HotelHomes.com News Recap for September 26, 2013

This week’s news recap includes the introduction of Peninsula Hotels’ first residences (in Shanghai), a $40 million penthouse sale at Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver, a troubled auction for Trump Toronto,  new project updates for the Cayman Islands, Sarasota, and Regina, Saskatchewan… plus, could Starbucks make the next great hotel brand?

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HotelHomes.com Weekly News Recap for June 6, 2013

CAD$25 million Penthouse at Fairmont Residences Pacific Rim Shatters Vancouver Price Records

http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/06/04/ten-things-you-should-know-about-the-near-record-breaking-25m-condo-sale-in-vancouver/

Over half of Ritz Carlton Residences Bangkok Buyers Call the Middle East Home

http://www.hoteliermiddleeast.com/17376-uae-richest-take-half-of-ritz-carlton-real-estate/

Penthouse at the Residences at the W Tel Aviv-Jaffa Listed for $12.5 milion

http://curbed.com/archives/2013/05/30/exploring-israels-staggeringly-expensive-luxury-real-estate.php

Theory Founder Andrew Rosen Pays Over $3400/square foot for Condo at The Setai South Beach

http://therealdeal.com/miami/blog/2013/05/30/setai-8-6m-condo-sale-sets-record-for-non-penthouse-unit/

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HotelHomes.com News Recap from March 22, 2013

Vanity Fair Exposes One Hyde Park’s “Shadowy” Residents
http://www.vanityfair.com/society/2013/04/mysterious-residents-one-hyde-park-london

Genting Presents Vision for Mixed-Use Miami Development
http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/14/v-fullstory/3286651/gentings-new-vision-calls-for.html

JOBS Act Is Hotel-Condo Sales Game-Changer
http://www.rew-online.com/2013/03/20/change-in-federal-law-promotes-condo-hotel-sales/

Floor Plan for $120 million penthouse at New York’s Pierre Uncovered
http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/03/15/here_now_a_1996_floorplan_for_that_pierre_triplex_penthouse.php

Price Cut for Ritz-Carlton Towers Boston Penthouse
http://boston.curbed.com/archives/2013/03/quartermillplus-cut-at-regal-ritz-palace-in-the-sky.php

Ritz Carlton Reserve Molasses Reef Project Back on Track
http://www.hotelsmag.com/Industry/News/Details/40527

Residences at Mandarin Oriental Bodrum Popular With Arab Buyers
http://www.emirates247.com/business/corporate/astas-target-gulf-residents-for-its-mandarin-oriental-in-bodrum-2013-03-19-1.499253

More Details Released on SLS Hotel-Condo in Miami
http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/13/3282872/sls-brickell-to-open-in-2015.html

Bachelors Buying at Ritz-Carlton Residences LA Live
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324178904578340302253381698.html?mod=WSJ_ITP_mansion_0#slide%252F12%3D%26articleTabs%3Darticle%26project%3DSLIDESHOW08%26s%3DSB10001424127887323628804578344572960193756

Trump Focused On India Expansion
http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/BusinessRealEstate/Trump-looks-at-ultra-luxury-housing-project-in-Mumbai-NCR/Article1-1027892.aspx

Tim Marsh Sells Four Seasons Place Boston Condominium
http://bostonluxuryrealestate.com/blog/2013/3/1/tim-marsh-sells-four-seasons-condominium.html

Recapitalization May Lead to Development of Former Shangri-La Hotel & Residences Site in New York
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/realestate/commercial/whole_foods_in_billy_burg_MXKSFxcmtNZjDu2Aw7M4vL

Design Changes in Store for Ritz Carlton Waikiki Hotel-Condo
http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/blog/morning_call/2013/03/developer-must-revise-design-of.html

Sales Spike at Setai Miami Beach
http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/sales-at-the-setai-resort-and-residences-soar-in-march-225504.htm

Parking Spaces Getting Expensive at Ritz-Carlton Towers Boston
http://boston.curbed.com/archives/2013/03/110k-ritzy-parking-space.php

Race car driver Kurt Busch Selling Westin Virginia Beach Condo
http://www.realtytoday.com/articles/3909/20130316/kurt-busch-lists-virginia-luxury-condo-million.htm

Gansevoort To Open Hotel in Las Vegas
http://www.hotelsmag.com/Industry/News/Details/40566

Waldorf-Astoria Opens in Panama
http://www.businesstraveller.com/news/waldorf-astoria-debuts-in-panama

Snow Report: Checking the Powder At These Top Ski Resorts with Branded Residences and Hotel-Condos for Sale

As the ski season enters March and the snow gets wet and heavy, some amateurs may have had their fill of the white moguls for the year while die-hards are still searching out fresh powder. Whether you cite global climate change or not, there is a never-ending race to the top as choosy skiers insist on resorts that are best located to take advantage of the ideal ski climate and optimal snowfall.

Those interested in buying a resort property in a ski region, such as a hotel-branded residence or hotel condominium, are well-advised to check the late-season snow reports to determine the length of the prime season that they as owners – or their guests and tenants – will be eager to enjoy. Taking a look at those top ski destinations with hotel-branded properties for sale, here are HotelHomes.com’s top picks for late season snow, based on data provided by OnTheSnow.com:

The Alps
With no snow reported over the last week, we have to declare a tie between Verbier and Andermatt. With skiing up to 3300 meters (10,900 feet), Verbier is one of the highest Alpine destinations with up to 102 inches (2.5 meters) of powder on the slopes. Slightly lower in elevation, Andermatt is closer to Zurich International Airport and boasts 46 inches (117 cm) of snow at the base and a whopping 163 inches (over 4 meters) at the summit. For those looking to invest in these snow-covered destinations, W Residences Verbier and The Chedi Andermatt are both under construction, the latter of which promises “guaranteed snow.” By the looks of it, this is a promise they can deliver.

American Rockies
Colorado is home to numerous legendary ski destinations, but Breckenridge seems to have the best ski report this late in the season. Having received 17 inches (43 cm) of fresh powder in the last week, there is a total of 57 inches (145 cm) on the slopes, with skiing up to 13,000 feet (nearly 4000 meters). The new Fairmont Residences Shock Hill in Breckenridge are now offering pre-construction pricing on its one- to three-bedroom whole ownership condominiums from US$1 million.

Canadian Rockies
Not surprisingly, Whistler tops the charts in the Canadian Rockies. Its slopes are packed with nearly 10 feet (2.8 meters) of snow, with 45 inches (114 cm) of snow in the last week alone. The Residences at the Westin Whistler and Four Seasons Private Residences Whistler are two of the top resort projects where buyers can own private residences, although both are completed by their developers and resale opportunities rarely come available. One-bedrooms at the Westin start at CAD119,900, while the Four Seasons offers one-bedrooms up to CAD199,000.

East Coast
On North America’s East Coast, Quebec’s Mont Tremblant has just been dusted by 16 inches of fresh snow in the past week. Despite its relatively low elevation, the conditions sounded great according to skier reviews. The Residences at Le Westin Resort & Spa Mont Tremblant were completed by the developers about five years ago, but some resale opportunities do arise from time to time. A one-bedroom hotel-condo that sleeps six is now on the market for sale for CAD$249,000.

Weekly News Recap: February 8, 2013

Starwood Capital to open 5 hotel-residential projects under new brands Baccarat and 1 Hotels & Resorts
http://www.bizjournals.com/newyork/news/2013/02/06/starwood-to-open-5-hotels-under-2-new.html

The top 10 list of cozy bars for winter includes notable hotel-residence projects such as Four Seasons Boston, W Austin, Westin Detroit Book Cadillac, and Four Seasons Baltimore
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/george-hobica/10-cozy-hotel-bars_b_2590875.html

Vienna’s Sans Souci is 66% sold – only 5 of the original 15 residences remain
http://derstandard.at/1358305581351/Sans-Souci-Zehn-von-15-Residenzen-verkauft (In German)

Tophams hotel in London’s tony Belgravia neighborhood to relaunch as luxury hotel with private residences
http://www.hotel-industry.co.uk/2013/02/tophams-hotel-to-relaunch-as-luxury-hotel-with-private-residences/

The 10 Priciest City Rentals in Chicago include Several Trump Listings
http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2013/02/01/mapping-the-10-priciest-city-rentals-for-the-migrating-whale.php

Inside Intercontinental Residences Boston
http://boston.curbed.com/archives/2013/01/in-the-land-of-2m-is-not-a-lot-1.php

Yahoo Finance Covers HotelHomes.com Launch
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/hotelhomes-com-launches-globally-140613329.html

HotelHomes.com founder Dan August Cordeiro covered by New York’s Real Estate Weekly
http://www.rew-online.com/2013/01/30/cordeiro-checking-in-to-booming-new-sector/

Hotel De Glace, Ice Hotel, Opens Outside Quebec City
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/04/hotel-de-glace-ice-hotel-_n_2616449.html

Pop-up ‘container hotel’ called “Sleeping Around” hits Belgium
http://travel.cnn.com/new-belgium-pop-hotel-sleeping-around-120796

HotelHomes.com Weekly News Recap from February 1, 2013

Top Hotel Restaurant Views Include Mandarin Oriental New York and the Westin Whistler

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/hotels/2013/01/30/hotel-restaurant-with-a-view/1874575/

Miami’s New Development Boom

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/01/27/3203924/six-years-after-condo-crash-100.html

Asking $27 million at the Four Seasons Private Residences Miami

http://miami.curbed.com/archives/2013/01/30/whale-week-27-million-four-seasons-condo.php

Mixed Feelings about Underwater Hotels

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/01/would-you-spend-the-night-at-an-underwater-hotel/272674/

Only 19% of Hotel Guests View a Loyalty Program as Very Important

http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-hotel-loyalty-program-20130125,0,3176911.story

Oriental Residence Wins Award for Best Hotel in Bangkok

http://www.easier.com/111565-oriental-residence-awarded-best-luxury-hotel-in-bangkok.html

New York’s Most Expensive One-Bedroom Apartments, including The Plaza:

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/01/30/whale_piedsaterre_the_priciest_of_onebedroom_apartments.php

Waterfront Living Anchors Buyers to the Intercontinental Residences Boston

http://boston.curbed.com/archives/2013/01/in-the-land-of-2m-is-not-a-lot-1.php

YouTube Cofounder lists Ritz Carlton San Francisco Residence for $8 million

http://sf.curbed.com/archives/2013/01/30/updating_the_map_of_the_25_most_expensive_homes_for_sale_in_san_francisco.php

 

HotelHomes.com Trending Stories from the week of January 6, 2013

Top hotel openings for 2013

http://www.usatoday.com/story/hotelcheckin/2013/01/08/top-10-hotel-openings-to-watch-2013/1814019/

 

Hotel Deals Forecast to Rise in ’13 on Debt Availability

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-08/hotel-deals-forecast-to-rise-in-13-on-debt-availability.html

 

The Xian Westin: A Hotel With A (Museum) View

http://style.time.com/2013/01/09/the-xian-westin-a-hotel-with-a-museum-view/

 

Famed Clermont Hotel sold to developers

http://onlineathens.com/breaking-news/2013-01-10/developers-buy-atlantas-landmark-clermont-hotel

 

Workspace as Easy to Book as a Hotel Room – Now Testing at Marriott

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/workspace-as-easy-to-book-as-a-hotel-room—now-testing-at-marriott-186358032.html

 

Hotels add libraries for gadget-laden guests

http://www.usatoday.com/story/hotelcheckin/2013/01/10/libraries-next-big-trend-in-hotels/1822581/

 

Hotel in a Hotel: Nobu Hotel Las Vegas- Famed Chef & Robert DeNiro Cook Up Luxury Lodging in Caesar’s Palace

http://www.forbes.com/sites/larryolmsted/2013/01/10/nobu-hotel-las-vegas-famed-chef-robert-deniro-cook-up-luxury-lodging/

 

Fairmont Palm Jumeirah Island Opens in Dubai

http://www.ameinfo.com/ifa-hotels-resorts-330m-fairmont-palm-324608

 

In Seoul, lock your hotel room with a smartphone

http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/in-seoul-lock-your-hotel-room-with-a-smartphone/9473