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Funky Friday: Your Luggage Never Looked Better Than At The Nordic Light Hotel

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  Site Where: Vasaplan 7, Stockholm, Sweden, 11120
April 18, 2014 at 3:00 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.

We would have to agree that the most studied, re-purposed, and re-designed space within the modern day hotel is the lobby. It’s all about social interaction, whether it be real or virtual. Typically, it is both. We need a comfortable place to relax, work, or have an informal meeting. Oh, and we want to feel welcome and unpressured. The last thing that a hotel lobby should be today, as it has been in the past, is a busy transfer station for arriving guests and their luggage.

For this week’s Funky Friday, we are featuring a hotel lobby that was intentionally designed around the concept of luggage. At the Nordic Light Hotel in Stockholm, it’s done ever so playfully and in a modern design context, so we’re going to run with it.

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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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Renaissance Santiago Opens With a Sleek and Luxe Look

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  Site Where: Avenida Kennedy, 4700 Vitacura, Santiago, Chile, 7630454
April 11, 2014 at 11:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

Renaissance Hotels, Marriott's "luxury lifestyle" brand, is getting on the expansion bandwagon by expanding into Latin America. The Renaissance Hotel Santiago becomes their third hotel in South America and their first in Chile’s capital.

The hotel’s design team is New York based dashdesign and Santiago based MC Studio, who also designed W Santiago (while working at Tony Chi). A classic modern approach was taken to the hotel’s design, featuring large open spaces with simple but sculptural furnishings, finished in warm earth tones and shades of grey.

What really makes the interiors come alive is the use of Latin-inspired accent colors and bold artwork, which gives the hotel its local flavor. Speaking of flavor, there is one fine dining restaurant and several options for casual fare including poolside, and in the bar or lounges. For a liquid only excursion, the hotel offers regional wine and beer, as well as 29 varieties of coffee. This is after all, South America.

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Funky Friday: You can Leave your Hat On, Or Not, at Portago Urban

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  Site Where: Plaza de Fortuny 6, 18009 Granada
April 4, 2014 at 4:16 PM | by | Comment (1)

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.

Take the “ky” out of “funky” and what you have is fun. This week’s Funky Friday edition takes a lighthearted look at the fun, if not funny, side of hospitality design. Our featured image is the cocktail lounge at Portago Urban in Granada, Spain.

Portago Urban is one of two independently hip properties of Portago Hotels, the other being nearby Portago Suites. The hotel group takes its name from the Marquis de Portago, Spain’s first Ferrari race care driver. (By the way, Ferrari is planning its first hotel, look for details soon.)

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Blinded By The White: 14 Hotels With All-White Designs

April 2, 2014 at 2:31 PM | by | Comment (1)

Two things can be said about present day hotel interiors that cannot be refuted--they are sometimes colorful and they are sometimes colorless. For as many hotels that we have seen with lobbies, guest rooms, and restaurants that feature bold, bright, and busy settings, we come across almost as many that go for the classic simplicity of a predominantly white palette.

The consensus is that white offers a sense of calm, order and cleanliness. That might be true in a hotel setting when there is no one in it. Further, whoever says that white signifies innocence probably doesn't spend much time in hotels. We're just saying.

Without getting too nitty gritty on whether white is or is not a color – we leave that discussion to Bill Nye the Science Guy — we have compiled a photo gallery of some great hotel interiors that have seriously lightened up. As you will see in this gallery there are many shades of "white" (for further study refer to your handy Pantone color deck) and infinitely many ways that designers capitalize on this eternal non-color in their hotel designs.

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A Look at The Crazy Cool Me Hotel in Dubai From Zaha Hadid

March 27, 2014 at 3:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

There ain’t nothing like a dame – or a hotel that is designed by Dame Zaha Hadid, one of the most influential architects of our time. It should come as no surprise that the design-focused brand ME, by Melia Hotels has hired Zaha Hadid Architects as the sole design firm -- both interior and exterior -- for their new hotel, ME Dubai, set for a 2016 opening.

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Funky Friday: No Diamond Pendant is Too Big for La Maison Champs Elysees

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  Site Where: 8 Rue Jean Goujon, Paris, France, 75008
March 21, 2014 at 4:37 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.

Have you noticed that when a fashion designer takes on the role of hotel designer, you really don’t know exactly what you’re gonna get? Once the initial hotel of a fashion house opens, we can then look for signature details or some visibly explainable transition from, say, a three-piece suit to a three-room suite.

Judging from the first hotel fully decorated by Belgian designer Martin Margiela, La Maison Champs Elysees Paris, we’re guessing that there won't be another quite like this one. Not even by Margiela himself.

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Inside Hotel Indigo's Two Newest Hotels in Rome and St. Petersburg

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  Site Where: Via Giulia 62, Rome, Italy, 00186
March 20, 2014 at 10:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

Oh happy day! Spring is (almost) in the air -- summer’s waiting in the wings -- and Hotel Indigo is popping up all over Europe, just in time for peak travel season.

With two new openings this month, in Rome and St. Petersburg, one next month in Madrid, and at least three others “coming soon” (Lisbon and two more in the UK), we’ve got a lot of ground to cover. So let’s get started with Hotel Indigo Rome - St. George and Hotel Indigo St. Petersburg - Tchaikovskogo ). We'll follow up on the others as they progress.

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Funky Friday: The 5 Funkiest Things About the Lobby at Hotel Barcelo Raval

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  Site Where: Rambla del Raval 17-21, 08001 Barcelona
March 14, 2014 at 5:18 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.

Barcelona is one of Europe's great cultural hubs that celebrates design and freedom of self expression. While we can probably all agree that 'anything goes' in 21st century hotel design, it is certainly going on in Barcelona. Hoteliers and designers shed their (aesthetic) inhibitions here, resulting in one new or radically improved hotel after another that just has no precedent. The Hotel Barcelo Raval is a perfect example and is the zesty subject of this week's Funky Friday.

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Grand Rapids Will Have an Iconic Hotel to Go with its Iconic Art Museum

March 14, 2014 at 1:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

So an architect designs an art museum, the first in the world to earn LEED Gold Certification, then a few years later gets a new hotel gig across the street. That makes sense and it's nice work if you can get it. CWD Real Estate Investment, developer of the property in Downtown Grand Rapids in Michigan, is banking that it will make dollars and cents when its "hotel that kinda looks like a museum" opens in 2016.

The new 5-story hotel, as yet unnamed or branded, is being designed by Thai architect Kulupat Yantrasast of wHY Architecture, who now practices in the US. Yantrasast’s works have mostly been museums of which the neighboring Grand Rapids Art Museum made him a bit of an icon. CWD wants an equally iconic hotel and from the looks of the digital image above, their wish will come true.

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Hotels and Their Endless Love Affair with The Wingback Chair

March 6, 2014 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you happen to be reading HotelChatter.com from a hotel -- and how great if you are -- take a look around. There's a very good chance you will see one of the most popular and re-invented lounge chairs ever -- the wingback chair. Maybe you are sitting in one now and if so, it's pretty comfy isn't it?

The wingback chair has been around since the 17th century yet seems to have found a permanent home in modern hospitality. What a difference 300 years can make, as there are about as many different versions on the market to entice us.

It is a design that has always been intended for comfort first. This chair generally features a high back that you can fully rest your head against, and projecting side sections that offer a subtle sense of security, especially at the top (hence the term "wings.") This goes a long way in a great big hotel lobby -- designers love it and guests love it. Win win.

This photo gallery celebrates the chair that has won the hearts of hoteliers, their designers, and perhaps more often than we realize, our derriere. Have a seat and take a look at our first round of images. Trust us, we've got more.

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