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3 Boston Hotels We’re Watching for 2015

April 2, 2014 at 1:56 PM | by | Comments (2)

It takes a long time for a hotel project to go from idea to groundbreaking, from construction to first check-in. So even as we luxuriate (hopefully) in new openings and exciting upgrades, we’re already looking into our crystal ball (AKA the Internet) for buzz on what’s coming down the pipeline. Herewith, we present the three Boston hotel openings in 2015 that have us most excited right now — and why.

1. Envoy Hotel

Why we’re excited: Because a hot neighborhood needs a hot hotel. Nothing makes something sound less hip than using the word “hip.” But if you’ll allow us to don our verbal Mom Jeans for a moment — Boston’s Fort Point is hip. It’s hot. It’s very “now,” a little sliver of a neighborhood bordering the Seaport that happens to be filled with some of the most buzz-worthy restaurants in recent years: from legendary chef Barbara Lynch’s fine dining flagship, Menton, to the self-professed “working man’s oyster bar” (if you’re a “working man” in finance, maybe) that is Row 34.

Now the transformation from industrial area to hot hospitality ‘hood is nearly complete, with word that the $70 million Envoy Hotel (a rendering shown here) will open in 2015 on Sleeper Street near the Barking Crab restaurant. The six-story property is an entry in Marriott’s luxury Autograph Collection which also includes Maine's upcoming Press Hotel. Expect 136 rooms, plans for a pedestrian plaza that will link to the Boston HarborWalk, a rooftop terrace with skyline and harbor views, and 4,000 square feet of space on the ground level for – what else? – restaurants. Hip.

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Dulé Hill 'Psychs' The Crowd Up at The Lexington Hotel's Grand Opening Party

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  Site Where: 511 Lexington Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10017
October 18, 2013 at 9:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

It was all showbiz the other week at the grand opening party for The Lexington Hotel New York, a recently transformed historic midtown Manhattan property that was a happening spot back in the 1920s. It's now become part of Marriott's Auograph Collection.

Musicians and actors like Patti Labelle and Dorothy Lamour called The Lexington home while they toured, and it was the famous love nest of Joe Dimaggio and Marilyn Monroe, who spent nine-months living in an 18th floor suite that's been renamed "The Centerfield Suite".

But sticking with its jazz roots, the festivities were kicked off with a live performance from the cast of the upcoming Broadway jazz show "After Midnight", which was produced by nine-time Grammy Award winner, Wynton Marsalis. The show has only been previewed by President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama, once during a U.N. GA Summit reception at the Waldorf Astoria, so guests were lucky to have this special treat.

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When This New Autograph Collection Hotel Opens In Surrey, Do Your Civic Duty And Stay There

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  Site Where: 3 Civic Plaza, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
October 17, 2013 at 9:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last week we speculated that Marriott’s Autograph Collection had a hankering to take over the hotel world and we reached the conclusion that our speculation was, in fact, fact. As if to prove this point we give you Exhibit A: another Autograph Collection hotel is to be built in Surrey, British Columbia–-which is about 35 minutes from Vancouver.

“Why Surrey?” you may ask. Well, according to Statistics Canada, Surrey is one of Canada’s fastest growing cities with a growth rate of 10,000 new residents every year and 2,334 new businesses were created in 2011. We did not know that.

The 144-room property will be officially known as Civic Hotel at 3 Civic Plaza, Autograph Collection but we’ll shorten that in order to save our weary typing fingers to Civic Hotel, which we think sounds just fine.

More hotel deets after the break!

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Is Marriott’s Autograph Collection Planning to Take Over the (Hotel) World?

October 11, 2013 at 9:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve been receiving a steady stream of news and tidbits over the past few months about the ever-growing portfolio of properties that are joining Marriott’s Autograph Collection (not to be confused with AC by Marriott).

Within the past month alone, properties that have fallen under the Autograph Collection umbrella are The Lexington (the Collection’s third property in New York), the Siena Hotel in North Carolina, the Castle Hotel in Florida, the Powerscourt Hotel in Ireland, The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo, and—this just in—the not-yet-built Civic Hotel in Surrey, British Columbia. With its 50th hotel being announced later this month, this begs the obvious question: Is the Autograph Collection aiming to take over the world?

To get to the bottom of this, we approached Amanda Altree, VP of marketing for Autograph Collection, to give us the straight scoop.

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Kicking Off Hotel Cocktail Week with Autograph Collection's Signature Jim Beam Cocktails

August 12, 2013 at 1:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's no secret that we love drinking in hotels here at HotelChatter. In fact, hotels might be our favorite "local" bar. So all this week, we'll be pouring out some drinks for you during our first-ever Hotel Cocktail Week. We'll be posting specialty drinks, booze trends, mixology tips and most importantly, drinks recipes so you can recreate your favorite hotel drink at home. Everyone will be getting tipsy this week! But don't forget to tip your bartenders, in this case, us.

If you've had a rough Monday today, that can only mean one thing: It’s time for a tipple.

To help you with that, Marriott’s Autograph Collection has teamed up with the folks at Jim Beam to create some small batch bourbon recipes and they’ve put them in a convenient guide just for you -- the hotel cocktail lover.

Each cocktail was inspired by one of the Autograph Collection’s properties, from Savannah to Minneapolis and, further out, to the British Virgin Islands. Select hotels chose a Jim Beam bourbon that they felt best represented the hotel and created their own elixir with the bourbon as the base.

The twelve-drink Autograph Collection Hotels Signature Cocktail Guide is available at every Autograph Collection hotel and select cocktails will be available for you to try at each of these hotels:

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Another Place for Stylish Digital Nomads, The Carlton Hotel

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  Site Where: 88 Madison Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10016
August 1, 2013 at 3:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

We're always on the lookout for hotels with free, working WiFi--not just as hotel guests but as digital nomads too. So in case you find yourself in the increasingly trendy hotel neighborhood of NoMad, The Carlton Hotel at 29th and Madison Avenue has free and fast WiFi throughout the hotel…for everyone. No access code needed.

The hotel, an Autograph Collection Hotel, has a grand bi-level lobby with a small plush seating area where you can work and surf. But we say, head over to the Millesime restaurant and bar where you can nosh on some light fare and sip on coffee as you work on your latest TPS report. Or just update your social media status. You know you're gonna.

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James Gandolfini Found Dead at the Hotel Boscolo in Rome

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  Site Where: Via V. Veneto, 70, Rome, Italy, 00187
June 20, 2013 at 11:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

We, like everyone else who loved Tony Soprano, are taking the news of James Gandolfini's death pretty hard but we're finding small comfort in the fact that his last days were spent in Italy--and in a luxury hotel.

The 51-year-old actor was found dead yesterday in the bathroom of his hotel room at the Boscolo Palace in Rome. A heart attack is suspected as the cause.

Despite the Palace moniker which conjures up old world luxury (and sometimes stuffiness), the Boscolo is a five-star hotel featuring modern Italian design and its suites have small terraces, with panoramic views of Rome's landmarks and overlooking the fashionable Via Veneto street. The 87-room hotel is also part of Marriott's Autograph Collection.

Rates at the hotel are at 324 euros a night for a deluxe room which isn't too bad for summer in Rome. Although, rates may go up as people seek out Gandolfini's last days. Yes, people really do that.

[Photo via Flickr]

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Denver's Brown Palace Hotel Will Find New Life As An Autograph Collection Hotel

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  Site Where: 321 17th St [map], Denver, CO, United States, 80202
August 17, 2012 at 9:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

120 years after it initially opened (that's 1892, for any of you who haven't had your coffee yet), the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver has been scooped up by Marriott's Autograph Collection, which includes The Cosmopolitan in Vegas, The Algonquin in New York, and 30 others.

According to Denver Business Journal, Brown Palace is the city's second-oldest hotel (after The Oxford), and over the years has hosted presidents (Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Clinton) as well as big name guests like the Beatles, Oprah, Jimmy Stewart, and even Queen Marie of Romania.

If any of those fine people once counted themselves as Marriott Rewards members, we bet they're kicking themselves now!

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A Sneak Peek at the New Rooms of The Algonquin Hotel

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  Site Where: 59 W 44th St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
March 15, 2012 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

The iconic Algonquin Hotel closed earlier this year for renovations and while the reconstruction continues this month, we've finally got a sneak peek (in the form of a rendering) as to what the new rooms will look like.

We're impressed! Interior design firm, Intra-Spec, Inc have made the rooms look sophisticated, elegant and timeless, which is really what the Algonquin's all about. The hotel, which is also part of Marriott's Autograph Collection, is aiming for an end of May/early June reopening. We'll keep you posted as to when you can make your reservations.

In other news, the man responsible for relaunching the Algonquin's Oak Room as a nightclub back in 1982, Donald Smith, passed away the other day. The hotel does not plan to reopen the Oak Room when renovations are finished. Matilda, however, will still be around. Just on a leash.

For kicks, see what an old room at the Algonquin looked like after the jump!

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The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Splashed on Italian Wallpaper For Their Guest Rooms

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  Site Where: 3708 Las Vegas Blvd S [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
November 8, 2011 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hotel wallpaper: underused but always appreciated when it does make an appearance. As long as it’s funky wallpaper, not gross stuff like you’d find in your nan’s back room.

One of our lasting memories of the rooms at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas is opening the cupboards and seeing the weird faces staring out at us. So we had a blast from the past when we were in Italy the other week, opened up a copy of Grazia and came face to face with the faces again.

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No Longer The Wrong Amount Of Wrong: The Cosmo Revokes Stephanie's Lifetime Ban

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  Site Where: 3708 Las Vegas Blvd S [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
April 28, 2011 at 2:35 PM | by | Comments (6)

Yesterday morning, we published a story about our friend Stephanie, who came to Vegas a couple weeks ago for a conference, hit up one of the bars at the Cosmopolitan for a nightcap, and was ejected from the hotel and banned for life after she used the women’s restroom.

Stephanie is transgender. People reading about her situation were outraged. The Cosmopolitan was bombarded with criticism, and last night, it apologized.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is committed to maintaining a community that recognizes and values the inherent dignity of every person, by fostering sensitivity, understanding and mutual respect of our guests and employees. We sincerely regret any misunderstanding or inappropriate actions that any member of our staff may have taken. And to ensure increased sensitivity within this area, the organization will focus on continued training and on-going awareness initiatives. In addition, we apologize to the individual guest and welcome her back to the resort anytime.

Again, we would like to apologize to the LGBT community and anyone concerned and hope to demonstrate our firm dedication to fair and unbiased treatment of all.

What do we think about the third statement they released? Well, the open apology to the LGBT community is awesome. We’re jazzed they value the inherent dignity of every person. It’s great that they “sincerely regret any misunderstanding or inappropriate actions that any member of our staff may have taken”. And we’re delighted that they plan to “ensure increased sensitivity in this area.”

But actions speak louder than words, so what we want to know is: how are they going to do that? We've asked what specific changes they're making, and are waiting to hear back from the Cosmopolitan.

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The Wrong Amount Of Wrong: Barred For Life From The Cosmopolitan For Being Transgender

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  Site Where: 3708 Las Vegas Blvd S [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
April 27, 2011 at 10:18 AM | by | Comments (49)

Update: 4.27.11, 8:30PM EST The Cosmopolitan has released a lengthier statement on the incident which we've posted at the bottom of the story. Good news--Stephanie is allowed back into the casino.

Sin City: a town where, supposedly, everything goes. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: the newest, coolest hotel on the block which has advertised itself as having “just the right amount of wrong.”

Ever since it unveiled its tagline before it opened, last December, people were speculating on what, exactly, is the right amount of wrong for a town that prides itself on its loucheness. And now, it appears, we have an answer. Or at least, we know what’s the wrong amount of wrong.

The wrong amount of wrong is being transgender and using the women’s restroom.

We have a friend called Stephanie, who is pre-op trans. Stephanie lives in New York. Back home, Stephanie is accustomed to using the ladies when she needs the loo. Apparently, in New York, there’s a law saying that individuals can use the bathroom for whichever sex they self-define as. So when she hits up the bar at The Plaza, for instance (one of her regular hangouts), she goes to the ladies.

Cut to Vegas, two weeks ago. Stephanie is in town for a conference and wants to have a boozy night out. This member of HotelChatter has dinner with her, and we suggest that, although we’re tired and want to go home, she should check out the Cosmopolitan’s bar scene. It is, we say, our favorite place to sit and drink in Vegas, and it’ll be great for a drinker on their lonesome. Then we go home to sleep, dreaming of the Cosmo’s delicious cocktails, and wake up to find a distraught email from Stephanie saying that she has been banned for life from the hotel.

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