in Livingston, New Jersey Honors
|June 1, 2004 - Westminster Hotel in Livingston, New Jersey, has been
awarded first-place honors in Lodging Hospitality magazine’s 11th Annual
Winning in the Upscale Hotel category, the hotel is the flagship venture
of Westminster Hospitality Group. Westminster Hotel opened in January 2003
and has quickly distinguished itself as a premier, luxury hotel.
J/Brice Design International, Inc. of Boston oversaw the $25 million rehabilitation
that transformed the two- and three-story buildings into a sophisticated
and distinctive product that brings much-needed hospitality services to
the region’s thriving corporate base and dense residential population.
Original Art, Rich Textures, SmartHotel Features Highlight Distinctive Design
J/Brice Design created the lobby lounge using rich materials in a wide
spectrum of textures in contemporary colors. The firm even retained a curator
with major museum credentials to select original works of art — many are
black and white photography that reflect the region’s bucolic heritage.
The lounge incorporates low coffee tables and subdued lighting in numerous
seating areas to accommodate groups of various sizes. An eclectic collection
of books and magazines, including selections for children, are distributed
throughout the lounge area to reinforce the residential feeling. A plasma
screen television provides live feed from 24-hour news media.
This elegant heated pool is one of the design features that helped the
Westminster Hotel in Livingston, New Jersey, to win First Place honors
in the Upscale Hotel category of Lodging Hospitality magazine’s 11th Annual
Design Competition. The hotel, which opened in January 2003, was designed
by J/Brice Design International, Inc. of Boston and is owned and operated
by Westminster Hospitality Group, a subsidiary of Kushner Companies. The
hotel has 190 guest rooms, 15,000 square feet of banquet and conference
space, a 120-seat restaurant and numerous luxurious amenities.
“It has a great sophistication and appeal that is carried throughout the building,” said Jeff Ornstein, J/Brice Design chief executive officer and founder. “The Westminster concept is a complete package – superb design matched by impeccable operational standards.”
Westminster Hotel is the first new hotel product introduced into the local market in 15 years. It offers luxurious banquet space and meeting accommodations. The hotel’s event business continues to evolve as one of its most successful service areas, which testifies to the need it fulfills in the region.
Westminster Hotel’s attractively appointed guestrooms offer the latest
conveniences for business travelers, while the exclusive J/Brice-designed
Westminster Club, housed in a separate building, provides an even higher
level of design, finishes and fixtures. All hotel guests may enjoy an indoor
pool, spa facility and state-of-the-art fitness room. In addition, Westminster
Hotel incorporates “SmartHotel” features, with cutting-edge technology
designed to enhance the guest experience and streamline operations.
“From its beginning as a unique design and service concept, to its position today as a successful, fully operational luxury hotel and banquet property, Westminster Hotel has aimed to distinguish itself as the best of the best, and the Lodging Hospitality design award is a testament to its achievement,” Verruni concluded.
Westminster Hospitality Group, which prides itself on exceeding the highest standards in every category, is a subsidiary of Kushner Companies, one of New Jersey’s most respected real estate firms. Westminster Hospitality Group partnered with the Scharf and Barad families, which own and operate major hotel facilities throughout the tri-state region, for this project.
J/Brice Design International became a Certified Interior Design Giant and Architectural Giant in 1991 – currently ranking 24th out of 100 – and is among the world’s leading firms specializing in interior design for the hospitality industry. The company was singled out as one of the top-ten, fastest-growing design firms nationwide by Interior Design magazine. Founded more than 15 years ago, J/Brice Design’s award-winning, internationally experienced staff has more than 150 hotel/restaurant projects to its credit and the confidence of every major chain hotel.
550 West Mount Pleasant Avenue
Livingston, New Jersey 07039
|Also See:||J/Brice Design International Awarded $21.6 Million Contract. Leading Boston Firm to Design Five Marriott Hotel Interiors / March 2004|
|Richard Verruni Named General Manager of the Westminster Hotel in Livingston, New Jersey / Nov 2002|
|Kushner Companies Spending $25 million to Gut Former Travelodge Hotel in Livingston, NJ; To Reopen as The Westminster Hotel / Sept 2002|