News: Hotel openings in Boston, Philly, New York

The travel market may be soft, but the boutique-style hotels keep coming; here are three such properties opening his fall. The W Boston: This all-glass building from Bentel & Bentel, New York, is meant to distill Beantown’s most famous green spaces –– think Boston Common and the Public Garden –– in a contemporary design that […]

News: First D.C. "W" Opens

Los Angeles-based designer Dianna Wong has tempered the historic Hotel Washington– located in an 1888 Beaux Arts structure– with edgy shots of vibrant color and jazzy textures. Highlights include W’s signature Bliss® Spa and J&G Steakhouse (oh no, not another one!) from three-star Michelin Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, as well as POV, a destination rooftop bar […]

News: Lonely Planet Shop Debuts

In the “why didn’t we think of that?” department, the world’s first-ever Lonely Planet store has opened as part of Sydney Airport’s $500 million International Terminal redevelopment. “Airports are strange places,” observes Howard Ralley, sales and marketing director at the Australian publisher. “You’re half-excited and half-bored. Everyone waiting for a flight wants to be inspired […]

News: Scottsdale Performing Arts Center Reopens

SCOTTSDALE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS FINALIZES $16 MILLION RENOVATION After being closed for more than a year, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will open its newly renovated Virginia G. Piper Theater on Oct. 24. Kicking off the reopening will be ARTrageous , a special benefit performance featuring Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth. The […]

News: Wright Synagogue To Open Visitors Center

One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s final projects and the only synagogue he ever designed, Beth Sholom will open a new visitors center this fall. Designed by Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, the 1800-square-foot center will make this famous temple more accessible to the legions of architecture buffs who venture each year to Elkins Park, a quiet suburb of Philadelphia.