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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 | Comments (0)

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

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The Baccarat Hotel in Rabat Should Dazzle, Inside And Out, When It Opens In 2015

Where: Rabat, Morocco
July 21, 2014 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Anticipation continues to mount for the debut of Baccarat Hotels. We’ve been tracking the progress of Baccarat Hotel and Residences in New York which should open in December but today, we're checking in on the second Baccarat Hotel to open-- The Baccarat Hotel, Rabat in Morocco, whose completion is simply stated as “opening 2015.”

We’ve found a few renderings of this Baccarat Hotel yet it's hard to fully grasp what Baccarat’s second installation is going to look like. Nevertheless, here's our take and so far, we like what we see.

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Hip Bordeaux? A Peek Inside the Seeko’o Hotel

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  Site Where: 54, quai de Bacalan, Bordeaux, France, 33300
July 16, 2014 at 5:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

We spent some time in Bordeaux this summer and we have one question: When did Bordeaux get to be so hip? To prove this point, we give you the 45-room Seeko’o Hotel, in the up-and-coming Chartrons district.

Formerly a wine shipping area, this warehouse neighborhood had fallen into a state of decrepitude before the current mayor thought that enough was enough and government and businesses started investing in the buildings. Now you’ll find trendy shops, galleries and restaurants all along the river in these cool reno’ed warehouses.

Across the street from one of the quays is the Seeko’o Hotel – a modern vision in white – angular and austere. “Seeko’o” is the Inuit word for “iceberg” and it’s a fitting name. King Kong Architecture designed the building and clad the outside in white Corian. Standing taller than the buildings surrounding it, it doesn’t feel obtrusive but, rather, takes command of its space.

(Since pictures speak a thousand words, be sure to have a look at the pics in the photo gallery!)

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Funky Friday: The Surrealistic Pillow Revisited at Hotel Triton

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  Site Where: 342 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94108
July 11, 2014 at 3:15 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.

Free-spirited self-expression is alive and well in San Francisco—where it all began—and the Hotel Triton aims to keep it that way. Now a Kimpton hotel, Hotel Triton celebrates individuality and the creative spirit, certainly its own, and invites us along for the ride.

The hotel’s mission, and its interiors, draw inspiration from the city’s culturally rich and colorful past. One would not have to have lived in San Francisco to be affected by its free-mindedness, which spread around the world via icons of 60s and 70s pop culture. We like this hotel for its upbeat, fun looks but also for what it stands for, and find it most fitting for Funky Friday.

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Hotels Are Making Big Design Statements, and Occasionally Music, With Their Pianos

July 10, 2014 at 7:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hotels are adding keys, as in piano keys, into their design repertoire, and there seems to be no end in sight.

We’re seeing more of them as a carefully placed, often dominating feature in lobbies, bars, ballrooms, and specialty suites. As hoteliers and interior designers seek to create a unique identity for a brand or even an independent, the style or placement of a piano can and usually does, set the tone, so to speak.

We thought it might be fun to take a collective look at some examples of how hotels use pianos to show their true colors, their sense of style, or simply to show off. In some hotels it is clearly the piano itself that makes the design statement—these will be obvious— and in other cases it is the overall setting that brings it all together.

We threw in a couple of “extras,” one which is a temporary piano display in a hotel that we could not resist, and the other which is more of a suggestion on our part, for matching a piano that we found, to a hotel that is not yet open.

Here’s our gallery of hotels and their pianos, quite possibly the first of its kind. Not the last, the way things are going.

[Photos by the hotels mentioned; Blue Dog Steinway piano by RodriguesSteinway; Ferrari Grand Rossa piano by Ressino]

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The Iconic Evian Resort Royal Drinks to the Completion of Its Renovation

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  Site Where: South Shore of Lake Geneva, Evian, France, 74500
July 8, 2014 at 4:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Clearly one of the feature spaces in the hotel is the restaurant Les Fresque, beneath its historic frescoed, vaulted ceilings

Evian, the icon of bottled natural hydration, and decades of brilliant marketing, has completed a multi-million Euro renovation of the luxury hotel neighboring their famous mineral springs. The Evian Resort Royal , built in 1909, sits on the French side of Lake Geneva, surrounded by 45 acres of parkland which it shares with the Evian Ermitage and Le Manoir du Golf, a “refuge for golfers.”

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A Former Courthouse is Now Back in Session, This Time as Le Méridien Tampa

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  Site Where: 601 North Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33602
July 2, 2014 at 1:12 PM | by | Comments (5)

Le Meridien Tampa gets serious about courting its guests, debuting in this massive former courthouse. But rest assured, those unpaid parking tickets will not be added to your bill.

Climbing the monumental steps of a courthouse can make anyone a bit queasy. However, when those same steps lead to the grand entrance of a hotel, unease turns into excitement. And that's now what we're experiencing looking at these new photos of the just opened Le Méridien Tampa, inside a former Federal courthouse in downtown.

We’re seeing a rise in Federal buildings becoming adopted and adapted into a hotel (example: Trump Hotels has overtaken a post office in Washington DC, and Drury Hotels is converting a Federal Reserve building in Pittsburgh.) Courthouses have many opportunities, and challenges, for re-use as hotels. Here's how Miami-based Kobi Karp Architecture made the transformation from landmark 1905 courthouse to hotel at the Le Méridien Tampa.

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Glamping For Mustang Fans (Not the Car) at the Mustang Monument Eco Ranch

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  Site Where: HC60 Box 300 [map], Wells, Nevada, United States, 89835
June 30, 2014 at 12:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Luxurious tipis/teepees like these should help you forget that the bathrooms are next door.

Here’s a summer glamping opportunity you can feel good about--a Wild West safari that contributes to the preservation of our nation's wild Mustangs. The Mustang Monument Eco-Resort and Preserve offers an up-close and personal experience of these beautiful wild animals along with some pretty cool accommodations to retire to.

This is a true wildlife sanctuary created by Madeleine Pickens--as in the former Mrs.T Boone Pickens-- who founded the Saving America's Mustangs Foundation. The Mustang Monument is spread across 900 square miles south of Wells, Nevada, where the views are pretty much the same in all directions. All desert, all the time. This is an all-inclusive luxury eco-resort offering two types of accommodations, the "Luxury Tipi" and the "Cottage."

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The Very Modern ME Milan Il Duca Should Fit Right In When It Opens Next Year

June 26, 2014 at 4:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

A signature of ME by Melia Hotels is the rooftop bar, and this well-positioned one from the upcoming ME Milan this should not disappoint. Interestingly, this perspective appears to be taken from terraces of the hotel across the street, which quite frankly will have one of the best views of this new design feature.

2015 will see two new ME hotels--the extreme ME Dubai and the ME Milan II Duca, a previous modern classic that will be re-affirmed. ME’s first hotel in Italy will be moving into the former Il Duca di Milano hotel, a simple yet balanced contemporary design by the late Aldo Rossi, a Pritzker Prize winning architect and designer, referred to as “a poet who happens to be an architect.” You don't hear that comparison often.

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One Design Firm Gathers Up 4 South Beach Hotels For A Little (Design) Group Therapy

June 24, 2014 at 4:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

South Beach's famous, and occasionally infamous, Collins Avenue is known for both for its VIP residents and wild parties as it is for its Art Deco architecture. And for those of us who love to travel or party, or both, we are really fortunate that most of these historic gems are hotels, as they were originally intended.

Now, four such historic hotels on Collins Avenue are presently being restored and expanded under the watch of a single design firm. It's kind of like design group therapy, with each hotel having a fresh new outlook when the works are completed in 2015.

Miami-based ADD Inc., an award-winning architectural and interior design firm, will take on the role of restoring the four hotels. Some of their other Miami hotel projects include the Gale South Beach and Shelbourne South Beach.

Here's a brief round-up of the four hotels that are getting some extra special attention.

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