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17
Sep

Storied Past

The Holbrooke Hotel, first built in 1862 in California’s historic Gold Rush Country, is a reminder of Grass Valley’s storied history as a gold mining boom town. The 28-room hotel has undergone a renovation to create an experience that honors the property’s past and that can appeal to the modern traveler. Gambling and gun fights,…
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20
Aug

Beaux Arts Beauty

Hospitality and healthcare have always been intertwined—now more so than ever—as both industries exist to serve and care for others. The Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Chicago Medical/University District opened this summer in the Beaux-Arts classical-style landmark that was formerly the site of the Cook County Hospital. The 342,000-sq.-ft. adaptive-reuse project is part of a $150-million…
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23
Jul

Magnetic Moments

When the Hyatt Place, National Harbor opens in Maryland next month, guests will be able to experience a design scheme that celebrates the energetic atmosphere of the locale—which the design team has dubbed “Magnetic Moments.” OTO Development has revealed new renderings of the project, which the company is working on with Peterson Companies, Turner Construction,…
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16
Jul

Soothing Sanctuary

Fuzhou, the capital of southeastern China’s Fujian province, has a history that dates back more than 2,200 years. Global architectural interior design firm Wilson Associates capitalized on the city’s past to create a spa-like sanctuary when it designed the guestrooms for Coli Hotel Fuzhou, a 207-key property scheduled to open in Q4 2021. “We wanted…
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30
Jun

Same Digs, New Looks

Hotels around the world are adding new looks, including two Four Seasons properties. Here’s a look: Four Seasons Hotel Houston Transforming A multi-year renovation at Four Seasons Hotel Houston (pictured) is transforming the downtown hotel and raising the bar for luxury hospitality with newly enhanced guestrooms. Slated to be completed by January 2021 with Turner…
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21
May

Serene Spaces

With relaxation and serenity in mind, Studio Apostoli is designing the wellness areas of two new Cipriani projects: Palazzo Bernasconi in Milan and Cipriani Ocean Resort, Club Residence and Casino in Punta del Este, Uruguay (shown above). The Palazzo Bernasconi project is expected to open in 2021, followed by its South American counterpart. “The two…
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14
May

Textile Musings

Inspiration is essential for an excellent design. Liang Chen, project director, Wilson Associates, walks InspireDesign through the inspiration process, including the “muse textile,” a fabric or piece of artwork that ties to the project’s narrative and sets the tone for the color palette. When designing, what are your biggest sources of inspiration? When starting the…
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23
Apr

Locally Sourced

A good design crafts a sense of place, mixing creative aesthetics with a warm, welcoming ambiance. For the AC Hotel Grand Rapids Downtown, DLR Group tapped into the Michigan locale to create a space guests will want to call home. “DLR Group’s design for the AC Hotel Grand Rapids Downtown embraces the creative energy of…
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12
Mar

Sophisticated & Refined

When it comes to luxury, hotels can’t rest on their laurels. Mandarin Oriental, Boston is in the midst of a $15-million renovation, set to complete this summer, which aims to reconfirm the hotel’s premier position in the city. The renovation—which includes all guestrooms and suites, 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and the spa—was conceived…
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