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It seems like just yesterday we were playing Guess The Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, but fast-forward five years and we’re back—and we’re talking yet another renovation. The ship-shaped hotel formerly known as The Yankee Clipper has been doing its things in Fort Lauderdale for years and years, and after a stint as a Sheraton it has been turned over and turned into the B Ocean Resort.
Upgrades and improvements are scheduled to wrap up early next year, so all those spring breakers will be able to check things out during their ins and outs of sobriety. The Sun Sentinel has all the details, but it sounds like new colors and fun furnishings are just part of the plans.
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If you’re familiar with the story of Heckfield Place, you know it’s been a long one: announced in 2011 for an April 2012 opening, the Grade-II listed country house 40 minutes outside of London was meant to outclass and out-luxe competition like Dorchester Collection’s Coworth Park and the Four Seasons Hampshire.
Years of construction delays resulted in the GM (from the May Fair) and chef (from Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park) leaving before the hotel ever had a guest come through its doors. Towards the end of last year, opening was going to “definitely” be spring 2015, which the single-page placeholder website proudly listed. We noticed a few months ago that the “spring” had been removed for a more vague “2015”, but even that was not to be: we just saw that opening has been pushed back to 2016.
That’s getting very near to four years behind plan, which we cannot imagine to be anything but rather painful for everyone involved. When the hotel does open, it should have 70 bedrooms, along with a spa and fitness complex in a refurbished gardener’s cottage including pool and indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi.
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Your next stay in San Francisco just got that much better, as there’s one Starwood property throwing open the doors on its latest renovation and remodel.
All in all there’s been $12 million spent on Le Méridien San Francisco, and the place is ready to show off its stuff right in the middle of the city’s Financial District. For those keeping score at home, there are 360 rooms to checkout and of those 80 are sweet suites.
New stuff includes the brand’s signature Le Méridien Hub—think of it as way more than just the lobby, as they spin things into something that operates as coffee shop by day and lounge by night. There are subtle touches in this space reflecting the streets of the city, and even the carpet shows off a little local love. Even the event space and meeting spots have been improved, so if you’re looking for 12,500 square feet of space for your next soiree this place has you covered.
Rosewood Hotels is serious when it comes to having 50 hotels by 2020: we heard about Montecito and Puebla, we know about Bangkok, Jakarta and Bali, then there is of course Paris, and possibly Amsterdam.
Today it is the addition of its first hotel for South America, where the group is picking Brazil as its entry point. Rosewood São Paulo will open in 2018 in Cidade Matarazzo, a landmark building from the early 20th century that was once a maternity hospital. Big names that will put their name on the project are architect Jean Nouvel and designer Philippe Starck, along with Brazilian artists Beatriz Milhazes and Saint-Clare Cemin.
"One Fine Stay, Hyatt's gonna want you for their girl...er...home."
For a few years now, the hospitality industry has been cautiously observing the competition from home-sharing sites, such as Airbnb and Onefinestay, who offer guests "authentic" lodging experiences at a lower cost than hotels.
But these sites are growing rapidly, forcing some hotels to make a move. An example of the extreme and sudden growth? Thanks to a jaw-dropping funding venture, Airbnb was recently rumored to be valued at $25.5 billion, more than Marriott, a nearly 60-year-old company, which is valued at $20.5 billion.
With the heat clearly turned on, some hotel companies have remained steadfast in their mission and their services, as well as their prices, believing that there are still plenty of people who prefer hotel rooms to strangers' rooms.
But a few brands have decided if they can't beat the home-sharing sites, then they might as well join them.
Some have sought their own alternatives like Room Mate Hotels with their BeMate private rentals service, featuring 2,500 handpicked properties in cities where Room Mate hotels already exist, including Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, Amsterdam, New York and Miami.
On the luxury end, Four Seasons Hotels launched their own vacation rentals site called Residential Rentals, while Preferred Hotel Group launched Preferred Residences, which consist of residential properties at resorts and hotels that are already existing members of Preferred's hotel collection. Both rental sites also offer amenities that you would typically get at a hotel such as housekeeping, spa treatments and concierge access.
But now Skift reports that Hyatt Hotels has actually partnered up with OneFineStay in a pilot program that will give Onefinestay guests in London the opportunity of "storing their bags and/or using guest rooms at The Churchill (a Hyatt Hotel) to freshen up or tour the city while they wait for their vacation rental to be available for check-in." Using = Purchasing. More tellingly, Hyatt was part of Onefinestay’s $40 million funding series, ensuring a Hyatt hotel connection will continue for quite some time.
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We’re not going to lie: if our patience often gets tested when it comes to hotel openings, the wait for The Peninsula London will be the ultimate test. Two solid years after we heard the hotel was coming to Knightsbridge / Belgravia, we finally got a first look at its exterior, due to replace the office block currently occupying the 1-5 Grosvenor Place address. Along with that came a projected opening in 2021, also known as the next decade.
The community consultation process is in full swing, more details of which you can find on the dedicated project website. Luckily for us, the boards used during the consultation events are available online, and include a few more renderings to whet our appetite for the 190-room hotel. Above a view of the main entrance on Grosvenor Place, with the usual two lions standing guard, the green Rolls-Royce even making a digital appearance outside, and just on the right the Wellington Arch.
When Four Seasons announced it would be September for its Seoul property to open, we had one (close up) photo of a guestroom that only hinted at what would be inside and no website. Five months later and we do have a website for Four Seasons Seoul, along with reservations and lots more on the visual front, though only renderings.
Above one of those renderings, which shows a Deluxe Room in much more detail. We spy a marble-entry that leads to a large bedroom with light blue patterned carpet, that darker blue in the narrow strip above the bed and the chairs, and lots of light wood. We like the shelving surrounding the nightstands, and the marble of the bathroom seems to come back in the cabinet that holds coffee and tea facilities.
Rewind to the beginning of June, and you can check our thoughts on all that encompasses the vision for Sheraton 2020. New branding, better service, and a bunch of other items all consolidated into a marketer’s dream—a ten-point list. The whole campaign isn’t set to start until later this year, but you can catch a sneak peak at their vision thanks to the new Sheraton website.
From the Sheraton folks their new home on the World Wide Web includes “an enhanced user journey, high-end design, artful photography, and a modern color palette.” There are some snazzy photographs on the site, so we do have to agree with them there. There’s integration with Twitter and Instagram too, so one does not have to look far for a little bit of cyber jealousy.
On that Saturday, there are four room types available: Superior, Superior Four Poster, Super Deluxe, and Studio. Rates for a Superior Room start at £318 ($500) a night. We need to look further into the future for an entry-level Club Room to appear, which we can see for £240 ($375) a night. Above a slightly wider angle of the same room we’ve seen some shots of before. It is indeed quite quirky, distinctive design, with the modern bed standing out against the throwback décor.
A full renovation of the hotel's 117 generously-sized suites is currently underway, led by luxury design firms Smith/Firestone Associates (SFA Design) who will preserve the hotel's best attributes--intimacy and privacy--while bringing the decor up to today's standards of modern luxury.
Here's a detailed description on the modern glamour and high-tech amenities guests will find in the rooms
Guests staying in L’Ermitage's spacious suites (which start at 650 sq feet) will find a sophisticated residential hideaway draped in tranquil hues, subtly accented with bold provocative color. Lavish Venetian cut-glass mirrors reflect caramel-colored walls, shimmering with gold and gray sparkle, leading guests to a celebrity-ready dressing room, complete with a walk-in closet and a selection of mirrors featuring indoor/outdoor lighting settings. In the bedroom, floor-to-ceiling suede and velvet headboards, white onyx and gray marble, eclectic art and inspiring technology align to create a perfect reimagining of this Beverly Hills retreat.
“Our intent was to create a series of unique settings that celebrate the individuality and personalities of L’Ermitage guests,” said Kara Smith, Principal at SFA. “Room Designs were infused with a modern interpretation of the blend of indulgence and sanctuary for which the hotel is famed. The fusion of colors, textures, and curated artwork deliver that perfect realization of the hotel you always wanted to stay in, the home you always wanted to live in, and the space you love to entertain in.”
Earlier this week, the weather in our hometown of London seemed to take an unfortunate turn from sunny July to rainy October. Desperate for something to distract us with thoughts of warm summer days, we stumbled upon these photos of the new Hotel de Tourrel in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, the perfect solution. Opened in May, it combines a 17th century stone manor with sleekly contemporary interiors.
We love the light airiness of the above guestroom, which is one of only seven – simply labelled Numéro Un à Numéro Sept. Crisp white walls, wooden floors, high ceilings, the stone wall with the B&O flat screen TV. It’s like a palate cleanser compared to, say, this (shudder).
According to Nola.com, Gatehouse Capital, a Dallas-based hotel developer, is attempting to open a Virgin Hotel at Baronne and Lafayette streets, which is currently the site of a parking lot. However, their recent proposal for a 14-story building with 183 rooms, a restaurant, rooftop garden, pool and bar was rejected by the city planning council for exceeding the height limit at 148-feet.
The Virgin developers and their architect were told to bring the building back within the city's height limit of 125-feet but to do that would mean reducing rooms and thus, killing the "economic feasibility of the project."
Here's hoping they can still manage to work it out. Virgin + New Orleans could equal GREATNESS.