Hotel Opening

Our team of hotel investigators are stationed all over the world, and every day we have expert photographers and reviewers visiting (and revisiting) properties. But often all you get to see is the final product — our comprehensive hotel reviews paired with hundreds of accurate, honest photos. Well, those reviews and photos are certainly helpful when planning a trip, but we figured it might be kind of fun for you to see just how we get to that end result. So we’ve decided to bring you along on our trip to Las Vegas, where we’ve been checking out the scene since Wednesday. We’ve visited pool parties and we’ve dined on some delicious eats and we’ve shared it all on Instagram, so be sure to check it out! But we’re most excited to share our pics and opinions of the brand-new Delano hotel. We were a little confused and thrown off that entry was through the parking garage, but otherwise we’ve been quite impressed! Let’s start at the beginning…

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  This sleek, new property skips the gaudy, colorful look Vegas is known for and instead opts for stylish, desert-inspired decor. The lobby and hallways are decked out with “boulders” and interesting wooden structures and hanging sculptures.

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A luxury spa brand with an expanding portfolio of chic resorts, Six Senses has just announced its plans to open its first European resort property in the spring of 2015. While the company owns six spas throughout the continent, Six Senses has chosen northern Portugal’s Duoro Valley, an UNESCO World Heritage area and the oldest wine producing region in the world, as the site for the resort. With 71 guest rooms and private villas spread across 19 acres, the new Six Senses will include a Wine Academy, two restaurants (which will rely on produce from the hotel’s garden), two pools, tennis courts, and of course, a massive 24,000-square-foot spa with 10 treatment rooms and a variety of traditional, as well as wine-based, offerings. It’s gonna be hard to wait till Spring 2015 (and knowing hotels, more likely Spring 2016), but for the time being you can still explore some of Portugal’s most beautiful cities, like Lisbon and Cascais, in style.

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Miami BeachYes, you read that right — Miami Beach is getting (another!) hip boutique hotel. Thompson Hotels — who we already know and love from the Smyth Hotel, Gild Hall, and Thompson Toronto, among others — will be opening the Thompson Miami Beach in late 2014 on Collins Avenue, just south of the Fontainebleau. The hotel was a whopping $200 million investment for Commune Hotels & Resorts (the hotel management company for not only Thompson Hotels, but another lovely boutique chain we love, Joie de Vivre) and the property will reportedly have preserved Art Deco features blended with contemporary glamour and bohemian flair. Sounds about right for what we’ve come to expect from the area’s trendiest boutiques.