Hotels

Despite recent dabblings in cocktails and bière, where the French are concerned, it pretty much always comes back to the noble grape. And what better place to be reminded of this glorious epicurean delectation than at the très français Sofitel Los Angeles? And so it is that the ever glamorous hotel today kicks off SOFITEL WINE DAYS: A MONTH OF FRENCH WINES, which will carry on until the eve ... Read More >

It can almost seem as if New York and London are locked in an escalating pissing match these days, to determine which city can cut the ceremonial ribbons on the most boutique / luxury / hipster / whatever new hotels. For our part, we’re still trying to sort out who is filling all those $699 rooms. And so in a stroke of utter inevitability, hyper-fashionable London restaurateurs Chris Cor... Read More >

It took 20 years. But the Delano finally did the trek west. Last night the legendary Miami hotel marquee made it official, throwing a glamorous and fittingly provocative soiree to fete the opening of its striking new Vegas outpost. Sin City and Hart of Dixie star Jaime King presided over the festivities, which included a stripped-down performance by Canadian popsters Magic!, and an et... Read More >

Future Beekman Hotel Lures Keith McNally, Tom Colicchio

Hotels | By. Ken Scrudato | September 18, 2014

You can already sort of feel the NYC buzz being sucked down to the far reaches of Lower Manhattan. Indeed, although it won’t be opening until the autumn of 2015, the nabobs, the food nerds, the trend slaves (essentially, all those who continue to clog the corridors of The NoMad Hotel) are surely already sending themselves multiple calendar invites. The approaching epochal event? The much bu... Read More >

CONCIERGE SHOWDOWN: Berlin And Venice

Hotels | By. Ken Scrudato | September 15, 2014

Above: Hotel de Rome Roof Terrace When BlackBook’s new CONCIERGE SHOWDOWN feature debuted earlier this month, our eyes were already cast towards Europa. And so it is that we've tapped the virtuoso concierges of two very glamorous hotels in two of our most beloved cities, Berlin and Venice—destinations whose only similarity might be their monumental cultural gravitas. Indeed, both have alw... Read More >

W Chicago Lakeshore Unveils Swish New Look

Hotels | By. Ken Scrudato | September 8, 2014

When W debuted in 1998, it yanked the designer hotel business out of its indie cocoon and dropped it onto the NY Stock Exchange. Independent, design obsessed boutique hotels had already been popping up from Munich to Miami to Milan—but now it would be big business. Sixteen years later, there are dozens of W hotels scattered throughout the US, Europe and Asia. And, as happens, when held up to ... Read More >

CONCIERGE SHOWDOWN: Los Angeles

Hotels | By. Ken Scrudato | September 5, 2014

Above: Sofitel Los Angeles Though they often don't get the proper credit, BlackBook has always loved a great concierge. And in a display of mutual admiration, we’ve tapped into the insider knowledge of some of the very best for a new feature we call CONCIERGE SHOWDOWN—so that you may benefit from their unparalleled local wisdom. We begin with two of our favorite LA hotels, the Sofitel Los ... Read More >

Staycation Sensation: Warwick Hotel Signature Suites

Hotels | By. Ken Scrudato | August 28, 2014

Above: The Modern Art Suite Although it’s the least ambitious getaway you’ll ever take, a staycation (as some or other travel marketing operative decided to brand it) should at least find you having the good sense to leave your “regular crowd” behind. After all, where’s the adventure in just lifting your patootie from your regular spot at The Top of the Standard, simply to take the el... Read More >

Photos by Stefanie Keenan We wrote last week about the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas' secret two-day pop-up hotel happening at an undisclosed Hollywood location. And after 48 hours of swanky partying and events the last two days and nights (which several lucky BlackBook readers got to attend), we can now reveal images of what we must say, was an exceedingly stylish and glamorous space.  ... Read More >

Trend Watch: Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas Pop Up Hotel

Hotels | By. Ken Scrudato | August 12, 2014

Vegas and LA share a curious relationship. Both trade liberally in illusion, of course—and they’re also the two top American cities for making and losing a fortune in a hurry. Asian hotelier Mandarin Oriental has yet to find a permanent home in Los Angeles. But, fittingly, their Vegas outpost is setting up what is essentially a flirtation station with Hollywood, teasing the City of Angels w... Read More >