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07
Apr

Case Study: Embassy Suites Washington D.C.

Washington, DC-based BBG-BBGM was called upon to design the interiors for this new build hotel that was almost five years in the making. “The initial schematics were completed in 2000 but it was placed on hold after 9/11,” said Joan Gunawan, senior designer. “The project regenerated in 2003 and opened in 2005.”
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07
Apr

Four Seasons Santa Barbara Blends Historic Roots & Contemporary Features

SANTA BARBARA, CA— Owner Ty Warner Hotels and Resorts’ vision to bring back the grandeur first instilled in The Biltmore— now the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara— back in the Roaring Twenties called for a sensitive restoration of the historic 80-year-old hotel plus its cottage suites and rooms.
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07
Apr

Classically Original

Alexandra Champalimaud has been bringing her classic style of design to hotels all over the world for more than 20 years. In that time, she has been at the helm of more than 60 hospitality projects and established herself as one of the industry’s leading designers. With a philosophy that is securely grounded in her…
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07
Apr

Designers Say Flooring Is Pivotal

Underneath the inordinate amount of design elements that are factored into hotel projects nowadays— from high-end bedding and custom-made furniture to high-definition televisions and luxurious spa facilities— is, quite literally, flooring.
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07
Apr

Designers Embrace The Demand For Originality

Today, more than ever, design is becoming a piece of the hotel puzzle for both owners and guests. As such, the world of hospitality design continues to react to the growing population of sophisticated consumers who expect an upscale look that incorporates both style and today’s technology. Additionally, designers agree the often defining factor of…
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07
Feb

Case Study: Viceroy Santa Monica

CONCEPT: As not only a flagship of the Los Angeles-based Kor Hotel Group, but the flagship of Kor’s Viceroy sub-brand as well, it was essential that the 170-room Viceroy Santa Monica make a strong design statement. Kor principal Brad Korzen believes exceptional design overall is a form of competitive advantage.
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07
Feb

Case Study: Residence Inn Charlotte South

CONCEPT: When Hospitality Ventures, LLC acquired the Residence Inn Charlotte South in Charlotte, NC, it was both a blessing and curse that it was a generation one Residence Inn. Although the previous owners had barely kept up the asset, the blessing, according to Rob Flanders, director of business development for the project’s designer/contractor, IDC Construction,…
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07
Feb

Case Study: Hyatt Regency Wind Watch

CONCEPT: Hauppauge, NY on Long Island may not be a resort destination, but with an adjacent golf course, a health club and pool facilities, the 358-room Hyatt Regency Wind Watch does provide a resort-like setting for guests.
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07
Feb

Case Study: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

CONCEPT: The aim of the $10 million refurbishment of the 398 guestrooms at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, AZ was to create a look that would reflect the beauty of the hotel’s surroundings and “bring the desert experience into the guestroom by using the colors that complemented the natural jewel tones of the…
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