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21
Sep

Case Study: Crowne Plaza Chicago-Metro

CONCEPT: Located in the hip West Loop, the 17-story Crowne Plaza Chicago-Metro, owned by Mid-City Plaza, LLC, opened in July following a complete renovation, with a target of attracting primarily business travelers during the week and sophisticated leisure travelers on weekends. To create appeal, the 398 guestrooms (including 42 suites) offer an ultra-contemporary design that…
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21
Sep

Case Study: Hotel Palomar Washington, DC

CONCEPT: As they do with every hotel in its 40-property collection, the senior management team at Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group expended a great deal of energy devising a unique story for the 335-room Hotel Palomar near Dupont Circle in the nation’s Capital. That back story played a major role in determining the direction of…
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21
Sep

Case Study: Hotel Indigo Houston

CONCEPT: InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) collaborated with Denver-based Habitat Interiors to formulate the design for the Hotel Indigo brand’s fourth property. “We focused on the brand standards but also on the geographical location and what we had to do to meet different types of guests’ needs,” said Shannon Schutz, partner, Habitat Interiors.
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21
Sep

Case Study: Four Seasons Silicon Valley

CONCEPT: The 200-room hotel opened in January of 2006 and was designed to closely reflect the high-tech, sophisticated feel of East Palo Alto, CA, or Silicon Valley. The 10-story building features a sleek, curving façade of shimmering glass designed by Hill Glazier Architects of Palo Alto, CA. Catering to largely business clientele, the guestrooms were…
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21
Sep

Case Study: The Delafield Hotel

CONCEPT: The 38-room Delafield Hotel, which opened in March, projects an image of casual elegance and the desire of co-owners Andy Ruggeri and Bob Lang was to maintain that feeling with the guest bathrooms. The 11-year-old building in Delafield, WI, had been a warehouse prior to its redevelopment into a boutique hotel.
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21
Sep

Case Study: Hotel du Pont

CONCEPT: The 214 guestrooms at the Hotel du Pont, which is located near the DuPont corporate headquarters in Wilmington, DE, were in need of some updating, according to Patricia Miller, corporate director of hospitality for Leo A Daly, which handled the renovation. “The guestrooms were last redone in 1986. They had great millwork, but the…
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21
Sep

Case Study: The Regent Beverly Wilshire

CONCEPT: “Our goal was to create an oasis of luxury and relaxation in the heart of Beverly Hills that would appeal to local clientele as well as the seasoned traveler,” said Radha Arora, general manager of the 395-room Regent Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.
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21
Sep

Designers Forced To Choose Energy Efficient Lighting, While Maintaining Style

Like most every aspect of hotel design today, lighting trends are reactively following the same trends found in residential design. However, unlike with many of the other aspects intrinsic in hotel design, property owners also seem especially fixated on the ability of lighting to save costs or, more specifically, energy, which has obviously become increasingly…
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21
Sep

HKS Creates Stylish, Functional Look For New Hyatt Place Brand

LOMBARD, IL–– The much-anticipated Hyatt Place brand opened the doors of its first property last month here. The opening represents months and months of careful planning to put a fresh spin on the select-service segment. Hyatt gave Dallas-based HKS, Inc. the critical task of developing a design for the brand that was stylish and inviting…
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