Weekly digest: architecture goals, Marriott milestones & VIP arrivals

Editor Hamish Kilburn here to compile all of this week’s hottest hotel stories in one, easy-to-consume article – prepare for architecture goals, hotel openings and unconventional bathroom…

Weekly digest Hotel Designs March

I heard recently from an economics strategist that the hospitality sector has been placed amongst the industries that will see the largest bounce-back from the Covid-19 pandemic. Well, following this week’s headlines that are full of hotel openings and new developments, I can see that statement coming true. In this week’s round-up of stories, we take a look inside Marriott’s 8,000th hotel, sneak a peek at Accor’s 2022 development pipeline and share with you a handful of interviews with true visionaries leading the hotel design scene forward.

So, let’s take a look at the top stories from the last few days.

Marriott opens 8,000 hotel worldwide

Render inside Marriott Bethesda Downtown at Marriott HQ

Image credit: Marriott International

Marriott International has reached a major global milestone with the opening of its 8,000th property – Marriott Bethesda Downtown at Marriott HQ, a 12-storey, stylish retreat adjacent to Marriott International’s soon-to-open new global headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Hottest hotel openings in March 2022

sun deck and infinity pool with a hammock at four seasons tamarindo

Image credit: Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Still focussing on Q1 openings for 2022, writer Pauline Brettell takes a look at the hotels getting ready to throw down the welcome mat in March, and shares her standout choices from a Jedi-style Star Wars experience through to extreme sustainability in a project by the Sextantio group, with a few slightly more subtle stops inbetween.

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In conversation with: Jonny Sin, Director, ReardonSmith Architects

Jonny sin gif of his face and project

Image credit: ReardonSmith Architects

Jonny Sin’s determination and undeniable eye for architecture and design led him to become a Director at ReardonSmith Architects. Following his name being printed, yet again, in The Brit List 2021 – and after winning a landmark project – Hotel Designs caught up with him to discuss projects, people and new opportunities.

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Outdoor bathrooms: design allure from Gessi shines brightly

A modern outdoor shower outside penthouse next to linier pool

Image credit: Gessi

The Outdoor collection from Gessi helps designers create a private wellness is dipped in nature, in the open air, without compromising on design and technology. The range, which celebrates quality outdoor bathrooms, amplifies special moments of wellbeing in close contact with the outdoor environment, to fully experience the sensations that only an outdoor space can provide.

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Accor adds spectacular new properties to its 2022 pipeline

Accor Raffles London in Old War Office

Image credit: Accor

With an impressive pipeline that covers more than 300 new destinations worldwide, Accor continues to take us on a journey of discovery with some of the most anticipated openings across the continents.

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In (video) conversation with: Hotelier of the Year, Robin Hutson

Robin Hutson, known as an innovative and passionate hotelier with more than 45 years’ experience in some of the world’s most famous hotels, was crowned Hotelier of the Year at The Brit List Awards 2021. Hotel Designs travelled to the New Forest in the UK, where it all started for The PIG Hotels, to interview the hotelier.

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