Thursday, 16 December 2021

Hyatt Hotels are celebrating the opening of Hyatt Centric Jumeirah Dubai

Hyatt Hotels are celebrating the opening of Hyatt Centric Jumeirah Dubai, marking the lifestyle brand’s debut in the Middle East. The seven-story property is set to become a social hub in the La Mer district, featuring 173 sophisticated guestrooms, including 27 spacious deluxe rooms and suites, designed to reflect the city through the playful juxtaposition of colours, textures and curated curiosities.

Nestled in the heart of Dubai and bringing in a fresh take on the modern hospitality sector, Hyatt Centric Jumeirah Dubai serves as an ideal launchpad for exploration for those looking to discover the city’s local hot spots and hidden gems. Conveniently located between old and new Dubai, guests have the opportunity to experience nearby attractions including Laguna Waterpark, the La Mer beachfront shopping and dining district, Burj Khalifa, and Dubai Mall. For those seeking authentic, historical experiences, the nearby neighbourhoods of Satwa, Bur Dubai and Al Fahidi are home to traditional Arab marketplaces, known as souks, and the Etihad Museum.

“Surrounded by the ocean with year-round sunshine and a stunning aesthetic, we are proud to introduce the 10th Hyatt branded hotel in Dubai and to bring the first Hyatt Centric hotel into the UAE,” said Britta Leick-Milde, hotel manager of Hyatt Centric Jumeirah Dubai. “With stunning views of the entire Dubai skyline, Hyatt Centric Jumeirah Dubai offers adventure-seeking travellers a window to the destination through a playful interpretation of local culture, art, and points of interest.”

Monday, 13 December 2021

Hyatt Place New York Chelsea Celebrates Official Opening

King guest room with great views
Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced the opening of Hyatt Place New York Chelsea. Hyatt Place New York Chelsea today celebrated the 510-room hotel’s opening. 

The new 510-room, 45 story hotel offers business and leisure travellers contemporary rooms equipped with modern technology, blush bedding, dedicated work and seating areas and some of the best, unobstructed views of the Empire State Building and One World Trade. Guests are invited to experience a thriving atmosphere, and practical amenities throughout their stay, such as complimentary Wi-Fi, pet-friendly rooms, business centre, fitness centre and 24-hour food offerings.

“As New York City continues to reopen, grow, and thrive economically, we are excited to add to the momentum by welcoming the world’s second-largest Hyatt Place hotel to the area.” said Gary Maida, general manager, Hyatt Place New York Chelsea. “With our intuitively designed social spaces and guestrooms with dedicated work and sleep areas, our multitasking guests can easily accomplish what they need to do while on the road in the city that never sleeps.”   

Hyatt Place New York Chelsea is centrally located in the beautiful, brownstone-lined Chelsea neighbourhood, within walking distance to some of New York City’s best attractions, such as the Empire State Building, Chelsea Market, The Highline, Hudson Yards, Madison Square Park, Flatiron Building and much more.

Sunday, 12 December 2021

Global plans for Hyatt expansion....

Announced during ILTM Cannes, Hyatt introduces plans for seven new luxury hotels throughout Europe and the Middle East, in addition to 24 luxury properties in stunning destinations throughout the U.S., Mexico, Morocco, Greater China, Thailand, and more.......

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced at the internationally renowned luxury travel trade show ILTM Cannes, plans for seven new luxury hotels and resorts throughout Europe and the Middle East, in addition to 24 previously announced luxury hotels within Hyatt’s luxury portfolio globally that are slated to open by 2023. These hotels are expected to further bolster Hyatt’s portfolio of luxury brand offerings in key growth markets.

Hyatt continues to grow its brands in locations that matter most to guests, members, and owners. As leisure travel continues to drive recovery in many parts of the world, today’s announcement signals a continued commitment to catering to high-end travellers through a strong pipeline of diverse brands in some of world’s most desirable locations. The hotels and resorts set to join the Alila, Andaz, Destination by Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Park Hyatt, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, and Thompson Hotels brands are expected to exceed the expectations of the luxury traveller, delivering personalized and engaged service, story-worthy experiences and world-class offerings.

“Today, more than ever, our members and guests are looking for unforgettable travel moments – moments that are truly meaningful and leave an indelible mark, connecting them to experiences that change and inspire them,” said Amy Weinberg, senior vice president, loyalty, brand marketing and consumer insights, Hyatt. “The addition of these new hotels and resorts across Hyatt’s luxury portfolio will reinforce Hyatt’s position as a leader in the luxury hospitality space.”

All grounded in premium, cultural and desirable destinations known for their cuisine, architecture, immersive cultures, and history, these newly announced projects are located throughout Europe and the Middle East and have been carefully selected to complement Hyatt’s elevated, luxury portfolio:

Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Hyatt Introduces New Zero Proof Beverage Program in Response to Travelers’ Increased Focus on Wellbeing and Growing Interest in Alcohol Alternatives

Hyatt’s new Zero Proof, Zero Judgment program offers sophisticated spirit-free beverage options using Ritual Zero Proof and Fever-Tree products at many Hyatt hotels around the U.S.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has confirmed the introduction of Zero Proof, Zero Judgment – a beverage program that will bring dedicated zero proof beverage options to several U.S. hotels across Hyatt’s Alila, Andaz, Destination by Hyatt, Hyatt Centric, JdV by Hyatt, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt and Thompson Hotels brands. In response to travelers’ changing alcohol consumption habits and increased focus on their wellbeing, Zero Proof, Zero Judgment launched in August 2021 with many beverages featuring products from leading liquor replacement Ritual Zero Proof and carbonated mixer supplier Fever-Tree. Hyatt’s creative beverage approach comes as 52% of Americans are actively trying to drink less alcohol (Source: Beverage Daily, Circle Up Growth Partners, Oct. 2020) and nearly 50% of travelers surveyed in October 2021 said they’re likely to choose a non-alcoholic beverage over a beer or cocktail (Source: Hyatt Travel Pulse). Zero Proof, Zero Judgment aims to meet a growing demand from consumers to enjoy imbibing regardless of alcohol consumption preference.

Tuesday, 7 December 2021

Newbond Holdings Acquires Waterstone Resort & Marina Boca Raton

Newbold Holdings, a vertically integrated real estate investment and operating platform founded by Neil Luthra and Vann Avedisian, announced the acquisition of the Waterstone Resort & Marina Boca Raton. This transaction marks Newbond’s second Florida hotel investment following the firm’s official launch earlier in the year.

Newbond acquired the 139-key hotel through an off-market transaction. The Waterstone Resort & Marina is located in the heart of Boca Raton, offering picturesque views of the Intercoastal and the Atlantic Ocean as well as immediate access to the city’s world-class beaches and many high-end attractions. With over 8,000 square feet of meeting space, two waterfront restaurants, and a marina, the Waterstone Resort & Marina is uniquely positioned to benefit from the diverse demand drivers within the Boca market, including leisure transient travellers and business guests.

“The Waterstone checks a lot of boxes for our platform as an opportunity to acquire a waterfront hotel in a supply-constrained market where growing corporate demand will complement the already existing strong leisure demand,” said Mr Avedisian.

“We were drawn to Boca Raton, and South Florida in general, by the unabated flow of families and businesses relocating to this market,” Mr. Luthra added. “The Waterstone is particularly well-positioned within its competitive set in the Boca Raton market. We are making a few select improvements to ensure that the Waterstone will be able to capture a disproportionate share of the future market growth.”

The recently upgraded Waterstone Resort & Marina will also benefit from its close proximity to the world class Boca Resort, currently undergoing a $200 million complete transformation, which is expected to strengthen the overall performance of the market.

Palm Beach County and South Florida have experienced extraordinary growth in leisure travel and corporate office locations that have only accelerated as a result of the Pandemic. South Florida has been one of the main beneficiaries from inbound migration of residents from northern and midwestern states. Recent corporate announcements have come from prominent firms such as Blackstone Group, Citadel, Digital Bridge Realty Trust, Microsoft, JP Morgan, Payless, Nucleus Research, Boston Private as well as numerous hedge funds, venture capital firms, and money managers.

In September, a Newbond partnership acquired the Westin Tampa Waterside hotel, a 309-key waterfront property located in Downtown Tampa. Newbond also recently announced a $500 million lending platform with Madison Realty Capital that will focus on originating and purchasing hospitality loans in all major US markets.

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Sunday, 14 November 2021

Winners of the 2021 Historic Hotels of America Awards of Excellence and Winners of the Historic Hotels Worldwide Awards of Excellence Announced.

Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide are pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence. The Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence recognize and celebrate the finest historic hotels and hoteliers from across the United States of America and from around the world.

Recipients were honoured at a special evening Ceremony and Gala at The American Club Resort Hotel on Thursday, November 11. Awards were presented before an audience of more than 200 industry leaders, owners, senior management, and representatives of the finest historic hotels. Nineteen Historic Hotels of America Awards of Excellence were given in multiple categories ranging from Historic Hotels of America Hotelier of the Year, Historic Hotels of America Hotel Historian of the Year, Historic Hotels of America Best Historic Resort, Historic Hotels of America Lifetime Achievement, and others. Three Historic Hotels Worldwide Awards of Excellence were presented for Historic Hotels Worldwide Best Historic Hotel in Europe, Historic Hotels Worldwide Best Historic Hotel in Asia and the Pacific, and Historic Hotels Worldwide Best Historic Hotel in the Americas.

The winners were selected from nominee finalists representing many of the most legendary and iconic historic hotels. The 2021 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence Nominee Finalists were nominated by historic hotels, preservation supporters, prior award recipients, community leaders, and leadership from Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. As official programs of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (in the United States), Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide provide the recognition to travellers, civic leaders, and the global cultural, heritage, and historic travel market that member hotels are among the finest historic hotels across the United States of America and around the world. The Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence program recognizes the pinnacle of this distinct group of nominees in a range of categories.

Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Announces Five New Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Hotels In Oregon

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchising company with approximately 9,000 hotels across nearly 95 countries – announced today an agreement with developer Matt Braun of Braun Hospitality, LLC for five new Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham hotels in Oregon. These hotels join the approximately 300 Microtel hotels across the United States, and over 80 Microtel properties in the company’s U.S. pipeline.

The agreement provides for new Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham properties in the exciting  Oregon growth markets of Florence, Ashland, Salem, Bend and Hood River. Braun Hospitality, the hotels’ ownership, will provide the development oversight and expertise for the planning, design, entitlement, and construction management of the five new properties.

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Ashland

  • Will offer 86 rooms in a popular four-season recreational and arts-centric destination nestled at the base of the Siskiyou and Cascade mountain ranges. Home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland is a cultural hotspot with award-winning galleries, theatres, and restaurants.

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Florence

  • Located near Oregon’s coastal playground of miles of beaches and rolling sand dunes and just one hour west of Eugene-Springfield, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Florence will feature 81 rooms in this go-to getaway destination for rest, relaxation, and recreation.

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Salem

  • Set in Oregon’s capital city, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Salem will feature 74 rooms in this city known for its vibrant downtown, museums, and historic sites, surrounded by green pastures and scenic vistas.

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Hood River

  • Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Hood River will provide the perfect location for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. Guests of the 86-room hotel can enjoy nearby hiking, mountain biking, skiing, windsurfing, kite boarding and rafting, as well as an eclectic mix of downtown restaurants, bakeries, breweries, wineries, shops, and galleries.

Microtel Inn & Suites Bend

  • With both outdoor pursuits and pristine beauty, Bend, Ore. offers everything from award-winning restaurants to alpine sports and ancient lava tubes. Microtel Inn & Suites Bend will feature 86 rooms conveniently located for travellers visiting the city’s art galleries, the High Desert Museum, or trekking the legendary Bend Ale Trail, the largest beer trail in the west.

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

The new Thompson Central Park New York, offers contemporary luxury stays with sophisticated flair steps from Midtown’s main attractions.

The new Thompson Central Park New York, offers contemporary luxury stays with sophisticated flair steps from Midtown’s main attractions.

Hyatt Hotels announced the opening of Thompson Central Park New York from award-winning lifestyle hospitality brand, Thompson Hotels. Located steps from the southern edge of Central Park on West 56th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, Thompson Central Park New York opens in the former space of the Parker New York.

Thompson Central Park New York welcomes hotel guests to newly designed interiors, including a redesigned lobby, public spaces and 587 sophisticated, contemporary guestrooms and suites including the 174-room highly anticipated Upper Stories, a collection of luxurious accommodations offering expansive views, high-end amenities and exclusive offerings and programming, including access to the private Upper Stories Lounge. Today’s opening also includes the return of beloved culinary hotspot, Burger Joint, and the introduction of new cocktail bar, Standing Room Only. The hotel’s grand opening will culminate in Spring 2022, with the arrival of more soon-to-be announced dining destinations, intimate event space and the opening of Upper Stories.

Thompson Central Park New York features stunning public spaces designed by architect Thomas Juul-Hansen and guestrooms designed by Stonehill Taylor. The property is poised to redefine the New York City experience for sophisticated, contemporary travelers. Guestroom artwork and programming will be music-centric as a nod to the hotel’s history as a home to many musicians and actors who played at New York City top music venues.

“We’re honored to introduce the world to Thompson Central Park New York and welcome travelers to a stunning new hotel in the heart of New York City,” said Matt Slippoy, general manager, Thompson Central Park New York. “Together with our partners across design, culinary, retail and more, we’re thrilled to provide New Yorkers and travelers with an unparalleled hospitality experience steps from Central Park and iconic cultural institutions, performing arts theaters, Broadway and more of what makes New York City a world-class destination.”

Saturday, 30 October 2021

The 4th-largest hotel owner-operator in the U.S. has purchased the newly built 170-suite Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle Sea-Tac Airport in Washington.

MCR — the 4th-largest hotel owner-operator in the U.S. has purchased the newly built 170-suite Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle Sea-Tac Airport in Washington. The new property is just 10 minutes from the Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle South/Renton that MCR acquired in June of this year.

One of the fastest-growing airports, Sea-Tac ranks among the top 10 in the U.S., having welcomed more than 51 million passengers in 2019. And it’s getting bigger every day: The Port of Seattle, which owns and operates the airport, is investing more than $4 billion in 30 improvement projects by 2027.

The Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle Sea-Tac Airport is located at 19608 International Boulevard and features:

170 pet-friendly suites
Complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle service
A rooftop patio featuring sprawling views of Angle Lake
Free fast Wi-Fi
A 24-hour convenience store
A fitness centre
A business centre
A lobby bar
Complimentary breakfast
Laundry facilities
Onsite parking
480 square feet of meeting space
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Friday, 29 October 2021

Stonehouse Capital Acquires Napa Valley Gem, Rancho Caymus Inn

In a return to wine country for its founder, Stonehouse Capital, together with its partners, acquire the historic boutique Rancho Caymus Inn, partnering with Life House for Management

Stonehouse Capital, an esteemed investor, owner, and developer of distinctive hospitality assets has acquired the historic Rancho Caymus Inn located in the very heart of Napa Valley. The boutique hotel is one of few select properties that rests within Rutherford proper, immediately surrounded by some of the most distinguished vineyards and winemakers in the world. The property’s exceptional location is not only central to the valley but also uniquely walkable to a plethora of prominent neighbours. A charming atmosphere within an idyllic hamlet, at just 26 boutique rooms, guests of Rancho Caymus Inn feel like they are “in-on-the-secret”.

The property was originally built by the late vintner, designer, pilot, and renaissance woman, Mary Tilden Morton (of the Morton Salt Family). It was thoughtfully and skillfully restored by the Sellers who preserved many of Rancho Caymus’ original details – including stained-glass windows, masterful mosaics, heavy 19th-century barn-wood beams, and other details throughout. The Inn’s name and aesthetic both pay homage to the historic 1836 Rancho Caymus land grant.

The acquisition of the Inn marks a return to the valley for Jeff Broaden, Founder & CEO of Stonehouse Capital. In partnership with Auberge, as a partner at his prior firm, he helped lead the successful acquisition and ownership of Calistoga Ranch. It was also in Napa Valley that he married his wife, almost a decade ago. With a deep appreciation for the fundamentals of the valley, Jeff had been seeking another worthy investment that meets the requirements of being both emotionally stirring and financially compelling.

“We are thrilled to add this incredibly unique boutique hotel to our portfolio.” said Jeff Broaden, Founder and CEO of Stonehouse Capital. “Napa Valley is a wonderful community filled with passionate creators and artists; one of the more inspiring destinations anywhere. We are excited to become the new stewards of this property and thrilled to be surrounded by such wonderful neighbours in Rutherford and the broader wine country.” He added, “We are happy to announce our partnership with Life House for management – we chose them for their innovative platform, creative edge, shared enthusiasm for Napa and this asset, and commitment to elevating the experience of our guests in this special destination.”

“We are ecstatic to be part of the treasured Rancho Caymus Inn in the heart of Napa Valley,” added Rami Zeidan, Life House's founder & CEO. “We are grateful to work with Stonehouse Capital and very much appreciate their forward-thinking approach that will bring a wonderfully enhanced and authentic guest experience and optimal profitability through our management platform".

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Viva Wyndham Announces Reopening of Viva Wyndham Azteca After Millions Spent on Renovations

Viva Wyndham Resorts, a collection of all-inclusive resorts located in the Caribbean, including Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas, today announced that after extensive renovations totalling more than $6 million, Viva Wyndham Azteca will reopen its doors to guests on November 1, 2021. The reopening of the all-inclusive, oceanfront resort located in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, home to the finest white-sand beaches in the renowned Playacar complex, also coincides with the reopening of Viva Wyndham’s V Heavens Resort located in the Playa Dorada complex in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. V Heavens features an ample array of amenities and also boasts a full-service spa, as well as a Robert Trent Jones Sr. signature golf course. The two resort openings complete the reopening of all eight of Viva Wyndham resorts across its portfolio.

Renovations to Viva Wyndham Azteca include upgrades to all room categories, including Superior Rooms which are outfitted with heritage-rich, Mexican-inspired décor and state-of-the-art technology, and boast stunning ocean, pool, and garden views. The lobby and public areas also feature all-new décor and a full renovation has been completed at the snack bar with Mexican-inspired design elements. The restaurants, El Nopal Buffet and Il Palco Italian a la carte, have also been completely redone with all new décor, high-end flooring, and beautiful paint schemes.

Thursday, 28 October 2021

Hyatt Announces Plans for Grand Hyatt The Red Sea in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced this week that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with The Red Sea Development Company for a 430-room Grand Hyatt hotel on Shaura Island, the hub of the ambitious Red Sea Project on Saudi Arabia’s west coast. The luxury resort hotel will represent the largest of 11 hotels set to open on the island and will occupy a prime position within this innovative tourist development. Grand Hyatt The Red Sea will be the second Grand Hyatt hotel in the Kingdom and the seventh Grand Hyatt hotel in the Middle East, marking an important milestone in Hyatt’s growth strategy in the region.

Slated to open as part of phase one of the Red Sea Project, the property will be designed to reflect the bold and vibrant luxury synonymous with the Grand Hyatt brand, featuring sophisticated design, materials and decor inspired by the iconic elements present in the destination. Grand Hyatt The Red Sea will feature a striking architectural “coral bloom” design, a unique concept that resembles a bloom of coral in the sea from above, that will offer a sense of luxury that blends seamlessly with the natural environment. A tasteful mix of suites and large standard rooms will provide guests with a comfortable and upscale place from which to explore the area’s diverse ecosystem and endless attractions. World-class food and beverage venues and the wider amenities of the hub island, which will include a marina and an 18-hole championship golf course, will complete the luxury hotel experience within a breathtaking setting.