HOTEL @ THE LAFAYETTE | Buffalo, NY Erie County
BUILT | 1904
HISTORY | This building was designed during Buffalo’s industrial peak by the first professional woman architect in the U.S., Louise Blanchard Bethune.
ACCOMMODATIONS | The recently renovated building now houses a boutique hotel, a brewery, banquet rooms, and apartments. The boutique hotel just mentioned goes by the name of Hotel @ the LaFayette and offers 57 guest rooms, including the Lafayette Suite and the third-floor Bridal Suite, both of which offer views overlooking LaFayette Square. The Pan-American themed guest rooms include vintage modern decor; while a modern minimalist style dominates each room, purple and yellow plush chairs and antique wallpapers provide vintage touches. The hotel also provides its guests with WiFi, flat-screen TVs, fireplaces, a fitness center, unlimited access to New York Times Digital and free breakfast. Guests will also have access to Pan-American Grill & Brewery, Bourbon and Butter (also known as Mike A’s Steakhouse), and Butterwood Sweet and Savory. As a visual treat, guests can view the hotel’s original Grand Dining Room, Murals Room, Teddy Roosevelt’s Trophy Room and Tap Room located inside Pan-American Grill & Brewery. Finally, when looking for things to do, guests can visit the close-by Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Coca-Cola Field and First Niagara Center. buffalobrewerydistrict.com/lafayette
SHUTTERS ON THE BEACH | Santa Monica, CA Los Angeles County
BUILT | 1993
HISTORY | Commonly referred to as “Hollywood’s Beach House,” Shutters on the Beach is a popular destination for celebrities, including Jennifer Anniston, Ben Affleck, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Christian Bale and Julia Roberts.
ACCOMMODATIONS | All about relaxation, Shutters on the Beach’s end goal revolves around providing a home that guests will never want to leave. The 198-room, boutique-style hotel comprises of two buildings, the Ocean House and the Beach House. Upon entering this high-end beach getaway, guests are greeted by a cozy lobby in which casual New England beach style meets California’s easy-going attitude. The rooms’ interiors have recently undergone redesign by Michael Smith; now, guests will find earth-tone throws and pillows, wicker furniture, a soothing color scheme of beiges, greens and blues, and of course the expected shutters. Guest rooms also boast ocean-view balconies, John Robshaw comforters, Tibetan rugs, bookshelves stocked with keepsakes, flat-screen TVs and iPod docking systems. The luxe bathrooms offer marvelous amenities of their own, with marble floors and walls, TVs, deep whirlpool tubs, a “Bath and Beach Chest” full of goodies, and three-nozzle, glass-walled showers. Apart from its high-style guest rooms, Shutters on the Beach also provides its guests with three restaurants options – 1 PICO, Coast and The Living Room – bike paths, paddle tennis, volleyball, pool-side relaxation, spas and yoga. shuttersonthebeach.com
KNIGHTSBRIDGE HOTEL | Knightsbridge, London United Kingdom
BUILT | early 1800’s
HISTORY | Knightsbridge Hotel – located near the Natural History Museum, Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park – is the perfect stay for history buffs.
ACCOMMODATIONS | Located on an idyllic, tree-lined street, this classic Georgian townhouse provides a comforting charm that transfers from its exterior to its interiors. The 44 guest rooms were designed by Kit Kemp; the products are whimsical, lusciously layered rooms with a modern English style. Inside each guest room, guests will fall in love with the clean neutrals mixed with bold colors; the mixture of patterns, fabrics, and furniture styles; and the eclectic art sculptures. While the rooms share the same designer, each room has its own theme, such as Tailor’s dummies, oversized headboards and artworks of Peter Clark’s West Highland Terrier. Each guest room also comes with a flat-screen TV and a DAB Tivoli radio with an iPod dock. Additionally, the bathrooms boast granite, oak, deep cast iron tubs and Miller Harris bath products. Exclusively, the Knightsbridge Suite includes a raised bed with an upholstered headboard, a chandelier and a fireplace. The hotel itself provides an array of amenities, including a library, a DVD selection, WiFi, valet parking and an honor bar. Perfect for those who love to shop, Knightsbridge Hotel is in walking distance to Harrods and Harvey Nichols. knightsbridgehotel.com
GRAND HYATT CHENGDU | Chengdu, China
BUILT | 2015
HISTORY | The Grand Hyatt Chengdu is located on the historic South Chunxi Road, also known as the “Hundred Year Gold Street.”
ACCOMMODATIONS | The Grand Hyatt Chengdu is expected to open sometime in the second half of this year – so sometime soon. Occupying floors 10-39 in the Chicony Square Building, this hotel will house 390 lavish guest rooms with a minimalist design and floor-to-ceiling windows. The Grand Hyatt Chengdu also boasts the only 5-star hotel restaurant in the city, No. 8 Restaurant, where they will offer authentic local delicacies. Additionally, guests will have access to two other restaurants on the property: Tea House, which will serve a fusion of Eastern and Western foods, and Steak House, which will serve seasonal European meals. This new hotel will also provide a lobby lounge, a 1,000-square-foot outdoor garden, a state-of-the-art fitness center and an indoor heated swimming pool. A pampering and relaxation room, which will include five private spa suites and 12 exclusive foot massagers, will also be offered to guests. Due to its location, the Grand Hyatt Chengdu is a prime location for shopping. However, for those who want to do more than shop, check out these close-by attractions: Mount Qingcheng, the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries, Wuhou Shrine, the Du Fu Thatched Cottage and the KuanZhai Alleys. chengdu.grand.hyatt.com