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Funky Friday: The Hospitality Design Expo Edition

May 16, 2014 at 2:58 PM | by | ()

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

As the Hospitality Design Expo wraps up this week, we thought it might be fun to wing it and look for a Funky Friday subject as an individual product, straight from the exhibit hall floor. While we can’t say we saw every booth at the show, we found one that stood out to us and seemed like an ideal candidate. The more we looked at this functional and fashionable accessory, the more we saw it as a creative design solution worthy of a Funky Friday highlight.

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10 Great Ideas From the Exhibit Floor At the Hospitality Design Expo

May 15, 2014 at 6:39 PM | by | ()

Every spring in Las Vegas, architects, designers, manufacturers, and developers gather for the largest industry trade show and tell in America -- the Hospitality Design Expo.

There are informative sessions led by top design movers and shakers with special evening celebrations to cap off an already exhausting day of networking. There are design competitions, involving both professionals and students, that push the limits of what has already been done to find new and viable solutions for the future.

Then there is the exhibit hall where companies compete for our attention, and later on in the day, lure us into their booths with cocktails for an impromptu happy hour.

It is here where we also get to see, feel, and thankfully, occasionally sit, on the latest products, trends and design concepts that eventually (hopefully) will become a part of a larger hotel project.

While we would love to share all of the great ideas from the Expo floor, we narrowed it down to 10 that cover a range of products across the hospitality design field. Check 'em out!

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Would You Stay At a Hotel That Looked Like This?

April 29, 2014 at 2:04 PM | by | ()

Wow, where shall we begin? What we are looking at is not a confirmed hotel project, but the way things are going, it could be. This design, created by Hong Kong based architectural and interior design firm of Ova Studio was one of the professional entries in the 8th annual Radical Innovation Awards competition.

This proposed hotel design did not make it to the finals of the competition, but it is radical even to us, and we like to think we've seen it all. We're sharing it with you because it is so off the wall -- literally.

The winners of the competition will be announced live next month at the Hospitality Design Expo in Las Vegas, which we will excitedly cover with eyes wide open.

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Here's How to Solve That Pesky Room Service Tray in the Hallway Dilemma

July 9, 2013 at 2:45 PM | by | ()

We've griped before about how we can't stand seeing the room service table left in the hallway all day or night. The last thing we want to see as we head back to our room is what you ate for dinner last night or for breakfast this morning. Sorry, but it's true!

That's why we always say take the extra step and call up room service or housekeeping and let them know the tray is outside. (In a really good hotel, room service will call you an hour or so after the meal was delivered and ask if they can take the tray.) However, thanks to this new-fangled technology from Axxess Industries you will never have to call for the tray to be removed.

Axxess' solution is to embed a transmitter somewhere in the room tray or the table--for instance, in the sugar packet dispenser--that automatically sends a signal to housekeeping or room service that the tray has been placed outside the room. The signal can be sent through the electronic Do Not Disturb signs outside the room or through plug-in devices. Fittingly, the technology is called Tray Tracker.

We got a demo of this technology at the Hospitality Design Expo in Las Vegas last May and according to CEO Joerg Wagner, the technology is already being used by several Vegas hotels which have thousands and thousands of hotel rooms, and potentially, thousands of room service trays. Of course, the Tray Tracker doesn't send a robot to pick up the tray. We still need to rely on humans for that. But it does save us the hassle of making the "Can you pick up my tray?" phone call.

[Photo: Axxess Industries]

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Will This Pop-Up Hotel Be Opening in an Office Space Near You?

May 21, 2013 at 5:05 PM | by | ()

Last week at the Hospitality Design Expo in Las Vegas, it wasn't all about brightly colored chairs, interesting light fixtures and high-tech toilets. We actually got a glimpse of possible future hotels at the Radical Innovation in Hospitality Awards.

The competition, now in its 7th year, aims to "discover, identify, and explore radically innovative hospitality concepts" either ones that are already in development or just in conceptual form. It's sponsored by Hospitality Design and The John Hardy Group, the developers behind the recently opened Anza Hotel in Calabasas as well as several big hotels in NYC and worldwide.

In Las Vegas, the top three finalists for the contest made their presentations to a rather large panel of hotel industry experts from Starwood's president of global development, Simon Turner; master planner and architect Wing Chao and John Hardy himself. The entire thing was moderated by industry expert, Barbara DeLollis. Yet despite the big names on the panel, it was the audience who got the final vote in which team should win.

While we were swayed by the idea of a traveling train hotel and a hotel with shared coworking spaces, it was clear that The Pop-Up Hotel was not just the most innovative idea for a hotel but also one that could be implemented rather easily.

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Scenes from The 2013 Hospitality Design Expo in Las Vegas

May 17, 2013 at 9:16 AM | by | ()

This week we attended the Hospitality Design Expo Conference in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and never before have we seen so much hotel furniture in one spot--from chairs and beds to desks and lamps and beyond. It was thrilling for hotel nerds like us.

We'll have more from what we learned at the show next week (keyword: MILLENIALS) but for now, we thought we'd simply show you what we saw. Take a, um, seat and enjoy!

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What's Next for Nobu Hotels?

May 17, 2013 at 9:01 AM | by | ()

Now that the first-ever Nobu Hotel is up and running inside Caesars Palace Las Vegas, where is the fledging hotel brand from sushi chef Nobu Matsuhisa going next?

We were hoping we would get some answers at the Hospitality Design Expo in Las Vegas yesterday but the panel about the Nobu Hotels brand was cancelled.

Still, there are definitely plans for more Nobu Hotels including Riyadh, Saudi Arabia which is set to open this year as well as London and Bahrain. While the Nobu Riyadh has a rather fleshed-out website, the London and Bahrain are simply listed as "Coming Soon!" We also found a report that said Nobu is thinking about opening a hotel in the Caribbean which would, of course, be amaze.

But then we stumbled across this report which said that a Nobu Hotel may open in the hottest hotel market right now--Chicago. For reals!

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