They're big, they're bold and they're ambitious. Three hotels slated to open before the end of the year come from well-known names in coveted locations offering game-changing amenities and built-out price tags well over $200 million.
In London, starting 10/10/10, the
will once again open its historic doors along the Strand in the city's West End. Managed by Fairmont, like New York's Plaza, the Savoy has been closed since 2007 for the pound equivalent of a $317 million restoration of its iconic Edwardian facade and 1889-era interiors.
Guests arrive past theater marquees of
at the Savoy Theater -- no longer affiliated with the hotel -- into a cobblestone courtyard and grand reception area with Tiffany glass dome rotunda, glossy ebony paneling and Victorian glass windows.
London's Savoy has reopened after a $317 million restoration of its iconic Edwardian facade and 121-year-old interiors.
A stalwart of the Victorian era and later of the art deco movement, the Savoy's dueling period details have been fused into a singular design aesthetic by Pierre Yves-Rochon, who worked similar magic in landmark properties such as V in Paris and L'Hotel Hermitage in Monaco.
Rooms, many with dramatic river views, have been gutted and reconfigured with a more modern mix of classic Victorian style, including clawfoot tubs, and such high-design features as Miller Harris bath products -- the same found in the top London boutique properties that in recent years have usurped old luxury palaces such as the Savoy and Ritz as a top draw for celebrity guests.
The hotel hopes to once again become the epicenter of city and theater society with River Restaurant, a modern-French power-lunch scene of bankers dining on leopard-skin and enjoying endless Thames views. River Restaurant is as much for locals as hotel guests.
Chef Bernhard Mayer will oversee the Savoy Grill, which Churchill loved and where Clark Gable first met Vivian Leigh, while Beaufort Bar will bring back nightly cabaret shows.
Marriott rises above downtown Miami
It's a different kind of Marriott than you've seen.
JW Marriott Marquis Miami
(that's a mouthful) is part of a $1 billion mixed-use development that shares a tower address with yet another hotel,
, a new Marriott uber-brand concept hotel accessed through its own entrance.
Its location has been compared to New York's Time Warner Center, a city within a city, near Miami's financial and booming design districts, with easy access to LeBron James at the American Airlines Arena or performance at the Adrienne Arsht Center.
This is the first Marquis in the JW Marriot brand. Its modern spin on luxury extends from the regal motor court with iconic Marriot gargoyle statuary to the Miami debut of three-star Michelin chef Daniel Boloud with DB Bistro Moderne.
A two-level entertainment floor includes a 10,000-square-foot NBA-approved basketball court, tennis court, Jim McClean Golf School, billiards room and virtual bowling alley to go along with the ubiquitous Miami preening pool and lux spa.
Rooms maximize wraparound Miami views with floor-to-ceiling windows and low-profile furnishings, and there's electronic gadgetry such as an all-in-one control panel for lights, music and 50-inch flatscreen television.
For those looking for a lot more exclusivity, and rates on average 30% to 40% higher, Hotel Beaux Arts comes with its own supermodern, all-white architectural entrance and concierge-assisted lobby with all-day snacks and cocktail service.
Rooms at Beaux Arts combine Brazilian cherrywood floors with Italian design elements on par with newer hotel icons such as the Setai and W South Beach. Even better, luxury suites ooze cool with details including retro wet bars and veiny marble bathrooms with rain showers and chandeliers.
Montage Hotels and Resorts learns to ski
When Montage Hotels and Resorts opened it first property in California's Laguna Beach, it became the hottest property on the Pacific Coast. Ditto in Beverly Hills a few years later. This year the collection moves into Utah's Park City with
, which should immediately become the hottest winter resort reservation in America.
A ski-in/ski-out location at the base of six-peak Deer Valley that's still one of America's only all-ski resorts -- meaning no snowboarders allowed -- Montage Deer Valley greets visitors with a dramatic two-story Great Room under barrel-vaulted ceiling and surrounded by a 15-foot double staircase and carved-limestone fireplaces. It offers Chanel ski bunnies and CEO skiers a most fitting hotel hideaway.
A total of 174 guest rooms and 81 residences come with ski hotel standards such as gas fireplaces and cushy furnishings. Montage standouts include elaborate stone bathrooms with complementary candles and overflowing mini-bars stocked with gourmet goodies and premium wines.
Look for a burgeoning apres-ski scene in the Great Room to open Dec. 15, in time for early ski season, and a Spa Montage with 35,000-square-foot sprawl of indoor pool, full-service salon and Vichy shower treatment rooms.
Montage Deer Valley is owned by Ohana Real Estate Investors, Montage Hotels & Resorts and The Athens Group. In addition to the Montage Deer Valley, OREI owns Montage Beverly Hills, Montage Laguna Beach and upcoming Montage Los Cabos. There are whispers of properties for Kauai and Northern California.
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Michael Martin is the managing editor of JetSetReport.com, a luxury travel and lifestyle guide based in Los Angeles and London. His work has appeared in InStyle, Blackbook, Elle, U.K.'s Red magazine and on ITV and the BBC.