizazz.

Why do we use the word pizazz? Because of an extremely original design by French architect Jean Nouvel. The hotel's two towers are connected by a lush, 27-story vertical garden, filled with over 300 palm trees, running up the center of the building. Now, there are 'green hotels,' and then there's this. We like!

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Edmonton Experiencing A Renaissance (Hotel, That Is)

January 2, 2013 at 4:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Edmonton’s set to get its first Renaissance Hotel this summer (the first in Alberta, as it turns out). The new 213-room hotel will open at the recently-expanded Edmonton International Airport. As the only hotel attached to the airport terminal, this is good news for those of you who find a bed more comfortable than your airport chair.

The hotel was originally scheduled to be a Courtyard by Marriot property before that was kyboshed and it was decided to make the property the more boutique-like upscale Renaissance. The owners felt that the new airport terminal was so modern that the Renaissance was a better fit with the airport re-do.

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Judge Orders Eden Roc and Marriott To Kiss And Make Up

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  Site Where: 4525 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
November 12, 2012 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

About a month ago, we reported that Marriott was suing the pants off Eden Roc for attempting to kick Marriott out during an "egregious raid in the pre-dawn hours"—something that sounds good on paper, or maybe in a Nicholas Cage movie, but isn't actually that practical in real life.

Well, now, after Marriott took the Eden Roc owners to court, a judge has decreed that Marriott is still the legal manager of the hotel, and cannot be removed by any underhanded sneak tactics. Well, those weren't the judge's words per se, but you get the gist.

Interestingly, the judge, New York State Supreme Court Justice Melvin L. Schweitzer—we'll just call him Melve—made it known that he actually took a personal interest in the case, having spent some time at the Eden Roc himself. In an aside, Melve mentioned he was "a fan of Eden Roc from years back when I passed over Fontainebleau and went next door." But both Marriott and Eden Roc were too busy making nana-poo-poo faces at each other to acknowledge the compliment.

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Did We Inadvertently Jinx The Eden Roc Miami?

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  Site Where: 4525 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
October 22, 2012 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Remember back in April when we found out that Eden Roc had decided to sue Marriott? Well, it looks like now it's Marriott's turn to be pissed off.

BusinessWeek reports that some shady business went down in Miami Beach the other week. Well, in addition to whatever other shady business goes down there regularly. But, in this case, the perpetrator was Eden Roc, who attempted to pull off a Waikiki-style shakedown, launching an "egregious raid in the pre-dawn hours" on October 14.

Though the shakedown wasn't successful, it got the message across to Marriott, who's now seeking help from the court to prevent Eden Roc from trying again.

No word yet on how the Kardashians have been affected.

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5 Last-Minute Super Bowl Hotels For Diehard Beyonce Fans

October 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

We feel we should preface this post with a big 'but...'

Yes, it's true that Beyonce will be the official act for the Super Bowl halftime show this February. Yes, it will probably be a better show than whatever weird Egyptian thing Madonna did last year. And yes, even you, who's left planning 'til the very last minute, can find a way to see Beyonce perform and have a place to stay.

But (we told you it was coming!) don't expect to find a hotel in New Orleans proper, as, from what we can tell, they're all pretty much sold out. A quick look online shows that not only are our usual NOLA faves fully booked, even the crumby ones on the outskirts of town are unavailable too.

So, what's a Beyonce fan to do?

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Hotels for Plane Spotting: The Renaissance at London-Heathrow

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  Site Where: Bath Road, London, United Kingdom, TW6 2AQ
September 12, 2012 at 4:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Airport hotels get a pretty bad rap. Sure, there are the greasy, grimy ones, but we like to think that for every one of those, there's a perfectly clean business-friendly one—or, even better, an airport hotel with the luxury of an airport view. All this week we'll be taking a look at a few of our favorite hotels for plane spotting.

Today: Renaissanceat London-Heathrow Airport.

Full disclosure: Though we haven't yet stayed at the Renaissance, our usual choice of the Sofitel has just been switched thanks to an ad in Airliner World magazine, where the Renaissance advertised a Plane Spotter Package. That's right; they know exactly who'll pay good money to hang out at the airport and not be traveling anywhere. This is why they absolutely deserve a nod in our plane spotting series.

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The Renaissance Hollywood Will Turn into a Loews Hotel on June 16

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  Site Where: 1755 North Highland Ave [map], Hollywood, CA, United States, 90028
May 31, 2012 at 11:35 AM | by | Comment (1)

Well, this was unexpected. The Renaissance Hollywood at the Hollywood & Highland Center, will turn into a Loews Hotels & Resorts come June 16.

Loews snapped up the property as one of its first steps in expanding the brand. There is already a Loews in Los Angeles on the beach in Santa Monica but the property at Hollywood and Highland is not only larger (632 rooms), it will get far more exposure and traffic as over 80 shops, 26 restaurants, two nightclubs, seven movie screens, eight bars, 12 bowling lanes and the Dolby Theatre (previously the Kodak) are all right there next to the hotel.

For now the rooms and public spaces at the Loews Hollywood will remain the same but Loews will begin a $26 million renovation later this year. The good news is, the hotel will stay open during the work.

Bummer for those guests who liked to use their Marriott Rewards points to stay at the Renaissance but with Loews' YouFirst loyalty program, after two stays you can get free WiFi.

Rates for the hotel in June start around $299 a night.

[Photo: Kalboz/HotelChatter Flickr Pool]

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We Hope The Lanesborough Knows What They're Getting Themselves Into...

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  Site Where: Hyde Park Corner, London, United Kingdom, SW1X 7TA
May 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

The other month we reported that Kanye West and a few other rappers were living it up at The Lanesborough. Little did we know that West's new main squeeze, Kim Kardashian—as well as the entire Keeping Up With The Kardashians film crew—would be following him there. And so quickly!

The Mirror reports that Kim has officially landed in London, and though Kim's hotel hasn't been confirmed, it is likely that the pair will be spending a significant amount of time at The Lanesborough, where West has booked an entire floor.

Knowing how much both Kim and Kanye love holing up for weeks at a time in the world's trendiest hotels, we shudder to think what their hotel-hopping powers combined might accomplish. A flour-bombed, hot-boxed, multifunctional naked yoga and recording studio? With any luck, yes.

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A Hotel Stay Is Never Boring When Jedis Fight In The Lobby

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  Site Where: 9721 Arboretum Blvd [map], Austin, TX, United States, 78759
April 23, 2012 at 10:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

In the ever-expanding universe of Twitter, there is one particular trend @HotelChatter happens to quite enjoy: candid hotel photos. These pics range from stunning views to anti-views to celebrity tomfoolery and everything in between. And we can't get enough of 'em! Every Monday, we commemorate our favorite "Twitpic of the Week." Got a favorite of your own? Want to show off your sweet suite? Send it in!

 

We don't know exactly what might have prompted this awesome public display of nerd-dom (Star Wars convention? Flashmob? Family reunion?), but we are so very glad @k4ng took the time to capture these saber-wielding Jedis in the lobby of the Renaissance Austin. And what better place: with all the rooms looking down onto the lobby, pretty much every guest had front row seats to the show!

On our last visit to Austin, most of the hotels were full up with SXSW musicians, filmmakers, attendees and media types. But clearly, the real magic happens about a month later...

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Now It's The Eden Roc's Turn for a Hotel Management Shakedown

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  Site Where: 4525 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
April 3, 2012 at 9:04 AM | by | Comment (1)

Ruh-roh. There's even more trouble in Miami Beach.

Just after we learned about the Setai Shakedown, we saw that the owners of another Miami hotel that made our sexiest bathrooms list, The Eden Roc Renassiance Hotel, are now suing Marriott Hotels and their Renaissance brand for grossly mismanaging the hotel after an extensive renovation. Business Week has this choice bit from the hotel owners' lawsuit:

“In the face of Renaissance’s failures, Eden Roc has quite literally shoveled money into the project to make up for Renaissance’s incompetence,” Eden Roc said in the complaint. “And while Eden Roc loses its shirt, Renaissance and its parent company and guarantor, Marriott International, have lined their pockets with management fees.”

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Barcelona's Getting a Renaissance Hotel on April 26th

Where: Barcelona, Spain
March 30, 2012 at 12:34 PM | by | Comment (1)

Antonio Gaudi's Park Guell

When we compiled the Master List of 2012 Hotel Openings, we forgot to list an opening in one of our favorite cities in the world, Barcelona.

On April 26, The Renaissance Barcelona will open in the city's downtown nabe near the Paseo de Gracia with 211 rooms, a 24-hour fitness center, the CRU Steak House, CUIT bar and lounge and perhaps best of all, La Terrassa roof top bar and lounge with flowing waterfalls and lounge furniture.

Despite the opening being less than a month away, there's no website up and running yet so we can't determine what the room rates will be like. But given that Renaissance is Marriott's boutiquey design brand, we'd expect rates somewhere upwards of 250 Euros. In the meantime, do not confuse this about-to-open property with the Renaissance by the airport.

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