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It’s a rather sad edition of Cute Hotel Doggies this week, as we saw the news that perhaps the most famous hotelier’s dog has died.
Read the blog – it will probably make you cry. Marriott had previously blogged about Murphy, and what he’d learned from him, in 2008. This time, he writes that Murphy “would have made a great hotel executive.”
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On October 15, 1983, Bill Marriott opened the very first Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Atlanta. When he posed for this picture, did he know that Courtyard would eventually grow to be the 12th largest hotel brand in the world and perhaps more importantly, the #2 most profitable brand for Marriott? (#1 is the Marriott flagship brand.)
Whatever Mr. Marriott's hotel spidey sense was feeling that day, Courtyard has accomplished a lot in 30 years and today, they are taking the day to celebrate.
At Courtyards around the world (and there are 1,000 in 38 countries), they are holding a global anniversary party with events in Hong Kong, Doha, Berlin, Mexico City and Atlanta, home of the first Courtyard. Additionally, in North America, the first 30 guests who check-in to a Courtyard will receive these commemorative Courtyard t-shirts. The party even continues over to social media. If you're birthday is today, you will also get a surprise Courtyard gift. Or you can just watch as 30,000 associates celebrate internally at Marriott with cakes, balloons and other festivities. Follow hashtag #Courtyard30 to party on with them.
In the meantime, here are some fun "Dirty Thirty" Courtyard By Marriott facts to read as well as a professional shots of their "Gen Next" rooms:
We don't know if it was the stress of the recent Waikiki lawsuit, or simply the after-effects of running the largest hotel chain in the world, but Bill Marriott is stepping down as CEO of Marriott International Inc., after 60 years on the job.
The Washington Post has published a statement from the chain hotel king, who declared his optimism about the future of the company, as well as his hotel-hopping retirement plans. Not that he didn't manage to get around before. But his new post as Executive Chairman will allow, we're guessing, for a pretty flexible schedule.
And, for the second time this week, we're a
little lot jealous of life at the top.
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UPDATE: Turns out that the color scheme in the two photos is totally different for a reason! There are two color schemes available to the rooms: Dark Rosewood (the dark one, pictured above) and Soaped Oak - the lighter color, visible in the renderings. For new pictures of both color schemes, see after the jump.
It’s heeeeere! We’ve spent every day of the last three weeks scouring Edition Hotels’ Facebook page and website to see whether they’d put up rooms of the Edition Istanbul, and although there’s still no joy on either count, we now have our hands on the very first picture of a room. Time to play a game of 'Is It Anything Like The Renderings?'!
The good news? In size and style, it looks almost exactly like these pictures of what the rooms were meant to be like, apart from one small thing – the color scheme is totally different! It’s gone from a cool ash color on the walls and floor to a much warmer, redder wood. And even the lamps floating from the ceiling have morphed from a silvery bronze to a gold color. At the time, don’t forget, we were told that:
Designed in conjunction with Gabellini Shepherd architects, the Istanbul Edition aimed for "quiet elegance" and "modern luxury" by using a color palate of bronze and silver-gold, with extensive use of pale and dark woods.
Unless the color balance has been touched up beyond recognition, we don’t see any of that pale wood. Not even on the ceiling.
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Ah, there’s nothing quite like intrigue and confusion to get us all excited over a hotel opening. And an early opening? That gets us even more aflutter.
But, no sooner did we see that news, than we had an email from Edition’s PRs telling us that the hotel did not soft open today, and that the online reports were inaccurate. They told us that:
The hotel will soft open soon with the official launch in March/April.
So we called the hotel to clarify and spoke to a charming gentleman who told us that no, the hotel didn’t open today. But, yes, it’s opening soon – very soon. In fact, it’s opening tomorrow.
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Christmas came early for HotelChatter! A tipster let us know that the website for the forthcoming Istanbul Edition was live, complete with photo renderings of the guest rooms, descriptions galore and even a few special room rate offers! So let's get right into it.
First up, let's talk about the rooms. After all, this hotel plans on being a
seven-star hotel Strike that. The hotel has no plans for seven-star status but instead plans to be a "luxury lifestyle hotel."
Designed in conjunction with Gabellini Shepherd architects, the Istanbul Edition aimed for "quiet elegance" and "modern luxury" by using a color palate of bronze and silver-gold, with extensive use of pale and dark woods (check out the hard wood floors in the pics below!)
The hotel has six room categories (not including the Penthouse Suite)--Superior, Superior with Terrace, Deluxe, Deluxe with Terrace, Loft with Terrace and Deluxe Prime.
Guest rooms start at 320-sq.ft. and feature an entrance vestibule, bedroom area, work station and seating area with wall-to-wall windows overlooking the city. Amenities include down comforters and pillows, customized linen, custom designed furniture and fabrics, silk carpets, oversized closets, glass enclosed shower and rain showerheads, 42” Bang & Olufsen flat screen TV’s with full cable access, iPod docking station and best of all free WiFi.
So what the hell, we're going to mash all those things up together, blend them into a nice, cool, boozy beverage, and tell you all about one of the Waikiki Edition's signature cocktails.
This baby is called One For The Hammock ($10), and it was created by one of the hotel's beverage consultants, Tobin Ellis, who wanted to showcase Cuervo Platino Tequila in a lighter, more beach-friendly drink that would go down easy.
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Ok. After several whiny complaints about not having enough photos of the Waikiki Edition to look at, we've been hit with a mother lode of Waikiki Edition photos. If you've been looking for photos of this sexy new hotel from Bill Marriott and Ian Schrager, look no further (and certainly, don't look on the hotel's website.)
Not only has the hotel's PR team sent over a few more professional snapshots of the spaces which include the private sunset beach area but we also got a totally amazing gift from a reader who sent us her own photos of the hotel--three galleries worth of photos!
In the galleries below, you will find our tipster's photos including the hotel's entrance and lobby, a guest room, snaps of the pool areas and even the Morimoto restaurant. You can then compare these with the professional shots in the very last gallery. The professional shots are pretty and with perfect lighting but we think they lack a little warmth. However that private sunset beach does look amazing. Want to go. Now. Mahalo!
What do you think of Ian and Bill's new baby? Let us know in comments below!
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The hotel's The Ilikai's (the building next to Edition) walkway to the beach. Yeah, we know. We're working on getting a room shot too! Update: We've got them here!
The long-awaited day is practically here! Waikiki Edition, the very first Edition Hotel from hoteliers Bill Marriott and Ian Schrager, will now open its doors tomorrow, September 28. Even better, rooms are still a reasonable $195 a night. So if you're in Honolulu and want to try something brand-spanking new, make your reservation now.
Yet still, there are no photos on the hotel's website, just renderings. We don't fully understand this. Why wouldn't they want to show off this supposedly genius new hotel brand? However, in the WSJ's new weekend section, Off-Duty, we did see a small thumbnail shot and we can say, the rooms with ocean views will be gorgeous. But we really couldn't assess much after that.
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The long-awaited creation from hoteliers Bill Marriott and Ian Schrager is just two months away! In stalking the reservations site for The Waikiki Edition today, we found that the hotel will open on October 5 and in even better news, Marriott has put together a "Debut Offer" of $195 a night for an ocean view guestroom. (Ahem, attention: Chatwal New York and your $600 opening rates.)
The hotel has also put together some introductory packages including a suite offer starting at $550 a night but really, a new hotel room in Hawaii for $195 a night PLUS free WiFi is a steal. If you're heading to Honolulu, DO IT HERE.
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The site of the new Miami Edition Hotel
Marriott spokesman John Wolf said the South Florida hotel, which sits on nearly three acres of beachfront property, is expected to open in three years after significant renovations.
So that means that the old South Beach Marriott will not turn into an Edition. But the Marriott brand will have quite a presence in South Beach, especially with their two new hotels opening in October. And for Ian Schrager, well, it will be his time in the South Beach sun again after many years of absence.
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Last month, we reported that the Waikiki Edition, the first hotel sprung from the loins, er minds of hotelier greats Bill Marriott and Ian Schrager, would open not in July as we had first hoped but in October instead. This was a bummer of course, but we kept ourselves happy by thinking of the complimentary WiFi that would be available for all guests when the hotel did open.
However, in checking on the hotel today we see that the website* now says Opening in September. Backing up this opening date, is a recent Honolulu Star article about Chef Masaharu Morimoto and his preparations for his restaurant inside the hotel. The Star says the hotel could open in either August or September. We nearly jumped out of our seats. Why, August is just a few weeks away!