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The international upper upscale contemporary brand Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts has recently re-launched its South Bank Riverbank Hotel

Park Plaza London Riverbank – Elevating meeting & events standards

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The international upper upscale contemporary brand Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts has recently re-launched its South Bank London hotel, Park Plaza London Riverbank.

Recently welcoming its first guests through the doors since receiving a multi-million-pound transformation, the hotel now boasts six new floors and 498 rooms, including Executive Rooms and Junior Suites. The contemporary guest rooms offer stunning panoramic views of Battersea Power Station, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye and is the latest addition to London’s changing skyline.

The meeting facilities which include the Ballroom, which can host up to 540 guests for a seated banquet, have also received a transformation with the addition of three new meeting rooms, the City Suites. Providing a versatile option for those requiring meetings and events spaces, these new suites are the ultimate backdrop for any type of occasion.

The interior design team, Digital Space, has created vibrant bedrooms offering a modern feel, while award winning Pan-Asian inspired Chino Latino Restaurant & Bar has undergone a stunning refurbishment, offering panoramic views of the Houses of Parliament on the first floor of the hotel.

Located on the 12th floor, the new Executive Lounge is the perfect space for guests, and is available for exclusive hire for private events and receptions. The Executive Lounge comes with a fully-functioning boardroom showcasing some of the best river and skyline views in London. The Executive Lounge is the picture-perfect place for business customers to catch up on emails whilst enjoying inclusive afternoon tea, cocktails, or canapés.

Rob Flinter, General Manager at Park Plaza London Riverbank, comments: “We are delighted to announce this major transformation and we truly feel the additional six floors add to the wow factor of the hotel. With the addition of 100 new rooms, the improved meetings facilities and the vast refurbished ballroom, Park Plaza London Riverbank is now one of the best locations in the city for a residential conference. It is not only an exciting time for the hotel but also the South Bank area and we are thrilled to be a part of London’s continued expansion along London’s riverside.”


Park Plaza London Park Royal now open

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Upper upscale hotel brand Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts has announced the official opening of the new contemporary hotel Park Plaza London Park Royal.

The 212-room hotel offers fashionable facilities, pop-art style furniture adorning the welcome area and a convenient location close to Wembley.

The refined guest rooms are situated across six floors; 120 modern superior rooms and 92 studio rooms with additional space and sofa beds, making it ideal for families. The stunning new hotel really does offer convenience and a home away from home in west London.

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For conferences and events, there are four sophisticated function rooms offering a total of 84 square metres of flexible meeting space. Each meeting room offers natural daylight, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi up to 10MB, air-conditioning and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment.

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Richard Clogg, General Manager at Park Plaza London Park Royal comments: “We’re delighted to announce that our first venture in the west London area is now open for business. Our convenient offering brings a contemporary vibe to the area, and the location is not only ideal for guests flying in and out of London Heathrow, but also those wanting to access key major London attractions, sporting events and shows. We are also pleased to be open just in time for key events across the area. From the NFL games this October to international artists gracing the stage at Wembley, we look forward to welcoming fans and guests alike from across the globe”.

Clogg continues: “As London’s tourism industry continues to attract many visitors; we look forward to catering to popular demand while providing exceptional service and creating a memorable experience for all guests.”


Hôtel de Crillon

Introducing Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel – Paris

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Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel re-opens after undergoing an extensive four-year restoration. Dating back to the 18th century, this historic treasure is decidedly reborn as a luxury hotel for 21st century travellers.

Located in the heart of Paris at 10 Place de la Concorde, Hôtel de Crillon’s past provides a rich backdrop for its modern-day story. During the hotel’s closure, master craftsmen, artisans and designers worked tirelessly to strike a deliberate and delicate balance between conservation and transformation, and today the hotel emerges as an elegant expression of the spirit of Paris and a celebration of the French art de vivre.

In keeping with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ concept in which each property reflects its location’s history, culture and sensibilities, Hôtel de Crillon’s design has been reinterpreted through the collective work of leading architects, designers, artisans, and artists. History has been brought to life with a fresh and modern twist, while beloved and unique objects emblematic to the hotel’s history can still be found throughout the property, from the amethyst chandeliers to gold and crystal Baccarat decanters.

This ambitious project required an unprecedented level of care and dedication. Owner representatives Ramzi Wakim and Laurent Dusonchet (Avangard Advisory), together with a handpicked project management team, orchestrated the renovation.

Architect Richard Martinet led the whole restoration and renovation, including the landmark façade and grand reception rooms on the second floor, which are classified heritage landmarks.

Under the Artistic Director Aline Asmar d’Amman who insured the coherence of the whole design project, and drove and inspired the interior designers, the hotel’s interiors were created by four Paris-based designers: Tristan Auer, Chahan Minassian, Cyril Vergniol and Aline Asmar d’Amman (Culture in Architecture). The approach was to respect history, while simultaneously injecting a modern attitude and a touch of Parisian irreverence.

Hôtel de CrillonKarl Lagerfeld, renowned designer and a great 18th century admirer, has decorated two exceptional suites on Place de la Concorde and together called ‘Les Grands Appartements’, which convey his personal vision of French chic and modernity. Landscape architect Louis Benech, with his subtle hand, conceived Hôtel de Crillon’s whimsical courtyards.

Hôtel de Crillon’s 78 rooms, 36 suites and 10 signature suites embody an expressly Parisian residential style that is equally warm and refined. The rooms and suites are elegantly decorated with bespoke furnishings, beautiful antiques and carefully chosen objets d’art.


Park Plaza London Waterloo

Park Plaza London Waterloo – biggest hotel opening for UK capital in 2017

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Upper upscale contemporary brand Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts has announced the official opening of new hotel Park Plaza London Waterloo – the biggest hotel opening in London for 2017.

Welcoming guests through the doors on 22nd June, the 494-room hotel is ideally located right by Waterloo station and directly opposite Lambeth North station and offers the ideal choice for those wanting to stay in the sightseeing hub of London’s South Bank.

Park Plaza London Waterloo features superior rooms, studio rooms and one bedroom suites, destination all-day dining & bar Florentine, an exclusive executive lounge, Illy caffé, Mandara Spa, and a gym with swimming pool, providing the ideal South Bank base for exploring the city. For corporate functions and conferences six flexible meeting rooms provide an ideal meeting space for all occasions.

Converted from its former premises which housed the Central Office of Information, the UK government’s former marketing and communication agency, the new state-of-the-art building has been designed by architecture and interior design practice Digital Space. Also responsible for the award-winning Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London, the design team has brought a fresh energy and innovative vision to this sought-after space which will act as the perfect haven for those seeking to enjoy the adventures this great city has to offer.

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Axel Krueger, General Manager at Park Plaza London Waterloo comments: “We are delighted to announce that the newest addition to the South Bank is now fully open for business. Joining four neighbouring four Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts’ properties on the South Bank, we are within easy access of landmarks including the London Eye and Imperial War Museum which proves ideal timing as London’s tourism industry continues to boom.

“It’s an exciting time for the South Bank’s development pipeline and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.”


Canopy by Hilton - Chicago

Canopy by Hilton says ‘hello’ to Chicago

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Canopy by Hilton has unveiled plans to develop a Canopy by Hilton in Chicago. Residing at the southwest corner of South LaSalle Street and West Adams Street in Chicago’s Loop neighbourhood, the 223-room Canopy property will be the ideal location for both business and leisure travellers.

Slated to open in Autumn 2018, at 208 S. LaSalle, Canopy by Hilton Chicago Loop was designed as a natural extension of Chicago’s downtown neighborhood with local design influences and natural materials used throughout the hotel’s architecture and interiors. The hotel’s entrance will be on La Salle Street with its reception area, restaurant, bar, and Canopy Central lobby located on the 20th level. The hotel also will feature a fitness centre, a day transfer lounge, 4,000 square feet of meeting space, and a rooftop terrace and bar.

“We are delighted to bring the Canopy by Hilton brand to the thriving Loop neighbourhood, in the heart of the Financial District,” said Michael W. Reschke, Chairman and CEO of The Prime Group. “With convenient proximity to Chicago’s central business district, dining, shopping, the theater district, and Canopy’s dedication to comfort and service, our Canopy by Hilton hotel will be a natural choice for both business and leisure travelers looking for a true Chicago experience.”

The Canopy by Hilton Chicago Loop will be a conversion of the top four floors of the historic landmarked building by Daniel Burnham at 208 S. LaSalle, which also houses the new 610-key JW Marriott with its entrance at 161 W. Adams. Canopy’s room will be spacious with an average of 480 square feet, wood floors, 60” HDTVS and large bathrooms with walk-in showers and private toilet compartments, as well as many one and two-bedroom corner suites.

Radisson Blu, Trysil - Norway

Second Radisson Blu resort for Trysil, Norway

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This December, The Park Inn by Radisson Trysil Mountain Resort will be rebranded to Radisson Blu Mountain Resort & Residences.

With a bigger outdoor arena and new concepts like Super Breakfast and Experience Meetings, Europe’s leading upper-upscale hotel brand is set to enhance the guest experience.

“Our aim is to give our guests the best possible hotel experiences and with Radisson Blu’s well-known service concepts we will do our utmost to give our guests exactly that”, says Pontus Åkesson, General Manager at Radisson Blu Trysil Mountain Resort & Residences.

As of December 2016, the guests can continue to enjoy all the former features of Park Inn by Radisson plus the comforts and signatures of the iconic, stylish and sophisticated, Radisson Blu brand. The resort has 369 rooms and suites, 166 apartments and is located in the middle of the ski-resort Trysil.

“We are excited that we are now able to offer our guests two upper-upscale resorts in Trysil and continue to give our international guests the best possible guest experiences in the area”, commented Tom Flanagan, Area Vice President of Rezidor Hotel Group in the Nordics.

The newly rebranded Radisson Blu Mountain Resort & Residences in Trysil was concerted from a Park Inn by Radisson Hotel during the summer and will be ready to welcome its firsts guests when it opens for the season in December 2016.

Parisian Macao

Sands China announces $13 billion Parisian Macao resort investment

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Sands China has announced that its elegant French-themed property, The Parisian Macao, will open its doors on 13 September, 2016.

The launch of the newest addition to the Sands China Ltd portfolio of properties on the Cotai Strip marks yet another major milestone in the company’s efforts to support Macao’s development as a world centre of tourism and leisure. The Parisian Macao brings Sands China’s total Macao investment to more than US $13 billion (MOP 104 billion) to date.

Inspired by the magic and wonder of the famed City of Light, The Parisian Macao prominently features a half-scale authentic recreation of the Eiffel Tower. The property’s full array of integrated resort facilities includes 3,000 guestrooms and suites, convention and meeting space, international restaurants, spa, kids’ club, health club, pool deck with themed water park, 1,200-seat theatre, among other amenities. Its retail mall, Shoppes at Parisian, will offer the latest in fashion and couture in a setting reminiscent of the streets of Paris, with an eclectic mix of street artists and entertainers heightening the authentic experience.

Set to become a skyline-redefining landmark on the Cotai Strip, The Parisian Macao fulfils the original vision ofSheldon G. Adelson, chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands and Sands China Ltd.

“Our goal to create a large-scale leisure and business destination in Macao, which started with the opening of The Venetian Macao nearly 10 years ago, will be fully realized when The Parisian opens its doors in a matter of weeks,” Adelson said. “It’s unlikely another tourism development with the size and scope of the Cotai Strip will ever be achieved again. I am grateful for the hard work and determination of the countless people involved in this amazing development and the unwavering support of the people and government of Macao. Together, we have truly made history.”

Sands China President Dr. Wilfred Wong said: “The Parisian Macao is a property that will help cement Macao’sposition as one of the region’s must-see business and leisure destinations. With the launch of The Parisian Macao, Sands China remains committed to providing unforgettable experiences for our many guests and visitors – from around the world and from right here in Macao. We thank the Macao government for their continued support of our company, and our team members for their dedication and professionalism which bring our properties to life, day in and day out.”

The Peninsula Paris

Peninsula Paris given prestigious ‘Palace’ accolade

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The Peninsula Paris, located within walking distance of the Champs Elysees and some of the city’s most famous monuments, museums and luxury boutiques, joins a prestigious group of Parisian hotels accorded the “Palace” distinction.

Bestowed by the French Tourism Development Agency, ATOUT France, the “Palace” status was created in November 2010 to reward hotel excellence and to assist in promoting the French way of life on the international stage. ATOUT France is the official agency in charge of developing tourism in France, and of awarding the “Palace distinction”, above the 5-star ranking, to hotels with exceptional character. The agency is responsible for promoting the development of the tourism industry as country’s largest economic sector; its primary mission is to maintain a detailed and permanent system for monitoring and analysing supply and demand in the tourist market.

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The hotel’s new General Manager, Ms Katja Henke, expressed her joy at the news: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this prestigious distinction. I wish to acknowledge the role played in this success by the hotel’s staff, who work every day to meet the highly demanding service standards for which The Peninsula Hotels group is known around the world.

“We will continue to work hard to ensure that this tradition of service excellence is maintained. I would also like to thank our partner, Katara Hospitality, who have allowed us to take part in this exciting adventure and who now have the honour of counting two establishments with the ‘Palace’ distinction in their portfolio.”

Opened on 1 August 2014, this first Peninsula Hotels outpost in Europe, in a joint venture with Katara Hospitality, instigated new standards of design, luxury and comfort. After more than four years of renovation and meticulous restoration, the iconic Haussmann building today offers 200 luxury rooms, including 34 suites. Five of the suites have private rooftop gardens offering a panoramic view of the most emblematic monuments in Paris.

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Responding to the demands of the modern luxury tourism market, the rooms at The Peninsula Paris are amongst the largest in the capital and amongst the best in the world when it comes to technology. All rooms and suites are equipped with The Peninsula Hotels’ latest interactive technology.

The property’s three restaurants showcase France and the Peninsula group at their best. In the heart of the hotel, Le Lobby restaurant is classic, elegant and characteristic of Peninsula hotels around the world. Open for breakfast through to post-dinner drinks and late-night suppers, it’s also home to the famous and sophisticated Peninsula Afternoon Tea. With a theme inspired by both Chinese and French opera, LiLi restaurant takes Cantonese cuisine in Paris to new heights and pays tribute to the Asian heritage of The Peninsula Hotels.

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Occupying a total of 1,800 sq m (19,000 sq ft), including a 20m (66 ft) swimming pool, The Peninsula Spa at The Peninsula Paris – voted Best French Hotel Spa in the 2015 World Spa Awards and Best European Spa in the 2015 Villegiature Awards – offering tailored treatments by SATTVA by Simply Peninsula, ESPA and Biologique Recherche, is completely dedicated to serenity, beauty and fitness.

Combining classic Parisian chic and world-class hospitality, The Peninsula Paris is a coveted location for memorable moments in the French capital.

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Hilton Wuhan Riverside

Hilton opens second hotel in Wuhan, China

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Hilton’s Wuhan Riverside, which opened earlier this week, has 338 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites that feature panoramic views of the city and the Yangtze River.

All guest rooms have the signature Serenity® Bed and are equipped with modern amenities including a 42-inch TV and Wi-Fi. Guests who select executive rooms will also enjoy exclusive access to the Executive Lounge, which offers complimentary breakfast, refreshments and evening cocktails.

Guests can also enjoy the fitness centre for a workout or take a relaxing dip in the heated indoor pool.

With 10 flexible meeting rooms, a 1,188-square meter pillar-less Grand Ballroom that can accommodate up to 1,000 guests, the latest audio-visual equipment and an expert events team, Hilton Wuhan Riverside is the ideal venue for business functions and social gatherings.

“Following the success of Hilton Wuhan Optics Valley that was opened in 2013, we are excited to expand our brand presence in the city. Hilton Wuhan Riverside joins more than 570 Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties worldwide and is positioned to capture the growing market of this key tourism and convention destination,” said Sean Wooden, vice president, brand management, APAC, Hilton Worldwide.

Grosvenor House public spaces by Gallery HBA

Rave reviews for Gallery HBA’s work at Grosvenor House

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With fresh and elegant new interiors designed by The Gallery HBA, the public areas at London’s Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott Hotel have reopened to rave reviews.

The legendary property’s flamboyant, star-studded heritage has been imaginatively revived through a refurbishment aimed at creating the next chapter in the extraordinary story of Grosvenor House.

The new interiors celebrate the hotel’s rich history whilst enhancing its “sense of place” with the neighbouring Hyde Park and transforming the public areas into a destination in their own right.

Grosvenor House public spaces by Gallery HBA
Design details tell the hotel’s story as a stage for fabulous balls and significant historical moments, its connection with the early days of glamorous transatlantic travel, and its reputation for extravagant style and theatre with a whiff of the scandalous. The result are interiors which feel English in taste but with contemporary twists.

The Gallery HBA has enhanced the hotel’s connection with its magnificent setting, opening up the large ground floor to views towards Hyde Park and infusing the design with delightful references to the natural world outside. Now, no other London hotel has such an immediate relationship with the city’s most famous park. Grosvenor House has become, in effect, a grand promenade from the fashionable streets of Mayfair to the green expanse of Hyde Park.

The Lobby
The ground floor transformation is apparent from the moment guests arrive through the main entrance on Park Street. The most significant change of all is the replacement of a traditional fireplace with one encased in a floor to ceiling glass surround, the warm flames drawing guests in and the spectacular transparent frame capturing the next stage of the ground floor and the vista of the park beyond.
Grosvenor House public spaces by Gallery HBA
The dark timber panelling and conventional grandeur of the previous lobby have gone, to be replaced by an elegant, more feminine lightness of touch. A pale crema marfil marble floor with brass inlaid detailing conveys contemporary glamour, the reception desks have a mirrored glass façade and walls are clad in rich fabric. Antiqued mirror to the columns and ceiling reflects light and movement. The lobby design in particular plays with the theatrical and risqué history of the hotel – the days of the ‘Grosvenor Gaieties’ and the famous Grosvenor House Girls – with abstracted feather motifs in the carpet and a staggered backdrop to the reception desks which suggests the wings of a stage.

The Park Room
The Park Room has been opened up to clearly become the social hub of Grosvenor House – a large and sophisticated lounge transitioning through morning coffee to afternoon tea and evening cocktails. The floorplan now flows harmoniously from the fireplace through to The Library, a stepped area that was previously a separate room, and into the main space, all connected by an adjacent promenade which leads to the Park Lane entrance. Seating clusters for 15-20 guests in the library space can be partitioned by draw curtains for small private gatherings, thus enabling a greater variety of events whilst also increasing the sense of exclusivity.

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The new design of The Park Room is graceful and refined. On the floor, pale oak is laid herringbone fashion and combined with an inset hand-tufted rug that has been custom-designed to suggest reflections of leaves caught in watery sunshine. The colour palette is fresh and belongs to the park – sharp greens, greys and cream predominate. Both the bar and tables as well as the central patisserie display table are topped in Damasco White marble, an elegant green-veined white marble, while deep buttoning, not only to the upholstered sofas and chairs but to the fabric covered walls in part of the room confer a luxuriant and intimate feel.

The Park Room creates a “sense of place” in terms of both location and heritage. The room is animated with many delightful references to parkland life, such as a collection of hundreds of white glass butterflies that form the central chandelier and numerous glass cloches that display insects and butterflies from the park. These are combined with books and various ephemera that hint at scandalous doings past as well as the glory days when Grosvenor House’s de Havilland won “the most spectacular” air race from England to Australia and debutantes danced at Queen Charlotte’s Ball.

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Inspired by the ice skating rink which Grosvenor House once accommodated, The Gallery has designed a stunning carpet for this room that swirls through the space like grooves cut through ice. Custom-designed lights suggest blocks of ice and the palette is of soft greys, blues and white.

Meeting Rooms
Here, the influence of English parks can be seen in the carpet design depicting a delicate filigree of leaves.
Ladies and Gentlemen Powder Rooms

The powder rooms are an extremely glamorous combination of black and cream marble, deep buttoned velvet upholstered seating and classic fittings and features. They might just be the backstage dressing rooms of the leading man and lady.

“The opportunity to redesign Grosvenor House’s public areas was a great privilege”, explains Inge Moore, Principal & Creative Director of The Gallery HBA. “It is such a significant London hotel for the part it’s played in history and in great social events as well as in its sheer scale. Now it offers a beautiful segue from the streets of Mayfair on one side to Hyde Park on the other; there is a return to the sense of a grand promenade but within a contemporary and relaxed idiom.”

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Hilton Garden Inn - Hawaii

Largest Hilton Garden Inn in history opens in Hawaii

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Hilton Garden Inn’s newest property in Hawaii is a milestone hotel for a number of reasons – while being the firm’s second resort in the US state, it’s the first in the Waikiki area of Honolulu, the 700th worldwide and its largest property to date.

The newly redeveloped Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach, managed by Evolution Hospitality, brings 623 new rooms to the Hilton Garden Inn brand.

“From the modern guest rooms to the grand, light and airy lobby space, the Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach has been completely re-envisioned,” said John Taffin, general manager. “We’re proud to present this upscale hotel brand in true friendly Waikiki style to our guests planning leisure vacations, as well as business meetings and conferences on the island of Oahu.”

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Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach recently underwent an extensive $115 million redevelopment and now features a lively living-room style lobby with communal seating and classic Hawaiian design. Guests will be able to experience high wooden ceilings, bordered by gallery-lit Hawaiian kapa prints on reclaimed wood and a colour palette that pays homage to the beauty of the islands through natural materials, finishes and textures.

The décor is carried into guest rooms where pops of cobalt and tangerine are reflected and patterns that echo elements such as the ocean and sky provide an island sense of place. All 623 guest rooms, including one- and two-bedroom suites, boast the brand’s signature bedding, a 48-inch HDTV with premium channels, and an in-room “hospitality centre” with a microwave, mini-refrigerator, and Keurig coffee/tea maker. Most rooms will include a walk-out lanai with seating, which will be ideal for enjoying a morning coffee or taking in the sunset. All suites and most rooms will have partial ocean or city views. Adjoining rooms are available-perfect for families or larger groups traveling together.

The new hotel offers spacious public areas, a newly designed rooftop pool area with poolside bar, and separate state-of-the-art cardio and strength training fitness centres. The hotel also features a meeting room with naturally lit meeting space for up to 30 people.

Armenia Radisson Blu

Radisson Blu opens upper upscale property in Armenia

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Radisson Blu has opened their first upper upscale international hotel in Armenia’s capital city, Yerevan.

Overlooking the famed Mount Ararat, within walking distance of the embassy district and only a short drive from the charming streets and local producers in the city centre, the location of the newly furbished 142-room hotel couldn’t be better.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Area Vice-President, Michel Stalport, said: “We are proud and happy to bring the Radisson Blu brand to the beautiful country of Armenia and its fantastic capital city, Yerevan.

“This stunning property complements the city with a blend of great design, innovations and cutting edge technologies. All these are combined with the unique Yes I Can! service from Radisson Blu that echoes Armenian hospitality traditions when every guest is important and is offered only the best.”

The newly refurbished look is elegant and refined, combining natural stone and wood textures. The detail in all 142 rooms is delightful, beautifully decorated with patterns and elements that reflect Armenian culture. And the view of Mount Ararat from the hotel gardens is truly breathtaking.

The spacious Terra SPA and Fitness centre features a 25 meter indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, hammam, facial and body treatments as well as a beauty salon. For guests who want to keep up their fitness routine while traveling, the hotel offers an open-air tennis court, #BluRoutes running routes and quiet spots in the Summer Garden for yoga.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Yerevan has six meeting rooms with state-of-the-art equipment and free high-speed internet access.


Deira Dubai property to become AVANI hotel

Minor Hotels announces AVANI take-over of Dubai property

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Minor Hotels has announced that from 1st July 2016 it will be taking over the operation of the 216-room Mövenpick Hotel Deira in Dubai. The property will operate under the group’s AVANI Hotels & Resorts brand as the AVANI Deira Dubai Hotel.

This represents a milestone for Minor Hotels as the first AVANI hotel in the Middle East. The change comes after the hotel’s parent company, Bin Sulayem Investments, signed a management agreement with Minor Hotels.

Located in one of the most diverse and culturally rich parts of the city, this upscale hotel offers 216 guest rooms and two unique dining concepts, meeting rooms, an outdoor pool and a fully equipped gym.

Robert Kunkler, Chief Operating Officer of Minor Hotels, said “This key acquisition to our portfolio allows Minor Hotels to take a strategic foothold in the Middle East for our fast expanding AVANI Hotels & Resorts brand in what is a vitally important market. We are thrilled to continue our excellent relationship with Bin Sulayem Investments. AVANI Deira Dubai Hotel will have the freedom to establish and maintain its individuality and distinct character while benefitting from being part of the Minor Hotels portfolio.”

AVANI Hotels & Resorts was launched in 2011 to complement Minor Hotels’ five star Anantara brand. AVANI offers relaxed comfort and contemporary style in city and resort destinations to guests who value the details that matter. The brand currently has 13 properties in operation in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Seychelles, Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Zambia, with a pipeline of further openings in Asia, the Indian Ocean and the Middle East. MH has plans to grow the brand across its global footprint.

Kimpton Hotels new property in Tampa

Kimpton Hotels unveils plans for new Tampa hotel

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Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has announced that it will manage a new, luxury lifestyle boutique hotel in Tampa, Florida, that will incorporate a restaurant from Michelin-starred Tuscan chef Silvia Baracchi.

The property, which is due to open in early 2018, further expands Kimpton’s footprint on the gulf coast of the Sunshine State and will be its seventh hotel in Florida, joining the recently opened Hotel Zamora in St. Pete Beach, along with existing hotels in South Beach, Miami, Palm Beach and Vero Beach.

The hotel will be ideally located at the intersection of O’Brien and Laurel streets in the heart of Tampa’s thriving Westshore neighbourhood. The new-build property, built as a modern Italian piazza, will form the heart of a thriving community area, essentially creating an intimate town square in an otherwise commercial area. The luxury lifestyle hotel will be designed by award-winning architect Albert Alfonso, who has earned a reputation for ingeniously highlighting the community activities that occur within his spaces.

The property will feature 150 rooms and suites spanning five stories, along with a rare Tampa rooftop bar that highlights the spectacular sunsets. There will also be as separate rooftop event space for weddings and special gatherings and the property will feature more than 4,000 square feet of indoor meeting and event space, including dedicated venues for musical performances and a lobby bar, pool and fitness centre.

The new Tampa hotel will also house the first US outpost for Chef Silvia Baracchi, who gained international acclaim at Il Falconiere, a Michelin-starred restaurant and retreat in Cortona, Tuscany. The intimate fine dining restaurant will be supplied by a new off-site, state-of-the-art hydroponic farm named Red Barn Farm, which will devote nearly eight acres of climate-controlled growing capacity exclusively to the property (but guests can still catch a glimpse of the growing techniques thanks to a showpiece vertical garden).

The owner and developer of the new hotel, Giunta Group, is a Tampa-based developer that has built and managed a variety of real estate projects including retail, residential, and commercial projects.

“This signature boutique hotel will be unlike anything else in Tampa, from the rooftop bar and access to the fresh air piazza, to the design by renowned architect Albert Alfonso, and the one-of-a-kind dining experiences,” said The Giunta Group CEO Richard S. Giunta. “As local developers, we were especially drawn to Kimpton’s leadership managing boutique hotels and restaurants around the US and within Florida. We knew Kimpton would bring heart to a hometown project for us.”

Sofitel Tamuda Bay

Sofitel Tamuda Bay Hotel launches on Morocco’s riviera

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May saw the launch of Sofitel’s new 5 star beachfront hotel in Morocco. Stunning architecture, award-winning contemporary design and Arty-Chic atmosphere are set to make Sofitel Tamuda Bay Beach & Spa undisputed leader in the Kingdom’s most exclusive coastal resort.

Celebrating the Riviera lifestyle
For guests seeking the perfect blend of leisure and wellbeing, the Sofitel Tamuda Bay Beach & Spa offers 82 chic light-filled and intensely colorful guestrooms, all with private balcony and magnificent views of the Mediterranean gardens, pool and beach.

Sofitel Tamuda Bay

To celebrate the Riviera in style, the hotel proposes the Royal Suite, five Junior suites, three So Spa Suites, five signature villas and eight Beach suites with private terrace and jacuzzi.

French art and Moroccan tradition
Sofitel chose French-Lebanese architect Galal Mahmoud to create Tamuda Bay’s award-winning design, strongly inspired by French Riviera glamour of the 1950s and ‘Fauviste’ artists (including Matisse and Rouault).

Striking contemporary architecture is combined with Moroccan influences, seen in geometric motifs and modern reinterpretation of traditional Mashrabiya latticework.

Sofitel Tamuda Bay

SoSPA: an oasis of calm and wellbeing

Guests can unwind and chill in the new SoSPA, a vast 1259 sq. metres space entirely dedicated to relaxation. Decorated in warm colours, the Spa offers authentic hammam rituals, sauna, unique hydrotherapy, beauty and detox treatments plus relaxation area. Fitness fans can test the latest So FIT exercise machines and the heated swimming pool.


InterContinental David, Tel Aviv

InterContinental David Hotel, Tel Aviv gets Ara Design renovation

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The InterContinental David Hotel in Israel has completed its $4 million-plus (£2.7 million) renovation in conjunction with Ara Design International – the focus being on the hotel’s 135 club guestrooms, 15 suites and public areas.

For the suites, improvements included new smart alarm systems, docking stations, and MoroccanOil and Sabon bath products.

InterContinental David, Tel Aviv
In the club rooms, the Ara Design International incorporated a residential-style design. Each club room is approximately 355 square feet with views of the Mediterranean Sea. The rooms have a working desk and a lounge area, 37-inch flat screen television and a white leather double door closet. There is also a separate bath and shower.

InterContinental David, Tel Aviv
The Royal Suites were fashioned into 947-square-feet apartments with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the beachfront promenade and the Mediterranean Sea. The suites have a living area or intimate dining area. Other elements include a king-size bed, bespoke furnishings, wardrobe space, jet walk-in rain shower and soaking tub.

InterContinental David, Tel Aviv

The 1,356 square feet Tel Aviv Suite has views of the Mediterranean Sea and the city of Tel Aviv/Jaffa. The living and entertaining area is a stylised interpretation of the Tel Avivian urban retreat, featuring bespoke furnishings and accessories, a collection of curated books and art, and a kitchenette with a separate service entrance.

The master bedroom has a bed facing floor-to-ceiling windows. A marble en-suite bathroom has a dry sauna, Jacuzzi tub and a jet walk-in rain shower. Inspired by its location overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the InterContinental David Tel Aviv has 555 guestrooms (39 of which are suites), including the brand new Tel Aviv Suite and two Royal Suites.


M Social Singapore

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Situated along the historic and picturesque Singapore River, M Social Singapore overlooks the vibrant Robertson Quay enclave and is part of an integrated development which includes UP@Robertson Quay, a luxury apartment project developed by City Developments Limited.

At its heart, M Social Singapore’s chic interiors are envisioned by renowned French designer Philippe Starck. It debuts in Singapore the concept of “democratic design”, where spaces around the hotel are accessible and flexible enough to cater to different needs with seamless ease. The theme is centred around being “snuggish” – think cosy guest rooms with warm colour tones, luxurious pashmina throws and thick carpets.

M Social Singapore

Complementing it are communal spaces that encourage gathering and mingling, embellished by fully customised art and design elements. For instance, the driveway is marked by sculptures of two bronze peanuts, as well as a cube. Underfoot, gaily patterned tiles make for a lively first impression. Occupying the reception area is a long high table that sits on an alabaster floor lit from the inside. Friendly front-of-house staff, clad in uniforms from Uniqlo – the first time the Japanese fashion label is collaborating with a hospitality brand in the world – will see to every need.

When in the mood for me-time, there is no shortage of personal space. Accommodation options have generous ceiling heights of up to 5m, and come in varying sizes and configurations. The Nicer Room has a terrace attached to it, while The Bigger Room is actually a duplex-style loft with a terrace.

M Social Singapore also prides itself on embracing technology. It is the first in the country to offer a self-check-in kiosk in the lobby to make the process fast and fuss-free. Placed within each room is a handy phone, a complimentary smartphone amenity pre-loaded with a city guide. Be sure to leave the hotel with it too, as it comes with unlimited data usage and free phone calls both locally and internationally.

M Social Singapore is now accepting reservations

Accor Hotels in Nanchang, China

AccorHotels announces triple opening in Nanchang, China

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AccorHotels has announce the opening of three new hotels under the Pullman, Novotel and Mercure branding with Wanda Group in Nanchang, as a key development of the Nanchang Wanda Cultural Tourism City.

Pullman, Novotel and Mercure Nanchang Wanda will form part of the biggest hotel cluster featuring 1,388 guest rooms, 4 restaurants, 3 bars and 1,310 square metres of banquet and meeting space including an 800-square-metre pillar-less ballroom in addition to wellness facilities. The three properties combined will offer the largest guest room inventory under the AcccorHotels Greater China portfolio.

“The opening of three hotels in a single day symbolises AccorHotels’ continuous growth and development in the Greater China region,” says Michel Molliet, Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels Greater China. “This is our first and biggest hotel project in Central China,” he added.

– Pullman Nanchang Wanda has 403 guest rooms including 16 suites. The rooms feature a garden and lake view with distinctive signature touches under the Pullman brand.

– Novotel Nanchang Wanda offers all the brand’s customary multi-service facilities geared to the needs of business and leisure travellers. The 481 spacious, modular guest rooms include eight suites and a family suite.

– Mercure Nanchang Wanda features 504 modern-style guest-rooms. Like all Mercure hotels, this mid-scale property combines the strength of an international network with a strong quality commitment and a distinctive local heritage.


The Arjaan Hotel Apartments by Rotana property, in Marrakech will have 140 keys

Rotana to debut Arjaan property in Morocco in 2018

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The Arjaan Hotel Apartments by Rotana property, in Marrakech will have 140 keys and be located at M Avenue, the new shopping, entertainment and residential destination in Marrakech.

Catering to both business and leisure travellers, the property will feature modern facilities including three dining outlets, meeting rooms, conference and banquet halls, wireless internet access, a swimming pool, and a fitness studio.

Rotana president and CEO Omer Kaddouri said: “We are very proud to have been selected to manage this property which will have great appeal, particularly among tourists and long stay guests. Our new Arjaan in Marrakech will offer everything guests need to be comfortable and productive, and will exude sophisticated elegance across all facets of the property.”

The M Avenue is a dedicated lifestyle district with a mix of premium hotels, residences, offices, retail outlets, restaurants, cafés, art galleries and exhibition venues, along a 500-metre-long promenade entitled ‘Garden Avenue’.

“The M Avenue intends to play a central role in the lives of the region’s residents and tourists, providing a new way to experience Marrakech by weaving links between a rich heritage and modern Morocco,” said Nabil Slitine, general manager of Downtown Hotel Corporation, developer of M Avenue.

In 2014, Marrakech hosted 1.89 million tourists with six million overnight stays. The increase in international visitor arrivals was driven by a number of factors including re-introduction of several airline routes that had earlier been suspended during the economic downturn, as well as the city’s emergence as a MICE and events tourism destination.

AC Hotels by Marriott

AC Hotels by Marriott making its UK debut this month

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AC Hotels by Marriott, the European-inspired lifestyle brand by Marriott International, makes its debut in the UK this month with two new hotels in Birmingham City Centre and Manchester Salford Quays.

The new hotels embody AC Hotels’ vision to create harmonious, modern and contemporary hospitality experiences for guests and its purposeful and timeless design is set to complement two of the most celebrated shopping and cultural destinations in the UK.

“These two new UK hotels are a wonderful example of design, style and sophistication situated in revitalised thriving urban destinations – perfectly reflecting the AC Hotels brand ethos,” says Toni Stoeckl, Global VP, Lifestyle Brands, Marriott International. “They support our commitment to driving growth for our lifestyle brands in Europe and respond to a continued demand from discerning travellers seeking hotels with thoughtful, modern design that calms and enriches the guest experience.”

Each hotel blends European style and simple lines to create a sophisticated and contemporary ambience for guests. The spacious bedrooms feature furnishings and décor in neutral tones of warm greys and charcoals complemented by sleek design furniture, open closets and hardwood floors. Furniture appears to be lifted from the ground to create a sense of space, and crisp white linens are used to craft a look that is both refined and elegant. A seamless check-in experience is created through Marriott’s mobile check-in and check-out service, and guests can make full use of USB charging stations and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

AC Hotel Manchester Salford Quays
The 142-room AC Hotel Manchester Salford Quays occupies a prime spot in the heart of the vibrant regenerated Salford Quays district. The cutting edge innovation of MediaCityUK, the rich sporting history of Old Trafford Football Stadium and the diverse cultural offering of Lowry Theatre are all just a few minutes’ walk.

AC Hotels by Marriott - Manchester

AC Hotels by Marriott – Manchester

AC Hotel Birmingham City Centre
The 90-room AC Hotel Birmingham City Centre is situated at The Mailbox, the former Royal Mail sorting office, which has been repurposed into an exclusive shopping area with stylish stores, restaurants, cafes and bars. Leisure guests will enjoy the hotel’s easy access to the city’s major attractions, including the National Indoor Arena, Barber Institute of Fine Arts with views over the city while business visitors will benefit from the hotel’s prime location by the International Convention Centre.

AC Hotels by Marriott - Birmingham

AC Hotels by Marriott – Birmingham

Meetings and events are expertly catered for at AC Hotels by Marriott. In Manchester guests can choose between three fully flexible meeting rooms that cater for up to 100 people. AC Hotels was born from the vision of renowned hotelier Antonio Catalan, who founded the brand in 1998 and grew it into one of the most well-respected hotel brands in Spain. Following its success in Europe, a joint venture was formed with Marriott International in 2011, which launched AC Hotels by Marriott globally into France, Turkey, Italy, Portugal, Denmark and the US.

Based on a belief that purposeful design can enrich lives, AC Hotels by Marriott celebrates classic modern design that is inspired by the urban locale and the brand’s Spanish roots. The brand’s design ethos carves away all that is unnecessary in order to provide guests with thoughtfully designed experiences to help them focus on what is important to them.

AC Hotels Birmingham City and AC Hotel Manchester Salford Quays are two of more than 22 AC hotels expected to open globally this year.


Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans

Sneak Peek: Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans

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As the crown jewel of New Orleans, the Windsor Court Hotel provides luxury and British-inspired elegance with superior service and grace.

Located in the heart of the Central Business District steps from the French Quarter, the 23-story Windsor Court has long been the choice for discerning travellers to New Orleans.

Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans

The award-winning luxury hotel features 316 sizeable guestrooms (80 percent of which are suites), the acclaimed Grill Room Restaurant, the storied Polo Club Lounge frequented by some of the most powerful people in New Orleans, the Cocktail Bar that is the city’s hidden gem where New Orleans’ Mixologist of the Year serves up customised craft cocktails, the celebrated Le Salon for afternoon tea and an extensive multi-million dollar art collection with mostly works of British origin, among other amenities and services.

Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans
• Built for the 1984 World’s Fair, The Windsor Court Hotel boasts many European touches, including an authentic English afternoon tea service in Le Salon.

• Art Collection: The art collection at NOLA’s Windsor Court has an estimated value of more than $8 million and includes original works by Reynolds, Gainsborough and Huysman. With an emphasis on works that depict the Windsor Castle and the life of British royalty, the majority of the artwork throughout the hotel is British origin.

Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans
• The spacious Presidential Suite at The Windsor Court Hotel on the 22nd floor has been home to A-List celebrities and dignitaries alike. At 2,700 square feet, the two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath Penthouse Suite features beautiful furnishings, original artwork, a baby grand piano and two private landscaped terraces. The Penthouse features all the needs of a home away from home including a library, full kitchen and dining room, two living rooms, a Butler’s pantry, fireplace and a full entertainment center in the Grand salon. Penthouse guests enjoy our private Club Lounge with dedicated concierge service and daily food offerings.

Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans

Windsor Court Hotel, New Orleans

Boclair House - Wilton Carpets Commercial

Project Spotlight: Masterclass in luxury by Wilton at Boclair House

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With ambitions for an intimate and luxurious hotel and wedding venue, the interior of Glasgow’s Boclair House Hotel has been transformed with a masterclass in restorative interior design including bespoke carpets from Wilton Carpets Commercial.

Built in 1890 in the Gothic Tudor style, Boclair House had been stripped of its original interior features and converted to partitioned offices yet, under new ownership, is now resplendent as one of Scotland’s most luxurious destinations. Commissioned by owner, Manorview Hotels, interior and architecture practice Space I.D has without a doubt created a wonderfully bold sense of opulence and decadence, celebrating the building’s Art Nouveau heritage and stylish glamour of the latter Art Deco period.

Carpets from Wilton have been instrumental in creating the atmospheric interior, fitted right throughout the hotel in an array of truly stunning designs bringing individuality, glamour and wondrous comfort perfectly in keeping with the unapologetic luxury of Boclair House.

“The geometric carpet was a bold move but it works brilliantly with what has been created around it,” comments the team at Space I.D. “As we had a blank canvas, we decided that public areas should have an Art Deco feel as the grand scale and form of the style fitted the space. In more intimate settings such as the bar and restaurant we’ve looked towards the stylised naturalistic design typical of Art Nouveau for the carpet. An elegant and ultimately, incredibly luxurious look.”

Working closely with Wilton designer, Sam Dean, carpets have been created for the public areas, function rooms, bar, restaurant and bedrooms of the hotel. A hexagonal motif in hues of gold and black used in corridors and on stairways is joined by a radiant geometric in tones of charcoal and ruby in the bar and restaurant. In the function room a controlled and simplified damask is given a huge sense of scale, working as a feature on large area rugs throughout.

Boclair House - Wilton Carpets Commercial

“In the function room, we didn’t want a fully carpeted room with a dance floor in the middle, so designed the carpet in sections divided by timber panels. This allows the middle section to be rolled back to reveal the dance floor for the evening party.”

Area rugs can be found elsewhere in Boclair House as Space I.D has used herringbone parquet as borders to runner-style carpets in corridors and as frames within bedrooms. Not only looking incredibly elegant and as if an original feature, these borders and frames provide a visual break between the strong carpet designs. In bedrooms, a multitude of more relaxed style references have been used, a stone hued stria panel bordered with a simple triangular motif in contrasting tones creating a sense of individuality.

“The design experience was highly rewarding as we had total freedom and with Manorview Hotels long history with Wilton Carpets Commercial, we knew we were in good hands when it came to creating carpets that reflected the luxury, intimacy and individuality of this delightful building,” conclude the team at Space I.D.

Some 750 square metres of bespoke woven Axminster in a highly durable nine-row quality have been used throughout in a blend of 80% wool and 20% nylon. Made in Wiltshire with exquisite attention-to-detail, the carpets will provide Boclair House Hotel with a long serviceable life and lasting appearance.

For further information contact Wilton Carpets Commercial on 01722 746000 or sales@wiltoncarpets.com

Radisson Blu, Edinburgh

Radisson Blu, Edinburgh

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With all due respect to any of our readers who hail from the cities of Bath and Durham, I will tell anyone who will listen that I believe Edinburgh is the UK’s prettiest city. The breathtaking countryside to its south, its cobbled roads, its wonderfully archaic side-streets and UNESCO World Heritage-protected buildings – the Scottish capital is one of our country’s gems; always worth a visit and definitely worth celebrating.

As someone who takes notice of such things for a living, design and architecture play a big part in the city’s allure. From Holyrood Palace to the famous castle and back up again around the Royal Mile, there are so many fantastic examples of both. With such striking and beautiful architecture at every turn, it figures that more modern projects – namely a Radisson Blu hotel – have to incorporate these stunning surroundings into their external appearance.

This branch of the slick, business-minded brand ticks that box perfectly. Its neo-gothic, castle-esque exterior blends in with uniform ease to the rest of the street’s aesthetic. However, having paid homage to the city’s history on the outside, a reflection of a much more modern, corporate Edinburgh is revealed once inside. After a series of touch-ups and refurbishments since the turn of the century, the hotel’s interior looks very much ahead rather than to the past.

When I arrive after a picturesque, but very long drive, I do have to manoeuvre my way around a rather complex route from carpark to lobby via a service lift. It’s here I am reminded how important – but sometimes overlooked – well-appointed signage is for guests. It’s not an ideal first impression to begin with, but I needn’t have worried as the rest of the hotel more than made up for it.

Radisson Blu, Edinburgh lounge area (TripAdvisor)

My roundabout tour of the lower levels takes me via the hotel’s main conference space – which is currently in turn-around mode between events when I sneak a peek. The room is a wonderful burst of monochrome tones in both carpets and wallcoverings, a clash of prints and the first sight I get of the ubiquitous locally-inspired artwork; it forms part of the eight meeting rooms the hotel offers, hosting up to 240 people for a range of event styles.

Radisson Blu, Edinburgh Meeting space

I am greeted at a busy but well-staffed reception area which also serves as an anchoring point between the hotel lounge-cum-breakout area and the food and beverage option Itchycoo Bar and Kitchen. One quick, seamless check-in later and I’m in my Business Class room – a room of the same standard as I stayed in when reviewing the Radisson Blu in Leeds, but one with a very different decor. It’s always fascinating to see how amenities remain the same, but how varied and different interpretations of the same brief can be. While Leeds relied on a metallic-inspired, blue-grey palette, Edinburgh goes for a more muted colour scheme of greys and browns in the bedroom and bathroom; with a splash of colour added by brightly-upholstered cushions.

Radisson Blu, Edinburgh bedroom

The living area is slightly smaller than I would normally expect for the price-range, but can be forgiven due to the fact the designers have managed to include everything required – and more – through good use of space. The room is dominated by the sweeping corner sofa unit, the double bed with its striking metallic headboard as well as the beautiful black-and-white artwork wallcovering of Edinburgh’s cityscape – it’s one of the better examples of a technique very much in vogue at the moment. If this is a taster of where Radisson Blu is headed with its BluPrint interior design concept, I can’t wait to see it rolled out across its global portfolio.

Other pleasing touches are the wall-mounted TV set into the wall, a decent-sized dressing mirror and a modest desk unit with ample lighting and thoughtfully-placed sockets – this is a business-oriented hotel after all. The bathroom is tastefully fitted out, predominated by dark wooden finishes and simple but elegant bathroom fittings. So far, very good.

Radisson Blu, Edinburgh bathroom detail

I decide to take a look at the hotel’s brand new pool and health club – it had opened mere days before my stay – which on the way to the lower levels also gives me a chance to assess the marked difference between the newly refurbished corridors and the pictures I’d seen prior to them being redone. Of particular note were the carpets as I’d been warned by colleagues in the industry of the less-than-acceptable state of them beforehand, but was pleased to see a sterling job has been done in making sure of the quality during the refurb (see above).

EDIT: The carpets throughout the hotel were provided by Newhey Carpets, who have built up a strong working relationship with the Radisson brand. They worked with Herefordshire-based Trevillion Interiors on the rooms and suites as well as the meeting rooms and event spaces. The designs were all created using Newhey’s state-of-the-art Colortec+ technology. Find out more here.

And the good news continued when I took a look at the Melrose Spa and the Health Club. This is a fantastic example of leisure design – clean lines, soft finishes and brilliant use of lighting create the soothing and relaxed environment so required of such a space. While this is open to the public, considering a good number of the guests will be corporate only in town for a day or two – having this facility will give the Radisson Blu real pulling power in a competitive city market.

Itchycoo at Radisson Blu, Edinburgh

After a long day travelling up from Hertfordshire, I enjoy a cocktail or two and dinner in the Itchycoo Bar and Kitchen (FULL REVIEW HERE) – the décor of which further reflects the business orientation of the hotel. But much like the mixture of the clientele in the restaurant that evening, to say this Radisson Blu can, does or will solely cater for the corporate guest is to underestimate its appeal. Indeed, tourists contribute some £1.6 billion to the Edinburgh economy each year and this Radisson’s location will make it a popular choice for several of the 4 million+ annual visitors to the Scottish capital.

Believe me, this hotel won’t stir any great reactions for its design or décor – but its fantastic functionality, comfortable and practical finish and more-than-ample amenities will ensure it remains a reliable choice for guests – either corporate or leisure…

Based on a stay in April 2016
Photos: Daniel Fountain & Radisson Blu, Edinburgh TripAdvisor

Wyndham Dubai Marina

First Group marks hotel debut in UAE with Wyndham Dubai Marina

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Wyndham Dubai Marina, the first dedicated hotel development from leading Dubai-based property developer, The First Group, celebrated its grand opening late last month.

The four-star deluxe Wyndham Dubai Marina, which is managed by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts – the world’s largest hotel management firm – marks a major milestone for The First Group as well as it marking a significant addition to the thriving Marina district.

The 32-storey, 486-room property is situated near Bluewater Island, which will soon be home to the world’s largest Ferris wheel, the Dubai Eye.

“The grand opening of Wyndham Dubai Marina marks a major milestone for The First Group and is a significant development for the Marina district,” said Danny Lubert, the company’s co-founder and joint chairman.

“In partnership with Wyndham Hotel Group, we will set new standards for affordable luxury, catering to business and leisure guests alike. Given Wyndham Hotel Group’s vast global experience in hotel management, we are supremely confident Wyndham Dubai Marina will set a new benchmark for hospitality service in Dubai.”

The grand opening of the property marks the debut of the Wyndham brand in the United Arab Emirates. Its parent, Wyndham Hotel Group, which manages more than 7,800 properties in 72 countries worldwide, is one of the hospitality industry’s most respected operators.

Renaissance La Republique, Paris

Renaissance opens hotel in La Republique, Paris

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Renaissance Hotels has opened its sixth hotel in the emerging neighbourhood of La Republique, Paris.

Conveniently located near Le Marais and Canal Saint Martin, Renaissance Republique – a former home for travelling artists – is ideal for experiencing the City of Lights’ newest ‘it’ district in style.

Inspired by the bohemian soul of the La Republique district, the hotel has been modelled by renowned interior designer Didier Gomez. Best known for his creations for Yves Saint Laurent, LVMH, De Beers, among others – his interiors give an overall contemporary feel with exotic woods and tawny leather contrasted with contemporary artwork in the guestrooms and public spaces.

Renaissance La Republique, Paris

Gomez’s design includes cross-cultural features including a sculpture from Africa in the lobby, furnishings from Asia in the guestrooms and local Parisian street art throughout. In his design, Gomez has brought the outside in with tree motifs in the guestrooms, cloud shaped ceiling lights and a specular vegetation wall in the hotel’s expansive outdoor terrace.

Renaissance Hotels recently announced its new global “Fearlessly Chic” design philosophy where indigenous touch points infused into the design of each unique hotel capture a spirit of wanderlust to inspire guests to explore the neighbourhood and discover the unexpected.

Renaissance La Republique, Paris
The 121 rooms, inspired by local artist workshops, feature natural wood and earth tones, which complement Tom Dixon’s “Art et Floritude” modern lighting, while vintage furniture by Jean Prouvet and Charlotte Perriand reflect the hotel’s unusual heritage.

“We designed Renaissance Republique with the local community in mind, first and foremost. We wanted to create a neighbourhood destination as we believe this is what today’s Next Generation traveller seeks from a hotel stay,” explains Gomez.

Renaissance La Republique, Paris

“The hotel features a high-low design approach that harmoniously incorporates luxurious high-end finishes with raw, gritty, concrete surfaces. Bold, contemporary and locally-inspired elements are infused into the various spaces of the hotel to captivate locals and guests and create moments of discovery.”

Renaissance La Republique, Paris

With six categories of rooms available, the Renaissance Republique offers some of the city’s largest hotel living space. The crowning glory of the hotel is the Penthouse Suite with a private terrace complete with Jacuzzi and outdoor cinema, with stunning views over northern Paris and the Sacré-Cœur basilica of Montmartre.

In addition to its Parisian charm, guests can expect the signature touches found across Renaissance Hotels that a feed the curiosity, fuel the imagination and excite the senses of guests, including complimentary vintage bicycles for guests to discover Paris and mixology kits in the guestrooms.

Wyboston Lakes Hotel completes bedroom refurbishment

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The final phase of the £1million bedroom refurbishment project at Wyboston Lakes hotel is now complete and guests will be occupying the brand new Deluxe Oceania bedrooms from April 2016.

“The final phase of bedroom refurbishment has been especially exciting as the Deluxe Oceania rooms will offer an added level of luxury with the new amenities and mini bars. It was important to us that these rooms continued to compliment the overall leisure and spa experiences available to guests whilst delivering an indulgent and unique feel. We have continued to work with the best designers and contractors on this project and feel the results we’ve achieved will continue to improve the guest experience” – Mark Haynes, Director of Property.
Wyboston Lakes bedroom refurbishment
Continuing the already successful partnership with Butterscotch Designs, the new Oceania rooms offer a luxurious and stylish space for guests to relax. These include super king size beds with Hungarian down-topped mattresses, a new pillow menu, 50inch smart flat screen televisions, Espresso coffee machine and Canton tea stations and in-room mini bars with fresh milk and various alcoholic and soft drinks. The en-suite shower rooms feature LED rainfall showers, luxury toiletries and illuminated make-up stations.

Guests staying in the new Deluxe Oceania rooms will also benefit from evening turn down service and complimentary hire of GHD hair straighteners, Xbox game stations and DVD players on request.

Wyboston Lakes bedroom refurbishment

The new bedroom designs stem from 138 guest reviews on a number of sample bedrooms created in 2015. From this essential feedback, Wyboston Lakes has once again worked to ensure guests will continue to receive the best experience when staying at the hotel. Wyboston Lakes takes pride in being an independent eco-friendly company, donating much of the existing soft furnishings and loose furniture to the Emmaus Cambridge Charity as part of the refurbishment programme.

The exceptionally popular in-room technology and guest services platform, Crave, will continue to be available in all hotel rooms via tablets with software created exclusively for Wyboston Lakes. Guests can view menus, order room service, book spa treatments and access local information from the comfort of their own rooms.

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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Kobe teams up with Savoir Beds for The Savoy’s 125th anniversary

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Savoir Beds, the world’s most luxurious sleeping system, teamed up with luxury fabric specialist Kobe UK, to add sophisticated glamour to its specially designed bed for The Savoy’s 125th Anniversary.

Savoir was first created for The Savoy hotel in London in 1905, and its tailor-made beds have become almost as legendary as the stars that have slept in them. In creating a special bed to mark the occasion, Savoir’s designer, Mandeep Dillon, used Kobe’s best-selling chic and contemporary Chacar fabric to capture the very essence of the hotel.

The design is inspired by the 1920 and 30s, the heyday of glamour, jazz and movie stars at The Savoy. Visually, the bed echoes the slim elegant lines of 1920s design and has a futuristic ‘Flash Gordon’ look with the use of sharp angles and metallic bronze silk. Its shape is emphasised by the deliberate use of a single fabric to upholster the whole bed including the legs. Lastly, there is no fussy detailing on the bed to detract from the simplicity of the shape.

Said Nikki Harris, head of contracts at Kobe UK: “We were delighted to help Savoir on this assignment. “The team works closely with interior designers on major projects around the UK and it was very exciting working with Savoir on the specially designed 125th anniversary bed for The Savoy.”

Chacar is suitable for domestic and contract window décor, upholstery and soft furnishings. The luxurious cotton satin comes in 94 colours from soft delicate neutrals, to vivid oranges and vibrant blues. All Kobe’s upholstery fabrics offer exceptional durability, scoring highly on the Martindale Rub Test.

Said Natalie Byrne of Savoir: “The Chacar fabric was perfect, as The Savoy bed needed to reflect the timeless elegance of the hotel, as well as to celebrate its anniversary. Kobe’s experience and expertise made working with them on this project a pleasure.”

The anniversary bed was photographed in The Savoy’s famous Beaufort Bar and features as the main attraction in The Savoy Travelling Bedroom in its showrooms worldwide.

“We have a passion for fabrics and believe in creating interiors that reflect the very latest trends for today. We consider the innovation and development of high-quality products of paramount importance to both us and our customers,” added Nikki.

The Kobe UK sales office and studio is based in Crowthorne, Berkshire.

For further information visit: www.en.kobe.eu

For more information on Savoir go to: www.savoirbeds.co.uk