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The Carlyle New York to Get a Makeover From Tony Chi and Associates

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  Site Where: 35 E. 76th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10021
January 26, 2015 at 3:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel & Resort, is not just a hotel where Kate Middleton would stay while visiting New York, it is also a hotel where we would spend the end of our days.

It is an Upper East Side institution, a quintessentially New York experience which, provided you have the funds for a night's stay, will make you feel not like a guest passing through but rather, an actual resident and this place has been your home all along.

When we stayed there in 2008, we knew the rooms may not have been the most modern rooms on the block, but they were classic and clean and so very well-maintained. But that was seven years ago. Even though some rooms have received a soft goods upgrade since that time, The Carlyle is ready for a change.

Which is why we are thrilled to hear that NYC-based Tony Chi, the man behind the gorgeous Rosewood London is taking on The Carlyle's upcoming renovation project.

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The Musicians Have Landed at London's K West

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  Site Where: Richmond Way, London, United Kingdom, W14 0AX
January 26, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (2)

Shepherd’s Bush doesn’t sound like the most rock n roll of London addresses, until you think about all those pop stars who’ve played the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, and those who performed in what was once Kensington House, a BBC studio – and a building that’s now the K West Hotel.

And so the hotel – which is often overlooked by London visitors, thanks to its location – is going all out to channel the music vibe, with a subtle rock refurbishment of the public areas and an ‘afternoon tea’ in the shape of late night munchies.

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First Look: The Gordon Bar at SIXTY SoHo

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  Site Where: 60 Thompson St. [map], New York, NY, United States, 10012
January 23, 2015 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we brought you a sneak peek of the Sixty SoHo’s new look and mentioned the recent opening of its new bar, The Gordon Bar. Here, now, are the details on Manhattan’s newest watering hole.

The Gordon Bar is just off the second-floor lobby and reception area of the hotel. Like the lobby, the feel here is cozy but swank. The focal point on one end of the room is a fireplace bookended by glass shelves with knickknacks and potted plants. In front of that is a small glass coffee table with art books, around which are clustered armchairs and a plush loveseat in nice communal seating area.

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Dream Midtown's Renovations Can Only Mean One Thing: It's Party Time

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  Site Where: 210 West 55th Street [map], New York, New York, United States, 10019
January 23, 2015 at 11:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

The 220-room Dream Midtown recently completed the first phase of a $20 million renovation that included a floor-to-ceiling redesign of the lobby, guest rooms, and suites. The property also changed its name from the Dream New York to the Dream Midtown.

As you can see above, the new rooms look pretty spiffy with their canopy-style headboards. But the most interesting thing about this renovation is the second phase that will be unveiled this spring: Nightlife offerings by TAO Strategic Group, they who run the massive nightclubs Tao in NYC and Las Vegas, will include the introduction of 4,000 square-foot bi-level rooftop lounge. According to the hotel, the atmosphere and vibe will mirror the current experience one can have at Dream Meatpacking, which is already big party spot. Dream Midtown will also turn its cellar into a nightlife zone, but no timetable for that has been released.

So, we don't really even have to read between the lines to get the drift of this announcement: Dream Midtown is turning itself into a party zone. Whether it's a good idea or a bad idea will simply depend on how the plan is executed, and we look forward to seeing how it turns out. Either way, we hope the new renovations include soundproofing the rooms.

[Photo: Dream Hotels]

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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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'Indigenous Heathers and Silvery Lichen Greens': Meet the New Rooms at Gleneagles

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  Site Where: Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, PH3 1NF
January 23, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Gleneagles. You might know it for its golf. You might know it for its summit. But what you might not know is that the Scottish hotel has just stumped up £1.1m to refurbish some – just some! – of its rooms.

The money covers 36 of the 232 bedrooms. That’s a lot of money for not many rooms. So what is that going to get you?

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Aman Resorts Gives a Green Upgrade to Amanpulo

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  Site Where: Pamalican Island, Philippines
January 22, 2015 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

So you’ve checked out the brand new Aman Tokyo and are in need of some tropical island R&R after the metropolitan overload that is the Japanese capital. Where do you go? Head south to the Sulu Sea in the Philippines and you will find sister resort Amanpulo, which offers that mix of blinding white beach-azure blue sea that makes us want to crawl through our laptop screen in the depth of January, but now also has a bunch of new things to check out.

The 42 casitas on the island have gotten a makeover, bringing in new bathrooms (a shot of those below), natural timber ceilings with ceiling fans, new environmentally-friendly recycled polymer roof shingles, and new lighting resulting in four times more light at a 25% reduction in energy consumption. Repairs to the reef on the Eastern side of the island’s lagoon will encourage coral growth and improve the marine life’s habitat.

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Here's a Sneak Peek at Sixty SoHo (Formerly 60 Thompson)

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  Site Where: 60 Thompson St. [map], New York, NY, United States, 10012
January 19, 2015 at 10:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

Back in September, we reported on the Sixty SoHo's sexy new look with a quick hit list of before and after photos from its recent (and somewhat ongoing) renovation.

Now we've gone inside the hotel to get a first-hand look at some of the renovated rooms, the redone second-floor lobby and reception area, and new The Gordon Bar, which opened at the end of November.

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As Denver's Hotel Scene Hits Its Peak, The Ritz-Carlton Decides to Renovate

January 13, 2015 at 12:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

The BEFORE shot. Keep reading for the AFTER goodness.

2014 was a big year for the Denver hotel scene thanks to the opening of two of the city’s now-finest hotels, the Crawford Hotel and the Renaissance Downtown Denver. With a few more in the pipeline for this coming year, it should come as no surprise that properties across the city are beginning to renovate. The Four Seasons redid its restaurant, the Warwick began redoing its rooms, and now The Ritz-Carlton has announced it too will spruce things up.

Set to be finished in March, Ritz-Carlton Denver is undergoing a soft renovation of its 202 guestrooms, including updates to the wall coverings, carpeting, headboards, upholstery, and corridors. The plan calls for a combination of natural and modern elements, lush textures, a fresh color palette, and the addition of “tech-savvy innovations to suit both the business and leisure traveler.”

That’s pretty vague, so instead of dwelling on the description, simply have a look at the rendering below:

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London's Paddington Hilton Adds New GWR Tower Rooms

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  Site Where: 146 Praed Street, London, United Kingdom, W1 1EE
January 6, 2015 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you had to name a railway station hotel in London, chances are your first thought would be of the gothic exuberance that is the St. Pancras Hotel. Maybe neighboring Great Northern Hotel, possibly even the much more contemporary Shangri-La at the Shard, which, as much as it isn’t necessarily advertised as such, literally sits on top of London Bridge station.

Much less attention is there for the Paddington Hilton, attached to the station of the same name that for most travellers is only synonymous with the (outrageously overpriced) Heathrow Express. But, the hotel is trying to step things up a bit with the addition of 56 new “GWR” Tower rooms, in reference to its original Great Western Royal Hotel name. Set in their own wing, the rooms look to Art Deco for design inspiration and come with access to a dedicated Executive Lounge.

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A Former W Hotel Re-Emerges as a Sophisticated Le Méridien Hotel in New Orleans

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  Site Where: 333 Poydras Street [map], New Orleans, LA, United States, 70130
January 2, 2015 at 12:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Back in May 2013, it was announced that one of New Orleans' two W Hotels would change into a Le Méridien Hotel and now, that day has come.

The Le Méridien New Orleans on Poydras Street opened a few weeks ago after a $29 million renovation project that completely redesigned the guest rooms and suites, created three new restaurants and lounges and added 1,600-sq.ft. of meeting and event space.

The room photos on the hotel's website, look very understated, almost a bit bland, but the rest of the property looks gorgeous. We especially love the crazy wallpaper in the guest room corridors and the sophisticated Le Méridien Hub, the hotel brand's signature gathering spot where guests can sip on "carefully brewed cups of illy coffee by a Master Barista, engage over Le Méridien Sparkling cocktails and indulge in succulent éclairs."

The hotel has also unveiled its new LMNO restaurant, not to be confused with LMAO. Executive Chef Mauricio Gutierrez has created a menu of New American fare with an emphasis on local cuisine. Another restaurant, focusing on breakfast, should debut in the spring.

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Best Hotel Renovation: Loews Regency New York

December 31, 2014 at 11:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of year again: the 2014 HotelChatter Awards! Today and tomorrow, we'll be showcasing the best (and worst) of hotels over the past year. But we couldn't do it without you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or shoot us an email. And the Award goes to...

So many renovations, so little time! This year we’ve loved the fierce new looks that hotels have been coming up with. Special mentions have to go to the Evian Resort Royal in France, and Berlin’s DVF-furnished Hotel Zoo. Over in LA, which we’ve already pledged our allegiance to, we’ve been intrigued by the progress on the Beverly Garland in North Hollywood. But the renovation to better all renovations? That has to be the Loews Regency in Midtown Manhattan.

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