Renaissance Plans Portfolio Update
Half of brand’s hotels in North America slated for renovations, plus 16 new properties in the pipeline
Marriott Intl.’s Renaissance Hotels brand plans to revamp a good portion of its portfolio this year, with nearly half of the flag’s properties in North America slated for renovations. Renaissance is also set to debut in 16 new neighborhoods globally in the next 12 months, including Chelsea, New York; Philadelphia; Warsaw, Poland; Taipei, Taiwan; and Hangzhou, China.
“Whether a new build, conversion or renovation, the design of each Renaissance hotel employs different principles to create a dynamic tension and theatrical spirit that introduces an unexpected sense of the neighborhood to our guests," says David Kepron, vice president, Global Brand Design Strategies, Marriott Intl. "There’s an overarching and recognizable design DNA that sets the stage for stories worth re-telling, but Chelsea will feel very different than Charleston, as will Paris and Philadelphia.”
The Balagan Bar at the Renaissance Paris Vendome Hotel. Photo: Courtesy of Renaissance Hotels
Renovations of the Renaissance Paris Vendome Hotel are scheduled to be completed later this month. With interiors by local designer Didier Gomez, the 97-room hotel is inspired by the fashion designers and jewelers that have had their salons in the square. Showcasing layered patterns and textures throughout, each guest room features French feminine-style art pieces that wrap across the ceiling. The hotel's transformation is anchored by its new cocktail bar and restaurant Balagan, designed by Dorothée Meilichzon, which opened last year.
Also opening this spring, the Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel will exhibit a theatrical design contrasting materiality and pop art throughout the hotel: from a reimagined lobby, reminiscent of Elfreth's Alley in Old Town that’s anchored by a 100-ft. graffiti wall designed by local artist Dan Murphy, to the hotel's restaurant, which features portraits of Benjamin Franklin's five mistresses created with pixelated $100 bills.
In addition, Renaissance Hotels plans to open two airport locations this year: Renaissance Warsaw Airport Hotel, which will mark the brand's entry into Poland when it makes its debut this spring, and Renaissance Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Hotel, which is scheduled to open in November.
The design of the Netherlands locale draws inspiration from Amsterdam Bos, the city's largest park situated adjacent to the hotel. Because the park was created in the beginning of the 20th century--when Dutch modern art, architecture and design gained popularity--the hotel is peppered with playful unexpected moments that reveal a sense of time and place. The interiors juxtapose a natural color palette with high-gloss furniture, contemporary accents and a modern twist on famous Dutch art throughout the public spaces, bar and guestrooms.
Recalling the avant-garde modernism of the 1930s, 1960s and today, the Warsaw Airport hotel's design features pops of primary colors in its art, textiles and furniture, inspired by the fashion, graphic design and pop culture.
In June, the Renaissance Taipei Shihlin Hotel is scheduled to debut as the brand's first hotel in Taiwan..
Next year, the brand plans to introduce Renaissance New York Chelsea South Hotel, a newbuild on the former site of the Antiques Garage Flea Market, from which it will draw inspiration. Referencing 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 property will also be adorned with a collection of modern and antique door knobs, locks and keys.
The 200-key Renaissance Harlem Hotel is scheduled to open in 2020 following the restoration of the Victoria's Loews Theatre, which dates to the art-centric Harlem Renaissance era of the 1920s and 1930s.