The dynamic design strategy guiding Renaissance Hotels has hit its stride. The brand revealed today significant momentum in its growing global portfolio and investment by its property owners in marquee renovations around the world. This year nearly half of the brands hotels in North America are scheduled to complete dramatic transformations, from Nashville to Newport Beach, with the brand also slated to debut in 16 new neighborhoods globally in the next 12 months, including Chelsea, Philadelphia, Warsaw, Taipei and Hangzhou.
“We have been on a journey to evolve our hotels’ design to reflect what the Renaissance brand offers today: a sense of clever theatricality and an open invitation to experience something a little unexpected during our guests’ travels,” said George Fleck, Vice President of Global Brand Marketing & Management, Renaissance Hotels. “The brand’s design momentum coupled with our engaging Navigators and entertaining Evening Bar Rituals are sure to inspire stories worth sharing among travelers and locals alike.”
Renaissance Hotels encourages travelers to discover the hidden gems that give neighborhoods their soul: from underground art to local cuisines. Inspired by the notion that Renaissance Hotels can set the scene for the spontaneous to happen, the brand’s design strategy leverages architecture, interiors and art together – creating engaging elements at every turn and inviting guests to go “off-script” and experience something they weren’t planning.
Following the recent marquee opening of Renaissance Paris Republique Hotel, the brand will see even more transformation in Paris, with the completion of a multi-million dollar renovation of Renaissance Paris Vendome Hotel this month. Designed by Didier Gomez, the intimate 97-room hotel is inspired by the fashion designers and jewelers that have had their salons in the square. With creatively layered patterns and textures throughout the interiors, each guestroom features statement art pieces of French feminine style that wrap the ceiling, a signature of the brand. The hotel’s transformation is anchored by its new cocktail bar & restaurant Balagan – a Hebrew name meaning “Joyful Bazar” – born of a collaboration between the renowned Experimental Group, acclaimed Israeli chefs Assaf Granit and Uri Navon, and the designer Dorothée Meilichzon, which opened last year.
Also opening in Spring, Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel will boast a theatrical design reframing the historic fabric of the city.
Next year the brand is slated to introduce Renaissance New York Chelsea South Hotel, a new build on the former Antiques Garage Flea Market site, from which it will draw inspiration. Giving a wink-and-nod to the neighboring floral district, the hotel will weave together design elements of an indigenous flea market and secret garden with a dramatic staircase taking center stage in the lobby.
The Renaissance Harlem Hotel is scheduled to open in 2020, restoring and playfully reimagining the Victoria’s Loews Theatre, which was at the center of the vibrant “Harlem Renaissance” era in the 1920s and 1930s when art began to flourish in northern Manhattan.
Last month, the brand debuted in Indonesia with the opening of Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa, reinterpreting the destination’s cliff-fringed coastlines throughout the resort with artfully designed interiors created with contrasting materials, such as rattan furniture paired with Ikat textiles. In June, Renaissance Taipei Shihlin Hotel is scheduled to debut as the brand’s first hotel in Taiwan, opening in the buzzing Shilin district famous for its street art and night markets.
These two hotel openings will follow on the heels of last year’s opening of Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai in the thriving Business Bay district, inspiring spontaneous discovery through design – to which there is no better example than the artwork in each guestroom: a close-up black and white photograph of a camel smirking; and above the bed, Pablo Picasso’s famed camel sketch is reimagined into a cheeky, 3D iron rod sculpture – both playful jests to reframe your stay.