A bi-weekly round-up of new hotels and hideaways, treks and tours.
Ian Schrager revives a classic
Chicago hotel — and his reputation as an independent boutique hotelier — with the Public, opening 15 September on Chicago’s Gold Coast. Once the Ambassador East
Hotel that hosted everyone from Frank Sinatra to Judy Garland, who both dined
at the famed Pump Room restaurant, the 285 rooms start at a very affordable
$135 a night and famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten created a menu for the Pump
Room that combines New York haute cuisine with classics from the old space.
On 7 September, the Mövenpick luxury
chain opened their first property in India, the Mövenpick Hotel and Spa Bangalore. The 182-room hotel has two floors dedicated to business travellers -- who
gain exclusive access to an executive lounge and club -- plus four restaurants
including Perfect Sky, which will open soon on the hotel’s roof.
If you’d rather dine at home while
abroad, Cosy Finland has introduced the Cosy Finnish Evening Program. One to four guests can
drop in on a Finnish home and eat dinner with a host, who prepares a few favourite
The boutique Templar Hotel opens in late September in Toronto’s entertainment district, with 26
rooms decorated in a sleek, modern style with hardwood floors and low, modern
Poliform furniture. There is a Japanese spa, light installations in the lobby
and a rooftop bar with views of the CN Tower.