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The Only London Hotel with a Thameside Pier Is... A Doubletree

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  Site Where: 265 Rotherhithe St, London, United Kingdom, SE16 5HW
July 2, 2015 at 9:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you find a room in London – the most expensive city in Europe – for around £150, you tend to run the risk of it coming with added extras like bedbugs or in-a-bad-way floral décor. Not so at the new Doubletree by Hilton London Docklands Riverside – the 11th Doubletree in London – which has just opened in the Docklands area (after an extensive renovation of what was the Hilton London Docklands Riverside).

Or, to be precise, south of Docklands, south of the river to the Isle of Dogs and Canary Wharf, and way out east compared to everywhere else. That’ll explain the affordable prices, but don’t write it off. Even if you’re not in town for meetings, Docklands is exceptionally well connected to the rest of the city. The downside is that it’s probably too expensive for a taxi so you’d have to rely on public transport, and although there are restaurants and bars, it’s creepily empty at night.

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Too Cool for School: Graduate Charlottesville Makes Its Debut

June 30, 2015 at 8:56 AM | by | Comment (1)

More college fun in a hotel setting, as another location from Graduate Hotels is now open for business. As is the case with most of their properties this one is located in close proximity to a center of higher education. This time it’s the University of Virginia, as Graduate Charlottesville is now open for business—Thomas Jefferson would be proud.

It’s quite an upgrade if you ask us, as it’s replacing a former Red Roof Inn. There’s 135 rooms in all, and it’s just blocks away from the school and The Rotunda. The location sets it in walking distance to great shops and restaurants, but if you’re looking to stay on campus—of the hotel that is—they have you covered as well. Sheepdog Coffee will open this fall along with a rooftop bar just in time for the kids to return back to class.

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The Temple House Chengdu Will Open Next Month

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  Site Where: No. 81 Bitieshi Street, Jinjiang District, Chengdu, China, 610021
June 23, 2015 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we heard about Swire Hotels expanding its House Collective to include The Temple House Chengdu, we said we really wanted a House to open nearer to home. The closest we will get so far is East Miami, which we just peeked into, but if our travels take us to China again, Chengdu will have to be on our itinerary: The Temple House should open next month.

That’s two years after we saw that first rendering of the hotel that includes 100 hotel rooms and 42 serviced residences, part of a conservation project surrounding the thousand-year-old Daci Temple. There is a new website up and running now, which includes only a few full images, like the above impression of the guestrooms.

They start with Studio 60, which kick in at a very large 60+ sq m / nearly 700 sq ft, and run up in various steps to Courtyard Suites and a Penthouse. We like the design – it feels very House-like, but with the addition of darker wood in comparison to Upper House (Hong Kong) and Opposite House (Beijing). It’s not quite as masculine as Rosewood Beijing, which we’ve said more than once we love, but very stylish. What we’re really onboard with, though, is the bathroom – check it out below.

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Check Out the Views From the New Boro Hotel in Long Island City

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  Site Where: 38-28 27th St [map], Long Island City, NY, United States
June 22, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Those views though

Long Island City is an often overlooked place to stay in New York – why? It can’t be the location – the views of Manhattan are spectacular. Maybe it’s the fact that there aren’t many boutique options over there?

You can’t use that excuse for long, though, because the Boro Hotel is now in soft opening, due to open officially June 28.

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La Fiermontina Is Bringing the Country to the City in Puglia

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  Site Where: Piazzetta Scipione de summa, 4, Lecce, Puglia, Italy
June 19, 2015 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Puglia is the place where all the rich cool kids of Italy spend their summers. The weather down south in the heel of the boot is hot, the beaches are beautiful and the food is spectacular.

Puglia is full of masserias – country estates – but here’s something a little different that has just opened. La Fiermontina is an ‘urban estate’ in Lecce, a city full of baroque architecture.

The idea is to bring the masseria to the city, so it’s a big old building from the 17th century surrounded by grounds – including gardens, olive trees and even a pool!!! – in the city center. Since Lecce has been a built-up kind of place for centuries, if not thousands of years, this is nothing short of a hotel coup.

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China (And Asia Pacific) Gets Its First Element

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  Site Where: #77 Wuyishan Road, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, 215163
June 18, 2015 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (6)

China is of course the market to watch, and the one every hotel chain wants to crack. Hands together, then, for Starwood, which has just hit China (and Asia Pacific) with its first ever Element.

The Element Suzhou Science and Technology Town (which we first heard about in 2013) is in Suzhou, Jiangsu province (the Science and Technology Town is, fittingly, an “eco city” in the industrial tech zone. There are 188 rooms and suites, all with energy-efficient kitchen and oversized windows (less claustrophobic but also means you’ll light the room less). The decor is typical Element - slightly bland, definitely inoffensive but overall mildly pleasant. It looks like there are decent views, too.

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Generator Rome is Open But Won't Fully Regenerate Until Next Year

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  Site Where: Via Principe Amedeo, Rome, Italy, 00185
June 12, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

The good news: Generator Rome is open! The bad: it’s not a proper Generator yet.

We weren’t expecting it for a while, so we were amazed to find the Generator site allowing bookings for stays in Rome. We like the look, too – less modern than the other Generators we’ve seen lately – think Generator crossed with G-Rough.

But don’t get too excited yet – we asked Generator why they’d been hiding their light under a bushel, and they told us that the hostel has had a “light refresh” and is operating, but isn’t a proper Generator yet.

The public spaces will be renovated “later this year” and the place will officially open early 2016.

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There's a New Boutique Hotel in the DR, The AlSol Tiara Cap Cana

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  Site Where: Luxury Village Avenue, Cap Cana, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, 23000
June 2, 2015 at 10:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

Luxury Master Suite

While the northerner mass exodus to the Caribbean may be behind us, it doesn’t mean that hotels are now closed for the season. Oh no. In fact, the new AlSol Tiara Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic opened its doors for the first time yesterday, all ready for the family fun summer vacay.

Operated by Mexican-based AlSol Hotels & Resorts, the 112-room AlSol Tiara Cap Cana is located in Punta Cana between the ocean and Marina Cap Cana, so you’ll see lots of pretty yachts as you gaze out of your suite’s panoramic windows. It falls under the company’s luxury, family-focused AlSol brand (they also have the Azalea collection – luxury adult-focused hotels; All Ritmo – four-star family properties; and the Urban Collection, which are five-star hotels in major city centers.

Lobby bar

The hotel is going for a Mediterranean, laidback chic sort of feel with a crisp white façade accented with cobalt blue and coral complements.

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Soho Farmhouse Will Now Open August, Though We're Hoping July

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  Site Where: Great Tew, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
May 19, 2015 at 9:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

The time is nigh: Soho Farmhouse is nearly upon us. We now have a website, new renderings, and a few more juicy details.

That’s the good news. The bad: Opening has been pushed back to August.

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Rich Palettes But Priced for the Non-Rich: Introducing Milan's Newest Opening

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  Site Where: Via G.B. Pirelli 20, Milan, Italy, 20124
May 6, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Milan is all ablaze with Expo at the moment, and hot on the heels of the most spectacular hotel ever comes the LaGare Milan, now open right around the corner from Milano Centrale train station.

There are 141 rooms, all looking swish enough – a bit more stylish than your average business hotel, but nothing outrageous. There’s a dark, rich palette with parquet floors and lots of wood; some suites and junior suites have balconies overlooking the cityscape, too.

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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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Thanks to Starwood, Venice's San Clemente Island is Open Once More

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  Site Where: Isola di San Clemente 1, Venice, Italy, 30124
April 22, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

This time last year, the San Clemente Palace was a shuttered, slightly battered grand old hotel in Venice, quietly wasting away on her own private island.

How things have changed – because after being picked up by Starwood and promptly closed for €25m of renovations, the St. Regis Venice San Clemente Palace is now open. Doesn’t she look better?

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