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Mary Alice Palmer

From Al Fresco dining to Après Ski, hotels are navigating how to transform outdoor spaces and restaurants for continued entertainment during winter months, while providing winter wonderland experiences that are sure to draw a socially distanced crowd. To allow guests the opportunity to consciously embrace cold weather, smart design thinking must be considered and well executed. READ MORE

Greg Allowe

Are you trying to design a beautiful, chic hotel? Are you struggling to find the right themes and designs to incorporate to turn a Plain-Jane hotel into a luxurious escape from the outside world? Look no further! This article will walk you through nailing the first impression, figuring out room design, choosing a color scheme, and much more. READ MORE

David Kasprak

The long-anticipated arrival of Generation Z has arrived. How will this new generation impact how the hospitality industry operates? For the last twenty years hotel ownership and their design teams have focused on the Baby Boomers and Generation X. Yet in the next ten years 60% of guests will identify as Millennial or Generation Z. This article focuses on the demographics for each of these four groups and identifies their commonalities and their differences. READ MORE

Martha Weidmann

Simply put, art is good business. But the confusion often lies in how to show the business impact of art to your hospitality facility and stakeholders. Understanding the business case for art is only the first step. Here we highlight how art can influence the value of your hotel, through brand identity, creative placemaking and educating decision makers on broader benefits. READ MORE

David Ashen

David Ashen of dash design explores key dos and don'ts of creating memorable themed hotels and provides perspective on what works well – and what doesn't. Ashen examines the TWA Hotel in New York City, the brand new One11 in New Orleans, The Roxbury at Stratton Falls in New York's Catskills region and several others and shares takeaways on how to strike the delicate balance between cool and kitsch. READ MORE

Graeme Labe

Time spent in nature elevates moods and lifts spirits. The problem is, as humans, we spend 93 percent of our time indoors, separated from nature. What does that mean for hospitality architecture and design if being outdoors can enhance even the most mundane human activities? We pull the natural world into the built hotel environment! READ MORE

Martha Weidmann

Art is extremely important to the success of hospitality industry projects. An art experience, anchored in a clearly articulated vision and tied deeply to your brand, can set your hotel apart from the competition. Here, we highlight three actionable ways to not only begin the art curation process, but elevate your hotel experience through immersive art. READ MORE

Laurence Bernstein

Building back a better Humpty Dumpty requires design and branding in the broadest sense of the words. Design as we think of it these days is more than the development of the interior design of the project. Today, design includes a selection of a vast array of amenities and systems requiring a deep understanding of how the guest will relate to the facility in order to experience the brand as intended. READ MORE

Lesley Hughes-Wyman

COVID-19 has changed the way we work, longterm. When the lines between work and home became increasingly blurred, a new frame of mind-and business approach-was required in order to navigate our new realities. While virtual communication is an important facet of 21st century life, nothing compares to face-to-face collaboration. As the future of work processes continues to evolve, there's much we can learn from the trial-and-error approach that 2020 required. READ MORE

David Ashen

David Ashen, president & CEO of interior design and brand consulting firm dash design, could be called a road warrior, given the number of nights he spends in and out of some of the most interesting hotels across the globe. In this case study-style article, Ashen highlights three of his favorite hotels from his many travels and explores what makes them magical and memorable. READ MORE

Olivier Perrigueur

Technologies like smart lighting and shade controls play an increasingly important role in a property's ability to attract new guests and retain loyal guests. This is part of a macro trend that blurs the lines between home, work, and leisure. Lighting and shading can be differentiators throughout your hotel, and critical amenities in guestrooms, public areas, and restaurants, setting your property apart as guests decide where to spend their money. READ MORE

Lesley Hughes-Wyman

A few months have passed since the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, but hotel designers and hospitality brands continue to navigate the future of the hotel industry. Leaders are redefining what 'safety' looks like, where 'clean' is becoming the new 'green.' Lesley Hughes-Wyman examines how a focus on antimicrobial materials-and communicating their specification to guests-will become more prevalent than ever before. READ MORE

Bruce Wright

Will hotels of the future be operated by a robotic workforce? New doesn't automatically mean futuristic and hi-tech doesn't necessarily translate to visionary. People have an innate need for human touch and community especially in times of crisis when physical connection is off-limits. A completely contactless hospitality experience isn't a long-term solution, but how do we find the proverbial 'sweet spot' between high-tech and human touch? READ MORE

Eric Price

The COVID-19 pandemic has businesses considering large-scale reconstruction and redesign to help combat the spread of the virus and protect against future health crises. Destination hot-spots are considering how best to protect their future customers. What might the hotel redesign process look like? How much could it cost, and how long might it take? How can hotels best utilize open space and fresh air going forward? READ MORE

John Tess

The changing economy has resulted in underutilized and vacated modern office towers in downtowns across the country. Many of these 50-year-old office buildings, with their beneficial design, location, floor plans, and materials, have been rehabilitated into hotels and apartments. HRI Properties' adaptive reuse of Aloft New Orleans Downtown presented a tremendous opportunity for the rehabilitation of mid-century modern architecture. READ MORE

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