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01
Jul

Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central

CONCEPT: Located in the center of Asia’s gaming capital, the Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central fuses fun and fresh youthfulness with regional influences from the Himalayas. “We wanted to capture the vibrancy of Macao and the Cotai Strip,” Kirk Nix, owner of KNA Design, said. “We felt that a clean, modern approach with bold accents…
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01
Jul

Street Life

A redesign of the Crystal City Marriott, one of the first hotels in Arlington, VA’s Crystal City, has transformed the rather tired 333-guestroom, 10-suite hotel into a property that now features a modern and engaging lobby with plenty of style and comfort. The extensive renovation marks the first stage of the hotel’s multimillion-dollar plan to…
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01
May

Autograph Collection acquire historic hotels

BETHESDA, MD—As Marriott International’s Autograph Collection expands its portfolio, it has acquired both the Blue Moon Hotel and Winter Haven Hotel, the first Miami Beach properties to join the Autograph Collection. Both hotels have undergone restorations and have just officially reopened.
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01
May

The Madison

CONCEPT: Fresh from a $20-million renovation that included the transformation of three presidential suites, The Madison is as welcome a presence in DC as the annual burst of cherry blossoms for long-time Washingtonians and visitors alike. Much of the redesign was calculated to transform it from very formal surroundings to an ambiance of relevant and…
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01
May

Bright Ideas

In its quest to improve bottom-line performance by reducing costs and improving physical plant efficiencies, the lodging industry continues to target lighting, a major hotel expenditure, in an effort to save energy while enhancing the guest experience.
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01
May

Mixing It Up

An interesting puzzle for the uninitiated on hotel design is just how does it all fit together? Out of context of the guestroom or public space, fabrics and wall coverings may make an observer wonder: What are they thinking? But with a skillful eye and a seemingly endless variety of items from which to choose,…
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01
May

Poetry in Motion

IVG Immobilien AG, the owner of the sprawling $1.5-billion Squaire mixed-use development at Frankfurt Airport, had a futuristic glass and steel design for its building. Certainly, from an engineering perspective, the nine-story, 462,000-sq.-ft. building is a marvel of modern design, considering it was erected on a platform above Frankfurt’s high-speed ICE railway station, secured in…
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01
May

Staying Competitive: CapEx improvements

ORLANDO—During the depths of the recent industry downturn from 2009-2010, many brands understood that hotel owners were struggling to generate revenue and keep current with their debt payments. Consequently, the brands wisely eased up on deadlines for owners to make often-costly CapEx investments in their properties.
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01
May

Dawn Davidson

When the time came for Pacifica Host Hospitality Group to renovate the Best Western Stratford Inn in San Diego’s Del Mar neighborhood, the company made the decision not only to reflag the hotel, but take it to a whole new level. President Sushil Israni and his team selected the Hotel Indigo brand for its upscale,…
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