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The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, Will Open in Cabo in June

March 31, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just last week, we were stoked to discover that Thompson Hotels' two new Mexico hotels--one in Cabo San Lucas and one in Playa del Carmen-- would be opening this summer and fall, respectively.

Today, the news has been made official, at least for Thompson in Cabo San Lucas, with reservations open for June 13 and beyond.

The Cape, a Thompson Hotel is located along Monuments Beach, a secluded setting popular amongst surfers. That in itself is pretty special as the water's edge at most beachfront hotels in Cabo are too rough for swimming. The location also offers great views of the iconic Arch in Cabo, which the hotel says can be seen from all 161 rooms, especially since all have private terraces. Or you can gaze at the Baja landscape from the hotel's rooftop lounge and garden.

About the rooms, The Cape will offer one, two, and three-bedroom guestrooms, along with bi-level suites with private rooftops. Certain rooms will also have hanging utdoor daybeds and plunge pools.

The design was headed up by Mexican architect Javier Sanchez of JSa Arquitectura, in collaboration with Arquitectura de Interiores. Here's a bit on the vibe for The Cape, which is billed as "mid-century modern aesthetic with a vibrant 1960s Mexico-meets-Southern California."

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Tommie Hudson Square Accepting Reservations for October 1 (And There are Room Photos Too!)

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  Site Where: 231 Hudson Street [map], New York, NY, United States
March 23, 2015 at 2:48 PM | by | Comment (1)

You guys. Omg. tommie hotels, the eagerly anticipated millennial hotel brand from Commune Hotels, finally have a real deal hotel website up, complete with room photos of tommie Hudson Square, amenity descriptions and a working reservations system.

The website is currently taking reservations for October 1 starting at $245.67 a night, although the hotel could open earlier since "Summer 2015" was the last official word. But let's put the opening date specifics aside for a moment and focus on what's inside the hotel.

To show off what they are all about, tommie has the ultimate millennial video , which shows a millennial couple entering the room and doing a quick fall-onto-the-bed-together move. Then the dude, who has in-between beard growth and enviable hair pulled back into a low but short ponytail sits on the bed and strums a guitar while his hot girlfriend captures the results of her vision board on her iPhone. Then the two of them put on their jackets (he: a smart casual suit jacket; she: a to-die-for leather biker jacket) and head out the door. Not before checking themselves out in the mirror, though. Really, all that's missing is a selfie photo shoot.

After a bunch of clicking, you'll finally get to the room amenities and room descriptions for the tommie Hudson Square property, although we suspect the features will be present in other tommie hotels, especially the one that's planned for NYC's NoMad nabe.

Here's what you can expect in the room at tommie:

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Get Pumped: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Will Open on June 5

March 18, 2015 at 4:46 PM | by | Comments (2)

Commune Hotels & Resorts is getting very close to opening the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel , a 241-room lifestyle hotel in the Michigan Ave nabe and it will be quite the spot.

The historic Venetian Gothic tower, first built in 1893, has been under major restoration and renovation for the past two years We first profiled the plans for the building back in 2013 when contributor Nina K. Hahn peeked at what Harstone Plunkard Architecture and Roman and Williams had in mind for the place, as well as snapping what the spot looked like before it went under the knife.

Yet throughout the renovation process, the teams have kept much of the building’s 19th architectural elements such as the bas-relief woodcarvings on the fireplaces, stained glass windows and marble staircases.

Keep reading for a look at how the building used to be and for a sneak peek at the all-new guest rooms!

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Joie de Vivre Wants You to Take a 'Joy Ride' With Their New Website

September 15, 2014 at 4:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Joie de Vivre Hotels is the latest hotel brand to debut a new, friendlier website that goes way beyond looking at room photos and making a reservation.

Instead of being a cold-hearted point of transaction, JDV's new site wants to take you on a "joy ride" with their "Explore" tool which seeks to match up an ideal hotel for you based on where you want to go and what your interests are. (This is pretty much Yvette, JDV's friendly matchmaker, for the millennial generation.)

Speaking of millennials, the site has "enriched social integrations", meaning Instagram feeds show up, and there's even a new Joy Ride" travel blog, chronicling all aspects of life in cities where JDV hotels can be found.

The design, done by NYC-based digital advertising and marketing agency, Sideways, is top-notch and the site is also "optimized for all devices," meaning it's easy to read from your phone and tablet. But it's not exactly the high-stakes adventure you think of when you hear the words "joy ride." That said, the photos are big and pretty so you can see up close what's in a room. And that's still the most important function we want from a hotel's website.

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The Thompson Hotel in Miami Beach is Finally Happening

Where: 4041 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
May 28, 2014 at 8:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Miami hotel scene shows absolutely no signs of slowing down and now there's another big name in boutique to add into the mix--Thompson Miami Beach.

Thompson, under its former owners, tried to make the Hotel Victor their original Miami hotspot but the brand's new owners, Commune Hotels and Resorts decided to attach themselves to a different project.

Located at 4041 Collins Avenue in a former cone building, close-ish to the raging hotspot that is the Fontainbleau, the Thompson Hotel will have 380 hotel rooms featuring "beach-inspired accommodations and mid-century, international resort style." Designer Martin Brudnizki is in charge of the design which will (of course) preserve the building's Art Deco flair and 1950s architecture.

The Thompson will also have two pools, a small spa, three bars and a 267-seat "classic brasserie" from James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef and Miami native Michelle Bernstein.

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5 Beekman Street Will Turn Into The Beekman Hotel Next Summer

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  Site Where: 5 Beekman Street [map], New York, NY, United States
May 1, 2014 at 11:20 AM | by | Comment (1)

It's been two years since we last checked in on the progress at 5 Beekman Street, an old, historic office building downtown that was revealed to have incredible glass roof over its atrium, but according to the NY Times article, the hotel will now open in summer 2015.

Everything else at the hotel is coming along as scheduled. The owners snapped up an adjacent parcel next door to 5 Beekman to build more hotel rooms as well as condos. The whole shebang will have 287 hotel rooms spread out over the two buildings, and 68 residences in the new building which will also house two restaurants and a lounge on its ground floor. The hotel will be called The Beekman Hotel and it will be operated by Commune Hotels under the Thompson Hotels brand.

Some cool design features of the historic building that The Beekman will keep include "gold brackets shaped like dragons, metal grilles patterned with leaves, and even some walls with peeling paint...."

We know what you're thinking, how very "Ace" of them. So it's no surprise that one of the companies developing the Beekman also helped developed the Ace and The Noman.

There's no early word on pricing but given that everything is a little cheaper downtown we're keeping our fingers crossed for no more than $350 a night.

[Photo: ScoutingNY]

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Commune Planning Two More Hotels for Manhattan [UPDATED]

April 28, 2014 at 4:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

After the Thompson Hotel founders split from Commune Hotels, they managed to walk away with most of their NYC properties, save for Gild Hall (pictured above) and Smyth Tribeca. The other properties have since been rebranded as Sixty Hotels.

But now Commune is working on opening two new hotels in Manhattan. That's in addition to the two tommie hotels that are expected to open in 2015 and 2016.

Crain's reports that Commune will open a new Thompson hotel in 2016 along with an entirely new hotel which will have a residential component. Say what? UPDATE: A Commune rep told us this will not be a new brand but rather they aren't ready to divulge the brand name for the new hotel. Our apologies for getting too excited about this.

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NYC's Tommie Hotel is Slowly Moving Along, with New Renderings

Where: 11 East 31st Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10016
March 19, 2014 at 9:22 AM | by | Comment (1)

It's been seven months since we noted that construction was slowly but surely happening on the Tommie Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Seems we should have emphasized the slowly over the surely as we peeked in the other day and found only the beginning of excavations. On the brighter side, though, we also found a rendering pasted up -- albeit alongside a somewhat disappointing Spring 2016 estimated completion.

A peek at architect Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman's website throws up some more renderings revealing an interesting grid-like feature on the rooftop and at the front entrance.

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Trump, Thompson, Rosewood, Mandarin Oriental and Even Nobu Announce New Hotels

January 28, 2014 at 2:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yo. There is so much hotel news flying around this week--way more than usual--and in between checking out Vin Diesel's latest Facebook video and signing petitions to get Bieber deported, we just don't have enough time to focus on all the new hotels news. So here's a quick rundown to get you up to speed on the latest.

TRUMP HOTEL RIO DE JANEIRO: So our guess yesterday about Trump Hotels' latest announcement had to do with China but we were so wrong. The luxury hotel group is actually planning a 13-story, 171-guestroom hotel in the Jardim Oceanico sub-district of the famous Barra da Tijuca borough. It will open in 2016 just in time for the Summer Olympics. The Rockwell Group will be doing the interiors and the hotel will have a rooftop pool deck with private VIP cabanas, a nightclub, a spa, a fitness center and all the signature Trump services and amenities.

THOMPSON PLAYA DEL CARMEN: Commune Hotels + Resorts have announced a second Thompson Hotel for Mexico--Thompson Playa Del Carmen. The hotel will have 125 rooms and suites with a rooftop pool as well as a spa. It will be the only hotel in Playa to have a both a central 5th Avenue--a 2-mile-long shopping and entertainment pedestrian thoroughfare--and a beachfront location. It will open in 2015. The other Thompson in Mexico, Thompson Los Cabos, is currently under development.

ROSEWOOD SANYA: Rosewood Hotels and Resorts have announced yet another new property. Rosewood Sanya will open in 2017 in a new development in Haitang Bay in Southern Hainan Island. The resort will actually be integrated with the International Finance Forum convention center which will open in 2015. Designed by Chicago-based architectural firm, Goettsch, the Rosewood Sanya will have 229 ocean-facing guest rooms and suites, an infinity-edge "sky pool" (i.e. located way up high), a Sense spa and five restaurant options.

Keep reading below for even more hotel news.

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There's a Fight Brewing Over Who Will Run 6 Columbus

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  Site Where: 6 Columbus Circle [map], New York, NY, United States, 10023
November 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

On the heels of Jason Pomeranc's announcement that he would be rebranding his hotel company as Sixty Hotels comes some sour news about the fate of 6 Columbus. Specifically, the hotel's owners are asking Pomeranc and his partners to leave their management contract.

Crain's New York reports that the hotel's owners were not aware that Pomeranc's former partner, Commune Hotels, who is now the sole owner of the Thompson Hotels brand, was no longer managing the property. Um, what? Sounds like the 308 Hotel Corp needs to start reading HotelChatter a little more often.

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Does The Hollywood Roosevelt Want to Escape The Commune?

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  Site Where: 7000 Hollywood Boulevard [map], Hollywood, CA , United States, 90028
November 4, 2013 at 3:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

When Thompson Hotels' Jason Pomeranc and his partners left the Commune Hotels collection the other month, they walked away with Thompson's prized NYC properties but had to leave a few choice hotels behind as well as the beloved Thompson name.

Now, as Pomeranc and co. toil away on their new boutique hotel brand, we're getting word from some super secret hotel insiders that the Hollywood Roosevelt wants out of the Commune. We're not exactly sure of the reason but there is speculation that the hotel's owners liked the Pomeranc association. But again, this is purely speculation.

Indeed, a spokesperson for Thompson and Commune told us that the Hollywood Roosevelt "will remain a Thompson-branded property under Commune's management."

Keep reading for some hotel rumor mongering!

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Hotel Victor Miami Remodel Moves Forward Without Thompson Hotels

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  Site Where: 1144 Ocean Dr [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
August 13, 2013 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (3)

A month ago we told you South Beach's historic Hotel Victor would undergo a huge change--they'd become a Thompson Hotel. Joining such a prestigious group would have been a welcome face-lift for the weary Victor, especially in a town where there's a new hotel or refurb on nearly every block.

But, the partnership to become Thompson Ocean Drive apparently wasn't meant to be because it was recently announced the deal was off. The Hotel Victor will remain with owners Pomeranc brothers who have sold the Thompson name in their portfolio. The details of that tale are here. Meanwhile, the Hotel Victor will eventually be branded under a new hotel company thanks to the assistance of former Thompson CEO Stephen Brandman, who's paired up with the Pomeranc brothers. The name of this new company? TBD. Dazzling news.

However, renovations started six months ago and the Victor officially closed in April, so it was decided to finish what had been started and run the property under the Commune brand until told otherwise. But the name will remain Hotel Victor. Period.

Get all that? No? You're not the only one. To say it's been an adjustment for everyone is an understatement.

We were fortunate enough to look at the progress and we must say, it's looking good!

Take a look at our photos and see the transformation in progress!

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