Webby Awards – 2012 Honoree for Best Home Page
Web Awards – Standard of Excellence
From the moment of arrival at a W Hotel, guests are invited into surprising, sensory environments where amplified entertainment, vibrant lounges, modern guest rooms and innovative cocktails and cuisine create more than just a hotel experience, but a luxury lifestyle destination. Each hotel and resort is uniquely inspired by its destination, mixing cutting-edge design with local influences and creating a place to play or work by day or to mix and mingle in high-energy spaces by night. Designing a new site for W Hotels needed to reflect all aspects of this lifestyle brand and be flexible enough to do it through a large number of different content sources.
A lifestyle brand brought to life in editorial style
WHotels.com was re-imaged to take the concept of a hotel site in a completely new direction. Unlike every other hotel site this new version started with the design of a long tail home page with an editorial style that not only highlights W Hotels unique properties worldwide but to also create a living image of the brand. That image is created using social media to highlight the brands global design, music and fashion events as well as smart modules that constantly change to provide a fresh experience every time the consumer comes to the home page.
Global design in 9 languages
The site was designed to work in 9 different languages and with all global social media sites so Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are replaced with Weibo in China.
It even makes your tablet chic
The site was designed to work equally well on desktop and on tablets. The long modular layout makes it easy to use and browse on tablets. Smartphones are served the mobile web version of the site which can be seen here.
Comes in compact sizes too
I also spent a year designing a mobile web version of the W Hotels site and all 9 of Starwood brand sites. This was done because the desktop site was optimized to work on tablets so the site is served to desktop and tablets while the mobile web version is given to all mobile phones.