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This Thursday, Do The Mambo With HotelChatter in Miami (Or Something Like That)

Where: 1701 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
November 18, 2013 at 6:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you drink too much and stumble down these steps, we promise to keep your secret. Because we're good like that.

In case you forgot, our HotelChatter Meet-Up is happening in MIAMI this Thursday, November 21st at Bar Centro at the SLS South Beach at 6:30pm.

We know there's a ton of other events happening this day (some lame, some kinda cool) but we'd love to meet you in real life. (Or at least, I would.) So come on out if you're free or looking for something to do before your next Match.com Tinder date.

So if you love hotels, travel and drinking or if you just want the chance to say FU hi to HotelChatter in person, come join us. We'll be Twittering (tweeting?) our arrival and of course, our observations but don't worry, we won't make you use some lame hashtag or anything.

When: Thursday, November 21
Where: Bar Centro at the SLS South Beach
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Who: For anyone in the hotel and travel business from travel writers to hotel employees to hotel geeks and even guests who just happen to be visiting the hotel that night. We wanna meet you all!

Can't make it? Be sure to follow us on HotelChatter and like us on Facebook to get updates from the event! PS. Thanks to Gregg Rory for forcing us to get out of our caves and socialize again.

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Celebrate SLS' 5th Birthday, Get 2 Tickets to the SLS Vegas Opening

November 12, 2013 at 12:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've just turned 10 but the original SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills is still a baby at 5 years old. Crazily enough, we were there when hotelier Sam Nazarian gave birth to the energetic hotel that would turn into a full-on, real deal hotel collection with a property in South Beach and more to open in New York, Vegas, Seattle and beyond.

And in typical flashy SLS style, they are celebrating the milestone in a major way.

The hotel has put together an extravagant package SLS 5-Year Anniversary package priced at $10,000 a night that includes a stay in the presidential suite, a truffle dinner for two, personal chaffuer in a BMW, a Ciel Spa experience and wait for it...two tickets to the opening of SLS Las Vegas.

Say what??? We had to double-check this package listing but it's for real. The two tickets are just simply tickets to the opening and not a hotel stay. But we're guessing that if you spend 10 grand on this package, you'll probably spend at least $250 on a hotel room at SLS in Vegas. Remember, SLS Vegas will open sometime in fall 2014.

A more affordable birthday gift for SLS is after the jump.

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Join Us for a HotelChatter Meet-Up in Miami on November 21st

November 11, 2013 at 5:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

You, us, some drinks, gossip and a whole lot of mambo-ing.

It's been a while, but we've decided to do another HotelChatter Meet-Up, this time in one of the most exciting hotel hotspots in the world--MIAMI! (We figure we might as well get one drink in before the waters rise up.)

Our IRL Miami Hotel Mambo will be happening at Bar Centro at the SLS South Beach on November 21st at 6:30pm.

So if you love hotels, travel and drinking or if you just want the chance to say FU hi to HotelChatter in person, come join us. We'll be Twittering our arrival and of course, our observations but don't worry, we won't make you use some lame hashtag or anything.

Here are all the detes below. Tell your friends!

When: Thursday, November 21
Where: Bar Centro at the SLS South Beach
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Who: For anyone in the hotel and travel business from travel writers to hotel employees to hotel geeks and even guests who just happen to be visiting the hotel that night. We wanna meet you all!

Can't make it? Be sure to follow us on HotelChatter and like us on Facebook to get updates from the event! PS. Thanks to Gregg Rory for forcing us to get out of our caves and socialize again.

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Something Lovely Slowly Happening at SLS Las Vegas

November 8, 2013 at 1:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

While sbe's Redbury Hotel is opening in South Beach, it's still slow goings at the site of the old Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas, which will turn into the SLS Las Vegas next fall.

We scoped out the construction site yesterday hoping for some sneak peeks at the rooms or public spaces but the construction crews were still removing parts of the old Sahara and putting in newer foundations. Various parts of the buildings are also trying out some paint jobs and the entire site is wrapped in banner ads for the restaurants, bars and retail coming to the SLS (Umami burger! Fred Segal!)

Still, we won't be able to see much happening on this hotel for another few more months. Don't worry, if something does happen, VegasChatter will be all over it.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Well, Lookie Here: Hyde Hotels

November 4, 2013 at 5:57 PM | by | Comment (1)

We've known that SLS Hotels are eager to expand all over the place but we found something a little unexpected today while cruising the U.S. Trademarks website--Hyde Hotels.

Registered in the middle of September, the trademark is owned by SBE, the parent company of SLS. If you aren't familiar with SBE, they also run the Hyde chain of nightclubs found in LA, Las Vegas (at the Bellagio) and in Miami at the SLS South Beach. You can peep some pics from Hyde Beach, the pool and beach scene at the SLS South Beach here.

Interestingly, under the trademark's goods and services, it also includes "gaming development" and "construction of hotel, resort, casino, restaurant, bar, and nightclub property." As SLS gets ready to open their SLS Las Vegas property with a full-fledged casino floor, this has us especially intrigued. Meanwhile, SLS already has another hotel brand in the works, The Redbury, which has a flagship hotel in Hollywood and another about to open in Miami Beach.

Of course, registering a trademark can't be taken as a sign that this hotel brand will actually happen. But if it does, this might be the first-ever, real-life translation of the standard boutique hotel review-- "a nightclub with hotel rooms attached."

[Screengrab: HotelChatter]

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Scaffolding Looks Serious at The SLS New York, Opening Next Year

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  Site Where: 444 Park Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022
September 24, 2013 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

While anxiously awaiting the opening of Sam Nazarian's new SLS New York (coming mid-2013 2014) we decided to take a quick peek at the site at 444 Park Avenue South.

The Philippe Starck-designed 190-room hotel claims to be "bringing new restaurant and nightlife concepts and an exclusive rooftop experience to bring something truly dynamic, vibrant and timeless to the community." Of course, it's difficult to discern much under all that scaffolding, but it does look like something interesting is going on up on the roof.

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'Something Lovely's Starting' in Seattle, The SLS Hotel

September 23, 2013 at 2:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

We first heard about plans for an SLS Hotel in Seattle in February and now just seven months later, we've got a Super Secret Seattle Spy who sent in this snapshot of the construction site. The SLS will go in that hole, barely visible in the bottom left, with plans to annex that church next to it for a ballroom or other event space.

We know. It doesn't look like much right now but by 2016, it will turn into a 184-room hotel designed by Philippe Starck and of course, you can expect a Katsuya restaurant, a Jose Andres dining concept and some other nightlife component from SBE. The SLS hotel will actually be part of a mixed use building, set to be Seattle's tallest tower in 20 years. The hotel will be on floors 2-15 of the 43-story building.

Word is construction will start soon and hopefully by next year, we'll be able to see something rising out of the ground. Please, we can't handle another Seattle hole that never gets filled.

[Photo: HotelChatter Spy]

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Last Chance To Partake in These Hotel Rooftop Parties

August 20, 2013 at 5:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

We loathe saying goodbye to summer before it's time, but back-to-school commercials always perform hateful Jedi mind-tricks on us. We begin to believe there's only a short time left between swimsuit and turtle neck season come end of August.

That's why we're presenting this "Last Chance Rooftop Party" guide designed to get you out there before the scene packs up and heads to warmer pastures. Those of you in warmer climates have little to worry about, but for those whose barometers are already dropping, this one's for you!

Le Bain at The Standard NYC
This bi-level roof bar and club in the Meatpacking District is as trendy as it gets. In fact, it might be a tad intimidating to those unfamiliar with The Standard's unofficial "live and let live policy". In other words--the pool area? There may be some toplessness about. The best thing to do is don your shades and focus on the choice music, indulging in wicked drinks, and chowing down on freshly made crepes--savory or sweet. And turn your attention to the glittery Hudson River if your eyes are being assaulted by the bumping and grinding of hips dancing. Join party-girl Susanne Bartsch's outlandish Tuesday soirees, groove to house music all night long (4 am on Friday's) and more. BTW, there's no cover charge to partake in all this fabulousness, but there may be a line. Hit up Facebook for guest list entry.

The SLS Hotel at South Beach
Starting at 12pm on Sunday's, the hotel's trendy Hyde Beach pool area turns into the jumping J'Adore party. Live DJs pump up the jam and bikini-and-Speedo clad party people dance the day away. In between shaking their groove thangs, serious cocktails and loads of bubbly is poured and folks dine off a special snack or Brunch menu. How does churrasco con chimichurri (grilled skirt steak with herb salad )or market ceviche prepared Peruvian style with cancha corn sound? Here's where the beautiful SoBe people show up in droves to snag a cabana or lounger, so reserve early and wear your best bathing attire.

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SLS Hotels Announce Seriously Major Expansion Plans

Where: China
July 10, 2013 at 8:48 AM | by | Comment (1)

We can hardly keep up with all the new SLS Hotels that have been announced. So far, we've got New York, Las Vegas, Chicago, Seattle and a second hotel in Miami in Brickell. And now we must add Shanghai, Beijing, Wuxi, and Kunming to the list. Oh yes, hotelier Sam Nazarian is taking his SLS brand to China.

The SLS hotels will launch in China by 2015 as part of a partnership with the Chinese company, Palace Hospitality, who have a proven track record for growing hospitality projects. Hence, the four planned hotels and not just one.

The SLS hotels in China probably won't look the same as the ones in the U.S. as they are being tailored for the Chinese market (at least from a design standpoint) but you can expect the SLS trademark combo of restaurants + nightclubs to remain. If all goes well, SLS could open in more additional Chinese markets after the initial four.

Meanwhile, in the China announcement, we noticed a bit on SLS Philadelphia which is expected to open within the next three years. Sheesh. We knew Sam Nazarian had grand plans for 2013 but we really weren't expecting all this. Now, we just need to wait for opening day. That should happen first in Las Vegas sometime next year.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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SLS Hotels Heart Miami With New Brickell Hotel Announcement

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  Site Where: 1300 South Miami Ave [map], Miami, FL, United States, 33310
March 13, 2013 at 2:15 PM | by | Comment (1)

SLS Hotels are really feeling Miami these days. Almost a year after opening the SLS South Beach and just a few months after snapping up The Raleigh, the boutique hotel chain from sbe and Sam Nazarian has just announced a third hotel for the area--SLS Brickell, an up and coming nabe in downtown. And this one is gonna have residences attached, thanks to a partnership with the Related Group development company.

Ground-breaking is expected to happen soon on the property and will yield 133 hotel rooms and suites, along with 450 SLS-branded condo residences. The spot will open sometime in 2015.

SLS usual design and food partners, Philippe Starck and Chef José Andrés, will also be on board to round out the retail, spa, and food and beverage concepts. In total, SLS Brickell will house over 20,000-sq.ft. of food and beverage outlets, all programmed by Andrés, mixed in with some of sbe's well-known concepts (Katsuya, Hyde) and a few new "experiences."

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An Unstoppable Force: SLS Heads Northwest To Seattle In 2016

February 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

The folks over at SLS are on a roll this week. One day after announcing SLS Las Vegas will open in 2014 (allegedly), they're looking even further into the future with plans for SLS Seattle to open in 2016.

Can you say 'overachiever?'

We're reminded of a Virgin Hotels exec who recently said they're "still on track" to reach their goal of 20 Virgin Hotels in 10 years—despite the fact that they haven't even opened one yet.

Admittedly, SLS/sbe/Sam Nazarian are in a far better position, with four properties already up and running (SLS South Beach, SLS Beverly Hills, The Redbury, and The Raleigh). So for now, we'll take their word for it that construction on a $400 million development, located at 5th and Columbia in Downtown Seattle, is set to begin at the end of the year, with an anticipated completion of 2016.

The hotel will have 184 rooms (designed by Philippe Starck, of course), and will occupy floors 2 through 15 of a mixed-use tower with a whole bunch of food, beverage and retail outlets, not to mention a spa and fitness center.

Read a quote from sbe founder Sam Nazarian after the jump!

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SLS Las Vegas Breaks Ground, Will Debut in 2014

February 14, 2013 at 10:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Almost two years after The Sahara, a Vegas hotel-casino owned by Sam Nazarian, fell apart at the seams shuttered, sbe officially broke ground yesterday to re-adapt the site into the long-awaited SLS Las Vegas. But don't start booking those flights to LAS just yet.

The press release declares a Fall 2014 opening, though our pals at VegasChatter wonder if that might be a little unrealistic, considering how much work has to be done to turn the place into an "entertainment-driven resort and casino" (and how much money has to be spent—a reported $415 million is being pumped into the project).

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