Design Buzz: The Smyth, a Thompson Hotel, The LINQ Hotel & Casino

From New York to Las Vegas and beyond, here are the latest can't-miss stories in hotel design. 

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Gachot Studios Reimagines Smyth, a Thompson Hotel

Smyth, a Thompson Hotel recently debuted its reimagined guestrooms and suites, marking the completion of the second phase of the hotel’s renovation. The updates to the 14-story hotel located in downtown New York City were helmed by Soho-based Gachot Studios.

The reimagined rooms have linen window treatments, wood bed frames, and vintage walnut desks and chairs. There are also bed pillows with a custom fabric designed by Gachot, custom cotton throw blankets by ALT for Living, ceramic lamps by Stone and Sawyer and an Eames shell chair from Modernica.

The four suites are meant to resemble the classic pied-a-terre, with similar tones and design elements as in the guestrooms. The suites have their own dining and living rooms, each with vintage pieces. Inside are black sisal area rugs by ALT for Living, lounge chairs upholstered in a Gachot-designed custom striped fabric, pendant lighting by trans-LUXE, sofas by Montauk Sofa and Bensen, custom coffee tables fabricated by Woodworks, and artwork.

The Penthouse has a master bedroom, living area, full dining room and kitchen with a wet bar for entertaining, plus an 800-square-foot landscaped terrace with a palette of wood and black accents.

Gachot Studios was founded by John and Christine Gachot.

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Elkus Manfredi Architects Renovates The LINQ Hotel & Casino

In Las Vegas, The LINQ Hotel & Casino recently wrapped a renovation of its own, which added a lobby bar, new retail and spa amenities and a pool deck, as well as overhauled all 2,253 of the property's guestrooms. The project was a partnership between Caesars Entertainment Corporation and Elkus Manfredi Architects.

The LINQ Hotel & Casino’s $223 million renovation marks the completion of The LINQ complex, a massive $1 billion undertaking that includes the LINQ Promenade, the High Roller and the LINQ Hotel & Casino. 

All rooms have a modern design with floor-to-ceiling windows, offering views of the Las Vegas Strip or the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel. The centerpiece of all room designs are three accent wall backdrops featuring stylized renderings of vintage Las Vegas signage.

There are two Penthouse Suites. Both measuring more than 1,000 square feet, the suites have new furnishings, artwork and pops of bright colors. Each loft-inspired suite has a living room, powder bath, kitchenette with microwave drawer and refrigerator, bar with seating for four, dining room table for six, and a king bedroom with dual vanity bathroom complete with rainshower. The penthouse also has Bose speakers, record players with a selection of vinyl records and in-room board games.

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Studio GAIA Designs MGM National Harbor

For eco-conscious travelers, the MGM National Harbor is set to open on the eastern shore of the Potomac River in Maryland, near Washington, D.C., near the second half of 2016. Studio GAIA is heading up the property's design. 

The 308-room resort will have a casino, spa and salon, entertainment theater with 3,000 transformable seats, 18,000 square feet of retail, 27,000 square feet of meeting space and restaurants.

For sustainability, MGM National Harbor will make use of natural light, LED lighting and water-saving fixtures to achieve its US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Design (LEED) Gold certification.

The guestrooms will have wood and monochromatic earth tones, floor-to-ceiling windows, desk space and seating along the window wall. Rooms will measure from 400 square feet, while the 74 suites will range in size from 600 square feet to 2,000 square feet. The Presidential Suite will measure 3,600 square feet.

Bathrooms will be styled with references to a yacht’s interior. The shower will have opaque white light. Guest bathrooms will integrate sustainable features, including LED lighting in the oversized mirrors, as well as water-saving fixtures. Dual vanity sinks will be set within a black countertop.

Just outside each bathroom, a piece of artwork inspired by the historic Washington, D.C. region will be available.

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