Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Renovations, Reservations, and Alliances: Your Hotel News

So much hotel news, so little time – here are a few snippets to keep you up to date with the latest news from around the world, from shiny new things in Paris to reservations in Milan and new global partnerships.

Viceroy Hotels joins Global Hotel Alliance: starting at partnerships, in a move we did not expect,Viceroy has signed up to join Global Hotel Alliance (GHA). While Kempinski and Pan Pacific are two brands we usually think of when we hear GHA, the list is a lot longer than that, including brands like Anantara, Per Aquum, Omni Hotels, QT, and more for a total of 31 brands and 550+ hotels. Now if Viceroy would move on with its plans for L’Ermitage Bevery Hills and Viceroy Istanbul, we’d be all sorts of happy.
Pulitzer Amsterdam picks Preferred Hotels: we knew Hotel Pulitzer was leaving Starwood’s Luxury Collection, but our wish for something as exciting as Four Seasons Hotel Pulitzer to happen (after a mega renovation, of course) was not to be. Renovations will happen, but the hotel has joined Preferred Hotels new LVX collection (pronounced “Lux” and yes that irks us too). If you want to know more about Preferred’s new collections, go here.
Sofitel Le Faubourg Paris gets a makeover: there is no stopping Paris and its hotel news. We previously looked at what Andre Putman cooked up at Sofitel Arc de Triomphe, and now the result of the Didier Gomez makeover at Sofitel Le Faubourg is here. We find a lot to like in the above photo, which shows a very classy mix of greys, whites, and golds. The hotel’s location is excellent too, off of Rue St. HonorĂ©, next to the American Embassy and across the street from the boarded up Hotel de Crillon.
Mandarin Oriental Milan opens reservations: we saw lots of renderings, and now you can book from July 1 onwards. Rates start from €700 ($760) a night under an opening offer that gets you a €200 ($218) credit if you book a room and €300 ($327) if you book a suite. Starting rate gets you into a Deluxe Room, with a Mandarin Terrace Suite being the highest category currently showing, at 60 sq m / 645 sq ft and €3000 ($3,260) a night.
Firmdale’s Ham Yard Hotel adds long-term stay apartments at One Denman Place: fan of Kit Kemp’s design and need a place to stay for a few months in London? Firmdale has now added 24 apartments to its flagship hotel just behind Piccadilly Circus, ranging from one- to three-bedrooms.