Monday, August 10, 2015

New details released on the '7 star' iSquare hotel

Posted By on Mon, Aug 10, 2015 at 9:34 AM

click to enlarge PHOTO VIA HKS
  • Photo via HKS

iSquare, the new "megamall" and "7 star hotel," recently released new information on the project. Gone is the single massive hotel, now replaced by two hotels, one of which will have supposed “7 star amenities.” Large wave like sheets of glass wrap the lower levels of the HKS designed tower with what some have described as ‘an updated version of Disney’s Contemporary’ on top of it.

The larger of the two hotels will be Solis. It will have 500 guest rooms and fewer amenities than the 100 room Capella hotel. Both will be managed by Capella Hotels, a new ultra luxury hotel group that caters to the higher end business and leisure traveler.

Both hotels will have large suite-like rooms with 24 hour amenities. Both hotels will feature their own entrances on the backside of the block. Two roof top pool areas, one for each hotel, include infinity pools, cabanas and ‘gas’ areas for special events. Overall, the number of rooms decreased since the initial plans but the developer has said the new rooms will be larger.

Capella will offer suites with butler rooms and gourmet kitchens along with full butler options. A fitness/SPA/Lap pool will be exclusively for Capella guests. In one interview, the developer Abdul Mathin of The BlackMINE Group, also stated that while the hoteliers themselves will set the prices, other hotels of this scale have nightly room rates around $400-$600 per night with upgrades available, such as use of the helipad (which has yet to be approved by the FAA). During construction, after all amenities are finalized, Forbes Travel Guide will be approached about the seven-star rating.

A spa will be at the lobby level of one of the hotels with meeting rooms and other ‘pods’ linking the level together with numerous open air areas looking below throughout the level. The spa will managed by UK based ESPA, a high-end spa brand that is found in some of the finest hotels around the world including Miami’s Mandarin Oriental resort.

At the base of the building a block long retail center will offer 4 levels of high end retailers. At the northern entrance, an indoor ice skating rink looks out over I-Drive. The level above the ice skating rink will feature a food court with international options that will overlook the ice skating rink. Mathin has stated that the food court will be something original to the hospitality and entertainment sector. The northern end of the retail center will offer overlooks of the ice skating rink from all four levels. Escalators will crisscross linking the different levels.

On the southern of the building a large glass foyer opens to elevators that will take guests directly to the top of the tower where a turning restaurant will hang out over the glass roof of the foyer below. The roof of the turning restaurant is where the planned helipad will be located. The restaurant is planned to be open 24 hours a day. At the restaurants elevator exit there’s a large gift shop. Other large spaces throughout the complex have been set aside for other sit-down restaurants. A Ferrari dealership/showroom is also rumored to be included in the high-end retail complex.

At least four major restaurants are planned with themes ranging from Latin/American food to gourmet Chinese. A piano bar, lobby bar and pool bars are also planned. 

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