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The Hall South Beach Now Taking Reservations for October 1

Where: 1500 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
July 14, 2015 at 4:13 PM | by | ()

Just a few months ago we reported that Joie de Vivre's first East Coast hotel would be opening in Miami and my how time flies--reservations are now open for The Hall South Beach starting on October 1.

Rates begin at $188 a night for a deluxe room with a full bed. If you're planning on visiting Miami with a close friend or lover, you'll want a deluxe room with a queen bed instead. Those rooms are roughly the same size as the full rooms, but with a slightly bigger bed.

Deluxe rooms with king beds start around $200 a night while a room with two queen beds is $220. Rooms with views of the pool are close to $300 a night. (Since the hotel sits on the opposite side of Collins from the beach, there aren't any ocean views.)

There's also a $20 resort fee per night that's added to your rate, along with taxes, making a three-night stay in deluxe queen room around $700 total.

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The Hall in Miami, JDV's First East Coast Hotel, Will Have a 'Top Chef' In-House

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  Site Where: 1500 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
April 14, 2015 at 6:26 PM | by | ()

Earlier this year, we learned West Coast born-and-raised Joie de Vivre Hotels (JDV) would be expanding its horizons to Miami and New York. We're still waiting on the full details of the NYC property, but The Hall in Miami, at 15th and Collins, is going ahead with its "late summer" opening and now they've got "Top Chef" alum, Spike Mendelsohn, to create the food and bar menus.

Sunny's will be Spike's first outpost in Miami. The spot is named after his grandfather, but is also a nod to the weather in Miami (most days.) Designed by Robert McKinley, who also did the interiors for the rest of the hotel, Sunny's will "blend rustic elements and the tropics with natural, hand-crafted wood tables, all-weather chairs made from reclaimed rebar, and a Florida keystone main countertop."

Spike plans on serving reinterpretations of his favorite dishes he's picked up while traveling. That includes a Gulf Coast Grilled Grouper “Reuben,” the Greek-inspired Lifeguard Focaccia Myrtos Beach-Style, and the Jersey Shore Pork Roll Breakfast Sandwich. (Um, it's not pork roll. It's Taylor ham. Just saying.) Spike will also create made-to-order, brick-oven pizzas for The Hall's backyard bar and outdoor lounge area.

We wonder if his former judge, Tom Colicchio, will pop in. Colicchio, after all, is opening his Beachcraft restaurant up the road at the 1 Hotel South Beach.

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Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach Breaks From JDV; Is Now a Kimpton

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  Site Where: 500 Pacific Coast Highway [map], Huntington Beach, CA , United States, 92648
February 11, 2015 at 10:35 AM | by | ()

Looks like Kimpton is wasting no time snapping up new properties now that it's got a bigger hotel company behind them.

Freshly acquired by InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG), Kimpton has taken over the Shorebreak Hotel in the surfer's paradise of Huntington Beach, Calif. from Joie de Vivre Hotels.

Sources tell us the management change happened while the hotel was in escrow with new owners. Apparently, JDV Hotels was supposed to manage the property but Kimpton swayed the new owners. Right now, the hotel's JDV website is dead. But the new Kimpton website is up and running.

The property first opened in 2009, but now with a new owner and a new managing company, we wonder if a renovation will be coming soon too. Rates start at $254 a night this weekend with breakfast included. Also included is free WiFi for Kimpton Karma Rewards members and a hosted evening wine hour. Oh and a selfie stick too.

Read our review of the Shorebreak Hotel HERE

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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3 More Hotels For Escaping 'Chiberia' (Because You Really Need It)

February 5, 2015 at 4:40 PM | by | ()

We've got perfect timing to recommend 3 more hot hotels in Chicago, following the fifth biggest snowstorm the city has ever seen. So without further adieu, strap on your snow boots, zip up your Moncler jacket and head straight to these Chicago hotels for some serious hibernating (or at least one night in a warm and pampering hotel):

The Palmer House Hilton: The Palmer House is steeped in Chicago tradition. It was originally bought by Potter Palmer as a wedding gift for his new bride Bertha (lucky lady). Thirteen days after its purchase, it burned to the ground in the Great Chicago Fire (huge bummer). But ole’ Potter persevered, rebuilding it from the ground up and it re-opened in 1873; it’s now the nation’s longest continually running hotel (and a very upscale Hilton).

The Lockwood Restaurant and its bar are stunning – and the cocktails start flowing at 11:00 am if you want to get an early start. Afternoon tea is served daily from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and room service is 24 hours. Make time for a visit to the Balance Spa, health club and indoor pool. Interested in Chicago history? Take the very cool “History is Hott” tour (you don’t even have to leave the hotel!) where you’ll learn interesting factoids like Chicago is actually named after an onion.

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Joie de Vivre Hotels is Moving East With Miami Beach and NYC Hotels Lined Up

January 22, 2015 at 11:20 AM | by | ()

We often found that while most East Coast people are wiling to go West, to the land of sun and empty happy people, it is hard to make West Coasters go East, to the land of brutal winters and rude strong-minded people and stay there. (Or maybe that's just our own experience.)

But West Coast brand, Joie de Vivre Hotels, is taking its California hotel style to the East Coast, opening in Miami Beach and NYC's Bowery hood in the next couple of years.

The Hall will open this summer at 15th Street and Collins Ave, prime Art Deco in a building originally designed by architect L. Murray Dixon. Now, Miami-based architectural firm ADD Inc. and interior design firm Robert McKinley Creative are "renewing" the landmark property to create a 164-room JDV hotel with a courtyard, indoor/outdoor restaurant, a library bar, a swimming pool and in a city of craft cocktails, a beer garden. We're already thirsty.

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The Epiphany Hotel in Palo Alto is Open and Ready for Your Tech Questions

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  Site Where: 180 Hamilton Avenue [map], Palo Alto, CA, United States, 94301
March 11, 2014 at 3:41 PM | by | ()

We always love a hotel opening but we really love an earlier-than-expected hotel opening which is what happened with The Epiphany Hotel in Palo Alto, Calif. when it opened its doors yesterday, instead of on the scheduled date of April 1st. This totally makes up for the hotel not opening last summer.

Staff at the JDV Hotel greeted guests wearing super stylish Taylor Stitch custom-designed uniforms (which hardly look like uniforms considering they are dark denim jeans paired with oxford button downs) and happy faces. Not surprisingly, the first guest at the hotel was a VP of a software company based in Palo Alto.

The 86 rooms at the Epiphany Hotel, which is located a block off from University Avenue (as in Stanford University), come with complimentary high-speed internet access (obvi), Frette linens, Malin & Goetz toiletries, Illy espresso machines, honor bar and dry bar, a work desk with ergonomic chair, 47" Samsung TV and a G-link iPod docking stations which will wirelessly stream movies and video games to guest rooms TVs. There's also 24-hour room service and a turndown service too.

And the hotel is still promising the service of a Technology Concierge who will help you with all thing tech-related. But can they hook you up with a website designer or app developer for a new start-up venture? That remains to be seen.

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Palo Alto's Upcoming Epiphany Hotel Will Have Its Own Technology Concierge

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  Site Where: 180 Hamilton Avenue [map], Palo Alto, CA , United States, 94301
November 5, 2013 at 1:02 PM | by | ()

When we compiled our Master Openings list this year, we had a spot reserved in Palo Alto, Calif. for The Epiphany Hotel from Joie de Vivre Hotels. The hotel was supposed to open over the summer but now it's set to open next year, on April 1st. But already, the hotel is positioning itself as the must-stay hotel in Silicon Valley. In their own words:

Get wired. In the heart of downtown Palo Alto, surrounded by the hottest VC firms, the fastest-growing companies, plus the creative dynamism of Stanford University—this is where you need to be staying.

Clearly, the hotel's WiFi is going to be free and fast and full of plenty of bandwidth. The hotel is also promising the services of its own technology concierge. Sweet! No doubt this concierge better know his or her tech specs before starting the job. Yet given the hotel's location near Stanford, we don't think this will be too hard.

But what else can we expect from The Epiphany in regards to more traditional hotel amenities? For starters, there's 24-hour room service, regular concierge services, pet-friendly rooms, Frette linens, Malin & Goetz toiletries, Illy espresso machines, honor bar and dry bar, a work desk with ergonomic chair, 47" Samsung TV (55" ones in the suites) and a G-link iPod docking stations which will wirelessly stream movies and video games to guest rooms TVs. Housekeeping will also do a turndown service and will use green cleaning products too.

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JDV Gets Lei'd Again with The Shoreline Waikiki Hotel

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  Site Where: 342 Seaside Avenue [map], Honolulu, HI, United States, 96815
April 3, 2013 at 5:11 PM | by | ()

We labeled it one of ten hotel openings we were psyched about and voila, the previously unnamed JDV Hotel in Hawaii is now open.

The Shoreline Hotel Waikiki opened its doors on April Fool's Day but it is serious about welcoming new guests. The 70s-inspired boutique hotel sits in the middle of some of Diamond Head's best shopping and restaurants. (The actual ocean shoreline is just under a mile away.)

While the vibe may be 70s inspired, the 135 rooms are outfitted with some of today's best modern amenities like flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. Rounding out the amenities are a Cha Cha Cha Mexican restaurant and bar, 24-hour front desk hosts and a Welcome Lei upon arrival.

And rates are totally affordable too. The hotel is celebrating its opening with a special room rate of $159 a night. Regular room rates won't be that much more starting at $195 a night. Go here to book.

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10 More Hotel Openings to Get Psyched About

February 20, 2013 at 3:02 PM | by | ()

We're only two months into 2013 and while we've had our share of disappointments, there's still a bunch of new hotels to start saving your pennies for. So because we can't get enough of that new hotel smell, here are 10 More Hotel Openings To Get Psyched About:

W VERBIER: There are only two W Hotels opening in 2013 and this winter wonderland in Switzerland is one of them. This will be the very first "alpine escape" from W and will feature 123 rooms and suites, each with their own fireplace, balconies and signature W beds. Being cold has never gotten us so hot.

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The Saguaro Palm Springs: Bright and Budget Friendly

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  Site Where: 1800 E Palm Canyon [map], Palm Springs, CA, United States
January 31, 2013 at 4:26 PM | by | ()

Welcome to Palm Springs. We hope you like bright colors and sunshine, because that's the specialty of the The Saguaro Palm Springs. This is only the second Saguaro, after the The Saguaro Scottsdale, but it comes from a company with a very large collection of hotels: Joie de Vivre.

The Saguaro Palm Springs opened in February 2012 and used to be a Holiday Inn, a fact immediately evident from the classic, motel-style architecture. Still, one can't help but imagine how Holiday Inn execs would think of the place now—they'd probably regret having lost it! The Saguaro is a cheerful hotel that fills a gap in the Palm Springs hotel scene, for new family- and pet-friendly accommodations of modern design and amenities at a reasonable price.

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5 Vital Things to Know About San Francisco's Hotel Vitale

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  Site Where: 8 Mission Street [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94105
January 2, 2013 at 1:13 PM | by | ()

We closed out 2012 with a one-night hotel stay in San Francisco and while we tried to do the right thing by our budget, we couldn't help but splurge on the Hotel Vitale in the Embarcadero.

This JDV Hotel has been a fave of HotelChatter's for nearly a decade, but we haven't physically checked in on the place since 2007. But instead of giving you some laborious hotel review, we'll make it short and suite (ha!).

Here are 5 Things You Should Know About the Hotel Vitale: (pics included!)

1. Splurge on the Water View Rooms: We said it way back in 2005 and nearly eight years later the same still holds true--the water view rooms are the ones to book. From your little perch, you can admire the stunning San Francisco Bay with the iconic Bay Bridge in the distance as well as the San Francisco Ferry Building. During our stay, these were going for about $308 a night with an AAA discount.

2. But Ask for a Higher Floor: We were placed on the third floor which still offered great views of the Bay Bridge and the Ferry Building but the Embarcadero is especially noisy in the morning. We found ourselves up at around 7am despite vowing to "sleep in" 'til 830am.

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Many Wrongs Make a Right at the Hotel Lincoln

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  Site Where: 1816 North Clark Street [map], Chicago, Illinois , United States, 60614
December 10, 2012 at 1:32 PM | by | ()

Looks like the old saying still stands true: One man's trash is indeed another's treasure.

At least that appears to be the case at Hotel Lincoln in Chicago. The boutique hotel in Lincoln Park, which recently underwent some renovations, has installed what they're openly referring to as the "Wall of Bad Art,"--essentially a bunch of reject artworks placed closely together on a lobby wall.

Apparently it's so bad, it's good. (Sort of like the movie Bio-Dome).

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