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First Candlewood Suites with new interior design by SCAD students opens in Arkansas

- Judy Maxwell (Assistant Editor)
A guest room at Candlewood Suites in North Little Rock, Arkansas


InterContinental Hotels Group announces the opening of the first Candlewood Suites hotel to include the brand’s new interior design package, created with graduate students at Savannah College of Art and Design, one of the nation’s top interior design schools.

‘When the time came to make updates to our suites and public spaces, it made sense that we partner with SCAD, who delivered exceptional results when we worked with students on a similar project for our Staybridge Suites brand,’ said Robert Radomski, vice president, Global Brand Management, Extended Stay Brands, IHG. ‘We are very pleased with the results; the modernized designs with fresh colors, residential touches and functional spaces will make life on the road easier and more comfortable for our guests.’

The overall design concept for Candlewood Suites hotels is called ‘Haven,’ which captures the essence of the Candlewood Suites brand and conjures thoughts of rest, refuge and sanctuary. Within the concept are two distinct, yet complementary, design schemes that are light, clean and refreshing. The ‘Nest’ scheme, with earthy green hues, is featured at the North Little Rock hotel, and ‘Harbor’ features warm blue colors. The new designs also feature sustainability, flexibility and storage; the latter two are especially important to extended stay travelers, who live in hotels for weeks or months at a time. This project follows the highly successful redesign of the Staybridge Suites standardized room décor by SCAD students in 2009.

The Candlewood Suites North Little Rock features the brand’s new Lending Locker concept, currently in pilot mode. Guests can borrow commonly needed items that they can’t typically travel with, like extra lighting, small kitchen appliances and desk fans. Like the Candlewood Cupboard, the Lending Locker is run on the honor system.

Candlewood Suites guestrooms feature studio or one-bedroom suite floor plans with a full kitchen, comfortable recliner, large workspace with desk chair and overhead lighting. 

The $7.1m new Candlewood Suites North Little Rock North is owned and managed by Makan Hospitality.‘We’re excited to be the first Candlewood Suites to open in with the new designs,’ said Kal Makan, general manager. ‘Candlewood Suites hotels are carefully designed to meet the particular needs of extended-stay travelers and these new designs bring that to the next level. Our guests will find that the design of our spacious suites and the hotel’s amenities will allow them to live comfortably and keep a daily routine similar to that of home.’

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