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So when we were in town last week, we couldn’t help popping over to get a peek of both of them from the rooftop bar at the Hilton Molino Stucky.
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It's been broughten.
Hilton Worldwide will begin offering ALL members of their HHonors program free WiFi starting in August. Additionally, HHonors Diamond members will receive premium WiFi complimentary starting in the second quarter of this year.
Currently, only gold and diamond members of HHonors can receive free standard WiFi. Average WiFi rates in-room at Hilton are about $12.95 a day while premium WiFi is $16.95 a day.
Hilton finally joins the ranks of Starwood, Marriott, and Hyatt who began freeing the WiFi for their loyalty members late last year. (But if you're keeping score, IHG was the first to do it for real in July 2013.)
You will have to book your room with Hilton to get the free WiFi and obvi, you need to be a member of HHonors but Hilton has also made the WiFi free for members who book through corporate travel partners, an advantage over other hotel brands.
Let the countdown to August begin!
Today we have a before and after with a twist for you: rather than a straightforward out with the old, in with the new, we’re starting with a vintage photograph of the elaborate Le Grand Salon at what was then Hotel Terminus in Paris. Check out the lions guarding the tiered staircase, the pillars and arches, and those chandeliers.
First opened in 1889 for the Exposition Universelle (the World Fair that also saw the creation of the Eiffel Tower), its location next to Gare St. Lazare (and in fact, physical attachment to – more on that in a second) made it the ideal choice for those coming in on long-distance trains from the coast. Over the years, as these stories often go, things were painted or plastered over, boarded up, or otherwise altered.
New ownership coming in at the end of December meant a cash injection of $50 million, as well as a change in management from Concorde Hotels to Hilton. Officially reopened as the Hilton Paris Opera at the end of January (when we first fell in love with it), here is what Le Grand Salon looks like today.
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Many have spent the night with old lady Waldorf, but few have owned her – until now. Because the new owners of the Waldorf Astoria New York, Chinese company Anbang Insurance Group, which finally sealed the deal last month, have announced that they’ll be converting some of the rooms into condos.
The rooms in question are in the Waldorf Towers, which currently operate as a hotel-within-a-hotel on the 27th-42nd floors of the building, with suites and apartments accessed via a separate entrance. (They’re “somewhat nicer” than the notoriously in-need-of-help rooms in the main building, according to our secret correspondent.) According to Wu Xiaohui, the company chairman, the plan is “to renovate the two towers into luxury residential apartments with world-class amenities and finishes to reflect its culture and social status.”
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If you’re expecting jewelry based on that title, we’re sorry for misleading you – we’re talking diamond shapes in the exterior cladding the future Hilton Schiphol Airport gradually takes on as the hotel, right next to its predecessor, is being built.
This video, from the architects behind the 433-room hotel, gives a glimpse of the construction that helps put Hilton front and centre in the European airport hotel game. Due to be completed by the end of the year, you get a sense of the vast atrium (above), which will have daylight stream in through the glass roof.
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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Fans of The Bachelor will agree that last night's episode was probably the most mentally unwell episode of all Bachelor/Bachelorette episodes.
To start, there is Megan, a grown woman, who thinks New Mexico is a different country and visiting Santa Fe will get her a stamp on her passport.
Then, there was the love guru/shaman who made Carly and Farmer Chris confront their worst fears all the while doing breathing exercises and standing skin-to-skin. Or something. (Honestly, I could not watch most of this date because it was so awkward, and not in an enjoyable laugh-at-them kind of way.)
Then, there was Kelsey. Kelsey, Kelsey, Kelsey. A seemingly normal, if reserved by Bachelor standards, guidance counselor, Kelsey shocked the girls by telling them that she was a widow. Her husband died suddenly during a walk one day. She had some trouble remembering what killed him ("Congestive heart failure?"), which should have been the first sign that something was not well. Anyways, once she told the girls she quickly moved on to becoming obsessed with telling Farmer Chris "her story.
Not being chosen for a one-on-one date, she goes rogue and knocks on the door to his room to tell him the story. He feels for her, then he makes out with her. #ultimateTooSoon. She later tells the camera her story is amazing. Some viewers may have doubted her widow story but it is very real and even more concerning, her husband passed away only a year before she began auditioning for The Bachelor. At this point, it becomes clear this girl should not be on the show.
We won't spoil the ending for you--ok, whatever--the rose ceremony was cancelled and Kelsey had a panic attack and the show ominously concluded with "TO BE CONTINUED...." Afterwards, everyone immediately took to Twitter and started making psycho Kelsey jokes. This one was our fave:
But in all seriousness, we hope Kelsey goes home next week. She needs more time to heal. "Her pumps still look good though. "
Speaking of looking good, let's check out the Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort, which hosted the farmer and his ladies for a week.
The all-inclusive Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa in Montego Bay was recently purchased by Sagicor Life Jamaica, owner of the three Jewel Resorts in Jamaica: Jewel Runaway Bay, Jewel Dunn's River and Jewel Paradise Cove.
However, no name change is taking place, at least for now. The 489-room resort will continue to operate as the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa and will be managed by Aimbridge Hospitality. And Hilton loyalists, have no fear! Guests of the resort will continue to have access to Hilton benefits, including participation in the Hilton HHonors loyalty program.
However, there will be some upgrades happening to the resort. In a press statement, Dave Johnson, President and CEO of Aimbridge, talked (vaguely) about the future plans for the property:
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Twelve months ago, we listed six London hotels to watch out for, and waited patiently for each of them to arrive over the course of 2014. In a world of perpetual hotel delays, we didn’t do so badly, with only one out of six not opening as promised.
With last year’s success rate in mind and finding ourselves in a year that ends on five, it only seems right to take a look at five new London hotels that should make their debut between now and December. Noticeably absent from the list? Clermont London, the one hotel that prevented us from scoring a six out of six last year. Silence on the transformation of the Royal Horseguards Hotel continues, with no update since we first wrote about it in late 2013. Who knows, it may catch us by surprise and open this year, but having been fooled once, we’ll focus on the following for now.
The Lanesborough: closed for well over a year, a “Spring 2015” return came with a fresh website and the news that the Hyde Park Corner hotel would join the Oetker Collection. Renderings show the 93 rooms and suites to stay close to the original Regency décor, but despite Albert Pinto’s classic take, technology should be very 21st century. As much as we would love to believe a March completion, the hotel continues to be obscured by scaffolding last we saw, so we’ll say a hopeful June(ish) for reopening?
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Paris hotels – they’re just like buses. You wait months for one swanky new one to open, and then two come along at once. Mon dieu!
Yesterday we showed you La Réserve, Jacques Garcia’s ridonkulously expensive new project in the 8th arrondissement. Today, let’s look at something far, far more affordable: the Hilton Paris Opera, which has just concluded its renovations.
The hotel is indeed near the Opera Garnier, also in the 8th arrondissement, near the Gare St Lazare. Formerly the Concorde, Hilton have poured €44m into the refurbishment, and the property now has 268 rooms, of which 29 are suites.
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Forget Christmas and New Year's. Right now is the most wonderful time of the year for the Beverly Hilton.
If you're hoping to catch a glimpse of hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey or your favorite TV and movie stars, alas, rooms at the hotel are sold-out. Being able to watch the red carpet arrivals is also a lost cause this late in the game.
But should you want to know what the celebs are eating inside while you're stalking them outside, InStyle has the scoop on the menu and not surprisingly, it includes a "modern Waldorf salad." Wonder if it will be accompanied by advertisements for the upcoming Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills that's being built next to the Hilton?
If you had to name a railway station hotel in London, chances are your first thought would be of the gothic exuberance that is the St. Pancras Hotel. Maybe neighboring Great Northern Hotel, possibly even the much more contemporary Shangri-La at the Shard, which, as much as it isn’t necessarily advertised as such, literally sits on top of London Bridge station.
Much less attention is there for the Paddington Hilton, attached to the station of the same name that for most travellers is only synonymous with the (outrageously overpriced) Heathrow Express. But, the hotel is trying to step things up a bit with the addition of 56 new “GWR” Tower rooms, in reference to its original Great Western Royal Hotel name. Set in their own wing, the rooms look to Art Deco for design inspiration and come with access to a dedicated Executive Lounge.