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Country Inns & Suites Debuts Brand's New Look in Illinois (But The Cookies Remain)

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  Site Where: 3092 Stevenson Drive [map], Springfield , IL, United States, 62703
December 23, 2013 at 2:43 PM | by | ()

Hey, Santa: if you need a place to take a disco nap on Tuesday night, we’d suggest hitching your reindeer up at Country Inns & Suites in Springfield, Illinois. Trust us: this place gives good cookie—and it has a spanking new design.

Founded in 1987 in Burnsville, Minnesota, Country Inns & Suites by Carlson has some 480 locations worldwide. The original property was modeled on a home-style bed and breakfast, and visitors got freshly baked batches of Santa’s favorite treats. The tradition of cookies-on-arrival continues today, even in the midst of the brand's first-ever major overhaul. (We first reported on this new look back in April.)

Created in partnership with Genevieve Gorder (an interior designer and HGTV star), “the new look is a take on contemporary American residential style,” said Scott Meyer, senior vice president of midscale brands in the Americas for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “Crate & Barrel, Room & Board, or Restoration Hardware...had a great influence in the design approach we took.” The overall goal of the facelift, Meyer added "was to acknowledge modern tastes and lifestyles, while continuing our philosophy of treating guests like they are family.

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Sense South Beach Gets a Miami-rific Makeover

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  Site Where: 400 Ocean Drive [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
January 29, 2013 at 11:44 AM | by | ()

It's almost three years since we asked the question: What Is The Sense Hotel South Beach? We always thought that the Sense South Beach Hotel was in a great location--in the SoFi (South of Fifth Street) neighborhood and close to Ocean Drive. But it was under-the-radar and somewhat mysterious.

Until now! Like so many American Idol contestants before it, Sense has undergone a major transformation. It's even got a brand spankin' new name: Sense Beach House. (Reckon they're hoping people confuse it with Soho Beach House? Just maybe? )

We never stayed here in its former incarnation, but by the look of these pictures the hotel's PR team sent us, the place is now super cute and angling to appear in the pages of Coastal Living magazine. Check out the lobby...

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'The Hotel Fixer' Reality Show is Set to Debut on The Travel Channel

October 5, 2011 at 1:05 PM | by | ()

Remember when we told you that Gordon Ramsay would have some real competition for his "Hotel Hell" reality show? Well, the mysterious Hotel Fixer, an actual hotel consultant who has worked with big-time properties across the U.S., will be showing off his talent on The Travel Channel.

The show will feature independently-owned hotels in America who are in need of some TLC--both the design and financial kind. But if your hotel is within 60 miles of NYC, you might have a better shot of getting on the show as we're hearing hotels with proximity to the Big Apple are a priority*.

Still no word on who the Hotel Fixer actually is and still no word on what the show will be called, but we're dying with anticipation to find out.

If you're a hotel owner who's interested in being "fixed up", check out the casting call right here.

*That's the Waldorf-Astoria pictured in the photo above, a property that could certainly use some help from the Hotel Fixer.

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Gordon Ramsay's Hotel Hell Already Has Some Competition

September 26, 2011 at 12:36 PM | by | ()

It looks like chef Gordon Ramsay isn't the only one filming a hotel improvement show. We've got word that another reality TV show is in the works, looking to makeover "unique" independently-owned hotels. Here's the casting call:

A major cable network is seeking independently owned hotels in America that are struggling to make ends meet, for a new television series! A world-renowned hotel fixer will bring his expertise to hotels in need.

In addition to providing managerial and cosmetic improvements where needed This opportunity offers the hotel a full hour of national prime time exposure!

If interested, please send a photo of you and your hotel, the location, how many years in business, and a brief description of why you need help!

Send info to: hotelfixer@gmail.com
Call: 917 351 8417

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Todd Oldham Gives His Miami Hotel a Makeover

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  Site Where: 801 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, fl, United States, 33139
October 19, 2009 at 11:04 AM | by | ()

We’re still waiting to see the transformation of the old Tudor Hotel and Palmer House into the Dream South Beach, but a few blocks down on Collins, another Deco property has just had a mini-makeover. The Hotel of South Beach is now flaunting a 20-room addition and an update of its Wish restaurant. Proving that designers aren’t just in the game for grand-opening glory, designer Todd Oldham returned to South Beach to upgrade his original 1998 designs.

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Candlewood Suites To Get a New Look

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  Site Where: 1709 Sugarland Drive [map], Sheridan, WY, United States, 82801
August 4, 2008 at 4:30 PM | by | ()

Candlewood Suites, the extended-stay brand from IHG Hotels, has announced a new suite protoype for its hotels. The first major design change to the hotel chain in 12 years can now be experienced at the Candlewood Suites Sheridan in Sheridan, Wyo.

Each of the hotel's 75 guest suites feature the brand's new Comforts of HomeTM Bedding Collection with upgraded mattresses and box spring sets, mattress topper, fluffy duvet inserts and poly-cotton covers matching the hotel's color scheme, 250-thread count micro-check sateen sheets in "Candlelight", triple sheeting, contemporary cotton estate blankets, choice of three upgraded pillow types in firm, medium and feather and a decorative "Consider Us Home" pillow.

Aside from comfy sleep, Candlewood is also providing eco-friendly amenities like low-flow shower heads and toilets and Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs).

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