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Welcome to Hotel BPM, New York's new DJ hotel
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Hotel BPM, a new Sunset Park hotel whose name is inspired by the musical term, "beats per minute," is a new boutique hotel created by DJ BIJAL. He envisions a "lifestyle brand" for the music-loving traveler. Because of its creator's background, music and music entertainment culture are integral to the hotel's identity. Beats will be channeled through the hotel's Bose central sound system at all hours in public spaces. More

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1st residential building with Missoni interiors opens in Philippines
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The MissoniHome line is extremely popular to those who love color, stripes and chevrons in their interiors and of course, the brand is famous for its knit fabrics, pillows, towels, etc. It has two eponymous hotels devoted to its interior looks in Edinburgh and Kuwait. Just announced is the 645-unit Acqua Livingstone tower in Manila, the Philippines, as the first residential building in the world for the Missonis to fully equip. More

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Satisfy sweet tooth at new Bon Bon Bar
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One can sastify one's craving for sweets and get a cocktail fix at the Volupté lounge's new Bon Bon Bar. Decked out like a candy shop, the new introduction to one of London's renowned burlesque and cabaret supperclubs is a burst of sugar-fueled color. More

 What's Developing

London's 1st Hollywood-style hotel coming in 2013
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Head to Marylebone's Chiltern Street, and you'll find a cute central London street lined with petite shops like luxe French candlemaker Cire Trudon, and the long locked-up, gothic red brick fire station under intensive construction. Hotel industry folks are near hysterical at what's being done to the fire station, since it's now on its way to becoming the first London hotel to be opened by famously stylish hotelier, André Balazs.

Spanish soccer club building massive United Arab Emirates resort
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The Spanish soccer club Real Madrid, in partnership with the government of the Ras al-Khaimah emirate, announced it will build a $1 billion holiday resort island with lush hotels and private villas, an amusement park and Real Madrid museum, a stadium and a marina. More

Kimpton takes over Portlandia's RiverPlace
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It looks like Kimpton Hotels are on a roll in picking up new hotels. One of the newest hotels in their collection is the RiverPlace Hotel in Portland, Ore., on the banks of the Williamette River. It boasts free WiFi, an evening wine tasting, the Kimpton Pets program, and a riverview courtyard and deck. More

Related story: Chicago's Hotel Sax to get De-Thompsonized by Kimpton (Hotel Chatter)

Kimpton's Canary sale finalized
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Santa Barbara's Canary Hotel has changed hands, after Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants finalized an estimated $40 million deal. The San Francisco-based hotel company acquired the 97-room boutique hotel along with its attached eatery, Coast Restaurant and Bar. More

 Industry Insight

Wanted: Hotel industry digital bloodhounds
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VideoBriefThese days, hotels aren't just looking to hire concierges and housekeepers. What the industry really needs are digital bloodhounds: people who understand how to use new technologies to track — and attract — potential guests. Take Greg Bodenlos. The 24-year-old's official title is digital marketing strategist at The Mark Hotel, a luxury New York City hotel.

Turning historic buildings into fine hotels
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If your next hotel stay has you dreaming of movie stars or mail carriers, it may not be your imagination. From Los Angeles to Tampa, Fla., to the nation's capital, hotel developers are embarking on projects that promise to breathe new life into theaters, post offices and other historic buildings. More

 Beyond the Edge

Bulgari family tries to become a name in wine
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The Bulgari name has long been associated with luxury jewelry worn by some of the most famous celebrities in the world. But will it mean anything in the world of fine wine? The Bulgari family does not know, but it will begin to find out, as two members of the watch and jewelry dynasty start a new wine venture.

Is H&M planning a luxury brand?
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Following its recent foray into red-carpet dressing, Hennes & Mauritz is rumored to be planning a luxury brand that would be more expensive than its high-end COS brand. H&M neither confirmed nor denied a report in a Swedish financial daily that it was working on the new concept. More

 An Eye on the Big Brands

Luxury hotels lay out welcome mats in India
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Luxury hotels like the Oberoi and the Taj Mahal have long been part of the fabric of the Indian hospitality industry, but several high-end hoteliers are starting new outposts in the country. The French hospitality brand Sofitel recently opened its first hotel in India in Mumbai's business district: the Sofitel Mumbai BKC, named for its location in the Bandra Kurla Complex.

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