WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: JAN 2017
We’re full throttle into 2017 and even though our resolutions may be biting the dust [kicks empty champagne bottle under table], we’ve still got our sights set firmly on all that’s new and newsworthy for the year ahead. If you haven’t already checked out our Master List of Worldwide Hotel Openings, do so asap – but not before getting up to speed with January’s edition of Welcome To The Collective, which is all about the just or soon to launch first-timers who’ll be joining us in June.
Plus, we’ve redesigned our Guest List to give you an easily searchable, comprehensive view of the hottest hotels and travel brands in the game. AND, if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got lots of exciting stories lined up on the blog to keep you at the bleeding edge of travel throughout the year. So whatever resolutions you’ve made, we can help you keep that one, at least.
NAME: The Warehouse Hotel
LOCATION: Robertson Quay, Singapore
CAUSE: Turning a shady past into a bright future at this slick riverside bolthole
Once upon a time, The Warehouse Hotel was part of the den of iniquity and intrigue surrounding the Straits of Malacca trade route on the Singapore River. Today, the 37-room property may have left its underground roots behind, but continues to tip a wink to its 1895 beginnings through a thoughtful restoration that nevertheless invites the future in. Having opened just this month, the hotel aims to channel its ‘entrepreneurial’ background by telling the modern story of Singapore’s makers and shakers, instigating creative collaborations and implementing a design that is at once classic, indicative of its heritage and daring (see the wheels hanging from the ceiling of the cavernous lobby for proof). In another nod to its past life at the centre of the liquor distilling and red light district, the Warehouse offers a hangover-inducing array of craft cocktails – we say best enjoy them in the rooftop infinity pool.
LOCATION: Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne
CAUSE: Dreaming up a playfully surreal artistic enclave in the Australian winelands
It might be an unusual parallel to draw for a hotel, but both the website and early images of Melbourne’s brand new Jackalope bring one other rabbit-eared maverick to mind: Donnie Darko. The comparison might not be as unintentional as you’d think, given that Jackalope is the brainchild of Louis Li, a 28-year-old former filmmaking student who certainly seems to have a flair for the surreal. In addition to the seven-metre-tall sculpture of the hotel’s namesake (a legendary cross between a rabbit and an antelope, FYI), guests to this just-opened property can expect one-off furnishings, site-specific art installations, a yoga lawn, two destination restaurants and a 30-metre black infinity pool. Working together with a team of creatives, including the former GM of Canberra’s experimental Hotel Hotel, Li has created a suitably tipsy artistic retreat in the wine region – and with another Melbourne hotel on the horizon and dreams of outposts in Shanghai and LA in his head, the story doesn’t end here.
NAME: The Curtain
LOCATION: Shoreditch, London
CAUSE: Bringing Gansevoort glamour to Shoreditch with a creative’s playground-cum-retreat
The ascendance of Shoreditch as a rival hotel hotspot to central London is set to continue when The Curtain opens in May 2017. The long-awaited project is the brainchild of Gansevoort’s Michael Achenbaum and looks destined to provide a healthy shot of competition to nearby creative enclave Shoreditch House (of Soho House group), with nine stories of communal spaces including a screening room, nightclub and Moroccan-inspired rooftop pool. Alongside 120 guest rooms, members can work up a sweat in the gym designed by The Vault’s John Squirrel before undoing all their good work in Red Rooster, New York chef Marcus Samuelsson’s first UK outpost of his celebrated Harlem soul food restaurant. Meanwhile, Banksy’s agent Steve Lazarides and rock’n’roll photographer Mick Rock will be keeping things looking rebellious by heading up the hotel’s art programme. We’d say there are more than enough hipsters and, increasingly, celebs stalking around Shoreditch for a second creatively-minded members club – watch this space for more details as we get them…