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Ames Boston

Historic Ames Boston Hotel reveals new luxury design

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Glen Coben, of NYC-based architecture & design firm, Glen and Co. Architecture has just finished the renovation and redesign of the 1893, Ames Boston Hotel, and the restaurant inside, Cultivar, taking the building’s original architecture and redesigning it to merge the past, present and future by blending modern elegance with its many preserved, original features, to create a combo of modern style and old-world sophistication.

The revitalised 15-story, 114-suite Ames Boston Hotel merges the past, present and future, offering a blend of modern style and old-world sophistication. Glen blended his designs with the many preserved, original features of the hotel, including the lobby’s tiled mosaic arched ceiling and a marble staircase that runs from the first floor to the roof.

The renovated lobby features sleek new check-in stations and a casual seating area accented by warmly-toned wood shelving and trim pieces. Adjacent to the revamped entryway is The Library, which boasts the same eye-catching, mid-century design scheme that begins in the lobby and serves as communal workspace.

The 114 guestrooms incorporate modern and timeless elements with a refreshed chic color palette that evokes a sense of calm and peace. The design of the 1,7000 SF event space, including the Oliver & Oakes room, serve as the ultimate customisable setting for personalised, intimate get-togethers, banquets and conferences, along with lounge, classroom and theater-style meetings and presentations.

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Mateus Boutique Goa

Mateus Boutique Hotel in Goa converted

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A heritage-listed Portuguese mansion built in 1879 has recently been renovated into a high-end boutique hotel in Panjim, located in the centre of Goa.

Jonathan Fernandes, a New York based architect and internationally renowned interior designer Isla Van Damme (aka Loulou), wove their magic into the building’s interiors to transform the property from its dilapidated state to its former glory, and what is now Mateus Boutique Hotel.

The Mateus Boutique hotel has nine elegantly appointed rooms. Each room is uniquely designed in keeping with an old Portuguese feel with Loulou exploiting the intrinsic beauty of the little nooks, niches and lofts that are scattered throughout the mansion. Jonathan and Loulou have kept the old-world elegance and mixed it with a splash of new and modern amenities to create a luxurious home away from home.

The mansion looks majestic from the outside with framed arched windows, ornate balconies and stucco mouldings. The inside is breathtaking with high ceilings, little niches that add character and the flooring is a combination of the old Portuguese tiles and the original timber flooring.

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Larry Mogelonsky - Renovation tips

Guest Blog: Larry Mogelonsky – Dirty Dozen Of Hotel Renovation

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Larry Mogelonsky, Principal at Hotel Mogel Consulting and Chairman at LMA Communications shares his thoughts on a general guideline of twelve tips for a smooth renovation…

With the kids gone, it was time to follow the footsteps of many other boomers and downsize to a condominium. What started as a mere paint job, however, morphed into a $150-per-square-foot renovation of the entire apartment comprising appliances, lighting, flooring, soft goods, mirrors, kitchen and plumbing fixtures. What we ended up having on our hands was a genuine case of ‘scope creep’ – something not uncommon in any property refurbishment.

Hotel renovations are a necessary dread of our industry in order to keep apace with the constantly giving décor trends, star rating requirements and technological advancements. They are also stressful and frustrating. Having gone through dozens of this large-scale projects over the past four decades, I was able to navigate the treacherous waters of my own apartment’s scope creep by following a general guideline of these twelve tips.

1. Define your objectives. Be as specific as possible, and make sure that these are written and approved by your ownership group. My mistake this time around was that my vision was very different than that of my spouse which resulted in serious cost overruns and time delays.

2. Timetables are split in thirds. Whatever you are proposing, figure one third of your time will be spent planning, another third in the actual work and the final third in quality control. Do not underestimate any one of these segments.

3. Budgets never last for more than the time they were created. There are more ways for costs to overrun than you can count. I thought our planning was generous but we ended up about 25% over budget, and that includes several areas of great cost savings. It’s natural to use a renovation to augment deep cleaning, upholstery renewal, upgraded security systems, LED conversions and any other new technologies. It all adds up!

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4. What’s behind the walls? Our condo is only 15 years old, so there were no crazy surprises like what you would find in a century building. Nevertheless, we discovered significant shortfalls in wiring, plumbing and HVAC that all needed to be corrected before we could begin. Of course, these resulted in more cost increases and time delays, but the lesson here is to thoroughly inspect the state of affairs ‘under the hood’ before finalizing the scope and budget.

5. Hire a great general contractor. Simply put, you have a hotel to run, not a construction site. Don’t even think of doing both simultaneously. You need someone who will manage the project on your behalf. The GC became my single point of contact for the project, helping streamline communication and saving me time. He collected all my notes and disseminated them to the multitude of tradesmen onsite. He also fed back issues and prevented potential solutions.

6. Let everyone know your deadline. In a residential move, this is straightforward; the closing date of your home’s sale dictates the project’s drop-dead completion date. While this gave us six months of overlap, the GC understood the final month was set aside for moving. With no secrets, the work was accomplished in the set timeframe. As a senior manager, you put decide what the maximum tolerable length of agony is that your property can endure before irreparable damage is done to its occupancy and reputation.

7. You cannot walk away. In order to keep everything on track, I visited the jobsite at least twice a week, in addition to a weekly GC meeting. Apart from the obvious status reports, there were always new items and unexpected issues. The devil is in the details, and you won’t discover those details unless you are periodically on the ground with the troops. To note one example, we did not specify the location of the thermostat. Without any direction, the HVAC folks placed it in what they thought was the optimal position, which did not take into consideration the high headboard which would have covered it. Good thing I was there to catch this before it was too late.

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8. Document all change orders. We kept a running tally sheet of over-change that we requested. While this did not lead to any real cost savings, at least we understood the detailed reasons for the overages. This approach will come in very handy when ownership needs to understand your budget predicament or to reconcile excesses.

9. Create a positive work environment. I’m fussy about coffee. So too is my Italian, Portuguese, Lebanese and Turkish workforce. I knew that if I did not provide great coffee, one junior team member would be tasked on a continual Starbucks run. A hundred-dollar Nespresso machine plus lots of capsules turned out to be a wise investment. (As additional learning, the decaf capsules were never touched.)

10. What ifs are expensive. Want to move a door, reposition a switch or add a dimmer? Most GCs will never say no. Just about anything can be built or modified; it is merely a matter of time and materials. So, be careful as to what you ask for, as your whimsical idea may be converted into reality but at a price too hefty to properly bear.

11. Take lots of before photos. Try to image the best angles and where you stood so that you can replicate them exactly with the new look. The before-and-after comparisons may help you explain your cost overruns to your owners.

12. Say thank you to your team. I didn’t hire painters, carpenters, electricians, plumbers or HVAC specialists. I hired craftsmen who take great pride in their work. It’s probably a small job to them, but clearly very important to me. Such professionals will feel similar pride in their work done to refurbish your hotel. No matter what the project is or the size of your property, it costs nothing to say thank you in person or by email, and it will always be appreciated.

(Article by Larry Mogelonsky, originally published in eHotelier on Wednesday, March 22, 2017)

After completing his MBA, Larry began his marketing career with Procter & Gamble, moving to a top-10 ad agency and serving as the managing director to the Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts account. Founding LMA in 1991, he has increased its hospitality presence with a global roster of hotel and tourism clients, winning 88 Adrian Awards and TravelClick’s Worldwide e-Marketer of the Year

Adare Manor

Adare Manor in Ireland announces expansion, new GM

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Adare Manor, one of Ireland’s most renowned resort hotels with a list of prestigious accolades nearly as long as its history, has announced a multi-phase transformation to restore the property.

To maintain its commitment to providing guests with unrivalled facilities and services, Adare Manor closed its doors in January 2016 for an 18-month intermission and will debut its new look in Autumn 2017.

The transformation, spearheaded by acclaimed architects RSA will honour the building’s architectural heritage as a Neo-Gothic masterpiece and embody the hotel’s signature style, while incorporating the contemporary luxuries and technological conveniences necessary to meet the needs of today’s luxury traveler.

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The restoration involves internal finishes, furniture and woodwork, and repairing external stonework and windows. Most notably, the expansion will include a new 42-bedroom wing, bringing the total room count to 104 guestrooms including the existing Manor House accommodations. An expansive ballroom will also be added, with capacity for 350 guests for weddings and special events. Both structures will be clad in limestone, a tribute to the detail of the original Manor House.

Plans are also in place for a complete redesign of the golf clubhouse by David Collins Studio London. In order to complement the significant improvements to the manor house and overall resort experience, world-renowned golf course designer Tom Fazio has been engaged to oversee a comprehensive redesign of the golf course, which when complete will take its place among the finest golf courses in Europe.

In addition, the existing Manor House will enjoy a new state-of-the-art spa, pool and relaxation area, boardroom and cinema, while Adare Manor’s 800 acres of beautiful parkland, walled gardens and walking trails, will be enhanced for guest enjoyment.

Meanwhile, the hotel also announced the appointment of Paul Heery as general manager; Paul comes from being GM at Gleneagles in Scotland (from 2014-2017)

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The Lygon Arms enters final stage of extensive refurbishment

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Beloved Cotswolds hotel to debut new guest rooms, two new restaurants and luxury amenities unveiled Autumn 2017

The Lygon Arms, located in Broadway in the heart of the Cotswolds, UK, is undergoing the final chapter of its multi-million-pound refurbishment and expansion, to be unveiled Autumn 2017. The no-expense-spared transformation of this 16th century coaching inn, will honor the building’s charm and heritage, and debut an enriched guest experience complete with 86 newly designed rooms and suites, a refreshed spa, and the launch of two new culinary experiences; Lygon Bar & Grill and Lygon Wine Bar.


The redesign of the guest rooms and suites, spearheaded by Anita Rosato Interior Design, will beautifully embody the hotel’s 600-year character and style, while incorporating the contemporary luxuries and technological conveniences that meet the needs of today’s modern luxury traveler. Steeped in traditional British opulence and comfort, each room will unveil a unique design, all individually decorated to create eclectic accommodations for families, couples and the solo traveler. The final renovation will bring the total room count of The Lygon Arms to 86, including three one-of-a-kind signature Luxury Suites and six Courtyard Suites, inspired by famed past guests such as King Charles I.

Most notably, the final chapter will come to life with the debut of the Lygon Bar & Grill and the Lygon Wine Bar; a new restaurant and wine-bar that will open as two of the most sought after dining destinations in the Cotswolds. The Lygon Bar & Grill, debuting end of June, will concentrate on seasonality and product provenance, while representing the traditional brilliance of British food in a relaxed setting. The Mediterranean-inspired Lygon Wine Bar, debuting mid-July, will boast a fine selection of European and international wines, complimented by light Italian dishes.

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“It is with great pleasure that we enter the final phase of this monumental refurbishment of The Lygon Arms, to unveil an exciting new chapter in the property’s grand history,” says General Manager Graeme Nesbitt. “Our team has worked alongside the best talent to create a vision that celebrates and brings to life the property’s charm and long-standing heritage, and above all, ensures our guest experience is truly memorable.”

As part of the new vision for the hotel, the property will debut the luxurious Lygon Spa offering a full range of unique beauty treatments. The hotel’s public areas will also have a new look that will encompass the relaxation and luxury of the chic Cotswold countryside. The multiple stories at The Lygon Arms will be woven into the fabric of the new additions, in order to stay true to the hotel’s heritage, whilst ushering in an exciting next chapter built on personal service, passionate management and luxuriously laid-back atmosphere.

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De Vere Tortworth Court to complete £5 million renovation in July

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This summer De Vere Tortworth Court will complete a £5 million refurbishment that will position the mansion house back at the heart of the estate. One of Gloucestershire’s hidden countryside retreats, the Grade II listed Victorian mansion is part of the De Vere portfolio of country estate hotels and modern, market-leading event spaces and, following the refurbishment, will boast some of the largest suites in the county.

With a history dating back to 1343, today’s Victorian mansion was designed by esteemed gothic revival architect Samuel Sanders Teulon for the 2nd Earl of Ducie in 1853. The family continued to develop the estate with the introduction of hundreds of trees, including many rare specimens, to create an arboretum that is regarded as one of the finest in the British Isles.

The focus of the renovation is occurring in the mansion house with the transformation of meeting rooms into 11 new spacious suites, to bring the total number of guestrooms and suites in the main house to 55. The sensitive refurbishment is preserving many of the original features, whilst adding new touches of modern countryside charm to the grand gothic mansion, including the hotel’s grand staircase and galleries above the newly refurbished reception and public areas. The largest suite, The Kipling, will offer a stand-alone in-room dining table for six guests and lounge within 78 square metres that can also be connected to The Paxton, to form a family suite that spans 129 square metres, overlooking the formal gardens.

De Vere Tortworth CourtAll 201 guestrooms, in the mansion house and courtyard wing, feature up to 1GB of superfast free Wi-Fi and flat screen TVs, whilst suites and deluxe rooms come complete with king size beds, fluffy robes and slippers as well as luxury bathroom toiletries.

Soon to be launched, 1853 Restaurant will welcome guests and residents once again from August 2017. The original gothic wooden panelling and ornate painted ceiling will be enhanced by fresh dove grey walls and emerald coloured soft furnishings. Originally a church within the mansion house, the refreshed restaurant will serve locally sourced, seasonal British dishes.

De Vere Tortworth CourtMark Payne, General Manager at De Vere Tortworth Court commented: “The mansion house and the grounds provided us with a stunning base in which to enhance an existing beautiful product. The new-look hotel is one that I am very proud to welcome guests into and the introduction of large suites allows guests to indulge and live some of the grandeur that the original Earls would have enjoyed.”

“It was important to us to blend modern comfort with the hotel’s history and I believe we have done this successfully both internally and externally across the estate.”

The completion of De Vere Tortworth Court’s refurbishment marks another important milestone in De Vere’s wider multi-million-pound country estate hotel renovation project, which places the mansion house at the epi-centre of the group’s country estate portfolio. The investment in the gardens ensures that the great outdoors becomes an extension of the hotel itself.

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W Barcelona

Iconic W Barcelona completes multi-million euro room renovation

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W Barcelona, an iconic flagship of W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, has unveiled a multi-million euro transformation of all 473 guest rooms and suites, along with the addition of Europe”s first W Sound Suite (a music studio and writers room, now available at four W Hotels around the world).

The award-winning in-house design team at W Hotels partnered with London-based design studio Bowler James Brindley to reimagine the hotel, inspired by the 24/7 energy and privileged location on the shores of the buzzing Barceloneta.

Combining the personality and cutting-edge style of a boutique hotel with distinct positioning, W Hotels has created an entirely new segment in the hotel industry. W hotels provides the insider access to what’s new and next, offering a unique mix of cutting-edge design and passions around design, fashion, music and fuel.

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De Vere Latimer Estate

De Vere Latimer Estate unveils £7 million renovation

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Nicknamed The Spy House because of its connections with WWII, Grade I listed De Vere Latimer Estate has this week unveiled a £7 million renovation that places the mansion house back at the heart of the estate. Situated in Latimer, among Buckinghamshire’s rolling Chiltern Hills just five miles from the M25, the refurbishment uncovered and restored many original features, as well as subtly celebrating the hotel’s connection to a secret history.

De Vere Latimer Estate boasts a rich history that dates back to the 16th Century when the original house held Charles I during his imprisonment. The red brick Tudor-style mansion standing today was completed in 1838 and became the temporary host of captured German U-boat submarine crews and Luftwaffe pilots during the Second World War before becoming the National Defence College until 2006.

De Vere Latimer Estate’s biggest transformation occurred in the mansion house, where no stone was left unturned. The refurbished original sweeping staircase with stained glass windows leads guests to 31 new deluxe rooms and suites that were previously meeting rooms and offices, bringing the total number of guestrooms to 205.

All guestrooms feature free Wi-fi and flat screen TVs, whilst suites and deluxe rooms come complete with king size beds, fluffy robes and slippers as well as luxury bathroom toiletries.

The new 1838 Restaurant & Bar, which is open to members of the public as well as hotel guests, is located in the mansion house and features an open kitchen cooking up locally sourced, seasonal British dishes. Guests can choose to dine in the modern, wooden-floored restaurant, with soft green touches and indoor trees, or head outside to the courtyard and dine under the trees by candle light. The new Huntley Bar features stunning views across the Chess Valley and offers both guests and locals a relaxing, stylish environment in which to enjoy a drink whilst taking in the surroundings.

De Vere Latimer EstateFor those booking a wedding or event at De Vere Latimer Estate, the mansion house provides four new look spaces; including a traditional grand drawing room, The Cheyne, with original features that can host intimate celebrations for up to 30 guests, to The Cavendish Suite for weddings and events up to 200 guests. Respectively added to the mansion during the refurbishment, the Cavendish suite offers state-of-the-art facilities that can double in size by the opening of bi-folding doors on to a new terrace that offers views across the countryside. Couples who like to mix the tradition of a church wedding with a country house reception can have both at De Vere Latimer Estate, as the estate’s church is short walk from the stately home.

Antonio Campanile, General Manager at De Vere Latimer Estate, commented: “We’re very proud to have restored this remarkable mansion house back to glory; a lot of time and work has gone in to this project, to ensure homage is paid to its important history. The newly refurbished bedrooms are looking fantastic and we’re already receiving excellent feedback from guests.

He continued: “As a popular venue for the meetings, conferences and private events market, the renovation was planned and designed to appeal to all our customers, whilst providing a stylish standout venue in stunning surroundings.”

De Vere Latimer Estate, nestled in 30 acres of formal gardens and grounds, boasts free superfast outdoor Wi-fi, a restored Victorian Pond, as well as specially commissioned sculptures by artist Emma Stothard. Guests of the hotel also have access to a gym, indoor pool, sauna, steam room, as well as a boot room which provides complimentary Hunter wellies in which to explore the stunning grounds.

The property also boasts 28 flexible meeting and events spaces, some of which are located in the Cormorant and Mews buildings, which sit adjacent to the mansion house. The refurbishment has also seen the introduction of De Vere’s first Burr & Co. coffee shop concept, where guests can enjoy high quality ethically sourced coffee, tea, juices and soft drinks, artisan cakes and pastries to take away or eat in.

The completion of De Vere Latimer Estate’s refurbishment marks another important milestone in De Vere’s wider multi-million-pound country estate hotel renovation project, which places the Mansion House at the epi-centre of the group’s country estate portfolio. The gardens will also receive investment with the addition of outdoor dining patios and sculptures, making the great outdoors an extension of the hotel itself.

Maritim Hotels - Green Focus

Sustainability Focus: Going green with German hotel group Maritim

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Germany’s largest owner-managed hotel group has increased its conference and incentives offer by upgrading more than a quarter of its German portfolio and introducing green initiatives.

Expanding on the company motto ‘Conference and living under one roof’, more than 3,000 rooms, bathrooms, public areas, meetings and events spaces have been refurbished as part of a comprehensive redevelopment programme.

These new features can be found in rooms at some of the 33 Maritim hotels across Germany including in Königswinter, Ulm, Munich, Hannover, Stuttgart, Darmstadt, Bad Homburg, Cologne and Würzburg and its adjacent Congress Centrum. Maritim’s hotel in Bonn is set to be upgraded this year.

The largest hotel in the city, Maritim Hotel Stuttgart has recently completed an 18-month renovation. The property features 13 conference rooms, including the historic 750 capacity, 19th century riding hall, ‘‘Alten Stuttgarter Reithalle’’. For larger events, the hotel offers direct access to the renowned “Liederhalle” convention centre.

Maritim’s flagship hotel in Hannover has recently revamped 15 event rooms and ten conference suites which can host groups of all sizes from 3 to 1,500, as well as new sound systems. Reaffirming their commitment to environmental matters, all Maritim hotels across the region are taking proactive steps to support the landmark German Sustainability Codex, which measures the sustainable performance of organisations.

LeRoy Sheppard, Maritim Director of Sales UK & Ireland, explains: “Sustainability is now an essential part of the meetings and events industry, with an ever greater number of delegates and organisers requesting their venue provide a socially responsible package. Mindful of this trend, we’ve incorporated these environmentally conscious demands to deliver a dedicated meetings and events offer. With a wide range of city centre hotels and conveniently located airport hotels, we have something for everyone.’’

Hotel Baia

Chia Laguna opens the new Hotel Baia, Sardinia

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The prestigious Chia Laguna resort, Sardinia, part of the hotel brand Italian Hospitality Collection, is delighted to announce that its fully refurbished Hotel Baia is now open for the summer season complete with two new restaurants, a new bar, a semi-Olympic pool and 77 new rooms.

The renovations are the next stage of Italian Hospitality Collection’s €50 million (£43 million) investment plan for Chia Laguna resort that began in 2011 and resulted in a 60% rise in UK guests in 2016.

Hotel Baia’s 77 new, light and airy rooms come in four categories with the majority sleeping up to three guests, a cot can also be provided. Most rooms are also interconnecting making them a great choice for families. The spacious new Junior Suites with sea views offer two rooms – bedroom and living room – and can sleep up to four guests plus a cot for babies.

A spacious new 140sqm, two-bedroom Suite Incanto with a large garden boasts two double-rooms with sitting areas and en-suite bathrooms, a spacious living room with a sofa-bed and a separate bathroom, creating room for up to six guests. A new semi-Olympic 25 metre infinity pool with a separate children’s area takes pride of place in the hotel’s gardens.

The resort has opened two ultra-stylish new restaurants at Hotel Baia. The new La Pergola restaurant, reserved for guest of Hotel Baia, offers the finest in Sardinian and Mediterranean show cooking. Whiteluna, open to all resort guests, has a lively atmosphere with an open-air garden bar where live DJ sets take place before and after dinner.

Chia Laguna is a collection of four hotels set amongst the turquoise waters and unspoilt countryside of Chia Bay in enchanting Southern Sardinia. Guests are spoilt with a mini club and babysitting services, land and sea sports, a Natural Spa and no less than nine restaurants which serve a vast range of gastronomic choices from local Mediterranean flavours to the best in international à la carte cuisine.

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Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel unveils new look; opens Pacific Hideaway

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Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel has announced the completion of a major hotel update, refreshing outdoor spaces, lobby, all 157 guestrooms, and the opening of a new restaurant. The updated rooms and public spaces now showcase a fresh take on Southern California style, incorporating modern graphics, moody ocean tones and windswept ripples paired with retro inspired prints and furnishings.

The refresh comes on the heels of the new fitness centre launch, better known as ‘The Gym.’ The stylish 1,600-square-foot space includes the latest equipment and new workout tools, such as treadmills, truck tires, squat rack, kettlebells, medicine balls, resistance bands, power racks and more. In addition, the hotel installed a 40-foot wide outdoor bouldering wall, adjacent to ‘The Gym.’ Coastal design elements include rustic and tropical alternating wood planks and marine colors, and a multi-panel mural of the Huntington Beach Pier. In total, over $3 million (£2.3 million) was dedicated to the updates since fall 2016.

Shorebreak HotelOne of the goals of the revamp was to capture the essence of the local surf culture and truly wrap elements of the coast into all areas of the property. Drawing inspiration from the nearby historic Huntington Beach pier, as well as a bustling neighbourhood, Designer Theresa Fatino blended more sophisticated colors with lively patterns and retro furnishings that portray California fun.

Shorebreak HotelHotel design elements include striped and solid vinyl headboards, fresh carpet and beautifully detailed furnishings, including retro surf lamps and patterned love seats. The color palette captures Southern California’s playfulness and relaxed energy and includes a range of blues, yellows, greens, among others. The upscale Southern California vibe continues externally, with an entirely repainted exterior in marine colors, including shades of blue and green.

“Our goal with this refresh was to update the entire property and bring a more quintessential Southern California look, reminiscent of Huntington Beach,” said Justin Simpson, general manager at Shorebreak Hotel. “With tourism booming in the area and summer right around the corner, we are looking forward to sharing our fresh new look, added amenities and incredible food with guests and locals alike.”

In addition, the Shorebreak announced the opening of Pacific Hideaway, a modern American restaurant, featuring a fusion of flavors from Southern California, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Japan. The menu, curated by Executive Chef JT Walker, highlights small, colorful plates—from sushi rice cakes with ahi tuna poke, to fried avocado tacos with tamarind and chiles—and larger plates, such whole Mexican-beer-can chicken, served with salsas, tortillas, and other accoutrements.

Designed as a casual, yet polished and global restaurant, Pacific Hideaway’s signature statement pieces include roll-up garage doors, a large hand-carved bar depicting ocean waves, an expansive patio and lounge and incredible views of Huntington Beach Pier and the Pacific Ocean. Fatino also incorporated vibrant colors, textures, and decor, including unique, hand-crafted finds from Mexico, Indonesia and Japan, with a Southern California vibe present throughout.

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La Siesta Resort & Spa - Hoi An

La Siesta Resort & Spa Hoi An debuts new five-star wing

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A major expansion, refurbishment and rebrand has propelled La Siesta Resort and Spa Hoi An into the elite category of hotels in Hoi An – a UNESCO-listed ancient port famous as one of the most Vietnam’s premier tourist destinations.

The property, which is owned and operated by leading Vietnamese boutique hotel brand Elegance Hospitality Group (EHG), recently unveiled a name change – it was formerly the Essence Hoi An Hotel and Spa — and its brand-new East Wing, a luxurious 37-room annexe that also encompasses a spa, saltwater pool and fine-dining venue.

Currently in its soft-opening phase, the new wing features an array of luxurious room types. Poolside suites come with deep wooden bathtubs and private Swedish saunas. Duplex suites benefit from clawfoot bathtubs and expansive balconies overlooking the pool. The Premium Terrace Suites, meanwhile, span a generous 76-sqm and are kitted out with private Jacuzzis.

La Siesta Resort & Spa - Hoi AnAttention to detail is at the fore throughout the new wing. Specially commissioned teak furniture was handcrafted by artisans, while flooring that combines polished wood and patterned tiling evokes an old-world charm in-keeping with the timeless aura of Hoi An itself.

“That was a real priority for us when it came to conceptualising and realising our vision for the new wing – making it as harmonious to the atmosphere in the destination as we could,” said Nguyen Cao Son, EHG Chief Operation Officer. “Not only did we want to create something that would elevate the boutique resort experience in Hoi An, we were aware of our architectural responsibility to stay true to the spirit of the place.”

La Siesta Resort & Spa - Hoi AnAs such, guest rooms are aligned around an extensive saltwater swimming pool in three-storey buildings, carefully designed to maintain harmony with the traditional architecture that characterises Hoi An’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town. Other call outs to the destination’s incredible heritage include an on-site Confucian temple dating back to the 15th Century, which will be used in future for special event dinners and traditional lantern festivals. The resort is located in Thanh Ha village – a peaceful area famous for its ceramics – and is just a short 5-10-minute walk from the shophouses, temples, colonial buildings and iconic Vietnamese tube houses that characterise central Hoi An.

Yet while sympathy to local tradition is very much in evidence throughout the new wing, trimmings and service standards are in keeping with those of the very best modern five-stars. Inviting extras include access to a personal butler (for suites and villas), handmade toiletries from La Siesta’s own line of spa products and state of the art in-room technology such as Samsung sound-bars and espresso coffee makers.

La Siesta Resort & Spa - Hoi AnOther highlights of the new wing include a luxurious spa lounge and the Temple restaurant, which serves international buffet breakfast and elevated European-influenced fare for lunch and dinner in an attractive poolside setting. The new wing blends seamlessly with the existing west section of the property, acclaimed by guests for its charming colonial-style low-rise architecture and the highly-rated Asian cuisine served at its Red Bean restaurant.

“Our mission with the new wing was to position La Siesta Hoi An at the pinnacle of the hotel offerings in Hoi An, alongside established international brand names,” said Cao Son. “However, we also wanted to maintain the Vietnamese character and warmth of service that EHG has been widely commended for. We think we’ve managed to achieve something very special.”

Hotel Excelsior - Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik icon Hotel Excelsior reopens after extensive renovation

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This month, Dubrovnik’s historical waterfront sees the much-awaited re-opening of its celebrated property, Hotel Excelsior, following the completion of an extensive refurbishment.

Overseen by a team of talented Croatian architects and designers, the iconic property has finally unveiled its outstanding transformation just in time for summer and is welcoming back guests to Croatia’s Adriatic pearl.

The look
Adriatic Luxury Hotels’ flagship property has been meticulously revamped with fresh, modern and elegant design that embodies Hotel Excelsior’s sophisticated yet welcoming feel. Local architectural studio BF, and interiors by Franić-Šekoranja’s design studio have reimagined the new spaces that include the hotel’s rooms, lobby, restaurants and terrace bar. Earthy tones of grey and walnut have been flawlessly combined with shades of blue and green – colours inspired by the hotel’s magnificent surroundings and spectacular vistas; the verdant peninsula, vibrant sea and the warm stone of the medieval Old Town offset by the sun.

Hotel Excelsior Executive SuiteThe rooms
With its reopening for the season, Hotel Excelsior unveils 158 beautifully redecorated rooms and suites featuring wooden floors, custom-made furniture, and a collection of carefully curated details in neutral hues alongside colourful dashes of Excelsior’s signature shades of vivid yellow, blue and touches of subtle metallics. These rooms – spread across both the original 1913 residential part ‘Villa Odak’ and the hotel’s more recent extension ‘The Tower’ – have been completely transformed to offer guests a luxurious, stylish and comfortable hideaway in this picturesque and historic location.

ALH_Hotel Excelsior BathroomThe lobby
Impressive floor-to-ceiling windows flood the newly-refurbished lobby with natural daylight, where warm wooden floors and bespoke furniture will welcome its guests daily. New works of art and sculpture, created especially for Hotel Excelsior, are the finishing touch to the new lobby and public areas.

The restaurants
The re-opening includes an exciting new addition to the property’s incredible gourmet offering – fine-dining restaurant Sensus – run by executive Chef Petar Obad. With a focus on seafood, Petar creates innovative dishes and elevates traditional Mediterranean cuisine with the freshest local produce and delicacies, paired with the finest Croatian wines. His signature dishes are guaranteed to delight with a choice of three mouth-watering white fish filets and delicious garden vegetables, or a succulent truffle ravioli main. Boasting a superb outdoor space, guest can dine under the patio’s charming cobbled archways looking out onto the crystal blue sea.

The hotel’s centrepiece, the Abakus Piano Bar, has also been given a lift and is set to be the city’s summer hotspot. As the heart and soul of Hotel Excelsior with an expansive outdoor lounge terrace that takes in the unparalleled views, the Abakus Piano Bar is the perfect hangout place for refreshing beverages throughout the day and sundowners as the late afternoon light ignites the Old Town’s distinctive fortifications.

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Kanuhura Maldives

Kanuhura Maldives relaunches with new design concept

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A collection of three islands within the heart of the Indian Ocean, the reimagined iconic Kanuhura resort in the Maldives has undergone a $42 million design overhaul. Kanuhura relaunches with a nautical bohemian design concept that has revitalised the resort’s identity alongside a well thought out fitness offering.

With the guests’ island experience of paramount importance, the new nautical bohemian design caters to a generation who are defined by a desire for experiencing true escapism, driven by success and appreciation for the finer things in life. The concept welcomes reimagined, lime washed villas and suites, displaying refreshing simplicity and elegant touches throughout. Each of the 80 rooms are capacious, furnished with natural materials with a touch of refinement and modernised design for larger families with teenagers and young adults in mind.

3Focusing on an active lifestyle offering, the Kokaa Spa at Kanuhura has recently been recognised as one of the world’s best spas in National Geographic’s Spa & Wellness Collection, featuring a signature Marma therapy; a therapy that concentrates on releasing the energy from 103 pressure points on the body. Kanuhura is also home to the Kanuhura Martial Arts Academy, Project South, a project led by former two-time world Muay Thai Champion Irashaad Sayed.

The unique cluster of the three islands are in a special part of the Atoll, recognised as a Maldivian sanctuary with favourable sea currents surrounded by the island’s expanse of lush vegetation. The main island of Kanuhura Maldives is home to the resort’s villas and activities while Jehunuhura Island is just a short two-minute boat ride away across translucent Indian Ocean. Located amongst the indigenous pandanus trees for a true barefoot experience Jehununhura plays host to Drift restaurant. Finally, Kanuhura’s third neighbouring island is Masleggihura, which allows guests to escape from reality with just the lapping waves, sea herons and hermit crabs for company.

Mr Hauck on the three islands says “We offer everything from total escapism and tranquillity on Masleggihura island to a 300-metre sea swim to Jehunuhura island, a 2.25km round island run on Kanuhura and soon to be launched Project South which will be the first martial arts academy in the Maldives led by two-time world Muay Thai champion, Irshaad Sayed.”

In the heart of Kanuhura Maldives guests can discover local culinary master classes at A Mano. Translating to “touched by the hand”, an ethos celebrated throughout every aspect of the island’s kitchen, all produce used on the island is free range, seasonal and sourced from small local farmers and producers honouring traditional home cooking. The design of the kitchen fully embraces all that is handmade and natural, with lime washed timbers, local stones, woven fabrics and handmade ceramics.

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The Blackstone to join Autograph Collection

Chicago’s Blackstone Hotel joins Autograph Collection

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Autograph Collection Hotels, part of Marriott International, has announced The Blackstone will join the brand’s diverse and distinguished portfolio of more than 100 independent hotels around the world on June 7, 2017. A hallmark of hospitality and history in the Windy City, the hotel shares the brand’s values of vision, design and craft and it’s ‘exactly like nothing else’ mantra.

“The Blackstone has found its home as part of Autograph Collection Hotels given its rich history, exceptional design and iconic reputation,” said Julius Robinson, Vice President and Global Brand Lead, Autograph Collection Hotels. “Our one-of-a-kind hotels are known for providing differentiated, standout guest experiences, and we are thrilled to welcome global travelers and Chicago locals alike to this latest addition to our dynamic portfolio.”

Following the hotel’s large scale architectural restoration of $139 million (£107 million) in 2008, this multi-million dollar renovation led by Chicago-based firm The Gettys Group refreshes the original work of renowned Chicago architectural firm Marshall and Fox, highlighting the early twenty-first century grandeur and craftsmanship while incorporating state-of-the-art technology and modern amenities. A Chicago landmark on the city’s Cultural Mile along Michigan Avenue, the hotel’s refreshed interior design carries through to the hotel’s 335 guestrooms and suites, which feature marble accents, plush bedding and dynamic textiles. Upgraded accommodations up the ante with unobstructed views of Grant Park and Lake Michigan spanning from Navy Pier to Soldier Field.

“The Blackstone has long been the cornerstone of hospitality in Chicago,” says Kim Corrigan, General Manager of The Blackstone. “The opportunity to join Autograph Collection Hotels amplifies this same distinctly hospitable and cultural spirit coupled with the unique design elements of our architecturally-stunning property.”

The creative spirit of The Blackstone is brought to life through uniquely-curated art pieces by more than 1,600 local artists placed throughout the hotel, including in the Art Hall, guest rooms and public spaces, as well as woven throughout various guest touchpoints including the bespoke room keys, in-room amenities, and more.

A NOTABLE AND NOTORIOUS HISTORY IN THE HEART OF CHICAGO
Living up to its distinction as the “Hotel of Presidents” for over 100 years, The Blackstone has hosted US presidents and foreign dignitaries, scandalous political and mob exchanges, a star-studded array of actors, and more than a dozen movie productions. In 1920, The hotel became known for the Smoked Filled Suite following the Republican Party leaders’ secret meeting to nominate Warren G. Harding as their candidate for president.

Additionally, the hotel’s Suite of Presidents saw the likes of President Dwight Eisenhower watching his nomination for president from the room in 1952, and President John F. Kennedy preparing for DC negotiations on the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. In turn, The Blackstone also became known as the location of Chicago gangster Al Capone’s barbershop, nestled below street level in a “barbershop” lounge that still remains today.

The hotel honours these illustrious and notorious tales through “Back in the Day” Turn Down & Other Stories available in each room, encouraging guests to create their own history while staying at The Blackstone Hotel.

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Biltmore Hotel uses D’Shakil, Studio 5 for lobby enhancements

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The Biltmore Hotel, a national historic landmark and luxury hotel in the heart of Coral Gables, has announced that it has engaged with D’Shakil Designs and Studio 5 Design + Architecture to design new enhancements to the hotel’s legendary main lobby. Set to be completed by July 2017, the enhancements will include new materials, drapery and furniture throughout the space.

Drawing inspiration from the property’s iconic architecture and ceiling frescos, D’Shakil Designs and Studio 5 will follow the original vision set by George Merrick, the influential developer behind Coral Gables and an instrumental figure in establishing The Biltmore Hotel. Merrick combined his deep affection for lush South Florida landscape with his high regard for classic Italian, Moorish and Spanish influences, resulting in the spectacular Mediterranean architecture that currently graces the hotel’s signature main lobby. The firms utilised this blueprint when curating the lobby’s new design by incorporating luxurious fabrics and materials that offer a new approach while still maintaining the integrity of the hotel’s historic past.

“These new enhancements will bring an added element of style to the hotel, creating an improved sense of luxury that also reflects The Biltmore’s historic legacy,” said Matthias Kammerer, Managing Director at The Biltmore Hotel. “This new design will bring a fresh take to the details and décor of the lobby, all while continuing to offer guests a glimpse into the hotel’s storied past.”

Biltmore LobbyUtilising wood inlays, gold leaf, and luxurious materials, a synergy of style and substance will transpire to bring a modern touch that maintains the hotel’s traditional feel. Luxurious and detailed wool carpeting with deep blue hues will be introduced as a stand-out piece, along with rich green and blue velvet tufted furniture that pay homage to The Biltmore’s distinguished reputation as a landmark destination for opulence and grandeur.

Engaged to bring the best of the design world to The Biltmore Hotel, locally based D’Shakil Designs and Studio 5 Design + Architecture come together with years of hospitality design experience and decades of high end residential design expertise.

“We’re thrilled to have partnered with D’Shakil Designs to enhance the iconic main lobby of The Biltmore Hotel,” said Noel J. Torres, Principal of Studio 5 Design + Architecture. “Our vision was to bring a more current feel to the space while still honoring its rich history. Together with the hotel’s incredible team, we feel that we have achieved this goal, and we look forward to unveiling the updated main lobby to guests very soon.”

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Barnett Hill Country House Hotel, a stunning wedding venue set in the Surrey Hills, has been awarded with two rosettes and four stars from the AA

Barnett Hill scoops awards following renovations

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Barnett Hill Country House Hotel, a stunning wedding venue set in the Surrey Hills, has been awarded with two rosettes and four stars from the AA.

Owned by Alexander Hotels and Utopia Spas in 2016, the property has since undergone a number of renovations. Its 18 bedrooms, restaurant and public guest areas were all recently refurbished.

The hotel’s newly appointed executive head chef Lee Young received two rosettes for his work at The Oak Room restaurant.

Tim Hall, general manager, commented: “On behalf of all the team at Barnett Hill I am delighted and extremely proud of all the hard work and dedication that everyone has shown in striving to achieve our AA four star rating and two AA rosettes awarded for the quality of our food at the first attempt.

“My congratulations go out to all those involved but in particular to Lee Young, our executive head chef, who has done an amazing job having only joined Barnett Hill just under three months ago.

“We are all very excited to have become part of the Alexander Hotels family and we are looking forward to welcoming guests to the new look Barnett Hill Hotel.”

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Lympstone Manor

Lympstone Manor reveals design inspiration

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Opening on the 3rd April as a luxury country house hotel for the 21st century, the Grade II listed Georgian mansion Lympstone Manor has been restored and renovated by Michael Caines MBE, one of Britain’s most celebrated chefs and now visionary hotelier.

Once a private home, the property is set in 28 acres of Devon countryside with unrivalled views of the Exe Estuary. To create Lympstone Manor, Michael worked with Meraki, a dynamic London-based design duo, whose sophisticated interiors bring warmth and sense of place to the hotel. While reflecting the poetic beauty of the surrounding area, Meraki bring a contemporary aesthetic to the 21-bedroom hotel which invokes a sense of escapism. Michael also commissioned local artist Rachel Toll to provide artwork for the individual bedrooms, the public spaces and wallpaper designs.

Speaking about the brief for Lympstone Manor, Meraki commented: “Michael has always had a clear vision of what he saw for the hotel in terms of look and feel. With his close ties to Devon we worked closely with Michael’s team to create interiors that celebrated this beautiful area of the world as well as bringing them right up to date with contemporary touches throughout. The soft muted colours of Lympstone Manor bring a gentle elegance to the property but there is also an edge to it, created by the use of different materials and textures which is a signature of our style.”

Opening on the 3rd April as a luxury country house hotel for the 21st century, the Grade II listed Georgian mansion Lympstone Manor has been restored and renovated

One of the first projects Meraki undertook at Lympstone Manor was to design two bespoke wallpapers which were then commissioned to local artist Rachel Toll to bring to life. Inspired by scenes of the estuary, the wallpapers portray evocative patterns and colours to reflect the changing tide at different times of the day and adorn the wall around the staircase leading up to the guest rooms. Rachel has depicted beautiful local birds of the estuary, an inspiration found also in the bedrooms. Oak wooden floors and bookcases lining the walls lend a warm feel to the arrival, and birdcage seats are positioned inside the hotel’s entrance with a sense of the playful. The curved wooden reception desk is accompanied by brushed linen sofas in soft charcoal grey around the fireplace.

Opening on the 3rd April as a luxury country house hotel for the 21st century, the Grade II listed Georgian mansion Lympstone Manor has been restored and renovated

Where possible Michael has used local artisans for the transformation of the building, including in the bar and lounge which has a rose ceiling mould created by Lee Vanstone based in Plymouth. The lounge itself is lined with nautical maps which Meraki sourced from the British Maritime Museum. Deeply comfortable sofas and a roaring fire complete the room in soft beige and cream tones with vintage leather trunks used as coffee tables. The curved copper bar, opposite the fire place, is detailed with antique studs and a hanging glass rail above. Tall leather bar stools complete the polished and sophisticated look of the room.

Opening on the 3rd April as a luxury country house hotel for the 21st century, the Grade II listed Georgian mansion Lympstone Manor has been restored and renovated

Lympstone Manor is home to three dining rooms serving Michael Caines’ signature dishes inspired by the sea and the land. Named after the nearby castle, the first dining room Powderham consists of six banquette tables in muted gold tones. The room’s wallpaper shows a more abstract vision of the Lympstone grounds and views of the estuary, and carefully restored Victorian panels surround the room which looks out onto the delightful garden. The hotel’s private dining room Mamhead seats fourteen and is painted in terra ombra with dusty taupe chairs in velvet. The largest of the dining rooms is Berry Head which has eight tables, floor to ceiling bay windows and walls adorned with works by artists including Kurt Jackson. Painted in off-white, the space is complimented by the blue jewel tones of the chairs and light blue curtains framing the view. In the centre of the room hangs a stunning chandelier which is positioned directly above a rounded service table, topped with Estremoz marble. The floor tiles below are made of Nero Marquina and Estremoz marble.

Opening on the 3rd April as a luxury country house hotel for the 21st century, the Grade II listed Georgian mansion Lympstone Manor has been restored and renovated

The 21 stylish guestrooms and suites at Lympstone Manor are all individually designed and inspired by the birds that live in and around the estuary, making each room unique with a true sense of place. The largest suite in the hotel is Heron which reflects its namesake colour. The suite is split into three parts, the first is the sitting room with a fireplace, coffee table and a sofa made from a brushed cotton and linen mix in deep stone. The bed faces large floor to ceiling windows looking out onto the estuary. Moving into the bedroom area, three small pendant chandeliers hang at different heights on each side of the bed and the headboard is covered in a plush cream velvet. Meraki plays with textures in the room, with different tones of soft grey from velvets and sheer linens to sturdier cottons used for the curtains. The suite has a spacious bathroom, tiled in Estremoz marble, complete with his and hers bathtubs in aged brass from St James Collection, who have provided all the showers and sinks for the hotel.

The interiors in the Kingfisher suite are inspired by the vibrancy of the bird’s feathers and have a new England feel. The focal point of the room is the stunning blue bed which sits opposite a fireplace tiled in similar hues. Walls are painted in a light walnut colour and the oak floors are partially covered by a carpet with grey, blue and cream threads. The in-room bath sits next to the window and has views of the exquisite garden with its rolling lawns and flowerbeds. Mirrored cupboards line the walls as well as a painting of a Kingfisher by Rachel Toll, split into six pieces, which was commissioned for the room.

There are six suites located on the ground floor of the hotel which have estuary facing views and private terraces complete with their own fire table and outdoor soak tub. Lined with hedges for privacy these terraces are the perfect place to while away the hours in the beautiful Devon countryside. The Magpie suite is painted a shade of indigo to reflect the varied colours of the bird’s feathers, with black and white accents. The floor of the suite is in a darker oak than in the previous rooms, complementing the blues of the headboard and dressing table chair. A white sofa, with a loose linen cover sits at the end of the bed, facing the French windows onto the terrace. The bathroom is tiled in Travertine marble with a wall of gilded mirrors to bring even more light into the room.

Masserie Maresca

Masserie Maresca to undergo restoration, extension

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Masseria Grottone, part of Masserie Maresca Farm-Hotel, built between 1812 and 1860 is an agricultural complex a few miles away from Ostuni. Dipped in 40 acres of centenary olive trees and Mediterranean scrub: a natural context of extraordinary richness.

Abandoned for several years, the restoration and extension project has been assigned to the firm Schiattarella Associati having a long history dating back to 1970s and a know-how linked to some of the most significant projects of the last years such as the Seoul Metropolitan Museum, the Children Museum in Kyonggi, the Art Center in Addirriyah and many relevant projects in Italy as well such as the Spanish School of Archaeology, the Cube House in the Olympic Village and the Pediatric Ward of the Umberto I Hospital in Rome.

Recovery of the historical building has taken into consideration the respectful restoration of volumes and vaulted spaces, in order to preserve its original features in addition to the realisation of new expressly contemporary elements that are discreetly placed next to the main structure.

Expansion has enabled to build services in the rooms at ground level without modifying the existing structure. The new building, placed in a position not visible from the main entrance, thanks to a high dry stone wall, doesn’t change the overall perception of the historical structure.

Today the estate hosts a luxury farm-resort with 10 rooms, a garden, a swimming-pool, a patio and a solarium. Interiors are intentionally bare and cleansed: nature with its mighty and thousand-year old olive trees in the surrounding area is the real treasure. Minimal design for furniture, local finishing material, as the Trani stone, are the frame.

Once again, Schiattarella Associati commits to develop a concept of responsible restoration fully respecting history and nature. An intervention that restates Schiattarella Assiociati vision: an act of responsibility towards the community, where each structural, formal and stylistic innovation, is always addressed to improve experience and relationship inside architectural and urban projects, always respecting context and history in which they are embedded.

Restoration and implementation of Masseria Grottone
LOCATION: Ostuni (BR), Italy
CLIENT: MASSERIE MARESCA (www.masseriemaresca.com)
YEAR: 2012-2016
PROJECT: Schiattarella Associati, Andrea Schiattarella, Carla Maresca
PHOTO: Antonio Fatano

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De Vere Wotton House

Sneak Peek: De Vere Wotton House unveils £6 million renovation

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The spectacular 17th century De Vere Wotton House, located in Dorking, Surrey, has been restored back to its country house mansion charms following a £6 million refurbishment.

Nestled in 13 acres of stunning Grade II listed grounds, it boasts the first Italian garden designed by famous botanist John Evelyn (the inspiration for Crabtree & Evelynn) who lived at Wotton House in the 17th century.

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The renovation added an extra 16 suites to the Mansion House, bringing the total number of rooms to 127, all boasting stylish ensuites and fantastic views of either the beautiful gardens or dramatic manor house entrance. Designed in neutral tones and calming greys, guestrooms and suites are adorned with pieces of furniture that blend modernity with tradition to create an enticing English retreat.

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All areas of the hotel have been refurbished from public spaces to restaurant and bar, meeting spaces and the spectacular Old Library which is popular for weddings and private dining events. These now exude a classic heritage feel with vintage items such as globes, bound books and antique keys adding character and warmth to the spaces.

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For those booking a wedding or event at De Vere Wotton House, the new-look Evelyn Suite, suitable for up to 180 delegates theatre-style or 120 for a banquet, boasts picturesque views of Wotton’s picturesque gardens. The room’s décor provides a sophisticated look with detailing inspired by the building’s rich architecture. An additional 20 flexible meeting and event spaces are flooded with natural light and offer a range of locations to suit every organisers’ needs.

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No stone has been left unturned with the gardens welcoming several commissioned sculptures inspired by nature, by Surrey-based artist Emma Stothard. Emma is also known for her willow sculpture which is set within the grounds of HRH the Prince of Wales Highgrove estate. The introduction of Emma’s works marks the start in a series of local artists creating installations, which will be placed across refurbished De Vere Country House Hotels.

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Caroline Morrone, general manager at De Vere Wotton House, commented: “As a popular venue for the conference, business, leisure and wedding sectors, the final product will appeal to all our customers and provide an attractive, contemporary venue in stunning surroundings which pays homage to its history. We are delighted with the design which is also reflected in the fantastic feedback given by our guests. The new suites provide a luxurious setting for guests of wedding parties or those looking indulge away from the hustle and bustle of life.”

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The completion of De Vere Wotton House’s refurbishment marks an important milestone in De Vere’s wider multi-million-pound country estate hotel renovation project, which will place the Mansion House at the epicentre of group’s country property portfolio. At several properties, the gardens will also receive investment with the addition of outdoor dining patios and sculptures, extending the hotels to the great outdoors.

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Fairmont Century Plaza

Fairmont converting LA’s Century Plaza for 2018

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Luxury hotel operator Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Next Century Associates have announced the signing of definitive agreements for the revitalisation and management of the historic Century Plaza Hotel, located in the heart of Century City in Los Angeles.

The iconic, crescent shaped hotel has hosted generations of Hollywood celebrities, foreign dignitaries and every United States President since its opening in 1966. The hotel is currently undergoing a meticulous restoration and is slated to re-open as Fairmont Century Plaza, Los Angeles in 2018.

The addition of a landmark hotel in a strategic US market supports AccorHotels’ goal of brand growth and expansion, particularly in the luxury space. The signing of this project follows AccorHotels’ 2016 acquisition of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, along with sister brands Raffles and Swissôtel, which broadened the company’s luxury hotel offerings and footprint in North America.

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The approximately $2.5 billion (£1.9 billion) mixed-use redevelopment project includes approximately 394 guestrooms and 63 branded residences within the original iconic building, along with two new 46-storey luxury residential towers with 290 luxury residences and approximately 100,000 square feet of boutique high-street shopping and expanded parking facilities.

Fairmont Century Plaza

Originally designed by Minoru Yamasaki, Fairmont Century Plaza will be transformed by world-renowned architecture firms Pei Cobb Freed, Gensler and Marmol Radzinger and the internationally acclaimed design group Yabu Pushelberg. The team will revision the hotel’s renowned lobby, connecting it to a series of public plazas and fountains with two-acres of open space and gardens, surrounded by restaurants and retail boutiques.

The beloved Los Angeles landmark resides on a six acre site within one of the most prominent neighborhoods in the world. Built on the former backlot of 20th Century Fox Studios, the hotel faces the famous fountains at the intersection of Avenue of the Stars and Constellation Boulevard. The property is surrounded by over 10 million square feet of class ‘A’ offices, residences, restaurants, retail, and entertainment venues, and is adjacent to Beverly Hills, one of the highest grossing retail areas in the United States.

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New Loch-side terrace for 5-star resort Cameron House

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Scottish five-star resort, Cameron House, has revealed plans for phase two of their ongoing multi-million pound renovation, including an extensive new terrace overlooking Loch Lomond.

Phase two of the refurbishment, due to be completed in May 2017, has commenced at the loch-side retreat. A brand new outdoor terrace is being created to showcase the unique and stunning panoramic views from the hotel, across Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, and will offer guests a greater connection with the natural beauty of the area. A redesign of the hotel’s bedrooms is also underway.

Cameron House has appointed award-winning architecture firm, 3DReid to manage the design and build of the new terrace. It will act as both an alfresco bar area and an outdoor events space and has been designed with material choices and intricate detailing to enhance the existing building at the resort and make the most of the setting.

Frameless glass balustrading to the terrace will ensure views are maximised, with a covered timber deck creating a warmth to the space both from within and when viewed from the surrounding areas. The existing glazing will also be replaced, with doors opening out on the terrace and larger expanses of glass introduced, giving a minimal, contemporary feel.

Phase two of the refurbishment will see Cameron House invest a further £1 million into the resort. Cameron House invested £3 million earlier this year as part of phase one of their ongoing refurbishment, which focussed on revamping the food and beverage offering, including The Cameron Grill and new cocktail bar, along with the hotel’s other public spaces.

Andy Roger, Resort Director said: “We are continuing to invest in Cameron House and are committed to making it the ultimate luxury destination in Scotland. We are truly privileged to have a unique setting that boasts such an abundance of natural beauty. The terrace will bring an exciting new dimension to our offering, with guests able to relax outdoors and take in the stunning panorama.”

The new terrace will accommodate 60 seated or 120 standing and access will be through the Great Scots Bar or via a staircase at the front of the hotel. Jen Samuel, Associate Director at 3DReid said: “The Great Scots Bar has one of the finest views in Scotland, overlooking Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. The addition of the terrace allows a greater connection to the great outdoors while expanding the guests experience of the hotel, allowing anything from a Champagne reception in the sun to a warming whisky amongst the snow.”

Chia Laguna, Sardinia in final stages of €70,000,000 investment plan

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The prestigious Chia Laguna resort, Sardinia is delighted to announce a number of new upgrades to Hotel Baia for the 2017 season. Two new restaurants, a new bar, a semi-Olympic pool and 80 new rooms will be unveiled at the start of the 2017 season on Saturday 20th May 2017.

The renovations are the next stage of Italian Hospitality Collection’s €70,000,000 investment plan for Chia Laguna that began in 2011, placing it amongst the most exclusive resorts in the Mediterranean. Hotel Baia’s 80 rooms will be fully renovated this winter. The light and airy rooms come in four categories. The Prestige Parco, Prestige Laguna and Prestige Mare rooms can all sleep up to three guests, a cot can also be provided. The majority of rooms are interconnecting making them a great choice for families.

The spacious new Junior Suites with sea views offer two rooms – bedroom and living room – and can sleep up to four guests plus a cot for babies.

A spacious new 140sqm, two-bedroom Suite Incanto with a wide living room and large garden is artfully positioned overlooking the picturesque bay below, with views of the flamingo adorned lagoon and the award-winning beach. The suite boasts two double-rooms with sitting areas and en-suite bathrooms. The rooms are connected by a spacious living room with a sofa-bed and separate bathroom, creating room for up to six guests.

Hotel Baia boasts access to one of Italy’s most beautiful beaches and offers guests complimentary beach service in a private area with umbrellas, sunbeds and towels. Chia Laguna is a collection of four hotels set amongst the turquoise waters and unspoilt countryside of Chia Bay in enchanting Southern Sardinia.

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Tenerife’s Hotel Jardines de Nivaria reopens after €13.5m refurbishment

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Five-star Hotel Jardines de Nivaria, considered one of the most luxurious properties in the south of Tenerife, has just re-opened following a €13.5 million (£12 million) investment which has seen a comprehensive modernisation of the lush resort.

Improvements include the refurbishment of all rooms, a brand new gym and the relocation of gourmet restaurant, La Cúpula, which now features panoramic views over the island’s coastline.

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After a five-month refurbishment period, all rooms at the property have been given a fresh new look, most of them using creams and warm coloured interiors designed by Stone Designs. They all now feature new furniture, artwork, wooden floors, baths and showers and modern equipment to offer guests greater levels of comfort – plus glass-railing balconies for even better views. The refurbishment of the whole new complex was designed by architecture firm ImpulsARQ.

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Award-winning restaurant, La Cúpula is one of the refurbishment’s main beneficiaries. Now perched on the fourth floor of the main building, the eatery boasts incredible panoramic views over the blue Atlantic Ocean thanks to the venue’s new floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Also benefitting from a similar makeover is the hotel’s main restaurant, Solandra, boasting a contemporary look and a brand new wine bar, yet maintaining the same excellent standards of quality and delicious food.

The layout of the pool area has been modified to make more room for guests who enjoy being in the sun and having a snack and drink at the new-look Cascada poolside bar. The property’s subtropical gardens with palm trees and beautiful waterfall are still in place, as well as the two swimming pools – a heated one filled with salt water and a freshwater pool.

Finally, the gym has also been refurbished from ‘top to toe’ to make it more spacious and now includes a sauna and Turkish bath. A brand new spa, currently being refurbished, will open in early 2017 with an even greater choice of massages and treatments.

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Ury House

ICMI reveals plans for north-east Scotland boutique in 2020

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ICMI, the group behind Wimbledon champion Andy Murray’s Cromlix Hotel, has revealed plans to open a new boutique hotel and spa in north-eastern Scotland in 2020.

The group, which also runs Inverlochy Castle, Greywalls and Crossbasket, has announced it is transforming the B-listed Ury House into an exclusive retreat as part of a Jack Nicklaus golf complex. The firm revealed it will manage the hotel on behalf of developer FM group, and is aiming to make the resort one of the best in the UK.

Speaking to the Aberdeen Evening Express, Norbert Lieder, managing director of ICMI, said: “Our intention is to develop a location for people who live on the estate, golfers, the local community and visitors from around the world.

“As well as individually designed bedrooms and suites, there will be a clubhouse, restaurant and conference centre.

“I believe there is a real need for a resort of this quality in the north east.”

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The Grand Brighton reveals multi-million pound façade restoration project

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Luxury seafront hotel, The Grand Brighton, has announced plans for its highly anticipated multi-million pound façade restoration project.

The refurbishment, due to be completed in autumn 2017, will be conducted in four phases and will see the initial work commence on the East Wing of the building from 24 October.

Enhancements to the iconic hotel will include the installation of a new lighting system that will enrich the architectural design of the building, new windows and balconies for sea-facing rooms and full insulation, as well as a re-render of the front of the building.

Working with local businesses, J Davies Building Limited will be the main contractor having worked on a number of projects with The Grand, including most recently the Victoria, Lounge, Terrace and Bar refurbishment.

Conservation has been a main priority throughout the planning phase in order to minimise the impact and ensure guests continue to receive the best experience. The Grand has worked closely with Brighton Council and other conservation groups to ensure the heritage of the building is respected and restored to its former glory, with materials selected for longevity and for the environment.

The Grand Brighton facade renovation

Andrew Mosley, General Manager at The Grand, comments: “Since becoming an independent hotel in 2014, our owners have invested a significant amount and this project is a testament to our ongoing commitment to our customers and improving the guest experience at The Grand.

“The Grand is one of Brighton’s most treasured icons with a well-known and storied history. Once completed, the restoration of the façade will not only return the hotel to its former glory, but firmly establish The Grand as one of the landmark destinations on Brighton’s famous seafront.”

The restoration project is the latest development in a wider multi-million pound investment programme, following the sale of the hotel to independent owners in 2014. This has seen The Grand roll out an ambitious programme to install air-conditioning across its 201 bedrooms, refurbish its Victoria Terrace, Lounge and Bar, further upgrade its own seafood restaurant, GB1, upgrade Wi-Fi bandwidth capacity to 1GB and invest significantly in back of house facilities.

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Multi-million pound refurbishment for Lochside retreat Cameron House

Multi-million pound refurbishment for Lochside’s Cameron House

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Scottish five-star resort, Cameron House, has revealed the results of a £3 million refurbishment in what the resort has announced is the first stage of a year-long multi-million pound renovation. This initial phase has focussed on revamping the food and beverage offering along with the hotel’s other public spaces.

Situated on the southern banks of Loch Lomond, Cameron House boasts five dining options. At the heart of the hotel, Cameron Grill – Cameron House’s fine dining establishment – has been refreshed with new interiors. Light, fresh neutral tones now help create a welcoming space that envelops but at the same time makes the most of its iconic views.

Multi-million pound refurbishment for Lochside retreat Cameron House

Whilst the creation of a new cocktail bar and menu adds another level of glamour to the restaurant, the Great Scots Bar also now makes the most of the hotel’s location with additional tables and new seating overlooking the loch.

Multi-million pound refurbishment for Lochside retreat Cameron House

Elsewhere, the public spaces – including the swimming pool and meeting rooms – have been upgraded most notably with four statement chandeliers giving the reception a brighter, lighter feel.

Multi-million pound refurbishment for Lochside retreat Cameron House

Overlooking the enhanced marina at the water’s edge meanwhile, the Boathouse restaurant has been updated with refreshes made to its signature New England style. With the light reflecting off the water lifting this bright, breezy space, it’s the perfect foil for a menu that celebrates the best of classic dishes and local seafood that can be enjoyed inside or outside on the deck.

Multi-million pound refurbishment for Lochside retreat Cameron House

“This work represents the start of an exciting multi-million pound investment,” says Resort Director, Andy Roger. “We feel the changes celebrate the resort’s setting and bring a new level of luxury to our offering. Our new-look interiors match the warmth of our hospitality, and with more spaces for visitors to sit, press pause and enjoy a taste of Scotland, the feedback from our guests has been overwhelmingly positive.”

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Cotswold House Hotel & Spa

£1 million refurbishment for Cotswold House Hotel & Spa

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Cotswold House, the award winning luxury hotel and spa has undergone a significant £1 million restoration which includes a full renovation of their restaurant, bistro, suites and bedrooms, as well as wedding and event spaces.

Cotswold House has also opened a new Tea Room, inviting guests to enjoy delicious scones, sandwiches and teas throughout their stay. The contemporary hotel will be officially re-launched with an exclusive event on Thursday 6 October 2016.

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Craig Webb, general manager of Cotswold House Hotel & Spa commented: “The hotel refurbishment has been an exciting project for both our staff and the local residents of Chipping Campden. We’ve had an excellent response from clients new and old and look forward to welcoming more and more guests over the next few months.”

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Craig concluded: “We’ve got a fantastic, experienced team in place who are eager to show off the new renovation. We’re looking forward to welcoming guests on 6 October and hope the public are as thrilled with the refurbishment as we are.”

For more information, please visit www.bespokehotels.com/cotswoldhouse

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Pennyhill Park launches new luxury suite, The Granary

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Pennyhill Park, an exclusive hotel & spa in Bagshot, Surrey, has launched a new luxury stand-alone suite, The Granary, to complement its collection of individually-designed bedrooms and suites.

Located adjacent to The Spa, the unusual hexagonal building is set within a bijou private landscaped garden and features exposed roof beams, a double height ceiling and a luxurious free-standing bath in the stunning master bedroom.

The interior design scheme, created by Trevillion Interiors, pays homage to the building’s original use as a granary, blending deep, warm rustic colours and sumptuous fabrics with stylish contemporary fixtures and fittings.

The master bedroom is located on the first floor and has been designed to showcase the original exposed roof beams, enhanced by a bespoke designed lighting scheme. The open-plan room incorporates the ultimate bath-time indulgence; a free-standing copper-lined timber-clad bath from which guests can enjoy a view of the landscaped surroundings. Behind the king-sized master bed is a walk in dressing area and the room also incorporates a desk / dressing table and a comfortable seating area.

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The ground floor accommodation is comprised of a light-filled dining / study area with a sofa-bed, a desk and a seating area and includes a spacious luxury bathroom with walk-in shower and double basin.

A palette of stunning copper and aubergine fabrics, including velvet and tweed, flows through the furniture and soft furnishings, contrasted by a more muted paint scheme of warm dusky pinks and barley shades.

Julian Tomlin, General Manager of Pennyhill Park, commented: “We’re delighted to open The Granary for guests. Already the suite has been very popular with advance bookings and is a great addition to our portfolio of rooms. It’s the perfect place for an unforgettable stay, offering a luxurious home-from-home where guests can enjoy some privacy whilst being right at the heart of Pennyhill Park.”

Frances Blackham, Design Director, at Trevillion, commented: “The Granary has been a fantastic project for us. The building’s interesting heritage and stunning features led us to create a warm and welcoming interior that blends real luxury with the warmth and welcome for which Pennyhill Park is famous.”

The opening of The Granary is the latest milestone in Pennyhill Park’s ongoing programme of refreshing rooms and facilities to ensure it continues to deliver exemplary experiences for its guests. In the past two years, 18 suites have been refurbished, incorporating the very latest luxurious bathrooms including horizontal shower beds and glass baths offering ‘chromotherapy experiences’. The hotel has also opened a screening room for up to 24 guests, created a kitchen garden and developed The Spa’s pool bar and barbecue area.

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Sneak Peek: Pulitzer Amsterdam completes head-to-toe restoration

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The final touches of Pulitzer Amsterdam’s extensive restoration have been put into place, and the iconic 45-year old hotel celebrated its grand opening recently with the completion of a quintessentially Dutch redesign across its labyrinth of 25 Golden Age canal houses.

The re-opening of Pulitzer Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht canal side of the hotel sees the unveiling of areas including the main entrance and lobby, the inner gardens, a two-storey gym, as well as a further 145 guestrooms and suites.

An impressive new entrance, the first new building since the canals received UNESCO status, now welcomes guests in style, guiding them into the eccentric yet luxurious lobby, furnished with vintage Persian rugs, antique furniture and a collection of historic and contemporary artwork.

The jewel in the crown is the inner gardens – occupying an unexpectedly large and serene hideaway nestled at the centre of the hotel. Creative Director, Jacu Strauss, has created a casual park-like feel within the space, a flexible area for guests and visitors to relax, work or socialise amongst seasonal plants and playful sculptures. Spanning areas of the lobby and the garden is Pause at Pulitzer, the hotel’s inviting café which serves drinks and light dishes throughout the day.

A total of 225 guestrooms and suites balance Amsterdam’s rich past and contemporary present in an eclectic mix of finishes, designs and elements which complement each room’s individual charm. Each room provides free wifi, a vintage telephone, Le Labo amenities, a custom-made minibar with cocktail mixing facilities and a bike repair set to complete the experience of the Dutch capital.

Four exceptional Collector’s Suites are inspired by the narrative of elaborate characters who may have lived in the buildings throughout the years; from a compulsive art devotee to an eccentric book lover; a music composer and a grand antique collector.

Quirky features include a dramatic floor-to-ceiling archway of books, a wall of trumpets, and a large painting depicting a modern scenario of The Last Supper. Each has a private entrance and stunning views of the canals. Meanwhile, the beautifully romantic Pulitzer’s Suite, with its freestanding grand bath tub, super king size bed and views over the gardens, is ideal for those staying with a loved one.

Formerly a senior designer at Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio, Strauss has worked with a highly skilled team to painstakingly deconstruct the heritage of the canal houses and bring new light to their best kept secrets. From trade merchants to flamboyant Dutch aristocrats, past inhabitants of the canal houses have inspired the rich character of the hotel to invite guests to explore and discover. Eclectic yet elegant, the understated new look blends original and historic features with luxurious modern-day elements.

Pulitzer Amsterdam’s restaurant, Jansz., demonstrates the hotel’s deep passion for elegant culinary craftsmanship. Executive chef Cassidy Hallman has used an old-fashioned, quality-loving approach to create a menu of beautifully crafted modern classics that respect the simplicity of quality produce and ingredients. Next door, Pulitzer’s Bar is a classic and chic hotel bar with sumptuous furnishings and a rich and intimate atmosphere. The cocktail menu offers drinks that are classic in element and style, but modern in execution.

Alexander van Gastel, General Manager of Pulitzer Amsterdam, commented: “We are overwhelmed by the positive feedback we have received so far from guests and locals on the new-look Pulitzer Amsterdam. Our Grand Opening marks the next chapter and a very special moment in the hotel’s history. We are excited to reveal our complete offering and once again fully re-open for business. I am so proud of the dedication from all involved to bring this together, delivering our vision above and beyond.”

Pulitzer Amsterdam is located in one of the chicest neighbourhoods of the Dutch capital’s city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within easy reach is the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, the Van Gogh Museum and The Anne Frank House. The fashionable Nine Streets, the quaint shops of Jordaan, the flower market and the Royal Palace are also a short distance away.

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Utopia Spa at Rowhill Grange Hotel

Utopia Spa at Rowhill Grange Hotel gets £250k facelift

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The Utopia Spa at Rowhill Grange Hotel has undergone a £250,000 investment programme which has given the space a new fresh-faced look.

The popular spa at the 38-bed hotel is benefiting from two new treatment rooms, including a double room, a new hair spa and nail spa with luxury manicure and pedicure stations.

A new relaxation lounge has been designed for privacy with 12 loungers and four pod chairs hidden behind a central curtain, plus Tweed Mill blankets for extra comfort. The changing rooms and treatment waiting area have both been given a facelift and the Utopia Spa has boasts the addition of a new retail shopping area.

Utopia Spa at Rowhill Grange Hotel

Originally built in 1868 as the summer house for 18-year-old Alice Alexander, Rowhill Grange became the first property in the Alexander Hotels Group in 1994.

The hotel’s 38 bedrooms are surrounded by 15 acres of grounds and gardens and the hotel itself is also home to a 2 AA Rosette fine dining restaurant.

James Perry, general manager, commented: “After a 10 week refurbishment to our Utopia Spa, we are truly delighted with the finish and feel we have achieved. The addition of our new facilities will further enhance our guest’s luxury spa experience and offer a truly unique spa experience within the Kent County.”

Pest-Buda Hotel

Hungary’s oldest hotel – Pest-Buda – reopens after renovation

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The oldest hotel in Hungary, Pest-Buda, has reopened after renovation as a 10-bedroom luxury boutique hotel.

Originally opened all the way back in 1696, the hotel is located in the Buda Castle district, the historic heart of the Hungarian capital. Pest-Buda offers four different room types – courtyard room, simple room, suite and atelier suite.

Atop the building, two atelier suites feature floor-to-ceiling glass walls, freestanding bathtubs, and oversized walk-in showers, all set against the backdrop of the original exposed brick baroque roof structure. A sleek, family-owned boutique hotel, it is surrounded by historic buildings and peaceful streets, while being only 10 minutes away from the city centre.

Interior designer Tibor Somlai was commissioned to give the property a “casual-classical Hungarian bistro and rustic luxury boutique hotel” style. The interior designer attempts to conjure an aesthetic that reflects our concept of “casual-classical Hungarian bistro and rustic- luxury boutique hotel in a fresh way.

It’s part of the Budapest-based Zsidai Gastronomy & Hospitality Group portfolio.

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Wotton House unveils first phase of £6 million renovation

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The spectacular 17th century Wotton House in Surrey has revealed phase one of its £6million refurbishment. Nestled in 13 acres of stunning listed gardens in the Surrey countryside, the property has completed almost half of its bedroom renovations, as well as the first bedroom suite, the Jasmine Suite, located in the Mansion House.

The redesign is part of the group’s wider multi-million pound renovation project across its country estate hotels portfolio, placing the Mansion House building back at the very heart of its country property portfolio, to create country estate hotels where traditional values meet the latest luxuries. Using the grounds to great effect, the investment includes the addition of outdoor dining and sculpture parks to a number of properties, making the great outdoors an extension of the hotel itself.

Future phases of the Wotton House refurbishment will see the addition of 16 new suites in the Mansion House area of the hotel, bringing the total number of rooms to 127, all of which will feature stylish en-suites and fantastic views of either the beautiful gardens or the dramatic manor house entrance.

There will be a full overhaul of all public areas, bedrooms, the restaurant and bar, flexible meeting spaces, as well as the spectacular Old Library which is popular for both weddings and private dining.

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The décor and theming of the refurbishment is classic heritage with modern comfort using stylish furnishings, sumptuous fabrics and traditional touches. The refurbished public areas will be decorated with vintage items such as globes, bound books and antique keys adding character and warmth to the hotel.

The hotel’s stunning Evelyn Suite, suitable for up to 180 delegates theatre-style or 120 for a banquet, has recently completed its refurbishment and boasts picturesque views of Wotton’s Grade II listed gardens. Its neutral décor provides a sophisticated look with detailing inspired by the building’s rich architecture. In addition to this, the hotel also features 20 flexible meeting and event spaces, all of which are flooded with natural light.

Surrey-based artist, Emma Stothard, has also been commissioned to create a number of new sculptures inspired by nature. Emma’s other work includes a willow sculpture for HRH the Prince of Wales set within the grounds of Highgrove. This is the first of a series of creative installations set to be launched across the refurbished Country House Hotel portfolio by teaming up with local artists.

Caroline Morrone, general manager at Wotton House, commented: “As a popular venue for the conference, business, leisure and wedding sectors, the project has been planned and designed to appeal to all our customers and provide an attractive, contemporary venue in stunning surroundings which pays homage to its history. We are delighted with the results so far and are already receiving fantastic feedback from our guests. We are confident that the new suites provide a luxurious accommodation offering to wedding parties and those looking for something a little more special.”

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Lion Quays Hotel

Lion Quays Hotel in the middle of £1m refurbishment

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The Lion Quays Hotel & Spa in Oswestry, Shropshire, has announced its next stage of its £1 million refurbishment, which is set to be completed in 2017.

The property is owned by Ashok Bansal, a former surgeon, who paid around £10 million to for the 82-bedroom property in 2015.

The hotel has completed the £500k upgrade of 41 of its bedrooms, with work to begin on the following 41 by the end of the year. The Lion Quays Hotel and Spa has recently renovated its conference space with a £100,000 investment.

The interior redesign features a palette of deep plum, mauve and bold splashes of colour, offset against white linens. Executive and ground-floor feature guestrooms offer Juliet balconies or canal side balconies.

Colin Jenno, general manager of the Lion Quays Hotel & Spa, said: “We are thrilled with the progress of the redevelopment of the hotel. We are infusing some contemporary styling and modern touches into the bedrooms, and matched with our warmth of service and great proximity to major towns such as Chester and Manchester, I can only see the hotel going from strength to strength.

“The hotel has already reaped the benefits of the early investment and meeting space refit, with occupancy forecast to increase by 2% this year and meeting booking up by 10% on this time last year. Great signs that the work we have carried out has been well received, and boding well for business next year.”

Grace Santorini

Grace Santorini reopens with fresh new design

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Grace Santorini reopened for the summer season in May 2016 with a fresh new design following a complete renovation to enhance the iconic luxury boutique hotel.

The renovation consultancy and interior design was handled by Fifth Element Interiors London and SMK Interiors Greece. The plans for Grace Santorini involved adding to the beauty of the interiors that had been the subject of consistent critical acclaim since it opened, reimagining the minimalist whitewashed rooms whilst delivering something authentic and true to its Hellenic heritage.

Innovative design, a new Champagne Lounge and dedicated yoga and Pilates studio provides guests with a significantly upgraded experience, whilst retaining the intimacy it has become synonymous with.

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The 21-room hotel is carved into the cliff-face 300m above Santorini’s volcanic caldera. Award-winning architecture practices Divercity and Mplusm, known for their ability to handle challenging briefs in a variety of locations and contexts, were responsible for the original development of the hotel, completed in 2008. In 2010 they were tasked with the addition of The Villa, a 400 sq m luxury residence complete with its own Volcanic Spa, completed in 2012.

The understated design allows the extraordinary landscape to take centre stage. The hotel provides a contemporary interpretation of vernacular architecture, employing economy of space and simplicity. The infinity pool’s jagged outline echoes the zigzag paths that cross Santorini’s sheer terrain.

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Founders of Fifth Element, Christina Logothetis and Staci Perkins-Surla, comment: “Our challenge was to preserve the original use of white and avoid cold minimalism, ensuring a balance that reveals an unmistakable sense of luxury and understated beauty. By subtly introducing a new colour palette with furnishings, fixtures and fittings exuding the highest standards of quality, we aimed to set standards on the global stage.”

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The refurbished rooms and suites, whilst maintaining the Grace hallmark of elegance and simplicity, have a contemporary style, combining cutting edge and bespoke design alongside traditional handcrafted pieces.

Grace Santorini
The objective was to maximise the ability to enjoy the view and the space outside. Grace Santorini’s hotel rooms all have a frontal orientation to make the most of the panoramic views. Every single room allows you to have breakfast outside, 19 of the 21 rooms include plunge pools and the largest rooms have round day beds with retractable canopies.

Grace Santorini
Inspired by the island’s ‘yposkafa’ cave-like dwellings, the hotel has rounded walls and domed roofs excavated from the rock-face. All-white interiors with brushed concrete floors reiterate the trademark whitewashed houses of the Cyclades.

Grace Santorini
Elements of local materials and architectural techniques can be found throughout the hotel. This is exemplified by the feature of volcanic rock fragments that are positioned in the windows of four rooms, interspersed with apertures that provide glimpses to the sea. This echoes a local architectural technique in which minimal amounts of mortar are used, leaving gaps between the stonework creating a light-filtering screen that allows privacy, ventilation and casts dappled shadows as the sun goes down.

Accents in turquoise, aubergine or navy are featured in some rooms, a colour palette synonymous with Santorini and the Mediterranean. Traditional Aegean walnut was used for the design, as opposed to non-indigenous wood like teak and driftwood found in other island properties. 40% of the world’s walnut produced in the Peloponnese.

Grace Santorini

Products from the local region complement the interiors and include handmade walnut desks with Vibeffe 9500 Marble and walnut coffee tables. Wardrobes with solid walnut interiors include an innovative in-room bar which will offer a cocktail-making kit for guests. The luxurious bathrooms offer double vanity units with basins hand carved from solid Greek Statuario marble and spacious rain showers with mosaic feature walls.

The sofas are handmade in Greece and upholstered in C & C Milano fabrics along with handmade throws and rugs especially hand-dyed for Grace Santorini. Rooms are complete with a curated collection of accessories including pieces from the Cycladic Museum and Greek artisanal marble bowls. Further details include marble accessories and brass book ends based on traditional Greek design from Two is Company.

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Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Boston Park Plaza completes $100 million renovation

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Boston Park Plaza is pleased to announce the completion of a comprehensive, multi-year, $100 million (£75 million) renovation and restoration project.

The extensive transformation includes the complete overhaul of the hotel’s 1,060 guestrooms and corridors, main entrances and lobby, meeting spaces, mezzanine levels, the addition of an all-new library room, and the replacement of all furniture and fixtures.

“This rejuvenation project has completely transformed Boston Park Plaza into a self-contained nucleus that pairs top-notch hospitality, world-class dining and high-end fitness amenities with the modern comforts and conveniences that today’s travelers have come to expect, all the while offering a uniquely Boston feel,” said Jon Crellin, managing director.

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“Boston Park Plaza was thoughtfully redesigned with today’s modern travelers and executives in mind, and the hotel now truly reflects the city of Boston’s standing as a world-class destination known for its rich history and modern innovations.”

New high-end amenities include STRIP by Strega, a 5,700-square–foot, high-energy steakhouse concept by Boston-based restaurateur Nick Varano; DavidBartonGym and Cyc Fitness Boston – a 20,000-square-foot state-of-the-art fitness centre that includes complimentary gym access for hotel guests. Through the renovation, Boston Park Plaza has also gained an additional 6,000 square feet of fully-renovated professional meeting and pre-function space, bringing its grand total to 50,480 square feet. Boston Park Plaza’s storied ballroom has also been fully updated to feature a stunning new charcoal and ivory palette.

Boston Park Plaza Hotel

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Designed by Sudbury, Massachusetts-based Parker Torres Design, Boston Park Plaza now evokes a youthful, innovative and international vibe that complements the hotel’s iconic architectural elements. The new lobby of the Boston Park Plaza boasts a sophisticated gray and white color palette, dramatic floor-to-ceiling columns encased in ceramic, new flooring, adjustable LED lighting, and sleek guest check-in stations designed to create a more intimate experience between hotel staff and guests. Located within the renovated lobby area is Off The Common, Boston Park Plaza’s new restaurant and lounge, which offers a sophisticated and contemporary setting to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, light bites and hand-crafted libations. Designed to satisfy the needs of many, Boston Park Plaza’s newly added library room can act as the ideal shared workspace and reading area, or simply serve as an inviting place to visit with friends.

Boston Park Plaza Hotel

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As guests enter the hotel’s revitalised guestrooms and suites, which boast all-new lighting and much-improved acoustics, they’ll be welcomed by a handsome, tailored and chic palate of charcoal, caramel and camel tones that complement all-new stone-topped wooden cabinetry, custom upholstered headboards, and warmly-hued carpeting.

Adding a crisp, fresh touch to the highly-appointed guestrooms are completely renovated bathrooms featuring white tile surrounds, custom vanities, over-sized mirrors and large porcelain tile flooring. As a nod to Boston Park Plaza’s iconic design details, each room’s crown molding has been fully refinished in order to preserve signature elements that pair with the hotel’s new smart and sophisticated appearance.

Boston Park Plaza Hotel

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Since purchasing the property, Sunstone Hotel Investors has performed a series of renovations to repair and restore all structural elements, which includes replacing the hotel’s roof; repairing the exterior façade; replacing sidewalk surrounds; replacing the hotel’s signature two-story decorative windows; modernisation of the elevator systems; and the installation of a state-of-the-art HVAC system that provides individual climate control for every guestroom, meeting space and common area.

Boston Park Plaza has also been hand-selected by Preferred Hotels & Resorts to be the newest experience available within its Lifestyle collection.

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Kensington Rooms Hotel

Kensington Rooms Hotel set for £10 million renovation

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A historic London hotel is set for a £10 million renovation to be headed up by Wolff Architects.

Kensington Rooms Hotel, the 41,000sq-ft luxury hotel in Kensington and Chelsea, is a collection of four 19th century townhouses.

The project will see Wolff Architects complete refurbish the property internally, including the hotel’s 41 boutique bedrooms. The project win for Wolff is the firm’s 11th in the hotel industry in 2016.

Commenting on the news, Andy Goodchild, Director of Wolff Architects, said: The hotel is a fantastic space with a wealth of potential. We look forward to using our knowledge and skill-set to deliver a high standard renovation that is innovative and fully surpasses our client’s expectations.

“We are particularly delighted to be involved in this project because of its setting in the Courtfield Conservation Area – one of the most elegant locations in the borough. As such, our plans for the building will pay tribute to the rich character of a neighbourhood reknowned for its formal terraces and mature gardens.”

The hotel first opened in 2000.

Boston Harbor Hotel

Boston Harbor Hotel unveils newly renovated guest rooms and suites

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The Boston Harbor Hotel has just completed the exquisite renovation of 230 newly designed guest rooms and suites.

The Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston’s iconic landmark of luxury, continues to evolve with the city and build upon it’s storied past while keeping an eye to the future and is the city’s only five-star waterfront destination. The waterfront theme of the hotel’s location is now carried throughout the rooms which feature a renewed, coastal feel.

“This thoughtful redesign allows us to fulfil our most important objective: to consistently deliver an unparalleled luxury experience to our guests by ensuring the Boston Harbor Hotel remains current, and only offers the highest quality in product and personalised service,” says Stephen Johnston, General Manager at the Boston Harbor Hotel.

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“We are delighted with how the newly designed rooms have complemented the other recent enhancements at the Boston Harbor Hotel as there are now so many new aspects for our guests to look forward to experiencing when visiting the hotel. Our associates are thrilled to introduce the new guest rooms and suites to the city and to our guests.”

The redesign of the hotel’s 230 guestrooms is the next step in the many enhancements that have already taken place at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Over the past year, the Boston Harbor Hotel has also celebrated a complete renovation of the Hotel’s signature wine-centric restaurant, Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar as well as the Rowes Wharf Health Club & Spa.

Wimberly Interiors, a globally recognised leader in hospitality design, created a design aesthetic for the Boston Harbor Hotel’s guest rooms and suites combining patterns, textures and colours that are inspired by the natural beauty of Boston’s waterfront.

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The 230 enriched guest rooms and suites reveal a fresh look with a color palette of soothing oceanic blues and neutral tone accents to complement the property’s distinct waterfront setting. Partnering with the acclaimed Florentine perfumer, Lorenzo Villoressi, the Boston Harbor Hotel has also introduced signature Lorenzo Villoressi bath amenities in all of its guest rooms and suites, which are available only in the top hotels of the world.

The new décor combines clean lines and timeless pieces to create a classically current design that is warm and luxurious, without compromising practicality and sophistication. Investing in technological in-room amenities, the Boston Harbor Hotel has replaced traditional print compendiums and alarm-clock radios with in-room tablets – offering guests access to hotel information, digital wake-up calls, a variety of newspapers, and streaming international radio stations.

The hotel also features iPad tablets to serve as a one-stop hotel services centre that guests can use to make requests, place room service orders, and manage their stay with features like maps, menus and transportation information. Guests can use their personal mobile device to enjoy a similar experience using the hotel mobile app to find information and request services. Whether at the property, at the airport or elsewhere, a smartphone or tablet will function as a direct line of communication with the hotel. Also new to the in-room technology offerings is the addition of Smart TVs with streaming capabilities that allow guests to access their own Hulu, Pandora, Crackle and YouTube accounts.

Boston Harbor Hotel

Among the renovated guest rooms is the Presidential Suite, now reflecting neutral and harbour-oriented tones to enhance the relaxing atmosphere already present at the hotel. Elegant, welcoming and extraordinarily memorable, the newly renovated Presidential Suite features luxurious furnishings, refined finishes, bespoke amenities, and sweeping views of Boston’s waterfront.

Located on the 16th floor of the hotel, the Presidential Suite’s warm and inviting rooms blend the features of its original architecture with current design elements. Influenced by the classic boats that have gracefully sailed through the Boston Harbour for centuries, the suite is adorned with harbour-inspired art that highlights the unique location of the Boston Harbor Hotel within the city. Featuring oversized spaces for entertaining and relaxation, the Presidential Suite offers business or leisure guests the flexibility of a one, two or three bedroom suite, and a private balcony overlooking the harbour.

Located on Boston’s waterfront, steps from Boston’s Financial District, bustling Seaport District and the historic North End, the Boston Harbor Hotel offers an unmatched setting of luxurious comfort and convenience – ideal for business or leisure travel that is Beyond Compare to any other hotel in the city.

Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's

Sheraton Hotels introduces second Samoa resort

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Sheraton Hotels & Resorts announced this week the opening of Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows, located on the island of Samoa in the south Pacific Ocean. The resort marks the Sheraton brand’s second property in Samoa, following last year’s debut of Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort.

Under the ownership of the distinguished Grey family in Samoa, the resort has completed a multi-million dollar renovation ahead of opening under the Sheraton flag, featuring extensive upgrades throughout the entire property.

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Founded by Aggie Grey in 1933, the original hotel was established as a high profile club and gathering place for American servicemen stationed in Samoa during WWII. Having completed a comprehensive top to bottom refresh, the property’s new design combines its colonial heritage and classic charm with contemporary updates and features to appeal to today’s modern traveller.

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All 175 guest rooms, bungalows and suites are spacious and styled to complement the idyllic South Pacific setting, with contrasting dark wood furnishings against neutral tones. Accommodations offer the Sheraton brand’s signature amenities and services, including a premium sleep experience, and guests staying in the hotel’s Club Rooms can enjoy upgraded in-room amenities and special access to the Sheraton Club Lounge.

The hotel’s robust renovation features new, luxurious on-site facilities, including a swimming pool and lap pool, Sheraton fitness centre, Manaia Polynesian Spa, offering local and signature treatments, and 916 square metres of flexible meeting and conference space.

Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's

An Exotic Escape
Forming part of Polynesia, Samoa is an island nation nestled in the South Pacific, a five hour flight from the east coast of Australia. Renowned for its natural beauty, including jungles, waterfalls and lava fields, Samoa is an exotic paradise that offers rich cultural heritage as well. Located in the Samoan capital of Apia on Main Beach Road, just a 30-minute drive from Faleolo International Airport, Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows overlooks a stunning harbour on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

The hotel is centrally located with many local attractions and activities nearby including the Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, which is regarded as one of the most beautiful underwater spots in Samoa. The commercial areas of Apia are also within easy access for guests, making it an ideal choice for business, leisure or both.

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“Starwood’s footprint in the Pacific continues to expand, and the Pacific region remains a key growth market and opportunity for us,” continued Hunt. “Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows is an important addition for the Sheraton brand, underscoring its aggressive expansion plans as part of Sheraton 2020 – the comprehensive 10-point plan designed to put Sheraton Hotels & Resorts back in the global spotlight.”

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Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

Sneak Peek: Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia after year-long renewal

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The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia has unveiled a year-long, multi-million dollar renewal project. Co-designed by Wimberly Interiors and LW Designs, with Coscia Moos Architecture, the updates to the hotel include all-new guest rooms and meeting spaces, a refreshed lobby experience and public spaces along with a new restaurant, bar and lounge by Richard Sandoval.

The iconic hotel, steeped in history, was originally built as a reproduction of the Pantheon when it opened in 1908 as The Girard Trust Company. The property-wide enhancements focus on the scenography of the building – explore history and experience the arts – paying tribute to its rich past.

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The new design brings a fresh and sophisticated feel to the hotel while also telling a story through neutral colours, textures and materials inspired by money and currency, with pops of metallic, bronze and emerald green. Artwork and guest amenities reflect a distinct sense of place in the heart of Philadelphia.

New guest room design features luxurious fabrics and furniture finishes in a welcoming neutral color palate. Punctuations of green and blue along with notes of bronze and nickel layer a contemporary polish.

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The new guest rooms offer a distinct space for work and relaxation with a cohesive unit encompassing the desk and TV console which work together to create a flexible work and dining space for guests.

The Ritz-Carlton Suite is the premier accommodation in Philadelphia. Offering beautiful views of the city from the 31st floor, a personal elevator for exclusive use, two full bedrooms, separate living and dining spaces, personal kitchen en-suite with a large dining table and a monumental Master Bath with incredible city views of the iconic City Hall and 27-ton statue of William Penn.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia Club Lounge has been updated to reflect a distinct sense of place in the heart of the city. The lounge, which contains the original wood paneling made of French walnut serves as a hotel within a hotel. Here, service reaches a new level with dedicated private concierges and personalized amenities. In the exclusive Club Lounge, guests will discover a quiet space for working, meeting or relaxing with complimentary culinary and beverage presentations throughout the day.

“After years of thoughtful planning and construction we are thrilled to re-introduce The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, and showcase the new modern interiors inside our classic and historic building” said Darryll Adams, General Manager. “We are delighted to solidify our place as the only branded luxury hotel in Philadelphia.”

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High ceilings, 9,000 tons of Georgia marble and original architecture of the 101-foot dome, which once was the largest dome in the Western Hemisphere, are dazzling. Upon entering the building a large lounge area with a plethora of comfortable seating is surrounded with two large crystal walls that fill the space with sparkle and light.

The original oculus, which used to host the bank tellers as they would pull the money through the center of the oculus from the vault directly below is still intact and covered by a glass wall which is now surrounded by a high-top bar.

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Even the original bank vault now serves as a luxurious function room. With a variety of layout options and room sizes, The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia has flexibility to host everything from small C-level board meetings to cocktail fundraisers and holiday parties. The hotel features two ballrooms: a 3,075 square-foot petite ballroom and the 6,100 square-foot Grand Ballroom, located on the concourse level, which is the centerpiece of the hotel and can hold up to 600 people. The sky can be admired through the ballroom’s large crystal chandelier as guests look up into the celling, into the oculus and through the top of the rotunda in the lobby.

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Watergate Hotel reopens following 9 year, $125m renovation

Legendary Watergate Hotel reopens after $125m overhaul

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International New York-based real estate developer, Euro Capital Properties, has announced the opening of The Watergate Hotel, which has undergone an extensive $125 million renovation to restore the property to its ‘historic exuberance’. The hotel has been closed for renovations since 2007.

An American icon situated on the banks of the Potomac River, The Watergate Hotel offers a luxurious urban resort experience for the world’s most discerning leisure and business travelers. Originally designed by Italian architect Luigi Moretti in 1961 to look like a sail on the Potomac, the hotel made waves with its groundbreaking contemporary style and came to epitomise the fabulous lifestyle and sophistication of its time when it opened in March 1967.

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The hotel’s current owners, Euro Capital Properties, tapped world-renowned designer Ron Arad and Italian designer Moroso to complement the avant-garde architecture with bold curves and mid-century modern design while restoring some of hotel’s original structures such as the staircase and indoor pool. Acclaimed architectural and interior design firm BBGM was the architect for the project.

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“The Watergate is undoubtedly one of the most glamorous and illustrious hotels in the world,” said Rakel Cohen, Senior Vice President of Design and Development, Euro Capital Properties. “We paid meticulous attention to every detail in its renovation and we’re excited to bring our vision to life. Its intrigue is driven by evocative design, from the deep-rooted retro feel to the mystique that lies behind every curve of the hotel’s architecture.”

The hotel consists of 336 stylish guestrooms designed for comfort and sophistication, half of which include lavish balconies. Six exquisite Diplomat Suites, 24 premier suites and two stately Presidential Suites offer the highest standard of luxury accommodations. Each guestroom features natural light that brings out the soothing color palettes along with plush bedding, floor-to-ceiling Zebrano marble bathrooms with solid granite vanities, superior in-room amenities, 24-hour in-room dining, cutting edge technology, diffusers featuring the hotel’s signature Red Flower Oakwood scent, and more.

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Portland Marriott

Portland Marriott Downtown unveils extensive renovation

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The Portland Marriott Downtown has unveiled the results of its complete renovation – which included 44,000-square-metres of meeting space, ballrooms, M Club Lounge, 507 guestrooms and suites and the fitness centre.

Houston-based hospitality design firm Paradigm Design Group completed all areas of the renovation.

Combining local aesthetics with Oregonian-inspired details, the re-imagined Portland Marriot now has a colour palette of greens, navy blues and grays that echo the surrounding environment of the Willamette River, Mount Hood and industrial influences. The colour schemes vary in each space. For instance, the meeting spaces use blues, the M Club uses pops of green, and guestrooms and suites use soft grays.

PDG also developed customised artwork to capture Portland’s love for biking. The guestrooms have a focal wall/backdrop where the image of a bike wheel is portrayed in the element of a tree slice. Additional examples include patterned carpet with tire track prints, and sculptural tire wheel artwork in the M Club Lounge. Special hanging racks for bikes were also incorporated in selected specialty guestrooms.

Sketchley Grange

New-look bar and lounge coming to Sketchley Grange

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A contemporary bar and lounge area is soon set to open its doors at Sketchley Grange Hotel & Spa in Hinckley, Leicestershire.

The popular hotel is currently undertaking a major £1.5m refurbishment programme across its premises, part of which includes a complete makeover of the area. The vision is to develop an open-plan space, with different areas each offering individual characteristics.

Drew Keen of Keen As Mustard Design Studio is working on the project. He explains: “The lounge will have a softer feel. We want it to be cool but cosy and comfy so we’ve got a palette of steely greys and blacks against pink velvet fabrics.

Sketchley Grange - Paul Noble - Bar Refurbishment

Sketchley Grange – Paul Noble – Bar Refurbishment

“For the bar we’re aiming for a warm yet opulent vibe with high poseur tables and high-back arm chairs. This space will have a mix of mustard yellows against bold blacks.”
The bar area will also feature seating booths with televisions which can be linked up to a laptop – ideal for working professionals. Work started at the beginning of April and is expected to be finished in mid-June.

Paul Noble, General Manager of Sketchley Grange, says: “This refurbishment will make Sketchley Grange a really appealing venue for local people to come and enjoy a drink or a meal. The new look will match the good-quality, well-established range of food on offer.”

Nestled away in an enviable location on the borders of Leicestershire and Warwickshire, Sketchley Grange Hotel & Spa is a charming country house hotel boasting first-rate facilities and elegant accommodation.

Originally established over 30 years ago, this stylish four-star hotel in Hinckley is undergoing extensive refurbishment, carefully ensuring its traditional character dovetails with the contemporary amenities and stylish guest bedrooms.

Phi Phi Island Village

Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort announces £3.5m renovation project

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Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort is delighted to announce an extensive £3.5 million renovation to be fully completed in October 2016, with the completion of 45 brand new luxurious and exclusive private villas and a glimmering 25-metre beachfront infinity pool.

Located on Koh Phi Phi, within the Nopparattra National Park, Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort allows guests to feel as if they’ve arrived at their own private village in the heart of Paradise. With 201 exceptional bungalows and hillside villas, privacy and exclusivity are the order of the day across the resort’s 70 tranquil. The new renovation is stylish and delightfully in keeping with the surrounding natural environment whilst offering a chic-style of accommodation in traditional Southern Thai village style with light-filled rooms soaked in sunlight. The interiors are all contemporary, spacious, featuring a rain shower and a sprawling balcony.

The resort’s three restaurants and four bars have all been completely renovated to the highest standards and provide a delicious array of cuisines set against a backdrop of exquisite views.

Offering authentic barefoot luxury Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort oozes luxury amidst very natural and beautiful surroundings. Easily reached by private boat or ferry, Phi Phi Island is renowned for its unspoilt landscape, remarkable beaches, incredible diving and snorkelling in the clear waters of the Andaman Sea.

Derry's Department Store Plymouth

Permission granted for 100-room hotel as part of Plymouth building redevelopment

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Plymouth City Council has resolved to grant planning permission to Thames Bank Property, advised by planning and development consultant Iceni Projects, for the £50 million redevelopment of the former Derry’s Department Store in Plymouth.

The 300,000 sq ft mixed-use scheme is set to rejuvenate the western edge of Plymouth and support the ongoing regenerative vision of the council. The redevelopment will include the delivery of 500 student accommodation beds (in a mix of clusters and studios), a 100-bed hotel, which will help accommodate the ever-growing tourist numbers in the city along with some 60,000-sq-ft of commercial space that is primarily aimed at food and beverage providers.

Colin Morris at Thames Bank Property, said: “The redevelopment of the former department store presents a significant opportunity to develop a high-quality scheme that will not only ensure long-term sustainable use, but will also provide a welcome and enhanced night-time economy to the western end of the city centre. This is an exciting time for Plymouth and we look forward to delivering this project over the coming years.”

Ian Mayhead, Associate at Iceni Projects, added: “Iceni has demonstrated successful multi-discipline working by helping secure planning permission for the redevelopment of the former Derry’s Department Store. Our planning and engagement consultants have worked alongside each other to great advantage, and we are thrilled to have aided in the approval of a scheme which will transform this underutilised, landmark building.”

The project is due to start on site in early 2017 and is estimated to complete in August 2018.

The Liberty Boston

Iconic Boston hotel The Liberty completes multi-million dollar renovation

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The Liberty, an icon of the Boston hospitality scene, has completed its $11 million (£7.8 million) guest room renovation. The former jail and now architectural gem features 298 newly-designed accommodations, reimagined by acclaimed interior designer Bill Rooney.

Rooted in history and fortified with contemporary design, the completely transformed guestrooms evoke a quintessential Boston atmosphere. Custom furniture and fixtures, tailor-made accents and artwork, herringbone wall coverings, wide-plank hardwood floors, library-style club chairs, and leather headboards create a warm and luxurious New England feel. Bathrooms offer four-fixture floating granite vanities, sleek glass showers and large soaking tubs. Many of the newly-appointed guestrooms offer spectacular views of Beacon Hill and the sailboat strewn waters of the Charles River.

In addition to the refurbished guestrooms, The Liberty’s renovation project included the redesign of some of Boston’s top suites, including the Ebersol Suite and the Charles River Suites. Floor-to-ceiling windows wrap the 2,220 square-foot Ebersol Suite, which includes an expansive living room, dining room and butler pantry, library, master bedroom and bathroom, and a 300 square-foot outdoor patio. The Charles River Suites also boast floor-to-ceiling windows, featuring sweeping views of the Boston skyline.

“The Liberty’s renovation project is a cornerstone in The Luxury Collection brand’s $300 million dollar investment effort to renovate and reopen some of the most iconic hotels in North America,” stated Hoyt H. Harper II, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts. “We are thrilled to deliver enhanced accommodations while still allowing guests to experience the authenticity of one of Boston’s most notable landmarks.”

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Palace Hotel Manchester

Manchester’s iconic Palace Hotel to get multi-million pound revamp

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Manchester’s iconic Palace Hotel is set to be renovated in a multi-million pound project which aims to ‘rediscover the soul’ of the building.

Starwood Capital, the American investors who bought the property last year, have claimed in the media that the property has become ‘corporate and lifeless’ in recent times and have submitted plans for the overhaul.

Guest bedrooms, suites, wining and dining areas will all get a full-scale upgrade under the masterplan.

General manager Richard Morrell said to the Manchester Evening News: “This is a significant investment which was needed for an iconic building – and it’s an exciting time to see it being replenished into one of the greatest hotels in the north of England.”

Originally finished in 1895, the Palace was designed by Alfred Waterhouse – the renowned architect behind both the city’s (then) town hall and Manchester University – as a home for insurance firm Refuge Assurance.

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Roaring success of Oak Royal Hotel leads to further expansion

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Four-star Lancashire hotel Oak Royal Hotel has revealed plans to expand and hire more staff, a mere six months after opening its doors for the first time.

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The Oak Royal, near Chorley, opened in August 2015 after a £2 million investment, and it has proven to be such a success that the owners are now planning to add six new bedrooms, taking the total number of rooms from 26 to 32. The hotel is owned by entrepreneur Charles Downes. Nearly ten years ago, he launched the nine-hole Oak Royal Golf & Country Club on his farm, with a restaurant and café in the club house and the opening of the Oak Royal Hotel last year marked his first hotel project.

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Alongside the hotel’s bedrooms, the Oak Royal Hotel is home to the Lark Hill Restaurant, the Bubbles Lounge Bar and Sportsman Bar and two function rooms, the Jubilee Suite and The Boardroom. The expansion work will cost £600,000.

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