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Viceroy Cape Verde is Probably Not Happening

February 14, 2014 at 12:04 PM | by | Comment (1)

It wasn't even a year ago that Viceroy Hotels announced a luxury resort for the Sambala region of Cape Verde, an island group off Africa's west coast. But already, the plans have fallen through.

To be fair, it's not Viceroy's fault but rather the developer who has run into some crazy financial difficulties. A tipster has offered up this version of the events, which have also been reported in the local news:

Mr Jonathan Grepne had signed a deal with Viceroy to managed the half-completed resort of apartments and villas from 2014 and to run an associated hotel from 2017. However, no further construction work has taken place during the 12 months since the deal was announced and a large number of original investors in the properties have launched legal action against Sambala and Mr Grepne as their properties should have been completed in 2008.

Mr Grepne owes millions of Euros to his bank funders and a provisional injunction was granted in February 2013 freezing Sambala and Grepne's assets. The Supreme Court just last month upheld the injunction, confirming freezing of all assets and putting a halt to the development for the foreseeable future. The local government has also just announced to the media that they will attempt to seize Sambala assets and auction them off to cover taxes that Grepne has failed to pay since 2008. Neither Mr Grepne nor Sambala director Dominic McGlynn are taking calls from creditors and investors. Viceroy have so far refused to comment.

Currently, Cape Verde is not even listed on the Viceroy's website so you can consider this property a no-go unless we hear otherwise. It's a shame, though. The 150-room beachfront resort with its three restaurants, children’s club and a state-of-the-art water sports center sounded truly amazing.

[Photo: ArchipelagoCapeVerde.com]

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It's Repeal Day! Enjoy a Complimentary Cocktail from the Viceroy's Cartender

Where: 120 West 57th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
December 5, 2013 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

Today is the 80th anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition and, to commemorate, the newly-opened Viceroy New York is launching a Cartender program so that you might party like it's 1933 .

From 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. every day the Cartender will kick-off happy hour in the hotel's Library. The vintage bar cart will be filled with a rotating selection of complimentary petite-cocktails from the hotel's ground-floor Kingside restaurant by Gerber Group. You don't have to be a guest to grab a cocktail but there is a limit of two per person; better that way, the Viceroy's far too pretty to get sloppy in.

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Roman and Williams are Now Giving Out Hotel Reviews

Where: 120 West 57th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
November 14, 2013 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Viceroy: Would you "slog it for days/weeks eating Takeout Chicken in front of the TV in your unders" in this room?

We love design and architecture superteam Roman and Williams for their work at Ace Hotel New York, Standard NYC and Viceroy New York. But we are also rather taken with their excellent, often unhinged and grammatically erratic, Facebook page (category: counselling and mental health) where they give their uncensored take on everything from architectural news to hairdos and, now, hotel reviews -- of hotels they designed!

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Today is Opening Day for the Viceroy New York: Here's What to Expect

Where: 120 West 57th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
October 9, 2013 at 9:13 AM | by | Comment (1)

The Viceroy Hotel Group are opening their first branded New York property today. This was one of our most anticipated openings of the year so, naturally, we snuck in for a peek a day before official opening.

This is the first full hotel façade and interior design project by design firm Roman and Williams, who also worked on the Ace Hotel New York and Standard NYC, (as well as some properties in Chicago). Now, their glazed black brick-and-metal window fronted building cuts quite an elegant figure on West 57th Street.

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The Viceroy New York is Ready for its Close-Up

Where: 120 West 57th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
October 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

The long-awaited Viceroy New York is opening its doors next Wednesday (October 9th), which is, amazingly, right on track with the opening date announced back in August.

We stopped by the other day to take a look at the glazed black brick-and-metal window-fronted building, the first full hotel façade by design firm Roman and Williams, which is looking as sleek as we'd expected. We can't wait, though, to get a peek inside at the 240 guestrooms that are said to be designed in a ship cabin style,and the street-level Kingside bar and restaurant.

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Here's What a Perfect Cabana Can Do at Viceroy Zihuatanejo

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  Site Where: Playa La Ropa S/N , Zihuatanejo, Guerrero , Mexico, 40880
September 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Warning: parents with young children may cry over this view at Viceroy Zihuatanejo

When it comes to family-friendly hotel stays, those of us who are parents at HotelChatter can’t help but to be hyper aware of what works and what doesn’t. Is there a place for the littles to burn off energy, will they really find this or that fun (or is it just another backpack with crayons), do the sleeping arrangements make sense, and, hey, what's in it for the parents?

Which is why we're anxious to tell you about what we saw recently at Viceroy Zihuatanejo. While lounging in the sun and looking out at lovely Playa La Ropa, the happening beach on which the resort sits, we spied a young family with an adorable curly-haired daughter, say two or three years old, enjoying a chill afternoon at the beach. Families on vacation with kids this age are rarely as relaxed as these folks were and while we may never know for certain why, we're banking on one reason: a great family-style cabana.

Arranged by request at Viceroy Zihuatanejo, cabanas consist of a huge floating bed with towels and pillows under a generous palapa, all right at the water's edge; ask for the family style touch and for no extra charge you also get beach toys in a basket and a table set up that includes a high chair (yes, a HIGH CHAIR!).

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The Viceroy Riviera Maya Will Open New 'Signature' Villas in October

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  Site Where: Mexico
September 6, 2013 at 1:25 PM | by | Comment (1)

The Viceroy Riviera Maya has always had an impressive selection of guest rooms, or rather, villas from the luxury villas to the ocean view villas all the way up to the presidential villa. But now they've added yet another room category--Signature Villas.

Each villa will have 1,400-sq.ft. of private outdoor living space featuring a sundeck, hammock, outdoor rain shower and heated plunge pool. Inside, the villas will have high-ceilings with a thatched palapa roof, king-sized beds, his and hers closets, satellite cable TV, free WiFi, Nespresso machines, air-conditioning and the new deep-soaking, ovate-shaped bathtubs that were introduced in 11 other villas in January 2012. The tubs were quite a hit with the guests--perhaps because there's a glass wall through which you can see out to the private garden--so in they went to the new Signature Villas.

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The Viceroy New York Will Open on Oct 9th at $599 a Night

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  Site Where: 120 West 57th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10019
August 21, 2013 at 10:19 AM | by | Comment (1)

It's happening. After the rumours, the leak, and the long-anticipated confirmation that, yes, a brand new Viceroy would be coming to New York City, we have got ahold of some images and insight into what form this hotly anticipated new hotel is going to take.

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Are You an Audrey or a Frank at The Viceroy Palm Springs?

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  Site Where: 415 S. Belardo Road [map], Palm Springs, CA, United States
June 4, 2013 at 5:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

The other week we popped into the Viceroy Palm Springs and saw Audrey and Frank waiting for us at the koi pond by the entrance. And by Audrey and Frank we mean white and black bicycles with Audrey Hepburn and Frank Sinatra's photos on them.

The bikes are courtesy of Palm Springs' Celebrity Bike Rentals and are available to Viceroy Hotel guests as part of the $30 resort fee (that fee also includes WiFi, overnight valet parking and coffee and tea from 6am to 11am.) While the Viceroy is pretty walkable to the fun shops and restaurants of Indian Canyon Drive, riding a bike will get you around from one air-conditioned spot to the next a little faster.

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Can Dubai Squeeze Another Hotel Onto the Palm? Viceroy Thinks So

May 20, 2013 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi generally gets most of the attention when it comes to Viceroy hotels in the Middle East. But that's all about to change, as word got out last week that Viceroy is planning to build a 481-room beachfront resort on the Palm Jumeirah.

We kinda figured one 1,500-room mega-resort would be enough, but we guess we were wrong.

Set to open in 2017, Viceroy Dubai Palm Jumeirah will be a mixed-use development, with an adjoining 220 pre-furnished luxury residences, a spa, private beach club, 3 outdoor swimming pools, and the hotel itself. Of course, plenty of this already exists in Dubai, but this is a city practically founded on the concept of one-upmanship, so there's always room for something bigger, better, and more bombastic.

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Hotels Are Keeping Us Cool This Summer With Discounted Room Rates

May 14, 2013 at 1:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

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*

· Alpine Cool Savings with Swissotels: All 31 Swissotels worldwide are offering a 20 percent discount when guests stay two nights or more. The summer offer also gives guests a signature summer cocktail and 15 percent off from the Swissotel online shop, www.swissotelathome.com. The deal is good for stays from May 31 to September 30. But you can start booking your travel on May 16. Go here to get the discount.

· Stay Cool at The Four Seasons Dallas: Here's one way to beat the Texan heat and save a little bit of money on your hotel stay too. The Four Seasons Dallas Big Chill package gives guests a special "mercury rate" on the second night of their stay which will be that day's recorded Fahrenheit high temperature. The deal is good for weekend stays from May 31 to August 25 and just FYI, the high temps in Dallas in July and August are about 96 degrees. June is slightly "cooler" at 92 degrees. But the hotel says last year during a similar promotion, rates were as cool as 76 degrees some days. First-night rates start around $305 a night. Go here to book but be sure to check the weather for your intended stay too. The deal is also good for the Austin and Houston properties as well.

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How Mad is The Viceroy Santa Monica Right Now?

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  Site Where: 1819 Ocean Avenue [map], Santa Monica, CA, United States, 90401
May 3, 2013 at 1:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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