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East to Head South to Miami Beach in 2015

April 21, 2014 at 8:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

A year ago, we learned the excellent news that Swire Hotels' East Hotels brand would be opening in Miami. Today, we've now got a look at what the hotel will look like thanks to the South Florida Business Journal.

The 263-room hotel will open in Fall 2015 in the Brickell City Centre Project, a mixed-used development in Miami's Brickell neighborhood. Designed by Miami-based Arquitectonica, (who are also doing the Hyde Hotel in Midtown Miami), the East Miami will have two restaurants, a poolside bar and lounge, a rooftop bar, fitness center, and a banquet hall along with 89 serviced apartments known as East Residences.

Sadly, there aren't any room photos but if the hotel looks anything like the East Hotel in Hong Kong, we'll be very happy.

[Rendering via SoFla Biz Journal]

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Upper, Opposite, Temple – A New House From Swire Hotels

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  Site Where: Chengdu, China
July 8, 2013 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

Two of our favorite hotels in China, The Upper House in Hong Kong and The Opposite House in Beijing, are getting a sibling late next year, with parent group Swire Hotels announcing The Temple House Chengdu. Chengdu is the capital of the Sichuan province, situated pretty much in the middle of China, and one of the most important economic centers of the country.

Scheduled to open towards the end of 2014, the hotel will have 100 rooms and 42 serviced apartments, forming part of a conservation project surrounding the thousand-year-old Daci Temple in the heart of the city. The hotel itself will mix the old and the new, with the entrance in a restored Chinese courtyard building from the Qing Dynasty, and combining traditional Chengdu architectural elements.

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East Hotels, Asia's Hip Business Traveler Brand, Is Coming to Miami

June 4, 2013 at 8:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday we heard the news that Marriott would be importing its European-based AC Hotels by Marriott brand into the U.S. Today, we've got news of another popular international brand now making its way stateside--East Hotels.

East is actually a very small brand within theSwire Hotels portfolio with just two properties--one in Hong Kong, the other in Beijing. We didn't even know the U.S. was an option for future East Hotels but we're glad it's starting.

According to the Miami Herald, the 236-room East, Miami will open inside the mixed-use at Brickell CityCentre complex at South 8th Street and Brickell Avenue. (The property is being developed by Swire Properties, so it makes sense that a Swire Hotels affiliate would operate the hotel portion.) The East, Miami will also have 89 serviced apartments, two restaurants, meeting space and a rooftop bar. And don't forget, free WiFi.

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A Second EAST Hotel Opens in the East...Beijing to Be Precise

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  Site Where: 22 Jiuxianqiao Road, Beijing, China
September 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's hard to believe it, but one of the hotels we named in our "Favorite Hotel Beds Ever" list only had one location...up until this week. That's right—the EAST Hotel in Hong Kong now has a sister property in Beijing, China.

The 369 guest rooms (including 23 suites with executive lounge access) of the EAST Beijingdebut with a special opening rate starting from 798 RMB ($126) per night, through December 31. This includes a location as the only hotel within the massive Indigo development in the Chaoyang area (a 15-min drive to the Central Business District), an iPod Touch and iHome in each room, Elemis amenities and free and fast WiFi throughout the entire hotel.

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What is This at The Opposite House in Beijing?

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  Site Where: 11 Sanlitun Road, Beijing, China
February 23, 2012 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

We like to keep it fun but informative here at HotelChatter so our newest series, What is This? is devoted to odd-looking items in hotel rooms that upon first glance look as if they serve only a decorative purpose. But everything happens for a reason, right? And we're here to tell you what these things really do.

If you're looking for a luxury boutique stay in Beijing, look no further than the Opposite House in the city's Chaoyang District and which is also attached to the upscale shopping mall, Sanlitun Village. (Remember when the Apple store in Beijing got bombarded before the new iPhone release? Yeah, that's right near the Opposite House.)

But once you get inside one of the cool and modern guestrooms designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, you might find yourself asking what is this white boxy thing in the bathroom?

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How to Make The Upper House Your House in Hong Kong

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  Site Where: 88 Queensway, Hong Kong, China
December 27, 2011 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

We love luxury hotels but we can't always afford to stay in them. Thankfully, hotels these days are way more than just rooms for paying hotel guests. Between visiting the lobbies, bars, restaurants, and spas inside these upper echelon hotels, it's practically as good as staying the night. Here's our latest installment of how to quench your champagne tastes on a Coca-Cola budget with a Hotel Day Trip.

You don't have to be a paying hotel guest to enjoy the swank luxury of The Upper House in Hong Kong which sits atop the J.W. Marriott at Pacific Place (There's no connection between the two hotels, just FYI.)

Here's how you can fake it and enjoy some of the best public hotel spaces Hong Kong has to offer while saving yourself about $515 a night:

1. Lay Out on The Lawn: Up on Level 6 (just after you ride escalators up to the elevator bank), there's a rooftop lounge with real grass, a rarity for Hong Kong. Here you can order coffee or cocktails, read the paper, flip through a magazine or check your email using the hotel's free WiFi. No room key necessary!

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For the Sake of Hotel Art: The Pink Dinosaur of the EAST Hotel Hong Kong

August 18, 2011 at 4:16 PM | by | Comment (1)

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 place—specifically the art on the walls or on the floor? We're 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: The East Hotel Hong Kong's dinosaurs by Sui Jianguo.

His teeth are bared, glistening and his foot, a menacing step forward. That's about as threatening as the dinosaur sculptures of the East Hotel get, however, considering that they're about 3-foot tall, plastic and in pop-bright colors like cotton candy pink. They stake out the corners of the hotel's top suites, a lighthearted feature in a room full of modern tech updates and clean design.

The artist, Jianguo, is extremely famous in China with the dinosaur series among his most recognized works. The focus—if you look closer and spot the proud "Made in China" on the dinosaur's belly—is on the consumer culture and industrial strength that flipped China into the world power it is today.

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Hotels for the Chinese New Year: Beijing's Opposite House

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  Site Where: No. 11 Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China, 100027
January 31, 2011 at 9:01 AM | by | Comment (1)

The Chinese New Year is on Thursday, and if you're heading to China for it, you know that like nothing will be operating properly and everyone will be celebrating. In other words, it's the perfect time for a little treat in the form of a couple nights away. For the next couple days, we'll be looking at some last-minute hotel for Chinese New Year:

Although they're all booked up for Friday night, the New Year itself and the weekend is still open at Beijing's Opposite House, starting from $300 per night. As with their sister hotel in Hong Kong—the Upper House—the Opposite House includes free WiFi, goodies in the minibar, and use of the room's tech goodies.

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Inside the EAST Hotel Hong Kong

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  Site Where: 29 Taikoo Shing Rd, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
January 19, 2011 at 5:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Take out the chip-embedded room key card and pass it over the entrance pad, and come inside Room 1503, an "Urban View" (code for standard) room at the EAST Hotel Hong Kong.

We stayed here for two nights on our most recent visit to Hong Kong, and frankly had no idea what to expect from this hotel, a sister of the far fancier Upper House, but branded a "business hotel" and situated further away from Central Hong Kong. If by business hotel they mean an under-the-radar hotel for totally modern, design- and tech-conscious businesspeople, then yes, it is a business hotel. Now let's go deeper inside...

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The Case of the Hotel Room Door with No Doorknob

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  Site Where: 29 Taikoo Shing Rd, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
January 18, 2011 at 4:50 PM | by | Comments (2)

WIth a hotel like the East, one of the newer additions to the Hong Kong hotel scene, you've just got to set yourself apart. Thus, they've adopted the tagline "A business hotel with a life." While it's true that the East, where we stayed for two nights, is ideal for the business traveler so long as they don't mind being 20 minutes from Central (but easily reachable on the subway), the hotel is also one we'd hugely recommend to those who appreciate modern technology and good design, because this hotel is bringing it in spades. Not to mention that it's a sister hotel of our recent crush, The Upper House.

For another thing, there's the doors to each guestroom. Where's the doorknob? There is none. Instead, your room key card is embedded with a chip that unlocks your door after touching it to the orange pad, just above the doorbell and below your room number. Then slightly apply pressure to the circle that sits where the doorknob would be, and you're in.

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Inside The Upper House Hong Kong: Jaw-Dropping from Every Angle

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  Site Where: Pacific Place 88 Queensway, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
January 13, 2011 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (3)

Who wants to see inside the 11-story Upper House Hotel that sits atop the J.W. Marriott in Hong Kong and is so exclusive, so luxurious and modern that there's no lobby, no check-in and no saying "no?"

Of course you do. We could only get a tour of one of the suites, as all of the rooms—even this one, later that day—were completely booked up. We're sure you'll get over the disappointment somehow. In fact, Hong Kong as a whole was booked up; it's a popular place during the cooler seasons, and by cooler we mean idyllic 60-75 degree days.

Hong Kong is awesome. You should go. Ahh—we digress, but no fooling; the Upper House does a fantastic job of being a destination within a hotspot destination. As much as we adore HK, if we were guests of Suite 4209, we doubt we'd make it outside much at all.

So let's go inside, shall we?

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For the Sake of Hotel Art: The Upper House Hong Kong's 'Rise'

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  Site Where: Pacific Place 88 Queensway, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
January 12, 2011 at 5:16 PM | by | Comment (1)

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 place—specifically the art on the walls or on the floor? We're 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: The The Upper House's atrium piece "Rise" by Hiroshiwata Sawada.

Why is Hong Kong's uber-luxe Upper House so named? For one, it sits on top of the J.W. Marriott, occupying the top 11 floors of the building and taking all the awesome views for itself. But really, the Upper House is "upper" because the process of entering it takes the guest on a journey from the hectic streets of the city up into a serene space, filled with 350 pieces of custom art. The largest piece is the one most easily missed, because it runs from the atrium up the wall to 10 stories above, at the oculus skylight and the bridge to the restaurant, Cafe Gray Deluxe.

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