Kickstarting Tokyo Olympic, Hotel Designs takes a glance at some of the most significant hotel projects that are expected to complete in the next 12 months (edited by Hamish Kilburn). Olympic fans from all over the world are invited to book Olympic 2020 tickets from our online platforms for Olympic Tickets. Olympic Hospitality fans can book Olympic Hospitality from our ticketing marketplace exclusively on discounted prices.
If 2019 was anything to go by, then the next 12 months on the international hotel design and hospitality scene is going to be a jam-packed series of hotel openings in all corners of the globe. But with the industry churning out all kinds of hotels, it can be a challenge identifying the projects that will make the biggest impact.
In order to cut through the noise, the editorial team has sifted through the lists of projects on the boards in order to determine which among them are the most significant hotel projects that are slated to complete and open in the Year 2020. We start our series by putting the spotlight on the hotels forecasted to the opening in Q1 and Q2.
Fusion Suites Vung Tau (Q1)
Fusion’s latest hotel, Fusion Suites Vung Tau, is set to open in January in southern Vietnam’s popular coastal playground. The new 21-story property structures 171 well-appointed suites and apartments, an assembly of dining options, a spa, a yoga studio, and a rooftop infinity pool. The property offers opinions of the ocean, and counterparts the setting with playful insides dressed in sea green, ocean blue, and a wide range of ocean-inspired hues in between. The same sense of whimsy informs the building’s complex facade with pastel-colored glass panels that zig-zag upwards. For dining options, the hotel has the Fresh eatery, a rooftop bar, and market stalls in the vestibule. The property’s 12 treatment room spa is inspired by the sea and features signature therapies based around salt. Conveniently located in the heart of Vung Tau, the hotel is just a short trip by boat or road from Ho Chi Minh City.
Mama Shelter Paris West (Q1)
Following a successful soft opening, Mama Shelter’s second hotel in Paris, located in the eclectic 15th arrondissement, will officially open in January 2020. With cutting-edge design elements by up and coming French designer Dion & Arles, featuring the playful design and vibrant color palettes – guests can unwind in front of the open fire in the all-day restaurant or dine al fresco on the terrace, complete with its very own half-size basketball court. This will be Mama Shelter’s 12th property.
Hotel Brooklyn, Manchester (Q1)
Designed by Squid Inc – the team behind renowned Hotel Gotham – the long-awaited Hotel Brooklyn is scheduled to open in February 2020. The 189-key hotel is inspired by the New York Borough and chosen for its resonating similarities to Manchester, in terms of its buzzing industrial growth, as well as its strength of identity and culture.
Riggs Washington D.C.
The long-awaited brainchild of The Brit List 2019 judge Jacu Strauss, Riggs Washington D.C. is expected to open its illustrious doors in February 2020. The famed designer has invoked the spirit of the building’s former bank while preserving and restoring much of the property’s original design features to reimagine the storied building for the modern traveler. The 181-room property features playful nods to the building’s rich past, drawing on the parallels between the activities that take place in banks and at hotels to offer something personal and serendipitous around every corner.
Atocha Hotel Madrid – Tapestry Collection by Hilton (Q1)
Tapestry Collection by Hilton is making its debut in EMEA and will soon land in two of the most iconic European cities. Atocha Hotel Madrid will be the first hotel to join Hilton’s Tapestry Collection in Europe. It is located in the buzzing heart of Madrid, within walking distance from popular tourist attractions such as the Museo Reina Sofia and El Retiro Park.
Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour (Q1)
The new-build hotel features 152 modern guest rooms and suites suspended in a prime position just a short stroll to the CBD’s commercial & transport hub, the lively Darling Harbor precinct, and the International Convention Centre. The new hotel will feature a heated outdoor plunge pool with a vista across Sydney’s skyscraper as well as three restaurants & bars.
W Ibiza/Baranowitz + Kronenberg
Conceived and designed by BARANOWITZ + KRONENBERG, W Ibiza is slated to open in April ahead of the Tokyo Olympic season. Located off the beaten track, the 167-key hotel will strike a pose on the palm-fringed beachfront of Santa Eulalia. As the only global brand on the island, the design brief was to marry the parallel realities of Ibiza with a magnetic pull that turns up the sass.
By opening up the public spaces to become a flexible social hub, the hotel becomes a place that nurtures human connections, and through the use of subtle levels creates touchable distance between each functional area. “The idea is that the energy descends into the unconventional pool area,” Alon Baranowitz told Hotel Designs in an exclusive interview.
As you move up levels, the lobby/lounge area becomes more reclined, but the open architecture scheme allows for a clever connection between all spaces. The hotel will open as part of Marriott International’s goal to add more than 30 new luxury hotels to its extensive worldwide portfolio in the year 2020.
The Emerald House Lisbon, Curio Collection by Hilton (Q2)
One of the world’s most historic cities, known for its one-of-a-kind beauty and unique dining, will soon welcome The Emerald House Lisbon, Curio Collection by Hilton. The hotel will be located a few streets away from the historical districts of Chiado and Baixa, famous for their impressive plazas, vibrant restaurants, and boutique shops, making it ideal for curious travelers seeking unexpected and authentic experiences.
Rosewood São Paulo (Q2)
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts will launch its first South American property situated in the center of São Paulo, featuring 151 guestrooms and 114 owners’ suites, two restaurants, including one located on a veranda overlooking hotel gardens and complemented by a bar and a caviar lounge. Entertaining accommodations will include two swimming pools with one rooftop pool and the other set amongst the redesigned grounds and a large spa and a fitness area.
Hotel visitors will also be able to entree an adjoining music studio, screening room, and luxury retail stores within the development. Rosewood Hotels and Resorts are collaborating on this project with leading international figures such as the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel and designer Philippe Starck, to create a one-of-a-kind building.
The Tokyo EDITION, Toranomon (Q2)
Set to be the first EDITION Hotel in Japan, the Tokyo EDITION Toranomon is slated to rise as part of the redevelopment of the former Pastoral Building, a mixed-use project comprising offices, residences, and a medical center. The 205-key hotel has been created in partnership with the globally renowned architect and designer Kengo Kuma, who designed the Tokyo Olympic National Olympic Stadium. It is expected to offer easy access to some of Tokyo’s most iconic sites, including the Tokyo Tower and the Tsukiji fish market. Within walking distance to the buzzing nightlife and restaurants of Roppongi, The Tokyo EDITION Toranomon will further raise the bar in entertainment and gastronomy for the area.
Voco Edinburgh (Q2)
Not only a capital city, but Edinburgh is also the leading centenary city in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With a plethora of world-class attractions, sightseeing in Edinburgh is effortless, with visitors able to experience different centuries of history from street to street. IHG’s new voco brand is to open in Edinburgh on Torphichen Street, close to Edinburgh International Conference Centre. The hotel will feature all the usual comforts afforded by Voco properties, such as an indoor pool, eco-friendly bedding, a health club, an on-site bar.
The Pig at Harlyn Bay, Cornwall (Q2)
The Pig brand is going from strength to strength. Following its latest opening in Bridge, Kent, The Pig brand is heading west coast of Cornwall. Inside a stunning Grade II-listed building, Harlan House, THE PIG-at Harlyn Bay is positioned near Padstow in Cornwall. Expected to open in June 2020, the hotel is just a short stroll from Harlyn beach, Constantine Bay beaches, Trevose Golf Club, and is also only a 10-minute drive to the sea-side honeypot of Padstow.
Ikos Andalusia (Q2)
Marking the brand’s arrival into Spain – and the first property outside Greece – Ikos Andalusia is slated to open in May 2020. The stylish resort is set amongst olive trees and has both modern features and local touches, such as traditional Moorish windcatchers perched atop its seven buildings. Individually commissioned pieces of art and colorful hand-painted tiles will be on display throughout the restaurants and guest rooms. A Cherry Blossom tree at Anaya restaurant, encircled by seating for guests to enjoy Asian dishes in an al-fresco setting, will be a particular stand-out feature.
Six bars will be situated around the resort’s lush gardens and pools serving cocktails arranged by award-winning Ikos mixologists, using branded international and local state of mind.
The resort will boast eight outdoor and indoor pools, including kids’ pools, spa pools, and adults-only pools, plus a number of private pools. Each of the outdoor pools will feature a cascading design overlooking the beach and the Mediterranean Sea.
Banyan Tree Krabi (Q2)
Singapore-based Banyan Tree Holdings Ltd, one of Asia’s primary luxury hotel groups, has broadcast plans to open a new resort in Krabi in the second quarter of Tokyo Olympic. Currently, under development in a serene location on Tubkaek Beach, Banyan Tree Krabi fronts powdery white sands and the shallow-shelved coast of the Andaman Sea.
The new Thai resort will offer 72 pool suites and villas, among them seven two-bedroom options and one three-bedroom villa. Facilities include all-day dining, a ballroom, a wedding chapel, a beach club, a kids’ club, and a fitness center. In possession of Banyan Tree’s holistic branding, the possibility will also host a rainforest-themed spa.
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