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Hotel News We Noted: March 22, 2013

Hotel News We Noted: March 22, 2013 Mar 22nd, 2013 at 4:00PM: Welcome to this week's edition of "Hotel News We Noted," where we round up the best, most interesting and just downright odd news of note in the hospitality world. As always, we welcome your tips, so feel free to leave comments below or send us an email. Hotel Opening: Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown Finally, after what seems like months of waiting, our "Birth of a Hotel" feature property...

Birth Of A Hotel: Capella Washington Schedules March 22 Opening - An Inside Peek At The Grill Room

Birth Of A Hotel: Capella Washington Schedules March 22 Opening - An Inside Peek At The Grill Room Mar 4th, 2013 at 4:30PM: Finally, we have a confirmed opening date (March 22) for our "Birth of a Hotel" feature property, Capella Washington, and, surprisingly, it isn't the personal assistants or the rooftop pool at the hotel that are generating the most buzz – it's the hotel's food. The Grill Room and The Rye Bar will open on March 22 alongside the hotel and area foodies are already salivating over the locally...

Hotel Room Of The Future: Tablet Touch Walls May Be Coming Your Way

Feb 5th, 2013 at 4:30PM: In-room iPads have become practically standard in the luxury marketplace, but what about tablet walls? Spain's Serrano Brothers sought to design the "hotel of the future" when they debuted the "ITH Room Xperience," a model hotel room made of Microsoft Surface Tablets, multiple screens and interactive surfaces, all of which are controllable via smartphone, psfk reported. It's not the first...

Birth Of A Hotel: Almost Good Enough To Eat

Birth Of A Hotel: Almost Good Enough To Eat Jan 22nd, 2013 at 12:00PM: As we recently reported, our Birth of a Hotel feature property has had some opening delays, but that doesn't mean that progress isn't being made. Here, you'll see that the kitchen is nearly complete. When finished, the proposed restaurant and bar will look like this. We're excited to report more as we have it, although hotel opening has been pushed back yet again, from February to April....

Eat Me: What Capella Washington's New Restaurant Will Bring To The Table

Eat Me: What Capella Washington's New Restaurant Will Bring To The Table Dec 27th, 2012 at 12:00PM: A few weeks ago, we explored trends in hotel food and beverage. Now Capella Washington, D.C. has released exclusively to yours truly details about their new restaurant and bar concept. Dubbed The Grill Room and The Rye Bar, the farm-to-table restaurant along the C&O Canal will be open to guests and locals alike. Helmed by Executive Chef Jakob Esko, formerly of Capella Singapore, the...

Birth Of A Hotel: What's New?

Dec 26th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Our "Birth of a Hotel" feature property has many new exciting developments in store this holiday season, including the unveiling of a model guest room and the naming of the hotel's restaurant, The Grill Room. The property is, for all intensive purposes, trucking along nicely towards opening, suffering no major setbacks as a result of weather or construction delays. That said, Capella...

Building A Community: Engaging Locals During Hotel Development And Opening

Building A Community: Engaging Locals During Hotel Development And Opening Dec 20th, 2012 at 9:00AM: When managing partner Bruce Bradley envisions his soon-to-open Capella hotel, he speaks of a space where guests and locals alike can gather over food and cocktails, a luxuriously private space where he and his wife can entertain client and business associates. Bradley, a longtime fixture on Washington's business and social circuits, is known to spend much of his time in Washington's luxury...

So, How Did You Get The Job, Luis Colmenares, Lead Personal Assistant At Capella Washington DC?

So, How Did You Get The Job, Luis Colmenares, Lead Personal Assistant At Capella Washington DC? Dec 18th, 2012 at 3:00PM: { Luis Colmenares, shown above, is standing just outside the hotel's construction site at 31st and South Streets in Georgetown. Meet Luis Colmenares, president of the Washington Area Concierge Association, member of Les Clefs D'Or and new lead personal assistant at Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown. The 54-year-old Colmenares has spent 24 years at the city's finest hotels, most recently...

Birth Of A Hotel: The Rise Of UltraLuxury

Dec 13th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Above, Capella CEO Horst Schulze discusses the rise of the ultraluxury sector across the world on CNBC. What is ultraluxury or ultra-luxury, you ask? The guest he describes is one who used to stay in a suite or on a club level of a Ritz-Carlton or Four Seasons, and now opts for a smaller, more personalized guest experience. What do they get? "Anything they want ... so long as it's legal,...

Birth Of A Hotel: Creating Private Spaces For VIP Guests

Birth Of A Hotel: Creating Private Spaces For VIP Guests Dec 11th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Earlier this year, USA Today writer Barb DeLollis toured the Capella construction site and commented on the fact that the hotel has not one, but two private spaces reserved for guests, the library and rooftop deck. Capella won't be the only hotel in the region to have a private area just for guests. The Jefferson hotel, arguably the city's only other ultraluxury property, also has a private...

Hotel Food & Beverage Trends: What's Hot, What's Not And What's Coming

Hotel Food & Beverage Trends: What's Hot, What's Not And What's Coming Dec 6th, 2012 at 10:00AM: As part of the "Birth of a Hotel" series, we're exploring these major trends in hospitality food and beverage concepts. From small plates to seasonal cuisine, we look at what's driving guests - and locals - to visit their local hotel for dinner, drinks, and every meal in-between. "Today, everyone is a little bit more educated about food," says Jeff McInnis, the James Beard Award-winning chef...

Birth Of A Hotel: Before And After Room Images

Birth Of A Hotel: Before And After Room Images Dec 4th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Capella is fast moving towards its projected January opening, and one of the best updates we've seen this week is the model showroom interior. Here, you'll see the original guestroom renderings. [See more Birth of a Hotel posts here.]...

How Washington's Hotels Are Readying For Inauguration: Our Favorite Luxury Packages

How Washington's Hotels Are Readying For Inauguration: Our Favorite Luxury Packages Nov 28th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Election day has come and passed, but hotels in Washington are still racing the clock to ready their hotels for inauguration on January 20. We reported earlier on what hotels in the area are doing to freshen up, but now we're telling you which properties are going to go all out with posh packages for guests. Here are a few of our favorites, ranked in order of price. Putting on the Ritz...

Birth Of A Hotel: How Lighting Affects A Traveler's Hotel Experience

Birth Of A Hotel: How Lighting Affects A Traveler's Hotel Experience Nov 27th, 2012 at 9:00AM: As we've explored in the "Birth of a Hotel" series thus far, hotels, particularly those in the luxury sector, take the little details very seriously. To (pardon the pun) shed even more light on the issue, we turned to Jeff Dross, corporate director of education and industry trends at Ohio's Kichler Lighting. What we found? Much like our interview earlier in the series with Mood Media, lighting...

Birth Of A Hotel: Farm To Table Is Here To Stay

Birth Of A Hotel: Farm To Table Is Here To Stay Nov 16th, 2012 at 9:00AM: This week, we've been busy talking to hospitality experts for our upcoming feature on hotel food and beverage trends. Simultaneously, our featured hotel, Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown, has been preparing their own F&B offerings. ...

Birth Of A Hotel: A Purely 'Presidential' Bathtub

Birth Of A Hotel: A Purely 'Presidential' Bathtub Nov 8th, 2012 at 11:00AM: It may be four more years for President Obama, but the presidential suite at Capella Washington has yet to be inaugurated. The latest on-property amenity, a 6-foot-wide bath stone tub, was installed earlier this week. We can even envision a Republican and Democratic bath-off ... the hotel has two 1,300-square-foot presidential suites. We wonder what high-rollers will be bathing in it on...

Birth Of A Hotel: Washington Area Hotels Primp For Inauguration

Birth Of A Hotel: Washington Area Hotels Primp For Inauguration Nov 5th, 2012 at 4:00PM: It isn't just the Capella that is racing to spruce up their hotel before the 2013 inauguration. Hotels all over the nation's capital are preparing to greet visitors with new welcome spaces, updated decor, special amenities and in-house food extravaganzas. Inauguration is one of Washington's biggest hotel events. In 2009, when more than one million people journeyed to the inauguration of...

Birth Of A Hotel: No Sandy Setbacks On Hotel Construction, At Least In DC

Birth Of A Hotel: No Sandy Setbacks On Hotel Construction, At Least In DC Oct 31st, 2012 at 11:00AM: Our featured hotel in the Birth of a Hotel series, Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown, narrowly escaped major damage during Hurricane Sandy. The hotel secured much of its construction equipment in advance of the storm, as shown in the photo above, but also was lucky to be just before "closing" stage, when the building is finally sealed and the roof finally put into place....

Birth Of A Hotel: It's All In The Details

Birth Of A Hotel: It's All In The Details Oct 23rd, 2012 at 2:00PM: One of the aspects of hotel builds we're finding most interesting is the level of attention to detail paid to even the smallest elements of a hotel build. The photos above and below are from Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown's model room. They may look like just a half-finished bathroom wall, but several weeks ago, it was a fully functional bathroom. The property team felt that the space as...

Birth Of A Hotel: Site Tour (Video)

Oct 19th, 2012 at 2:30PM: Last week, we were able to take a site tour of the soon-to-open Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown, including a sneak peek at its rooftop deck, which will boast an infinity pool as well as views of the Potomac River, the Kennedy Center and more. It's hard to believe that this shell of wood and wires will soon become a functioning hotel. We eagerly look forward to documenting the...

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