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The Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Was Meant to Open, And Then Didn't

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  Site Where: 18 Jai, Yanshui Road, Yanqi Lake, Huairou District, China, 10147
January 22, 2015 at 9:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

Remember when we told you Kempinski Hotels sat down for 60 days with 60 designers from around the world to come up with the above, the Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, meant to resemble the rising sun as well as a scallop (no, really)?

At the time, opening was scheduled for mid-November, which obviously didn’t happen – then just before the weekend, we got excited by some actual photography from inside the hotel on its website, as well as a ticker that showed only two days left to go. Checking back in today, ready for a cheerful “Now Open!” in its place, we’re faced with the setback of opening another ten days away. Boo… We’ll make do with those photos for now then.

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These Citizens Won't Be Entering London Until 2016

January 19, 2015 at 5:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

It never fails. We compile a Master List of Hotel Openings and despite our "clear eyes full hearts can't lose" game day approach to the year ahead, we know there will inevitably some tough breaks. Like this one regarding CitizenM Hotels trio of London hotels--Shoreditch, Tower Hill and Holborn (pictured, under very minimal construction.)

We already knew a 2015 opening for any of the three hotels would be tough. But now a tipster has received word from a Citizen at CitizenM that the hotels won't open before 2016. Gutted. Oh well, strike this one from the list and carry it over to 2016's draft.

[Photo: JasonD for HotelChatter]

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Andaz Mayakoba is Delayed Until May 2016

Where: Mayakoba, Mexico
January 15, 2015 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last time we checked in on Andaz Mayakoba, we were filing it under “back-up Andazm”, since we hadn’t heard much about it since it was announced, despite a mid-2015 opening.

Well, turns out there’s a reason for that. That mid-2015 opening is gonna be May 2016. Oof.

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St. Regis Istanbul Is Delayed Until March 1, But Photos Are Here

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  Site Where: Mim Kemal Oke Cad No 35, Nisantasi Sisli, Istanbul, Turkey, 34367
January 9, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

We optimistically wrote in June last year that both Raffles and St. Regis would be opening an Istanbul hotel before the year was out (and questioned what was happening with Viceroy as well). Raffles may have made good on that promise, but St. Regis Istanbul certainly didn’t: the hotel is now delayed until March 1 (at least).

As a consolation prize, we do have some actual photos from inside the hotel, which will have 118 rooms and suites in the Nisantasi neighborhood. Above a Superior Room, starting at 450+ sq ft. While the overall style is fairly inoffensive luxury, there is some interesting art on the walls, and bathrooms strike a bit bolder note – check it out below.

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Could The Baha Mar Resort in The Bahamas Open Earlier Than May?

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  Site Where: Baha Mar, Bahamas
January 2, 2015 at 12:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

UPDATE 1.8.15: The Baha Mar Resort will open on MARCH 27 with reservations being accepted right now for the Baha Mar Resort and Casino, The Rosewood and the SLS Lux at Baha Mar. The Grand Hyatt should open shortly after that.

Well, that was fast. Just after we gave the Baha Mar Resort in the Bahamas our year-end award for Worst Hotel Hype, we learn there's a chance that the resort wonderland, which will have a Rosewood Hotel, an SLS Lux Hotel, a Grand Hyatt and a Baha Mar Hotel and Casino on property, may actually open in March. Break out the steel drums!

But don't start swilling the rum just yet.

While there are signs that part of the resort could open in March (like this one we found on the SLS Hotel's website, which says SLS Lux Hotel, March 2015), the Baha Mar website still is only accepting reservations for June 1 and beyond. The Grand Hyatt also posted on Facebook recently that they too were accepting reservations for June 1 and beyond.

Still, since Baha Mar was expected to open in December before delaying the opening until May, there's a very good chance, they could split the difference and open in March. We'll keep our fingers crossed.

[Photo: Baha Mar]

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Worst Hotel Hype: The Baha Mar Resort

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  Site Where: Baha Mar, Bahamas
December 30, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of year again: the 2014 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...

Usually, the Worst Hotel Hype award is given to a hotel or hotel brand who is constantly bragging about their upcoming property yet who consistently fails to deliver on the opening date.

In past years, the award has been given to The Shangri-La at The Shard London; Hyatt Union Square New York, a couple of W Hotels (Paris and London) and Edition Hotels (way back in 2009.)

For most of this year, we were convinced that Virgin Hotels would win this dubious award, what with their announcements of new Virgin locations but no description (not even a rendering!) on what a Virgin Hotel will be about. That all changed in October when an opening date for Virgin Hotel Chicago was announced (January 15) along with detailed information (an animated video, actually) on the design and amenities of a Virgin Hotel. With Virgin out of the running, we had to turn elsewhere.

Like The Baha Mar Resort in The Bahamas.

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This is What Has Become of the Majestic QE2

December 3, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Boat hotels: they’re the shiz if our recent experience in Yangon is anything to go by. You know what other boat hotel we were really looking forward to? The QE2, which was meant to undergo a $90m renovation to turn it into a 400 room floating hotel in China.

Except the QE2 is currently languishing in Dubai, as it has done for the past six years, awaiting the renovations. Looks like it isn’t happening – and the Oceanic Group, which owns the boat, is staying silent.

In the meantime, says the Daily Mail, it appears to have morphed into an impromptu BBQ area. The ignominy!

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The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel Won't Open This Year

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  Site Where: Beau Street, Bath, United Kingdom
November 18, 2014 at 9:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

Creating a new hotel in a listed building in a centuries-old setting like Bath isn’t an easy task. Throw in the addition of a new wing and direct access to the original Roman thermal springs, and you’re looking at one thing: a delayed opening.

The Gainsborough Bath Spa, which we first talked about just over three years ago, was meant to open earlier this year, but we now understand it will arrive in “spring 2015”. While we wait, there are some beautiful renderings on the hotel website to explore, starting with the above of “Spa Village Bath”, where you will start your visit “with a circuit that includes dipping in three natural thermal pools of varying temperatures, traditional and infrared saunas, steam room, an ice chamber and elegant relaxation areas”. It does look rather spectacular, doesn’t it?

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There's a Citadel In the Sea Coming to England, But Not Till Next Spring

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  Site Where: The Solent, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
November 12, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

It sounds like the best idea ever – a 19th century “sea fort” in the Solent, off England’s Isle of Wight, being transformed into a “luxury citadel on the sea” (AKA a 22-room hotel). But you’ll have to wait to see whether it’s as good as it sounds, because No Man’s Fort failed to open last week as scheduled, and has failed to provide a new date.

The ‘citadel in the sea’ is set to have 22 bedrooms, a museum, cabaret club, spa, laser quest arena, rooftop garden and pool, and two helicopter pads (for just 22 bedrooms, you can see who they’re aiming at). There’s not much about the rooms, yet, other than a few photos on the website, but we’d imagine they’ll be suitably luxurious.

The fort once housed soldiers, and was then turned into a luxury property – but this is the third sea fort for new owners Clarenco. Or rather, it will be once it opens – according to the BBC, there’s not yet any furniture in the hotel, due to “issues with construction of the landing stage”.

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Hotel Football Is Thinking Of The Fans, Will Open Four Months Late

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  Site Where: 99 Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester, United Kingdom, M16 0SZ
November 10, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Another week, another hotel opening delay. But this one is a little different. Where other hotels say sorry, hands up, we can’t finish it in time, this one claims to be opening late because they want to make it even better than planned, honest guv. Because it’s going to be extra brilliant, it’s going to take extra time.

The place in question is Hotel Football, the hotel we’d love to hate but actually rather like the look of – or rather, of the rooms, at least. It has just pushed its opening date back from November to March – but not because it’s waiting to die down from the scandal of employing a convicted killer in its advertising campaign. Perish the thought! It’s because, as a spokesman told the Manchester Evening News, they want to “further develop unique features, beyond our original plans”. Of course, guys, of course - all for the fans. How very generous.

From now until the opening in March, we will be enhancing the conference and banqueting facilities and will also be extending our rooftop 5-a-side football pitch and event space by over 50%.

We want to ensure the supporters and hotel guests have an unforgettable experience when they visit us and this additional preparation time will ensure this. It’ll be worth the wait.

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The Second Zetter Townhouse Is Delayed Until the End of the Year

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  Site Where: 28-30 Seymour Street, London, United Kingdom
October 7, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

On a crisp winter day back in March, we walked down London’s Seymour street to look at the latest venture of The Zetter Group, converting a Georgian townhouse into its first Marylebone and third overall hotel.

At the time, we hoped an early fall opening would have been in the cards. While a photo of this past weekend reveals the double-wide brick façade, it also shows some work is still to be done, which the Zetter website confirms: opening will be at the end of 2014.

The official name also appears to be The Zetter Townhouse, Marylebone (rather than The Zetter Seymour) to sit alongside The Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell. We still have to wait for a look at the 24 rooms, cocktail bar, and rooftop apartment with terrace and outdoor bath, but we’ll have that for you when we can.

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Christmas Is Canceled At The Sheraton Koh Samui, It'll Now Open March 2015

September 25, 2014 at 9:37 AM | by | Comment (1)

Sometimes there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing. At least, so think Starwood, who are on track to open a Sheraton in Koh Samui. It will join their current roster: a W Retreat, a Le Méridien, and Vana Belle, part of the Luxury Collection.

The Sheraton will take over the current Imperial Samui Beach Resort, which had 141 rooms. It’s on the same beach as the Vana Belle, and only two hotels away.

Unfortunately, all good things come to those who wait. The Sheraton was down to open in December, but it’s not yet listed on the Starwood website, and (HT Flyertalk) it’s now showing up on Starwood’s forthcoming hotels list, and is down for March 2015. Although, since it’s not yet available to book, even that may be optimistic.

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