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Before and After: The Palace Hotel San Francisco Mixes the Historic With the New

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  Site Where: 2 New Montgomery Street [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94105
April 16, 2015 at 12:35 PM | by | Comments (2)

We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.

When we think of The Palace Hotel in San Francisco, we think of its rather splendid Garden Court. What is now the Garden Court once was the Grand Court, an open air carriage entrance in the original Palace Hotel, which burned down in the 1906 earthquake that destroyed 80% of the city (for more on its long history, go here).

As much as we immediately think of the Garden Court, less of an instant image comes to mind when we think of the rest of hotel, including its guestrooms. Or at least we did, until we saw what The Palace is doing to its rooms this year, grabbing 2015 by the horns to bring them up to date in a big way. See both before and after below.

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Starwood's Newest Hotel Collection Will Be Called...

April 16, 2015 at 9:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Not long ago, Starwood Hotels hinted that they would be unveiling a new "soft" collection of hotels. Well, today is the day. Introducing: Tribute Portfolio. And guess who's now a part of it? (Keep reading to find out!)

The collection is meant to be a group of independent luxury hotels, who will keep their own identities rather than take on a Starwood-branded personality. But of course, the Starwood Preferred Guest program will be in place, allowing guests to use and earn Starpoints for stays at Tribute hotels.

As for what the collection is about, it's simply a "celebration of individuality." Which is not that much different from other hotel collections out there such as Marriott's Autograph Collection and Hilton's Curio Collection. Here's a description on the Tribute website for interested guests:

This isn't about us. It's about you. You want more one-of-a-kind hotels in exciting locations, superior service and the SPG member benefits you love. Tribute Portfolio invites you to discover hotels as unique as you are. Stay Independent.

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W Amsterdam Opens Reservations, W Milan Delays Until 2017

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  Site Where: Spuistraat 175, Amsterdam, Milan, Netherlands, 1012 VN
April 14, 2015 at 8:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

W giveth, W taketh away...

Having ogled renderings of W Amsterdam a month ago, reservations for the 238-room hotel are now are finally live.

Opening date will be Monday, September 21, with a “Cozy Exchange” room (from 22 sq m / 237 sq ft) setting you back a clean €450 ($478) a night. Prepaying shaves just €10 ($12) off a night, which doesn’t really seem worth it for the flexibility you sacrifice. The “Exchange” reference we presume means the room is located in the 1903 Telephone Exchange building, as opposed to the former bank just across the street (go here for exterior shots of both).

From Cozy, the order is up to Wonderful and then Fabulous rooms, with Cool Corner, Studio, and Marvelous Suites before you get to Wow and Extreme Wow Suites – which we saw those renderings of. The Extreme Wow Suite gives 112 sq m (1,206 sq ft) of space and runs at €2,162 ($2,292) a night.

Actual photography of the rooms and suites is still to come, but we’re kind of surprised to read the intro text on the homepage of the hotel refer to the ability to “recharge with our W signature bed and a peek-a-boo shower”. Is that becoming an actual industry term now?

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St Regis Istanbul is Finally Open, Taking You Back to the 1920s

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  Site Where: Mim Kemal Oke Cad No 35, Nisantasi Sisli, Istanbul, Turkey, 3436
March 26, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

It’s always the way. You wait for one jaw-dropping hotel to open in Istanbul, and then two come along at one.

Hot on the heels of Soho House, which opened the week before last, comes the St Regis, which has finally opened (if not with all its rooms) this month in the swanky Nisantasi neighborhood.

One new announcement – as well as the Brasserie restaurant we were expecting, there’s also a Spago – yes, a Wolfgang Puck Spago.

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Starwood Says the 'Suite Life' Can Be Yours and at a Discount

March 26, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

For those looking to kickoff the spring season in style look no further than Starwood, as once again it’s time for their annual Suite Week promotion over in New York City. The fun started earlier this week and runs through April 7, as room packages, discounts, and other goodies call all be yours—and at a discount.

Offers include a 30% discount on rates, complimentary WiFi, early check-in and late check-out, and plenty of other goodies depending on the property. Of course getting away now would be great, but even if you book now during the promotion you can enjoy the fun later—through March 24, 2016.

Many of the Starwood properties in New York City are getting in on the fun, so think of spots like W New York locations from Union Square to Downtown, plenty of Westin prosperities, and even The St. Regis New York—complete with that new Bentley fleet. Even properties in Hoboken and Jersey City are getting in on the fun as well.

In addition to the discount on rates those visiting the W New York can score a 30% discount on all Bliss Spa services, a Bliss welcome gift, two complimentary signature cocktails, complimentary breakfast for two, and even free parking. Other properties are offering up things like welcome drinks, discounted tickets, and free breakfasts for two.

So there you go—looking for a suite and some savings in NYC? Give a click over to your favorite Starwood property, and enter those credit card digits.

[Photo: W New York | Facebook]

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Starwood and Hilton to Square Off in Lake Como

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  Site Where: Via Per Cernobbio 41A, Lake Como, Italy, 22100
March 24, 2015 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sheraton room

Lake Como is so hot right now, and we don’t even have George Clooney to blame. Right in time for an overnight break from Milan’s Expo (an easy hour away), Starwood is hitting the lake this week with a Sheraton, while Hilton has announced plans for a hotel, too.

The Sheraton Lake Como is taking over the Grand Hotel di Como, a four-star hotel located between the lakeside towns of Como and Cernobbio, with 112 rooms, 4 suites and a ridiculously futuristic meetings space. The website mentions a “complete refurbishment” of the property, and indeed it looks pretty nice - the simple rooms may be nothing to write home about but the floor-to-ceiling windows, with views of the surrounding mountains, certainly are. There’s a pool, out in the garden, which should be lovely come summer, and there are three restaurants and two bars to choose from, too.

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Starwood's Ryokan in Kyoto Will Have Wooden Outdoor Bathtubs

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  Site Where: 12-1 Susukino-baba-cho, Kyoto, Japan
March 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

When earlier this year we first looked at Starwood’s foray into Kyoto, there was no website for Suiran, part of its Luxury Collection, despite a projected March opening.

At least that has now changed, and with a website come a few more renderings and the ability to make reservations from March 31 (opening is listed for March 23, though). That takes us right into the heart of sakura season, and the rates are… high. A Superior Room starts at JPY72,000; though with the weaker yen that now translates to about $600 rather than the $720 you’d previously be looking at.

If you want the additional experience of this lovely outdoor deck / garden with wooden bathtub, you’ll have to stump for a Deluxe Room, which will ring up another JPY10,000 ($82). A look at the interior of a room below.

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We Can See You! Creeping on Venice's Newest Hotels

Where: Venice, Italy
March 18, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Excitement is building for this year’s two big openings in Venice: the JW Marriott, which opens this month, and the St Regis, reopening after a €25 million refurb in April.

So when we were in town last week, we couldn’t help popping over to get a peek of both of them from the rooftop bar at the Hilton Molino Stucky.

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This is What The Royal Palm in Miami Has Turned Into...

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  Site Where: 1545 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
March 10, 2015 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (3)

Moving out.

Yesterday was the official last day of existence for the James Royal Palm Hotel in Miami.

Today, the property is reborn as...wait for it...The Royal Palm Miami South Beach, a Luxury Collection Hotel from Starwood.

Not much else has changed at the property except for its logo which is quite cute. Rates for this weekend for a superior king bed start at $546 a night (plus a $25 resort fee.) FWIW, it's an SPG Category 6 hotel, which means it will take between 20,000 and 25,000 Starpoints to stay here for free night.

So we guess that's that. Or is it?

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Aloft is Preparing for a British Invasion

March 9, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

ALoft Liverpool

The UK’s second (and third, and thereafter) cities don’t often get much of a look in when it comes to attracting Americans – whether visitors or investors. But all that might be about to change with the news that Aloft is preparing quite an aggressive British invasion.

According to C&IT, in this article which was sent to us by one of our wonderful readers, Starwood plans to sign off on three UK Alofts this year: Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Does the Danieli Have the Strongest WiFi Signal in Venice?

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  Site Where: Castello 4196, Venice, Italy, 30122
March 9, 2015 at 8:59 AM | by | Comment (1)

WiFi options from a ferry 10 minutes away from St Mark's Square

Fast, free WiFi is, in our opinion, a basic hotel right. Mobile WiFi? That’s an amazing added extra. WiFi that’s so strong the signal stretches across the city? Monsieur, now you are really spoiling us.

So hats off to the Danieli in Venice, whose WiFi signal is so astonishingly strong that we were picking it up all over Venice last week.

* Out around the Biennale/Arsenale, coming in on the ferry from the airport (about a 20-minute walk from the Danieli);

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Your First Look Inside W Amsterdam, Opening September

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  Site Where: Spuistraat 175, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1012 VN
March 9, 2015 at 8:39 AM | by | Comments (6)

It’s rendering time! Having semi-stalked W Amsterdam for well over a year now, with our latest look at the hotel just behind Dam Square showing discreet signage in place, the moment is here: an impression of what will be inside the 238-room hotel.

Take a gander at what is labelled as a Wow Suite above. There’s a lot to look at, but we're digging the 70s Amsterdam vibe, with the corner fireplace, the carpet, the dual-faced sofa, and the yellow / white / grey / black in the modular bookcase. Then there is the circular bed, with what looks like a sheer curtain that can be drawn around it. We’re not sure if that’s actually a balcony or just a ledge for the plants, but given what we’ve seen of the two buildings, we doubt there would be the kind of rooftop views the rendering would suggest. Keep reading for so. Much. More.

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