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Concorde Loses Half Of Its Hotels In A Year, What's Next?

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  Site Where: 108, rue Saint-Lazare, Paris, France, 75008
December 23, 2013 at 9:02 AM | by | Comment (1)

Hotel rebrandings happen – they are a fact of life in the industry, whether a result of lawsuits or some other drama, or just a desired change in direction or repositioning. The difference for guests can be substantial if major renovation is involved, and sometimes it is simply a case of one name on the door coming down and another going up.

We’re not entirely sure though what to call it when a hotel group loses half of its portfolio in the span of a single year, which seems to be the case for Concorde Hotels. Earlier this year, Hyatt swooped in and took over the management of four of its hotels (two in Paris, two on the French Riviera), newcomer The Set will be closing the Lutetia soon for yet another full-on French palace hotel renovation, and now Hilton is taking over Concorde Paris Opéra and Sofitel the Concorde Berlin. Seven hotels in twelve months is quite the stampede for the door marked “exit,” is all we’re saying.

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Andaz Opens Virtual Pop-Up Shop for a Good Cause

December 19, 2013 at 4:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Since 2011, Andaz Hotels has worked with Women for Women International (WfWI) to provide women in war-torn countries with economic opportunities and be positive catalysts for change. Through these efforts, the Andaz Holiday Bazaar was born.

The Andaz Holiday Bazaar is a virtual pop-up shop offering locally inspired, unique gifts with proceeds donated to WfWI. The hotel brand collaborated with its Cultural Insiders from around the globe to curate the bespoke online Holiday Bazaar available through e-retailer, Joyus.

With everything from custom created home décor to one-of-a-kind artwork and artisanal food, here are a couple of our favorites:

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It's Now Snowing at The Hyatt Regency San Francisco

December 10, 2013 at 4:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

The world is officially in "Countdown to Christmas" mode and now, so are we. Every day until Christmas we'll be featuring a hotel that's in a holiday mood--whether it be with gigantic gingerbread houses, over-the-top Christmas decorations, thrilling lighting displays and best of all, Santa appearances. But of course, any hotel can assemble a fake tree, put on some lights and declare themselves "festive." Which is why we're looking at hotels that are really going ALL OUT. Know of a hotel that's super excited for Christmas? Let us know!

We knew it was snowing on the East Coast but in San Francisco? What's that about?

Well, once again, The Hyatt Regency San Francisco has transformed its lobby, one of the largest in the world, into a virtual, over-sized “snow globe” with 30,000 lights that cascade down the hotel's 17-story atrium, a 30-foot Christmas tree and best of all, daily snowfall.

The snow falls daily at different times throughout the day (see below) which is sure to delight the children (and adults) of the world who don't usually see snow. For the snow-weary folks, don't worry, the snow will only "fall" until December 30th.

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Grand Hyatt New York Unveils a Delicious New Chocolate Line

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  Site Where: 109 East 42nd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10017
December 4, 2013 at 9:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hyatt Hotels are going big in the big city this week. Not content with opening up the brand's largest NYC build in the past 30 years, today the Grand Hyatt New York is launching its first-ever artisanal chocolate line.

Available at the hotel's Market cafe, located in the lobby, the line features milk, dark, and white chocolate bars, and truffles in five flavors, each with a signature color and design: passion fruit, citrus, gianduja & white truffles, coffee, and dulce de leche (given that the chef is Argentinian, you've got to try that last flavor).

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Inside and All Around The Just-Opened Hyatt Times Square

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  Site Where: 135 West 45th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
December 3, 2013 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (2)

Today is opening day for the Hyatt Times Square and we are fresh from a opening-eve visit to bring you a first look.

The 54-floor, 487-room property is Hyatt's largest new build in the city in more than 30 years and sports a striking, shimmering glass exterior by SLCE Architects and a bright LED sign that changes colors. Stepping into the almost entirely white George Wong-designed lobby, you will first come across a line-up of iPad check-in stations, with a human check-in counter to the right and the (also Wong-designed) T45 Diner to the left. The diner is not quite ready to go yet -- they are hoping to open in a couple of weeks -- but it will feature a menu of classic diner dishes given a modern twist, retro decor, a milkshake bar, back wall of moving lights and a photo booth off to the side.

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A Look Inside Little Ole' Kauai's Largest Resort

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  Site Where: 1571 Poipu Road [map], Kauai , Hawaii, United States
November 27, 2013 at 1:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Although Kauai and the word "big" would never be used in the same sentence to describe its size, it does have a surprisingly large property in the form of the Grand Hyatt Kauai, which is located on 50-acres with over 600 guest rooms, an outdoor spa, seven restaurants and a golf course.

It's a resort in every sense of the word, but it certainly is a beautiful property. It recently renovated its 37 suites and committed itself to green initiatives, the coolest of which is a design aspect that says no building can be higher than the tallest coconut tree, ensuring that the natural environment remains a main attraction despite it being a sprawling resort.

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First Look At Park Hyatt Vienna, Opening Next Summer

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  Site Where: Vienna, Austria
November 20, 2013 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

UPDATE: The Park Hyatt Vienna will open on June 1st.

Hyatt Hotels has a huge list of openings prepped under its luxury Park Hyatt brand: from Bangkok to St. Kitts and Siem Reap to Marrakech. On that list is the very first Hyatt for Austria altogether, in the form of Park Hyatt Vienna, in a century-old former bank headquarters in the city’s central First District.

We seem to be writing it a lot these days, but here we go again: a promised 2013 opening did not quite work out, with the hotel now scheduled for June next year. We’ll have to make do with these renderings for now, showing off what we can expect inside the public spaces and 143 rooms.

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Park Hyatt Up Their Art Cred, Launch a Magazine

November 14, 2013 at 8:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've said it before, hotel magazines are back! Now, just in time for Art Basel Miami, Park Hyatt have just launched an online contemporary art magazine named ARTPHAIRE -- yes, that's a 'PH;" for Park Hyatt of course.

Developed in conjunction with BOND Strategy & Influence, ARTPHAIRE launched last week and features a guide to fall's artist retrospectives and upcoming auctions; a Q&A with Anne Pasternak, a profile of Yayoi Kusama, many beautiful high resolution images, and a whole lot of Top 10 lists.

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The Hyatt Times Square Gets Lit Up

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  Site Where: 135 West 45th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
November 12, 2013 at 1:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just in time for the holidays (and its December 3rd opening date) the Hyatt Times Square is flaunting some new multi-colored twinkling lights.

The scaffolding that has covered the site for the past couple of years is gone too, and the lobby is positively glowing. Bar the stray construction barriers and workmen out front, the hotel has tidied up considerably since our last visit just two months ago. We are near-heartbroken, however, to read that the restaurant, spa and lounge won't be opening until January -- what a missed opportunity for a bird's eye view of the Times Square ball drop from the 54th-floor lounge. Maybe next year, then.

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How Hyatt is Changing Up The All-Inclusive Experience With Ziva and Zilara

November 8, 2013 at 12:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

We gave you a sneak peek into the first-ever Hyatt Hotel all-inclusive brand last week, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, but now Hyatt has officially unveiled both of their new all-inclusive brands, Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara.

As you may recall, Hyatt Ziva is the family-friendly resort while Hyatt Zilara is the adults-only resort. ut whichever resort you choose, Hyatt is always listening. Seriously, that's what they said. They're listening to what you want out of the all-inclusive experience and they're making that feedback a part of their brand development.

“We are listening to guests as we create these brands so that we can redefine this category and make the all inclusive experience Hyatt offers unlike anything currently in the market,” said Chris Walker, vice president, brand experience, Hyatt. “We believe that we can leverage our expertise in hospitality to make a short-term impact in the category while inviting our guests to help us create their ideal experience over the long-term. We intend to prototype and test various services, food and beverage concepts, and amenities and collect feedback in real-time to constantly lead in the all inclusive market.”

They ain't messing around. Here are just a few things that Hyatt is implementing with their new all-inclusive brands:

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NYC Hyatts are Offering an Uber-Cool New Package

November 6, 2013 at 8:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hyatt Union Square New York and Hyatt 48 Lex have partnered with awesome e-hail phone app that connects passengers looking for a ride with willing drivers, Uber (kind of like the Airbnb of the transportation world). And now both hotels are offering an über-cool package going by the name Uber-ific.

Guests that book the Uber-ific package by March 31, 2014 will receive an Uber Black Card for a $20 Uber credit (valid only for new users), free WiFi and 4 p.m. late checkout. If you are so savvy that you already have an Uber account, you are welcome to give the Black Card to a friend.

The offer is available until March 31. 2014 and rates start at $309.

[Photo: Facebook/Uber]

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Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Will Curate the Hotel Experience from Head to Foot

November 5, 2013 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

In case you thought your visit to the new Andaz Peninsula Papagayo would be just a sunny, luxe vacation filled with nothing but gluttonous me time, forget about it. Andaz has painstakingly curated the hotel experience with the help of its team of Cultural Insiders.

Who qualifies as a Cultural Insider? You may ask. Well, the team the hotel has recruited are all people at the top of their industries of art, music and surf. First up there's twin brothers, Alex and Mike Faherty of the Faherty Brand clothing label who will together take the position of Cultural Insider: Surf. The Fahertys will provide guests with their own ‘How to Surf Costa Rica’ guide, created exclusively for the hotel, which will reveal a list of the hottest hidden surf spots in the country. Guests who book the Witches Rock Surf Package, which includes a full day excursion to Witches Rock National Park plus a professional photographer to shoot the ride, will also receive Faherty Brand board shorts or bikini.

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