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The Radisson Blu Glasgow is in a modern glass and slate building that stands across from Glasgow’s more somber sandstone early 20th-century Central Station. It makes for an interesting contrast in time periods.
Opened in 2002 and then reno’ed in 2012, the Radisson Blu Glasgow is designed by the same folks who did the Blythswood Square hotel – Graven Images – and although the insides of both hotels are distinctly different, you can see the same deft hands at work albeit with a lesser budget, we suspect. Still, if you’re looking for a place to lay your hat for a few days at a reasonable cost, this will fit the bill nicely.
The 247 rooms on offer at the Radisson Blu come in three styles: You got yer Gallery rooms, your Modern rooms and the City rooms.
We have pics of all three so keep on going!
The mid century lifestyle is alive and well at Hotel Sax in Prague. Yeah baby!
The mid century lifestyle is alive and well at Hotel Sax in Prague. Yeah baby!
Alas, all good things must eventually come to an end, as the final season of Mad Men launches its last seven episodes. Brilliant writing, directing and acting aside, the show was a well-researched time capsule of mid century design, right down to the frying pan.
But don’t be sad. Though we say goodbye to Donald Draper’s world, there’s a great big world of mid century-inspired hotels to satisfy our endless thirst for cool.
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CitizenM hotels are all about the social life of a hotel, and the citizenM Glasgow fits that bill perfectly. Reno’ed in September 2014 the property has a plethora of public lounging areas that take the place of large private rooms.
With seven floors in total, two of them are made up of the well-designed public spaces where you can eat, drink, computer (yes, we think that should be a verb, much like “hoteling” should be), chat, read, or watch TV – pretty much anything you choose to do has a spot for it.
The spaces are beautifully designed with Vitra furniture and distinctive artwork, and blend seamlessly as you stroll through the hotel. Although each area has its own feel it all fits together as a package.
This is the hotel that lost the design competition but won the commission anyway. While its mirrored walls are intended to reflect the surrounding Alps, on a sunny day it may look more like a sword in the stone.
Back in February, we heard about the 7132 Hotel design competition in Switzerland that yielded no official winner. Now the world has its first glimpse as to what all the fuss was - and is - about.
Just take a look at the rendering above. A skyscraper in the Swiss Alps. Seriously? The proposed design rises 1,250 feet above the tiny spa village of Vals, with a population of only about 1,000.
The 107-suite 7132 Hotel will be about as tall as the Empire State Building, making it the tallest building in Europe and one of the tallest hotels in the world. Perhaps, but only until another hotelier surpasses it. Count on that.
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When you walk into some hotels you immediately get a sense of place, as if the hotel “fits.” This is most impressive when it’s a contemporary hotel, and such is the case with The Town House Company’s Blythswood Square hotel.
Opened in November 2009 in the former Royal Scottish Automobile Club building from 1823, this 100-room hotel has an elegant, modern décor with plenty of shout-outs to its past.
Leading the interior design was Jim Hamilton of Glasgow-based Graven Images and, while many of the fancy architectural details have been preserved, modern bespoke furniture, lighting and textiles ensure the property is au courant.
We’re particularly fond of the lighting in the restaurant: dramatic black-shaded hanging lamps with vintage photo interiors of classic cars and drivers. And then there's the striking scarlet-red banquettes that you see as soon as you walk into the lobby that go with the scarlet lights that hang in the front windows, both features a hearkening back to the days of yore when Blythswood Square (the square, not the hotel) was Glasgow’s red light district.
Tons o' pics in the photo gallery!
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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!
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!
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 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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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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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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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: