Four big openings inspired by stunning views
Fairmont Washington, D.C.
With a $27 million renovation to its 413 rooms, Fairmont Washington, D.C., has re-established itself as the largest and most luxurious group hotel in the nation’s capital. Phase one included refurbishment of the guest rooms, courtesy of New York City-based Wimberly Interiors, which mixed modern furnishings with classical detail pieces, such as a chaise lounge and round table in place of the typical work desk for flexible use, and artworks reflecting the capital’s history. The new 2,900-square-foot Kennedy Ballroom is equipped with cutting-edge audiovisual technology and can accommodate up to 300 guests for unforgettable events.
Phase Two included an overhaul of the lobby, Loggia and courtyard garden by Dallas-based Forrest Perkins. Designer Amanda Jackson found inspiration in aerial views of the city, a theme that is woven throughout the space, with mixed metal shapes dangling from the ceiling and lights sprinkled throughout for galactic effect. A new U-shaped bar has views of the sprawling lobby and courtyard garden, which has been leveled to accommodate larger events. The lushly landscaped space has three fire pits, two water features, and plenty of cafe seating and lounge furniture for relaxing during the day or night.
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
Downtown Los Angeles greets a major upgrade this month with the opening of InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. The 73-story glass tower has a staggering 66,540 sq. ft. of event space including a ballroom, 32 meeting rooms, and a rooftop bar and restaurant. The Sky Deck on the top floor provides sweeping views of downtown Los Angeles, with a bar for happy hour or an evening affair. A few stories down you’ll find Sky Lobby Bar, perfect for post-dinner cocktails in a more comfortable setting.
The Ritz-Carlton, Denver
After three months of work, The Ritz-Carlton, Denver is ready to roll out its new lobby and 13,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Featuring a design that balances Colorado’s wild spirit with contemporary architecture—along with a refined color palette of champagne tones and deep blue hues—the makeover included two ballrooms, six additional meeting rooms, the iconic grand staircase and prefunction areas. The lobby also includes a new lounge area, where guests will feel right at home among artworks from local visionaries.
Grand Velas Los Cabos
The fifth property in the Velas Resorts family, Grand Velas Los Cabos, is a brand-new $150 million beachfront resort, offering the next generation of all-inclusive amenities, 306 ocean view suites, a 16,370-square-foot convention center and a 19,375-square-foot spa. The curved, half-moon design wraps the coastline and the three swimming pools. In the suites, guests will find designated wellness amenities, including a juice bar. The resort is also home to an art gallery, and five gourmet restaurants with extensive beverage menus, including Mexico’s finest wines.