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… about €1,000 ($1,100) a night. That’s right, whether in dollars or in euros, chances are you will be leaving behind at least four figures for the chance to wake up on Place Vendôme.
Promised as they were for June 17, it’s almost poetic that after our nearly daily visits to the website of Hotel Ritz Paris, reservations would be released today, the day of our goodbyes. While opening is still predicted for “fin de l’année 2015”, for now the first day where you can book a room is March 14.
That being a Monday in March, you will be able to find a Chambre Supérieure for €900 ($994), which comes in at 35 sq m (377 sq ft). We’ll have to wait for a proper set of photos until October/November, but we did manage to screengrab the shot above from the short video that is now playing on the website. Classic features, high ceilings, a chandelier, and delicate flowers on the headboard combine with the very modern-day TV in the bathroom mirror that you see in the distance. Fibre optic internet will be free in all rooms.
Three steps up and you will get to a Chambre Grand Deluxe, which adds 20 sq m (215 sq ft) and a view of the garden, and you’d be looking at €1,300 ($1,435). If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times: Parisian palace hotels are not for the faint of heart. Suites de Prestige start at €4,000 ($4,416) a night, with the two-bedroom Suite Impériale commanding €13,000 ($14,350) a night. On se voit au Ritz? A bientôt…
[Photo: screengrab from Ritz Paris video]
One door closes, another opens. Word reaches us on HotelChatter’s last day that the long-awaited Mandarin Oriental Milan is now open.
104 rooms (of which 31 are suites) are spread over four 18th-century buildings round the corner from La Scala. The design, by Milan-based Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel Interiors, is every bit as sleek, classic and chic as you'd imagine. From the above picture, it looks like there might be the odd snatch of Duomo view from higher floors. But who needs views when you have rooms like this? Just look at this bathroom from what we assume is a suite:
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It was peace and water earlier this month, when Aman Resorts announced Amanera, steps away from the Caribbean ocean on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. Today, it is peace (Aman) and joy (nemu), with the news that the group will open a second hotel in Japan early next year: Amanemu.
On Honshu, the same island where you will find Tokyo (including Aman Tokyo), Osaka, Kyoto, and Nagoya, Amanemu will have 24 suites and two villas along Ago Bay on the Shima peninsula, each with its own private onsen (mineral hot spring).
View from the roof - and those $100 rooms
Paris: one of the prettiest cities in the world, but doesn't she half know it. As do her hotels - we can’t quite remember the last time one opened that we could actually afford (only slight exaggeration thanks to citizenM).
But here’s one that should fit our wallets - Les Piaules, a hotel-hostel crossover in the 11th arrondissement (Belleville), opening in September.
The creation of three entrepreneurs (with no hotel experience - bonne chance!), Les Piaules has architectural cred - it’s set in an art deco building - and that quintessential Paris hotel amenity - a rooftop bar overlooking the Eiffel Tower (bonus: this also has views of Sacré Coeur). And the obscenely low rates start from €25 ($27) per person - so what’s the catch?
Bad news, dude. Remember Cannacamp, the heaven-for-stoners world-first cannabis resort set to open in July in Durango?
It didn't open - and not because they, uh, got distracted. According to developers The MaryJane Group, the location “did not work out to our standards”, and the “land partners failed to secure the 170-acre ranch in Durango we had been promised.” You’d think they’d have sorted this before announcing the camp to the world (and talking about it throughout June, but then, these are optimistic, thinking-the-best-of-others stoners, after all.
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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.
Now, though, you have a rather nice new option: Chapel House PZ, which has just opened in a 1790 Georgian townhouse a few blocks from the harbor and beautiful Mount’s Bay.
It’s a small place with just six bedrooms, each with a super-subtle nautical feel - palettes of greens, blues and greys to fit in with the sea, which they all look out onto. All have handmade oak beds (to go with those beams!), smart TVs, iPads and bathrooms with your choice of giant tub or waterfall shower.
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.
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Things we were expecting to see when we attended The Baccarat Hotel New York's opening party the other night (on Bastille Day, no less)--opulence, thousands of Baccarat crystal pieces, oversized bouquets of red roses, smartly-dressed staffers and Barry Sternlicht, the man who envisioned a hotel experience based on a 251-year-old French crystal brand and subsequently brought it to life.
Things we were not expecting to see--Martha Stewart and Rosario Dawson amidst nearly 500 party-goers, an endless parade of colored Baccarat glasses filled with Ruinart champagne, the most stunning front desk ever, the sky high vaulted ceiling of Le Bar, and this gorgeous indoor pool adjacent to the hotel's Spa de La Mer (the first of its kind for the French skincare brand.)
All of it incredibly gorgeous, if a bit over the top. But unnecessary opulence aside, this editor joined fellow HotelChatter contributor DesignMinder in being completely under the Baccarat spell for a few hours. That may have been a side effect of all the bubbles, yet even looking at these pictures a few days later, I'm still mesmerized.
And it's all because of the crystal.
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).
Last time we checked in on L’Horizon Palm Springs, the trumped up new name for the midcentury Horizon Palm Springs, it was preparing to reopen after a nearly year-long refurbishment, gunning for the top end PSP clientele.
Well now it’s open, the website is finally up and running (kind of - we still can’t see anything but a seductive lady on the homepage and the reservations tab) and the photos are in. So without further ado, here’s the new look: