Welcome to the latest issue of Design & Build Review Hotels, a new digital magazine dedicated to the design and development of hotels around the world.

According to AHEAD Global awards jury members, creating an authentic local experience is a core feature of the best contemporary hotel designs. But what does it mean to develop an ‘authentic’ hotel? We examine the innovative ways that hoteliers are blending regional heritage and modern functionality.

Also, we take a look around a two storey luxury hotel suite in the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas designed by renowned British artist Damien Hirst, find out how the roadside hotel Mollie’s Motel and Diner is reinventing the travelling guest experience, and profile notable developments that target the wellness movement.

Plus, we review Peter Pichler’s design for Tree House hotel rooms in the Italian Dolomites, spotlight notable lobby designs around the world, find out how designers are using decor to create a ‘home-away-from-home’, and take a look at Woods Bagot’s design for Sydney’s first luxury hotel in 20 years.

In this issue

The real deal: authenticity in hotel design
In recent years, the creation of authentic local experience has become a common feature of the hotel design brief. Ross Davies takes a look at the properties that have best incorporated regional heritage into modern structures.
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The Empathy Suite: inside Damien Hirst’s Las Vegas design
Palms casino resort in Las Vegas has unveiled a new luxury hotel suite designed in collaboration with world-renowned British artist Damien Hirst. Dubbed the empathy suite, the extravagant design boasts an exclusive, artistic and very expensive guest experience. We take a look at one of the world’s most expensive hotel suites.
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A roadside reinvention: inside Mollie’s Motel and Diner
Luxury and the roadside hotel might not appear to be obvious bedfellows, but a new motel, situated off a major UK road, is promising to reinvent a tired concept. Going by the name of Mollie’s Motel and Diner – with a tip of the hat to 1950s America – Ross Davies meets its creator Nick Jones.
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Healthy living: capturing the wellness trend in hospitality
From womb-shaped beds to digital detox packages, the hospitality industry is offering more than ever for wellness-focused guests. But what are some of the key developments in the health-conscious trend that is gradually transforming the industry? Chris Lo finds out.
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Slow down structures: a sustainable stay in the heart of the forest
The tree houses project developed by Peter Pichler Architecture showcases a nature-inspired vision of sustainable treehouses in the Italian dolomites. Such a concept can be enticing for the growing number of travellers looking for a guest experience that breaks away from the hustle and bustle of city life. We take a look at the unique design.
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A warm welcome: lobby designs around the world
As one of the first architectural features that guests encounter upon arrival, the hotel lobby acts as a key selling point, conveying central design elements and setting the atmosphere for those inside. Whether it is eclectic, minimalist or extravagantly decedent, the design can change how the hotel comes across to visitors and can enhance or detract from their overall enjoyment. We take a look at some of the most notable, and experimental designs from around the world.
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Home comforts: residential trends in hotel interiors
The ‘home away from home’ promise is used enough in the hospitality business to become one of the industry’s most enduring clichés. But what exactly defines the residential trend in hotel interior design and branding? Chris Lo reports.
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Adding to the Sydney skyline
Woods Bagot has won an international competition for the design of Sydney’s first luxury hotel in 20 years. We take a look at the design.
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Next issue – August 2019

In the next issue of Design & Build Review Hotels, out in August, we take a look at the latest flooring trends sweeping the hospitality industry, examine the £110m design of the Great Scotland Yard Hotel in London and find out how street art is being incorporated into hotel interiors.

Also, we explore ways that the hospitality industry is using furniture to target the ‘bleisure’ trend, take a look at innovative interiors that use elements of the natural world as decorative features, and find out more about the designs behind floating hotels.

Plus, we take a look at BVN’s new proposal for a hotel in Sydney with a green waterfall roof and review key technology trends influencing developments around the world.