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Reinvigorating The Business Of Hospitality Through Design

In the competitive hotel industry, keeping one’s position at the top means ensuring the brand and image stays continually fresh and relevant to one’s customers. Here are three examples of hotel establishments that have done exactly that.

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BY Janice Seow

January 28th, 2015


#1 The ‘New’ Langham, Hong Kong

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London-based interior and architectural design firm G.A Design have recently completed a USD30 million facelift for The Langham, Hong Kong.

This latest project is aimed at enhancing the “overall guest experience” and repositioning The Langham “at the top end of the city’s leading luxury hotels” says the hotel’s Managing Director, Bob van den Oord.

Emphasis has been placed on creating elegant residential spaces with luxury detailing… Read more.

#2 J Plus Hotel Gets a ‘Yoo’ Facelift

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Yoo, founded by Philippe Starck and John Hitchcox, has restyled the K Plus boutique hotel at Causeway Bay.

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The hotel now sports a large ‘portraiture’ on its façade that bears an uncanny resemblance to Leonardo’s Mona Lisa. The main entrance, previously tucked away on Irving Street, has also been relocated to a much bigger and more prominent entry on Pennington Street. Read more.

#3 Airland Hotel Does A 180

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Located on the Dameisha coast, Airland Hotel Shenzhen has always prided itself on being a multi-propose hotel, with a restaurant that serves first-rate cuisine, expansive leisure and conference facilities and above all, rooms that enjoy sweeping vista of the Dameisha beach. In other words, tout etait parfait, except perhaps for the lacklustre décor.

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That changed however, when award-winning design firm BLVD was tapped to renovate the hotel interior in 2012. With offices in Beijing and Shenzhen, the work of the award-winning firm can be described as subtly poetic, with an emphasis on traditional materials and warm, minimalist palettes. It’s an aesthetic that was channeled into the new design for Airland Hotel Shenzhen. Read more.