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Renaissance Santiago Opens With a Sleek and Luxe Look

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  Site Where: Avenida Kennedy, 4700 Vitacura, Santiago, Chile, 7630454
April 11, 2014 at 11:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

Renaissance Hotels, Marriott's "luxury lifestyle" brand, is getting on the expansion bandwagon by expanding into Latin America. The Renaissance Hotel Santiago becomes their third hotel in South America and their first in Chile’s capital.

The hotel’s design team is New York based dashdesign and Santiago based MC Studio, who also designed W Santiago (while working at Tony Chi). A classic modern approach was taken to the hotel’s design, featuring large open spaces with simple but sculptural furnishings, finished in warm earth tones and shades of grey.

What really makes the interiors come alive is the use of Latin-inspired accent colors and bold artwork, which gives the hotel its local flavor. Speaking of flavor, there is one fine dining restaurant and several options for casual fare including poolside, and in the bar or lounges. For a liquid only excursion, the hotel offers regional wine and beer, as well as 29 varieties of coffee. This is after all, South America.

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Renaissance Heads For Provence, Aix-en-Provence

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  Site Where: 320 Avenue Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Aix-en-Provence, France, 13100
March 6, 2014 at 8:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s only fitting that an American hotel brand carrying a French name would branch out further into la douce France, and so it is: Renaissance Hotels has opened its fifth hotel in the country, going beyond Paris and setting up shop in the deep south, in Aix-en-Provence.

With a history dating as far back as 123 BC, when it was founded by a Roman consul, Aix is not only a beautiful city, but a perfect base for exploring the lavender fields and villages of the Provence. A high-speed TGV train takes you from Paris to Aix in around 3 hours, or you can fly into the southern port city of Marseille. Heading east from Aix will take you towards St. Tropez, the Esterel Massif, and of course, the Côte d’Azur.

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Discover What’s Behind Door #1 With a New Online Contest from Renaissance Hotels

August 20, 2013 at 5:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Renaissance Hotels wants you to ignore the “Do Not Disturb” sign and discover what’s behind door #1. It could be Cee Lo Green.

They’ve just launched the “Discovery Doors” online contest which they describe as a “new interactive film-based digital gaming experience.” We like gaming as much as the next guy or gal, so we couldn’t resist gettin’ all interactive with Renaissance and tell you how it plays.

The online game is directed by award-winning director Jason Zada, creator of the oh-so-creepy Take This Lollipop Facebook phenom. You enter the lobby of a real life Renaissance hotel filled with a cast of characters who give you keys to unlock doors that have a surprise behind each. We’re not going to tell you what those surprises are, but to give you an idea of the coolness factor, for the contest kick-off Renaissance Hotels surprised an unsuspecting family at the Renaissance New York Hotel 57 with an intimate serenade. When they opened their door they entered a room full of candles, flowers and Cee Lo Green.

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Renaissance Hotels' Iron Chef Bloody Mary's Are a Good Way to Celebrate Mother’s Day

May 3, 2013 at 11:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Renaissance Hotels have partnered with Jose Garces, Food Network’s Iron Chef and the chef of Mercat a la Planxa inside the Renaissance Blackstone Chicago, to come up with a limited-edition Bloody Mary menu to honor mothers everywhere.

These bloody good drinks get their inspiration from some of the world’s most captivating cities and regions (where one can also find a Renaissance hotel of course: Chicago, Hong Kong, Miami, New Orleans, San Francisco, San Juan, São Paulo, Shanghai, and Tuscany).

Sip on Chi-Dog Juice featuring sweet pickle relish and yellow mustard, mimicking the famous Chicago hot dog of Chef Garces’ hometown; taste the zest of New Orleans with ‘Dat Eye Opener, with strong creole seasoning, horseradish and Worcestershire sauce; close your eyes and go to Hong Kong with the Bloody Pearl which includes Chinese black vinegar, Chinese hot sauce and ground caraway seeds; or float away to a tropical destination with San Juan’s Puerto Maria, a blend of Spanish onions, green bell peppers, cilantro and aijes dulces.

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Downtown LA's Latest Hotel Scene Is An Ace, a Virgin, and a King

March 19, 2013 at 5:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been a longtime coming but it looks like Downtown Los Angeles is about to get the hotel renaissance it so desperately needs. With the exception of the awful tragedy last month, the chatter about the downtown LA hotel scene has us tremendously excited. Here are updates on the hotels we look forward to seeing:

ACE HOTEL DOWNTOWN LA: So far things are still very much a go for the Ace Hotel and its website promises a 2013 opening. Yay! We can't wait to see what they do with the landmarked United Artists building, a former movie theater built in 1927. We're guessing the vibe will be film noir heavy but don't forget, this Ace will also have a pool.

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Renaissance Washington Reno Came to a Cool $30M

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  Site Where: 999 Ninth Street NW [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20001
March 1, 2013 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel just announced they’ve completed a redesign of all 807(!) guest rooms and suites to the tune of $30M. Wow -- talk about investing in the economy. Good on ‘em.

The hotel is located across from Mt. Vernon Square and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, close to DC’s Chinatown and Penn Quarter districts.

The rooms, designed by Dash Design in New York, are meant to complement the hotel’s recent lobby redo and are done in khakis and cocoa-browns with splashes of reinterpreted denim blues and reds. Each room is accented with clean and modern furniture. The leather lounge and desk chairs are inspired by twentieth-century modernism. LED reading pin lights are mounted on headboards with easy to reach plugs for guests to plug in their own mobile devices.

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If You Hate Palm Trees, Don't Stay At Renaissance Barcelona Fira

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  Site Where: Plaza Europa, 50-52,L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain, 08902
February 6, 2013 at 9:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Almost a year ago, we reported on the new Renaissance Barcelona, a pretty standard, 211-room Renaissance property set to open near the Paseo de Gracia, with a steakhouse and lounge.

Meanwhile, in October, a second Renaissance opened in Barcelona, the 357-room Renaissance Barcelona Fira, with a great deal more pizazz.

Why do we use the word pizazz? Because of an extremely original design by French architect Jean Nouvel. The hotel's two towers are connected by a lush, 27-story vertical garden, filled with over 300 palm trees, running up the center of the building. Now, there are 'green hotels,' and then there's this. We like!

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Edmonton Experiencing A Renaissance (Hotel, That Is)

January 2, 2013 at 4:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Edmonton’s set to get its first Renaissance Hotel this summer (the first in Alberta, as it turns out). The new 213-room hotel will open at the recently-expanded Edmonton International Airport. As the only hotel attached to the airport terminal, this is good news for those of you who find a bed more comfortable than your airport chair.

The hotel was originally scheduled to be a Courtyard by Marriot property before that was kyboshed and it was decided to make the property the more boutique-like upscale Renaissance. The owners felt that the new airport terminal was so modern that the Renaissance was a better fit with the airport re-do.

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Judge Orders Eden Roc and Marriott To Kiss And Make Up

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  Site Where: 4525 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
November 12, 2012 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

About a month ago, we reported that Marriott was suing the pants off Eden Roc for attempting to kick Marriott out during an "egregious raid in the pre-dawn hours"—something that sounds good on paper, or maybe in a Nicholas Cage movie, but isn't actually that practical in real life.

Well, now, after Marriott took the Eden Roc owners to court, a judge has decreed that Marriott is still the legal manager of the hotel, and cannot be removed by any underhanded sneak tactics. Well, those weren't the judge's words per se, but you get the gist.

Interestingly, the judge, New York State Supreme Court Justice Melvin L. Schweitzer—we'll just call him Melve—made it known that he actually took a personal interest in the case, having spent some time at the Eden Roc himself. In an aside, Melve mentioned he was "a fan of Eden Roc from years back when I passed over Fontainebleau and went next door." But both Marriott and Eden Roc were too busy making nana-poo-poo faces at each other to acknowledge the compliment.

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Did We Inadvertently Jinx The Eden Roc Miami?

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  Site Where: 4525 Collins Avenue [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33140
October 22, 2012 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Remember back in April when we found out that Eden Roc had decided to sue Marriott? Well, it looks like now it's Marriott's turn to be pissed off.

BusinessWeek reports that some shady business went down in Miami Beach the other week. Well, in addition to whatever other shady business goes down there regularly. But, in this case, the perpetrator was Eden Roc, who attempted to pull off a Waikiki-style shakedown, launching an "egregious raid in the pre-dawn hours" on October 14.

Though the shakedown wasn't successful, it got the message across to Marriott, who's now seeking help from the court to prevent Eden Roc from trying again.

No word yet on how the Kardashians have been affected.

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5 Last-Minute Super Bowl Hotels For Diehard Beyonce Fans

October 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

We feel we should preface this post with a big 'but...'

Yes, it's true that Beyonce will be the official act for the Super Bowl halftime show this February. Yes, it will probably be a better show than whatever weird Egyptian thing Madonna did last year. And yes, even you, who's left planning 'til the very last minute, can find a way to see Beyonce perform and have a place to stay.

But (we told you it was coming!) don't expect to find a hotel in New Orleans proper, as, from what we can tell, they're all pretty much sold out. A quick look online shows that not only are our usual NOLA faves fully booked, even the crumby ones on the outskirts of town are unavailable too.

So, what's a Beyonce fan to do?

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Hotels for Plane Spotting: The Renaissance at London-Heathrow

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  Site Where: Bath Road, London, United Kingdom, TW6 2AQ
September 12, 2012 at 4:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Airport hotels get a pretty bad rap. Sure, there are the greasy, grimy ones, but we like to think that for every one of those, there's a perfectly clean business-friendly one—or, even better, an airport hotel with the luxury of an airport view. All this week we'll be taking a look at a few of our favorite hotels for plane spotting.

Today: Renaissanceat London-Heathrow Airport.

Full disclosure: Though we haven't yet stayed at the Renaissance, our usual choice of the Sofitel has just been switched thanks to an ad in Airliner World magazine, where the Renaissance advertised a Plane Spotter Package. That's right; they know exactly who'll pay good money to hang out at the airport and not be traveling anywhere. This is why they absolutely deserve a nod in our plane spotting series.

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