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Both Tommie and Thompson Hotels to Take on Hollywood (Again)

May 28, 2015 at 3:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

That didn't take long. Just last month, it was revealed that the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel had left the Thompson Hotels collection for Preferred Hotels & Resorts. But Thompson won't be gone long from the Hollywood scene.

A press release put out by Thompson's parent hotel company Commune Hotels & Resorts announced an all-new Thompson Hollywood Hotel, opening on Wilcox Avenue, north of Sunset Boulevard. (FWIW, this will be incredibly close to the Mama Shelter Hotel, due to open next month.)

The Thompson Hollywood will be a 200-room hotel in a 10-story building with a nearly 5,000-sq.ft. restaurant, a 1,862-sq.ft. bar and an outdoor plaza. The rooftop "penthouse" level is promising views of the Hollywood sign and DTLA as well as an outdoor pool deck, a second restaurant and a fitness center. But that's not all.

A new build of Commune's made-for-millennials brand, Tommie Hotels, was announced for Hollywood as well.

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Even More Hotels To Look Forward to in Philadelphia

May 26, 2015 at 5:12 PM | by | Comments (2)

Come 2017, this mega-modern tower will be home to W and Element Philadelphia, and we can't help but notice their next door neighbor--The Ritz-Carlton

Philadelphia is on a (redevelopment) roll with more upcoming hotels to choose from than there are cheese steak stands. VisitPhilly, the source of all information for incoming travel, has rounded up 10 new hotels coming to town.

But we too, have been following hotels such as the Starck-designed SLS LUX; Four Seasons' new home; Kimpton'smove into a former court building; and an AC Hotel by Marriott which is set to engulf a funky Deco building.

If that's not enough for the option-oriented traveler, here are four more hotels to add to the mix. And expect even more behind these.

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Now Midtown NYC Will Get an Aloft Hotel

May 11, 2015 at 1:46 PM | by | Comment (1)

We’ve been waiting for Aloft Financial District to open (supposedly on June 25) but in the meantime, there’s another Aloft to focus on—Aloft New York Midtown.

Set to break ground later this month on 38th Street, just off 5th Avenue, the newest Aloft in the city will have 27 stories with 180 loft-style guest rooms. Architecture firms Nobutaka Ashihara Architects and Paul Vega of VLDG Inc. will design the hotel, encasing it in glass and metal with 360 degree views of the city. As with all other Alofts, this one will be very tech-centric, enabling keyless entry, as well as social, planning live music shows in the Aloft's XYZ bar.

This will be the fourth Aloft in the NYC area but certainly not the last. Starwood Hotels is planning to double their Aloft presence by 2017. Which is totally fine, but we just hope the "loft-style" rooms break from the usual faux-retro Aloft style.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Maybe a Semi-submerged Hotel Will Do Better than an Underwater Hotel?

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  Site Where: Doha, Qatar
May 8, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve been talking about underwater hotels for as long as we’ve been around, but even in 2015 we do not seem much closer to one becoming a real-life thing. Perhaps the step that will get us from hotels on dry land to hotels underwater is this: Amphibious, a semi-submerged hotel planned for Doha, Qatar (yup, we saved the best till last).

Along with the bunch of other hotels that we talked about yesterday, Amphibious is scheduled for completion before the World Cup is held in Doha in 2022. It combines up to four hotels, residences, offices, and a marina, “like a big aquatic animal stretching out from the land into the sea”. The bill for making this big aquatic animal? €500 million.

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Here's What Tommie Hudson Square Will Have For Millennials When They Visit

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  Site Where: 231 Hudson Street [map], New York, NY, United States
May 6, 2015 at 7:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

As we told you the other month, the first ever tommie hotel (yup, all lowercased like that) will open in New York on October 1 and it will be a quintessential millennial hotel, complete with bedside charging stations, creative storage spaces and vision boards in the guest rooms.

But tommie will also give its youthful clientele the ability to "shape their stays and personalize their in-room experiences" by purchasing a variety of items from the hotel's newly announced General Store. These items go beyond toiletries and bottled water (although those are available too) and include fun items such as food, clothing and other wearables. (Some items will also be complimentary.)

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Chiltern Firehouse Has Room Photos and (Gasp!) Online Booking

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  Site Where: Chiltern Street, London, United Kingdom
May 6, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

It had to happen at some point. Having opened his much-anticipated Chiltern Firehouse in London, Andre Balazs seemed intent on keeping its website a blank landing page with a telephone number and email address; whether you wanted to have dinner or spend the night, calling or emailing and hoping to get a response was your only option, unless you had insider access. Even when we finally saw one of the suites, we had all of one photo that we could share from inside the Marylebone firehouse.

Not anymore. We’re not sure exactly when this happened, but there are now plenty of photos on the website, along with – wait for it – the ability to book a room. Yourself. Online. How novel! We suppose the desire/need to fill those rooms night after night, summer or winter, won out in the end.

Above a photo of the Loft Suite that we saw back in October last year, which we described as “Chateau Marmont, with a touch of vintage and a lived-in feel”. You can see the blue/grey banquets running along the wall and just a corner of the rust-colored, chintz-covered, fringe-bottomed armchairs we referred to.

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A ‘NUO’ Luxury Hotel Brand is Coming to Beijing This Year

May 5, 2015 at 8:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

Here’s a new hotel brand to watch, NUO Hotels that is, a "made in China" luxe brand scheduled to debut in the capital this year.

NUO Hotel Beijing, the flagship of as many as 15 NUO Hotels targeted over 15 years, will offer 5-star “residential style luxury,” seriously sustainable design, and masterful contemporary interiors inspired by the culturally rich Ming Dynasty. Aka, green and gorgeous.

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The Hoxton Amsterdam Opens Reservations from July 13, Under $150

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  Site Where: Herengracht 255, Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 5, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Is Amsterdam on your travel itinerary this summer? You may want to reconsider your hotel choices, as there will be something new to try: The Hoxton Amsterdam beat our estimate of an opening in September (along almost-neighbor W Amsterdam) by unleashing reservations from July 13.

Officially, rates start from €89, which currently comes out to a clean $100. Playing around with dates in the second half of July, a Saturday night seems most expensive, with rates from €159 ($178) a night, while on Sunday, we even spy a “Shoebox” for €69 ($77) a night. We’ve heard of dorm beds in an Amsterdam hostel going for more than that. All in all, depending on the size of the room you pick, you should be able to get an average of around $150 a night, which is outstanding value.

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New York's NoMad Hotel to Go BiCoastal With New DTLA Location

April 28, 2015 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Downtown Los Angeles' award-winning hotel scene continues to shine.

The LA Times reports that Giannini Building at 7th and Olive, a former Bank of Italy building that first opened in 1923, has been purchased by hotel developer The Sydell Group and wants to turn it into a boutique hotel--possibly a spin-off of the NoMad Hotel in NYC. Here's what Sydell has in store for the building:

The main former banking floor will be converted to a "living room" lobby for the hotel where guests can lounge or work, [Andrew E. Zobler, CEO of Sydell] said. The first floor will have a bar and a restaurant.

Sydell will operate the hotel, perhaps as a second branch of its NoMad Hotel on Broadway in New York. Plans call for 250 guest rooms that would either face outward or look into a large existing light well in the center of the upper floors of Giannini Place.

A rooftop swimming pool and event space with panoramic views of downtown are also on the drawing board. The hotel is to be a step up in room price and sophistication from Sydell Group's Freehand hotel being built in the former Commercial Exchange Building.

But there's another new boutique hotel coming to DTLA, just one block away from this one.

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Macau Hotel Madness: Who's Opening There Next?

Where: Macau, China
April 28, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comment (1)

The Sands Cotai Central. At the front is the St. Regis Macao, opening in December.

Recently, we took a closer look at all the shiny new hotels that are expected to open in Dubai in the coming years. What surprised us there was that Dubai's scene is becoming more "lifestyle" rather than "high-end luxury". Of course, this is Dubai so the hotels will keep time with the city's unofficial credo of "more is more."

However, in Macau, a former Portuguese colony which has exploded in the past decade as a glitzy gambling destination, the city's unofficial credo when it comes to the hotel scene might just be "more is more is more" and "bigger is always best." Even while in the midst of an economic downturn, Macau is adding more and more and more hotel rooms.

Here's a shortlist of the new hotels expected to open in Macau in the very near future. By 2018, there should be over 46,000 new hotel rooms. We're calling it Macau Hotel Madness.

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Another Industrial-Inspired Hotel is Coming to Williamsburg

Where: North Tenth Street and Wythe Avenue [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States
April 27, 2015 at 4:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

The upcoming Williamsburg Hotel will, like others before it, feature modern expressions of the area's industrial heritage. This one might just raise the bar, and we do mean bar. Stay tuned.

Brooklyn, New York, and in particular hipster neighborhood of Williamsburg, is becoming a hot bed of hotel design. One new hotel we’ve been waiting to get a glimpse of, is the Williamsburg Hotel, expected to open later this year. (Ed. Note: This hotel is not to be confused with the former Hotel Williamsburg, which has been since been renamed McCarren Hotel & Pool.)

Developer Heritage Equity Partners, a family-owned business with roots in the area – like around the corner from the Williamsburg Hotel – plan to duly honor Williamsburg’s industrial legacy, combined with plenty of "wow" factor. Works for us.

The design team spearheading the wow includes local firm HWKN Architects, and Alex Michaelis of London-based Michaelis Boyd as interior designer.

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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]