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Your next stay in San Francisco just got that much better, as there’s one Starwood property throwing open the doors on its latest renovation and remodel.
All in all there’s been $12 million spent on Le Méridien San Francisco, and the place is ready to show off its stuff right in the middle of the city’s Financial District. For those keeping score at home, there are 360 rooms to checkout and of those 80 are sweet suites.
New stuff includes the brand’s signature Le Méridien Hub—think of it as way more than just the lobby, as they spin things into something that operates as coffee shop by day and lounge by night. There are subtle touches in this space reflecting the streets of the city, and even the carpet shows off a little local love. Even the event space and meeting spots have been improved, so if you’re looking for 12,500 square feet of space for your next soiree this place has you covered.
Who knew there was only one Autograph Collection property in Germany until now? And who’d have thought that Dresden would be the second city to get one?
Gewandhause Dresden, which reopened after a major refurbishment in April, has just joined the Berlin’s Hotel am Steinplatz in the Autograph Collection. And while you may not associate Dresden with historic buildings (for obvious reasons), this is in a baroque palazzo dating back to 1768. You’d only really know that from the striking exterior, though - inside it’s all a sleek modern affair, with funky flooring, gauzy white drapes and a rather stunning inner atrium.
A full renovation of the hotel's 117 generously-sized suites is currently underway, led by luxury design firms Smith/Firestone Associates (SFA Design) who will preserve the hotel's best attributes--intimacy and privacy--while bringing the decor up to today's standards of modern luxury.
Here's a detailed description on the modern glamour and high-tech amenities guests will find in the rooms
Guests staying in L’Ermitage's spacious suites (which start at 650 sq feet) will find a sophisticated residential hideaway draped in tranquil hues, subtly accented with bold provocative color. Lavish Venetian cut-glass mirrors reflect caramel-colored walls, shimmering with gold and gray sparkle, leading guests to a celebrity-ready dressing room, complete with a walk-in closet and a selection of mirrors featuring indoor/outdoor lighting settings. In the bedroom, floor-to-ceiling suede and velvet headboards, white onyx and gray marble, eclectic art and inspiring technology align to create a perfect reimagining of this Beverly Hills retreat.
“Our intent was to create a series of unique settings that celebrate the individuality and personalities of L’Ermitage guests,” said Kara Smith, Principal at SFA. “Room Designs were infused with a modern interpretation of the blend of indulgence and sanctuary for which the hotel is famed. The fusion of colors, textures, and curated artwork deliver that perfect realization of the hotel you always wanted to stay in, the home you always wanted to live in, and the space you love to entertain in.”
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It's not often that you hear of a Marriott Hotel being design-forward. Unless, perhaps the word EDITION is attached. Which is why the recent $16-million renovation of the Grand Cayman Marriott is such a breath of fresh (seabreeze) air.
Just look at how welcoming that new entrance is. And doesn't it feel like it's a portal to a lifestyle or boutique hotel? Some beach-chic, independent, pretty young thing? We haven't seen the results of the overhaul in person but the photos and the accompanying brochures have a fresh, modern look that we have not typically associated with Marriott's main brand.
That's because the team at Grand Cayman have created their own concept, The Beach House Experience, complete with its own branding from the typography all the way to the tacos.
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:
With Firmdale’s flagship Ham Yard Hotel a year old, the biggest news we’re waiting for from Tim and Kit Kemp will be anything definitive on their second hotel in New York. In progress on W. 56th Street, we’re hoping to walk by soon to see what we can find, but in the meantime, we’ll settle for updates at a number of London hotels: from new suites to a library and a refreshed garden space.
Given that it’s summer, let’s start outdoors at Number Sixteen, a small townhouse hotel with 41 rooms in South Kensington. Accessed through the Conservatory, the updated garden is an all-day venue for eating and drinking. Private gardens like this are real estate gold in this part of town, so on a warm July day it should be perfect for a lazy breakfast. Everything inside the hotel is in signature Kit Kemp style, but be aware that entry-level single rooms are a teensy 8 sq m (86 sq ft).
Two Bunch Palms celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, but it’s in the last couple of years that it's got really interesting. The resort got new owners in 2012, having been in receivership. Kevin Kelly of Canyon Ranch fame became CEO in July 2013. In September they stripped out the heavy, steakhouse-style restaurant and made a fresher, more Californian area (see it after the jump).
Sandals Resorts seems to be in a renovating kind of mood. First Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Ocho Rios got spiffed up and now the company has announced significant enhancements to Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa to be completed by December 2015.
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This "time" it's a short commute for visionary architects Rockwell Group to their latest renovation and transformation of the Time Hotel New York
One of the hotel brands we've had a recent eye on is in fact a multi-brand, multi-hip lifestyle company that’s “debuting” all over the country. The Debut Hotel Group is the team behind brands such as Dream, Night, Time, and in 2017, a two-fer in Chicago of Dream and Live Aqua.
In New York, meanwhile, the countdown is on as renovations are underway this summer at Manhattan's The Time Hotel New York, with a second location reflagging in the Hudson Valley as The Time Hotel Nyack. Both hotels anticipate a timely completion this Fall.
The place hasn’t even been open ten years, but it’s already time to get some work done. They were the first property in town to score an AAA Five Diamond rating, so we guess they don’t want to just rest on their laurels. All in all they will be spending $8 million to upgrade and improve the place, as they work with the architecture and design group over at Streetsense.
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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.