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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.
Happy post-Thanksgiving! How’s your stomach feeling? Hopefully not too sensitive to hear about the Speisesaal: the restaurant at the Hotel Wiesler in Graz, Austria, the sister hotel to the Daniel Vienna which has just fully opened to non-guests.
The Wiesler is an interesting place – built in 1909, and formerly a four star hotel, it relinquished its star rating four years ago in order to be able to try more off-piste things. It’s now a banging boutique hotel, “somewhere between soul and art nouveau”, as it describes itself, and the main reason we want to visit Graz.
The magnificent Speisesaal (“Dining Room”) - combining the original, classical building with a striking modern mural – is now open from 6.30am right through to 1am. At breakfast (6.30am-11am, or 2pm on weekends and holidays) there’s a buffet spread as well as a la carte items like buttermilk waffles with fruit and maple syrup (extra points for coffee brewed in a cafetiere at the table, rather than press-a-button machines, like elsewhere in Austria). Extra extra points for the 1930s musical accompaniment at weekends.
For lunch (11am-3pm), there will be a choice of two daily dishes (one meat, one vegetarian). That then fades into tea (homemade gateaux FTW), but the Speisesaal comes into its own in the evening, with steaks, fish and veg flamed over a charcoal grill – as well as what one newspaper critic called "the best burgers in Austria". Said burgers come with a background soundtrack of soul music – very un-Teutonic.
It's been fun looking for symbolism in the design of Club Med Val Thorens Sensations. So does anyone other than us see sunglasses in the mirrored artwork on the wall?
Club Med, the original fun-in-the-sun, all-inclusive resort brand that may have peaked in the 90s, is now going to new heights with its latest destination in the French Alps, Club Med Val Thorens Sensations, opening for the winter season on December 14th.
This is an uber-stylish, high-end resort, literally, as Club Med claims to offer the highest snow elevation in Europe, if not the world. Advanced skiers take note while we take a look around a design fashion statement that we can all look good in, particularly off the slopes.
We’ve already taken you on a tour of the public areas of Rosewood London, but now it’s time to get more intimate with the hotel.
We had a chance to look inside an Executive Room, considered to be an entry level room right after the Deluxe Room, a Premier Suite and a Grand Premier Suite. (After these come the eight Signature Suites, one being the Manor House Suite which can become the Manor House Wing if you book all five connecting rooms – the only hotel “suite” in the world to have its own postal code.)
The 306 rooms and suites were designed by Tony Chi & Associates, who also designed most of the public spaces including the lobby. The rooms feel like stylin’ pieds–à–terre – dramatic in black lacquer, 50 shades of grey (yeah – couldn’t resist!), and design-studio white. Artwork on the walls is equally striking in black and white. But what could potentially be considered “cold” in feel is warmed up by textured wood furnishings.
All bathrooms have hammered silver sinks (very old-school becomes new-school), white marble, and mirrors, mirrors everywhere so no awkward navel-gazing required; do it with ease. You’ll also find heated floors (yes!) and Czech & Speake toiletries in Lavender or Neroli (the first foray into hotel toiletries for this London-based fragrance house).
Check out the image gallery for lots of room pics!
Who needs an alarm clock when you can wake up in your hotel to the intoxicating aroma of warm bread right out of the oven? For those of us who just have to have carbs in the morning, this could be heaven. Whether you're a guest for the night or a passerby on the street, the Hotel Praktik Bakery in Barcelona aims to lure you inside, not only by the sights and smells of warm bread and treats, but also by its cool contemporary design.