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A few years ago, the planned Trump Hotel in Fort Lauderdale was still "blowing in the wind" without an operator and it continued that way until last month, when Conrad Hotels announced they would be taking over the property (in partnership with CFLB Partnership LLC) and renaming it the The Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Residences.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, the 290-roomproperty will be a condo-hotel with different residential layouts which will be rented to guests when the owners are not staying in them. Prices for the units will start at $450,000.
But since the building was left unoccupied for so long, it will now require some loving care to get it up to Conrad Hotels luxury standards. Word is the property will get about $34 million in enhancements that will also include a fitness center, a Conrad Spa, a swimming pool and an oceanfront restaurant. It will open in 2015. Better late than never at all.
Hat tip to Thackftl for the on-the-scene observation.
[Photo: Michael Graves Design]
We recently took a couple of days to check out what’s going on in the Toronto hotel scene and, diggin’ what Trump has been doing lately (their Trump Attaché service and Trump Wellness Program, for instance), here’s an insider’s guide on the treats to be found at Trump Toronto.
1. Glam ‘n glitz: No surprise that the design aesthetic is pure glam, and we had heard going in that “champagne and caviar” was the theme. We have to admit that we were more than a little skeptical; it sounded very “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous with Robin Leach.” But, you know, it works. Dramatic blacks and whites are softened by greys and purples. There’s lots of crystal thrown in for good measure and displays are voluptuous with flowers. Our favorite “caviar dream” piece is the pure black Louis XIV chairs found in STOCK Restaurant and Bar.
2. Trump-toiletries: They lean towards the masculine (consider where you are) in what we would describe as a woody citrus, but what was surprising was the bounty! In addition to the regulars—shampoo, conditioner, soap, shower gel and lotion—there was a salt scrub, bath salts and a body balm, all in easy-to-take-home sizes.
3. House-made chocolates: ’Nuff said.
4. Room reaction: They’re huuuge, some of the largest in T.O., and the one-bedroom suite we were in had a fireplace, wet bar, and two bathrooms. If we had some of The Donald’s cash, we’d redo our home to look this this. Have a look at the photo gallery for the full reveal!
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Yo. There is so much hotel news flying around this week--way more than usual--and in between checking out Vin Diesel's latest Facebook video and signing petitions to get Bieber deported, we just don't have enough time to focus on all the new hotels news. So here's a quick rundown to get you up to speed on the latest.
TRUMP HOTEL RIO DE JANEIRO: So our guess yesterday about Trump Hotels' latest announcement had to do with China but we were so wrong. The luxury hotel group is actually planning a 13-story, 171-guestroom hotel in the Jardim Oceanico sub-district of the famous Barra da Tijuca borough. It will open in 2016 just in time for the Summer Olympics. The Rockwell Group will be doing the interiors and the hotel will have a rooftop pool deck with private VIP cabanas, a nightclub, a spa, a fitness center and all the signature Trump services and amenities.
THOMPSON PLAYA DEL CARMEN: Commune Hotels + Resorts have announced a second Thompson Hotel for Mexico--Thompson Playa Del Carmen. The hotel will have 125 rooms and suites with a rooftop pool as well as a spa. It will be the only hotel in Playa to have a both a central 5th Avenue--a 2-mile-long shopping and entertainment pedestrian thoroughfare--and a beachfront location. It will open in 2015. The other Thompson in Mexico, Thompson Los Cabos, is currently under development.
ROSEWOOD SANYA: Rosewood Hotels and Resorts have announced yet another new property. Rosewood Sanya will open in 2017 in a new development in Haitang Bay in Southern Hainan Island. The resort will actually be integrated with the International Finance Forum convention center which will open in 2015. Designed by Chicago-based architectural firm, Goettsch, the Rosewood Sanya will have 229 ocean-facing guest rooms and suites, an infinity-edge "sky pool" (i.e. located way up high), a Sense spa and five restaurant options.
Keep reading below for even more hotel news.
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UPDATE: So not China.
Today, the Americas Lodging Investment Summit, or ALIS as it's called, kicks off in Los Angeles and it's where hotel operators, owners, investors and experts will be convening over the next two days to talk about, well, duh, the latest trends in the hospitality biz. (We're particularly interested in this session tomorrow: "DESIGNING HOTELS FOR THE MILLENNIAL GENERATION")
Big-time conferences like this are also prime opportunities for hotel brands to make some import ants announcements and we've already got word that Trump Hotels is one of them.
We hear the announcement will pertain to Trump's international operations and if we had to guess, we bet it's about China. Last year, Trump designated a VP of development of China and indeed, Ivanka Trump (#HCGirlCrush) posted something about a Beijing hotel and condo project on Facebook (check her schedule at around 3pm.)
Then again, Trump (represented by Donald Trump, Jr. who will break the news today) could have something totally off the radar to announce. Either way, we're excited. We're sure it's going to be the biggest and best thing the world has ever seen.
There's less than a week until the New York City Marathon kicks off on Staten Island and, if you are searching for a last-minute hotel package or just a great carb-heavy dinner for the night before, these New York City hotels have you covered.
For last minute hotel accommodations for runners or support team, the Wolcott Hotel is offering rates starting at $225 through the end of the Marathon (from Oct. 31st – Nov. 5th), with no minimum night stay required. The hotel also offers perks for active types, such as 20 percent off individual yoga classes at Yoga Union, a few blocks away, and a complimentary breakfast.
Book online or by calling 212-268-2900.
The Jade Hotel's Marathon Package requires a two-night minimum stay, but includes such goodies as a special marathon–themed welcome amenity, 10 percent off a pre-marathon carbo-load dinner in Grape & Vine on Saturday, November 2nd, a “Breakfast on the Go” available on race day, (starting from 5 a.m.) and a “Marathon Recovery” menu featuring deals on massages, post-run room service specials, and two complimentary, celebratory cocktails at Grape & Vine.
Rates for November 2nd start at $260.
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Some crazy news out of Miami yesterday. Gianni Versace's former South Beach residence, Casa Casuarina, was sold yesterday for $41.5 million to a company called VM South Beach LLC, whose principals include the Nakash Family, who in turn own Jordache jeans. Versace being taken over by Jordache? We never thought this day would happen. But wait, there's even more shocking news.
Most recently, Versace's abode had been a 10-room boutique hotel called The Villa By Barton G. Before that it was a members-only club by the name of Casa Casauarina. Now, the new owners plan on turning it into a hotel (again) and they want to merge it with another one of the properties they own--The Hotel Victor which sits next door.
But wait, isn't the Victor about to turn into a
Civilian Hotel new hotel from the Thompson Hotel founders? That's what we thought. But the Nakash family, who also own the Breakwater and Hotel Ocean, is saying they want to merge the two properties and rebrand the whole shebang using the Versace name.
'We'd like the public to use it, so we're going to create a hotel that will be consolidated with the Victor,' Nakash said. 'We're going to use the name Versace after we receive OK from the family.'
Ay dios mio. Mamma mia. We need a drink.
After we dished on what Donald Trump had to say about his upcoming Trump International Hotel in Washington DC, we started thinking about all the other things The Donald has said about his hotels (which btw, are largely run by his daughter, Ivanka and his sons Donald Jr. and Eric.) And as you can imagine, there are a lot of choice quotes. Surprisingly, they aren't all about being "the biggest" or "the bestest.
So here are 10 Ballsy Things Donald Trump Has Said About His Hotels (and randomly, Christina Aguilera):
1. The Donald to his eight-months pregnant daughter Ivanka on Tuesday about working on the new Trump Washington DC hotel:
"You better do a good job or you're fired!"
2. At the same event, The Donald said the new hotel would be:
"one of the finest hotels anywhere in the world."
3. The Donald in a press release last week about The BLT Prime restaurant coming to the Trump Miami and the overall renovation of the resort:
"It’s going to be better than ever.”
"It’s going to be better than ever.”
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We're sure that Ivanka doesn't have to carry her own purse but, hey, lady's got a handbag line to promote.
Donald Trump is finally getting his name on a Pennsylvania Avenue property. No, not the White House, but close: the Old Post Office.
Earlier this summer we told you that Trump had reached a 60-year lease agreement with the U.S. government allowing him to transform the Old Post Office Pavilion on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C into a luxury hotel.
Yesterday he and his daughter Ivanka, sons Eric and Donald Jr., D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and members of the D.C. Council came together in the Old Post Office to celebrate and dish the details of the $200 million redevelopment of the iconic building.
When the Trump International Hotel, The Old Post Office opens, hopefully in late 2015, it will be the first luxury hotel to have been built in D.C in 15 years. Super luxe yet sensitive to the history of the 1889 building (which has survived two attempts to tear it down). "We promise not to disappoint you," said Ivanka, adding that her father "is no stranger to historic preservation, and understands challenges and responsibility of dealing with a building of this caliber."
Donald Trump is a busy bee right now with his Old Post Office Hotel in DC (more on that soon!), a Vancouver property, and now a recent announcement that he'll be adding a BLT Prime restaurant to his Trump National Doral Miami hotel next February.
Just a year after his purchase of the property, The Donald already had eyes on making it bigger and better and that meant sinking $250 million in renovations and partnering with restaurant group ESquared Hospitality, which owns BLT Steaks around the world, including one at The Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach. It will be designed by Boston-based Peter Niemitz with the project being overseen by Eric Trump.
This particular outlet will have a "dramatic" centerpiece circular bar and dining room triple the size of most BLT Steak restaurants, as well as private dining rooms. Naturally there will be outside tables overlooking the hotel's signature Blue Monster golf course.
The opening comes on the heels of the city's decision to allow strip clubs in the hotels and casinos for the first time in AC's gambling history. No doubt, the decision was made in hopes of boosting profits and revenues for the city's businesses.
Scores will open at 7pm on Thursday, although it's normal working girl hours will be 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Below, is a photo gallery of some of the boardwalk hotels, including the Taj, followed by a list of all the different elements that Scores will include. Get your dollar bills ready!
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If you have long grizzly hair and a long grizzly beard to match, then you should carry your room key in one of those clear pouches around your neck when staying at The Trump Hotel in New York.
Jase Robertson, one of the stars of "Duck Dynasty", a reality TV show about the family who manufacture duck calls, revealed on Live! With Kelly and Michael that he had been kicked out of the Trump hotel near Central Park for looking like a homeless person. Here's what Robertson said went down
"I asked where the bathroom was and [the hotel employee] said, 'Right this way, sir.' He was very nice, he walked me outside, pointed down the road and said, 'Good luck.'"
Robertson later joked that the hotel had been "facial-profiling" him. It probably didn't help that he was also wearing camo pants. But he was a good sport about it and continued to stay at the hotel. (He just put 'em on blast on national TV.)
Downtown Manhattan might be home to some of the chicest hotels in the world (The Standard High Line, Andaz Wall Street, Dream Downtown, The Bowery Hotel, we could go on and on) but there's still something so magical about Central Park, and even more so when your hotel suite overlooks both the park and Columbus Cirlce.
That's what you will find at the Trump International Hotel in this two-bedroom suite on the eighth floor. If you go higher up, you will have even better views into the park but we prefer this view better so we can see the action in Columbus Circle as well. Don't worry, the exterior of the building is mirrored so while you may be able to see the hot dog vendor scratch his nose, he can't see you do the same.
Rates for these suites, which we redesigned nearly three years ago by Ivanka Trump, start around $2,000 a night and feature the two bedrooms, a kitchen with Sub-Zero appliances, a dining area and a separate living room. And don't forget about the Travel Fit Kit!