In Dubai, HE Mohammed Al Shaibani, Executive Director & CEO of Investment Corporation of Dubai, and Chairman of Kerzner International Holdings, announced changes in Kerzner leadership. Michael Wale, who became Kerzner CEO in February 2018, becomes a member of the Kerzner board: his successor as CEO is Philippe Zuber, currently COO, and present CFO, Michel Checoury, expands his role to include Chief Administrative Officer.
In any city in the USA a rooftop view is a great luxury hotel asset, and at Viceroy’s Dupont Circle Hotel, Washington DC, that will certainly be true – see the view, above. The Doyle Collection hotel opens 9 September 2020 after a pretty massive new look. Martin Brudnizki has done the restaurant and bar. Clodagh has designed the lobby, and a Penthouse Suite that can expand to two bedrooms (total 1,980 square feet): its heated outdoor terrace, overlooking Dupont Circle, has views of the Washington Monument. Some will go the whole hog and book the entire penthouse floor, to give 12 bedrooms and a private elevator.
Bernie Gallagher, Chairman of the Doyle Collection, has more than a hand in how this entire Penthouse floor looks – she has a unique sense of style and place. It was she who brought Brudnizki and Clodagh together on this project for their mid-century aesthetic, a nod to the building’s beginnings in the 1950s. Brudnizki has focused on bold colours and varying textures in the bar (Doyle) and restaurant (The Pembroke), and Clodagh incorporates holistic touches like live-edge wood and handwoven rugs in her designs.
GM of this property is also high profile – it is that supreme networker Joel Freyberg, who moved here from New York where he ran, in sequential order, The Chatwal, The Gansevoort and The Royalton. This undoubtedly well-connected luxury hotelier points out that Dupont Circle’s neighbours include embassies housed in 19th century mansions that were once homes of D.C.’s Gilded Age elite. You are within a few minutes’ walk of America’s first modern art museum, the Phillips Collection, and such independent jewels as Kramerbooks, a little cafe, Tiny Jewel Box (for vintage baubles), and Eighteenth Street Lounge (reggae nights and live music). .