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Funky Friday: All Night Interactive Fun at Hotel Parchi Del Garda

September 12, 2014 at 4:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Meet Aki, your master of ceremonies for a night of 4D interactive fun, where special effects are the best amenity in the room

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.

Lake Garda, Italy – images of scenic beauty, historic summer villas, and romantic escapes come to mind, right? That might have been the case if you had been there before 1975. Lake Garda now has very different scenery and could be regarded as Italy’s answer to Orlando. The shores are now populated with ginormous resorts and theme parks unique to Italy (Gardaland) as well as a few we know well (Medieval Times.) It should be no surprise then, to find hotels that seek to extend the entertainment value of the area to the accommodation. One hotel in particular, Hotel Parchi Del Garda, offers a unique interactive experience that highlights the fun in this week's Funky Friday.

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A Look Inside Hotel Lautner, Now Open For Winter

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  Site Where: 67710 San Antonio Street [map], Desert Hot Springs, CA, United States, 92240
September 9, 2014 at 9:29 AM | by | Comment (1)

Last time we heard about Hotel Lautner, it was surrendering to the Coachella Valley heat and closing down for the summer. Now, it’s open again (actually, it opened a little early for Labor Day), and with a special September deal: $199 (plus tax) per night, with no midweek minimum stay (though there’s the standard two night minimum on weekends).

You might think this looks relatively expensive for a Palm Springs hotel, since we told you before how low prices can go there. Is a two night minimum and a $200+ room really worth it?

Yes. 100 percent worth it. A million times over. And not just because it has a kitchen so you can save on eating out. Pictures speak louder than words, so here are some photos from our stay back in 2012, when it was newly open.

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This Novotel Is Built Around Brussels' Medieval City Walls

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  Site Where: Rue de la Vierge Noire 32, Brussels, Belgium, 1000
September 5, 2014 at 9:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s a Novotel, but not as you know it. Because this Novotel is wrapped around the ancient city walls.

It’s the Novotel Brussels Centre Tour Noire, and is built around the Tour Noire – or Black Tower – which was built in the 13th century behind the St Catherine church as part of the original city walls. We’re looking at it here from outside the old walls.

Here's the front entrance:

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The Killer Views And Classy Rooms Of Istanbul's Sumahan on the Water

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  Site Where: Kulelí Caddesi No 43, Cengelkoy, Istanbul, Turkey
August 20, 2014 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)


The house launch and the Bosphorus Bridge, from the garden at Sumahan

A converted alcohol factory on the Asian side of Istanbul, right on the bank of the Bosphorus. There’s little not to love about Sumahan on the Water, which we mentioned last week as one of our favorite Bosphorus hotels. Today, we’ll take you through the keyhole.

First impressions are key, of course, and Sumahan does a blinding one: it sends its wooden boat to fetch you at the little dock in Tophane, on the European side. From there, it’s a 15-20 minute chug up and across the Bosphorus to Çengelköy, where you’ll dock just beside the ground floor rooms.

Sumahan was designed by its Turkish-American architect owners, Nedret and Mark Butler (Nedret’s family originally owned the factory, and transforming the abandoned space was the subject of her thesis). You can tell it’s a labor of love: each of the 24 rooms is named after a different village around the Bosphorus, and a huge amount of thought has gone into the design.

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Why You'll Want to Take The Elevator at The Westin Hamburg, Opening in 2016

July 30, 2014 at 1:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

The most eyecatching feature of the new Westin Hamburg is the seafaring wavy roof. We're guessing that means no helipad.

Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city, is getting larger and that means more hotels. According to HotelProjectsWorldwide, there are 23 new hotels in development in Hamburg, thanks in part to the revitalization of former riverfront warehouse district HafenCity. In 2016, HafenCity will be home to the new Westin Hamburg, located in one of the most highly anticipated new buildings worldwide— the Elbe Phiharmonic Hall.

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The Baccarat Hotel in Rabat Should Dazzle, Inside And Out, When It Opens In 2015

Where: Rabat, Morocco
July 21, 2014 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Anticipation continues to mount for the debut of Baccarat Hotels. We’ve been tracking the progress of Baccarat Hotel and Residences in New York which should open in December but today, we're checking in on the second Baccarat Hotel to open-- The Baccarat Hotel, Rabat in Morocco, whose completion is simply stated as “opening 2015.”

We’ve found a few renderings of this Baccarat Hotel yet it's hard to fully grasp what Baccarat’s second installation is going to look like. Nevertheless, here's our take and so far, we like what we see.

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A Former Courthouse is Now Back in Session, This Time as Le Méridien Tampa

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  Site Where: 601 North Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33602
July 2, 2014 at 1:12 PM | by | Comments (5)

Le Meridien Tampa gets serious about courting its guests, debuting in this massive former courthouse. But rest assured, those unpaid parking tickets will not be added to your bill.

Climbing the monumental steps of a courthouse can make anyone a bit queasy. However, when those same steps lead to the grand entrance of a hotel, unease turns into excitement. And that's now what we're experiencing looking at these new photos of the just opened Le Méridien Tampa, inside a former Federal courthouse in downtown.

We’re seeing a rise in Federal buildings becoming adopted and adapted into a hotel (example: Trump Hotels has overtaken a post office in Washington DC, and Drury Hotels is converting a Federal Reserve building in Pittsburgh.) Courthouses have many opportunities, and challenges, for re-use as hotels. Here's how Miami-based Kobi Karp Architecture made the transformation from landmark 1905 courthouse to hotel at the Le Méridien Tampa.

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One Design Firm Gathers Up 4 South Beach Hotels For A Little (Design) Group Therapy

June 24, 2014 at 4:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Ritz-Carlton Gets Big Name Designers For Its Mumbai Hotel, Opening in 2016

Where: Mumbai, India
June 10, 2014 at 5:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ritz-Carlton Hotels have nabbed a stellar design team for its second hotel in the region, The Ritz-Carlton Mumbai, opening in 2016. While most of the luxury brands have already laid bricks in the Asia Pacific, Mumbai, as a growing center for finance, entertainment, and design—yes, design—seems to be the “it” destination and so the race is on.

According to HotelManagment, the 238-room Ritz Carlton is being developed by Oasis Realty in a joint venture of Oberoi Realty and Sahana Group. The hotel will occupy one of two new towers which will include Ritz-Carlton managed residences. The hotel will have an ocean-view bar (Arabian Sea,) two restaurants, spa, and enough event space for the average over-the-top Indian wedding.

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DROP Mobile Eco-Hotel Goes XL

April 30, 2014 at 9:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

When In-Tenta Creative Design Group came up with mobile eco-hotel DROP a few years ago, we loved its design, environmental friendliness, and ability to be installed pretty much anywhere.

We’re still waiting for someone to pick up the idea and turn it into reality, but with summer arriving and festival season around the corner, DROP now has a big brother – DROP XL – which we think is the perfect answer to leaking tents, deflating air mattresses, and shared bathrooms.

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The Designers of the Upcoming W Milan May Want To Look At These 6 Hotels First

April 17, 2014 at 6:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

We recently shared the exciting news of W Milan coming in 2016 to the design capital of Milan. You’ve asked us for more information and trust us— we are working on it and will provide updates as we receive them. Yeah, we know, two years is a long time to wait and we share your pain.

We know that the new 76-room W Milan has a hot location in the artsy Brera District, within Milan's historical center. This area is a great fit for the W crowd, with its art galleries, hip boutiques, and plenty to see and do at night.

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Brace Yourselves For Another Mind-Bending Hotel by Zaha Hadid, in The City of Dreams

April 14, 2014 at 6:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just when we were beginning to wrap our heads around architect Zaha Hadid’s design for ME Dubai, we learn that the firm is working on another hotel, due to open in early 2017.

This one, the City of Dreams Hotel Tower, will no doubt stand out in the crowd in Macau's newest entertainment and gaming destination.

The hotel will be the fifth developed by Melco Crown Entertainment Limited in China and it will be their flagship at this mega-playland. No kidding. Other Melco Crown-owned hotels at the City of Dreams include Hard Rock Hotel, Grand Hyatt Macau, and Crown Towers Macau. They also own the 5-star Altira Macau, located on the neighboring Taipa island.

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