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Ace Hotels Eyeing Toronto Next

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  Site Where: 51 Camden Street, Toronto, ON, Canada
April 20, 2015 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

After Pittsburgh (opening this summer), Chicago, a second spot in NYC and possibly Nashville, Toronto will be the next city to get an Ace Hotel.

Shinan Govani of Hello! Magazine in Canada reports that the hotel brand just signed a deal for 51 Camden Street in Downtown Toronto. The hotel will have 130 rooms and it will be "built-to-suit" which is a bit different from the Ace's usual modus operandi of rehabbing historic buildings.

Govani also reports that the Ace has partnered up with Carbon Hospitality in Toronto with Shim-Sutcliffe Architects overseeing the design. If all goes well, the hotel should open in 2018, probably in time for that year's Toronto Film Festival. We're excited but in a totally cool, calm and "whatever works" Ace kind of way.

[Photo of Ace London: Juliana/HotelChatter]

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Could JFK's TWA Terminal Turn into a JetBlue Hotel?

April 15, 2015 at 11:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

UPDATE 2:08pm EST: A source familiar with the bid tells us this will NOT be a JetBlue-branded hotel. JetBlue is just a minority investor. Bummer. We'll still hold out some hope for cool partnerships with the airline, whose main terminal is just across the way.

Well, this is certainly an interesting twist. The old TWA terminal at JFK International Airport may turn into a JetBlue Hotel.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the airline has partnered with developer MCR Development LLC, and the duo are now in negotiations with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Even better, they've apparently emerged the "preferred bidder."

You guys. A JetBlue hotel? We can't deal.

Naturally, JetBlue must have been a bit green about the debut of Virgin Hotels earlier this year but given that JFK is JetBlue's home airport, and where the budget airline first originated, this is the perfect spot to launch their hotel business. There aren't many details on the scope of the project other than it will have 500 rooms or so.

While this is exciting for AV and Hotel Geeks alike, it could fall apart as so many other deals have with this iconic terminal, designed by architect Eero Saarinen. In the past five years or so, Marriott Hotels, Ian Schrager, Andre Balazs, Yotel and Donald Trump have all made moves to turn the terminal into a hotel but all have failed for various different reasons. So we fully expect to spend more time at the gate with this flight.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Gives You Killer Views of, Erm, Everything

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  Site Where: Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
April 15, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

The other week, we were chatting to a friend of ours that we knew was traveling in Costa Rica. She sent us a few snaps of the hotel she was staying at, including the pretty killer view from a room above. Being who we are, we asked the most important question: which hotel?

The response? “It’s this place called Andaz, which I think may be related to Hyatt? But it’s not at all like a Hyatt.” We nearly fell off our chair: we were talking to someone inside Andaz Peninsula Papagayo that very minute, a hotel we duly obsessed over when it opened, based on the renderings and descriptions of native Costa Rican architect Ronald Zurcher having "imagined a gathering of animals and used the shapes of cocoons and shells for the hotel's facilities...to stimulate the senses of guests in new and refreshing way".

Having laughed at us and called us a hotel freak (guilty), she sent us some more photos our way, which we of course had to share. The more we saw, the more we liked it, it was all so good… until it wasn’t, and Andaz broke our heart a little bit. Here’s why.

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The Hall in Miami, JDV's First East Coast Hotel, Will Have a 'Top Chef' In-House

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  Site Where: 1500 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
April 14, 2015 at 6:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

Earlier this year, we learned West Coast born-and-raised Joie de Vivre Hotels (JDV) would be expanding its horizons to Miami and New York. We're still waiting on the full details of the NYC property, but The Hall in Miami, at 15th and Collins, is going ahead with its "late summer" opening and now they've got "Top Chef" alum, Spike Mendelsohn, to create the food and bar menus.

Sunny's will be Spike's first outpost in Miami. The spot is named after his grandfather, but is also a nod to the weather in Miami (most days.) Designed by Robert McKinley, who also did the interiors for the rest of the hotel, Sunny's will "blend rustic elements and the tropics with natural, hand-crafted wood tables, all-weather chairs made from reclaimed rebar, and a Florida keystone main countertop."

Spike plans on serving reinterpretations of his favorite dishes he's picked up while traveling. That includes a Gulf Coast Grilled Grouper “Reuben,” the Greek-inspired Lifeguard Focaccia Myrtos Beach-Style, and the Jersey Shore Pork Roll Breakfast Sandwich. (Um, it's not pork roll. It's Taylor ham. Just saying.) Spike will also create made-to-order, brick-oven pizzas for The Hall's backyard bar and outdoor lounge area.

We wonder if his former judge, Tom Colicchio, will pop in. Colicchio, after all, is opening his Beachcraft restaurant up the road at the 1 Hotel South Beach.

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Dubai Will Get More Niche Lifestyle Hotels, But In a Very Big Way

April 10, 2015 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

The hotel scene in Dubai has long been synonymous with the top global hotel brands with the likes of IHG, Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, Accor, Carlson Rezidor and Hyatt firmly cementing their place across the city. With new regulations promoting mid-market hotel development, the mega hotel groups have been bringing in a variety of their brands ranging from the budget category to luxury.

However, while the "Big 7" continue to grow their footprint in the city, many developers are now looking beyond these hotel groups to either creating their own hotel brands or bringing in new, fresh brands. In other cities, these brands are considered "boutique" or "lifestyle" but in Dubai, they will be done in a very big way, with way more than 100 rooms. One such hotel is even aiming for 1,200 rooms.

Read on about this big small brands making their Dubai debut...

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Hotel Indigo Heading to The Mile High City in 2016

Where: 1801 Wewatta Street [map], Denver, CO , United States
April 7, 2015 at 4:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

Denver's hotel scene has been percolating for quite some time and while it's still nowhere near maxing out, it is becoming a well-rounded city in terms of its hotel options, whether you're looking for luxe, boutique or basic. And now here's comes another hip hotel to look forward to--Hotel Indigo Denver, the first Indigo for Colorado.

The hotel will open in Winter 2016 at 1801 Wewatta Street, adjacent to Union Station. The 203-room hotel will actually be located in the Union Tower West, a mixed-used development that will include office and retail space.

Above is a rendering of the tows but inside, as with all Hotel Indigo guest rooms, you can expect hard wood floors, spa bathrooms, locally-inspired design and artwork, fun and easygoing F&B concepts and free WiFi. Now, that's something to get high about.

[Rendering courtesy of John Portman & Associates]

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Your Next Andazm Could Happen at The Andaz Palm Springs in 2016

March 30, 2015 at 9:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

Thinking about your next Andazm? We know we are and if you can “wait for it” along with us, here’s a totally spot-on location – eternally hip Palm Springs. Yep, Andaz Palm Springs is coming to the California Desert but not until late 2016.

Still, when Andaz does the desert, it will do so in the heart of the Uptown Design District, a mile-long stretch of cool boutiques and great eats, and the iconic Palm Canyon Drive.

The hotel will offer 150 rooms, 17 suites, and two outdoor pools surrounded by an elevated terrace with bar (of course,) desert-friendly gardens, and plenty of party space, a Palm Springs prerequisite.

Indoors, expect a signature restaurant and lounge, spa and fitness center, indoor/outdoor meeting space, and the Andaz Salon, a celebration of local culture through live performances, exhibits, and exclusive special events.

The rendering above features Andaz's cool urban vibe while keeping a low profile, which is the norm for mid-century dominated Palm Springs. Floor-to-ceiling windows show off the neighboring San Jacinto Mountains while deep overhangs keep things cool.

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Mira! Thompson Hotels in Mexico Have Websites and Opening Dates

Where: Los Cabos, Mexico
March 25, 2015 at 12:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

We're still reeling with excitement over the pending October opening of tommie hotels in Manhattan but it turns out we'll have another Tom to look forward to this summer--Thompson Los Cabos. (ICYDK: both tommie and Thompson are a part of Commune Hotels.) And then just after that Thompson Playa del Carmen should open in the fall. Margs for everyone!

There is very little info on the websites and the photos are pretty much just models in skimpy bikinis on the beach admiring the view and sunsets, but here's a description of Thompson Los Cabos to get you fired up:

Imagine a side of Los Cabos you never knew existed. Where the soul willingly surrenders to el sol. Where a singular beachfront retreat commands a contour of the cape overlooking El Arco and the Bahía San Lucas horizon. From the sleek poolside lounge to the skygarden terrace, it’s a place to revel in the heat of the moment. Set to the pulse of an urban vibe by night, the warm, contemporary lines of visionary Mexico City architect Javier Sanchez draw you in, ultimately revealing a reflection of Cabo like no other.

Both Thompson Los Cabos and Playa del Carmen will be relatively small, about 125-150 rooms, and will no doubt focus on a design-driven party spaces. But hopefully, they have a few quiet spots for guests too. It's not all margs and Coronitas in Cabo, you know. #yeahright

[Photo: Thompson Los Cabos]

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The W Bellevue to Open in 2017, Conveniently Next to The Westin

March 24, 2015 at 7:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last year we gave you three top hotels to consider in Bellevue, Washington for "luxury, location and design", one of which was the Westin Bellevue. But in a couple of years, you'll be able to check out the Westin and the upcoming W Hotel in one stop.

The W Bellevue Hotel, which was announced this morning will be built on Bellevue Way between NE 4th and NE 8th Streets, and adjacent to The Westin Bellevue.

“W Bellevue is being designed with a unique narrative that represents our Eastside community,” says Kemper Freeman, Chairman and CEO, KDC, the developer behind the project. “The hotel’s cutting-edge design brings our community’s heritage into modern times with a contemporary interpretation of the joy and wonder that we all feel in a welcoming lakeside summer house. This hotel will truly represent all that we celebrate about our community and will bring an amped up W energy to Bellevue.”

Right now, the hotel is planned to have 245 guest rooms, including 25 suites and one Extreme Wow suite; FIT, a state-of-the-art workout facility; three restaurants and bars, one of which will be outside on a terrace with modern porch swings and a pool table; a library stocked with pulp fiction novels; and an oversized fireplace commonly found in traditional lodges, but with a W twist.

We can't wait to see what that twist may be. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait until 2017. Still, this is exciting news because it's the irst new W Hotel for the United States in a while. The W Philadelphia which was announced a few years ago won't open until 2018.

[Rendering: W Hotels]

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Best Western Announces Their First Vīb Hotel, Gangnam Style

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  Site Where: Seoul, Korea
March 19, 2015 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

A few months ago, Best Western Hotels announced their newest Vīb Hotels. (That’s pronounced Vibe.) And today, they’ve just released some info on the very first Vib Hotel to be developed in Seoul.

The Vīb, which is expected to break ground later this year, will be located in the city’s Gangnam district, which everyone knows all about now, thanks to Psy’s "Gangnam Style" song. The hotel will have 148 rooms and will be true to the Vīb philosophy which is about “innovation, technology, and style with authentic, local flavor offered at a great value."

And no doubt, a cool vibe too. Peep the renderings below, taken from the Vīb website, to understand more of what Vib is all about.

The Asia Pacific market will be a big one for Vīb Hotels, which is checking out spots for new hotels in Bangkok, Thailand; Sarawak and Shah Alam, Malaysia; and Ortigas, Philippines. Overall the

[Photos: Vib Hotels]

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Sofitel to Offer 'Five Star Plus' Luxury When It Opens in Frankfurt Next Year

March 11, 2015 at 5:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

After some delays in getting started, sleek, sexy and oh, so French Sofitel Hotels may be opening early next year in Frankfurt's Opernplatz, a city square facing the former Frankfurt Opera house.

The new Sofitel will offer “five-star-plus” service, an unofficial designation not unlike the seven star proclamations we’ve seen in recent years. Real world definitions aside, a night at the Sofitel, like a night at the opera, is proclaimed to be a “top performance.”

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An Abandoned Sanatorium is Totes Turning into a Haunted Hotel

March 9, 2015 at 5:07 PM | by | Comments (2)

Jail Hotels? Lock us in. Train Station Hotels? We're all aboard. Post Office Hotels? Send us to them. Sanatorium Hotels? Um...can we think about it?

That's what is supposedly happening in Kentucky with the former Waverly Hills Sanatorium, a favorite ghost hunters spot, which was opened from 1924 and 1961 before turning into a nursing home that eventually closed in 1981. Now, a development plan has been put forth to turn the haunted building into 120-room hotel with a 3,050-square-foot restaurant, an 8,500-square-foot conference center and a museum about the sanatorium's gruesome history (apparently 6,000 people died there from tuberculosis.)

We're guessing the hotel won't keep the sanatorium's infamous "body chute", an underground tunnel where bodies were sent to be collected and taken away (to be cremated nearby) out of sight from the rest of the patients. Then again, this might make for a great room service system. Eeeep.

[Photo via The Real Waverly Hills/Facebook]