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BEVERLY HILLS, CA— As part of the effort to revive the famed Beverly Hilton here, the hotel wanted to take its outdated bar and restaurant area and create a fresh destination spot that would attract guests as well as the surrounding community.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

Two firms create a brighter,
bolder Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach

PALM BEACH, FL— Two independent design teams with a shared vision, working over a period of two-and-a-half years, overseen by the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co.’s internal design team with the active support of the property’s new owner has resulted in the reinvention of the stately Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach. What had been formal and rather dark is…
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01
May

Condado Plaza revitalized with
two distinct guestroom designs

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO–– LXR Luxury Resorts & Hotels knew that one of its Puerto Rico properties, the 577-room Condado Plaza Hotel & Casino, had once been a leader in the key San Juan market. However, a lack of investment over the years had left the property with its glory days seemingly far behind.
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01
May

Procaccianti to leverage internal
design firm

CRANSTON, RI— With the importance of design growing as both independent and branded hotels look for unique style that will set them apart and owners and developers become more active participants in the design process, The Procaccianti Group (TPG), based here, has taken that involvement one step further by establishing its own in-house design firm…
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01
May

A Collaborative Effort
FelCor, HFS team up to redo 40 hotels

IRVING, TX— In today’s booming hospitality market, owners and developers are not only buying and building new assets at an often frenzied pace, but are also intensely focused on updating their existing properties in the form of renovating and repositioning projects.
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01
May

The Keating debuts in San Diego

SAN DIEGO— The Keating Hotel is the type of property that’s likely to have hoteliers seeing red, both literally and figuratively.To start, they may see red when they realize Edward Kaen, principal of The Keating Hotel Group, is the first person persuasive enough to convince noted Italian design firm Pininfarina Group— the design force behind…
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