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Virgin Hotels Will Strap on a Guitar and Head to Nashville in 2016

April 17, 2014 at 12:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

You can probably thank Taylor Swift for the latest announcement from Virgin Hotels. The burgeoning hotel brand has just revealed they will open a new hotel in Nashville in 2016 in a pretty prime location--One Music Row.

Virgin Hotels Nashville will have 240 guest rooms, multiple "concept" suites, along with food and beverage outlets and perhaps most necessary of all, a cutting edge recording studio.

“Based on its nonstop cultural and live events, food and beverage scene, and its ability to inspire both talented artists and TV viewers, Nashville’s time is now – and we’d like to be part of that excitement,” said Sir Richard Branson. “Virgin Hotels will be our first venture in Nashville, and we’ll look at other opportunities for our US and international customers to enjoy the southern hospitality that Nashville is known for.”

Meanwhile, Virgin Hotels Chicago is apparently just "months away from opening" according to Raul Leal, CEO of Virgin Hotels. After that, Virgin has its eyes set on NYC, Boston, Dallas, LA, Miami, San Fran, DC and London.

We don't think we need to say it again but it bears repeating, "Hurry up because we can't hardly wait."

[Photo: Nashville CVB]

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Everything Will Come Up Pink Roses at The Langham Hotel in Dubai

April 16, 2014 at 11:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Langham Hotels are bringing their luxury hotel experience, and their signature color of light pink, to Dubai in 2015.

The announcement was made yesterday that The Langham, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai will open on the crescent of Palm Jumeirah with 323 rooms, all with outdoor terraces and sea-front views. Fifty-three of the rooms, designed by Aedas Limited, will be either one or two-bedroom suites and 22 of those will have their own plunge pools. #todiefor

The restaurants, most of them al fresco, will range from Japanese to Arabic and Italian fusion while the Palm Court lounge will be modeled after the original at The Langham Hotel in London (remember, this was the first hotel lounge to serve traditional afternoon tea in 1865.) The hotel will also feature a Langham Club Lounge with complimentary food and beverage throughout the day, along with a dedicated concierge service. To peep on the Langham Club experience, read our story HERE.

There will even be a separate Travellers Lounge where guests can hang out before their room is ready or after check-out but before their flight. Aside from a library, entertainment options and light dining, this lounge will have showers and change rooms.

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MGM Resorts and Hakkasan Are Forming a Hotel Management Group

April 15, 2014 at 2:15 PM | by | Comment (1)

Nightclubs with hotels attached are no longer a punchline or the start of a bad review on TripAdivsor. They are the real thing.

Just a few months after Hyde Hotels was announced, comes news that MGM Resorts have partnered up with nightlife company, Hakkasan (they of restaurant and nightclub fame) to create MGM Hakkasan Hospitality.

The new venture will, according to an official statement, "focus on the design, development and management of luxury non-gaming hotels, resorts and residential offerings under the Bellagio, Hakkasan, MGM Grand and SKYLOFTS brands in key international gateway cities and prime resort destinations across the globe. "

Okaaaay.

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Brace Yourselves For Another Mind-Bending Hotel by Zaha Hadid, in The City of Dreams

April 14, 2014 at 6:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just when we were beginning to wrap our heads around architect Zaha Hadid’s design for ME Dubai, we learn that the firm is working on another hotel, due to open in early 2017.

This one, the City of Dreams Hotel Tower, will no doubt stand out in the crowd in Macau's newest entertainment and gaming destination.

The hotel will be the fifth developed by Melco Crown Entertainment Limited in China and it will be their flagship at this mega-playland. No kidding. Other Melco Crown-owned hotels at the City of Dreams include Hard Rock Hotel, Grand Hyatt Macau, and Crown Towers Macau. They also own the 5-star Altira Macau, located on the neighboring Taipa island.

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Ferrari Gears Up For Its First Hotel, Coming in 2016, and Yeah, It's Red

Where: Barcelona, Spain
April 8, 2014 at 1:41 PM | by | Comment (1)

What you're looking at right now is the in-your-face rendering for the Ferrari Hotel. Ferrari, as in Ferrari, the car. And yes, this is for real.

Ferrari is planning their second Ferrari World theme park in Barcelona at the Port Aventura Resort (The first theme park is in Abu Dhabi.) When completed in 2016, it will be Europe’s first Ferrari theme park and Ferrari’s first luxury hotel.

Without much to go on about the details of the hotel, other than this picture, here’s what we do know so far:

The building’s shape is supposedly to resemble the front wing of their Formula 1 car. (Apologies to F1 fans if we've got this wrong.) The red exterior will be no ordinary red--it will be Ferrari "red", just as the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Italy, reflects the recognizable Ferrari "yellow."

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Our First Visit to Shangri-La at the Shard London

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  Site Where: 31 St. Thomas Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9QU
April 7, 2014 at 8:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Having waited for so long, we were pretty psyched to check out Shangri-La at the Shard last week. One thing we can say for sure now that we’ve been inside? It will be unlike any other hotel in the city – the Asian-influenced design and skyscraper setting is more Tokyo or Hong Kong than London, even as you look out over the British rooftops.

Arrival happens through the ground floor lobby on St. Thomas Street, which has a reception desk, small seating area, and around the corner, coffee shop and patisserie LÁNG. We liked the mural made out of coffee cups and saucers (see below for a picture), and as the final furniture arrives, LÁNG will also get outdoor seating, between the Shard and the escalator that runs up to the concourse level of London Bridge station.

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Going Up to the Dizzying Heights of Shangri-La at the Shard London

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  Site Where: 31 St. Thomas Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9QU
April 4, 2014 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

About a month from now, Shangri-La Hotels will finally cut the ribbon on its long in the works skyscraper hotel at the Shard in London. Ahead of the May 6 opening, we packed ourselves into a construction lift - high-visibility gear, hard hat and all - for a first look at what you can expect between floors 34 and 52 of the Renzo Piano-designed landmark.

As we heard when reservations opened a few weeks back (opening rates start at £450 / $750), the ground floor lobby facing St. Thomas Street looks nearly finished, but some changes to furniture and set up are still to be made. We saw the sky lobby at level 35, which hits you with head-on views of the City and St. Paul’s, all the way west towards Westminster, the second you step out of the express lifts.

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3 Boston Hotels We’re Watching for 2015

April 2, 2014 at 1:56 PM | by | Comments (2)

It takes a long time for a hotel project to go from idea to groundbreaking, from construction to first check-in. So even as we luxuriate (hopefully) in new openings and exciting upgrades, we’re already looking into our crystal ball (AKA the Internet) for buzz on what’s coming down the pipeline. Herewith, we present the three Boston hotel openings in 2015 that have us most excited right now — and why.

1. Envoy Hotel

Why we’re excited: Because a hot neighborhood needs a hot hotel. Nothing makes something sound less hip than using the word “hip.” But if you’ll allow us to don our verbal Mom Jeans for a moment — Boston’s Fort Point is hip. It’s hot. It’s very “now,” a little sliver of a neighborhood bordering the Seaport that happens to be filled with some of the most buzz-worthy restaurants in recent years: from legendary chef Barbara Lynch’s fine dining flagship, Menton, to the self-professed “working man’s oyster bar” (if you’re a “working man” in finance, maybe) that is Row 34.

Now the transformation from industrial area to hot hospitality ‘hood is nearly complete, with word that the $70 million Envoy Hotel (a rendering shown here) will open in 2015 on Sleeper Street near the Barking Crab restaurant. The six-story property is an entry in Marriott’s luxury Autograph Collection which also includes Maine's upcoming Press Hotel. Expect 136 rooms, plans for a pedestrian plaza that will link to the Boston HarborWalk, a rooftop terrace with skyline and harbor views, and 4,000 square feet of space on the ground level for – what else? – restaurants. Hip.

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Grand Hyatt to Make a Grand Entrance in Barcelona at The Bullet-Shaped Agbar Tower

Where: Barcelona, Spain
March 31, 2014 at 2:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hyatt Hotels and Resorts may be opening their luxury brand Grand Hyatt in this rather pronounced building in Barcelona, known as the Torre Agbar (Agbar Tower.) It’s not the tallest building in Barcelona (at 38 stories, it’s the third tallest) but it is certainly one of the most talked about.

Anyone who lives or visits this artsy city cannot avoid the presence of this glass-enclosed missile. The locals have their own name for it, which we hesitate to print. Let’s just say there is a similar shaped building that graces (or not) the London skyline, known affectionately as the “guerkin.” However, we and others may see this tower of power, Hyatt sees it as their Barcelona address for Grand Hyatt.

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Ritz-Carlton to Return to Australia With Perth Hotel

Where: Perth , Australia
March 26, 2014 at 12:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

At last, Ritz-Carlton Hotels is returning to Australia. But instead of setting up shop in Sydney where it once had the Ritz-Carlton Double Bay (now in progress to become an InterContinental Hotel) and the Ritz-Carlton Sydney, Ritz is going to the opposite coast to Perth, which could desperately use a new luxury hotel.

“We are delighted to bring the legendary Ritz-Carlton facilities and services to Perth, offering our guests a new destination and a new luxury experience in Western Australia. We have great partners in Far East Consortium and look forward to opening this incredible hotel in 2018," Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer, The Ritz-Carlton, said in a statement.

The Far East Consortium is the developing partner on the project who will construct the 204-room Ritz-Carlton Hotel along with residential apartments. The hotel and residences, along with retail spaces and restaurants, will be located in the Elizabeth Quay development on Perth's waterfront.

Ground-breaking will happen next year and hopefully, we'll get to enjoy the new Ritz by 2018. And since most new-build Ritz-Carltons have been making WiFi free for guests, we hope the Perth hotel will do the same.

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A Glimpse At Two More W Hotels Coming to Mexico in 2015

March 24, 2014 at 12:53 PM | by | Comment (1)

W Hotels knows a good thing when they see it – the increasing popularity and value of Mexico as a destination both for business and leisure. With their first hotel debuting last year "south of the border," W Mexico City, two more hotels are scheduled to open in 2015--W Santa Fe and W Kanai Retreat.

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Meliá to Open an Innside Hotel inside Manhattan's NoMad Nabe

March 21, 2014 at 2:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

We weren't even aware of the Innside By Meliá hotel brand, but it's certainly on our radar now that Meliá Hotels have announced the Innside Manhattan, opening in the NoMad neighborhood in 2016. Here are the details:

The new Innside Manhattan will be located in a 20-story new-ground-up-construction building on West 27th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. Just a few minutes from the Empire State building, and a short distance from Times Square, the hotel’s proximity to Penn Station and Madison Square Garden provide convenient transportation connectivity along with a privileged location. With 313 rooms, a three-meal restaurant, bar and meeting rooms, the new Innside will complement the flourishing development surrounding the NoMad area.

It's location on the fringe of the NoMad nabe also puts in within walking distance to other popular neighborhood hotels like The Eventi, The Ace and The NoMad.

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