This September the Dutch city of Arnhem will see the opening of a fashion inspired hotel. The 20 room hotel is to be called “Modez” and is a co-operation between a social housing company and ArtEZ, Arnhem’s famous fashion academy. The hotel will be curated by fashion illustrator Piet Paris. Situated in the neighbourhood of Klarendal, each room will be designed and decorated by Holland’s finest fashion and product designers, among them are Alexander van Slobbe, Spijkers & Spijkers, Francisco van Benthum and many others. The opening of Modez will be celebrated with a publication initiated and produced by the ArtEZ Modelectorate, chronicling the creation process of each room.
Pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon will open Summer 2013, in the emerging area of East Kowloon, home of the old Kai Tak airport. The 720-room, 32-storey hotel anticipates development earmarked for the Kai Tak area including two cruise terminals, hospital, multi-purpose stadium complex, waterfront promenade, a metro park and subway line extension. As the first pentahotel in Hong Kong, the property will join sister pentahotels in Shanghai and Beijing, along with 13 properties in Europe. Eighty pentahotels are anticipated to be in operation globally by 2020.
The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts reopens Seville’s Hotel Alfonso XIII after a 25$m restoration. Located on the historic Calle San Fernando in the heart of Seville, Hotel Alfonso XIII is considered to be one of the grandest hotels in Europe, originally designed by Sevillian architect Jose Espiau y Muñoz and eventually named after King Alfonso XIII. The extensive 10 month restoration project was led by Demopolis, a renowned local Sevillian architect, and features Arabic-inspired arches, soaring towers and renaissance-style windows. Designed by HBA Design, the interiors fuse history and opulence with original hand-painted Triana and Mensaque ceramic tiles, authentic wood carved furnishings and marble floors.
Bulgari Hotels and Resorts has opened its latest luxury property – opposite Hyde Park in London’s Knightsbridge area. Bulgari Hotel London offers 85 rooms and suites, featuring luxury interiors and amenities including minibars resembling travel trunks, freestanding Marquina marble bathtubs, 42-inch LCD TVs, Nespresso coffee machines, free wifi and Bulgari toiletries. Granite-clad Il Bar has a separate entrance from Knightsbridge Green, and features a hammered silver effect bar, ceiling finished in titanium, and Sapele mahogany walls. A staircase leads down to Il Ristorante, headed up by chef Robbie Pepin, with features including exclusive furniture and Bulgari cutlery, and offering “contemporary dishes, drawing on classic Italian gastronomic traditions”. The two-floor spa features a 25-metre swimming pool, vitality pool, thermal experiences with ice fountains and cooling showers, relaxation room, 11 treatment rooms offering “exclusive bespoke Bulgari treatments”, a fitness centre and nail salon.
Shelter Island is about to get a chic new boutique hotel that is sure to draw some of the stylish set that flocks to Andre Balazs’ popular Sunset Beach resort. Cape Advisors, which has partnered with Balazs in the city and has developed five hotels in Cape May, NJ, is in contract to buy the Chequit Inn, a 37-room mom-and-pop hotel. The $10 million project includes renovating, adding a pool and creating an upscale restaurant, developer Curtis Bashaw told Side Dish. The deal is slated to close this fall.
The Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne, Switzerland, has unveiled a new bar specializing in bespoke cocktails. Named simply Bar, the space was designed in partnership with Wilsdon Design Associates and Gorgeous Group to exude a modern-meets-traditional feel. Period tapestry blends with a transparent onyx bar, antique glass vases sit atop metal and oak shelves and lighting is placed to highlight the space’s decorative moldings and pillars.
The Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC hotel’s only 8 years old, but its rooms needed a design lift. The hotel recently completed a colorful, $2.5 million guestroom overhaul. Gansevoort Meatpacking exchanged its neutral color palette for a vibrant one that will remind Gansevoort fans of the hotel’s sister location, the Gansevoort Park Avenue