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So many (cool-looking) hotels, so little time (to highlight them individually.) We love hearing about new hotels in the design pipeline, and lately, we've been stumbling across so many interesting projects from all corners of the hospitality world. And even though we have limited information and limited renderings, we still think it's worthwhile to highlight what's coming up. Oh, and just so you know, 2015 was like, so, yesterday. We're already looking forward to 2016 and 2017.
"High Design" and "Radisson" may not be two phrases that often go together but when you're talking about Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group's Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson brands, it makes a bit more sense, especially when studying these four flashy hotels set to open in the coming years.
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Got plans for the holidays next year? YOO Hotels & Resorts do as they expand into South America with their "diffusion" lifestyle brand YOO2. The campaign kicks off in Rio de Janeiro with the opening of YOO2 Botafogo in December 2015.
This sounds like the start of something big, with a newly formed alliance between YOO Hotels & Resorts and Intercity Hotel Group, who will manage all YOO2 hotels in Brazil. We hear there are up to seven in the works, but could there be more?
Got wine? A new boutique hotel in Barcelona does and its design concept is pretty...intoxicating. Hotel Praktik Vinoteca, as its name suggests, is a celebration of wine, art and design. But mostly wine.
Theme hotels may come and go, and we’ve seen some that have long outlived their stay. Not the case, so to speak, with Praktik Vinoteca. This is by all counts a design hotel that also comes with a reasonable price tag. What's more, this is artsy, soulful Barcelona, so you know it’s going to be hip and attention grabbing. Grab a glass, cleanse your palate and let’s have a look around.
When the Four Seasons Orlando at Disney World opened last August, we found all sorts of non-Disney reasons to get excited by the new hotel, such as the adults-only pool, the neighboring wildlife sanctuary, the Tom Fazio-designed golf course, the 18 spa treatment rooms as well as the luxe decor and attentive service that we've come to expect from Four Seasons hotels.
Now, we understand that all these reasons may not appeal to the extreme Disney fanatics out there. Indeed, because the resort is not technically owned by Disney, there aren't many Mickey touches at all.
The only place where you will find "official" Mickey Mouse ears is at the Disney Planning Desk in the lobby. Here you can buy tickets and Magic Bands as well as make reservations, arrange services and quiz the Disney cast members on what to do and where to go at the parks. And if you do the Character Breakfast at the hotel's Ravello restaurant on Thursdays and Sundays (and some select Tuesdays), you'll be able to see Mickey Mouse in person.
But, there are quite a few unofficial Mickey Mouse ears throughout the property.
Here's where we found hidden or accidental Mickey Mouse ears at the Four Seasons Orlando.
Happy post-Thanksgiving! How’s your stomach feeling? Hopefully not too sensitive to hear about the Speisesaal: the restaurant at the Hotel Wiesler in Graz, Austria, the sister hotel to the Daniel Vienna which has just fully opened to non-guests.
The Wiesler is an interesting place – built in 1909, and formerly a four star hotel, it relinquished its star rating four years ago in order to be able to try more off-piste things. It’s now a banging boutique hotel, “somewhere between soul and art nouveau”, as it describes itself, and the main reason we want to visit Graz.
The magnificent Speisesaal (“Dining Room”) - combining the original, classical building with a striking modern mural – is now open from 6.30am right through to 1am. At breakfast (6.30am-11am, or 2pm on weekends and holidays) there’s a buffet spread as well as a la carte items like buttermilk waffles with fruit and maple syrup (extra points for coffee brewed in a cafetiere at the table, rather than press-a-button machines, like elsewhere in Austria). Extra extra points for the 1930s musical accompaniment at weekends.
For lunch (11am-3pm), there will be a choice of two daily dishes (one meat, one vegetarian). That then fades into tea (homemade gateaux FTW), but the Speisesaal comes into its own in the evening, with steaks, fish and veg flamed over a charcoal grill – as well as what one newspaper critic called "the best burgers in Austria". Said burgers come with a background soundtrack of soul music – very un-Teutonic.
It's been fun looking for symbolism in the design of Club Med Val Thorens Sensations. So does anyone other than us see sunglasses in the mirrored artwork on the wall?
Club Med, the original fun-in-the-sun, all-inclusive resort brand that may have peaked in the 90s, is now going to new heights with its latest destination in the French Alps, Club Med Val Thorens Sensations, opening for the winter season on December 14th.
This is an uber-stylish, high-end resort, literally, as Club Med claims to offer the highest snow elevation in Europe, if not the world. Advanced skiers take note while we take a look around a design fashion statement that we can all look good in, particularly off the slopes.
We’ve already taken you on a tour of the public areas of Rosewood London, but now it’s time to get more intimate with the hotel.
We had a chance to look inside an Executive Room, considered to be an entry level room right after the Deluxe Room, a Premier Suite and a Grand Premier Suite. (After these come the eight Signature Suites, one being the Manor House Suite which can become the Manor House Wing if you book all five connecting rooms – the only hotel “suite” in the world to have its own postal code.)
The 306 rooms and suites were designed by Tony Chi & Associates, who also designed most of the public spaces including the lobby. The rooms feel like stylin’ pieds–à–terre – dramatic in black lacquer, 50 shades of grey (yeah – couldn’t resist!), and design-studio white. Artwork on the walls is equally striking in black and white. But what could potentially be considered “cold” in feel is warmed up by textured wood furnishings.
All bathrooms have hammered silver sinks (very old-school becomes new-school), white marble, and mirrors, mirrors everywhere so no awkward navel-gazing required; do it with ease. You’ll also find heated floors (yes!) and Czech & Speake toiletries in Lavender or Neroli (the first foray into hotel toiletries for this London-based fragrance house).
Check out the image gallery for lots of room pics!
Who needs an alarm clock when you can wake up in your hotel to the intoxicating aroma of warm bread right out of the oven? For those of us who just have to have carbs in the morning, this could be heaven. Whether you're a guest for the night or a passerby on the street, the Hotel Praktik Bakery in Barcelona aims to lure you inside, not only by the sights and smells of warm bread and treats, but also by its cool contemporary design.
We recently stopped by the Boutique Design New York show (BDNY) to see what's new and different in the world of, well, boutique design. We found a new products coming to the market, as well as design firms that have been around for awhile but have new collections to show off. But here are a few notable items we could totally see in a hotel setting, in the New York area and beyond.
1. Andy Warhol Collection by Flavor Paper (pictured at the top)
1. Andy Warhol Collection by Flavor Paper (pictured at the top)
Just when you thought you'd seen enough Andy Warhol artwork in a hotel, now there's an entire Andy Warhol Collection of wallpapers, offered by Brooklyn based Flavor Paper. Flavor Paper has a wide range of creative hand screened patterns and digital imagery on paper, and we've seen their work in the Wythe Hotel and W Seattle, and the company reportedly added SLS Las Vegas to their list of projects. This Warhol collection was made possible via special licensing agreement with the Andy Warhol Foundation.
Fogo Island, a remote and rugged island south of Newfoundland, put itself on the savvy (and well-to-do) traveler's map with the striking, stilt supported Fogo Island Inn, which opened last year. Just getting to the 29-suite, five-star inn is an excursion right up the adventurist's alley - island hopping (via ferry or charter plane) is a prerequisite.
But now it's upped its design appeal, as the inn has launched a furniture collection that is now available to purchase on or off the island.
This photo, of the Vampire Room at Propeller Island Lodge in Berlin, leaves little to the imagination, and we cannot imagine why someone would want to pay to sleep in a coffin, at least sooner than they have to
Today is Halloween and of course that makes for a perfect Funky Friday edition. In this case rather than choosing a single photo - which is tough to do on Halloween - we created a photo gallery dedicated to hotels whose designs, for better or worse, suggest that the spirit of Halloween should be a year round offering.
For this photo roundup, and we expect to add to it over time, we stayed away from some of the more obvious haunted hotels, such as The Stanley (aka "heeerree's Johnny!") because we know you already know about these places. And their designs do not necessarily suggest anything out of the ordinary. These do, whether it be a lighthearted approach, so to speak, or plain drop dead creepy, so to speak.
So here's our first gallery of unusual accommodations created for guests who want to experience some fright night fun or fear any day of the year. Not necessarily in that order.
We recently shared the news, and our excitement, about the upcoming Kahema Bay Portals resort in Majorca, opening in early 2015. With this new hotel well underway, we have another new hotel to look forward to, the Kahema Grand Zurich, opening in Spring, 2015.
This is the latest hotel to be delivered by the team of Lifestyle Hospitality & Entertainment Group, tecArchitecure as architect, and Marcel Wanders, as interior designer. Having just received renderings of the Kahema Grand Zurich, we think this 'Mod Squad' of talent and vision may have another hit on their list.