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More Details on the Curious Case of Philly's Four Seasons Location Change

January 23, 2014 at 10:13 AM | by | Comments (3)

Last year’s hottest hotel scene gets off to good start in 2014 will the announcement that one of its luxury hotels, the Four Seasons, will be upgrading its location within the city.

For those who have recently stayed at the FS Philly or who read our coverage about its killer view of Logan Circle, the word “upgrade” might come as a surprise. Currently, you can see all the way down the Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum from many west-facing rooms.

But sources within Philly tell us that the property has “grown stale” after over 30 years, and needs a boost to continue to compete with the city’s booming Center City hotel market, including its luxurious competitors, the Rittenhouse Hotel and the Ritz Carlton, as well as the up and coming midmarket properties in and around Rittenhouse Square and City Hall (like the Kimpton Palomar, for example).

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'The Bachelor' is Getting Married in Santa Barbara at This Swanky Resort

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  Site Where: 1260 Channel Drive [map], Santa Barbara, CA , United States, 93108
January 22, 2014 at 4:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

While "The Bachelor's" current clown stud, Juan Pablo, is about to jet off to Seoul with his harem of women on the ridiculous reality dating show that you can't not watch, the last Bachelor, Sean Lowe is about to say "I Do" on live television to his scriptedtrue love, Catherine Giudici. Not surprisingly, the wedding will take place at a hotel--Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

Here's what Catherine said about the planned nuptials:

"The beach is so pretty and the venue is just gorgeous!' said Catherine. 'It will be just the two of us, on the beach. Chilling out and having a great time."

Yes, just the two of you on the beach and MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WATCHING AT HOME.

That said, she is right about the hotel being a gorgeous venue as the hotel has five different, outdoor spots where folks can get married. While Sean and Catherine will get hitched on the beach, the resort also allows for weddings in various gardens and lawns, including the Monte Vista Lawn where the Santa Ynez mountains serve as a backdrop.

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Arrivals, Departures, and Renovations: Latest Hotels News from Philly to Bermuda

January 20, 2014 at 8:45 AM | by | Comment (1)

It’s Monday morning and there is tons of hotel news flying around, so to get the week off to a good start we have the latest for you from Philadelphia to Bermuda and Indianapolis to Kuala Lumpur.

The debate on which Philadelphia hotel has the best view we think may permanently shift in a few years’ time, with the announcement that Comcast is building a second skyscraper – 59 stories tall – that will house a new Four Seasons Hotel on its top fifteen floors. Furthest up is the above top-floor restaurant, in what we assume is one of 13 three-story “sky gardens” the building will feature. Located at 18th and Arch, it will be the tallest building in Philadelphia, and the tallest in the United States outside New York and Chicago.

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Will the Classic Hotel Glória In Rio Become a Four Seasons?

January 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Brazil has a few big years coming up, hosting the FIFA World Cup this summer and the Olympic Games in 2016. That can only mean two things: lots of new hotels and lots of high, high rates.

We’d heard already that Four Seasons Hotels was moving in on the burgeoning market, but more details on what that might look like are starting to appear: Bloomberg is reporting that the Canadian group is looking at up to five properties: two in Sao Paulo, one in capital Brasilia and a resort in Pernambuco (more on that later), and in Rio de Janeiro possibly in the classic Hotel Glória, built in 1922 for the International Exhibition and being sold by embattled billionaire Eike Batista.

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The Four Seasons Orlando at Disney World Will Open on August 3 at $645 a Night

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  Site Where: 10100 Dream Tree Boulevard [map], Golden Oak, FL, United States, 32836
January 10, 2014 at 2:52 PM | by | Comments (3)

Just after we released out Master List of Worldwide Hotel Openings, we received an actual opening date for the hotly anticipated Four Seasons Orlando at Disney World.

Starting on August 3, two adults and two children can spend the night in a Golden Oak View room for *just* $645 a night. You also have the option of choosing one king bed or two double beds. There's also a queen-size sofa bed in the room and a crib can be placed in the room as well.

Lake and park view rooms cost a little bit more at $695 and $795 a night, respectively. If 500-sq.ft. isn't enough space, the Golden Oak suite can be booked for $1,050 a night which has a separate sitting area. (Most rooms, if not all, have their own furnished balconies from which you can gaze out at the Disney World and other parks.)

That price might sound a little steep for a family vacay but the hotel is running a "Stay Longer" offer which will give you a third night free if you book two consecutive nights. While we're not quite ready to brave Orlando in the August heat, that's quite a tempting offer for a new Four Seasons in Disney World.

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The Beverly Wilshire Will Kick Off Awards Season This Sunday With a Viewing Party

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  Site Where: 9500 Wilshire Boulevard [map], Beverly Hills, CA, United States, 90212
January 10, 2014 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

This Sunday, the 2014 Awards Season kicks off in Los Angeles with the 71st Golden Globes Awards ceremony (hosted by lovely ladies Tina Fey and Amy Pohler.) As they have been for more than 50 years, the Golden Globes will be held at the Beverly Hilton. But the Hilton isn't the only spot in town to go for some celeb-stalkingwatching.

Popping into the Four Seasons Los Angeles, the Peninsula Beverly Hills or the Beverly Hills Hotel will also increase your chances of seeing a star (hopefully, not a reality one.)

Yet there's an even better way to enjoy awards season without appearing like an over-eager fan but while still feeling like a part of the Hollywood movie-making magic --by indulging in a tasteful viewing party at the The Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel.

Starting with the Golden Globes this weekend and concluding with the Oscars on March 1st, the Beverly Wilshire will be hosting soirees in their BLVD bar and have partnered with Moet & Chandon Champagne to provide the bubbly. The full schedule is below. For table reservations, call (310) 385 3901. Need a room? The hotel has rooms available on Sunday for $615 a night which is actually pretty average for a Beverly Hills hotel during awards season.

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Best Hotel Renovation of 2013: The Four Seasons Las Vegas

December 31, 2013 at 10:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of year again: the 2013 HotelChatter Awards! Today and tomorrow, we'll be showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to...

What's the next best thing after new hotels? Newly renovated hotels! And in 2013, we saw so many hotels getting drastic new looks. So many, it was kinda hard to choose one winner.

For instance, the Novotel Times Square which went from 80s decor to a super cool futuristic style. Across the pond in London, Rosewood Hotels transformed the old Chancery Court Hotel into a dazzling design hotel with an elegant Mirror Room where the ceiling is made entirely of mirrors. Down in Florida, the Loews Portofino Bay upgraded their look from an average-looking hotel room with depressing dark wood furniture to a posh neutral palette with luxe furnishings we'd like for our own home, especially the carpeting. (And how often do we say that about a hotel room?) You can even watch the transformation from dud to stud in a cool time-lapse video put out by the hotel.

But out in Vegas, we thought the transformation at Four Seasons (inside Mandalay Bay) was the most impressive (Just FYI: The renovations were completed in December 2012.) The rooms went from 80s gold-digger lover with sparse furnishings to glamorous Art Deco habitations, each with dozens of decor accents like eye-catching artwork, giant wall mirrors, detailed patterns and plush seating. Don't believe us? This is how the rooms used to look. Egads!

Feel like getting lucky in Vegas at the Four Seasons? Rates start at $234 a night this weekend. And don't forget, the hottest hotel chef in the world is downstairs!

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Which Philly Luxury Hotel Has the Best View?

December 26, 2013 at 3:26 PM | by | Comments (6)

When it comes to the upper echelon of hotels in Philly, there is a common denominator that goes beyond their luxe accommodations and service: Epic views of the city's top landmarks.

Three hotels in particular stand out thanks to their great locations: The Rittenhouse Hotel overlooks Rittenhouse Square (bottom); the Four Seasons Philly provides views of Logan Circle and down the Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum (top); and the Ritz Carlton Philly sits right next to City Hall and the infamous perch of William Penn (center).

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Four Seasons NY Downtown Has Finally Taken Off

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  Site Where: 30 Park Place, New York, United States
December 5, 2013 at 8:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

As we mentioned last week, the groundbreaking ceremony for the 82-story Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown took place this Tuesday at 11am. That’s exciting news, as it marks the end of that rather long wait, but also because we now have a first indication of what the Yabu Pushelberg interiors will look like. Behold, three renderings of the hotel’s public spaces.

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Four Seasons Austin Has Gone to WhoVille This Holiday Season

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  Site Where: 98 San Jacinto Boulevard [map], Austin, TX, United States, 78701
December 2, 2013 at 6:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

The world is officially in "Countdown to Christmas" mode and now, so are we. Every day until Christmas we'll be featuring a hotel that's in a holiday mood--whether it be with gigantic gingerbread houses, over-the-top Christmas decorations, thrilling lighting displays and best of all, Santa appearances. But of course, any hotel can assemble a fake tree, put on some lights and declare themselves "festive." Which is why we're looking at hotels that are really going ALL OUT. Know of a hotel that's super excited for Christmas? Let us know!

The Four Seasons Austin got a jump on the holiday decorations last week, when they unveiled their Dr. Seuss-themed Gingerbread WhoVillage, a gingerbread replica of the town of Whoville from How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Conceived by the hotel's pastry chefs back in August, the WhoVillage features a Mt. Crumpet, Cindy Lou Who's house, a giant Town Center Christmas Tree, a Welcome to Whoville Sign and a train that looks like the Grinch's stolen bag of toys.

All in all, the village features ten houses made entirely out of edible materials (each one also takes the team of pasty chefs about 30 hours to construct.) Additionally, each house is sold to a sponsor and the proceeds are donated to the Seton Shivers Cancer Center. Sorry, we don't think sponsors can eat the house until the display comes down on January 1st.

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The Four Seasons Downtown New York Will Break Ground on December 3

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  Site Where: 30 Park Place [map], New York, NY, United States
November 29, 2013 at 11:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

After a really long wait, The Four Seasons is finally breaking ground in Downtown New York. Tribeca to be exact. 30 Park Place to be even more specific.

The ground-breaking will happen on Tuesday, December 3 at 11am. But the 82-story tower which will be the tallest residential towers in downtown Manhattan, won't open until 2016. When it does, it will have a 185 hotel rooms, a restaurant and 157 residences. The tower will obviously have some killer views of downtown, as well as midtown and the New York Harbor, but it will also have a public plaza.

Robert A.M. Stern Architects is designing the tower along with the private residence floor plans and interiors. Yabu Pushelberg will design the interiors of the Four Seasons hotel. Coincidentally, project is owned by Metro Fund, LLC, a joint venture of Silverstein Properties, who are also building the world's largest Four Seasons Resort in Orlando, which will open next year. Also, a partner in the project is the California State Teachers’ Retirement System. Unfortunately, it will probably cost a big portion of your retirement savings to buy a place here or even just spend the night.

[Rendering: Robert A.M. Stern Architects]

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Four Seasons Buenos Aires Unveils Final Phase of Its Modern Gaucho-Style Reno

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  Site Where: Posadas 1086/88, Buenos Aires, Argentina, C1011ABB
November 27, 2013 at 9:36 AM | by | Comment (1)

In June the Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires unveiled the first phase of its $49 million reno: a new lobby, landscaping and gardens, guestrooms, and two new dining venues—the Elena Restaurant and the Pony Line Bar. One would think that that’s the whole she-bang. But wait, there’s more.

The final phase has just been completed and it involves a new CIELO spa and Nuestro Secreto, a seasonal restaurant.

The designers of the year-long reno had the tango in mind when they re-designed the hotel, and you can see this throughout the hotel with a sinuous swirl here and a locking of limbs pattern there. We, however, can also see a few “modern gaucho meets the horsey set” design elements, leather headboards in the rooms, horse statues at the entrance and in the Elena Restaurant and Pony Line Bar.

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