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The day is here: The Lanesborough London is open again. Nearly two years after we found out about its closure and renovation, the 93-room luxury pile on Hyde Park Corner is back. Back in April we showed you a first few renderings of the Alberto Pinto-designed interiors, and here we are now with some actual photography.
Above the bright yellow Deluxe Room we led with then as well – what do you think? Don’t let the traditional surroundings fool you; the in-room technology will be very much of the future. Today is soft opening, and reservations are live from mid-month, with a Deluxe Room still beginning from £575 (now $905) a night. A Buckingham Suite, the highest suite category before you get to the Lanesborough and Royal Suites, takes that right up to £3,395 ($5,345) a night.
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We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.
When we looked inside the Royal Suite at the InterContinental Double Bay Sydney earlier this year, we said that many central business district hotels in the Australian city are all about the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House views. That couldn’t be more true for Shangri-La Sydney, towering over the Rocks a few blocks away from Circular Quay.
All 565 rooms and suites have harbour views (though that classification includes Darling Harbour), but the best rooms in the house are part of the Horizon Club, the hotel’s club lounge floors. These have just been at the receiving end of an $8 million upgrade, covering both the lounge itself and the 90 rooms. Above and directly below the lounge as it was before, scroll down for the new look.
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The Luberon is a part of France that we haven’t heard much about since Peter Mayle’s book A Year in Provence captured the hearts of a
traditionally French-hating nation and got the whole of the UK holidaying in the area. 26 – yes, 26! – years later, the Luberon’s on our minds again with the reopening of Bastide de Gordes, taking place July 1.
This is your fairytale European hotel: an old castle perched on a cliff edge in a historical village overlooking a famous landscape. All that was lacking before was modern luxury – but after a year-long, €30m renovation, that shouldn’t ben an issue anymore.
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One of L'Horizon's sexy ladies
It’s summer in the Coachella Valley, which means searing temperatures, misters working overtime and – most importantly – lowered prices. Palm Springs, too, is a huge Fourth of July destination, so what better time to recap all the openings and happenings in PSP?
Remember way back last year when we talked about the Horizon having closed unexpectedly? It’s reopening this week as L’Horizon Resort & Spa. Its 25 Cody-built bungalows have been revamped, there’s an infinity pool and the grounds span 3 acres. The as yet untitled restaurant will be helmed by Giacomo Pettinari, a Michelin-starred chef who was last at Valentino in LA, and is spouting all the organic and biodynamic buzzwords you might expect from a sleek California place rather than a retro PSP hotel. L’Horizon has already signed up to be part of the Leading Hotels of the World. No photos yet, other than sexy ladies, and no word on rates – you have to email the hotel a reservation request. Let’s hope they change that pronto!
The extreme makeover of the seductive hotel will be undertaken by The Related Group/Related Companies, who purchased the W last summer and the renovations will be carried out in stages throughout the year.
The Chelsea Hotel, Toronto (part of Langham Hotels and the largest hotel in Canada at 1590 rooms) is the first hotel in Toronto to implement a program called Closing the Gap to ensure guests with disabilities have a positive hotel experience.
The program was designed by the Accessibility Professionals of Ontario (APO), a full-service accessibility consulting firm, with the intention of helping “people with disabilities to travel and access goods and services independently and with dignity,” said Colin McCarthy, founder and lead consultant of APO.
And what does this mean exactly, you may ask?
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This month marks the end of the road for the Four Seasons Philadelphia, as the brand is shutting its doors in the city and it won’t return until early in 2018. Fear not if you’re a fan of the building, as we can only imagine that workers are already busy at upgrading and improving things as part of its rebirth into a new property.
Things will be closed until the fall, and that’s when the property will reopen as a Hilton. Not just any Hilton either, as The Logan—as it will be known—will be part of the chain’s latest brand known as the Curio Collection.
One hotel in particular that probably doesn’t need a re-do but is getting one anyway is The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, slated to start upgrades this fall which will be completed in spring 2016.
Hotel renovations are always an interesting study for us. Lately, we’ve come to expect a mix and match of historic and decorative styles as the new normal. But here's a hotel design that just might be a first--one that merges Chinese culture with Civil War era, Victorian-inspired architecture.
The Morrison-Clark Inn in Washington, D.C., has done just that, with the unveiling of its new expansion and uber-Asian look. With good reason.
The Morrison-Clark is a national landmark named after David Morrison and Ruben Clark, original owners of two side-by-side townhouses, both dating to 1864. After many years as a military hostel and social club for First Ladies and their BFFs, the property was sold, renovated, and opened in 1987 as the quaint Morrison-Clark Inn with just 42 rooms.
Looking to expand every which way, the Inn saw an incredible opportunity in its next door neighbors-- home of the Chinese Community Church and Parsonage for over 70 years. Hence the honorary Chinese-influenced design.
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The historic Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine hotel is located in a restored 12th-century abbey and winery in Spain’s Duero winegrowing region just one hour by train from Madrid, and we think that they want to get you a wee bit tipsy for your next spa treatment.
The hotel is opening its new El Santuario Spa on July 1 and its signature oenotherapy treatment menu includes a Spa Sommelier to help choose the treatment that’s right for you.
And this is how it works.
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Can’t stop dreaming about Mozambique. Can’t stop dreaming about Mozambique. Can’t stop dreaming about Mozambique…
Bit by bit – or painfully piecemeal, depending on your perspective – the details on what to expect at Hotel Ritz Paris when it reopens towards the end of the year are coming out. We’ve looked at the hotel in various stages of its réhabilitation (last time was late February), which began nearly three years ago.