New strategies and trends in hotel and resort design, including renovation projects and new construction. A look at the different facets of the design process, from construction to architecture to interior, including environmentally friendly and green design as well as the design of spa and other recreation and outdoor areas.


News, features and insight into the interior design of hotels and resorts, from public spaces to guestroom bathrooms and bedrooms to food and beverage outlets.

Biophilia Drives Westin’s New Lobby Concept

“People have an innate need to connect with nature,” says Erin Hoover, vice president of design for Westin and Sheraton brands. “As people spend more time indoors, they’re starting to disconnect. Our challenge was to incorporate the principals of biophilia into the internal environment. The goal, ultimately, is to reduce stress and enhance moods.” ...

Glamping in a Five-Star Tent

Some hotels and resorts are going after a new demographic — campers. The properties are getting attention with “glamping,” the place where glamour meets camping. Glampers cozy up in canvas structures with luxury beds and art on the walls....

Top Hotel Design & Architecture Firms

Are you looking to renovate your entire hotel? Is it almost time to put that property improvement plan into action? Need to refresh the feel of your lobby, or add a new restaurant?...


Strategies, news and information on the architectural aspect of the design process for hotels and resorts, from concept to drawings to construction and opening.

Top Hotel Design & Architecture Firms

Are you looking to renovate your entire hotel? Is it almost time to put that property improvement plan into action? Need to refresh the feel of your lobby, or add a new restaurant?...

How to Choose an Architect for a Boutique Hotel

In the boutique hotel segment, the property's interior, exterior and landscape design are especially important elements that can distinguish the property, define its brand and, importantly, set it apart from its competition. I’ve seen many properties with poor design that have struggled and I’ve seen many properties that have been very successful largely because of their unique characteristics and design elements....

Fairmont Miramar Suites Get a New Look

Lynda Murray, owner LMID, Inc., is renovating 24 suites at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica, a 302-unit property where the clientele includes A-list celebs and suite rates start at $699. ...


News, strategies and insight on green and other eco-friendly designs and products for hotels and resorts.

MGM Grand Adds Extreme Wellness Room Option

For a $30 charge, guests at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, get some of the newest wellness amenities. Features like vitamin C showers, light therapy and water filtration systems are included in 42 new STAY WELL Rooms that opened in late October....

5 Things Meeting Planners Want in 2013

“People might be doing more meetings, but they’re still very uncertain and very cautious about what meeting budgets are going to look like next year,” says André Fournier, senior vice president of sales & marketing for Destination Hotels & Resorts. “There’s growth, but it’s cautious growth. It’s still growing over last year, but not like it was in January. That upward climb is starting to flatten out a little bit.” ...


News , features and strategies on the renovations of hotels and resorts, including public spaces, guestrooms, back of house areas, food and beverage outlets and spa and recreation areas.

Big Island’s Volcano House Slowly Comes Back to Life

A company with deep roots as a National Parks concessionaire has taken over the iconic Volcano House hotel in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Ortega Family Enterprises is working to reopen the property that’s been closed for three years. The goal is to recreate a look and feel reminiscent of the hotel’s long history....


News and strategies for the construction process of new-build and adaptive-reuse hotel and resort projects, including insight into construction materials, labor and costs.

Hyatt’s Leaning Tower an Architectural Marvel

With a tilt of 18 degrees — greater than the famed Leaning Tower of Pisa — the Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi opened on the first day of winter last year. The unique architecture cantilevers rooms over the city, giving guests panoramic views and a feeling of floating above it all....

Spa & Recreation

Design news and insight covering the outdoor, spa, pool and other recreational areas of hotels and resorts.

Behind the Scenes July 15, 2012

Operational insight to help keep owners and operators' properties running at full speed....

Understanding the Pool Lift Issue

Despite the Department of Justice’s May 24 clarification and the looming Jan. 31 deadline for the installation of fixed pool lifts to existing pools, the hotel industry remains largely quiet on the issue. Two of the largest lift manufacturers say orders came to a halt early this year, and they’re only now starting to pick up again. And most hotel owners, management companies and franchisors declined comment on this suddenly hot-button issue, ...
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