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It seems like forever ago but it was only just in April 2012 when the Buckingham Hotel in NYC closed down for a major renovation to be reborne as The Quin, a luxury lifestyle hotel. We've been following the hotel's transformation very closely here on HotelChatter and while we had hoped for a June opening, we've now got word that The Quin will open instead on October 15th. Just a few months away!
We found rooms on opening night for $599 a night. (Luxe indeed!) That includes handcrafted Duxiana beds, Sferra linens, luscious Fresh toiletries, in-room Nespresso machines, bedside controllers from Evolve, Bowers & Wilkins sound systems, free internet and the new Quin Attaché program, which essentially gives guests their own personal assistant during their stay.
The Hard Rock Palm Springs is getting ready to rock the desert. When we daytripped to PS the other week, we noticed a few billboards teasing the impending arrival of the rocking hotel brand. Sure enough, the website is up and running and all systems are a go for a September opening. And now we've got some hotel renderings to share too.
The Hard Rock Palm Springs, which was formerly the Hotel Zoso, will have 160 rooms, a VIP rock star suite, a Rock Spa, a Body Rock fitness centers, a Rock Shop gift store, a few restaurants and of course, a happening pool scene. It will also have some crazy sexy "stair gallery" where we gather there will be tons of rock n' roll memorabilia to ogle. We're also digging the sexy lobby bar lounge.
We expect rates to be around $250 a night but when Coachella rolls into town in April, that will go way, way, way up.
[Photo: HotelChatter; Renderings: Hard Rock Hotels]
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We wrote about the new mysterious Archer Hotel coming to Manhattan's Fashion District nabe (45 W. 38th Street) back in February but aside from a few Facebook snapshots of their construction, things have been largely quiet. Yet there have been some new developments.
For starters, the hotel has given chef David Burke rein of the restaurant. According to the NY Post, the spot may be very similar to the restaurant he runs at the James Soho but we hope he finds a way to vary things up.
Second, The Archer announced a general manager last month--Michele Mangino. Mangino comes to the hotel from the Millennium Broadway Hotel, where she was served as resident manager. She's also worked at the Park Lane Hotel and in a variety of positions within Dolce International. And it sounds like she is just as curious about the Archer as we are.
“The more I learned about ARCHER the more I was intrigued,” said Mangino. “The extreme attention to detail and thought that is going into the design, the service, the culinary experience and virtually every touch point and corner you turn is exceptional and inspiring. I am thrilled to be a part of what is going to be a new American classic,” she added.
So what will The Archer actually look like? Keep reading for a sneak peek of the guest room!
Here are some snapshots from inside a High Line Suite which is meant to evoke a "a romantic and eclectic 19th century guest house with a separate tranquil sitting area." These rooms also have a king bed, one-of-kind furniture from throughout the U.S. large windows (with black-out shades), bathrobes and slippers and our fave, free WiFi. These rooms also overlook the Close, a private garden open only to hotel guests.
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Nevermind that NY Times article saying The Jade Hotel would be open by late October (ie, now). Because it ain't happening. However, the hotel is almost there!
Last week, we got a chance to poke around the unfinished lobby, restaurant and some of the rooms. Yes, the place still looks like a construction site. But we have a much better idea what to expect: a sunken lobby with a fireplace, "catacomb"-like brick vaulted archways connecting the lobby and the restaurant, small but stylish guest rooms inspired by 1920s Paris, and unobstructed views of lower Manhattan.
Click below to see our photos!
While we're still waiting to hear when reservations will open up, we have been lucky enough to get our hands on some more renderings of the property which has been done up by renowned Dutch designer Marcel Wanders.
Below you can peep at the lobby (do you hear bells ringing?), the welcome lounge, a larger guest room shot (yup, the sink is next to the bed) as well as the entrance to the spa.
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Well, here we are. It's April and we've just learned that Bulgari London will not open this month. However, it will open on June 1, just in time for the Summer Olympics.
Not only do we have a more realistic opening date but we've also got some on-the-scene snapshots from our London spy. Our Hotel James Bond reports:
The exterior looks finished, but windows on the ground floor are still boarded up / covered, and you could see work ongoing in the rooms. The hotel sits diagonally across from Candy & Candy's One Hyde Park (where a number of apartments are available during the Olympics at a cool £100K+ a month should you be so inclined). It's steps away from Hyde Park, but I don't think there'll be much in terms of views from the rooms.
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And one of the things we're most excited about this second-edition, updated Pod is that this time, all the rooms will have private bathrooms. Queen pods, odd pods, single pods—and yes, even bunk pods (shown above).
Which is only fair. With all the socializing embodied in the Pod culture (let's not forget the rooftop space, taco bar in the lobby, and video/photo "screening wall"), it's only right that guests, whether they're backpacking from Europe or in town on a conference, should be entitled to a little privacy in the bathroom. Added features like this (and starting rates of $119/night) will soon be giving Yotel a run for its money.
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It was out of sheer curiosity that we dragged ourselves over to the brand new NoMad Hotel in Manhattan, which, despite not officially opening for another five days, had plenty of people bustling in and out of the lobby and the restaurant.
Yet despite all the action, a strict no-photography policy was being enforced, so we didn't get many shots of the lobby itself (except the above). However, we did manage to sneak back, through the skylit dining room, past the dark and moody bar, and into the wood-paneled library in the back of the hotel.
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HotelChatter decided to stop by the Inn at the Presidio for a quick peek before its official April 1 opening. We were delighted to discover the historic hotel is actually in soft-opening (seems to be a hush hush deal), as a few guests were there during our visit last weekend. The full skinny on the hotel is in this post, so here’s a little hotel eye candy as well.
The hotel is a sort of spin-off to hotelier Avi Brosh's Palihouse Holloway in West Hollywood except it's gone a bit of a different direction. There's only 32 rooms but the hotel makes the most of each space with Dean & DeLuca treats in the minibar, ladders with hangers on them double as the "closet", footstools work as nightstands and in the bath are fun prints on the shower curtains and Palihotel-branded toiletries.
The hotel also features a six-bedroom Thai massage place (massages start at $35 fr 30 minutes), a two-seat blow-dry salon and the Palikitchen restaurant which serves coffee, toasted sandwiches, and sundry food and beauty products (The restaurant will actually be opening next month.)
Interested in booking a room? Rates for tomorrow night are at a limited time special of $149 a night. After that, they bump up to $250 a night. We also hear that the balcony rooms on the second floor have great views of Melrose or the hills or of Hayworth. Additionally, the plants on each balcony are in individual, customized arrangements from Rolling Greens Nursery.
For more on what to expect inside the Palihotel, peruse the photo gallery below!
[Photos: Eric Rosen for HotelChatter]
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With his hard hat on and patent leather sneakers, our Chicago man about town, Jared Hatch, headed over to forthcoming Hotel Lincoln last week to see what Joie de Vivre has in store for their second boutique property outside of California.
The Hotel Lincoln, situated toward the south end of Lincoln Park, is still pretty raw for an overnighter but Joie de Vivre has assured us it'll be ready and pretty (all 184 rooms) for a March 9th opening. This includes three family suites with bunk beds, lobby with details like a community events cork board and one hell-of-a tricked out rooftop.
It's been inching on completion since last summer when Joie de Vivre decided to take over the previous tenant's construction efforts which just weren't grand enough. Since this happened all the furniture has been altered or upcycled, they've bought original artwork from Marwen, and added an express elevator up to the rooftop.