Checking In: Hotel Openings, May 2017

by Jessica Montevago
Checking In: Hotel Openings, May 2017

Photo: The Ned London

United States:
Just a few days ago, Nobu Hospitality opened the Nobu Ryokan Malibu, next to its famed restaurant. Once a 1950’s beach motel, the property has been revamped into a luxury retreat on the California coast. Sixteen modern guestrooms will bear a similar design to the sushi eatery, with bleached-wood architecture. Additional property amenities include a 37-foot outdoor pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean, access to Carbon Beach and a fitness room.

Beachfront room at Nobu Ryokan

The Perry Hotel Key West at Stock Island Marina will open its doors, just 10-minutes from Key West.  The 100-room boutique hotel has a dockside pool area with private cabanas, Cuban eatery Deluna’s Bar & Grill, or private chartered luxury cruises to Cuba that leave right from the hotel’s docks. The marina itself is the largest deep-water marina in the Florida Keys, with 220 slips and floating docks.

Photo: The Perry Hotel Key West

Marriott’s lifestyle brand, AC Hotels, opened its first property in the Caribbean, the 233-room AC Hotel San Juan Condado in Puerto Rico. The rooftop terrace has a heated pool, fitness center and yoga studio, while on the lobby level the AC Lounge offers tapas, local artisanal beer, specialty wines on tap and signature cocktails.

A seaside getaway on the Provence coast between St. Tropez and Cannes, Hôtel Les Roches Rouges is an authentic French Riviera experience, bookable for stays as of May 4. There’s a natural seawater swimming pool and a swimming lane cut directly into the coastal rock overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, as well as and two restaurants and three bars. The luxury hotel’s 50 rooms and suites offer a sea view with private balcony, while a few offer a garden view with balcony or private garden.

Photo: Hôtel Les Roches Rouges

London’s buzzed about hotel The Ned, converted from a historic bank, opens after four years and nearly £200 million to renovate. The building still has the 1920s Midland Bank façade, as well as the green-marble tiled pillars on the ground floor. That space, more than 32,000 square-feet of former bank retail floor, is now home to seven different dining options, including a New York-inspired deli, a poke restaurant and a 24-hour brasserie. The 252-room hotel also offers a roof terrace with pool overlooking the 17th century St Paul’s Cathedral, men’s grooming services and its own stand-alone club.

Photo: The Ned

The Hyatt Regency Amsterdam opened on the east side of the city. The property’s 211 guestrooms were inspired by the Dutch Capital’s greenery, with designs that incorporate blooming floral and botanical artwork.  The hotel is also home to an on-site restaurant, offering a selection of Dutch café fare and Indonesian specialties, meeting and event facilities, and a fully equipped fitness center and sauna.

Hyatt Regency brand debuts in the Netherlands.

The Thorntree River Lodge, on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zambia, will reopen. The rebuild was designed in an environmentally-conscious style inspired by the local traditions. Eight rooms and two family units will offer private plunge pools, while the main lodge will consist of a lounge with an open dining area and a communal deck will have a sunken boma and an infinity pool.

Photo: Thorntree River Lodge

Tip of the Day

I do think there are possibilities for traveler advisors to make money doing domestic trips. I charge a planning fee for my time and expertise, and then book commissionable hotels and activities that meet the client’s needs.

Terri Weeks

Daily Top List

Best Places to Travel for the Spring of 2019

1. Aegean Islands

2. Barcelona

3. Cancun

4. Grand Canyon

5. Keukenhof Gardens

Source: CNN


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