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Confirming What We Already Knew: Marriott's Moxy Hotels are Coming to The U.S.

January 27, 2015 at 1:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

More major hotel news today regarding millennial brands--Marriott International has announced they will bring Moxy Hotels to the United States. (But we already knew that.)

Already eight Moxy Hotels are lined up, with three hotel set for NYC (in Chelsea, Mid-town and Lower Manhattan), as well as San Fran, Seattle, New Orleans, and Chicago. (See? WE TOLD YOU.)

Naturally, we're a bit concerned about the need for THREE hotels in New York City. But Marriott is sparing no expense here, having contracted Yabu Pushelberg to do the design of at least one NYC hotel. (Remember, this duo recently did another Marriott property--Miami Beach Edition.) So clearly, Moxy is aiming to make a sexy splash when it lands stateside. Which is probably right on brand as the Moxy models are always half-dressed.

Meanwhile, the men of Moxy are still planning on coming in, er, to London three times, as well as in Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin and Denmark.

So what can you expect from Moxy Hotels, aside from lots of man meat? Affordable rates (well, at least near the airport in Milan. NYC probably will not have this), free and "furiously fast" WiFi, Apple TV in the rooms, snug rooms and no phones next to the bed as Moxy is all about high-tech, including keyless entry and motion-sensor lighting. And whatever else millennials are into these days.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Sixty Hotels to Take Their New Brand to Montreal in 2016

Where: Montreal, Canada
January 26, 2015 at 2:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we showed you all around the revamped Gordon Bar at the reinvented Sixty Soho, formerly 60 Thompson. We hope you took a good long look at that stuff because you'll be seeing more of Sixty Hotels in the very near future.

The brand, created by the Thompson Hotels founders, is about to open Nautilus South Beach this spring, followed by the newly announced Sixty Hotel Montreal, opening in late 2016. This will be the sixth property for the new-old brand. How fitting.

Here's a press statement from hotelier Jason Pomeranc on the decision to open in Montreal on René Lévesque Boulevard in the Central Business District:

“The cultural and creative sensibility of the city along with its jet-set style makes Montreal an ideal location to open the next SIXTY Hotel” said Jason Pomeranc, co-owner of SIXTY Hotels. “Montreal is filled with eclectic and inspiring neighborhoods and offers fantastic global appeal. Our plan is to build a hotel that takes its inspiration from the local architecture and character of the city, while injecting SIXTY’s flair for hospitality to create a very chic and sophisticated destination hotel.”

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The Virgin Hotel in Nashville is Now Showing Some Skin

January 26, 2015 at 1:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Now that we know what actually happens inside a Virgin Hotel, we can actually enjoy these newly released renderings for the Virgin Hotel Nashville, opening in 2016.

Construction on the 240-room hotel is supposed to happen this spring and when it's all finished, the property will boast not just a super futuristic look from Atlanta-based BLUR Workshop, (as opposed to the historic bank building look in Chicago) but also a rooftop pool, restaurants, shops, 15 for-sale penthouse residences and, wait for it...a recording studio.

That was to be expected given that the Virgin company started out as a record shop, and this hotel is opening at the start of Music Row. But still, kind of awesome.

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This New Hotel Brand Wants to Give You a 'Proper' Hotel Stay

January 22, 2015 at 4:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

Back in November, we heard a rumor that Viceroy Hotels would be creating a new hotel brand, presumably aimed at Millennials.

Lo and behold, Skift.com has picked up the official scoop on the new brand from Viceroy's founders. And brace yourselves. The new brand is called Proper Hotels, but surprisingly, it's not for millennials but rather folks used to boutique and lifestyle hotels, but more "high-end."

The new brand was created and is being fostered by Brad Korzen, the founder and former CEO of Viceroy (Proper, however, is not a part of Viceroy Hotel Group.) This is a good thing as everyone knows how much The Viceroy in Santa Monica changed the boutique game on the West Coast, bringing together high design, cool style and a sexy social scene. (Unfortunately, service was way off.)

Korzen is also keeping his wife, Kelly Wearstler, as interior designer for the brand. We enjoy Weartsler's colorful and whimsical style but she may need to dial it back a bit as Proper is going after the start-up crowd, who may not appreciate her luxe decor, oft mimicked by Real Housewife-types.

But we're getting ahead of ourselves here. Let's talk about where Proper will open properly:

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Joie de Vivre Hotels is Moving East With Miami Beach and NYC Hotels Lined Up

January 22, 2015 at 11:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

We often found that while most East Coast people are wiling to go West, to the land of sun and empty happy people, it is hard to make West Coasters go East, to the land of brutal winters and rude strong-minded people and stay there. (Or maybe that's just our own experience.)

But West Coast brand, Joie de Vivre Hotels, is taking its California hotel style to the East Coast, opening in Miami Beach and NYC's Bowery hood in the next couple of years.

The Hall will open this summer at 15th Street and Collins Ave, prime Art Deco in a building originally designed by architect L. Murray Dixon. Now, Miami-based architectural firm ADD Inc. and interior design firm Robert McKinley Creative are "renewing" the landmark property to create a 164-room JDV hotel with a courtyard, indoor/outdoor restaurant, a library bar, a swimming pool and in a city of craft cocktails, a beer garden. We're already thirsty.

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Godfrey Hotel Boston Sets Opening Date for This Fall

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  Site Where: 505 Washington Street [map], Boston, Massachusetts , United States
January 20, 2015 at 11:50 AM | by | Comment (1)

Rendering of the soon-to-open Godfrey Hotel Boston

The Godfrey Chicago has been up and running for just one year, but already, it's a time for a spin-off.

The Oxford Capital Group announced last week that the Godfrey Hotel Boston will open its doors this fall in the historic Amory and Blake buildings of the city's Downtown Crossing neighborhood.

The property's exterior will maintain its pre-war brick and stone facade but the interior design will contrast the historic with oak paneling, porcelain flooring, and contemporary furniture. The hotel will have 242 rooms as well as an in-house restaurant, coffee shop, lobby bar, fitness center, and most importantly, free WiFi. No word yet on whether the employees' uniforms will be designed locally, as is the case with the Chicago property.

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4 NYC Hotels to Watch For This Year and Beyond

January 16, 2015 at 11:56 AM | by | Comment (1)

Just as 2014 was a banner year for hotel openings across New York City, 2015 and beyond should not disappoint. With some big name hotels coming from SLS, Edition, Public, and Baccarat, there are also some great boutiques and independents in the works that we're following.

Here are 4 special hotels that we are looking at today. Of course, there are more. We're not blind. We'll have those for your shortly. But for now, take a look at these lovely spots:

1. The Beekman Hotel, 5 Beekman Street - Opening 2015

Things are looking up, literally, at The Beekman, a luxury hotel and condo development in lower Manhattan. We've been covering the upcoming Thompson hotel ever since it was announced and we're excited to see and share this rendering - the one we've all been waiting for. Pictured above is the spectacular 9-story atrium lounge/bar/dining space that is clearly the showpiece of the Beekman.

This circa 1883 New York City landmark, formerly known as Temple Court, just oozes with great detailing, most notably the graceful wrought iron railings and floor bracing. The hotel's interiors are being designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (images to follow) and will offer 287 rooms and suites, a rooftop lounge and restaurants by Keith McNally and Tom Colicchio. The hotel is slated to open later this year. We'll see you in the lounge.

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Hotel Gotham is Channeling the 'Sexy Downton' Look

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  Site Where: 100 King Street, Manchester, United Kingdom, M2 4WU
January 12, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Three things out of the many things we love about hotels: first, well thought through themes. Second, all things retro. Third, going in a totally unexpected direction.

And right now, the place that’s ticking all our boxes is Hotel Gotham in Manchester.

We told you about the Gotham before – the extraordinary new project taking over the historic Midland Bank HQ, a brooding, art deco building that’s perfect for the Gotham theme. And the art deco theme. And the exotic theme, all of which we’ve been promised.

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Four Seasons Rebounds in Bangkok; Is Also Hard at Work on The Surf Club

January 5, 2015 at 2:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just two weeks ago, we were stunned to hear that Four Seasons would be leaving Bangkok (pictured above), to be replaced by a flagship Anantara resort. But we also had a feeling this wasn't the end of the road for FS in Bangkok. In fact, here's exactly what we said:

As much as this means a departure for Four Seasons from Bangkok, there is no doubt in our mind that the Canadian group will come back to a city where nearly every luxury brand under the sun is either represented or busy building something new – something tells us it will be connected to this: Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, a new development a bit south of the Mandarin Oriental and Peninsula. Time will tell, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

And now we're keeping you posted.

Four Seasons Hotels have just announced that they will open the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, adjacent to the aforementioned Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok at Chao Phraya River.

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The Upcoming South Beach Hotel in Singapore Has No Flag Yet But It's Got a Star Designer

January 5, 2015 at 1:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

The sleek and gigantic South Beach development takes up a city block, featuring two angular towers with sky gardens and a wavy canopy covering a retail promenade. The hotel will share the tower in the foreground with residential apartments.

If you celebrated the New Year in downtown Singapore, you may have noticed a couple of striking high-rise buildings in the works. This is South Beach, a seriously “green” mixed-use development in the heart of the business district and yeah, there’s a hotel planned. The 654-room “luxury concept hotel” does not yet have a confirmed operator or a firm opening date but it’s got an interior designer we can get excited about – Philippe Starck.

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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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People's Choice Award: The Virgin Hotel Chicago

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  Site Where: 203 N Wabash Street [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60601
December 31, 2014 at 2:03 PM | by | Comments (3)

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...

While we almost gave Virgin Hotels the award for Worst Hotel Hype this year, we do have another award to give them--The People's Choice Award.

The Virgin Hotel Chicago page was our most trafficked page of the year. This is crazy interesting because the Virgin Chicago hasn't even opened yet. But that just goes to show how much Virgin Hotels have been hyping their brand.

When the year started, we were no closer to learning more about Virgin Chicago, other than it would have 250 amount of rooms and a rooftop scene. In February, the hotel was planned to open in September. Um, nope.

Throughout the year, we did learn small tidbits, like the announcements of a general manager and the chef and his F&B concepts. We also got Raul Leal, CEO of Virgin Hotels, to tell us 6 things we didn't know yet about Virgin Hotels.

This was nice but without a rendering or a room shot, we couldn't get excited. Even when the hotel was making up rumors about itself over the summer, we were still very nonplussed.

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