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Every month, we tell you which hotel openings you need to know about (and which, inevitably, miss their deadlines). While we have a healthy list of arrivals around the world, there are a few places that are either consistently popular or having a bit of a hotel moment, so “new hotels for…” gives you a rundown of the openings you will want to know about for a particular destination.
And where better to start than Bangkok? Our archives are full of stories from the Thai capital, well worth visiting in its own right and for its fantastic choice of hotels – which are often great value. The next five years will see some big names throw their hat in the ring in the city’s very competitive hotel game. Here are six new hotels you should watch out for:
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The hotel news and gossip out of Amsterdam just keeps coming in: perhaps sensing we were somewhat disappointed with Hotel Pulitzer picking Preferred’s LVX Collection after leaving the Starwood fold, a kind tipster dropped us a link to a possible hotel project further down the city’s Prinsengracht canal in the former Palace of Justice.
Dating back to 1664 and 1864, the 15,000 sq m (161,000 sq ft) building was put up for sale earlier this year by the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf (the Dutch government’s real estate agency of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations), complete with glossy interactive pdf that shows how the vast building could be put to different uses – including conversion into a luxury hotel, reportedly one of the last ones the city will allow within its historic core.
The cathedral of Puebla, Mexico.
The very near future for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is rosy indeed. The group already has 18 luxury properties in 11 countries, with another 11 under development, including this latest one—Rosewood Puebla Mexico, opening in 2016.
The downtown area of Puebla was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1987, because of it’s plentitude of historical sites such as Cholula, which is the site of the world’s largest pyramid. Puebla is also famous for its plentitude of churches (over 365) and for creating one of Mexico’s national dishes, mole poblano.
Here’s what’s in store for the Rosewood Puebla, which will be located near Zocalo, the city’s main square.
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Nearly a year and a half ago we looked at this pair of Parisian palace hotels and said they were deep into their beauty sleeps: Hotel de Crillon had just about a year behind it, while Hotel Ritz was hammering away at renovating rooms and public spaces for fifteen months already. While there is progress to report, both hotels are still far off from waking up.
We’ll flip the order this time and make a stop on Place de la Concorde first, where today you will see a temporary façade larger than the Crillon itself hiding the construction quarters that have been erected (a better view of how that works below). Forget also that 2015 opening; it’ll be nearer the end of next year, if not 2017, before Rosewood will have its third European hotel.
The courtyard at Rosewood London sure is pretty; we’ve known that since the group opened its first European hotel in the 1914 Edwardian Belle Epoque Building on High Holborn back in October 2013. Since then, it’s become home to the terrace of Holborn Dining Room (around the corner on the left in the above photo), but as of March 1, there will be more food – slow food – appearing every Sunday.
Between 10.30am and 3pm, rain or shine, the “Slow Food & Living Market” will “recreate the traditional marketplace shopping experience in Holborn and celebrate good, clean and fair produce from local growers and artisans”.
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It is an Upper East Side institution, a quintessentially New York experience which, provided you have the funds for a night's stay, will make you feel not like a guest passing through but rather, an actual resident and this place has been your home all along.
When we stayed there in 2008, we knew the rooms may not have been the most modern rooms on the block, but they were classic and clean and so very well-maintained. But that was seven years ago. Even though some rooms have received a soft goods upgrade since that time, The Carlyle is ready for a change.
Which is why we are thrilled to hear that NYC-based Tony Chi, the man behind the gorgeous Rosewood London is taking on The Carlyle's upcoming renovation project.
We thought 2015 was just going to be the year that Rosewood Hotels would expand its European presence with the reopening of the Hotel de Crillon in Paris. It is still doing that – bar any delays we don’t know about yet – but while that’s enough of a hallmark moment, Rosewood will also start managing the Tuscan estate Castiglion del Bosco this spring.
Estate isn’t hyperbole by any means, consisting as it does of the ruins of a castle, a medieval church, and the Borgo, what was once a farming village, dating back 800 years. The Borgo now forms the heart of the hotel, but there are ten additional villas in restored farmhouses in the surrounding area. That looks something like the above, which is really about as Tuscan as it can get, don’t you think?
All week long, we'll be rocking around the Hotel Christmas Tree! Tag us @HotelChatter in your social media posts so we can spread the joy.
Three different Rosewood Hotels & Resorts have come up with three equally different and original Christmas trees.
At the Rosewood Sand Hill in Silicon Valley, you'll find a 6 ft tall by 3 ft wide edible Christmas tree made of 600 pounds of chocolate and meticulously crafted by Pastry Chef Mellisa Root and her team. The crew only used parchment and spatulas as tools. The tree is also decked with edible ornaments made of chocolate, colored with cocoa butter, and decorated with edible glitter. #edibleglitterFTW. You can get a chance to bite into the tree at the hotel's Madera restaurant which is serving a "Christmas Ornament" desert. The ornament is meant to be cracked open by diners with their spoon to get at the chocolate pudding, coeur de guanhja ice cream, whipped peppermint and shiso gin puree. Perfect for crafting foodies.
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Made in Manhattan Kate in Manhattan Middleton in Manhattan! If you’ve read any serious newspaper today, you’ll know that Kate and Wills, occasionally known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, touched down in New York yesterday for a two-night stay - the first time either of them have been to the Big Apple. A historic occasion, then. Which lucky hotel did they pick to bestow their charms and future booking increase on?
The royals – or this couple, anyway – have history with the Carlyle. Princess Diana stayed there twice – first in 1995, and then in 1997, just two months before she died. This time around, a 200-strong crowd was waiting for five-months-pregnant Kate and William.
We love a man in uniform, especially when they look as dapper as this. The doormen at Rosewood London look as stylish as the rest of the hotel in these Nicholas Oakwell Couture-designed duds.
When we pulled up to the hotel on a drizzly day these uniforms set the tone for the Rosewood: Thoroughly modern yet with a harkening back to the days of gents and ladies.
Oakwell is a UK designer with plenty of cred. Worn by celebs such as Hilary Swank, Gillian Anderson, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 actress Natalie Dormer, he was featured in a sold-out London Fashion Weekend runway show in September.
The Rosewood London uniforms are slim-fitting, with charcoal grey blazers, crisp white-checked shirts, dark tartan pants, camel-colored overcoats and shoes, and newsboy caps that really “cap” off the look. Very different from Oakwell’s usual flowy, showy gowns but no less impressive in a manly, “Let me assist you with that, Miss” way.
We’ve already taken you on a tour of the public areas of Rosewood London, but now it’s time to get more intimate with the hotel.
We had a chance to look inside an Executive Room, considered to be an entry level room right after the Deluxe Room, a Premier Suite and a Grand Premier Suite. (After these come the eight Signature Suites, one being the Manor House Suite which can become the Manor House Wing if you book all five connecting rooms – the only hotel “suite” in the world to have its own postal code.)
The 306 rooms and suites were designed by Tony Chi & Associates, who also designed most of the public spaces including the lobby. The rooms feel like stylin’ pieds–à–terre – dramatic in black lacquer, 50 shades of grey (yeah – couldn’t resist!), and design-studio white. Artwork on the walls is equally striking in black and white. But what could potentially be considered “cold” in feel is warmed up by textured wood furnishings.
All bathrooms have hammered silver sinks (very old-school becomes new-school), white marble, and mirrors, mirrors everywhere so no awkward navel-gazing required; do it with ease. You’ll also find heated floors (yes!) and Czech & Speake toiletries in Lavender or Neroli (the first foray into hotel toiletries for this London-based fragrance house).
Check out the image gallery for lots of room pics!
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What’s more, we actually have a photo from inside the hotel: we present to you, above, what a Spectacular Room looks like. A step up from entry-level Wonderful Rooms, they run at $318 under the “Extraordinary W Offer”. That shoots up to $451 for a fully flexible rate. The room comes in at nearly 540 sq ft, with the prerequisite open plan bathroom and some interesting purple herringbone-style art-slash-headboard. That pattern comes back in the hardwood floors and what we think could be quite a pretty blue area rug.
The exterior of the hotel leaves no doubt about this being a W either: check it out below.