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HNN: Nick Giordano Talks Select-Service & Family Travel

HotelNewsNow recently published an op-ed piece by BBGM President and Senior Principal Nick Giordano.  Mr. Giordano covers an element that is often passed over in the race for modern offerings and latest trends – families.

While many reading this article may occasionally travel on business, there is no doubt that a large portion of readers can also relate to the importance of hotel selection for a family getaway.  Mr. Giordano makes the case for select-service, and why it can be a strong fit for families looking to travel.

An excerpt from the article:

Select-service hotels have become very popular and are now located throughout most urban areas to meet short- and extended-stay business travel. Although they’re focused on business travelers, select-service hotels can offer a great stay for families, too.

Select-service hotels can be a great choice for family vacations for many of the same reasons they work for the business travel. Not every family vacation needs to be at a resort destination with water parks, beaches or snow skiing.

Urban destinations offer a different experience from typical destination resorts, such as unique art and entertainment experiences, not to mention great food and beverage options and the pleasure of simply enjoying the culture of a particular city. Unlike a resort destination where the hotel is the focus, in an urban excursion the city is the attraction. The hotel becomes a place to sleep and unwind from a busy day out, not the destination. 


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RED RED WINE: Lansdowne Featured in Lodging Magazine

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in style, the Lansdowne Resort and Spa completed a comprehensive renovation earlier this year.  The project entailed a full redesign of all 296 guestrooms and suites for the Leesburg, Virginia resort.

Lodging Magazine brings us the latest feature, highlighting some of the finer details that were thoughtfully incorporated into the design.  MONOGRAM Hospitality Interiors at BBGM provided Interior Design services that truly captured the essence of Virginia Wine Country.

MONOGRAM Principal Kathryn Mickel was also quoted in the article, providing a more in-depth understanding of the “contemporary country” design concepts, and unique project approach.


An excerpt from the article:

“We coined ‘contemporary country’ as the stylistic influence… Wine Country is a popular tourist destination and the wine experience is important to the Resort… We saw this as a great opportunity to subtly weave the story of the area into the design.” - Kathryn Mickel, Principal, MONOGRAM 


Keep an eye out for the full print release in the July issue of Lodging Magazine.

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BBGM Ranked Top Green Building Architecture Firm

Exhibiting a strong resurgence into the BD+C Giants 300 Report, BBGM has been ranked as one of the Top Green Building Architecture Firms in the country.

BBGM ranked #95 on Building Design + Construction’s list of Top 100 Architecture Firms, and #128 among the Top Green Building Architecture Firms.  BBGM offers clients sustainable design solutions and LEED certification services in all market sectors.

BBGM maintains a strong commitment to creating sustainable design solutions that are individually tailored to suit specific criteria for each project, as well as reflect the distinct cultural and architectural traditions of their communities.  Recent LEED-designed projects include Turnberry Tower in Arlington, 66 Business Park in Gurgaon, 411 New York Ave and the Residence Inn Arlington – Marriott’s 100th LEED property.

Operating with offices in Washington, DC and Scottsdale, Arizona, BBGM is a recognized leader in the design field and consistently ranks among the top design firms worldwide.


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BBGM Makes Top 100 Architecture Firms List

BBGM is hitting industry rankings in full force.  Based out of Washington, DC, the internationally renowned Architecture & Interior Design firm has undergone an impressive transformation over the past couple of years, including a merge with MONOGRAM Hospitality Interiors out of Scottsdale, Arizona.  The merger has strengthened the firm’s offering for their hospitality clientele, yielding the highest quality in turnkey design services and providing convenience for clients on both coasts in the US.

BBGM ranked #95 on Building Design + Construction’s  Top 100 Architecture Firms List.  As part of the annual BD+C Giants 300 Report, this “Top 100” list provides a comprehensive look at the upper echelon of the US Architectural Design industry.

Cracking the Top 30% of firms ranked, BBGM is proud to stand among giants.  With a staff of less than 50, BBGM has taken on major projects over the past few years that many view as impressive feats for a boutique firm.

Recent projects include the $125M renovation of the Watergate Hotel, new construction of the InterContinental DC Wharf, and the renovation and conversion of the Kimpton Glover Park.  Not to be outdone, their counterparts of MONOGRAM Hospitality Interiors have been hard at work, with recent projects in the limelight that include the newly constructed Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, and the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Virginia. 

Stay tuned for additional rankings updates as they are released by Building Design & Construction.

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Watergate Overhaul Embraces History Through Design

The Watergate Hotel is deeply ingrained in the nation’s consciousness, an icon that walks the line between premier hospitality and the country’s elite.

Euro Capital Properties is not afraid of such inherent challenges and capitalized on the hotel’s history through a massive $125 million renovation, selecting BBGM as the Architect for the project.  Financial Times provides the latest coverage, with a deep look into the history of this iconic property and the massive opportunity it presented for its new ownership.  


An excerpt from the article by Kate Salter in Financial Times:

The hotel’s new owners, Jacques and Rakel Cohen of Euro Capital Properties, who bought it in 2010 for $45m, say they “immediately saw the potential to return the hotel to a state worthy of its reputation as Washington’s finest address”. They know that the scandal is their most powerful marketing tool and are enthusiastically milking it: the telephone reservation line ends in 1972, the room keys say “No need to break in” and pens are inscribed with “I stole this from the Watergate Hotel”. There are plans to play extracts from Nixon’s speeches in the toilets. Even the name of the hotel is written in a version of the typewriter font used in the Senate Watergate Committee case documents.

Aside from American history buffs, the new owners want the hotel to appeal to a younger, design-conscious crowd — the kind of “hip” people that Buttaro-Pfeffer says the complex needs to attract. The hotel’s 336 bedrooms, designed by BBGM, have a masculine, mid-century corporate feel (and with rates starting at about $500, it may be businessmen rather than young hipsters who can afford to stay here). Later this summer a spa is due to open, along with a rooftop bar and Michael Santoro’s fine dining restaurant.


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Hotel Management Covers Historic Renovation of Watergate Hotel

Press coverage of the historic Watergate Hotel renovation continues with the latest feature from Hotel Management.  Following the property’s acquisition by Euro Capital and $125 million renovation, the rejuvenated hotel is ready for prime time.

BBGM was the architect for the project, and teamed with other firms for design of select interior spaces.  The revitalized hotel will offer guests unique options for R&R, while still appealing largely to the affluent and business crowds. 


An excerpt from the article in Hotel Management:

The property now has 336 guestrooms, half of them elevated with balconies with views of the city as well as the Potomac River. The floor-to-ceiling Zebrano marble bathrooms have solid granite vanities. Six Diplomat Suites, 24 premier suites, and two Presidential Suites are also available.

For dining, the property has onsite dining options including the contemporary Kingbird restaurant, a dual-concept American-French venue with patio seating; the lobby’s Next Whisky Bar, framed by a wall of sculpted whisky bottles highlighted by bronze light; and the Top of the Gate rooftop lounge.


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Hotel Renovations Lead to Significantly Higher Profits

The U.S. hospitality industry has seen a considerable resurgence in years following the recession.  We continue to see increasing capital expenditures, and RevPAR trends are on track for the seventh consecutive year of growth, according to the JLL 2016 U.S. Hotels Perspective.  Many investors consider liquidation, acquisition or new construction options versus renovation projects, with the concern that many of these projects can be complex with hidden complications, and an improving economy mixed with younger demographics may better support an all-new product.


This often begs the question, “Is a renovation really worth the investment?”  The answer is a resounding, “Yes!”


The proof is in the pudding, as they say, and the recent sale of The Graham Hotel in Georgetown is a strong indicator.  BBGM provided turnkey Architectural and Interior Design services for the recent renovation project at the property, which increased the room count to 57 keys, as well as adding a new restaurant and rooftop bar for the boutique hotel.  According to Mast Capital and the Washington Business Journal, the hotel’s profitability quadrupled following the renovation.  This statement is confirmed through the sale price, which commanded an impressive $649,000 per room. 

The Washington Business Journal provided detailed coverage on the sale, as well as information on recent comps in the region.


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Hotel Tech Tips from BBGM Principal Bruno Grinwis

When it comes to modern-day hotel accommodations, it is an understatement to say that appealing to the business traveler is critical in many markets. BBGM Principal Bruno Grinwis recently authored an op-ed piece for Hotel News Now, discussing the role of technology needs in improving the business traveler's experience.


An excerpt from the article:

Business travelers are no longer impressed with having access to a printer and a conference center, they want the ability to host a virtual meeting in their hotel room. By providing guestrooms that can offer not only the relaxation business travelers crave, but also the functionality of a virtual office their jobs require, hotels will increase their business traveler clientele and turn them into loyal and repeat customers.

Here’s a short list of best practices hoteliers can use to attract more business travelers to their properties.

Use technology to improve the check-in process
Traveling for business is tiring. And the last thing your guest wants to experience after a long day of meetings or a long flight is a slow check-in process.

This is why more hotels are adding features that allow their guests to check themselves in. Some hotels even use an app that allows the guests to check-in while they’re on their way to the hotel.


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