Design Buzz: Starwood’s Le Meridien Batumi, Scottsdale Resort Update


From fresh new looks to updated amenities, her's a list of what's new this week in hotel design.

Hausart Project, Rooms Collaborate for Starwood’s Le Meridien Batumi

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has just announced it will debut its Paris-born Le Méridien brand in Batumi, marking the brand’s entrance into in the Republic of Georgia.

The property’s debut, which is scheduled for 2018, will include 110 newly constructed guestrooms, including modern architecture and design within the Batumi Tower, a mixed-use development project that will also have a casino and unbranded residences. Upon completion, Batumi Tower will be the tallest structure in the city and will have an eight-cabin carousel wheel on the 27th floor.

The property will have the Le Méridien Hub (the company's take on the hotel lobby) and the Latitude Bar. Guestrooms and suites afford views of the Black Sea, as well as offer guests access to Le Méridien Bed, a work area, and interiors by Tbilisi-based design firm Rooms. The hotel includes an Explore Spa, swimming pool and fitness center.

Le Méridien Batumi will be located on the boulevard along the Black Sea, near the port of Batumi and adjacent to the Dancing Fountains.

PHX Architecture and SB Design Join Forces to Reopen McCormick Ranch

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel, has reopened following a renovation.

As part of a $10-million project, the resort now has two new restaurants and a bar, a transformed main pool, additional outdoor meeting and event space, enhanced guestrooms and a larger, open concept.

The property, formerly known as the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, was designed by Scottsdale architect Bennie Gonzales and debuted nearly 39 years ago. The designers at PHX Architecture in Phoenix and SB Design in Scottsdale updated the look of the resort. The resort’s main entrance, which is nestled away in a Scottsdale neighborhood, was completely redesigned with new signage and ranch-style landscaping.

The renovated lobby has new furniture, décor and accessories, including the new Bar Six40, Bennie’s Courtyard (named for the original architect), and a social space. Additionally, the main pool area was completely remodeled and now offers a full-service restaurant and bar called Twisted Vine, with eight new cabanas available for private rental, a shaded trellis in the water and a bridge-like water feature dividing the new pool. 

Affording 326 guestrooms and suites, the property includes 54 renovated king rooms, and 76 refreshed double-queen rooms which were converted to king rooms, while all rooms in the McCormick building were renovated. All 266 updated guestrooms received new artwork and bedding, a headboard, carpeting, two chairs, a window table, new color schemes and desks. Twenty first-floor rooms now have private patios with access to the main pool. Additionally, the guestroom corridor was repainted, and now has new carpeting and historical Scottsdale artwork.

The Scottsdale’s renovation also expanded and upgraded the outdoor event facilities. The property now has two event lawns and one sport court. The larger main lawn offers more than 10,000 square feet of event space and can accommodate up to 1,200 people. The new community lawn near the resort entrance has views of the Camelback Mountain.

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JOI-Design Creates Interiors of Germany’s First Capri by Fraser

Capri Fraser opened a new apartment hotel in Frankfurt’s district of Europaviertel (European quarter), created by JOI-Design.

The property – which has 153 studio and one-bedroom apartments – has a color palette of gray and white with hints of citrus. A nod to the traditional tailoring of business attire is evoked in the furnishings and upholstery, using houndstooth and pinstripe patterns, seamed leatherwork and stitching. A round area rug has abstract floral motifs, giving the place a residential feel.

The studios are tech-enabled with numerous electrical charge points. They also have a kitchen.

The lobby is an open space, designed to reflect a living room. There is a communal workstation. Bookshelves double as room dividers to break up the space into intimate-seeming nooks.

For dining, Caprilicious restaurant has a range of seating from smaller intimate tables, to larger areas for gatherings. It has seating with low and high backs, a long table with an assortment of chairs and a self-service bar for tableware. Meanwhile, Drinx bar has bespoke wall covering with an abstract monochromatic pattern, a leather-lined bar and assorted seating.