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Funky Friday: A Hotel Suite Fit For Sookie and Bill (and Eric, Too)

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  Site Where: Dohany utca 64, Budapest, Hungary, H-1074
June 13, 2014 at 4:07 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.

For all you hip and fashionable vampire lovers, and you know who you are, eagerly counting down the hours until the "True Blood" premiere on June 22nd, we think we may have found a design hotel — or at least a suite — just for you. The Soho Boutique Hotel in Budapest is an artsy modern boutique that invites us to give in to “enchanting temptation” and an “unforgettable experience.“ That sounds like a great selling point for their new “Vampire Suites,” not that we’re experts on the subject.

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Artist Who Did McDonald's World Cup French Fry Box Also Left His Mark at This Hotel

Where: Aldama 53, Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
June 13, 2014 at 10:16 AM | by | Comment (1)

If you caught the first World Cup game yesterday like we did, you may have noticed a strange advertisement on the board surrounding the pitch. The ad simply said #fryfutbol. No, not #tryfutbol. #fryfutbol. What.the.heck?

It turns out it's actually an ad for, who else?, McDonalds. The fast food chain has gotten in on the World Cup fever by redoing their french fry boxes with 12 different designs. This is the first time the boxes have ever been sold with a different design. And the Brazilian street artist who did the The World United By Soccer design, Eduardo Kobra, recently painted a mural for The Hotel Matilda in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Kobra painted the hotel's exterior in a "blazing rainbow of colors" during the San Miguel Art Festival and it completely fits the contemporary design vibe of the Matilda. Sadly, the artwork will only remain up on the hotel until the end of the tournament. Here's hoping someone can convince the hotel to leave it up a little longer.

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Ritz-Carlton Gets Big Name Designers For Its Mumbai Hotel, Opening in 2016

Where: Mumbai, India
June 10, 2014 at 5:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ritz-Carlton Hotels have nabbed a stellar design team for its second hotel in the region, The Ritz-Carlton Mumbai, opening in 2016. While most of the luxury brands have already laid bricks in the Asia Pacific, Mumbai, as a growing center for finance, entertainment, and design—yes, design—seems to be the “it” destination and so the race is on.

According to HotelManagment, the 238-room Ritz Carlton is being developed by Oasis Realty in a joint venture of Oberoi Realty and Sahana Group. The hotel will occupy one of two new towers which will include Ritz-Carlton managed residences. The hotel will have an ocean-view bar (Arabian Sea,) two restaurants, spa, and enough event space for the average over-the-top Indian wedding.

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What Do You Think of This Idea to Create More Storage Space in Hotel Rooms?

May 30, 2014 at 4:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday, we highlighted a new budget hotel that proves unique design doesn't have to come with a high price tag. One of the most impressive aspects of the room was the bed, which featured a "raised" end, shown in the photo above.

When we talked about how hotel rooms might change in the future, one of the topics of discussion was space, most simply how to create more of it. Whether or not you unpack, the decision about where to put your suitcase is always an interesting one, solutions ranging from jamming it into a small closet or leaving it on the floor so you trip on it in the middle of the night.

Upon seeing the photo above of the new room design at Prizeotel, our first thought was about how useful it would be if we could put things under the bed, if we could just slide our bag under it. Maybe this is the classic "build vertical" solution to space saving: Create a horizontal storage space under the bed just like the one in the photo. It would certainly be an accessible way to keep things out of sight.

Then, the belief that closets should be removed from hotel rooms would start to sound more feasible.

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Go Big or Go Home: $75M Reno Biggest Ever at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City

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  Site Where: 1 rue des Carrières , Québec City, Québec, Canada, G1R 4P5
May 27, 2014 at 5:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you’ve never been to this Gothic revival-style grand hotel dominating Québec City’s skyline, you should know that renovating Le Château Frontenac would be like renovating a castle (the hotel even has ramparts!). But renovate they did and paid the princely price of $75 mill to revamp the 611-room, 120-year-old property. Wowza!

Compared to when this writer last stayed at the hotel about seven years ago, the lobby-to-roof reno looks to have kept the property’s elegant classical interior while updating textures and adding a more contemporary color palette.

Some of the nifty new things include the changes made to the Fairmont Gold level, Fairmont’s version of the Club Level. The room count went from 45 to 60 rooms and the private lounge – with dedicated concierge, morning breaky, evening hors d’oeuvres, and honor bar – has been consequently expanded and gussied up.

More below!

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The Spectator Hotel Will Open its Contemporary Doors in Historic Charleston in 2015

May 20, 2014 at 12:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

For a healthy dose of historic charm, pleasant peninsular climate, and small scale Southern hospitality, Charleston, South Carolina is a tough act to follow. For three consecutive years Charleston has been named the No. 1 U.S. City by Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards, and the demand for rooms is just as hot.

Next Spring, there will be 41 more rooms to choose from with the opening of The Spectator Hotel in historic downtown Charleston.

The hotel, located at the corner of State Street and Linguard Street, is being developed by Jay Keenan and Batson Hewitt of Palmetto Commercial Properties, both longtime residents of Charleston. The hotel’s location is ideal for visitors—or anyone that likes to shop— being within earshot of the historic City Market, one of the oldest public markets in the country.

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Funky Friday: The Hospitality Design Expo Edition

May 16, 2014 at 2:58 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.

As the Hospitality Design Expo wraps up this week, we thought it might be fun to wing it and look for a Funky Friday subject as an individual product, straight from the exhibit hall floor. While we can’t say we saw every booth at the show, we found one that stood out to us and seemed like an ideal candidate. The more we looked at this functional and fashionable accessory, the more we saw it as a creative design solution worthy of a Funky Friday highlight.

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10 Great Ideas From the Exhibit Floor At the Hospitality Design Expo

May 15, 2014 at 6:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

Every spring in Las Vegas, architects, designers, manufacturers, and developers gather for the largest industry trade show and tell in America -- the Hospitality Design Expo.

There are informative sessions led by top design movers and shakers with special evening celebrations to cap off an already exhausting day of networking. There are design competitions, involving both professionals and students, that push the limits of what has already been done to find new and viable solutions for the future.

Then there is the exhibit hall where companies compete for our attention, and later on in the day, lure us into their booths with cocktails for an impromptu happy hour.

It is here where we also get to see, feel, and thankfully, occasionally sit, on the latest products, trends and design concepts that eventually (hopefully) will become a part of a larger hotel project.

While we would love to share all of the great ideas from the Expo floor, we narrowed it down to 10 that cover a range of products across the hospitality design field. Check 'em out!

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Different Yet Still Designer: Inside a Room at The Delano Las Vegas

May 13, 2014 at 5:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday, we showed you a cool piece of technology inside a room at The Delano Las Vegas, opening on September 1 at The Mandalay Bay--telephones with USB ports in them. Today we've got photos of the rest of the room and there are even more design and tech touches to admire.

The Delano is in the midst of renovating THEhotel's old rooms but there are quite a few that are already completed...and hosting some special guests (more on that later.) We were able to look inside a king room suite on the 37th floor. These suites start at a spacious 725-sq.ft. and include a separate sitting area, wet bar and an extra half-bathroom.

The design is merely reminiscent of the original Delano in South Beach rather than a replica. Indeed, the white sheer curtains and a white leather headboard that nearly covers the entire wall behind the bed are the only two items that will make you think of the original.

Instead of mirrors and chrome accents, the Delano Las Vegas has gone for gold with tasteful gold trim on the wardrobe closets, gold table legs, gold sconces (with outlets in them), gold cabinet handles, and even a gold luggage rack. (Of course, it it not real gold. You know what we mean.)

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11 Things To Fall in Line With at The Line Hotel

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  Site Where: 3515 Wilshire Boulevard [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90010
May 8, 2014 at 5:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Los Angeles can be a tough city...when it comes to choosing a hotel. Most everyone who visits wants to "see Hollywood and go to the beach" without understanding that, with traffic, the beach and Hollywood can be an hour and a half apart.

The city has also suffered from a rather unoriginal hotel scene with fancy, schmancy luxury hotels populating Beverly Hills and big brand hotel names dominating everywhere else. But in recent years, that's begun to change.

Five years ago we got excited by the opening of the SLS which offered slightly bizarre room decor from Philippe Starck with the phenomenal Bazaar restaurant from Chef Jose Andres. Then came along Andaz West Hollywood which gave us stylish accommodations on the Sunset Strip without the pretense and without ghastly WiFi charges.

In February, we saw the opening of the Ace Hotel Downtown LA which gave us several reasons to visit downtown; the top two reasons being the rooftop bar and the incredible historic theater.

Now, The Line Hotel has opened in LA's Koreatown, giving visitors a chance to stay in a part of the city that's long been vibrant but often overlooked. We toured The Line Hotel a few weeks ago and fell instantly in love, er, in line with what we saw. Here are 11 things to check-out when you check-in:

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The Hard Rock Riviera Maya Opens With a Little Help From Jon Bon Jovi

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  Site Where: Km 72, Carretera Cancun-Chetumal, Porta Aventuras, Mexico, 77110
May 8, 2014 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ok, we don't actually see Bon Jovi in this picture, but you get the idea.

Cinco de Mayo on the shores of the Yucatan Peninsula sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Add to that the sounds of rocker Jon Bon Jovi and the Kings of Suburbia, who just kicked off the opening of the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. Hard Rock Hotels knows how to throw a party— and a few guitars—and that’s just what they did to celebrate their all-inclusive resort, about an hour's drive south of Cancun.

This is the third All Inclusive Collection resort for Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico, following the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta and the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun.

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This July, X2 Resorts Will Open Its Latest Design Boutique, By 'The Bridge On The River Kwai'

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  Site Where: 138 Moo, 4, Nongya, Muang District, Kanchanaburi, Thailand, 71000
May 5, 2014 at 7:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

X2 Resorts is a design-conscious chain of luxury accommodations in Asia and Australia, ranging from villas, to intimate resorts, to extended stay rentals. This July, X2 will open the industrial-strength doors to its latest resort destination, X2 River Kwai (yes, that River Kwai), located in Kanchanaburi, about 90 minutes west of Bangkok.

The locality is forever memorialized in WWII history and on film. It is here that the Japanese set up base camp for POWS to build the Thai-Burma Railway and the "Bridge on the River Kwai." The 1957 film of the same name won seven Oscars, four BAFTAs, and three Golden Globes, and is an eternal classic. The recently released Railway Man tells quite another embracing story, also shot on location here as well as in the UK and Australia.

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