Design Hotels boosts portfolio

29 Jun 2012 by ScottCarey7

Design Hotels is welcoming a number of newly opened city properties to its collection this year.

In London, the Dorset Square hotel has reopened this month as a Firmdale property (see online news June 20). The 38-room Marylebone hotel was the luxury boutique group’s first property when it opened in the 1980s but was later sold, and has now been reacquired. All of Firmdale’s properties – which include the Soho and Covent Garden hotels in London and the Crosby Street in New York – are Design Hotels members.

Also opened this month is La Suite West, an 80-room property in Bayswater. It features a minimalist black and white design with Asian touches. The 80-room South Place hotel will open close to Moorgate station in September as the first property for restaurateurs D&D (see online news June 8).

In Berlin, the 80-room Das Stue will open in November in a 1930s former Danish embassy building bordering the Tiergarten and Berlin Zoo. Facilities include a spa, pool, gym, restaurant and cocktail bar.

In Zurich, the 25 Hours Hotel Zurich West is to open in October with 126 rooms, an open-plan “living room” and a top-floor wellness area and sauna. It will join other 25 Hours properties in Hamburg, Frankfurt and Vienna, all Design Hotels members.

In Vienna, two sister properties are joining the portfolio – the 31-room Hotel Topazz, which has just opened, and the 32-room Hotel Lamée, which will follow in August. They are located opposite one another in the First district. The Topazz features an unusual dark façade with large oval windows, while the Lamée’s design celebrates “1930s Hollywood glamour”.

In Ljubljana, the 16-room Vander Urbani resort opens in July on the eastern riverbank of the Slovenian capital. It will have a rooftop pool, two treatment rooms, a restaurant, bar and wine cellar.

In Sydney, the 200-room QT will open in two 1920s buildings – a theatre and a department store – in the central business district in September. It will have design elements that reflect the buildings’ previous incarnations, and facilities include a restaurant, bar and spa.

In Mexico City, the 17-room Downtown Mexico opened this month in a 17th-century palace in the Centro Historico district. It “blends colonial grandeur with a raw industrial edge” and has a rooftop pool and terrace.

In Bogota, the BOG hotel opened in April in the north of the city. The first Design Hotels member in Colombia, it has 55 rooms, a rooftop pool and a design concept inspired by the country’s gold and emerald resources.

In Kochi, a new property from Indian group the Park Hotels will have its soft opening in September. The 175-room Park Kochi will be housed in a 28-floor new build and feature local artworks and design elements inspired by the city’s port location, as well as a Club floor, Keralan and pan-Asian restaurants, a pool and spa.

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Report by Michelle Mannion

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