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NEWH features “bright and breezy” Diplomat Beach Resort
Director of Hospitality Interiors Kathy Chavez spoke to the magazine about LEO A DALY’s transformative redesign
The iconic Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida, has been totally transformed. LEO A DALY’s hotel lobby design brings in ocean breezes, connecting the monumental space to the true star of the show: the beach. The latest issue of NEWH magazine tells the story of the hospitality transformation.
Excerpted from the article:
When the team at LEO A DALY first walked into the three-story lobby of Hollywood, Florida’s storied Diplomat Beach Resort (now part of Hilton’s Curio Collection) they found a long fountain bookended by black granite sculptures and “palm trees lined up like soldiers in a row,” says Kathy Chavez, director of hospitality interiors. Job number one, then, was removing any traces of 1980s mall décor to create a destination resort that brought the beach back into focus.
After the dated clutter was gone, designers inserted a two-sided bar with folding glass walls that allow the “sounds, smells and ocean breezes to flow through the lobby,” senior interior designer Lara Rimes says. The addition of custom furniture with weathered wood finishes, recessed sandpits, and a handful of those palm trees (cut to different heights and spaced more organically) contribute a beach vibe.