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Saturday, 16 October 2021

Allegiant scores big loan to complete its Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbour

Castlelake, L.P. a global alternative investment manager with 16 years of experience investing in asset-rich opportunities, announced today it has provided a loan to Sunseeker, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Allegiant Travel Company, an integrated travel company with the world's leading ultra-low-cost carrier at its core. The loan will be used to fund the construction of Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor, which resumed in August of this year. 

 New Castlelake loan for Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor 


Allegiant began construction of Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor – a first-of-its-kind destination resort in southwest Florida – in March 2019, before pausing due to the severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the travel and hospitality industry.

"Castlelake is pleased to provide financing to Sunseeker and strengthen our relationship with Allegiant through this project," said Armin Rothauser, Partner and Head of Lending at Castlelake. "This transaction sits at the intersection of Castlelake's deep real asset expertise, aviation experience and solutions-oriented approach."

Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor is expected to have a significant impact on the local economy, eventually employing about 800 construction workers. Once the resort opens, Sunseeker expects to employ approximately 1,150 people, making it a leading employer in Southwest Florida. The resort will feature more than 500 hotel rooms, more than 180 extended stay suites, 55,000 square-feet of meeting and conference space, 19 restaurants and bars, and retail outlets along a scenic harbor walk.

"Sunseeker will not only be a transformational project for Southwest Florida, but also a tremendous catalyst for Allegiant's continued growth as an integrated travel company," said Allegiant President John Redmond. "This unique resort will bring unprecedented value and opportunity to our emerging leisure travel marketplace."


Allegiant Travel Company is focused on linking travellers in small-to-medium cities to world-class vacation destinations with all-nonstop flights and base airfares less than half the cost of the average domestic roundtrip ticket. The company demonstrated resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the smallest revenue decline of any airline in 2020.

As a top 15 aircraft lessor and more than 16 years of experience investing in, financing and managing aviation assets, Castlelake has a long-standing relationship with Allegiant. Castlelake's lending platform, which provides financial offerings to aviation-related asset owners and buyers, has completed over $2 billion of financings since November 2020. Castlelake also has significant experience structuring and executing land and real estate-centric transactions including acquisition, development & construction (AD&C), land banking, secured debt financing and direct investing.

"Castlelake is a proven, trusted partner with the right expertise to execute on financing the Sunseeker project within its own framework," said Allegiant Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Greg Anderson. "Obtaining this financing affords Allegiant the capital needed to fund the bulk of the remaining cost for the Sunseeker project, in an efficient manner consistent with our fiscal strategy."




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Friday, 15 October 2021

Marcus Hotels & Resorts has been celebrating the news this week that six of its owned and/or managed properties have been recognized as top hotels and resorts by the 2021Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel, The Pfister Hotel, Skirvin Hilton, Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker, Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, and Grand Geneva Resort and Spa Recognized by Condé Nast Traveler Readers Among the Best of the Best


Marcus Hotels & Resorts has been celebrating the news this week that six of its owned and/or managed properties have been recognized as top hotels and resorts by the 2021Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

The Marcus Hotels & Resorts properties that were recognized by Condé Nast Traveler readers as top hotels and resorts in their respective categories are:

As the first-of-its-kind arts hotel, Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel in Milwaukee was honored as the #5 Top Hotel in the Midwest. This is the second consecutive year that the property, which opened in 2019, has been named a Top Hotel in the Midwest by Condé Nast Traveler readers. The hotel broadly celebrates the arts in its many forms with multiple gallery and exhibition spaces, daily live music and programmed events, and unique culinary experiences awaiting guests inside.

 

Milwaukee’s distinguished luxury hotel, The Pfister Hotel was recognized as the #13 Top Hotel in the Midwest. This is the fifth consecutive year the 127-year-old property has been named a Top Hotel in the Midwest by Condé Nast Traveler readers. This year, The Pfister Hotel was also honored with the coveted AAA Four Diamond Designation for its 45th consecutive year.
The Pfister Hotel was recognized as the #13 Top Hotel in the Midwest

 

Skirvin Hilton was named the #15 Top Hotel in the Midwest, marking the second time it has been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler readers. Its rich history in Oklahoma City stretches back to 1911 when it first opened its doors. Guests today can continue to experience the elegance and innovation in the hotel’s luxuriously appointed guest rooms and upscale dining offerings.

 

Skirvin Hilton 

A Lincoln, Nebraska landmark, Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker was honored as the #18 Top Hotel in the Midwest. This is the first year the property was recognized by Condé Nast Traveler readers. This beautiful historic hotel has been serving Nebraska's capital city for nearly 90 years and offers guests unique experiences with its Artist-in-Residence program and the popular and fun Miller Time Pub.
Hyatt Regency Schaumburg in Schaumburg, Illinois was named the #19 Top Hotel in the Midwest. This is also the first year the property was recognized by Condé Nast Traveler readers. Recently renovated, Hyatt Regency Schaumburg is conveniently located near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and is among many of the area’s most popular attractions and energetic business hubs. The hotel offers many amenities for both business and leisure travelers with state-of-the-art meeting and event spaces as well as contemporary guestrooms.

 

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa 
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin was recognized as the #9 Top Resort in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. This all-seasons premier resort is situated on 1,300 acres in the beautiful woodlands of Lake Geneva and is known for its two championship golf courses in the summer and Mountain Top downhill ski hill in the winter, as well as its full-service WELL Spa & Salon and array of fine dining options. This is the fifth consecutive year this property has been named a Top Resort by Condé Nast Traveler readers.

 

“We are very proud that the discerning readers of Condé Nast Traveler again recognized our properties for being among the very best of the best,” said Michael Evans, president of Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “Year after year, our properties are chosen for Condé Nast Traveler and other honours because of their unique and first-class offerings, our team’s drive to deliver exceptional service, and our proven operational expertise that welcomes guests back again and again. Thanks to the dedication of our team, Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ properties claimed 25 percent of this year’s highly coveted and admired Condé Nast Traveler list of Top Hotels in the Midwest, more than any other owner or manager.”


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Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Hyatt Hotels are celebrating the opening of IL Tornabuoni Hotel in Florence


Hyatt Hotels are celebrating the opening of IL Tornabuoni Hotel in Florence. The luxurious 62-bedroom Renaissance-inspired former palace signifies the debut of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand in Italy, known for its independent, one-of-a-kind hotels that offer bespoke experiences that inspire guests.

Whether it is a captivating past, an exclusive location, famous architecture and design or an award-wining dining experience, each property within The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand maintains a distinct character and the freedom to be unique, while still providing guests with the World of Hyatt loyalty program and a trusted brand name and reputation.




This historical property – formerly the Palazzo Minerbetti – has undergone significant restoration since its early days as an urban palace hosting well-known figures like the Grand Duke of Tuscany, better known as Cosimo de Medici lll. His patronage of science, architecture, literature and arts contributed to the cultural heritage of Florence and is reflected throughout the hotel via updates to guest rooms and suites, public spaces, the terrace and more.

Carefully curated in colours of red, blue and gold, each of the 62 guestrooms reflect the Renaissance era that Florence is known for, epitomizing the rich history and artistic magnificence of the period and allowing guests to create story-worthy experiences during their stay.

Located along Via de Tornabuoni, one of the most prestigious streets in Florence, guests can explore this cultural heritage, taking a short stroll to admire Palazzo Strozzi, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore or the Uffizi Gallery. Guests can also step back in time with a climb up Giotto’s Campanile, a marbled Gothic tower that delivers spectacular views across the city or find the historic Ponte Vecchio, the famous Medieval bridge hosting authentic Italian jewellery shops, right at their doorstep.


Saturday, 11 September 2021

Alila Hinu Bay Hotel opens in Oman

Alila Hinu Bay Resport

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has told us that the Alila Hinu Bay in Oman is now ready to welcome international guests for the first time, following the recent announcement of borders in Oman re-opening to tourists.

The property joins Alila Jabal Akhdar as the Alila brand’s second hotel in Oman along with 15 other Alila properties worldwide. Distinguished by a strong commitment to sustainable tourism, the award-winning brand features luxury hotels and resorts in some of the most spectacular natural locations.

The 112-key hotel is nestled on a secluded beachfront in Oman’s southwest region of Dhofar. The untouched area is best known for its lush landscapes, cool summers, and it is within easy driving distance from Salalah International Airport. Between Samhan mountain and the blue waters of the Arabian Sea, Alila Hinu Bay caters to well-travelled guests seeking reflection and impactful connections. Along with the breathtaking scenery, the area is known for its rich traditions and the renowned warmth of Omani hospitality. Combined with a personalized experience that is crafted for each guest, travellers can expect to be immersed in authentic yet bespoke journeys tailored to their preferences and interests.

“We are very excited to add Alila Hinu Bay to the Hyatt portfolio and welcome guests to this region of Oman, a true nature lover’s paradise full of stunning landscapes, waterfalls and greenery,” said Martin Persson, general manager, Alila Hinu Bay. “Dedicated to being responsible and sustainable, guests can enjoy exquisite culinary experiences evoking local and international flavours at one of our dining options or treat themselves to a customized spa experience that uses natural products.”

Accommodations with a View


Pool Villa 
Alila Hinu Bay boasts 112 guestrooms and private pool villas with interiors incorporating local materials which blend natural elements of the outdoors with clean, modern finishes. Guestrooms offer lagoon, or sea views, each with its own terrace with fixed seating and the option of booking connecting rooms for families. Pool villas offer the utmost in luxury with private plunge pools and outdoor bathtubs, enabling guests to feel in tune with the natural surroundings. Further, all of the pool villas boast direct access to the beach and plenty of space to relax and recharge.

Sustainable Dining Experiences


Each of Alila Hinu Bay’s dining venues is committed to sourcing the majority of its produce from local vendors. Seasalt offers views over the ocean and welcomes guests to indulge in a coastal dining experience. The Lobby Lounge serves light refreshments and welcome guests to indulge in authentic Arabian flavours. Guests are able to enjoy company and conversation over an Omani afternoon tea experience called “fuwala”, while relaxing with magnificent views overlooking the Arabian Sea.

Unique Experiences

Thursday, 9 September 2021

Leisure Demand Continues to Drive Hyatt’s Brand Growth in Europe

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into six new management and franchise agreements for hotels in Europe across The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, JdV by Hyatt, Hyatt Centric, and Hyatt Regency brands, further emphasizing a growing desire from travelers, World of Hyatt members, and owners for hotels that offer unique, differentiated experiences and foster genuine connections with people and cultures.


The announcement builds on Hyatt’s growth strategy to significantly expand its brand portfolio in Europe by the end of 2023 – the six new executed agreements are expected to increase Hyatt’s brand presence in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland. This is in addition to the recently announced planned acquisition of Apple Leisure Group (ALG), which is expected to expand Hyatt’s European brand footprint by 60 percent.

“The newly executed agreements highlight the positive strides we are making towards our growth strategy in Europe, and the new projects sit alongside a strong pipeline of Hyatt-branded hotels scheduled to open over the coming years,” said Felicity Black-Roberts, Hyatt’s vice president development, Europe. “Confidence in the hospitality sector remains high among investors, and we are delighted to collaborate with leading owners and operators who recognize the value and profitability of Hyatt’s entire brand portfolio, with an emphasis on Hyatt’s independent collections, including The Unbound Collection by Hyatt and JdV by Hyatt brands, and lifestyle brands, including Hyatt Centric. With these new deals, we are asserting our expertise in leisure destinations, reinforcing that Hyatt’s brands continue to resonate and cater to leisure travelers.”

Newly executed deals include:

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Hyatt Teams Up with Gopuff to Offer Everyday Essentials On-the-Go

The pilot program rolls out today with free deliveries at select Hyatt Place locations in the U.S., expanding the brand’s Necessities Program and bringing even more convenience to guests




Hyatt Hotel has announced a collaboration between the Hyatt Place brand and Gopuff, a go-to platform for consumers’ immediate everyday needs, such as drinks, snacks, over-the-counter medications, home and baby products and more, including alcohol in select markets.

Starting today at more than a dozen Hyatt Place hotels, this pilot program will create an added layer of convenience and comfort for travellers, providing guests at participating properties with fast, free delivery of thousands of everyday items. Guests at participating hotels can receive items in just 30 minutes delivered from Gopuff’s local micro-fulfilment centres. The collaboration will expand the Hyatt Place brand’s Necessities program, which offers guests a wide range of essentials to keep, borrow or buy, such as toothpaste, cellphone chargers or headphones.

In a recent survey, Hyatt learned that 60% of travellers have forgotten to pack an item (e.g., toiletries and first aid) for a business or leisure trip*. Leveraging data from the same survey, Hyatt and Gopuff identified the most-often-forgotten and most-likely-to-purchase items and collaborated to create in-app categories such as Travel Essentials, Spa Retreat, Movie Night, Office on the Go, and more, to ensure guests have easy, quick access to the items they need most while travelling.

“As both business and leisure travellers adjust their travel routines and seek new ways to travel safely, it’s important for us to keep the needs and wellbeing of our guests at the forefront of everything we do,” said Emily Wright, Global Brand Leader, Hyatt. “Every detail of the Hyatt Place experience is designed around innovation and intuitive design to make guest stays as seamless and comfortable as possible. Our collaboration with Gopuff is just another way the brand is helping guests get the most out of their stay, regardless of their reason for travel.”

Through this collaboration, Hyatt Place guests at participating hotels may enjoy the following benefits:

Friday, 27 August 2021

New Hyatt Regency hotel opens in Houston

Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Prism Hotels & Resorts have announced the opening of Hyatt Regency Houston West.  The opening marks a full-circle moment as the property originally opened as a Hyatt Regency hotel in the early 1980s. Ideal for guests seeking a seamless and intuitive experience, the premium hotel sits on Katy Freeway within Houston’s Energy Corridor and features 400 rooms, including 44 suites, 25,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and three food & beverage outlets – a three-meal restaurant, an eclectic lobby bar, and an expansive coffee market.

Owned by L+R Hotels and managed by Prism Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Regency Houston West is conveniently located in Houston’s Energy Corridor and provides guests authentic hospitality and a connected experience with friends, family, and colleagues whether travelling for meetings or leisure activities. 

“We are thrilled to open the doors to Hyatt Regency Houston West and welcome guests, customers, visitors, and World of Hyatt members to our Houston hotel,” said General Manager Tom Jamison. “Whether guests are visiting for a short trip or an extended stay, we know Hyatt Regency Houston West is the perfect place to offer a high-touch hotel experience that offers confident service to make guests feel connected and refreshed during their stay."

With biophilic design at every turn, Hyatt Regency Houston West sits atop lush greens surrounded by a picturesque two-acre lake. A refreshing water garden in the atrium lobby welcomes guests with slowly cascading waterfalls, exotic foliage, and tropical fish, serving as the harmonious core of the hotel.

“With the opening of Hyatt Regency Houston West, our hotel offers guests the opportunity to unwind in our expansive outdoor green space featuring lawn games and a year-round heated swimming pool and whirlpool. Whether travelling to Houston for business or leisure, the hotel provides an authentic hospitality experience in the heart of the city,” said Jamison. Situated in Energy Corridor and within minutes of CityCentre and Memorial City, the hotel’s desirable location offers guests plenty of dining, entertainment, and shopping options nearby. 

Concept & Design

Houston’s stature as the oil and gas capital of the world is boldly visible through the oil field mosaic prominently displayed at the hotel’s front desk and throughout Black Gold, the hotel’s lobby bar and lounge.

Food and Beverage

Nestled in the heart of our soaring tropical atrium lobby among exotic greenery and our roaming water feature, Café on the Lake offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and allows diners to indulge in locally inspired, creative and seasonal dishes that burst with Texas flavour. Paying homage to Houston's Energy Corridor, Black Gold Bar is located off the lobby and features updated, modern décor plus an exciting culinary and libations menu. Hyatt Regency Houston West also offers grab and go selections in Over The Counter, located on the hotel’s main level.

Meetings and Events  

Meeting professionals can conduct comfortable, productive business meetings and events at Hyatt Regency Houston West. The hotel features indoor lakes, a waterfall, glass elevators and an ideal location in the exclusive energy corridor convenient to both Houston airports. Ideal for meetings and weddings in Houston, there are a total of 25 meeting rooms with 25,000 square feet of function space, including the 9,800-square-foot Texas Ballroom.

Wellbeing & Sustainability

Guests wanting to stay on top of their wellness routine while away from home can count on Hyatt Regency Houston West’s fitness centre, healthy meal options, numerous outdoor activities, and personalized service. All guests enjoy complimentary access to the fitness centre, which features state-of-the-art exercise equipment. The hotel also offers an outdoor heated swimming pool and whirlpool. Guests looking to take their fitness regimen outdoors can enjoy the Hershey Park Jogging Trails located nearby, or play golf at nearby Bear Creek Park, Black Horse Golf Club and Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club, which features a course designed by Greg Norman.





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A “Nikko Style” Lifestyle-branded property to open in the world-famous mountain resort of Niseko

Okura Nikko Hotel Management Co. has announced that it will open the Nikko Style Niseko HANAZONO hotel in 2024. The hotel will be located in Niseko, Hokkaido, a world-famous ski resort in Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido. The company has contracted with Fujita Corporation to manage the new property.

The Nikko Style Niseko HANAZONO will offer 234 guest rooms, each with a standard area of about 34 square meters, including 16 suite rooms, on 8 floors above ground. All guest rooms on the top two floors will be equipped with bathrooms featuring a private natural hot spring bath. The hotel will also contain a restaurant with an open kitchen offering cuisine featuring rich local ingredients from Hokkaido. With views of the surrounding nature from every seat, an impressive circular bar counter and multiple private rooms, the restaurant will offer a variety of options for guests to enjoy their dining experience.

In addition, there will be a full range of facilities allowing guests to relax, including hot spring facilities with open-air baths overlooking Mt. Yotei, a club lounge, a fitness centre, and banqueting facilities.

Toshihiro Ogita, President, Okura Nikko Hotel Management Co., Ltd., commented, “We are delighted that the Okura Group will be opening its first ski resort hotel in Niseko, one of the world’s best-known resort areas. We are looking forward to offering our hospitality to guests from all over the world in a setting where they will feel close to the majestic natural surroundings.”

Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Delta Hotels by Marriott Brings ‘Simple Made Perfect’ Mantra to Mexico with Opening of Delta Hotels by Marriott, Riviera Nayarit, an All-Inclusive Resort

Leading Four-Star Brand Debuts First Property in Mexico with its First All-Inclusive Resort

Guest Room

“This is an exciting moment for our brand as we welcome the first all-inclusive resort and our first property in Mexico,” said Jennifer Connell, Vice President and Global Brand Leader, Delta Hotels by Marriott. “Delta Hotels All-Inclusive Resorts empower a seamless travel experience that helps guests focus on what’s important, championing the key essentials for the highest impact. Through amazing food and beverage experiences, activated pools, and maximum fun, guests are free to do and play more and simply concentrate on enjoying time with the people they care about.”

Each Delta Hotels All-Inclusive Resort aims to elevate the essentials, with a focus on great food, activated pools, and dynamic spaces for families. Guests can expect modern multi-room suites, the brand’s signature Delta Pantry – exclusive for Elite members only, and ice cream socials, as well as fast-casual menus with an emphasis on simple, fresh ingredients – all designed to leave guests feeling relaxed and happy. Rooted in simplicity and focused on perfecting the small details that make all the difference during travel, the brand’s thoughtful design and efficient service allow guests to have a streamlined experience.

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St. Regis Hotels and Resorts Makes Glamorous Debut in China’s Coastal City of Qingdao

The St. Regis Qingdao Introduces Iconic Butler Service, Celebrated Rituals and Exquisite Dining to the Region’s Modern Luminaries

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Qingdao, China

St. Regis Hotels and Resorts, part of Marriott International's portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, today announced the debut of The St. Regis Qingdao. The highly anticipated opening marks the first Marriott International luxury brand hotel in the northeastern Shandong region. Strategically located in the landmark Haitian Center in the heart of historic Qingdao, the hotel is set to delight the city’s luminaries and tastemakers with its elegant design, refined craftsmanship and time-honoured signature rituals.

"We are very excited to expand our luxury footprint to one of the most beautiful coastal cities in the region with the debut of the iconic St. Regis brand, bringing bespoke experiences curated for the most discerning travellers," said Henry Lee, President, Greater China, Marriott International. "The opening of The St. Regis Qingdao ushers in a new benchmark of luxury hospitality in this dynamic city and underscores our commitment to continuously grow in Eastern China."

Occupying the 58th to 78th floors of the 369-meter-tall Haitian Center, The St. Regis Qingdao is the tallest hotel in the region, enthralling guests with panoramic vistas of the Yellow Sea and picturesque coastal scenes. Within an hour’s drive from Qingdao Liuting International Airport, the hotel is adjacent to scenic Fushan Bay, the venue for the sailing competitions during the Beijing Olympics, and with views of iconic local landmarks such as Badaguan Cultural Architecture Centre and Qingdao International Sailing Centre.

Drawing inspiration from the brand’s rich heritage, the renowned Singapore based interior design firm, LTW Designworks, subtly infused local Qingdao influences with St. Regis’ avant-garde aesthetic. This includes a crystal chandelier inspired by a legendary dress of golden thorns that Caroline Astor, mother of St. Regis founder John Jacob Astor IV and doyenne of New York high society in the Gilded Age, wore to one of her famed Midnight Suppers. A brilliantly-lit grand staircase offers the perfect venue for the celebrated St. Regis tradition of sabering a bottle of champagne to mark the transition from day to night. The backdrop of the grand staircase is a 74-meter-high atrium art wall that reflects the delicate traces left on the beach by the ebb and flow of the Yellow Sea.

Monday, 16 August 2021

Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort opens

Hotel giant Hilton has celebrated the opening of Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort as the latest addition to Hilton’s expanding All-Inclusive portfolio. Situated between the beaches of Bay of Banderas and the majestic Sierra Madre Mountain in Mexico’s Pacific Coast, the 444-room hotel features 14 restaurants and bars, two infinity pools and 16,200 square feet of versatile indoor meeting and event space. Managed by Hilton, the hotel was developed by Parks Hospitality and is owned by Fibra UNO. 


“With this newest addition to our rapidly growing portfolio in Mexico, we reinforce our commitment to continued expansion in both the all-inclusive segment and in one of the most desired leisure destinations in Latin America”, said Danny Hughes, executive vice president and president, Americas, Hilton. “We are excited to welcome guests to Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort, where there is something for everyone — first-class facilities and amenities, a gorgeous setting amid the beach and lush rainforest, magnificent sunsets, and exquisite cuisine.” 

Rooms

Offering 444 spacious and modern suites each with sleek bathrooms featuring walk-in rainfall showers, hotel guest rooms are a soothing and comfortable haven to relax after a day exploring the former fishing town or relaxing at the beach. Each room is complemented by private balconies and terraces overlooking the Pacific coastline, a perfect spot for guests to start or wind down the day admiring the sunrise or sunset. For a more relaxing experience, some suites offer a whirlpool tub. 

Guests will enjoy peace of mind with an industry-leading standard of cleanliness and disinfection from check-in to check-out with Hilton CleanStay. Hilton CleanStay builds upon the already high standards of housekeeping and hygiene at Hilton’s more than 6,600 properties worldwide, where hospital-grade cleaning products and upgraded protocols are currently in use. As part of the program, guests can expect procedures including additional cleaning and disinfection on areas “knock and go” dropped-off room service and flexible housekeeping options.

Sunday, 15 August 2021

Wyndham Rewards returned to Sedgefield Country Club this week as proud title sponsor of the 82nd annual Wyndham Championship.

Wyndham Rewards
the world’s most generous rewards program spanning more than 50,000 hotels, vacation club resorts and vacation rentals, returns to Sedgefield Country Club this week as proud title sponsor of the 82nd annual Wyndham Championship.

Regarded as one of the most fan-friendly stops on the PGA TOUR, this year’s tournament welcomes fans back to the Piedmont Triad for the first time since 2019. In celebration, Wyndham Rewards is making this year’s Championship even more rewarding, putting up to 100 million Wyndham Rewards points up for grabs and offering in-person attendees the chance to walk away with up to 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points each, enough for a weekend getaway at thousands of hotels coast to coast.

“Last year was a reminder for all of us of the important role that both travel and live events play in our everyday lives,” said Eliot Hamlisch, EVP of Loyalty and Wyndham Rewards program leader. “With that in mind, we couldn’t be more excited to be back with fans at Sedgefield. With fantastic food, incredible giveaways, live entertainment and of course, great championship golf, this year’s tournament is all about welcoming fans back and letting each attendee know—you’ve earned this.”

Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Hyatt Hotels Corporation opens the Thompson Hollywood, the luxury lifestyle hotel situated on Wilcox Avenue near Hollywood and Vine.

The 190-Room Property Expands Thompson Hotels’ West Coast Footprint with Interior Design by Tara Bernerd & Partners, Signature Dining Concepts from Acclaimed Chef Lincoln Carson, the Bar Lis Rooftop Lounge and Beyond



Hyatt Hotels Corporation is proud to announce the debut of Thompson Hollywood, the luxury lifestyle hotel situated on Wilcox Avenue near Hollywood and Vine. A dynamic mix of global sophistication, hyper-local immersion and intuitive service, the prime location embodies the Thompson Hotels brand’s promise to provide guests with the ultimate “in-the-know” experience at the refined edge of travel. The new 11-story hotel features 190 mid-century-inspired guestrooms, including 16 suites, a sophisticated feature dining concept from acclaimed LA-based chef Lincoln Carson and Bar Lis, a destination rooftop lounge and pool with unparalleled city views. Sure to be a gathering spot for tasteful travellers and the eclectic Hollywood community alike, the much-anticipated project is owned by Relevant Group in collaboration with Steinberg Hart for architecture and interior design by Tara Bernerd & Partners, with Ten Five Hospitality overseeing food and beverage.

Innovative Design and Enviable City Views


Thoughtfully designed by renowned London-based interior architecture studio Tara Bernerd & Partners, the 11-floor hotel innovatively combines the hallmarks of timeless elegance with a raw industrial edge to create a unique atmosphere that is relaxing and inspiring, familiar and new. The overall design is bold and confident, drawing upon the West Coast Modernist movement and a dash of Hollywood glamour as inspirations to seamlessly blend for a contemporary and elegant approach throughout.

Saturday, 24 July 2021

Cambria Hotels Makes Debut Outside Of Motor City

From left to right: Guy Gridley, regional vice president, franchise development – Cambria Hotels, Choice Hotels; Nicole Miller, director of hospitality operations, Koucar Management; Christopher Kouza, co-founder and principal, Koucar Management; Joseph Caradonna, co-founder and principal, Koucar Management; Janis Cannon, senior vice president, upscale brands, Choice Hotels; Mark Shalala, senior vice president, franchise development, upscale brands, Choice Hotels.

Cambria Hotels, an upscale brand franchised by Choice Hotels International, Inc, made its official debut in the Detroit metropolitan area with the grand opening of the Cambria Hotel Shelby Township-Detroit. The celebration was marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours of the property and a taste of the cuisine from the hotel's restaurant, Verona – Inspired Italian. The four-story, 98-room hotel is the brand's second hotel to open in Michigan, joining the Cambria Hotel Traverse City. Representatives from Choice Hotels and owner/developer Koucar Management attended the grand opening to commemorate the occasion.

"Michigan is known for outdoor adventure and city exploration, and the Cambria Hotel Shelby Township-Detroit puts guests at the doorstep of both with its prime location near Detroit," said Janis Cannon, senior vice president, upscale brands, Choice Hotels. "With travellers more eager than ever to discover every corner of the United States, we're pleased to offer hotels like this one, where they will experience upscale delights and little luxuries in surprising places. At Cambria, we strive to help guests stay at their best, so they can maximize time away from home."

The Cambria Hotel Shelby Township-Detroit is located at 50741 Corporate Drive in Shelby Township, Michigan. Ideally situated for business and leisure travellers, the property is nearby Cherry Creek Corporate Park; the Packard Proving Grounds Historic Site, an event venue hosting farmers markets, car shows and more; Cherry Creek Golf Course; Jimmy John's Field, home to four independent league baseball teams; Mae Stecker Park, which includes Heritage Garden; and the General Motors Technical Center. The hotel also offers convenient access to Michigan Highway, so guests can take a short drive to downtown Detroit where they can visit several national corporate headquarters, including Ford, General Motors, Chrysler and Quicken Loans, as well as take in events at the TCF Convention Center, Little Caesars Arena, Comerica Park and Ford Field.

Commonwealth Hotels has announced the acquisition of the Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Southeast Hammond in Indiana.

In the U.S. Commonwealth Hotels has announced the acquisition of the Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Southeast Hammond in Indiana. The Fairfield by Marriott hotel offers guests varying amenities in a comfortable location just 30 miles southeast of Chicago.

"This Fairfield will provide the highest level of customer service," said Jennifer Porter, Chief Operations Officer for Commonwealth Hotels. "We believe with our dedicated on-property staff and our rapidly growing talent that this hotel will provide ample positive memories for travellers visiting this growing area."

The Fairfield sits just southeast of Chicago and is located at 7720 Corinne Drive in Hammond Indiana. With four floors and 94 rooms, the Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Southeast offers a warm and timeless design. Each room is designed with the modern traveller's need to stay productive on the road without overcomplicating the guestroom. Additional hotel amenities include an indoor swimming pool, a fitness centre, complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as fax and copy services. A complimentary hot breakfast, featuring oatmeal, scrambled eggs, sausage, make-your-own waffles, and other healthy items are also available. Local attractions include Millennium Park Chicago, Indiana Dunes National Park, and Deep River Water Park.


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Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Hotel operator MCR confirmed that it has acquired the 725-room The Lexington Hotel in New York for $185 million

Hotel operator MCR confirmed that it has acquired the 725-room The Lexington Hotel in New York for $185 million, which equates to $255,000 per guestroom. 


Located along Lexington Avenue’s Hotel Alley at 48th Street, the iconic Lexington Hotel was landmarked in 2016 as one of the most architecturally significant properties in Manhattan. Since its opening in 1929, The Lexington Hotel has housed historic figures, international celebrities, world leaders and renowned sports icons. Speciality suites are inspired by residents including Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio and Ella Fitzgerald. The hotel has also held an array of famous entertainment venues, including the legendary Hawaiian Room, Chateau Madrid and Denim & Diamonds, in the past.


The Lexington’s Autograph Collection affiliation allows the hotel’s rich history to be reflected through unique design elements and a boutique feel. The hotel’s ambience captures Jazz Age Manhattan in a way that’s sure to inspire history buffs and trendy travel connoisseurs.

The hotel is well-positioned to reopen in August and, under MCR’s experienced management, will once again welcome guests from across the globe!

In addition to an onsite fitness centre, the hotel is connected to a brand new, state of the art, 15,000-square-foot Crunch gym featuring cardio equipment, weights, full-service locker rooms, Rituals beauty products and group fitness classes.

Get your morning started at the Starbucks on the lobby level with a beverage and a freshly baked pastry. And be sure to check out the hotel’s bar for a nightcap. The Prohibition era-inspired The Stayton Room boasts cocktails and artisanal bar fare.

The Lexington Hotel is located at 511 Lexington Avenue at 48th Street and features:

725 pet-friendly guestrooms and specialty suites
The Stayton Room, offering a craft cocktail menu and artisanal bar fare
A 15,000-square-foot state of the art Crunch gym, one of the largest in Manhattan
A Starbucks on the lobby level
3,713 square feet of event space across six rooms










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Saturday, 17 July 2021

Zrou and hotel group ALL - Accor Live Limitless partner together for first-of-its-kind plant-based creative menu concept to bringing gastronomic modernization to the culinary scene across Greater China.

ALL – Accor Live Limitless and Zrou have announced their partnership to bring innovation to the dining arena in hospitality. This first-of-its-kind cooperation aims to launch a plant-based creative menu concept across Accor branded hotels as part of a substantial step toward the two parties’ commitment to bringing gastronomic modernization to the culinary scene across Greater China.



A private, gourmet launch event was held at the Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai to celebrate this unique partnership. On July 15, ALL and Zrou invited five celebrity chefs including chef, restauranteur, entrepreneur and social influencer David Laris, a pioneer in modern Chinese cuisine who famously brings together modern and traditional culinary concepts, Jereme Leung, award-winning creative chef, fashion and gourmet icon Lance Yu, Zrou Executive Chef, Director of Product Development with a focus on plant-based dining creative, Mark Sampson, and French Pastry Chef Sarah Ni and China’s most famous Masters of Wine, Fongyee Walker to curate a gourmet tasting experience “Table Number Zrou” for an exclusive set of VIP guests including key media and influencers.




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Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle South/Renton purchased by MCR

MCR, one of the biggest U.S. hotel owner-operators has pulled off a big deal and purchased five premium-branded hotels for $94 million, in Texas and Washington, with a combinded total of almost 680 rooms.  These five hotels are situated in some of the highest growing metropolitan regions in the United States, including the aerospace hub of Renton, Washington - you know,  where Boeing is!  



Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle South/Renton

Located directly across from Boeing’s one-million-square-foot Renton aeroplane assembly plant, where the deeply flawed 737 MAX jets are made, the 146-room Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle South/Renton is just 20 minutes from downtown Seattle and 10 minutes from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and King County International Airport-Boeing Field. 

The  waterfront hotel was built in 2019 and has sweeping views of Lake Washington and is designed to be an extended-stay type property that has a 'feels-like-home' ambiance as well as full amenities like free Wi-Fi and fully equipped kitchens in every suite. The property also has a fitness centre and an outdoor patio with a grill. It also offers a complimentary hot breakfast, plus an on-site market where you can pick up a snack.  

The Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle South/Renton is located at 1200 Lake Washington Boulevard North and features:

146 pet-friendly suites, each with a sofa bed and fully-equipped kitchen
Complimentary breakfast featuring classic American favorites
A barbecue and picnic area
A convenience store
A lobby bar offering locally crafted Pacific Northwest brews and wines
Free fast Wi-Fi
A 24-hour fitness center with free weights and cardio equipment
600 square feet of meeting space for up to 48 people

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Friday, 9 July 2021

$60 Million Investment Sees Viva Wyndham Resorts Begin Construction of New 750-Room Oceanfront Hotel in Miches, Dominican Republic

Viva Wyndham Resorts, a collection of all-inclusive resorts located in the Caribbean, including the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, and Mexico, today announced the groundbreaking of a 750-room hotel in Miches, Dominican Republic, in an event that was attended by President Luis Abinader.

The resort, the first hotel to settle in the Miches area, was made possible by a $60 million investment to kick off the first stage of construction. It is expected to open its doors in 2023 and will generate 500 direct jobs and 1,500 indirect positions.

“For Viva Wyndham, this resort marks a new period of expansion in the tourism of our country and the region. It adds us to the development of Miches and opens the door to later participating in the Pedernales tourism project, as well as the international sector, in Jamaica,” said Ettore Colussi, President of Viva Wyndham Resorts. “Because we believe in the country and we trust the government that runs it, we are here today starting the first of the two hotels to be built in this tourist complex," added Colussi.

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

MCR Purchases and Opens The Chambers Hotel in Downtown Minneapolis Near The Target Center and Target Field

USA's 4th-largest hotel owner-operator acquires The Chambers Hotel in downtown Minneapolis and opens its doors to guests.

-It’s quite a showstopper! MCR has acquired the 60-room The Chambers Hotel on 9th Street and Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis’s historic theatre district.

MCR rebranded the hotel, formerly a Le Meridien, as an independent property, complete with a new logo and website. The logo, which has a simple, modern C, is a nod to the hotel’s name and the building’s shape. Throughout the hotel, design features incorporate double Cs in celebration of its home in the Twin Cities!

Built-in 1908, The Chambers Hotel is now open after being closed for nearly a year. And not a moment too soon! Just around the corner, the Target Center, one of the world’s top arenas visited by 1 million people per year, is hosting the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx games and WWE Presents Friday Night Smackdown on July 30. A five-minute walk away, MLB’s Minnesota Twins are playing ball at Target Field. Watch them take on the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers in early July!

The legendary Orpheum Theatre directly across the street — which has hosted groundbreaking performances from the Marx Brothers’ vaudeville act to The Lion King’s debut — is preparing for one of its biggest seasons yet. Disney’s Frozen breaks the ice with performances starting October 7. Oklahoma! brings a beautiful mornin’ in November (yes, everything’s goin’ our way!).