Six Portman-Designed Hotels Earn 2014 Forbes travel guide star awards

John Portman & Associates (PORTMAN) is pleased to announce that six of the firm’s designs are recognized in this year’s Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards. In China, the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, JW Marriott at Tomorrow Square, and Portman Ritz-Carlton at Shanghai Centre made the list from Shanghai; and the Park Hyatt at Beijing Yintai Centre is featured from Beijing. In Singapore, the Mandarin Oriental is recognized; and, from the United States, the JW Marriott at Union Square in San Francisco, California is also cited.

From the very first hotel the firm designed, 1967’s Hyatt Regency Atlanta, PORTMAN hotel designs have revolutionized the industry by creating memorable guest experiences. The designs are functional and inviting. The hotels enhance the environment for those who visit and work there, while being sound investments for those who own and operate them.

In the course of designing over 50,000 hotel rooms, the firm has made the design process a smooth one. Designers carefully consider individual operating criteria and marketing objectives, local traditions and culture. Believing in a team’s collective strength, PORTMAN team members work closely with clients and the hotel’s technical staff, as well as with the interior designers and other consultants, involving everyone in all design aspects to achieve success. While keeping the guest experience the primary focus, the architects use ingenuity to deliver high quality design solutions within budget.