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21
Sep

Case Study: Atrium Court Hotel

CONCEPT: When the lobby and public space of the 150-room Atrium Court Hotel were planned, the idea was to adopt “a professional, business-casual style,” noted Jason Curtis, general manager of the Rockville, MD property, which previously operated as a Quality Suites.
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21
Sep

Case Study: Waikiki Plantation Spa

CONCEPT: Looking to literally elevate the spa experience for its guests, Outrigger Enterprises opened a duplex spa on the rooftop of its 17-story, 525-room Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach hotel in Honolulu, raising the building’s height by a floor. “We wanted to make an all-inclusive experience here,” said Jim Heather, general manager.
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21
Sep

Case Study: Ocean Edge Resort & Club

CONCEPT: A $20-million renovation project consisting of various phases has been taking place at the Ocean Edge Resort & Club in Brewster, MA, for a few years now, with the expansive, 429-acre resort’s guestrooms as the main event. During this past winter, 55 of the Cape Cod resort’s spacious rooms, including deluxe one-bedroom villas, were…
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21
Sep

Case Study: Nativo Lodge

CONCEPT: The design of each of the six properties that comprise Heritage Hotels & Resorts is meant to evoke— and be truthful to— the history and culture of its Southwestern location. At the 147-room Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque, the lobby— guests’ first formal impression of the property— makes this eminently clear.
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21
Sep

Case Study: James Chicago

CONCEPT: James Hotels’ Scottsdale hotel had a reputation for cool, contemporary design. When the company sold the property this year and subsequently opened a James in downtown Chicago, the expectation was that the new hotel, a conversion of a former all-suites property, would come up with an urban equivalent.
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21
Sep

Case Study: The Glenn Hotel

CONCEPT: The 93-room Glenn Hotel in Atlanta is an adaptive reuse of a 1927 office building owned by Legacy Property Group and operated by Tecton Hospitality’s Desires Boutique Division.
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21
Sep

Fairmont Newport Beach Debuts With Elegant Southern California Style

NEWPORT BEACH, CA— When Fairmont Hotels & Resorts took over the management of the Sutton Place Hotel here in 2005, the company embarked on a massive $32 million renovation of the entire property. Now, nearly a year-and-a-half later, the project is nearing completion and showcases a more refined, updated style.
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21
Sep

Case Study: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

CONCEPT: Considering it is located within Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s original, Michael Graves-designed whimsical theme had always served the property well. However, when the time came for a renovation at the 2,265-room resort, owner Tishman Hotel Corp. decided a design change was needed in order…
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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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