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South Beach's famous, and occasionally infamous, Collins Avenue is known for both for its VIP residents and wild parties as it is for its Art Deco architecture. And for those of us who love to travel or party, or both, we are really fortunate that most of these historic gems are hotels, as they were originally intended.
Now, four such historic hotels on Collins Avenue are presently being restored and expanded under the watch of a single design firm. It's kind of like design group therapy, with each hotel having a fresh new outlook when the works are completed in 2015.
Miami-based ADD Inc., an award-winning architectural and interior design firm, will take on the role of restoring the four hotels. Some of their other Miami hotel projects include the Gale South Beach and Shelbourne South Beach.
Here's a brief round-up of the four hotels that are getting some extra special attention.
It's one of the most recognisable buildings in England's second city, and now it might become a hotel: Manchester's historical Corn Exchange is up for redevelopment.
The vast, triangular-shaped building in Northern England is a Grade II listed property dating back to 1897 (though its predecessor, the Corn and Produce Exchange was the place for farmers and merchants to flip their goods as early as 1837). Having suffered bomb damage in World War II, and then again in 1996, by the IRA, the building had some constructive surgery and a name change in 2000 to “The Triangle,” essentially a retail arcade. In 2012, the building took back its original name, followed by a proposal to expand its dining facilities.
Now its owners, Aviva Investors, are planning a £30m ($50m) redevelopment project for the Exchange - which is set to include an 86-room hotel. according to the Manchester Evening News. The complex will also include up to 13 restaurants - now there’s an amenity.
Madrid already has a a plethora of beautiful (and affordable) boutique hotels, but in August one more will open. Hotel Urso (or "bear") is a design-driven modern boutique at the crossroads of three central neighborhoods: Chamberi, up-and-coming Tribunal and fabulous LGTB hub Chueca (we'll leave the bear jokes to you). The hotel is operated by Marugal who also manage the boxy Viura in Rioja, and the art-infused Square Hotel in Paris.
The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans renovated its guest rooms and club level rooms last year, giving the spaces a modern luxury look that's still very New Orleans. Hello, silk purple armchair! But for the exterior, the hotel is going back in time.
The historic terra cotta facades of the Maison Blanche and S.H. Kress Co. buildings which make-up the Ritz-Carlton are going under an extensive restoration project this summer, worth $2 million, that will restore them back to their early 20th century look.
Kimpton can't get enough of Southern hospitality. Fresh off opening The Brice Hotel in Savannah, the friendly boutique hotel chain is now taking over a historic office building in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The R.J. Reynolds Building, the longtime headquarters for the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, was built in 1929 by Shreve & Lamb, the same architects who designed the Empire State Building. The lobby is decorated with ornate murals, gold leaf millwork in the ceilings, and nickel and brass elevators throughout. You can see some photos of the building's Art Deco interior design here.
The building has been vacant since 2009 but now PMC Property Group will turn the office space into 175 hotel rooms, 36 suites, a hotel fitness center, and a 120-seat restaurant and bar, along with plenty of meeting and event space. Of course, the developers and Kimpton will do what they can to preserve the building's original design but we're gonna guess they won't be bringing back the museum of tobacco that once graced the tobacco building's ground floor. Heck, Kimpton probably won't even allow smoking in the guest rooms. Ain't that funny?
The historic Knickerbocker Hotel is gearing up for its summer opening with an announcement that it has partnered with leading design firm Gabellini Sheppard Associates to design all public spaces and guestrooms (we actually kinda told you that ourselves back in November, but OK).
The hotel, a Leading Hotels of the World, will have 330 guestrooms, including 40 suites, a signature restaurant by Charlie Palmer and a 7,500-square-foot rooftop bar and terrace offering panorama of the city's skyline.
This famous curvy building is so big you have to go to the next town just to take a picture of it.
This week, a rather well known resident of Bath, England, The Royal Crescent Hotel, unveiled its stylish and historically-inspired new look. The hotel has one of the best addresses in town, at No. 16 Royal Crescent, a world-recognized landmark of architecture and urban planning dating to 1767.
The renovation followed the high-profile bankruptcy and auction of the Von Essen Hotel portfolio, which included this Georgian gem. The hotel was purchased in 2012 by private investment firm Topland Group, who proceeded with the much needed upgrades.
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There are definitely killer views from Monastero Santa Rosa, located as it is on Italy’s almost painfully scenic Amalfi Coast. We’ll get to those in a second, but perhaps unusually we’ll start this time with this killer view of the hotel itself, because it is just as good.
Perched on a rocky outcrop and beautifully lit at night, it began life as the name suggests as a monastery in the 17th century. These days, it’s a pretty stunning hotel with just 20 rooms and suites and – what else would you expect – a cliff-edge pool. Check it out after the jump.
We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.
We told you last year that Omni Hotels was taking over the King Edward Hotel in Toronto and would be spending $40 million on renovating the hotel, from guestrooms to the 17th floor Crystal Ballroom that has been closed since the 1970s. While its 20-foot ceilings and four-way skyline views will make for a dramatic addition to the hotel, we’ll start today with a look at the before and after of the guestrooms.
The move to Omni last year marked 110 years since the hotel first opened in 1903, so it’s probably no surprise the rooms had a rather classic feel, but how have they changed?
The historic Farragut Building in Knoxville, Tennesee, may be reverted back to its original use as a popular downtown hotel. The Beaux Arts building, constructed in 1919, was the original home of The Farragut Hotel, replacing an earlier hotel on the same site. Northern California-based Halo Hospitality Group has stepped forward with a proposal to convert the building to a 190-room full service hotel.
The hotel’s location, at 530 South Gay Street, sits within a larger historic district in Downtown Knoxville that is recorded in the National Register of Historic Places. The Farragut Hotel was named after Navy Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, a Tennessee native whose 60+ year naval career began when he was nine-years old (so says Wikipiedia. Guess they didn't have any age restrictions back then. Regarded as a hero many times over, why not have a hotel in his honor?
Local news archives say the hotel has hosted some pretty important guests over the years from Babe Ruth to Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. Halo Hospitality has made it clear they wish to restore the hotel to its former glory which is great news for Knoxville locals and visitors alike.
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The New Yorker Hotel has seen some ups and downs in its 84 year history: from fashionable hotspot that drew the likes of Joan Crawford and Muhammad Ali; to scene of Nikola Tesla's death and, in recent years, status as a lowly Ramada.
But the iconic Art Deco-style hotel entered a new era last week when it joined the Wyndham Hotel brand, which, with a 1,083 room count, makes it the biggest hotel in the Wyndham portfolio.
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We have been following the Peninsula Paris -- Peninsula Hotels' grand entry into Europe -- throughout its six year restoration of the former Hotel Majestic, a 1908 Beaux Arts building in the 16th arrondissement (fun fact: George Gershwin wrote part of "An American in Paris" here).
Now that its August 1st opening date draws closer, we have a peek at what some of the 200 guest rooms will look like. Spot the high-tech bedside tablet we told you about last Spring? Rooms will also feature curated artworks, elegant furniture, ambient lighting, expansive luggage and wardrobe space and a valet box. Marble bathrooms will have deep-soaking bathtubs, separate rain showers, double washbasins, inset televisions and toiletries by Oscar de la Renta.