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Hotel de Crillon and Ritz Paris Are Still in the Land of Dreams

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  Site Where: Place de la Concorde, Place Vendome, Paris, France
March 4, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Nearly a year and a half ago we looked at this pair of Parisian palace hotels and said they were deep into their beauty sleeps: Hotel de Crillon had just about a year behind it, while Hotel Ritz was hammering away at renovating rooms and public spaces for fifteen months already. While there is progress to report, both hotels are still far off from waking up.

We’ll flip the order this time and make a stop on Place de la Concorde first, where today you will see a temporary façade larger than the Crillon itself hiding the construction quarters that have been erected (a better view of how that works below). Forget also that 2015 opening; it’ll be nearer the end of next year, if not 2017, before Rosewood will have its third European hotel.

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San Vicente Bungalows: A Chic Place to Lay Low in West Hollywood

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  Site Where: 845 N. San Vicente Boulevard [map], West Hollywood, CA, United States, 90069
March 3, 2015 at 10:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

Nearly two years ago, news came out that Sunset Tower hotelier Jeff Klein had purchased a "clothing optional gay motel" in West Hollywood. At the time, the spot was known not just for its lax clothing policy but also for the drug habits of its guests. Its nickname was "Sin Bin."

But a year after purchasing the property, Klein had done significant upgrades to the 29 bungalows and the pool they surround (the jacuzzi was removed) to warrant a feature article in the NY Times. Today, the hotel goes by the name San Vicente Bungalows and looks like a chic little oasis in the middle of WeHo. But it is by no means luxe.

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The Waldorf Astoria Will Lose Its Towers As Well As Its Old Decor

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  Site Where: 301 Park Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022
March 3, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Many have spent the night with old lady Waldorf, but few have owned her – until now. Because the new owners of the Waldorf Astoria New York, Chinese company Anbang Insurance Group, which finally sealed the deal last month, have announced that they’ll be converting some of the rooms into condos.

The rooms in question are in the Waldorf Towers, which currently operate as a hotel-within-a-hotel on the 27th-42nd floors of the building, with suites and apartments accessed via a separate entrance. (They’re “somewhat nicer” than the notoriously in-need-of-help rooms in the main building, according to our secret correspondent.) According to Wu Xiaohui, the company chairman, the plan is “to renovate the two towers into luxury residential apartments with world-class amenities and finishes to reflect its culture and social status.”

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Orange is The New Beige at The Hotel Irvine in Orange County

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  Site Where: 17900 Jamboree Road [map], Irvine, CA, United States, 92614
March 2, 2015 at 7:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

Old vs. New #TBT #hotelirvine

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The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, Calif. is one of the luxest hotels on the Southern California coast, boasting 128 glam bungalows and opulent villas with room rates close to $900 a night. (There's also the on-site pasta room, among other amenities and services.) Make no doubt about it, this place is heaven, if you can afford it. But if you can't, there's a fun alternative to try.

The company behind the resort, The Irvine Company, which started out as the Irvine Ranch, recently upgraded The Hotel Irvine, on Jamboree Road, to be an independent lifestyle hotel that millennials and business travelers alike will feel comfortable staying at.

The hotel has a central location in Irvine, close to the John Wayne Airport and Disneyland, and although it has a very corporate exterior (it looks like an office building), the property is shiny and happy on the inside. And there's also a lot of orange, which is fitting for this Orange County hotel.

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The Lanesborough Will Have Crave Tablets Surrounded by Lots of Regency Style

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  Site Where: Hyde Park Corner, London, United Kingdom
March 2, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Our scepticism about that (already delayed) March reopening for The Lanesborough London turned out not to be unfounded – the hotel now talks about an “end of Spring” return. That makes our estimate of June(ish) feel about right, and a recent walk by Hyde Park Corner does show some progress: the scaffolding that has obscured the hotel from view for so long is starting to come down.

Underneath is a freshly painted/cleaned exterior, and a few glimpses of the interiors are available courtesy of The Lanesborough butlers having taken to Twitter. Hashtags and the Albert Pinto-designed Regency interiors may seem a little incongruous, but among all that period design will be some advanced technology in the form of Crave tablets. From booking a spa treatment to getting a hold of your butler, all you need is the tablet.

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London's Old Lady Goring Gets A Right Royal Facelift

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  Site Where: Beeston Place, London, United Kingdom, SW1W 0JW
February 26, 2015 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday, we talked about the good manners on display at The Goring. But who cares about manners when there’s a sleek refurb to drool over?

We popped into the bar on Saturday for an opening day drink. The bar itself isn’t so new – they’ve done up one side of it to look like the other, including layering the ceiling in gold leaf – gold leaf!

The rooms have been redone, but we didn’t get a chance to see them – expect pictures next week.

But it’s the lobby that’s seen probably the biggest change – from a traditional, even staid, plain white affair, to this hand-painted number.

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Peace Out Powell, Say Hello to The Axiom Hotel in San Francisco

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  Site Where: 28 Cyril Magnin St. [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102
February 24, 2015 at 1:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Change is definitely in the foggy air for San Francisco's hotel scene. Last week, we told you about a newcomer to Fisherman's Wharf, Hotel Zephyr, along with a few other changes like the Loews taking over Mandarin Oriental and a new hotel brand, Proper Hotels, launching later this summer.

Now, we have word that the Powell Hotel in Union Square will transform into The Axiom Hotel. Host Hotels & Resorts bought the hotel last year and closed it in December to begin renovations. When The Axiom debuts in the fall, it will have 152 rooms, managed by Kokua Hospitality.

Above is the sample layout for a guest room at Axiom and below is a look at some rough sketches of the hotel's new look, which is being created by prolific hotel designers, Stonehill + Taylor:

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Old and New LA Is Converging at Koreatown's Hotel Normandie

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  Site Where: 605 S Normandie Ave [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90005
February 24, 2015 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Cassell's reborn

One of the things we most like about the Downtown LA renaissance is the redevelopment of old buildings into sexy modern hotels (unless, that is, you’re talking about the Fig, which we cannot conscience in anything but its old, Moroccan incarnation).

The Hotel Normandie was already pretty sexy – a Renaissance Revival-style building done 1920s by Walker & Eisen, who also did the Beverly Wilshire and the United Artists Theater (aka the Ace DTLA), and now a 94-room boutique hotel (although with the old style preserved rather than gutted).

But now it’s stepped up the ante with some food and drink offerings that, rather like the hotel, combine the best of old and new LA.

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It's All Change in Hollywood (The Hollywood Hotel, That Is)

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  Site Where: 1160 North Vermont Ave [map], Hollywood, CA, United States, 90029
February 23, 2015 at 9:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s only the morning after the Oscars, and already changes are afoot in Hollywood. At least, they are at the Hollywood Hotel (The Hotel of Hollywood, as it somewhat presumptuously likes to style itself), which is celebrating awards season with a multi-million dollar “refreshening” of its 130 rooms.

Contemporary yet classic is the name of the game for the rooms – wooden floors, neutral colors, custom-designed furniture and “interactive” flatscreen TVs. Don’t get bored, though – there will be “fashion-inspired artwork” and a “freestanding, vintage-style clothes rack” to make you feel like you’re in a photoshoot. Very Hollywood! Bathrooms will be in monochrome, but we don’t have photos yet.

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Hard Rock Orlando is Really 'Amped Up' About Their New Rooms

February 20, 2015 at 6:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

When a hotel decides to redo its rooms, it's called a renovation. When a Hard Rock Hotel decides to redo its rooms, it's called a "remaster." Such is the case with the 650 rooms at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando.

Above is how the property looked before it got remastered. Very old-school, old rocker kind of style. Below are more shots of the room in 2011, pre-renovation.

Keep reading to see what therooms look like after a complete renovation. (Hint: if you're a millennial, or a teenage girl, you'll probably dig it!)

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Before and After: St. Simon's King and Prince Resort in Georgia

February 20, 2015 at 2:30 PM | by | Comment (1)

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.

The beachfront King and Prince Resort is the crown jewel of lodging on St. Simons in Georgia. It is a member of the Southern Living Hotel Collection, a testament to the resort's Southern personality, hospitality, and charm. Last year, it finished up a multi-million dollar makeover that saw the pool, restaurant, and lobby all completely overhauled. Rates are currently hovering at about $250 at the end of March, which is not bad for what is an almost entirely new spot.

Let's take a look at the before and after to see how things have changed in the major public spaces:

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Mahekal Beach Resort is now Boho-Liscious After $10 Million Renovation

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  Site Where: Calle 38 Entre Avida, Playa del Carmen, 77710
February 20, 2015 at 12:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

Newly opened after a $10 million renovation, Mahekal Beach Resort (formerly Shangri-La Caribe) in Playa del Carmen is Swiss Family Robinson-esque, comprised of 122 individual thatched-roof bungalows with touches of Mayan culture. Whether oceanfront or nestled in the Riviera Maya jungle, all casitas offer personal plunge pools, hammocks, private open-air terraces and pretty views.

The interior by Dallas-based Todd Fiscus, whose client roster includes Tom Ford, Salvatore Ferragamo, Audi and Neiman Marcus, is described as “bohemian gypsy infused with Mexican accents.” The décor includes Missoni-esque fabrics in the eclectic lobby and fireplace seating area and bright orange ping pong tables and cobalt blue billiard tables in Boli’s, the main lobby bar.

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