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Hotel News You Can Use: Summer Renovations, Openings & Festivals

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Spring has come and gone and so too has spring cleaning. In terms of hotel news you can use, this means renovations, renovations and more renovations. Check out Lily J. Kosner’s round-up of this month’s hotel news you can use.

This June we’ve got suites themed after beauty queens and baseball teams on top of 3-year, $100 million renovations and we’ve rounded up all the completed, announced and in progress renovations so you know just what you’re checking into. Plus, as always, we have the latest hotel openings, culinary developments, and new hotel programs and features.

Openings & New Developments

Want to stay in the beauty queen suite? In Bangkok, Thailand, The Siam has now opened its doors to guests. Owned by local celebrity Krissada Sukosol Clapp, each of the hotel’s 39 suites was designed by architect Bill Bensley to be modeled after a different theme of Thai culture including local architecture, beauty queens, music, military and contemporary art.

Palace Hotel Tokyo

It might not be the Imperial Palace, but there is now a hotel a moat’s distance away from the Tokyo landmark. At the end of may, the Palace Hotel Tokyo opened a 290-room property that is the anchor to a USD $1.2 billion mixed-use development that includes 10 new restaurants and bars and the first evian® SPA in Japan.

On June 18, Design Hotels opens the Dorset Square hotel in London—marking the homecoming for hotel couple Tim and Kit Kemp, who have reacquired the property , moved away from the English country house style and put Kit’s signature design stamp on the 38 rooms.

That’s not all for Design Hotels, in September the QT Sydney will open in the heart of the central business district. The building will rise out of two of Sydney’s most iconic buildings – the historic Gowings department store and heritage-listed State Theatre. Aiming for a sense of history, original timber floors, retail showcases, gargoyles, and facade details have been carefully restored.

If you’re cruising in 2013, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises will have three new museums in 2012. Working in partnership with Pandaw in Vietnam and Cambodia along the Mekong River, and Century River Cruises in China along the Yangtze River, Uniworld will cruises throughout Asia.

Jumeirah Grand Hotel via Veneto

Starting June 16, Loews Hotels & Resorts has acquired the Renaissance Hotel & Spa in Hollywood from the CIM group. The 632-room will be rebranded as the Loews Hollywood Hotel.

In Rome, Jumeirah Grand Hotel via Veneto is now open in the city centre. Combining two 19th century buildings, the property has 122 rooms and suites as well as the Aqva City Spa.