In news of hotel openings, rebrandings and renovations, there’s a new Hyatt House in Cupertino near Apple’s headquarters; The Jeremy in West Hollywood gets a makeover and new identity, and an LAX property gets a major renovation; downtown Washington D.C. has another Hilton; Robert DeNiro’s posh Nobu brand comes to Los Cabos; and Hong Kong gets a pair of new luxury properties from Rosewood and St. Regis.
Not far from Apple’s big Silicon Valley campus in Cupertino is a new Hyatt House at 10380 Perimeter Way, along Interstate 280 behind the Vallco Shopping Mall. Designed for extended-stay guests, the hotel’s 148 units include king-bedded 310- or 340-square-foot Den guest rooms, and various studio and one-bedroom suites equipped with full kitchens. The property offers guests free hot breakfasts including an omelet bar; the H Bar for evening socializing and snacks; and the 24-hour grab-and-go H Market. It also has a business center, fitness center, pool, and free Wi-Fi. It seems like nothing is inexpensive in Silicon Valley, and that goes for the Hyatt House too. Nightly rates during May start at $378 for World of Hyatt members and $419 for non-members, plus $51 tax.
Before it opened in 2017, The Jeremy Hotel along Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood was supposed to be a James Hotel. But it was taken over by Barry Sternlicht, the creator of Starwood Hotels, who wanted it for his nascent 1 Hotels group. The remake of the property couldn’t happen quickly, so it was temporarily branded as The Jeremy until all the work could be finished converting it into the kind of environmentally conscious luxury property that 1 Hotels stands for. (Here’s our evaluation of The Jeremy from a stay there last year.) But it’s just about ready now, so the 286-room, 10-story Jeremy is starting to take guests as of May 6 in its new incarnation as the 1 Hotel West Hollywood. Rooms sound like they’re decorated by the Whole Earth catalogue, with "native greenery, rustic wood, earther plaster, clay tones, marble bathrooms, and organic cotton linens." The hotel’s signature restaurant and all-day café also emphasize California natural in their cuisine; the property has a lobby bar, pool bar and rooftop bar along with a fitness center and 14,000 square feet of meeting space. Prepaid rates during May start at $349 plus 21 percent taxes and fees.
Elsewhere in Los Angeles, the Holiday Inn LAX Airport at 9901 S. La Cienega Boulevard just wrapped up a major renovation that included all 405 guest rooms as well as public areas, dining venues and meeting space. Rooms got new Serta mattresses, double-paned windows, upgraded bathroom fixtures, and blackout drapes. There’s a new "e-bar" called The Spot with laptop stations and full connectivity; a new grab-and-go venue called Sip & Savor with coffee and snacks; and Taste LA, serving lunch and dinner as well as a breakfast buffet. And the overhauled entrance has high ceilings and contemporary art. Expanded meeting space now total 2,800 square feet. Standard rates in May start at $119 plus $18.68 tax.
Even though it recently opened an upscale Conrad hotel in downtown Washington D.C., Hilton has added yet another new location in the nation’s capital. The new Hilton Washington D.C. National Mall at 480 L’Enfant Plaza SW is a reincarnation of the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, which has been closed for several years. The old hotel got a top-to-bottom $30 million renovation that included all 367 rooms, 23,000 square feet of meeting space, and all public areas. The remake gives the "new" hotel 50 upscale Executive rooms that include use of the Executive Lounge, with free breakfast, evening snacks and concierge services. The hotel says its new fiber optic network will give guests the best hotel Wi-Fi service in the city. Its signature restaurant is the French-inspired L’Enfant Bar and Grill; the property also offers a lobby bar, a full-service Starbucks, and a grab-and-go market. And getting around the city is easy since it sits right on top of the L’Enfant Metro Station. Although the property opened as a Hilton in April, it currently has "limited availability," a spokesman said, as work continues on the overhaul. "They will keep opening more rooms as they are ready… The full property is slated to be open right now in June but again that finish line is a bit of a moving target." We found some available rooms during May with prepaid Honors discount rates ranging from $198 to $369 plus 15 percent tax.
Looking for laid-back lodging in Cabo that’s a step away from the crowds? The fast-growing Nobu Hotels brand, backed by celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa and actor Robert De Niro, among others, has just opened the Nobu Hotel Los Cabos, its first property in Mexico. It has 200 rooms on a beachfront location west of Cabo San Lucas, all equipped with 65-inch TVs, minibars, Nespresso machines, double vanities, yoga mats, and special Nobu beds by Simmons with high thread count, organic cotton linens. Of course, it has a Nobu restaurant as well as a farm-to-table venue called Malibu Farm, beach and pool bar and grills, and 24-hour room service. It also has a 13,000-square-foot spa, and a number of flexible-configuration meeting rooms. Rates during May start at $400 a night, plus 16 percent VAT, a 15 percent "local fee" and a 3 percent "lodging fee." (There’s also a Nobu Hotel opening in Palo Alto, CA)
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Hong Kong recently welcomed a pair of new luxury properties: a Rosewood and a St. Regis. The Rosewood Hong Kong is located in the trendy Victoria Dockside district, part of Kowloon’s Tsim Sha Tsui neighborhood. (Next door to the InterContinental Hong Kong.) It occupies 43 floors in a 65-story multi-use tower, and 80 percent of its 322 rooms and 91 suites have views of Hong Kong Harbor. The new hotel is the flagship of the Rosewood brand, which is a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based New World Development. Guest rooms start at a generous 570 square feet, and suites at 990. The hotel has a 40th floor Manor Club with outdoor terraces, a bar, game room, and free food throughout the day. It also offers an Asaya spa and eight dining options, most of them with al fresco terraces and water views. Rates in May start at $548 plus a 10 percent service charge.
Marriott, meanwhile, has just cut the ribbon on the St. Regis Hong Kong – its 7,000th property worldwide. It’s across the water from the Rosewood, on Hong Kong Island near the harbor between the Central district and Causeway Bay, at 1 Harbour Drive in the Wan Chai district. The St. Regis has 112 rooms and 17 suites ranging in size from 530 to 2,583 square feet and is a five- minute walk from the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. Guests can check in from their rooms and have 24-hour access to butler service. It has contemporary French and signature Chinese restaurants, both led by Michelin-starred chefs. Live jazz is offered in the St. Regis Bar, and afternoon tea is available in the Drawing Room. The hotel has 12,000 square feet of meeting space, a pool, fitness center and high-speed Wi-Fi. Marriott Bonvoy member advance purchase rates in May start at $483 plus a 10 percent service charge.
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