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Yet while free WiFi is yet to become an SLS brand standard, the original SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills is now offering free WiFi in the lobby areas of the hotel. Up in the guestrooms, there's still a fee of $14.95 but that now includes up to three devices which should cover your laptop, phone and tablet easily.
While we would like free WiFi all over the property, especially up in the guestrooms, this is an improvement. And now it will allow people to have actual working lunches and other types of meetings in the restaurants at SLS, including the Bazaar by Jose Andres.
Plus, if you're a guest you can always avoid the $14.95 fee by working from the guest-only Tres restaurant which has comfy seating if you need to settle in for a while.
That's right: we're not done babbling about SLS South Beach. There's lots to love about this hotel and we've only experienced some of it.
During our visit, this hybrid pool/lounge/day club wasn't fully operational, but the Katsuya kitchen was sending sushi down and a few of the cocktails were being previewed. Personally, we loved the laidback vibe and were thrilled to get a swim in before Hyde Beach opens for real and becomes the hottest of all South Beach hotspots.
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If you follow our Miami Hotel Mambo coverage, you'll know that the South Beach hotel scene has been dominated by buzz for one hotel and one hotel only in 2012. There's lots of rebrandings and renovations and reality shows going on but nothing has captured our attention quite like SLS South Beach.
We've been dying to see how SBE would build on its Beverly Hills blueprint and what design maestro Philippe Starck could do to top his groundbreaking work on next-door neighbor Delano. This weekend, we finally found out, as we checked into a City View King Room on the hotel's second official night in business.
Not all of the suites are ready yet, but the rooms that were ready were sold out this weekend. The hotel itself was buzzing with chic guests and restaurant patrons, and there was a surplus of friendly, helpful staff on site to kick things off. We'll have more on the restaurants and other public spaces later this week, but for now, take a spin through a room courtesy of our video and photo gallery...
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Forgive this crappy lopsided photo that we snapped on Sunset Boulevard the other week but as the SLS South Beach prepares to open to hotel guests tomorrow, we thought it was interesting to see where and when SLS is opening next.
As the billboard above shows, SLS New York should happen sometime in 2013 while SLS Las Vegas is gearing up for a 2014 opening. Our sibling, VegasChatter has been all over the SLS Las Vegas stuff but we haven't heard much about New York in a while.
According to Curbed.com, the building is planned for 140 6th Avenue which is in Soho between Spring and Broome Streets. Yet aside from the killer location (just a block east of the Trump Soho), there's really not much we can dig up about SLS New York.
Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)
DEALS, DEALS, DEALS*
·$69 for Fourth of July at NYC's The Bowery House: The funky dormitory-inspired Bowery House with its small rooms, bunk beds and high-end amenities (like Red Flower bath products, Ralph Lauren towels) has rooms open for Fourth of July for just $69. Not keen to crash in a bunk bed? The individual cabins start at $79 a night. Either way, head up to the hotel's rooftop to catch the fireworks. Book online at TheBoweryHouse.com
· $189 at The Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa: This posh uptown Dallas hotel has put together a Style Summer Sale that includes studio suite accommodations, $40 breakfast credit per day and complimentary valet parking all for just $189 a night. Book online at www.StoneleighHotel and use promo code STYLE.
· Drop It Like It's Hot at L'Auberge de Sedona: We don't mind playing games when it comes to hotel room rates, especially if we can be sure of a guaranteed hotel discount. At the L'Auberge de Sedona in Arizona, the temperature at the resort will be measured against the temperature at the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport at 4pm. The difference in the temps will end up being the dollar amount discounted off the guests' first night at the resort. For instance, right now the weather is 99 degrees at the airport while in Sedona, 90-minutes away, it's just 84. You must book a Best Available Rate which starts around $425 for a junior suite, not including a 10 percent service fee.
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Despite rumblings of a soft opening soon after Memorial Day, SLS South Beach has yet to thrown open its doors and much ballyhooed front terrace. (That's happening on Thursday, see below for more.)But that doesn't mean no one has checked in--last week, this giant duck did.
With design god Philippe Starck at the drawing board, we knew to expect the unexpected--but a giant silver duck never once entered our visions of this hotel. We should have known, we guess. When he walked us through his designs for the property, Starck said:
Outside in the garden, is a long swimming pool, the kingdom of the duck toy you had in your bath as a child.
OK, now we know. He's a literal kind of guy.
After picking Lenny Kravitz's brain about his designs for SLS South Beach, we wanted more. So without further ado, here's Part 2 of our interview with Kravitz, where we delve deeper into his design inspirations and his hotel must-haves as he travels the world for that other day job of his...
What do you need in a hotel room to be happy and comfortable?
More than just one thing, I like hotel rooms to be thought through. A lot of times there are lots of elements missing. I have to live in a hotel when I’m on the road and it’s not just a place for me to sleep; I have to entertain there. So it’s really about how it flows; it has to feel like a home away from home for me. I want to feel comfortable—like I’m going to be happy chilling out in the room all day. Like I don’t ever want to leave the room.
So, what inspires your designs?
You know how people are … I’m a musician, and people like to keep other people in a box. But you know for me, I design, I’m a photographer, I make music, I’m an actor—amongst other things. That’s the kind of person I am. I have always be influenced by so-called Renaissance men—or women. People in general. I love using different mediums to express myself.
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We've heard why sbe founder Sam Nazarian wanted to work with Kravitz Design Inc.—yeah, that'd be Lenny Kravitz to you—on SLS South Beach. But we wanted to hear from the designer himself. Who wouldn't, right?
Here's what Kravitz had to say about his work on the SLS SoBe penthouse and special bungalow suite...
What made you want to work on the SLS South Beach?
I have always loved this building. And Sam Nazarian is a great hotelier. I love the different things he is doing. Philippe Starck, what can you say? The design icon, guru, whatever you wanna call him, he has just done so much for the world of design and has been an amazing supportive figure for me. I love that we have Jose Andres doing the food — he is a mad scientist, an artist.
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We've seen the renderings and they sure look pretty. But as we all know, nothing can capture the feel of a hotel room quite like checking into it for real.
We're just weeks away from being able to do that at SLS South Beach, and in the meantime we have the next best thing to walking through the hotel itself--uber-designer Philippe Starck walking us through his designs.
We asked what we could expect from the rooms and where his inspiration came from. His answer took on a life of its own...
Much of the hype around the SLS South Beach has been over the food truck or the Kravitz Design Inc-ified bungalow by the pool. But there's one other aspect of the new hotel that sbe founder Sam Nazarian is pretty excited about--the front terrace.
Here's what Nazarian told us about the space that is still shaping up along Collins Avenue:
Hotels by definition need to be additions to the community—a place where people congregate, have meetings, people celebrate special occasions, a place where business is done. Like at SLS Beverly Hills, or at The Redbury in Hollywood, that’s what we’ve been planning for SLS Miami Beach – it’s a place where people can come.
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It's no secret that we're psyched for the upcoming June opening of SLS South Beach. As June 14 gets closer (and we hear rumors that the hotel will soft open even sooner), details of the room decor is starting to trickle out. But what's the official line?
We spoke to sbe founder Sam Nazarian and asked what we can expect from the SLS South Beach rooms designed by Philippe Starck.
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Just in time for the opening of SLS South Beach with their pretty pink bathrooms, sbe has unveiled their Ciel Spa toiletry line which will now be found in all sbe hotels (SLS at Beverly Hills, The Redbury and the Four Points by Sheraton at LAX).
Named after the SLS spa, the Ciel line includes shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion and two soaps, all in stylish black packaging. It's a win-win for everyone--the guest gets some cool-looking, non-anonymous bath toiletries (especially the folks at the airport hotel) while the spa gets non-stop advertising.