Design Buzz: The Palace Hotel, San Francisco, B Ocean Resort

From a big reno at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco to the new B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale, we've got the latest in hotel design news. 

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Indidesign’s Beatrice Girelli Renovates The Palace Hotel, San Francisco

San Francisco landmark The Palace Hotel wrapped the first phase of a big renovation, with the remainder to be completed by the end of the month. 

Interior designer Beatrice Girelli of Indidesign led the restoration of the Luxury Collection property, with special attention given to bringing the historic hotel into the modern age with new guest connectivity options. 

The 556 guestrooms, including 55 suites, have crown moldings that frame wrought-iron windows and oak doors adorned with brass monogrammed knobs. Dark wood furnishings, mixed metals and artistic lighting juxtapose a new color palette of blue, charcoal and grey.

Masculine details in the property include trim lines, bespoke stitching and tailored bed frames that recall the details of men's suiting. Meanwhile, feminine details include the drapery and upholstery. Nightstands were inspired by vintage travel trunks. Other key elements include stitched leather details and chrome accents.

The renovation also introduced suites to the property, including the Royal Suite and the State Suite. The Royal Suite spans almost 1,000 square feet with city views from curved windows at the suite's living room and a king bedroom. Attention was given to architectural details, including a carved marble fireplace. The color palette is pale blue, plum and ivory. Similarly, the State Suite is designed to feel like a San Francisco apartment, with natural light that streams through large windows, contemporary furnishings, hardwood floors and custom-made area rugs in every room and a spa-like bath.

The Garden Court will be renovated to create two dining venues. In front of the court, The GC Lounge will have a communal table offering technology. There will also be bronze paneled screens with antique mirror accents.

The indoor pool located at the fourth floor of The Palace Hotel has restored its ceiling. This space has a neutral palette, stone tile and spa-like design elements.

Following the renovation, the fitness center now spans 3,000 square feet and has floor-to-ceiling windows, a new cardio training room and new equipment from LifeFitness. The men's and women's lounges now has marble bath areas, spa showers, new design elements and back-lit mirrors.

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Stonehill & Taylor Leads Transformation of Yankee Clipper Into B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale

The Yankee Clipper is set to reopen as the B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale following a renovation in mid-2016. 

New York City-based Stonehill & Taylor is leading the project. 

One of only four properties located on the beach in Fort Lauderdale, B Ocean Resort's new design will highlight the property's oceanfront setting and feature a layout with floor-to-ceiling windows, staircase and new décor. The renovation will include redesigns to the resort's lobby, restaurants, corridors, outdoor and public spaces, all 487 guestrooms and suites, plus the addition and introduction of new features including two B Indulged Spa Suites AVEDA, a Grab n' Go dining venue, and new meeting and event space.

Built in 1956 by Fort Lauderdale hotel pioneer Robert Gill Jr., the hotel will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2016. The renovation will maintain the property's historical character, including the Wreck Bar featuring porthole windows into the resort pool and live mermaid shows.

The resort's refreshed accommodations will have a new design inspired by the property's waterside setting with a color palette including blue and grey, and artwork inspired by Fort Lauderdale Beach's endangered sea turtle population. B Ocean will also offer Wi-Fi connectivity.

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