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Concept to Completion: Designing Conrad Punta de Mita (part 2)

Concept to Completion: Designing Conrad Punta de Mita (part 2) In the second article of the concept-to-completion series with SB Architects, Hotel Designs learns about some of the challenges that emerged when designing and creating Conrad Punta de Mita, which is slated to open later this year… The design process, from concept to completion is often lengthy and you are almost…

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Concept to completion: Journey to design Conrad Punta de Mita

Concept to completion: Journey to design Conrad Punta de Mita In the first article of the first concept-to-completion series of the year, Hotel Designs exclusively invites SB Architects explain the unique design concept of Conrad Punta de Mita, which is slated to open later this year… Situated within what is being called ‘Mexico’s next major ‘it’ destination’, Riviera Nayarit, Conrad Hotels &…

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Sneak Peek: W Punta De Mita Hotel Opens in Mexico

W Hotels Worldwide expands its Latin American portfolio with the opening of W Punta de Mita in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit. W Punta de Mita is the 48th W Hotel worldwide and fifth W Hotel in Latin America following W Santiago, W Mexico City, W Vieques Island and W Bogota, bringing closer Starwood’s goal of reaching 75 hotels by 2020. Designed…

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W Punta de Mita, Mexico set for 2016 opening

Starwood Hotels & Resorts will extend its strong presence in Mexico with the debut of W Punta de Mita, located in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit.Scheduled to open in 2016, W Punta de Mita will be part of Los Veneros, an exclusive enclave located on Mexico’s magnificent Pacific Coast, renowned as one of the world’s most desirable vacation destinations. W Punta de…

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Preferred Hotel Group marks presence in St. Petersburg with State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel

Preferred Hotel Group continues to develop its portfolio of iconic European hotels with the addition of The State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel in St. Petersburg, Russia – the company’s first hotel in the picturesque destination. The stately property is the city’s grandest and most exclusive new opening and features the unique ability to grant guests special 24-hour access to the…

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FEATURE: nautical lighting trends in 2020

FEATURE: nautical lighting trends in 2020 On or off the water, lighting technology is evolving rapidly. Voltra Lighting explores this year’s most prominent nautical lighting trends… Every summer, discerning guests seek out the thrill of sailing away on luxury vessels to explore breathtaking far-flung destinations around the world. In order to meet the sky-high expectations of these jet-setters, yacht owners…

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Nobu to open debut hotel in Africa

Nobu to open debut hotel in Africa Global lifestyle brand Nobu Hospitality, founded by Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper, has announced it will open its first hotel in Africa in 2021… Where rich heritage meets Nobu Hospitality’s contemporary flair, Nobu Hotel Marrakech will be located in the Hivernage district, steps from the historic heart of the city,…

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FIRST LOOK: 2020 Outdoor Collection by Minotti

FIRST LOOK: 2020 Outdoor Collection by Minotti Borders between the indoors and outdoors cease to exist in the 2020 Outdoor Collection by Minotti, which was marvellously coordinated by Rodolfo Dordoni. Editor Hamish Kilburn shares his first peek of the collection… Long before the pandemic disrupted our social lives, the industry had identified a rising interest in open-air living. A demand…

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FEATURE: The benefits of bespoke when designing fitness areas

FEATURE: The benefits of bespoke when designing fitness areas In the post-pandemic world, hotel spas and fitness areas will need to work harder in their meaningful design schemes to meet modern travellers’ demands for safe and clean environments. The wellness designers at Gym Marine explain the benefits of designing bespoke… Fitness facilities within the hospitality sector are often stuck between…

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Designing bespoke feature lighting for public spaces (part 2)

Designing bespoke feature lighting for public spaces (part 2) Following on from part one of Inspired By Design’s bespoke lighting series, the company’s Simon Shuck focuses part two on materials used to create one-off lighting pieces… In every type of project whether hospitality, residential or commercial and any space where there is a large ceiling void, a bespoke lighting feature…

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LOCATION WATCH: Hot hotels opening soon in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

LOCATION WATCH: Hot hotels opening soon in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico Ever since Hotel Designs started the concept-to-completion article series with SB Architects to cover the honest journey to design and build Conrad Punta Mita, Riviera Nayarit has been on our editorial team’s radar. Here editor Hamish Kilburn discovers which other hotels are opening in the area soon… Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit,…

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Art in hotels – an accessory or a necessity?

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Art in hotels – an accessory or a necessity? As the industry prepares to makes its grand return, there’s a debate forming around art’s vital role in meaningful interior design in hospitality. Hotel Designs asks the consultants at Portobello Art to investigate…  Art has always been present in hotels, but the role of art has evolved hugely over…

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Part 46: How to meaningfully use CGI when planning new spaces

GTHD A GUIDE TO HOTEL DESIGN PT 46: HOW TO MEANINGFULLY USE CGI WHEN PLANNING NEW SPACES The multi-faceted realm of CGI can be an invaluable resource to any person or company when planning an interior space. Technical drawings of the space can seamlessly be imported into 3D design software. From here the process of CGI starts and can take…

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Hotel construction in the United States hit all-time high in March

Hotel construction in the United States hit all-time high in March The hotel industry in the United States recorded more than 200,000 rooms under construction last month, the highest end-of-month total ever reported by STR… Despite the pandemic grounding the hospitality and travel industry, the United States recorded 214,704 hotel rooms under construction in March 2020. “Because of the coronavirus…

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FEATURE: Specifying tiles for outdoors areas & public spaces

FEATURE: Specifying tiles for outdoors areas & public spaces With Hotel Designs focusing its attention on ‘Public Areas’ this month, CTD Architectural Tiles writes about making the right choices when it comes to specifying durable tiles that look the part… When it comes to design, the hospitality industry demands some of the most aesthetically pleasing outdoor environments in the commercial…

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How CGI is continuing to change how spaces are designed for the better

How CGI is continuing to change how spaces are designed for the better CGI renderings have eliminated many boundaries for the hotel design community. As designers and architects work on the planning stages of projects during the pandemic, 3D architectural and visualisation company North Made Studio explains how software development has taken CGI into new a creative territory…  Thinking up…

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Why hotel first impressions count

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Why hotel first impressions count In response to Hotel Designs putting ‘Public Areas’ under the editorial spotlight this month, interior design studio Design By Deborah explains why first impressions count in international hotel design… In general life as well as design, rightly or wrongly, first impressions count. And while judgement from potential guests is cast earlier and earlier…

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Surface Design Show brings back ‘New Talent’ to support emerging creatives

Surface Design Show brings back ‘New Talent’ to support emerging creatives Back by popular demand at Surface Design Show, ‘New Talent’ supports emerging creatives, specialising in producing interior and exterior surface materials and lighting design… Surface Design Show, which takes place from February 11 – 13, will bring back New Talent, with the aim to support emerging talent in surface…

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Ideal Standard

Ideal Standard International is a leading provider of innovative and design-driven bathroom products, with 100 per cent focus on bathroom and washroom solutions, their brand portfolio includes the two most recognised and respected bathroom brands in the United Kingdom, Armitage Shanks and Ideal Standard. Armitage Shanks is a British institution, established in 1817 the Company have remained at the very…

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New hotel opens to put Germany’s answer to the Hamptons firmly on the map

New hotel opens to put Germany’s answer to the Hamptons firmly on the map Holistic architect and designer Yasmine Mahmoudieh has injected new life into a building in Usedom, Germany, by completing the restored Strandhotel Atlantic & Villa Meeresstrand. Editor Hamish Kilburn writes… Germany is not known for its islands, nor is it famous for its sugar-white sandy beaches. However, on the…

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New report reveals impact of washroom design of wellbeing

New report reveals impact of washroom design of wellbeing A new study, commissioned by Armitage Shanks and led by chartered architect and academic at the Belfast School of Architecture, Dr Saul Golden, has looked into the wellbeing impact commercial washroom design can have on user experience… Bathroom manufacturer Armitage Shanks has published a new report that has concluded that wellbeing…

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Logistical challenges you don’t hear about when installing art in hotels globally

Logistical challenges you don’t hear about when installing art in hotels globally Kickstarting our time putting Art under the editorial spotlight, Giles Bristow, fine art and logistics specialist at Momentous, lifts the lid on some of the issues you don’t hear about when installing art in hotels…   Just like every art collection, art installed in hotels is unique. Art…

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St. Regis Hotels debuts on the Grand Canal in Venice

St. Regis Hotels debuts on the Grand Canal in Venice The 169-key St. Regis Venice has opened following a two-year, full-scale renovation on the building with the interior design project led by London-based interior design studio Sagrada…  St. Regis Hotels & Resorts has announced the debut of The St. Regis Venice, which is located steps away from Piazza San Marco and boasting…

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A legend reborn: Raffles Singapore reopens

A legend reborn: Raffles Singapore reopens Raffles Singapore has announced its highly anticipated reopening. With interiors by the acclaimed Alexandra Champalimaud, the hotel’s sensitive design heralds an exciting new chapter in the iconic property’s rich history and heritage… The infamous Raffles Singapore is now open, following the iconic hotel’s careful and sensitive three-phased restoration, which first began in February 2017.…

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W London Leicester Square unveils tech-based renovation

W London Leicester Square unveils tech-based renovation Sheltering the result of fashion designer Jack Irving’s debut interior design collaboration, W london Leicester Square has unveiled its new tech-savvy guestrooms and suites…  W London – Leicester Square has unveiled a multi-million-pound transformation of all 192 guestrooms and suites. W’s quirky, glamourous and decadent look has been super-charged with the help of…

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The rise of tile trends in international hotel design

The rise of tile trends in international hotel design Celebrating art outside the frame, CTD Architectural Tiles identifies tile trends that are emerging for 2019 and beyond… From texture and pattern to size and the increasing need for sustainable solutions, the hotel industry has become an exciting creative arena for tile and surface trend developments. The desire for creating spaces…

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SB Architects unveils seven new hospitality projects in North America and Mexico

SB Architects unveils seven new hospitality projects in North America and Mexico Architecture firm SB Architects has announced seven new hospitality projects that are opening in North America and Mexico… Full-service global architecture firm, SB Architects, has been breaking ground in hotel, residential and mixed-use design for almost 60 years, and is delighted to announce seven new hospitality projects that are opening, in…

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Part 32: How to make an oddly shaped bathroom safe

GTHD Part 32: How to make an oddly shaped bathroom safe More Ability – a leading bath and shower room specialist for all types of stylish, accessible, safe and disabled solutions – takes a look at how you can make an oddly shaped bathroom safe. Bathrooms can be a hazardous place for people with balance issues, whether that’s seniors or anyone…

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Part 24: Spa design: fitness

GTHD GUIDE TO HOTEL DESIGN PT 24: SPA DESIGN: FITNESS The treatment room (see Pt 23) may be the heart of the spa, but an essential part for many users is the fitness suite. Spa and massage may be an essential part of wellbeing but so is having a healthy body. Credit: The Lanesborough Club and Spa Among the other…

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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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7 hotels that are great for writers

In the hunt for inspiration, writer Harry Southworth and editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn scour the globe to find the best hotels and suites for writers…  To theme or not to theme, that is the question. From New York to Paris, London to Costa Rica, there are many hotels around the world that have balanced their chosen theme perfectly within the…

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Redefining luxury hotels in India with clever injection of design and art

Following THE Park Hotels celebrating 50 years of being unlike any other Indian hotel group, Priya Paul sat down with editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn to discuss the role of art in the hotel brand…  Just months ago, I was catching up with who I consider the businesswoman of the year (certainly in the hotel design sphere that is). Priya Paul is…

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Six Senses continues to rapidly expand with opening of Uluwatu luxury hotel

The hotel group’s 16th opening, Six Senses Uluwatu, is just the beginning, with plans to triple the brand in size over the next five years… Sharing the same spectacular views over a rugged cliff edge as the island’s famed Uluatu Temple, Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali is now open, adding another exciting destination to the group’s portfolio. Drawing upon the renowned Six…

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TECHNOLOGY INSIGHT: the need for wireless power in the modern hotel

As part of this month’s spotlight on technology, Hotel Designs’ editor Hamish Kilburn sat down with the co-founder of Chargifi, Dan Bladen, to find out whether or not there’s a need for wireless technology in the modern hotel… Creating a modern hotel with all the right technology is, at times, like walking on a tightrope. Too much and you will alienate guests…

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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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Renaissance Denver Stableton Hotel completes $15m renovation

SANDdesign led the project to reimagine the interiors with sleek design and modern décor… The Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel has completed a $15 million renovation project that began in April 2017. The entire hotel has been renovated including all 400 guestrooms, 40,000 square feet of meeting spaces, the lobby and all public spaces. Californian-based design firm SANDdesign created a classic and subdued colour scheme,…

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GUEST BLOG: HOW IMPORTANT IS ERGONOMICS WHEN IT COMES TO HOTEL DESIGN?

Headed up by Managing Director Lee Birchall, DV8 Designs is renowned for designing and delivering unique and exceptionally creative solutions to each client depending on the site, brief and budget, with flexibility as one of its core strengths. Lee is responsible for designing a number of hotels and venues across the UK. From country house classics to upmarket boutiques, DV8…

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Part 32: How to Make an Oddly Shaped Bathroom Safe

More Ability – a leading bath and shower room specialist for all types of stylish, accessible, safe and disabled solutions – takes a look at how you can make an oddly shaped bathroom safe. Bathrooms can be a hazardous place for people with balance issues, whether that’s seniors or anyone with a disability. An awkward, or oddly shaped bathroom can…

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A Guide to Hotel Design Pt 32: How to Make an Oddly Shaped Bathroom Safe

More Ability – a leading bath and shower room specialist for all types of stylish, accessible, safe and disabled solutions – takes a look at how you can make an oddly shaped bathroom safe. Bathrooms can be a hazardous place for people with balance issues, whether that’s seniors or anyone with a disability. An awkward, or oddly shaped bathroom can…

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Four Seasons to open luxury Belize resort in 2021

Private island with 18-hole golf course and marina will feature oceanfront private estates, private residences and overwater bungalows Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has confirmed plans for the development of Caye Chapel, a private island in Belize featuring oceanfront estates, private residences and overwater bungalows. Scheduled to open in 2021, the project is in in partnership with Thor Urbana, Inmobilia…

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Take a look at the new collection by Boscavenezia

Founded in Venice in 1968, Boscavenezia is one of the most renowned luxury firms in the interior design world today. Specialized in the production of furniture and space division systems, Boscavenezia makes the most of a great experience in order to combine the most typical craftsmanship traditions of a proper workshop with the perpetual evolution of production techniques. Boscavenezia offers…

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The most romantic destinations for a royal honeymoon in 2018

As Prince Harry and Megan Markle prepare to tie the knot this spring, Mason Rose has compiled a list of the world’s most romantic spots for a royal honeymoon this year. Whether your dream is to live like north African nobility at the Royal Mansour in Marrakech – owned by King Mohammed VI of Morocco – or cosy up in your…

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Wilton Carpets debuts Decadence collection

Wilton Carpets has unveiled its latest collection, reinventing Art Deco by introducing new textures for clients to enjoy. Dubbed Decadence, the line boasts tones of orange and brown, teal and salmon pink, bringing a refreshed approach to Art Deco. “As part of the Designer Collection, Decadence reveals the true elegance of unrestrained modern carpet design,” said Damian Roscoe, head of…

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trivago Awards 2018: This year’s top-rated hotels in the UK

trivago has reviewed the data and tallied the scores, and it’s time to reveal the hotels that travellers consider to be the very best — the winners of the trivago Awards 2018. The trivago Awards give hoteliers the chance to receive recognition for their hard work and dedication to providing exemplary guest experiences, and to highlight and publicise this achievement…

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Wake up to the inspiration of Sleep with HD clients

More exhibitors than ever before have chosen to reveal their new collections at Sleep this year (21st – 22nd November at the Business Design Centre in London). They include the following (Hotel Designs clients in bold)… Brintons Leading carpet manufacturer, Brintons, has joined forces with renowned interior designer, Kelly Hoppen MBE, to create her first collection of contemporary woven carpets…

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Copenhagen’s Nobis Hotel opens its doors

Copenhagen is a city famed for its design-savvy crowd, Michelin-starred restaurants, and laidback attitude. This September sees the opening of a hotel that amplifies these traits and more. Housed in a historic 5,500-square-metre landmark building from 1903, once home to the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, Nobis Hotel Copenhagen is set to take the city’s hospitality scene by storm. Set…

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Hotel Group Focus: Leading Hotels of the World welcomes eight new members

The Leading Hotels of the World is pleased to announce the addition of eight new members to its collection of over 375 independent, luxury hotels. Of these, six are also new to the hospitality scene in 2017. Spanning the globe from Canada to Spain to Korea, these distinguished properties offer varied styles of architecture and design, and immersive cultural experiences…

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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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W Marbella to debut on Spain’s sizzling south coast

W Hotels Worldwide, now part of Marriott International, has announced the signing of W Marbella and The Residences at W Marbella. Scheduled to open in 2021 and developed in partnership with Sunrise Inversiones 2015, W Marbella will be located on the pristine golden sands of Playa Real de Zaragoza, just a short drive from the energetic nightlife scene of downtown…

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Viceroy Hotel Group introduces three brand tiers

Viceroy Hotel Group (VHG) has announced the segmentation of its portfolio into three tiers: The Viceroy Icon Collection, The Viceroy Lifestyle Series and Urban Retreat Collection. This new structure is a natural evolution for the modern luxury hotel brand. As it continues to create unique and diverse experiences, the tier structure will help guests find what they are looking for…

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Sir Adam opens in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has welcomed a new headliner as Sir Adam took to the decks at the city’s landmark A’DAM Toren for its official opening. Drawing inspiration from its creative neighborhood, the hotel perfectly combines first-class musical credentials with its own inimitable brand of artful luxury. For Sir Adam’s visual identity, renowned New York-based design studio ICRAVE was responsible for creating an…

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Product Spotlight: Make waves with Wilton’s Ethereal collection

“We set out to make this new collection our first focused solely on inspirational design and the result doesn’t disappoint,” says Damian Roscoe, head of creative, on the latest collection from Wilton Carpets. “Inspired by a natural aesthetic with an emphasis on textures and layers, Ethereal delights in the beauty of decay on a backdrop of classically beautiful pattern,” he…

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Guest Blog – TowerEight: 13 things about hotel construction

Thousands of new hotel rooms have to be built every year to cater for demand in the UK. More than 7,000 will be built in London in one year alone. According to PWC, the hotel occupancy rate in the UK’s capital is as much as 84%. With nearly 150,000 hotel rooms in London that is a lot of bookings, and…

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Akaryn Hotel Group announces three new hotels in Asia

Beachside bliss, capital chic and heritage hospitality join together to offer independent leisure and business travelers a trilogy of exceptional stays in some of Southeast Asia’s most inspiring and dynamic destinations. Right on cue for the high season in Thailand, AKARYN Hotel Group is building on the success of its ‘instagenic’ and increasingly popular portfolio of hotels and resorts to…

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Five reasons Versital is the perfect bathroom solution…

Create a one-of-a-kind bathroom with a stunning shower tray, shower panels, vanity top and splashbacks that work in complete harmony together. Whether you want a modern, statement steam room or a luxurious, hotel-inspired sanctuary, Versital will help you achieve the bathroom of your dreams… 1. Versital shower trays are completely bespoke and hand-made to order… Whether you want to create…

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Sneak Peek: SIR hotels set to take Berlin, Hamburg, and Amsterdam

Looking to add to its collection of hotels unified by discerning design, SIR hotels announces three brand new properties opening in Berlin, Hamburg, and Amsterdam. This autumn will see the opening of Sir Savigny in Berlin, followed by Sir Adam, their second outpost in Amsterdam, and finally Sir Nikolai in Hamburg. Although each property boasts a unique design concept defined…

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August 27-2 September: Top stories of the week…

The Marriott-Starwood merger was back in the news this week – we look at potential hurdles to the deal. We’re just over a week away from the Hotel Designs as we welcome a speaker from trivago, Aly Thompson, who joins a fantastic seminar line-up for the two-day event at Radisson Blu London Stansted… 1. Opinion: Spanner in the works for…

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Puente Romano, Marbella launches villas for summer 2016

Luxury resort Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa in Marbella, has announced the launch of three deluxe new villas for summer 2016. Complementing the resort’s recent refurbishment of its facilities and guestrooms, the new villas combine authentic Andalusian design with modern luxury to provide a sumptuous retreat from which to explore the resort’s world-class facilities. Ideal for families, Villa Margarita…

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Guest Blog: Bayut.com on Dubai’s most anticipated hotel projects

The reputation of oil as a sure-shot revenue generating product is currently on the wane as global economies try to shake off the impact of global recession of 2008. But the United Arab Emirates, which initially built its fortunes on oil, has known better. The nation understood the value as well as limitations of natural resources and took on the…

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Introducing luxury hotel in southern France – Chateau De La Redorte

The beautifully restored 19th century Chateau de La Redorte in the heart of France’s Languedoc region will open its doors to guests later this month. The 25-suite hotel is the centrepiece of the Château de La Redorte vineyard estate, set on the picturesque Canal du Midi in the Minervois region, a gloriously untouched part of France. Recently renovated by Propriétés…

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Luxury Mercer Hotel Sevilla opening summer 2016

Mercer Hotel Sevilla, opening in the summer of 2016, is the new luxury landmark hotel set in the heart of the historic centre of Sevilla. Casa Palacio Castelar, has been chosen because of its prime location in the city and the ability to create a beautiful small luxury hotel from a building that dates back to the early 19th century.…

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RPW Design unveils latest 2016 project: Fairmont St Andrews

RPW Design has announced the extensive refurbishment of the five-star resort, Fairmont St Andrews, which has been designed over the last year. The highly anticipated refurbishment will feature a complete redesign of the Atrium, incorporating a bespoke 60m long ceiling sculpture by award winning artist George Singer, a new restaurant and a refurb of the Kittock’s Bar. RPW Design will…

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Q&A: Pergo’s Design Director, Oke Nollet

An enormous amount of strain is put on a hotel’s flooring, especially in the public areas. It stands to reason that it needs to be able to withstand a high level of wear-and-tear. Functionality is key. The difficult part, however, for manufacturers is creating a product that fits the bill from a designer’s perspective as well. With more than 35…

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‘Micro hotel’ on its way for Dublin visitors

Andrew’s Lane Theatre is set to become a ‘micro hotel’ after investors revealed plans to build a seven-storey development containing 115 pod rooms of between 10sqm and 12sqm – in a style similar to Japanese pod-hotels. According to the Irish Times, Ireland has generally been slow to embrace the concept of so-called ‘micro hotels’ that offer tiny rooms at tiny…

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Hypnos Beds financial results reveal year of growth and expansion

The latest financial figures have been released by award-winning bed manufacturer Hypnos, revealing a period of considerable growth and expansion across the UK hospitality and retail markets, and also internationally. The British-based business, which has been making luxury beds and mattresses for more than a century, has focused on developing its portfolio of global hoteliers and retailers which has led…

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Cheval Three Quays given ‘designer takeover’ by Debenhams

Cheval Three Quays – part of London-based luxury serviced apartment specialists Cheval Residences, attendees at this year’s Hotel Designs Summit – has partnered with Debenhams to give one of its 159 five-star apartments a ‘designer takeover’. Debenhams’ love of creating beautiful spaces within the home has now extended to the hospitality arena and in an exciting move for the British…

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Roca

With a history that spans over a century, Roca is a world leader in the design and production of solutions that create truly beautiful bathroom spaces. As a global brand, Roca offers products and innovations that meet the ever-changing demands faced by designers of modern hotel bathrooms. Roca works with some of the world’s most prestigious architects and designers, such as…

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Starwood ends 2015 with record hotel signings and openings

tarwood Hotels & Resorts closed 2015 with 220 new signed hotel management and franchise agreements, a 26% increase on the previous year, marking the sixth consecutive year of increased signings and the most incremental signings in its history. (INFOGRAPHIC HERE) The company also opened a record of 105 hotels in 2015, representing more than 22,500 rooms in 30 countries, also…

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Guide to Hotel Design Pt 24: Spa Design: Fitness

The treatment room (see Pt 23) may be the heart of the spa, but an essential part for many users is the fitness suite. Spa and massage may be an essential part of wellbeing but so is having a healthy body. Among the other components of the Spa is the fitness suite. This is not to forget the need to…

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Guide To Hotel Design

This is a series guiding you through what a hotel designer is, the different sorts of designers, and how to manage the design process. It will include sections on the different areas of the hotel and suggest criteria for their design. Articles will be illustrated with the authors photographs and video. Part 1: Are You Sitting Comfortably? A Guide to Hotel Design…

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Grand Hyatt Brand To Expand To Mexico With New Luxury Resort Destination

The Grand Hyatt brand has announced that it will add a new resort, Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort, to its world-class portfolio when the hotel opens on the Riviera Maya along the Caribbean Sea on June 15, 2015.The 314-room Sordo Madaleno-designed urban beach hotel will boast a unique fusion of sleek and contemporary design aesthetics blended with Mayan-inspired elements…

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Six Senses to open All-Suite and -Villa Resort in Bali

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has announced that it will develop a resort in the southwest of Bali at Uluwatu, a 35-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. The resort is set atop a rugged cliff, sharing the spectacular ocean views with the island’s famed Uluwatu Temple.Drawing upon the renowned Six Senses commitment of providing top-tier facilities wedded to environmental…

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The Park Hotels Launches ‘Zone by The Park’

The Park Hotels, pioneers of luxury boutique hotels in India, is delighted to announce the launch of its four-star hotel brand ‘Zone by The Park’ across the subcontinent as part of the group’s expansion plans.The line is overseen by London-based designers Project Orange working in conjunction with Priya Paul, Chairperson of The Park Hotels. Zone by The Park properties will…

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Introducing the Lumin8 Colossus

Leading UK shower designer and manufacturer, Roman, has introduced two new impressive Colossus Shower Enclosures to their toughened 8mm thick glass range, Lumin8. The two new additions to the Lumin8 collection are the 1700mm Colossus and the 1450mm Colossus, both will create an eye-catching feature in the bathroom. They stand at an elegant height of 1950mm with toughened 8mm thick…

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Teniqua Treetops, South Africa (Patrick Goff)

Going green means many things to many people, from adding solar power panels to a roof to a through total reworking of energy use. In our sophisticated cities, going green generally has to be driven by financial return, and the effort involved focusses on energy use. Premier Inn are an excellent example of a group trying to build carbon neutral…

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Roca London Gallery: Designs by Mother Nature – Biomimetic Products

What is biomimicry? Derived from the Greek word bios meaning ‘life’ and mimisis, meaning ‘imitate’, biomimicry refers to the copying, emulating and imitating of nature in all its forms and functions.Dedicating an exhibition to highlight the many everyday products, objects and buildings that have used nature as a source of inspiration, Designs by Mother Nature presents an intelligent, interactive and…

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Chelsom supply lighting as part of £57m Travelodge refurbishment

Not content with cementing its position as one of the fastest growing budget hotel brands in the UK, earlier this year Travelodge embarked on a £57m refurbishment across the estate to be carried out in just 18 months. The refurbishment programme is set to transform the look and feel of more than 30,000 rooms as part of a wider company…

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Jumeirah Group to Enter St. Petersburg, Russia

Jumeirah Group, the global hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, has signed a management agreement with IFG Basis Proect LLC to manage a luxury hotel on Nevsky Prospect in St. Petersburg, Russia. The hotel is currently under development and is expected to open within the next three years.The hotel will be developed within the structure of Wavelberg House,…

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Tune Hotels Open Sixth Hotel in the Philippines

Spurred on by faster than expected economic growth in the Philippines, international hotel brand Tune Hotels has continued its investment in the country by opening its sixth hotel there this month. The 140-bedroom Tune Hotel Quezon City opened its doors for business on the 8th October 2013. The property is located at Timog Avenue and is the hotel group’s third…

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts to Strengthen Lead in Mexico and Expand Footprint by 30 Percent

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has recently announced plans to expand its hotel portfolio in Mexico by 30 percent, emphasizing the important role the country plays in Starwood’s Americas growth strategy and its prominence in the global travel market. Starwood continues to lengthen its lead as the largest operator in the upper-upscale hotel segment in Mexico with eight new…

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Tune Hotels Strengthens Foothold in Philippines

International hotel group Tune Hotels has widened its presence in the Philippines with the opening of its first hotel in the southern island of Mindanao at Cagayan de Oro City.Welcoming its first guests on Friday July 19th 2013, the 159-room Tune Hotel Cagayan de Oro is Tune Hotels’ fifth property in the Philippines, after Angeles City, Ermita and Makati in…

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Announcing the Rebirth of the Hôtel De Paris St. Tropez and National Hotel Miami Beach

Miami Beach and Saint-Tropez actually have much in common as sexy, beachside destinations. Now they share even more: Sister properties, Hôtel de Paris, Saint-Tropez and National Hotel Miami Beach, announce the rebirth of newly renovated luxury hotels. These iconic properties were built in the 1930’s at a time when each destination was being recognized as a place for the perfect…

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The AMPHORA Upholstered Furniture Collection from Desforma

The design of AMPHORA furniture has been created for the most demanding consumers. The sculptural shape of the furniture set emphasises the graceful lines, unique shape and seams. This range has emotional appeal and personality, an exceptional and unique look which reflects the true value of the products. The back of the furniture has a new design version of the…

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Star-Studded Evening Marks the Grand Opening of Iconic JW Marriott Essex House

On Tuesday 30th April 2013, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts celebrated the grand opening of JW Marriott Essex House New York. In partnership with Christie’s, JW Marriott unveiled four specially commissioned works by emerging artists including Mat Larkin, Jack Shannon, Julian Wellisz, and Lindsay Keys, each inspired by the unmistakable Essex House sign illuminating the New York City skyline since…

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Autograph Collection Raises the Royal Bar in United Kingdom

The Autograph Collection, Marriott International’s exclusive portfolio of upscale, independent hotels continues to grow in Europe with the introduction of two new extraordinary travel experiences this spring. Threadneedles, in the heart of London’s financial district, and The Glasshouse in central Edinburgh, Scotland, will represent the Autograph Collection’s first hotels in the United Kingdom. The additions are set to expand the…

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Magnolia Hotel & Spa unveils new guestrooms for spring

The Magnolia Hotel & Spa in Canada has a new bounce in its step this spring, with fully refreshed, stylishly-designed guestrooms and a brand new restaurant concept about to launch. The spacious 64-guestrooms have each been fully refurbished, anchoring this boutique hotel as one of Victoria’s finest and most sought-after addresses. Throughout the newly decorated guestrooms, a sense of timeless…

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Preview: The Superbly Restored Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg

Historic palace next to St. Isaac’s Cathedral prepares for rebirth as Russia’s most exciting new hotel and meeting place. New-built, high up in Peter’s Square A corner mansion then ascended; And where its lofty perron ended Two sentry lions stood at guard like living things, And kept their ward with paw uplifted.Immortalised in Alexander Pushkin’s 1833 poem The Bronze Horseman,…

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Great Hotels of the World welcomes five new members

Great Hotels of the World, the London-based hotel sales and marketing alliance, has acquired five new member properties to its collection.Great Hotels of the World Luxury Collection – for the most luxurious hotels in the world Royal Garden Villas & Spa, Tenerife, Spain Situated in the beautiful region of Costa Adeje in Southern Tenerife, Royal Garden Villas & Spa is…

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Four Seasons enters the last lap of its most challenging restoration project to date

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has now started an official countdown to the opening of its newest restoration project – the 177-room Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace, St Petersburg. Designed in 1817 by French architect Auguste de Montferrand as a Russian Palace, the Hotel represents possibly Four Seasons’ most ambitious and culturally important project in its more than 50-year history.…

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Autograph Collection Continues Global Expansion with Three New Hotels in Europe

Autograph Collection continues its global growth with plans to debut three new European hotels by the end of the year. Opening in key gateway cities including Lisbon, Portugal; Rouen, France; and Lille, France; the new additions will expand the current portfolio to 12 Autograph Collection hotels throughout Europe and nearly 40 hotels globally by year end – marking an average…

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Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts to Open New Deluxe Hotel in Kazan, Russia

Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts and Riviera Tower Limited Liability Company have signed a management contract for a new deluxe hotel in Russia. The Kazan property will help the international hotel group with Swiss roots reinforce its footing in the Eastern European market and is scheduled to open in 2016. The new outstanding hotel will follow the lead of Swissôtel Krasnye…

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A regal Wilton for the Royal Pavilion

A stunning bespoke carpet from Wilton Carpets Commercial has been laid in the Music Room Gallery at the Royal Pavilion, featuring a striking and intricate design that carefully replicates the original carpet that adorned the gallery in the 19th century.The new carpet consists of unusual deep reds, pinks and golds on a soft beige base colour, a design that complements…

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Customisable design from Laufen

With the bathroom playing a deciding factor in a guest’s judgement in whether a hotel meets their expectations or not, the onus is on the designer to get the look and feel of the space just right. Choosing sanitaryware from a respected high-quality brand such as Laufen not only ensures that there will be ample choice and flexibility, but also…

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Newest Luxury Collection Hotel to Open In Jakarta

Starwood Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce that The Keraton at The Plaza, a Luxury Collection® Hotel, will open to the world in late April 2012. Located in the heart of Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta, The Keraton at The Plaza is an iconic oasis of quiet luxury on the Jalan Thamrin, one of Jakarta’s most prestigious streets. With…

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Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam Now Open

The iconic building that once housed Amsterdam’s premier music conservatorium has completed a sophisticated transformation into the city’s most unique and fashionable hotel. Design Hotels™’ new member, Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam combines luxury, lifestyle, and heritage with an exceptional level of personalised service. Thanks to the vision of owner Georgi Akirov, the meticulous metamorphosis was overseen by designer Piero Lissoni. Focussing…

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Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Ireland (Patrick Goff)

The English aristocracy didn’t just build their country houses in England. Scattered across the whole British Isles are grand houses that remind one of the divide between a land owning aristocracy and the rest of us. Nowadays we still see trappings of wealth in large houses but few on the scale of the English country house. These country houses have…

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