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The Sanderson and St Martins Lane Hotels Freshen Up Their Minimalist Vibe

March 31, 2014 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

With so many new hotels now open in London (and more to come), it's no surprise that two of the original boutique hotels in town--The Sanderson and St Martins Lane--have gotten an updated look, focusing on "comfort and simplicity." But don't worry, these stylish hotels still retain the minimalist look that made them "hotel famous."

Interior designer Tim Andreas of Banjo Ad Inc, who has worked on other Morgans Hotels, took charge of the renovations for both hotels. At the Sanderson, Andreas gave the 150 guest rooms new custom pieces like a cozy built-in banquette, a "Tchin Tchin" chair, custom rugs and hand-painted designs on the blackout shades. Here's a more official, and detailed, description:

The rooms will introduce a new sense of modern, paying tribute to the baroque era. Tim’s designs are inspired by decorative motifs from the 17th century including decorative, plaster trophy designs, elaborate wood oak carvings and hand-blocked scenic wallpaper to reflect the serenity and comfort of an English Manor House. With minor updates to the bathroom design, it remains encased in a glowing floor-to-ceiling glass box wrapped in golden layers of sheer curtains.

More importantly, these rooms got a tech upgrade, adding new flat-screen smart TVs, media hubs with USB charging, and additional charging stations near the bed.

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Mondrian London Is Crowned Sea Containers and Bathed in Blue, but Hudson Is No More?

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  Site Where: Upper Ground, London, United Kingdom
March 17, 2014 at 8:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

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 Londonplanned 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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But What Does All This Mean for The Morgans Hotel Group?

March 11, 2014 at 10:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's been a bumpy ride for Morgans Hotel Group for the past two years and today, the doom and gloom that's hung over the company just got well, doomier and gloomier.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the company laid off one-third of its workforce, including 20 top executives and longtime employees. Clearly, this was done to save money and indeed Jason Kalisman, the acting CEO and chairman of Morgans (who spent a good portion of last year tussling with Ron Burkle) publicly said last month the company was going to "reduce costs and corporate overhead."

Meanwhile, after losing the Delano Marrakech and The Ames in Boston, not to mention an ongoing feud with the owners of the Mondrian Soho, the hotels of Morgans Hotel Group seem to be business as usual. We hopped over to the Morgans site today and saw that plans for the Delano Las Vegas were still intact, as were the plans for the Mondrian Bahia Mar in the Bahamas and the Mondrian London.

We also noticed quite a few expansions for the Mondrian and Delano brands. But will they actually happen? It looks like Morgans is trying hard to clean up its act and find a sure footing again but only time will tell.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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6 New London Hotels To Watch Out For This Year

January 14, 2014 at 12:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Oh No, Delano No Longer Managing the Delano Marrakech

Where: Angle Av. Echouhada et Rue des Temples, Marrakech, Morocco
November 25, 2013 at 10:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

Update: Morgans Hotel Group has sent over this statement regarding the situation:

"Morgans Hotel Group reached the difficult decision to terminate its management agreement for Delano Marrakech and discontinue all affiliation with the hotel, including the removal of the Delano name and management of the property, effective November 12, 2013. This unprecedented action was taken as a result of severe and recurring breaches of contract by the ownership group. Morgans Hotel Group took this necessary recourse to preserve Delano’s reputation, the integrity of the company and the high standards that our guests expect from the Delano brand."

Just a little over a year after the Delano Marrakech opened, we've now got word that the Delano Hotels brand is OUT at the property. The hotel 71-room hotel has reverted back to its original, pre-renovation, name--The Pearl.

We're not sure of the details behind the departure (if you've got them, let us know) but Delano Marrakech has been removed from the Morgans Hotel Group website. Interestingly, Delano still has plans to expand to Las Vegas, Cesme (Turkey), Moscow and Cartagena.

In other Morgans Hotel Group news, the company still hasn't officially appointed a new CEO since Michael Gross stepped down in early September. Jason Kalisman, whose investment firm OTK Associates, is the company's largest shareholder, has been appointed interim CEO. This, after he led a takedown of the Morgans board and its celebrity investor, Ron Burkle. Now, Burkle has offered to buy the hotel group for $8 a share. No word yet on whether Morgans will accept.

So with all that going on, we can kind of understand this recent development. But what does it mean for all those future Delanos? We're not sure and we're not so sure we want to find out.

[Photo: Delano, er, The Pearl Marrakech]

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Morgans Hotel Group's New Website Boasts More With Less (Clicks)

October 8, 2013 at 12:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Some uplifting news for Morgans Hotel Group today. The boutique hotel collection has recently launched a spiffy website that promises a "seamless booking process that takes the guest through the reservation process in less than four clicks".

In addition to the super-fast reservation system that will get you into the sleek Delano, Mondrian and other hot spots, guests can view hotels by brand or location and compare rates and availability at properties within the same city all on one screen.

The site, which comes behind the company's "Back of House" online lifestyle magazine, will also help guests navigate their way around their chosen destination. This comes by way of a Google Map feature which has interactive guides to attractions, museums, restaurants, nightlife destinations and shops and provide step-by-step directions to and from the hotel. The list will detail key local landmarks and hidden gems hand-selected by the hotels' expert concierges.

In addition, guests can instantly post travel plans on their social media platforms using the Morgans Hotel Group's Instagram feed or their own generated photos.

The site works across all platforms including desktops, tablets and mobile devices.

[Screengrab: HotelChatter]

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You'll Love These Unexpected In-Room Hotel Amenities

October 2, 2013 at 4:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Forgot something? No worries! These hotels have got you covered with the basics and more.

Not long ago we discussed what would be the ultimate hotel in-room amenities. Some of our desires may have been a bit dramatic, but hey, one can only dream. However, more and more hotels these days go beyond a complimentary dental and razor kit. Most of these items are free, others may have a nominal charge--but we're just excited that if we've left something at home, all is not lost!

Here's what you can ask to be delivered to your room at these hotels:

Sofitel Philadelphia
Contact the housekeeping department for these items:
*Shout Wipes
*Feminine hygiene products
*Night lights
*Crayons & Coloring books
*Hand-held steamer
*One hour of steaming service

Kimpton Hotels
The brand's "Forgot It? We've Got It!" program is awesome and has expanded to include these oft-left home products:
*Fashion Tape (no nip-slips happening on their watch)
*Humidifier
*Straightening Iron
*Curling Iron
*Heating Pad (oh, this is a gooood one)
*Computer/Mobile Chargers
*Collar Stays (hmm..this is a puzzler?!)

For a small fee, Kimpton can bring these other amenities:
Contact Lens Solution
Spray Wrinkle Remover
Static Guard
Super Glue
Nail File (anyone find it odd a nail file isn't free, but a humidifier is?)

What else can you get just for the asking? Read on!

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Mondrian London Sheds Scaffolding, Adds Wing

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  Site Where: 20 Upper Ground, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9PD
September 16, 2013 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’re still recovering from a major week in London hotels; who wouldn’t be when it was book-ended by the likes of Ace Shoreditch and The London Edition? That’s not so say of course we’re taking our eye of the ball when it comes to the future, as we know the list of openings is long - and continues to grow for that matter.

A recent walk by the Mondrian London on Southbank showed some interesting progress, with scaffolding starting to come down the front façade. Even more, an entire wing has shown up on the western side of the building, with a rather different design than the original Sea Containers House. We have a before and after picture for you after the jump.

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And Just Like That, Morgans Loses The Ames Hotel in Boston

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  Site Where: 1 Court Street [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02108
July 17, 2013 at 3:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

UPDATE: We've just got word that THE WIFI IS NOW FREE! Glorious!

Back in early June, we learned that the Mondrian Soho was in danger of losing its Mondrian name, thanks to the behind the scenes drama going on with parent company, Morgans Hotel Group. We also reported then that the Ames Hotel in Boston was in peril of losing its management contract with Morgans Hotel Group. And just like that, POOF, it's gone.

We received a press release today announcing that StepStone Hospitality, a Rhode Island-based hospitality management firm, has taken over The Ames Hotel.

“This unique property contrasts modern style with historic sophistication to provide a unique guest experience,” added Blair Wills, StepStone Hospitality president and chief operating officer. “We’re committed to assuring that the level of service matches the quality of the surroundings.”

StepStone currently manages a Hampton Inn and a Springhill Suites in Massachusetts so having the Ames in their portfolio is certainly a stepping stone to greater things.

So far, we don't anticipate many, if any, changes to happen at The Ames. However, it would be excellent if the Ames decided to offer free WiFi under their new management. Currently, the hotel charges $15 for 24 hours.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Morgans Hotel Group is Getting Sued...Again

June 14, 2013 at 10:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

Update 11:50AM, 6.14.13: The board has voted! See results below!

Man, the Morgans Hotel Group cannot catch a break.

The parent company to such hip hotels like the Delano South Beach and The Hudson in New York has been sued again. This time, the lawsuit's been filed in Istanbul by a company called JMJ Development, LLC who is claiming Morgans Hotel Group, its CEO and a property owner engaged in "breach of contract, tortuous interference with existing and prospective contracts, intentional misrepresentation, conversion, fraud, and conspiracy." That's some serious stuff. You can read all the nitty gritty accusations on the press release but here's a snippet:

Without JMJ's knowledge or participation, Morgans and Coruk created a new Turkish company to own and develop the hotel, Morbel Hospitality, in which Michael Gross and Richard Szymanski, CFO of Morgans, are directors. According to a December 2011 press release, Morgans released $10 million to the new company under terms remarkably similar to the terms negotiated by JMJ. The parties conspired to circumvent the agreements to JMJ's detriment.

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Will The Mondrian Soho Be No Mo'?

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  Site Where: 9 Crosby St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
June 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

On Friday, a letter sent to shareholders of Morgans Hotel Group detailed some frightening behind-the-scenes financials for the uber-trendy Mondrian Soho Hotel as well as other key Morgans properties.

To quickly get you up to speed, OTK Associates (one of the largest shareholders of the Morgans stock), has sued fellow board members to stop them from doing a deal with Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa company and from recapitalizing assets. It’s an extremely complicated situation but a Delaware court recently ruled in favor of OTK, who is now trying to replace the exist boardmembers with picks of their own.

In their recent letter to shareholders with their boardmember suggestions, OTK Associates revealed that foreclosure proceedings began in January for the Mondrian Soho. But that's not all:

In February 2013, the owner of Mondrian SoHo, a joint venture in which Morgans Group owns a 20% equity interest, gave notice purporting to terminate our subsidiary as manager of the hotel. It also filed a lawsuit against us seeking termination of the management agreement. We intend to vigorously defend our rights to continue managing the property under our management agreement and related agreements, but we cannot assure you that we will be successful.

Ouch.

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London Keeps on Keeping On With All These New Hotels

May 21, 2013 at 9:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

Will this be the Hudson London?

If you thought London would be taking a break when it comes to hotel openings after a rather frenetic Olympic year, think again: the next few years look to be filled with all sorts of exciting stuff to keep us happy. We’re listing the hotels we have our eyes on for you below, and stay tuned as we will be taking you inside when we can.

- A rebirth rather than a brand new hotel, the former St. John Hotel became One Leicester Street on May 1, including a refurbished restaurant and outdoor terrace

- Over in King’s Cross, the Great Northern Hotel also got a new a lease on life as part of the revitalization of the entire station, with sleeper compartment-inspired rooms called Couchettes

- South Kensington got a new boutique hotel contender this month in the form of the 99-room Xenia Hotel on Cromwell Road, not far from the Ampersand we showed you last year

- Affordable-chic brand base2stay is re-branding itself as Nadler Hotels, and its flagship The Nadler Soho will open on June 1, a stone’s throw from the likes of Dean Street Townhouse and Firmdale’s the Soho Hotel

- This isn't really a new hotel but it is newsworthy--The Waldorf-Astoria Syon Park has now been downgraded to just the Hilton London Syon Park. A Hilton Worldwide spokesperson told Business Insider that, "Having operated the property since March 2011, we've mutually agreed with our owner that the new positioning will be the best fit for the local market."

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