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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!
It looks like things are moving forward now at a rapid pace with SLS Hotels. After yesterday's surprise announcement that the SLS South Beach will open in April of next year, we now learn that SLS Las Vegas aka The Sahara has just gotten its massive casino-renovations approved by Clark County. Las Vegas Review-Journal reports:
According to the plan, the existing room towers, the Tunis, Tangiers and Alexandria, will be renovated. The roller coaster will be dismantled and a 2,830-square-foot beer garden will be constructed. The number of hotel rooms will be decreased from 1,700 to 1,622.
Retail, tenant and restaurant spaces will be added, and the casino floor will be renovated. A 21,000-square-foot nightclub will be built, and 41,000 square feet of meeting and convention space will be added with a new pool deck area.
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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!
Elvis has left the building, along with everyone else.
It is finished. After 59 years, half the canon of musical greats and god knows however many 6lb burritos, the Sahara Las Vegas is closed.
The last guests checked out of the hotel at midday, and the doors were shut at 2pm. According to the soon-to-be-defunct website, the Sahara is recommending Circus Circus as its preferred alternative (a poisoned chalice if ever there was one).
Chief Executive Sam Nazarian, the Los Angeles nightclub impresario who purchased the Moroccan-themed casino in 2007 and vowed to restore its hipness, said in a statement that running the property was "no longer economically viable." While the statement said Nazarian's company was mulling options for the 59-year-old resort, "including a complete renovation and repositioning," it gave no details or timeframe for such plans.
For now, any guests with reservations after May 16 will probably be shuffled off to an MGM property, according to VegasChatter.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Colony bought a minority stake for about $35 million and will assume two seats on the SBE board. SBE includes Nazarian's nightlife and restaurant operations as well as hotels like the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles and The Redbury in Hollywood.
Nazarian told the WSJ that Colony wil be SBE's "go-to partner going forward for individual equity needs by asset." So we're guessing that work on the SLS South Beach can really ramp up now. But the Sahara in Las Vegas may not be so lucky.
The last time we checked in on the SLS Miami, formerly known as the Ritz Plaza Miami Beach, we learned that when it opens sometime in 2012, it would probably not be a Starwood Hotel. That we were cool with if only just a tad intrigued about what was going on behind the scenes with SLS and Starwood.
But now we're concerned about something else--will this hotel really open in 2012?
Our man on the beat in Miami, Gregg Rory, sent us these sad snapshots saying:
They finished replacing all the windows but removed all the advertising from the temporary walls around the property. Cipriani Miami and EDITION Miami will probably open before Ritz Plaza aka SLS South Beach.
Welcome to our regular feature, Pitch Your Hotel, where we let hoteliers, general managers and other hotel execs tell us on-camera what makes their hotels so different from all the rest. And believe us, the competition is fierce these days. So sit back, relax and listen to them explain why their hotels are worthy of your hard-earned dollars or rewards points.
Yesterday, we gave you a ton of eye candy to gobble up from the brand new Hollywood hotspot, The Redbury. Today, we let general manager Xavier Moulin take over and tell us what makes The Redbury such a clutch spot when visiting Hollywood.
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In the shadow of the Capitol Records building, the deep red building sits across the street from another hot new Hollywood hotel--the W Hollywood. Yet The Redbury feels worlds away from the W experience. Originally intended to be a Palihouse hotel, which focuses on extended stays, the rooms at the Redbury start at 750-sq.ft. and include a full kitchen, a washer and dryer and all the other perks we expect from hotels these days (flat-screens, peekaboo baths, Keurig coffee makers and lots of minibar goodies.)
So naturally, we had to do some comparison shopping right away. The Redbury rooms, with 750-sq.ft. start at $244 (fully prepaid) for this weekend while a 400-sq.ft. Fabulous room at the W is going for $239 (also fully prepaid).
Hmm...The Redbury has nearly double the space for just $5 more. Verrrry interesting. But what do you get for your money?
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We've been eagerly anticipating the follow-up to the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills (to say the least) and we've got our heads turned towards Miami which is where hotelier Sam Nazarian is set to open SLS at South Beach in 2012, after renovating the old Ritz Plaza hotel.
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In an interview with Bloomberg News, Nazarian expressed highly ambitious plans for SLS which would include future locations in top markets like New York, London, Chicago and Washington, DC. Nazarian also gave an update on the near-forgotten SLS Miami which we last heard would open in 2011. And get ready Miami--Hollywood is coming to town.
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Earlier this week, we noted that hotelier and nightclub man Sam Nazarian would be opening a new hotel in Hollywood called The Redbury Hotel. Detes were a bit scant on the property including the opening date and we were dying for more information, particularly when will it open and how much are the rooms? Somewhere, someone must like HotelChatter.
Today we've learned the hotel is already a member of the Preferred Hotels collection and it was recently promoted in the group's latest newsletter for I Prefer members. Not only that, there's a whole web page devoted to The Redbury on Preferred Hotels with room pics and everything!
Here's how the hotel describes itself on Preferred Hotels:
Welcome to The Redbury, the latest addition to the award-winning sbe Hotel Collection, curated by visionary Creative Director and renowned photographer, Matthew Rolston, in collaboration with sbe Founder and CEO, Sam Nazarian. Situated at the iconic convergence of Hollywood and Vine, The Redbury's guest suites, amenities, and services provide an unpretentious and engaging hospitality experience, appealing to a community that is passionately connected to the arts, music, fashion, and entertainment.
Oh boy there is so much more here so we're just going to break it down for you one by one.