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Innovation

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01
Nov

Fit For A Queen

Fresh from a $25-million restoration completed in time for its 100th anniversary in October, the historic Hotel Maria Cristina, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel in San Sebastian, Spain, has returned to life with a distinctive new design that celebrates the style, power and confidence of all the leading ladies that have graced its doorsteps.
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01
Nov

Golden Gate Casino & Hotel

CONCEPT: In significantly expanding and renovating this boutique property, the objective was to give it a contemporary feel while maintaining much of its vintage Vegas character. Originally opened in 1906, the redo encompassed a new 35,000-sq.-ft., five-story addition including 14 hotel suites, an expanded casino floor and new lobby, among other things. Mark Brandenburg, president…
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01
Nov

Thin Is In

When Apple rolled out the latest edition of its vaunted iPhone in September, complaints poured in about the new product’s mapping functionality, causing CEO Timothy Cook to issue a rare apology. What was nearly universally praised, however, was the phone’s thinner size. Indeed, when it comes to technology (and high fashion) today, “thin” translates into…
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01
Nov

French Twist

When Wilson Associates was asked to develop a culturally relevant interior design for the Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, the global design firm drew its inspiration from Shanghai’s Golden Age, the Art Deco period of the 1920s and 1930s.
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01
Nov

Aspen Glow

The social atmosphere in Aspen, CO, is as rarefied as the air found at the top of the city’s iconic mountains. So when it was time to reimagine and renovate the St. Regis Aspen Resort, it made perfect sense to meld the aesthetic proclivities of the late-19th-/early-20th-century bon vivant and social arbiter Col. John Jacob…
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01
Nov

Made In USA

In the depths of the industry downturn from 2008-2010, the argument that a hotel owner or developer could save millions of dollars by sourcing product from international markets (most often Asia) was understandably seductive. RevPAR—and with it, profitability—was down significantly and lenders were making it hard to get financing for renovation projects or Property Improvement…
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01
Nov

Jazz It Up

It takes a certain amount of boldness to open a restaurant in New Orleans, a city so food-centric that one fairly floats along on the aromas that permeate the air, emanating from the numerous eateries that line the city’s streets, particularly in the quaint, tourist-packed French Quarter.
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01
Nov

Hotel Business Design Check In

W Hotel opens in SingaporeSINGAPORE—The W Singapore - Sentosa Cove, owned and developed by an affiliate of City Developments Limited, is now open. WATG, London, and New York-based Rockwell Group designed the project.
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01
Sep

Dorset Square Hotel

CONCEPT: London’s Dorset Square Hotel has watched history unfold before its very eyes for centuries. Built atop Lord’s Old Ground, where Thomas Lord established his first cricket site, the property is an old Regency townhouse. What’s more, it was the very first boutique hotel acquired by Tom and Kit Kemp, the married duo behind Firmdale…
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