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    Sneak peek inside the latest room2 opening in Belfast

    Sneak peek inside the latest room2 opening in Belfast Sustainable design meets awe-inspiring art in the highly-anticipated eco hometel room2 Belfast, the latest property from real estate investor and developer Lamington Group. We stepped inside for a closer look and to meet the sustainable design teams and artists behind the hometel… With sustainability at the forefront of the room2 brand…

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    Checking in to room2 Chiswick – the world’s first net-zero hometel

    Checking in to room2 Chiswick – the world’s first net-zero hometel When it comes to architecture, design and fashion, London is home to many ‘firsts’. Answering to any allegation of ‘greenwashing’ with conscious hotel design and hosptiality, Lamington Group unveiled the world’s first net-zero hometel – and it has the stats to back up that claim, as Nadia Walford discovers when…

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    room2 to open three more net-zero hotels

    room2 to open three more net-zero hotels Real estate investor and developer Lamington Group has announced plans to open three new net zero room2 hometels in York, Glasgow and Manchester in 2024, 2025 and 2026 respectively… Emerging over the last year to prove that it is a true pioneer of net-zero hotel design and hospitality, with the opening of room2…

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    Kaldewei adds ‘luxstainability’ to the bathrooms in room2 Chiswick

    Kaldewei adds ‘luxstainability’ to the bathrooms in room2 Chiswick Sharing a similar mindset and ethos, bathroom manufacturer Kaldewei was the perfect fit to work alongside the Lamington Group on the sustainable and eco-friendly room2 Chiswick hometel… room2 Chiswick is the world’s first hotel that accounts for its entire carbon footprint making it ‘whole life net zero’. Alongside the sustainable and…

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    room2 to open world’s first fully net zero hometel

    room2 to open world’s first fully net zero hometel Setting new standards in environmental responsibility for the global industry, hometel brand room2 is set to open the world’s first fully net zero hotel in Chiswick, West London on December 1, 2021. We thought we would look a little closer at what this actually means… room2 is the UK’s first hometel…

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    MINIVIEW: room2 Southampton, the debut hometel

    MINIVIEW: room2 Southampton, the debut hometel Claiming to be the world’s first hometel brand, room2 Southampton shelters the best of both worlds in 71 rooms. As Hotel Designs continues to focus the Spotlight On Hotel Concepts, editor Hamish Kilburn spoke to design firm Project Orange to understand the design story… With the aim to create a home-from-home hotel on England’s…

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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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    Exclusive:1508 London unveils its Cape Grace design transformation

    Exclusive:1508 London unveils its Cape Grace design transformation Cape Grace, Cape Town’s iconic V&A Waterfront property, will be opening the doors to its transformation spearheaded by interior and architecture firm, 1508 London, who have paid homage to Cape Town’s evolution from a bustling trading port to a cosmopolitan hub with a design inspired by South Africa’s heritage, culture and craftsmanship……

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    How these 2024 travel trends are translating into hotel design

    How these 2024 travel trends are translating into hotel design Writer Pauline Brettell sifts through the trends that are directing the travel industry, to identify how these are impacting on hotel design both in terms of guest expectations and design deliverables…. Authenticity and experience are clearly the prevalent buzzwords in the travel industry as we shift our focus into 2024…

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    Introducing the top 25 Brit List Hoteliers of 2023

    Introducing the top 25 Brit List Hoteliers of 2023 Rounding off this year’s three-part editorial series to celebrate The Brit List 2023, here are the names of the top 25 hoteliers in Britain who were profiled and recognised in this year’s campaign…  As tradition, and true to form, in the extensive campaign to find the true influencers, the team at…

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    Inside W Edinburgh – a contemporary ode to the city

    Inside W Edinburgh – a contemporary ode to the city Seven years on from when Marriott first teased the arrival of W Hotels debut property in Scotland, Jestico + Whiles can breathe a sigh of relief as the design and architecture studio completes W Edinburgh. Hamish Kilburn, Editor of Hotel Designs, writes… It’s safe to say, from concept until now,…

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    Hyatt House is making its arrival in Australia

    Hyatt House is making its arrival in Australia Slated to open in 2025, Hyatt House South Melbourne will mark the entry of the Hyatt House brand into Australia, demonstrating Hyatt’s growth of its select service brands in the Asia Pacific region… Purposely designed for guests seeking spacious and well-equipped living accommodations for short or long-term stays, Hyatt House hotels offer…

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    INNSiDE by Meliá Bangkok Sukhumvit to debut this summer

    INNSiDE by Meliá Bangkok Sukhumvit to debut this summer With a design inspired by famous Bangkok landmarks,Thailand will soon open the doors of its first INNSiDE hotel, INNSiDE by Meliá Bangkok Sukhumvit – a design marvel that ‘challenges convention’ and crowned with with a sky-high transparent infinity pool… Situated in the heart of the action in Bangkok’s lively On Nut…

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    Is the future of hotel design carbon-positive?

    Is the future of hotel design carbon-positive? Ahead of joining a panel discussion at Interior Design & Architecture Summit, James Walsh, Creative Director of Studio Anyo, who has worked on a number of modular hotels for brands such as CitizenM, YOTEL, room2 and others, shares his ecological-design ethos on how to achieve a carbon-positive future in hotel development… We are…

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    Meet Robert Godwin, Hotelier of the Year, The Brit List Awards 2022

    Meet Robert Godwin, Hotelier of the Year, The Brit List Awards 2022 In the third and final video in our series with GROHE X that celebrates the winners from The Brit List Awards 2022, editor Hamish Kilburn meets Robert Godwin, Managing Director of Lamington Group, the company that opened the world’s first net-zero hometel… As we heard from Neil Andrew, Head…

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    7 interior design trends set to shape our spaces in 2023

    7 interior design trends set to shape our spaces in 2023 When it comes to interior design trends for 2023, the year is, according to Interior Designer Benji Lewis, “all about bold colours, 70’s glamour and an opportunity to introduce personal style and vigour to a space.” We thought we would take a look at how these trends will translate…

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    Viva vibrancy: CTD Tiles explores the colour of year

    Viva vibrancy: CTD Tiles explores the colour of year With the launch of Pantone’s Colour of the Year, Viva Magenta, colour palettes of red and pink have been circulating the interior landscapes. CTD Tiles explores the trend through tiles… As we head into a more colourful and open-minded approach to interior design, there should be no limit to how the…

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    Introducing the top 25 Brit List Hoteliers of 2022

    Introducing the top 25 Brit List Hoteliers of 2022 This month has been punctuated by the editorial series celebrating the publication of The Brit List 2022. Following on the designers and architects that we have already profiled, here is the third and final instalment in this series. Introducing top 25 hoteliers in Britain —  individuals who have not only made…

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    7 design initiatives that defined sustainability in 2022

    7 design initiatives that defined sustainability in 2022 Editor Hamish Kilburn cuts through the greenwashing noise to look back at the projects, products and people that defined a new era of sustainability in hotel design and hospitality this year… Have we finally entered into an era where greenwashing has been erased and bold, meaningful products and projects are stealing the…

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    Introducing the top 25 Brit List Architects of 2022

    Introducing the top 25 Brit List Architects of 2022 Encapsulating a diverse range of design and architectural innovation, and following swiftly on the heels of us unveiling the top 25 hotel interior designers in Britain, we present you with the top 25 hotel architects in Britain, as profiled in The Brit List 2022… What is immediately impressive when running through…

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    Winners of The Brit List Awards 2022 announced

    Winners of The Brit List Awards 2022 announced The Brit List Awards 2022 came to a dramatic climax on November 2, inside PROUD Embankment, when the winners of the nine individual categories, including Interior Designer of the Year, Architect of the Year and Hotelier of the Year, were announced. Editor Hamish Kilburn writes… It was a year unlike any other.…

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    Part 68: maximising the social & economic impact of the hotel sector

    Reminding the industry how the hotel sector can maximise its social and economic impact, Andy Jansons, Managing Director of Jansons Properties, writes about the direct, indirect and social affects of good hospitality and hotel design… Guide to Hotel Design Hotels provide far more than just a bed to sleep in when you are away from home. They are hubs of…

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    The Brit List Awards 2022: shortlist announced

    The Brit List Awards 2022: shortlist announced The shortlist for The Brit List Awards 2022 has been announced, with more than 140 individuals and projects – the most finalists in the campaign’s history – selected across nine categories. The winners will be unveiled in spectacular style at the awards ceremony, which takes place on November 2 inside London’s famous cabaret venue,…

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    Going public: 5 trends shaping the design of hotel public areas

    Going public: 5 trends shaping the design of hotel public areas With debate around public spaces in hotels ongoing, both on a design as well as a functional level, we take a look at some of the key areas and how they are changing the shape of the hotel experience from the minute we make a grand, or should that…

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    Weekly digest: Eco hotel openings, tech updates & Vegas developments

    Weekly digest: Eco hotel openings, tech updates & Vegas developments Roll up, roll up! Editor Hamish Kilburn here with your weekly digest. If you’re drowning in work, hurtling towards deadlines or are unable to scour the net for design and hospitality news, then this is the only article you need to read about the latest hotel openings and news to…

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    How the design scene is embracing Net Zero initiatives

    How the design scene is embracing Net Zero initiatives With Net Zero fast becoming the buzzword of 2022, along with conversations around sustainability and the importance of working towards a circular economy, and brands such as GROHE, Harrison Spinks and Room2 pledging to become Net Zero, design studio Perkins&Will has published a report which identifies the steps it is taking…

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    Show review: What you missed at The AHC in Manchester

    Show review: What you missed at The AHC in Manchester Out with the old (venue) and in the with the new. On November 22 – 24, The Annual Hotel Conference (AHC) took shelter under a new roof, Manchester Central Convention Complex, where it welcomed more than 800 senior delegates to learn, network and party. Editor Hamish Kilburn was there to…

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    Cult Hotels and Hypnos collaborate in pursuit of sustainable luxury

    Cult Hotels and Hypnos collaborate in pursuit of sustainable luxury Cult Hotels’ ambition to bring its game-changing new concept to the market includes providing guests with an exceptional sleep experience with Hypnos Contract Beds… Cult Hotels is the brainchild of Julian Dunkerton, Co-Founder of fashion giant Superdry and the highly successful Cotswold’s hotel and restaurant portfolio, The Lucky Onion. Dunkerton…

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    Virtual roundtable: Colour & personality in the bathroom

    Virtual roundtable: Colour & personality in the bathroom Our latest virtual roundtable, in association with Bathroom Brands Group, comes following Hotel Designs LIVE in May where we hosted the panel discussion entitled: ‘Bathrooms beyond practical spaces’. Extending what we learned at the event, Editor Hamish Kilburn invites a handful of designers to explore how to inject colour and personality into…

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    MINIVIEW: The Midland Hotel in Manchester’s £14m transformation

    MINIVIEW: The Midland Hotel in Manchester’s £14m transformation The iconic Midland Hotel in Manchester recently unveiled a new look following a £14 million renovation. With hospitality starting to open up again in the UK, editor Hamish Kilburn took a cheeky peek inside… For years, with its raw and industrial charm, Manchester has attracted interest in the hotel development arena, which…

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    Elevating the bathroom experience with decorative wiring accessories

    Elevating the bathroom experience with decorative wiring accessories You’ve thought of every detail to ensure a guest’s stay is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible… almost! In the bathroom, decorative wiring accessories are often an after-thought. There are a vast range of options on the market that can add the finishing touch to a design scheme, while smart controls ensure…

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    Manchester welcomes two new Hyatt hotels

    Manchester welcomes two new Hyatt hotels The opening marks the first two Hyatt-branded hotels in Manchester, and the debut of the Hyatt House brand in the United Kingdom… After Hotel Designs announced it will return to the city for Meet Up North, Hyatt Hotels  has announced  the opening of the 212-room Hyatt Regency Manchester and the 116-key Hyatt House Manchester in…

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    UNVEILED: Amenities guests really want in the hotel

    UNVEILED: Amenities guests really want in the hotel The humble shoehorn and bubble shower caps have long since been replaced by newer amenities. Here’s a list edited by STAAH of amenities that modern travellers have requested. Some are essential, some nice to have and others are (admittedly) over-the-top… Free Wi-Fi You don’t expect your guests to check if your property’s…

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    Editor Checks In: Home comforts in hotel design

    Editor Checks In: Home comforts in hotel design In August 2019, editor Hamish Kilburn concludes that trends are overrated when a project close to his heart reaches its highly anticipated conclusion… I can’t quite believe it has been almost one year since we first started following the award-winning designer Nicky Dobree on her journey to complete her debut hotel design…

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    Statement solutions for the hotel bathroom

    Statement solutions for the hotel bathroom Continuing this month’s theme putting bathrooms under the spotlight, Bisque Radiator’s brand leader, Ellie Sawdy, explains how hotel designers can add statement and personality in the bathroom…  A stylish bathroom is at the heart of every chic hotel room. There are a number of elements which have become so synonymous with hotel bathroom design – a…

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    A new boutique-lodge hotel’s Asian nod in Cumbria

    The Black Bull is a family owned boutique hotel in Cumbria in the Yorkshire Dales with a Japanese twist. Talk about an unmatched hotel concept… Hospitality runs through the blood of James Ratcliffe and Nina Matsunaga who as well as owning The Black Bull in addition to the successful Three Hares in Sedbergh. The property has been renovated with the…

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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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    See inside the Cambridge Hotel set for a £2.5m extension

    A boutique Cambridgeshire hotel is set for a stunning £2.5m extension after planning permission was granted. The grand Felix Hotel in Cambridge is set for 16 new bedrooms and a glass reception area which was likened to the world-famous Barcelona Pavilion by planners. Taking a methodical and rational approach to the planning, the main objective is to improve the guest experience…

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    Room 2 to open design-led aparthotel in Southampton

    Room 2 has announced the development of a new apart-hotel in Southampton, with a focus on design, comfort and value. The venue billed as the design hotel for the modern traveller, offers 71 studio rooms, and is located on 1-8 Queens Terrace in Southampton. The hotel is due to be completed by March 2018, with a further site planned to…

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    JW Marriott Houston Downtown Opens in Style

    JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Pearl Hospitality, one of Texas’ leading hotel development and management companies, has officially opened the 328-room JW Marriott Houston Downtown. Located on 806 Main Street, the hotel is housed in the historic, 104-year-old Samuel F. Carter Building and is the JW Marriott brand’s first adaptive reuse project in Texas and its second property in…

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