Boutique Design announces Gold Key Winners

Winners of the annual Gold Key Awards for hospitality were announced during a gala Nov. 10 at The New York Palace. For all the details, see Boutique Design.

Here’s a list of hotel winners:

Best Eco-Conscious or Socially Conscious Hotel
Minarc (Santa Monica, Calif.): Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel (Hengill, Iceland)

Best Guest Room — Luxury/Upscale
Rottet Studio (Houston): The James Royal Palm (Miami Beach, Fla.)

Best Guest Room — Midscale/Budget/Focused Service
Stonehill & Taylor (New York): Refinery Hotel (New York)


Best Hotel — Budget/Focused Service
The Design Agency (Toronto): Generator Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)


Best Hotel — Luxury/Upscale
Ministry of Design Pte. Ltd. (Singapore): Macalister Mansion (Penang, Malaysia)

Best Hotel — Midscale
SERA Architects (Portland, Ore.): Courtyard by Marriott – San Diego Downtown


Judges So Cool (tie)
Nikolas Weinstein Studios Inc. (San Francisco): Glass Sculpture for Courtyard by Marriott (Hong Kong Sha Tin)

Jeffrey Beers (New York): Toy (New York)

Best Lobby — Luxury/Upscale
HBA Design (Singapore): Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou (Guangzhou, China)

Best Lobby — Midscale/Budget/Focused Service
Simeone Deary (Chicago): Hilton Columbus Downtown

Best Resort
J Banks Design (Hilton Head Island, S.C.): Hotel Castello di Casole (Casole D’elsa, Italy)

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Layered Luxe: behind the scenes

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the photo shoot for Layered Luxe by
Shaw Hospitality Group and David Rockwell.  Watch the video here.
Interested in the props? See where we sourced these from unique Atlanta-area boutiques below.
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 Products: Chesterfield chair: Decades Antiques, Atlanta

bronze Bates table: Peridot

Brutalist chandelier: Decades Antiques, Atlanta

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 Celestial chandelier: R.Hughes

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 Faux Shagreen leather chairs: R.Hughes

Vertigo pendant: The Lighting Loft

Antique brass martini side table: West Elm


Raku CN08961

 Green Stepped Club Chair: R.Hughes

Small bronze side table with petrified wood top: R.Hughes

Lumiere chandelier:  R.Hughes

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Lumiere chandelier: R.Hughes

Green distressed Chesterfield couch: English Classics

Textured brass table: Pieces


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Take a peek at BDNY 2013

If you missed Boutique Design New York 2013, be sure to see this video that follows our Layered Luxe launch and party at The Press Lounge. The collection was designed in collaboration with David Rockwell and features 17 sophisticated, textural patterns designed to elevate hospitality interiors.





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Sustainable practices increase guest satisfaction at Courtyard by Marriott Rancho Bernardo

Interesting results are emerging from a partnership with MindClick Global and San Diego’s Courtyard Marriott at Rancho Bernardo.

MindClick, which measures and provides sustainable performance market data to top Fortune 1000 companies, launched its Rest Better™ program earlier this year at the California hotel. Rest Better gauges hotel selection and guest satisfaction to the property’s green practices.  

The program initiates social media and onsite marketing to promote the health and environmental benefits of furnishings used in the recent renovation of the Courtyard Marriott Rancho Bernardo.  Suppliers – like Shaw Hospitality Group guest rooms carpet, MDC wall coverings and Fairmont Designs furniture – were selected by Marriott and verified through MindClick Global’s Sustainability Index.

The program ends in December, and so far the results have been extremely positive. In response to the Rest Better program, scores for likelihood to book the hotel again and refer friends are averaging 20 points higher compared to the hotel’s Marriott Guest Satisfaction Survey results.

Shaw Hospitality Group Vivid Palette guest room carpet was installed during the recent renovation at the Rancho Bernardo Courtyard. The carpet is Cradle to Cradle certified, sustainable and reclaimable.


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Courtyard by Marriott turns 30

How does the largest Marriott brand, Courtyard by Marriott, celebrate turning 30? With global anniversary parties throughout the year in Hong Kong, Berlin, Mexico City and Atlanta – the location of the first Courtyard in 1983.

With nearly 1,000 hotels in 38 countries, Courtyard became the first Marriott brand to cater to hospitality’s upper moderate tier in  the early 1980s. Courtyard continually focuses on the comfort and  needs of business travelers, becoming the first brand to launch a digital lobby concierge and calorie counts in its restaurants.

Learn more about Courtyard’s 30th anniversary events in this article.



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