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We’re getting close to the midway point of 2015, and so far we only have one confirmed opening from our list of five London hotels to watch this year (that’s the M by Montcalm Shoreditch). Things are looking up this week though, starting with online reservations going live for stays from August 15 at The Laslett Notting Hill, the new townhouse hotel we told you about late last year.
We can see rates starting from £155 ($244) on a Sunday night for a Spare Room Double, which range from 193-203 sq ft. That’s a prepaid rate, which goes up to £255 ($400) on a Saturday night. Largest rooms are Master Bedroom Suites at 313-360 sq ft, which on a Saturday in August is £350 ($550) a night when prepaid. Spare Room Singles are the entry-level category but as the name implies, sleep only one.
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If you look up the SoHo Metropolitan (part of Preferred Hotels & Resorts) on a tourism site, chances are pretty good that you won’t find it there. And if you ask your airport taxi driver to take you to take you to the hotel, you might have to give him/her the address in order to make it. But do you know who does know about the hotel? Film and music celebs, that’s who.
We checked out the hotel on a recent trip to Corktown (AKA Toronto, and for you history fiends, the nickname came about from an old historic neighborhood in the center of the city) because we wanted to know what draws all of those bright shining stars to the hotel? Following are the five main reasons why we think this is their pied-à-terre of choice. (With more pics in the Photo Gallery!).
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Alaya Room Terrace
This is Indonesian-owned Alaya Hotels & Resorts’ second hotel in Bali (the first one is in Ubud) and the first artsy, upmarket boutique hotel to enter one of Bali’s, let’s say, more colorful neighborhoods. In fact, it’s reputed to be THE hotel opening of the year in the party-hearty South Kuta resort district.
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The historic Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine hotel is located in a restored 12th-century abbey and winery in Spain’s Duero winegrowing region just one hour by train from Madrid, and we think that they want to get you a wee bit tipsy for your next spa treatment.
The hotel is opening its new El Santuario Spa on July 1 and its signature oenotherapy treatment menu includes a Spa Sommelier to help choose the treatment that’s right for you.
And this is how it works.
The owners of the Halcyon Apartments are Bath’s toned-down version of Sam Nazarian: They own The Halcyon Hotel, the Halcyon Apartments (which is really what we’re talking about here today), Circo Bar & Lounge (at The Halcyon), The Basement – a hopping nightclub, The Porter Bar and Lounge, and Clayton’s Kitchen, which is headed up by yet another Bath-based Michelin-starred chef, Rob Clayton (which begs the question: Do all Michelin chefs move to Bath?).
These hotel and lounge mini moguls opened the Halcyon Apartments, consisting of one two-bedroom and six one-bedroom suites, in a Georgian townhouse conveniently located on George Street, at the very foot of Bath’s main shopping street that also leads to its most well-known attractions.
The suites are done in a comfortable chic style that you can book for one night or 100 nights (online, though, you can only book for up to 14 days) so if you’re looking for a long-stay option or just want to spread out for a few days with the family, this is the place for you. (If you’re looking for a room-room you can book into The Halcyon hotel, found at the other end of the historic area on South Parade.)
A stop at the Abbey Hotel’s Allium Brasserie for dinner one night prompted us to pop in the next day for an impromptu tour of this three-star arty, contemporary hotel. What this fateful stop proved to us once and for all is that many three-stars in Bath have pretty much everything you need for a comfortable stay and don’t charge you an arm-and-leg for it. (See also our piece on The Queensberry Hotel as a case in point.)
The hotel has 60 rooms (when we walked through last fall, the rumor was that there were plans for expansion to 99) set in a row of three 270-year-old townhouses. Situated close to shopping, restaurants, the Roman Baths, the Thermae Bath and Spa and Bath Abbey, you’re in really good company location-wise.
All rooms are decorated in a bright and sunny modern style, with a hint of English garden design evident. Light oak furniture, houndstooth and plaid patterns on the beds and windows, and original artwork make up the décor. Rooms also carry bespoke Hypnos beds, iPads, free WiFi and REN toiletries.
Bathrooms are kinda plain Jane but they're in the process of being reno’ed and will be completed by November.
The Queensberry Hotel is one of those small hotels made up of several townhouses – in this case, four Georgian ones – that is nicely designed in a contemporary way but with some little oddities added in that only seem to properly come from the British.
Things like having an elevator that jerks and hesitates like it’s not going to make it, and moves so slow you’ll probably beat it if you take the stairs. We used it as an opportunity to grab a few winks on the way up and down.
Then there’s the oddly placed monkey statue set on the modern bar.
And stairs that seem to come out of nowhere.
And the bulldog pillows.
The thoroughly surprising picturesque walled courtyard in the back.
The antique dresser that we could open to put our clothes in but then couldn’t get them back out.
And, finally, the best meal we had in Bath, hands-down.
All of this serves to create an oddly satisfying stay where you feel like you’re privy to a place whose eccentricities perhaps outweigh your own.
We certainly do have pics in the photo gallery!
Things are heating up in Charleston, and we don’t mean just the temperature, as the race for hotel openings continues. Last November, we reported several hotels in the works and about a year ago we highlighted one in particular that was off and running.
The Spectator Hotel, in Charleston's French Quarter, is now preparing for a July opening. In fact, just in time for July 4th with a two-night offering.
The hotel’s web site shows a first available date as July 4, with a 2-day minimum at $594 per night; after that, rates start at $349.
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The last hotel on our ramble through Switzerland takes us to the country’s capital of Bern and the uptown chic hotel, the Hotel Schweizerhof Bern (part of Leading Hotels of the World and Swiss Deluxe Hotels).
This 99-room property’s been around for more than 150 years and in 2005 the hotel shut down for a major reno (you know the story: you’re a new owner so you absolutely have to re-decorate) and, six years and 50 million Swiss Francs later, ta-da! Now it’s a stylin' five-star superior property.
Designed by Maria Vafiadis from MKV Design in London, our 410 sq ft Deluxe King Room was decorated in earthy taupes and grays with dramatic stainless steel and black-and-white glass bathrooms. Floors were done in herringbone oak which kept the room warm in feel and the view was of the rooftops of the Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It had the feel of a luxe pied-à-terre.
Room perks include the minibar with its complimentary beer and soft drinks, a Nespresso machine and kettle, free WiFi, locally-made comfy linens, a Japanese soaking tub AND a shower, a window in the bathroom that opens and has the same aforementioned view, and Bulgari White Tea toiletries (this writer’s fave of the Bulgari line).
See the rest of the hotel pics in the image gallery!
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Originally opened as the Hotel Bellevue in the oldie days of 1875, the Park Weggis hotel (part of Swiss Deluxe Hotels) – on Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne – has definitely renovated since that time. One of its latest renos, completed in 2007 (they also renovated some rooms in the main building in 2011), was to add ten uber-modern Adara Suites and this is where our story starts.
Many of the luxury hotels in Switzerland are beautiful, yes, but tend to lean towards a more traditional elegance. What strikes us about these suites, which brings the room count up to 52 at this boutique Relais & Chateaux property, is their modernity.
We stayed in an Adara Deluxe Junior Suite – the Adara ones come in Deluxe Junior Suites and then Suites – which was about 70 sq m (750 sq ft) and we’ll tell ya, the green-tinged black marble bathroom took up about half of that space. If your idea of relaxing is to set your one-touch mood lighting to “evening,” hang out in the deep soaking tub in the middle of your bathroom with a glass of prosecco, and then shower under the Dornbracht Bigrain rain shower using the Bulgari Red Tea toiletries (surprisingly hard to come by and, in case you’re wondering, we did take them home with us), then this is the luxe crash pad for you.
There are so many more pics in the photo gallery!
Last September, we told you that amidst the big splash made by hotel openings such as The Hoxton Holborn and Mondrian at Sea Containers, London also welcomed a petite property in the form of Artist Residence Pimlico, just touching the double-digit room count with a total of ten accommodations.
We wandered down Pimlico’s “grid” (a range of blocks by planner Thomas Cubitt, now a conservation area) to get a better understanding of what being a resident (artist or otherwise) at Artist Residence would be like – here’s what we found.
The banking theme runs through the hotel (as well as the Gotham City theme, thesexy Downton theme and the “sexiest hotel in Europe” theme), according to Mancunian Matters, with moneybags on the laundry bags, walls embossed with typewriters and “gold ingot toiletry stands” – for real.