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It looks like right about three years after we looked at renderings of the first Ritz-Carlton in Israel, doors will finally open to the 12-story hotel in Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv, at the end of this year. First images of the hotel remind us – if not architecturally – of its sibling in Marina del Rey, California, given its water-side setting, overlooking the various boats and yachts moored outside.
As we mentioned at the time, Studio Gaia (responsible for many a Thompson and W) is responsible for the interiors of the 115 rooms and 82 suites. Rooms mix mostly beige and sand tones, with padded leather headboards and light blond hardwood floors. There is a peek-a-boo bathroom, which we hope dearly has a properly enclosed toilet.
While there's no website for the upcoming hotel just yet, Hotels Mag reports the property will be located in the "fashionable" Usaquen district in the northern part of Bogota. There will be 168 rooms designed by popular hotel designers from Studio Gaia who are reportedly being inspired by the El Dorado Legend which states that members of the indigenous Musica tribe from the pre-Colombian era would throw gold, emeralds and semi-precious stones into Guavita Lake as an offering to their god.
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Casanova movie night, anyone?
Studio Gaia has done a ton of boutique hotel interiors before (they are a fave of the Thompson Hotels group and W Hotels) and now they are bringing sex appeal to the Holy Land. Judging from the renderings on their website, they are doing an outdoor-meets-indoor look for the lobby/social area with lots of neutral colors but also a good amount of blues and metallics, especially in the hotel's restaurant space.
And since the Ritz-Carlton Herzliya will overlook the upscale Herzliya Marina, it's got prime coastline views of the Mediterranean sea which are going to be emphasized at every turn, especially in the guestrooms. Yay!
Chef Scott Conant is taking his Scarpetta restaurant from NYC on the road, again. He's already opened Scarpetta inside the Thompson Toronto and will do it again with a different twist for the upcoming Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. But he's not finished.
We've learned that Scarpetta will also open inside The Montage Beverly Hills on October 25 for dinner service only. Then starting November 1, the restaurant will be open for both for lunch and dinner.
The restaurant will open in the hotel's old Parq space complete with a brand-new Old Hollywood interior from Studio Gaia (who also did Scarpetta Toronto.) Here's a bit more on the design from the press release:
Last week we saw the model rooms that design firm Studio Gaia did for the upcoming Thompson Toronto hotel and thanks to an equally nerdy hotel geek, we learned that the same firm is doing Thompson Seoul.
We're actually quite surprised that Thompson is still going ahead with Seoul in these times but it is some very welcome hotel news for the hospitality industry which has of late been socked by hotel delays and canceled projects.