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It's what you've been waiting all year for--The 2010 HotelChatter Awards! We'll be bringing you the best and worst of the year all day today and part of tomorrow. Agree or disagree with our picks? Air your thoughts in comments below.
Where have all the hoteliers gone? Have bigger hotel brands finally pushed out the hip, cool, trendsetting, modelizing, jetsetting hotelier? That's what it seems like.
Just looking at six new hotels that are opening/have opened in NYC recently, four of them are from larger hotel brands (namely Starwood.) And in the coming years, both Hyatt Hotels and Hotel Indigo plan on saturating Manhattan with their brand.
With our usual staple of hoteliers just kicking back and relaxing (see below), we were hard pressed to find someone actively expanding his or her hotel collection. Then we remembered:
The Soho House Hotels, the members-only clubs with hotel rooms attached for both members and non-members alike.
Yesterday we told you about the Holiday Season Sleepover deal at Soho Beach House and today we're going to say, if you're thinking about it, stop thinking and just book it. We checked into the newest of the Soho House Hotels earlier this week and had one of our most comfortable stays in Miami yet.
You can click through our gallery for some room eye candy, and read on for more on what makes Soho Beach House so different in the crowded Miami hotel scene...
Miami's Soho Beach House, part of the exclusive members-only Soho House Hotels, just opened the other month but they're already offering special packages to those interested in spending the night. And it's their latest package that has us wishing Santa would hurry down the chimney tonight.
The Holiday Season Sleepover offer includes a night's stay in a beach front room for $350 along with either two 30 minute massages or one 60 minute massage at the Beach House’s Cowshed Spa, as well as breakfast on the house. All guests of the hotel are also entitled to member benefits during their stay including viewings of holiday films in the Screening Snug. Typically, the beachside bedrooms go for about $525 a night.
According to police, the 33-year-old woman's body was found about 3 a.m. after the bath water, which was still running, flooded the tub and leaked down into the room below.
When cops arrived at the Ninth Ave. hotel, the unidentified woman was unconscious. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene. Detectives are investigating whether she was the victim of foul play, but a police source said her body showed no obvious signs of trauma.
Today may be Columbus Day, but down in Miami, the day is all about the Brit Invasion, with the opening of Soho Beach House.
The club portion of the latest "House" in the stable already has 750 members and a long waiting list--but if you're impatient and don't have the $1,500 membership fee at your disposal, you can still check out the scene by checking into the hotel.
Oddly, the online reservation system seems to have disappeared from the Soho Beach House website, and a note tells visitors to call for all "reservation enquiries."
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At last! After gazing at sketched renderings for months, we finally have photos of the rooms at Soho Beach House to ogle.
Founding members of the latest "House" were treated to a soft opening on Tuesday night, and we're told that the hotel and Cecconi's restaurant will open to the public on October 11. (We're not finding rooms available at all in October, however. Perhaps the 50 hotel rooms are already sold out or maybe there's a glitch in the online rezzie system.)
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Could it be the tiptoe of another members-only club on Miami Beach that has Soho Beach House planning to open earlier than we expected?
ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa opens its Beach Club in November—which is when we thought we'd see Soho Beach House open as well. But we've been alerted that the November 1st date we last reported was off by a few weeks.
Soho Beach House is actually taking reservations from October 18.
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Is the WiFi free? Does the gym have good machines? All these things get noticed when checking into a hotel, but what about the atmosphere of the placespecifically the art on the walls or on the floor? All this week, we'll be highlighting properties around the world that do their artwork right, and the specific pieces you should stare long and hard at when next you drop by.
Today: Dean Street Townhouse's sexual wallpaper by Yeo.
When we were at London's Dean Street Guesthouse, we noticed that they had proudly hung a calligraphied "quote" by Lindsay Lohan in their restaurant, but what we should have been looking at is the wallpaper. Apparently it's quite scandalous.
Understandably, we've been very NYC-centric when it comes to Hotel Openings this summer. But, looking ahead, we're also excited about all the hotels coming to Miami this fall. So we were disappointed to learn that the opening of Soho Beach House has been pushed back from September to November 1st. But the good news? You can start planning your cold-weather escape, because the hotel part of the project is now taking reservations, with rooms starting at $325 a night.
We know--that's kind of steep, but this is a Soho House, and you're paying for exclusivity, unlike another expensive but pretty hotel we love in South Beach.
The other month we were all sorts of flabbergasted by the photos of Cristiano Ronaldo that were taken at the Soho House in New York. Not so much for the black nail polish on his toes but at the overcrowded and messy pool area. We said this then:
Check out how crowded that place is! For a brief minute, we thought this was taken in Vegas where the pools are so notoriously crowded, you can hardly see the water. And what's up with all those towels laying around everywhere? Perhaps Soho House needs to not only cap the number of people in the pool but start seriously checking their membership credentials.
This week we're taking a look at a dying hotel amenity--The Hotel Magazine. Sure, most hotels stock their guestrooms with the trendy magazines of the day or at least place some localized publication on the desks but there are actually a few hotels out there that still publish their own magazine. We've got our hands on a few copies of these rare breeds and we'll be documenting our finds for you here. Know of a hotel magazine we should see before it goes out of print? Send it to us!
It only makes too much sense that, when we opened the Winter 2009/2010 issue of Soho House Hotels' house magazine, that the first thing we see is a full-page ad for Virgin Atlantic Airways' Upper Class lounge at London-Heathrow. This magazine knows its demographic well...almost too well.
house is a thin magazine of heavy paper stockonly 80 pages this issueand it's published quarterly. You'll find it laying around the properties of Soho House, from Babington House in Somerset to New York's Soho House, and it's also inside the hotel rooms. We nabbed this copy during our stay earlier this year at London's Dean Street Townhouse. As it turns out, you can read them online as well.
Guests at the House Festival in 2008.
If you like your summer festivals a bit more civilized than Glastonbury and Coachella, Soho House's House Festival may be for you. Back after a hiatus last year, the bash was held the other night at Chiswick House & Gardens, a tres pretty historic site in London. (Despite its name, not a Soho House property.)
The sold out event cost £175, but once inside everything was free, including oysters, lobsters, pizza, a hog roast, pork pies, cider, beer, and Mark Ronson.