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There Will Be Plenty Of Golden Slumbers At W Bogota, Opening This Fall

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  Site Where: Bogota, Colombia
August 13, 2014 at 1:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

W Bogota is a bold and brilliant manifestation of the city’s diverse interplay of history and tradition, arts and culture, and the people and what they give to the local contextual landscape.

We recently shared the news of the upcoming W Bogota, due to open this fall (currently on the books for December 12). Yesterday, we were treated to a special (virtual) sneak peak of the hotel's standout design and quite frankly, we were blown away by what we saw. We'd like to say that they may have outdone themselves with this one, but then again this is what W Hotels is about – pushing the limits in contemporary hotel design but always with insight and purpose. In the case of W Bogota, add a fair amount of bling. But wait, we can explain.

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Funky Friday: At Qbic Amsterdam, Sign the Artwork Instead Of The Guest Book

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  Site Where: Mathijs Vermeulenpad 1, 1077 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands
August 8, 2014 at 3:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

Qbic Hotels, presently with just two locations (London and Amsterdam), has firmly placed itself on the map of must-stay budget design hotels. Seriously, if it weren’t for the offers of rooms starting at about $100 a night, and a few rooms having no windows, we wouldn’t know these were “budget” hotels from looking at them.

The Qbic Hotel Amsterdam WTC has a fashionable personality and hip modern look, with just the right touch of quirkiness. We love everything about this hotel but honestly it was the life size artwork in the lobby that sold us for Funky Friday.

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After Almost 50 Years A New Hotel May Soon Be Saying 'Greetings From Asbury Park'

August 7, 2014 at 3:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

This former Salvation Army building is getting an extreme makeover, where a simple brick box gets a second life with new glass-walled areas on the first floor and a hot rooftop bar for you to enjoy your 'spirits in the night'

The famous, occasionally infamous, Jersey Shore got a shot of adrenaline with the announcement of the first new hotel in almost 50 years, opening in 2016 in iconic Asbury Park. It’s exciting news and suggests that Asbury Park may be returning to its heyday as a popular resort destination on the Shore.

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These Brand New Luxury Hotel Rooms Make Us Go 'Meh'

August 7, 2014 at 8:34 AM | by | Comment (1)

Maybe the very du jour white sheets are a bit of a giveaway, but would you honestly think that this is a luxury hotel room less than four months old? We just can’t muster up any excitement for a design that strikes us already as dated and if anything seems intent on incorporating every shade of brown imaginable.

Brand-new the room is though, and you find it inside the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem, a hotel we were very excited about when it opened in April, nearly a year late. The image is displayed both for a King Superior room and a Twin Deluxe Room, the latter seeming somewhat implausible, but a look on TripAdvisor at some traveller photos confirms this is very much their “contemporary opulence” look, as the hotel describes it. They’re not cheap either, with rates starting over $600 a night (that does include free Wifi).

We have a similar sense of disappointment when we look at what turned out to be true photos of the rooms at St. Regis San Clemente Palace; photos we dismissed two months ago as being generic placeholders.

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Is There Ever A Time When A Peekaboo Bathroom Is Ok?

August 5, 2014 at 12:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

The public bathrooms at 25hrs Hotel Bikini Berlin

The 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin hit the headlines last week, not for its funky rooms or its already heaving-with-locals bar, but for its public bathrooms, which are rather more public than intended (at least, we hope so – you know Germans and their toilet obsession). The hotel has floor-to-ceiling windows in the public area bathrooms, and it’s only 10 stories high, meaning that you’re as on display as the animals in the zoo next door while you get down to business. This is the very definition of 'horrendous'.

This is clearly (hopefully?) the nadir of the ghastly peekaboo bathroom trend, but it got us thinking – are they ever ok?

It’s what we wondered during a recent stay at The Hotel (yes, The Hotel) in Brussels. It’s the former Hilton and is a huge tower block perched on a hill overlooking the city center. The views are spectacular, and the renovations of the hotel (The Hotel?) have made the most of this, putting walls of windows center stage, and letting that light and those views flood each and every room.

Yes, the whole of each and every room. Including the bathroom.

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Berlin's Hotel Zoo to Re-open This October After a 2 Year Redo

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  Site Where: Kurfürstendamm 25, Berlin, Germany, 10719
August 4, 2014 at 4:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

There’s nothing like a little Hollywood style hype to draw some attention to the re-opening of a hotel. For two years, the Hotel Zoo in Berlin has been under serious wraps during its renovation and we don’t have much more to go on than we did when it closed. Recent announcements about the hotel’s big unveiling this October have got us curious, and clues about what the hotel may actually look like come from, none other than, Hollywood.

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Funky Friday: The New Hotel in Athens Gets Funky With Recycled Materials

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  Site Where: 16, Filellinon Str, Athens, Greece, 10557
August 1, 2014 at 3:30 PM | by | Comment (1)

At New Hotel, old scrap materials get a second life and come back as, what else, trees.

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.

Occasionally we come across a hotel that takes the concept of adaptive reuse to new heights, literally. The New Hotel in Athens is a great example of recycling materials in a fun and funky way, and we think it deserves a little close-up look in Funky Friday. The New Hotel is one of five properties in the Athens based Yes! Hotels collection, self-described as: Young Enthusiastic Seductive. That's enough to get our attention right there.

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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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Starwood to Add Design Hotels' 260+ Super Cool Hotel Collection To Its Empire

July 29, 2014 at 5:09 PM | by | Comment (1)

The Number Sixteen Hotel, London

Back in March it was announced that Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide, Inc. intended to enter into a dominating agreement with Design Hotels AG. While it’s not officially a done deal yet, it got a whole lot closer this month, with the majority vote approval received by Design Hotels’ Management Board.

We may not fully grasp the legal details of such an agreement – though reference to “dominating” got our attention— we imagine there will soon be another logo at the bottom of the Starwood Hotels web site. This is big news and here’s how we see it from a design perspective.

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Funky Friday: Inside Munich Neue Messe is Not Kind to Lefties

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  Site Where: Humboldtstrasse, 12, Aschheim Dornach, Munich, 85609
July 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Eeny meeny miny moe, tell us where’s a lefty to go?

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.

Occasionally, an individual piece of furniture in a hotel grabs our attention, and these artful lounge chairs at INNSIDE Munich Neue Messe certainly did. Are they stylish, well-placed and inviting? Yes, yes and yes. But does "form follow function" in this design? Ah, that may depend on which side of the brain rules your world, and for this week’s Funky Friday we’re taking a light-hearted stand—er, seat rather—in support of the southpaw.

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A Peek Inside Mama Shelter Bordeaux

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  Site Where: 19, rue Poquelin Moliere, Bordeaux, France, 33000
July 23, 2014 at 4:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week we gave you a peek at the hip Seeko’o Hotel in Bordeaux and now it’s Mama Shelter’s turn. If you know other Mama Shelters, then you know that the hipness tap stayed on during the making of this little gem.

Located right in the heart of things at Place Saint Christoly, this 97-room hotel opened in October of 2013. Like all of the Mama Shelters the concept is simple: Give the people what they need and charge ‘em extra for the stuff that they might want. That, plus a Philippe Starck design concept that’s stark (or Starck! yuk-yuk) white minimalism in the rooms and wild and wacky design in the public areas.

(Plenty of pics in the photo gallery!)

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Design Giant HBA Creates A New Look For Hilton, In Santa Fe Mexico City

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  Site Where: Antonio Dovali Jaime No. 70, Mexico City, Mexico, 1219 Feder
July 23, 2014 at 12:04 PM | by | Comment (1)

One of the biggest names in hospitality design, Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) has completed its latest interiors project for Hilton Hotels & Resorts. The Hilton Santa Fe Mexico City with a brilliantly executed new look that shows the strength, longevity, and aliveness of the brand.

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