Friday, December 19, 2014

The worst new hotels for 2014, according to Luxury Travel Intelligence, and how the #1 worst hotel is in London



Here's something I'll bet you never thought you'd see on the Travelife Magazine blog: the worst new hotels in the world for 2014.

However, I have to stress that these are not my choices or the choices of anyone on my team, but the choices of Luxury Travel Intelligence (LTI), a members-only information source on the best of -- what else, but -- luxury travel, founded by Michael Crompton.

This list is incomplete and not in order, but here are some of LTI's picks for the worst new hotels for 2014, along with Michael Crompton's candid comments.

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LTI's pick for worst new hotels in 2014

WALDORF ASTORIA
Dubai

"Since opening, this is struggling to meet the standards expected, particularly given the intensive competition in Dubai."

"This has the potential to be an impressive property, but for the moment we have a long list of shortcomings and concerns."

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LTI's pick for worst new hotels in 2014

THE BRANDO
French Polynesia

"This bizarre and remote property sends a very mixed message. And it’s a long way to travel to be disappointed. Its eco claims are questionable and the ‘Robinson Crusoe’ effect is dubious, due to the mass of high tech gadgetry present."

"No doubt many will find it sensational, but to LTI it is a strange and ill-conceived concept."

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LTI's pick for worst new hotels in 2014

ME
Mallorca, Spain

"For the moment, the ME brand just makes it through as a luxury option with LTI, but we have yet to find an ME property that really impresses us. This one fails in so many ways."

"The location is questionable and service standards are well below the level we would expect."

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LTI's pick for worst new hotels in 2014

ME
Ibiza, Spain

"The ME brand disappoints yet again."

"We have real issues here with poor management, service and food. And we are also surprised at how such a major financial investment could be followed by such low standards."

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LTI's pick for worst new hotels in 2014

HAM YARD
London

"We are long-standing fans of the wonderful hotels created by Tim and Kit Kemp. But this one sadly falls well short of their usual high standards. It has a feel of a pop up and appears unfinished and lacking in warmth and character."

"The overall exterior look is very corporate and jars with the unique character of Soho. In time it could blossom – and if anyone can achieve this it is the Kemp duo. They have their work cut out on this occasion."

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LTI's pick for worst new hotels in 2014

SLS
Las Vegas

"SLS Miami failed to impress us, but after three days at SLS Las Vegas we would have returned to the Miami location in a heartbeat."

He adds: "There is so much wrong here – including poor location, poor management and many of the hotel’s dining and entertainment options failing to draw the crowds, meaning shutdowns (or limited opening hours) and a seemingly never ending decline."

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THE WORST NEW HOTEL FOR 2014
IS IN LONDON

LTI's Michael Crompton adds:

"And, it’s with a heavy heart that we declare the worst new luxury hotel of 2014 to be ……..XXX in London."

THE BIG HOTEL GUESSING GAME

Here, I will leave you to guess which hotel he is talking about. If you're a frequent luxury traveler, you'll automatically get it, as practically every publication has already written about this hotel, and how it's supposed to have the best views in London.


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Unfortunately, some rooms can be seen from some other rooms because of a fault in design, so the occupants of these rooms need to keep the blinds down all the time -- thus eliminating the main reason for staying here in the first place.

Michael continues: "What views! And we are not talking about those of the amazing London skyline stretched out below you – but rather those direct or reflective views into neighbouring rooms."

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"And when you can see them, they no doubt can also see you. This disastrous design fault has already been well documented by the global media, but we have witnessed it firsthand on two occasions and it is very disconcerting."

"The hotel’s solution has been to fit blinds, but then you are in just another hotel room, which completely erodes the whole purpose of staying here, as room décor and size is only on par with the average London 4-star or 5-star hotel."

I have to stress that the above are not the view of Travelife Magazine, but of LTI. We're just reprinting their list with their permission. Nevertheless, I guess we're not staying there, in our never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.




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