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    Royal Hotel, Hull (Patrick Goff)

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    I have a fascination with railway hotels. In Britain, they were part of the revolution in travel and hotel use in the mid-nineteenth century. Before the railways, mass travel was inconceivable and hotels were coaching inns, primarily places where horses for the carriages or stagecoaches could be changed. Such travel was slow and expensive but […]

    Cube, Tyrol Austria (Patrick Goff)

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    Cube’s name is expressive. The building is a glass cube, unashamedly modernist amongst the traditional Tyrolean valley chalet style architecture. The ‘shock of the new’ is added to by the building being floodlit after dark, and the floodlighting changing colour every couple of minutes. The floodlighting is computer controlled and can be used for sponsor […]

    Hotel Apollo, Bratislava (Patrick Goff)

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    Noel Coward’s ‘Brief Encounter’ was set on a railway platform in which a couple waiting for different trains fall for one another. Returning to Bratislava after a six year absence rekindles affections in another brief encounter. We left Kitzbühel to drive the 300 miles to Bratislava on a morning with glorious sunshine, in sharp contrast […]

    Kimpton’s Hotel Burnham, Chicago (Patrick Goff)

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    We tend to think of the USA as a new country filled with new buildings. However the preservation of old buildings is as much an issue on their side of the Pond as it is on the European side. Chicago recently scandalised many in the American architectural profession by pulling down a series of Gropius […]

    Twelve Apostles, Cape Town (Patrick Goff)

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    South Africa is in the Southern Hemisphere, which means its seasons are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere – as upside down as the constellations at night. Thus June, July and August are winter months – and of course the time when many visitors from the Northern Hemisphere arrive. It can be very […]

    Andel’s, Poland (Patrick Goff)

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    Page 1Page 2Page 3Page 4Page 5Page 1 It has been a pleasure in the first part of 2010 to have seen a succession of beautifully designed hotels - the Arch, the Wit and now Andel's hotel in Łódź, Poland. Whilst Chicago's Wit is a new build, with all the benefits that it brings, the Arch [...]

    TheWit, Chicago (Patrick Goff)

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    Page 1Page 2Page 3Page 4Page 5Page 1 Not a Trump Tower. A small building by Chicago's standards, only 27 storeys high. Small but almost perfectly formed. Perhaps the 'lightning streak' of yellow down the outside is not the most successful feature I have seen on a building and the signage is definitely one sided. Location [...]

    Marine, Hermanus (Patrick Goff)

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    Page 1Page 2Page 3Page 4Page 5Page 1 Take a rundown neglected old hotel in an underexposed seaside resort, inject a soupçon of good design and watch it flower again. The Liz McGrath collection is achieving fabled status in South Africa by using good design to raise hotels into the first rank of global competition. Their [...]

    Hotel Missoni, Edinburgh (Patrick Goff)

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    Page 1Page 2Page 3Page 4Page 5Page 6Page 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 hotel [...]

    Olive Grove, Namibia (Patrick Goff)

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    Page 1Page 2Page 3Page 4Page 1 Concrete is the last material I expect to see as part of the finishes in an hotel room. Oh I know that poured concrete is a modern construction material. I have worked on hotels where it has been a source of problems, seen it used in the construction of [...]