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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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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.
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.
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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The Autograph Collection by Marriott is having a controlled growth spurt, circumventing the globe in search of - and finding - the unique, independent hotel. New locations and unusual designs are all over the map, literally, as the Collection stays true to its mantra "exactly like nothing else."
Here's another one adding to the growing list, the Cotton House Hotel, Autograph Collection, opening in Barcelona on February 23rd. Or not, depending on whose web site you check.
The sleek and gigantic South Beach development takes up a city block, featuring two angular towers with sky gardens and a wavy canopy covering a retail promenade. The hotel will share the tower in the foreground with residential apartments.
If you celebrated the New Year in downtown Singapore, you may have noticed a couple of striking high-rise buildings in the works. This is South Beach, a seriously “green” mixed-use development in the heart of the business district and yeah, there’s a hotel planned. The 654-room “luxury concept hotel” does not yet have a confirmed operator or a firm opening date but it’s got an interior designer we can get excited about – Philippe Starck.
What a year it's been for hotel designs! Ok, we say that every year but all in all, it's been fun covering the hotels that made their flashy mark in 2014. Some more than others.
We've put together a photo gallery of a few hotels that debuted this year and that for a variety of reasons caught our eyes. We've covered all of them over the course of the year, so if you missed their debut you can check out our other stories for a full report.
We know you know there are many, many cool hotels that could be on this list, and you probably have your own favorites from the past year. We just wanted to share a sampling of what 2014 offered in hotel design. Now share your favorite hotel in comments below!
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Toronto's Southcore financial district has a new, accommodating kid on the block that should fit right in with all those snazzy business suits and dresses. The all-Canadian brand Delta Hotels & Resorts has initiated its extreme makeover with the debut of its new flagship, the 567-room Delta Toronto, which opened last month. Reinventing itself as a sophisticated-yet-youthful luxury brand, was the name of the game for Delta's reinvention; and it seems they've succeeded, thanks to the sterling work of internationally acclaimed Champalimaud Design.
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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.