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The World's Largest Nobu Restaurant to Open Soon at The Four Seasons Doha

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  Site Where: Doha , Qatar
February 23, 2015 at 3:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa, is a busy man these days. In addition to growing his Nobu Hotels collection (Miami, Chicago and London hotels are all coming soon), he's also celebrating the 20th anniversary of his eponymous restaurant empire.

And what better way to celebrate than by opening the largest Nobu in the world (and the second one for the Middle East) inside one of the most luxe properties in the world, The Four Seasons Doha? It's like the Nobu version of #treatyoself.

The opening date for the 26,000-sq.ft. Rockwell Group-designed Nobu at The Four Seasons Doha is still uncertain, but when it's finished it will be quite an affair. Which is par for the course for over the-top Doha.

The restaurant will feature an expansive 192-seat interior dining area, intimate 10-seat sushi counter, two exclusive private dining rooms, and a one-of-a-kind 82-seat rooftop lounge that encompasses both indoor and outdoor seating options.

Elliptical ribbons of river stone capped with bronze accents form the exterior of the structure – resembling a coiled shell – creating the three-tiered levels of the restaurant. While incorporating design elements made from natural, rich materials that reflect the cuisine and roots of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, this location will reflect Doha’s specific history and culture. Since the city is known for pearl diving, Rockwell Group references this past in many layers of the design.

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Four Seasons Quits Uruguay, Shangri-La Has Island Fever, and Other Hotel News

February 20, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s nearly the weekend, there's lots of hotel news that is worthy of your attention, so here are a few snippets to keep you up to date on the latest from around the world.

Four Seasons Carmelo, Uruguay: we could almost do a weekly feature called the Four Seasons Chronicles, because the news about the Canadian group keeps coming in. Upping its hotels in South America with two new properties in Colombia just a few weeks ago, now it’s down one again by virtue of the departure of the resort in Carmelo, Uruguay by March 31 this year. By early March we should find out which brand will come in its place.

Shangri-La in Mauritius and Sri Lanka: having gotten the opening of its hotel at the Shard in London out of the way in 2014, this year Shangri-La Hotels will have islands on its mind. First, in Mauritius, the former Oberoi Le Touessrok will become Shangri-La Le Touessrok in September following a major renovation. On Sri Lanka, Shangri-La Hambantota Resort & Spa should open just before that, with a second property in capital Colombo to follow in 2017.

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3 More Hotels For Escaping 'Chiberia' (Because You Really Need It)

February 5, 2015 at 4:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've got perfect timing to recommend 3 more hot hotels in Chicago, following the fifth biggest snowstorm the city has ever seen. So without further adieu, strap on your snow boots, zip up your Moncler jacket and head straight to these Chicago hotels for some serious hibernating (or at least one night in a warm and pampering hotel):

The Palmer House Hilton: The Palmer House is steeped in Chicago tradition. It was originally bought by Potter Palmer as a wedding gift for his new bride Bertha (lucky lady). Thirteen days after its purchase, it burned to the ground in the Great Chicago Fire (huge bummer). But ole’ Potter persevered, rebuilding it from the ground up and it re-opened in 1873; it’s now the nation’s longest continually running hotel (and a very upscale Hilton).

The Lockwood Restaurant and its bar are stunning – and the cocktails start flowing at 11:00 am if you want to get an early start. Afternoon tea is served daily from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and room service is 24 hours. Make time for a visit to the Balance Spa, health club and indoor pool. Interested in Chicago history? Take the very cool “History is Hott” tour (you don’t even have to leave the hotel!) where you’ll learn interesting factoids like Chicago is actually named after an onion.

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Four Seasons Will Open Seoul in September, Bogotá by December

February 4, 2015 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s pretty much a year and a half ago we learnt about Four Seasons coming to the South Korean capital of Seoul, and just as we have a better understanding of when exactly this year it will open and a first impression of what it will look like inside, the Canadian group throws in two more openings in the Colombian capital of Bogotá by the end of the year. We can’t keep up.

To cover off the Asian edition first, Four Seasons Seoul will open in September, just a few months after the initially predicted May arrival. Above that impression of a guestroom, of which there will be 317 in total, bringing in traditional Korean motifs centered around that new FS bed. Following what we saw in Johannesburg, we hope that that strong blue we spy is a sign of some interesting colors, fabrics, and patterns to find in the rooms. The brand new building will have seven places to eat and drink, including a “hidden drinking den” speakeasy. A website isn’t live yet, but when it is we’ll report back with details on rates and additional images.

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The Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Wants You to Channel Everyone's Favorite Lady of the Night

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  Site Where: 9500 Wilshire Boulevard [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90212
February 4, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Prepare to feel old – really old. Pretty Woman came out 25 years ago. 25 years! A whole quarter of a century! Yup, we feel old too.

To celebrate the anniversary, the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire, which was the setting for the movie, has come out with the most ridiculous package ever: Pretty Woman for a Day.

How much does it cost to feel pretty? Why, a minimum of $15,000.

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Inside and All Around The Four Seasons Dubai

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  Site Where: Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
January 16, 2015 at 5:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

GUESS THE HOTEL REVEALED!

It was promised to Dubai residents almost five years ago that Four Seasons was going to enter the Dubai market with a spectacular golf resort at Festival City.

Unfortunately, due to a plethora of reasons, it was not to be and the luxury hotel operator’s entry into the market was called off, if only for the time being. It has been a long wait but the Four Seasons’ second attempt to enter the glitzy Dubai hospitality scene is finally over.

One look at Four Seasons Dubai at Jumeirah Beach and it is not hard to understand why it took the company this long to enter. They waited for the right partner, identified the right location and orchestrated the right product mix. Everything from the warm welcome, the color palettes and the well-designed amenities and facilities, (including the spherical vodka bar we told you about last week), the Four Seasons was not going to get their second chance wrong by a long shot.

Here are a bunch of photos of the Four Seasons Dubai to keep you occupied all weekend long. So many photos. So, so, so many photos. You're welcome.

[Photos: Aditya Rajaram/HotelChatter]

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Three Killer Views From The Four Seasons Orlando at Disney World

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  Site Where: 10100 Dream Tree Boulevard [map], Orlando, FL, United States, 32836
January 9, 2015 at 3:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's a reason why you should spend a little extra for a room with a view at the Four Seasons Orlando at Disney World, and it's because you won't just get one killer view, you'll get a few different killer views.

Here are just three perspectives we snapped during a recent stay in November in a Park View King Room:

1. EPCOT: If you crane your head to the left from your private balcony, you'll see the iconic golf ball shape of EPCOT.

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Four Seasons Dublin Is Now Intercontinental Dublin

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  Site Where: Simmonscourt Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Ireland, 4
January 6, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (2)

Last time we checked in on Four Seasons Dublin, it was getting ready to wind down with another “five-star brand” ready to take over.

We guessed Intercontinental – and lo, it has come to pass! It switched hands officially on 1 January.

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Four Seasons Rebounds in Bangkok; Is Also Hard at Work on The Surf Club

January 5, 2015 at 2:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just two weeks ago, we were stunned to hear that Four Seasons would be leaving Bangkok (pictured above), to be replaced by a flagship Anantara resort. But we also had a feeling this wasn't the end of the road for FS in Bangkok. In fact, here's exactly what we said:

As much as this means a departure for Four Seasons from Bangkok, there is no doubt in our mind that the Canadian group will come back to a city where nearly every luxury brand under the sun is either represented or busy building something new – something tells us it will be connected to this: Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, a new development a bit south of the Mandarin Oriental and Peninsula. Time will tell, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

And now we're keeping you posted.

Four Seasons Hotels have just announced that they will open the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, adjacent to the aforementioned Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok at Chao Phraya River.

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Four Seasons Bangkok Will Become Anantara Siam Bangkok On March 1

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  Site Where: 155 Radjadamri Road, Bangkok, Thailand, 10330
December 23, 2014 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

We had heard whispers of this bit of hotel news before, but frankly couldn’t believe it would really happen, and yet here it is: Four Seasons Bangkok will be no more.

From March 1, the 354-room hotel on Radjadamri Road will become the flagship for Anantara Hotels & Resorts, officially known as Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel & Spa.

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Hotel Holiday Cocktail Week 2014: Four Seasons London Canary Wharf’s Christmas Carol Cocktails

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  Site Where: 46 Westferry Circus, London, United Kingdom, E14 8RS
December 18, 2014 at 3:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

‘Tis the season to celebrate and there’s no better way than with a holiday-inspired beverage. And, as we all know, a holiday cocktail a day keeps the Grinch away. For Hotel Holiday Cocktail Week, we’ve scanned the globe for some delectably delicious cocktails that will leave you humming a merry tune that doesn’t include, “You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch.”

Four Seasons London at Canary Wharf has created a holiday cocktail collection based on Dickens’ classic tale, A Christmas Carol. The three ghosts, or spirits, in the story are brought to life through three enticing cocktails, the 1870 X.O, the Apple Pie Eggnog Martini and the Sparkling English Christmas.

Once upon a time there lived an "extra old" cognac that was first bottled in 1870 by Maurice Hennessy, and this is where our cocktail story begins. Representing the Ghost of Christmas Past, the 1870 X.O Cocktail hearkens back to the days of yore when dark liquors were all the rage.

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Is Santa Fe's Four Seasons the Most Down to Earth in the Country?

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  Site Where: 198 State Road 592 [map], Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
December 18, 2014 at 10:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Across the country, there are examples that show Four Seasons luxury properties trying to remain down to earth. Cheesesteak spring rolls in Philly, for example, or free drinks in Denver. But never have we seen a Four Seasons let its hair down the way it has in Santa Fe.

The tone at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Santa Fe is set immediately by two things: The setting and the staff. The former speaks for itself in terms of its location in the hills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains ten minutes outside of downtown Santa Fe. If you do any research at all, you expect that. I mean, the address is "198 State Road 592," after all. But do you expect to walk into a Four Seasons and see that the staff is all decked out in... jeans?

I enjoy a taste of luxury as much as anyone, but I was relieved the moment I arrived and saw the front desk crew wearing the same thing as me. It just made sense for Santa Fe, a destination where chile, chocolate, and lacing up your hiking boots are the main attractions. Dress up?! I ordered red chile!

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