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A Swiss Hotel Design Competition Goes Downhill When Jurors Can't Pick a Winner

Where: Switzerland
February 20, 2015 at 5:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

A design competition in Switzerland has seen a little drama recently, but will likely result in one amazing new hotel.

The competition involved several international "starchitects" who were challenged to design a luxury hotel adjacent to the Therme Vals spa in the Swiss Alps, pictured above. It all went downhill from there, so to speak.

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Edinburgh’s Historic Royal High School Will Graduate into a Classy Hotel

February 18, 2015 at 7:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

One of Edinburgh’s treasured historic buildings is getting closer to becoming a luxury hotel. But don’t check your schedule yet, we can't tell you the name, the opening date, or the number of rooms. However, we do know it will bear a flag we all recognize and it will be a first for that flag in Edinburgh. Our thinking caps are firmly in place.

Built in 1829 on Calton Hill with an Acropolis-like presence, this Greek Revival building was originally a boy’s school, and has been empty and in need of TLC since 1968.

Converting the A-listed heritage site to a luxury “arts hotel” has been on the table since 2010 when developers Duddingston House Properties secured a 125-year lease on the property. Early plans raised both eyebrows and concerns from the public, preservation agencies, and city planning officials. Understandable but imagine the possibilities.

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Philippe Starck's South Beach Hotel in Singapore Will Unveil the Future

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  Site Where: Beach Road, Singapore, Singapore
February 18, 2015 at 8:27 AM | by | Comments (2)

Having just processed the scale and design of the future home of Andaz Singapore, here we are with more on Philippe Starck’s entry into the city’s hotel / mega development game. Part of the gigantic South Beach development, we have some up to date construction shots, but we also stumbled upon these renderings on the hotel website, so far just called The South Beach.

First: the “unveil the future” isn’t our imagination running away with us; keep reading, and you see this bold statement plastered along the construction site - which is not so much down the road from the iconic Raffles Hotel, as the Andaz is, but directly opposite the front entrance.

Second: whoa, that’s a lot of things in one rendering. White walls, ceiling, and bed. Black/grey/white camouflage flooring, which bleeds into the furniture (see the nightstands and the legs of the table). Mirror and artwork behind the bed. TV on a wooden stand. A bathroom clad in mirrors. A lighting fixture in the form of a metal tube coming down from the ceiling. Discuss.

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InterContinental Will Be One of Three Hotels at DC's Mega Waterfront 'Wharf'

February 11, 2015 at 6:07 PM | by | Comment (1)

After years of planning, one of the most ambitious waterfront revitalization projects in Washington, DC (or anywhere else for that matter) is starting to pick up some speed.

Simply named The Wharf, this development is so large there are at least three hotels planned and the first one out of the gate is from InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. The present schedule suggests an opening date in mid-2017.

Hoffman-Madison Waterfront is the master developer for The Wharf, which encompasses a mile-long stretch and 27 acres of waterfront land along the Washington Channel. Carr City Centers will develop the Wharf InterContinental Hotel. They also redeveloped the the Willard Washington DC.

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The Upcoming South Beach Hotel in Singapore Has No Flag Yet But It's Got a Star Designer

January 5, 2015 at 1:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Forget Jail Hotels, We're All About Industrial Mill Hotels Now

January 2, 2015 at 11:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

We always love hearing about abandoned industrial buildings that are rescued by savvy developers and hoteliers and transformed into one-of-a-kind, or at least cool-to-admire hotels. Which is why we're extremely excited for this former textile mill to open, if all goes well, as a hotel in 2017.

The Lincoln Mill, a former textile mill in Biddeford, Maine, is in the preliminary approval stages for conversion to the Lincoln Hotel and Lofts.The hotel will have 81 guest rooms, along with loft-style residential apartments and multiple restaurants. There is no word yet if the new hotel will hang a flag we all recognize, or if it will go its own way.

As we can see from the photo above, the mill is ginormous, defined by the tower-like gatehouse in the middle. This should make for a prominent, flagged hotel entrance. With all those tall windows and brickwork, the mill can add a great industrial vibe to an urban contemporary hotel. Top it off with lively, social-media friendly--as in free WiFi--lobbies and guest rooms, and it should be a hit.

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A First Look Inside Four Seasons Trinity Square London, Opening 2016

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  Site Where: Trinity Square, London, United Kingdom
November 25, 2014 at 9:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Never did we think it would be Four Seasons that would end up managing Ten Trinity Square when we first looked at the development earlier this year, but so we found out a few months ago. The website has moved on from being just a landing page, with a tiny bit more detail on the hotel, residences, and club that will arrive inside the former Port of London Authority building.

Starting with the hotel, opening is scheduled for 2016, with no further commitment to when within that twelve-month window. It will occupy the lower ground to the third levels, with 100 guest rooms and suites (the press release from Four Seasons talked about 98, but who are we to nit-pick).

Above the rendering we have at this point, which shows soaring ceilings, classic details, and a dramatic four-poster bed and step-down lounge. We assume this would be one of the suites, and if the hotel is located on the lower floors of the building, this 2nd floor layout we found in February may indeed be accurate. That called for all rooms having separate bathtubs and showers, and no fewer than three Royal Suites.

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A Controversial Hollywood Development (and Its Hotel) Remains On Shaky Ground

November 11, 2014 at 1:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

One of the most talked about mixed-use developments in the history of Hollywood is having a hard time getting off the ground, mostly because of what is going on below the ground. Millennium Hollywood, aka "MillHoll," is an ambitious live-work-stay destination that aims to add about a million square feet, and a 200-room luxury hotel, onto a couple of vacant parking lots. MillHoll is located next door to the iconic Capital Records Tower, which is to be a highlighted feature of the mega-urban project.

The hottest issue that may be keeping MillHoll from advancing past renderings form is whether or not the land is sitting on top of an active earthquake fault. If it's true, that's one hell of a "no-no."

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What Does Shoreditch Need? A New Hotel, Of Course

Where: 61-67 Great Eastern Street, London, United Kingdom
November 6, 2014 at 9:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

Because our list of new hotels for east London wasn’t long enough, here is another one: the Great Eastern Street Hotel. No points for guessing which street the hotel is on, which means that once complete, it will be a hop and a skip from The Hoxton Shoreditch and Nobu Shoreditch. In fact, you can just spy a sliver of the building that will be torn down to make way for Nobu in the aerial view above, to the right of the leafless tree, one block behind Great Eastern Street.

The 70,000 sq ft project will have a 125-bedroom hotel, taking over a site that was derelict for over a decade. Incorporating the façade of a Victorian warehouse, the Grade-II listed Griffin Pub will be restored, with “upper levels being converted to residential use”.

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A Third Riverside Hotel for London at Millenium Bridge House

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  Site Where: 1 High Timber Street, London, United Kingdom
November 4, 2014 at 9:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we looked at unknown-to-us Shiva Hotels and their expansion in central London, and promised you an update on their plans around St. Paul’s Cathedral, which include the razing of an existing office building and replacing it with a 300,000 sq ft hotel.

Above a rendering of the future Millennium Bridge House, at the northern edge of the bridge of the same name that connects straight to Tate Modern across the river. While the entire backdrop of Shiva’s website shows these night-time renderings, the hotel is not yet listed in the group’s portfolio, but that may have something to do with the fact that there is a lot of work to be done – check out what it looks like today below.

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Mama Shelter Has Found a New Mama--Accor Hotels

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  Site Where: Lots
November 3, 2014 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

While we wait for Mama Shelter to open in Los Angeles (more on that in a second), some major news came out about the future of the funky brand last week: Accor Hotels, the French mega hotel group, has acquired a roughly 35% stake and is planning on making Mama much bigger.

Mama’s current five locations (Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Istanbul, and Bordeaux) will be joined by another twenty over the next five years. That’s a lot of groovy and affordable hotels to welcome, and the destination list looks very good: New York, London, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Seoul, Mexico City, Zurich, Lille, Paris round two, and of course, Los Angeles.

Little word so far on specific locations in each of those cities, but we will keep our ear to the ground. First addition will likely be Los Angeles, which we’ll have to be patient for until February 2015 unfortunately. Go here for our snaps of the Wilcox Avenue building in Hollywood from back in August.

[Image: Accor]

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Shiva Hotels Will Renovate Kingsway Hall, Build New London Hotel

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  Site Where: Covent Garden, St James's, London, United States
October 28, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Never heard of Shiva Hotels before? Neither had we, but we have a sense they’ll be on our radar going forward. Why? They may be behind the new Hilton at London’s Heathrow Terminal 5 and the even newer Hampton by Hilton at London Waterloo, but the small UK group seems to be upping its profile further with more properties in the city.

First up is the Kingsway Hall Hotel, just east of Covent Garden, in what was once a Methodist Church. Shiva recently acquired the hotel and is planning on sinking £15 million into a renovation. Check out the 'before' below.

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