Category Archives: Hospitality

Hospital or Hotel? Healthcare Becoming More Hospitality Focused

Healthcare design is increasingly focused on creating a comfortable and hospitality-like environment for patients – or “guests” as some hospitals may say – keep patients and guests at ease during their stay. A recent New York Times article discusses how hospitals are being transformed and some people may not even be able to tell a hospital and hotel apart.

Similar to the article’s quiz, take a look at some hotels and hospitals featuring Shaw Contract Group flooring and see if you can tell the difference – hotel or hospital? Answers below.

Also, try the quiz from the New York Times to see if you can tell the difference!











A: Hospital – Bellevue Medical Center (Bellevue, NE)
B: Hotel – Shore Hotel (Santa Monica, CA)
C: Hospital – Pocono Medical Center (East Stroudsburg, PA)
D: Hospital – The Overlook at C.C. Young (Dallas, TX)
E: Hotel – Doubletree Suites by Hilton (Huntsville, AL)
F: Hotel – Westin Phoenix Downtown (Phoenix, AZ)
G: Hospital – Swedish/Issaquah Medical Center (Issaquah, WA)
H: Hotel – The Allison Inn & Spa (Newberg, OR)

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Minus 5 Bar gives New Yorkers a Break from the Heat

As the temperatures in New York rise, Minus 5 Ice Bar has arrived on the scene to offer an extreme version of relief. The chain’s first New York outpost provides a 23 degrees Fahrenheit (or minus 5 Celsius) atmosphere of sculpted ice chandeliers, walls, and even cups, on the ground floor of the Hilton Midtown hotel.


For the new outpost, ice sculptor Peter Slavin drew inspiration from New York landmarks such as Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty. He plans on changing the design and adding new features every three months, saying, “New Yorkers are very finicky—you have to keep everything new and fresh.”

It took 180,000 pounds of ice and two weeks of carving to complete the structure. Now that it is complete, melting New Yorkers and tourists can cool off in the space with some cold vodka cocktails. Noel Bowman, director of operations for Minus 5, boasts, “It’s truly the coolest bar in New York.”

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Images: designwire

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New Pop-Up Hotels Take ‘Glamping’ to Another Level

Similar to the portable nature of the container hotel, the pop-up hotel is another trend that has been, literally, popping up all over the world.

Shelter Co.

Shelter Co., located in California, is a pop-up lodging service that provides luxury tents to people or groups looking for an overnight outdoor experience. The company provides fully furnished European style canvas tents and all necessary amenities for group camping trips, weddings, family reunions, corporate retreats, and music festivals. Amenities included Pendleton blankets, cowhide rugs, and leather butterfly chairs. Even a solar shower, fireplace, and Adirondack chairs await guests just outside their room. The two-night stay cost about $2,000, though guests can splurge on add-on services: a full-service butler or a private yoga instructor.

The Pop-Up Hotel

But Shelter Co. is not alone. Several hoteliers have created pop-up accommodations to provide one-of-a-kind experiences for their guests. The Pop-Up Hotel, in England, is similar to Shelter Co., but works in conjunction with special events such as Glastonbury Festival. Pop-up hotels in particular sometimes overlap with another travel trend—”glamping,” a more glamorous, upscale version of camping. However, not all pop-up hotels come in tents. Locations like A Room for London (a art installation/boat that sleeps two and features a kitchenette, bathroom, library and viewing deck that boasts the best views in London) or Papaya Playa Project in Mexico.

Papaya Playa Project

The Mexican outpost launched in 2011 with an emphasis on ecotourism and sustainability. They use local materials in the structure of our cabanas and in the restaurant, nothing is [sourced] further away than 100 km. Papaya Playa’s earthy ethos includes unplugging from modern conveniences; they have limited electricity and wireless access. Accommodations range from rustic, shared jungle cabanas to spacious, oceanfront casitas with private decks.


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Hotels Transform Containers into Comfortable Lodging

The idea of reusing shipping containers for other structures has been growing in popularity. We’ve already seen them be transformed into restaurants and Starbucks coffee shops. And now it looks like even some hotels are thinking more in the box rather than out.

For the adventure-seeking traveler who’s looking for a more unconventional place to stay, look no further than the portable container hotels that have been popping up all over the globe. An article in Cassandra Daily talks about this new wave of hotel design.

British company Snoozebox offers the latter by transforming storage space into a modular, scalable hotel system that can be set up anywhere. Dubbed the Snoozebox Hotel, the portable lodge hosts 40-400 rooms which can provide supplementary housing during an event, a busy travel season, or a natural disaster. The Snoozebox Hotel can be built in atypical locations for nature-loving travelers who do not want to sleep outdoors. Each Snoozebox room is climate-controlled and, like most modern hotels, also has flat screen TVs and WiFi.


Sleepboxes are mobile, modular rooms that can be placed in any location with an available power supply. The futuristic pods, designed by Russian studio Arch Group, were first created for use in transportation hubs (airports, bus terminals, train stations) where exhausted travelers often need to rest during long layovers. Earlier this year, the first Sleepbox Hotel opened in an old building in Moscow with more than 50 pods that guests can book for overnight stays or just a few hours. Accommodations are admittedly bare-bones but, travelers are ensured privacy with single and double capsule options.


New Belgian hospitality company Sleeping Around recently launched a pop-up hotel that offers a unique overnight experience for travelers bored with the typical resort or boutique lodging. Like the Snoozebox, accommodations are entirely portable, allowing them to be set up overlooking the water, in a park, or alongside a busy road. The elegantly sparse rooms, while housed in 20-foot-long recycled containers, boast amenities like air conditioning, walk-in showers, fine linens, and iPod docking stations. Additional crates contain a breakfast room, lounge space, and a sauna, meaning no one feels too boxed in. Sleeping Around is currently installed in Antwerp, but they are eyeing future locations.


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Thom Filicia Designs Open-Air Observation Decks for New Delta Terminals

Delta Air Lines is taking travelers outside. This May, the airline plans to bring back the open-air observation deck.

Sky Decks, a collaboration between the airline and Architectural Digest – one of America’s leading design magazines, will be part of the new Delta terminals at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. At JFK, the 2,000-square-foot patio will offer shaded divans and workspaces, as well as views of the runway and Manhattan’s skyline.

The swanky terrace lounges were designed by Thom Filicia, who recently collaborated with Shaw Hospitality Group on a new collection, Central Square.

Delta Air Lines' Sky Deck, designed by Thom Filicia

When planning for the decks was still in early stages, someone showed Tim Mapes, Delta’s senior vice president for marketing, photos of a poolside installation orchestrated by Architectural Digest at the Raleigh Hotel during Art Basel in Miami. “It was an event space—a great, high-style outdoor living area,” he said.

Delta engaged the publication to aid in the search for a designer who could create a similarly relaxing environment on the edge of the tarmac. Margaret Russell, Architectural Digest’s editor in chief, recommended Mr. Filicia.

“[He] always thinks both big picture and small picture, which is critical for a project of this scale,” Ms. Russell said. “But most important is that Thom can always conjure magic in even the most prosaic of spaces.”

The Sky Deck is an extension of the Delta Sky Club lounge. To visit, you’ll need to have club access or pony up the $50 day rate.


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