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....

Homewood Suites Slims Down 

Upscale extended-stay chain Homewood Suites recently introduced a next-generation prototype that’s smaller and less expensive to build than previous incarnations of the product. The Gen 9 prototype, which is currently being rolled out for new projects, gives developers an opportunity to build Homewoods on slightly smaller or oddly shaped land parcels....

North Dakota Is the Hottest Hotel Market 

Follow the energy may be the best advice for someone looking for promising development opportunities in the U.S. hotel industry during this year and beyond. And if you follow the energy, you may end up in North Dakota, the hottest hotel market in the U.S....

Design Elements Sept. 5, 2011 

A roundup of design and architecture news and notes....

Insuring Against Risks with Sustainable Hotels 

Green building has grown exponentially in the past few years. As of March, 91 lodging properties had achieved the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification. An additional 1,100 properties have registered to seek certification. ...

Rowley Has Designs On Fresh Start 

In May, Cheryl Rowley closed the Beverly Hills office of her highly successful hospitality design firm, 25 years after she opened it. In that span, Rowley grew the bustling office to a staff of 35 at its peak, helped create the designs for Kimpton’s boutique Monaco and Palomar brands and designed countless other luxury hotels and resorts for brands like Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Rosewood and Mandarin Oriental....

More Rooms and Retail at Miami/Brickell Hampton 

In Miami’s Brickell Financial District, land is too valuable for a standard Hampton Inn. That’s why Hospitality Operations, Inc. is supersizing its fifth and newest Hampton Inn, and building it atop 10,000 square feet of retail space. ...

Design Awards: High Honors 

From the towering 54-story L.A. Live project all the way down to the eight-story Padre Hotel in Bakersfield, CA, this year’s Design Award winners all stand out. Lodging Hospitality editors chose five projects to honor that displayed innovative, effective and creative architecture and design....

Cosmopolitan Reaches New Heights in Vegas 

It’s almost hidden, tucked down a long hallway on the third floor of the new Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The small pizza place without a name or storefront serves the best ...

Design Awards 2011 Call for Nominations 

It’s once again time for Lodging Hospitality’s annual Design Awards competition. The Design Awards will run in the April 15 print issue and we need your help identifying the year’s best hotel and resort design. ...

Things to Know Before Starting Construction 

In today’s soft market, hotel owners may cut corners to stay financially healthy. But trimming costs comes with risk and must be done carefully. When choosing a contractor, price, instead of professionalism, is often the deciding factor. ...

Tax Credits Fuel Philly Homewood Suites Project 

When the Homewood Suites University City broke ground in December, it was a first to many people for many reasons. For the developer, Campus Apartments, it marks the company’s first hotel project. For the City of Philadelphia, it is the first recipient of an EnergyWorks loan ...

Design Elements Jan. 15, 2011 

A roundup of design news...

Russell Launches Music-Driven Hotel Chain 

Serial brand creator John Russell has done it again. Russell, along with group of hotel industry veterans and in conjunction with Indian and Brazilian investors, debuted his latest brand, MODO Hotel, at this week’s Americas Lodging Investment Summit in San Diego....

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