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May 1, 2012
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May

Autograph Collection acquire historic hotels

BETHESDA, MD—As Marriott International’s Autograph Collection expands its portfolio, it has acquired both the Blue Moon Hotel and Winter Haven Hotel, the first Miami Beach properties to join the Autograph Collection. Both hotels have undergone restorations and have just officially reopened.
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May

The Madison

CONCEPT: Fresh from a $20-million renovation that included the transformation of three presidential suites, The Madison is as welcome a presence in DC as the annual burst of cherry blossoms for long-time Washingtonians and visitors alike. Much of the redesign was calculated to transform it from very formal surroundings to an ambiance of relevant and…
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May

Bright Ideas

In its quest to improve bottom-line performance by reducing costs and improving physical plant efficiencies, the lodging industry continues to target lighting, a major hotel expenditure, in an effort to save energy while enhancing the guest experience.
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01
May

Mixing It Up

An interesting puzzle for the uninitiated on hotel design is just how does it all fit together? Out of context of the guestroom or public space, fabrics and wall coverings may make an observer wonder: What are they thinking? But with a skillful eye and a seemingly endless variety of items from which to choose,…
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May

MeetMarket

When the 186-room Gansevoort Hotel opened in 2004, it seemed a risky proposition. Its location in the Meatpacking District, just below 14th St. on the far West Side of Manhattan, hadn’t yet become the trendy hotspot it is now. The first wave of boutique hotel development, furthermore, had already peaked and it wasn’t clear if…
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01
May

Best of Both Worlds

While Greaves was brought in to rethink the suite design, New York-based architect Monica Ponce de Leon, principal in the MPdL Studio, was coming on board to bring new life to that soaring atrium space. Since 1999, when the building now housing the Conrad was first completed, the centerpiece of the atrium’s colorful art had…
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01
May

Poetry in Motion

IVG Immobilien AG, the owner of the sprawling $1.5-billion Squaire mixed-use development at Frankfurt Airport, had a futuristic glass and steel design for its building. Certainly, from an engineering perspective, the nine-story, 462,000-sq.-ft. building is a marvel of modern design, considering it was erected on a platform above Frankfurt’s high-speed ICE railway station, secured in…
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01
May

Staying Competitive: CapEx improvements

ORLANDO—During the depths of the recent industry downturn from 2009-2010, many brands understood that hotel owners were struggling to generate revenue and keep current with their debt payments. Consequently, the brands wisely eased up on deadlines for owners to make often-costly CapEx investments in their properties.
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01
May

People of 2012; Tom Trout

Repositioning the Radisson brand is a major ambition for the freshly minted Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, and contemporary, stylish designs are at the heart of the plan. Enter Tom Trout, VP/architecture and planning, the Americas.
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