Design Buzz: Mandarin Oriental New York's New Suites, Wyboston Lakes Hotel

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From top suites to an eco-friendly reno, we've rounded up the latest news in hotel design. 

HOK Restyles Mandarin Oriental, New York’s Suites

The five-star Mandarin Oriental, New York recently debuted its 42 restyled one- and two-bedroom suites that offer views of Central Park, the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline.

Designed by global architecture, design, engineering and planning firm HOK, the suites now fall under one of three themes: the 820 square-foot New York Sunrise-themed Central Park View Suite; the 800 square-foot New York Dusk-themed Hudson River View Suite; and the New York Nights-themed 800 square-foot Premier Central Park View Suite and 1,220 square-foot Two Bedroom Central Park West Suite.

Complementing the suites' interiors is an art collection curated by Rare Culture, which also drew inspiration from New York City. There are also original pieces by New York-based and New York-inspired artists, including Steve Wasterval, Per Johannson and Emmanuel Frangeul a.k.a. Blew.

wyboston lakes hotelButterscotch Designs Refurbishes Wyboston Lakes Hotel

Wyboston Lakes Hotel in Bedfordshire is undergoing a £1million bedroom refurbishment with the design concept created by Butterscotch Designs.

The property is undergoing a complete refurbishment, which will be done in three phases. CLC Group was contracted for the first phase of the refurbishment. This part of the upgrade is due for completion by the end of November.

The refresh aims to create guestrooms with a luxury feel, but that are also practical. Wyboston Lakes also teamed with Crave, a provider of tablet and app solutions to the hospitality industry. Upon completion, each new bedroom will have a tablet with exclusive software for Wyboston Lakes.

There are also plans to turn at least 40 of the guestrooms into Executive Suites. Sample rooms will be completed by autumn 2015 with plans to begin the refurbishment in January 2016. Similarly, there are plans to upgrade the external cladding on the main building.

As an eco-friendly property, Wyboston Lakes will be recycling a lot of the furnishings to other venues. It also donated all old soft furnishings to Emmaus Cambridge charity.

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