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Here's a Pod Hotel to Revolutionize How You Think About Pod Hotels

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  Site Where: Little River, Canterbury, New Zealand
January 28, 2015 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we say “pod hotel” what do you think? Cramped space, wallet-friendly, slightly claustrophobic but worth it if it saves a bit of money in an expensive city or when you only need a few hours kip in an airport, right?

WRONG. A new New Zealand place called Pure Pods will revolutionise the way you think about pods.

These pods are wall-to-ceiling-to-floor glass. They are, in effect, little glasshouses. And instead of being cramped in a city, they’re in the countryside outside Canterbury, in a place called Little River, that looks as cute as it sounds. This is in the middle of nowhere – you reach it on foot, through bush land, and you’re rewarded with all-round views of the local valley and, beyond that, the Pacific (and of course, at night, the stars right above you).

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Here's Another Paris Opening, and It's a Lot Cheaper than the Last One

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  Site Where: 108 Rue Saint Lazare, Paris, France, 75008
January 23, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Paris hotels – they’re just like buses. You wait months for one swanky new one to open, and then two come along at once. Mon dieu!

Yesterday we showed you La Réserve, Jacques Garcia’s ridonkulously expensive new project in the 8th arrondissement. Today, let’s look at something far, far more affordable: the Hilton Paris Opera, which has just concluded its renovations.

The hotel is indeed near the Opera Garnier, also in the 8th arrondissement, near the Gare St Lazare. Formerly the Concorde, Hilton have poured €44m into the refurbishment, and the property now has 268 rooms, of which 29 are suites.

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La Reserve Paris is Open, But You Should Start Saving Now

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  Site Where: 42 Avenue Gabriel, Paris, France
January 22, 2015 at 3:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

First, the good news: after a two-year wait, La Réserve Paris, Jacques Garcia’s latest project for hotelier Michel Reybier, opened this week. The first, and very lucky, guests checked in Monday.

And now for the bad: with rates starting from $1,262, it’s likely you’ll be waiting a little longer to try it out.

You know the story already, of course, but this joins Geneva and St Tropez for the La Réserve brand, it’s in the 8th arrondissement, just off the Champs Elysées near Place de la Concorde, and is a petite place with just 40 rooms. We say “rooms” but 26 of these are suites, and four are presidential suites.

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London's Canary Wharf Will Get a Tune Hotel in February

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  Site Where: 21 Hertsmere Road West, London, United Kingdom, E14 4BF
January 21, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Good news for the cost-conscious business traveller to London: a few weeks from now, there will be a fifth Tune Hotel to choose from, this time among Canary Wharf’s corporate high-rises. Four and a half years after we first tested its Westminster location, this 130-room hotel will bring some new interior design to go with the same low, low, low rates the group is known for.

Above a double room with window, of which there are 85. Another 22 doubles do without the exterior aspect, while for the 20 twin rooms the only choice is the windowed kind. Three accessible rooms (also with window) take it to the total of 130 rooms, walking distance from Canary Wharf tube station (the Jubilee line will take you to the heart of the West End in less than half an hour) and West India Quay for the DLR overground.

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Here's What to Expect Rate-Wise When The Baha Mar Resorts Open on March 27

Where: Baha Mar, Bahamas
January 19, 2015 at 6:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

After getting called out for Worst Hotel Hype of 2014, Baha Mar, the Bahamian Riviera, will now be opening on March 27. See, told you.

Naturally we had to do a room rate check. Here's what you can expect to pay on March 27. Break out the dollar bills!

Baha Mar Resort & Casino: At the main resort on site, you can expect to pay $350 a night for a seriously stylish deluxe king room with ESPA toiletries, a 48-inch flat screen TV, a Nespresso coffee make and a full or step-out balcony. The special opening offer also throws in a $100 in resort credit, which helps make the $40 resort fee plus 17.5 % tax per day a little more bearable. (But not really.) That resort fee includes: In-room Internet access, In-room Coffee, In-room Bottled Water, Unlimited Local calls, Health Club Access (2 per day), Non-motorized beach equipment.

Sorry the resort credit cannot be applied to the resort fee.

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Urban Villa London Opens This Week with Seriously Phenomenal Rates

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  Site Where: Great West Road, Brentford, London, United Kingdom, TW8 0BW
January 19, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last week we had to inform you that the rooms at The Hospital have gone up in price just a few weeks in. But what we taketh away, we also give, so here’s some good news: Urban Villa is launching with lower rates than planned.

It is, of course, the all-suite half hotel, half residence midway between London and Heathrow (or, as they euphemistically style it, the “Great West Quarter” of London). When we first discovered it, rooms were due to start at £129, but now they’re down, right down, to £100 and up. For what you get, that is an exceptional rate. Nay, extremely exceptional.

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Meet the New Residence Inn Sarajevo, the Only International Chain Hotel in Bosnia

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  Site Where: Skenderija 43, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 71000
January 16, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sarajevo is more famous as a city of hills, but it’s also one of those beautiful European cities with a river running through it. The Miljacka splits the city in two, with the city center on the north and a quieter, more residential side (with better views) on the south.

You’d think that a river city would have hotels clamoring to sit along the riverside, but for some reason, in Sarajevo, that hasn’t happened – most of the smaller, independent hotels are in the Old Town, and most of the chainy and business ones sit on the main airport road (AKA Sniper Alley).

But there is one exception. The only hotel that actually sits right on the Miljacka is the brand new Marriott Residence Inn. In another first, it's also the only internationally branded hotel in the whole of Bosnia & Herzegovina.*

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Kameha Grand Zurich Will Open March 1 as an Autograph Collection Hotel

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  Site Where: Dufaux-Strasse 1 / Corner Thurgauerstrasse, Glattpark/Zurich, Switzerland, CH-8152
January 15, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Switzerland has been concentrating so hard on their budget offerings recently that we were beginning to worry they’d forgotten all about what they do best – insanely expensive luxury properties.

Luckily, they haven’t – just take a look at the Kameha Grand, opening in Zurich March 1.

The Kameha is already styling itself as your new “lieblingsplatz”, or regular haunt, in Zurich. Not sure where they reckon we hang out already, but this is a bit of an upgrade.

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Dijon's New Design Hotel Definitely Cuts the Mustard

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  Site Where: 3 Rue Devosge, Dijon, France, 21000
January 13, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Haussmann architecture. Modern interiors. Comfy beds for your fat little bodies. This is what’s on offer at the new Vertigo Hotel which opens soon in France’s culinary capital, Dijon.

If you don’t know much about Dijon other than its mustard, know that it is one of France’s most famous foodie places, with over 400 restaurants and so many listed buildings (100 hectares-worth) that it’s one of the largest culturally protected areas in the country - ie, you probably want to go. The Vertigo – which has already signed up as a Design Hotels member - is in a 1926, Haussmann-style building on Place Darcy in the center of town, near the pedestrian area.

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Who'd You Rather: Bowie or DiCaprio, Asks The Palladian

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  Site Where: 2000 Second Ave [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98121
January 12, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (2)

Surely there is only one true answer

How d’ya fancy sleeping with David Bowie? No? Would Dave Grohl be more your type? Really? Leonardo DiCaprio? Please, no. Ok, then, go ahead and have the big one – have Tom Selleck.

This will be your choice at the Palladian, Kimpton’s latest hotel, opening in Seattle next month. The hotel has commissioned a whole series of male celebs dolled up in old-style portrait fashion – and, if you’re particular about who you end up in bed with, there’s a package for you. And you know what's even better? This is no sordid one-nighter; you get to take them home once you've had your fun.

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Hotel Indigo Has Landed in Newark

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  Site Where: 810 Broad St [map], Newark, NJ, United States, 07102
January 9, 2015 at 9:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just over two years ago, Newark got its first new hotel in four decades. And it looks like the fever is catching, because Hotel Indigo has just opened up in downtown Newark, making it the third in the New York area.

The theme is “modern industry” (tanneries, breweries and innovators hung around here in the 19th century), so there’s a mosaic tiled ticker tape (Thomas Edison’s invention) in the lobby, a bank vault-turned pizza oven in the restaurant, ALVA, and exposed brick walls in the bedrooms, giving it that authentic industrial vibe (the building itself is from 1912).

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Budapest's New Music-Themed Hotel Will Make You Trill with Delight

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  Site Where: Hercegprímás utca 5, Budapest, Hungary, H-1051
January 9, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

It has kerts. It has snow. It has a Buda and a Pest. But you know what was really lacking in Hungary’s capital?

A music-themed hotel.

Welcome to the world Aria Hotel, which opens in Budapest March 15. A 19th-century palazzo in Pest, near St Stephen’s basilica, it was originally a bank, but will now be a 49-room hotel themed around “the universal love of music”. But don’t take that in a tacky way. This is not Vegas-style hotel; it’s actually a project by Henry Kallan, the man behind the Library Hotel and Casablanca in NYC and the Aria in Prague.

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