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UPDATE: We initially had this Thompson property (the old Sutton Place hotel) confused with the hotel planned for the old Chicago Athletic building. Thanks to commenter hapmonk for pointing out our mistake.
Last we checked on the status of Thompson Chicago was back in December but six months later, there's not much to add.
Right now, the hotel's website is saying this:
Located in the heart of Chicago’s affluent Gold Coast, Thompson Chicago will represent the sophisticated luxury that the Thompson brand is known for. Positioned just steps from Michigan Avenue, boutiques on Oak Street, and downtown dining and nightlife destinations, the 246-room hotel will offer unparalleled views of Lake Michigan. Featuring bold interior architecture with rich accents by acclaimed British designer Tara Bernerd, the Thompson Chicago will also feature a new signature restaurant by One Off Hospitality.
In short, it will be very Thompson-y.
Initially, we had heard this hotel would open in December but now the website is just saying, "2013." What could this ever mean? We won't hold our breath but god, we hope it's sooner rather than later. And who knows? Maybe Thompson is also working on some killer WiFi network that's fast and reliable and totally free! Ok, that's asking too much. Sigh.
A tipster emailed us to say that Rodman was also asked to leave Thompson LES Hotel on Sunday morning after being on the property for less than 24 hours. A guest of the hotel during that time had this to say about their up close encounter with the former NBA bad boy (who, btw, has a new children's book out):
We came down to the bar after putting our luggage away, and arrived at the bar on the second floor. We were greeted by the obnoxious Dennis Rodman who was inappropriately speaking to my wife and making us feel so uncomfortable that we left. We went out to dinner and arrived back to the hotel and tried to have drinks again.
Once again Mr. Rodman was being inappropriate trying to sit on my lap and screaming and clapping while gesturing to my wife. Mr. Rodman was with a group of people who did nothing but stand there and make sure we did not say anything to him. He was rude VULGAR and extremely inappropriate telling my wife unacceptable things that we proceeded to leave the second floor bar and go to bed..."
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Los Angeles may be glitz and glam but it's also energy, wellness and all things "New Age". And when it comes to hotels, these two concepts merge. Seriously! According to Aiden Chase, a notable psychic and healer, LA has special "centers" whether vortexes or energy fields like Stonehenge, the Pyramids, Hawaii and Sedona. It's a powerful place, y'all, and no one knows best like Chase, who People magazine touts as "Hollywood's Healer."
"There's an energy field in the land here that supports wishes and dreams," says Chase. "LA’s natural “good vibe” energy from the Hollywood hills to the ocean has supported the fulfillment of people's dreams from the actor to the entrepreneur for over 100 years." So where does the highbrow and spiritual merge? Believe it or not, at some of the finest of luxury hotels. "The energy is great at many of the top hotels because they are maintained with loving care, with an intention for good energy, success and well-being and honor of each property’s history."
Here's Chase's list of hotels with the best energy in Los Angeles and surrounding areas.
Beverly Hills may conjure old-school glamour and a dash of Julia Roberts but Thompson Beverly Hills has proven its staying power since opening five years ago. It just goes to show being hip has its benefits.
And while there's nothing wrong with the hotel (buzzing rooftop pool, sleek and chic rooms with balconies, REN bathroom amenities, etc), it is going through some major changes, and we like-y!
See what's in store after the jump.
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We talk so much about New York and Chicago restaurants, that we may have neglected LA a bit. While we were chatting up chefs at Atlantic City’s Savor Borgata event just before Thanksgiving, we also ran into chef Stephen Kalt who heads up the delectable Fornelletto.
He told us that he was resurrecting a restaurant called Caulfield's Bar and Dining Room at the Thompson Hotel in Beverly Hills, which would replace the Bond Street eatery.
The Le Cirque vet has designed a Mediterranean menu fit for discriminating Angelenos, with homemade charcuterie, a variety of grilled pizzettes and pastas, and a laundry list of inventive main dishes.
Noted accessories designer Rebecca Minkoff's released her holiday card via YouTube today. The whimsical video was shot at Thompson Hotel’s Gild Hall where Minkoff and her team decorated the Thompson Suite so they could perform a rendition of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (which we totally adore from Love, Actually).
Minkoff and a group of her friends, which included models Hilary Rhoda and Michele Ouellet, actress Odette Annable, Leandra Medine (Man Repeller), fashion blogger Bryan Boy, DJ Cassidy and Teen Vogue’s Andrew Bevan, all starred in the video, as well as Minkoff's baby son, Luca. There was even a shout out to Hanukkah so no one would feel left out.
Minkoff's first video, “Call Me Maybe,” was shot at 60 Thompson earlier this year.
[Photo: HotelChatter/Video: YouTube]
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Also designed by Tara Bernerd, The Belgraves, London (pictured here), offers clues about the style to expect at the new Thompson Chicago
Back in February when we first shared details that Thompson was taking over the lackluster Chicago hotel, we were a bit stoked. One look at the Thompson Hotels collection and a peek last summer at the LollaShop pop-up rooms, things were looking way up for a hotel that needed a pick me up in a big bad way.
An insider shared that the reno will be massive--right down to the studs--with new rooms available by August 2013 and a new restaurant by December. We were also told that expecting something fashionable, modern and edgy like 60 Thompson NYC would not be far off the mark. Normally we’d call bullsh*t right there, but we know a few things about the new Thompson Chicago that might make this a real possibility:
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We don’t know anyone not mildly obsessed with food trucks, so this bit of news made us grin with greedy pleasure. Thompson Hotels’ New York properties have a dedicated Food Truck Concierge!
Just let that one sink in for a sec...OK? You ready?
Here’s the deal, this person’s job is to help guests find their favorite food truck without the agony and wails of “For the love of Lucifer, where is the Grilled Cheese Truck today?” Because we’ve all been there, in whatever city that has these culinary mobile kingdoms. We can never find them, we’re Tweeting like a mofo looking for their location, or dammit Jim, we just missed ‘em.
That’s why we think the Thompson Food Truck Concierge is flaming genius. Let's explain the concept.
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Hip hop star Azealia Banks—whose hit song "212" went viral in early 2012—took a moment on Twitter yesterday to proclaim the wonders of sitting in hotel rooms eating fried chicken and watching BBC documentaries. Which we can totally identify with.
So for her sake (and partly our own), we decided to put together a handy Top 5 list of US hotels that serve awesome fried chicken, to be enjoyed either in-room or at the restaurant. As for the BBC docs? Less of a concern.
#5. Revel in Atlantic City made a big splash at the start of the summer by opening with a Beyonce concert. Well, we got to take a look around the hotel last month, and particularly enjoyed the fried chicken with garlic mashed potatoes ($23) we sampled at Central Michel Richard. Who needs taco trucks anyway?
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"Room 100," a lifestyle blog by Thompson Hotels just won an award. Why should you care? Well, there are a growing number of these artsy e-narratives, which attempt to embody the specific culture of their respective hotels—and which are essentially modern versions of the outdated hotel magazine.
We've covered a few of 'em in the past. But seeing how they're all going off and winning awards, we figured now would be a good time to recap and re-examine few of our favorites, starting with...
GANSEVOORT: Just like at the hotels themselves, the Gansevoort Hotel Blog (a Tumblr, in case you were wondering) is all about image, with the blog's homepage a pastiche of pretty looking vignettes—a ballroom, a Porsche, and the odd Gansevoort event promo—lifted from various places around the internet. It won't tell you anything about the hotel, but it'll give you something to talk about when you get there.
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We clearly need to be more obscure with our Guess The Hotel hints: it only took an hour for the hotel to be named, and all four comments got it right! The hotel we were hinting at was Thompson’s Gild Hall on Gold Street all the way down in Manhattan's Financial District.
Our first Quikbook Secret Sale
We ended up at Gild Hall following our first experience with Quikbook and its Secret Sale, scoring a room for $159/night, excluding taxes. A fantastic rate for New York, but the caveat is that the name of a Secret Sale hotel is not revealed until after you've made a reservation, and rates are non-changeable and non-refundable.
Following a bit of research to determine as best we could which hotel we were going to end up with, and being fairly confident we were going to need a place to stay, we took the plunge and booked. Just a few hours later, the confirmation arrived in our inbox: Gild Hall it was indeed. Given the prices we were coming across everywhere else, we were pretty psyched with this deal.
Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)
· Off Season in a Suite in Anguilla: If you've been dreaming about a Caribbean getaway all year but have been waiting for the off-season rate drop, now is the time to book at the Cusinart Golf Resort & Spa in Anguilla. Luxury suites are now going for $270 a night, down from $450. That includes full daily breakfast, free Wifi and an airport or ferry meet & greet. The deal is good for travel from now through September 3rd, so hurry, time is running out. To book, go to www.cuisinartresort.com or call 1-800-943-3210.
· Flash Sale for Gaylord Hotels is Extended: A flash sale for the not-so-flashy Gaylord Hotels has been extended until this Sunday, August 11, at 11:59pm CST. The sale is promising rates starting at $129 at all four of the Gaylord Hotels--Opryland, Palms, Texan and National--but rooms are going fast. That said, we were able to find rooms for Labor Day Weekend at the Gaylord Opryland hotel for just $129 a night.
· Mope Around Ojai like R-Patz at the Capri Hotel: Robert Pattinson has been hiding out from "trampire" Kristen Stewart in Ojai, Calif. on Reese Witherspoon's ranch no less. He's also been spotted around town drowning his sorrows in drinks at a local saloon. If you're keen to catch him while on the rebound or are in need of a break-up vacation, the Capri Hotel has rooms for just $89 a night on Living Social Escapes.
That includes a one-night stay for two in a balcony or patio room from Sundays-Thursdays, a bottle of wine and the option to combine vouchers to stay two nights. If you want to stay on a weekend, the rates jump to $102 a night. Alas, the deal is good only for stays starting October 1. R-Patz and K-Stew might totally be back together by then.