It appears free agent linebacker Karlos Dansbys m

first_imgIt appears free agent linebacker Karlos Dansby’s meeting with the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday proved to be a productive one. According to Arizona Sports 620’s John Gambadoro, Dansby’s visit with Cardinals’ officials went well.Karlos Dansby had “good meeting” with Cards brass today. No contract discussed. Has interest from others including Jets, Houston and Atlanta— John Gambadoro (@Gambo620) May 9, 2013 Dansby told me “it would be good to finish where he started” so he is very excited about the possibilities in Arizona.— John Gambadoro (@Gambo620) May 9, 2013 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 31-year-old veteran spent the first six years of his career with the Cardinals. Dansby could be brought on board as insurance at the linebacker position due to Daryl Washington’s recent troubles.Dansby, who spent the past three seasons with the Miami Dolphins, was released in March due to his high salary.He has compiled 709 tackles, 31.5 sacks and 11 interceptions in his career. Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling And while it’s still way too early in the season to say the offense will be good, the seeds are there and it may only be a matter of time before they blossom. Through all that, perhaps it is Campbell who put it best. Saying he believes the offense will be “top-notch” this year and that seeing their improvement inspires the defense even more Campbell, who was a rookie when the team reached Super Bowl XLII, noted that he doesn’t really know why there seems to be such a dramatic improvement. In fact, the “why” is of little significance to him.“I’m just happy they are who they are right now,” he said. That makes two of us. – / 31 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Good luck finding anyone who thinks that is a bad thing, by the way.Gone is the QB battle that led to nothing but tears; in its place is veteran Carson Palmer, who completed 4-of-6 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown in the preseason opener.Gone is a conservative approach on offense; in its place is an aggressive scheme that has potential to excite fans and put points on the scoreboard.“We’re playing offense on offense,” Palmer said. “We’re not playing defensive offense, and we’re not worried about scoreboards, we’re not worried about the other team’s offense, what they’re doing. Bruce is going to call his game plan. He’s going to call his plays and we’re going to go out and try to execute them.”Gone is a sieve of an offensive line; in its place is a high draft pick as well as free agent pickups that have improved group’s talent and depth.“This will probably be one of the toughest offensive lines I’ve had to make in my eight years in the NFL,” veteran Daryn Colledge said. “So the competition out there is stiff and I promise, the seven guys we dress each week are going to be the best seven guys out there.” Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires But as the saying goes, time heals all wounds. And, in this case, time brought with it much-needed change in both the coaching staff and talent level on the roster.Nowadays the offense isn’t the defense’s whipping boy in practice, and as we saw last Friday in Green Bay, it is actually capable of scoring some points. Camp may not be in the cool pines of Flagstaff, but this is surely a breath of fresh air.“It’s back forth a lot more often, and I respect that,” defensive end Calais Campbell said of the training camp battles. “That means the offense is really good because I think our defense is really good.”Added receiver Andre Roberts: “We’ve got a lot of smart guys on our team. We’ve got a lot of young guys that need to step up, but we’ve got older guys that have done well in the past in this league and we understand what offense is about.”Roberts added that it is about building chemistry and becoming the best they can be, which may sound cliché but it’s also true. There figure to be new faces at quarterback, running back and along the offensive line, meaning at least half of the offense will have a different look than it did to finish the 2012 season. GLENDALE, Ariz. — This time one year ago, a theme was starting to develop at Arizona Cardinals training camp.Was the defense really this good, or was the offense really that bad?Turns out, it was a lot of both.Heading into its second season, Ray Horton’s group showed on a daily basis that it was going to be one of the NFL’s better units.At the same time, the offense showed that it would be hamstrung by a shoddy quarterback situation as well as issues along the offensive line. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

You cant get these reps back Arians lamented

first_img“You can’t get these reps back,” Arians lamented. “He had an excellent OTAs; he started out with an excellent camp; was cutting, running. “And then just put the breaks on.” – / 24 0 Comments   Share   And unfortunately, it does not sound like he’ll be making his preseason debut when the Cardinals take the field Saturday against the San Diego Chargers at University of Phoenix Stadium.Williams, who has rushed for just 164 yards on 58 career carries, has not played enough to show enough, and it may cost him a roster spot. The team selected running backs Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington in the 2013 NFL Draft to go along with Rashard Mendenhall and Alfonso Smith, so it is not as if the team has no depth behind the former Virginia Tech star.So for Williams, being out of action while the team’s other four options are on the field making plays is not a good way to impress a new coaching staff.“He needs to start playing,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Monday. “I can’t evaluate him unless he plays.”Playing has been an issue that has dogged Williams since his rookie year, when a ruptured patella tendon suffered in the preseason opener caused him to miss the entire campaign. Then, finally healthy last year, he played in just five games before breaking his collarbone Week 5 against the St. Louis Rams.Arians noted that he cannot say if Williams’ problems are more mental than physical right now, saying, “He’s the only one that can answer that,” but that right now the only thing Williams can do is a little running along with work on the stationary bike. GLENDALE, Ariz. – At this point, it’s actually quite simple for Arizona Cardinals running back Ryan Williams.He needs to get on the field, and the sooner the better. A second-round pick of the team’s in 2011, Williams has battled injuries pretty much from the get-go. His latest ailment, a right knee injury, has caused him to miss practices over the last few weeks as well as both of the team’s preseason games. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The game is well in the past, but people can’t stop talking about Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer.Dogged by the “he can’t win the big game” label for most of his pro career, Palmer did nothing to kill that narrative in the Cardinals’ NFC Championship Game loss to the Carolina Panthers.Palmer committed six turnovers, including four interceptions, in a 49-15 loss last Sunday in Charlotte. Nobody seems to know the reason for the shoddy performance, so it’s easy to go back to that whole “playoff choking” thing. And like most, Clayton realizes Palmer’s play wasn’t the only reason for the Cardinals’ 34-point beatdown at the hands of the Panthers.“I was stunned,” Clayton said. “I never expected that. I really didn’t. I thought that Arizona would go in there and win. I thought that they were the most complete team that Carolina would face and they would take advantage of that.“Unfortunately, that did not happen.” – / 69 LISTEN: John Clayton, ESPN NFL insider Arizona Cardinals’ Carson Palmer throws during the first half the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) ESPN’s John Clayton is among those that doesn’t necessarily understand it, noting that Palmer just looked different than he did in the past two regular seasons.“Maybe it’s the finger,” Clayton told Doug and Wolf Friday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I know there was a nasty bounce-back from (head coach) Bruce Arians when you mentioned the finger, but whatever it is, Carson did not look like Carson.“Those two games — he didn’t do great in the Green Bay game, but he won and he had a horrible game in the championship game. What you kind of wonder is how much the pressure of the playoffs or whatever that affects him. But that’s the thing, you don’t see the same Carson in the playoffs.”It’s still a small sample size.In his first playoff game in 2006, Palmer, then a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, suffered a devastating knee injury on the second snap of a 31-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Four years later, he completed only 50 percent of his passes with a touchdown and an interception in a 24-14 loss to the New York Jets.That game and two snaps represented all of his postseason experience before this season. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img 0 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

None of this is to say the job is guaranteed to be

first_imgNone of this is to say the job is guaranteed to be Humphries’, but at this point it’s apparent the right tackle spot is his to lose.The team has a few options at running backNever before have the Cardinals had this kind of running back depth.David Johnson set a franchise rookie record with 12 total touchdowns last season and, after injuries elevated him to the top of the running back depth chart, proved capable of being an impact starter.Chris Johnson, who was signed during training camp, was among the league leaders in rushing yards before being lost for the season with a leg injury.Andre Ellington entered the last two seasons as the starter but now finds himself third in the pecking order, yet still figures to have a role given his talents in the passing game.“It’s all going to depend on how it shakes out; each gameplan is a little bit different,” Arians said of Ellington’s role. “He still brings a lot of explosiveness to our offense. We’ll definitely get him in there — now, how many touches he gets is going to depend on how all three of them are playing.”In fact, health permitting all three are expected to see time this year. Goodwin talked about the idea of using two running backs at the same time, which is something Arians said has been in the playbook but not utilized due to injuries. Will this be the season it finally happens?Brandon Williams ready sooner rather than later?Though he was a third-round pick, most figured Brandon Williams was a bit of a project and would be unable to contribute as a cornerback early in his rookie season.Turns out, that might not be the case.Williams, who has just one season of experience in the secondary under his belt, took advantage of extra reps during the summer and showed enough to make Arians think he could make an immediate impact.“That’s why we took him in the third round,” Arians said of Williams’ progression. “It ain’t hard to play ‘dude coverage.’ You all know what ‘dude coverage’ is right? You got that dude.”Williams’ ascension will be an interesting storyline in training camp, as right now Justin Bethel is still in line to be the starting cornerback opposite Patrick Peterson. Bethel, who missed offseason work due to foot surgery, believes he is capable of being a great starting cornerback, though.Carson Palmer is still Carson PalmerThe Cardinals have the utmost amount of confidence in their quarterback, who is coming off one of the best seasons of his career but also one of the worst games he has ever played. Of course, Arians probably also said something to the effect of making sure to not do anything silly or dumb, but perhaps that doesn’t even need to be brought up. Focus is not an issue for this team, which heads into this new season very much with Super Bowl aspirations.There’s no way to know if they are destined to be in Houston for Super Bowl LI in February. In fact, given that this last handful of weeks never saw any of the players in pads, it is difficult to really form ironclad opinions about anything with the team.However, here are some takeways.J.J. Nelson looks like a different playerA speedy receiver who mostly served as a reserve and deep threat last season, Nelson really seemed to open some eyes this summer with the improvements he has made. The speed is still there — but now so is improved route running and recognition.It all stems from experience.“When you’re going out there and you’re thinking a lot — this route, do I have this on this route, what’s my depth, what coverage is the defense playing — once you know those things you’re able to play fast,” Nelson said. “You’re not thinking; you’re just focusing on catching the ball.” Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories This season he has added center to the repertoire, which is what led Goodwin to refer to him as the team’s “Swiss Army Knife.”When asked which players stood out to him over the few weeks of practices, Arians mentioned Watford, and even noted how it is he and not Boehm who is currently second on the depth chart behind Shipley.Robert Nkmediche looks the partIn terms of appearance, first-round pick Robert Nkemdiche looks the part of a dominant defensive lineman.In terms of how he practiced over the last few weeks, he looked the part of a dominant defensive lineman.Of course, as is the case with anyone who plays in the trenches, the true measure of his readiness and impact will be seen in training camp when the pads are on.Still, the Ole Miss product has done everything the team expected of him up to this point, and the belief is he will continue to impress next month.Getting healthyThe Cardinals have a handful of key players either coming back from injury or still working their way back.Defensive tackle Corey Peters, who hurt his left Achilles tendon in training camp last year and missed the entire season, was back on the field without limitations. He said he cannot wait for training camp. Arians praised the second-year pro, noting how when a fast guy stops thinking, he’s even faster. But more than his speed, Nelson’s hands and ability to catch the ball over his shoulder seemed to be what really stood out to the coach.“He has a very unique skill in tracking the ball that the great ones have,” Arians said. “When the ball is coming over your opposite shoulder and you just catch it effortlessly when other guys can’t make that catch.“When you have a little fast guy that can do that, you’ve got a special one.”D.J. Humphries has done nothing to lose his job or the confidence of his coachesGiven that he was not active for any of the team’s 18 games last season, it’s understandable that there would be some trepidation over the prospect of Humphries being the team’s right tackle this season. That said, and take this with the caveat that until pads are on, linemen are not really able to stand out, it appears the former first-round pick is on the right track.As offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin noted, Humphries has come into this season a different player.“I think he’s a little bit more focused. He’s matured a whole bunch — I don’t think he’s quite there — but it’s night and day as far as last year being on the grass and this year,” he said. “I’m not worried about D.J. from a physicality standpoint or a knowledge standpoint, and I just want to make sure he’s prepared and I think he’s going to be OK by the time the season starts.” QB Carson Palmer looks at WR Larry Fitzgerald during an OTA practice. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports)center_img The Arizona Cardinals wrapped up their offseason work last week, and will not reconvene as a team until late July when training camp begins.By all accounts, the team had a successful few weeks of OTAs and mini-camp, which is why head coach Bruce Arians decided to end things a day early.His message to the team, before the players departed, was a simple one.“Come back with that attitude; we went through 13 practices and just great football and great competition, guys going after each other extremely well,” he said. “And come back with that etiquette of going extremely hard but protecting each other, and we’ll be fine.” To his credit, Palmer understands why some would have doubts about his ability to get the Cardinals to the Super Bowl, and notes he won’t be able to quiet them until he, you know, gets the Cardinals to the Super Bowl.Though he is 36 years old, Palmer spent much of his time this offseason — which was, unlike last season, not devoted to rehab from an injury — trying to refine his game and improve in some areas. Arians noted how the QB was taking more risks in practice, trying to fit throws into tight windows just to see if he is able to do that, and Palmer said he progressed with a number of concepts that he wanted to get comfortable with.“That we repped, I don’t know, through OTAs and this mini-camp, 20 times, same concept, plays,” he said. “There’s a number of things I’ve got to work on; I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me.“But footwork is always number one, it’s always where I start and really kind of start over with the shoulder rehab, the strength, and really preparation to be able to throw and just the endurance to get through that endurance factor that you have to get through with going through camp and feeling 100 percent for the season.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling As already noted, Justin Bethel is still working his way back from foot surgery.Cornerback Patrick Peterson was back on the field for mini-camp, as he took part in individual drills.And Tyrann Mathieu, who tore his ACL late last season, looked good working out on the side but still has work to do before he is ready to put on a helmet and get back on the field.“I really don’t have a timeline on when I’ll be back,” he said. “The most important thing is me coming back 100 percent. I think that’s most important.”Arians said Mathieu and Frostee Rucker are not guaranteed to be ready to go by training camp, but the rest of the notable players who are working their way back should be fine. Excitement over familiarityEvery player who gained a single yard or scored an offensive touchdown for the Cardinals last season has returned.Every. Single. Player.That Chris Johnson and tight end Jermaine Gresham returned was a welcome surprise, and the lack of change from a group that was among the best in the NFL last season is in no way a bad thing.“It’s a first for me,” Arians said. “You very seldom get to keep all your guys at this level. The meetings are so smooth, the practices are so smooth, and they’re doing a great job of training young guys. Chris working with David (Johnson), and Jermaine working with Ifeanyi (Momah) and everybody else. It’s a good mix of veterans and young guys right now.”And at center…Entering camp, veteran A.Q. Shipley will be the Cardinals’ starting center.Of course, it was the title he held at the same time one year ago, only to lose the job to Lyle Sendlein.This season, though, Shipley’s competition is fourth-round pick Evan Boehm, who some expect to ultimately earn the job, or maybe even fourth-year pro Earl Watford.Boehm understands he is adjusting to a new system and style of play, and knows he has room to improve, while Shipley is confident he will be the guy manning the middle in Week 1. Watford may be the most intriguing name of the trio, given that he was drafted as a guard and has played there as well as right tackle for the team. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Related LinksCardinals’ task gets even tougher against Packers’ Aaron RodgersPeterson refutes Sanders’ belief CB wants out of CardinalsArizona Cardinals release quarterback Charles KanoffWeek 13 injury report: Arizona Cardinals at Green Bay PackersThose two plays, of course, came right after one of the most remarkable comebacks when Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed two deep throws, including a Hail Mary, as time expired to tie the game.Fitzgerald jokingly referred to former Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel, who was covering Packers receiver Jeff Janis on the first completion.“That particular moment — it was like a roller coaster,” Fitzgerald said. “So at the end of regulation you’re like, ‘Two Hail Marys? Two Hail Marys? Are you kidding … [Justin] Bethel, what are you doing on the first one? Smack that ball down on the second one.’“So you’re just so dejected and Aaron [Rodgers] just did this so I’m going up to the coin toss and I’m like, ‘Please lord just let us win this coin toss because we can’t go into overtime after he just did that,’ so we got fortunate.”Next came Fitzgerald’s long reception where quarterback Carson Palmer infamously scrambled through the pocket to find him wide open on the left side of the field with no Packers defender even close.“We were able to win the coin toss and [Bruce Arians] came right over to me and said, ‘Look Larry, this is what we want to run.’ I was like, ‘Cool coach, let’s run for it,’ and I started running like, nobody’s with me, and I was like, ‘Huh. That’s cool. I like that. I know I’m never running free, but I’ll take it,’” Fitzgerald said. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact That game went in the Cardinals’ favor after a big play by Fitzgerald.The same cannot be said for his go-ahead touchdown catch in Super Bowl XLIII against the Pittsburgh Steelers with 2:37 left to put the Cardinals up three points.When asked if he has any regrets over his career, that Super Bowl comes to mind.“I would only change one thing,” he said. “I would have fell down at the 5 (-yard line) in 2009, not scored that 64-yard touchdown, and milked the clock a little bit and then scored a little bit later in the game.”In the end, though, the Steelers had time to answer with their own touchdown to win the game.“We gave Big Ben [Roethlisberger] too much time,” Fitzgerald said. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) celebrates his catch in the red zone to set up a game winning touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 26-20 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) 0 Comments   Share   center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires There was symmetry and nostalgia brewing on Thursday night.For the 400th episode of the Big Red Rage on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station, a special guest was required, and there is no one more special on the Arizona Cardinals’ roster than Larry Fitzgerald.Fitzgerald made his 11th appearance on the show, a fitting mark for No. 11.With the Green Bay Packers as the Cardinals’ next opponent, Fitzgerald looked back at the 2015 NFC Divisional Round game against the Packers when Fitzgerald had two of the most memorable plays in franchise history. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

On Tuesday 9 June LATTE attended the HotelTonight

first_imgOn Tuesday 9 June, LATTE attended the HotelTonight Australian launch party.HotelTonight is a mobile-only booking app promising ‘last minute deals on great hotels’.The launch consisted of a progressive dining experience, held in the Cell Block Theatre at the National Art School in Darlinghurst.LATTE and other guests were welcomed into the ‘secret hotel’ and handed a cocktail, The 13th Floor, an alluring mix of gin, vermouth and fresh lemon juice.The 13th Floor cocktail – Rocket K PhotographyAs other guests arrived, LATTE enjoyed baked zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta, lemon zest and broad beans and a pithivier of duck confit with foie gras, caramelised eschalots and Pinot Noir.Stefan Cordiner, Regional Director for HotelTonight Asia Pacific, ushered guests through to a pop-up restaurant, where all guests dined on confit lab and jerusalem artichoke terrine, as Stefan explained the partnership between HotelTonight and hotels across Sydney, where they assist by filling rooms last minute that hotels previously would not have been able to fill.Pop-up Restaurant – Rocket K PhotographyAiming to assist users to ‘Plan Less and Live More’, the longer you wait before booking a hotel room, the app promises the better the rate will be, with savings of up to 50 per cent on unique stays at an impressive range of hotels.HotelTonight primarily focuses on bespoke and unique properties. Properties are listed under either hip, luxe, solid or basic tags to aid users in selecting their ideal accommodation.The evening concluded with a selection of deserts, cheeses and wines, as guests spun a wheel with the chance of winning a HotelTonight experience at a property of their choice.LATTE representative, Cara Wagstaff, was even fortunate enough to win a $50 voucher to use towards their first HotelTonight stay.Pop-up Hotel Room – Rocket K Photographylast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The Datai Langkawi

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >The Datai Langkawi, Malaysia, is delighted to welcome internationally renowned Michel Roux, O.B.E. as guest chef for three nights: February 18 to 20, 2016.Datai guests will indulge in a five course set menu (with choices) prepared by Michel Roux – a rare and exclusive opportunity to enjoy the sublime French cooking of “The godfather of modern restaurant cuisine in the UK” in Langkawi’s tropical rainforest by the Andaman Sea.On each of the evenings, pre-dinner cocktails and Michel Roux champagne will be served by the main pool with stunning views to the Sea, followed by dinner in The Dining Room at The Datai.A well-curated wine list will accompany the dinner menu. Master sommelier Pierre Bat from Veyret Latour in Bordeaux will join Michel Roux at The Datai for the three dinners, advising on wines and sharing his knowledge of French wines with guests to ensure seamless matches.Michel Roux will also conduct a Masterclass cooking demonstration at The Datai. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from the master, as he shares his techniques and demonstrates three signature dishes. Attendees at the one-off Masterclass will receive recipes, a Michel Roux cookbook and a certificate signed by Roux.Michel Roux is a French born chef whose contribution to world gastronomy is legendary. Along with his brother Albert, he opened London restaurant Le Gavroche in 1967, which later became the first Michelin three-starred restaurant in Britain. His Berkshire restaurant in the English Tameside village of Bray, The Waterside Inn, having been run by Michel’s son Alain for more than ten years, is the first restaurant outside France to hold three Michelin stars for a period of 31 years, a record unsurpassed anywhere in the world outside France.The dinners with Michel Roux are priced at MYR700 per person. An extra MYR275 is applicable for optional wine matches with each course. The Masterclass is priced at MYR950.Datai guests may book for just one, or all three nights for Dinner with Michel Roux. The Datai’s other restaurants – The Gulai House, The Pavilion and the Beach Club will also be open for guest dining during the event.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

W Amsterdam has officially opened the doors to its

first_imgW Amsterdam has officially opened the doors to its second hotel building, the BANK. Located directly opposite the original Exchange Building, just steps away from Dam Square and the Royal Palace, the transformation of the historical KAS Bank building is the final milestone in the W Amsterdam project.The new BANK building boasts 66 guestrooms and suites, a sleek AWAY Spa housed in the historic bank vaults; the X BAR – where guests can Detox, Retox and Repeat throughout their stay; FIT – W’s workout space; and The Butcher – Amsterdam’s long-awaited fine burger restaurant. The BANK building also houses X BANK – a creative incubator space that showcases the city’s leading talents in art, fashion and design; and THE DUCHESS – a stylish contemporary restaurant that fuses the elegance of traditional hospitality with Viennese grandeur to create a dazzling space with a refined European-inspired menu that exudes sophistication.“The extension of W Amsterdam demonstrates the huge demand for this innovative lifestyle brand in such an important travel market,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “W Amsterdam’s location at the pulsing heart of the city, combined with the heritage of the buildings, contemporary interiors and the W brand’s signature programming, has created the perfect setting for W in this capital.”One scene, two sidesProviding an intriguing mix of heritage and contemporary style, the BANK gives international jetsetters and locals alike the opportunity to tailor their W Amsterdam experience to their taste and mood. For those looking to immerse themselves in what’s new and next in Amsterdam’s party scene, the Exchange building with its vibrant W Lounge and rooftop WET Deck is the perfect place to see and be seen. Alternatively, guests looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city can now check-in to the BANK building where the sophisticated rooms and sumptuous AWAY Spa provide the ultimate city retreat.           “The launch of the BANK building brings a stylish extension to the already hugely successful W Amsterdam and we’re confident that with the brand’s unique lifestyle programming and cutting-edge design, this new addition will only amplify the hotel’s spectacular offering for a new generation of jetsetters,” said Jenni Benzaquen, Vice President Luxury Brands, Europe, Africa and Middle EastThe BANK building, which dates back to 1908, embraces its historic past retaining many original features in the new design. Architect Wingender Hovenier (WINHOV) has overseen the transformation of this impressive space and the interiors have been designed by Baranowitz + Kronenberg who use a gold and diamond theme to represent the building’s high-value former use.The rooms feature black and gold bedspreads, which are inspired by the bank vaults, have been specially created by Dutch textile designer Aleksandra Gaca while the pillows, which are designed by Sabrina Bongiovanni, represent Amsterdam’s famous window sills. As a finishing touch, all mini-bars in the BANK building are shaped in the form of a bank vault, ensuring guests connect to the building’s rich history.The black and gold theme continues through AWAY Spa, which is located on the ground floor of the BANK building. An urban retreat built into two original vaults, AWAY Spa provides hotel guests and locals alike with an insider-escape where innovative tailor made treatments revitalise mind and body. Featuring seven treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room, wet area with fire bath and plunge pool and a dedicated relaxation zone, AWAY Spa transports guests from the whirlwind of city life to an urban sanctuary, in a few small steps. The spa’s black walls and gold accents provide an exclusive backdrop for prestigious signature treatments such as the ‘Diamonds Don’t Lie Facial’ by the Gemology cosmetics line, which offers powerful anti-ageing features through the use of pure diamond powder.Liran Wizman, Owner of W Amsterdam and Europe Hotels | Private Collection: “A hotel that consists of two different buildings is quite unique. Although the two buildings have their own identity, we managed to create great synergy. Both buildings are inseparable and connected through W DNA, whilst keeping a distinct individual character.”last_img read more