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Victoria, BC — [May 15, 2024] — Nestled in the picturesque setting of Victoria's Inner Harbour, the newly rebranded Huntingdon Hotel and Suites (formerly Huntingdon Manor Hotel) is excited to announce significant updates to its brand and facilities. These changes underscore our commitment to sustainability, highlighted by our recent accolade as the 2024 Greater Victoria Chamber award winner for Sustainable Business Practices, and our 2024 nomination for the Sustainability Award by the British Columbia Hotel Association.

A Refined Brand for a Charming Experience

Reflecting our evolution, the new brand identity includes a change of name to Huntingdon Hotel and Suites, which aligns with the comprehensive and inviting range of services we offer. Our new logo, featuring a stained-glass design with bees, represents our dedication to sustainable practices and honours our property’s storied heritage.

Introducing Our Newly Renovated Loft Rooms and Exclusive Suites

We proudly unveil 38 meticulously renovated loft rooms, including the prestigious Grand Dorset Suite. Each room is designed to provide utmost comfort and functionality, equipped with full kitchens, spacious living areas, and majestic views of the Inner Harbour. The new rooms cater perfectly to both ideal for both short visits and extended stays, ensuring a comfortable home away from home.

Unique On-Site Amenities in Victoria’s Inner Harbour

Huntingdon Hotel and Suites is not only about comfortable stays but also about providing a complete experience with its on-site amenities:

Dedicated Meeting Room: A versatile space equipped to host up to 40 guests, perfect for business meetings and intimate events.

Free Spirit Spa: A serene escape offering a range of relaxing treatments.

The Pedaler: Discover Victoria like a local with their stellar bike rental service.

Pendray Inn and Tea House: Step back in time and enjoy traditional afternoon tea in a setting perfect for special events and daily enjoyment.

Our Sustainable Commitment and New Online Presence

In line with our sustainability initiatives, both properties hold top-level certifications from BC Green Business, Green Key Global, and Biosphere. Our dedication to minimizing environmental impact and fostering positive social impact is essential in delivering a welcoming and memorable experience for our guests.

In addition to supporting our community through charitable giving and donations to vital institutions such as the Women’s Transition House, Habitat for Humanity, Our Place Society, and Food Eco District, the Huntingdon Hotel and Suites is a proud supporter of the Indigenous Tourism Destination Fund. The property’s General Manager, Erin Cassels, says, “Our team is thrilled with our work revitalizing these historic buildings and gardens. We are looking forward to continuing to support our community, our journey towards reconciliation, and to contributing to a circular visitor economy in Victoria.”

Discover Us Online

Visit our new website at to learn more about our offerings and make your next booking.


BETHESDA, Md., May 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Scent. Sound. Taste. Three of the most powerful senses are at the core of the new global brand partnership by JW Marriott, part of Marriott Bonvoy's portfolio of over 30 extraordinary hotel brands, and Flamingo Estate, the celebrated, California hillside-based lifestyle company dedicated to radical pleasures from the garden. Grounded in a shared ethos of fostering holistic well-being through a deep connection with nature, this dynamic collaboration will traverse several sensorial touchpoints and bridge the many paths to mindfulness. JW Marriott and Flamingo Estate will invite guests to embark on a multifaceted exploration of the senses with an elegant, garden-infused signature scent, a nature-inspired global sound program, and a flavor-forward, hand-crafted honey blend.

"Together, JW Marriott and Flamingo Estate are reimagining luxury hospitality by cultivating a fusion of elegance and sensorial experiences that deeply resonate with travelers seeking to elevate their path of well-being," said Bruce Rohr, Vice President and Global Brand Leader, JW Marriott. "JW Marriott and Flamingo Estate have strong commonality between their guiding principles which makes this collaboration a natural, well-balanced, and symbiotic fit. JW Marriott is dedicated to curating an atmosphere that allows our guests to be present in the mind, body, and spirit."

Serenity Through Scent

Inspired by the JW Garden, a space to connect with nature at JW Marriott properties around the world where herbs and produce grow in harmony as part of the guest culinary experience, Flamingo Estate, together with JW Marriott, has carefully crafted an exclusive, co-branded scent: Expansion. The moment they are welcomed in, guests at select JW Marriott properties globally will be met with an herbaceous and uplifting scent that beckons presence and expansion. The verdant aroma provides a direct conduit to the natural world with notes of lush greenery, damp earth, and rich flowers, adorned with a base of warm, creamy woods. Other complementary ingredients include white lotus flower and rosemary. The scent is energized by the Holy Basil plant, known as the "Queen of Herbs", which is revered for its adaptogenic qualities and has a unique ability to promote balance depending on the individual's needs. This elixir has traditionally been used in Ayurvedic medicine as a tonic for the mind, body, and spirit. The Expansion scent will also be encapsulated in a signature candle that is hand poured in Los Angeles. 8oz candle, $65.

Harmonizing Wellness with Sound

JW Marriott and Flamingo Estate have developed four exclusive playlists, each meticulously crafted to correspond with the distinct energy of the different times of the day, respectively titled: Aurora, Sun, Twilight, and Moon. These signature playlists have been designed to foster a profound connection to Mother Nature and encourage mindfulness. The playlists will be incorporated into the global sound strategy which will launch in public spaces at JW Marriott locations across the globe, serving as a soundtrack to welcome guests upon arrival in the lobby and seamlessly integrate into the guest's stay. JW Marriott and Flamingo Estate's perspective on sound is to ignite feelings of self and revitalize the spirit – morning, afternoon, evening, and night. The Aurora playlist, designed to be played in the morning, creates a peaceful ambiance grounded in meditative jazz and minimal instrumentals; the Sun playlist, created for daytime listening, raises energy levels with uplifting music featuring mid-tempo beats; the Dusk playlist, intended for the evening transition period, sets a dreamy atmosphere with soft and soulful tunes; and the Moon playlist, suitable for nighttime, cultivates the perfect blend of warmth and spirit with melodic compositions to wind down from the day. Curated playlists will also be accessible on Flamingo Estate's Spotify channel.

Sweetening the JW Journey

As the third product of the sensorial partnership, JW Marriott and Flamingo Estate have expertly crafted a signature honey. This classic California wildflower co-branded honey features adaptogenic Holy Basil and Bergamot to promote well-being and resilience to stress. It will be available to JW Marriott guests in select properties around the world, where they will delight in the sumptuous taste of one of the world's most ancient elixirs, and it will be incorporated into cocktails and savory dishes by each property's chef.  The co-branded honey captures a fleeting moment in the season where flowers burst into blooms, fossilized in a sweet nectar full of nuance and promise. 8.5oz honey, $35.

"We both believe in real hospitality, and it's at the heart of what we do. The rare art of making someone feel loved and cared for," said Richard Christiansen, Founder, Flamingo Estate. "This is communicated through all these senses, but especially taste, touch, and smell, which is why we are excited to collaborate with JW Marriott."

Shop the Senses

JW Marriott Essex House New York will feature a bespoke pop-up location, The Suite Shop, that will provide guests with an exclusive opportunity to purchase products and immerse themselves in the JW Marriott and Flamingo Estate sensory collection through June 14. Travelers can bring the collection home as the co-branded Expansion candle, Holy Basil & Bergamot honey, and a curated selection of travel-friendly Flamingo Estate products will be available at retail displays at additional initial pilot locations including JW Marriott Dallas Arts District, JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City Polanco, JW Marriott Hotel Madrid, and JW Marriott Bengaluru Prestige Golfshire Resort & Spa. In tandem, the product and brand partnership will roll out at select JW Marriott properties around the world, allowing the global traveler to join the journey of the senses.

The JW Marriott and Flamingo Estate sensory collection will be available for purchase by visiting, allowing guests anywhere in the United States and Canada to bring a piece of the JW Marriott brand home with them.



COMO LAKE, ITALY (MAY 14, 2024) –  Five-star luxury hotelThe Grand Hotel Victoria Concept & Spa, a member of R Collection Hotels, announces its recognition as one of Italy's first MICHELIN Key hotels. On May 7, 2024, the MICHELIN Guide revealed the brand new One, Two, and Three Key distinctions for the most outstanding hotels in Italy. Situated on the shores of Menaggio in the heart of Lake Como, the Grand Hotel Victoria Concept & Spa was awarded two Keys in recognition of its superlative hospitality and dedication to the guest experience. 

The MICHELIN Key award designates a hotel that significantly adds to the experience of a traveler, each vetted and judged excellent in five categories: architecture and interior design, quality and consistency of service, overall personality and character, value for the price, and a significant contribution to the guest experience in a particular setting.

“It is with immense pride and joy that we announce our recognition as one of Italy's first MICHELIN Key hotels. This prestigious accolade is a testament to R Collection Hotel’s unwavering commitment to achieving excellence in hospitality and we are deeply honored to be acknowledged for our dedication to the guest experience,” said Marco Montagnani, General Manager of the Grand Hotel Victoria Concept & Spa .” This achievement reaffirms the Grand Hotel Victoria Concept & Spa’s position as a beacon of luxury and refinement on the prestigious Lake Como, and we are truly grateful for this esteemed recognition from the MICHELIN Guide."

The MICHELIN Key award follows the Grand Hotel Victoria Concept & Spa’s official reopening for the spring-summer season as it unveiled exciting new updates to the property. This completely renovated masterpiece holds the charm of the 19th century while blending contemporary details and hi-tech amenities to highlight its beauty. Enriched by lush gardens, a 12,000 sq. ft. spa with signature scents handcrafted in-house and a variety of food and beverage offerings by new executive culinary talent, the hotel is surrounded by magnificent views of the mountains and villas framing the deep blue waters of Lake Como.

Grand Hotel Victoria offers a host of activities and packages for those looking to explore their surroundings or immerse themselves in ‘La Dolce Vita’ culture. For guests wanting to indulge in authentic Italian gastronomy, cooking classes with the hotel’s world-class culinary team are available, offering hands-on lessons in pasta, pastry and focaccia making. R Collection’s classic Como boat is available for guests wanting to set sail on beautiful Lake Como. The hotel’s central position serves as a perfect gateway for guests to explore the hidden gems of Lake Como, away from the bustling crowds. Grand Hotel Victoria invites visitors to wander the cobblestone streets of Menaggio, indulge in local shopping, and immerse in authentic Italian culture. 

Grand Hotel Victoria Concept & Spa proudly holds membership in both Virtuoso and Small Luxury Hotels of the World, demonstrating its commitment to excellence in hospitality. It has attained an impressive and consistent rating of 95.2% in the SLH Mystery Inspector Quality Assurance program, solidifying its position as a distinguished establishment deserving of the prestigious MICHELIN Key Award.

For more information about Grand Hotel Victoria Concept & Spa, please visit



KOHLER, Wis., May 14, 2024 /CNW/ -- Kohler Co. secured 13 iF product design awards under its Kohler, Mira and Klafs brands, emphasizing the company's significant impact on global design and innovation. In this year's iF design competition, Kohler's product designs secured recognition in several categories, including the coveted Gold award, which earned Kohler a place among only 75 Gold winners at the upcoming award ceremony in Berlin. Kohler's multiple awards represent innovative designs and technologies developed in each of the company's global studios – United States, United Kingdom, India, and China.

With 10,800 entries from 72 countries, the iF Design Award is one of the most prestigious and relevant design competitions in the world. To be the recipient of the iF Design Award means passing a rigorous two-stage selection by renowned design experts, who evaluate submissions based on idea, form, function, differentiation, and impact.

Creativity and leading-edge design are the heart and soul of the Kohler ethos and its teams of bold creators around the world are the foundation of some of the most iconic brands in home design. The company has forged a reputation for innovation, artistry, and design while also possessing an operating philosophy rooted in entrepreneurial spirit, tenacity, and humility.

"For over 150 years, Kohler has been dedicated to advancing innovation and unparalleled design. It is a tremendous honor to be recognized for the passion and ingenuity of our development teams," says David Kohler, Chair and CEO of Kohler Co. "This recognition from iF affirms our ongoing commitment to create impactful solutions in all markets across the globe."

Kohler's design prowess has been celebrated for well over a century, including a 1920s feature installation of the company's color bathroom fixtures in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan, major partnerships with globally renowned artists and designers, showstopping installations in some of the most revered design meccas and world-class designed environments, and dozens of accolades spanning myriad product categories. Kohler product designs have garnered nearly 100 iF awards in the past two decades alone, as well as earning top rankings in all leading global design awards including Red dot, IDEA and Fast Company.  

The KOHLER Loope container based sanitation toilet, a 2024 iF GOLD Product Design Award recipient – and the company's first-ever Gold level award recipient – is a waterless sanitation solution that integrates with container-based sanitation waste collection models. It was designed to bring safe sanitation to dense urban environments where alternative options are often nonexistent. The Loope toilet was developed within Kohler's Innovation for Good (IfG) platform, an in-house incubator focused on creating new business opportunities with a social and environmental purpose. The IfG solutions are rooted in making positive impacts on communities and lives around the world by increasing access to safe water and sanitation.

The Loope toilet was inspired by UN Sustainable Development Goal #6 of "ensuring access to safe and affordable sanitation for all," and iF design award jurors noted that "this is a great example of design innovation in the service of humanity."

"As part of our Innovation for Good portfolio, Loope has the real potential to positively impact a significant number of lives around the world. Winning the Gold iF design award brings much needed attention to the issue of unsafe sanitation that affects so many people," says Laura Kohler, Chief Sustainable Living Officer for Kohler Co. "This and other products stemming from our IfG incubator program harness associates' passions to develop meaningful solutions that provide greater access to sustainable living."

Kohler Co. – under its Kohler, Mira and Klafs brands – received 12 additional iF Product Design Awards for solutions in showering, bathroom faucets, toilets, sinks, storage, kitchen faucets and saunas:

Mira Select Flex Shower System

Parallel Faucet

Sveda Steam Lav

Intelex Smart Flush Faceplate

Karing 3.0 Urinalysis Smart Toilet

Karing 3.0 Urinalysis Interface

Spacity Storage Accessory

All-in-one Beverage Faucet

SpaViva Handshower with All-in-One Cleansing Device

ModernLife Edge Decorative Handles

Klafs S11 Sauna Design by Studio F.A. Porsche

Klafs S1 Sauna black edition Design by Henssler & Schultheiss Design

"Our product designs are human-centric, and we strive to create deep interactions and memorable experiences for our customers. We are humbled by the overwhelming list of accolades from the iF organization, and excited to see our visions rise to the top of global design evaluation," says Michael Seum, VP of Global Industrial Design for Kohler Co."

Product availability varies by region. Please contact the local showroom for information.


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