Palatial grandeur meets industrial chic at Downtown Mexico from Design Hotels

Palatial grandeur meets industrial chic at new Downtown Mexico from Design Hotels

Take a sneak peak at the new Downtown Mexico Hotel opening 15 June. Regal splendour meets raw industrial edge in the latest Design Hotels™’ member hotel. We’ll be sure to feature the Instagram photos from hotel guests in the Instagram Gallery on our Facebook page when this stunning property opens.

Located in Mexico City’s Centro Histórico, Grupo Habita’s latest venture is a contemporary celebration of indigenous culture and colonial style. In a move that is characteristic of Grupo Habita’s properties, a hand-selected group of architects and designers were enlisted to create an ambience and design aesthetic that pays homage to the building’s location and heritage. With interior architecture by Cherem Serrano Arquitectos and furnishings by Paul Roco, the 17th century Palacio de los Condes de Miravalle was transformed into the epitome of stripped-back bohemian chic. The palace retains it regal elegance through the preservation of original components such as the stone-forge staircase with intricate handrails, handmade cement tiles, and graceful columned arches. www.designhotels.com/downtown

In direct contrast to the impressively ornate façade, the public spaces are an oasis of organic simplicity with grey volcanic rock and exposed concrete walls. The 17 suites range from the refreshingly simple, with original flooring tiles and rustic furnishings, to the dramatic, with light timber detailing and vaulted brick ceilings. Private balconies look out onto the cobbled streets of the old town or the immaculately manicured patio – yet another original feature painstakingly preserved during the extensive renovation works.
Downtown Mexico’s immense terrace, which covers the entire rooftop, is the very definition of minimalist chic. The rooftop boasts a bar and swimming pool, certainly an unexpected luxury in such an urban location. Constructed entirely from cement tiles and concrete, the space has an industrial edge which provides the perfect counterpart to the stunning vistas over Mexico City’s historic old town.
Location and rates
Downtown Mexico is located in the heart of Centro Histórico, one of Mexico City’s 16 districts and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The area is defined by its narrow cobblestone street and colonial landmarks, some of which date back to the 16th century.
Rates range from USD 195 to 345
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RoomCritic Instagram Hotel Feature | The Wythe Hotel Brooklyn

RoomCritic Instagram Hotel Feature | The Wythe Hotel Brooklyn

Welcome to the RoomCritic Instagram Gallery, this week we feature The Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, New York. Officially opening it’s doors to guests on the 1st May 2012, The Wythe Hotel is a small 72 room boutique hotel in an old factory on the Williamsburg, Brooklyn waterfront.

Instagram photo by @brklyn_nugget

Instagram photo by @stencil1

Instagram photo by @luzvaldiviesoe

Instagram photo by @thisisbenritter

Instagram photo by @katieshand

The #wythehotel gallery has 115 photos taken by guests who have already stayed at the hotel so you get a great look at what you can expect. Click on the #wythehotel tag and change it to #brooklyn and take a look at what’s happening in this hip borough of New York.

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7 new stunning boutique hotels from Design Hotels

7 new stunning boutique hotels from Design Hotels

Vander Urbani Resort

The first Design Hotels™ member in Slovenia and a premier in the city of Ljubljana as a design and boutique hotel. Like the city itself, the historical façade of this intimate 16-room property belies a contemporary heart with organic, fluid surfaces, one-of-a-kind design pieces and a minimalist style.

Brown TLV 

Opens its doors to the colorful neighborhood of Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv, where restaurants double as galleries and galleries host underground events. Inside the hotel is a different story, with warm chocolate and caramel walls, dark wood floors and vintage-inspired furniture, creating nooks for quiet reflection.

Domaine des Andéols

In the heart of Provence, hidden amidst olive groves and scented lavender fields, is Oliver and Patrizia Massart’s labor of love and art. Housing 250 pieces from their personal collection, each of the 10 private villas is inspired by an artwork, color or theme.

La Monnaie Art & Spa Hotel

Located in La Rochelle, the hotel uses the hallways, lounges and 36 rooms and suites as a transient gallery, offering changing exhibitions in conjunction with the nearby Galerie Albane. Its 17th century building has also been given a modern makeover inside with iconic furniture and a color palette of whites and greys tinged with bright accents.

La Plage Casadelmar

Nestled in a fine sand cove and edged with pine trees and red rocks in the bay of Porto-Vecchio, Corsica. Award-winning architect Jean-François Bodin has used the crisp sunlight and colors of the surrounding landscape to create an inside-outside structure with an easy-going elegance. With only 15 rooms and suites, like sister property Casadelmar nearby, the focus is on individualized service.

The Standard, East Village

A relaxed atmosphere in sync with the vibe of its trendy bohemian New York location. It boasts a relaxed lounge called The Living Room and a Zen-like outdoor garden – a rarity in the city. Each of the 145 guest rooms and suites is blessed with floor-to-ceiling windows offering iconic views of the city.

La Suite West

Anoushka Hempel’s latest tryst in London after Blakes Hotel is also imprinted with her unmistakeable striking contemporary style. The design journey begins in the reception area where white-washed walls are juxtaposed with black marble flooring, floor-to-ceiling shutters and an almost 20-foot long marble reception desk. Most of the 45 rooms and 35 suites carry this theme forward and strike a note of romance with four-poster beds.
The list of highlighted new members with opening dates is below.
To view the complete list of all recent member hotel additions, please visit www.designhotels.com/newmembers
FRANCE
Domaine Des Andéols, Luberon (April 2002)
La Monnaie Art & Spa Hotel, La Rochelle (March 2011)
La Plage Casadelmar, Corsica (July 2012)
ISRAEL
Brown TLV, Tel Aviv (October 2010)
SLOVENIA
Vander Urbani Resort, Ljubljana (July 2012)
UNITED KINGDOM
La Suite West, London (June 2012)
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
The Standard, East Village, New York (Renovations December 2011)

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RoomCritic Hotel Feature | Faena Hotel Buenos Aires

Join us as we head off to Buenos Aires, Argentina to the 5 star luxury design hotel Faena Hotel. Philippe Starck, the Faena Hotel is located in the exclusive Puerto Madero neighbourhood and features 105 rooms, the rustic French El Mercado restaurant, a café, wine cellar, fashion boutique, cabaret and spa.

Instagram photo by @fabi_o_rama

Instagram photo by @andreagitlin

Instagram photo by @fabi_o_rama

Take a look through the stunning hotel Faena Hotel, Buenos Aires for yourself on roomcritic.com. We feature a ‘live’ stream of real guest photos and video, so you can see exactly what the hotel is like from people visiting the hotel right now.

Have you stayed at hotel Faena Hotel, Buenos Aires? What did you think? Leave a comment below and share your experience.

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World’s first hip hop hotel, Hotel BPM opens in Brooklyn New York

World’s first hip hop hotel, Hotel BPM opens in Brooklyn New York

At RoomCritic we love music almost as much as we love hotels. So when a music hotel opens, that’s pretty big news for us. Hotel BPM has just opened it’s doors for reservations, they are a new hotel in Brooklyn New York by hip hop deejay DJ BIJAL. If your not up on your DJ terminology you may have missed where the hotel got it’s name – BPM stand for ‘beats per minute’ and its the measurement of tempo of a track.

Each of Hotel BPM’s 76 guestrooms feature modern décor and soundproofing throughout, bathrooms have rainfall showers and steam-proof mirrors. The list of guests’ amenities include environmentally-friendly, Gilchrist & Soames BeeKind bath products; 40-inch HDTVs; laptop-size safes; personal Keurig coffeemakers and free Wi-Fi.

The music reference doesn’t stop at the hotel name, all Hotel BPM beds feature Frette linens on “The Sound Sleeper” mattresses, which have been made exclusively for the property. Providing guests with the perfect mix of comfort and support, the 12-inch pillow top mattress helps the body’s “beats per minute” to lower, cushioning pressure points in just the right way to encourage a restful night sleep.

Hotel BPM’s King and Double rooms start at $139 per room, per night (grand opening rates) which is a pretty good rate for New York, even across in Brooklyn. There is a lounge with tables and banquette seating, located just off the lobby, where beverages and light fare, including breakfast are served. A fitness room and guest parking are also on-site.

Expect this hotel to soon become ‘the’ place to stay for lovers of hip hop from all over the world and we’re sure they’d be able to organise one of the key things on our New York to-do list – a hip hop tour of New York.

Once there are over 50+ Instagram photos shared to the #hotelBPM tag on Instagram we’ll feature them on the  RoomCritic Instagram Gallery App on our RoomCritic Facebook page.

For room rates and reservations go to the Hotel BPM website. You’ll also find them on Facebook and Twitter @hotelbpm.

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Hotel and resort blogs. Which ones should you be reading?

The best hotel blogs read more like design and lifestyle magazines, so which ones should you be reading?

The best reads are definitely the boutique hotel blogs. Today’s hottest hipster boutique hotels look to their local neighbourhood and the people to help them to gain their individuality and identity. So it makes sense that their blogs then tend to be filled with the best stories in art, fashion, music, photography and design around them. This is what makes them interesting.

We take look at our top hip boutique hotels and their blogs to see what they’re talking about.

Ace Hotels Blog

Just like their hotels the Ace Blog is an edgy mix of music, art and design. Local stories are taken from around each of the four properties in Portland, New York, Seattle and Palm Springs. They seem to mix events and stories well so you don’t feel like you’re reading a hotel blog. Each of the properties simply act as the hub for what is happening.

Room 100 – Thompson Hotels Blog

Thompson Hotels Room 100 blog is a little more mainstream and diverse than Ace Hotels blog, but that’s to be expected from the brand. It feels bigger with more content, but they are a bigger hotel group with more hotels in more cities so they can tap into more of what’s going on. You’ll find stories on fashion, travel, art, culture, food and city-life but through the lens of the Thompson Hotels writers.

The blog is simply divided into interest sections, so you can choose which posts to read about. There’s an events section to excite you about what is up-coming in each city and also their Instagram feed.

You’d be much better here – Swire Hotels Blog

We recently wrote a post introducing the Swire Hotels blog. Read that post here. For those who missed it, hhe blog not only brings stories related to all the Swire Hotels properties, but it also fuses a mix of art, culture, travel and lifestyle from across china and the UK. An awesome blog with a definite art spin.

GPH Gramercy Park Hotel Blog

Again the GPH blog breaks content up into separate interests Art, Cinema, Food, Culture, Design, Fashion film and more in New York City.

All of the above blogs are available as RSS feed which means the posts are delivered to your reader as they are posted so you don’t have to go to the blog to get them. If you know of a great hotel blog worth reading, let us know.

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My favourite thing is to go where I’ve never been.

My favourite thing is to go where I’ve never been. Tomorrow it’s Hong Kong.

Really looking forward to being in Hong Kong for the next 5 days. RoomCritic will be staying at The Upper House and The Mira hotels, so you can expect a few of blog posts, reviews, photo stories about the hotels and the places we go. We’ll also keep our Foursquare and Wanderfly recommendations going as well.

This short film from Luis Vuitton ‘When Hong Kong is a woman’ is so awesome we thought it was worth sharing on the eve before we depart.

If you have any suggestions of awesome things to do while we’re in Hong Kong, let us know.

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The best Instagram hotel pool porn pictures.

The best Instagram hotel pool porn pictures.

Once again the RoomCritic office has spent a few hours trawling the internet (well Instagram) to bring you a collection of the hottest hotel pool porn pictures.

1. Delano Hotel South Beach

The Delano South Beach pool simply screams pool party Miami style.

by @debbysworld

2. The Dream Downtown New York

The pool at The Dream Downtown features a number of glass holes built into the bottom of the pool. Guests below in the lobby can catch glimpses of the bathers above as they float by.

by @lizzywild

3. Perivolas Villas Santorini

The infinity pool at Perivolas Villas has to be the most glamourous pools in the world. The secluded pool has featured on the cover of most of the worlds luxury magazines.

by @joanna_ardi

4. Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Possibly the most photographed pool in the world. Most infinity pools look over the ocean with water as far as you can see. The Marina Bay Sands infinity pool looks over the city for as far as you can see.

by @ceciliax3

5. The Library Koh Samui

The red pool at The Library Samui is truly unique concept.

by @thelibrary_samui

6. The Hilton Resort Nui Bora Bora

As if it’s not enough to have the most amazing waters surrounding you at this stunningly palatial bungalow mansion at the Hilton Nui Resort in Bora Bora, but you also get a glass bottom plunge pool on your deck too. This is pure pool porn at its best.

by @loungeofficial

7. The Gansevoort Hotel New York

The rooftop pool at The Gansevoort Hotel is stunning for two reasons. The amazing view of New York, and the awesome mosaic picture at the bottom.

by @rowiro

8. San Alfonso Del Mar Chile

With a pool bigger than most lakes, The pool at San Alfonso Del Mar hold the world record for largest pool. It’s so big you don’t swim laps, you sail them.

by @andreesinfante

9. The Joule Hotel Dallas

At The Joule Hotel in Dallas you can swim 8 ft out over the buildings edge. We think this pool would have been even better if it had a glass bottom as well as the glass edge.

by @eatnaalyak

10. Blue Lagoon Iceland

Ok, so not exactly a pool, but close enough. If “Conde Nast Traveller” can vote Blue Lagoon as the best medical spa worldwide, it’s good enough for us.

by @merv

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