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Mr. Stroop

Vince Stroop

Principal, Stonehill & Taylor

Vince Stroop, Principal, brings over 18 years of experience to Stonehill Taylor, a hospitality-focused architecture and interior design firm based in New York City. For each project, the firm seeks out the essence of the location and the client's vision for a unique and inspired approach.

Mr. Stroop leads the design of recognized public and private spaces including hotels, libraries, luxury residences, wineries, and restaurants. Specializing in New York hospitality, Mr. Stroop's design solutions are informed by his international work in emerging destinations, including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Hong Kong and Macau. It is the constant opportunity to learn, grow, and interact with a variety of people in locations around the globe that fuel his work in design. Projects include work for prominent hospitality brands like Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Intercontinental Hotels, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Marriott International, MGM Resorts International, Kerzner International Resorts, and Las Vegas Sands Corp. He is the designer of notable projects such as The Asbury and new fast-casual favorite eatery, Made Nice. In fact, his work extends beyond the art and science of architecture, covering elements such as urban planning, graphic identity, website design, and education, having served as studio instructor at the School of Architecture at Woodbury University.

Mr. Stroop champions transparency and imagination in his aesthetic. He has a holistic approach to design innovation. Mr. Stroop believes that design is a highly interactive process powered by diversity of ideas; the best projects are those that embrace a team approach to every challenge.

Please visit http://www.stonehilltaylor.com for more information.

Mr. Stroop can be contacted at 212-226-8898 or email@stonehilltaylor.com

Coming up in July 2019...

Hotel Spa: Pursuing Distinction

The Wellness Movement continues to evolve and hotel spas continue to innovate in order to keep pace. Fueled by intense competition within the industry, hotel spas are seeking creative ways to differentiate themselves in the market. An increasing number of customers are searching for very specific, niche treatments that address their particular health concerns and, as a result, some leading spas have achieved distinction by offering only one specialized treatment. Meditation and mindfulness practices are becoming increasingly mainstream as are alternative treatments and therapies, such as Ayurvedic therapies, Reiki, energy work and salt therapy. Some spas specialize in stress management and offer lifestyle coaching sessions as part of their program.  Other spas are fully embracing new technologies as a way to differentiate themselves, such as providing wearable devices that track health and fitness biomarkers, or robots programmed with artificial intelligence to control spa environments, or virtual reality add-ons that transport guests to relaxing places around the world. Some spas have chosen to specialize in medical procedures such as liposuction, laser skin therapy, phototherapy facials, Botox and facial fillers, acupuncture and permanent hair removal, in addition to cosmetic body shaping procedures and  teeth whitening treatments. Similarly, other spas are offering comprehensive health check-ups and counseling services for those who are interested in disease prevention treatments. Finally, as hotel spas continue to become more diverse, accessible and specialized, there is a growing demand for health professionals with a specific area of expertise. There is a proliferation of top class, quality wellness practitioners who make a name for themselves by offering their services around the globe, including athletes, chefs, doctors, physical trainers and weight loss specialists. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.