India: New Edition Luxury Boutique Hotel

The Edition Luxury Boutique Hotels by JW Marriott and Ian Schrager is going to establish a new EDITION luxury boutique hotel in New Delhi, India. They haven’t given an exact time-frame yet.

It’s really interesting to see how many Edition hotels are being build, and even more how much attention they get in the press and media, because as of right now, the only edition hotel that’s operating as of right now is the Istanbul Edition.

The Jade – New Luxury Boutique Hotel Coming To Greenwich Village

Another luxury boutique hotel is coming to New York – this time to Greenwich Village.

New York architect Gene Kaufman and design architect Richard Cameron of Atelier & Co were responsible for the creation and design of the building and the interior.

“A love letter to Greenwich Village”

Will Obeid, President & CEO of Gemini Real Estate Advisors, who lives around the block from the hotel said:

“Everything about The Jade is a love letter to Greenwich Village. We want The Jade to embody the magic of the Village for guests in a building that expresses our own passion for one of the world’s storied neighborhoods.

The Jade is infused with the same pride of craftsmanship that gave old New York its character. We were driven to create a hotel that provides an experience that is quintessential Greenwich Village. This is a place where guests and neighbors gather to share stories, adventures and encounters.”

Source: Elite Traveler

Opening rates will start at $400 per night – and you will be able to check in beginning this fall.

Sofitel So Bangkok

The Sofitel So Bangkok is a new luxury hotel set to open on February 28, 2012. It’s themed around the Five Elements Water, Earth, Wood, Metal and Fire.

You can get a good impression of the design and theme of this hotel in this short video clip:

Design-wise, it’s a fascinating combination between an award-winning architect and five designers. Each of the five designers was in charge of creating one of the elements. Watch this “tree of life” clip:

Located in the district with the highest density of embassies and lots of businesses, it fits in very well with it’s concept of “Playful Luxury”. It’s stylish and modern, provides a great view over Bangkok’s largest public park, the Lumpini Park, and is located near BTS skytrain and MRT subway stations.

The Sofitel So Bangkok features 238 rooms + suites. The rooftop restaurant & bar is something we’re particularly excited about to try out – not that there’s a lack of them in Bangkok, but we trust that the Sofitel So will add something special to the mix.

Every room also has an Apple Mac mini and the whole area of the Sofitel So has free WiFi for it’s guests.

The Red Oven restaurant is market-styled, which is very befitting for Thailand. The center piece is an iconic Red Oven, and then the space is divided into 3 distinguished zones of design – the cuisine is international and offers a wide array of dishes. The restaurant opens from the early morning hours to 11pm.

Chocolate lovers will delight about the Chocolab, which opens from 9:30am – 7:30pm. Hand-made chocolates and fresh savouries will tickle your taste buds in a comfortable atmosphere.

For dinner there’s the Park Society Restaurant & Bar, which opens at 6pm and closes at 1am. You can enjoy spectacular views over the city with both indoor or al fresco dining.

And there’s a ballroom on the 8th floor (with a capacity for 350 people on 380 sq.m. of pillarless space). It’s designed as a modern interpretation of a Parisian opera house. You find a tasteful combination of modern styling with classic glamour. There’s an entire wall HD projection, and the acoustics in the room with 7.2 meter high ceilings are perfect.

There’s also a social area where guests can mingle before the actual event takes place.

The Box is another highlight. A 50 square meter meeting space, suspended in mid-air on the 9th floor. Here you find astonishing Bangkok panoramas – three walls are made of glass.

The Social Club is an atelier for thinking and creativity in a loft-like setting, inspired by a production house ambience. There’s also an open space with kitchen, lounge and bar, and direct access to four meeting rooms.

In fact, the Sofitel So Bangkok is a great place if you organize high-class meetings or events.

Sofitel So Bangkok
2 North Sathorn Road
Bangrak, Bangkok
Thailand 10500
Phone 02 6240 000
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Ian Schrager’s EDITION coming to Bangkok

The luxury boutique hotel by Ian Schrager, EDITION, will open a branch in Bangkok before 2015. It will be located in one of Bangkok’s tallest buildings, the MahaNakhon Bangkok, sometimes also referred to as “the Thailand Tower”, which will have 77 storeys. It’s designed by the German architect Ole Scheeren, Partner of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA).

It’s an interesting choice to invest in Bangkok, as there’s been so many hotels opening up here that there is a much higher supply than demand of rooms – yet, investors seem to be confident that EDITION Bangkok can stand out enough to be a success.

The Bangkok Edition will feature 150 rooms

45 Park Lane – Luxury Boutique Hotel in London

There’s a new luxury boutique hotel opening coming up in September in London – more precisely, in Mayfair district. It will be under the Dorchester Collection chain

What’s special about this hotel is that have limited the number of rooms to 45 – yet, they have the facilities that befit a much larger hotel. Given the kind of quality service that you can expect, rates look fine too – €450 for the basic rooms. However, prices depend also on bookings, and if the offer is received well and there are enough bookings, prices will go up to €795 quickly, as they have already announced.

Wolfgang Puck will open a CUT restaurant here.

Even the basic rooms have cerused mahogany and suede walls, marble bathrooms, Bang and Olufsen entertainment system, personalized minibars, mezzanine floors and more.

The chief design master behind all of this is Thierry Despont, who designed 45 Park Lane as if it were a private residence.

And if you’re a foodie, you might also want to check out their YouTube channel, where they have many more videos like the following one, which shares a recipe on how to make delicious strawberry dessert…

Boutique Hotel Ontario: Hotel Ocho

A new boutique hotel is opening up in Ontario’s Chinatown, just north of Queen of Spadina. It’s called Hotel Ocho, and it’s also a restaurant and bar. It’s not a luxury hotel, but the owner calls it a “approachable boutique hotel”, and that’s in fact a pretty fitting choice of words (in a positive sense).

Now, it’s an loft-style building (a fusion of old-industrial and modern chic), but in the past it used to be the business premise of all kinds of industrial companies and warehouse at different times.

Apparantly, they have a nice lamb poutine for $13 that is well worth giving a try.

You can read more aobut it in this newspaper article or visit the official Hotel Ocho website.

New Boutique Hotel To Be Opened in…

… Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour. The Little Creatures Brewery wants to do this:

The proposal for the 54-room boutique hotel will go before the City of Fremantle’s planning services committee tomorrow night.

It includes the refurbishment of two restaurants – the former Baskin Robbins and Mussel Bar – and an outdoor dining area next to the boardwalk.

Public consultation on the proposal closed on February 10 and included an information session, which City of Fremantle development services manager Natalie Martin Goode said was attended by four people, including two Fremantle councillors.

Little Creatures Brewery director Adrian Fini said he was optimistic about the development as it had “very strong support from all stakeholders and council”.

Planning services committee chairman Cr Andrew Sullivan said he thought the application was a “no-brainer” as it just about ticked all the boxes for council.

“Council has been waiting to see a new hotel built in Fremantle for a number of years, certainly well before my time,” he said.

He said it would help cater to a new market.

Cr Sullivan said the three-storey building would complement the surrounding built landscape and was a good opportunity to get a high quality building in an area that had no heritage concerns.

Fishing Boat Harbour Traders co-ordinator Eddie Watling said the group “supported the development in principle” because it would not conflict with the working harbour.

“We understand all of the mechanisms are in place to make sure that it’s not ever going to be an issue,” he said.

Although the type of development requires 65 car parking bays, there are none included in the development.

Mr Fini said nobody had raised the lack of parking as an issue, but bicycles would be available and they hoped to have one or two electric cars for guests to use.

Ms Martin Goode said once the committee considered the matter, the recommendation would go to the WA Planning Commission for determination.


Hotel Indigo to Open New Luxury Boutique Hotel in Phuket

Hotel Indigo, one of the worlds leading luxury boutique hotel operators, announced that it will open it’s second Thailand branch – this time in the beautiful island of Phuket. The first Hotel Indigo is located in Bangkok.

The hotel will be located in the northern part of the island, on Nai Thon Beach. Phuket is a touristically very heavy developed location, and the Nai Thon Beach is still one of the few relatively untouched spots where people can enjoy the beauty of nature.

The expected opening date will be June 1st, 2014.

Jan Smits, Managing Director of IHG Asia Australasia said:

“Nai Thon beach is a beautiful neighbourhood that reflects a different side of Phuket most tourists are not exposed to. We have no doubt that Hotel Indigo Phuket Naithon Beach Resort, through its personal service and design influenced by local surroundings, will offer visitors a distinctive resort experience.”

The hotel will have 120 rooms and 15 villas, and there will be an all-day dining restaurant and bar, a spa and a swimming pool. Lots of local materials and other cultural influences will be the main theme of the resort.

New Boutique Hotel Brand in Asia Launched by InterContinental

InterContinental Hotels Group Plc launched its first upscale boutique brand in Asia in Shanghai on Thursday, a nod to the city’s rising prominence as a business and tourism hub. IHG launched Hotel Indigo, a 184 room waterfront property on Shanghai’s picturesque promenade, the Bund. The property, featuring locally sourced materials and art reflecting Shanghai’s history, is due to open by the end of the year.

“The historic nature of the location, the visibility of the hotel and also the excitement of the city in general; it is one of the most progressive, ever-changing cities in all of China, so really it is a good fit for Hotel Indigo,” said IHG Regional Manager Keith Barr. IHG said it planned to open more Indigo branded hotels in Asia over the next three years, including in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Taipei and Xiamen. IHG already has Indigo hotels in London, Costa Rica and the United States.

“The key thing is for us is making sure we have customers who want to travel there, and what drives Indigo is ‘psychographics’ rather than demographics,” Barr said of the strategy for expanding Hotel Indigo in mainland China.

In October, IHG, the world’s biggest hotelier by room count, said revenue from Greater China would exceed $1 billion for the first time this year.

In June, the company said it planned to more than double in size in China in the next five years. The British group, which operates the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza brands, as well as InterContinental, operates 131 hotels in China with 149 in the pipeline.

Marriott International Inc, the largest U.S. hotel chain said earlier this year that it planned to double the number of Marriott branded hotels in China within five years, and intended to introduce a lower-priced brand in the near future.


Andaz Boutique Hotel on 5th Avenue

Another Hyatt-owned luxury boutique hotel has opened in New York on 5th Avenue, nearly the New York public library and the Empire State building.

It’s built in the 1916 Rogers Peet Building that once was a men’s retail store. It has a limestone and brick facade. Tony Chi turned the place into something completely new.

The Andaz restaurant will bring food grown and inspired by family farm produce, and there is an 80-seat bar.

In total, there are 184 rooms, all of them feature oversized bathrooms with walk-in rain showers, double sinks, relaxing foot baths of black porcelaine.

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