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The Latest in High-Low Hotel Renovations

March 16, 2011 at 10:06 AM | by | ()

Aside from keeping tabs on which hotels have opened and which have not, we're also big fans of Hotel Renovations, especially when they are as drastic as this one from the Four Seasons Houston.

The $25 million renovation took about three years for the hotel to complete but the new guest rooms, the resort-style pool and thoroughly modern hotel lobby were worth the wait. You can glimpse the before and after pictures on Flickr. Welcome to the 21st century FS Houston! Now A-Rod will have a swanker-looking place to shack up with his blondes.

Even better, the room rates haven't gone up all that much. We found rooms next weekend for $275 a night compared to around $255 a night four years ago.

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Another Budgie Brand Gets a New Look: Sleep Inns

May 5, 2010 at 3:01 PM | by | ()

When staying at a hotel with the name Sleep Inn and Suites, you would expect to get some decent sleep there right? Well, parent company Choice Hotels is making absolutely certain that their budget brand is snooze-worthy by announcing a full design of Sleep Inn hotels.

The design highlights include:

· New lobby designs with warm, natural finishes, unique lighting features, and graphic accent walls.
· Guestrooms redesigned with accent walls, new media boards with flat screen TVs, sleek new furniture lines, leaning mirrors, striking zebra-patterned wood finishes, innovative bedding coverlets plus bedscarfs, and eye-catching collages of black and white photography.
· Spa-like baths feature chic freestanding vanities, modern wall sconces, accent walls, frameless glass showers, and bamboo-like tiles.
· Redesigned exterior with natural stone finishes, feature lighting, an enhanced tower feature, low roof profile and broad overhangs.

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