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Walls of Glass and Baths for Two at the Revamped Bernardus Lodge

April 24, 2015 at 9:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

Four months. Several million dollars. Italian stonework and mosaic tiles. That’s what it’s taken to revamp the Bernardus Lodge in Carmel, which just reopened, after a major facelift.

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All About the Killer Views and Weird Spa Treatments at Switzerland's Palace Luzern

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  Site Where: Haldenstrasse 10, Lucerne, Switzerland, CH-6002
April 22, 2015 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Okay, it’s time to 'fess up: This writer has fallen in love with Switzerland in a mad, gushing “I can’t live without it” sort of way. And why? Aside from its other qualities, it’s beautiful. I’m telling you this so that when I describe the Palace Luzern hotel as being a great spot to take in Switzerland's delights, you’ll understand the importance of that statement.

The hotel (part of Swiss Deluxe Hotels and Leading Hotels of the World) is situated right on the tree-lined, lakeside pedestrian promenade, with views stretching out over Lake Lucerne to the Alps in the background. Can't you just feel yourself relax as you take in that mountain view? Plus it's only a short walk to Lucerne’s quaint Chapel Bridge and Old Town.

But the hotel is not content to rest on its scenery laurels. The first time this 1906 property had a major overhaul was after WWII, during which time it had been used as a military hospital. Then, in 2005, the hotel opened its one-of-a-kind spa and reduced the number of rooms from 168 to 136 so that guests, i.e. you and me, could spread out more. Then, in 2013, 42 additional rooms were renovated, leaving us with 129 rooms and suites, and that brings us all the way to now, with the Davidoff Cigar Lounge having opened in February and the new restaurant, Marlin, replacing Jasper with a newly-deigned menu. Whew!

More scenic pics in the photo gallery!

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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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Mandarin Oriental Bangkok Will Renovate Two Wings, Build Residences

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  Site Where: 48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok, Thailand, 10500
April 22, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve barely digested the details of Four Seasons’ riverside development in Bangkok, and now we’re back with the latest a short long-tail boat ride up the Chao Phraya at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

The latest involves two words: renovations and residences. Comprised of several wings, the hotel has been around since 1876, and there is plenty of opportunity to explore some of its history as you wander through the public spaces, the gardens, or stay in one of the historic suites if you’re lucky. From next month, the Authors’ and Garden Wings of the hotel will close for an expected seven months to “restore the historic heart of the property to its original splendor”.

That includes all rooms and suites (above a photo of the Joseph Conrad Suite), as well as restaurant Le Normandie and the Author’s Lounge. We don’t have renderings or details yet of the end result, but will share them when we do. In the meantime, if you want to make Mandarin Oriental your permanent home, you will be able to a few years from now.

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Ocean Terrace Inn in St. Kitts Back in Business After Year-Long Renovation

April 21, 2015 at 4:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Ocean Terrace Inn in St. Kitts, located in the capital city of Basseterre, has officially reopened its doors following a major renovation during a one-year hiatus. It began taking guests earlier this month. Closed in April 2014 for the rebranding, the 50-room property is the oldest boutique hotel in St. Kitts and its sister island Nevis.

Its Facebook page categorizes the opening as a “soft launch” and announces that some projects are ongoing (love the candidness, as opposed to, say, this bungled rebranding launch).

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One&Only Keeps Busy by Renovating Ocean Club Bahamas

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  Site Where: One Casino Drive, Paradise Island, Bahamas
April 20, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

One&Only is on a roll it seems: two new resorts in Australia, two new resorts to be built in Mexico, new villas in the Maldives, and the reopening of Los Cabos, all in the past ten months.

No rest for the wicked though, as things are continuing on in the Bahamas – more specifically, renovations at One&Only Ocean Club (perhaps you recall certain scenes from the movie Casino Royale being set here). Target for the renovations is the Hartford Wing of the resort, where rooms will get new furniture, while being expanded by 110 sq ft so that each includes a terrace or balcony.

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Before and After: Sandals Ochi Beach Resort is All Freshened Up (With a Record 105 Pools)

Where: Jamaica
April 17, 2015 at 3:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

Sandals, the famed adult-only brand of all-inclusives, has just re-launched Sandals’ largest and Jamaica’s newest resort to date, the 529-room Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Ocho Rios.

Previously known as Sandals Grande Riviera Beach & Villa Golf Resort, the resort was rebuilt with a stylish beach club vibe in mind and includes: seven new dining options for a total of 16 restaurants, the Ochi Beach Club, upgraded accommodations and a refurbished lobby among other improvements. Above is what the Great House Lobby looked like before. And now it is, well, wow.

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The Royal Hotel at Evian Resort Will Reveal its 'Sparkling' Makeover on July 1

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  Site Where: 960 Avenue Du Leman, 74500 Evian Les Bains, France
April 17, 2015 at 3:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Another day, another hotel makeover, but here’s one that’s as refreshing as its name. The Hotel Royal at Evian Resort is wrapping up a 2-year renovation and will re-open on July 1.

The Hotel Royal is one of two luxe hotels (plus a golfer's retreat) on the lands of the iconic Evian Mineral Water. The hotel, aging gracefully since 1905, has received the full rejuvenating package with a top-to-bottom makeover -including a new top floor.

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The Lanesborough London Opens Reservations from July 1

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  Site Where: Hyde Park Corner, London, United Kingdom
April 17, 2015 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just shy of two years, that’s how long it will take between hearing about The Lanesborough London’s renovation plans (that was in August 2013) and seeing their result: reservations at the Hyde Park Corner hotel are open from July 1.

That isn’t to say that the official opening date will be July 1 though, as the hotel isn’t committing to that yet – who knows, it may be earlier. As always, with live reservations come a few more details, like room types among the total of 50 rooms and 43 suites. The 50 rooms are split between Deluxe and Executive; a Queen bed in either category gives you a shower and single vanity, while a King comes with shower, bath, and double vanity. Above a rendering of a Deluxe Room (we’re still a step away from actual photography); matching patterns between headboard / bedspread / curtains / chair / armchair / bench makes us a little nervous, but we’re hoping Alberto Pinto’s eye ensures it will work in real life. A Deluxe Room starts from £575 ($860) a night, but the first weekend of July seems to come at a premium, with rates starting at £750 ($1,050) a night.

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Before and After: The Palace Hotel San Francisco Mixes the Historic With the New

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  Site Where: 2 New Montgomery Street [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94105
April 16, 2015 at 12:35 PM | by | Comments (2)

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 think of The Palace Hotel in San Francisco, we think of its rather splendid Garden Court. What is now the Garden Court once was the Grand Court, an open air carriage entrance in the original Palace Hotel, which burned down in the 1906 earthquake that destroyed 80% of the city (for more on its long history, go here).

As much as we immediately think of the Garden Court, less of an instant image comes to mind when we think of the rest of hotel, including its guestrooms. Or at least we did, until we saw what The Palace is doing to its rooms this year, grabbing 2015 by the horns to bring them up to date in a big way. See both before and after below.

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Get a Room (City, Modern or Gallery) at Radisson Blu Glasgow

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  Site Where: 301 Argyle Street , Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, G2 8DL
April 15, 2015 at 2:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Radisson Blu Glasgow is in a modern glass and slate building that stands across from Glasgow’s more somber sandstone early 20th-century Central Station. It makes for an interesting contrast in time periods.

Opened in 2002 and then reno’ed in 2012, the Radisson Blu Glasgow is designed by the same folks who did the Blythswood Square hotelGraven Images – and although the insides of both hotels are distinctly different, you can see the same deft hands at work albeit with a lesser budget, we suspect. Still, if you’re looking for a place to lay your hat for a few days at a reasonable cost, this will fit the bill nicely.

The 247 rooms on offer at the Radisson Blu come in three styles: You got yer Gallery rooms, your Modern rooms and the City rooms.

We have pics of all three so keep on going!

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Flash Mobs and New Rooms: the Grand Hyatt Taipei Goes All 2015

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  Site Where: Taipei, Taiwan
April 14, 2015 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

The last few times we’ve heard about Taipei, it’s been for new hotel openings – from citizenM to Mandarin Oriental. But new isn’t always best, or so the Grand Hyatt Taipei wants you to think. On April 23 it will finish a complete renovation that stripped the hotel right down to the bone.

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