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Hotel Designs takes the stage at Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam

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Hotel Designs takes the stage at Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam

Editor Hamish Kilburn is preparing to join Concrete’s Rob Wagemans and Zoku’s Hans Meyer on stage at the first ever Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam…  

Hotel Designs, an official media partner for Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam, is preparing to go on stage this afternoon for a live debate on how the rise in ‘bleisure’ is dictating how the industry builds and renovates hotels and cities.

Whether travelling for business or leisure, guests are seeking great experiences from their hotel stay. Editor Hamish Kilburn will ask the panel – Concrete’s Rob Wagemans and Zoku’s Hans Meyer -how the hospitality and design community should be reacting to the need of flexible working and living spaces in international hotel design.

About the speakers: 

Hans Meyer, Founder & Owner at Zoku

Hans Meyer is co-founder and managing director of Zoku. Facilitating global living and working, Zoku has created a new category in the hotel industry – a home-office hybrid, with the services of a hotel and the social buzz of a thriving neighbourhood. He is responsible for innovation, culture, concept development, branding, operations and strategic partnerships for the Zoku brand. Zoku has been internationally recognized as being an innovator in the industry and was quoted by Forbes as one of the 25 coolest hotels in the world. A firm believer of value creation and innovation for the international hospitality industry, Hans previously was the initial creator and founding partner of the citizenM hotel concept and held senior corporate positions in Operations and Development for NH Hoteles and Golden Tulip, where he was responsible for projects throughout Europe, Africa, The Middle-East and Central America. Hans is also a jury member for the Accenture Innovation Awards and Ahead, the international Awards for Hospitality, Experience and Design. He was educated at Hotelschool The Hague and Cornell University in the United States.

Rob Wagemans, Founder & Director at Concrete 

Concrete develops concepts in architecture, interior design, urban development and brand development. Wagemans founded Concrete in 1997 and is the architectural visionary behind CitizenM and Zoku. The architectural firm was also behind the design of W Verbier and Ink Amsterdam.

Hotel Designs is attending Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam as a proud media partner of the show. If you would like to meet the team, head over to stand F64!

Pete Doherty and The Libertines

Pete Doherty and The Libertines to open seaside hotel

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Pete Doherty and The Libertines to open seaside hotel

The Albion Rooms hotel and studio, which will be operated by Pete Doherty and The Libertines, is slated to open this year…

In one of the most unlikely turn of events for the British hotel design industry, Pete Doherty from The Libertines has spoken out about opening his first hotel in Margate, Kent.

Best known for heading up The Libertines, dating fashion icon Kate Moss and becoming one of Britain’s most controversial musicians of all times, Doherty spoke to Channel 4.

Pete Doherty and The Libertines

“They didn’t pay me for a couple of gigs, and before I knew it I had a six-part share in what’s turned out to be a studio, a hotel and a place to live,” he told Channel 4 News in a pre-tour interview.

Whispers about The Libertine’s becoming hoteliers first emerged in the headlines last year when the band shared a video on social media. The Victorian five-storey hotel, with feature 10 guestrooms, was considered one of Britain’s worst hotels before Doherty and his bandmates purchased the property.

In a press release, the hotel was depicted as having been “Inspired by the celluloid cohabitation antics of the Beatles and the Monkees.””

The band purchased the property for a reported £500,000 and now plan to transform the space to include 10 individually styled guestrooms with in Doherty’s words “Music playing all day”.

The press release continued: “Carl, Gary, John and Peter had been looking for a creative home: a living art space, a Warholian factory, with guestrooms, a bar and studio. The band members have already made themselves at home, and have commenced writing their fourth studio album, and will be inviting fans and the world’s press to play a part in the creative process.”

The hotel is expected to open this year, although an official opening date is yet to be confirmed. In addition, there has currently been no indication on whether or not the band will lean on an interior design firm to complete the project.

Main image credit: Twitter/ 

Meet Up London: 2 weeks to go!

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In two weeks time, on March 28, Hotel Designs will host Meet Up London at Minotti London… 

There are just two weeks until the industry’s leaders will gather at Meet Up London. The event, which takes place on March 28 at Minotti London’s showroom will be attended by leading designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers.

As well as providing the perfect networking stage for professionals who are working on the hotel design scene, the event will also pay special attention to young designers as it will unveil Hotel Designs’ 30 Under 30 (the shortlist can be accessed here).

The latest names to the guest list include designers, directors and 30 Under 30 shortlisted finalists from the likes of ARA Design, Denis Irvine Studio and Occa Design, as well as the general manager of The Beaumont London.

They will join designers and directors from leading studios such as Richmond InternationalHBA LondonGenslerJestico + WhilesGoddard LittlefairProject Orange and WATG who are among the names that are also confirmed to attend.

How to attend Meet Up London 

If you are an interior designer, architect, operator or hotelier and would like to attend Meet Up London, click here to book your place.

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to attend the event, contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or on z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk – or click here to book your place.

For more information about becoming a Hotel Designs Meet Up sponsor, contact Zoe Guerrier on 01992 374059 or email z.guerrier@forumevents.co.uk.

Exclusive style partner: Minotti London

Exclusive headline partner: Hamilton Litestat

Event partner: Tarkett

Gifting Partner: Aslotel

The Brit List 2018 – hotelier profiles

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In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 75 finalists in the Hotel Designs Brit List 2018. We continue with profiling our winning hoteliers in alphabetical order…

This year’s The Brit List 2018 concluded on November 22, when leading designers, hoteliers and architects gathered at BEAT London to find out which of them made it on to this year’s The Brit List 2018. The hundreds of nominees and entries were whittled down by the event’s five judges, who were:

  • Gilly Craft, President of the British Institute of Interior Design
  • Charles Leon, founder of Leon Black Architecture and Interior Design
  • Gerri Gallagher, former associate editor, Tatler
  • Lysbeth Fox, founder and director of Fox PR
  • Hamish Kilburn, editor, Hotel Designs 

Jenny Oh – King Street Townhouse

Recently reviewed by Hotel Designs, and the venue chosen to shelter the inaugural Hotel Designs Meet Up North event, King Street Townhouse is a shining example of how hotel design in the north is booming.

The hotel shelters 40 stylish rooms in the centre of Manchester, and boasts the only hotel rooftop infinity pools in the city. Jenny Oh has led the hotel from the beginning having been the General Manager since March last year.

Johnson Joseph – Holiday Inn Whitechapel 

Johnson Joseph arrived at LaLiT in November 2017 from his role with the Cairn Hotel Group, where he was most recently hotel manager at Crowne Plaza Gerrards Cross.

Jospeph is a general manager of Holiday Inn Whitechapel is a versatile hotel professional with 20 years experience in managing operations in fast-paced hospitality environment moving forwards new and existing business within a challenging environment.

Kevin Brooke – Cliveden House

Kevin Brooke joined Cliveden House as General Manager in October 2016. Before arriving at Cliveden House, Brooke was the general manager of the Aman Sveti Stefan in Montenegro where he was responsible for all aspects of operation and performance of this 58 multi-site luxury resort. His extensive career history with the Aman group commenced in 2003 with management positions at the Amangani Resort, USA, Amanyara Resort in the Caribbean and the Amanwana Resort in Indonesia.

With the recent renovations nearly complete, he believes it’s a wonderful opportunity to further elevate the guest experience and fulfil Cliveden’s enormous potential.

Marco Novello – The Lanesborough

Recently appointed, Marco Novella succeeds Geoffrey Gelardi, who stepped down from the role as Managing Director after 28 years, which had made him London’s longest serving managing director of a luxury property. The Lanesborough is owned by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and since its relaunch in 2015 has been managed by the German-based Oetker Collection.

Novella was most recently Managing Director of Brown’s Hotel London for nearly two years. In his new role he will oversee operations of the 93-key property while driving growth and ensuring service excellence in all departments.

Mario Ovsenjak – Hotel Gotham 

Mario Ovsenjak arrived at Hotel Gotham in 2016 and has led the property from strength-to-strength ever since. Hotel Gotham, which was recently reviewed
by Hotel Designs, quickly established itself as one of the most striking hotels in the UK.

Having worked extensively across the Bespoke Hotels portfolio, Ovsenjak boasts experience leading teams at a range of five country house properties, including The Lambert Arms in Oxfordshire, Shaftsbury’s Grosvenor Arms, as well as the Prince Regent Hotel.

In Conversation With: COO and Partner of luxury hotel group LHM

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Hotel Designs editor Hamish Kilburn catches up with Hans Joerg Meier the COO and Partner of LHM to discuss regional differences, design ethos’ and the challenges that come with setting up a new luxury hotel group…

With a new hotel about to open just over the horizon, which will add to the LHM (Legian Hotel Management) portfolio, the luxe hotel group is starting to find its bare-foot luxury feet in the international hotel design sands. Currently based in Indonesia with plans to expand across the globe, its ambition to “raise expectations of what a holiday can be” has been set in stone by the COO and co-founder Hans Joerg Meier. As its next hotel, The Legian Sire, Lombok, prepares for a Q1 2019 Launch, we caught up with Joerg Meier to find out  what the future for the hotel group looks like.

Hamish Kilburn: What has LHM identified as differences in markets between Indonesia and Europe?
Hans Joerg Meier: Travellers from Europe are seeking an authentic Indonesian/Balinese cultural experience – the warm and sincere service/hospitality. Furthermore, European guests want to travel around the island, visiting temples, renowned rice paddies, tasting local cuisine and attending cooking classes. Many are also keen to attend/participate in a local ceremony. Our regular guests from the local Indonesian market are very familiar with Bali/Seminyak where The Legian is located, and most seek a getaway to relax in the hotel from the pressures of their working lifestyle. They come to wine and dine and visit friends. This pattern is also similar with our regional markets from Hong Kong and Singapore. Both European and Indonesian markets are very interested in our wellness programs and following this we have recently launched a new wellness concept ‘Wellness by the Legian’ which will be available in all LHM hotels.

HK: There seems to be a lot of emphasis on experiences when it comes to luxury travel. Is the experience more important than the product these days? 
HJM: I am of the opinion that both are equally important. A good product is imperative and superior guest experiences personifies the product and vice versa. They synergize each other and are essential for the luxury traveller.

Image caption: Legian Seminyak, Bali

HK: Can you explain the design ethos of LHM properties?
HJM: Each LHM property is/will be exquisitely crafted by renowned architects and interior designers as well as legendary local artisans. This will reflect the sophisticated taste of our refined clientele who will feel right at home within LHM’s exceptional natural timeless surroundings, each one tastefully and utterly unique in their style.

HK: What are the main challenges for a new hotel group in today’s hotel landscape?
HJM: The main challenges include coming up with unique selling/marketing ideas which clearly differentiate the brand from the many competitors. It is also important to have a clear strategy in place and stick to it, not to follow every single trend, but rather create a bespoke experience. New hotel groups need to have a solid structure in place which allows the brand to expand on firm grounds without becoming too corporate. The key element is to form a strong team and nurture talents to take on more responsibility and to fully embrace the culture of the company. It is important that the team truly understands and is passionate about the brand so the company can successfully expand in the right direction. People are key in our industry as every guest interaction is vital.

Image caption: The site at Legian Sire, Lombok

HK: How did the management team come together?
HJM: Our first property, The Legian, Seminyak Bali has been owned by the Djohan’s family since the opening in 1996. Irma Djohan, The youngest daughter of Robby and Nanan Djohan, has a career in banking and at the same time was mentored by her father to eventually become a partner at LHM. Ralf Ohletz von Plattenberg was working for Adrain Zecha at Aman and GHM for over 30 years and was part of the team who setup The Legian. As for myself, I was working with GHM, who managed The Legian, for 15 years. Therefore, Irma, Ralf and myself knew each other. When the late Robby Djohan decided to start his own management company, he brought the 3 of us together help him form LHM, based on our diversified backgrounds.

Image credit: Legian Sire, Lombok

HK: The team clearly has a lot of experience in luxury. What key elements have you taken from Como, Peninsula and Aman to make LHM truly luxurious?
HJM: The LHM team have utilised their experience to create LHM’s own bespoke luxury key elements. LHM balances authentic unsurpassed service within captivating environments of exquisite craftsmanship reflecting the sophisticated lifestyle and intellectual curiosity of our guests. Every LHM property reflects its location, culture and people and does not wish to be a ‘cookie cutter’ brand. The one main key element I have taken from all my experience is that the people are key to creating a truly memorable and luxurious experience.

HK: How important is location when expanding a luxury hotel portfolio?
HJM: Location is important not just for each individual property but expansion should be based on a strategic plan. Some destinations may complement each other which can be of great advantage to boost occupancy. LHM’s 5 year business plan focussed on Indonesia and South East Asia which allows us to streamline efforts and keep operations efficient.

The Brit List 2018 becomes sold-out event

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Hours before the leading interior designers, hoteliers, architects and key-industry suppliers gather at BEAT London for The Brit List 2018, the event hits its maximum capacity… 

The Brit List 2018, which will take place this evening at BEAT London from 6.30pm, is now sold out* as the key players of the industry prepare to find out who among them is on this year’s list of 75 influencers in design and hospitality.

As well as expanding the list to now include the top 25 architects, this year’s event will also crown the winners of six newly launched awards, which are:

  • Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year (Sponsored by Tarkett Flooring)
  • Inspiration in Design – Hotelier of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Architect of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Innovative use of Technology (Sponsored by DLAppTap)
  • The Eco Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Hotel Industry

Speaking ahead of The Brit List 2018, editor of Hotel Designs and host of the evening, said: “This year, The Brit List has catapulted its way to firmly land in the calendar as an event not to be missed. We look forward to welcoming everyone this evening as we, together, celebrate Britain’s leading position in the world of international hotel design. I look forward to personally congratulating all of the 75 individuals who have earned their place in The Brit List 2018 as well as the six soon-to-be crowned winners of our awards.”

Directions to BEAT London:

Address: 48 Margaret St, Marylebone, London W1W 8SE
Nearest tube station: Oxford Circus

Event timings: 6.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.

6.30 p.m. Welcome drinks are served
7.00 p.m. Welcome speech from Hotel Designs Editor, Hamish Kilburn, to include unveiling of The Brit List 2018 winners
7.15 p.m. Canapés are served
7.15 p.m. Headline speaker, Charles Leon, Leon Black Interior Architecture addresses the Brit List 2018 – Britain’s position in international hotel design and hospitality post-Brexit
7.30 p.m. Awards presentation commences
8.00 p.m. Headline speaker, Moritz Waldemeyer, Studio Moritz Waldemeyer addresses The Brit List 2018 – Hotel lighting; how it has changed in recent times and how is lighting technology allowing for more creative interiors
8.15 p.m. Celebrations and networking

BRIT LIST 2018 Industry Partner: British Institute of Interior Design

BRIT LIST 2018 Event Sponsor: Hamilton Litestat

BRIT LIST 2018 Supporting Partner: Studio Moritz Waldemeyer

BRIT LIST 2018 Award Sponsor: Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year: Tarkett

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The Brit List 2018 Innovation In Technology Award sponsor: DLAppTap

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* We have reserved a limited number of last-minute tickets for delegates and suppliers. Please contact k.phillips@forumevents.co.uk to purchase yours.

The Brit List 2018: Five places remain

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Just five places remain for The Brit List 2018, taking place tomorrow at BEAT London…

There are just five places left to be claimed for The Brit List 2018.

With just one day remaining until The Brit List 2018 is unveiled – and the winners of the six newly launched events are announced – time for designers, hoteliers, architects and key-industry suppliers to purchase their tickets to meet up with Britain’s leading influencers in international hotel design is running out.

Hamilton Litestat is confirmed to switch on The Brit List 2018 to unveil the top 75 interior designers, hoteliers and architects operating in Britain today. Following this, the winners of The Brit List’s newly launched awards will also be crowned. The categories are:

  • Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year (Award Sponsor: Tarkett Flooring)
  • Inspiration in Design – Hotelier of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Architect of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Innovative use of Technology (Award Sponsor: DLAppTapp)
  • The Eco Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Hotel Industry

Studio directors, managing directors and general managers from companies such as HBA LondonGA DesignRPW DesignWATGGoddard LittlefairEPR ArchitectsBespoke HotelsGleneaglesRosewood Hotels and Hotel Gotham are all among those who have confirmed their attendance at The Brit List 2018.

The Past President of the British Institute Interior Design (BIID) and co-founder of Leon Black Architecture and Interior Design, Charles Leon, will speak on Britain’s position in international hotel design and hospitality post-Brexit. Leon, who was one of the five judges for The Brit List 2018 and the awards, said ahead of the awards: “I am delighted to have been asked to speak at The Brit List 2018. Two of the UK’s major contributions to why Britain holds its place as a major international hub has always been its quirky education system and its ability to send out into the world innovative thinkers, not just in design and the arts, but in science, technology and research too. If we don’t teach people how to think, rather than what to think, our future is doomed – and I am excited to speak about this and the future of British hotel design and architecture on the night.”

In addition to Leon’s speakership, guests will also enjoy a talk by lighting expert to the stars, Moritz Waldemeyer. The experimental lighting expert, who exhibited a tactile personalised lighting display at London Design Festival this year, will speak to the audience on how hotel lighting has changed in recent years how lighting technology is allowing for more creative interiors.

Event timings: 6.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.

6.30 p.m. Welcome drinks are served
7.00 p.m. Welcome speech from Hotel Designs Editor, Hamish Kilburn, and The Brit List 2018 winners unveiled
7.15 p.m. Canapés are served
7.15 p.m. Headline speaker, Charles Leon, Leon Black Interior Architecture addresses the Brit List 2018 – Britain’s position in international hotel design and hospitality post-Brexit
7.30 p.m. Awards presentation commences
8.00 p.m. Headline speaker, Moritz Waldemeyer, Studio Moritz Waldemeyer addresses The Brit List 2018 – Hotel lighting; how it has changed in recent times and how is lighting technology allowing for more creative interiors
8.15 p.m. Celebrations and networking

Directions to BEAT London:

Address: 48 Margaret St, Marylebone, London W1W 8SE
Nearest tube station: Oxford Circus

BRIT LIST 2018 Industry Partner: British Institute of Interior Design

BRIT LIST 2018 Event Sponsor: Hamilton Litestat

BRIT LIST 2018 Supporting Partner: Studio Moritz Waldemeyer

BRIT LIST 2018 Award Sponsor: Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year: Tarkett

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The Brit List 2018 Innovation In Technology Award Sponsor: DLAppTap

The Brit List 2018: Days to go

Hamish Kilburn

There are now just four days left for interior designers, hoteliers, architects and key-industry suppliers to claim their tickets to one of the most anticipated hotel design awards events of the year… 

With just four days until The Brit List 2018 is unveiled – and the winners of the six newly launched events are announced – time for designers, hoteliers, architects and key-industry suppliers to purchase their tickets to meet up with Britain’s leading influencers in international hotel design is running out.

Hamilton Litestat is confirmed to switch on The Brit List 2018 to unveil the top 75 interior designers, hoteliers and architects operating in Britain today. Following this, the winners of The Brit List’s newly launched awards will also be crowned. The categories are:

  • Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year (Award Sponsor: Tarkett Flooring)
  • Inspiration in Design – Hotelier of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Architect of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Innovative use of Technology (Award Sponsor: DLAppTapp)
  • The Eco Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Hotel Industry

Studio directors, managing directors and general managers from companies such as HBA LondonGA DesignRPW DesignWATGGoddard LittlefairEPR ArchitectsBespoke HotelsGleneaglesRosewood Hotels and Hotel Gotham are all among those who have confirmed their attendance at The Brit List 2018.

The Past President of the British Institute Interior Design (BIID) and co-founder of Leon Black Architecture and Interior Design, Charles Leon, will speak on Britain’s position in international hotel design and hospitality post-Brexit. Leon, who was one of the five judges for The Brit List 2018 and the awards, said ahead of the awards: “I am delighted to have been asked to speak at The Brit List 2018. Two of the UK’s major contributions to why Britain holds its place as a major international hub has always been its quirky education system and its ability to send out into the world innovative thinkers, not just in design and the arts, but in science, technology and research too. If we don’t teach people how to think, rather than what to think, our future is doomed – and I am excited to speak about this and the future of British hotel design and architecture on the night.”

In addition to Leon’s speakership, guests will also enjoy a talk by lighting expert to the stars, Moritz Waldemeyer. The experimental lighting expert, who exhibited a tactile personalised lighting display at London Design Festival this year, will speak to the audience on how hotel lighting has changed in recent years how lighting technology is allowing for more creative interiors.

Event timings: 6.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.

6.30 p.m. Welcome drinks are served
7.00 p.m. Welcome speech from Hotel Designs Editor, Hamish Kilburn, and The Brit List 2018 winners unveiled
7.15 p.m. Canapés are served
7.15 p.m. Headline speaker, Charles Leon, Leon Black Interior Architecture addresses the Brit List 2018 – Britain’s position in international hotel design and hospitality post-Brexit
7.30 p.m. Awards presentation commences
8.00 p.m. Headline speaker, Moritz Waldemeyer, Studio Moritz Waldemeyer addresses The Brit List 2018 – Hotel lighting; how it has changed in recent times and how is lighting technology allowing for more creative interiors
8.15 p.m. Celebrations and networking

Directions to BEAT London:

Address: 48 Margaret St, Marylebone, London W1W 8SE
Nearest tube station: Oxford Circus

BRIT LIST 2018 Industry Partner: British Institute of Interior Design

BRIT LIST 2018 Event Sponsor: Hamilton Litestat

BRIT LIST 2018 Supporting Partner: Studio Moritz Waldemeyer

BRIT LIST 2018 Award Sponsor: Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year: Tarkett

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The Brit List 2018 Innovation In Technology Award Sponsor: DLAppTap

IN CONVERSATION WITH: Executive Vice-Chairman & CEO, Meliá Hotels International

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To identify what it takes to be at the helm of one of the most established luxury hotel brands, editor of Hotel Designs Hamish Kilburn sat down with Executive Vice-Chairman & CEO, Meliá Hotels International Gabriel Escarrer Jaume to discuss core values, sustainable goals and all things design…

Since first meeting Gabriel Escarrer Jaume three years ago at what was the newly opened ME London, things have changed – but the same visionary remains to steer Meliá Hotels International into new waters, while keeping the brand fresh and always ahead of the curve. But in addition to the more obvious evolution that a hotel chain experiences – with new openings hapenning all over the world – Escarrer Jaume is also leading strong initiatives throughout the brand. The brand is reducing water usage per stay by eight per cent, achieving 70 per cent overall green energy use, all while achieving sustainability certification for 52 per cent of hotels. In addition, he aims to generalise sustainability clauses and codes in agreements and relationships with suppliers, ensure 90 per cent of suppliers are local and reduce CO2 emissions by 18.4 per cent per stay. It seems as if our meeting at WTM 2018 has come an appropriate time, and in between international phone calls to suppliers and contractors while keeping track of the 325 open hotels within the portfolio, he joins me for a coffee.

Hamish Kilburn: Having read a lot about the hotel group’s plans, how are you achieving to reduce water usage throughout the entire hotel portfolio?
Gabriel Escarrer Jaume: Sustainability has to always played a major role for the family owned company – we have strong values. Water savings is key. We have been working to  help reduce water wastage mainly in the public areas. We also have plans to help save water usage in the rooms without it affecting the overall guest experience. The goal is to continue to reduce water wastage per stay by eight per cent year-on-year, and we have done so for the past three years.

 “I believe that our hotels have helped the modern traveller explore new areas around the world.”

HK: I believe that the group has 59 hotels currently in the pipeline, when will they be completed by?
GEJ: The goal is to have these open within the next two and half years.

HK: How has consumer behaviour changed in the last few years, and how have you adapted your hotels to cater to the modern traveller?
GEJ: It affects it a lot. In my opinion, sustainability has always played a major role in hotel design, but even more so now, it seems. I believe that our hotels have helped the modern traveller explore new areas around the world. Part of our business model has been to develop hotels in new destinations. As you would expect, we are now in places such as Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico, Costa Rica etc. But we are also making an impact in places like Zanzibar, Tanzania and Cape Verde. We approach each new hotel with tremendous respect to the local culture and the environment.

HK: Africa seems to be a major focus at the moment, why is that?
GEJ: Yes, but you won’t find us in the capital cities as we, like lour guests, prefer to explore new areas that are not necessarily on the tourist map. Meliá Hotels were the pioneers in Cape Verde, for example. We feel as if we can do the same in Africa. Serengeti is a focus for us, as well as Arusha which will be announced soon. There is a huge potential to develop hotels in Africa – and in fact the third-world.

HK: With The Brit List 2018 on the horizon, why is the UK such a major design hot spot?
GEJ: London has so much to offer for creative minds. Like all of our hotels around the world, London is iconic in its design. When guests check into the ME London, we want them to recognise and to feel the design of British architect Norman Foster. All of our hotels around the world have been deliberately designed with local architects and designers. We are working very closely with Zaha Hadid Architects at the moment with a hotel in Malta. Paris’ Melia ME was designed by Dominique Le Roux. All of these hotels have been created, from the very beginning, by real local legends in design.

HK: Will Meliá Hotels International be making a splash in Malta?
GEJ: Yes, in fact we are working with Zaha Hadid Architects on that project at the moment, which is scheduled to open next year.

QUICK-FIRE ROUND

HK: What’s your favourite colour?
GEJ: Blue
HK: What’s the number-one tool for success in hotel development?
GEJ: Location, service and product (sorry, that’s three)
HK: What can you not travel without?
GEJ: My iPhone, my iPad and coffee
HK: Who is your inspiration?
GEJ: My father who founded Meliá Hotels International
HK: How do you shut off from work?
GEJ: I love sailing – it’s so peaceful.

Meliá Hotels International is the leading hotel Group in Spain and the third leading Globally, and has over 50 new hotels in its current pipeline. The Group is continuing to invest in loyal markets such as Spain, continuing the regeneration of Magaluf with pivotal new opening The Plaza, whilst expanding into emerging markets such as APAC, where the Group is opening 20 new hotels before the end of 2020. In fact, it seems as if the hotel group is expanding all over the globe and delving into areas where no group before has dared to venture.

 

New supporting partner announced for The Brit List 2018

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Hotel Designs welcomes Studio Moritz Waldemeyer as a supporting partner to The Brit List 2018 which takes place on November 22 at BEAT London…

As the industry prepares to celebrate the leading British influencers in hotel design, Hotel Designs is proud to welcome the creative lighting experts Studio Moritz Waldemeyer as a supporting partner of The Brit List 2018.

The company, which is owned by internationally renowned lighting artist Moritz Waldemeyer who recently exhibited an immersive installation at this year’s London Design Festival, occupies a diverse range of creative spaces, from art and product design through to fashion and entertainment. Supporting Hotel Designs’ nationwide search to unveil the best of British interior designers, hoteliers and architects, Waldemeyer himself will speak at the event on hotel lighting and how it has changed in recent times, making room for more creative interiors.

“We are thrilled to be involved in The Brit List 2018 and believe the concept of the event – finding the best designers, hoteliers and architects in Britain today – aligns itself very nicely with our creativity,” he said on becoming a supporting partner. “We set out to define a completely new category of LED lighting that is playful, emotional, atmospheric and elegant, always innovative and always low power and low impact on the environment. We create the perfect balance of beautifully crafted objects with a sprinkling of tech and use inspiration from the past to re-invent the future.”

The news of Studio Moritz Waldemeyer becoming a supporting partner follows the news that the British Institute of Interior Design is this year’s industry partner for the event.

How to attend this year’s Brit List

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to meet the top hoteliers, interior designers and hoteliers at The Brit List, click here to book your place.

If you are a delegate to the hospitality industry (architect, designer or hotelier) and would like to attend The Brit List 2018, click here to book your place.

To discuss the various sponsorship packages available, please contact Katy Phillips on +44(0)1992 374050

 

Brit List 2018 long list announced

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This year’s Brit List has officially announced the 2018 long list as it heads towards the final straight to finding Britain’s top interior designers, hoteliers and architects…

Hotel Designs has announced the long-listed interior designers, hoteliers and architects that are all in with a chance of making it into The Brit List 2018.

The long-listed finalists will be invited to BEAT London on November 22 when The Brit List 2018 will be unveiled to highlight the top 25 interior designers, top 25 hoteliers and the top 25 architects in Britain today.

The nationwide search began months ago when Hotel Designs opened up nominations to readers of the publication in order to enter whom they believed deserved to be recognised as British leaders and influencers in international hotel design.

There are limited spaces available to attend this year’s highly anticipated event. In order to purchase your tickets and to secure your place, click here.

Below are the long-listed candidates for this year’s Brit List.

Contantina Tsoutsikou HBA London
Andrew Linwood Areen Hospitality
Ariane Steinbeck RPW Design
Bee Osborn Osborn Interiors
Emma King InterContinental Group
Dexter Moren Associates Dexter Moren Associates
Tim Murray Helen Green Design
Alex Kravetz Alex Kravetz Design
Fiona Thompson Richmond International
Martin Brudnizki MBDS
Rachel Johnson Wimberly Interiors
Terry McGinnity GA Design London
Jo Littlefair Goddard Littlefair
Kelly Hoppen Kelly Hoppen Design Interiors Ltd
Maria Vafiadis MKV Design
Christopher Ash Project Orange
Katherine Neathercoat Scott Brownrigg
Tara Bernerd Tara Bernerd & Partners
Robert Angell Robert Angell Design International
Helen Fewster Suna Interior Design
Rebecca Hunt Suna Interior Design
Frances Blackham Trevillion Interiors
Harry Harris SUSD
Stephanie Dennett Brakspear
Nicholas Stoupas Twenty2Degrees
Joesph Stella Twenty2Degrees
Tom Bartlett Waldo Works
Harry Gregory Ara Design
Rock Galpin Rock Galpin Ltd
Kathleen Hockney Cole & Son
Nicholas Sunderland NSI Design Ltd
Kim Partridge Kim Partridge Interiors
Rami Fustok The Mandrake
Conor O’Leary Gleneagles, Scotland
Jenny Oh King Street Townhouse
Johnson Joseph LALIT, London
Brian Benson The Gainsborough
Mario Ovsenjak Hotel Gotham
Jasdeep Sodhi Hotel Indigo, 1 Leicester Square
Robin Sheppard Bespoke Hotels
Jennifer McCabe Charlotte Street Hotel
Fiona Moores The Pig at Combe
Faye Stone The Pig in the Wall
Sarah Holden The Pig near Bath
Peter Kienast The Principle, Manchester
Michael Achenbaum The Curtain, London
Gareth Banner The Ned, London
Thomas Kochs The Corinthia, London
Michael Bonsor The Rosewood, London
David Morgan-Hewitt The Goring, London
Kevin Brooke Cliveden House
Nick Hanson Idle Rocks Hotel, St Mawes
Will Ashworth Watergate Hotel
Marco Novella The Lanesborough
Nathan White Seaham Hall
Paul Walsh Hotel Football
Mark Sainsbury Zetter Hotels
Michael Helling The Grove, Hertfordshire
Barney Cunliffe The Gilpin
Sergio Leandro Mondrian London
Chris Weaver High Road House
Debrah Dhugga Dukes Hotel
James Twomey Reardon Smith
Gordon Ferrier 3D Reid Architecture
Richard Morton Richard Morton Architects
James Dilley Jestico + Whiles
Julian Dickens Jestico + Whiles
Liz Pickard Consarc Architects
Martin Pease WATG
David Richard Mellor David Richard Mellor
John Simpson John Simpson Architects
Maha Kutay Zaha Hadid Architects
Woody Yao Zaha Hadid Architects
Tommy Lee PLP Architecture
Phil Jaffa Scape Design Associates
Georgia Stevenson SHH Architects and Interior Designers
Tom Lindblom Gensler
Richard Hywel Evans Studio RHE
Caroline Smith Wish London
Yasmin Mahmoudieh Yasmine Mahmoudieh
Jonathan Manser The Manser Practice
Nathalie Rozencwajg Rare Architecture
Mark Bruce EPR Architects
Geoff Hull EPR Architects
David Archer Archer Humphreys Architects
Howard Jones Archer Humphreys Architects
Abinitio Architects & Planners Abinitio Architects & Planners

This year, as well as celebrating The Brit List 2018, the awards will launch six coveted awards. These include:

  • Inspiration in Design – Innovative use of Technology
  • Inspiration in Design – Boutique Hotelier
  • Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Architect of the Year
  • The Eco Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Hotel Industry

Shortlist finalists: Inspiration in Design – Innovative use of Technology

  • Meystyle – Product: LED wallpaper and fabric
  • Moritz Waldemeyer – Product: LDF18 Lighting installation
  • Aquavision
  • Criton
  • ACT STUDIOS
  • Hotel Room Chooser

Shortlist finalists: The Eco Award

  • Tate Harmer – Project: Eden Hotel
  • Deadgood – Project: Hug Chair
  • Interface  – Product: All products
  •  Ecolight
  • Zetter Hotels

Event timings: 6.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.

6.30 p.m. Welcome drinks are served
7.00 p.m. Welcome speech from Hotel Designs Editor, Hamish Kilburn, to include unveiling of The Brit List 2018 winners
7.15 p.m. Canapés are served
7.15 p.m. Headline speaker addresses The Brit List 2018
7.30 p.m. Awards presentation commences
8.00 p.m. Headline speaker addresses The Brit List 2018
8.15 p.m. Celebrations and networking

In order to secure you place, click here to purchase tickets. 

To discuss the various sponsorship packages available, please contact Katy Phillips on +44(0)1992 374050

BRIT LIST 2018 Industry partner: British Institute of Interior Design

Designers, hoteliers and architects reflect on what Brit List means to them

Hamish Kilburn

As the 2018 Brit List award ceremony fast approaches, Hotel Designs caught up with last year’s winners in order to investigate just how important it is to recognise Britain’s best interior designers, hoteliers and architects…

Last year, Hotel Designs brought you the inaugural Brit List, a nationwide search for the top 25 interior designers and top 25 hoteliers in Britain. The task to find Britain’s best took our editorial team and judges on a journey to find hidden gems in somewhat unexpected corners of the UK while also allowed the team to meet the world-class talent that is keeping Britain’s hotel design industry alive and ahead of the curve.

“Firstly, this year’s list will be 25 names longer, as the team behind The Brit List have included architects in the mix in order to complete the triangle.”

Taking place on November 22 at BEAT London, this year, the Brit List, which this year welcomes the British Institute of Interior Design as an industry partner, is back with a bang with added sparkle. Firstly, this year’s list will be 25 names longer to bring the total to 75 leaders and visionaries, as the team behind The Brit List have included architects in the mix in order to complete the triangle. With the aim to recognise the most exceptional designs that have helped to keep Britain the international design hub it is today, The Brit List this year will also award six individual awards, which are as follows:

  • Inspiration in Design – Innovative use of Technology
  • Inspiration in Design – Boutique Hotelier
  • Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Architect of the Year
  • The Eco Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Hotel Industry

With Britain being known as a congested island full of hotel designs talent, we went behind the scenes to find out what the Brit List means for some of our previous winners:

“Inclusion on the 2017 Brit List was a tremendous honour for myself, as well as a powerful recognition of the hard work of my colleagues, and each of the teams at Bespoke properties across the country,” said Robin Sheppard who is the Chairman of Bespoke Hotels. “It is an accolade that recognises not only commercial influence, but the wider design-led and holistic impact an individual has made within our industry.” Sheppard, who in the last few years launched the Bespoke Access Awards in order to support design catering for all guests, was a worthy winner for his dedication to the hotel industry as a whole.

“Being nominated for the Brit List is the highest accolade.”

Since winning in last year’s Interior Designer category, Dexter Moren from Dexter Moren Associates has unveiled a number of cutting-edge new hotel projects. “Dexter Moren Associates finds that the high level to which British Design is revered internationally is a great marketing tool for our practice, both in the UK and abroad, and being nominated for the Brit List is the highest accolade.”

RPW Design’s Managing Director, Ariane Steinbeck was also included in last year’s list for . “As a leading hospitality interior design practice, we are always thrilled to be associated with The Brit List, which provides British designers, hoteliers and architects with a fantastic opportunity to be recognised as exceptional within their field,” said Steinbeck. “This year marks our 30th anniversary as a creative and unique tour de force on the London design scene and our passion for quality, chic and function continues to be at the forefront of our identity and throughout our portfolio of global projects. This year, we completed the creation of The Capital Suite at the InterContinental London Park Lane, are under construction with projects in Hungary, Bulgaria, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Malta and soon, Bahrain and hopefully a floating project very soon.  We look forward to seeing the nominations this year and wish all practices the best of luck.”

How to attend this year’s Brit List

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to meet the top hoteliers, interior designers and hoteliers at The Brit List, click here to book your place.

If you are a delegate to the hospitality industry (architect, designer or hotelier) and would like to attend The Brit List 2018, click here to book your place.

To discuss the various sponsorship packages available, please contact Phoebe Kasapi on +44(0)1992 374059

BRIT LIST 2018 Industry partner: British Institute of Interior Design

 

Brit List: Less than two weeks in order to claim your early bird tickets

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There are less than two weeks to go in order to claim your early bird tickets to this year’s Hotel Designs Brit List…

Calling all British interior designers, architects, hoteliers and key-industry suppliers, early bird tickets for this year’s Brit List are only available until September 16.

The Brit List ceremony, which will take place on November 22 at BEAT London, will welcome the leading interior designers, hoteliers, architects and key suppliers within the industry who will gather to witness the announcement of not only this year’s The Brit List 2018 (the top 75 British designers, hoteliers and architects) but also the winners of the six new awards up for grabs.

Early-bird tickets

Delegates and suppliers who purchase their tickets to the event before the nominations cut-off date of September 16 will take full advantage of the sizable discount on offer:

Delegates: £10 + VAT (£20 + VAT after September 16)
Suppliers: £150 + VAT (£175 + VAT after September 16)

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to meet the top hoteliers, interior designers and hoteliers at The Brit List, click here to book your place.

If you are a delegate to the hospitality industry (architect, designer or hotelier) and would like to attend The Brit List 2018, click here to book your place.

To discuss the various sponsorship packages available, please contact Phoebe Kasapi on +44(0)1992 374059

For more information on how to nominate or apply, click here.

The Brit List 2018 launches early bird tickets

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Following the opening of nominations for this year’s Brit List, Hotel Designs has launched early bird tickets for both delegates and suppliers…

Hotel Designs has announced that early bird tickets for this year’s Brit List 2018 are now available for a limited time before the awards ceremony on November 22.

Taking place at BEAT, London, the leading interior designers, hoteliers, architects and key suppliers to the industry will gather to witness the announcement of not only this year’s The Brit List 2018 (the top 25 British designers, hoteliers and architects) but also the winners of the six new awards up for grabs.

Early-bird tickets

Delegates and suppliers who purchase their tickets to the event before the nominations cut-off date of September 16 will take full advantage of the sizable discount on offer:

Delegates: £10 + VAT (£20 + VAT after September 16)
Suppliers: £150 + VAT (£175 + VAT after September 16)

If you are a supplier to the hospitality industry looking to meet the top hoteliers, interior designers and hoteliers at The Brit List, click here to book your place.

If you are a delegate to the hospitality industry (architect, designer or hotelier) and would like to attend The Brit List 2018, click here to book your place.

To discuss the various sponsorship packages available, please contact Phoebe Kasapi on +44(0)1992 374059

For more information on how to nominate, click here.