Starwood Hotels to expand W Amsterdam prior to fall 2015 opening
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced plans to expand the W Amsterdam with the addition of a second building as part of the hotel project. Originally conceived as a single-building property set in a former Telephone Exchange (‘Exchange’ building) on Dam Square, W Amsterdam, slated for an autumn 2015 debut, will now include the adjacent former KAS Bank building on Spuistraat 172.
Edinburgh's old Royal High School to turn into top-tier hotel
Developers have announced plans to transform one of Edinburgh's most distinctive landmarks into a top hotel. Duddingston House Properties (DHP) and the Urbanist Group are to launch a pre-planning application next month to convert the old Royal High School on Calton Hill, BBC News Scotland reports. Along with institutional investors, they have raised more than £55m for the project.
Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife announced
Followings its European debut with Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza earlier this year, Hard Rock International announces plans for the beachfront Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife, set to open in mid-2016. The upcoming property is Hard Rock's second project in collaboration with Palladium Hotel Group, who recently opened the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, the brand's first European hotel.
Hot new hotels: Martha Washington, New York
If a design team was ever out looking for an easy brief, the one Selldorf Architects got for the revamp of the Martha Washington in New York’s NoMad district wasn’t it. Not only was there a ton of history to respect—the 265-key hotel formerly served only women and guests included Elenor Roosevelt, but there was one more famous lady to consider—the building itself. Any design had to not only play with but play up the Renaissance Revival styling of the 1905 building. But, the look still had to be impeccably contemporary.
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