Happenings: NYC Hotel Tour

Take a look back at our second annual New York City Hotel Tour.

By AnnMarie Martin

Interiors & Sources hosted its second annual NYC Hotel Bus Tour CEU this past September. An inspired mix of design professionals, students, and professors gathered to once again witness some of the finest in hospitality design that the Big Apple has to offer. They were joined by our amazing sponsors: Lighting by Gregory, PacifiCrest, Zeftron, Durkan, and Duravit. A special thanks goes out to them for making this day possible!

This year’s learning objectives included devising plans that optimize the square footage of small guestrooms, identifying lasting trends in the design of luxury hotel properties, illustrating methods for creating a sense of separate togetherness in public spaces, and applying strategies for designing groundbreaking aesthetics.

The day kicked off at the Lighting by Gregory showroom where Little Italy’s Café Palermo catered a breakfast of award-winning desserts and owner Clifford Starr presented on a fifth learning objective for the day: identifying trends in hospitality lighting.

From there, guests were transported uptown where Stonehill & Taylor led them first through the Refinery Hotel and then the Novotel Times Square to discuss their unique breed of storytelling and use of materials and fine art. Guests were also treated to a buffet lunch at Novotel before moving to the final hotel stop of the day, the Archer Hotel New York. Glen Coben of Glen & Company discussed with attendees how his design narrative begins before guests even enter the building. And once they do, they’ll notice a layout very underutilized in many Manhattan hotels: an open lobby with elevator banks in the wings, rather than the center.

The day ended with a toast and some hors d’oeuvres at the beautiful Duravit showroom on Madison, where everyone was happy to rest their very weary feet.

Thank you to everyone for attending and we look forward to seeing you next year.

To learn more about our 2015 hotel tours, please contact Senior Editor AnnMarie Martin at annmarie.martin@interiorsandsources.com.