Hospitality Design - May/June 2012 - 55
what happens in atlantic city
The numbers of Atlantic City’s newest hotel, Revel, speak for themselves: the $2.4 billion project consists of some six million square feet spread over 47 stories and 20 acres; more than 1,800 guestrooms; a sky garden that oats 114 feet above sea level; 130,000 square feet of gaming; 14 restaurants; an 85,000-squarefoot nightclub and dayclub dubbed HQ; a 5,500-seat theater; 10 pools; a 32,000-square-foot spa; 160,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor meeting space; and 55,000 square feet of retail. And the not-your-average resort was achieved in unison by an impressive list of architects and designers—Arquitectonica, BLT Architects, SOSH, Scéno Pus, Laurence Lee Associates, Cagley & Tanner, ICRAVE, 212 Design, Crème Design, and Tishman Construction. Those aren’t the only notable names associated with Revel. Restaurants come courtesy of the ONE Group and chefs like Marc Forgione, Alain Allegretti, Jose Garces, and Michel Richard. HQ is helmed by Angel Management Group, and there’s Ivan Kane’s Royal Jelly Burlesque Nightclub. And Bask is a new spa and wellbeing concept developed exclusively for the hotel by Exhale Mind Body Spa, which will boast Bathhouse Bar from LDV Hospitality, sporting healthy snacks and small bites.
reason to celebrate
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Peninsula Beverly Hills got a facelift of its 193 rooms (including 36 suites and 16 garden villas), courtesy of Los Angeles rm Forchielli Glynn LLC. “Our goal was to freshen the property while retaining its elegant, discreet, and timeless spirit,” says partner Cynthia Forchielli. “Designed with grand but residential proportions, the hotel has its heritage in classic, traditional European architecture adapted to capture the essence of Southern California living.”
Forchielli and partner Helen Glynn set out to brighten the rooms, originally a mix of classic furniture and warmly colored prints, to further connect them with the hotel’s lush garden setting. Rich, honey-toned woods with polished brass accents punctuate the soft buff colored walls, and drapery is done in crisp garden prints of pink, green, and gold tones. And custom casegoods and cabinetry—including the bombe curves of the bedside tables, the Juparana granite-topped credenzas, and the canopied beds—reinforce the hotel’s elegant, residential feel. The standouts are the four grandest suites, each with their own unique color scheme. There’s the Presidential (or “green”) suite, decked out in an Eastmeets-West ambiance with muted green upholstered walls, Asian textiles, and handpainted Chinoiserie-style murals. The Royal Patio (or “white”) suite features a crystal chandelier, French doors that lead to a private terrace, contemporary artwork, and cream-toned upholstery accented with gilded and handpainted nishes. The Grand Deluxe (or “pink”) suite is dressed in a deep rose and gray palette, hand-knotted area rugs, and furnishings swathed in Macassar ebony and zebrawood veneers. And the Grand Deluxe suite by Nancy Corzine, who furnished it with her signature line of furniture, textiles, and lighting designs, has an ice blue palette accented with Venetian silver, cream, and white.