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The hotel scene in Dubai has long been synonymous with the top global hotel brands with the likes of IHG, Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, Accor, Carlson Rezidor and Hyatt firmly cementing their place across the city. With new regulations promoting mid-market hotel development, the mega hotel groups have been bringing in a variety of their brands ranging from the budget category to luxury.
However, while the "Big 7" continue to grow their footprint in the city, many developers are now looking beyond these hotel groups to either creating their own hotel brands or bringing in new, fresh brands. In other cities, these brands are considered "boutique" or "lifestyle" but in Dubai, they will be done in a very big way, with way more than 100 rooms. One such hotel is even aiming for 1,200 rooms.
Read on about this big small brands making their Dubai debut...
More than 3,000 Yotel cabins (aka rooms) are expected to open in Singapore, Paris, Miami, San Francisco and at a second hotel in New York in Williamsburg. Singapore, San Francisco and New York we've already known about, but Paris (at CDG airport) and Miami are new. Also in negotiations are Yotels for Boston, Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Toronto. And Yotel is still keen on expanding to Dubai, London, Milan, Barcelona, Sydney and Hong Kong.
Wow, Yotel has really come a long way from their retracting bed at Gatwick Airport. Sadly, we don't think those cheap airport hotel rates will remain.
Can't make it to the Park Hyatt Place Vendome in Paris for a mani and pedi at their new eco-nail suite? Or perhaps, you can't afford the $90 mani prices? Don't freak. You can simply pop into the Yotel New York for its own line of eco-friendly nail polishes.
The funky Times Square hotel has partnered up with Habit Cosmetics to offer two custom-created nail polishes. One will be done in a "bold plum" shade while the other will be "cool blue-grey." Both colors reflect the YOTEL's signature color palette.
Aside from the daring colors, the lacquers are also vegan, cruelty-free and free of toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and camphor. They are even said to be infused with myrrh extract, which can strengthen your nails. Even further, the bottles are eco-friendly and topped off with custom bamboo caps. #themoreyouknow.
The nail polish will be sold at YOTEL New York’s Mission Control shop for $15 or you can order online at www.HabitCosmetics.
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It's been rumored for several years that the iconic TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport would one day turn into a hotel. And once again, the rumor mill is working overtime with reports that a new hotel brand will soon install themselves at the terminal.
Earlier this year, negotiations between hotelier Andre Balazs and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey fell through . Now it seems the Port Authority is out shopping for a new Sugar Daddy.
Following the release of a formal Request For Proposal last month, the word on the street— runway rather— is that interested parties may include Yotel, who made their name with their capsule concept at UK airports; developer Related Companies; Marriott International and even, Donald Trump.
The historic Grant Building at Market and Seventh streets in San Francisco, will turn into a 200-room Yotel after undergoing some extreme renovations. No word on the pricing but with such small rooms, one has to expect some small, er, low, rates.
Capsule rooms aside, the news of a Yotel is excellent for San Fran. The city might be home to some of the world's top tech firms (Twitter, Google, etc.), but its hotel scene has been lacking as of late, especially when you compare it to other big cities like New York, Miami and Chicago, which are readying not just new and hip hotel brands (Ace, Virgin, Edition) but also stylish reincarnations of established brands like Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott.
Hopefully, the arrival of a Yotel will spur some other cool hotel brands to come in. Already, the mid-Market area is making way for a Hampton Inn and another 250-room hotel. Fingers crossed a Hotel Indigo or an Andaz Hotel is coming up next.
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If you're a frequent guest of the Yotel New Yorkin Times Square, well, that's kinda cool. Tell us more about that. Oh sorry, we mean, you may want to join up with the hotel's new loyalty program called, TheClub@Yotel (all one word.) But there's a catch--it's only for business travelers.
Here's what repeat biz travelers and their companies can get with the new club program:
Yotel CEO Gerard Greene spoke to Hotels Mag about Yotel's latest expansion plans and OMG they are going to be everywhere. Here's where where they want to go in the U.S.--Boston, Chicago (deals are pending actually), San Francisco (yes, please!) and Atlanta near the airport (perfect.) Yotel also wants to triple its presence in NYC with new hotels in downtown and Brooklyn. Greene thinks they will get those deals signed this year as well.
Meanwhile, Yotel is also expanding into Asia, starting with a 600-room hotel in Singapore which will open in 2016. Also on the Asia wish list? Hong Kong, Seoul, Japan, Taiwan, Manila and Bangkok. And while they're at it, Australia too with Sydney, Melbourne and Perth being discussed too. There is even talks of a Yotel in Saudia Arabia.
The world could certainly use more Yotels which offer futuristic capsule-like hotel rooms at crazy doable rates. Yet while we wait for these Yotels to "come online", we'll just have to make do with the Yotel Times Square and the Yotels at Heathrow, Gatwick and Schipol Airports.
Never been inside a Yotel before? Check out our Yotel review here!
We've all been there with our jobs--so annoyed and frustrated and sick of the same damn BS that we've wanted to set it on fire and walk away. Ok, maybe we all haven't had that last thought but a hotel security director at the YOTEL in Times Square did and he acted on it too.
Fire marshals arrested Mariano Barbosa, Jr., over the weekend for setting fires at the Yotel in "an attempt to make the hotels less popular and his job more manageable." The NY Times reports further saying:
It appeared to fire marshals that Mr. Barbosa had grown tired of patrons at the hotels’ bars and parties, said a fire official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the continuing investigation. “He desired that the incidents would be blamed on the clientele, and if that was the case maybe they would curtail the parties, and the venues would be more manageable,” the official said.
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Remember the old days where hotel art usually consisted of a bland landscape painting that was reproduced a hundred times over and hung in the same spot in every guest room? Thankfully, over the past few years, hotels have been paying close attention to the artworks they hang in their rooms and public spaces--choosing original art instead and even better, works from local artists instead of some mass-produced Van Gogh imitation.
But in the past month or so, we've noticed some hotels that are stepping it up even further when it comes to the art on display. Giant murals, entire galleries, and even live-in artists are among the trends we've begun to see.
For us, it's moreso about the overall vibe and decor of the hotel than it is about temporary art promotions and exhibits, although we do acknowledge that the latter can certainly contribute to the former. The personality of a property is as much of a selling point as, say, the hotel's location or the quality of its food, so it's no surprise hotels are quick to market their artistic aspects. Below, we've provided a roundup of what's happening this spring and summer at a variety of properties.
If this is Yotel's idea of an April Fools, then we gotta say…we're impressed. The hotel sent out an e-blast early Friday morning announcing their plans to launch the first ever zip-line into the heart of Times Square. Umm…really?
A few things come to mind when we read this. First off, it's not like you can just "drop into" one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections. Times Square is a big, teeming place populated by skyscrapers, giant LED screens, gawking tourists, naked singing cowboys, and other maddening obstacles. To attempt to cruise into such an area suspended from a steel cable would be both impractical and incredibly stupid.
Second, the hotel is calling the zip line a way for guests to "save time and avoid busy streets." Well, we can't argue with that. But if it's a question of walking an extra few blocks, or putting our lives at risk, we'd gladly choose to walk.
Third and finally, how do you build a zip line into Times Square anyway? With safety nets along traffic-congested 42nd St? With tunnels carved through office buildings to create a more direct route? Will the TKTS booth magically transform into a landing station? Though Yotel has been known to pull some pretty whacky stunts before, we're going to assume the answers to these questions are no, no, and no.
According to Yotel, the zip line launches today, April 1. Also known as April Fools Day. Did we just get punked?
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Hot on the heels of Fashion Week, the next big NYC event on everyone's lips is the Food Network New York Wine & Food Festival, which runs from Oct 11-14. Taking place in different venues all over the city, the various food-(and wine-, duh!) related events are a great excuse to indulge our two favorite hobbies: stuffing our face, and hanging out in hotels.Much of the finger-lickin' action will be restricted to a few select places that have made their mark as either a reputable dining establishment, or just a place where celebs like to hang.
Here's a look at what's happening at which hotels, and where you'll want to be staying.
By far, the most active hotel on the lineup is Standard High Line, which will be hosting a total of nine events throughout the four-day festival, many of which are part of a "Wine Seminars" series presented by Food & Wine magazine. And though the hotel will no doubt be jam-packed the entire weekend, rooms are still available, starting at $585/night for a Standard King.
Meanwhile, the following hotels will also get their fair share of the booze-y action...
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Finding a good deal on a room can be stressful enough—but when all you need is to duck into the hotel lobby to fire off a string of emails, or upload photos onto Flickr, or write up a hotel story, (as is often the case with us), the last thing you want to feel is rushed. Here are a few trusty hotspots we like to keep on our radar when roaming the Big Apple, looking for a chilled-out place to turn into our office for a quick hour or two:
1. Indigo Chelsea: Our buddies at Indigo Chelsea like to keep things simple in their ground-floor lobby on 28th St. They even did away (for the most part) with those floppy white plastic tubes that had us all scratching our heads for a while.
But with a new dining concept (Blu) that replaced the previous Bice Italian restaurant last year, and free WiFi all over the hotel, this midtown gem is a clean, friendly, reliable place you can go and get a bit of work done for a while. Which we do often, with a side of sweet potato fries ($8) to keep our appetite at bay.