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We might have talked about Morgans Hotel Group most recently given the drama surrounding The Delano South Beach, but on the other side of the pond there’s positive news to share: some first details on both Mondrian and Hudson London.
Having looked at some early shots of Sea Containers House as it began its transformation, and watched its Jubilee-inspired wrapping, we see construction progressing week after week, which should lead to Mondrian London opening early next year.
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With all the design details in hotels, it's no wonder they're the perfect place to get creative with Instagram photos. We're kind of obsessed with browsing the #hotel tag, and every once in a while, we bring you 5 of our favorite shots that impart major wanderlust. And don't forget to follow our own shots on Instagram under "hotelchatter," "jaunted" and "vegaschatter."
· The above shot was taken by us during a visit inside the Coach Suite at Martha's Vineyard's Charlotte Inn. Not bad, eh?
· Photo via claudialesti — Boy, this looks fun: lounging by the Hotel Santa Tecla Palace's square pool, gazing out at the Ionian Sea.
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When it comes to pop-up restaurants in NYC, there's no one more experienced than Guerilla Culinary Brigade founder Alan Philips (we like to think of him as the Ian Schrager of pop-up hotel restaurants).
We've experienced our fair share of Philips-masterminded meals at places like The Sanctuary, THOR and THOR again. So we were impressed to hear he was setting up a temporary space over at Mondrian SoHo.
Make that double impressed once we got there and saw that the dining room was hidden behind a secret revolving bookcase...
The site of a Mondrian...maybe
The hotel hype actually comes from a Crain's real estate article on the neighborhood saying that Mark Hunt and his M Development company might try again to turn the Cedar Hotel, a defunct hotel, into a Mondrian. M Development enlisted architectural firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz to draw up some renderings back several years ago for the possible Mondrian but the dreams of acquiring and adding several floors to the building were effectively killed by the economic crisis of 2008.
Now that those dark days are behind the hospitality industry, especially in Chicago where the boutique scene is burgeoning, the plans to rework the property into something hip and cool have returned.
Hey all you cocktail-loving, rooftop-dwelling lounge lizards, here's a bit of hotel bar news to perk you up: a new space has opened on top of Mondrian Soho. And though the hotel continues (for reasons unknown to us) to keep its rooftop area restricted to private events, we have to admit, this might be the one invitation-only event actually worth finessing.
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The Mondrian SoHo—romantic? Yes. But apparently not so liberal when it comes to people wanting to sex it up in the rooms.
The Daily News is telling us that a members-only swingers club called School of Sex (yes, they do have a Facebook page) was holding an event at the hotel over the weekend when security found out what was going on, and promptly shut the whole thing down.
Luckily, as the School of Sex puts it, "members were given ample time to exit the venue and say their goodbyes." Phew. Well, that's a relief.
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Just last week we were reminiscing about the days when The Delano would strike out for the wilds of Las Vegas and Dubai but thanks to the great economy meltdown of 2008, those desert dreams were merely mirages. Same goes for these Delano duds.
But today, we've got word that The Delano, under parent company Morgans Hotel Group is actually giving it another go--this time in Morocco.
Morgans has partnered up with Moroccan entrepreneur Ahmed Bennani and Hivernage Collection to open a Delano Marrakech in September 2012 (this year!) followed by a Mondrian Marrakech in late 2013. Here's the brief description on the 73-room Delano Marrakech:
Following the footsteps of its South Beach predecessor, Delano Marrakech will provide world-travelers with another sophisticated world-class urban resort marked by unparalleled style and five-star service. As a self-contained destination, Delano Marrakech will offer a haven of luxury and relaxation in heart of the vibrant, magical city.
We have a bit of a confession to make. Even though we live in London, and were not far from all the Queen's Diamond Jubilee festivities, the weather during the long weekend - particularly on the Sunday of the flotilla - was so miserable we largely stayed inside.
That's how we missed Sea Containers House, soon to be The Mondrian London, being wrapped in a giant black-and-white picture of the 1977 Jubilee, featuring Queen Elizabeth and various members of the royal family during the requisite balcony scene. Cycling across the river this weekend was the first we saw of it. How cool is that though?
We're pretty sure this must have gotten a lot of attention from anyone being on, or around, the river that day, and garnered some extra publicity for the upcoming hotel conversion. The Huffington Post has a time-lapse video of the whole thing being put together.
We have some more construction shots from just over a month ago here, including a number of other hotels in the immediate area. We also saw that CitizenM, which we missed at the time, is nearing completion - we'll share an update on that when we can.
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The Mondrian London is rising.
Development is certainly not showing any signs of slowing down around town, and that includes the Thames river's Southbank. The Shangri-La will radically change the London Bridge area, and we've told you about the Mondrian London arriving inside Sea Container House, just west of the Tate Modern museum, next to the famous OXO Tower.
But that's not all, not one but as many as four new hotels could be popping up steps away from the Mondrian.
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Nevermind what the bees are up to on hotel rooftops, we're here to remind you that New York has an abundance (literally) of rooftop spaces built for recreational human endeavors like eating, drinking and sunbathing.
One of our favorites, perhaps, is the sun terrace on top of the Peninsula New York. Mainly because we can do all three of those things at once, and then cool down afterwards with a relaxing 60-minute holistic massage. But if lounging on a fancy-shmance sun deck isn't your cup of tea, you've got plenty of other options around the city...
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There is one particular trend @HotelChatter happens to quite enjoy: candid hotel photos. These pics range from stunning views to anti-views to celebrity tomfoolery and everything in between. And we can't get enough of 'em! Every Monday, we commemorate our favorite hotel-themed snapshot du semaine. Got a favorite of your own? Want to show off your sweet suite? Send it in!
Though most A-list celebrities made a beeline to Vanity Fair's after-party at the Sunset Tower Hotel last night, it was the Weinstein Company's bash at Mondrian LA that drew the biggest star of the evening: Best Actor winner Jean DuJardin.
The Mondrian's gal will be getting around soon.
Gosh, it's not even 2012 yet and we're already thinking ahead to 2014. That's because in addition to opening a hotel in London, Mondrian Hotels is planning on opening another hotel abroad--in Istanbul.
The press release put out yesterday by parent company Morgans Hotel Group says that Mondrian, the whimsical and fanciful design brand, will open a 128-room room in Istanbul's Old City area. And the hotel group's new partners, The Light Group will create original food and beverage options for the hotel. There will also be a spa, renovated from an existing historic Turkish bath.
Can't wait until 2014 to test out these new Mondrians? Word is the Mondrian Qatar should open in early 2013. Sadly, the Mondrian Bahamas (yes, Mondrian is going Caribbean) will not be open until 2014. We better rest up because we will be sleeping around a lot in the next few years.