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The rooms, lap pool, reception, rooftop bar – everywhere we turned at Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills there were pretty stellar views of the Japanese capital, so much so that it won our award for best killer view last year, just six months after it opened (and we walked through the front door). As fresh and sprightly as it may be, the hotel has already made some changes to the highest point from which to enjoy those views: the rooftop bar.
Above what you will find today on the open air terrace, which is a major difference with what we saw last year – and we think it’s for the better. Where previously you had a set of standing tables, a few groups of chairs nearer the windows, and some beach-y furniture (scroll down for an impression), there are now much better defined seating areas in a stylish mix of dark wood and cream, with warmer lighting.
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The other week, we were chatting to a friend of ours that we knew was traveling in Costa Rica. She sent us a few snaps of the hotel she was staying at, including the pretty killer view from a room above. Being who we are, we asked the most important question: which hotel?
The response? “It’s this place called Andaz, which I think may be related to Hyatt? But it’s not at all like a Hyatt.” We nearly fell off our chair: we were talking to someone inside Andaz Peninsula Papagayo that very minute, a hotel we duly obsessed over when it opened, based on the renderings and descriptions of native Costa Rican architect Ronald Zurcher having "imagined a gathering of animals and used the shapes of cocoons and shells for the hotel's facilities...to stimulate the senses of guests in new and refreshing way".
Having laughed at us and called us a hotel freak (guilty), she sent us some more photos our way, which we of course had to share. The more we saw, the more we liked it, it was all so good… until it wasn’t, and Andaz broke our heart a little bit. Here’s why.
Naturally, the resort fee--from a property who once prided themselves on standing out from their competitors by not having a resort fee--has caused a bit of a stir in the comments section. And it should.
Thinking about your next Andazm? We know we are and if you can “wait for it” along with us, here’s a totally spot-on location – eternally hip Palm Springs. Yep, Andaz Palm Springs is coming to the California Desert but not until late 2016.
Still, when Andaz does the desert, it will do so in the heart of the Uptown Design District, a mile-long stretch of cool boutiques and great eats, and the iconic Palm Canyon Drive.
The hotel will offer 150 rooms, 17 suites, and two outdoor pools surrounded by an elevated terrace with bar (of course,) desert-friendly gardens, and plenty of party space, a Palm Springs prerequisite.
Indoors, expect a signature restaurant and lounge, spa and fitness center, indoor/outdoor meeting space, and the Andaz Salon, a celebration of local culture through live performances, exhibits, and exclusive special events.
The rendering above features Andaz's cool urban vibe while keeping a low profile, which is the norm for mid-century dominated Palm Springs. Floor-to-ceiling windows show off the neighboring San Jacinto Mountains while deep overhangs keep things cool.
With the news that Andaz Hotels was heading to Singapore dropping into our inbox just days before we would be in town, we naturally had to include a stop in the Ophir-Rochor district on our itinerary to check out what we’ll be looking at come opening in 2017.
We’ll get to construction shots in a second, but first, here it is: the dual-towered DUO development Andaz will be part of, designed by Ole Scheeren, the architect also behind Bangkok’s Mahanakhon Tower. Curving along a half-moon base, the exterior of the two towers is covered in hexagons, with extensive gardens and at least one pool on the roof. Read on for much more.
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Here are the details on the newest place to have an Andazsm:
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Last time we checked in on Andaz Mayakoba, we were filing it under “back-up Andazm”, since we hadn’t heard much about it since it was announced, despite a mid-2015 opening.
Well, turns out there’s a reason for that. That mid-2015 opening is gonna be May 2016. Oof.
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Andaz Tokyo was on our list of major hotel openings this year, so we felt like a kid in a candy shop when we walked into the giant Toranomon Hills development the day after the ribbon was cut back in June.
Zooming up to the 51st floor, the Japanese capital stretches out in front of you, both its urban density and the green core of the Imperial Palace, providing mesmerizing views both during the day (above) and at night (below) – worthy of our Best Killer View award.
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On the first day of Christmas, Andaz Liverpool Street gave to me… a giant box that looked gorgeous on the outside but was ultimately empty, perhaps as a representation of the hollow emotional void of consumerism.
Nah, as if – this is the Festive Folly in the Andaz lobby, and it’s no damning take on modern society; rather, it’s an East London art installation. As you walk through the folly, its comforting glow will warm the cockles of your heart, and its festive scent – there’s a Fornasetti candle inside, plus it’s made of birch– will arouse your scent glands into a Christmas frenzy. Buy buy buy!
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If you’ve been to Andaz Liverpool Street, you’ll know about the creepy Masonic Temple that lies in its bowels (yes, Americans, masons are considered kinda creepy across the pond). You’ll also know that it’s not often accessible, and usually opens for special events only. Luckily, though, there are two such events coming up.
The first is a screening of the new
Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe film, Horns, coming up this Wednesday, its day of release. Sadly, Radcliffe himself won’t be there but the director of the film will be doing a Q&A. It’s part of the East End Film Festival, and tickets cost £10 – details here.
But far more exciting (unless Harry turns up) is the event – or Andaz Salon – on 19 November, which will see the Grand Secretary of the Freemasons, Nigel Brown, discussing freemasonry and all its ins and out (including the secret handshake? Who knows). This one is free, but you’ll need to RSVP here as tickets are limited. At least, that’s the reason they’re giving.
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Shoreditch High Street from the Ace rooftop
Introducing our handy hotel guides--HotelChatter's Must Stay Hotels--where we pick four hotels for four different types of travelers in a particular neighborhood of one major city. We’re rounding up the last few weeks with a stop in east London. Got a question about where to stay and when? Email us.
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Here are four different hotels to try in east London. So whether you’re going for pleasure or work and whether you’ve got cash to throw around or have pennies to count, these hotels will fulfill your needs. One common thread running through these hotel picks? They have all free WiFi. So during your stay, you can write us a thank you email for the recommendation.
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The Andazms won't stop coming!
We gave you a little update last week on the new Andaz Hotels expected to open in the next few years. Thanks to a connected tipster, we've got some scoop on one of those upcoming hotels--The Andaz Delhi in India.
The hotel will be close to the Delhi International Airport in a mixed-use project called, Aerocity. This will be the first airport hotel for the Andaz brand. According to the architect firm, the hotel will have seven stories, 446 guest rooms, ballroom space, meeting rooms, two rooms, gardens, fitness center, a spa and an outdoor pool. Sounds pretty swish for an airport hotel, we have to say. But you know, don't make this a thing, Andaz.
The hotel has no opening date but it is in pre-opening stages and already has a rather experienced general manager, which is a very good sign. In total, there will be three Andaz Hotels in India--Andaz Aerocity, Andaz Gurgaon and Andaz Jaipur. That's good for us, is it good for you?
[Renderings: BauerLatoza Studio]