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Best Western Announces a New Boutique Hotel Concept, Vib

October 15, 2014 at 9:28 AM | by | ()

After nearly 70 years as a cornerstone of America's mid-range hotel scene, Best Western has announced that it will take a step into two new markets with two new brands, Vib (pronounced "vibe") and BW Premier.

The Premier Collection has actually been up and running for a while, and includes this recently opened eco-resort in Malaysia. In fact, last time we checked in on Premier, it was planning properties in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nairobi and Oman. Just to catch you up if you missed it, the BW Premier Collection will be a "soft brand" offering, meaning that it will consist of a variety of high-end properties in different markets (as opposed to a single hotel brand, like Vib). Hotels in the Premier Collection will be bookable through the Best Western website, and guests will be able to earn and use their Best Western reward points at any hotel in the collection.

The big announcement is the new boutique Vib concept, short for Vibrant. It is being described as a "stylish and technology-centric hotel concept created to meet the needs of today’s connected traveler," featuring "vibrant and modern design with a focus on convenience, technology and social engagement." That's about as vague as it gets, and the details are pretty scarce except for the fact that the properties will be tech-savvy and have large lobbies that incorporate local flair. You can check out the short promotional video below.

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This Innovative Concept In Green Hotel Design Is a Breath of Fresh Air

May 29, 2014 at 1:05 PM | by | ()

Here’s a refreshing concept in the design of green hotels: Treat the interior spaces as greenhouses and grow your own fresh air. If properly planned and implemented, the idea sounds like a no brainer, and it's been gaining momentum. The concept of a “Green Air Hotel” was this year’s winner of the Radical Innovation Awards hosted this month at the Hospitality Design Expo in Las Vegas.

The Radical Innovation Awards, now in its 9th year, was created by The John Hardy Group, a hotel development and construction management consulting firm. All designers love a competition, and this one pushes the envelope in the quest for the next big thing in hotel design. Two finalists make their case live at the Expo and, in classic reality show format, the guests vote for the winner.

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DROP Mobile Eco-Hotel Goes XL

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

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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Meet DROP, The Next Generation Mobile Eco-Hotel

December 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM | by | ()

With glamping still on trend, we see a lot of attempts to marry hotel-room comforts with Mother Nature, all wrapped up in an environmentally sensitive package. We’re totally on board with this, whether up in an English treehouse or out in the African bush.

So, it’s no surprise then that we’re a little in love with the DROP eco-hotel concept, the brainchild of Barcelona's In-Tenta Creative Design Group. A fully mobile “micro-architecture” project, DROP is specifically designed to be installed with a minimum amount of impact on its environment.

We know, a little brain cramp might be happening now, but we'll explain more.

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What's Up With a Room For London?

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  Site Where: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, United Kingdom, SE1 8XX
January 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM | by | ()

A look inside A Room for London's nautical interior

Now that London's hotel of-the-moment, the single-suite Room for London, has opened its nautically-themed doors, we're on a mad hunt for reviews. Creative or kitchy? Comfy or cramped? Opinions will filter through in drips and drabs, as ARFL's limited coterie of guests experience and check out of the Southbank-perched lodgings.

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One-Room Copenhagen Hotel Boasts Kitsch and Top Notch Caffeine

Where: Tullinsgade 1, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2615 0186
December 21, 2011 at 4:30 PM | by | ()

See that teensy-tiny window? That's supposedly where Copenhagen's new one-room hotel will reside.

Is it just us, or is there some kind of chiral harmony between hotel gimmicks in London and Copenhagen these days? First, we reported on locales in the respective cities promoting all-female floors, and now Copenhagen is following in the footsteps of London's soon-to-be-launched Room for London and debuting one-room lodgings of its own.

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All Aboard, Mateys! There's Still a Chance to Book 'A Room for London'

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  Site Where: Southbank, London, United Kingdom
December 2, 2011 at 3:45 PM | by | ()

You might remember a recent report we logged about London's pop-up, one room hotel, "A Room for London," set to open this January in the lead up to next summer's Olympic Games. Bookings for the floating suite of sorts—"perched" on the edge of the Thames River and offering a spectacular view of the Southbank—have already sold out from January through June.

Not surprising, considering the novelty factor and the fact that London hotel rooms in general are disappearing faster than you can say "tourist board windfall."

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MUJI Design Turns Barcelona Apartments Into 'Whotells'

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  Site Where: Barcelona, Spain
October 16, 2009 at 2:21 PM | by | ()

We may love us some hotels, but research into accommodations in a destination usually includes looking at alternatives like temporary stay apartments as well, especially when we sit tight in the same city for over a week. Contemporary design usually wins us over as well, since isn't the point of paying so much to stay in a nice place to not be surrounded by your usual clutter? For this reason, we totally know where we're headed next time we're in Barcelona: The MUJI Whotells buildings in the Raval, Eixample and Barceloneta quarters.

The collection of temporary stay apartments, managed and outfitted like hotel suites gone native, occupy refurbished designer apartment buildings and offer 1,2 and 3-bedroom apartments for travelers, with capacity of up to 6 people. So how are these different from other temporary stay apartments, you ask? Well, they're furnished by the Japanese master brand of simplicity and functionality: MUJI.

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