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Where Will Palm Springs Fit All These New Hotels?

June 24, 2015 at 8:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

One of L'Horizon's sexy ladies

It’s summer in the Coachella Valley, which means searing temperatures, misters working overtime and – most importantly – lowered prices. Palm Springs, too, is a huge Fourth of July destination, so what better time to recap all the openings and happenings in PSP?

*L’HORIZON:
Remember way back last year when we talked about the Horizon having closed unexpectedly? It’s reopening this week as L’Horizon Resort & Spa. Its 25 Cody-built bungalows have been revamped, there’s an infinity pool and the grounds span 3 acres. The as yet untitled restaurant will be helmed by Giacomo Pettinari, a Michelin-starred chef who was last at Valentino in LA, and is spouting all the organic and biodynamic buzzwords you might expect from a sleek California place rather than a retro PSP hotel. L’Horizon has already signed up to be part of the Leading Hotels of the World. No photos yet, other than sexy ladies, and no word on rates – you have to email the hotel a reservation request. Let’s hope they change that pronto!

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6 New Hotels for Singapore

June 16, 2015 at 9:30 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.

Never one to shy away from doing things big, Singapore keeps building, building, building like there is no tomorrow: offices, apartment buildings, and of course, hotels. Marina Bay Sands landed a few years ago like a three-pillared spaceship ready for endless rooftop pool selfies, and Karl Lagerfeld brought a few design touches and one of his inimitable pearls of wisdom to Sofitel So just last year. Yet more is to come – here are six new hotels coming to the Lion City over the next few years:

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10 New Hotels for Bali

Where: Bali, Indonesia
May 27, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (3)

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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Andaz Tokyo Refreshes Rooftop Bar, Adds New Sushi Counter

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  Site Where: 1-23-4 Toranomon, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan, 105-0001
April 30, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Gives You Killer Views of, Erm, Everything

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  Site Where: Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
April 15, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Owie Maui: Andaz to Charge a $40 a Night Resort Fee

April 6, 2015 at 2:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

The excellent View from the Wing blog recently discovered that the Andaz Maui, one of our favorite resorts, like ever, will begin charging a $40 a night resort fee plus tax on June 2. Ugh.

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.

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Your Next Andazm Could Happen at The Andaz Palm Springs in 2016

March 30, 2015 at 9:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Checking Out the Future Home of Andaz Singapore

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  Site Where: Ophir Road, Singapore, Singapore
February 10, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Andaz is Revving up to Andazsm in Ottawa and Singapore

February 3, 2015 at 1:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Not long ago, we were a little worried that the expansion plans for Andaz Hotels was waning. (The delay for Andaz Mayakoba didn't help soothe our fears.)

But Andaz has now come out strong in 2015, announcing both Andaz Ottawa and Andaz Singapore.

Here are the details on the newest place to have an Andazsm:

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Andaz Mayakoba is Delayed Until May 2016

Where: Mayakoba, Mexico
January 15, 2015 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Best Killer View: Andazming from Andaz Tokyo

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  Site Where: 1-23-4 Toranomon, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan, 105-0001
December 31, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of year again: the 2014 HotelChatter Awards! Today and tomorrow, we'll be showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to...

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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Andaz Liverpool Street Has a Christmas Present for You

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  Site Where: 40 Liverpool St, London, United Kingdom, EC2M 7QN
December 1, 2014 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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