Refinery Hotel New York
Although the opening of this boutique property in Manhattan’s Garment District was pushed back a few times, the Refinery Hotel is one adaptive reuse project that we’re excited about. The one-of-a-kind hotel is taking over a former millinery building—spanning from 38th Street to 39th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues—known as the Colony Arcade. The building became home to hat manufacturers in the city shortly after it was built in 1912. The new hotel will pay homage to the building’s past with industrial, loft-like design space, a collection of old hat-making tools in the lobby, and a tearoom named after a former tenant of the building. Last we heard, the Refinery Hotel is slated to open March/April of 2013.
The Ambassador Kansas City
This 42-room boutique hotel opened in the former Gate City National Bank Building in Kansas City in July. The historic nature and the unique templar design of the façade attracted real estate investor and developer Paul Coury to this Missouri landmark. Designer Deborah Gear brought the interior, which was gutted and stripped during renovations, back to life. Amenities at the property include free wireless Internet service, flat-panel HD TVs and iPhone docking stations in guestrooms, and marble bathrooms featuring walk-in showers.
Brewhouse Inn & Suites
With an opening slated for the spring of 2013, the Brewhouse Inn & Suites will take over a portion of the former Pabst Brewing Complex in Milwaukee. The all-suite hotel will feature 90 rooms and caters to extended-stay guests. The building will keep some of the original components including the brewing kettles and a two-story stained glass window etched with a picture of King Gambrinus, the unofficial patron saint of beer. Original flooring, steel columns, and tiles from the historic brewery will also be incorporated into the design of the hotel.
The Mining Exchange
Comprised of three historic buildings in downtown Colorado Springs, this boutique hotel once functioned as one of the most bustling stock exchanges in the nation at the turn of the 20th century. Originally built by Winfield Scot Stratton, the buildings have been renovated and reworked to house 117 guestrooms. The rooms feature amenities such as handcrafted furnishings, granite desks, stone showers with two showerheads, and an original piece of artwork. The building’s original 17 bank vaults have been repurposed to house storage closets and spa treatment rooms. The property opened as a Wyndham Grand Collection hotel in May.
Many Chicagoans know the location of the upcoming Langham Hotel as the IBM Building, since the skyscraper housed the company’s corporate offices for years. But plans began in 2007 to turn floors two through 13 into a high-end lodging property with 316 guestrooms, including 48 suites. The Magnificent Mile hotel will feature a 5,000-square-foot club lounge and also offer 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space when it opens in May 2013. In 2010, the building, designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, was entered into the National Register of Historic Places.