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How often do you find a full Poggenpohl kitchen in a city hotel room that is not a suite setting you back four figures a night? Not very often, we’d like to think, though this is what we saw when we recently popped into the Apartments by the Sloane Club, just off of the swanky London square of the same name.
True, this is slightly different than a ‘normal’ hotel, being two red brick mansions on a tree-lined residential street, linked to a private members club around the corner, and generally a minimum stay of a week applies (though shorter stays are possible depending on availability). But starting at a not-extravagant-for-London £220 ($370) a night, a Studio gets you hotel services, a bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom in a quirky triplex space.
When the AKA Beverly Hills opened back in 2012 in the heart of the exclusive 90210 zip code, we were loving the hotel's apartment-style accommodations along with their thoughtful amenities and services like free WiFi, bike rentals, and room service by Spago. Yet in order to enjoy all this, you had to be an extended-stay guest, spending 30 days or more at the hotel. Until now.
Starting on March 21, the AKA Beverly Hills will be accepting stays of 7 days or longer. Woot! Seven days is far more doable than 30. Not to mention, more affordable. Rates starting on March 21 begin at $389 a night for a one-bedroom deluxe suite which have about 1,000-sq.ft. of space and include full kitchens, a king-sized bed, dining table, private patio, washer and dryer, and Bulgari amenities.
Compare all this to smaller rooms at other luxe hotels in Beverly Hills, that start well over $400 a night without kitchens and washer and dryers, AKA is the best deal in town yet.
[Photo: AKA Hotels]
While there's soon to be a handful of luxury hotels in Beijing for the rich and famous to stay at, actor Keanu Reeves chose more humble lodgings when he was in town filming the "Man of Tai Chi", his directorial debut.
"The Matrix" star opted for serviced apartment brand, Oakwood Residence Beijing in the city's Chaoyang District (that's Keanu with the hotel's general manager Arthur Krieger.) The hotel has a whopping 406 fully-equipped modern luxury apartments ranging from studios to four-bedroom penthouse and terrace apartments. On-site there's also a fitness center, a health and beauty spa, a business center, a kids play area and even some private landscaped gardens.
Rates at the Oakwood Beijing start at about $129USD a night
and typically require a 30-night minimum stay. and as Oakwood pointed out in the comments below, there is no minimum stay requirement. Excellent!
Have you stayed at an Oakwood before? How does it compare to other extended stay or serviced apartment brands out there? Sound off in comments below!
[Photo: Oakwood Residence Beijing]
That's because we just got word that AKA Hotels will open a spot in London's West End this October in a historic 1920s building in the Marylebone neighborhood. And much like the upcoming AKA Beverly Hills, these serviced residences will require a 30-day minimum.
However, there will be only be nine residences with some of the studio and one-bedroom apartments occupying their own floor. Here's what else will be inside:
Each suite will feature bespoke furniture; gourmet kitchens with grey lacquer cabinetry, charcoal caesarstone countertops and stainless-steel appliances, as well as full marble baths. Artwork, which will be unique to each suite, will complement the overall design. Sumptuous linens, central air conditioning, washers/dryers, complimentary Sky TV, complimentary wireless internet access and complimentary local telephone service with direct dial and personal voicemail will ensure residents are comfortable in their AKA home away from home.
The other week we popped into the AKA Beverly Hills with our camera eager and ready to snap pics of one of our favorite long-term stay hotel brands. (AKA actually prefers the term serviced apartments to extended-stay.) Yet upon meeting AKA execs in the stylish, residential apartment lobby, we were told that "all of this" was going to be redone.
"All of this?" we asked. "But it looks so good!" All of it, they told us. So it was pointless to take photos of suites and spaces that weren't going to be around much longer. Indeed, construction has already begun on the former apartment/townhome complex.
Up in the suites (which were formerly one and two-bedroom apartments), the major fixtures in the kitchens and the bathrooms as well as the in-unit laundry machines will not be changed but all the furniture, carpets and cabinets will be upgraded to reflect a more modern sensibility.
The furniture will actually be custom made for AKA. Plus, there will be new light fixtures put into the kitchens and the bathrooms. Renovations will also be done to the bi-level townhomes and penthouse suites that AKA will have on-hand as well.