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Canopy by Hilton - Chicago

Canopy by Hilton says ‘hello’ to Chicago

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Canopy by Hilton has unveiled plans to develop a Canopy by Hilton in Chicago. Residing at the southwest corner of South LaSalle Street and West Adams Street in Chicago’s Loop neighbourhood, the 223-room Canopy property will be the ideal location for both business and leisure travellers.

Slated to open in Autumn 2018, at 208 S. LaSalle, Canopy by Hilton Chicago Loop was designed as a natural extension of Chicago’s downtown neighborhood with local design influences and natural materials used throughout the hotel’s architecture and interiors. The hotel’s entrance will be on La Salle Street with its reception area, restaurant, bar, and Canopy Central lobby located on the 20th level. The hotel also will feature a fitness centre, a day transfer lounge, 4,000 square feet of meeting space, and a rooftop terrace and bar.

“We are delighted to bring the Canopy by Hilton brand to the thriving Loop neighbourhood, in the heart of the Financial District,” said Michael W. Reschke, Chairman and CEO of The Prime Group. “With convenient proximity to Chicago’s central business district, dining, shopping, the theater district, and Canopy’s dedication to comfort and service, our Canopy by Hilton hotel will be a natural choice for both business and leisure travelers looking for a true Chicago experience.”

The Canopy by Hilton Chicago Loop will be a conversion of the top four floors of the historic landmarked building by Daniel Burnham at 208 S. LaSalle, which also houses the new 610-key JW Marriott with its entrance at 161 W. Adams. Canopy’s room will be spacious with an average of 480 square feet, wood floors, 60” HDTVS and large bathrooms with walk-in showers and private toilet compartments, as well as many one and two-bedroom corner suites.

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

Donald Trump - US hospitality

Should US hospitality be worried about a Trump presidency?

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The news of Donald Trump’s victory in Tuesday’s US election was met with sheer joy by millions in the United States, and utter despair by millions of others. Globally, the overwhelming feeling was a mixture of shock, nervousness and apprehension.

The echoes of the Brexit vote in this result are numerous. Much like the referendum result in June in the UK, the markets reflected that feeling of uncertainty in the minutes and hours after the announcement was made that the celebrity billionaire had defied the odds and would become the next ‘leader of the free world’.

US stock markets plunged, London markets dropped 2 per cent and Asian markets plummeted in Hong Kong and South Korea. But also very similar to Brexit, it was due to the unpreparedness of those markets of the shock result, or what they believed to be the ‘wrong’ result. However, as the news begins to sink in, the markets are already showing signs of recovery – even if there will be questions from today until January’s inauguration from investors across the globe about the short-and-long term impact of a Trump presidency.

But what does it mean for the hospitality industry in USA? Again, the similarities of the Brexit decision are palpable.

Donald Trump - US hospitality

Much like the UK, the ability to hire people into the industry in America relies heavily on immigration; with a large number of staff in hotels and restaurants coming from outside – not always legally. With Trump’s very visible and audible campaign pledge to clamp down on immigration, if he gets his way this will have a huge impact on the ability to hire in the current vein.

Trade agreements are also a major talking point of this result and Brexit. Donald Trump’s campaign talk has given more than a clue that his approach to trade with China will be ‘difficult’ to say the least. This will make hotel construction and renovation harder – a considerable amount of FF&E goods used in this field are imported, especially from its great rival in the east – if levies on Chinese products are increased, so will the costs of building and renovating.

On the flip side, however, one likely positive for the industry will be the Republican obsession with lowering taxes, which in turn will increase internal spending on travel and tourism within the United States. However, Trump’s campaign figures on tax reduction will need a lot of clarification to actually work, something that might lessen the positive impact. Furthermore, more Americans spending money might only act to counter a drop in external visitors from Europe and elsewhere, as has been predicted by companies like TravelZoo.

We will not know the full extent of Trump’s impact for some time – it will take a while for any policy implementation to truly take shape, despite the now Republican-heavy Senate and House of Representatives. And it remains to be seen just how bullish and brash Trump will be from behind his Oval Office desk in comparison with his campaign rhetoric. Much like Brexit, if international investment can be convinced and remains steady in the long-term, the commercial property market shouldn’t be impacted too much. It will be the impact on the day-to-day lives of the millions of people working within the industry that will have the biggest say in whether or not it suffers.

Watch this space…

Homewood Suites - Washington DC

Homewood Suites expands presence in Washington DC

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Homewood Suites by Hilton has announced its newest property, Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington DC – Capitol Navy Yard. Offering 195 new suites, the hotel strengthens the brand’s growing presence in urban markets after reaching its 400th property milestone.

“Over the past five years, our nation’s capital has seen a steady increase in both domestic and international tourism*, creating the ideal scenario to not only expand Homewood Suites’ footprint in urban markets, but also strengthen its presence in Washington D.C.,” said Adrian Kurre, global head, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton. “The Homewood Suites flexible brand model drives its success in these areas while also delivering tremendous value and comfort to both business and leisure guests.”

Developed by KCG 50 M, an affiliate of Englewood and CG Investments, designed by Cooper Carry and operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington DC Capitol-Navy Yard complements the city’s growing tourism which hit a record-breaking year in 2015.

The new hotel offers a combination of studio and one bedroom suites, featuring fully-equipped kitchens, and separate living and sleeping areas. Guests are also provided all the essentials needed for a comfortable and convenient stay such as complimentary daily full-hot breakfast, evening social Monday-Thursday, Wi-Fi and grocery shopping service. Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington DC Capitol-Navy Yard also makes it easy for travelers to unwind with a rooftop terrace, fitness centre, and indoor pool.

Autograph Collection - West Palm Beach

Concord Hospitality announces plans for Autograph Collection Hotel in West Palm Beach

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Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company has announced that it will open a new hotel under the Marriott Autograph Collection brand at the former City Hall site in West Palm Beach, Florida. The 200-room hotel is the cornerstone of a mixed-use project that has received Concept Plan approval from the City of West Palm Beach. It is slated to break ground in 2017.

Concord Hospitality has partnered with Marriott International on the development of new hotel brands for the last two decades.

In addition to the Autograph Collection Hotel, the three-acre redevelopment project will include 27,000 square feet of retail space; up to 7,000 square feet of restaurant and outdoor dining space; 255 multi-family units; and a public park. The site overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway and Palm Beach, with views of the Atlantic Ocean.

“While we have developed many hotels during the past 30 years, it is a special privilege to team with friends and respected colleagues from Marriott and Navarro Lowrey to bring the Autograph Collection vision to life in West Palm Beach,” said Mark Laport, co-founder, president and CEO of Concord Hospitality. “Concord is especially proud to play a role in a robust project that will no doubt have a huge impact on the entire area.”

The Marriott Autograph Collection is an upscale boutique hotel brand. Each hotel is handpicked for being intimately connected to its surroundings, with an ultimate goal of becoming part of the fabric of the local community.

“To have an Autograph Collection Hotel in West Palm Beach is very exciting,” said Frank Navarro of Navarro Lowery, Inc., the local master development team on the project. “This new hotel enriches our shared vision with Concord, to create irresistible places within vibrant communities, and we believe it will be very successful in Downtown West Palm Beach.”

Tribute Florida - Westshore Grand

Tribute Portfolio debuts third Florida hotel – The Westshore Grand

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Tribute Portfolio, part of Marriott International, has announced its official debut in Tampa with the addition of The Westshore Grand, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel.

Marking the brand’s third hotel in the Sunshine State, The Westshore Grand is located in Tampa’s vibrant Westshore business district, bringing its Stay Independent mantra to both leisure and business travelers alike.

“At the brand’s inception in April 2015, our members expressed a strong desire to ‘stay independent’ at more locations in Florida. We’ve listened, and are excited to open our third property in the destination in just over one year,” said Brian Povinelli, Senior Vice President and Global Brand Leader for Tribute Portfolio. “With the recently completed renovation, we are confident that The Westshore Grand, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Tampa will deliver a truly unforgettable independent Floridian travel experience for our guests and locals alike.”

Newly reimagined by Forchielli Glynn LLC, The Westshore Grand, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Tampa has a refreshed look and feel that draws from the rich native history of the city. Native tribes first called the village by the bay “Tanpa,” meaning “sticks of fire;” the design aesthetic for the newly renovated hotel pays homage to the city’s native roots, and a stick design motif is explored in the bent wood lighting pendants installed in the reception area, creating patterned shadows on the ceiling. Likewise, colorful area rugs in the lounge are also derived from the motif of sticks. Indie furnishings throughout the property are eclectic and reference a more modern approach to Tampa’s beachy vibe, incorporating textured fabrics of deep blues and grays with orange accents against neutral backgrounds. The mix is sophisticated, modern, and inviting, with a casual nod to an upscale beach house.

“An optimal destination for business and leisure travelers, The Westshore Grand, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, sits in Tampa’s Westshore district, within close proximity of the city’s beautiful beaches,” said Craig A. Spencer, CEO of Arden Group. “We are thrilled to officially join Tribute Portfolio, and now that the hotel has completed its full renovation of all 323 guestrooms and suites, we are excited to bring our independent vision for the hotel to our guests.”

Previously known as The Paramount, the updated hotel offers a wide range of upscale amenities for guests, including 323 guestrooms and suites, an expanded bar area, and a refreshed lobby with communal tables for ease of business, as well as several dining establishments such as the No Name Lounge and the award-winning Shula’s Steakhouse. The hotel also provides guests with free WiFi and complimentary pick-up and drop-off at Tampa International Airport.

Independence on the Bay
As with all Tribute Portfolio properties, The Westshore Grand, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Tampa features a selection of #independentmoments: distinct design touches and experiences found at each Tribute Portfolio hotel and resort that illustrate what guests love about “staying independent.” These socially-sourced vignettes extend beyond the typical hotel brochure to highlight the secret spots, must-sees and can’t-miss experiences at each Tribute Portfolio property. Guests are also encouraged to share their own #independentmoments throughout their stay at the hotel.

Adelphi Hotel, Saratoga NY

Adelphi Hotel in final phase of renovations

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The Adelphi Hospitality Group unveiled plans today for the final phase of renovation of The Adelphi Hotel, Saratoga Springs’ landmark boutique hotel.

Originally built in 1877, the newly renovated Adelphi Hotel will reopen in Spring 2017, blending old world grace and its iconic Victorian grandeur with modern touches to create a memorable hospitality experience of luxury and elegance in order to live up to the history and legacy of The Adelphi Hotel.

As the last surviving hotel of Saratoga’s Golden Age, beauty and appreciation to historic details are found everywhere – from restoring the 11-foot ceilings and grand staircase to the signature design of the hotel’s spaces, The Adelphi aims to reinvent the style of Saratoga Springs’ bygone era luxury as modern luxury.

The Adelphi Hospitality Group has also focused on the engineering of the 150-year-old building to ensure it is structurally sound for centuries to come. Crews replaced deteriorated columns, installed load-bearing steel beams, and poured concrete to replace uneven wood floors that had worn out over the years. The team now focuses on the final phase of the project: finishing the interiors to honor the past and storied history of The Adelphi.

“The revitalized Adelphi Hotel will honor the distinct style and simple elegance of Saratoga Springs, while delivering a modern and luxurious sensibility that embodies first class services of a grand hotel,” said Simon Milde, Managing Partner of the Adelphi Hospitality Group. “The 150-year-old historic boutique hotel has been reimagined for the millennium to personify a modern twist, and eclectic revival of, timeless ideals. Our goal is to honor the past by looking at every element that makes each experience memorable for our guests.”

The architect for the Adelphi Hotel renovation is Dominick Ranieri Architect, P.C. in Schenectady, New York. Ranieri is providing his architecture and historic preservation expertise for the property, transforming the 19th century building into one of splendor without sacrificing character. The exterior of the building including the Courtyard garden areas designed by Ranieri will exude the ambiance of the grand Victorian era with stone patios, fountains and landscape garden walls. Architectural and Interior Design firm Glen & Company Architecture is refurbishing the interiors of the hotel, helping to usher the Adelphi Hotel into the 21st century, while respecting its heritage through its redesign of the 32 guest rooms, the hotel’s public spaces including the lobby bar, restaurant, second floor piazza, conservatory café, among many others.

The interior will be modernised for 21st-century standards with thoughtfully designed spaces, continuing its 150-year tradition as the epicenter of the city, and the property’s grand staircase, which ascends from the hotel’s richly appointed lobby, will be restored and fully functional. Existing furnishings have been carefully removed, meticulously photographed and catalogued, then returned into place after the renovation. Many of the pieces have been refurbished and will be repurposed into new life at The Adelphi Hotel.

The front of the renovated hotel will be upgraded to have a streamlined look while still maintaining its historical character evocative of its extravagant past. French doors will open to a patio and a 1,200-square-foot, glass-walled conservatory, ideal for private dining, will overlook the hotel’s courtyard and lush gardens. Luxury services and amenities will complement the elegance of the guest rooms and suites.

The Adelphi Hotel aims to become a sought-after dining and entertainment destination in Saratoga Springs for both locals and visiting guests. Upon entering the grand lobby, guests can access the approachable bar integrated into the space, elevated bistro and marketplace that will evolve into a wine bar in the evening, and full-service restaurant with private dining wine room, all while overlooking the serene landscaped gardens on the hotel grounds.

The Adelphi Hospitality Group’s first project, Salt & Char, is a modern American steakhouse located adjacent to the Adelphi Hotel and opened in July 2016. Construction is expected to be completed by spring of 2017.

Red Lion Inn

Red Lion Inn & Suites debuts in Oregon

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Red Lion Hotels Corporation announced the opening of its newly converted property, Red Lion Inn & Suites in Ontario, Oregon.

This hotel opening is a continuation of the company’s commitment to increase its presence throughout the country as a brand that offers convenience, effortless experiences and a taste of local culture.

The Ontario property features 62 rooms, an indoor pool, whirlpool, business and fitness center, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast and guest laundry services. Additionally, guests enrolled in the RLHC loyalty program, Hello Rewards, can experience added convenience and perks ranging from the ability to connect with hotel staff in real time, redeem free stays, receive complimentary offerings and more.

“The Red Lion Inn & Suites brand prides itself on providing the on-the-go traveler with the essentials needed to experience destinations with ease and comfort,” said EVP and President of Global Development Roger Bloss. “We believe that the Red Lion Inn & Suites Ontario will be a preferred option for visitors seeking an authentic and truly local stay.”

Located at 266 Goodfellow Street, the Red Lion Inn & Suites is just three miles from the Ontario Municipal Airport. For those seeking to enjoy the local offerings, some of Ontario’s biggest attractions lie in close proximity, such as the Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum, Payette County Historical Society and the Oregon Trail Museum. Additionally, the property is situated near Eastern Oregon University Ontario and Treasure Valley Community College.

Borgata Hotel

ALHI welcomes Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in New Jersey

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Atlantic City, New Jersey’s premier resort Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has been accepted as the newest member of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI).

The AAA Four-Diamond resort is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International, which acquired the resort in August. The 2,800-room Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa resort is ALHIs first and only Member hotel in New Jersey.

Located in the citys Marina District, the resort also includes the adjacent and luxurious The Water Club Hotel at Borgata. The resort is now served by the ALHI Global Sales Organization to the North American Meetings & Incentives marketplace, according to ALHI President Jim Schultenover.

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa and the cosmopolitan The Water Club at Borgata together feature 2,800 well-appointed guest rooms and suites, and 88,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. Among the very appealing meeting options are The Event Center, a column-free space with full banquet and meeting functionality; and The Music Box, featuring a stage and stadium seating for up to 1,000 guests.

In addition, the resort offers a 54,000-square-foot spa; another spa with floor-to-ceiling windows; five acclaimed fine-dining restaurants by such renowned chefs as Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck; 10 casual dining options; 161,000 square feet of gaming; a 20,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor pool and garden; a 32,000-square-foot outdoor pool; four additional heated indoor and outdoor pools; 10 retail boutiques; and four signature nightlife experiences. Situated just 120 miles south of New York City, 60 miles east of Philadelphia and 20 minutes from Atlantic City International Airport (ACY), Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is easily accessible by airplane, train and car.

Lexington Inn

Lexington Inn & Suites opens in Goodyear, Arizona

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Red Lion Hotels Corporation (RLHC) recently announced the opening of a Lexington Inn & Suites in Goodyear, Arizona. The hotel marks the first Lexington property to open since RLHC closed last month on the company’s most recent acquisition.

The recently converted property features 90 guest rooms, a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool, free WiFi, complimentary hot breakfast, fitness centre, guest laundry and over 700 square feet of meeting space.

“We are excited to welcome the Lexington Inn & Suites Goodyear to the RLHC family,” said EVP and President of Global Development Roger Bloss. “Visitors can now experience the culture and the people that distinguish Lexington and all RLHC properties.”

The hotel is the third Lexington property in Arizona, joining hotels in Fountain Hills and Holbrook.

Gene Kaufman - Fairfield Inn, NYC

Gene Kaufman-designed Fairfield Inn & Suites opens in NYC

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A new Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites designed by Gene Kaufman Architect has opened at 538 West 58th Street.

The 85,000-square-foot, 18-storey, 226-room hotel sits between 10th and 11th Avenues, within easy walking distance of the beautifully landscaped Hudson River greenway, Columbus Circle, Central Park, and the Time Warner Centre. Barone Management is the developer.

Said Gene Kaufman, Principal and Founder of Gene Kaufman Architect: “This hotel combines the convenience of a midtown location with the quiet street character of a residential neighborhood. Best of all, the zoning-district boundaries bisecting the site gave us the opportunity to create both north-facing views that overlook John Jay College’s beautifully landscaped roof, and high-rise, west-facing views of the Hudson River.”

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The hotel features two seemingly separate structures, an 18-story tower and an adjoining 10-story building, recessed from the street wall at different depths. The tower, which projects slightly forward of its shorter sibling, has a compelling verticality, the result of its height and narrow frame. Further enhancing the upward thrust is the curtain wall of the top three floors and the use of aluminum wall panels to separate the tower’s windows. The stylistic fillips come together to create a single architectural through-line from the 18th floor all the way down to the street.

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In keeping with GKA’s expertise in maximising key counts without sacrificing quality of the accommodations, the hotel’s ground floor and lobby are below-grade on a floor usually reserved for operations. They are reached through the hotel’s sunken entryway, which also allows for a 2,300-square-foot landscaped plaza in front of the hotel.

The hotel will offer king-sized and double guest rooms as well as adjoining rooms which can be combined to form suites (the interiors are by Hotel Depot with VLDG Interiors). In addition to the streetside plaza, amenities include an office center, a fitness centre, and a breakfast bar.

Marriotts ground-breaking in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Ground broken on first Marriott properties in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

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Officials of New Castle Hotels & Resorts along with Southwest Properties of Halifax, Nova Scotia and JLK Global Fund International have broken ground on a 178-key Courtyard by Marriott/Residence Inn hotel in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

The dual-branded hotel will be the first Marriotts in the city.

The project is estimated for completion in Q3 2018 and will include a 106-room Courtyard by Marriott and 84-suite Residence Inn in the Dartmouth Crossing lifestyle centre and in close proximity to the Burnside Business Park, the largest eastern seaboard business park north of Boston or east of Montreal.

“The dual-brand configuration has been tremendously successful for us in other urban areas like downtown Syracuse, NY where land acquisition is costly,” said Gerry Chase, president and COO of New Castle. “I feel very confident that this project, with known and trusted development partners, and a proven product mix, will be completed in a timely fashion and ramp up quickly to serve the unmet needs of the Dartmouth business community.”

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“Dartmouth Crossing is rapidly expanding with iconic brands and is attracting business travellers working in the greater Halifax region,” noted Jim Spatz, chairman & CEO for Southwest Properties. “The hotel is well placed in an area that is becoming a primary shopping destination for Maritime Canada and an athletic hub for Halifax with the new four-pad ice arena and the existing Harbour East soccer and football fields. We believe in Dartmouth Crossing because of our great success with the hotel we built and opened with New Castle Hotels in 2009.”

New Castle and Southwest have partnered previously on the Residence Inn Moncton, New Brunswick, the Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton Halifax-Dartmouth in Nova Scotia and The Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews, New Brunswick.

“Today’s travelers have varying and specific needs, and over 35 years, we’ve found that the combination of an upscale select service hotel, coupled with an extended stay product is an ideal way to satisfy most guests,” said Chase. “The nearest Marriott hotels are across the bridge in Halifax, so I’m sure that these two hotels will be very well received, particularly by the points-conscious business traveler.”

Sneak Peek: Tree Houses of Skamania Lodge

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Skamania Lodge has established itself as a destination for family vacations, weekend getaways, corporate conferences and weddings. Looking to expand their current offerings, the resort partnered with MG2 to develop a “tree house-style” cabin concept for those in search of a more unique escape.

Nestled amongst a grove of towering Douglas firs, the tree houses immerse guests in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, fulfilling their desires to feel inspired, romantic or adventurous. Each of the two tree houses has been designed with a large deck, expansive windows, an indoor/outdoor fireplace and is easily accessed via an attached staircase.

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The taller of the two structures stands on stilts, picturesquely set 20 feet above the lush forest floor. Simple, yet contemporary in their aesthetic, the tree houses offer guests modern luxuries not commonly associated with the traditional cabin experience.

Project Details
• Location: Stevenson, WA
• Size: 600 SF/room
• Client: Destination Hotels

Project Team
• Architect: MG2
• Project Architect: Ron Mitchell
• Interior Designer: Ankrom Moisan

MGM National Harbor

MGM National Harbor to open in December

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Bringing the first luxury gaming resort experience to Washington, the $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor will make its highly anticipated debut on December 8, just minutes from Washington DC on the banks of the Potomac River.

The resort is accepting room reservations for stays beginning December 10.

“After years of planning, designing and developing, we are thrilled that the moment is almost upon us to share this very special resort with the community and visitors from around the world,” said Lorenzo Creighton, president of MGM National Harbor.

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“We are grateful to Prince George’s County, the state of Maryland and all of the local designers, artisans and businesses that have collaborated with us to deliver this international resort with very local roots.”

Clean lines, modern functionality, signature wood millwork accents and floor-to-ceiling windows boasting stunning views define the 308 rooms and suites, ranging in size from 400 to 3,210 square feet. Complementing the resort’s modern elegance, room and suite designs draw inspiration from forest and water elements native to Maryland while incorporating vistas of the surrounding landscape.

Furthering the rich local flavor of MGM National Harbor through art, the thoughtfully curated Heritage Collection will be woven throughout the resort’s public spaces, featuring commissioned and procured artwork by renowned local and international sculptors, photographers and mixed-media artists including Bob Dylan, Margaret Boozer, Alice Aycock, Ron Beverly, Martha Jackson Jarvis, Sam Gilliam, John Dreyfuss, John Safer, Liao Yibai and Chul Hyun Ahn, among others.

Embassy Suites - Greenville

Embassy Suites by Hilton Debuts in Downtown Greenville

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Embassy Suites by Hilton has announced the opening of a newly-built hotel in the heart of downtown Greenville’s bustling business and entertainment district.

Embassy Suites Greenville Downtown Riverplace — the brand’s second property in South Carolina’s Upstate – rises eight stories above the cascading Reedy River, just steps across from iconic Liberty Bridge, shops, restaurants, galleries and businesses along historic tree-lined Main Street. The 156-suite hotel offers all the amenities associated with the Embassy Suites name, as well as stunning views of downtown, Falls Park and the distant Blue Ridge Mountains.

The hotel is owned by RiverStreet Lodging, LLC and developed by Windsor Aughtry Hotel Group.

“This dazzling property in downtown Greenville is a spectacular addition to our award-winning brand of upscale all-suite hotels,” said Alan Roberts, global head, Embassy Suites by Hilton. “Its convenient location near numerous attractions makes it an ideal option for leisure and business travelers.”

Managed by Hospitality America, Embassy Suites Greenville Downtown Riverplace offers guests the brand’s signature amenities, including a free made-to-order breakfast and two-hour complimentary Evening Reception* with snacks and beverages, free WiFi and comfortable two-room suites and guest rooms with a living area and bedroom.

Other features are distinctive to the property, including an innovative, contemporary design and spacious lobby – resplendent in regional artwork – that is perfect for meeting and gathering. The charming river is the focal point for scenic, panoramic views throughout the hotel, including those from Up on the Roof.

Kimpton Hotels - Palomar South Beach

Kimpton Hotels unveils plans for two new hotels in Florida

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Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has announced plans to expand its presence in Florida with the opening of two new hotels in 2018: Kimpton Hotel Palomar South Beach in Miami and a new, luxury lifestyle boutique hotel in Tampa.

These two additions will be joining Kimpton Angler’s Hotel, Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel, Kimpton EPIC Hotel, Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, Kimpton Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa, and Kimpton Hotel Zamora in the Florida region.

Kimpton Hotel Palomar South Beach
The new boutique hotel will be a 96-room new-build, located in the Sunset Harbour area of South Beach, a popular international and local leisure destination on Miami Beach. Owned and developed by The Finvarb Group, Kimpton Hotel Palomar South Beach will feature a striking design by legendary Miami architect and designer Kobi Karp, as well as a rooftop pool and bar and a new signature restaurant overlooking Collins Canal.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is a company known for regionally inspired and innovative design, and Kimpton Hotel Palomar South Beach, which will embrace Karp’s signature sleek, modern, glass-and-light-filled approach, is anticipated to become an iconic South Beach landmark with its cutting edge architecture and design.

Kimpton Hotels - New Luxury Lifestyle Boutique Hotel In Tampa

Kimpton Hotels – New Luxury Lifestyle Boutique Hotel In Tampa

Kimpton’s New Luxury Lifestyle Boutique Hotel In Tampa
Kimpton has also announced that it will manage a new boutique hotel in Tampa, Florida. The new-construction property, built as a modern Italian piazza, will form the heart of a thriving community area, essentially creating an intimate town square in an otherwise commercial area. Designed by award-winning architect Albert Alfonso, it will feature 150 rooms and suites spanning five stories, a rooftop bar and separate rooftop event space, and more than 4,000 square feet of indoor meeting and event space, including dedicated venues for musical performances.

The Tampa hotel will also house the first U.S. outpost for Chef Silvia Baracchi, who gained international acclaim at Il Falconiere, a Michelin-starred restaurant and retreat in Cortona, Tuscany. The intimate fine dining restaurant will be supplied by a new off-site, state-of-the-art hydroponic farm named Red Barn Farm, which will devote nearly eight acres of climate-controlled growing capacity exclusively to the property (but guests can still catch a glimpse of the growing techniques thanks to a showpiece vertical garden).

Wyndham Hotel

Wyndham boosts footprint with historic Colorado Springs hotel

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Hospitality giant Wyndham Hotel Group has announced the opening of The Antlers, A Wyndham Hotel, in Colorado Springs. It’s the latest addition to the company’s namesake Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® brand.

The Antlers is owned by hoteliers John Goede and Perry R. Sanders, Jr., is in the final phase of a comprehensive renovation transforming the hotel’s 273 guest rooms and suites, lobby, restaurants, and more than 27,000 square feet of extensive meeting and event space accommodating over 2,000 people.

Its opening increases Wyndham Hotel Group’s presence in the Colorado Springs area to 15 hotels, including The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel, also owned by Goede and Sanders.

Wyndham - The Antlers

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts make travel extraordinary with personal, thoughtful touches, connecting with guests by delivering comfort that exceeds expectations with the tailored services and amenities expected at a first-class hotel.

Wyndham - The Antlers

Celebrating the area’s distinct landscape and local culture, the second phase of the hotel’s transformative renovation includes a new rooftop pool and bar with direct views of Pike’s Peak; a lobby bar with 100 beers showcasing local Colorado micro brews and 100 Colorado craft spirits; and dinner service at the new Antlers Grill, home to local Colorado fare. Additional offerings will include a rooftop garden and apiary, a new Italian restaurant, a 24-hour fitness centre and an indoor pool and hot tub.

The Antlers first opened in 1883 by the founder of Colorado Springs, General William Jackson Palmer, and housed the General’s large and envied collection of hunting trophies. Then known as “Little London” because of the multitude of English tourists to the hotel, it featured modern conveniences of the time including a hydraulic elevator, central steam heat and gas lights. The hotel was rebuilt in 1901 following a fire and again in 1967, still standing today in its original location.

The Robey to open in Chicago

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In a city revered for bold architectural wonders and soaring skylines, come November, a landmark 1929 Art Deco masterpiece will see a soulful revival befitting the Windy City.

Perched high above the six corners of Damen, Milwaukee, and North Avenue, The Robey stands stoically as the only skyscraper for kilometres, stretching 61-metres high and home to 69 guest rooms, Café Robey, a second-floor lounge, a guest-only rooftop lounge, and, come 2017, an exclusive rooftop pool. With the pedigree of Grupo Habita behind the project, so too comes a confident stroke of modern yet timeless hospitality.

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Taking its name from Robey Street—the north-south artery now known as Damen Avenue, where Wicker Park and Bucktown meet—The Robey captures the storied spirit of Chicago: a bustling, ever-changing, big-shouldered town. A unique triangular prism shape ensures that The Robey stands out as one of the neighbourhood’s most recognisable landmarks. Although formally called the Northwest Tower, the building is nicknamed the Coyote Building due to its “howling” appearance, some say. Glass, natural wood, concrete, and chrome—the textures vary, but the minimalistic approach remains consistent throughout guestrooms and public spaces.

Originally designed as an office building by the firm of Perkins, Chatten & Hammond, each of the hotel’s light-filled rooms, lobby, and roof spaces were transformed by Belgian design duo Nicolas Schuybroek Architects and Marc Merckx Interiors. The 12-storey building dons an Art Deco façade of original limestone and features a rooftop cupola and lantern, as originally designed by the Chicago-based firm.

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Thanks to the unusual triangular footprint of the building, front-row views of the lively city feature prominently, as does an abundance of natural light. Herringbone hardwood floors contrast with Art Deco references in many of the rooms and suites, while bathrooms and bedrooms are separated by walls of vintage chicken-wire glass. Furniture ranges from sleek and streamlined to inviting and contemporary, with minimalism reigning throughout.

The 69 rooms are generously split across twelve floors, with only six or seven per floor. Rooms and suites range from 20 to 63 sqm, and all feature a shower and a king-size bed, apart from the 20-to 24 sqm Landmark Queen room that features a queen-size bed. The Corner and Panorama Suites and the Landmark Queen room also boast a sitting area, with the former two also playing host to a working desk. All rooms and suites also offer views of the Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods, while The Panorama Suite affords 180-degree views of Chicago’s skyline.

Sitting at the epicentre of Chicago’s Wicker Park and Bucktown neighbourhoods—a pair of arts and culture-obsessed communities—the hotel’s ethos follows suit with social sensibilities front and centre. Communal spaces abound, showcasing terrazzo, natural woods, and hues of deep red, green, white, and gray.

Pendry Hotels to debut in San Diego

Pendry Hotels set for December debut in San Diego

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Pendry Hotels, the new luxury brand from Montage Hotels & Resorts, will be debuting later this year. Pendry will be opening its first inaugural property in San Diego (December 2016) followed by Baltimore (February 2017).

Pendry will have the same five-star service and hospitality for which the Montage is known for, aimed at travelers with a younger mindset who want to mix a luxury experience while experiencing the real authenticity of a city.

Pendry, as a brand, is focused on developing classically beautiful hotels that are also culturally connected and brimming with experiences that surprise and delight, with a strong focus on community and creative collaborations and programming. Located in the vibrant Gaslamp neighbourhood, Pendry San Diego will be personal and comfortable, with an emphasis on local creativity and innovation, impeccable service and amenities and fresh design by Rottet Interiors.

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Pendry San Diego will feature six dining and entertainment venues for guests and locals to enjoy. Three of these venues will be designed and developed in conjunction with the team at Clique Hospitality and include Lionfish by chef Jose Ruiz – the hotel’s main restaurant which will focus on seasonal and local ingredients. Inspired by the social clubs of a bygone era, Oxford Social Club will be the hotel’s nightlife centerpiece, welcoming guests and locals to enjoy a late-night experience focused on design, music, service and an extensive, curated cocktail program.

In additional to the outlets above The Pool House will boast some of the best views in the Gaslamp Quarter, while embodying the true essence of the southern California lifestyle with its light, contemporary open-air design and indoor/outdoor aesthetic. Finally, Provisional is a cafe and marketplace that the brand is developing with Raan and Lindsay Parton of Apolis and LA’s Alchemy Works (which also just opened in NYC in Soho). This is the Partons’ first foray into an F&B/retail concept.

Following San Diego and Baltimore, Pendry plans for aggressive national growth in key major hospitality markets around the country. Locations such as San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter and Fell’s Point in Baltimore are of significant interest to Pendry, as they’re both under-the-radar markets quickly gaining new notoriety as travel destinations and are also stepping stones from major cities such as LA and NY for those seeking something new. The brand sees a lot of potential in these markets and plans to continue expansion within taste-making destinations domestically and abroad.

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Hilton Worldwide opens new dual-brand property in Miami

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Hilton Worldwide has announced the opening of its newest hotel, the dual-branded Hilton Garden Inn Miami Dolphin Mall and Homewood Suites by Hilton Miami Dolphin Mall, bringing a total of 232 new rooms to the city. The opening further establishes Hilton’s strong presence in Miami and continues the company’s growth in dual-build properties.

“Our dual branded Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites hotels serve as a great addition to the thriving area of Miami and continue our expansion in major urban markets,” said John Greenleaf, global head, Hilton Garden Inn. “Each brand retains its signature amenities which provides guests a unique opportunity to customize their stay.”

Developed by Procacci Development and managed by Real Hospitality Group, Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton Miami Dolphin Mall complement the city’s vibrant and growing tourism attractions. Situated adjacent to Miami Dolphin Mall, the properties offer guests a centralised location with convenient access to Miami International Mall, the Doral Golf Course and Everglades National Park. Additionally, downtown Miami, South Beach and Miami International Airport are a short drive away.

The dual-brand concept creates enhanced and larger communal areas benefiting both business and leisure travelers. The hotel has two distinct lobbies and dining areas that cater to the needs of their respective guests, while sharing a 1,100 square foot fitness centre, outdoor pool and putting green. All guest rooms offer 43-inch HDTV with 55 channels including complimentary music and movie viewing options. Evening room service is also provided to all guests.

The hotel also offers 5,500 square feet of conference space and versatile meeting rooms with state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment including the divisible Flamingo Ballroom which can seat up to 180 guests. The Sandpiper meeting room can accommodate cocktail receptions up to 225 guests and offers a 1,200 square feet private terrace which is ideal for evening receptions and breaks. For the business traveler, the Heron is a perfect setting for business presentations, meetings, small dinners and intimate social functions.

Virgin Hotels, Silicon Valley

Virgin Hotels to check in to Silicon Valley

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Virgin Hotels, the lifestyle hotel brand by Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, has announced plans to open and operate a new hotel in Milpitas, California, within a new neighborhood development of top tier residential and retail stores called “The Fields.”

The mixed used development broke ground in November 2015 and the hotel is expected to break ground in the autumn of 2017. The Silicon Valley hotel will be managed by Virgin Hotels and developed by Lyon Living.

“As we grow the Virgin Hotels brand, the way we continue to expand our footprint in key destinations that align with our brand values is incredibly exciting. Our move into Silicon Valley is the perfect example of this, given our dedication to thoughtful technology within our guest experience,” says Raul Leal, CEO of Virgin Hotels. “The city of Milpitas is also experiencing a revitalization driven by the tech industry and developments like The Fields, so we’re thrilled to be a significant part of that growth and look forward to welcoming those travelers visiting Silicon Valley for both business and pleasure.”

Virgin Hotels Silicon Valley, anticipated to open Fall 2019, will feature 200 Chambers and Grand Chamber Suites; multiple dining and drinking outlets, including the brand’s flagship space, The Commons Club; a coffee shop; numerous meeting spaces; and a rooftop bar and live music venue. Strategically located between the I-680 and I-880 freeways, the development is also adjacent to Milpitas’ Great Mall, which is currently undergoing a $20 million renovation.

The brand’s first hotel, Virgin Hotels Chicago, is now open and accepting reservations with Nashville, Dallas, Palm Springs and New York slated to open next. Virgin Hotels continues to explore properties in cities such as Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, Austin, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington DC, and London; locations where it is pursuing hotel and office conversions and ground-up development.

West Elm Hotels

US furniture retailer West Elm launching boutique hotel brand

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American furniture retailer West Elm has announced this week that it will launch a boutique hotel brand – West Elm Hotels – in partnership with hospitality firm DDK.

The first properties are expected to be located in Detroit, Minneapolis, Savannah, Charlotte, and Indianapolis and are planned to open in late 2018. Additional locations will be announced at a future date.

“After twenty-six consecutive quarters of double-digit comparative growth, including our successful entry into the commercial furnishings market with West Elm Workspace, we’ve created an active bond with our customers that can extend beyond home and work,” said Jim Brett, president of West Elm. “By adapting the framework design of each hotel to reflect the mood and identity of its host city, we will continue to engage the adventurous spirit of our customers as they follow us to our next level of hospitality.”

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As part of West Elm’s ongoing commitment and relationship with makers around the world, each West Elm hotel will feature local design elements that celebrate community and reflect traditional décor, handicraft, cuisine and culture from the region. Artwork will be commissioned and curated locally for each guest room as well as for the communal, common areas in each hotel.

To test its ideas for West Elm Hotels, the company built mock rooms in a warehouse in Brooklyn. The room furnishings are custom designed for the hotels, including marine blue tile in the bathroom, marble coffee tables and 280-thread count cotton sheets.

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“There is a growing desire among modern travellers to immerse themselves in the place they are visiting. They want a boutique experience, and expect great, reliable service that caters to their needs,” said David Bowd, co-founder of DDK. “Our general managers will serve as innkeepers, and West Elm HOTELS will focus on making real community connections for visitors and residents alike.”

A network of locally managed properties, West Elm HOTELS revolves around three key tenets:
– Wholehearted hospitality: Great service, personalised attention, regional knowledge and community connections will help guests feel like a local and at home.
– Distinctive, thoughtful design: Each property will have its own design point of view, from the exterior architecture to custom installations, such as locally crafted art and bespoke furnishings.
– Community connection: Communal spaces and one-of-a-kind experiences will bring guests and neighbors together in a relaxed, collective setting.

True to the West Elm brand, these tenets will be reflected in the design, programming and overall guest visit to offer an inviting and accessible hospitality experience. Guests will also be able to purchase the furnishings and artwork found in any room on-line at www.westelm.com.

Curio – A Collection by Hilton Opens First St. Louis Property In Landmark Union Station

Curio opens first St. Louis Property in Landmark Union Station

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Hilton has announced that one of the most treasured landmarks in St. Louis is the latest addition to Curio – A Collection by Hilton.

Following a $40 million transformation, St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton offers 539 luxurious rooms and suites in what was once the largest and most ornate railway terminal in the United States with some guest room floors designed and furnished with a railroad theme. Built in 1894 and converted to a hotel in 1985, the National Historic Landmark in downtown St. Louis is well-known for its iconic jewel – the massive Grand Hall, a lobby lounge area with 65-foot ornate vaulted ceilings on which a dazzling 3D light show is projected nightly.

“Across the Curio collection, we take pride in offering guests unique hotel experiences that exude local flavor so, we welcome the landmark St. Louis Union Station Hotel to Curio,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio – A Collection by Hilton. “With its luminescent Grand Hall and eclectic amenities, this iconic property allows guests to discover all St. Louis has to offer and enriches our growing global brand.”

Built of Indiana limestone and reminiscent of a French Castle, St. Louis Union Station retains many charming architectural features from its past, such as original mosaic tile work, the mysterious Romanesque “whispering arch” and the signature 280-foot clock tower. Its centerpiece is the historic Grand Hall, where guests can enjoy local craft beers and seasonally inspired small plate offerings beneath gold-leaf ceilings surrounded by Romanesque arches and stained glass windows.

Projected on the Grand Hall’s 65-foot tall ceilings and across the entire space, the nightly 3D light show is comprised of 30 vignettes, all stretching the barrier of creative design, innovation and story-telling. The first of its kind high-definition projection mapping experience in the United States, the award-winning extravaganza captivates guests of all ages via vignettes told though sound, music and cutting edge 3D animation.

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Marriott Hotels flips design on its head with MGravityRoom

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Marriott Hotels has unveiled its #MGravityRoom, an interactive replica of the brand’s evolving modern guest room designs. Located in the Greatroom of the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, this inverted replica of a guest room will be open from September 21 to October 1, 2016, allowing visitors to experience, snap and share photos.

Visitors have the opportunity to walk into the installation where a closet, desk and TV appear to float on the walls and ceiling. A how-to on the desk will prompt guests to position themselves and capture a photo to appear as if they are walking on the ceiling of the modern guest room. When one takes photos and rotate them 90-degrees, they will appear as if one is floating upside-down within the space.

“Travelers today crave inspiration and unique experiences,” said Matthew Carroll, vice president and global brand manager, Marriott Hotels. “We see the #MGravityRoom as a creative way of showcasing the transformation of our brand and how we’re meeting the evolving needs of our guest. We have pushed the limits in our design and this allows us to have some fun with it while sharing our newest ideas.”

To bring its #MGravityRoom vision to life, Marriott Hotels worked with design teams and partners, including Marriott I + A Design Studio, Fairmont Designs, Brookline Furniture, Belstone, Wolf Gordon, Mosaic Tile Company, Historic Timber and Plank, Sandler Seating, and Designtex creating an imaginative expression of Marriott Hotels modernised rooms.

As a leader in its lodging tier, Marriott Hotels is no stranger to forging new trails and introducing new innovations to the hospitality industry. Next month, the brand will officially launch M Beta at Charlotte Marriott City Centre, a “live beta” hotel where guests are invited to test the newest and best product and services concepts first-hand and give feedback in real-time. The brand also recently announced its partnership with TED, bringing new ideas and creative conversation to guests. It changed the future of in-room entertainment by forging a first-of-its-kind partnership with Netflix and last year, Marriott Hotels introduced the first-ever in-room virtual reality experience.

Four Seasons New York Downtown

Four Seasons New York Downtown now open in Lower Manhattan

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Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown is now open.

“Downtown New York has been reborn as the most vibrant neighbourhood in city,” says Peter Humig, General Manager of the all-new Hotel. “It’s no longer simply a business district. You can feel the energy the minute you arrive, and we are proud to be in the heart of it.”

Dramatic architecture is changing the city’s famous skyline as new buildings rise, cultural institutions open their doors and existing ones reinvent themselves, while luxury shopping and destination dining debuts weekly. Advertising innovators, media influencers and the growing information industry have joined the already well-established financial and tech start ups Downtown.

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown is the ideal home base for exploring the new Lower Manhattan. Located in Tribeca just steps from Wall Street, the World Trade Center and the stunning new Oculus, it’s also close to designer shopping in Soho, nightlife in the Meatpacking District and the relaxed tranquillity of the city’s waterfront.

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Upon entry into the two-story lobby at Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, layers of architectural elements respond to the ever-evolving urban landscape just outside. Feet rest on cream-coloured travertine and soft wool carpeting as the eye takes in original artworks displayed against rich wood walls and woven metal screens. Brushed bronze accents and fabrics in muted jewel tones invite casual socialising, while a dramatic suspended staircase hints at the gracious gathering spaces above.

Manhattan’s chic style is evident in 189 Hotel rooms and suites designed by Soho and Toronto-based design studio Yabu Pushelberg. The rooms are tastefully appointed as one might find in a private home with light blues, greys and taupes, providing a backdrop to a technologically advanced guest room that is filled with natural light. Marble bathrooms and deep soaking tubs help complete the design elements that one would expect at Four Seasons. Hotel guests can take refuge from the city in luxurious rooms ranging from 400 to 2,400 square feet (37 to 223 square metres) with every need anticipated.

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach

DoubleTree Myrtle Beach Oceanfront debuts after property-wide renovation

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Hilton has welcomed the 30-acre DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as the latest addition to the DoubleTree by Hilton portfolio of 465+ hotels after a property-wide renovation and expansion project of the resort.

Formerly known as the Springmaid Beach Resort, the seaside hotel now boasts a 20,000 square-foot main building, ocean view restaurant and lounge, “grab & go” snack area and outdoor entertainment terrace.

The centerpiece of the 12-month, multi-million dollar transformation is a new main building, which houses the new lobby area and guest registration, offering stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean shoreline as well as new entertaining amenities and offerings including restaurants and a food market.

“Delivering a fantastic sense of arrival, the main building perfectly embodies the new look and feel of the resort,” said Michael Frits, general manager, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront. “Our guests are now immediately greeted by the expanse of shoreline and Atlantic blue waters through floor-to-ceiling windows as well as a sophisticated beach design and vibe created by vaulted ceilings, dramatic lighting, sleek furniture, and coastal colors and fabrics.”

“Since the purchase, we were eager to complete the renovation of this celebrated resort, taking careful consideration to preserve its status on the Grand Strand, while introducing modern amenities and offerings for guests to enjoy for a lifetime,” said Kenneth Fearn, managing partner for Integrated Capital.

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Home2 Suites by Hilton opens new property in Houston

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Home2 Suites by Hilton, part of Hilton Worldwide’s industry-first All Suites portfolio, announced earlier this month its newest property, Home2 Suites by Hilton Houston Willowbrook.

Offering 108 suites, the hotel is designed for travelers looking for a fresh, new stay experience, as the Home2 Suites Houston Willowbrook complements increased attention the city is getting from travelers planning trips next year for Super Bowl LI.

Managed by TMI Hospitality, Home2 Suites Houston Willowbrook offers guests all-suite accommodations featuring fully-equipped kitchens and modular furniture allowing for guests to personalise their room.

The hotel also features easy access to technology with complimentary Internet, inviting community spaces, and trademark Home2 Suites amenities such as Spin2 Cycle, a combined laundry and fitness area, Home2 MKT for grab-and-go items, and the Inspired Table, a complimentary breakfast that includes more than 400 potential combinations.

Guests can also enjoy an outdoor saline pool, grill and patio area. Most Home2 Suites properties are pet-friendly.

Two Manhattan hotels designed by Gene Kaufman Architect for Quadram Global’s new micro-hotel Arlo brand are slated to open this autumn

Gene Kaufman-designed hotels for Quadram’s new Arlo brand to open

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Two Manhattan hotels designed by Gene Kaufman Architect for Quadram Global’s new micro-hotel Arlo brand are slated to open this autumn in Manhattan, one in NoMad and one in Hudson Square.

The 11-storey, 325-key Arlo Hudson Square, which will open at 231 Hudson Street (also known as 503 Canal Street) on September 6, is a 97,000-square-foot hotel created by merging two adjoining parcels. The project increased in size during the design process as two sets of air rights were obtained, allowing the architects to design for a larger space than had originally been envisioned.

The hotel will have expansive outdoor space comprising a large rooftop terrace with a bar/lounge and an equally large ground floor courtyard, also with a lounge. Arlo Hudson Square will also have the latest eatery of Chef Harold Moore, Executive Chef and owner of the West Village’s successful Commerce Restaurant. Called Harold’s Meat + 3, the restaurant will be 2,400 square feet.

The hotel’s interiors, which include meeting rooms, have been designed by AvroKO. Landscape design is by MDD Landscape Design.

The 37-story, 250-key Arlo NoMad will open later this fall at 11 East 31st Street, between Madison and Fifth avenues. One of its many attractions is the roof deck, with its wrap-around views of the city and large terrace, both made possible by the stacked mechanicals that free up the maximum amount of space. The roof is just one of the many spaces the hotel offers guests for relaxing and meeting friends. In fact, with its small but well-appointed guest rooms and its large public spaces, with places to eat, lounge and enjoy cocktails, the 91,000-square-foot hotel will be a new type of high-end hotel, one designed as much for socializing as for sleep.

Says Gene Kaufman, Founder and Principal of Gene Kaufman Architect: “Our goal for each of these hotels was to create a look that reflected the neighborhood in which it resides. In Hudson Square, we’ve used aged brick to emulate the appearance of the area’s historic industrial buildings, while in the more bustling, urban NoMad we’ve designed a light, airy glass tower that floats above its neighbors and towers against the sky.”

Aloft Hotels unveils its voice-activated room technology

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Imagine asking a hotel room to turn up the air conditioning when it gets too hot or to turn on the lights before getting out of bed. Well, the future is here and it just checked in at Aloft Hotels. Starwood has unveiled the results of its top secret “Project: Jetson” experiment, and are excited to reveal the first-ever voice activated hotel room, giving guests entirely new ways to interact using “Hey Siri.”

Aloft Hotels' voice-activated room technologyEach Aloft Voice-Activated Hotel Room is equipped with an iPad running a custom Aloft app used for controlling the in-room guest experience, with HomeKit-enabled accessories including room temperature, lighting options and more. These new rooms are available today at Aloft Boston Seaport and at Aloft Santa Clara.

“Forget the phrase ‘at the touch of your fingertips.’ Today’s early adopter, hyper-connected traveller wants a level of personalisation unlike ever before, and that means being able to control their hotel experience with the sound of their voice,” said Brian McGuinness, Global Brand Leader, Aloft Hotels. “We’re thrilled to be the first hotel brand to bring voice-activation to our guests in this way, using Siri to control room temperature, lighting and more during their stay.”

When guests arrive, they will launch a custom Aloft app on their in-room iPad to control various aspects of their voice-activated room. A personalised welcome screen will advise guests on how to set up their room and use their own voice with “Hey Siri.” Each iPad also offers a simple tutorial to guide guests through the setup process and answer any questions they may have.

Here is a sampling of what the smartest hotel room in the world can do:

– Control Temperature – Wake up hot at 2 am? Simply ask Siri to adjust the temperature on the Ecobee HomeKit-enabled thermostat by saying “Hey Siri, cool the room” to your desired setting.
– Adjust Lighting – Watching a movie or reading in bed? Use Homekit-enabled Philips Hue lights to select preset lighting options for every mood including: Re:set (standard lighting); Re:lax (evening); Re:view (movie theater); and Re:vive (morning). Just ask Siri to turn on the lights, turn off the lights, or simply say good morning.
– “Set the Mood (Music) – Singing in the shower but want a new track? Say “Hey Siri, put on my morning playlist.” To use this feature, guests must be signed into their iTunes account on the iPad. Music plays through the guest’s personal device.
– Explore Local Attractions – Need a virtual concierge? Just ask “Hey Siri, what are some attractions near me?” so you can navigate the area like a local.

The new Aloft Voice-Activated Hotel Rooms also allow guests to browse the internet, check the weather and more. At the end of each stay, all iPads are reset and all personal preferences are removed from the device.

Nobu Miami Beach taking bookings from September 2016

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Nobu Miami Beach is delighted to unveil its new website, now taking reservations for stays beginning September 16, 2016. Guests can use the site to book reservations and discover the property’s exclusive guest room retreats and unique amenities.

Renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Academy Award winner Robert De Niro, Hollywood producer Meir Teper and Australian business tycoon James Packer are the visionaries behind the flagship hotel, slated to soft open this fall. “Since opening my restaurant in Miami Beach 16 years ago, I have felt a connection to this city and the people. Now with the Nobu Hotel, I feel like I have a new home,” Chef Nobu said.

The Nobu Hotel features world-renowned Japanese restaurant Nobu Miami, Helene Henderson’s Malibu Farm, along with rooms and suites set within the Eden Roc Miami Beach’s landmark Morris Lapidus tower.

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Designed by architect David Rockwell, the property will deliver a fun-luxury experience with Nobu amenities for guests, while paying homage to Eden Roc’s venerable heritage. The hotel’s 206 spacious guest rooms and suites offer stunning ocean and Intracoastal views with designs that draw upon Japanese architecture and the hotel’s oceanfront location to evoke a contemporary Japanese beach house. All rooms and suites feature private bars and exclusive food and beverage offering, Barcelona’s Nature Bissé bath amenities, custom Nobu mattress and Fili d’Oro bed linen.

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Thirty-five luxury suites embody peace and relaxation and are adorned with sleek furnishings and teak accents. The three penthouse suites offer breathtaking ocean views and 2,400 square feet of elegant decor available for guests seeking luxury accommodations or a venue for an exquisite event.

The perfect hotel for food lovers, the heart of the experience is Nobu Miami. The restaurant serves its genre-defining cuisine to a strong following of international tastemakers and devotees in its soaring dining room, and also offers a tantalizing 24 hour in-room dining menu designed especially for Nobu Hotel Miami Beach. Nobu guests will soon have exclusive access to a private Nobu pool with soaring views of the ocean and beach with Nobu poolside service and menus.

Complementing Nobu’s high-energy dining experience, the first east coast outpost of Chef and Swedish transplant Helene Henderson’s Malibu Farm will grace the property’s oceanfront dining space. Helene’s food philosophy – “fresh, organic, local” – is simple and revolves around finding the best ingredients and doing little to modify them. Malibu Farm at Nobu Hotel Miami Beach will source produce from area farms and markets, combining local influences with Helene’s California home.

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Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market Opens Its Doors

Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market opens its doors

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Hyatt Hotels has officially opened the Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market, marking the brand’s official entry into Canada.

Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market, the thirteenth hotel in the portfolio, joins other Andaz hotels in global gateway cities and top resort destinations. Three other Andaz hotels plan to join the portfolio by the end of 2016, including Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, Andaz Delhi and Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya.

Set in the heart of ByWard Market, a historical marketplace and present-day urban centre of chic boutiques, galleries, restaurants and nightlife, the capital’s newest hotel boasts 200 contemporary guest rooms, six inspired studio meeting spaces, a ground floor restaurant and bar, as well as a stunning rooftop lounge, offering sweeping views of the Ottawa cityscape.

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Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market worked with award-winning interior design firm Mason Studio to bring the hotel’s local vision to life. Each floor of the 16-storey hotel reflects the history and character of a Canadian province or territory. Upon entering the space, guests are welcomed into an inviting lounge environment with custom-designed low sectional seating.

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Overhead, Mason Studio enlisted the expertise of Toronto-based furniture makers Hollis + Morris to create a lighting installation made of mixed Canadian-wood species. Patterned rugs and copper metal accents provide pops of color and texture against the understated lobby, clad in natural, local materials such as oak paneling and grey stone floors. Artwork throughout the hotel gives a nod to its surrounding culture and has been curated by the Canadian Council Art Bank, home to the largest collection of contemporary Canadian art.

Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market offers spacious studio spaces and lounges that create a customisable backdrop for a variety of events and functions. Spanning 4,500 square feet of flexible function space, the natural light and creative dining and drink menus make the spaces ideal for meetings and intimate social functions. In keeping with the interior design of the hotel, the studio space furniture features modern detailing and a neutral palette.

50-Room boutique The Ramble Hotel to Open in Denver’s RiNo Neighborhood

50-room boutique The Ramble to open in Denver’s RiNo

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The Ramble, an independently-owned  hotel will open in late 2017 with 50 guestrooms, an intimate theatre and bar and flexible meeting space.

Located at 2450 Larimer St., just north of Downtown Denver, the hotel will be among the first to open in the burgeoning RiNo neighbourhood. Known for its blend of urban grit and industrial revival, RiNo’s historic warehouses and factories now house jazz bars, restaurants, brewpubs, art galleries and working studios.

RiNo’s distinct character will be an inherent characteristic of The Ramble Hotel, which is being developed by local Denver firm, Gravitas Development Group. The firm, which is behind many notable projects in some of Denver’s most sought-after urban neighbourhoods, pays close attention to the personality of each enclave in which it develops, creating projects that are tailored to the individual cultures and residents of each. Most recently, Gravitas developed 25th & Larimer, a mixed-use complex made entirely of shipping containers, located directly across the street from the new project.

“Not only is our most recent development in RiNo, but our office always has been as well,” said Ryan Diggins, Gravitas Development Group partner. “The neighborhood is fertile ground for artists and creative entrepreneurs, and we hope to create a space where travelers and locals can personally experience the art, authenticity and ambition that make RiNo so great.”

Los Angeles-based Avenue Interior Design (Avenue ID) is directing the interior design concept, including execution of all public spaces and guestrooms at the hotel. Leaders in the hospitality industry, Avenue ID has not only created interiors for notable boutique brands such as The Redbury and Kimpton Hotels, but also for larger brands such as The SLS Hotels and MGM Resorts International. Design at The Ramble Hotel will integrate industrial elements inherent to the RiNo neighborhood with eclectic “found” elements, and soft, luxurious fabrics that highlight patterns and texture.

Johnson Nathan Strohe (JNS) is the architect of the project. Throughout the past 23 years, the firm has worked on multiple award-winning design projects, and has designed numerous new-build and renovation hotel projects, including six large-scale urban hotel projects on the National Register of Historic Places. The Ramble Hotel’s intended permanence as a fixture in the neighbourhood will be evident through its exterior, which will display a high level of detailed masonry work not often seen in new-build projects.

The ethos of the hotel will be fully embodied within its lobby, a 4,700sq-ft space with 20ft ceilings. The hotel takes inspiration from French salons of the 17th century, and the salon’s utility in society as not only a platform for the exchange of ideas through conversation, but as a catalyst to creating community. As such, the hotel’s name is a nod to Catherine de Vivonne, Marquise de Rambouillet, a renowned salon host known for her egalitarian gatherings in which participants from all walks of life, who held sincere and passionate ideas and a love of good conversation, were welcomed.

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Sneak Peek: Indidesign redesigns Hilton San Francisco lobby

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Indidesign has just completed a renovation of the 17,160-square-foot lobby at Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel.

The firm were inspired by San Francisco’s raw, yet detailed, steel structures, bridges, and turn-of-the-century flare.

Sneak Peek: Indidesign redesigns Hilton San Francisco lobby

Design details include custom elements with structural features throughout the lobby, such as the metal edges that stamp the corners of columns and a massive, central geometric light fixture.

Sneak Peek: Indidesign redesigns Hilton San Francisco lobby

One of the design challenges was integrating the new bar and Herb N’ Kitchen Market into the pre-existing space. As the majority of the lobby area – including the building’s structure, stone flooring, and central entry door system – was maintained, the team had to come up with several creative solutions to shift the dynamic of the lobby into a cohesive lounge space.

Sneak Peek: Indidesign redesigns Hilton San Francisco lobby

To fit all desired components and make the most of the space, the team streamlined the columns and front desk, as well as integrated furnishings that complement the lobby.

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The Ridge Hotel

Sneak Peek: The Ridge Hotel redesign

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Paloma Resort Properties has announced the completion of the second phase of extensive renovations to its The Ridge Hotel property.

The Ridge Hotel’s $4.5 million in sleek, modern upgrades include new dining and drinking concepts, an inviting and techsavvy lobby and reception area, enhanced fitness facility with new Life Fitness equipment, plus a fresh facelift to hallways, restrooms and the glass-adorned staircase to the ballrooms.

In addition to the new bean + vine coffee and wine bar, which opens up into the airy entrance, The Ridge Hotel is anchored by Crafted Americana, a contemporary restaurant featuring artistic, handcrafted American fare.

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“We brought this rustic lodge-looking resort into the 21st century with this second stage of renovations and a stylish new brand,” notes Paloma Resort Properties President Garth L. Chambers, whose company took over management in 2011 of the 146-room, full-service hotel. “When we pulled what was then Geneva Ridge under the Paloma umbrella, we promptly revamped operations and staffing and made vast physical improvements to the building’s infrastructure, allowing for $1.7 million in upgrades.”

This initial phase of improvements included an expansive backyard veranda highlighted by a 12-foot-long fire feature and lounge; poolside sports bar overlooking the wooded Lake Como shoreline; outdoor wedding pergola and aisle; and a refreshed Aspen Ballroom with raised ceilings, state-of-the-art finishes, and French doors opening out to the patio.

The Ridge Hotel

Chambers anticipates that the redesign also could affect guest demographics. “The Ridge has a unique location just off the beaten track, five minutes from the bustling tourist town of Lake Geneva,” he notes. “Add to that prime location the property’s recent enhancements, and The Ridge Hotel becomes even more attractive to the business professional and millennial, while continuing to draw in golfers, vacationers and group business from weddings and retreats.”

According to Chambers, Paloma will monitor the success of the current renovations while also planning for the final redesign, geared to further enhance the guest experience while attracting the next generation of travelers to Lake Geneva. “Our goal is to start what we finished: reviving a struggling sleeper property and transforming it into a leading lodging and restaurant destination in Wisconsin.

Waldorf Astoria, San Francisco

Waldorf Astoria Hotels to open San Francisco property

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Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts has announced its newest property, Waldorf Astoria San Francisco, which will be the centerpiece of a two million square-foot, mixed-used complex that will feature luxury entertainment, retail and office space.

Waldorf Astoria San Francisco will reside within the first 21 storeys of a signature tower designed by the architecture firm Foster + Partners. Located at Mission Street between Ecker and 1st Streets, Waldorf Astoria San Francisco will be ideally situated in the city’s exciting new Transbay Neighborhood, in the centre of a vast redevelopment project surrounding the Transbay Transit Centre.

Bordered by Market Street on the north, Embarcadero on the east, Folsom Street on the south, and Hawthorne Street to the west, the Transbay Neighborhood is an inspirational environment unto itself. Transportation friendly with wide sidewalks and bike paths, the neighbourhood has a vibrant mix of shops and restaurants, as well as contemporary green spaces which have been carefully planned as key components of the area.

World-renowned hospitality design firm, Hirsch Bedner Associates, brings their award-winning design to Waldorf Astoria San Francisco’s interiors to seamlessly blend the brand’s signature worldly sophistication with modern accoutrements reflective of this iconic destination.

The hotel will offer an elegant and spacious spa and will also feature an iconic Peacock Alley serving a San Francisco approach to the legendary cuisine and libations that have established Waldorf Astoria as synonymous with unforgettable luxury experiences.

Fairmont Austin

Fairmont Austin: A hotel on a park

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Fairmont Austin, the new 37-storey luxury hotel opening summer 2017, has unveiled natural design elements that will pay homage to the neighbouring Palm Park, currently undergoing revitalisation by the non-profit Waller Creek Conservancy.

Fairmont Austin’s proximity to both Palm Park and Waller Creek inspired Warren Sheets, of San Francisco-based interior design firm Warren Sheets Design, to create an organic continuity from the hotel’s environment to the spaces within, realising the ‘hotel on a park’ concept in a multitude of spectacular and unexpected ways. “On a broader scope, I was looking at how important outdoor life is to Austinites and to the state itself,” said Sheets. “Because the hotel is on a park, I brought The Park into the hotel. All the interior elements down to the smallest details weave a cohesive narrative that honors this beautiful city and will serve to welcome guests with trademark hospitality.”

Upon entering, guests are greeted by two 24-feet-high by 26-feet-wide towering Heritage Oak trees which flank the reception desk; while The Park Lounge features a geometric, life-size topiary garden with majestically imposing tree, and moving lights aimed at the ceiling. Indigenous greenery and cultural references also appear throughout the hotel’s interior.

Fairmont Austin’s outdoor spaces were designed by dwg., an Austin-based landscape architecture studio. dwg. was selected to ensure a seamless integration of Waller Creek’s vision with Fairmont’s environmentally sustainable standards.

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“Our design for the landscape celebrates and embraces the unique location and proximity of the hotel to Waller Creek and Palm Park. The tagline we used for the project was a ‘hotel in a park’ and, subsequently the rooftop pool, gardens and event spaces became known as ‘a park in a hotel’. The vision for the landscape is very innovative and amplifies the unique and critical ecosystem of Waller Creek,” said Daniel Woodroffe, president of dwg. “This is accomplished by using native and adapted plants and trees and significantly reducing water consumption by harvesting the AC condensate from the hotel’s air conditioning system. Ensuring the brand standards of the hotel and the commitment to sustainability was very important to the success of our design.”

The Red River Canopy Walk, a 33-foot-tall elevated connection from Fairmont Austin to the Austin Convention Center, will allow the public and guests to view Waller Creek and Palm Park from a unique aerial perspective. The pedestrian bridge will include a stairway and ramp leading to Palm Park and three miles of new hike and bike trails. The elegant, open-air design of the Canopy Walk will reinforce Waller Creek’s mission of renewing urban parks to create authentic and uplifting experiences that reflect Austin’s dynamic spirit.

“Fairmont Austin is devoted to honoring public treasures like Palm Park and Waller Creek, while contributing in meaningful ways to the city’s future,” said Michael McMahon, director of sales and marketing for Fairmont Austin. “The revival of Palm Park, the transformation of neighboring Red River and Rainey Street Districts, coupled with the hotel’s distinct interior and exterior design will be nothing short of spectacular.”

Fairmont Austin is currently progressing at a floor-a-week pace and will open summer 2017.

Kindred Resorts & Hotels expands US portfolio

Kindred Resorts & Hotels expands portfolio in US

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Kindred Resorts & Hotels, a collection of independent hotels and resorts focused exclusively on the group and meetings market in North America, has added five properties to its portfolio.

There are currently 56 properties in the portfolio and the new additions include Amangani; High Hampton Inn & Country Club; Rancho de los Caballeros; Sea Island; and Sun Mountain Lodge.

Amangani, which translates to “peaceful home,” is a 40-suite retreat in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Nestled in Cashiers, North Carolina, High Hampton Inn & Country Club features natural surroundings with mountain views and a rustic ambiance.

Established in 1948 and family owned for three generations, Rancho de los Caballeros sits on 20,000 acres of High Sonoran Desert in Wickenburg, Arizona. Sea Island, which has sat on the Georgia coast since 1928, features five miles of private beach, 16 tennis courts, a beach club, three championship golf courses and more. Sun Mountain Lodge is located in Winthrop, Washington and offers mountains views of Washington state.

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Alt Hotel Ottawa opens in a burst of colour and style

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Visitors to the Canadian capital now have even more choice of quality accommodation to choose from thanks to the opening of the 148-room Alt Hotel Ottawa. The newly-built property is conveniently located on Slater Street, just a few blocks away from the city’s iconic Parliament Buildings and is less than a mile from the bustling ByWard Market district.

The opening is the latest offering from the Montreal-based group Germain Hospitalité; a hotel operator that currently has a portfolio of 13 properties comprising the Alt and Le Germain brands. The company specialises in a ‘no frills chic’ concept which sees guests enjoy all the luxury of a high-end hotel experience without the price tag. The group is enjoying rapid expansion with plans to open up to seven more hotels by 2020.

Designed by LEMAYMICHAUD Architecture Design and Chmiel Architects, the 14-floor, $30 million (£16 million) Alt Hotel Ottawa offers intelligent design, comfort and attentive service.

 

As well as a fully equipped fitness centre it is home to 4,000 square feet of meetings space furnished with top of the range facilities including smart large format televisions and high-spec projection screens. Special touches in every room, such as ‘ultra-comfortable’ beds and spa-inspired bathrooms, all lend the hotel a decidedly upscale feel that defies its affordable year-round nightly flat rate.

Visitors to Alt Hotel Ottawa are greeted by an impressive eye-catching installation called ALT Expo. Dominating the lobby walls, the striking mural by artist Jean-François Frenette is composed of 9,000 colourful photographs featuring iconic Canadian landscapes. Within the mosaic there are special LCD panels that stream Instagram images that have been shared by hotel guests and members of the public using the hashtag #altexpo. Also in the lobby is the Altcetera Café, the perfect place for guests to enjoy an informal breakfast, lunch or dinner. The café offers a variety of simple, delicious food prepared by local caterer Epicuria as well as a range of hot beverages by Canadian tea specialists DAVIDsTEA.

The new opening further strengthens the capital’s diverse hotel offering. UK visitors to Ottawa can already choose from a wide range of accommodation from intimate boutique properties to state of the art business hotels. Whether seeking the ultimate in luxury or the perfect family hotel there is something to suit every traveller’s budget.

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