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Plans Resurface, Again, for a Titanic-Themed Hotel on The Site Where The Ship Was Built

Where: Belfast, Ireland
February 24, 2015 at 11:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

Here we go again. When we reported in 2009 of plans to convert the shipyard where the ill-fated Titanic was built into a themed hotel, we weren’t sure we liked the idea. We're still not sure, but we’re keeping an open mind as we follow the latest hotel’s progress until it actually, finally opens. No date on that yet.

With a little help from a £4.9 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the 4-star, 84-bed hotel will occupy the headquarters of Harland and Wolff, one of the largest shipbuilders of the 20th century. Many a cruise ship in addition to the RMS Titanic were built here as well as some pretty serious navy warships.

What makes the hotel seem more plausible this time around may be the fairly new next door neighbor. The uber-angular Titanic Belfast museum, which opened in 2012, overlooks the historic shipyard buildings and what will be the front side of the hotel. The hotel will have a new steel and glass entrance, illustrated in the top rendering.

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It's Still Winter in Vermont But You Should Book This Treehouse for Summer Now

February 12, 2015 at 4:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

The best part of adulthood is getting to do all the things you weren’t allowed to do as a kid. Want to eat pizza for a week? Go for it. Spend the weekend dancing to loud music in your underwear? No one’s going to tell you no.

Except, maybe, a boss — or a mortified spouse. Other than that, though, it’s all you.

And if dad never built you a tree house, here’s your chance to spend the night in your very own. Behold Moose Meadow Lodge, a “luxury log home bed & breakfast” in Waterbury, Vermont, which is smack in the middle of the Green Mountains. (It’s also home to Green Mountain Coffee, if you’re a java junkie.)

The 86-acre property offers easy access to hiking, rock climbing and, this time of year, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. (They’ll loan you the shoes.) And the main lodge puts a refined spin on rustic living, filled with woodsy bric-a-brac like deer antler lamps. Why? Because Vermont, that’s why.

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Timing is Everything at The Watch-Inspired Hotel L'Orologio Venice

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  Site Where: Sestiere San Palo, Riva de L Ogio 1777, 30125 Venezia, Italy
January 27, 2015 at 4:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Remember when a stranger stopped you on the street and asked you the time, and you looked at your wristwatch? Now, we are more likely to look at our smartphones or tablets but at least we can revisit the watch as art at a new boutique hotel in Italy. Hotel L'Orologio Venice, aka Hotel L’O, celebrates the art of fine watchmaking.

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To Infinity (Er, China) And Beyond: Toy Story Hotel Coming To Shanghai in 2015

Where: Shanghai, China
November 24, 2014 at 9:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Millennials have dominated the hotel scene for at least a year, now. Will the trend burn out soon? Who knows? But in the meantime, one lot of savvy hoteliers is going for the next generation – enter the Toy Story Hotel, due to open in Shanghai next year.

Who is this company thinking of the kids? It’s Disney, natch – the hotel will form part of the Shanghai Disney Resort (Disney’s sixth on the globe). This is Toy Story full immersion: the exterior will be done up to resemble the clouds-n-sky wallpaper of Andy’s bedroom, and there will be a gigantic Pixar ball at the porte cochere.

Toy Story Hotel will have 800 rooms, and, according to Disney, will “immerse guests in a world inspired by the toys from the Disney Pixar series of Toy Story animated films”. Which could be a little creepy.

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Why Porto's Hotel da Música is Playing Our Tune

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  Site Where: Mercado do Bom Sucesso, Porto, Portugal
November 6, 2014 at 2:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've seen all sorts of themed hotels over the years. Space, celebrity, wine, hell... even dinosaur. Lord knows they can be hit or miss, but despite that uncertainty, we always find them really difficult to pass up. One thing is for sure: They are guaranteed to be loaded with personality.

The hotel industry is no stranger to its rock and roll music themes, but Porto's Hotel da Música goes a little different direction by taking a classical angle on its theme. Instead of bright, bold colors and loud artwork, a polished, clean interior evokes feelings of a symphony rather than a rock show. It has 85 rooms, their modern look nicely contrasted by walls donning musical scores from famous composers.

This subtle approach continues throughout the entire hotel, but once you start paying attention, you realize there's no absence of character. The violins behind the front desk and the cello in the common area can't be ignored, but don't miss the music-stand menu holders and the vinyl record coasters at the lobby bar.

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Ferrari Gears Up For Its First Hotel, Coming in 2016, and Yeah, It's Red

Where: Barcelona, Spain
April 8, 2014 at 1:41 PM | by | Comment (1)

What you're looking at right now is the in-your-face rendering for the Ferrari Hotel. Ferrari, as in Ferrari, the car. And yes, this is for real.

Ferrari is planning their second Ferrari World theme park in Barcelona at the Port Aventura Resort (The first theme park is in Abu Dhabi.) When completed in 2016, it will be Europe’s first Ferrari theme park and Ferrari’s first luxury hotel.

Without much to go on about the details of the hotel, other than this picture, here’s what we do know so far:

The building’s shape is supposedly to resemble the front wing of their Formula 1 car. (Apologies to F1 fans if we've got this wrong.) The red exterior will be no ordinary red--it will be Ferrari "red", just as the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Italy, reflects the recognizable Ferrari "yellow."

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Funky Friday: Camping Out Urban Style at Hutten Palast, Berlin

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  Site Where: Hobrechtstrasse 65/66, Berlin - Neukolln, 12047
March 28, 2014 at 4:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

For all the die-hard campers out there, there is finally a hotel designed just for you, only it's in uber-urban Berlin. As funky as this may sound, Hutten Palast is a different concept that's cleverly delivered, and it's a pretty good deal too at less than $100 per night. For these reasons and more, we think it's well earned a place in Funky Friday.

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Liverpool Will Soon Have Not One, But Two Titanic Hotels

Where: The Strand [map], Liverpool, Merseyside, United States
October 29, 2013 at 9:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

When a floating Titanic-themed three-bedroom hotel opened in Liverpool earlier this year, people complained that the idea was in poor taste. With that misstep still fresh in Liverpudlian minds, Signature Living had better tread carefully in their new project to develop the old White Star Line headquarters into a hotel.

Albion House, the 19th-century building that was the home of the White Star Line in 1912 when the shipping line's Titanic sank, has stood empty for decades but was recently acquired by the development company. Signature Living began work this month and (optimistically) hope to have the first part of the 350-room hotel and apartment building named The Titanic open by April.

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Denver Has a New Dinosaur-Themed Best Western

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  Site Where: 3440 South Vance Street [map], Denver, Colorado , United States, 80227
October 8, 2013 at 9:33 AM | by | Comment (1)

Most hotels spend lots of money to bring themselves out of the prehistoric era, but the Best Western Denver Southwest did just the opposite, throwing down $4 million to convert itself into a dinosaur-themed property.

The idea for the design came from nearby Dinosaur Ridge, an archaeological site 10 minutes from the hotel that houses the footprints of long-necked sauropods. The 112-room hotel is now all decked out with dinosaur paraphernalia, including skulls, fossil tables, classic dinosaur artwork and an on-site natural history museum dedicated to the prehistoric beasts.

The co-owners of the property said they hope the theme will draw some attention to the excavations that have taken place in the area and help bring tourists to see for themselves.

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Baseball's Glory Days Live On in the Belleclaire's Babe Ruth Suite

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  Site Where: 250 West 77th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10024
October 7, 2013 at 12:40 PM | by | Comment (1)

With New York's baseball season over and A-Rod suing Major League Baseball, now might be a good time to remind ourselves of happier times in New York baseball history; and we can indulge our nostalgia for those better days by staying in Hotel Belleclaire's recently unveiled Babe Ruth Suite.

The 110-year-old (and newly revamped) hotel was frequently visited by the legendary baseball player in its early years and the new suite evokes its heyday when the hotel was one of the hottest addresses in town and also welcomed the likes of Mark Twain and Maxim Gorky.

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DoubleTree Opens a New Cinema-Themed Hotel in Łódź

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  Site Where: 29 Lakowa Street, Łódź , Poland, 90-554
July 30, 2013 at 1:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Poland's third city, Łódź (it's pronounced "woodge") may lack the charm of Krakow and energy of Warsaw, but it is at the heart of the Polish art scene.

Łódź's famous National Film School counts three Oscar winners amongst its alumni (Roman Polanski, Andrzej Wajda, and Zbingniew Rybczyński) so it is fitting that DoubleTree has given its new Łódź property a cinema theme and located it on the site of Łódź Film Studio.

"Hilton Worldwide has a long history of association with the film industry and DoubleTree by Hilton Łódź builds on this heritage in an important European market" said Simon Vincent, Hilton Worldwide's EMEA president.

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Sleep In Recycled Concrete Tubes at Mexico’s Tubohotel

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  Site Where: Tlacaltipac Glorieta Km 17 S/N, San Sebastián, Tepoztlan, Mexico, 62520
February 6, 2013 at 1:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve shown you where to spend the night in a beer barrel (that’s Germany), and for today’s quirky hotel concept we’re heading to Mexico, where in the village of Tepoztlan, 45 minutes south of Mexico City, the hotel rooms in question are stacked – and recycled – concrete tubes.

Tubo-social, Tubo-cool, Tubo-hotel! – exclaims Tubohotel's website.

So what’s it all about, Alfie?

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