Status QUO News Bites

News bites from Status QUO issue 09 | Autumn 2018-Winter 2019

Vintage Meets Modern in London’s Funkiest New Hotel

Say ‘howdy’ to The Pilgrim, London’s funky new hotel with compact, cosy spaces. Old-world comfort and new-age style converge in guestrooms that leave no margin for error, with the ‘Bunk’ category starting from 7sqm and the ‘Large’ topping out at 14sqm. Waste not, want not, we say. (To save space, they’ve even dropped their ‘i’!)

Eurostar Gets on Track With Smart New Spaces

Brick-and-mortar hotels aren’t the only optimised spaces emerging from England. Eurostar’s hopped on board with smart space usage, offering passengers new experiences en route. Passengers can taste-test whiskey and wine, or channel their inner Picasso with an onboard art class. Group s booking exclusive coach-use can even add on tailored experiences. It’s the journey, not the destination, after all.

Accor’s New Mobile Hotel Concept Takes Flight

Moving along to other mobile spaces, the Flying News by AccorHotels can pop up as quickly as needed where room occupation has reached saturation. All dressed up with somewhere to go, this nimble concept comprises accommodation modules made from converted marine containers, providing a unique and versatile lodging space that’s “sustainable, innovative and boldly designed”.

60s Inspired JFK Airport Terminal Hotel Set for 2019 Take-off

In one of the most exciting transformations happening anywhere right now, TWA Hotel at New York’s JFK Airport is nearing completion. The former TWA Flight Center, originally built in 1962 and designed by modernist architect Eero Saarinen, will transform into an 18,500sqm lobby with 505 guest rooms split between two wings. Inside the spaceship-like building the nostalgia is laid on thick, transporting guests back to the 60s with bright red carpets, ‘womb chairs’ and a host of trademark Saarinen touches.

Asian Hotels Pull Straws for a Cleaner Environment

A hospitality trend we an get behind is the move towards banning single-use plastics. Marriott sets a good example y announcing a brand-wide ban on single-use plastic straws as of 2019. That’s more than 6,500 properties around the world. Hyatt is also on the ban-wagon, while Minor Hotels brands Anantara and AVANI have both stopped handing out plastic straws in Asian properties since January 2018, to be rolled out globally by the end of the year.