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Sustainable Solutions for Cornish Resort

Plans for the significant expansion of a holiday resort in Cornwall gain the approval of the council planning committee, taking the project a significant step closer to being granted full planning permission.The Retallack Resort and Spa at St Columb Major in Cornwall is planning to add an additional 334 units to its current site. The proposed new development will span…

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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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Water-saving technology from Hansgrohe at the Kapelleberg Resort

The Kapelleberg Resort in Belgium is the Ying and Yang of state-of-the-art hotel operations: with its custom services, the small hotel is able to cater to the needs of holiday-makers and conference guests alike in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Meanwhile the owners reap the rewards of efficiency measures: mixers and showerheads featuring Hansgrohe EcoSmart technology help them save water…

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Hansgrohe – Bathroom Industry pioneer

Sustainability – for Hansgrohe SE, this is a concept that has always been an integral element of the company’s corporate culture. Hansgrohe SE has just became the first mixer and shower manufacturer in the world to release a Sustainability Report (Application Level A) certified by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Adopting internationally recognised, comparable standards, the report provides a detailed…

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4-star Mercure hotel in Khimki, Moscow region

Mebe Development has recently announced that architectural practice, John McAslan + Partners (UK), and Kitzig Interior Design Architecture Group (Germany) have been appointed to design the 4-star 232 room elegant Mercure hotel in Khimki, near Sheremetyevo International Airport.Located on Leningradskoye Shosse, the new $50 million hotel will offer excellent transport links to Moscow city centre. Construction is slated to start…

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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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Accor UK makes significant progress in 2013

Accor, the world’s leading hotel operator and market leader in Europe, is delighted to report on the progress made across the business in the UK and Ireland in 2013, including network development, HR initiatives and sustainability strategy. Network development The Group’s strong portfolio of brands has continued to gain traction across the UK. Most recently ibis was ranked as one…

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IHG Expands the Holiday Inn Express® Brand in Brazil

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has recently announced that the Holiday Inn Express® brand is expanding in Brazil with the openings of the Holiday Inn Express® Belem-Ananindeua hotel, the Holiday Inn Express® Porto Velho hotel and the Holiday Inn Express® Marilia hotel expected to open later this year. IHG also has plans for a new-build Holiday Inn Express® Manaus hotel, scheduled…

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Swissôtel Berlin with new lobby and bar design concept

Berlin’s elegant business hotel in the centre of West-Berlin just had a facelift in the public areas. The new style seamlessly blends Swiss tradition and a contemporary lush colour palette, high-quality materials and a cunning light-concept. The combination both complements the cutting-edge design of Gerkan Marg & Partner architects, yet lends the space a harmonious, cosy feeling. It’s been nipped,…

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Charlotte Rhys – A Leading Luxury Brand with a Strong Environmental Conscience…

Charlotte Rhys is a leading manufacturer and supplier of exclusive, top-of-the-range luxury hotel guest toiletries. A successful combination of nature’s most precious ingredients, including many which are uniquely African such as Baobab Seed Oil and Organic Green Rooibos, and cutting edge technology inspires Charlotte Rhys with the confidence to guarantee that its products do what they promise. The company’s green…

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A showcase of new innovations in hotel bathroom design

Offering hotel designers and architects the chance to learn more about the latest innovations in bathroom design from one of the world’s market leading brands, Laufen will be bringing its wide range of solutions to the Sleep Event 2013.With products and innovations that cover every aspect of creating luxury hotel bathrooms, Stand G21 will be used to showcase the latest…

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Hotel Zetta, San Francisco (Patrick Goff)

The building is an existing 116 bedroom hotel in San Francisco, built in 1913. It had been recently purchased by Pebblebrook Hotel Trust and the new ownership group’s directive was to convert the asset from a upper mid -level product to a upper–luxury product that would be attractive to the area’s dynamic ‘Tech Market’ who focussed on Facebook, Zynga and…

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Hotel Zetta, San Francisco

The building is an existing 116 bedroom hotel in San Francisco, built in 1913. It had been recently purchased by Pebblebrook Hotel Trust and the new ownership group’s directive was to convert the asset from a upper mid -level product to a upper–luxury product that would be attractive to the area’s dynamic ‘Tech Market’ who focussed on Facebook, Zynga and…

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Tulip Inn Eindhoven Airport inaugurated by State Secretary Mansveld

The 26th June 2013 marked the official opening of the new Tulip Inn hotel at Eindhoven Airport. The 8-storey hotel is the first hotel in the world situated on top of an airport terminal and is directly connected to the arrivals and departures halls, affording hotel guests convenient access to the airport’s many facilities. The new Tulip Inn hotel is…

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From Chelsea Harbour to the High Seas – Design at Knightsbridge on Board

The chic yet convivial atmosphere on board three of the world’s most prestigious cruising yachts has been enhanced by sumptuous upholstered furniture manufactured by Yorkshire-based Design at Knightsbridge. Windstar Cruises’ Wind Spirit, Wind Star and flagship vessel Wind Surf have now set sail for destinations around the world following a complete interior re-fit which has embraced all public areas, restaurants…

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Wya Point Resort Brings Eco Luxury to Ucluelet, BC

Yuu-tluth-aht First Nation proudly announces the WyaPoint Resort, currently offering luxurious lodge accommodation, rustic eco yurts and a family-friendly campground in the lush coastal rainforest of Vancouver Island’s west coast. The resort is the culmination of a long-time dream of the community, providing employment and a way to share their pride in their culture with the world.Wya Point Resort is…

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Dernier & Hamlyn booked for world leading college assignment

As part of the £3 million renovation of Imperial College, Dernier & Hamlyn refurbished the art deco lighting in the world renowned College’s St Mary’s library, which is believed to have been installed when the College was opened in the early 20th Century.The new library has been renamed the Fleming Library after Sir Alexander Fleming. Dernier & Hamlyn’s work included…

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Bushmans Kloof Revisited (2)

I am blessed with a job that allows me to travel looking at hotels, photographing and writing about their design. Perhaps I should blog too about the experiences I enjoy, but there are only so many minutes in a day, aren’t there? To look at an hotel properly takes two nights. The first you enjoy the impressions, the second you…

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Design at Knightsbridge Craftsmanship Selected for Manchester’s Lowry Hotel

Seating and tables by Yorkshire-based Design at Knightsbridge have travelled across the Pennines to be installed in Manchester’s Lowry Hotel as part of a complete renovation of the bar and restaurant.At the heart of the revitalised Chapel Wharf area on the border between Manchester and Salford, Rocco Forte Hotels’ Lowry is the first five-star hotel in Greater Manchester and presents…

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New Sorrento Seating by Design at Knightsbridge at CDW

Showing at Clerkenwell Design Week for the first time, Knightsbridge Furniture presented the innovative line-up of seating and tables for the corporate and hospitality sector which the company has developed under its Design at Knightsbridge brand. Applications range from reception and lounge areas to meeting rooms, contemporary work spaces and breakout zones. Highlights of the display included the new Sorrento…

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Scotscape Supplies Northwick Hospital in Watford

Scotscape’s living walls offer the perfect solution to concealing unattractive plant buildings on your grounds – whilst helping sustainability and biodiversity!This recent installation at the Northwick Hospital in Watford is a perfect example of how we can help with any kind of project. Fore more information on our services, please visit www.scotscapelivingwalls.net.

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Design at Knightsbridge at Clerkenwell Design Week 2013

Showing at Clerkenwell Design Week until the 23rd May, Knightsbridge Furniture (Farmiloe Building: Stand VW17) is presenting the innovative line-up of seating and tables for the corporate and hospitality sector which the company has developed under its Design at Knightsbridge brand. Applications range from reception and lounge areas to meeting rooms, contemporary work spaces and breakout zones. Highlights of the…

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Good design goes public

Often the forgotten jewel in the crown of commercial buildings, public washrooms are a place where first impressions can be either won or lost, and as such designers are increasingly turning their attention to getting the look and feel of these spaces just right.Open to all, the public spaces within commercial premises offer a unique opportunity to convey a brand…

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Newcomers Complete Lucia Line-Up

In response to industry demand, Design at Knightsbridge has extended its Lucia collection to include new seating and tables for hospitality and corporate environments. Applications for the newcomers range from guest bedrooms and visitor lounges to reception areas, meeting rooms and breakout spaces. Distinguished by simple, clean lines and subtle retro-references, Lucia furniture enhances classical and contemporary interiors alike. In…

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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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Renaissance Dallas Hotel Breaks Ground on State-Of-The-Art Meeting Facility

A ground breaking ceremony was held on the 7th March at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel for a new 30,000-square-foot meeting facility. The 14-month, multi-million dollar construction project will create jobs for nearly 200 workers and is scheduled for completion in June of 2014. Renaissance Hotels is a lifestyle brand within the Marriott International, Inc. global portfolio of 18 brands.The new…

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New solutions add value to wellness bathrooms

Hansgrohe SE relies on pushbutton ease of operation and harmony of head and heart for the ISH 2013 Every two years, the Black Forest-based bathroom and sanitation specialist Hansgrohe SE, takes the opportunity offered by the world’s biggest sanitation technology fair ISH in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, to present its many new products to a wider audience as a premiere…

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Life’s a beach as Geberit products are chosen for luxury hotel in the Adriatic

Enjoying views over the Adriatic Sea and just a stone’s throw from the medieval town of Rovinj, architects working on Croatia’s new Lone Hotel were intent on specifying the most luxurious, high quality fixtures and fittings throughout the five-star complex, which is why they turned to Geberit when it came to sourcing the most suitable piping and sanitary systems.With its…

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Bellagio Completes $40 Million Room and Suite Remodel in Resort’s Spa Tower

Elevating the guest experience at one of the world’s most iconic resorts, Bellagio recently completed the remodel of all 928 rooms and suites in its Spa Tower.Additionally, the resort introduced three new Executive Parlor Suites designed with entertainment and technology in mind. The 2,500-square-foot suites each feature a billiards lounge and separate high-tech home theater living area inviting guests to…

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Scotscape Investigates Thermal Benefits and Water Useage of Living Walls

Scotscape have designed, supplied, installed and are maintaining a variety of Living Wall systems at Sheffield University for research and development purposes.Working in partnership with the University of Sheffield, this unique 12 month programme will assess the relative performance of each Living Wall type – including hydroponic, compost, stainless steel wire and Ivysystems. Control panels have already been installed and…

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Scotscape Introduce the Sustainable Solutions Brochure

Scotscape are the UK’s pre-eminent supplier of Living Walls with proven expertise in design, supply, installation and maintenance. They work closely with leading manufacturers of a wide range of systems, enabling them to identify and recommend the most appropriate solution to meet the needs of each individual application.The latest Scotscape brochure explains how living walls and green roofs can benefit…

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Wandsworth Demonstrates a Smarter Approach to Energy Efficiency at Ecobuild

The Wandsworth Group will be assisting specifiers to understand the energy-efficiency benefits of KNX smart home technology at this year’s Ecobuild at a joint stand with partner company, Jung (Stand N3701).The Wandsworth Group is the exclusive UK distributor of Jung’s products including their market-leading range of KNX intelligent control and visualisation tools.Designed to co-ordinate lighting, heating, A/V systems and blind…

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GROHE F-Digital contributes to Sleep Hotel 2012 Best room Design Award

Scott Brownrigg’s and Willmott Dixon Interiors room Shaded White has won Sleep Hotel 2012 Best Room Design at this year’s Sleep Event. With a brief to design a 23 sq m, five star, city centre hotel room which pushes the boundaries of imagination, innovation and creative flair, the stunning and luxuriously designed Shaded White room beat off strong competition from…

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De Vere Venues launches Orchard Hotel

De Vere Venues, the UK’s number one for meetings, training and conference space has celebrated the official launch of the £20million Orchard Hotel, adjacent to the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham. This 202 bedroom hotel underpins De Vere Venues’ growth strategy, while the combined options of the EMCC and Orchard Hotel will now provide a totally integrated solution for both…

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Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Invests $230 Million to Renovate Four Iconic Hawaiian Properties

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has recently announced that its largest brand, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, and its owners invested more than $230 million to refurbish its four iconic Hawaiian properties. The large-scale, multi-year project was completed with the recent unveiling of the Sheraton Kona Resort and meets the increased demand for high-quality accommodations as business and leisure travel…

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Sleep Tight at the Magdalen Chapter Hotel

Did you know that Naturalmat manufactured all the mattresses for the new Magdalen Chapter Hotel in Exeter? They were made by hand only a few miles away from the hotel at our nearby factory in Topsham, Devon.Chapter Hotels focus on providing guests with a luxurious, inviting and restful experience in thoughtfully designed spaces with high quality furnishings; they saw the…

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The European Hotel Design Awards 2012: The Winners

International hotel design was celebrated in London on the 22nd November, when nine of Europe’s notable hotels claimed top honours at the prestigious European Hotel Design Awards.This international celebration acknowledges the passion and vision of the architects, designers and developers of Europe’s most recently completed and outstanding hotel projects. BBC World News’ presenter, Mishal Husain hosted the ceremony which took…

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Devon organic mattress company Naturalmat wins contract for Z Hotels

Naturalmat, based in Devon are delighted to have won the contract to manufacturer all 303 organic mattresses for the first three Z Hotels. The first two hotels have already opened Soho and Victoria whilst a third hotel location in Liverpool is in the pipeline.The clever team behind Z Hotels Bev King, Rich Meeham and John Raymond came up with an…

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Hilton Columbus Downtown Announces Official Grand Opening

Hilton Hotels & Resorts announces the official grand opening of Hilton Columbus Downtown, poised to be a top destination in the heart of the city. The 532-room property is located at 401 North High Street, conveniently positioned in the centre of the city’s most admired neighbourhoods, including the Short North Arts District and the Arena District.The $140-million convention centre hotel…

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A self sustaining solution for electronically controlled taps

With water saving being a crucial factor in the building and refurbishment of commerical projects to ensure that they meet the necessary criteria for efficiency and sustainability, Geberit has launched a new innovation that ensures its electronically controlled taps are the most energy efficient on the market.Geberit’s electronically controlled taps can now be fitted with a self-sustaining power supply that…

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Products and innovations show award-winning credentials

The design excellence and high quality of the sanitaryware and bathroom solutions produced by Swiss manufacturer Laufen continue to be realised, with the company picking up a whole raft of prestigious awards in 2012.As a result of its successful collaboration with outstanding architects and designers, the aesthetically-appealing design and high quality of Laufen products continually win over international judges, with…

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MGM Grand Marks Major Milestone in “Grand Renovation” With Completion of $160 Million Room and Suite

MGM Grand, Las Vegas’ ultimate entertainment destination, has recently announced the completion of its $160 million room and suite remodel in the hotel’s main tower, marking a major milestone in the resort’s “Grand Renovation.”The remodel, which began in October 2011, includes 3,570 Grand King and Queen guest rooms and 642 suites of varying types including the stunning Skyline Terrace and…

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The Hospitality Industry World Congress turns Barcelona into the hospitality capital

The Hospitality Industry World Congress (HIWC) was founded with the aim of harnessing the knowledge and expertise of the hospitality industry in the quest for global solutions that help the strategic advancement of the sector. It will bring together the leading world experts on the world accommodation sector. The congress will structured around 5 main themes to analyse the different…

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Rezidor launches ambitious energy-saving initiative

Rezidor has launched a group-wide energy-saving initiative: The ambitious and pro-active programme Think Planet targets an energy consumption reduction of 25% by the year 2016 in all Rezidor hotels across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The group is currently present in 70 countries where 330+ hotels of the brands Radisson Blu, Park Inn by Radisson and Hotel Missoni are…

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Major architectural feature unveiled for new University of Nottingham eco-hotel

A dramatic, undulating timber canopy has been completed over the Orchard Hotel, which is currently under construction on the University Park campus at The University of Nottingham. The rolling canopy is one of the most striking features of the £20 million, 202-bed eco-friendly hotel, designed by RHWL Architects and being built by BAM Construction for the University. The oversailing canopy…

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Laufen is the official partner of the Salon Suisse at the Biennale 2012

The “Salon Suisse” is an event programme which accompanies the Swiss contribution to the Architecture Biennale 2012 in Venice with readings, lectures, panel discussions, workshops and performances. The “Salon Suisse” is initiated by the Swiss Cultural Foundation Pro Helvetia and takes in the Bel Etage of the “Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi”, official partner of the programme is the Swiss bathroom…

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Hypnos Has Some Treats in Store for This Year’s Bed Show

Hypnos Beds – Stand E7 Winner of the National Bed Federation’s “Bed Manufacturer of the Year 2011” award and proud royal warrant holder, Hypnos will be exhibiting two brand new bed collections with a contemporary twist at The Bed Show this year. Internationally renowned as the leading expert in producing handcrafted pocket spring mattresses, Hypnos will also be displaying a…

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IHG Announces Opening of First Candlewood Suites® with New Interior Design Scheme

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), announces the opening of the first Candlewood Suites hotel to include the brand’s new interior design package, created with graduate students at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), one of the nation’s top interior design schools. The overall design concept for Candlewood Suites hotels is called “Haven,” which captures the essence of the Candlewood Suites…

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What Lies Beneath

In the latest issue of Green Hotelier, Christopher Hunter delves into the world of the hotel mattress to find out what truly lies beneath and why Naturalmat are setting a great example for other manufacturers. Despite a growing trend towards sustainability in the hospitality industry, there is evidence to show that cheap, environmentally unfriendly mattresses with short life-spans continue to…

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Whitbread Cuts Carbon Emissions Despite Rapid Expansion

Whitbread continued to deliver on its sustainability strategy by saving thousands of tonnes of CO2 across its hotels, restaurants, and coffee shops in 2011. The carbon savings were revealed in Whitbread’s tenth annual Environment Report, published on the 1st June 2012.The owner of the Costa and Premier Inn brands achieved an absolute reduction of CO2 emissions of more than 1,579…

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Luxury and style go hand in hand with new basins

StoneKAST, the leading brand of limestone sanitaryware, has introduced a range of eight new countertop basins; one to match each bath in its collection. Perfect for creating a spa-like retreat in the hotel bathroom, the new basins are manufactured from the same advanced blend of natural limestone and modern resin as StoneKAST’s baths. This not only means that each basin…

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Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Announces Austin Debut with New Conference Hotel

Luxury hotel brand Fairmont Hotels & Resorts (“Fairmont”) and Manchester Texas Financial Group LLC (MTFG) announce the signing of an agreement for Fairmont to manage a new city center hotel slated to open in 2015. The Fairmont Austin will be located directly east of the Austin Convention Center, at the northeast corner of Cesar Chavez and Red River Streets. The…

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Boutique hotel industry centres on London for Boutique Hotel Summit

Europe’s only b2b conference for the boutique and lifestyle hotels sectors attracts more than 220 international attendees. The boutique hotel industry descended on London in the latter part of May for the second staging of the Boutique Hotel Summit, Europe’s only b2b conference for the boutique and lifestyle hotels sectors.Held at Altitude London, on the banks of the Thames, the…

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Record Result for The Hotel Show 2012 with more than 15,500 Industry Professionals in attendance

The Hotel Show 2012 reaffirmed its position as the largest full spectrum hospitality supplies event for the MENA region, with exhibitors reporting an increase in sales figures and record numbers of visitors during the three day event. Participation this year of 450 leading suppliers and consultants from more than 45 countries and 13 international pavilions highlighted the pivotal role that…

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Creative thinking from Laufen

The specification of sanitaryware and furniture for the bathroom is unquestionably a crucial element of the overall design of the space but getting it right should not be at the detriment of being creative, according to leading bathroom manufacturer Laufen.“All of our ranges from the top down are the work of designers and architects so they are created with a…

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Hypnos Is First UK Bedmaker to Achieve Carbon Neutral

Bed manufacturer of the year* and proud Royal Warrant holder, Hypnos has received further recognition for excellence by being credited the first UK bed makers to achieve the BS PAS 2060 Carbon Neutrality Standard.By working with a management partner, Carbon Footprint Ltd, Hypnos successfully introduced a robust carbon management plan, outlining clear objectives and targets to help reduce and offset…

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IHG Partners with Clean the World to Recycle Hotel Soap and Amenities

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) has announced a partnership with Clean the World to recycle partially-used soaps and bottled amenities from hotel guest rooms and distribute them in communities with limited access to hygiene products.Clean the World Foundation Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization that is committed to stopping the spread of preventable diseases by collecting, recycling and distributing…

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Travelife Rewards Seaside Hotels’ Eco-Friendliness

Two Seaside Hotels have received Travelife Awards for eco-friendliness and sustainability. Seaside Los Jameos Playa Hotel**** received a Gold Award for constantly providing new opportunities for improving its local community and environment. The Seaside Palm Beach Hotel***** received the Silver Award.Travelife states that both hotels have ‘displayed a high level of commitment to sustainability as well as demonstrating they are…

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A world of sustainable materials at the click of mouse

How can architects, designers and the building industry find out about new, sustainable construction materials? That’s the question that Jakki Dehn, a reader at London’s Kingston University, tried to address when she started work cataloguing more than 1,200 sustainable materials for use in the construction industry. The result is a materials library, Rematerialise, which is now available online at rematerialise.org.…

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Flushed away with innovation at Ecobuild

Gracing the halls of London’s Excel with its latest innovations in sanitary systems, Geberit will be at Ecobuild 2012 in March with a stand packed full of excellent examples of the lengths it goes to in offering ease of installation combined with durable, high quality products.Taking centre stage at Ecobuild will be Geberit’s UP320 concealed cistern, the first of its…

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Bellagio Unveils Newly Redesigned Guest Rooms

Bellagio has completed the remodel of all 2,568 rooms in its main tower offering guests a fresh, elegant collection of newly redesigned deluxe accommodations. Each of the three distinct color palettes now available at Bellagio further enhances the AAA Five Diamond guest experience at one of the world’s most iconic resorts. Created by MGM Resorts International Design Group, the new…

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Cliq Does Ski Chic

Cliq Designs showed just what they can do at The Sleep Event in November, and created an impact with their ski-chic themed boutique hotel set. Working together with melin tregwynt, who weave the welsh woollen cloth at their family owned mill in Pembrokeshire, Cliq created a range of soft woollen quilted throws and cushions aimed at the boutique hotel market.…

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The Modern Garden Company introduce Pallet

Pallet is the first outdoor / indoor sofa collection by Piero Lissoni for Italian manufacturer Pierantonio Bonacina. The Pallet collection takes inspiration from the shape and the functionality of an everyday-use industrial object. The material beauty of the slatted Larch frame is the leitmotif of the project: naturalness and environmental sustainability. The generous proportions of the upholstered components contrasts the…

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ITC Grand Chola to Open In Chennai

ITC Hotels is set to open a new 600 room flagship property in the incredible South Indian city of Chennai this November. ITC Grand Chola will offer guests a taste of the grandeur of the Chola dynasty through its luxurious rooms and suites, innovative restaurants and array of leisure and spa experiences, whilst being run on renewable energy in line…

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Professional new meeting point for architects, planners and designers on Fifth Avenue

Located in the heart of New York, on world-famous Fifth Avenue, the new GROHE Live! Center is a place of exchange, training and inspiration. On an area of roughly 15,000 square-feet, GROHE’s professional partners are provided support and advice and can immerse themselves in the innovative product universe of GROHE, one of the world’s leading faucet manufacturers. An exhibition of…

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Exclusive 10% Discount on Naturalmat Products for HotelDesigns’ Readers

Naturalmat are thrilled to be teaming up with Hotel Designs and offer visitors to their website a 10% discount on mattresses from www.naturalmat.co.uk.Naturalmat is a UK company that manufactures 100% natural fibre and organic mattresses for the hotel industry. Using ecological principals, each mattress is made by hand in Devon from the best raw materials, all of which are from…

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Formule 1 Metamorphosises with New Cocoon Rooms

Formule 1, the brand that revolutionized budget travel, has introduced its new “Cocoon” room concept into Australia, with F1 hotels in Canberra, Campbelltown and Wentworthville the first to showcase the new rooms. F1 Campbelltown was the very first Formule 1 in Australia, and its refurbishment is well timed as Accor celebrates its 20th anniversary this month.The Cocoon Room provides a…

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Lima lands the Design Guild Mark

Morgan Furniture, the design-led British manufacturer of contract furniture, has received a Design Guild Mark by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers for the second year running. This time the coveted award is for the striking Lima dining chair. Despite an extensive list of submissions, the twelve-strong judging panel only selected eleven products to receive the annual accolade. As explained…

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GROHE design team named “red dot: design team of the year”

Chief Designer Paul Flowers and his team win most important red dot accolade The “red dot: design team of the year” title is a unique accolade and one of the most coveted awards in the global design community. Designers and companies cannot submit entries for this award but have to attract the jurors’ attention through consistently excellent product design and…

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The Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba goes green

The Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba has been certified with the “Green Key” certificate by the International and National Green Key Eco-Rating Programme, the Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS) and the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) with the presence of Mr. Jean-Gabriel Peres the President & CEO of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. Green Key is…

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Rezidor opens the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Stockholm

The Rezidor Hotel Group has opened their new flagship in Sweden: the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Stockholm with direct connection to the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre – one of Scandinavia’s largest facilities for meetings and events. The brand new hotel and congress centre have been designed by White, a leading Scandinavian architectural agency, and feature chic and contemporary interiors by…

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‘timber fin’ – the green alternative to the external hotel sign

In response to the call for more environmentally sympathetic and ecologically sound sign systems, Signbox introduced timber fin. Available in a range of profile shapes and sizes, timber finis versatile for landscape applications within the hotel and leisure sector. Supplied from a sustainable source that meets class 1 requirements, timber finis produced by laminating off-cuts of western red cedar. The…

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Axminster Carpets receives recognition at Environment Agency Awards

Axminster Carpets has been announced as a Runner Up in the ‘Cleaner Water’ category at the inaugural Environment Agency Awards. The ‘Cleaner Water’ award recognises companies that have achieved outstanding results in preventing pollution or improving water quality in rivers, seas or lakes. The awards were judged by a panel of environmental professionals led by the Environment Agency’s Director of…

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Hotels Going ‘Green’ – Premier Inn takes Gold

In September I reported on the building of the latest Premier Inn in Burgess Hill in Sussex, and indicated some of the savings being made that are enhancing the profitability of the growing hotels group. On the 24th November I attended the official ‘opening’ of the hotel and learned more both about the application of new technologies to the hotel…

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Eco-Friendly Bamboo Service Trays

Bambienti unveil a range of room service trays which are hand-carved entirely out of Bamboo. They are designed for those seeking style that does not cost the Earth. Bambienti is a relatively new brand that is seeking to connect with those buyers who are looking to obtain ethically sourced, eco friendly products but are reluctant to pay a premium for…

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Eaton Hotel Gets ‘Smart’!

The Eaton Hotel Hong Kong has announced a rebranding to Eaton Smart, Hong Kong effective 11 October 2010. As part of this exciting rebranding the hotel has spent over HK$10 million on refurbishing its lobby which includes a new reception, retail shop, internet portal and indoor and outdoor bar areas. Comfort, Convenience and Connectivity are key elements of the Eaton…

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Located on the “Roof of the World”, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has announced that The St. Regis will open in November 2010, which will be the first St. Regis resort in China. Located on the “Roof of the World”, 3,680 meters above sea level, this stunning resort offers an unrivaled dimension of luxury, bespoke service and refined elegance at one of the most mystical and…

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IDA Young Commercial Designer of the Year Competition @ ScotHot 2011

ENTRIES CLOSE 22 OCTOBER 2010 It is the last call for all young Interior Designers looking to enter the prestigious IDA Young Commercial Designer of the Year Competition!ScotHot 2011 is reminding that entries for the UK’s newest interior design challenge closes at the end of October and those looking to prove their talent to the world respected judges and lucrative…

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Environmental Conservation at the Very Heart of New Trou Aux Biches Development

Trou aux Biches, located in the north-west of Mauritius, reopens in November following an exciting re-build. Capitalising on its prime location, the original Trou aux Biches was completely demolished and rebuilt with a focus on tropical elegance, privacy and luxury. Blending harmoniously with the exceptional ocean-side setting, the hotel has created its buildings and facilities to conform to the most…

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Trevira CS – activities at MoOD 2010

The marketing activities surrounding the Trevira CS topic are continuing as before. The main theme for this year is the slogan “30 years Trevira CS“. Trevira decided to participate again at MoOD and maintain its sponsorship programme as a trade fair partner. This again includes presentation of the Trevira CS Award for the finest new Trevira CS collection. The Trevira…

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Morgan to unveil inspiring new designs at Sleep10

Morgan Furniture, the design-led British manufacturer of contract furniture, will exhibit once again at the prestigious Sleep Event, 24-25th November, at the Business Design Centre in Islington on Stand M23C. Morgan will use the exhibition as a platform to unveil some exciting new designs for Autumn along with stylish additions to existing popular collections to inspire the hotel market. The…

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Fairmont Hotel Receives U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED™ Gold Certification

Fairmont Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that it has received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) certification at the Gold level from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The announcement was made by Leonard S. Czarnecki, general manager of the luxury hotel. Fairmont Pittsburgh which opened on March 29, 2010, is part of Three PNC Plaza, a…

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2010 European Hotel Design Awards shortlist announced

The 2010 European Hotel Design Awards have been announced and include categories such as Architecture of the Year, Interior Design of the Year, Sustainability Award, Hotel Brand of the Year Award, European Hotel Design of the Year Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award. A detailed list can be downloaded here.All the winning projects will be displayed at The Sleep Event…

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IDA Young Commercial Designer of the Year Competition @ ScotHot 2011

ScotHot 2011 has announced the launch of the first ever IDA Young Commercial Designer of the Year Competition in association with the British Contract Furnishing Association (BCFA) and the Interior Design Association (IDA). The winner will not only be awarded the prestigious title but will also have their design built in the BCFA Interiors and Design Pavilion @ ScotHot 2011…

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Abstract Exhibition and Convention Centre in North China

Building on the recent success of Melbourne’s six star Green Star Convention and Exhibition Centre in Australia, Woods Bagot is poised to reach new heights in Convention Centre design by creating a dynamic and highly artistic solution for Shijiazhuang City’s new cultural landmark.The culturally-focused mixed use precinct will serve to showcase Shijiazhuang as a global destination for conference delegates and…

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Hospitality Redefined as The Romanos Opens on the Shores of South West Greece

The Romanos, a Luxury Collection hotel designed by MKV Design, has opened to widespread acclaim. The hotel, together with the adjacent village, conference centre, golf and spa is the first completion in an audacious 20-year long vision to create Costa Navarino, a series of four resorts on nearly 2,500 acres of virgin land that wraps around the Ionian Sea in…

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Mixology Awards 2010: Environmental Design Award

A new award was introduced this year at the industry Mixology Awards 2010 recognising the sustainable efforts in commercial Interior Design projects. The Environmental Design Award was awarded to Max Bentheim for their achievements in design thinking, on-site implementation and impact on operations for their project The Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall.Stephan Oberwegner, Managing Director at Max Bentheim said ‘We are very…

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International Tourism: recovery confirmed, but growth remains uneven

International tourist arrivals grew by 7% in the first four months of 2010 according to the latest issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. This growth confirms the recovery trend beginning in the last quarter of 2009 and comes despite the challenging conditions of recent months. While April’s results were affected by the week-long closure of European airspace, globally the…

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Starwood makes an effort to go green

Yesterday HotelDesigns reported on new environmental designs within hotel bathrooms and today it has been revealed that Starwood Hotels are planning to join with Conservation International(CI) in a bid to become more ‘green’.The hotel group said that the collaboration is an attempt to focus on setting and achieving environmental performance goals and creating awareness around environmental issues. As well as…

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Morgan invites guests to Clerkenwell Design Week

Morgan Furniture, the design-led British manufacturer of contract furniture, will exhibit at Clerkenwell Design Week, 25-27th May 2010 in London.Set within the elegant Victorian warehouses of the Farmiloe Building on St. John’s Street, the three day event will encompass seminars, entertainment and exhibits that celebrate the very best of international design and architecture. In the area known as The Shed…

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HotelDesigns examines environmental bathroom design

It is inevitable. Green design is the way of the future and more customers are demanding that their purchases have a lesser impact on the environment than ever before. Not only this, but regulations are being put in place to make sure that hotels are built and operated sustainably.Recently in the revised UK building guidelines new rules were added to…

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The Design Guild Mark is twice awarded to Morgan Furniture

Morgan Furniture , the design-led British manufacturer of contract furniture, has been awarded the coveted Design Guild Mark for 2010 by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers for its Miami collection and City lounge chair. The Miami has been designed by Katerina Zachariades, Design Director of Morgan, and the City has been the first product to come out of the…

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Nolitan hotel to open in New York

The Nolitan hotel, boutique accommodation in New York City, is scheduled to open its doors sometime during the middle of this year, after a delay of a few months.The hotel is to feature 55 luxury rooms, as well as a restaurant that will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Nolitan will also have a rooftop lounge, private terraces and decks…

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