InterContinental Hotel Archives Neal Prince ASID

Neal Prince R.A., A.S.I.D

(Curriculum Vitae)

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InterContinental Nairobi Hotel
Nairobi, Kenya (1969)

InterContinental Hotel Collections
held by the Neal Prince Estate Holding Trust
Mr. Neal Prince,
R.A., A.S.I.D
(Curriculum Vitae)
Index Holdings Relating to the 1940's
Index Holdings Relating to the 1950's
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Biography 2000's
  Mr. Neal Prince Resource Image Data Base
InterContinental  Hotels 

John B. Gates,
Chairman of the Board
Robert Huyot,
Chairman of the Board
Hans Sternick,
Chairman of the Board
John P. Sutherland,
Latin American
Mario Di Genova,
Europe/Africa Divsions
R. Kane Rufe,
Sr. Vice President
Far East/Pacific Division
John C. Carrodus
Sr. Vice President
of Services
Neal A. Prince
Vice President
Graphics and Interior Designs
Departmental Staff and Contractual Designers:
Kenneth Smith,
Charles R Alvey,
Graphic Designer
Richard Simpson,
Graphic Designer
 Bill Embery
Dale & Pat Keller,
Joe Grusczak,
Trisha Wilson,
James Ray Baker,
Irene D'Alessio,
Interior Designer

Arie deZanger,
IHC Photographer

Inter-Continental Nairobi Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, Mr. Neal Prince

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Who is Mr. Neal Prince? Mr. Prince is a trained Architect from Rice University, an Art Historian, Art Collector and a person with a vast passion for Motion Pictures and Theatre History, especially Set Designs. These elements came together to build a foundation to Mr. Prince's skills, which later became recognized as his ability for designing Hotel and Restaurant Interiors. Mr. Prince incorporated his own passions of above, into an International branding philosophy that remains as strong today as it was when he developed his philosophy of Hotel and Restaurant Designs, which is visible today, in Hotels worldwide. But what makes Mr. Prince different? He was a pioneer within this Industry, along with Dale and Pat Keller, of Hong Kong, in designing Hotels in countries that never had an International Hotel presence. Mr. Prince, along with Kenneth Smith (Interior Designer), Charles Alvey (Graphic Designer), Richard Simpson (Graphic Designer), William Embury (Interior Designer), Joe Grusczak (Interior Designer), James Ray Baker (Interior Designer) and Irene D'Alessio (Interior Designer) and many others were the first, to sent the standards for International Hotel Interiors. And what is incredible is that he did not have the grand budgets that most designers have today. Mr. Prince used local talents and products, when available and appropriate, to augment his designs, which, in return, allowed local Artist, Gallery Owners, Merchants and vendors to view InterContinental not as an invader, but as a partner in creating new sources of commence within the local economy. What is even more unique in Mr. Prince being different, was that Mr. Prince has always credited his success, not in the terms of "I", but "WE". Mr. Prince, being from Corsicana, Texas, has always remained modest and respectful and always have contributed his success due to the fact that designing hotels is a "TEAM" effort, from his Departmental Staff to his Professional Associate Designers that he had brought on to do a certain project for the vast inventory of InterContinental Hotel holdings. This website is to bring together the collections, resources, stories and images documenting a period of time, before computers, mobile phones, fax's or video conferencing. This website is to recapture the time when International Hotel Design Industry remained in its infancy before the growth and development into what we have today as multi billion dollar companies. Each Hotel on this website will encompass how Mr. Prince and his Staff and Professional Associates overcame the troubles of designing Hotels, from a historic point of view, to what was necessary to open the Hotels, maintain the Hotels, and what lessons were learned to be applied for the next project.



InterContinental Nairobi Hotel


Inter-Continental Nairobi Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, Mr. Neal Prince




William Tabler - Hotel architect

Mr. William B. Tabler, Sr. (b. 1914-2004), American

Mr. William B. Tabler, was an Architect at the head of the movement to design hotels for efficiency, rather than charm, who designed more than 400 hotels in his career, most notably the mammoth hotels for the Inter-Continental Hotel Corporation properties, including, but not limited to:

Mr. Tabler, Sr. was further known for his work with various other corporations, including the New York Hilton at Rockefeller Center in New York, the Washington Hilton and the Hilton in San Francisco. He died on February 3rd, 2004 in Upper Brookfield, New York at the age of 89. Mr. Prince worked directly with Mr. Tabler, Sr., and his son, Mr. William B. Tabler, Jr., who remains with the firm and continues the legacy of talents of the highest level of experience that is difficult to find in todays market for Hotel Designers. Mr. Prince, noted many times over that with experience, brings solutions to every problem, and that is why the William B. Tabler  Architecture Firm did to allow the Inter-Continental Hotel Corporation to grow with great speed to what it has become today, the leader in International Hotel Industry.


Mr. William B. Tabler, Jr.  

Since Mr. William B. Tabler Jr. joining the firm, he has worked closely with the founder, his father, the late William B. Tabler Sr., FAIA on many award-winning projects located throughout the world, including The Hilton Hotel in New York City; The Meridian Hotel in Cairo, Egypt; The Heliopolis Meridian in Cairo, Egypt. He has also served as Project Designer and Project Architect for many projects constructed throughout the United States and overseas. In recent years, Mr. Tabler, Jr. developed an interest in combining a thorough knowledge of preservation with the advantage of modern design techniques in the renovation of many landmark hotels in New York City. Mr. William B. Tabler Jr. earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College in 1965; a Masters in Architecture from Texas A&M in 1969 and a Masters in Urban Planning from Texas A&M in 1970. Mr. Tabler, Jr. is a Registered Architect in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Iowa, Rhode Island, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and NCARB. Mr. Tabler, Jr. is the chairman of the planning board at the village of Matinecock, New York.

Source: Mr. William B. Tabler, Jr., William B. Tabler Architects Firm, New York, New York, United States
Source: Neal Prince InterContinental Hotel Corporation Archives, New York School of Interior Design, New York, New York, United States



Lead Interior Designer:

Neal Prince ASID Intercontinental Hotel Designer Pan-Am

Neal A. Prince, R.A., A.S.I.D, Lead Designer

V.P. of Graphic and Interior Design Department, InterContinental Hotel Group 1960-1985


Poolside -


Inter-Continental Nairobi Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, Mr. Neal Prince


Mr. Charles Alvey, part of Mr. Prince's Graphic  Design Staff was directed by Mr. Prince to go to this Nairobi property and review the progress of the completion of this Hotel. Mr. Alvey noted to the property that color of the pool should not dark blue. Mr. Alvey directed them to use 60% of the white color and 40% dark blue. When Mr. Alvey returned within a week, the pool was painted as directed by Mr. Alvey, which reflect that 60% of the pool was "ALL" white and the remainder 40% of the pool was painted "ALL" dark pool.


After this discovery by Mr. Alvey that the interpretation of language must always be followed with an visual illustration of what the original designed called for to avoid any misunderstandings or delays on the Hotel project by the manual labor, regardless of the Country or spoken language.

-Source: Mr. Charles R. Alvey, phone interview on January 10th, 2013



Nairobi, Kenya



440 completely air-conditioned rooms with private balcony. In downtown Nairobi, surrounded by Uhuru Park, Parliament Building, Post Office and the Holy Family Cathedral. A few minutes walk from the center of the city.

Inter-Continental Nairobi Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, Mr. Neal Prince



Inter-Continental Nairobi Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, Mr. Neal Prince



How does Mr. Prince's identify an outstanding Hotel?

Response: When you arrive at the Hotel, telephone room service and order a club sandwich to be delivered to your room. Once the room service had delivered your requested club sandwich, take a moment to access how it was prepared, what materials they used to create your club sandwich and then taste the sandwich. Mr. Prince firmly believes, from 55 years of travelling around the world that if a Hotel is able to prepare the "simple" club sandwich correctly, then that Hotel is being operated correctly.



Specialty restaurant, informal restaurant, bar and pool snack bar.    


The Big Five Safari Bar - (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and cape buffalo designed Bar for wonderful entertaining after a sight seeing safari.

Inter-Continental Nairobi Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, Mr. Neal Prince



Inter-Continental Nairobi Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, Mr. Neal Prince



RESTAURANT: Coffee Banda serves both continental and local dishes in a casual atmosphere.

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GUEST ROOM: Ambassadors, kings, and professional hunters entertain in the Presidential suite.

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GUEST ROOM: Your room, with a private balcony overlooking Nairobi, echoes the hotel’s African motif.

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Le Chateau Restaurant - a French garden in the sky, for an evening in another country.

Inter-Continental Nairobi Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, Mr. Neal Prince



Inter-Continental Nairobi Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, Mr. Neal Prince


Meeting Facilities:       

2 function rooms accommodating up to 800 people 



BALLROOM: Our ballroom accommodates 450 people for receptions, 300 for banquets.


Inter-Continental Nairobi Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, Mr. Neal Prince



A welcome addition to the ultra modern architecture of the mile-high capital of Kenya. Ideally located in a fine residential area, it is only a five-minute walk to the commercial center of the city. African themes are artfully reflected throughout the air-conditioned public rooms.



Images held by the Collection:

The following items reflect samples that Mr. Prince acquired in 1969, to establish a tourism market from the local area, to provide the gift shop of the InterContinental Nairobi Hotel items for the Guest to take the experience home.
Primitive wooden hand craved sculptures: Wild African Rhino


Primitive wooden hand craved sculptures: Wild African Boar Pig

Primitive wooden hand craved sculptures: Wild African Rhino

Primitive wooden hand craved sculptures: Wild West African Giraffe

Primitive wooden hand craved sculptures: Wild African Antelope



InterContinental HOTEL






The approach to hotel design differs greatly from interior design for an individual. The latter is dictated by the aesthetic environmental pleasures of one particular person or family, whereas hotel design is a coordinated effort between the functional requirements if IHC Hotel Management and Operations, the architectural concept and space allocation, the desires of the local hotel company, the limitations of restrictive budgets, and the harmony and market of the country in which a hotel is located – all combined to produce a profit marking plant reflecting the current international tastes of a widely diversified market.


Although standardization would appear to be desirable in a rapidly growing industry, experience indicates the most successful efforts are based on individuality related to the country of origin rather than standardization of design, but with an overlying emphasis of international standardization of quality and service.

Each hotel in each location produces its own surveyed, conceptual, and operational requirements of IHC, its own local interior designers, and its own problems of local availability and manufacturing; however, the following outline of goals is generally applicable:

A. To produce good design based primarily on the functional needs and requirements of IHC Operations in order that Management can merchandise fully the facilities provided and develop a high quality of service; this design to be approached simultaneously along the following avenues:

1. Concept (objectivity) – initiated by IHC Operations and local Hotel Company (where applicable).

2. Function (utility) – based on past experience and current consumption of practical innovation.

3. Construction (fabrication) – utilization of local market facilities and methods wherever possible.

4. Budget (feasibility) – dictated by market surveys indicating the initial expenditure warranted by projected profits.

5. Beauty (design) – a conglomerate result of the thinking and ideas of all parties involved coordinated into a smooth, compatible result.


B. To insure that the original design concept and subsequent development of each project is based not on the likes and dislikes of any one faction but expresses the taste and insures the comfort of the international guest; and also utilizes, wherever possible, the trades, manufactures and craftsmen as well as the arts and crafts, ornamentation, styles, and traditions indigenous to the country in which a project is located.


-Director of Interior & Graphic Design

Hotel Development

Neal Prince, AID, ASID

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