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01
May

Architects and designers distinguish urban hotels with unique elements

When it comes to designing hotels, particularly in urban locations, architects and designers frequently turn to the city itself as a jumping off point for the creation of a style that is unique, but also reflective of the area. This issue of The New Look™ explores the design of an assortment of urban hotel properties—…
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01
May

Inn of Chicago

CONCEPT: Ultra hip and trendy boutique hotels are all the rage right now in the lodging industry, but when Jonathan Rachman, principal of San Francisco-based Rachman Massucco Interiors, was hired to redesign the former Best Western Inn of Chicago, those became dirty words, even though he was tasked with turning the hotel into an upscale…
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01
May

New Umstead Hotel a nod to classic Southern luxury

CARY, NC— When Umstead Hotel & Spa owner Ann Goodnight, operating as Four Star Ventures, LLC, and veteran interior designer Frank Nicholson first met, there was an immediate meeting of the minds. The Umstead, which opened in January, would be businesswoman Goodnight’s first hotel, while Nicholson had a lengthy list of luxury hotel design commissions…
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01
May

Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel

CONCEPT: Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel was designed to complement the historic warehouse district in which it stands, incorporating traditional brick facades as well as windows and other elements scaled in keeping with dimensions typical of 19th century New Orleans, according to Bhavna Mistry, project director for the design of the hotel, which was handled in-house…
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01
May

New Hilton BWI takes design cues from its airport location

LINTHICUM, MD–– Beauty, as the saying goes, is often in the eye of the beholder and it’s an adage that fits neatly into the design of the first full-service Hilton in Maryland’s Anne Arundel County.
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01
May

Doubletree Hotel Claremont

CONCEPT: Rare is it that an owner and designer see eye to eye on every facet of a hotel renovation and conversion project. But in the case of the renovation of the former Claremont Inn in Claremont, CA, the ideas of the owner and designer were synergistic simply because the two entities were represented by…
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01
May

Spa design moves beyond relaxation
into atmosphere of pure indulgence

NATIONAL REPORT— Going well beyond simply providing a venue for relaxation and pampering, two recent resort spa projects in Southern California have attempted to take spa design and, ultimately, service, to the next level by establishing spaces in which couples not only can physically unwind but reconnect with one another. The result has been two…
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01
May

Hotel 373 Fifth Avenue

CONCEPT: When planning the interiors of Hotel 373 Fifth Avenue, which opened in February, there was a desire to make the hotel’s small guestrooms appear larger and to create a “simple, natural feel,” according to Lisa Knight, president of Lisa Knight Associates, which handled the design of the property. Noting that there is a Starbucks…
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01
May

Doral Arrowwood Resort

CONCEPT: When the Doral Arrowwood set out to redesign its public spaces, the goal was to create a stylish and sophisticated new look for its lobby lounge designed to serve as a meeting place for the hotel’s many business travelers. Located 30 miles from Manhattan, the Rye, NY property is known largely as a conference…
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