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Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam Is Leaving Starwood's Luxury Collection, What Will It Become?

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  Site Where: Prinsengracht 315-551, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Netherlands, 1016 GZ
November 28, 2014 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just after we learned that Starwood’s footprint in London will be shrinking with The Lanesborough joining Oetker Collection early next year, here is the news that the same is happening an hour’s flight away in Amsterdam: Hotel Pulitzer, currently part of the group’s Luxury Collection, will depart on April 1, 2015.

That raises a few interesting questions given the limitations of the city’s hotel market (practically zero room for new development in its historic centre), recent arrivals and a few upcoming projects (Andaz, Conservatorium, Waldorf Astoria, Hoxton, and Hyatt), and the rumors we hear about other brands eager to get into the city.

While we have a soft spot for the Pulitzer (25 historic canal houses cobbled together in an unbeatable location on one of the city’s main canals, an interior garden, an annual concert held outside on the water, its own canal boat), it could use a refresh of rooms and public spaces. Could we see that happening, after which a big name will swoop in and raise its flag above the front door? Four Seasons Hotel Pulitzer perhaps? (Although we’ve heard whispers of an as-yet unspecified location further south for the Canadian brand).

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St Regis Hotels Bottle Their Bloody Marvelous Bloody Mary Cocktail

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  Site Where: 5th Ave at 55th St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10022
November 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Bloody Mary is looking pretty spry at 80 years old. The cocktail was born when a St. Regis New York Hotel bartender named Fernand “Pete” Petiot spiced up a tomato juice and vodka libation with celery salt, pepper, cayenne, lemon and Worcestershire sauce – reinventing his simple cocktail formerly enjoyed at Harry’s Bar in Paris. The name “Bloody Mary,” though, was deemed too vulgar for the hotel’s elegant King Cole Bar patrons in 1934 and it was re-named the “Red Snapper.”

To celebrate the 80th birthday of this most-ordered cocktail at The St Regis New York (it’s so popular, in fact, that as Starwood opens new St Regis properties around the world, they introduce a local version of the cocktail in each destination), they’ve bottled the bevvie so that you can take it home with you and wake up to it the next morning (there are worse things you could do).

The Red Snapper Bloody Mary mix is bottled in a limited-edition bottle designed by renowned fashion illustrator, Bil Donovan, and produced by Arrowhead Farms, celeb event designer Bronson van Wyck’s cocktail line. You can get it at the Arrowhead Farms online boutique for $28 starting Nov 26.

Now if you prefer to stay over at The St Regis New York and just enjoy a morning-after Bloody Mary cocktail on the premises (no judgment) a room will set you back $665 per night in January.

[Photos: St Regis Hotels & Resorts]

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These Are the New Rooms at St. Regis San Clemente Palace

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  Site Where: Isola di San Clemente 1, Venice, Italy, 30124
November 17, 2014 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

We feel so much better now! Forget the disappointing images from inside St. Regis San Clemente Palace in Venice; we finally have some renderings that show what the hotel will look like following its €25 million renovation.

Gone are the golden-hued walls, the dark wood, and, most importantly, that wonky bed skirt. Instead, we have much lighter décor, a purely white bed, a beautiful coffee table, and a few pops of blue in the furniture and pillow. The Grand Deluxe room above has a low headboard and statement mirror, while the one below goes for something with a bit more flourish and replaces the blue accents with green.

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The Lanesborough London Will Join Oetker Collection When It Reopens Next Year

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  Site Where: Hyde Park Corner, London, United Kingdom
November 14, 2014 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

We may have known that The Lanesborough London was going for a full-scale renovation (including auctioning off all furniture and trinkets from inside the hotel), but in a surprising twist on the road to its reopening next year, it will no longer be a St. Regis Hotel, but become part of the super-posh Oetker Collection instead.

That means a whole range of things: an exit for St. Regis from the London market, Starwood being one property down (Luxury Collection’s Park Tower is a few minutes west, Sheraton Park Lane a few minutes east), and Oetker Collection debuting another major capital property in addition to its Parisian palace Le Bristol (the seven other hotels lean towards resorts, like the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc).

Along with the announcement, we have a first glimpse of the Albert Pinto-designed interiors, with a rendering of a suite above. While brand new, the interiors look to stay true to the Regency era the hotel took its design cues from before. The suite brings in red / burgundy tones, while a room rendering below goes for a warm green.

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Aloft Liverpool Opens Without A Beatle In Sight

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  Site Where: The Royal Insurance Building · 1 North John Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom, L2 5QW
November 5, 2014 at 9:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

The “Northern England Hotel Scene” has hitherto not been a phrase that slips easily off the tongue, but the northern cities are killing it this year, with a Beatles hotel, a football hotel and a retro Manhattan hotel all journeying north of the Watford Gap.

And the latest northern offering is equally impressive: Aloft Liverpool has just opened in a grade II-listed building, the former Royal Insurance HQ in John Street.

You’ll find no Beatles murals here. Instead, you get a magnificent conversion of a grand 1903 building which was on English Heritage’s At Risk register, and had been closed for 20 years, before Starwood jumped in and turned it into the UK’s second Aloft.

Because of the history, the 116 rooms are pretty much all different (there are 97 room types, according to the Liverpool Echo). All, though, have high ceilings, ‘floating’ beds and Bliss amenities - and "Savvy" rooms have more architectural features, while "Aloft" rooms are more standard. And then those public areas – stained glass windows, wood-paneled conference rooms, and a stucco-roofed lobby. What more could you want?

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Starwood To Launch Next Phase of Keyless Entry on Wednesday at W, Aloft, and Element Hotels

November 3, 2014 at 1:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

UPDATE: Hilton Hotels also announced a "mobile room key deployment" today for four of its brands – Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts and Canopy by Hilton. HHonors members can open their hotel room doors via smartphones starting in spring 2015.

Earlier this year, Starwood Hotels began testing keyless mobile check-in at Aloft Hotels for members of its Starwood Preferred Guest program.

Back then, you had to be an SPG member (duh) and an Aloft reservation, but also, you had to apply to be a tester of the keyless entry. Now, starting on Wednesday, November 5, all you'll need is the SPG app on your smartphone and a reservation at one of the participating W, Element or Aloft Hotels, made directly through Starwood.

Here's how it works (you can watch the video above or read the step-by-step instructions below):

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W Beijing Is Opening Tomorrow, Here's What's Inside

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  Site Where: No.2 Jianguomennan Avenue, Beijing, China, 100022
October 31, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

The day has (almost) arrived: the W Beijing Chang’An is, at long last, opening. Not only are we able to make online reservations, rooms are still available on opening night tomorrow from $242.

What’s more, we actually have a photo from inside the hotel: we present to you, above, what a Spectacular Room looks like. A step up from entry-level Wonderful Rooms, they run at $318 under the “Extraordinary W Offer”. That shoots up to $451 for a fully flexible rate. The room comes in at nearly 540 sq ft, with the prerequisite open plan bathroom and some interesting purple herringbone-style art-slash-headboard. That pattern comes back in the hardwood floors and what we think could be quite a pretty blue area rug.

The exterior of the hotel leaves no doubt about this being a W either: check it out below.

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Sheraton Park Lane London Is Starting Its New Story

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  Site Where: Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom, W1J 7BX
October 27, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

We were thrilled to hear earlier this year that London’s Sheraton Park Lane would be getting its long overdue makeover, ripping out dated and faded guestrooms and freshening up public spaces. Now we can we show you a bit more of what you can expect post-renovation in the 303-room hotel.

Starting with accommodation, by mid-next year all rooms will look like the above, a huge leap forward compared to today. There is the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed at the heart with the requisite fresh white sheets, Art Deco influences in lighting fixtures and furniture, and what looks like an etched glass mirror panel above the bed.

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Napa Valley's Historic Acacia House Will Become Las Alcobas, A Luxury Collection Hotel

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  Site Where: 1915 Main Street [map], St Helena, United States, 94574
October 14, 2014 at 8:57 AM | by | Comment (1)

Need an excuse to start planning another trip to the wine country? Starwood Hotels has got your back, with the announcement that historic Acacia House, on Main Street in St. Helena, will be renovated and become Las Alcobas, one of its Luxury Collection Hotels.

True, you need a little bit of patience, with opening planned for somewhere between autumn 2015 and early 2016, but it’s never too early, right?

The renderings of the site and the building above are all we were able to dig out from the architect’s website, which shows how everything around the main house will be razed to make way for a number of new annexes that we presume will house the majority, if not all, 57 rooms. The above doesn’t scream luxury hotel to us, but we’ll reserve judgement until we’ve seen more. Meeting facilities, a signature restaurant, and spa with outdoor pool will be added as well.

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Le Méridien Brings Golf and Competition to Bangkok Airport Next Month

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  Site Where: 789 Moo 14, Bangna-Trad Road, Km 10.5, Bangpleeyai, Bangplee, Samut Prakan, Thailand, 10540
October 13, 2014 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Being in the middle of a brand refresh isn’t stopping Le Méridien Hotels from opening new properties, with next month the addition of Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa. While it’s too early for some of the new brand elements to pop up in the room design, the first images show an attractive, if relatively safe, contemporary look, golf course views, and a balcony with sunbed.

The tenth Starwood hotel and third Le Méridien in Bangkok, the hotel brings some much needed competition to the city’s airport hotel game, dominated by the Novotel BKK Airport at the moment. Being a 15-minute drive away, Le Méridien can’t quite beat the Novotel’s terminal location, but with fresh rooms and much more extensive facilities, it should shake things up nonetheless.

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Inside Look: Westin Design Refresh, Happening Now at Starwood HQ

October 10, 2014 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (5)


HotelChatter spent the day at Starwood HQ in Stamford, Conn., learning about the coming design refreshes for Le Méridien and Westin Hotel. We completed a full-on design immersion day, which included a guided tour of Westin and Le Méridien model rooms. What did we learn? Well, one brand wants to serve you craft cappuccinos, refreshing booze drinks and elegant eclairs. The other one wants to make sure you have work out gear, super foods and proximity to plants. Somehow this crazy juxtaposition seems to work. Obviously, there are more details to share. We showed you Le Méridien yesterday. Now it's Westin's turn..

The coming Westin Hotels 2015 refresh continues on the themes of aiding and abetting your travel well-being.

Westin has long wanted guests to leave healthier than they arrived, and to help continue that desire, the brand is giving guests plenty of ways to recharge while in their new guest rooms.

Here are three things that got our attention as we walked through the model room and checked out their new hotel design schemes.

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Inside Look: Le Méridien Design Refresh, Happening Now at Starwood HQ

October 9, 2014 at 11:03 AM | by | Comments (3)


HotelChatter spent the day at Starwood HQ in Stamford, Conn., learning about the coming design refreshes for Le Méridien and Westin Hotel. We completed a full-on design immersion day, which included a guided tour of Westin and Le Méridien model rooms. What did we learn? Well, one brand wants to serve you craft cappuccinos, refreshing booze drinks and elegant eclairs. The other one wants to make sure you have work out gear, super foods and proximity to plants. Somehow this crazy juxtaposition seems to work. Obviously, there are more details to share, starting with Le Méridien.

Le Méridien is in the midst of a design refresh. The theme? Mid century modern. The influences? French film, Monocle magazine, and eclairs.

The LM brand is banking on the fact that people have the desire to experience their destination, and want to do so even if they are in town for 36 hours, most of which will be comprised of business meetings, meaning most guest time will be spent at the hotel.

Here are 5 design details that got our attention as we walked through the model room and new hotel design schemes.

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