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This is the scene these days on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica and as you can see, The Viceroy Santa Monica is right in the thick of the construction zone (without having any work done to its own building.)
The construction, which has made this stretch of Ocean Avenue from Pico to Colorado a pain to get through, is all for the Ocean Avenue South, a luxury apartment project from Related Companies, with 318 residences as well as retail, restaurants and walkable plazas. The sales launch for the units should launch this summer with construction going for at least a year beyond that.
Which means that the entire north side of the Viceroy looks out onto a building site and much of its entrance is slowed down by the traffic caused by this annoying scene. While the Le Merigot Hotel and The Loews Hotel also have to put up with ugly construction views, at least their properties are across the street from the actual jackhammering.
Fortunately for the Viceroy, the noise doesn't seem to be bothering too many guests. All of their recent TripAdvisor reviews are really positive except this one which said the construction made it hard to enjoy being outside by the pool. The hotel's director of rooms wrote that work is "expected to lessen."
We sincerely hope so.
Rates this weekend start at around $300.
The beachy-cool Cape Verde region will see a Viceroy in 2017
At the time, when we asked VHG CEO Bill Walshe to confirm the tip, he was a bit coy, and wouldn't give a solid yes or no.
Well, that changed yesterday when we received official news that the Viceroy Cape Verde will open in 2017 on Santiago Island, in an area minutes from capital city, Praia. The plan is for a 150-room beachfront resort spread out over 12 square-kilometers, with three restaurants, a children’s club and a state-of-the-art water sports center.
The sports center is quite important as the island offers awesome scuba diving, big-game fishing, paragliding, and other water-focused activities. The interior mountain area is a birdwatchers paradise, thanks to the verdant forestry.
While 2017 seems to be lifetime away, it's uncanny how quickly construction can progress, so we're looking forward to seeing first renderings in the not-to-distant future.
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Fly over the Pacific Ocean just before popping the question, thanks to The Shore Hotel in Santa Monica.
June is just a month and a half away and you know what that means--wedding season kicks off once again! (Yay! Boo! Uggggh.) But for hotels, the wedding season is practically a year-round thing. So if you're looking for the right way to propose, or if you're in the midst of planning a destination wedding or even if you're just looking for the chance to get a free wedding, start with these three hotels right here:
· The Shore Hotel Santa Monica: The Ocean Avenue hotel, practically an aisle march away from the Santa Monica pier and beach, has put together the Proposal By The Shore package which gives lovebirds a private helicopter ride over iconic LA landmarks with a special landing at a private and secluded spot overlooking Malibu beach. Once that's over a gourmet dinner will be provided on the beach at sunset with a personal beach butler, where presumably the question should be popped. (Sorry, ring not included.) The next morning, guests are treated to a massage at the holistic Tikkun spa nearby. Starting at $1,399, the package also includes overnight accommodations (of course) and a bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. The package must be booked at least 72 hours in advance. Call the hotel at 800-599-1515.
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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*
· Passover Pick in Miami: Last week we focused on some Easter hotels. This week we have a spot for Passover which begins on March 24-The Alexander Hotel in Miami Beach. The all-suite hotel Passover package includes two lavish seders, three upscale meals and tea daily, late night buffet, a BBQ extravaganza, a daily minyanim, a Shabbat elevator and more. You can see the entire breakdown of rates and dates (especially what it will cost if you have kids) on this helpful PDF. Once you've made up your mind, go here to book.
· Viceroy Hotels Flash Sale: The Viceroy Hotel Group is in the midst of a seven day sale for nearly all of their properties from Anguilla to Beverly Hills, San Francisco, New York, Maldives and even Abu Dhabi. Most deals start with 15 percent off the best available rate and include varying amounts of hotel credits per night. The sale ends at 11:59EST on March 24. Go here to book.
· $83 April Fool's Rate at Sheraton New Orleans: No kidding, the Sheraton New Orleans is dropping its pants, er, rates to $83 a night on April 1. For real! Why the $83 rate? That's because the hotel first opened to guests on April 1, 1983. Now the Canal Street hotel is sporting a grand new look thanks to a recently completed a $50 million renovation. To get your $83 room rate, call 1-888-627-7033 and mention promotion code NOFOOL. Regular rooms start at $129. Oh and if you somehow saved your receipt from your stay at the hotel in April 1983, you will get a three-day stay at the $83 rate. You must show your historic receipt upon check-in to redeem the offer.
· Soft Opening Discount at New Caribbean Resort: Las Verandas Hotel and Villas on the Western Caribbean island of Roatán (off the coast of Honduras) just opened on March 1 with 60 luxury rooms, 32 free-standing villas and a 6,000-sq.ft. spa. The resort will fully open in July but from now through May 31st, you can score a 30 percent discount. Rates for golf course rooms start at $295 a night before discounts. Ocean view rooms are $325 a night, also before discounts. So when you call 1-855-224-6620 to book, ask for the soft opening rate to get the 30 percent off. 30% off all rack rates for stays during March 1 to May 31, 2013.
This is rumored to be the next location for a Viceroy resort
A few weeks ago we received a tip that the Viceroy Hotel Group had signed a deal to open a new resort in the Sambala region of Cape Verde, an island group off Africa's west coast.
This area, which is pretty off-the-grid for many travelers, is known as a resort haven for Europeans and would certainly be a swanky addition to the hotel group's roster, which includes Abu Dhabi and Snowmass.
When asked to confirm the tip we received, Viceroy Hotel Group CEO Bill Walshe commended us for being "on the ball", but would only say, "We're thrilled to establish a Viceroy presence in the incredible destination of Cape Verde. That said, we're still developing our relationship with the resort so any details would be premature at this point."
Still, we're not ones to be waved away, and a small dig around found a LinkedIn Job opening for a "Resort Director of Engineering" at Viceroy Hotel Group in Santiago, Cape Verde, with a phase one scheduled to open in July 2013. Hmmmm. So, it does appear this resort may become a reality.
Lately, we've been reading about real macabre stuff going down at hotels, some involving guests. Seriously, it's all starting to feel like one long episode of Unsolved Mysteries: Special Hotels Edition . As far as hotels go, we're not quite sure the whole "no such thing as bad press" rule applies. Especially when it comes to grisly crime scenes, so we figure we should fill you in on what's going on out there.
Here are some recent events:
Here are some recent events:
On February 15th, security cameras at a Marriott in Tarrytown, New York caught a 30-something, tattooed, Carhartt-wearing man, fleeing the scene of a date rape. Unfortunately the cops haven't caught the perp yet.
UPDATE 2:05pm, A rep for the hotel informs us that the hotel is experiencing some minor delays and will not be opening today. As of now, the Zetta is on track to open later this week.
San Francisco's newest belle opens today in the city's SoMa district, right next to the Powell St BART stop. The 116-room Hotel Zetta is in fact a Viceroy Hotel, and is the latest output from the brand's "Urban Retreat" collection (this is also what will open in New York next September).
The original building that houses the Zetta was actually built in 1913, and the hotel features "reclaimed" decor like a front desk made out of old lumberyard wood, a chandelier made out of old sunglasses, and a "used electronics" art installation that incorporates old cell phones, computer chips and other expired gadgetry that was donated by locals (this is the home of Google and Facebook, after all) last month.
Best of all: the hotel had been keeping quiet about its lobby restaurant (the website still lists an unnamed "exclusive destination restaurant"), but SF Gate finally spilled the beans last week that the venue will be called The Cavalier.
Run by Ana Weinberg and chef Jennifer Puccio, The Cavalier will be a "London-inspired brasserie," with leather banquettes and polished brass giving the place a vintage feel, as well as a "semi-private bar and lounge" in the back of the restaurant named Marianne's, after Marianne Faithful (whom we love). Weinberg and Puccio will also handle the food and drink menus at the S&R lobby bar (pictured). The Cavalier is set to open later this summer.
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It doesn't seem to happen every often, so we're always a little more jazzed than usual when San Francisco gets a new hotel, and the Hotel Zetta will debut just after Valentine’s Day.
The 116-room hotel, at the junction of SoMa, Mid-Market, and Union Square, will attempt to create a work play balance with sustainable architecture that features technological and recycled elements to go along with ultramodern furnishings. The building where the hotel resides, was originally constructed in 1913, and will celebrate its hundred-year anniversary to go along with the opening.
Check out the photo gallery to get a sense of what to expect.
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There's tons of New York hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so you will have to settle for some news briefs.
· Did The NY Times Accidentally Blow the Viceroy's Cover?: Back in October, Viceroy's new CEO all but confirmed that a new Manhattan property would be opening within a year—but that was as much info as he was willing to give. Now, it looks like we're getting a few more details on the mystery hotel from the unlikeliest of places: the New York Times Style section.
In an article published yesterday, husband-and-wife design team Roman & Sons (responsible for the interiors of The Standard High Line, Ace New York, and, randomly, Gwyneth Paltrow's TriBeCa loft) reveal one of their current projects is "the 30-floor Viceroy Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, a building for which they are responsible for both the design and the architecture".
This no doubt will herald some sort of official announcement, we just know it. In the meantime...the Viceroy will have the same design team as the Ace and the Standard! Cool!
To read the rest of the news, click below!
It's Monday and just the right hour for some work procrastination. Take a minute and play Witty Wordsmith with us, whydontcha? That's right, it's time to Name.This.Caption!
It was the wild scampering on our thatched roof at the Viceroy Riviera Maya that sent us running around our villa, wondering WTF was on our roof. Was it on fire? A crazy Mexican thunderstorm? Did we drink too much the night before?
But it was none of these things. Suddenly the scampering stopped and turned to jungle canopy thrashing.
We finally identified the crazy: two spider monkeys hanging out above the outdoor shower. Fumbling for the camera, we snapped this pic of this gray-bearded Papa Boo. But what is he doing there?
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Hotel Matilda sets the stage for a beautiful Day of the Dead dinner without even trying
As the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) approaches and cities across Mexico prepare to honor the deceased with breads and and ornate catrina skeletons, we've got our mind on Mexico Hotels. The annual, 2-day holiday -- easily the most Mexican of holidays -- begins Nov. 1 and its colorful, carnaval-like traditions will have relatives gathering and celebrating at cemeteries night and day, altars to honor the dead with candles and favorite foods, costumed children running about for candy, and spirits returning to visit their loved ones. Halloween may be ghoulish, but these very legit, culturally magnificent Day of the Dead festivities make us want to leave for Mexico right now.
Which is why we've zeroed in on three Mexico hotels that are doing something special to honor Día de los Muertos. Weather its art, food, or traditions you seek, head to these Mexico hotels for authentic Day of the Dead celebration or find some closer to come!.
For a while now, there's been rumors swirling of a possible Viceroy New York. You know, a proper Viceroy. Nothing against Cassa Hotel: yes, technically it became Viceroy's first NYC hotel last January. But since it falls under the "Urban Retreat" heading, it's technically in a different category than the other Viceroy-branded hotels.
However, things seem to be moving forward, ever so slightly. Viceroy CEO Bill Walshe played coy with a group of reporters yesterday when the topic of a Viceroy New York came up, saying that a Manhattan property "very well may be" opening within a year, and furthermore that, if such a property were to open, it would likely sit within a 15 block radius of Times Square. Of course, nothing could be confirmed.