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500 new hotels slated to arrive in China by 2020

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500 new hotels slated to arrive in China by 2020

TOPHOTELCONSTRUCTION has reported that the hotel projects currently on the boards in China will welcome almost 150,000 new rooms for one of the world’s most dynamic hospitality markets…

Following the news that Hyatt Centric brand will debut in Greater China, new statistics from the TOPHOTELCONSTRUCTION‘s database paints a dynamic and exciting picture of the hotel development pipeline in China.

The new report highlights that there are currently 1,062 projects in the works in China, making it the most robust hospitality market on the planet.

Once completed, those projects will yield a grand total of 256,506 guestrooms. This drastic expansion means that some hotels groups and brands will be more than doubling their footprint in China in the coming years.

The TOPHOTELCONSTRUCTION database indicates that much of this grown is slated to take place in the very near future. Roughly 55 per cent of the projects currently in China’s pipeline are planned to open by the end of 2020 and will add more than 500 new hotel projects and nearly 150,000 rooms to the market.

For the following years, figures are still more approximate as some projects’ plans are not completely finalised and opening dates are not yet decided.

Leading the way is Hilton Hotels & Resorts, which has 40 projects and 11,272 rooms currently under development in China. Hot on its tail is Four Points by Sheraton with 38 projects and 10,016 rooms. The world’s largest hotel group, Marriott International, has 35 projects and 8,770 rooms coming to China soon.

The recent statistics come as the Asia Pacific market remains one of the most popular in the world and numbers of visitors travelling to this region, and China in particular, grow year on year.

Main image credit: Alila Yangshuo hotel in Guilin, China

Hotel Designs becomes media partner for Outstanding Property Award London

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[vc_row padding_top="35"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text el_class="newposttitle"][page_title][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Hotel Designs become an official media partner for the Outstanding Property Award London as editor Hamish Kilburn is confirmed on the jury...  The Outstanding Property Award London (OPAL), which honours innovation and talent in the most exceptional projects globally within property development, interior design and architecture, has confirmed Hotel Designs as an official media partner.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3" el_class="top-left-border"][vc_column_text][thumbnailnew][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In addition to covering news and features around the awards, Hotel Designs has also put forward its editor, Hamish Kilburn, to be on the jury. "As the leading international hotel design website, Hotel Designs is all about supporting awards, events and concepts that are dedicated to rewarding outstanding individuals and projects worldwide," he said. "There's a lot of synergy between OPAL and Hotel Designs. For starters, both brands aspire to identify and celebrate the leading individuals and firms who are pushing the boundaries of design and architecture. On a personal note, as a member of this year's jury, I am eager to sift through the entries, but what I am most looking forward to is helping to amplify the individual property developers, designers and architects who are internationally shaping the future of our industry." Other jury members of OPAL 2019 include Richmond International's Fiona Thompson, Stylt's Erik Nissen Johansen, Zaha Hadid Architects' Michele Salvi, Beauchamp Estates' Gary Hersham and Yasmine Mahmoudieh among others.  "The awards are now open to outstanding entries from around the world." Described on its website as "not just another award", OPAL creates the opportunity for each participant to gain visibility for their latest innovative projects and allows developers, designers and architects to connect with leading professionals within the industry and beyond. The awards are now open to outstanding entries from around the world. An exclusive event, organised in London, will celebrate the winners. OPAL will reward the world's most outstanding property projects and expose them to the world - and Hotel Designs will now be there alongside the awards with live updates between now and the ceremony. OPAL accepts applications for project submissions from three industry sectors, which are property developers, interior designers and architects. To apply for this year's OPAL, and/or to find out more information about the concept and the jury, please click here. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Vienna House acquires 17 city hotels from arcona

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Vienna House acquires 17 city hotels from arcona

Vienna House, Austria’s largest hotel chain, has expanded its portfolio of city hotels by acquiring 17 properties from German hotel group arcana…

The Austrian hotel group Vienna House has bought 17 city hotels and two projects from Rostock-based arcona Group. In addition to eight successful arcona Living and four arcona Hotels, the purchase also concerns the five Steigenberger operations of franchisor Deutsche Hospitality as well as two projects in Greifswald and Mannheim.

The parties have agreed not todisclose any details as to the purchase price. “The arcona city hotels fit perfectly into the portfolio of Vienna House,” said Rupert Simoner, CEO of Vienna House. “Here two partners have found each other who are focusing on their brand positioning, who want to grow meaningfully from it and who also get along splendidly.”

“The group currently operates and is developing more than 40 hotels in Europe with a focus on city hotels.”

All employees of the affected arcona city hotels will be taken over by Vienna House. The hotels will be managed as lease operations under the umbrella brand Vienna House. The group currently operates and is developing more than 40 hotels in Europe with a focus on city hotels under the brands Vienna House, Vienna House Easy and Vienna House R.evo.

“A total of 20 Barefoot hotels are to be opened over the next 10 years.”

In contrast, arcona Managing Director Alexander Winter sees his hotel market of the future in the holiday hotel sector. Remaining in the arcona portfolio are six hotels in successful destinations such as Sylt, Kitzbühel and Rügen as well as the Hotel Elephant in Weimar and the Romantik Hotel at Wartburg Castle in Eisenach.

An important growth driver in the future will be the Barefoot Hotels, as arcona recently signed a long-term agreement with Barefoot founder Til Schweiger for theworldwide implementation of the concept as a licensee. “With the remaining houses and theBarefoot concept, we will now be concentrating fully on the growing holiday hotel market andsuccessfully embarking on the future together with our employees,” said arcana shareholders Alexander Winter and Stephan Gerhard. A total of 20 Barefoot hotels are to be opened over the next 10 years. “We see tremendous potential here, both nationally and internationally,” Winter confirms.The arcona headquarters will remain in Rostock, where the group will move into its new corporate headquarters, Villa Zeeck, in the second half of 2019.

Main image credit: Vienna House Easy Wuppertal

Regal London secures planning permission for aparthotel in Whitechapel

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Regal London secures planning permission for aparthotel in Whitechapel

Regal London has secured planning permission in Whitechapel for a 68,795 sq ft, 14-storey aparthotel…

Developer Regal London has been granted planning permission for an aparthotel at 73-77 Commercial Road, Whitechapel. Operated by Dublin-based Staycity, through its ‘Wilde’ brand, the project is being developed by Regal London and designed by Dexter Moren Associates.

The planning approval comes while demand for luxury hotels in the Whitechapel area rises as a result of the new transport line, The Elizabeth Line, slated to open in Autumn 2019. A long-term lease of the property has been agreed between Regal London and Staycity. Iceni Projects provided the planning consultancy to Regal London and Staycity.

The property will be the second ‘Wilde Aparthotel by Staycity’ in London, following the opening of the first on The Strand in March 2018.

When complete, the Wilde Aparthotel will occupy 68,795 sq ft over 14-storeys and offer 156-bed accommodation, with each studio or one-bed apartment having its own kitchen facilities, as well as in-room technology including a 43” flat screen smart TV and touch control panels for lighting and air conditioning.

Onsite facilities will include a 24-hour reception, guest lounge, fitness room, weekly housekeeping, laundry room, and a café open to both guests and the general public, providing active frontage onto Commercial Road. There will be a chamfered corner at the junction of Greenfield Road and Commercial Road to maximise footfall and provide an engaging public realm directly outside the site.

“Staycity’s second Wilde offering is set to become a valuable asset for local professionals, the residents of East London and guests alike, said Simon De Friend, Joint CEO, Regal London. “Tower Hamlets’ vision for Whitechapel, alongside the pending arrival of Crossrail, has spurred regeneration along Commercial Road. New residential and commercial offerings are continuing to emerge, attracted by the proximity to the City and Old Street as well as the thriving arts and culture scene.

“Wilde is the latest chapter in Whitechapel’s transformation and as Regal London’s first purely leisure project, it signals a milestone in the company’s strategy to pursue more hotel-led developments in the capital.”

Neil Short, Staycity Development Director, London said: “This letting demonstrates that Staycity is an increasingly viable alternative to office and residential uses in central London. Commercial Road is a great fit for our Wilde brand with its close proximity to the City as well as hipster East End haunts, making it ideally placed for both business and leisure customers. Well served by rail and tube services guests will also benefit from the new Elizabeth Line opening in nearby Whitechapel station in 2019.”

The project is due to break ground in summer 2019 and the hotel is expected to be complete by 2021.

5 awe-inspiring hotel architecture projects currently on the boards

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5 awe-inspiring hotel architecture projects currently on the boards

To kickstart our month shining the spotlight on architecture and construction, Hotel Designs highlights five groundbreaking projects that are currently in planning… 

Long before the Burj Al Arab made its magnificent entrance onto the shores of Dubai in 1999, architects have competed with one another to break into the clouds of possibilities within international design.

Although there have always been groundbreaking architectural projects to rise from the earth, the advancement of technology over the last 20 years in particular has enabled practitioners to take architecture into a new era. The result is game-changing. No longer are guests’ first impressions made in comfort the hotel lobby. Instead, mass opinions are divided when the architects, who strive to constantly push the boundaries of what is possible, unveil their masterplans. To celebrate the architects are the top of their game, here are five projects that are currently in construction, which will shelter luxury hotels.

1) Rosewood Bangkok 

Skyline of Bangkok, which clearly shows the Rosewood Bangkok building

Image credit: KPF Architects

The award-winning building, designed by KPF Architects, was inspired by the graceful Thai hand gesture of the wei. The distinct slant of the building has opened up the opportunity for terraces, shrinking floorplates, and unique, occupiable spaces. With interior design by Ceilia Chu Design, the 30-storey high-rise tower will feature two restaurants, two bars, a luxurious spa, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. In addition, the hotel will shelter residential-style meeting and function space and the top-floor Sky Villa event venue will boast panoramic views of the capital’s iconic skyline.

> Read more about the project here

2) art’otel London, Battersea Power Station 

Birdseye render of the site

Image credit: Foster + Partners

Phase three of a major part of the regeneration of the Battersea Power Station site has been designed by Gehry Partners and Foster + Partners. In addition to 1,300 new homes, the new development will include the 160-key art’otel London. The Skyline, which is the building designed by Foster + Partners that will shelter the hotel, will feature an outdoor rooftop pool and bar overlooking the chimneys of the iconic Battersea power station.
> Read more about the project here

3) Four Seasons Golf Resort and Residences, Goa

Render of striking public areas on the coast

Image credit: WATG

Architecture and design firm WATG were appointed to create the exterior of the 125-key hotel in order to include design details that celebrates the history of Goa through Colonial Portugese structure and contemporary form. The hotel has been designed to attract erudite travellers from around the world to experience beauty, relaxation and Indian hospitality. Using the rugged coast as an architectural reference, the firm’s renders tell a quintessential local design story that, when completed, will anchor the architectural theme throughout.

> Read more about the project here

4) KoolKiel, Germany 

Render of the complex which depicts the two high-rise buildings

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The most recent update on this project is that the mixed-use development building’s form will be determined in consultation with the community. The Koolkiel complex, which is being designed by MVRDV, will include two buildings that will be wrapped by customisable concrete panels. With the aim to amplify the city’s creative edge, each of these silhouette-like panels can be cast in different shapes. Although the brand and name is yet to be announced, a 250-key hotel will be sheltered in the complex.
> Read more about the project here 

5) Murcury Tower, Malta

View of Murcury Tower in Malta

Image credit: Zaha Hadid Architects

The renovation and redevelopment of Mercury House, led by Zaha Hadid Architects, integrates residential apartments and boutique hotel within Malta’s most dynamic urban environment. Creating new public spaces and amenities for the island’s residents and visitors, the design responds to Paceville’s key urban challenges by investing in its civic realm and increasing its limited housing supply.

Derelict for more than twenty years, the 9,405 sq.m. site includes the remaining façades of the old Mercury House that date from 1903. Two underground vaults created during the Cold War are also within the site’s boundary.

The 31-storey tower of residential apartments and hotel is aligned at street level to integrate with Paceville’s existing urban fabric and to reduce its footprint, maximizing civic space within the new piazza.

Conceived as two volumes stacked vertically, the tower incorporates a realignment that expresses the different functional programmes within.

> Read more about the design here

Main image credit: WATG

Raffles Palm Jumeirah

Nakheel, AccorHotels to debut Raffles Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah

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AccorHotels has signed a management agreement with leading Dubai-based master developer Nakheel for the expansion of AccorHotels’ globally-renowned luxury brand, Raffles Hotels & Resorts.

The agreement, recognised by Nakheel Chairman Ali Rashid Lootah and Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO of AccorHotels at a signing ceremony at the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) in Cannes (France) will lead to the opening of PALM360, a spectacular two tower development on the world famous Palm Jumeirah comprising of the Raffles The Palm Dubai Hotel and Raffles Residences PALM360.

Set to open in 2021, PALM 360 will be the first beachside resort for Raffles in Dubai and the tallest structure on Palm Jumeirah. At almost 260 meters high, PALM360 will offer unobstructed views of Palm Jumeirah, the spectacular Arabian Gulf coastline and Dubai skyline. Its centrepiece will be a 155 metre long sky pool, connecting the towers 170 metres above the ground, from where guests can also enjoy these stunning, uninterrupted views from a unique vantage point.

The hotel component will offer 125 hotel rooms and suites, whilst the 359 branded residences – including 16 branded penthouses that will each have their own private infinity pool, gym and cinema – will be available for purchase.

Raffles Palm JumeirahLocated on Palm Jumeirah’s 11km crescent Boardwalk, PALM360 is close to upcoming attractions such as The Palm Promenade, The Pointe and Nakheel Mall, with Dubai’s key business and leisure hubs within easy reach. The luxury property will offer guests a distinct resort feel with direct private beach access, a specialised private beach club along with thoughtful, personal and discreet service synonymous with the Raffles brand.

PALM360 joins 16 other hotels that form part of Nakheel’s $1.3 billion (£971 million) hospitality expansion programme that is set to deliver close to 6,000 rooms and hotel apartments across Dubai. The first two hotels, at Dragon Mart and Ibn Battuta Mall, opened last year, with the rest under construction or development.

Raffles The Palm Dubai and Raffles Residences PALM360 joins 11 Raffles Hotels & Resorts around the world, including Raffles Dubai. The remarkable collection of charming luxury hotels and resorts is located in many of the world’s largest cities and holiday destinations such as Paris, Istanbul and the Seychelles. Raffles properties feature distinct amenities including the Raffles Butler Service, Raffles Spa, Raffles Long Bar and Raffles Writers Bar.

www.raffles.com

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Facebook to build its own hotel

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According to reports in the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Facebook has unveiled plans to build its own California ‘village’ complete with social housing, retail stores and a hotel.

Located on a corporate campus at Menlo Park, which Facebook bought in 2015 for roughly £300 million. There are also plans to build 1,500 new homes at the development which is opposite the social media giant’s headquarters.

It will primarily be for the use and dwelling of Facebook’s employees, who mostly live near the campus.


In a blog post announcing the plans, the social media giants described the future development as a “mixed-use village” that will provide residents, many of which will be Facebook employees, with housing, transportation services and other amenities.

“We plan to build 125,000 square feet of new retail space, including a grocery store, pharmacy and additional community-facing retail,” Facebook said. The review process of the development is expected to last two years with “grocery, retail, housing and office completed in early 2021”. The post went on the say that “subsequent phases will take two years each to complete”.

The plans have not yet been approved and is expected to take roughly a decade to complete.

Leeds Hotel Plans Redesigned For Hilton - LSH

LSH appointed to sell hotel development site in Leeds

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Commercial property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (‘LSH’) has been appointed by Duff & Phelps to sell the freehold interest in the part-complete hotel at Portland Crescent near the Leeds Arena. The city centre development site has an existing planning consent and is on the market for offers in excess of £6 million.

The 206-bedroom hotel is currently part complete to nine storeys with it eventually being 14 storeys once completed. The site is located in close proximity to many of Leeds bars and late night venues, including Leeds Arena, O2 Academy Leeds, Grand Theatre and Opera House and Carriageworks Theatre. Given the strength of the location, the scheme also has the potential to attract interest for alternate uses such as student accommodation or the Private Rented Sector – subject to planning permission.

Despite a 13 per cent increase in average daily room rates in Leeds since 2013 and strong occupancy, the city has only seen three significant new hotel openings since 2013. Buoyed by an increasingly robust market performance, hotel development activity is returning with two new developments having recently been announced: Singaporean Heeton Holdings and idé real estate – this increased development will add 332 new hotel rooms in the city.

Hugh Anderson, Director – Hotels at Lambert Smith Hampton, commented: “Over the past few years, strong occupancy levels in the city have resulted in a number of new developments coming to fruition to meet the demand. Growth in the sector is on the up, both locally and regionally, and this site will give investors the chance to own one of the best, strategically located development opportunities in the city, with potential for strong returns on completion.

“Due to the location of the site, which is a short walk from cultural and transport hubs and Leeds Beckett University, we expect the asset will be in high demand and as such, we anticipate a high volume of interested parties.”

Pestana announces a new Pousadas de Portugal for the Algarve

Pestana announces new Pousadas de Portugal for the Algarve

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Pestana Hotel Group will build a new Pousada de Portugal located in the historic centre of Vila Real de Santo António, in the most eastern area of the Algarve, thus continuing its investment in the Portuguese region.

This investment will provide the historic heritage building with 57 rooms, 114 beds and create 30 new jobs. The official opening is scheduled for summer 2018.

Luís Castanheira Lopes highlighted the historic nature of the new Pousada, saying: “The Pestana Hotel Group will restore the buildings in full harmony with its architectural relevance allowing visitors to experience its very rich cultural legacy, a core characteristic at the heart of the Pousadas de Portugal brand DNA that celebrates 75 years in 2017.”

This will the be the fourth Pousada de Portugal in the Algarve and the 17th Pestana unit in the region. There are currently 16 Pestana units in the Algarve, 13 Pestana Hotels & Resorts and 3 Pousadas de Portugal (Palácio de Estói in Faro, Fortaleza de Sagres and Convento de Tavira).

Louvre Hotels

ATM 2017: Louvre Hotels announces future growth strategy

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Louvre Hotels Group, one of the largest hospitality groups in the world, continues to shape its wider growth strategy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Louvre Hotels is looking ahead to the opening of 10 new hotels in MENA by the end of 2017, which will add 1,600 keys to its current room inventory, exceeding the 11,000 milestone. In 2016 alone, Louvre launched 12 properties in key markets including UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Tunisia and Lebanon and expects to open no less than 10 hotels per year leading up to 2020 and beyond.

Louvre Hotels has a collection of six brands including Première Classe, Campanile, Kyriad, Tulip Inn, Golden Tulip and Royal Tulip. In 2017, the group is confirmed to open 10 new hotels ranging from upscale five star to midscale three stars such as :

– Royal Tulip The Act, Sharjah, UAE (180 rooms): Opened in January 2017
– Golden Tulip Ruwi Muscat, Oman (118 rooms): Opening Q2, 2017
– Tulip Inn Downtown Muscat, Oman (180 rooms): Opening Q2 2017
– Golden Tulip Sousse Palace Hotel & Spa Tunisia (250 rooms): Opening Q2, 2017
– Golden Tulip Regency Monastir Hotel & Spa Tunisia (200 rooms): Opening Q2, 20170
– Golden Tulip Palmeraie Tozeur Tunisia (100 rooms): Opening Q2, 2017
– Golden Tulip Doha, Qatar (198 rooms): Opening Q3, 2017
– Tulip Inn Algier Airport, Algeria (91 rooms): Opening Q3, 2017
– Tulip Inn Modon Jeddah, KSA (123 rooms): Opening Q4,2017
– Royal Tulip Korbous Resort Tunisia (167 rooms): Opening Q4, 2017

Louvre HotelsIn keeping with the evolving needs of guests seeking affordable yet modern and fresh hospitality options, the group’s long-term expansion plans in the region will additionally see the opening of budget and midscale properties under its Campanile and Première Classe brands. Such focus on the budget friendly segment will add 40 hotels and 5,000 additional rooms to its existing portfolio by 2020 – reinforcing the group’s position as one of the largest hospitality players in the MENA region with a total room inventory of 20,000.

“Our commitment to actively expanding our footprint in the Middle East and North Africa region underscores the importance we believe the region holds in our future growth as one of the leading hospitality brands. Owing to its strategic geographic location as a trade corridor that connects the East and West, the region holds tremendous potential for increased business and leisure-related travel and tourism prospects from around the globe. Therefore, we see the region as one of our strongest growth markets that will continue to play a significant role in our expansion plans in the years to come,” said Amine E. Moukarzel, President, Louvre Hotels Group MENA.

“With the evolution of customer needs and their emphasis on value driven experiential travel, our mid market brands are a natural fit for todays traveler. We have placed experiences at the core of our global strategy and plans are already in place to introduce Campanile, our economy lifestyle brand in the region; with the first property under this modern fresh mid-market brand set to open in Kuwait by late 2019. In addition, we are looking ahead to bringing our mid-scale three to four-star brand, Kyriad, to the UAE and Oman with four properties planned across Dubai and Salalah,” Moukarzel added.

Earlier this year, Louvre Hotels Group also cemented its position in the Asian hospitality sector by becoming the leading hotel group in India with over 90 hotels under its stewardship following the group’s acquisition of a majority stake in Sarovar Hotels, the largest independent Indian hotel chain in terms of hotels and presence.

“Our continued expansion in MENA along with our strengths in Asia as the largest players in India and China enables us to build one of the strongest networks of hotels and brands across key business and leisure destinations around the world. Through our fast-expanding international footprint, we look forward to giving more choice to our growing community of loyal global consumers while further strengthening our focus on the Middle East as the central hub connecting our guests from the East and West.” he concluded.

www.louvrehotels.com/en

HVMG - US hotel projects totalling $110 million

HVMG announces 8 projects totalling $110 million

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Hospitality Ventures Management Group (HVMG), an Atlanta-based, private hotel investment, ownership and management company, has announced that the company has eight new and on-going renovation and construction projects, three of which were completed recently, totaling approximately $110 million.

“HVMG offers a full suite of services for hotel owners that covers the entire spectrum of project management, from design and construction through third-party operations including revenue management and digital marketing,” said Robert Cole, HVMG president and CEO. “We have assembled and expanded an in-house team of seasoned design and construction professionals, led by industry veteran John Edwards, to provide guidance and services for third-party clients, as well as our own portfolio.”

“Our design and construction team brings more than 110 combined years of professional project management and construction experience handling more than $5 billion in development/renovation projects, ranking us among the top in our space,” said John Edwards, vice president of design & construction. “As owners and third-party operators, we understand firsthand the necessity to deliver projects on time and in budget while minimizing guest and associate disruptions.”

The eight projects include:
– 287-room Atlanta Marriott Century Center/Emory Area—HVMG will oversee a full renovation of public spaces, meeting areas, amenities and guestrooms. Beginning this summer, the renovation is scheduled to be completed by mid-January 2018.
– 226, two-room suites Hilton Phoenix Suites—HVMG is converting the hotel from a Hilton to the Embassy Suites brand, creating an additional 16 rooms in the process. Additionally, the hotel will undergo a complete refurbishment of all public spaces, meeting areas, amenities and guestrooms. The hotel’s planned completion date is late November 2017.
– 308-room Marriott Winston-Salem—HVMG will begin a complete renovation of all guestrooms, as well as updates to the exterior, laundry and HVAC components, and a limited refresh of public spaces this summer. The process is expected to be finalized by February 2018.
– 163-room Hotel in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea—HVMG is overseeing a full renovation of all guestrooms and public spaces, as well as exterior enhancements. The project is scheduled to commence shortly with a targeted completion of early 2019.
– 139-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Mahwah–HVMG is completing a partial renovation of all guest and public areas that is expected to run through summer 2017.
– 261-room Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta Galleria—HVMG has completed an $11.65 million renovation that includes a total reconfiguration of the lobby, including a new art work installation and a new dining outlet called E’terie, improved and expanded meeting and gathering space, complete guest room and bathroom renovations, upgraded amenities and exterior improvements.
– 132-room SpringHill Suites Orange Beach at the Wharf— HVMG has finalized the development and project management of the new build hotel which includes a destination restaurant, full-service bar, outdoor patio overlooking the intra-coastal waterway, 3,000 square feet of meeting space, oversized lobby, complimentary breakfast, fitness center and resort-style pool.
– 138-room DoubleTree Nashville Airport – HVMG performed a complete renovation of the exterior façade, parking lot, public spaces, meeting areas, circulation areas, and guestrooms. The renovation began in May of 2016 and substantially completed in November of 2017.

In addition to the ongoing and upcoming refurbishment construction projects, HVMG has completed 23 design and construction projects varying in scope from ground-up construction to complete renovations totaling approximately $85 million over the past two years. Highlights include the 292-room Hilton Houston Southwest, the 118-room Fairfield Inn by Marriott Portland Maine Mall and the 299-room Greensboro-High Point Marriott Airport hotel.

Visit www.hvmg.com for more information. . .

£360m development for Coventry city centre

Hotel plans as part of £360m Coventry development

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Plans for a hotel and new restaurants in Coventry have been revealed as part of a £360m development at City Centre South.

Coventry City Council has approved the appointment of the Shearer Property Group for the 818,000-sq-ft mixed-use development in January. The firm has already worked on schemes such as the Parkway shopping centre in Newbury, the Grand Arcade in Cambridge and the new restaurant quarter at Cathedral Lanes in the city.

City Centre South will transform some of the oldest areas of the city centre, including Bull Yard, Shelton Square, City Arcade and Hertford Street, into a development that includes a department store, retail units, restaurants and a hotel.

The hotel and restaurants will be located in the leisure part of the development in Hertford Street, linking to Broadgate Square. The development is hoped to be open for business by 2022.

Councillor George Duggins, leader of Coventry City Council, said: “When you look at all the changes happening around Coventry and see the ambitious plans for City Centre South, it shows there are great times ahead for our city.”

Guy Shearer from the Shearer Property Group added: “We are thrilled to have been chosen by the city council to deliver this vitally important regeneration project. This site lies in the very heart of the city centre and is huge by any standards – about the size of 10 football pitches. It finally provides the opportunity to deliver a transformational scheme that will put Coventry back on the map as a retail and leisure destination.”

Four Seasons Napa Valley

Financing secured for Four Seasons Napa Valley

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Bald Mountain Development and Alcion Ventures have announced $165 million (£134 million) in construction financing for the five-star Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Napa Valley; slated to open early 2019.

Initial site work has begun on the hotel and 20 two, three and four-bedroom residences with vertical construction to begin this summer.

Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. worked on behalf of the developers to place the construction loan with Heitman on behalf of one of its institutional investors.

“The financing of this project included competitive bidding and we felt Heitman came to the table with the best solution. This project’s complexity required a creative approach. Heitman was willing to navigate these challenges in order to deliver an optimal outcome for everyone involved,” said Kelly Foster, a Principal at Bald Mountain Development.

This spring, the foundation and utilities will be in place followed by vertical construction slated to begin in the summer.
The 20 residences are expected to be complete fall 2018 with the resort to open early 2019. Upon completion and after the resort’s opening, residence owners will have VIP access to the Four Seasons Resort’s collection of amenities and activities, including a world-class restaurant, a spa, an indoor and outdoor fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment.

Edwardian Hotels - Leicester Square project

London’s deepest hotel basement ‘bottoming-out’ ceremony

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On 17th February, Edwardian Hotels London will celebrate the ‘bottoming-out’ of its bold new development in Leicester Square.

The project, a four-sided island site, is to be transformed into a 350-room property, complete with leisure facilities, an Odeon cinema complex and a restaurant below ground. There will be an additional eight levels above ground.

The luxury lifestyle hotel, due to open in 2019, will be an impressive property complementing London, in particular the West End, and continue the ongoing improvement of and investment in Leicester Square.

Guests will be hosted by Commercial Development Director Iype Abraham and Creative Director Rob Steul from Edwardian Hotels London.

Bristol 'floating complex' in planning

New £24m ‘floating complex’ planned for Bristol

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The Manor Property Group is planning on building a 125-bed luxury hotel and floating restaurant overlooking Bristol’s St Augustine’s Reach as part of a £24m development of the Bordeaux Quay area.

The developer said it was “in discussions” with the Intercontinental Hotel Group-owned Hotel Indigo to launch a boutique hotel as part of a tourist attraction that would also include a “Bristol Eye” and a covered area for market stalls and events. Hotel management would be provided by Interstate Europe Hotels & Resorts.

The site, owned by Bristol City Council has been earmarked for leisure use with the development of a “statement building”. While the planned restaurant space would be literally floating – accessed from a pontoon in St Augustine’s Reach – the hotel would appear to be floating in mid-air, as it would be built on stilts.

The plans, which are the culmination of 18 months work, according to Manor Property Group development director Mark Bailey, have been circulated to city councillors and local interest groups for discussion.

Generation hotels

Generation completes $215m hotel portfolio recapitalisation

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In October, the Generation Companies, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based real estate developer, owner, asset manager and operator of extended-stay hotels, completed a $215 million (£172 million) recapitalisation of its hotel portfolio.

Generation CEO Mark DaleyThe funding consolidates four Generation-led partnerships totaling 23 hotels into a new partnership formed between Generation and affiliates of StepStone Real Estate (SRE). The transaction includes funding that will allow Generation to make substantial capital improvements to the existing portfolio and acquire new properties. Generation will continue to manage the 2,652-room portfolio, located primarily in the Southeast in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia, as well as in Texas and Tennessee.

Generation was represented by the Manhattan-based investment bank Kimberlite. Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP was Generation’s legal team. JLL’s Hotels & Hospitality Group secured the $145.5 million (£117 million) recapitalisation loan with Blackstone Mortgage Trust, the global real estate finance company that provided the non-recourse, floating-rate financing.

According to H. Mark Daley, III, Generation CEO, “This is a transformative transaction for Generation as we are now partnered with best-in-class, global investors across our entire capital stack. This event is highly strategic in that we now have an institutional caliber balance sheet, a more scalable platform, dedicated growth capital and in-place funding for an aggressive capital improvement program for our existing assets. This is a great way for us to celebrate Generation’s 20th anniversary.”

The Generation Companies is a Raleigh, North Carolina-based real estate developer, owner, asset manager and operator of extended-stay hotels in North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas. Generation, with more than 2,700 hotel rooms and $250 million (£200 million) in real estate assets under management and over 400 associates at 24 properties, is actively seeking new acquisition opportunities in the extended-stay and select-services segments.

For more information, visit www.generationcompanies.com

HGU New York

Introducing HGU New York – a landmark hotel reborn

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Alfa Development, one of Manhattan’s leading real estate companies, will be opening its first boutique hotel project, HGU New York. Alfa Development has invested $18 million in renovations of HGU New York, located in the NoMad District at 34 East 32nd Street.

The hotel will manifest the city’s history through its original architecture, curated art programming and multifaceted eclectic design.

The hotel lobby preserves the history of the 1905 landmark Beaux-Arts structure designed by architect Frederick C. Browne. To inject a modern New York sensibility to the property, Alfa Development has enlisted hospitality designer Peter Guzy of Asfour Guzy Architects as well as DD Allen of Pierce Allen Design. The fusion of these two visions is a mindfully designed and eco-conscious hotel, where guests enjoy in the ambience of communal spaces.

Alfa Development brings a sensibility in design and modern infrastructure to hospitality, including a state of the art HVAC system decreasing the carbon footprint by 50%.

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“We look forward to introducing our motto, history, architecture, and sustainability on a human scale into one of the world’s most robust hotel markets,” adds Michael Namer, CEO of Alfa Development. “While the renovation brings new life to this landmark hotel, we are preserving the historic elements to what we believe the hotel would have offered, providing guests with an experience grounded in a century-long New York point of view.”

HGU New York has also partnered with Gallery 151, a premier contemporary art gallery based in lower Manhattan. The curated art will showcase contemporary pieces, drawing inspiration from urban backdrops of New York City’s emerging artists and feature icons such as Fab 5 Freddy and Liz Markus, among many others.

Highlighting a residential style of living, the entryway to guest rooms serves as a place to decompress, with soft tones creating a serene atmosphere, while wood cabinets and furniture are complimented by hand-woven patchwork Turkish rugs and plush velvet headboards. Luxury 300-thread count Frette bedding, bath and beauty products from C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries, 24-hour room service and complimentary high speed WiFi and in room iPad minis are just some of the amenities available to guests.

HGU New York’s lounge aptly called 1905 is complete with a fireplace from the building’s original structure. 1905 will serve as the perfect place for meetings and events, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy live entertainment, intimate recording artist sessions, Q&A series, and private film screenings.