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    Bespoke brass lighting for Edinburgh’s newest brasserie

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    Working to a Martin Brudnizki Design Studio design, lighting specialists Dernier & Hamlyn produced a stunning two-tier chandelier almost 1.5 m across that forms a focal point in Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux. The bar and brasserie at The Balmoral – a Rocco Forte hotel in Edinburgh – signifies an alliance between the Forte family […]

    The luxury hotel experience: how to design an ultra-modern bathroom

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    Regardless of their location, the world’s finest hotel bathrooms are designed to evoke a sensory experience. Contributor Tegan Denwood  investigates how hoteliers can simply create an ultra-modern bathroom that lives up to the growing consumer demands of guests checking in… Guests checking in to a luxury hotel often have a good idea of what they […]

    Architecture inspired by nature: Lisbon’s Praia D’el Rey reveals new ocean-facing guestrooms

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    Architecture firm Philosophy of Space Rita Gabriel led the €1m renovation to the Praia D’el Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort… Inspired by nature and natural light, architect Rita Gabriel from the renowned Lisbon-based Philosophy of Space practice has recently completed a €1m renovation to the Praia D’El Rey. Positioned on pristine shores of Portugal’s Silver […]

    Winning design unveiled from WATG’s Great Architectural bake-off

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    The competition drew to a dramatic climax this weekend with 15 professional design houses – and three student teams – all competing to be this year’s WATG’s Great Architectural baker… Swapping pens for rolling pins, and floor plans for baking ovens, 15 professional design houses – and three student teams – entered this year’s WATG’s Great […]

    Hotel design in cruise ships: will it sink or will it float?

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    With more and more design firms announcing their involvement in cruise ship interior designs, Hotel Designs’ editor Hamish Kilburn dived beneath the surface to find out how conceiving a cruise ship differs from designing a luxury hotel… “Location, location, location” is what I hear on a daily basis when asking where designers first look to for […]

    De Vere Wokefield Estate ‘restored to glory’

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    The hotel, located near Reading in England, has unveiled the results of £20 million grand transformation… De Vere Wokefield Estate has unveiled the result of a £20 million refurbishment, which included a complete restoration of the historic Mansion House and the creation of new food and beverage outlets. Mansion House has been restored to glory […]

    The Grand Central hotel in Belfast opens

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    The latest addition to Belfast and the seventh hotel in the Hastings Hotels portfolio, Grand Central Hotel, which features Ireland’s tallest bar, has opened its doors… Northern Ireland’s tallest hotel, standing 23-storeys high on Bedford Street, aims to bring a new era of glamour and grandeur to the heart of Belfast as it opens today. This Grand […]

    Meet Up North: One month to go!

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    This time next month, hoteliers, designers, architects and suppliers will gather at Kings Street Townhouse hotel in Manchester for the inaugural Meet Up North… Taking the successful ‘meet up’ networking concept up North for the first ever, Hotel Designs will next month host Meet Up North, a social event that aims to bridge the gap between designers, architects, […]

    Top 5 stories of the week: New swanky brand, a futuristic opening in China and a floating hotel

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    It’s been a busy week for the industry, with plenty of news in the air to digest. This week Hotel Designs has seen the launch of a new upscale hotel brand, new openings from around the world and we are one step closer to the first hotel brand launching on water. Here are the top five hotel stories of […]

    Zaha Hadid Architects unveils new flagship hotel for the City of Dreams resort in Macau

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    Award-winning architecture firm Zaha Hadid Architects designed the Morpheus as a simple extrusion of the existing abandoned foundations… Asia’s most popular entertainment destination, Macau welcomed more than 32 million tourists in 2017, with visitor numbers increasing every year. Located in Cotai, Macau, City of Dreams, the Morpheus Hotel – designed by architecture firm Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) – […]