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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

Strategic Vision

Industry veteran Michael Dalton is VP/design for Chicago-based Strategic Hotels & Resorts, where he has helmed numerous hotel design projects since joining the firm in 2006, leaving his imprint on a range of upper-upscale, luxury and iconic properties.
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01
Nov

Jane Capellini

Jane Capellini believes great design is all about the fine details. So her Essex, CT-based firm, Capellini Design Associates, put that philosophy to work in the $10-million renovation of the Hotel Chandler in Manhattan’s Flatiron District.
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01
Sep

Eclectic Avenue

In putting together our themed Boutique Issue, I can’t begin to count the number of times the word “eclectic” appeared in the articles. At first, I thought nothing of it, until sure enough, it was not just noticed, but noteworthy. Take a look—in everything from our cover story to the design features to the trend…
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01
Jul

Kellie Sirna & Stacy Elliston

For Studio 11 Design, it was “the ultimate compliment,” as principal Kellie Sirna put it, when Fairmont Heritage Place reached out to the design firm after contacting an existing client.
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01
Jul

Conversions & adaptive reuse are key to Aloft’s growth

STAMFORD, CT—When Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide opened its first Aloft hotel at Montreal International Airport in 2008, the brand was positioned as a design-led, all-new construction variant on its successful W Hotel “big sister.” In terms of industry tier, it would occupy the emerging upper-end, select-service category.By 2009, however, Aloft was weathering the industry…
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01
Jul

Design-driven strategies

I am sure it is not a coincidence that as our industry continues its economic rebound, many of the hotel brands are adding to the ranks of their purchasing and design departments not only in personnel, but also in new and innovative ways of doing business. One thing is for sure: They’re being aggressive in…
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01
May

The Art of Collaboration

Regular Hotel Business Design readers know that editor Lauren Esposito normally writes the Viewpoint column. Recently, however, she has had a few more pressing things to tend to, namely her son, Caden Alexander, who made his debut last month. Lauren will be back soon.
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01
Mar

Fashion Underfoot

Since the 1990s when sustainable design first emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the lodging industry, carpet and floor covering manufacturers have found themselves at the forefront of the movement. Among other flashpoints, the category entailed heavy manufacturing, use of synthetics treated with chemicals in place of natural materials, waste byproduct perfect…
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