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Fly away on my zephyr...
While seemingly every other city in the United States has been riding the hotel boom of the past few years, San Francisco has been lagging, with only a handful of new hotels to show off. But change is in the air. SF is now Hot AF.
We've just heard about the major rebranding of the Mandarin Oriental into a Loews Hotel. Before that, the founders of Viceroy Hotels announced their new brand, Proper Hotels, will open their first hotel in the mid-Market neighborhood by the end of the year.
There are also lots of re-brandings and transformations of several properties happening throughout the city, including this one.
The Radisson Fisherman's Wharf is undergoing a major "re-imagination" to emerge as the Hotel Zephyr, operated by Davidson Hotels & Resorts. Yes, it's totally a millennial hotel but we'd take that over a Radisson any day.
Between its inspiration being a “virtual persona” and the oxygenated water we found in our room, we had little doubt about the millennial roots of Hotel Jen. But what is it like to spend the night? Does Jen give us enough of the things we like about millennial hotels (e.g. free and no fuss WiFi) without some of the trends we’d rather see end yesterday?
The WiFi question we can only answer with a resounding yes. Not only was the WiFi free at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway in Singapore, fast, and reliable, it had no limitations on the number of devices. We found ourselves with no less than five on us during our stay, so being able to go beyond the more common maximum of three was very welcome.
Not long after the news came out yesterday about South Beach, came this news about the Hyatt Centric The Loop:
Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago, a 22-story property first constructed in 1927 by Frank Chase, has undergone a transformative renovation from an office building to an iconic new hotel, all while maintaining the integrity of the building’s roots. The hotel features 257 guest rooms, 2,513 square feet of meeting space, a 24-hour fitness center, rooftop bar and a new signature French bistro, Cochon Volant, run by James Beard award winning Master Chef Roland Liccioni. The hotel will showcase elements of the area’s rich cultural and architectural past while offering guests a full range of modern amenities.
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Guys, this is just the beginning.
You thought millennial hotels were bad enough? Meet the Club Med Val Thorens Sensations, which was designed by… its Facebook fans.
According to the Mail, the 384-room hotel was the first to be entirely crowdsourced, and it was all done via Facebook requests.
So what do Facebook fans want in a hotel?
In the wave of millennial hotels we greeted in 2014, Shangri-La Hotels decided to join in by throwing out its business-oriented Traders Hotels and repurposing the properties into Hotel Jen, “inspired by virtual persona Jen, a professional hotelier who loves life, travel and the adventure of discovering new places”.
In case we had any doubt about its millennial nature after that description when we checked into Hotel Jen Orchardgateway in Singapore, they were put to rest when we found an orange post-it on the bathroom mirror jauntily telling us to check out the minibar, in which we found two bottles of (complimentary) oxygenated water. Fits right in with things like a focus social spaces and acting impressed over artisanal olive oil, don’t you think?
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While on the luxury side Glh Hotels has been quiet to the point that its first opening, Clermont London, didn’t make the cut for this year’s list of new hotels to watch in the city, there’s been slightly more activity with its two other new brands: Amba Hotels and lowercase every Hotels.
We’ve seen the Amba flag outside the Charing Cross hotel, the first of four in the city that will do the same. For every, the former Thistle wedged in between Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus is now live on its new home as every Piccadilly. Above a shot of a Standard Room, which is… fine? It’s perfectly inoffensive, but also not quite what we had pictured for something as millennial-sounding as every. There are 82 rooms in total, split in three categories: Standard, Deluxe, and Junior Suite.
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So Moxy Hotels are definitely coming to America. With last week’s confirmation that eight US Moxys (Moxies?) are lined up – NYC, San Fran, Seattle, New Orleans, and Chicago – we thought we’d give you a little taster of what to expect. You already know to expect man meat, of course, but here’s what the rooms will look like, if our stay last October is anything to go by.
Firstly, expect a small room. In Milan, there’s not a lot of room to move about in – and certainly not enough for a desk. Perhaps in America they will supersize them a little. But pack light.
Inside your small room, you should find:
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Already eight Moxy Hotels are lined up, with three hotel set for NYC (in Chelsea, Mid-town and Lower Manhattan), as well as San Fran, Seattle, New Orleans, and Chicago. (See? WE TOLD YOU.)
Naturally, we're a bit concerned about the need for THREE hotels in New York City. But Marriott is sparing no expense here, having contracted Yabu Pushelberg to do the design of at least one NYC hotel. (Remember, this duo recently did another Marriott property--Miami Beach Edition.) So clearly, Moxy is aiming to make a sexy splash when it lands stateside. Which is probably right on brand as the Moxy models are always half-dressed.
Meanwhile, the men of Moxy are still planning on coming in, er, to London three times, as well as in Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin and Denmark.
So what can you expect from Moxy Hotels, aside from lots of man meat? Affordable rates (well, at least near the airport in Milan. NYC probably will not have this), free and "furiously fast" WiFi, Apple TV in the rooms, snug rooms and no phones next to the bed as Moxy is all about high-tech, including keyless entry and motion-sensor lighting. And whatever else millennials are into these days.
Here's what Hyatt Centric is about, according to their website:
Pick a location and pack your bags! We are at the center of the most unique destinations—in the middle of the action, in the know, and always on-hand to serve up insider knowledge, intriguing tidbits, and great conversation over a well-crafted cocktail. We are your local home base, preparing you to explore the best our cities have to offer.
Yup, that sounds like a millennial hotel. And just like all the other millennial hotels out there, Hyatt Centric experience is focusing on design, socialization (with The Corner Lounge), technology (including free WiFi) , artisanal beverages, foodie bites and wellness (the hotel gym is called The Health Studio.)
Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
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Yeah, we said it. Millennials are this year’s hotelier(s) of the year. Why? Because this tech-savvy, design-appreciative, yet penny-pinching generation (which is anyone born after 1980) have been subconsciously dictating the choices hotels and hotel brands are making in their offerings.
Everyone in the hospitality world is out to please the millennials. We only have to look at the proliferation of new hotel brands that came out this year, specifically aimed at Millennials, such as:
Canopy by Hilton Hotels
Hotel Jen (from Shangri-La Hotels)
Vib by Best Western
The Pendry (from Montage Hotels)
Venu (from Jumeirah Hotels)
OE Collection (from Loews Hotels)
HTL Hotels (in Norway)
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And honestly, when the brand logo uses the word “ideate”, what else could it be than a millennial brand? Everything else we’re reading about the new Zone By The Park Hotels tells us it will fit right in with the Moxys (Moxies?) and Tommies of the world: the Connect – Ideate – Create – Inspire, the focus on design at affordable rates, public spaces that are all about social interaction in different “zones” that will make the connection between the guest and the local environment.
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The main reason we go crazy for free WiFi in hotels? Checking social media, apparently. The second? Getting directions. How very dull.
The research has been done by Amba, the “contemporary” (ie millennial) arm of glh, formerly Guoman. Amba Charing Cross, which used to be a Guoman itself, opened this month with what it’s billing as “the world’s fastest, free unlimited WiFi” (how much would we love to test that out?). There will also be Smart TVs in every room, USB sockets by every bed, and iPads on every nightstand.
Handily for them (but also totally believably), Amba found that 67% of the 1000 UK travelers questioned said free WiFi would make them more likely to select a hotel – even higher than location,at 65%. Specifically fast WiFi with unlimited downloads came in at 34%.
WiFi also came out as the most important factor in rating a hotel post-stay, with 60% of those questioned saying that was the most crucial – even more than those who rated getting a good night’s sleep.