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01
May

Technology, open room layouts lead to changes in furniture

The look of guestrooms has changed dramatically in recent years as a result of hoteliers’ desire to open up the space more and offer state-of-the art amenities like flat-screen televisions. Furnishings have naturally evolved to keep pace with the new guestroom designs.“There is a trend away from the big furniture pieces like armoires to the…
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01
May

Hyatt Regency Bonaventure reborn with $100M makeover

WESTON, FL— It’s been a long strange trip for what is now known as the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Conference Center & Spa here. From its opening in 1982, to its subsequent sale and reacquisition years later by the same investor, to its switch from a Wyndham to a Hyatt and its alteration from primarily a…
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01
May

Westin Tysons Corner

CONCEPT: When The Procaccianti Group purchased the hotel in the Washington, DC suburb of Falls Church, VA, the goal was to upgrade it to a more upscale property through a comprehensive $21 million renovation and by switching flags from DoubleTree to Westin.
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01
May

74 State Hotel

CONCEPT: When the new owners decided to convert a historic, 1915-era, former office building in downtown Albany, NY, into a hotel, the design concept was crystal clear. “We set out to create a turn-of-the-[20th] Century town home similar to what you might have found if you lived in Albany at that time,” explained the hotel’s…
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01
May

Galleria Park Hotel

CONCEPT: After taking over the management contract of the Galleria Park Hotel from Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants in 2005, Joie de Vivre Hospitality— in keeping with its magazine approach to hotels— decided to totally reformat the property. The hotel originally opened in 1911 as the Sutter Hotel and is a fixture in San Francisco’s Financial…
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01
May

Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

CONCEPT: The 258-room property in the beachfront city of Ventura, CA, was converted to the Crowne Plaza brand following an 18-month renovation. The aim of the refurbishment was to create an image of “casual elegance,” said Douglas Wood, general manager of the hotel which was previously the Holiday Inn Ventura Beach Resort.
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01
May

EDG reinvents restaurant at
The Beverly Hilton with Circa 55

BEVERLY HILLS, CA— As part of the effort to revive the famed Beverly Hilton here, the hotel wanted to take its outdated bar and restaurant area and create a fresh destination spot that would attract guests as well as the surrounding community.
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01
May

Marriott ratchets up SpringHill Suites
with a fresh new design prototype

BETHESDA, MD–– With more than 150 SpringHill Suites by Marriott open and a pipeline exceeding 110 properties, parent company Marriott International, Inc. has opted to give the nine-year-old, all-suite brand a fresh design with the goal of placing it squarely in a leadership spot among lodging players in the lifestyle niche.
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01
May

Microtel taps next wave of designers

ATLANTA–– Instead of going straight to an established designer or design firm for ideas on how to redesign U.S. Franchise System’s (USFS) Microtel Inn & Suites brand, the company instead bestowed the task upon a group of students at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) here.
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