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So Long, Sam: Nazarian No Longer Running The SLS Las Vegas

December 17, 2014 at 2:14 PM | by | Comment (1)

Last August was undeniably the peak of hotelier Sam Nazarian's career. After a few years of stagnancy followed by some fast and furious renovations, the worn down Sahara Las Vegas casino and hotel was set free from its Rat Pack history days and transformed into the modern, design-forward, and frankly, thrilling SLS Las Vegas.

We attended the opening (you can read that coverage here) and even though we knew Nazarian didn't single-handedly breathe new life into a rather depressing end of the Las Vegas Strip, he was the visionary behind everything that is now in place at the resort--from Chef Jose Andres Bazaar Meat restaurant to Philippe Starck's stylish guest rooms, Umami Burger, LiFE Nightclub, Griddle Cafe and a handful of retail boutiques from Fred Segal.

Making the opening night of the SLS more meaningful for Sam was that he and his dad rang in the SLS opening bell in a ballroom where Frank Sinatra and other legends once performed.

But now, those legendary moments are over. At least for Nazarian in Las Vegas.

Stockbridge Capital, the company that owns 90 percent of the SLS Las Vegas to Nazarian's SBE's 10 percent, announced yesterday that Nazarian will no longer be involved in the management of the SLS Las Vegas.

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Ian Schrager Finally Confirms Not One, But Two PUBLIC Hotels for NYC

January 27, 2014 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we checked in on Ian Schrager's hotel project at 215 Chrystie Street in the LES last month, we noted that the project was rumored to be a new Public hotel. Turns out those rumors were true as Page Six is reporting that Schrager has just confirmed that it will, in fact, become New York's first Public Hotel. Even though it seemed like forever and a day that we had to wait for the announcement, it actually lines up pretty nicely with Schrager's initial expansion plan (the locations have changed though.).


215 Chrystie St.

But, wait, that's not all. Page Six also reports that plans are already afoot for a second Public Hotel in NYC, located on "the far West Side."

Is this Schrager's new MO? Developing his brands two by two? It was just back in November, after all, that we reported that he was bringing two Edition Hotels to New York City within a year of each other. And what does this mean for London, where an Edition just opened?

But not like we have any complaints. Like the man says: Size doesn't matter.

[Photo: Karen Gardiner for HotelChatter]

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Ian Schrager's LES Hotel Project is Back On

Where: 215 Chrystie Street [map], New York, NY, United States
December 10, 2013 at 12:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been close to a year since hot hotelier Ian Schrager lay down $50 million to purchase a community garden at 215 Chrystie Street on Manhattan's Lower East Side. To the casual observer, not much has happened since then, but the Bowery Boogie last week reported that the Schrager had some unpleasant business with the neighbors to tie up first.

Sperone Westwater Gallery, which, as the Bowery boogie cheekily points out, is itself a relative newcomer to the area and "contributor to expedited change in the vicinity", opposed the development on the grounds that the development would negatively affect the character of the neighborhood. The gallery, in a complaint filed in January, said that the Board of Standards and Appeals failed to properly assess the environmental impact of such a large construction, and that the height of the building would hurt the gallery's property by blocking out sunlight.

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Ace Hotels Has Lost Their Visionary, Alex Calderwood

November 15, 2013 at 4:32 PM | by | Comment (1)

Shocking, stunning and sad. Alex Calderwood, the man who founded Ace Hotels, passed away yesterday. He was 47.

The Ace put out a statement on their blog today that simply said:

Yesterday Alex Calderwood passed away.

Alex was our teacher, mentor, guru and most importantly our dear friend.

We will miss him.

No more details were given. Calderwood started Ace Hotels in Seattle back in 1999 and went onto to open more locations in Portland, Palm Springs and New York. But it was the NYC hotel that really made the hotel industry take notice of this hipster hotel brand. The Ace NYC has multiple retail shops, the hot Breslin restaurant and Stumptown coffee, along with a lobby scene that just won't quit. The Ace is pretty much responsible for a bunch of copycat hotels coming to the area too.

As Ace continues with its expansion plans (Los Angeles is opening in January, more locations are on the horizon), we wonder how they will move forward without Calderwood's vision guiding them.

[Photo: NY Mag]

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Ian Schrager Walks Us Through His Newest Hotel, The London Edition

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  Site Where: 10 Berners Street, London, United Kingdom, W1T 3NP
September 17, 2013 at 12:17 PM | by | Comments (3)

While the opportunity to scope out The London Edition on opening day would have been more than enough to lure us to the city’s Fitzrovia neighborhood last week, there was more: Ian Schrager was there to talk us through his thinking on the hotel, the Edition brand, and collaborating with industry giant Marriott.

Key things we picked up? It takes him mere hours (hours!) after arriving in a city to come up with the overall idea of how his new hotel is going to work. Each Edition will be different, combining the aspects of the building, local geography and customs, and popular culture, but with the same Edition attitude. Aside from London, New York, and Miami, there is Los Angeles, as well as “advanced discussions” in Paris. Over in Asia, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, and Sanya are all in the pipeline, as well as Bangkok (jenga!) of course. Then there is India and the Middle East on the list. While he is not directly involved in newcomer Moxy, he does offer his opinion if he has one – which we don’t doubt he does. Read on for more.

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Spot the Famous Hotelier in this iPhone Ad (Then Peep His Newest Hotel)

September 16, 2013 at 9:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

That Sean MacPherson is a busy man. On top of getting his new hotel, The Marlton ready for its projected grand opening next month, look what else he's been getting up to: shooting ads for Apple's new iPhone.

(He's at the 17-second mark. But if you can't watch it, here's a screen grab)

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Andre Balazs Will Debut a New Spa in NYC's SuperPier

September 4, 2013 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

Andre Balazs may have hit a bump with his planned hotel for the TWA terminal at JFK but he's already got another project lined up--The Riverfront Spa and Beach Club, a new hospitality concept which will debut at the SuperPier complex at West 15th Street in Hudson River Park.

Developer Youngwoo & Associates got final approval from the city this past April to restore and redevelop Pier 57, which was originally constructed in 1957 but has been abandoned since 2003. They are now working on turning the space into a mixed retail spot featuring new and upcoming talent.

Balazs himself gave more details on the spa today to NY Times, saying they are going in the same direction as the Standard Miami spa. The spa and beach club (there will also be a restaurant too) will not be under the Standard brand and sadly, there is no hotel component. But we're quite excited to see Balazs try his hand at doing just a spa.

Aside from Balazs' hotel, SuperPier will also be anchored by a food bazaar; Opening Ceremony the ultra- hip clothing store which will actually feature "Incuboxes”, repurposed shipping containers retrofitted and designed for concept shops; as well as Brooklyn Boulders, a rock-climbing facility.

The SuperPier should open in 2015.

[Rendering: Credit: Pandiscio Co. / QuickHoney ]

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Andre Balazs' Proposed JFK Hotel Has A Problem

August 28, 2013 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Not everyone's a fan of the hip hotel designs of André Balazs, the handsome hotelier and property developer behind The Mercer, the Standard Hotels and more.

Balazs is currently in talks to transform the old Eero Saarinen-designed TWA terminal at JFK airport into a 150-room hotel. There's just one problem: Saarinen was a giant of the architectural world, and the TWA Terminal was one of his masterworks.

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Guess Who's Back? Hotelier Sean Mac with The Marlton Hotel

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  Site Where: 3 West 8th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10011
July 30, 2013 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's been a long time since we've heard of hotelier Sean MacPherson working on a new hotel in NYC. But it's true. The man behind The Bowery Hotel and The Jane is working on a new hotel in Greenwich Village to be called The Marlton Hotel. No, not the Carlton. The Marlton which we told you about back in September 2011.

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Klaus Ortlieb Resurfaces in Reykjavik

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  Site Where: Hlemmer Square, Reykjavik, Iceland
April 19, 2013 at 12:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been a while since we've heard of hotelier Klaus Ortlieb, the man behind several hip NYC hotels like Cooper Square-now-Standard East Village Hotel, the excellent LES spot, THOR and even the super skinny Gotham Hotel on 46th Street. But at last we've got some new chatter on KO.

We've learned he's taken his hotel magic to Reykjavik in Iceland for the Hlemmur Square Hotel.

The hotel is described as "affordable yet stylish hostel accommodations" but the joint also promises "luxurious hotel rooms" under the same roof. Bu-bu-but how can that possibly be? Well, it just simply is. The hotel explains on their website:

To us it makes perfect sense, we are able to bring a little luxury to the world of hosteling and a bit of that “get to know your fellow man and buy him a drink” feeling to an upscale hotel. Iceland is the best place for it, always willing to experiment with pushing boundaries.

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Hotelier of the Year: Sam Nazarian Lights Up SLS (and Others)

December 31, 2012 at 5:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of year again: the 2012 HotelChatter Awards! Between last Friday and today, we're 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...

2012 was exactly the exciting year for the hotel world we hoped it would be with more new hotels open than we've seen in a long time. And as we've already mentioned, one of those hotel openings that had us crazy excited was the SLS South Beach.

After years of speculation--will it open or will it just fade away?--hotelier Sam Nazarian managed to open the long-awaited spin-off to the SLS at Beverly Hills. And the SLS South Beach does not disappoint from its kinky bedrooms (hello, mirrors on the ceilings) to its so-hot-right-now selection of restaurants and lounges to the celebrity designers who put their rock star touches on the place.

While the SLS South Beach is not for everyone--once could successfully argue that it's just a nightclub and restaurant with rooms attached--the Shah of SLS has managed to transport his nightlife je nais se quoi into the hotel realm. After all, who doesn't want to party in Lenny Kravitz's poolside bungalow or eat sushi at Katsuya and get wasted at Hyde? Certainly most of the people who head to Miami for its lively party scene. And Nazarian's only just getting started.

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Ian Schrager Talks NYC Plans and Politics at Public Chicago's Anniversary Party

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  Site Where: 1301 North State Parkway [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60610
October 12, 2012 at 2:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hotelier boss-dog Ian Schrager talks with HC on hotels, politics, and a side of disco

We're not very good at hiding when we have a crush on a hotel brand, so we'll fess up to being Public Chicago devotees. It was launched by hotelier-extraordinaire Ian Schrager on October 11, 2011 and is celebrating its one-year anniversary.

To mark the occassion, Schrager brought in his buddy, old-school Studio 54 DJ John "Jellybean" Benitez (you wouldn't know Madonna without him)to man the turntables and rock the crowd.

We were thrilled to be invited to a party where even Billy Zane couldn't stop grooving, but before we danced, we took a few minutes to ask Schrager about his latest hotel plans and what financial advice he'd give Chi-Town's own President Obama.

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