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10 New Hotels for Bali

Where: Bali, Indonesia
May 27, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (2)

Every month, we tell you which hotel openings you need to know about (and which, inevitably, miss their deadlines). While we have a healthy list of arrivals around the world, there are a few places that are either consistently popular or having a bit of a hotel moment, so “new hotels for…” gives you a rundown of the openings you will want to know about for a particular destination.

Oh, Bali. Perennially popular you may have been indeed, but Julia Roberts cycling magically sweat-free through rice paddies must have really kicked it up a notch. Overcrowding be damned, the list of hotels we can think of that will come to your shores in the next five years (all to “unspoiled” and “pristine” corners, of course) easily runs up to the fingers on both our hands (and that’s with a bit of doubling up as you’ll find out). Here are ten hotels coming to the Island of the Gods:

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Maui's Grand Wailea Goes for a Grand Refresh

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  Site Where: 3850 Wailea Alanui Drive [map], Wailea, HI, United States, 96753
May 22, 2015 at 9:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

“Families look no further than the Grand Wailea”, we said last year when we listed our Must Stay Hotels for Wailea, Maui. The vast resort has an almost overwhelming list of pools, activity slides (including this, which looks terrifying) and other things on its 40 acres of grounds to keep the kids happy.

In order to keep things fresh as well, a major renovation project kicked off last October, which will last throughout this year. Those pools and activity slides were re-tiled in December, and all rooms are getting an overhaul – above, the end result.

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6 New Hotels for Bangkok

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  Site Where: Bangkok, Thailand
May 18, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Every month, we tell you which hotel openings you need to know about (and which, inevitably, miss their deadlines). While we have a healthy list of arrivals around the world, there are a few places that are either consistently popular or having a bit of a hotel moment, so “new hotels for…” gives you a rundown of the openings you will want to know about for a particular destination.

And where better to start than Bangkok? Our archives are full of stories from the Thai capital, well worth visiting in its own right and for its fantastic choice of hotels – which are often great value. The next five years will see some big names throw their hat in the ring in the city’s very competitive hotel game. Here are six new hotels you should watch out for:

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Waldorf Astoria Wants In On Bangkok Too

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  Site Where: Radjadamri Boulevard, Bangkok, Thailand
May 14, 2015 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

We will get you a recap of everything that’s happening in Bangkok soon – there is that much going on – but before we do, we’ll make a quick stop and pay attention to what Waldorf Astoria is cooking up in the Thai capital. Why? It will be part of a 60-story tower right on Radjadamri Road, literally next door to where Four Seasons moved out and among a range of other hotels (you can spot them in the rendering after the jump), and there will be the above sky pool on floor 17 overlooking the Royal Bangkok Sports Club and the city, at the switching point between hotel and residences.

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Baby You Can Drive Their Car, If You Book A Room At These Luxe Hotels

April 24, 2015 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Luxury hotels and their cars - there’s a subject we’ve covered from many angles. From tooling in a Tesla around SoCal, to hotel suites dedicated to the Bentley and the Jaguar, to an entire hotel that celebrates the Ferrari.

For a traveling luxury car enthusiast, what could be better? How about driving one of these babies yourself? You know you want to, and now you can, if you're staying at the The Athenaeum in London, or at one of a selection of Waldorf Astoria Hotels around the world.

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The Waldorf Astoria Will Lose Its Towers As Well As Its Old Decor

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  Site Where: 301 Park Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022
March 3, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Many have spent the night with old lady Waldorf, but few have owned her – until now. Because the new owners of the Waldorf Astoria New York, Chinese company Anbang Insurance Group, which finally sealed the deal last month, have announced that they’ll be converting some of the rooms into condos.

The rooms in question are in the Waldorf Towers, which currently operate as a hotel-within-a-hotel on the 27th-42nd floors of the building, with suites and apartments accessed via a separate entrance. (They’re “somewhat nicer” than the notoriously in-need-of-help rooms in the main building, according to our secret correspondent.) According to Wu Xiaohui, the company chairman, the plan is “to renovate the two towers into luxury residential apartments with world-class amenities and finishes to reflect its culture and social status.”

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Browse the Lost Archives of the Waldorf Astoria New York Online

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  Site Where: 301 Park Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022-6897
February 13, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve called out the Waldorf Astoria New York for the good (honoring room rates from long ago today) and the bad (cough – the rooms – cough) of its long history. That the hotel has seen a few things in its century-plus tenure is undeniable, and you can now take a walk back in time through its online archive.

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The Beverly Hilton is Getting Gussied Up for The Golden Globes

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  Site Where: 9876 Wilshire Boulevard [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90212
January 9, 2015 at 2:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Forget Christmas and New Year's. Right now is the most wonderful time of the year for the Beverly Hilton.

On Sunday, the hotel is set to host, once again, The Golden Globes Awards in their International Ballroom, as well as an equally glamorous event outside the hotel--the red carpet arrivals.

If you're hoping to catch a glimpse of hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey or your favorite TV and movie stars, alas, rooms at the hotel are sold-out. Being able to watch the red carpet arrivals is also a lost cause this late in the game.

But should you want to know what the celebs are eating inside while you're stalking them outside, InStyle has the scoop on the menu and not surprisingly, it includes a "modern Waldorf salad." Wonder if it will be accompanied by advertisements for the upcoming Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills that's being built next to the Hilton?

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Hotel Holiday Cocktail Week 2014: Waldorf Astoria Park City's Cedar Smoked Manhattan

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  Site Where: 2100 Frostwood Drive [map], Park City, Utah, United States, 84098
December 17, 2014 at 5:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

‘Tis the season to celebrate and there’s no better way than with a holiday-inspired beverage. And, as we all know, a holiday cocktail a day keeps the Grinch away. For Hotel Holiday Cocktail Week, we’ve scanned the globe for some delectably delicious cocktails that will leave you humming a merry tune that doesn’t include, “You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch.”

The Waldorf Astoria Park City in Utah has gotten into the holiday spirit with their Cedar Smoked Manhattan. We picked this bevvie because a) it just looked so darned pretty, and b) we’re really into smoking cocktails – instead of sitting in front of a fire, you can just sit in front of your cocktail. Both will warm you up.

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Waldorf Astoria is Searching for a New 'Taste'

October 27, 2014 at 2:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

We may have issues today with the "meh" rooms at The Waldorf Astoria New York but the luxury hotel holds an important place in culinary history, thanks to its inventions such as eggs benedict, red velvet cake, Thousand Island dressing and of course, The Waldorf Salad.

Now, the Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts brand is hoping to create another classic dish by teaming up with chefs from the James Beard Foundation.

"Taste of Waldorf Astoria" is sending five emerging chefs to five different Waldorf Astoria properties around the world. At each property, the chefs will apprentice with Michelin-starred Waldorf Master Chefs such as Heinz Beck, Pierre Gagnaire, and the Galvin brothers.

Throughout the fall, the paired-up emerging and master chefs will spend a week working on a signature recipe, which will then be unveiled in February in New York for a panel of "culinary luminaries." The winning "Taste" will then be featured on the menu at 29 Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts worldwide.

Indeed, the search for the new "Taste" has already begun.

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The Waldorf Astoria To Be Sold But Will, Of Course, Remain a Hilton Hotel

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  Site Where: 301 Park Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022
October 6, 2014 at 2:50 PM | by | Comments (3)

The legendary Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue, the hotel that spawned an entire collection of luxury hotels, is about to be sold to a Chinese insurance company for a whopping $1.95 billion.

But don't worry. It will remain a Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Hilton Worldwide, who unloaded the property, will remain in charge of the hotel's operations for the next 100 years.

Despite the property leaving Hilton's hands, the best news to come out of this sale is that THE HOTEL WILL FINALLY, AT LAST, GET RENOVATED. We've long known that the regular rooms at the hotel are total dogs. The Waldorf Tower rooms are more luxurious but still look a little stale and stuffy. No word on when the renovations will begin but we hope it's ASAP.

[Photo: HotelChatter Flickr Pool]

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These Brand New Luxury Hotel Rooms Make Us Go 'Meh'

August 7, 2014 at 8:34 AM | by | Comment (1)

Maybe the very du jour white sheets are a bit of a giveaway, but would you honestly think that this is a luxury hotel room less than four months old? We just can’t muster up any excitement for a design that strikes us already as dated and if anything seems intent on incorporating every shade of brown imaginable.

Brand-new the room is though, and you find it inside the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem, a hotel we were very excited about when it opened in April, nearly a year late. The image is displayed both for a King Superior room and a Twin Deluxe Room, the latter seeming somewhat implausible, but a look on TripAdvisor at some traveller photos confirms this is very much their “contemporary opulence” look, as the hotel describes it. They’re not cheap either, with rates starting over $600 a night (that does include free Wifi).

We have a similar sense of disappointment when we look at what turned out to be true photos of the rooms at St. Regis San Clemente Palace; photos we dismissed two months ago as being generic placeholders.

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