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'Power Breakfasts' Will Be an Important Part of the New Loews Regency Hotel Brand

April 16, 2015 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now that Loews Hotels has officially taken over the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco, it's as good a time as any to unveil a new hotel brand.

The Loews Regency San Francisco will join the Loews Regency New York, which reopened last year after a major innovation, and these two properties will be the start of the Loews Regency brand. This also means Loews will now have three brands--the flagship Loews brand, the Loews Regency and the upcoming OE Collection.

Here's what you can expect from a Loews Regency brand. If you like important breakfast meetings, then pay attention.

· Location: Situated in the most sought after locations within a destination.

· Service: Approachable luxury with a personalized style that is warm and engaging.

· Energy : Featuring vibrant lobby bars and lounges, as well as a culture that exudes sophisticated, modern and comfortable touch points. Additionally, each location will have its own Power Breakfast. The famed Power Breakfast was first established in New York and is now a storied institution that attracts top professionals and celebrities to the Loews Regency New York.

So far, there's only New York and San Francisco in the Regency mix but maybe the recently-opened Loews Chicago hotel could be a contender too. We'll keep you posted.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Starwood's Newest Hotel Collection Will Be Called...

April 16, 2015 at 9:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Not long ago, Starwood Hotels hinted that they would be unveiling a new "soft" collection of hotels. Well, today is the day. Introducing: Tribute Portfolio. And guess who's now a part of it? (Keep reading to find out!)

The collection is meant to be a group of independent luxury hotels, who will keep their own identities rather than take on a Starwood-branded personality. But of course, the Starwood Preferred Guest program will be in place, allowing guests to use and earn Starpoints for stays at Tribute hotels.

As for what the collection is about, it's simply a "celebration of individuality." Which is not that much different from other hotel collections out there such as Marriott's Autograph Collection and Hilton's Curio Collection. Here's a description on the Tribute website for interested guests:

This isn't about us. It's about you. You want more one-of-a-kind hotels in exciting locations, superior service and the SPG member benefits you love. Tribute Portfolio invites you to discover hotels as unique as you are. Stay Independent.

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Hotel Indigo Will Open in Bath, England Next Year

April 15, 2015 at 5:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Score another point in the “cool” column for Hotel Indigo with the announcement of a new installment, this one coming to the uber-historic city of Bath.

InterContinental Hotels' boutique brand Hotel Indigo has entered into an agreement with St. James Hotels Group, with an anticipated opening by late 2016. IHG already has eight Indigo properties in the UK, with several more in the works including another iconic location at the Barbican, London.

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W Amsterdam Opens Reservations, W Milan Delays Until 2017

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  Site Where: Spuistraat 175, Amsterdam, Milan, Netherlands, 1012 VN
April 14, 2015 at 8:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

W giveth, W taketh away...

Having ogled renderings of W Amsterdam a month ago, reservations for the 238-room hotel are now are finally live.

Opening date will be Monday, September 21, with a “Cozy Exchange” room (from 22 sq m / 237 sq ft) setting you back a clean €450 ($478) a night. Prepaying shaves just €10 ($12) off a night, which doesn’t really seem worth it for the flexibility you sacrifice. The “Exchange” reference we presume means the room is located in the 1903 Telephone Exchange building, as opposed to the former bank just across the street (go here for exterior shots of both).

From Cozy, the order is up to Wonderful and then Fabulous rooms, with Cool Corner, Studio, and Marvelous Suites before you get to Wow and Extreme Wow Suites – which we saw those renderings of. The Extreme Wow Suite gives 112 sq m (1,206 sq ft) of space and runs at €2,162 ($2,292) a night.

Actual photography of the rooms and suites is still to come, but we’re kind of surprised to read the intro text on the homepage of the hotel refer to the ability to “recharge with our W signature bed and a peek-a-boo shower”. Is that becoming an actual industry term now?

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The Nadler Will Move In Next to the Queen Later This Year

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  Site Where: 10 Palace Place, London, United Kingdom, SW1E 5BW
April 13, 2015 at 10:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

We liked The Nadler Soho so much we picked it as one of our HotelChatter-approved options for London's Soho ‘hood so we’re pleased to hear the affordable (though, rates in Soho can sometimes be alarmingly high – don’t forget your ethos, budget-chic options) brand is adding a third hotel in the city: The Nadler Victoria.

A group with more pretension would have called it The Nadler St. James seeing that its address is Palace Place, literally around the corner from Buckingham Palace. Above is what you’ll find today: lots of scaffolding mostly, but the signs noting the arrival of the 73-room hotel are up.

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UPDATES! The Mondrian Soho Lives On (But Not For Long)

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  Site Where: 9 Crosby Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
April 13, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Please scroll to the bottom for new updates and statements regarding this case.

We went through a series of updates last week after we initially reported the new owners of the Mondrian Soho were trying to kick out operators Morgans Hotel Group (in the middle of the night, no less) and rebrand the property as the NoMo Soho Hotel.

By the end of the day, a court had ruled Morgans should remain the operator, but the hotel's owner, Alex Sapir, isn't giving up. Like, at all. Here's what the statement he put out about the struggle to get the NoMo up and running:

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Come May, Chicago's Hotel Allegro Will Be Singing a Pretty New Tune

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  Site Where: 171 W Randolph St. [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60601
April 9, 2015 at 7:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

One of Chicago's very first trendy boutique hotels is getting a bit of a facelift as they look to celebrate their 17th birthday this year. In the heart of the theater district, Hotel Allegro is planning to unveil a bit of drama in May with renovated rooms, a completely new lobby with communal lobby bar and enhance public "chill" space.

In a grand to attempt to reconnect with the building's 91 years of history, the Kimpton property is is embracing an art deco design for all areas of the hotel. From being greeted by a glimmering flapper girl painting and original light fixtures in the lobby to a sleeker and more cosmopolitan styling for the rooms, we were giddy with excitement on a recent hard hat tour.

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New York City's Best New Hotel Amenity Has To Be 'Putt Putt Park'

April 9, 2015 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

New York is always at the front of the line get all kinds of stuff, but their latest first might just be the best yet. It’s a pop up mini golf course at The Hudson Hotel, and we want to go to there right now.

They’re calling it Putt Putt Park, and it opened up for the season just last week. Visitors—and golfers—can expect a nine-hole course in partnership with the folks over at Recess New York, and it’s all outside within the hotel’s courtyard. From what we’ve seen they’ve gone all in with this creation, so of course there’s a windmill and a loop-de-loop to ensure golfers are up for the challenge.

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Renovations, Reservations, and Alliances: Your Hotel News

April 9, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

So much hotel news, so little time – here are a few snippets to keep you up to date with the latest news from around the world, from shiny new things in Paris to reservations in Milan and new global partnerships.

Viceroy Hotels joins Global Hotel Alliance: starting at partnerships, in a move we did not expect, Viceroy has signed up to join Global Hotel Alliance (GHA). While Kempinski and Pan Pacific are two brands we usually think of when we hear GHA, the list is a lot longer than that, including brands like Anantara, Per Aquum, Omni Hotels, QT, and more for a total of 31 brands and 550+ hotels. Now if Viceroy would move on with its plans for L’Ermitage Bevery Hills and Viceroy Istanbul, we’d be all sorts of happy.

Pulitzer Amsterdam picks Preferred Hotels: we knew Hotel Pulitzer was leaving Starwood’s Luxury Collection, but our wish for something as exciting as Four Seasons Hotel Pulitzer to happen (after a mega renovation, of course) was not to be. Renovations will happen, but the hotel has joined Preferred Hotels new LVX collection (pronounced “Lux” and yes that irks us too). If you want to know more about Preferred’s new collections, go here.

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The Tallest Hotel in Europe May Be Coming to One of the Smallest Villages in The Swiss Alps

Where: Switzerland
April 8, 2015 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

This is the hotel that lost the design competition but won the commission anyway. While its mirrored walls are intended to reflect the surrounding Alps, on a sunny day it may look more like a sword in the stone.

Back in February, we heard about the 7132 Hotel design competition in Switzerland that yielded no official winner. Now the world has its first glimpse as to what all the fuss was - and is - about.

Just take a look at the rendering above. A skyscraper in the Swiss Alps. Seriously? The proposed design rises 1,250 feet above the tiny spa village of Vals, with a population of only about 1,000.

The 107-suite 7132 Hotel will be about as tall as the Empire State Building, making it the tallest building in Europe and one of the tallest hotels in the world. Perhaps, but only until another hotelier surpasses it. Count on that.

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Down Under, Tables Have Turned: This Hotel Brand in Australia Wants to Review YOU as a Guest

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  Site Where: Australia
April 8, 2015 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

For real. There is a brand of Aussie hotels who want to turn the tables and review YOUR stay and reward YOU for good behavior. Talk about opening a two-way street in the world of arm-chair critics that may or may not be rooted in truth —remember this?

From April 17 to May 31, Art Series Hotels in Victoria and South Australia are performing Reverse Reviews on their guests and plan on naming and shaming those that act like Lindsay Lohan after receiving their room key. Just like the rating sites, the hotel will have an opportunity to reward their guests with 1 to 5 stars.

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Rocco Forte Hotels Inches Towards Doubling In Size With New Opening in Jeddah

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  Site Where: Thalia Street, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
April 8, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comment (1)

Having seen its struggles, we were very excited when Rocco Forte talked about the promising future for his hotel group following a $95m cash injection from Italian investors, not in the least because of his goal to revive the Grand Tour of Italy and save the country’s economy in the process. There was talk of hotels in Venice, Milan, Naples, and Sicily, as well as others further afield to double Rocco Forte’s presence from its current ten hotels.

While we were expecting Venice to be announced first, given the “advanced stage of discussion” about a hotel there, further afield it is: number 11 will be the Assila Hotel and Residence, a development in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, opening this summer.

Above a rendering of the hotel, which will have 146 rooms, 62 suites, and 94 serviced apartments in what looks to be a dual-towered glass structure.

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