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Motel One Stuttgart Bad Cannstatt - new room concept

Budget design hotel chain Motel One paves Europe with new properties – Soon ten hotels in Berlin

Munich, Germany – 07 July 2016 – Motel One is still on its road to success: The budget design hotel chain from Munich is developing 19 new properties with a total of 6,100 rooms across Europe. Currently, two large hotels are being built in Berlin; thus Motel One will have ten hotels in the German capital soon. This is what tophotelprojects.com reports.

Motel One Stuttgart Bad Cannstatt - Zimmer

Motel One Stuttgart Bad Cannstatt – new room concept

In the contested hotel market in Berlin the flat-rate strategy of Motel One (from 62 Euro per Night Room) caused a sensation. At the revived prime location in City West between the Zoo Station and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, a new hotel tower with 582 rooms and a skybar with panoramic view will open next summer. Just a stone’s throw from the East Berlin Alexanderplatz the largest Motel One hotel with 708 rooms is scheduled to open in autumn of next year.

Motel One is growing in Europe: new hotel construction projects are arising in France, the UK, Spain and Switzerland.

Motel One – new hotels in:
Germany – 12 (4,200 rooms)
Switzerland – 2 (543)
UK – 2 (647)
Spain – 1 (300)
France – 1 (255)
Austria – 1 (60)

Motel One has long been a European hotel chain with locations in the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Austria and Switzerland. In the past year the sales increased by a whopping 26 percent to around 322 million euros. The average occupancy rate of the almost 13,800 rooms in 51 hotels increased slightly to 75 percent – which are dream values in the hospitality industry.

The most recent opening is now the third hotel in Stuttgart: The hotel in Bad Cannstatt offers 141 rooms and is located close to the so-called Stuttgart Beer Festival, which is, beside the Oktoberfest in Munich, one of the biggest festivals in Germany. For the first time the company’s room concept has been expanded to increasingly address business travelers: A new element is the comfortable lounge chair in leather by “Freifrau”, as well as the height-adjustable table from Vitra, which is tailored to the needs of the (business) guest. In addition, the guest can now find a safe for securely storing personal valuables.

Living lobby at new Tru by Hilton hotel concept (Photo/Graphic: Hilton Worldwide)

Futuristic hotel concepts: Living lobby is a must-have – Living, working and enjoying is more important than check-in

Hamburg, Germany – 06 June 2016 – Lame lobbies are out: future hotels will welcome their guests with “living lobbies”. Warm welcome, breakfast, business with high-speed WiFi and enjoying football evenings together in front of the flat – this is the new, or: rediscovered Melting Pot of the smart hospitality industry with potential. TOPHOTELPROJECTS is focusing on these trends as well.

Tru by Hilton Lobby

Living lobby at new Tru by Hilton hotel concept (Photo/Graphic: Hilton Worldwide)

Latest aspirant is still the young hotel brand Tru by Hilton. With “The Hive” the brand will create a new, active encounter zone in the budget design hotels: Relaxed working in shielded areas, entertainment and fun with video games, casual relaxing on lounge furniture and supply of snacks and cool drinks.

Europe’s Hotel Group No. 1, Accor, realized this in a new concept for its Ibis budget hotels: The reception desk is remarkably short, the breakfast buffet for the tightly calculated price / performance ratio abundant, the wireless internet access acceptable and long benches and casual armchairs are urban-modern. “Living Lobby” is staged media-friendly through several large TV screens.

Literally alive is the new Steigenberger concept Jaz in the city. The first hotel in Amsterdam is characterized by live performances in restaurant and bar. The shooting success confirms the unusual concept: Shortly after the opening, the occupancy rate was 65 percent, far above target. In a hotel of this new, ground-breaking class you cannot stay in the room, you are looking for connection and inspiration in the lobby and bar.

The spirit of “living lobbies” is being developed further by innovative hotel concepts such as Moxy, element Prizeotel, Citizen M, Mama Shelter. The hotel industry will reinvent itself with smart nonchalance (“Work hard, play hard”). This follows pioneering hosts such as César Ritz, where every guest received a “Grande Entrée” in its Grand Hotels – only now in jeans and without a tie.

CitizenM Hotels - Lobby

New lifestyle hotel concepts conquer tourism – ‘Hotel 3.0’ stands out due to innovative design concepts

Hamburg, Germany – 27 August 2015 – New, exciting hotel concepts conquer the market: The number of creative lifestyle and design hotels is increasing. The promising creations include the new brands CitizenM, Moxy, Ruby, W Hotels, Mama Shelter and some more. TOPHOTELPROJECTS, worldwide leading provider for global b2b hotel data, has listed some.

CitizenM Hotels - Lobby

CitizenM Hotels – Lobby

W Hotels (Starwood Hotels) – 38 new building projects among others in the USA, UAE, China and India
Moxy Hotels – 19 new building projects among others in Germany, USA and Norway
Yotel – 7 new building projects in the USA, UAE and Singapore
Soho House – 5 new building projects in the UK, the Netherlands and India
CitizenM Hotels – 4 new building projects in France, UK and China
Ruby Hotels – 1 new building projects in Vienna/Austria
Ace Hotels – 1 new building projects in New Orleans/USA
Mama Shelter – 1 new building projects in Lille/France

Casual style is no longer a unique selling point for new hotel types. Instead a design, which will merge living and working, is in demand. Thus, the new lifestyle hotels are characterized by generous lobbies, where you can lie on couches and sofas while working via the ultra-fast Wifi internet, ordering drinks and snacks at the kiosk. Due to smartphone automation, previous typical hotel operations as annoying as queuing at the reception desk for check-in or check-out are things of the past. Another technical benefit of the “Hotels 3.0” is the Smart TV screens in the rooms, which will offer personal video libraries via the i.e. Netflix app access.

E-mobility is also a feature of the new hotel types: Electric cars provided by cooperation partners can be recharged outside of the hotel. Guests can simply book these cars via smartphone app. A new hotel concept in Germany, which will be presented this autumn, will provide an E-Smart directly upon arrival at the airport or train station. The guest can drive immediately to a business meeting or directly to the hotels. Hotels will be (new) centres of mobility, also with e-bikes and transport bicycles to borrow.

AC Hotels Brings European Style and Inspired Local Experiences to the Heart of Miami Beach with the Anticipated April 2015 Debut of AC Hotel Miami Beach

Miami – 16 January 2015 – Marriott International announced today the expected April 2015 opening of AC Hotel Miami Beach on the 2900 block of Collins Avenue, the area that has been grabbing headlines as the trendiest destination in the city. The property, developed in partnership with Miami’s Finvarb Group, will be AC Hotels’ first property in South Florida following the lifestyle brand’s debut in New Orleans and its growing portfolio of over 50 hotels expected to open in the next few years. The 150-room AC Hotel Miami Beach will bring elegant yet unpretentious style, innovative Beverage & Food programming and locally inspired experiences to guests and locals.

“Mid Beach offers the perfect blend of culture, architecture and nightlife that embodies the urban soul of the AC Hotels brand,” said Toni Stoeckl, VP Lifestyle Brands of Marriott International, Inc. “We will create meaningful experiences for guests to connect with this exciting City through distinctive local partnerships with prominent personalities.”

AC Hotel Miami Beach 2The design-led hotel, inspired by the fashion houses of Milan, blends European style and simple lines to create a comfortable atmosphere for guests. Miami-based Kobi Karp Architecture will bring the vision to life, providing an energetic vibe in the hotel while still encouraging exploration of the city beyond four walls. Guests can expect public spaces outfitted with furnishings and décor in a neutral tone color palette featuring warm greys and charcoals with thoughtfully selected modern artifacts and treasures.

Additionally, AC Hotel Miami Beach’s distinctive B&F program will offer an approachable twist on the traditional hotel bar. The AC Lounge (pictured right) experience will be influenced by the idea of “draft and craft” where guests can work during the day and unwind in the evening with craft beers, wines and cocktails complemented with a selection of small ‘tapas-style’ plates inspired by the brand’s Spanish roots. The AC Culturalist will share insider tips and recommendations to help guests “Feel the City” like a local. A destination for hobnobbing, the vibrant rooftop pool scene with ocean views will complete the experience.

Stoeckl added, “Guests can also expect the brand’s signature open-concept areas with plenty of communal spaces with fully enabled technology solutions to work, connect, explore and socialize.”

The seven story-hotel will include the AC Kitchen, inspired by the European home, which will be open daily for breakfast offering sweet and savory tarts, freshly baked croissants and a selection of artisan cured meats and cheeses. The AC Library will provide a quiet area for guests to use while still being connected. Additional amenities include a fitness center and 1,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. On-site parking, complimentary Wi-Fi, a rooftop pool (pictured left) and beach access round out the hotels offerings.

International Hotel Design Awards – Call for Entries 2014

International Hotel Design Awards are seeking for outstanding spatial designs from leading architects, interior designers, hotel owners and operators worldwide

Como, Italy – February 26th, 2014 – The A’ Design Award & Competition today announced that the International Hotel Design Awards (IHDA) 2014 are now open for entries. The International Hotel Design Awards recognizes excellence, outstanding design and innovation within the hospitality industry. The award ceremony will be held at the Villa Gallia in Como / Italy on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

International Hotel Design Awards

The prestige of the International Hotel Design Awards program relies in large part on the high caliber jury panel which peer-reviews and judges the entries each year based on established evaluation criteria. The IHDA Jury panel consists of internationally influential press members, academics and design professionals to ensure that entries are fairly judged.

International Hotel Design Awards are especially open to hoteliers, hotel developers, hotel builders, interior designers and architects to submit their best spatial designs for hotel architecture, construction and interior design. The International Hotel Design Award recipients can expect to get coverage in many design, architecture and construction industry publications as well as in general interest media.

Deadline for entries is on Friday, February 28, 2014. Results will be announced on April 15, 2014. Submission guidelines and entry forms are available at http://www.adesignaward.com.

The International Hotel Design Awards were developed by the A’ Design Award & Competition to identify, highlight and reward excellence in design in hospitality industry by spotlighting the very best designs for hotel architecture, development, construction and interior design. The aim of the International Hotel Design Accolades is to push forward architects and designers worldwide to come up with superior spatial designs for accommodations.

A’ Design Award & Competition is the world’s leading international annual juried competition for design. The A’ Design Awards are organized in a wide range of creative fields to highlight the very best designers from all countries in all disciplines. The aim of the A’ Design Award & Competition is to push the design profession forward, to create a better future through good design.