Quite a few noteworthy openings have come across our desks recently. Here's a quick round-up of the latest and greatest.
Aloft London Excel
Alofts first property in the United Kingdom has opened with time to spare before the 2012 Olympics. Located close to Olympic Park in East London, the 252-room Aloft comes with the brands namesake loft-like guest rooms, signature grab-and-go food pantry, free Wi-Fi, and, best of all, affordable nightly rates averaging around $200.
Armani Hotel Milano
Following the success of its premier property, Armani Hotel Dubai (the tallest building in the world), collaborative team Giorgio Armani and Emaar Properties debuted their second hotel, Armani Hotel Milano, yesterday. The transformed palazzo fosters the iconic designers sleek style. All 95 rooms and suites (touted as the largest guest rooms in the city) feature a small foyer, Asian limestone floors, backlit head boards, and beautiful bathrooms with one-way glass showers (you can see out from within the shower, but not in from outside). Nightly rates start from 500.
We covered news of Ian Schragers new hotel brand launch this spring. The first of the buzzworthy collection opened last month in Chicago. Expect Schragers inimitable style on a paired-down scale and extremely reasonable pricing. Preview rates start from $135/night.