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With the opening of The SLS Hotel at South Beach coming up in April, we're officially in stalking mode.
Don't worry, we're not creeping around the construction site, a bunch of roses and unrequited love notes in hand. But we are checking out the hotel's website and Facebook page religiously, anxiously awaiting any new crumb of a detail or sneak peek of what's to come in one of the most anticipated hotels of the year.
This week, our devotion was rewarded: look at the pretty-in-pink renderings of the guest bathrooms that were just posted!
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It's finally official--the long awaited SLS South Beach will open in April 2012! This will mark the second SLS Hotel to open after the flagship one in Los Angeles and hotelier Sam Nazarian is pulling out all the stops, combining pretty much all of his restaurant and nightclub hotspots under one roof.
First off, the hotel will feature room designs from SLS hotel designer Philippe Starck. While we only have that above rendering to go on, the rooms still retain the airy and effervescent quality of the SLS in LA but this looks a little, how do we say this?--cozier?
There are no "floating" glass beds and cramped low ceilings, although there will be oversized chaise lounges and the beds do look as if they are levitating ever so slightly. Starck is also doing something a little unusual behind the bed with curtains that feature a painted-on bedroom scheme. Same goes for the "armoire" that "holds" the TV opposite the bed (we saw this in another smaller rendering.) Oh and don't forget to look up, because there's a mirror on the ceiling!
Since it opened in 1994, the Delano Hotel has defined what it means to be a chic, South Beach boutique hotel.
Next year, its creative guru Philippe Starck will give the beach a new vision, with his work on SLS South Beach--mere steps away from the hotel that started it all. But can he top the ground-breaking work he produced for Ian Schrager at Delano?
After we took an 'ethos tour' with Delano GM Steven Hiblum, who pointed out the little quirks we'd missed on previous strolls through the lobby, and told us all about Starck's inspiration for his designs, we're not sure he can.
One of the things we were always torn about with the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles is that only guests were allowed inside the lobby area. All other visitors were directed through to a separate entrance--where the award-winning Bazaar Restaurant from José Andrés is located.
While we liked that the SLS offered guests privacy in the lobby area, we were also a bit hurt because the lobby is not just a check-in spot with a couple of couches and tables but a place where guests could dine and drink amongst the interior design of Philippe Starck. It looks and feels unlike most hotel lobbies, more like a swank private club than a hotel lobby.
So we were doubly excited when we found out that SLS not only opened up the lobby to all visitors but that Andrés has curated a special afternoon tea time in this space called, Tres by José Andrés.
Mon dieu, ces hotels Parisiens are going in for ze refurb at ze moment, non? If it’s not the Hotel Athenee or the Marais Bastille, it’s the Royal Monceau, which has been closed since June 2008 and is due to reopen on October 20.
Why have the works taken so long? Because, Mesdames et messieurs, they’ve been conducted by prolific hotel designer Philippe Starck no less. And because, to start the renovations, he threw a "demolition party" and invited his guests to destroy whatever they could destroy of the hotel.
Since Mondays suck (by definition), we thought we’d brighten the mood today by checking in with too-sexy Hotel Fasano in Rio. The 91-room hotspot perched right on Ipanema Beach opened back in 2007. We’ve checked in with the hotel a couple times already, but this weekend the NYT finally gave it their official hotel treatment.
“While the initial hype may have faded and celebrity sightings are less common, the Philippe Starck-designed hotel still retains an aura of exclusivity, especially from its bossa nova-chic lobby and sexy rooftop pool,” writes Times-er Lionel Beehner. These days, you’re less likely to see Yoko Ono or Madonna than middle-age men with their “much younger arm candy.”
From left: John Hitchcox, Marcel Wanders, Philippe Starck
Yoo, a design and investment company co-founded by developer John Hitchcox and much-hyped designer extraordinaire Philippe Starck which we believe is pronounced like "you" and not, like, your stoner cousins drawn out "yo" greeting is launching a hotel group of its very own.
Apparently, the company won an architectural competition to design a new hotel in Split, Croatia, and after designing the 110-room hotel on the Adriatic Sea (the first five star resort and spa in the city), the company which, right now, primarily does residential projects announced a new focus on hospitality.
Several yoo designers have already done hotel projects: The JIA Hotel in Hong Kong was designed by yoo, and The Mondrian South Beach, "the work of yoo's newest design partner Marcel Wanders," are examples from here, yoo plans to partner with hospitality groups to "design hotels in the brand's signature style with the dramatic lobbies, whimsical accessories and unique lighting already found in yoo's residential work."
Philippe Starck: conquering the hotel design world, one quirky piece of room decor at a time.
Too much and perhaps too late? Hotels around the globe are completing renovations just as travelers start to rethink their vacation plans. On the bright side, you will probably be staying in new rooms for less. This week we'll be looking at some of the new-old faces out there and telling you what these spiffed up joints will cost you. Any suggestions? Let us know.
The Westin Galleria Dallas, which we named the Best Hotel for Serious Shoppers in the big D (and yes, we meant it), has just unveiled the final results of its makeover, a nice addition to the recently-revamped (and seriously upgraded) Dallas Galleria mall to which it is attached.
Okay, confession: as many a native Dallasite will tell you, this mall has recently acquired some heavy fab-ness and it's hot time the hotel stepped up to match. The Galleria's interior was pretty-fied, a Sushi Samba was added not to mention it still has an ice-rink, a Saks and a Nordstrom.
Fast becoming the most talked about new hotel in the City of Lights, Mama Shelter is a Philippe Starck-designed budget boutique option in an out-of-the-way (some might say “dodgy”) corner of Paris that seems to be drawing international hipsters (and New York Times journalists) to its chic bar and simple rooms. That’s thanks, in no small part, to the starting rate of 79 euros a night—a rarity in one of the world’s most expensive cities.
So buzzworthy was this budget boutique hotel becoming that the New York Times sent travel writer Fred Bernstein to stay there and enlighten us all with his review. We've been dying to hear what the critics say about Mama Shelter since November and Bernstein gives it a thorough review.
What you are looking at is the Philippe Starcke-designed Spa at Icon Brickell, the very spa that is open to guests of the Viceroy Miami. As you can tell, this spa is quite unusual from other hotel spas. For starters, the 28,000-sq.ft relaxation mecca has killer views of Biscayne Bay from every facility including the locker rooms and the spinning studio. And almost all of the windows are floor-to-ceiling. Believe us when we say this: you will never want to leave here.
Brightening up our dreary lives once more is Jet Set Life's Kimberly Murgatroyd who has graced us with another hotel review from an exotic location, making us eternally envious of her jet-setting ways. This time, she's touched down in Rio de Janeiro.
When speaking to the über-chic guests at the roof top pool of the Fasano Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, your conversation always turns to where you stayed B.F. (Before Fasano). You will get a variety of answers, yet everyone agrees that with the Fasano, Rio de Janeiro finally has a star on the hotel scene.
There was a lot of hype about the Fasano hotel opening in Rio. So, my husband and I decided to stay at this Ipanema property for ten-days during our second trip to Rio for New Year’s Eve. When we pulled up to the perfectly located Fasano, it was rather unassuming. Once inside we found a beautifully designed lobby pulling us in three directions.
To the right is the check-in and elevators, to the left are the plush couches of the lobby lounge and straight head, we can follow the narrow white curtain enclosed, lit pathway to Londra, one of Rio’s sexiest bars.
One thing we did notice is a lack of music in the lobby. No faint sexy beats of any kind can be heard, just guests chattering in multiple languages. This is something that we will determine is a consistent, yet easily correctable flaw in many areas of the hotel.
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No, but really: the new hotel, located in the Saint Blaise quartier (which is the 20th arrondissement and on the edge of Paris), has 174 "digital" guest rooms that sort of give us of a trippy NYLO-meets-geek-chic vibe with a techie twist.
French company DirectStreams has outfitted every guest room with an iMac which, in itself, is nothing particularly groundbreaking given the number of hotels that are throwing iMacs into guestrooms nowadays but Mama Shelter's actually act as comprehensive multimedia centers: a single terminal that offers every in-room digital service you're gonna need (HDTV, music, radio, CD, films, DVDs, Internet, etc.)