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Hotels at New Heights: suites on the high seas

To conclude our series, Hotels at New Heights, Hamish Kilburn investigates why more and more hotel designers are taking to the seas to design the luxury cruise vessels’ suites of the future… Somewhere between Myanmar and Phuket, in the Andaman Sea, my perception of luxury cruises shifted from that of a cliché to feeling very much part of an exclusive…

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Hotels at New Heights: Rooms on Rails

In the second article in the series, Hotels at New Heights, Hamish Kilburn investigates how the luxury train industry is seeing somewhat of a renaissance for plush suite travel following an uncertain journey on the rails… The year was 1914. Woodrow Wilson was the President of the United States of America and the greatest war the world had ever seen…

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Hotels At New Heights: Airlines’ race to launch luxury suites in the sky

With international hotel design pushing boundaries further than ever before, can the designers in the field benefit from an insight into other industries when it comes to designing the hotel room of the future? Hamish Kilburn kicks off our series, Hotels At New Heights, by investigating how the airlines have raced to design suites in the sky… Travelling the world today…

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5 hotels taking the festive spirit to new heights this Christmas

The Christmas lights are on and the tree is up but not even Hotel Designs can compete with these incredible winter wonderlands that have been unveiled in luxury hotels across the world…   Unlike many industries, the hotel industry is one that gets little rest over the festive period. As soon as December strikes, marketing teams from the world’s most luxurious hotels take…

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JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Soars to New Heights in China

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts today expanded its luxury portfolio in China with the unveiling of the highly anticipated 416-room JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou in Henan Province. Marriott International manages this landmark hotel under a long-term agreement with the owner partners, Greenland Group.This new hotel is located on the top floors of the Millennium Royal Plaza, which is in the…

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Great Hotels of the World members take luxury to new heights

Great Hotels of the World member, Hotel Brunelleschi in Florence has now opened its unique Tower Suite which occupies the top floor of the stunning Medieval Pagliazza Tower. The tower is one of the special ancient features of the property which has been beautifully preserved despite the restoration works. The tower is one the oldest buildings in Florence, built by…

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Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts reaches new heights

The world isn’t short of beautiful resorts, but the upcoming Mövenpick Dharamshala Resort & Spa in Northern India is poised to take the design and delivery of upscale remote properties to a whole new sustainable level.The 124-room resort, due to open in 2013, will be located 2,400m above sea level in the upper reaches of the Kangra Valley and surrounded…

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Starwood unveils new disobediently designed hotel brand

Starwood unveils new disobediently designed hotel brand Starwood Capital Group’s latest iconic brand, Treehouse Hotels, will debut in Q4 of 2019 with a 95-key luxury hotel in London… Hotel visionary Barry Sternlicht, original founder of W Hotels, and Chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group, has once again worked his magic to reinvent the hotel experience by launching Treehouse Hotels.…

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LIVE FROM MILAN: Pedrali unveils new collection

LIVE FROM MILAN: Pedrali unveils new collection Pedrali has presented its latest collection at Salone del Mobile during Milan Design Week…  Ten new products are currently being presented by Pedrali at the Salone del Mobile during Milan Design Week. The pieces are being unveiled alongside some of Pedrali’s more iconic collections, giving character to the Palace of Wonders. Soul Outdoor…

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The Lowry Hotel, Manchester, unveils images of new presidential suite

The Lowry Hotel, Manchester, unveils images of new presidential suite The £700,000 renovation of the luxury hotel, The Lowry in Manchester, was led by The Brit List award-winning design firm Goddard Littlefair… Amidst the increase in luxury hotel development in Manchester, The Lowry Hotel is upping the ‘luxury stakes’ once again by unveiling the first look at its newly renovated…

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Top five stories of the week: New artistic heights, when two industries collide and The Brit List 2018 approaches

Feeling inspired from recent conversations and exclusives, editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn, lists this week’s top stories…  The most common answer I hear when I ask designers, architects and hoteliers where they source their inspiration from is ‘everywhere’. The more I hear this answer, the more I sit and wonder how far-reaching everywhere can be, and can anything really spark the concept…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Reaching new creative heights with artist Beth Nicholas

Having created striking artwork for some of the world’s most stylish interiors, was The Address Downtown artist Beth Nicholas’ most challenging project to date? Editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn sits down with the artist to find out more… Known artist Beth Nicholas is used to seeing her masterpieces on the walls of some of the world’s finest examples of hotel design. Among working…

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EDITION Hotels arrives in Shanghai

Celebrated designer Ian Schrager brings the celebrated EDITION brand to the metropolis of Shanghai, with an unprecedented blend of leisure and entertainment within one luxury hotel… Times change, people change, cultures change. Few cities move as fast or adapt as quickly as the city of Shanghai. Ian Schrager, the inventor and innovator of the boutique hotel concept, now brings the…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: British independents taking international hotel design to new heights

All this month we are shining the spotlight on independent hotels. As we prepare for this year’s much-anticipated Independent Hotel Show, editor Hamish Kilburn investigates inspiring hotels that are independently leading the way in international hotel design… Last week, we announced which handful of the industry’s best will join my panel discussion entitled ‘Power Hour’ at this year’s Independent Hotel Show.…

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Meet Up North took hotel design networking in the north to new heights

Last night, more than 200 of the industry’s leaders and visionaries from within the hotel design gathered on the terrace of King Street Townhouse in Manchester for the first ever Meet Up North. Sponsored by Marca Corona, the event, which boasted an unparalleled perspective of the Manchester sunset, welcomed hoteliers, architects, interior designers and key-industry suppliers. Commencing with a short…

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Anantara Hotels and Resorts using locally sourced materials to open Anantara Quy Nhon

HB Design and Marques and Jordy are working to open Anantara Hotels and Resorts’ third property in Vietnam using traditional craftmanship and locally sourced materials… Anantara Hotels and Resorts has announced the development of its third villa retreat which is scheduled to open in late November 2018. Located in a secluded bay in south central Vietnam, Anantara Quy Nhon Villas will…

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The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts makes Singapore debut

The Luxury Collection® Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, has announced it will debut the brand’s first-ever hotel in Singapore in early 2017. In partnership with boutique developers Harpreet and Satinder Garcha, The Duxton Club, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Singapore will showcase the island’s rich history with stunning redesigns from Anouska Hempel and Jacques Garcia of traditional shophouses–a prevalent…

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AccorHotels finalises purchase of FRHI group

Following the approval of shareholders at the General Shareholders Meeting last week, AccorHotels Group officially announces the acquisition of FRHI Hotels & Resorts (FRHI) and its three prestigious luxury hotel brands: Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel. This addition of three remarkable brands instantly positions AccorHotels as a leading player in the global luxury hotel market, increases long term growth potential and…

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Bakhresa Group and Verde Hotels to build Zanzibar’s ‘greenest hotel’

The Tanzanian based Bakhresa Group has appointed Verde Hotels from South Africa to develop and manage the total overhaul and upgrading of the old Mtoni Marine Hotel in Zanzibar. The brand new five star property will be known as Hotel Verde, and Zanzibar’s ‘greenest hotel’. “We are serious about being the leaders of the Green Economy sector and therefore we…

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Hypnos responds to the trend for boutique hotel style with new range of headboards

Luxury award-winning bed manufacturer Hypnos, which specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of hospitality beds, has seen increased demand for its large format upholstered headboards due to the rise in boutique hotels and boutique style.With the popularity of boutique hotels showing no signs of abating, the company, which holds a royal warrant, has designed a range of show stopping…

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A New Chapter Begins at the Royal Evian on 2nd July

Built in 1907, and referred to in its day as the “most beautiful hotel in the world”, the Royal continues its journey and keeps its legacy alive. After three years of works, the hotel, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, re-opens its doors on the 2nd July 2015.The refurbishment of the Hôtel Royal, entrusted to interior designer,…

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New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge Unveils Part One of its Design and Experiential Evolution

Brooklyn’s largest hotel, the iconic New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge in Downtown Brooklyn, unveils the first chapter of its $43 million renovation and reposition. A dynamic physical redesign combined with authentic Brooklyn experiences will entice guests…starting with their appetites. This month, the hotel celebrates the opening of new chic spaces: The Bar (Greatroom) and exclusive M Club Lounge.…

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Park Hyatt New York Debuts

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has recently announced the opening of Park Hyatt New York. Guests of Park Hyatt New York will enjoy its prime location at 153 West 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, which is within walking distance to Central Park and across the street from historic Carnegie Hall.Park Hyatt New York features 210 luxurious guestrooms, including 92 premier…

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GHM Scales New Heights with Chedi Andermatt Debut

GHM, the hospitality management group that pioneered some of Asia’s top luxury hotels and beach resorts, has recently announced that its first ski resort is on track for a Winter 2013/2014 opening in Uri, Switzerland. Nestled in the Urseren Valley at the foot of some of the country’s most exhilarating ski slopes, The Chedi Andermatt will debut as the centrepiece…

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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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Miniview: Tune Hotels opens its third London Hotel

Reading the runes on the hotel market at the moment is a little difficult. Premier Inns are opening a major unit on Leicester Square and continue to grow, with openings abroad now increasing. Accor are refocusing their Ibis/Etap brands with relaunches of new identities. Travelodge continues to open new properties despite its embarrassing financial problems, and Tune Hotels continue their…

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New Club Quarters Hotel and Restaurant Development Takes Shape at London’s Kingsway

International hotel operator, Club Quarters, is developing a new hotel and restaurant scheme at Kingsway, London WC2. With an outdoor terrace to Lincoln’s Inn Fields, the 10,000 sq ft restaurant building and 160 room hotel development are currently on site and due to open early in 2012. Leisure property specialists Davis Coffer Lyons has been appointed by Club Quarters to…

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Chelsom head to the Cruise Ship Interiors Expo, Miami

Chelsom head to the Cruise Ship Interiors Expo, Miami From today, June 19 to tomorrow, June 20 Hotel Designs’ Recommended Supplier Chelsom will be exhibiting at the Cruise Ship Interiors Expo which takes place at Miami Beach Convention Center. This is the inaugural launch of the show which promises to focus on interior design and word is that it is…

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Design icon Adam D. Tihany to design Seabourn’s next ships

Design icon Adam D. Tihany to design Seabourn’s next ships The designer behind Four Seasons Dubai DIFC, The Beverly Hills Hotel and One & Only Cape Town has been invited back by Seabourn to design the interiors and exterior guest areas of its two new purpose-built luxury expedition ships…  Following on from Hotel Designs’ insight into the cruise industry within the series Hotels At…

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Hotel Designs closes January with online traffic record

The leading international hotel design website closes January with a record-breaking 67, 792 readers….  By exploring hotel openings and spas as its Spotlight On features during January, Hotel Designs has smashed its online monthly traffic record, which was previously hit in November, by amassing more than 67,000 readers to the website. Hotel Designs, which last year attracted more than half a million…

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Editor checks in: January ’19

When two trendy worlds collide in January… Excitement and optimism are both thick in the January air. My train carriage on the Eurostar is full to the brim of creative people. Half the passengers on board are interior designers on their way, like me, to Maison&Objet. The other half are fashionistas, bloggers and journalists preparing to arrive at Men’s Paris…

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Hotel lighting in the cruise vessels of the future

In response to the final article in the series, Hotels at New Heights, Chelsom Lighting shares its expertise on how it has helped to light the cruise vessels of the future… Sailing the world’s oceans on one of today’s state of the art cruise ships is just as luxurious and flamboyant as it was on one of the great liners…

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Top 5 stories of the week: Lighting the future, Madrid arrivals and Nobu expansion

From lighting insights to hotel group milestones, here are Hotel Designs’ top stories of the week… As we continue our Spotlight On hotel openings, this week’s headlines have suggested a theme of hotel chains arriving in new destinations. From BLESS Collection Hotels opening its first hotel to Bali welcoming the Kempinski brand, it’s been an exciting week to report the hotel design headlines.…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: 7 hotel concepts on the boards that will rock your world

SPOTLIGHT ON: 7 hotel concepts on the boards that will rock your world During this month’s Spotlight On Hotel Concepts, editor Hamish Kilburn identifies the projects on the boards that are taking international hotel design to unseen heights… The hotels that are currently opening around the globe are impressive, innovative and are a reaction to the ever-evolving demands of the…

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Trends forecast ahead of Independent Hotel Show London 2019

Trends forecast ahead of Independent Hotel Show London 2019 Ahead of the Independent Hotel Show London 2019, which takes place on October 15 – 16 at Olympia London, design partners and exhibitors identify four key areas predicted to be hot in hotel design…  Now that registration is officially open for the Independent Hotel Show London 2019 – and following the…

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Leading designers, architects and hoteliers to attend Meet Up North 2019

Leading designers, architects and hoteliers to attend Meet Up North 2019 Meet Up North, which takes place on July 1 at Hotel Gotham’s Club Brass, will be attended by leading hoteliers, designers and architects… Following the success of Meet Up London in March, Hotel Designs is weeks away from heading up to Manchester with Meet Up North. The event, which…

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Meet Up North welcomes Atlas Concorde as event partner

Meet Up North welcomes Atlas Concorde as event partner Meet Up North, Hotel Designs’ premium networking evening in Manchester, has confirmed the Italian surface brand, Atlas Concorde, as an event partner…  Atlas Concorde, a leading Italian surfaces brand which supplies products for some of the world’s most impressive design hotels,  has been confirmed as an event partner for Meet Up North.…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: 10 inspirational hotel bars and restaurants

SPOTLIGHT ON: 10 inspirational hotel bars and restaurants To kickstart our Spotlight On topic of Bars & Restaurants, Hotel Designs has scoured the globe to highlight hotel F&B gems that deserve to be recognised. Editor Hamish Kilburn edits… In 2018, according to Technomic, overall consumer spending for hotel food and beverage showed a solid 5.5 percent annual growth since 2011.…

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MANCHESTER: luxury hotel design scene shows no signs of slowing

MANCHESTER: luxury hotel design scene shows no signs of slowing Ahead of Meet Up North 2019 in Manchester, Hotel Designs takes a peak at the northern city’s hotel design scene to establish why it is considered as one of the most fast-growing design hubs in the UK. Editor Hamish Kilburn investigates…  Manchester has a lot to be proud of. Not…

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Meet Up North: Early bird promotion expires today

Meet Up North: Early bird promotion expires today There are now just a few hours remaining for designers, hoteliers, architects, developers and suppliers to take advantage of Hotel Designs’ early bird promotion for Meet Up North, which takes place on July 1 at Hotel Gotham, Manchester…   The early bird promotion for Meet Up North 2019 ends today! On July 1,…

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7 outdoor products that are changing the hotel design landscape

7 outdoor products that are changing the hotel design landscape To mark Hotel Designs’ focus on Outdoor Style, the editorial team have identified outdoor products that are vastly changing the landscape of hotel design… There’s no doubt about it, the way in which guests consume their hotel experience is changing, and quickly. With this drastic in the demands of modern travellers,…

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MEET UP NORTH: Headline Speaker announced

MEET UP NORTH: Headline Speaker announced Tom Lindblom, Principal and Hospitality Leader at Gensler (London), has been confirmed as the Headline Speaker for Meet Up North, which takes place at Hotel Gotham, on July 1, 2019… Hotel Designs has confirmed that Tom Lindblom, The Brit List 2018 finalist from Gensler, will be the Headline Speaker at Meet Up North, which…

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Part 30: 5 tiling tricks to transform hotel interiors

GTHD Part 30: 5 tiling tricks to transform hotel interiors Technology is leading the way in a new wave of tile innovation, say tiles experts Tiles Direct. Here are their 5 tiling tips for transforming hotel interiors by using tiles in contemporary and classic ways Credit: Domus Piano Hotels represent an escape – a destination more beautiful and more luxurious than their own…

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The interior designer behind Rosewood Bangkok

HD The interior designer behind Rosewood Bangkok As its highly anticipated opening is imminently on the horizon, the Rosewood Bangkok’s interior design story is one yet to be unveiled in detail. Editor Hamish Kilburn caught up with interior designer Celia Chu to establish the narrative told within the walls of the soon-to-open 159-key luxury hotel… The interior designer Celia Chu…

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Checking in to Hotel X – the luxury Canadian hotel that stands alone

Situated adjacent to Lake Ontario, a shimmering glass tower shelters a new kind of luxury in Toronto. Edited by Hamish Kilburn, Vincenzo Ferrara reviews Hotel X… Juxtaposing the neighbouring buildings in the Liberty Village area, which were once cut off from the rest of the city of Toronto, Hotel X Toronto is the new sought-after boutique kid on the block that is making…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Major hotel openings for Q1 & Q2 2019

Hotel Designs is starting the New Year fresh by focusing the spotlight on significant hotel openings for 2019 that together are expected to transform the landscape of international hotel design. Here are our top picks of hotels that are launching in Q1 & Q2… Looking ahead, and kickstarting our Spotlight On feature on Hotel Openings, here are the most anticipated ribbon cuts that are…

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The Brit List 2018 – hotelier profiles

In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 75 finalists in the Hotel Designs Brit List 2018. We continue with profiling our winning hoteliers in alphabetical order… This year’s The Brit List 2018 concluded on November 22, when leading designers, hoteliers and architects gathered at BEAT London to find out which of them made it on to this year’s The Brit List…

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Top stories of 2018 – editor’s round-up

With more than half a million viewers this year in 2018, Hotel Designs has enjoyed a fantastic 12 months of exclusive stories, features, events and some rather spectacular hotel reviews. Here, the editor of Hotel Designs, Hamish Kilburn, runs us through the top nine articles of 2018… The age-old saying goes: “Out with the old and in with the new” –…

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Hotel Indigo arrives in Manchester

The 187-key hotel will be situated in the stylish and ever-changing Manchester neighbourhood of the Northern Quarter…  Hotel Indigo® Manchester – Victoria Station has arrived, marking the brand’s debut in one of the UK’s largest cities, which was described earlier this year as a hive for hotel design. Famous for its cotton mills and its role in the industrial revolution,…

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Hotel Designs enjoys another record-breaking month of traffic

Hotel Designs experienced its highest ever month of traffic in October with 56,674 visitors to the website… The leading international hotel design website for interior designers, architects, hoteliers and industry suppliers has enjoyed its highest month of traffic ever recorded, with 56,674 visitors to the site throughout October. Some of the leading stories of the month included British independent hotels taking…

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The EDITION brand to arrive in Shanghai next month

East meets west as the new generation of luxury, The Edition Hotels brand, sets to launch in Shangahi… Ian Schrager, the inventor and innovator of the boutique hotel concept, now brings the modern luxury of the EDITION Hotels brand to Shanghai as the hotel collection continues to expand into international waters. Following the success of the EDITION Hotels in London,…

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Checking in to King Street Townhouse, Manchester

With hotel design in the north enjoying a major moment, editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn checked in to the design-led King Street Townhouse, to marvel over Manchester from a totally unique perspective… “Manchester is a shrinking violet,” said no designer, ever! It’s impossible to ignore the scale of construction that is happening right now in the UK’s third largest city. It has become,…

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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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Top 5 stories of the week: Mountain-mad retreats, chart-topping hotel groups and cliff-hanging hotel design

As our month of threading together the latest in fabrics and soft furnishings comes to a close, we wrap up another fast-paced week in the creative world of international hotel design with the top five stories of the last five days… Following on from the successful Meet Up North networking event we hosted in Manchester’s King Street Townhouse, this week we’ve covered hotel…

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Hyatt Regency Zhenjiang opens in the Chinese city’s tallest skyscraper

Taking Chinese hotel design to new heights, the Hyatt Regency Zhenijang opens 318 well-appointed rooms… Hyatt Hotels Corporation has recently opened Hyatt Regency Zhenjiang in East China’s Jiangsu province. Set atop the East Tower of Suning Plaza, the tallest skyscraper in Zhenjiang, the 318-room Hyatt Regency hotel is set to provide travelers and locals alike with a fresh perspective of the city…

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Seven minutes with Fiona Thompson, Principal of Richmond International

Hotel Designs editor Hamish Kilburn caught up with Richmond International’s award-winning designer, and this year’s headline speaker at Meet Up North, Fiona Thompson, to find out how technology is influencing modern hotel design… As we sit down to discuss what’s happened in the last three years, I am reminded of how much travelling is actually required to being the Principal…

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Seven minutes with HBA London’s creative director

Hotel Designs editor Hamish Kilburn sits down with Constantina Tsoutsikou to discuss emerging trends, common pitfalls and future projects… “We would never design a hotel that felt out of place,” leaks a confident and assured spark in Constantina Tsoutsikou, creative director of HBA London. I first met the now award-winning designer at Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol at the backend of 2015,…

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Part 30: 5 tiling tricks to transform hotel interiors

Technology is leading the way in a new wave of tile innovation, say tiles experts Tiles Direct. Here are their 5 tiling tips for transforming hotel interiors by using tiles in contemporary and classic ways Hotels represent an escape – a destination more beautiful and more luxurious than their own home. This concept is communicated well in the bedroom, but the bathroom is…

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5 tiling tricks to transform hotel interiors

Technology is leading the way in a new wave of tile innovation, say tiles experts Tiles Direct. Here are their 5 tiling tips for transforming hotel interiors by using tiles in contemporary and classic ways Hotels represent an escape – a destination more beautiful and more luxurious than their own home. This concept is communicated well in the bedroom, but the…

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Clinton Hotel, South Beach Miami reopens after renovation

Ideally located in the heart of South Beach Miami, the Clinton Hotel has been totally gut renovated, revamped and recently reopened. Owned and operated by Think Hotel Group, Clinton Hotel’s transformation was completed in October 2017, in time to welcome international travelers as Miami’s most exciting event season commences. The renovations enhance the original 1930s art deco, boutique-style ambiance of…

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Redesign for the iconic Royal Hotel, Copenhagen

Set to be complete in spring 2018, famed Danish architect Arne Jacobsen’s only hotel, the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen, is in the final stages of its extensive renewal and modernisation. The world-famous landmark is undergoing a major redesign and already now, the entire meeting space, the new Café Royal Restaurant, the entire lobby and most of the guest rooms…

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The Principal York becomes triple award winner

It was confirmed last month that The Principal York (designed by Goddard Littlefair and one of the launch hotels for PRINCIPAL, a collection of landmark hotels in UK city centres) has won the Gold Award for Hospitality Interior Design at the London Design Awards 2016, to be presented at a ceremony in March of this year. The new award is…

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The Luxury Collection makes Singapore debut

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts has announced it will debut the brand’s first-ever hotel in Singapore in early 2017. In partnership with boutique developers Harpreet and Satinder Garcha, The Duxton Club, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Singapore will showcase the island’s rich history with stunning redesigns from Anouska Hempel and Jacques Garcia of traditional shophouses – a prevalent building in…

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Peninsula Paris given prestigious ‘Palace’ accolade

The Peninsula Paris, located within walking distance of the Champs Elysees and some of the city’s most famous monuments, museums and luxury boutiques, joins a prestigious group of Parisian hotels accorded the “Palace” distinction. Bestowed by the French Tourism Development Agency, ATOUT France, the “Palace” status was created in November 2010 to reward hotel excellence and to assist in promoting…

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London Hilton Bankside

One of the perks of my job is being able to see the progression of hotels from mere ideas and drawings right through to the bricks and mortar of a completed project. And one thing that always fascinates me is how much (and sometimes how little) the finished product can differ from the concept first visualised by designers and architects.…

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London Hilton Bankside

One of the perks of my job is being able to see the progression of hotels from mere ideas and drawings right through to the bricks and mortar of a completed project. And one thing that always fascinates me is how much (and sometimes how little) the finished product can differ from the concept first visualised by designers and architects.So,…

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Skamania, Oregon USA (Patrick Goff)

Like many Brits, my images of America are part Hollywood, part romance,part television all tempered with the reality of numerous visits over the years. The big cars with their fins and chrome may be in the past, but Skamania showed me how much of my imaginings are still to be discovered, including that mournful train wail that features in so…

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Multi-Million Dollar Renovations Program Combines History, Technology, Comfort and Value

A multi-million dollar renovation of interior and exterior space brings one of the Mid Atlantic region’s most prominent meeting venues to new heights of productivity, professionalism and value. The Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center in Glen Allen, Virginia, committed over $3 million to providing state-of-the-art technology in its dedicated conference centre. The renovation includes lobbies, restaurants, meeting and…

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Accor strengthens its commitment to future and existing employees

Accor announced yesterday a new people development strategy, strengthening its commitment to providing a true learning and development support to its future and existing employees across its network of 185 hotels in the UK. “Now more than ever, finding and developing talent is vital to achieving our ambitious growth strategy. This is why we are making this significant investment,” said…

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Cliff House Hotel, Ireland (Patrick Goff)

The owner lives on the other side of the bay, looking on to his hotel, or at least the Victorian seaside hotel that was there. When he saw the proposed plans for its replacement, he didn’t like it. Refusing to spend his evenings looking at something unsightly, he bought the site and had Cliff House Hotel built. Wouldn’t we all…

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Vancouver’s Rosewood Hotel Georgia Announces Legendary Opening Date…

In honour of its vibrant history deeply intertwined with that of Vancouver itself, Rosewood Hotel Georgia will officially open its doors on Saturday May 7th 2011, exactly 84 years to the day that the hotel first opened its doors in 1927. Originally opened in the decadent 1920’s, the hotel came to be known as Vancouver’s most elegant retreat, attracting Royalty…

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First lifestyle airport hotel to open in Beijing in August

Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport opens on August 16, 2010 with a bold new mission: to revolutionize the way we see airport hotels.Featuring DJs in the lobby, loft-style apartments and a stimulating 24-hour high-tech environment for work and play, Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport will be the first airport hotel in the world to make downtown guests green with envy.…

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Encompass launches Solo range

Encompass has released its newest range – Solo garden dining tables.The outdoor tables are available in a variety of heights and lengths of 3.8m, 2.4m, 1.9m and 0.9m, to match accompanying Solo modern garden benches which fit underneath the table when not in use. The new range of designed by Wim Segers for Viteo and is a modern take on…

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Hotel Missoni, Edinburgh (Patrick Goff)

Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 1 Busy. Pink. Two words sum up first impressions of Hotel Missoni. The style is indeed Missoni and the styling has been done by Rosita Missoni of the eponymous Italian fashion house. However, in hotel terms style is not content. Key to making disparate ingredients work in…

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