Urban camping: Moxy Times Square redefines select-service

The Toronto firm of Yabu Pushelberg frequently designs what partner George Yabu calls “the best of the best of the top of the market”: Luxury in hotels and retail, including a yacht and a private jet or two. While they have tended to avoid “the big, wide middle,” Yabu says the 612-room Moxy Times Square offered some absorbing creative challenges.

Hot new hotels: Bulgari Dubai

When it comes to location, Bulgari Hotels & Resorts could not have picked a better spot for its newly opened Dubai iteration. Set on Jumeira Bay, a man-made seahorse-shaped island, with a scenic tableau of the yacht-speckled Arabian Gulf as well as the city’s dramatic skyline, the hotel is a quiet bolt-hole that seems far from the madding crowd, but is just on the other side of a 300m bridge that is connected to the mainland.

Calistoga Motor Lodge

Eager families piling into cars and making their way across the States one diner and national park at a time is an image steeped in Americana. Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa in California, a redo of the circa-1940s former Sunburst Roadside motel at the head of the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley, revives this nostalgia through the lens of an enchanting West Coast adventure from the 1960s or ’70s, conjured by New York-based AvroKO with graphics courtesy of its Brand Bureau division.

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