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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.

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Graceland's at Christmas......new activities planned.

Activities include the Traditional Christmas Lighting Ceremony, Special Tours and Holiday Themed Concerts by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Ultimate ETA Dean Z, Josh Turner, Michael W. Smith and The Beach Boys.



This holiday season at Graceland will be filled with more festive events than ever to celebrate one of Elvis' favourite times of the year. Voted the #1 Best Historic Holiday Home Tour by USA Today's 10Best Readers two years in a row (2019 & 2020), Christmas at Graceland celebrates the King of Rock 'n' Roll's love of the season.

The festivities begin on November 18-20 during Graceland’s Holiday Lighting Weekend. The weekend kicks off with the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony, which will feature internationally renowned songwriter and producer David Porter, along with students from the Stax Music Academy, “flipping the switch” to light Elvis’ iconic Graceland Mansion for the holiday season. In addition, the evening will include a holiday music performance by Stax Music Academy, an appearance by Santa Claus, and a concert featuring holiday music by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra's Big Band at the Soundstage at Graceland. On Friday, November 19 and 20, Graceland will host evening Christmas tours of Graceland Mansion featuring live tour guides sharing stories of spending Christmas with Elvis; and will round out the weekend with Dean Z’s Rockin’ Christmas Show on Saturday, November 20. Dean Z will perform, alongside his high energy 10-piece band and the beautiful Dynamite Singers, singing favorite holiday hits, the best rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, and swing Christmas classics.

On December 1-20, Graceland will be offering special afternoon Christmas Tours that will feature live tour guides sharing holiday stories throughout Graceland Mansion. In addition, new this year, are the first-ever special Christmas Ultimate VIP Holiday Experience tours nightly from December 1-20. The tours allow guests to explore Graceland decorated for the holidays after-hours, hear stories of what it was like to spend Christmas with the king at Graceland and tour the grounds to see the beautiful lights and up-close looks at the festive lawn decor that was part of Elvis' annual decorating tradition. Each tour is limited to eight guests with an expert guide and will include a holiday photo ops both inside and outside Graceland Mansion. In addition, also available December 1-20, The Guest House at Graceland is offering a special package that includes two adult tickets for the Graceland Christmas Tour, access to Elvis Presley's Memphis Entertainment Complex, a tour of Elvis' planes, a Graceland Christmas ornament and a set of three limited-edition, collectible Graceland Christmas CD greetings.

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.”