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Concept to completion: Stock Exchange Hotel, Manchester

Concept to completion: Stock Exchange Hotel, Manchester As the opening date draws ever nearer, Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester is starting taking form. Hotel Designs caught up with architecture firm jmarchitects to understand how the company restored a historic city building so that it can shelter Manchester’s new kind luxury hotel…  The Manchester Stock Exchange building is a Grade II…

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Concept to Completion: Nicky Dobree creating Plaza 18 (part three)

Concept to Completion: Nicky Dobree creating Plaza 18 (part three) While Hotel Designs is exclusively following Plaza 18’s creation, editor Hamish Kilburn checks in on designer Nicky Dobree as the project is just weeks from completing… With her sleeves rolled up, designer Nicky Dobree is on the home straight in the race to design her first hotel project. The finish…

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Sneak Peek: Canada’s first pod accommodation concept to open in 2018

In April 2018, Whistler will welcome the opening of the Pangea Pod Hotel – a visionary property situated in the centre of the city’s pedestrian village. Designed for the discerning solo traveller seeking a boutique hotel feel, impressive design and a prime location at an affordable price-point, Pangea is set to fill Whistler’s void between hostels and hotels. “Pangea is…

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Furama City Centre unveils a fresh new concept to its Lobby

Furama City Centre in Singapore is celebrating the launch of its newly refurbished main and lower lobby. Furama City Centre opens its doors to all guests alike and invites them to soak in its new and fresh concept. Together with the revamped concept, Furama City Centre is anchored in the heart of Chinatown and at the fringe of the Central…

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Laufen brings a new concept to hotel bars

While the exhibition stands were busy throughout the two days of the recent Sleep event, the Sleep Concept Hotel Bar was the centre of attention thanks to its unique design, with the structure formed out of Laufen ceramic washbasins and shelves.The company’s slim profile Living Square basins were chosen for the project by Nous Design, an interior design practise based…

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The Aspria Group bring a new style club concept to Hamburg

The new private members‘ club for culture, business, sport and well-being targets members who would like to combine networking, engaging conversation and experiences, relaxation, healthy lifestyle and sporting challenge. With 48 high class Club Rooms for overnight accommodation, this will also be an attractive destination for business and leisure visitors from all over Europe.After a record build of just under…

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New lifestyle hotel concept to accommodate growing ‘staycation’ market

The 98-bedroom, six-storey hotel will be built at the bottom of Westgate Road, close to the city’s Central Station, with accommodation aimed at both the business and leisure traveller. Working closely with Network Rail, Sleeperz will develop a highly visible and recognisable landmark hotel on the former Parcel Works site, alongside the car park of Newcastle Station.With the UK’s holiday…

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DESIGN CONCEPT: Hotel of 2119 imagined by Hilton

DESIGN CONCEPT: Hotel of 2119 imagined by Hilton To celebrate the hotel group’s 100th anniversary, Hilton has just unveiled what it believes will be the hotel in 100 years from now… Intergalactic getaways, fast-food nutrient pills, two to three hour working days and adaptable, personalised rooms that can transport guests everywhere from jungles to mountain ranges; in celebration of its…

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FIRST LOOK: Savoy Palace unveils design concept

Ahead of its highly anticipated opening this summer, Savoy Palace in Funchal has unveiled the first glimpse of its interior design concept…  Savoy Palace, Funchal, which will be refurbished and redesigned paying tribute to the island’s traditional art and culture, has unveiled the first glimpse of the new hotel. Refurbished in homage to Madeira’s traditional art and culture through its…

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Kaldewei unveils new digital stand concept for ISH

Kaldewei’s forum delivers an interactive brand experience, demonstrating its role as a digital pioneer. The leading bathroom manufacturer is exhibiting at ISH on stand D79 – Hall 3.1… Kaldewei will be exhibiting on stand D79 – Hall 3.1 at ISH from March 11 – 15 with a completely new stand concept, demonstrating its unrivalled position as a leading bathroom manufacturer.…

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Top design hotel spa concepts in Britain

Following on with this month’s ‘Spotlight On’ theme focusing on Hotel Concepts – and with this year’s Brit List fast approaching – Hotel Designs investigates Britain’s best spa concepts… Between the years of 2013 and 2015, Global Wellness Institute (GWI) concluded that the wellness travel market grew by a whopping 10.6 per cent to be worth an estimated US$563.2 billion. With that trajectory…

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Hotel group unveils new social hotel concept in Aparthotels

Hospitality is one of the fastest-changing businesses in the world and companies involved need to react quickly to changing tastes and demands. In that environment Adagio reveals “The Circle” in Aparthotels… After months of research, “The Circle” is now being launched throughout Aparthotels Adagio. The objective of the new concept is to redefine the aparthotel spaces based on customer desire…

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9 eye-catching hotel concepts from around the world

As Hotel Designs begins to shine the spotlight on ‘hotel concepts’ this month, the editorial team have pulled together a handful of the most striking hotels from around the world… The hotel design industry is overflowing with innovative drawings and exceptional design concepts that year after year complete to unveil buildings that further challenge conventional overnight accommodation. Whether it be…

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Edinburgh hotel Launches ‘Living Art’ concept allowing guests to purchase soft furnishings

Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile Edinburgh announces that guests staying in Designer Suites can purchase artworks and soft furnishings from top-Scottish designers… This month, Hotel Designs has been putting the spotlight on hotel soft furnishings. With the aim to help make the ‘hotel look’ achievable in the home, Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile Edinburgh has recently launched a ‘Living Art’ concept where guests staying…

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Spotlight On: Hotel Concepts and Flooring & Carpets

Throughout August, Hotel Designs will be putting the spotlight on two massively talked-about areas of international hotel design, namely: Hotel Concept and Flooring & Carpets… Next month, Hotel Designs will be digging beneath the surface to uncover the most extraordinary hotels from around the globe as we celebrate the weird, the wonderful and the very brave world of Hotel Concepts.…

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Designer André Fu explores ‘modern reflections’ concept in four new projects

AFSO explores designer concept ‘modern reflections’ in four new projects around the globe… Following the recent completion of the Pavilion Suites at the Berkeley London, designer André Fu continues the notion of ‘’Modern Reflections’ with four key openings which will be unveiled later this year. AFSO is an internationally acclaimed design studio in Hong Kong, founded by the architect André…

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Seven minutes with Ed Ng from design house AB Concept

Hotel Designs caught up with co-founder of luxury design powerhouse AB Concept to discuss technology, trends and what’s next for AB Concept Following on from last month’s focus on restaurants, we caught up with co-founder of luxury design powerhouse AB Concept, which has recently completed Mei Ume, an east-meets-west designed restaurant in Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square, London. Editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn spoke to Ed…

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Snotels hotel concept put up for sale as going concern

All IP, branding, trademarks and customer data available for acquisition. Snotels, an alpine-only hotel brand concept launched back in 2011, has been put up for sale by founder and owner, Michael Metcalfe. The brand was established to ‘provide independent hotels in alpine resorts and ski villages with the digital platforms, targeted branding, unique marketing and brand recognition needed to drive business…

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Versital Marble Bar Tops Commissioned For New Whitbread Concept Cookhouse & Pub

Versital has been commissioned by interior designers JMDA Ltd to provide bespoke bar and kitchen pass tops for the latest project with hospitality giant Whitbread. Cookhouse & Pub located in Oldbury, West Midlands, is the newest concept venue by the company and features Versital’s on-trend ‘Arabesque’ marble finish surfaces. Described by Whitbread as ‘an informal, all day restaurant, with the…

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Interior designers reveal the biggest misconceptions about their industry

What is it, exactly, that interior designers do? What keeps them awake at night? Are they basically just like the hosts of Changing Rooms, throwing pillows and cushions at problems? Absolutely not! We found a bunch of interior designers to reveal the biggest misconceptions about their industry. Straight from the horse’s mouth… Here are 5 interior designers keen to tell…

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Concept POD Hotel opens property in Brooklyn

Pod Brooklyn opened its doors in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, introducing the next generation of properties from BD Hotels in partnership with CB Developers. Following the models in Manhattan and Washington DC (Pod 51, Pod 39 & Pod DC), Pod Brooklyn carries on with the micro-hotel concept, which utilises modular guestrooms built entirely in Poland and shipped to New…

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Technology-focussed Thai hotel concept launches flagship property

An innovative hospitality concept for savvy millennial travellers called Haven’t Met is launching its flagship hotel in Bangkok, Haven’t Met Silom. The hotel offers modern travellers a choice of unique and engaging destination experiences supported by a custom travel app. The hip new technology driven brand offers comfortable yet practical city stays with integrated technology that connects guests with each…

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Hotel Concept Focus: New Road Hotel to open in Whitechapel, October 2017

New Road Hotel will be opening its doors in Whitechapel, London, in Q4 2017. Inspired by the increased popularity for social living and accessible luxury, the new concept hotel will be offering guests everything they need, and nothing they don’t. Independently owned, this 80-room boutique hotel with an edgy flair will fit perfectly into the East London scene. On New…

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Hotel Concept Focus: Temptation Cancun Resort now open

Temptation Cancun Resort, part of Original Group, has reopened after a spectacular multi-million-dollar, complete rebuild taken up by award-winning Canadian designer Karim Rashid. Inspired by the human body, the new resort’s 430 guestrooms and public spaces epitomise Karim’s signature ‘sensual minimalism’ style, including an iconic multi-coloured seven-storey façade. An evolutionary concept in Cancun, the ‘Playground for Grown-Ups’ welcomes adults-only (21+) to…

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Concept Hotel Focus: Lifesize LEGO hotel completed at Windsor

The new 61 bedroom LEGOLAND Castle Hotel opens straight on to the LEGOLAND theme park, offering guests a completely immersive LEGO® experience. Award winning architecture and interiors practice, The Manser Practice, was commissioned by Merlin Entertainments Ltd to design and deliver the ultimate LEGO family hotel, as well as extension works to the LEGOLAND Resort Hotel facilities at the resort.…

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Concept Hotel Focus: EVEN Hotel Auckland scheduled for 2020 opening

Travel can play havoc with our mental and physical wellbeing. So many of us spend hours at the gym, watching our diets or taking early morning yoga classes, only to see all the great results fly out the window when we board the plane. Increasingly travellers are realigning their priorities to put wellbeing first in today’s over-scheduled and ‘always on’…

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Forward Features: August – Hotel concepts / Carpets

In August, Hotel Designs will be focussing on two spheres of interest; hotel concepts – as well as carpets. Underwater hotels, gin-inspired boutiques, ‘bookshelf beds’ – innovation in hotel concepts and design will continue in 2017 with some wonderfully creative and downright bizarre ideas coming into the industry. We will be focussing on some of our favourite examples this month.…

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Music concept brand Jaz makes plans for Vienna property

The news that a Jaz in the City is set to open at the very heart of historic Vienna in 2020 means that the Austrian capital will soon boast a further hotel. This will make Vienna the first foreign location at which all three Deutsche Hospitality brands are represented. The Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof and the IntercityHotel Vienna are already firmly…

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In Conversation: Ed Ng, Terence Ngan of AB Concept

AB Concept recently unveiled its first project in London – Mei Ume, one of the two flagship restaurants at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square. Hotel Designs caught up with designers Ed Ng and Terence Ngan about the project and their thoughts on hospitality design… —– Q. How much freedom were you given in creating your own take…

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Lighting Focus: Jalu launches innovative concept for outdoor lighting

Jalu Ltd recently launched its first two collections of striking outdoor floor lamps. Inspired by outdoor living products whilst working and travelling overseas, Alison Cavey and Juliet Kauffmann have spent the last 12 months “exploring a wide range of novel materials, production methods and designs in order to bring something fresh and exciting to the UK market”, says Juliet. Jalu’s…

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Project Spotlight: Travelodge launches ‘SuperRooms’ concept

This year London was crowned the world’s leading financial centre, holding on to its top spot for another year. By doing this, the English capital beat business-centred cities like New York, Tokyo and Singapore. As the worlds professional hotspot there were 3.3 million overseas business visitors to London between 2014 and 2015, spending a collective of £2.9 billion. Whilst one…

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Kanuhura Maldives relaunches with new design concept

A collection of three islands within the heart of the Indian Ocean, the reimagined iconic Kanuhura resort in the Maldives has undergone a $42 million design overhaul. Kanuhura relaunches with a nautical bohemian design concept that has revitalised the resort’s identity alongside a well thought out fitness offering. With the guests’ island experience of paramount importance, the new nautical bohemian…

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Holiday Inn shows off new H4 design concept

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the opening of the new-build 153-room Holiday Inn® Hotel & Suites Bellingham hotel in Bellingham, Washington. The hotel, which is located steps away from Bellingham International Airport, is the first Holiday Inn property to open featuring the brand’s new H4 design, which was developed in collaboration with Holiday Inn hotel owners and frequent guests…

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Company Profile: Jalu – An innovative concept for outdoor lighting

About Jalu Ltd New business Jalu Ltd has recently launched its first two collections of striking contemporary floor lamps – bringing a bold and original concept to the outdoor lighting market. Inspired by outdoor living design from overseas, Alison Cavey and Juliet Kauffmann formed the company in 2016 to create a range of innovative and high quality products for the…

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Versital specified for Mitchells & Butlers’ new hospitality concept

Versital is delighted to have been specified across restaurant, bar and pub operators giant Mitchells and Butlers new Premium Country Pubs. Versital’s luxurious faux marble in a classic ‘Arabesque’ white finish was chosen to complement the exclusive design of the upgraded establishments, found in some of the UK’s most beautiful locations. The concept of Premium Country Pubs focuses on style,…

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Sleep 2016: Gensler wins competition for new hotel room concept

International architecture, design and planning firm Gensler has won the annual Sleep Set competition to design a new guest room concept for the future at Sleep 2016 – the annual hotel design event. Designed to fulfil the demands of a new demographic of hotel guest – termed as the Digital Avant-Garde by research association Sinus-Institut, the vision explores how the…

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Sani Dunes – a new hospitality concept for Greece

Sani Resort, the five-star resort and ecological reserve in Halkidiki, is expanding its choice of suites and rooms with a brand new adult-friendly hotel, Sani Dunes, set to open at the end of June 2017. This chic new destination will offer a private beach, indoor and outdoor heated pools, an exclusive spa with six private treatment rooms, including a couple’s…

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Sustainability focus: Balmoral Hotel buzzing for new concept

News has emerged this week that a colony of honey bees have checked in on the rooftop of Edinburgh’s luxury hotel The Balmoral in a bid to produce home-grown honey for guests to enjoy at mealtimes in the luxury boutique. It follows the work being carried out at London Hilton Bankside with jewellery designer Alex Monroe. A similar concept is…

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Ennismore Group to launch new budget hotel concept NoCo

The group responsible for The Hoxton, The Hoxton Shoreditch and recent acquisition Gleneagles is to launch a new budget hotel brand concept called NoCo. Ennismore is aiming to open 25 NoCo hotels in key cities across the UK, with the first opening in 2018. Each NoCo site will have between 150 and 200 rooms, with rates under £100. Guests will…

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New affordable boutique hotel concept launches in Chicago

Hotel Chicago presents the West Loop/Illinois Medical District with a new lodging option destined to shake up Chicago’s boutique hotel market. Now open, the 117-room independent marks the entry into the hotel business by financier Joe Perillo, owner of Perillo Auto Group – a name synonymous with quality in Chicago for four decades. Joining Mr. Perillo to manage and operate…

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Q&A with BoConcept designer Morten Georgsen

At HotelDesigns.net, we were delighted to be a media partner for the recent Hotel Summit 2015 at the Hilton London Wembley, where we met the fantastic team from BoConcept.After the event, we had the pleasure of speaking with one of their designers — Morten Georgsen – about all things design, inspirational figures and definite design faux-pas to avoid… —– HotelDesigns:…

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Product Spotlight: The lamps of BoConcept

Switch on the industrial look, or the classic look, or the natural look with a wide range of lamps and shades in different materials, such as glass, concrete, wood, colour-lacquered metal and rubber-coated aluminium. From understated to outrageous, BoConcept’s range of lamps fit any sort of feel or trend – find curvy models you can use instead of a pendant,…

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Product Spotlight: The rugs of BoConcept

Few things make a room come together more than a rug. With BoConcept’s collection you get a rug that fits your interior perfectly.From bold to elegant, BoConcept rugs are all handmade pieces of art in high-quality materials like cowhide, knitted wool and shiny strands that are put together in an elegant, shaggy way. Their collection offers a wide range of…

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Prepare to be inspired by BoConcept at the Hotel Summit 2015

BoConcept, the high-end Danish designer firm and manufacturer of sleek modern design furniture with an emphasis on fashion and functionality is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting at the Hotel Summit 2015 on the 14th September 2015.With 260 franchise brand stores and 90 studios worldwide, BoConcept manufactures and sells furniture and lifestyle products, ranging from sofas and beds…

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A new concept in SPA BUILD from Spa Creators Ltd

What is SPAshell™? SPAshell™ is a fully functioning, working spa complete with eight fully furnished Treatment Rooms, Thermal Experiences, Deep Relaxation area, Juice Bar and a Spa Lounge that leads to an Outdoor Balcony Terrace, which overlooks the Outdoor Hot Tub. This concept, developed by Spa Creators over five years in development has been created from identifying a need in…

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Guests Create ‘Next Generation’ Concept for Holiday Inn Express

Developed in conjunction with design professionals, the new ‘Next Generation’ guest experience for the Holiday Inn brand in Europe has been based entirely on guest input. To meet the needs of the ‘Smart Traveller’, the design reflects the technological demands of the modern guest with changes to how guests check-in, plug in and connect to the cyber and physical world.…

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First & Foremost and Ernie ELS Launch Revolutionary Family Hotel Concept

First & Foremost Hotels and Resorts, a bespoke hotel asset, development and operations company has joined forces with four-time Major Champion, Ernie Els to launch First & Foremost Family Hotels in partnership with Leading Family Hotels & Resorts.A trend within the travel world currently is community sharing whereby residential accommodation is rented through the likes of AirBnB. This has shaken…

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Unique new hotel concept debuts today in West London

Boutique hotelier Urban Villa announces the opening of its first property, in the Great West Quarter development in London. In a first for the hotel sector, Urban Villa combines the cultural experiences of boutique hospitality with the unrivalled convenience, comfort and discretion of luxurious residential living. The pioneering hotel contains 100 all-suite bedrooms within a soon-to-be iconic, glass-clad, cylindrical building…

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GROHE SPA® presented “Body & Soul Building” concept at IMM Cologne 2014

On average you will spend six years of your life in the bathroom. The more functions the bathroom fulfils besides washing and body care routines, the more people appreciate this space and think about customising it. Luxury within the bathroom is taking on a completely different role. Together with new products and applications, the bathroom has become a place for…

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Baulmann Leuchten part of the winning team at 2013 Sleep Concept Hotel

Sleep Concept Hotel, part of Sleep, invited designers to plan and build a life sized hotel room following the brief composed by our influential judging panel. This year’s brief was inspired by the nostalgia for the 1960s: transforming our catwalk of hotel design into a radical contemporary Pop Art experience. The winning design by Cullinan Interior & Infinite Architecture, whose…

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Swissôtel Berlin with new lobby and bar design concept

Berlin’s elegant business hotel in the centre of West-Berlin just had a facelift in the public areas. The new style seamlessly blends Swiss tradition and a contemporary lush colour palette, high-quality materials and a cunning light-concept. The combination both complements the cutting-edge design of Gerkan Marg & Partner architects, yet lends the space a harmonious, cosy feeling. It’s been nipped,…

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Barcelona Princess welcomes a new decoration concept

Great Hotels of the World, the London-based hotel sales and marketing alliance, is pleased to announce that its member, Barcelona Princess redecorated their rooms and created a themed Loft with the creative brand Desigual living. Located on Barcelona’s world-famous Avinguda Diagonal, Barcelona Princess is a stylish and contemporary hotel that is constantly looking for new ideas. 18 rooms and two…

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New-Concept Hotel with On-Site Garages Opens in Eagle Ford Shale

A new hotel concept which combines quality oversized guestrooms with secure, full-sized, on-property garages for vehicles and tools, has opened in Crystal City, Texas in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale.The Derrick Lodge houses 50 oversized interior corridor guest rooms, each with ample living space including a bedroom and living room, two workstations, a 129-channel Direct TV package with…

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Vector Concepts Chapter Guestrooms and Corridors

Brintons brings further creative innovation to their Vector design collection with the introduction of a newly designed Guestrooms and Corridors bespoke package.The latest chapter in the Vector Concepts collection offers designs which have been carefully chosen for the hospitality sector, providing a new approach in the creativity and use of carpet in corridors and hotel guestrooms. The designs in the…

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Sophisticated Suite Concept from Lano Carpets

The endlessly stylish and resilient Suite carpet concept from Lano Flooring Solutions continues to provide leisure and hospitality environments with the utmost in style, comfort and performance, providing designer colours and fine stripes in the stock collectionas well as a bespoke custom concept service.A tufted graphics range renowned for its stylish linear stripe, Suite’s stock collection offers a minimalist look,…

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COMO Hotels and Resorts unveils the design concept for Point Yamu by COMO

COMO Hotels and Resorts has recently unveiled a detailed design concept for Point Yamu by COMO, a new resort in Thailand with interiors by Italian architect and designer, Paola Navone.Opening Summer 2013, Point Yamu on Phuket will be the Italian-born Navone’s first ever hotel project, her powerful vision bringing a fresh aesthetic to Thailand while reflecting the group’s ongoing commitment…

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Westin Hotels & Resorts Unveils New Nature-Inspired Public Space Concept

Westin Hotels & Resorts announces that it is applying its industry leading, design-driven approach to the new public space design, allowing travellers to stay balanced, refreshed and connected on the road. Designed with guests’ well-being in mind, the new lobby concept serves as a modern-day oasis for today’s demanding travellers by incorporating natural design elements, flexible and functional zoning and…

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aQi – an innovative hotel concept with an unusual name

Under the name aQi Europe’s biggest holiday hotelier, TUI Hotels & Resorts, created the lifestyle hotel brand positioned in the budget leisure segment. The brand name aQi is derived from the Spanish aquí, which means here, hereabouts, hither. The name symbolises the characteristic relation and reference of the hotel to its location. In line with the brand slogan “Life, sheer…

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Hilton London Olympia Unveils New Concept Society Bar and Restaurant

Hilton London Olympia has unveiled its redesigned bar and restaurant, Society. The re-launch sees the introduction of new menus by Executive Head Chef Grant Ferguson, and the creation of a new logo identity, designed by cutting-edge agency, Social.The concept behind the bar and restaurant has been inspired by the Victorian era in Kensington, which is typified by a sophisticated sense…

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Ideal Standard Launches New Concept Vanity Range

Ideal Standard, a leading provider of innovative and design-driven bathroom solutions, has launched its new Concept Vanity range, a new furniture and basin collection. Designed by Ideal Standard’s non-executive Design Director Robin Levien, the new Concept Vanity collection is a perfect addition to the already successful Concept collection. With its minimal, timeless, and elegant design the new additions bring a…

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A revolutionary new concept from Villeroy & Boch

Villeroy & Boch is remodelling its project business with a completely new concept and an abundance of customized offers. To launch this concept Villeroy & Boch are proud to announce the opening of their first 360° Projects showroom in London. Cleverly segmented into four stages based on clearly defined pricing levels, each is colour coded to ensure easy navigation through…

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A new concept in bespoke tufted floors from Axminster Carpets

Axminster Carpets has launched another major development in its impressive range of commercial carpet services with Graphics Concepts. Ideal for specifiers looking for bespoke tufted carpet that can meet explicit design and performance demands, Graphics Concepts allows the creation of not only custom colours, but also patterns and texture. With the ability to select from different carpet weights and qualities,…

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In Conversation With: Felipe Ávila da Costa, CEO of Infraspeak

In Conversation With: Felipe Ávila da Costa, CEO of Infraspeak Arriving in the UK, Infraspeak is a powerful platform that offers fully customisable, sustainable technology for the hospitality market. Hotel Designs sits down with the company’s CEO and co-founder, Felipe Ávila da Costa, to find out more… For years, the industry has been crying out for a platform that has been…

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Leading designers and architects spoke at the inaugural IDAS

Leading designers and architects spoke at the inaugural IDAS Taking place yesterday at Hilton London Tower Bridge, the Interior Design & Architecture Summit sheltered some interesting debates for designers and architects – all of which looped back to the elephant-in-the-room topic, sustainability in our hotels and cities… The sold-out inaugural Interior Design & Architecture Summit (IDAS) took place yesterday at…

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Checking in to University Arms, Cambridge

Checking in to University Arms, Cambridge Combining the best of British interior design and architecture, the University Arms in Cambridge is an effortless reflection of old and new. Editor Hamish Kilburn checked in to the Franklin Suite – and spoke to the leaders behind the project – to unearth the fascinating design story that’s written inside… In the race for…

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In Conversation With: Harry Allnatt, Richmond International

In Conversation With: Harry Allnatt, Richmond International Following Hotel Designs’ public unveiling of its 30 Under 30 at Meet Up London, editor Hamish Kilburn catches up with one of the winners, Harry Allnatt from Richmond International, to discuss challenges and opportunities that come with being a young rising star of the industry… Among Hotel Designs’ celebrated 30 Under 30s, which…

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Meet Up North 2019: Manchester venue announced

Meet Up North 2019: Manchester venue announced Hotel Designs has announced that it is taking its successful Meet Up networking event concept to Manchester’s Hotel Gotham on July 1, 2019…  Following the success of Meet Up London last week, Hotel Designs has announced that its Meet Up North networking event will take place at Manchester’s Hotel Gotham on July 1.…

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Hotel Designs’ 30 Under 30: Winners announced

Hotel Designs’ 30 Under 30: Winners announced Hotel Designs’ unveiled the winners of its 30 Under 30 initiative at Meet Up London on March 28, 2019… 40 shortlisted 30 Under 30 finalists were among the more than 200 interior designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers who gathered at Minotti London on March 28 for Meet Up London. The event, which…

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Rosewood’s lifestyle brand, Penta, makes comeback in Russia

Pentahotel Moscow, Arbat unfolds a new neighbourhood lifestyle hotel category and opens as the brand’s first step into Russia… Penta, the neighbourhood lifestyle brand under Rosewood Hotel Group, is back in Moscow after 20 years. Formerly operating as the ‘Moscow Olympic Penta Hotel’ under different ownership, the property had closed its doors in the late ‘90s, only for the brand to…

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Top stories of the week: design love from Bangkok, hide and seek architecture and a new hotel chapter

With architecture and construction firmly in the spotlight, Hotel Designs has witnessed another jam-packed week full of interesting stories that highlights our love in design and architecture. Breaking down these headlines is editor Hamish Kilburn…  New York, New York! Is there anywhere else on the planet quite like it? In the original metropolis where possibilities soar high above the bustling streets…

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Six Senses joins IHG

IHG has welcomed a new family member to its portfolio of brands, with the acquisition of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas… Six Senses, which is renowned for its wellness and sustainability offerings, with each hotel and resort set in locations of incredible natural beauty that will stop you in your tracks, has joined IHG. Featuring properties in 12 countries, Six Senses is behind some…

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Editor’s round-up of MAISON&OBJET Paris and Deco Off 2019

With the aim to unearth new talent among the sea of exhibitors, as well as identifying emerging trends in all markets, editor Hamish Kilburn reviews MAISON&OBJET Paris 2019… The streets of Paris at any time of the year ooze chic style, sophistication and a certain ‘je-ne sais quoi’. During January, though, it is a bustling haven for designers seeking inspiration…

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Top five stories of the week: New sponsors, a fresh motto and social media success

Following the Independent Hotel Show, and with less than four weeks until the industry gather at The Brit List 2018, Hamish Kilburn reviews the week’s headlines live from Africa… As weeks go, this one has been rather sensational, unforgettable in fact. Following an insightful Independent Hotel Show, I have spent the majority of the last seven days checked in to one…

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LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL: What to look out for

Visiting London Design Festival this week. Here’s what to look out for… London Design Festival returns for the 16th year in 2018, celebrating 10 years at the V&A as the official Festival hub. London will be transformed with an inspiring programme of Landmark Projects, installations and events throughout the city from 15-23 September 2018. DECOREX (Hotel Designs is a proud…

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Lamington Group to open first room2 ‘hometel’ in Southampton

June debut for ‘completely different approach to staying away from home’ Lamington Group has launched room2 – a new brand specialising in what it’s pitching as a ‘completely different approach to staying away from home’. The company is set to open the first fully-fledged hometel in Southampton in June, following a pilot in Hammersmith in 2016, and says it offers a design-centric alternative…

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Nobu Hotel confirms March 29th Marbella resort opening

Described as a ‘sophisticated playground exclusively for grown-ups’, the 81 guestroom resort is located between Marbella town and Puerto Banus. Nobu Hotels has confirmed a March 29th grand opening for its Nobu Hotel Marbella, with the resort offering personal concierge service, an exclusive beach area with branded sun loungers, in-room signature Nobu treatments with access to the Six Senses Spa, a fitness centre, tennis club and…

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Four Seasons Hotel Tunis now open

Just a short drive from the ancient Roman ruins of Carthage and the traditional village of Sidi Bou Said, a sanctuary of modern luxury and style has opened its doors on the Mediterranean shore of the capital: welcome to the all-new Four Seasons Hotel Tunis. “We are delighted to greet our first guests at Four Seasons Hotel Tunis,” says General…

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Style Library launches – home to six iconic British brands

Style Library officially launched at the opening of their state of the art new 280m2 showroom in Design Centre Chelsea Harbour this week. The home of six iconic, authentic British brands: Zoffany, Harlequin, Sanderson, Morris & Co., Scion and Anthology, Style Library has made it their mission to Inspire Creative Living in all. Style Library is the global one-stop-destination for…

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Product Spotlight: Holix floor lamps from Jalu

Jalu Ltd has recently launched The Holix, its second collection of striking contemporary floor lamps – bringing a bold and original concept to the outdoor lighting market that combines attractive aesthetics with durability and functionality. The Holix collection provides both an object of beauty during the day and ambient light in the evening, creating an enticing atmosphere through a combination…

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Sereno Hotels announces official opening of Il Sereno Lago di Como

Sereno Hotels is pleased to announce the first official full-season opening of Il Sereno Lago di Como, the first new hotel on Lake Como in decades, designed by famed Milan-based architect and designer Patricia Urquiola. The all-suite hotel features 30 suites, all with their own furnished terraces and lake views. Il Sereno is the third property to join the Sereno…

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Manchester’s CitySuites starts welcoming guests

Manchester’s first ever luxury serviced apartments, CitySuites, opened its doors on Wednesday 1 February, as VIP guests made their first move into the exclusive new accommodation in the heart of the city. Unlike anything else that exists in Manchester, the serviced apartment offering sees the city upping its game as a centre for business and tourism. Headed up by newly…

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Guest Blog: Wandsworth Case Study – Ham Yard Hotel

As Giorgio Armani so eloquently put it, “The difference between style and fashion is quality”. The Wandsworth Group couldn’t agree more. That’s why their range of superlatively designed, hand crafted electrical accessories, including luxury light switches and electrical sockets, are used by world-class interior designers and architects in prestigious building projects from Hong Kong to New York – even in…

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IntercityHotel – new locations, new design, new technology

In Germany, they are fond of saying that all good things come in ‘threes’. This certainly applies to the latest developments at IntercityHotels, a successful Deutsche Hospitality brand which can look back over a history of nearly 30 years and has made three new announcements. IntercityHotel is set for expansion. Before the end of the year, it will open its…

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Sneak Peek: Restaurant design at W Hotel, London

DesignLSM has recently completed the interior design for Burger & Lobster – Leicester Square, helping to bring the popular concept to the exclusive location of the 5-star W hotel. The restaurant forms part of the brand’s current expansion plans along with the recent openings of the London sites of West India Quay and Holborn. Located a short stroll away from…

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Sereno Hotels announces opening of Il Sereno Lago di Como

Sereno Hotels is pleased to announce the grand opening of Il Sereno Lago di Como, the first new hotel on Lake Como in decades, designed by famed Milan-based architect and designer Patricia Urquiola. The all-suite hotel features 30 suites, all with their own furnished terraces and lake views. Il Sereno is the third property to join the Sereno Hotels portfolio…

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Award-winning hostel brand Generator opens in Stockholm

Stockholm is one of the fastest growing cities in northern Europe, embracing its bank of up-and-coming fashion, design, and musical talent. It wasn’t going to be long before Generator made its mark on the Swedish capital. Located close to the Stockholm city centre in the thriving technology hub at Torsgatan 10, the brand new property, adjacent to the Norra Bantorget…

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Butlins’ Minehead £16 million project features Marley’s Cedral Lap weatherboard

Its speed and ease of installation, low maintenance benefits, fresh and modern aesthetic and varied colour options, have seen Marley Eternit’s Cedral Lap weatherboard specified to play a central role in the contemporary re-creation of the iconic Butlins’ chalets at a new £16 million development in Minehead. West Lakes Village at Butlins’ Minehead resort has been created ahead of the…

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Radisson Red Hotel Glasgow to open in 2017

Carlson Rezidor are delighted to announce the signing of Europe’s first new-build Radisson Red hotel.Due to open in 2017, the Radisson Red Hotel Glasgow will feature 176 rooms, a stylish “Redeli” restaurant and a “Oui” bar; a gallery; more than 100sqm of meeting space and a gym. “Following the recent Carlson Rezidor signings of Radisson Red hotels in Asia (Shenyang…

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Hotel Indigo, York

Very often, when out and about reviewing hotels or sifting through property announcements at HotelDesigns HQ, I encounter some variation on that old hospitality cliché: ‘modernity blended with history’- and very often, it’s a lazy and inaccurate description. But every now and again, I have the pleasure of staying in a hotel and a location that epitomises the phrase. The…

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What’s New for 2015 for Leisure Plan?

The following products are only a small selection of the new and exciting collections for 2015 from Dedon, Ego Paris and Fischer Mobel. All the new pieces are now available exclusively from Leisure Plan. Swingrest 2-Seater Sofa by Dedon Bringing a new level of comfort to outdoor or indoor relaxation, this sofa would complement any location. Bienvenue Rotative Table by…

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Generator Brings New Breed of “Haute” Hostel to Paris In 2015

Generator, the brand that is transforming the European hostel category with its hip urban design hostels, arrives in Paris in 2015. The property, located in the fashionable 10th Arrondissement, will be the largest Generator to date with 916 beds.Rooms range from en-suite shared rooms from €25 per bed, to private rooms starting at €98 per room. There are also premium…

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