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The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, Will Open in Cabo in June

March 31, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just last week, we were stoked to discover that Thompson Hotels' two new Mexico hotels--one in Cabo San Lucas and one in Playa del Carmen-- would be opening this summer and fall, respectively.

Today, the news has been made official, at least for Thompson in Cabo San Lucas, with reservations open for June 13 and beyond.

The Cape, a Thompson Hotel is located along Monuments Beach, a secluded setting popular amongst surfers. That in itself is pretty special as the water's edge at most beachfront hotels in Cabo are too rough for swimming. The location also offers great views of the iconic Arch in Cabo, which the hotel says can be seen from all 161 rooms, especially since all have private terraces. Or you can gaze at the Baja landscape from the hotel's rooftop lounge and garden.

About the rooms, The Cape will offer one, two, and three-bedroom guestrooms, along with bi-level suites with private rooftops. Certain rooms will also have hanging utdoor daybeds and plunge pools.

The design was headed up by Mexican architect Javier Sanchez of JSa Arquitectura, in collaboration with Arquitectura de Interiores. Here's a bit on the vibe for The Cape, which is billed as "mid-century modern aesthetic with a vibrant 1960s Mexico-meets-Southern California."

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We Now Have Room Renderings and Reservations for ME Milan Il Duca

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  Site Where: Piazza della Republica 13, Milan, Italy, 20124
March 31, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

We have seen the 360-degree view rooftop bar (ok, from the outside), we’ve seen the public spaces (that was back in October last year) and here we are today: renderings of the rooms inside ME Milan Il Duca, ready for you to book from May 22, in time for the Milan Expo (coincidence? We think not).

There are 98 rooms and 34 suites inside the hotel, dressed in “natural tones” and “based on the principals of yin and yang, as guests pass through a flow of gradual spaces”. Above an entry-level Aura Room, which has a mix of woods, browns, and greys; there is a sofa at the foot of the bed, creating a seating area with the chair next to the desk, and a freestanding minibar in the corner. We’d guess / hope / expect that those are large sliding panels that allow you to close off the hallway and bathroom.

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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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The Next Mega JW Marriott Hotel Will Open in May

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  Site Where: Galaxy Macau, COTAI Taipa, Macau, China
March 30, 2015 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Adding 2,000+ hotel rooms to your group’s portfolio in the space of four months is pretty impressive, but JW Marriott is doing that by opening just two hotels. Last month, we welcomed JW Marriott Austin, at 1,022 rooms the beginning of a little hotel boom in the city, and on May 27 it will finally be time for JW Marriott Macau to open its 1,015 rooms. Between these two and the JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai (1,600 rooms), JW Marriott is clearly going big, while at the same time not being afraid of a little private island action (or a little creative CGI).

Above a rendering of an entry-level Deluxe Room inside the hotel, part of the $1.9 billion Galaxy Macau complex. They come in at around 500 sq ft and seem to price around 2,388MOP (that is Macau Pataca), or $300 a night for an “Unlimited Urban Escape” package that includes breakfast, WiFi, and a “Grand Opening Welcome Gift”.

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The Baha Mar Resort in The Bahamas Delays Its Opening at The Very, Very Last Minute

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  Site Where: Baha Mar, Bahamas
March 30, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

We are disappointed to announce that the opening of Baha Mar has been postponed until May. While we were excited to...

Posted by Baha Mar on Wednesday, March 25, 2015


This is surprising and yet not surprising from the hotel we awarded with the Worst Hotel Hype of 2014.

The Baha Mar Resort in The Bahamas, a vacation destination that is to include a Rosewood Hotel, an SLS Lux property, a Grand Hyatt and the centerpiece Baha Mar Resort & Casino, has now pushed its opening back to May.

Originally, the resort complex was set to open in December, but missed that date and hoped for a May opening instead. But starting in January, Baha Mar began hyping up a March 27 opening, accepting reservations and promoting several opening day packages. Then, last week, just two days before it was due to open Baha Mar posted the above note to Facebook about the delay, leaving guests who booked non-refundable flights in the lurch during a popular Spring Break travel week.

According to the Miami Herald, Baha Mar places the blame for the second delay on the Chinese construction for not finishing the work in time. Whatever the reason for the delay, Baha Mar is now scrambling to deal with the fall-out. But they will have a very tough time saving face.

All you need to do is read through the barrage of Facebook comments on this post. Many of the guests were told they could be relocated to nearby Atlantis, only to find out that resort was booked during their dates. Other guests with reservations in April had no idea the delay was even happening until they saw the update in their Facebook feed. And many more are worried that the resort won't be open in May, which we think is a very real concern.

Here are just a few of the more than 600 comments on the Baha Mar Facebook page.

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First Look at Mama Shelter Los Angeles, Opening on May 15

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  Site Where: 1557 Wilcox Avenue [map], Hollywood, CA, United States, 90048
March 27, 2015 at 4:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

Voilà! At last, we have a room photo of the forthcoming Mama Shelter Los Angeles located in the heart of Hollywood.

We've been tracking this hotel's progress since we first learned of its existence (and exact location) back in August. But now, you can finally begin to plan your night with Mama in LA.

Room rates will start at $139 a night on May 15. Currently, booking is not working on the hotel's website but we expect that to be in action very soon.

The ground floor of the hotel is set to be a free-flowing reception area, lobby, bar and restaurant (from chef Benjamin Bailly of LA hotspots, Petrossian and Fraiche) while upstairs there will be just 70 Thierry Gaugain-designed rooms spread out over six stories, but tricked out with king beds and 27-inch iMacs which will serve as the room TV. As you can see, the rooms are very much like other Mamas, complete with those funky nightstand lampshade masks. (Hello Burt and Ernie!)

Mama Shelter Los Angeles will also have an outdoor rooftop gym which we kinda can't wait to see in action. #workoutselfieoverload

Want to learn more about this Mama? She's already "written" you a "letter." Here it is in full below.

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Starwood Says the 'Suite Life' Can Be Yours and at a Discount

March 26, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

For those looking to kickoff the spring season in style look no further than Starwood, as once again it’s time for their annual Suite Week promotion over in New York City. The fun started earlier this week and runs through April 7, as room packages, discounts, and other goodies call all be yours—and at a discount.

Offers include a 30% discount on rates, complimentary WiFi, early check-in and late check-out, and plenty of other goodies depending on the property. Of course getting away now would be great, but even if you book now during the promotion you can enjoy the fun later—through March 24, 2016.

Many of the Starwood properties in New York City are getting in on the fun, so think of spots like W New York locations from Union Square to Downtown, plenty of Westin prosperities, and even The St. Regis New York—complete with that new Bentley fleet. Even properties in Hoboken and Jersey City are getting in on the fun as well.

In addition to the discount on rates those visiting the W New York can score a 30% discount on all Bliss Spa services, a Bliss welcome gift, two complimentary signature cocktails, complimentary breakfast for two, and even free parking. Other properties are offering up things like welcome drinks, discounted tickets, and free breakfasts for two.

So there you go—looking for a suite and some savings in NYC? Give a click over to your favorite Starwood property, and enter those credit card digits.

[Photo: W New York | Facebook]

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Who's Charging Resort Fees in Miami? Pretty Much Everyone

March 25, 2015 at 8:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ah, Miami. Sun, fun, mojitos and...resort fees?

Yes, sadly most hotels in Miami are charging those dreaded and annoying resort fees. According to ResortFeeChecker.com, 100 hotels in Miami have resort fees and the average fee is around $20.04 a night. That's about the same as Vegas' ubiquitous resort fee average.

But Miami is also home to two resort fees that exceed $100. Yes, you read that right. Those resorts are the Provident Luxury Suites ($107 a night) and The Fisher Island Club (also $107 a night), both of which are located on the extremely ritzy Fisher Island.

We've decided to list the resort fees of some of the most chatted about Miami hotels here on HotelChatter. Hide your wallets!

These fees are per day, plus about 20 percent tax, so the final cost will be a little higher than the number you see here. These fees usually include internet access, and additional amenities and services on site like beach chairs and access to the fitness center. (At the Surfcomber it includes iced coffee!)

But not everyone is charging a resort fee. We applaud the Loews, The W South Beach and The Setai for being resort-fee-free. (Never mind that rooms are hovering at $1,000 alight right now.)

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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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Hilton Huanying is Taking Off, Here's What Chinese Guests Can Expect

March 24, 2015 at 2:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

Back in 2011, Hilton Worldwide began welcoming the emerging class of Chinese travelers with their Hilton Huanying program, which itself means “Welcome” in Mandarin. In the nearly four years since it was introduced, the program has grown from 30 Hilton hotels to 113 in 32 countries and 65 cities. Hilton Huanying has also "huanyinged" over a million independent Chinese travelers at not just Hilton Hotels but also Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts and DoubleTree by Hilton.

Because of this popularity, and the expected growth of Chinese travelers around the world (to about 200 million travelers by 2020), the offerings of the program are expanding as well.

When it first launched, Hilton Huanying gave Chinese guests a welcome letter in simplified Chinese at check-in, tea kettles ands slippers placed in the guest rooms, dedicated Mandarin channels on the TV, along with a few traditional Chinese breakfast offerings downstairs such as congee and dim sum.

Today, guests will still get all of the above but the breakfast offerings have expanded and more importantly, Hilton will offer 24-hour translation phone service in case a Mandarin-speaking Hilton team member is not on site.

Best of all, the program is at no extra cost to the Chinese traveler. Not a bad deal.

Below are some photos of what the Huanying presentation looks like at the Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront Hotel and the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, a property that sees around 800 Chinese guests within a specific three-week window, and many more throughout the year. This Hilton Hotel was also one of the first Hiltons to begin offering special services for Chinese guests in 2008. These services later made up some of the official components of the Hilton Huanying program.

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Soon Keyless Entry At Fontainebleau Miami Beach Will Allow You To Phone It In

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  Site Where: 4441 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
March 24, 2015 at 12:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

The magic that is keyless entry is nothing new, but we can’t help but feel a little chill at check-in when we learn that it’s an option.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach is the latest property to get the pieces in place before flipping the switch, as they’ve partnered up with StayNTouch to enable mobile check-in among a few other tech treats.

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More Private Member Club Hotel Rooms at The Arts Club London [Updated]

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  Site Where: 40 Dover Street, London, United Kingdom, W1S 4NP
March 24, 2015 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

First The Hospital, now The Arts. London has its share of private members clubs, and here is the second one this year that is not just adding hotel rooms to its facilities, but allowing non-members to stay the night, too. [UPDATE: Turns out, our understanding of how the hotel rooms at The Arts Club are going to work, along with what is reported elsewhere, was not correct. Speaking again to the reps of The Arts Club, hotel rooms will only be available to members or guests of members. So if you want to check into The Arts Club, better sign up for membership or start cultivating an inside contact...

The Arts Club on Dover Street (just off of Piccadilly in Mayfair, a minute walk from Green Park) will be adding 16 rooms and suites by the summer. Guests will have access to all of the Club’s facilities, which includes three restaurants, a garden, and a nightclub. In contrast to The Hospital Club (further east just around the corner from Covent Garden), the rooms here will be much bigger, with suites going up to over 1,000 square feet.

Above a rendering of one of the rooms: high-gloss hardwood floors, some subtle greys and blues, and a touch of Art Deco to its design. Its feel reminds us a little of what we’ve seen at The Beaumont, don’t you think?

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