The Hotel Report: London's Goring Hotel Reopens; Portland, Maine’s Newest Property

March 2015

Your weekly roundup of the best of what’s new, what’s coming up, and what we can’t wait for in the world of hotels, from Condé Nast Traveler hotels expert John Wogan.


It’s less than two hours’ drive from Boston to Portland, Maine—and the city's newest hotel, the Press Hotel. The property opens next month in the city’s Old Port neighborhood and occupies a former newspaper headquarters (hence the name) with 110 guest rooms and interior design by Stonehill & Taylor, who also worked on NYC’s Ace Hotel. The look is inspired by the building’s original purpose, with newsroom touches like vintage journalist desks in the rooms and reeded glass doors (similar to those found in old newspaper offices) in the bathrooms.


Next month, The Bahamas is getting a 30-room boutique hotel in Nassau. Designed by Alexandra Champalimaud, The Island House will have a wellness focus, with an AntiGravity Yoga studio and a Bamford Spa, as well as a cultural program that will display works from local artists on-property.


The Goring re-opened last month in London’s Belgravia neighborhood after a massive renovation to coincide with the hotel’s 105th anniversary. Four different interior designers were tasked with reimagining various parts of the property, including British design stars David Linley (The Dining Room restaurant) and Russell Sage (guest rooms).


L.A.’s Koreatown continues its takeover of the city’s nightlife scene with the opening of three food and drink establishments within the recently renovated Hotel Normandie. There’s Cassell’s Hamburgers, just relocated here from its original location (opened in 1948) a few blocks away; The Normandie Club, an upscale cocktail bar; and Le Comptoir, a 12-person, counter-seating-only seasonal restaurant that will take most of its produce from chef Gary Menes’ own garden in Long Beach (Menes has previously worked with Thomas Keller at The French Laundry in Napa).