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01
Mar

Rancho Valencia closed for upgrades

RANCHO SANTA FE, CA—The Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa here has closed temporarily to embark on an extensive $20 million renovation and expansion. Architect Doug Mansfield and interior designer Todd-Avery Lenahan of ABA Studio are handling the project.
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01
Mar

Environmental Innovation

The increasingly steady stream of renovation and conversion announcements coming across my desk lately has been a very welcome change after the holding pattern that has existed across the industry for the last couple of years. Yes, the new construction announcements are still few and far between but even those are coming back as well.…
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01
Jan

Hilton Mclean Tysons Corner

CONCEPT: Starting with the lobby and all-important sense of arrival, executives at Hilton Worldwide thought the 458-room Hilton McLean Tysons Corner could benefit from a top-to-bottom redesign that would more closely reflect the company’s—and the Hilton brand’s—current thinking on guest comfort and attractive, stylish surroundings. Given that Hilton Worldwide’s headquarters are in McLean, it was…
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01
Jan

Surfcomber Miami

CONCEPT: To rebrand the iconic oceanfront hotel, which was originally built in 1948, into a Kimpton Hotel, a renovation was needed to create a stylish and playful escape in the center of Miami’s Historic Art Deco District. The 186-room Surfcomber reopened in December 2011 after a project that included gutting the guest bathrooms and adding…
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01
Jan

Hotel Diva

CONCEPT: Being avant garde has been the credo of the 116-room Hotel Diva since Personality Hotels opened it in 1985. So it came as no surprise that even a quarter-century later the owner, Yvonne Detert, wanted the hotel to stay current, investing $2 million in renovations.
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01
Jan

Lavish Comfort

With the rise in renovation projects in the industry, many of which are focusing on the guestroom, owners are approaching the beds in their properties with renewed interest. As a result, manufacturers are rolling out new lines to address hoteliers needs. Whether it’s luxury, sustainability or affordability—all those demands are aimed at offering guests a…
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01
Jan

Modern Opulence

Known for its lush gardens, which help create a private getaway feel despite its prime Los Angeles location, the Hotel Bel-Air recently underwent a comprehensive, two-year renovation designed to modernize the hotel while preserving much of its original look and feel.
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01
Jan

Coastal Oasis

When KSL Resorts decided the time had come to refresh its La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, CA, it did not have to go far for a design concept.
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01
Jan

In the Loop

They say location is everything. And for Hotel 71, situated in the heart of Chicago’s urban landscape with unobstructed views of the city’s famous architecture and the Chicago River, it certainly is a lot. But to complete the whole package and compete with the Windy City’s other offerings, the high-rise boutique property was in dire…
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