LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
October 20, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
The capital city's historic Old Post Office, listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, has been tranformed into a five-star luxury hotel. Overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue, the Trump International Hotel Washington D.C., offers the BLT Prime restaurant, spa, Old Post Office Museum Gallery walkway, escorted Clock Tower tours by the National Park Service, children's programs, and sumptous pet amenities. Learn more about the transformation in the article below from our sister publication, Hotel Management, by Mick Tan.
HBA brings D.C.’s Old Post Office back as Trump Hotel
Interior design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates completed a historical hotel preservation project and opened the Trump International Hotel, Washington, D.C., formerly the Old Post Office. Working with Ivanka Trump, HBA associate Betsy Hughes and her team of interior designers and architects restored the European-style building to its original glory, creating a 263-room five-star hotel. Continue below the photo.
The 118-year-old historic and castle-like structure is located between the Capitol Building and the White House. Using the building's story as the design narrative, the space is defined by the architectural detailing of the clock tower, columns, archways and historic metal truss-work that spans the lobby. Designers used the framework as a support system for chandeliers that dot the public spaces.
The lobby faces the clock tower, reception and bar; it serves as the heart of the hotel, opening up to the nine-story atrium with glass skylights. Read more below the image.
There are 263 guestrooms, seven of them created within the previous attic space, and featuring floor-to-ceiling skylights in the roof. The former postmaster's offices were converted into four luxury suites. The largest of the group has restored wood-stained paneling, a fireplace and a reading nook in a turret. One suite is located in the clock tower with an arched window that HBA designers created a mezzanine around to keep from blocking the window. The Trump Townhouse suite has multiple stories and a private entrance from Pennsylvania Avenue.
The European-style suites have a color palette of creams, silvers and soft blues with pops of red and gold leaf trim along with crystal chandeliers. A standout feature is a canopied bed in the center of the bedroom.
Due to the historic restoration, each guestroom has a unique layout with distinct features. Arched windows on the upper floors offer views of the Capitol Building and Washington Monument, while historic columns were found and restored. Large bathrooms were built along the window walls of several rooms, while turrets, eaves, dormer windows and skylights are showcased within several guestrooms.
Canvas Art Consultants, the art consultancy division of HBA, also worked with the HBA interior design team and The Trump Organization. Canvas developed a guestroom and corridor art program that pays homage to the city's history through a collection of imagery specifically assembled to reference various aspects of Washington D.C. and the Old Post Office. Visual elements include signed original watercolor renderings of the Clock Tower and renderings of gilded architectural details.
The main restaurant, BLT Prime by David Burke, is a two-story marble-clad box overlooking the lobby. The two private dining rooms have views overlooking the main arrival lobby. Two function rooms with high ceilings, original millwork and stained wood floors are found in the main building. The Lincoln Library has navy velvet drapes and Empire-style bronze pendants in one room, while the second has painted millwork, cream silk draperies and crystal chandeliers. A conference space is located in an existing building on 11th Street, the edifice of which was built as a shopping mall in the 1980s. It is now the largest luxury ballroom in Washington D.C., Presidential Ballroom, modeled after Mr. Trump's Mar-a-Lago.
Illuminate Lighting Design, the architectural lighting firm from HBA, provided lighting design for the public areas, including the Congressional Bells Museum and BLT Prime by David Burke. A standout lighting feature includes an integrated custom bar detail that illuminates restored post offices boxes as a backdrop in Benjamin Bar & Lounge, highlighting the building's history.
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September 6, 2016
By: Five Star Alliance
THE GRAND AMERICAN BEACH VACATION
With its soaring red turrets and sprawling Victorian architecture, the Hotel del Coronado is an iconic California gem on America’s most beloved beach. We welcome families and beach lovers from near and far to make inDELible memories on our glittering sands. From surf camps, clambakes, and concerts in the sand to kid camps, painting by the sea, private chef dinners, and beach s’more roasts under the stars, our expansive seaside playground has something for every member of the family. The Del offers endless magical beachfront experiences unrivaled on the West Coast.
Experience the legend.
Designated a National Historic Landmark, The Del celebrates its rich 128-year history as the proud host to celebrities, royalty and beach loving families through timeless experiences that resonate with modern-day guests. Guests can select from 757 guest rooms, 28 suites, and 70 junior suites in the historic Victorian Building, the contemporary Ocean Towers and California Cabanas, or the luxurious Beach Village at The Del. Continue reading below the photo.
Rated one of the top 10 hotels in the world by USA Today, The Del offers a contemporary beachfront experience, ocean view dining, an award-winning spa, upscale shopping, and endless recreational activities. Continue reading.
Recapturing its spirit as a premier health destination, Spa at The Del is a coastal sanctuary where rhythmic ocean waves lead the way to inner tranquility. Reawaken the senses with premium, ocean-inspired spa treatments that will leave an indelible imprint on your mind, body and soul. Retreat to a terrace with its own infinity pool overlooking the Pacific or share a soothing side-by-side massage for two.
Shops at The Del offers seventeen unique shops under one roof with rare finds and nostalgic treasures - a shopping experience unparalleled in San Diego.
There's no shortage of inDELible culinary experiences at The Del’s seven restaurants and five lively lounges. With fresh seafood, the best locally sourced produce and herbs from the property’s own garden as inspiration, you can indulge your senses without ever leaving its famous sands. Indulge in epicurean adventures from fine dining at 1500 OCEAN, The Del’s signature restaurant, to al fresco dining on the umbrella-dotted patio of Shearwater to sipping boutique wines paired with wood-fired pizza at ENO. Every dining experience comes with a generous serving of beachside ambiance and ocean views. Continue reading below the photo.
An island onto itself, Hotel del Coronado awaits with seaside charm, majestic architecture, and an unrivaled beachfront location perfect for your next inDELible experience. Start making memories today.
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August 26, 2016
By: Rachael Weir
In honor of #NationalDogDay, we put together a list of three of our favorite dog-friendly hotels in the U.S. Check out the pet-friendly guest rooms and amenities below at Boston's Liberty Hotel, the Delano Las Vegas, and the historic Hotel del Coronado. Pick a destination and head off for an adventure with your favorite four-legged best friend.
Liberty Hotel - Boston
Situated at the foot of Beacon Hill in a former prison, the Liberty Hotel offers pet-friendly amenities with dog beds, dishes, and in-room comforts. Plus, there are dog-friendly happy hours hosted during the warmer months in The Yard, an outdoor social space.
Pups and their owners will love strolling the nearby neighborhood, which includes Boston Common, Charles River Esplanade, Newbury Street shops and restaurants, along with Beacon Hill boutiques and eateries. Guest accommodations feature Boston-inspired styling with warm wood accents, crown molding, and views of the historic city.
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Delano - Las Vegas
Right on the strip, the Delano Las Vegas is a luxury boutique hotel is set within the Mandalay Bay resort complex. The hotel offers dog-friendly signature suites with a tastefully crafted doggie room service menu which offers Canine Scramble, Bow Wow Burgers, and Chow Hound Chicken Hash. The Doggie Butler Service offers check-ins on pets throughout the day, fast breaks, and daily walks finished with treats. Plush and Pampered options include feeding and changing the water, brushing, and spending time with pets in the room.
Dogs (and their humans) will love the separate living area with seating for five, floor-to-ceiling windows with mountain views, bedside stereo systems with docking and charging outlets, and wet bars with stocked minibars.
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Hotel del Coronado - San Diego
Set on Coronado Island in the San Diego Bay, the Hotel del Coronado’s Del Dogs and Cats program offers a range of pet amenities including gourmet room service, Del-ightful dog and cat treats upon arrival, and gourmet room service for dogs and cats. There’s also in-room water and food bowls, pet beds, kitty scratching pads, and waste bags or litter boxes. The hotel provides specialized bedding, crates, collars, and leashes for use during their stay, and there are Yappy Hours every Sunday with complimentary Evian for dogs and pet-inspired drinks for their owners. There’s a dog beach less than 1 mile from the historic hotel, and pet-walking, pet-sitting, dog grooming and veterinary services are available.
The Hotel del Coronado offers luxury beachfront accommodations within the historic Victorian building built in 1888, as well as the contemporary Ocean Towers, California Cabanas, and the Beach Village at The Del. There are multiple dining options from casual to upscale, including the famous brunch in the Crown Room.
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By: Rachael Weir