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The Virgin Chicago Hotel Will Have a Rooftop Bar and a Virgin Clubhouse

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  Site Where: 203 N. Wabash Avenue [map], Chicago, IL , United States, 60601
June 13, 2013 at 4:29 PM | by | Comments (2)

We will soon be drinking way up there.

When we first heard there would be a Virgin Hotel opening in Chicago, we speculated about it having a rooftop pool. Well, that won't be happening but what will be happening is a rooftop bar and lounge.

We found this exciting bit of info on the website for Lionstone Development, the developers behind the hotel. We also got a look at a rendering for the entrance, although you should know that renderings don't always look like the finished product. Still we're digging those Virgin logos next to the front doors, not to mention what looks like an outside dining spot. (Update: Virgin Hotels said the rendering is not accurate and it will be removed from the Lionstone website.)

But most intriguing are the plans for a Virgin Clubhouse.

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Virgin Hotels to Open in NYC's NoMad Nabe in 2016

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  Site Where: 29th and Broadway [map], New York, NY, United States
June 3, 2013 at 8:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Happy Monday! There will soon be a new hotel in Manhattan with free WiFi!

Virgin Hotels have just announced their plans for a New York location and it's going to be in the coolest hotel nabe in town--the NoMad area. More specifically, the new build 300-room Virgin Hotel, developed by The Lam Group, will open on the Northwest corner of 29th and Broadway.

The area is already home to the Ace Hotel, the NoMad Hotel and the upcoming Tommie Hotel, along with several others. And all that hotel hubub is exactly why Virgin picked this spot for their first NYC hotel.

“We are delighted to enter the New York market and specifically to play a part in continuing the NoMad neighborhood’s growth as a dynamic destination,” said Virgin Hotels CEO Raul Leal. “Virgin’s 60 million global customers can’t get enough of New York City, and we hope to welcome them all with our trademark style, humor, innovation, and friendly customer service. We are equally thrilled to partner with the Lam Group, who has shown success in New York as real estate investors and developers."

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Virgin Hotels Will Offer Guests "Reliable, Fast, and Free" WiFi

April 30, 2013 at 12:32 PM | by | Comment (1)

**HotelChatter Exclusive**

On the heels of our 2013 Hotel WiFi Report, we've got some very good news from the upcoming Virgin Hotels. The hip four-star hotels from Sir Richard Branson's Virgin company will be offering not just free WiFi in their hotels but "secure, reliable and fast" WiFi. Glorious!

Here's what Doug Carrillo, Virgin Hotels VP Sales and Marketing told us:

Virgin attracts travelers who like to mix business with pleasure, whether they are checking their inbox during a getaway or checking out new restaurants and local entertainment inbetween business. Like our sister Virgin companies, we at Virgin Hotels will offer guests a distinct and better experience at a great value and product innovations that aren’t bells and whistles but that will result in a productive and enjoyable stay. We already love our guests so much that we plan to give them all the tech amenities they need -- starting with wifi that is secure, reliable, fast, and free.

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Virgin Hotels Want to Open in Dallas, LA, NYC, SF, London and Beyond

April 18, 2013 at 1:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

The other month we got the jitters when we heard on-the-street rumors that the first-ever Virgin Hotel in Chicago might not happen.

Yet before we dropped to our knees, hands on our face, asking "Why, why?", Virgin assured us that Chicago would happen by early 2014 and that it would in fact be the first Virgin hotel to open (we had also heard Chicago might not be the virgin Virgin hotel.)

Virgin Hotels CEO Raul Leal evenmentioned in an interview with Hotel News Now that Virgin Hotels had some pretty grand expansion plans, rattling off places like California, Spain and London. Today, we now know exactly where Virgin is looking.

In the bottom line of a recent Virgin Hotels sales and marketing hire release they included this bit:

Virgin Hotels Chicago is currently under construction and scheduled to open in the spring of 2014. Additional locations under consideration for Virgin Hotels properties include Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Palm Springs, San Francisco, Washington DC, London, and others.

Not totally surprising locations (especially not Los Angeles which we've written about before) but still exciting to hear and to think about.

However, the next bit of news from Virgin Hotels better be about what the hotel brand will actually look like and what it will include. So far, we know absolutely nothing about it. We're guessing there's gonna be mood lighting of some sort and free WiFi but we're gonna need something more to maintain this, erec, er, excitement.

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Downtown LA's Latest Hotel Scene Is An Ace, a Virgin, and a King

March 19, 2013 at 5:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been a longtime coming but it looks like Downtown Los Angeles is about to get the hotel renaissance it so desperately needs. With the exception of the awful tragedy last month, the chatter about the downtown LA hotel scene has us tremendously excited. Here are updates on the hotels we look forward to seeing:

ACE HOTEL DOWNTOWN LA: So far things are still very much a go for the Ace Hotel and its website promises a 2013 opening. Yay! We can't wait to see what they do with the landmarked United Artists building, a former movie theater built in 1927. We're guessing the vibe will be film noir heavy but don't forget, this Ace will also have a pool.

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Will Virgin Chicago Ever Lose Its Hotel Virginity?

Where: 203 N. Wabash [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60601
February 12, 2013 at 12:48 PM | by | Comment (1)

Among Chicago’s — and possibly the world's — most eagerly anticipated hotel openings is Richard Branson’s first ever Virgin Hotel, originally slated for Chicago. But rumors are swirling that it’s not going to happen. We cringe and die a little inside whenever we hear it, but more than anything, we're just anxious to get to the bottom of things.

In 2011, Branson first announced plans to open the hotel in a 27-story Art Deco gem, the Old Dearborn Bank building located in Chicago’s Loop. Construction was set to begin in May 2012 with a tentative opening date of fall 2013.

Well, that got pushed to a more ambiguous late 2013/early 2014 opening. And then, just yesterday, Virgin CEO Raul Leal confirmed an early 2014 opening with Hotel News Now. So what exactly is the deal with this place?

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Sir Richard Branson Puts the Kibosh On Plastic Bottles On Necker Island

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  Site Where: Necker Island, Virgin Islands, British
January 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Well, now the world is saved! Okay, we’re being facetious, of course: It’s a noble thing to take a stand and do some good for the planet and, after all, we all need to do our part.

But we do have to ask: Just how much bottled water are they consuming over there on Necker Island? There are only six houses (aka rooms) holding a maximum of 28 guests. And at a cool $29,000 (single or double) for a seven-night stay during “Celebration Weeks” (the only time you can book individual rooms; otherwise it’s the whole island or nothing for $42,500 per night.

Is his British Virgin Island's nirvana really fully booked all the time to need to make a big deal of letting us know Sir Richard is trying to get green while collecting that green? Forgive us if we smirk just a tad.

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CitizenM Times Square Isn't Happening 'Til 2013 (And Other News)

October 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

There's tons of New York hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.

· CitizenM Times Square Is On Track For Summer 2013: European-based budget hotel chain CitizenM have been circling for a while now on a yet-to-open CitizenM Times Square property on 50th and Broadway. At the beginning of 2011, we were told the brand was shooting for a 2012 opening in Times Square (which obviously never happened). Now, CitizenM executive Michael Levie tells USA Today that construction is well underway, and that the 24-story, 240-room tower is set to open by next summer. What else? The company is also planning a second NYC location in Soho, set to open the following year.

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Six Hotel Brands You Should Be Excited About Now

August 20, 2012 at 9:34 AM | by | Comments (8)

All this talk about IKEA getting ready to sweep Europe with a new chain of budget hotels got us thinking about some of the other cool brands out there. And it's a good thing there's so many of them—because while certain brands have managed to deliver on their promises, others have yet to open a single property. And yet we still remain hopelessly glued to the screen...

Take a look at these six other hotel brands we're most excited about, and see which openings are coming to a theater near you.

The world finally exhaled when Virgin made the announcement that the location of its first-ever hotel would be in Chicago. It's going to have a modest 250 rooms, and it will open in the city's historic Dearborn Bank Building, which will hopefully make good on Richard Branson's promise that all Virgin properties will become "the hippest most comfortable in any city." Well, sir, we'll hold off on judgment until we see one actually open. Construction began in May, with a projected opening date of Fall 2013.

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Peeking in on a Virgin...the Virgin Hotel Chicago, That Is

August 2, 2012 at 2:08 PM | by | Comment (1)

Believe it or not, it's been nearly nine months since we last checked in on what will be the world's first Virgin Hotel. That's long enough to have a baby and yet the Virgin Hotel in Chicago's Loop hasn't even started showing. Or has it?

We strolled on by just yesterday and noticed some movements here and there, most notably the first sign. It simply announces the construction office, but it does say "Virgin Hotel"—yay!

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Construction to Start in May on the First Ever Virgin Hotel in Chicago

Where: 203 N. Wabash [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60601
April 4, 2012 at 4:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

It seemed so far off and almost unreal, until now; we just learned from Crain’s Chicago Business that construction on Richard Branson’s first ever Virgin Hotel set to open in Chicago will begin this May. No change to the opening date, so we’re still planning to kick back in pop Branson-esque rooms there by Fall of 2013. (How do you do neon right in a luxury hotel?)

In a surprise brilliant move last fall, Virgin threw the ultimate nod to Chicago by announcing the purchase of the Old Dearborn Bank, a landmarked Art Deco building originally built in 1928. Starting in May, Virgin will redevlop the 27-story, 136,000-square-foot office space into 250 hotel rooms. According to Crain’s, the rehab will come complete with pools and saunas. (Will there be both a rooftop doozy and one that takes advantage of Millennium Park views?)

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Best Hotel Scene of 2011: Chicago Is Having a Bit of a Hotel Renaissance

December 30, 2011 at 3:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's what you've been waiting all year for--The 2011 HotelChatter Awards! We'll be bringing you the best and worst of the year all day today and part of tomorrow. Agree or disagree with our picks? Air your thoughts in the comments below.

This year marked the introduction of not one but three major hotel brands to the good ol' US of A. And the midwestern city they all chose as a launching pad? Why, Chicago! Where else?

After Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago and Public Chicago opened literally within a month of each other, we then got sideblinded by the news that, when it debuts in 2013, Virgin Hotels' first location will be Chicago (specifically, in the North Loop, next to The Wit and Trump Chicago). We wondered for a minute whether this had been Virgin's plan all along, or if they simply got wind of the burgeoning hotel scene going on in Chicago right now, and decided to forgo the coastal cities like New York and LA.

Either way, we see this as the city to watch in 2012, and we can hardly wait for 2013 to come so we can get inside the world's first Virgin Hotel. Until then, however, there will be plenty going on in this city—we're looking at you, Waldorf-Astoria and JDV!—to keep us distracted.

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