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Six pictures of six London hotels. Which one is the odd one out? Your time starts…. now.
Unlike New York, the list of rooftop bars in London isn’t that long, and even fewer can boast floor-to-ceiling windows with river views and outdoor space for al-fresco lounging and drinking, but Rumpus Room has both.
That includes a Delano for the seaside resort of Cesme (you may remember Four Seasons heading there too), and two hotels for Istanbul: another Mondrian and a property called 10 Karaköy, part of the group’s “Originals” collection, which is opening already on November 15.
Taking its name from the district it calls home, the hotel will have 71 rooms and suites inside its historic neoclassical building, ranging from Standard Queen (a rendering above) to Loft Terrace Suites and a Penthouse.
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Finding a hotel room is easy. Simply go on the Internet or use your smartphone and voila! You're booked. But if you are only interested in new hotels, then that's a different story. Luckily, you have us. And we're obsessed with new hotels. Here's a list of hotels that have opened or are opening this month (and a few that aren't going to make it.) Got a new hotel to add? Send it to us!
OPENING THIS MONTH
· Rosewood Beijing: We've been eying this property for quite some time and now we're excited to see it will open on October 23. The first Rosewood for China, the Rosewood Beijing will have 283 rooms opposite the twisting CCTV Tower by Rem Koolhaas. There's a Sense Spa on site (complete with Spa Suites that you can book) and six restaurants and bars to choose from. Rates start at 2,050 CNY a night for a deluxe room with a king bed. That's about $334 USD.
· AC HOTELS BY MARRIOTT NEW ORLEANS : The first stateside AC Hotels by Marriott is promising to open in the Big Easy this month. But for now, no reservations are being accepted on the website. We plugged in dates in October and November and the dreaded "unsuccessful sell" came up. However, we do know that the hotel will be opening by November 12. So it's just a matter of getting the reservations system done.
NOT GONNA MAKE IT
· W BEIJING: We've been skeptical of the W Beijing's opening date for a really long time. Last we heard, they would open in September but now the hotel is saying it will open on November 1 instead. We're already starting to lose interest.
· HOTEL ZOO BERLIN: The reopening of the historic Hotel Zoo in Berlin will not happen this month. Instead, the new look will be unveiled on November 3 with rates start at 121 euros a night. We've been kept in the dark on the design details of the renovation but these rooms pics are showing off some pretty luxe spaces. We likey.
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Following a snapshot on Wednesday, it’s time to take a closer look at Mondrian London at Sea Containers, now finally open on the city’s Southbank. Getting inside the hotel is possible from the river if you’re on foot, but the main entrance – white curtains, candles, and all – is on Upper Ground, where construction on Southbank Tower is still in full swing.
Up a few steps and past the second of two oversized interlocking anchor chains (the first is outside), you’ll find reception (above), sliced out of the copper hull that runs all the way to the river, with spotlights marking its shape as a dotted line on the floor.
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We said on Monday that September was making its last two days count in London, and it did: following the opening of The Beaumont in tony Mayfair, we finally had a chance to see inside Mondrian at Sea Containers last night.
The references to the building’s history are everywhere: from the copper hull that cuts from the entrance past reception to the riverside restaurant in a sweeping curve to the actual containerships displayed in the lounge above.
It’s a double treat today from Morgans Hotel Group: not only do we have an opening date of September 30 for Mondrian London at Sea Containers, along with some pretty great introductory offers, we finally have room images as well.
Above is what a Standard Room looks like, mixing shades of grey with a punch of pink in just over 310 sq ft. We love the “transatlantic 1920s liner” references, with the curved corner of the bathroom, the wall panelling, and the groovy mirror. For a limited time, rooms are starting at £165 (about $280) a night excluding VAT.
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The NY Post reports that real estate bigwigs Rotem Rosen and Alex Sapir in a partnership with Buddha Bar founder/owner Gerard Guez, have bought the Mondrian Soho hotel for $205 million. The hotel was previously owned by a financial institution that took over the property when it was in foreclosure.
The hotel will remain a luxury boutique hotel but no name or brand has been designated. However, anybody can see that this will clearly become the Buddhar Bar and Hotel New York. After all, Guez, already operates three Buddhar Bar and Hotels in Paris, Prague and Budapest.
That excites us tremendously but we're also a little sad, since Mondrian just opened their breezy new rooftop soda shoppe called Sonny's. Hopefully, we'll have one last chance to try it this summer. Rates at the Mondrian this weekend start at $295 a night.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/HotelChatter]
UPDATE 8.27.14: As of right now, the design and supervision of the Mondrian Doha is being done by SWA Qatar. Other partners in the project are listed on the signs outside the construction site:
Ray McShane, the general manager for the property also gave HotelChatter this update:
As we are still at construction stage, many of the elements of the design, F&B and services remain fluid and are not finalized, therefore we would like to provide updated information on design, interiors, services etc, only when those elements are 100% committed. The project information board at the site, plus our website, contains all currently available data on the hotel.
As with any new property, we are aware of the interest and hope to be able to share more detailed information on content as the project moves forward with industry sites such as yourselves and we look forward to your support!
So Wanders involvement may or may not be happening. Stay tuned!
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We can only hope the recent layoffs at Morgans Hotel Group will turn the ship towards calmer waters and sunnier shores, because there are still a few properties in the pipeline that we want to see being completed.
In London at least that seems to be a bit of a question mark, because all reference to the Hudson London – planned in an Edwardian building on Great Scotland Yard formerly used by the Ministry of Defense – has been removed from the group’s website.
For now, the Mondrian London continues to progress towards opening sometime this summer (we hope), having just received its new “Sea Containers” sign (the name of the building) and its new trademark blue lighting. The first three floors of guestrooms in the middle of the building look to have river-facing balconies.
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This morning we spent some time updating the Master Openings List but there's one update we're really intrigued by--The Baha Mar Resort, opening in December in the Bahamas with no less than FIVE different hotel brands inside. We knew it was gonna be big but this is crazy big.
In total, the complex, nicknamed the "Bahamian Riviera", will have a total of 2,900 hotel rooms and residences, a 100,000 square foot casino, an 18-hole, 72-par Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, an ESPA spa and more than a dozen pools. Plus, a 200,000 square feet convention center. We know, insane!
Of course, we're most interested in the hotels that will open and it's quite a mix. The five resorts are as follows:
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London has had a few big years in hotels, including our best opening for 2013, but the next twelve months should give us plenty to pore over too. Just like the five worldwide openings we lifted out of our Master List of Worldwide Hotel Openings, here are 6 London hotels you should keep an eye out for this year.
Firmdale's Ham Yard Hotel : we’ve been taking pictures for a long time of the construction site, but this year should really be the year when Firmdale adds a new flagship to its quirky collection of individually Kit Kemp-styled hotels. Located just off of Piccadilly Circus with 90 rooms and suites and a whole range of amenities (bowling alley anyone?), the hotel will complete a piece of the puzzle in this revamped area between Regent Street and Soho. Recruitment has started, and based on the website, we think it will actually be called the Ham Yard Hotel when it opens in May.