Hospitality design in 2006 continues to amaze and delight and challenge our ideas of what a hotel should look like and how it should function. From the minimalist leanings evident in certain trend-forward boutiques to the bright, saturated colors and plush furnishings of select luxury resorts, there's a design out there for anyone's taste.
What makes for winning design? Ask a group of designers and you'll get a group of different answers, but certain concepts are universal: comfort, functionality, balance, to name a few.
On the following pages, Lodging Hospitality showcases some of the fabulous work being created, in our 13th annual design competition. We applaud those designers and operators who are consistently presenting exciting, good hotel design.
Hotel Valley Ho
Interior Design: Cole Martinez Curtis and Associates, Los Angeles, CA
The renovation of the Hotel Valley Ho celebrates its classic mid-century design, restoring the downtown Scottsdale landmark to its former glory as a cool, stylish destination, retooled for today's jet setters. The hip hideaway, which hosted the likes of Bogart, Bing and Marilyn, has been returned to its former glory under the experienced guidance of designer Jill Cole. “We've incorporated unexpected elements like flexible, multi-layered sofas in the cocktail lounge that enable guests to create their own environment; translucent glass walls surrounding the guest-room bathrooms, and an updated color palette to give it a fresh and current feel,” says Cole.
That palette includes green, aqua, yellow and orange, providing a vibrant backdrop for indigenous Arizona materials like copper and local stone, as well as concrete, glass and tile. The furnishings and accessories are the most authentic nod to the period, and include classics like George Nelson bubble lamps and leather Eames lounges.
Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy
Interior Design: BBG-BBGM, New York, NY
Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy brings a dynamic, contemporary style to 21st-century Moscow. The hotel rises 34 floors above the city in a dramatic play of geometrics, its circular tower paired with a stepped, rectilinear podium. The strong circular form inspired much of BBG-BBGM's interior design plan, imbuing it with a distinct vitality.
The firm created a grand sense of arrival in the three-story-high lobby by suspending a series of striking, monumentally-scaled crystal pendant light fixtures. Chic and contemporary, the lobby features marble floors complemented by walls paneled with European chestnut. The color and materials assist the space in projecting a light and open feel. Its distinctive artwork comprises large glass panels with an abstract, textured pattern reminiscent of cracked ice.
Guestroom planning took its inspiration from the building's architecture, incorporating a circular pattern, and from practicality, by combining the dressing and bathroom areas.
A freestanding bed incorporates its own headboard, topped by a wall of mirror-frosted glass. It transitions from fully reflective at the edges to a central area above the bed that offers a clear view from the bath out across the room and to the cityscape beyond.
St. Michael, Barbados
Interior Design: Carl Ross Design, Inc., El Segundo, CA
Bright local island colors infuse every element of this new-construction hotel, from artwork to wall paint, window coverings and upholstery. The Hilton Barbados is the focal point of the Needham's Point peninsula, site of historic 17th century Fort Charles and one of Barbados' only remaining lighthouses.
The design exudes an upscale, yet decidedly authentic Barbadian (or Bajan) atmosphere of tropical colors, rich, textured woods of coconut, teak and mahogany, and stone such as marble, granite, limestone and coral stone. All are meticulously blended with selected rustic, locally hand-crafted pieces.
West Hollywood, CA
Dawson Design Associates, Inc., Seattle, WA
Dawson Design Associates (past winner in last year's design contest) has hit another home run. Its transformation of a dated, albeit established, West Hollywood boutique, a favorite of Hollywood celebs, into a stylish, urban retreat matches the attitude and expectations of the high-profile clientele.
The new look is sleek sophistication with an elegant, edgy attitude emphasizing fresh over flash. Setting the stage is the contemporary lobby, with cream-colored polished floors, dramatic coved lighting in shades of blue, and vibrant floor-to-ceiling original oils on canvas.
Suite-style guestrooms are classic Hollywood in look and feel, from the clean, modern lines of the furnishings to the play of light citrus colors against rich, dark walnut wood, contrasting against creamy carpets and natural stone. Perfect for creative spirits on the move.
Courtyard by Marriott
Sherman Oaks, CA
Interior Design: Gensler, Santa Monica, CA
We don't think we've stayed in a Courtyard like this before, and that's the surprise the designers intended in the conversion of an existing Radisson hotel. Gensler designer Jeffrey Campbell put a more urban spin on the Marriott middle-segment property. In targeting the Gen Xers who prefer creature comforts and ambience to brand loyalty, “our hotel is designed to respond to the new expectations for style, technology and comfort,” he says. “We explored classic design elements that speak to the Courtyard brand, while introducing a contemporary twist befitting the L.A. market.” Every element infuses color, form and texture to visually entice the guest.
Upon arrival, guests are welcomed to a warm, inviting “living room.” Here they may check-in, grab a beverage, surf the web, conduct business, or socialize all within one intimate, yet open atmosphere. The reception desk is set as a sculptural island in the space. The result: the look and feel of a boutique hotel, with a design that evokes a comfortable, residential feel.
Hyatt Regency at DFW Airport
Interior Design: Culpepper, McAuliffe and Meaders, Inc. (CMMI), Atlanta, GA
Looking to breathe new life into an aging, but graceful property, CMMI successfully upgraded the hotel aesthetic and functionality of the Hyatt Regency to a contemporary style that is compatible with today's savvy business traveler.
Incorporating key contemporary elements, the design invokes the sleek look of a high-end retail environment with a mixture of polished and matte wood surfaces, granite and marble flooring, intricate ceiling elements and specialty lighting.
The public areas were planned with an open flow concept that allows one function to blend into another. The VIP suites and presidential suite took design cues from the public areas, resulting in an urban flair, and suggesting worldliness and refinement.
Ocean Villas at Turtle Bay Resort
Kahuku, Oahu, HI
Interior Design: Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, Honolulu, HI
Ocean Villas at Turtle Bay Resort is a resort condominium complex including 56 units in seven villa structures. Interior architecture and furnishings include simple uncluttered lines with quiet, cool tones emphasizing the beach environment and creating a contemporary Hawaiian ambience. Furnishings were selected for clean, classic lines and colors are mostly neutral with splashes of bright hues for visual pop.
Interior finishes, such as travertine and wood flooring, beadboard ceilings and specialty wallcoverings project the high-quality image and complement the classic Hawaiian architecture.
Sofitel San Francisco Bay
Redwood City, CA
Interior Design: Elias Design Group, Inc., New York, NY
Looking to retire the kitschy French streetscape furnishings (bistro chairs and tables, Paris subway signs, street lamps), management of the Sofitel San Francisco Bay aimed to create a hip, au courant new lobby and public space to appeal to the business crowd located in an adjacent Silicon Valley office park.
The renovation yielded an urban oasis. The lobby spaces are the new social center for the hotel, complete with Wi-Fi and a French “chill” soundtrack. Geometric platform edges were reshaped into soft curves to create an organic flow, which generates a sweeping visual energy. On the lower lobby level, chic seating arrangements beckon: sofa groupings, large leather lounge chairs and plush day beds.
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