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21
Sep

Case Study: The Charles Hotel

CONCEPT: The 294-room Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA, has always positioned itself at the cutting edge of technology and amenities. According to its general manager, Alex Attia, it was one of the first hotels to have down comforters and Bose radios in guestrooms.
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21
Sep

Case Study: Atrium Court Hotel

CONCEPT: When the lobby and public space of the 150-room Atrium Court Hotel were planned, the idea was to adopt “a professional, business-casual style,” noted Jason Curtis, general manager of the Rockville, MD property, which previously operated as a Quality Suites.
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21
Sep

Case Study: Waikiki Plantation Spa

CONCEPT: Looking to literally elevate the spa experience for its guests, Outrigger Enterprises opened a duplex spa on the rooftop of its 17-story, 525-room Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach hotel in Honolulu, raising the building’s height by a floor. “We wanted to make an all-inclusive experience here,” said Jim Heather, general manager.
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21
Sep

Case Study: Ocean Edge Resort & Club

CONCEPT: A $20-million renovation project consisting of various phases has been taking place at the Ocean Edge Resort & Club in Brewster, MA, for a few years now, with the expansive, 429-acre resort’s guestrooms as the main event. During this past winter, 55 of the Cape Cod resort’s spacious rooms, including deluxe one-bedroom villas, were…
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21
Sep

Case Study: Nativo Lodge

CONCEPT: The design of each of the six properties that comprise Heritage Hotels & Resorts is meant to evoke— and be truthful to— the history and culture of its Southwestern location. At the 147-room Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque, the lobby— guests’ first formal impression of the property— makes this eminently clear.
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21
Sep

Case Study: James Chicago

CONCEPT: James Hotels’ Scottsdale hotel had a reputation for cool, contemporary design. When the company sold the property this year and subsequently opened a James in downtown Chicago, the expectation was that the new hotel, a conversion of a former all-suites property, would come up with an urban equivalent.
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21
Sep

Case Study: The Glenn Hotel

CONCEPT: The 93-room Glenn Hotel in Atlanta is an adaptive reuse of a 1927 office building owned by Legacy Property Group and operated by Tecton Hospitality’s Desires Boutique Division.
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21
Sep

Fairmont Newport Beach Debuts With Elegant Southern California Style

NEWPORT BEACH, CA— When Fairmont Hotels & Resorts took over the management of the Sutton Place Hotel here in 2005, the company embarked on a massive $32 million renovation of the entire property. Now, nearly a year-and-a-half later, the project is nearing completion and showcases a more refined, updated style.
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21
Sep

Case Study: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

CONCEPT: Considering it is located within Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s original, Michael Graves-designed whimsical theme had always served the property well. However, when the time came for a renovation at the 2,265-room resort, owner Tishman Hotel Corp. decided a design change was needed in order…
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