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Aloft South Beach is Almost There...Maybe

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  Site Where: 2360 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
June 9, 2015 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've been waiting a long time for The Aloft South Beach but it's really, truly, almost ready to open. Maybe.

Just a week ago, we had the opening (skeptically) pegged for June 4 but that has been pushed back again to Thursday, June 11. However, people seem to think it will really open this time so we'll see.

We snapped a few pictures of the hotel construction on Sunday. Indeed most of the hotel does look finished, even the pool deck but the entrance, which is being rehabbed from its life as the Motel Arkana, still needs a bit of work.

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12 New Hotels for Amsterdam

June 4, 2015 at 8:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

Even on our Master List of Hotel Openings we highlighted Amsterdam as enjoying a bit of a renaissance – and so much has happened since then. Last year, Waldorf Astoria was the talk of the town, which followed the likes of Andaz and the Conservatorium. But in 2015, and the next few years, the Dutch capital is picking up steam, adding a range of interesting hotels. Tallying them up quickly took us to 12, and there will be more:

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Here's Another Way to Get 'Free' Premium Internet at Starwood Hotels

June 3, 2015 at 5:14 PM | by | Comment (1)

Earlier this year, Starwood Hotels freed the WiFi for all members of its loyalty program, Starwood Preferred Guest, so long as they booked directly through Starwood. However, that was just for basic internet usage.

Premium internet--which is fast enough for streaming services and heavy-duty uploading/downloading--still comes at a cost, unless you're a Gold or Platinum member.

But now there's another way to get it "free"--by signing up for the SPG American Express card. Automatically being a cardholder will get you that premium in-room internet you want. The benefit doesn't kick in until August 11 so you have some time to get your application in. The card will also free customers from foreign transaction fees as well as give them complimentary unlimited Boingo WiFi hotspot access. Which means you shall never pay for internet while traveling again.

Using the SPG Amex will also earn you more Starpoints during your stay at participating SPG Hotels as well as 1 Starpoint for all other purchases. And once you've spent $30,000 on "eligible" purchases on the card, you'll be automatically upgraded to SPG Gold status.

However, the catch is that that the annual fee for the card is set to go up to $95 on August 11 (previously it was $65.) Your first year of card membership is free, but after that you'll pay $95 annually.

[Photo: W Hotels]

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The Latest Hot Hotel Accessory for Miami? A 'Sun Concierge'

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  Site Where: 1545 Collins Ave [map], Miami, FL, United States, 33139
June 2, 2015 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

The best things in life, as mother always said, are free – especially when we’re talking stuff that actually costs money, not some crappy homemade cake.

The Royal Palm South Beach Miami is the first hotel under Starwood’s new Tribute Portfolio umbrella, but we’re less about the branding and more about the free s*&t that they’re providing for the beach.

The hotel is on Collins ‘direct access to the ocean’ Avenue, and guests get a fair bit more than a beach lounger (the chic orange ones pictured above). Each guest gets a Beach Box which contains water, fresh fruit and hand sanitizer. The selection (presumably of fruit, not sanitizing wipes) changes each day, and family boxes are available on request.

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Starwood Introduces a 10-Point Guide for Fixing Sheraton Hotels

June 1, 2015 at 11:50 AM | by | Comment (1)

The Sheraton Suites in Kansas City

It's the first of 'tha month. But it's also the first big day of the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference where all the big hotel companies make their game-changing announcements for the year. And kicking it off is Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide who have grand plans for the outdated-but-popular-in-China-and-with-boomers Sheraton Hotels brand.

Sheraton 2020 is an aggressive five-year plan for Sheraton which involves hitting major milestones such as-- opening 150 new hotels by 2020; a whopping $100 million marketing campaign set to launch in September; the launch of a new premier tier--Sheraton Grand; "continuous innovation of the Sheraton guest experience"; a "maniacal" focus on service excellence; and, for the owners and developers, some new revenue and profit-driving initiatives.

Here's the official statement from Adam Aron, Starwood's interim CEO.

“Sheraton is Starwood’s largest, and most global brand, with a nearly 80-year history as a pioneer and true beacon of hospitality around the world,” said Adam Aron, Starwood CEO on an interim basis. “With Sheraton 2020, we are marshalling the formidable might, muscle and creativity of our organization, which has famously distinguished itself as the industry’s premier brand builder and innovator. This is a top priority, and we will act boldly to put Sheraton back on its rightful pedestal as a global hotel brand of choice, everywhere.”

Whoa. Anyone else getting some serious "Braveheart" vibes here?

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10 New Hotels for Bali

Where: Bali, Indonesia
May 27, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (3)

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.

Oh, Bali. Perennially popular you may have been indeed, but Julia Roberts cycling magically sweat-free through rice paddies must have really kicked it up a notch. Overcrowding be damned, the list of hotels we can think of that will come to your shores in the next five years (all to “unspoiled” and “pristine” corners, of course) easily runs up to the fingers on both our hands (and that’s with a bit of doubling up as you’ll find out). Here are ten hotels coming to the Island of the Gods:

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5 New and Renewed Milan Hotels to Go on Your Radar Right Now

Where: Milan, Italy
May 26, 2015 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Excelsior Hotel Gallia,now reopened

To say Milan is having a moment right now would an understatement of leviathan proportions. And let’s thank boring trade show Expo for all the lovely hotels it’s showering us in.

We’ve covered plenty of 2015 openings as they happened (scroll through here), but there are still some to come, and a couple that have quietly unlocked those doors since we checked in a few weeks ago. Here are the ones to watch:

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Starwood Just Sold the Gritti Palace, But Don't Panic Just Yet

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  Site Where: Campo Santa Maria del Giglio 2467, Venice, Italy, 30124
May 13, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

#Thatmomentwhen one of the most famous hotels in Europe gets sold and you start panicking that it’s the end of an era until you realize that everything’s going to be just fine and it’s just the owners, not the management, that are swapping keys.

That panic was all over us earlier this morning when saw a press release with the words “Gritti Palace” and “closing” in the headline. Could one of Starwood’s two flagship properties in Venice really be leaving the Luxury Collection?

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St. Regis Takes Over From Kempinski at Hotel Nikolskaya in Moscow

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  Site Where: 12 Nikolskaya, Moscow, Russian Federation
May 12, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

We’ve mostly had our eye on St. Regis over in Istanbul (opened at the end of March), but here they are with another addition: St. Regis Hotel Nikolskaya in Moscow.

The first St. Regis in Russia, its arrival has come a little suddenly, which is easily explained by its previous life as a Kempinski hotel. Dating back to 1870, when it was built as the home of Count Orlov-Davydov, the hotel now has 210 rooms and suites with “belle époque interiors”, which includes the Royal Suite above. It’s… a lot. We’re not so sure about the grey/green and cognac leather combo, but mostly the sofa on the left hurts our eyes a little – not the only questionable sofa, it turns out.

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St. Regis Bora Bora Bringing the WiFi to One and All

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  Site Where: Motu Ome'e BP 506, Bora Bora, French Polynesia, 98730
May 5, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Spending time not paying attention to your significant other just got that much better in paradise, as The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort has flipped the switch for complimentary WiFi all across the resort. Of course we’re kidding, no one would ever take a Facebook or Instagram break while on their honeymoon; however, if an exception ever arose this hotel has you covered—ha!

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HNB: Ritz-Carlton Drops Phoenix and Starwood is for Sale, as are Schrager's Tales

April 30, 2015 at 3:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

So much hotel news, so little time – here are a few snippets to keep you up to date with the latest news from around the world!>

· RITZ-CARLTON PHOENIX TO BECOME AN AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION HOTEL: There's one less Ritz-y place to stay in Phoenix as the Ritz-Carlton there will be rebranded into an Autograph Collection Hotel, run by Destination Hotels. Per this press release, the property will close in July and will reopen in early 2016 as an Autograph Collection hotel. Perhaps they took note of this commenter's observation on our OpenThread in October:

However, the Ritz Phoenix is startlingly dilapidated and dated. I'm surprised it still meets the chain's standards. The lobby is pleasant enough but the rooms and especially bathrooms are ancient and unpleasant.

So far, there's no message on the Ritz site about the closure and we were able to make reservations for July online so the exact closing date doesn't seem to be so set in stone. We're sure that will change soon though.

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Hilton Puts Its Name on Bankside London Hotel, Westin Will Come Just Across the River

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  Site Where: Great Suffolk Street, London, United Kingdom
April 28, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comment (1)

It’s maybe not quite six months since we last looked at the Hilton Bankside, but it’s worth checking in on the hotel now rather than wait for our usual twice-a-year update on the long-running project. Why? Because not only does less scaffolding give us a better view of the hotel’s exterior, we also have proof that this indeed will be a Hilton: the logo is right there. What’s more, it seems Starwood is preparing to attach its Westin logo to a project nearby. Read on for details.

If you need a little refresh on the Hilton and why you should care, here we go: yes, it is one in a long list of Hiltons London has, but we have our eye on it for the “new brand design” it will supposedly showcase, which based on renderings we saw looks very interesting. There will be a leisure club with pool, and location is just a block or so behind Tate Modern and the Thames. Despite the logo being up, there is still no sign of the hotel on Hilton’s website; let’s assume that cannot be far off.

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