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It may not be raining men, as the song goes, but according to big-brain astronomer types, it is going to be raining meteors this summer. The Delta Aquarid meteor shower is making its debut late July and the Perseid meteor shower is hitting its peak in mid-August, and some hotels are set up for stargazing. Here's where to go to get the best view of the show.
AKA Central Park (above)
The newly-remodeled penthouses at AKA Central Park will give you a glamping experience like no other. The 1,000-square-foot wraparound terraces have an outdoor bedroom with a queen-sized bed, fireplace and a primo telescope meant solely for stargazing (nudge, nudge, wink, wink).
Rates mid-August start at $395 and the Penthouse Suite starts at $815.
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Your next stay in San Francisco just got that much better, as there’s one Starwood property throwing open the doors on its latest renovation and remodel.
All in all there’s been $12 million spent on Le Méridien San Francisco, and the place is ready to show off its stuff right in the middle of the city’s Financial District. For those keeping score at home, there are 360 rooms to checkout and of those 80 are sweet suites.
New stuff includes the brand’s signature Le Méridien Hub—think of it as way more than just the lobby, as they spin things into something that operates as coffee shop by day and lounge by night. There are subtle touches in this space reflecting the streets of the city, and even the carpet shows off a little local love. Even the event space and meeting spots have been improved, so if you’re looking for 12,500 square feet of space for your next soiree this place has you covered.
Rewind to the beginning of June, and you can check our thoughts on all that encompasses the vision for Sheraton 2020. New branding, better service, and a bunch of other items all consolidated into a marketer’s dream—a ten-point list. The whole campaign isn’t set to start until later this year, but you can catch a sneak peak at their vision thanks to the new Sheraton website.
From the Sheraton folks their new home on the World Wide Web includes “an enhanced user journey, high-end design, artful photography, and a modern color palette.” There are some snazzy photographs on the site, so we do have to agree with them there. There’s integration with Twitter and Instagram too, so one does not have to look far for a little bit of cyber jealousy.
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It’s over two years ago that Rocco Forte Hotels dropped The Augustine Prague from its portfolio, during some dark days before its current ambitious expansion plans. We had heard whispers that it would become a Park Hyatt hotel, but no: it is now part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection.
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There is no escaping the modern day scale of development when you’re in Waikiki, but inside the 1927 historic wing of The Royal Hawaiian, we found a few things that remind you of a different age. One of them was this sign: the "Bather’s Elevator”. Despite 1920s bathing suits leaving the minimum amount of skin exposed, it was considered improper to take the normal guest elevators between room and swimming pool / beach. The solution: a dedicated elevator.
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Hello Thursday! Time for a quick roundup of news from around the world, because hotels never sleep. We’ve got Shanghai, Mumbai, Uruguay, and a few places in between. Onwards!
Rocco Forte Shanghai: Following the first small steps on the road to significant expansion taken in Jeddah, here is the confirmation that Shanghai (above) will follow in 2018. The first Rocco Forte hotel in China is also the first in Asia Pacific altogether, and part of the “Longhua International Aviation Service Centre, a new urban complex in Shanghai’s Xuhui Riverside area known as West Bund”. There is no official name yet, but it will be on the top 15 floors of a high-rise at 280 rooms and suites.
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Every month, we tell you which hotel openings you need to know about (and which, inevitably, miss their deadlines). While we have a healthy list of arrivals around the world, there are a few places that are either consistently popular or having a bit of a hotel moment, so “new hotels for…” gives you a rundown of the openings you will want to know about for a particular destination. Hey Boston! We probably don’t need to tell you this, but you have a major construction boom going on. Offices, (expensive) condominiums – the number of high-rises either in progress or being planned are set to change the city’s skyline dramatically. Among all those developments are a number of hotels; here are five of them that are headed your way.
The David Whitney building isn’t just in Downtown Detroit; it’s a historic 1915 skyscraper in Downtown Detroit, that locals told us was designed by Daniel Burnham, though Wikipedia says no. Either way, it’s a historic, 19-story building that used to be home to offices – doctors, dentists, even a plastic surgeon – and now has the Aloft on floors 1-9 and apartments above it. Before reopening (officially in April, soft opening last December), it was undergoing a four year restoration. Before that, it was derelict for 15 years. This is a pretty big deal.
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The Element Suzhou Science and Technology Town (which we first heard about in 2013) is in Suzhou, Jiangsu province (the Science and Technology Town is, fittingly, an “eco city” in the industrial tech zone. There are 188 rooms and suites, all with energy-efficient kitchen and oversized windows (less claustrophobic but also means you’ll light the room less). The decor is typical Element - slightly bland, definitely inoffensive but overall mildly pleasant. It looks like there are decent views, too.
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It’s perhaps not such a surprise that Starwood Hotels would be well-represented among Waikiki’s major concentration of Hawaii hotels. When we did the math during a recent stay at The Royal Hawaiian, we were still a bit shocked by the sheer scale of things: four hotels, all virtually neighbors. Two Sheratons, a Westin, and a Luxury Collection hotel (the Royal Hawaiian). And 4,100 rooms between them – over four thousand rooms. Solitude and isolation you won’t find here, that’s clear.
The other night during a party for the 2015 LE Miami Conference, a high-energy trade show for the luxury and lifestyle travel market, W Hotels offered a sneak peek into the clever humor of their most anticipated hotel opening--W Amsterdam.
Tucked away on the property of the W South Beach (arguably one of the best Ws in the world), a human chess board was set up, with the "pieces" dressed in high fashion as characters from Amsterdam's history with one carrying an interesting flag, featuring a crest and the letters, "W XXX." This same logo was found on the chess board as well.
The meaning behind this is not too hard to figure out. XXX has been the symbol of Amsterdam since 1505 and well, we all know what the W stands for--exciting and energetic hotels.
Indeed, Anthony Ingham, global brand leader for W Hotels, explained that the live chess board was the "first activation of the 'W + Amsterdam = W XXX'." Meaning we will see more of this symbol leading up to the hotel's opening on September 21.
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Every month, we tell you which hotel openings you need to know about (and which, inevitably, miss their deadlines). While we have a healthy list of arrivals around the world, there are a few places that are either consistently popular or having a bit of a hotel moment, so “new hotels for…” gives you a rundown of the openings you will want to know about for a particular destination. Looking at the first YOO Hotel recently, on its way to tropical Boracay Island in the Philippines, got us thinking about the country’s capital, Manila. Perhaps not a city that surfaces very often on our radar, there are a few big openings in the works that will add nearly 2,000 new hotel rooms over the next five years: