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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?...

Clarendon Turnaround a Work in Progress for Bethel 

Ben Bethel, owner and general manager of The Clarendon Hotel in Phoenix, AZ, has a rags-to-riches story....

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. ...

Chicago Comfort Inn Rebrands as Boutique ACME Hotel  

On April 27, the Comfort Inn and Suites on East Ohio Street in Chicago became the 130-room ACME Hotel. We talked to Gene Kornota, principal of Neighborhood Development Corporation, the hotel’s owner and manager, about why a branded hotel in a big city goes independent and changes its name to a favorite cartoon brand....

Revamped Lobbies Almost Complete for Courtyard 

More than 60% — 500 — of Courtyards by Marriott are sporting new lobbies. The public space makeover, which started in 2007, should be completed at all 800 properties by 2013. The goal, like that of many hotel companies lately, is to make the lobby more social and activity friendly....

Hilton’s Do-It-Yourself Design 

Hilton Design Studio can save owners, operators and designers time and expense, according to Hilton executives who demonstrated the sophisticated online tool at the 458-unit Hilton McLean Tysons Corner....

Vendor News May 15, 2012 

Sherwin-Williams Color Picks Affect Hotel Decor 

The economy. Japan’s tsunami. The Mediterranean. Fashion. All contributed to the hottest colors — blues, reds, greens, neutrals and a pop of yellow — in the 2012 color palette identified by paint company Sherwin-Williams. ...

2012 Design Awards: Building Success 

The amount of new openings in recent years has dwindled as a result of the credit crunch, but three new developments persevered through the downturn to open last year and ultimately prevail in this year’s Lodging Hospitality Design Awards contest....

Hotel Lobbies go Digital 

LH Design Awards 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 online, and we need your help identifying the year’s best hotel and resort design. ...

Classic Hyatt Regency Atlanta Gets Updated 

Architect John Portman’s Hyatt Regency Atlanta, the first atrium hotel, has gotten a re-do. Last renovated in 1995, the 45-year-old hotel was due for a renovation to stay competitive....

IHG’s Extended Stay Brands Keep on the Move 

With InterContinental Hotels Group’s recent focus on the relaunch of Holiday Inn and now the repositioning of Crowne Plaza, the company’s extended-stay brands have flown beneath the radar, but both Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites continue to evolve and grow....

Aloft Reaches 50 in Just Three Years 

Aimbridge Hospitality liked Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.’s new Aloft Hotels brand so much it jumped right in. Of the lifestyle brand’s first dozen or so properties — launched in 2008 — Aimbridge committed to four. Three years later, the company operates nine, with direct investment in seven. ...

A Look Inside the New Hyatt House 

With the extended-stay market cranking up in popularity, Hyatt Hotels Corp. is creating bold new spaces for its newly branded Hyatt House hotels. With the design and thought leadership of Stonehill & Taylor — architects and interior designers — Hyatt is creating dynamic public spaces and a broader selection of private spaces. ...

Hampton Flexes Its Hotel Marketing Muscle 

For Phil Cordell, innovation is a guidepost. As global head of focused service, Hampton brand management, Hilton Worldwide, it’s up to Cordell to execute the company’s elastic vision. The 15-story, 221-room Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Brickell Downtown embodies it....

Louisville Hotel Shines Light on Art 

A shiny Plymouth—navy blue with a creamy-yellow top—sits parked on the sidewalk outside a hotel at the corner of 7th and Main in downtown Louisville, KY. It boasts a shiny polish, as if it just came off an assembly line, even though it’s a 1950 Special Deluxe bearing license plates from Cuba. Missing all four tires, it rests atop a number of strategically placed, sculpted legs and feet. ...

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