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The Elysian Hotel to Get a Marc Jacobs Shop on Thursday

While we are still waiting for one of our fave fashion designers, Marc Jacobs to create his own hotel, we’ll have to make do with the Marc Jacobs hotel keychains (which we actually do own.) Yet there’s another way to enjoy Marc during a hotel stay–at The Elysian Chicago, where MJ will be opening his own shop on February 25.

vAccording to Metromix Chicago, this is a Marc Jacobs proper store which is more couture (and expensive) than his lower-priced Marc by Marc Jacobs line. This will be the first Marc Jacobs store for Chi-town and Metromix says:

The store] will feature a super-tall wall covered with colored glass tile and dramatic cluster of light fixtures dripping down from the ceiling.

Meanwhile, room rates at the brand-new Elysian (it opened in November) are about the same as a Marc by Marc Jacobs frock. We found rooms for this Thursday at $349 a night for a king room with a fireplace.

More Bad News for The Plaza as Bakery Moves Out

It’s no secret that The Plaza has had a rough go of things outside its fancy hotel rooms, particularly in obtaining a thriving retail space in its basement mall. Yes, there is an Eloise Shop and Chef Todd English

is planning on opening a “food hall” later this year but for the most part retail success has eluded the legendary hotel.

This will obviously play out in court but there’s no denying The Plaza has some bad karma. The NY Post tallied up all the losses noting that The Palm Court closed in January 2009 (it will reopen this spring), the Oak Room stopped serving lunch and is only open for dinner, The Edwardian Room remains closed, the luxury shirtmaker Eton of Sweden closed shop in September and the lingerie brand Marlies Dekker closed in 2008.

That’s an awful lot of turnover for a hotel that promised to be better than it ever was before. What’s more of a shame is that these retail dramas are taking away from the hotel experience, which we thought was quite excellent. It’s not the Plaza of old (and it never will be) but the rooms and service were top-notch. Hopefully, Elad will get their act together and do what they can to provide a hospitable environment for retailers, shoppers and guests alike.

The New Villa & Hotel Majestic In Paris Looks Nice, But Out Of Our Budget

Le recession? Quel recession? To celebrate its opening last month, Paris’ new Villa and Hotel Majestic is having an opening offer of up to 40 per cent off rack rates.

Not bad, right? Right. Until you realize that even with the discount, rooms start at €300 ($408/£261), excluding breakfast and tax.

The 52-roomed hotel promises

stylish interiors combining classic French design with contemporary abstract artwork and furnishings resulting in an entirely modern aesthetic throughout the hotel.

Us, we’re not quite sold on the stripy/blotchy curtains in the bedrooms, and we can’t help thinking the decor looks a tad over-busy, though we’re definitely fans of wooden flooring (as long as it’s soundproofed), we love that the rooms look a lot brighter than a lot of dark Parisian places, and the lobby looks pretty stunning.

As well as 25 bedrooms rooms, there are 27 “villas” with kitchenettes attached (so at least you can save on the eating out bills). There’s also a 4,800 square-foot Wellness Center with gym, pool, hammams and infrared saunas.

It’s in the 16th arondissment, which to you and us means off the end of the Champs Elysées, so best figure in some taxi money to your bill. If you’re a longer term resident, they’ll knock your room rate down to a mere €250 a night, but for that, you’ll have to stay 15 days or more. Um, what generosité.

Omni Hotels Launches New Luxury ‘Wellness’ Brand Mokara

We tend to think of San Antonio being fairly laidback, but Omni Hotels is set to change all that, by launching their new high-end Mokara brand by rebranding the city’s Watermark Hotel & Spa, from April 1st.

The Watermark will be the first to fly the Mokara flag, but more Omni properties will follow—the focus will be on rebranding existing hotels more than developing new builds.

Omni’s senior VP for development tells Hotels magazine that the Mokara brand will be positioned on the same playing field as other luxury hotels that share a focus on spas and wellness, such

as Mandarin Orientals and Shangri-Las.

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