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Ushering In A New Era Of Elegance, The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin Unveils Art Deco Glamour

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The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin today announced the culmination of its 40 million euro renovation. This meticulous refurbishment, largely funded by its ownership Beisheim Group, heralds in a new era of elegance through refreshed guestrooms and suites, conference, wellness, lobby and lounge areas and the addition of POTS, a new restaurant. Each space evokes a vision of Berlin in the 1920s, with guests encountering creative details and thoughtful references to the golden era of German cinema.

“The recent completion of this meticulous 40 million euro renovation at The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin marks a momentous occasion for this hotel, whose storied location has sat at the epicentre of history for over a century,” said Lisa Holladay, Global Brand Leader for The Ritz-Carlton. “Present throughout the hotel in details large and small, the new design beautifully captures the gilded glamour of Berlin in the 1920’s, while celebrating the city’s ever-changing spirit. Our Ladies and Gentlemen will continue to provide legendary service to our luxury travellers during their visit to one of the most unique cities in Europe.”

A Cinematic Legacy Brought to Life
The hotel’s imaginatively redesigned guest rooms and suites are the work of G.A. Design’s London team, as is the grand entrance guests experience in the lobby upon arrival. An ornate sweeping marble and ironwork staircase makes a statement, while sparkling crystal chandeliers evoke the flurry of flashbulbs that punctuate the annual Berlinale Film Festival. Radiating 1920s flair, one wall gleams with stylised champagne glasses while guests will find one of the recurring motifs of the new design at reception: an abstract representation of a screen, reminiscent of film star’s cloakrooms.

“It is wonderful to see how the architecture of the building, with its light sandstone façade, compliments the elegant interior design, forming a harmonious whole,” said Robert Petrović, General Director at The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin. “We wanted to make our new Art Deco design story as personal as possible – our guests are our focus.”

In the style of early 20th century literary salons, the spacious lobby is the ideal place for guests to relax, exchange ideas or enjoy a game of chess. An eye-catching marble fireplace replaces real flames with a bold sculpture, while She Represents, a 1928 painting by artist Jeanne Mammen, hangs above the mantelpiece – a declaration of love for the vitality of Berlin women. The adjoining space, flooded with daylight, features views of Potsdamer Platz, providing an ambience of a retreat where guests can take a break from the bustling city.

The lovingly redesigned guest rooms and suites of The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin are epitome of modern luxury. Day meets night in the contrasting colours of full-height headboards, while geometric patterns symbolise the historical significance of Potsdamer Platz. As with the lobby, the rooms also echo the city’s great film heritage. Elegant wash and make-up tables suggest the wardrobes of early silver screen icons while the sleek honour bar offers a nod to their classic wardrobe boxes”. State of the art technology is also thoughtfully woven into the experience, including touchscreens controlling all in-room electronics and convenient charging stations built into seating. In the Carlton Club Suite, shades of blue represent the moon and Berlin nightlife and in The Ritz-Carlton Suite, warm golden tones are a nod to the city’s sunny sides.

New Gastronomic Experiences
The Lounge
creates the heart of the hotel, shining in new splendour with dazzling mirror accents across its marble floor. Culinary delights include afternoon tea accompanied by a live pianist and served by specially-trained tea sommeliers with the highest level of personal service.

A completely new culinary venue, the POTS restaurant features an exciting young kitchen team that serves German classics with a modern twist. It offers cosy seating niches, an additional room for group gatherings, and an open-kitchen that epitomises its “sharing food” ethos. The restaurant’s name is a fun play on both Potsdamer Platz and the many pots resting on the kitchen stoves. Beaten and brushed copper accents, used throughout the interior design, reference the heavy kettles in which German beer is traditionally brewed. In the summer, its newly-designed terrace overlooks the adjacent Sony Center and Henriette-Herz Park for light lunches or relaxed dinners.

The Curtain Club bar presents a stylish mix of Art Deco elegance and Latin American playfulness. Designed in the style of a South American hacienda, a Living Room lies in the heart of the bar with a stage for live music. Multiple award-winning mixologist and Chef Arnd Heissen and his team take guests on a fascinating culinary journey across the South American continent, creating unorthodox drinks relying on Latin American flavours, extravagant ingredients and precious essences.

A vision in red and gold, the Fragrances Bar is home to the high art of mixology, centred around scents and where Heissen enthrals guests with his “fragrant” cocktail creations. An interactive experience, guests choose their favourite cocktails from a walk-through bar menu, the Hall of Fame, where each drink is inspired by a top-quality gourmet perfume. The bar’s design is based on elaborate perfume flacons with ingredients and spirits arranged in pharmacy bottles, reflecting the mixologist’s experimental work. Dark mirrors underscore the sensual approach and mystical character of the space, with six avant-garde Golden Age-inspired drawings by local artist Tina Berning lining the walls.

A Wellness Oasis, Meetings in Style
Re-envisaged by interior expert Carbone Design, the hotel’s newly modernized wellness space brings a hint of glamour to the workout and wellness experience. Guests can also take advantage of two saunas, a cosmetic treatment menu and state-of-the-art fitness equipment.

The divisible ballroom of the Beletage conference area is ideal for lavish parties as well as corporate events. Inspired by the 1920s nightlife, Czech lighting designer Lasvit created large Bohemian glass lamps in striking shapes, giving special dimension to the space. Seven additional event rooms featuring state-of-the-art technology have a total area of 1,800 square metres.

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Radisson Blu unveils the rebirth of a Kyiv legend

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Radisson Blu, the upper upscale hotel brand that delivers a positive and personalized service in stylish spaces, is delighted to announce the reopening of a Kyiv legend following its complete refurbishment. With 254 newly renovated guest rooms, a conference area, lobby and lobby bar, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Kyiv near Golden Gate in Ukraine’s capital has undergone a remarkable transformation.

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Kyiv presents its new look after a full renovation of the entire hotel – completed in partnership with OMO Design. Combining stylish design (where the local heritage is interpreted through modern materials), comfortable social areas for guests, and attention to the smallest details, the hotel aims to provide unforgettable experiences on every visit to the renewed Kyiv legend.

Jesper Henriksen General Manager at Radisson Blu Hotel, Kyiv, says: “When it came to the renovation and redesign of Kyiv’s first-ever international branded hotel, we did not want to simply recreate the previous style. We wanted to integrate and reflect the local heritage, to show the connection with the Golden Gate, the Yaroslaviv Val street and the original historic building style. For this purpose, we looked for a Ukrainian designer who could do it in a proper way. And, today, we are proud to present the rebirth of a Kyiv legend.”

Natalia Shchyra, the British-Ukrainian designer, Principal at OMO Design, said:“We call this project timeless. The hotel’s building is located at the site of the ancient city wall, the Golden Gate, and near the UNESCO world heritage site of St. Sophia Cathedral. This means it carries a powerful ancient energy within its walls. Our vision was to blend the hotel’s contemporary atmosphere with the elements of the rich local historic heritage. The interior’s calm modern harmony of wood and stone is contrasted by the artworks and artifacts of the past century, where each piece has its own story. It has been a pleasure to work with the Radisson Blu team who provided inspiration for many design solutions.”

Each art element in the space has its own story. The timeline ribbon in the center of the lobby carries the ebb and flow of historical events. Photography in the style of old masters magically captures the members of the hotel team. Glass walls at the entrance reproduce the fragments of the old city walls. Small decor elements re-imagined from ancient artefacts and accessories get a revival with a modern interpretation.

First opening in 2005, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Kyiv became the first internationally branded hotel in the city. It the began its full renovation in 2017. The first step in the process saw the entire conference area on the ground floor renewed – not only in its design, but in all the engineering elements such as the audio and visual equipment.

Between 2017-18 all guest rooms were renovated, with new room design by Lundwall Architects. This well-known Nordic design bureau adapted Nordic design traditions to complement the unique and original setting in Kyiv. The rooms are now a combination of simplicity, minimalism and functionality that fit the needs of the hotel’s multinational mix of guests.The interiors are complemented by modern art –photos of Kyiv made by famous Ukrainian photographers.

The renovation process covered everything, from wall coatings to furniture and lamps. The combination of materials and colors like grey and violet now creates a unique comforting atmosphere in the rooms. Industrial elements and forms are gracefully combined with natural wooden elements and textiles, completing the ambiance by adding mirrors, glass surfaces and lamps.

In 2019, the final stage of the renovation was carried out – refurbishing the lobby, main entrance and lobby bar.

Karl-Maria Pfeffer, CEO at Raiffeisen Property International Gmbh, said: “It is our great pleasure to reopen this landmark hotel, which has always had a pioneering role in Kyiv. We are confident that it will continue to do so for the next decade.”

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Mandarin Oriental Announces Luxury Hotel in Nanjing

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a luxury hotel in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province in China, scheduled to open in 2022.

Mandarin Oriental, Nanjing will be located on the Qinhuai River and in close proximity to historic landmarks including the Gate of China, which forms part of one of the longest ancient city walls in the world built by the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty over 600 years ago.

The hotel will feature 106 rooms and suites with views of the river and the ancient city wall. There will be three restaurants and bars, including an all-day dining option, a Chinese restaurant and a Lobby Lounge.  There will also be a range of adaptable meeting facilities, and a large ballroom that will cater to events and social functions.

The hotel will also have a Spa at Mandarin Oriental providing treatments and therapies, as well as an indoor swimming pool and fitness centre.

Mandarin Oriental, Nanjing will form part of a wider mixed-use development owned by Nanjing Shengxiangyuan Property Development Co. Ltd., an affiliated company of Hongkong Land, in partnership with China Merchants Group and Country Garden Group.  In addition to the hotel, the development will comprise premium retail space and residential luxury homes. 

The site is well located for leisure travellers to the city, being a short walk to popular tourist attractions, including the Confucius Temple quarter and the Old East Gate, which was originally built in the Ming Dynasty. The overall development will also be well served by good transportation links.

Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu Province situated on the south bank of the Yangtze River. The city has a long and unique history dating back to the third century A.D. Today it is the political, cultural and economic centre of the province, as well as one of the major urban centres on the Yangtze River for commerce, trade, finance, tourism and logistics.

“We are delighted to announce this project in a Chinese city with strong historic roots which today is a vibrant centre for tourism, commerce, finance and trade as well as an important provincial capital,” said James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental. “We look forward to collaborating with Hongkong Land and its partners, to create a truly iconic property in the historic Jiangsu capital,” he added.

“Nanjing is one of China’s most prominent destinations, and this overall development will be the city’s most prestigious. We are pleased to be partnering with Mandarin Oriental to create a truly exceptional lifestyle experience in this prime location. We believe this extraordinary project will become the new landmark for the city,” said Nanjing Shengxiangyuan Property Development Co., Ltd.’s Board of Directors.

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St. Regis Hotels Debuts On Venice’s Esteemed Grand Canal

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St. Regis Hotels & Resorts today announced the debut of The St. Regis Venice, located steps away from Piazza San Marco and boasting the largest waterfrontage in Venice. The opening follows a two-year, full-scale renovation, restoring the grandeur of the former Grand Hotel Britannia, which opened in 1895 – the same year as the inaugural Venice Biennale. The hotel offers 169 guestrooms and suites, many of which boast private terraces or Juliet balconies for sweeping views of Venice’s iconic landmarks. Situated across the Grand Canal from Punta della Dogana, the hotel marries its celebrated heritage with the St. Regis brand’s modern design and bespoke service throughout a unique collection of five Venetian palaces, with the oldest dating back to the 17th century. The hotel’s spacious secluded garden sets the hotel apart, making it a lifestyle destination where guests and locals alike can enjoy remarkable views of the Grand Canal. The St. Regis Venice marks the brand’s third location in Italy, joining The St. Regis Florence and The St. Regis Rome.

Venice is one of the world’s most inimitable cities; one which has inspired royalty, artists, merchants and jet setters alike for more than fifteen centuries,” said Jenni Benzaquen, Vice President of Luxury Brands – Europe, Marriott International. “The St. Regis Venice unites the captivating spirit of the city with the timeless sophistication and service of the brand, re-interpreting Venice’s rich history through a modern lens.”

From its ideal location at the mouth of the Grand Canal, The St. Regis Venice offers unparalleled vistas of some of Venice’s most celebrated landmarks, including the Santa Maria della Salute Basilica and the Punta della Dogana Museum. Behind the hotel lies Calle XXII Marzo, a street which is home to elite boutiques and contemporary art galleries, which allows for seamless access to the Grand Teatro La Fenice, the city’s temple to opera. With Piazza San Marco a four-minute walk from the hotel, guests will find Venice’s famed attractions within easy reach.

Throughout its storied history, The St. Regis Venice, in its various guises, has played host to a roster of illustrious guests, global influencers and tastemakers. The five ‘palazzi’ that make up the hotel enjoy a position of privilege overlooking the Grand Canal, with Badoer Tiepolo being the oldest palazzo, which dates back to the 17th century. By the 19th century, palazzi Tiepolo, Barozzi and Regina were converted into the Grand Hotel Britannia, more recently known as Hotel Europa & Regina. The Grand Hotel Britannia attracted notable intellectuals and socialites as well as renowned painters J.M.W. Turner, John Singer Sargent and Claude Monet, who in the autumn of 1908 was inspired by the hotel’s spectacular views during his stay as a guest and worked to capture the passage of light in his artwork. It is recorded in the book “Monet in Venice” by Philippe Piguet that Claude Monet’s wife, Alice, remarked in her daily letters to her daughter during their stay, “the views from our hotel room are the most magnificent of all Venice, and it’s all for Monet!”The hotel was also the first in Venice to have electricity in every room.

Evolutionary and Avant-Garde: A Modern-Day Venice, by Design
Led by London-based interior design studio Sagrada, The St. Regis Venice boasts 129 guestrooms and 40 suites with a third of the rooms overlooking the hotel’s luxurious gardens, as well as the Grand Canal. Following an extensive restoration, each room has been reverently furnished to cherish the artistic and cultural heritage of the building, while also embracing the evolution of La Serenissima and the St. Regis brand’s spirit of modern glamour. The exquisitely-designed suites include a two-bedroom, art-inspired Presidential Suite – a true contemporary artist’s residence overlooking the Grand Canal – and a three-bedroom Penthouse Suite with a wraparound furnished terrace showcasing extraordinary views over Venice from three separate viewpoints. The five Roof Garden Suites spectacularly combine garden-inspired interiors with uninterrupted vistas and contemporary touches while furnished terraces offer a quietly seductive atmosphere. Set against twilight tones, the Venetian Suites showcase crafted details of modern design, influenced by the artistic heritage of the city, while the colour palette of the Monet Suites pay homage to the reflection of light across the Grand Canal. As a hallmark of the St. Regis experience, all guests have access to the signature St. Regis Butler service. Honoured to maintain a long-standing tradition of making guests feel at home, the St. Regis Butler is poised to provide an ever-present, yet unobtrusive, service attending to guests’ every need.

A Muse of the Arts
Inspired by the Venetian masterpieces of former guest and Impressionist painter Claude Monet, the interiors of the refined guestrooms showcase a distinctive colour palette that represents how light changes throughout the day from dawn to dusk. The design of the public spaces pays homage to Carlo Scarpa, one of Venice’s greatest artists and architects. Venetian styling is seen throughout the hotel in tailored fabrics and custom, handcrafted furnishings inspired by the gentle curves of gondolas, the patterns of the Doge’s Palace, the pavements of St. George’s churchyard and the water flow of the canal.

Inspired by the artistic heritage of the city, an eclectic collection of artwork and sculptures will also be curated, bringing ancient Venice to today’s luxury travellers in a modern way. Paying homage to the hotel’s tradition of welcoming famed artists, The St. Regis Venice will host artists from around the world to take residence and create unique pieces inspired by the hotel and its beloved locale. The hotel’s first resident artist, Parisian Olivier Masmonteil, has been commissioned to create original artworks for the Gran Salone and the Monet Suites. The Venetian tradition of glassmaking also lives on, celebrated through a partnership with Glasstress. This unique partnership marries contemporary art and historical glass blowing techniques, inviting world class artists of various disciplines to collaborate with Murano Maestros (masters) to create one-of-a-kind glass works of art.

Cultivating the Vanguard: A Social Beacon for Contemporary Connoisseurs
Uncompromising glamour extends naturally to the hotel’s restaurants and bars, which offer a range of exquisite dining and beverage options. Authentic, modern Italian cuisine will be celebrated at Gio’s, the hotel’s signature restaurant anchored by the Grand Canal and the hotel’s private garden, and which promises to shake up Venetian and Italian traditions. Dishes will be elevated and perfected at the table, with the freshest ingredients to reflect the season. With immediate access to the inviting garden, the mood of the restaurant transitions seamlessly from a smart-casual setting during the day, to a more refined scene in the evening, as the nightly St. Regis champagne-sabering ritual begins.

The secluded garden, with curated landscaping, reflects a modern interpretation of classic Venice, further complemented by geometric patterning, curlicue topiary, flowering plants and fluid pathways. Designed to provide a refined space for local tastemakers and guests to mingle, the garden is set to become Venice’s choice address for relaxing and socialising. With extraordinary views across the Grand Canal, the social heart of the hotel provides an opportune occasion to sample the famous Spritz from the roaming, custom-made Spritz Trolley, or enjoy the Santa Maria –the hotel’s unique twist on the brand’s signature cocktail, the Bloody Mary. Playful sculptures blend with the garden’s décor and discreet seating to offer guests a moment for introspection away from the crowds.

The intimate Arts Bar is a journey of the senses, serving art-inspired modern and classic cocktails with a flourish. The collection of drinks comprised of old favourites and new creations reflect masterpieces by celebrated avant-garde artists. Notable artworks include pieces from Banksy, Yayoi Kusama, Jeff Koons, and more. Upending tradition, the mood is set by modern Jazz interpretations, live or DJ-led, with convivial service. As dusk descends, the area transforms, unfolding into the early hours as casual elegance spills onto the outdoor terrace.

Advocating total relaxation, The St. Regis Venice will feature the Spa Suites, in partnership with Carita Paris. Treatments may be cultivated around time – permitting short but effective beauty lifts, or longer, more in-depth therapies and programmes. For those keen to uphold their fitness regimes, the fully equipped Exercise Room with Technogym® equipment provides an ultra-modern environment for targeted workouts.

Social Gatherings
For larger celebrations and more formal functions, The St. Regis Venice offers a choice of areas that can be easily personalised to host guests, supported by an extensive menu of locally-sourced cuisine. Crafted occasions can be held in the Library, with its urbane atmosphere and curated selection of books and art; in the well-appointed Lounge; or in its adjacent Astor Boardroom. The Canaletto Room will embody the modern spirit of a Venetian palazzo, with its impressive ballroom making an ideal backdrop for celebrations and events. Finally, the secluded garden and private terraces lend themselves to unforgettable moments beside breath-taking views.

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