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Bradbury Group shares its top tips for hotel fire safety

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Every hotel must ensure it has a proper fire safety procedure in place, to ensure guests and staff are safe in the event of a fire.

Whether that is having a clear evacuation plan or training staff in preparation of a fire, hotel owners must make sure all aspects are covered.

To help with this, Bradbury Group has listed its four fire safety tips that all hotels should follow. Click here to read on.

How to bring nature-inspired designs into your hotel

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Duncan Neil, creative director at Earthed by William Clark, shares his expert opinion on how to utilise nature-inspired design to create best results in the hospitality industry.

Creating a welcoming and memorable experience in the hospitality industry is vital and the natural world holds a wonder of unique colours, patterns and materials that can inject life into interior spaces.

Hallways and entrances

A spacious entrance with lots of natural light grabs the guest’s attention as soon as they set foot into the venue. The space should have clean lines and a neutral colour palette to create a fresh feeling no matter what time of day or season. The use of large green plants can also help achieve this. Adding greenery in any form to hotel hallways will maintain an air of freshness around the premises and bring a sense of rejuvenation.

Restaurants

It’s important to create a comfortable restaurant area to promote a relaxed dining experience. Red, yellow and green palettes are the most common colours found within food and naturally complement our eating experience. Eating is a basic primal function, so using earthy natural materials, such as natural woods, cottons and linen, can synchronise experience and our primal needs.

In this busy environment pattern can be used to add character and depth, potentially through furniture, upholstery or soft furnishings. Patterns inspired by nature are ideal for hotels as they create calming environments when soft flowing patterns are used, but can also be perfect to add bursts of excitement and vibrancy when sharp bold designs are used. Our collections utilise a mix of elements found within the natural world, from the soft flow of water to the sharp lines of minerals found in the earth’s surface.

Bedrooms

The guest room is arguably the most important area to get right as this will have an effect on how well a guest rests. A spacious room incorporating neutral tones really helps to create a relaxed and calm atmosphere. However stronger colour schemes are more atmospheric and can make a real statement.

The best colour palettes to experiment with in bedrooms are greens and blues. Greens have clear links with nature, one of the most peaceful influences to bring into the bedroom. While blue tones are traditionally linked to harmony and calm, which will help guests to have a restful sleep. Our debut collection, The Upperlands incorporates these colours and tones, with fabrics that have an earthy, calming effect. Incorporating quality fabrics also enable depth and texture to be added to a room, either by print or structured textiles.

Additionally, it has been proven that headboards aid a better night’s sleep, therefore should always be present – they are also an ideal opportunity to add personality and colour.

There is no rule book when utilising our natural world in interiors, so it’s important to be playful and have some fun experimenting to see what works for your hotel and your guests.

Embassy Suites by Hilton New York celebrates grand opening

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Buccini/Pollin Group (BPG), Hidrock Properties and Hilton Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of the new 310-room Embassy Suites by Hilton New York in Midtown Manhattan.

BPGS Construction oversaw the entitlement and construction of the project, while PM Hotel Group performed technical services during programming, design and construction and manages the hotel.

Campion Platt Interiors was selected to design the hotel’s public areas, while HVS Design was responsible for the guest suite and corridor designs, and PPA provided the architectural plans.

“BPG believes that if we hired a typical commercial hotel designer, we would get a typical commercial hotel design,” said Dave Pollin, co-founder of BPG.

“Many travellers today can’t tell the difference between a hotel located in Cleveland or one in Canberra due to ‘generic hotel aesthetic blur’. We hired Campion Platt to set the tone and lead the design team due to his New York experience and sensibilities; they were apparent at our very first meeting. Campion grasps the city at its DNA level, including a deep historical understanding of the Garment District.”

Based at the crossroads of New York City, the 39-storey building boasts a glass façade and is a quick walk to Times Square, the Empire State Building and 5th Avenue.

Plus, each of the hotel’s studio suites feature Wi-Fi, two 42-inch HDTVs, a spacious work area, mini fridge, microwave and a coffeemaker.

SkyLawn, the hotel’s outdoor venue can host events for up to 300 people, while the Heist Bar & Lounge celebrates the greatest jewel heists in history through inventive cocktails while paying homage to New York’s famed Diamond District.

Jonathan Tuckey Design to plan new floor in Berlin’s Michelberger hotel

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Jonathan Tuckey Design has been appointed to build an extra floor for the Michelberger hotel in Berlin.

The creation of an additional floor provides the opportunity to offer more space to even more guests, plus the new aesthetic ties in with the design approach across the hotel, where every inch is used, creating practical, warm and spatially interesting rooms.

“We are incredibly lucky to have been appointed for our first hotel project by the team at the Michelberger,” said practice director, Jonathan Tuckey.

“This hotel is built around a creative community and so the social experience is paramount. We feel that by taking aspects of the city and building them into the fabric of the interiors we can create a series of spaces that can be enjoyed and shared by the guests, both new and returning customers.”

Jonathan Tuckey Design will celebrate the original features of the building, which dates back to 1903, and will boast open floor plates, large windows and beams traversing the full width of the ceiling.

Meanwhile, communal walkways provide access to the rooms but also act as social spaces where guests might bump into one another, just as they would in the city.

Azar Kazimir, creative director at Michelberger, added: “In researching for this project, Jonathan’s work leapt out at us with his ability to create simple, almost minimalist spaces but ones which are full of warmth, charm and humility.

“That is a rare thing to find! He has a wonderful sensitivity to working with light and natural materials and has great ability in working with existing buildings and adding to them to create something beautifully new.”

Work on the new floor and its rooms is slated to start in early 2018, while the new floor will open in the summer.

W Hotels expands to Osaka

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W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, has announced the development of W Osaka in Japan.

Set across 27 floors, the new hotel is expected to open in 2021 and will boast 337 guestrooms and suites, restaurants and cocktail bars.

Under an hour away from Kansai International Airport, W Osaka will be based within the indie boutiques and restaurants of the city.

“In 2020, Japan will capture the global spotlight, welcoming nations from around the world to the country on a grand scale for the 2020 games. This is a great build up to the launch of the first-ever W in Japan,” said Anthony Ingham, global brand leader for W Hotels Worldwide.

“W is always bringing its new/next vision and bold approach to new destinations, especially cities as vibrant and energetic as Osaka. We are confident W Osaka will add even more energy and excitement to this already action-packed year in Japan.”

Inside, guests will also be able to maintain their health and fitness with the Away Spa and fitness centre.

Isami Wada, chairman of Sekisui House, added: “We are excited to add yet another Marriott International property to our portfolio and even more thrilled to be introducing a brand as daring as W to the country.

“It will be an exciting year for Japan, and the W brand will surely offer limitless experiences to those visiting from all corners of the world.”

The new opening joins more than 50 W Hotels currently open globally, including the W Shanghai – The Bund, W Suzhou, W Bellevue and W Goa, as well as the soon-to-open W Panama, W Amman and W Brisbane.

New Novotel hotel opens for Stansted travellers

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Arora Hotels and AccorHotels have revealed the completion of a multi-million pound refurbishment to transition Arora Hotels’ Stansted hotel to the Novotel brand.

The new hotel boasts restaurants, bars, meeting and event spaces, as well as 250 bedrooms for guests to stay in.

“We’re delighted to unveil our newly refurbished hotel and to bring the highly regarded Novotel brand to Stansted,” said Surinder Arora, founder and chairman of the Arora Group.

“Our ongoing investment into the hotel ensures that we continue to offer guests the very best quality facilities.”

The development marks the third partnership between Arora Group and AccorHotels, plus the group also manages and operates Sofitel London Gatwick and Sofitel London Heathrow.

Located within the airport perimeter, the hotel is minutes away from the terminal and 30 minutes from central London via train.

Paul Muscroft, general manager of Novotel London Stansted Airport, added: “The refurbishment includes a fantastic upgrade to our meetings product, which includes eight purpose-built fully equipped meetings rooms with a capacity for up to 250 people, theatre-style.

“In addition, our dedicated team of in-house specialists are on hand to advise, organise, and help you plan your meeting every step of the way.”

Skamania Lodge bolsters tree house offering

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The Columbia River Gorge’s iconic Skamania Lodge, A Destination Hotel, has debuted its second pair of tree houses.

Boasting an extra sleeping area and queen bed, the new houses overlook the Gorge and Skamania Lodge’s golf course.

Like the previous two tree houses, these are situated in the Douglas Firs of the Columbia River Gorge and have been placed higher, sitting twice as high at about 30 feet.

“We’re thrilled at the way our first two tree houses turned out,” said Ken Daugherty, general manager at Skamania Lodge. “They became so popular, we wanted to be able to provide our guests with additional options to truly have that quintessential Columbia River Gorge experience.”

Each of the houses also feature an additional nook space with a bed and large windows, meaning couples and families can enjoy the space.

Plus, an outdoor fire pit has been placed in each house, as well as an indoor-outdoor fireplace.

In line with the first two tree houses, design elements were once again inspired from the idea of a creative childhood, with carefree days and playing outdoors.

Guests are also a short walk away from all of the lodge’s offerings, including hiking trails, dining facilities, the Waterleaf Spa and more.

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