HotelHomes.com News Recap for October 18, 2013

In this week’s news recap: hotel branded residences among recent top sales in Boston and San Francisco, Ritz-Carlton Waikiki could expand its plan for more residences, plus openings in London, Bangalore, Israel and Charlotte.

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HotelHomes.com News Recap for September 9, 2013

This week’s news recap includes new openings from W in Switzerland and Fairmont in Saudi Arabia, new plans for a Ritz-Carlton in Kazakhstan, and a Helmut Jahn condo and hotel project in Lower Manhattan… plus updates from Las Vegas, the Maldives, Boston, and San Francisco!

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HotelHomes.com Weekly News Recap for July 18, 2013

This week’s news recap includes a look at the Residences at the Ritz Carlton LA Live’s Fendi Penthouse, new projects for Boston, Brooklyn, Montevideo, and Ottawa, and the future of New York’s Helmsley Park Lane Hotel!

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HotelHomes.com Weekly News Recap for July 3, 2013

This week’s news recap includes top hotel residences in New York and Boston, 38 buyer lawsuits at Trump Toronto, hotel sales at the Four Seasons Bengaluru and the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, a twin in the works for the Ritz-Carlton Waikiki Beach, and a five-star “cave hotel” in China!

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Weekly News Recap for May 30, 2013

Raffles Resort & Estates on Praslin, Seychelles Opens its Doors
http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130530167827

Former Las Vegas Sands Executive To Operate Baha Mar Casino & Hotel
http://www.hotelsmag.com/Industry/News/Details/42234

Ritz-Carlton Residences Lake Tahoe Announces Summer Activities
http://stylemagazine.com/news/2013/may/24/ritz-carlton-residences-lake-tahoe-announces-summe/

Construction Moves Forward at Residences at The St. Regis Amman With Award of Construction Contract
http://en.ammonnews.net/article.aspx?articleno=21150

New York’s Top Swimming Pools including Mandarin Oriental and Trump Soho
http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/nyc-posh-hotel-pools-article-1.1352732

$8 Million Condo Listed at Four Seasons Private Residences San Francisco
http://www.sfgate.com/realestate/article/SF-high-rise-condo-has-spacious-floor-plan-city-4558350.php

“Sex and the City” Creator Darren Star Sells $13 million Home at Trump International Hotel & Tower New York
http://observer.com/2013/05/sex-and-the-city-creator-sells-13-m-trump-international-pad-to-australias-2nd-richest-man/

Chicago Luxury Market Heating Up, Trump Chicago 92% Sold
http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/realestate/ct-mre-0526-podmolik-homefront-20130524,0,4751853.column

$4 million penthouse sold at the Tower Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, Florida
http://realestate.heraldtribune.com/2013/05/28/4m-penthouse-sale-at-tower-residences/

Penthouse Residence Revealed at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton LA Live
http://www.theagencyre.com/2013/05/new-penthouse-model-unveiled-at-the-ritz-carlton-residences-at-l-a-live/

$100 million homes on the market include One57 and The Pierre in New York
http://realestate.msn.com/attack-of-the-100-million-dollar-homes

Hotel & Condos Planned for Former Site of American Stock Exchange in Lower Manhattan
http://therealdeal.com/blog/2012/09/14/fisher-bros-buys-american-stock-exchange-site-for-150m-sources/

Qatar Plans Man-Made Island to Accommodate 2022 FIFA Fans
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/27/barwa-qatar-idUSL5N0E81JO20130527

Thompson Hotels Spinoff Brand to Be Called “Tommie”
http://www.hotelchatter.com/story/2013/5/28/183148/514/hotels/Meet_Tommie%3A_The_New_Hotel_Brand_from_Commune_and_Thompson_Hotels

New World Hospitality Rebrands as Flagship Rosewood Brand
http://www.traveldailymedia.com/191961/new-world-hospitality-rebrands-to-rosewood/

Meet the Magicians Who Photograph Views of To-Be-Built Towers

Have you ever wondered where those glamorous view photographs of to-be-built towers come from? Just ask Curt Westergard, President of Digital Design & Imaging Service!

Founded in 1996, DDIS has become the can-do company for the residential and mixed-use development industry. Through the use of proprietary technologies, problem-solving skills and in-depth knowledge of the relevant regulations, the company helps capture those spectacular sunsets or never-ending panoramas that get buyers (and financiers) comfortable in committing millions before construction has started.

By flying special aerostat balloons to specific heights and taking panoramic photos, DDIS are able to capture actual views to allow salespeople to confidently represent that a specific apartment on a specific floor of a proposed tower will enjoy views of, say, Central Park or the Golden Gate Bridge. These images are not only critical to the sales of potential residences, but also to their design and pricing. Developers may orient living rooms toward a specific skyline element or charge more for apartments anticipated to have unobstructed river views.

Indeed, DDIS has become the “go-to” company for developers of skyscrapers and builders near major landmarks alike. They recently captured the images from the penthouse of One57, the new 900-foot-tall tower in New York, offering for-sale residences above a new Park Hyatt hotel, showing the remarkable south-to-north “long view” of Central Park. They were also the first to capture the views from the observation deck of the Freedom Tower at the rebuilt World Trade Center, and were recently retained for a new Pelli Clark Pelli tower in San Francisco, slated to be the tallest tower west of the Mississippi River. They have also been instrumental to developers and marketers looking to visualize their project with nearby landmarks, such as the White House.

DDIS’s technology has several other applications, including thermal scanning to allow property owners identify poorly insulated areas causing heat loss, simulation of proposed power line and wind turbines, or even estimating how many people show up at rallies or protests from the air – the most scientific method of doing so. Indeed, the company has become one of the main sources of crowd estimates on the Mall in Washington, DC.

The world’s most sought-after residences are not merely dreamed up by architects and purchased by starry-eyed millionaires. Those builders that create first-class property and want to represent the panoramic realities of their proposed skyscrapers retain Digital Design & Imaging Service.

Weekly News Recap from April 4, 2013

Kempinski Hotel to Join Palm Jumeirah Residences in 18 months
http://gulfnews.com/business/tourism/we-are-not-a-supermarket-of-brands-says-kempinski-chief-1.1165760

Inside the $125 million Penthouse at New York’s Pierre
http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/04/03/inside_martin_zweigs_125_million_pierre_triplex_penthouse.php

Canada’s Tallest Residential Tower to include 4000 Residential Units and Hotel
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-04-01/luxury-developer-proposes-largest-mixed-use-project

Mandarin Oriental Set To Open in new Shanghai Mixed-Use Complex
http://www.superyachts.com/luxury/mandarin-oriental-shanghai-to-open-in-june-1931.htm

Construction Manager Named for Kempinski project in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
http://www.arabnews.com/news/446870

Ten Benefits of Owning a Condo Hotel
http://www.localareaweather.com/?p=222

Top 20 Real Estate Agents in Los Angeles Named
http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/03/here_are_the_top_20_real_estate_agents_in_los_angeles.php

Los Angeles Capitol Records Redevelopment Clears Hurdle, To Add Condos and Hotel
http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/03/hollywoods_huge_capitol_records_towers_get_first_big_approval.php

Most Expensive San Francisco Listings Include Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton residences
http://sf.curbed.com/archives/2013/03/28/updating_the_map_of_the_25_most_expensive_homes_for_sale_in_san_francisco.php