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07
Apr

Case Study: Mandarin Oriental New York

Having opened in December 2003 as the New York market was strengthening, the 251-room Mandarin Oriental, which occupies the 35th to 54th floors of the Times Warner Center’s North Tower, has proven to be a significant success— so successful that general manager Rudy Tauscher found himself with a shortage of signature suites.
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07
Apr

Case Study: Royal Plaza Hotel

After being severely damaged by Hurricane Charley, the goal was to transform the 394-room Downtown Disney resort area hotel in Orlando into a more contemporary, upscale hotel with a ‘boutique feel’.
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07
Apr

Yabu Pushelberg Creates Casual, Artistic Luxury At New St. Regis San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO— The St. Regis Hotel here in the city’s SoMa (South of Market) district has moved the needle on what had been a forgotten, underutilized corner for almost a decade.
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07
Apr

Case Study: Radisson Hotel North Fort Worth

Allegiance Hospitality, a division of Allegiance Real Estate, purchased both the Holiday Inn North and South in Fort Worth, TX, with the goal of renovating the properties and rebranding them as Radissons.
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07
Apr

Case Study: Sheraton Minneapolis Midtown

The 136-room hotel was planned to be part of the Midtown Exchange, a $190-million mixed-use redevelopment, and use the Sheraton brand’s new prototype design, which features urban architecture and a 19th Century American park design with “vibrant” public areas.
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07
Apr

Case Study: Ritz-Carlton Naples

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. was counting on an extensive guestroom renovation of its 20-year-old Naples, FL property to lend the 450-room luxury resort the same kind of luster its newer Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando had achieved.
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07
Apr

Case Study: Hotel ICON

Property manager Benchmark Hospitality International wanted to create a sense of over-the-top, turn-of-the-century luxury for this 135-room Houston hotel that was created out of the landmark former Union National Bank Building.
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07
Apr

Case Study: Acqualina, A Rosewood Resort

When planning the guestrooms of the new Acqualina, A Rosewood Resort in Sunny Isles Beach, FL slated to open this month, Zeke Fernandez, principal of Zeke Fernandez Design, was instructed to create “a very luxurious hotel room with a five-star look, in fact, the best hotel room in Miami or the southern U.S.”
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07
Apr

Case Study: Westin Buckhead

The 365-room hotel was in need of a complete cosmetic renovation, which included the lobby level, guestrooms, corridors and suites, as well as the health club and pool. Interior design firm blackdogstudio wanted to play off the existing architecture of the building and do it “using the Westin look; clean lined with modern luxury,” according…
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