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A Look Inside Madrid's Hotel Villa Magna

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  Site Where: Paseo de la Castellana 22, Madrid, Spain, 28046
March 27, 2015 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Don’t you love it when a hotel does a reno and decreases the number of rooms rather than increases them? The Hotel Villa Magna in Madrid (part of Leading Hotels of the World) renovated the property between 2007 and 2009 and we mean gutted it – demolishing everything but the building’s façade and the floors – and took the room count from 182 to 150 rooms and suites. This leaves you with some of the most spacious rooms in Madrid.

Madrid-based interior designer Thomas Urquijo is the master planner behind the design, which is best-described as contemporary elegance. There's a touch of Bauhaus, Viennese Secessionism and Louis XVI styles all thrown in there, with both public and private spaces bathed in earthy greys and off-whites. Furniture is a combo of restored antiques and modern additions, and one nice touch is the colorful artwork found throughout the hotel, all part of the private collection of the hotel’s Portuguese owners who, we were told, also own the Four Seasons Lisbon.

Found in the posh Salamanca district, right in the heart of Madrid’s ritziest shopping, the hotel’s rooms and suites are broken down into seven separate categories, starting with the Magna Room all the way to the Insignia Suites. But get this: the smallest room category, the Magna Room, is a whopping 376 sq ft. As a comparison when we stayed at the ME Madrid in one of their Energy Rooms (the last room category just before you hit the suites) it was only 265 sq ft. Sometimes bigger really is better.

See all of the pics in the photo gallery!

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Vienna's Planning a Hotel in the World's Tallest Wooden Building

Where: Vienna, Austria
March 23, 2015 at 8:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

There are many things you could call Vienna. Beautiful is one. Traditional is another. An orgy for the eyes wouldn’t be pushing it too far. But forward-thinking? That doesn’t come so easily.

So imagine the surprise on learning that an innovative new wooden skyscraper – including a hotel as part of it – is going to be built in… Vienna!

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Who Needs Green Beer When You Can Have a Green Hotel Room? (And Maybe Get Lucky)

March 17, 2015 at 5:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Once again, it's the day we think green, wear green, drink green, and spend some green as Saint Patrick's Day festivities get under way around the globe. We've covered this light spirited - make that heavy spirited - day from many hotel angles, from the where to get the best parade views to last minute deals if you've had too many brews.

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The Madonna Inn Gets Rid of its Vintage Bedspreads, Kitsch Fans Get Furious

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  Site Where: 100 Madonna Rd [map], San Luis Obispo, CA, United States, 93405
March 17, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

The new look

There are some things you don’t mess with. Vindictive people. Authoritarian governments. Icons – especially icons beloved of millions of people.

Sadly, the Madonna Inn, that icon of kitsch in San Luis Obispo lost the memo on that last one. Because in a breathless blog and Facebook post it revealed it’s getting rid of its famous bedspreads. You know, the vintage ones with mad patterns – paisleys, pomegranates, horses, bits of leather – those really famous, unique bedspreads that are integral to the crazy decor of the hotel.

What are they replacing them with? Crisp white sheets. A couple of cushions (sorry, “throw pillows”). And that most infernal item of chain hotel inroom décor: the utterly useless velvet stripe that goes across the end of the bed. Or, as the Madonna Inn says, “bed scarves”. They also say:

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Check Out The Gates, A New Hotel in Key West’s New Town

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  Site Where: 3824 N Roosevelt Blvd [map], Key West, Florida, United States, 33040
February 11, 2015 at 3:50 PM | by | Comments (4)

The furniture’s arriving, paint is setting and staff is training: preparations are well underway to herald the opening of the 245-room boutique lifestyle property, The Gates, in Key West’s New Town.

Scheduled to open in April, the property is aiming to be the sophisticated design hotel that hasn’t been seen in these parts before. It will combine “refined luxury, modern design, organic touches, and Floridian flare to recreate the verve of Hemingway's ‘old school Key West.’ " What that means, in less marketing speak, is that you should expect lots of white and grey, whitewashed wood, blue sky- and ocean-colored accents, and some contrasting modern design touches just to make it interesting.

The Gates is designed by Andrea Henzlik of AHD in Atlanta and her goal was to make the property feel home-grown, chic, convivial and relaxed. To this end, the hotel will have a residential feel without the traditional front desk and has partnered with locals including photographer Jorge de la Torriente of De La Gallery, whose work will be found in the public spaces and rooms, the Key West First Legal Rum Distillery will be supplying their farm-to-bottle craft-distilled blends at Rum Row, the hotel’s bar, and Rodriguez Cigar Factory, the oldest cigar maker on the island, will be providing its premium cigars to be savored in the hotel’s Cigar Garden.

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This Hotel Was Entirely Designed by Its Facebook Fans

February 10, 2015 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

Guys, this is just the beginning.

You thought millennial hotels were bad enough? Meet the Club Med Val Thorens Sensations, which was designed by… its Facebook fans.

According to the Mail, the 384-room hotel was the first to be entirely crowdsourced, and it was all done via Facebook requests.

So what do Facebook fans want in a hotel?

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We Go Inside Every Signature Suite at The Loews Regency New York

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  Site Where: 540 Park Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10065
February 6, 2015 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

After hearing about the special Signature Suites inside the Loews Regency New York since last summer, including one designed by Nate Berkus, this hotel design nerd was pretty excited to finally get to explore every high-end nook and cranny at an event hosted by Loews earlier this week. Here are her reactions:

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The Verb Hotel Really Hits the 'Rock n' Roll' Theme Out of The Park

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  Site Where: 1271 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215
February 4, 2015 at 1:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to rock 'n roll hotels, The Verb Hotel is "not the same old song and dance" as evidenced by this vintage pre-Elvis tour bus complete with bar, kitchen, sleeping area and bathroom. Groupies not included.

Rock ‘n roll nostalgia in hotels is nothing new. Even if you weren’t around for the original experience--or if you were and you don’t remember--rock lives on in memorabilia throughout many hotels. Anyone heard of Hard Rock Hotels?

But hanging up a pair of pants a rocker wore for five minutes of a tour 40 years ago doesn’t cut it in this highly competitive world of hotel design. Here’s a rock hotel that we think hits it out of the ballpark--The Verb Hotel, about a home run (or foul ball's distance) from Boston's Fenway Park.

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Which Country Has the Wackiest Hotel Designs?

Where: China
January 29, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comment (1)

If you’re anything like us, you’ll have read the story about the hotel that looks like an amethyst last week, and thought immediately, “Ah, there is only one place for that – China.” And you would be right. The architects envision it as a chain, but the first is being planned for the manmade Ocean Flower island currently in construction in the sea off Hainan province.

And from that came the obvious question – which country designs the maddest hotels?

Several contenders spring to mind immediately:

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The Carlyle New York to Get a Makeover From Tony Chi and Associates

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  Site Where: 35 E. 76th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10021
January 26, 2015 at 3:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel & Resort, is not just a hotel where Kate Middleton would stay while visiting New York, it is also a hotel where we would spend the end of our days.

It is an Upper East Side institution, a quintessentially New York experience which, provided you have the funds for a night's stay, will make you feel not like a guest passing through but rather, an actual resident and this place has been your home all along.

When we stayed there in 2008, we knew the rooms may not have been the most modern rooms on the block, but they were classic and clean and so very well-maintained. But that was seven years ago. Even though some rooms have received a soft goods upgrade since that time, The Carlyle is ready for a change.

Which is why we are thrilled to hear that NYC-based Tony Chi, the man behind the gorgeous Rosewood London is taking on The Carlyle's upcoming renovation project.

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The Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Was Meant to Open, And Then Didn't

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  Site Where: 18 Jai, Yanshui Road, Yanqi Lake, Huairou District, China, 10147
January 22, 2015 at 9:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

Remember when we told you Kempinski Hotels sat down for 60 days with 60 designers from around the world to come up with the above, the Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, meant to resemble the rising sun as well as a scallop (no, really)?

At the time, opening was scheduled for mid-November, which obviously didn’t happen – then just before the weekend, we got excited by some actual photography from inside the hotel on its website, as well as a ticker that showed only two days left to go. Checking back in today, ready for a cheerful “Now Open!” in its place, we’re faced with the setback of opening another ten days away. Boo… We’ll make do with those photos for now then.

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Modern Morrocan Design Will Define the Rooms at Radisson Blu Marrakech

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  Site Where: 166 - 176 Avenue Mohamed V, 40000 Marrakech, Morocco
January 14, 2015 at 8:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

The other day we took a look at the uber-luxe hotels coming to Marrakech. Today, we're spotlighting something more affordable.

Add another tick mark in the Radisson Blu upcoming hotel column, as the super cool looking luxury brand expands for the first time into Morroco. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Marrakech Carré Eden is scheduled to open its doors "mid-2015." That's just around the corner as hotel development (and design) goes and just vague enough that the actual opening date will likely be tweaked.

In the meantime, let's have a brief look around.

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