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So many (cool-looking) hotels, so little time (to highlight them individually.) We love hearing about new hotels in the design pipeline, and lately, we've been stumbling across so many interesting projects from all corners of the hospitality world. And even though we have limited information and limited renderings, we still think it's worthwhile to highlight what's coming up. Oh, and just so you know, 2015 was like, so, yesterday. We're already looking forward to 2016 and 2017.
"High Design" and "Radisson" may not be two phrases that often go together but when you're talking about Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group's Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson brands, it makes a bit more sense, especially when studying these four flashy hotels set to open in the coming years.
Remember earlier this year, when the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group announced they would be creating the Radisson Red brand as well as the Quorvus Collection of hotels? Well, today we've got the names of the very first members of the Quorvus Collection.
They are the dandy May Fair Hotel in London, the G&V Royal Mile Hotel in Edinburgh (aka the Missoni Edinburgh Hotel) and the Symphony Style Hotel in Kuwait also formerly known as the Missoni Kuwait hotel. While the Missoni Hotel brand has gone away, it looks like the Missoni prints will remain for a little while longer. But there will be some design changes, according to this article which says that the Edinburgh property will get new Scottish-inspired designs from local designers. Not sure what's on tap for Kuwait.
While the Quorvus Collection looks like a convenient way to pick up the pieces after the end of Missoni, a press release has dished some more info on the collection and the interesting name:
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Wow. What a sad way to end a good week--Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, on the heels of making announcements about their two new brands--have suddenly put the brakes on the Hotel Missoni brand. Here's the official statement:
The Rezidor Hotel Group and the Italian fashion house Missoni have mutually agreed to terminate the worldwide Master Licence Agreement for the development and operation of the brand Hotel Missoni, effective 31st December 2013. The existing properties Hotel Missoni Edinburgh and Hotel Missoni Kuwait will cease to operate under the marks of Hotel Missoni latest by 30th June 2014.
Well, guess we can scratch Missoni off the list of fashion-branded hotels that might open in Macau. Carlson Rezidor CEO Wolfgang M. Neumann said the decision was due to their new focus on the Radisson Blu and Park Inn brands and probably, their new brand for millennials, Radisson Red, and their new collection of hotels, The Quorvus Collection, aimed at parents of millennials.
Meanwhile Missoni CEO Alberto Piantoni said that the fashion house has "new strategic visions in the field of interior design and hospitality." So does this mean that Hotel Missoni might be resurrected somewhere else, possibly in an actual fashion capital like Milan, Paris or New York? We will keep our fingers crossed.
[Hat tip to tipster SH.]
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Lately, we've been very impressed with the stateside appearance of Carlson Rezidor's Radisson Blu brand which has brought cool design (and free WiFi) to the Radisson name. And now there are two more Carlson Rezidor brands to get excited about--Radisson Red and the Quorvus Collection.
Described as "lifestyle select" brand, Radisson Red will have a "forward-thinking focus on design and detail, the customer experience, personal interaction, personal choice and recognition of the increasingly important role that technology plays in facilitating the best of everyday life." And boy does technology really play a big role at Radisson Red.
The hotel brand will launch with its own mobile app that will allow guests not only to check-in through their phone but order a drink at the bar, food from the deli and manage the environment of their room. Even though the M word (Millennial) was not mentioned in their brand description, this is totes the crowd they are going after.
Radisson Red is expected to launch simultaneously in 2015 in urban centers in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Whoa. That is a serious roll-out. But it's a smart move because the Millennials are coming! Perhaps, Taylor Swift could be the brand ambassador?
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Just the other week, we told you about Omni Hotels getting hip to Google Wallet. Now, another hotel group has joined the virtual billfold.
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, whose brands include Radisson Blu, Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, and Country Inns & Suites, is also allowing guests to store their Club Carlson loyalty program info in Google Wallet as well as letting guests pay for their stay using Google Wallet. Pretty cool and crazy convenient.
Apparently, Carlson has been testing this service since December 18th but they just went live with it on Monday. The Club Carlson loyalty program is not yet on Google Wallet (that will happen in early 2014) but it will allow guests to access their account information, receive notifications and messages based on geo targeting and earn and redeem Club Carlson Gold Points. Currently, Google Wallet is only available to U.S. residents but Google Wallet holders can use the service to book a hotel stay globally.
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Jacobsen's Room 606
Few can deny that Danish architect Arne Jacobsen, creator of the Egg, the Swan and the Series 7 chairs, was one of the most iconic architects and designers of the modernist era. Could the Radisson Blu Royal Copenhagen be his finest achievement? We went on an exploratory mission to check out what was said to be the “landmark of the jet age.”
The hotel opened in 1960 and was originally built by SAS to accommodate both its first airport terminal and its passengers who needed to stay overnight to catch a flight out of Copenhagen. After a night at the hotel, passengers would check in for their flight in the terminal building attached, and wait for the airline's shuttle bus to take them to the airport.
Today, the hotel still has the same clean lines and simple detail that it had back then. The famous Jacobsen Egg and Swan chairs, originally designed for the hotel, are still found throughout the very large black-and-white-marbled lobby and in the rooms. The elegantly curved white lobby staircase pushed the limits of technology in the late 50s and looks like it could be found in a loft from 2013. Other original details include the dark wenge wood found on the main floor of the hotel. Jacobsen designed everything from the cutlery and plates, bathroom fittings and door handles to the chairs and lighting fixtures.
(There are plenty of pics for you to see in the photo gallery!)
The Missoni Hotel Edinburgh, which is a part of the Carlson Rezidor hotel group.
Club Carlson, the global hotel rewards program from Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, recently conducted a survey of a thousand people to get a grip on the public’s views and thoughts of hotel loyalty programs.
Logically enough, the study revealed that the ease and frequency with which one can earn free nights is the main motivator when it comes to joining a loyalty program. Free Internet, regular promotions, and the quantity of hotels at which to earn and redeem points were also major factors in participation.
The study found that disappointing experiences would cause 91 percent of people to discontinue their affiliation with a particular brand, and one in four individuals would join a competitor’s loyalty program after a single bad experience. On the flip side, two-thirds of those surveyed said it would take three or more good experiences to consider themselves loyal to a specific brand. Sounds like our experience in the dating world!