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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.

The Luxury Collection Celebrates the 140th Anniversary of Hotel Imperial in Vienna, Following a Meticulous Year-Long Restoration

Vienna, Austria – 16 September 2014 – As part of a multi-million dollar investment to restore Europe’s most iconic hotels under The Luxury Collection, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide unveiled the restored public spaces at Hotel Imperial, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna. The one-year, $14M restoration of the hotel’s ground floor, which includes the landmark lobby, a signature restaurant, destination bar, Imperial Cafe and Imperial Torte shop, and private event venues, was led by esteemed British interior designer Alex Kravetz, in close collaboration with the Bundesdenkmalamt (Austrian Federal Office for the Care of Monuments).

Hotel Imperial, with its palatial splendour and Italian neo-Renaissance facade, has been the residence of choice for royalty and high society visiting Vienna for the past 140 years. Originally built in 1863 as a private residence for Prince Philipp of Württemberg, the palace was converted into Hotel Imperial in time for the 1873 Universal Exhibition. Situated on the iconic Ringstrasse (Ring Boulevard), neighbouring the legendary Musikverein, Hotel Imperial is within a short walk of major attractions such as the Vienna State Opera, Kunsthistorisches Museum and Secession Building.

The original passage connecting the hotel to the Musikverein has been completely re-modelled and enlarged during the restoration. Newly re-opened, the historic Composers Entrance provides guests with a stately departure experience while en route to a performance at the world-renowned concert hall, home to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Leading the way to this grand entryway is the Path of History, lined with archival photographs of the hotel and its illustrious guests, including the world’s finest maestros and musicians as well as aristocrats and celebrities. On the creation of the Path of History, interior designer Alex Kravetz explained, “This new gallery-like environment, which provides a link between all the major public spaces and dining venues of the hotel, was pivotal to the entire master plan of the redesign.”

Exquisite Epicurean Experiences
At the heart of the hotel is 1873 – HalleNsalon, an elegant lobby bar reminiscent of a private library. The magnificent high-ceilinged bar features sparkling crystal chandeliers and restored angel friezes, beneath which guests can enjoy intimate conversations and performances by emerging Viennese musical talents.

Cafe Imperial Wien – known as the place in the heart of Vienna where philosophers, literati, artists and businessmen met for decades – provides the perfect setting to experience the iconic Viennese coffee house culture. Here, guests can taste or purchase the hotel’s famous Imperial Torte. Kravetz commented, “We wanted to create a brighter and more open ambiance while retaining the legendary atmosphere of Café Imperial Wien.” To recreate the cafe’s historic setting, the distinctive chairs and narrow window tables fashioned by Oswald Haerdtl for the cafe in 1936 have been restored while the new parquet floor and light fixtures reflect the original interiors by the Austrian architect and designer. Cafe Imperial Wien has also been expanded and features rare, book-match marble floors, integrating the new space with a show kitchen and Imperial Torte display.

The new OPUS Restaurant combines architect Josef Hoffmann’s distinctive Viennese style from the 1930s with modern aesthetics. Passing through the restored entrance, guests enter an exquisite environment featuring original burr walnut paneling, crystal chandeliers and red candle wall lights. An inspired addition to the Viennese gourmet scene, OPUS reinterprets Austrian classics using contemporary techniques and lighter flavours. The menu features premium regional produce such as wild trout, Alpine beef and heirloom vegetables.

To date, The Luxury Collection and its partners have invested over $580M to restore some of the most storied hotels in Europe, working with renowned architects and local artisans to preserve and reinvigorate the legacies of these hotels. Recently completed restorations and re-openings include The Gritti Palace in Venice, Prince de Galles in Paris, Santa Marina in Mykonos and Hotel Bristol in Vienna, while Excelsior Hotel Gallia in Milan will be unveiled in December 2014 following an extensive renovation.

Washington Marriott Georgetown Unveils New Greatroom – Redesigned Space Allows Guests to Relax, Socialize and Get Work Done

Washington, DC – March 24, 2014 – Washington Marriott Georgetown recently unveiled its new vibrant Greatroom lobby. The reimagined Greatroom is part of Marriott Hotels brand initiative to transform lobbies from a formal living room into a local destination where people spend time, by themselves or with friends or colleagues, to relax, socialize or get work done. The renovation is an investment by the hotel’s owners, Highgate Holdings, Inc.

“We are thrilled to introduce our new look to the neighborhood,” said Kori Johnson, general manager, Washington Marriott Georgetown. “Our guests desire interesting spaces, which create a sophisticated yet relaxing ambiance that fosters relaxation, work and social gatherings. Our Greatroom lobby has delivered that and more and we’re excited for our guests to experience our Greatroom in person.”

Whitespace Interiors, of Chicago, Ill., re-envisioned the lobby to capture the essence of Georgetown’s historic character. The furnishings complement this new aesthetic with tailored and comfortable forms that are rooted in tradition. Custom hand-woven area rugs that depict the streets and cobblestones of old Georgetown line the floor as a reminder of the hotel’s vibrant and cosmopolitan location.

“The hotel had a need for a more current and collaborative gathering area for the hotel’s guests,” said Heather O’Sullivan, principal, Whitespace Interiors. “The design delivers a compelling balance between functional and visual qualities—using warm, honest and timeless materials.”

Washington Marriott Georgetown’s Greatroom features a new “5/10/20” menu designed by Executive Chef Lauren Uthenwoldt, which consists of locally sourced small bites, shareable plates and lounge friendly entrees. In addition, the Greatroom features a welcoming reception area designed to make it easier for guests and hotel staff to interact. With free Wi-Fi and power outlets throughout, guests and locals can boot up and work on their laptops or kick back and relax with their own tablets.

Washington Marriott Georgetown also features new Marriott Hotels brand technology, designed for guests who embrace the mobile lifestyle for work as well as leisure. Apps include:
-Red Coat Direct (www.redcoatdirect.marriott.com), a first-of-its-kind app that lets meeting organizers adjust and edit their meeting requests and preferences with a touch of a button and without ever leaving the meeting room.
-Mobile Check-In & Check-Out (www.marriott.com/marriott/mobile-apps.mi), that provides an enhanced arrival experience with check-in up to two hours before arrival and automatic notifications when a room is ready.
-Workspace On Demand (www.workspaceondemand.marriott.com) powered by Liquidspace, that allows guests to book both free and paid meeting spaces as easily as they book a guest room