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It's not a rare 1961 Ferrari GT California but it is pretty sweet.
Thompson Chicago has revved up their offerings for hotel guests, thanks to a new partnership with Lexus.
Guests can ride around town in a sleek Lexus IS 350 convertible or a ginormous LX 570 LUV--luxury utility vehicle--without any mileage restrictions, i.e. no one telling you the ride is only good for a one-mile radius from the hotel. The rides are complimentary and feature a pre-programmed navigation system with addresses to Chicago landmarks and nearby road trip destinations outside of Illinois. But of course, you'll still rely on Google Maps anyways.
Guests can also choose to ride in the house car, which is an LS 460 L flagship sedan, driven by a personal chauffeur and equipped with complimentary bottled water, the Chicago Tribune newspaper and Wi-Fi mobile hotspot functionality.
Rates next weekend at Thompson start at $429 a night so having the use of a Lexus during your stay makes that a little more bearable. And if you already own a Lexus, you can book the Thompson Chicago through the Lexus Drivers Site and get a $100 hotel credit which can be used towards dining and drinks at the hotel's Salone Nico or Nico Osteria.
The Miami hotel scene shows absolutely no signs of slowing down and now there's another big name in boutique to add into the mix--Thompson Miami Beach.
Thompson, under its former owners, tried to make the Hotel Victor their original Miami hotspot but the brand's new owners, Commune Hotels and Resorts decided to attach themselves to a different project.
Located at 4041 Collins Avenue in a former cone building, close-ish to the raging hotspot that is the Fontainbleau, the Thompson Hotel will have 380 hotel rooms featuring "beach-inspired accommodations and mid-century, international resort style." Designer Martin Brudnizki is in charge of the design which will (of course) preserve the building's Art Deco flair and 1950s architecture.
The Thompson will also have two pools, a small spa, three bars and a 267-seat "classic brasserie" from James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef and Miami native Michelle Bernstein.
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It's been two years since we last checked in on the progress at 5 Beekman Street, an old, historic office building downtown that was revealed to have incredible glass roof over its atrium, but according to the NY Times article, the hotel will now open in summer 2015.
Everything else at the hotel is coming along as scheduled. The owners snapped up an adjacent parcel next door to 5 Beekman to build more hotel rooms as well as condos. The whole shebang will have 287 hotel rooms spread out over the two buildings, and 68 residences in the new building which will also house two restaurants and a lounge on its ground floor. The hotel will be called The Beekman Hotel and it will be operated by Commune Hotels under the Thompson Hotels brand.
Some cool design features of the historic building that The Beekman will keep include "gold brackets shaped like dragons, metal grilles patterned with leaves, and even some walls with peeling paint...."
We know what you're thinking, how very "Ace" of them. So it's no surprise that one of the companies developing the Beekman also helped developed the Ace and The Noman.
There's no early word on pricing but given that everything is a little cheaper downtown we're keeping our fingers crossed for no more than $350 a night.
After the Thompson Hotel founders split from Commune Hotels, they managed to walk away with most of their NYC properties, save for Gild Hall (pictured above) and Smyth Tribeca. The other properties have since been rebranded as Sixty Hotels.
But now Commune is working on opening two new hotels in Manhattan. That's in addition to the two tommie hotels that are expected to open in 2015 and 2016.
Crain's reports that Commune will open a new Thompson hotel in 2016 along with an entirely new hotel which will have a residential component. Say what? UPDATE: A Commune rep told us this will not be a new brand but rather they aren't ready to divulge the brand name for the new hotel. Our apologies for getting too excited about this.
The Thompson Chicago has decor filled with leather and aubergine hues— and now it has a scent to match. 12.29, the New York-based olfactory branding company that's developed custom scents for clients such as Rodarte and The Quin Hotel, has created a special scent exclusively for Thompson Hotels, and Thompson Chicago is the first to try it out.
Called "Velvet," the scent comprises notes inspired by the look and feel of Thompson Hotels. In addition to the components mentioned above, the spicy scent contains amber, smoky cedar wood, and fresh tobacco. We popped into the hotel last night to do a little sniff test, and found that the scent is noticeable but subtle, like a fragrance put out by a fancy candle burning (and not—don't worry—like a heavy cloud of room spray.)
Speaking of candles, 12.29 is hosting a pop-up boutique in the lobby through March 20. The company typically only sells its candles ($150 a pop) online, but the temporary shop will offer them up in four different scents. The fragrances come in poetic names such as "A Forgotten Memory" and "A Dark Desire Affair."
Photo: JennyBerg for HotelChatter]
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Just a few short months after unveiling their logo, The Sixty Collective has made the full-blown separation from its former company, Thompson Hotels. But remember, the Sixty Hotels moniker only applies to four hotels, per the separation terms with Commune Hotels & Resorts (you can get up to speed on that break-up here.)
And yes, that means the lovely 60 Thompson Hotel has to lose the Thompson bit. It will go by the name Sixty Soho.
We first noticed the name change on the brand's social media channels. Here's what their Twitter bio (@SixtyHotels) now reads:
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Yo. There is so much hotel news flying around this week--way more than usual--and in between checking out Vin Diesel's latest Facebook video and signing petitions to get Bieber deported, we just don't have enough time to focus on all the new hotels news. So here's a quick rundown to get you up to speed on the latest.
TRUMP HOTEL RIO DE JANEIRO: So our guess yesterday about Trump Hotels' latest announcement had to do with China but we were so wrong. The luxury hotel group is actually planning a 13-story, 171-guestroom hotel in the Jardim Oceanico sub-district of the famous Barra da Tijuca borough. It will open in 2016 just in time for the Summer Olympics. The Rockwell Group will be doing the interiors and the hotel will have a rooftop pool deck with private VIP cabanas, a nightclub, a spa, a fitness center and all the signature Trump services and amenities.
THOMPSON PLAYA DEL CARMEN: Commune Hotels + Resorts have announced a second Thompson Hotel for Mexico--Thompson Playa Del Carmen. The hotel will have 125 rooms and suites with a rooftop pool as well as a spa. It will be the only hotel in Playa to have a both a central 5th Avenue--a 2-mile-long shopping and entertainment pedestrian thoroughfare--and a beachfront location. It will open in 2015. The other Thompson in Mexico, Thompson Los Cabos, is currently under development.
ROSEWOOD SANYA: Rosewood Hotels and Resorts have announced yet another new property. Rosewood Sanya will open in 2017 in a new development in Haitang Bay in Southern Hainan Island. The resort will actually be integrated with the International Finance Forum convention center which will open in 2015. Designed by Chicago-based architectural firm, Goettsch, the Rosewood Sanya will have 229 ocean-facing guest rooms and suites, an infinity-edge "sky pool" (i.e. located way up high), a Sense spa and five restaurant options.
Keep reading below for even more hotel news.
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On the heels of Jason Pomeranc's announcement that he would be rebranding his hotel company as Sixty Hotels comes some sour news about the fate of 6 Columbus. Specifically, the hotel's owners are asking Pomeranc and his partners to leave their management contract.
Crain's New York reports that the hotel's owners were not aware that Pomeranc's former partner, Commune Hotels, who is now the sole owner of the Thompson Hotels brand, was no longer managing the property. Um, what? Sounds like the 308 Hotel Corp needs to start reading HotelChatter a little more often.
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We weren't too far off on Monday when we mentioned that former Thompson hotelier Jason Pomeranc, his brothers Michael and Larry and their longtime partner, Stephen Brandman, had trademarked the name Sixty House Hotels.
But in today's Wall Street Journal, it was revealed that the hotel will be a part of the Sixty Collective with each property going by the Sixty Hotel moniker. (Remember, as part of the deal with Commune, Pomeranc and co. still have 60 Thompson, Thompson LES, 6 Columbus and Thompson Beverly Hills in their portfolio.)
Here's what Pomeranc told the WSJ about starting over again.
"In some ways, yes, we're back to where we started," Mr. Pomeranc said in an interview. "But it's obviously starting from a different perspective with a lot more experience, a lot more focus and a different place in the industry than we were before."
He said he hoped the new company would turn out to be a "360-degree culture experience" that involved "communicating not only through our properties" but also through print, film and new media.
Which when you go way back into the early Thompson Hotel days, that's what they were always about--merging a hotel stay with cool culture.
When Thompson Hotels' Jason Pomeranc and his partners left the Commune Hotels collection the other month, they walked away with Thompson's prized NYC properties but had to leave a few choice hotels behind as well as the beloved Thompson name.
Now, as Pomeranc and co. toil away on their new boutique hotel brand, we're getting word from some super secret hotel insiders that the Hollywood Roosevelt wants out of the Commune. We're not exactly sure of the reason but there is speculation that the hotel's owners liked the Pomeranc association. But again, this is purely speculation.
Indeed, a spokesperson for Thompson and Commune told us that the Hollywood Roosevelt "will remain a Thompson-branded property under Commune's management."
Keep reading for some hotel rumor mongering!
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It's hard to believe that broke artists once flocked to Manhattan's Lower East Side for the cheap rent; nowadays even a Holiday Inn will set you back over three hundred bucks for one night.
The last couple of decades of gentrification in the LES is now manifesting itself as a bundle of new hotel construction projects in the area. Hotels definitely in the works include the long-delayed 180 Ludlow, a third Hotel Indigo, Peter Poon Architects' skyscraping Hotel Bowery, and what will be New York City's second CitizenM. Just last week, too, we heard rumour of two new Ace Hotels also coming to the area. So we decided it was time for a round-up of what's on offer in the LES right now.
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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*
· Go for the Sunshine, Stay for The Museums in Los Angeles. Yes, The Museums. The first-ever LA Museum Season will kick off on October 7 and Discover Los Angeles is offering folks who book two or more nights through their website two free admissions and gift shop discounts at more than 25 premier Los Angeles cultural institutions, a value up to $500. The promo is good through November 17 and participating hotels include Venice Beach’s Hotel Erwin ($183 a night); the Luxe Sunset Blvd Hotel ($249), the Hollywood Roosevelt ($269) and The Standard in Downtown LA ($285). Museum admissions and discounts vary from place to place but you can check them all here.
· Stay Longer at The Four Seasons Resort Nevis: Who wouldn't want to stay longer in paradise? That's why the Four Seasons Resort Nevis "Stay Longer" deal is so appealing. From now through December 19, 2014 you can get a fourth night free for every three consecutive nights paid. We found rooms in mid-November just before Thanksgiving for $296 a night for a deluxe mountain view room. Total cost for four nights with taxes and a variety of fees work out to be about $1,525.70. Go here to book.
· Or You May "Prefer" This Free Night Offer from Preferred Hotel Group: Belonging to hotel collections can get you special discounts not typically found on the hotel's own website. Like this "Free Night Offer" from the Preferred Hotel Group. At 16 locations in United States and Latin America, guests will get a third (or fourth) night free when booking through Preferred. Some hotels The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado (from $369/night with the 3rd night free) and the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans (from $316/night with the 3rd night free.) The offer is good through December 31, 2013 for stays now through February 28, 2014. Blackout dates may apply. Go here for more info and to book. Or you can call 1 866 990 9491 and reference code MKTFSE13 to book.