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Sustainability in Hotels Explores Growing Emphasis on Green Building Practices in the Hospitality Industry

The Urban Land Institute | July 16, 2019

WASHINGTON (July 16, 2019) -- A new report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) suggests that sustainable building practices, including those involving energy and water conservation as well as waste reduction, are increasingly being incorporated throughout the hotel sector to add value and provide a competitive edge to properties. Sustainability in Hotels: Opportunities and Trends Shaping the Future of Hospitality assesses the state of sustainability in the hotel sector by identifying best practices, highlighting industry trends in sustainability, and offering solutions to sustainability-related obstacles. The report, published by ULI’s G...

How Art and Photography Are Positively Impacting Hotel Design

Morrison Hotel Gallery | June 20, 2019

By Peter Blachley When you first step into a hotel, you are immediately impacted by its surroundings. From the very first look at the hotel lobby to the front desk, up the elevators, to your room, and beyond, you can instantly determine whether or not the property is well-designed, put together, and luxurious. The expression “the eye of the beholder” is always at play in the art and design world because we gain awareness of things through our senses. When it comes to adding design elements to a hotel property, specifically, visitors and guests want to feel the influences of the surrounding areas and the coziness of their own homes,...

Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 215: Hotel History: The TWA Hotel

Stanley Turkel | June 19, 2019

By Stanley Turkel, CMHS Hotel History: The TWA Hotel (2019) On May 15, 2019, New York’s spectacular new TWA Hotel opened at John F. Kennedy International Airport. At a cost of more than $250 million, two new hotel wings containing 512 guestrooms were built behind the landmark Trans World Airlines Flight Center designed by famed architect, Eero Saarinen which first opened in 1962. Saarinen was born in 1910 in Finland and emigrated to the United States in 1923. He started his career with an apprenticeship with his father – the prolific Art Deco architect Eliel Saarinen – and went on to become one of the most important architects of...

Radical Innovation Announces 2019 Finalists

Radical Innovation | June 13, 2019

Cooper Carry, Danny Forster & Architecture, and SB Architects competing for the Grand Prize in New York City in October Radical Innovation, a competition and year-round community that challenges designers, hoteliers, and students to pioneer compelling ideas in travel and hospitality, is pleased to announce the finalists for its 13th annual edition. The three finalists are: Infinite Explorer by SB Architects, San Francisco,  Volumetric High-Rise Modular Hotel by Danny Forster & Architecture, New York, Connectic by Cooper Carry, New York. These three firms will compete in a live pitch presentation at the New Museum in New York City...

Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Pros & Cons of Keeping a Hotel Open During Renovation

Cicero's Development Corporation | June 11, 2019

PLAINFIELD, IL, JUNE 11, 2019 -- Renovating an existing hotel is all about time and money. That's why it is essential to plan ahead for the challenges—and costs—a renovation can pose. If you are a hotel owner or operator, balancing the need for cash with your renovation objectives is one of those challenges, bringing to the forefront the most crucial decision made during renovation planning: "Should we keep the hotel open or should we close?" The answer lies in the scope of the project plus any role seasonality plays in the business. On one side of the ledger, closing a hotel makes good sense. It allows for a far broader scope so th...

North Carolina’s 133-Room Beaufort Hotel Joins Choice’s Ascend Hotel Collection

Ascend Hotel Collection® | June 11, 2019

ROCKVILLE, Md., June 11, 2019 -- The Ascend Hotel Collection by Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) welcomes the Beaufort Hotel to its portfolio of unique, boutique, and historic hotels and resorts that reflect their surrounding community. The brand's newest addition, situated on the idyllic Crystal Coast, channels the Tar Heel State's rich maritime culture and highlights the collection's continued growth in top destinations across the country. Located on the Southern Outer Banks, the Beaufort Hotel is conveniently located at 2440 Lennoxville Rd., just minutes from the heart of Beaufort. Founded in 1709, Beaufort was recently rec...

Choice Hotels Signs With Legacy Partners to Develop Five Sleep Inn Hotels Outside of Houston, Texas

Sleep Inn® Dream Better Here® | June 10, 2019

ROCKVILLE, Md., June 10, 2019 -- Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) has signed an agreement with Legacy Partners, LLC to develop five Sleep Inn hotels outside of Houston, Texas. The first hotel is slated to open in 2020. "With more than 550 Sleep Inn properties currently open or in the pipeline worldwide, Sleep Inn continues to be a strong leader in the midscale segment that appeals to business-savvy developers and guests alike," said Brian Quinn, head of development, new construction, Choice Hotels. "The brand's Designed to Dream prototype offers developers the lowest cost-to-build in the midscale segment, while guests love its...

W Hotels Debuts Newly Reimagined W Atlanta – Midtown, W Atlanta – Buckhead and W Atlanta – Downtown

W Hotels | June 10, 2019

Georgia is on our mind. W Hotels Worldwide is excited to reveal major upgrades to each of the city’s three W hotels (W Atlanta – Midtown, W Atlanta – Buckhead and W Atlanta – Downtown). Through the vision of talented design partners and the W brand’s own globally renowned design team, a collective of 750+ guestrooms, multiple bars and restaurants and more than 50,000 square feet of innovative meeting space will soon be revealed. These exciting changes in Atlanta are the first of several renovations expected to be completed at W Hotels across North America, as hotel owners are poised to invest $200+ million on renovations showcasing ...

Renaissance New York Times Square Unveils New Guestrooms and Suites With Multi-Million-Dollar Refresh

Renaissance New York Times Square | June 10, 2019

NEW YORK (June 10, 2019) – Renaissance New York Times Square continues to provide travelers with unparalleled experiences in the heart of Manhattan with the official debut of its completely redesigned 317 guestrooms and suites, following the earlier completion of its unique terrace suites. The hotel’s chic renovations pay homage to its bustling Times Square neighborhood and the area’s evolution as an iconic hub steeped in theatrical history. “This redesign fully encapsulates the pulsating energy of this city,” said Renaissance New York Times Square General Manager Christine Devers. “We’ve created an authentic New York experie...

Downtown El Paso’s Plaza Hotel Undergoing $78 Million Renovation Now Rebranded to Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park

June 10, 2019

Vic Kolenc | El Paso Times, Texas June 06-- Jun. 6--The Plaza hotel building being renovated into a boutique hotel in Downtown El Paso has a new, longer name and a new general manager. The 19-story, 90-year-old hotel building, undergoing a $78 million renovation, is now The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park. It will be run by Hersha Hospitality Management, or HHM, a Philadelphia hotel development and management company operating 125 hotels across the United States. The simple white, Plaza letter signs that have been atop the hotel's roof tower for years will remain.The giant letters have been refurbished. The 130-room, upscale boutique hot...

TRYP by Wyndham Transforms Former Pittsburgh Trade School Into Local Landmark Hotel

TownePlace Suites by Marriott | June 10, 2019

PARSIPPANY, N.J., June 7, 2019 -- TRYP by Wyndham today opens doors in Pittsburgh's trendy Lawrenceville neighborhood - once dubbed "America's Coolest Neighborhood" - transforming a historic trade school building into a celebration of local art and culture with TRYP by Wyndham Pittsburgh/Lawrenceville. The 108-room hotel was developed by The Century Group, a hospitality company with roots in Pittsburgh and a history of successful developments with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts brands. Lawrenceville, with a bustling art and design scene emerging from an industrial past, is a strategic addition for TRYP by Wyndham, a brand designed to offer g...

Days Inn® by Wyndham Debuts in New Zealand With Opening of Days Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Hamilton

Days Inn by Wyndham | June 10, 2019

HAMILTON, New Zealand, June 7, 2019 -- Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world's largest hotel franchising company, has introduced its globally-recognized Days Inn by Wyndham brand to New Zealand with the opening of a new landmark hotel, Days Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Hamilton. The addition bolsters the Company's presence in New Zealand and in Hamilton, the region's fourth most-populous city and a key growth market. Since April 1, 2018, Wyndham has opened 34 total hotels in the South East Asia and Pacific Rim region, three of which carry the Days Inn flag. Globally, the brand has more than 1,700 hotels across 25 countries. A modern ...

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center Completes $25 Million Renovation

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center | June 10, 2019

ROCKVILLE, MD (June 7, 2019) — With the $25 million transformation of the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, the bar has been raised for business and social event expectations in and around the Montgomery County corridor. The elegantly modern and contemporary Rockville hotel includes 455 guest rooms and elegant VIP suites, 50,000 square feet of flexible event and exhibit space, and new food and beverage options including elevated flavors served in at The Corby Kitchen. “The transformation at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center has evolved continuously through this renovation. Guest satisfaction...

Two Arizona Hilton Hotels Complete Full-Scale Property-Wide Renovations

Homewood Suites by Hilton | June 4, 2019

CHANDLER, ARIZ. (JUNE 4, 2019) – Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix-Chandler and Hampton Inn Phoenix/Chandler Chandler announce the completion of two full-scale, property-wide renovations. The renovations include the modernization of all guest rooms, suites, meeting spaces and common areas including the fitness centers, public spaces and exterior areas. Both hotels feature higher quality public space seating as well as welcoming décor with modern and sophisticated color palettes. All guest rooms and suites received a full upgrade, including improved layouts, updated furniture, new lighting, wall coverings, carpeting, plush bedding and m...

Atlanta’s Historic Candler Building Begins New Life as 265-Room Boutique Hotel in July Under Hilton’s Curio Collection

May 23, 2019

May 24-- May 24--It was once Atlanta's tallest building, a 17-story beaux-arts tribute to Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler. For 100 years it has been home to the city's "finest baths" (back when that was a selling point), the law offices of famed attorney Johnnie Cochran, and a bank vault rumored to have briefly held the formula for Coke. But in two months, the Candler Building, with its grand marble staircase, brass gargoyles, detailed friezes and Tiffany windows, will become Atlanta's newest boutique hotel. SEE MORE: CANDLER BUILDING Take a sneak peek inside the new Candler Hotel Atlanta AJC Flashback Photos: At...

Element Times Square West Completes Multi-Million Dollar Renovation Led by General Manager Mark Kulecki

May 22, 2019

NEW YORK, NY (May 22, 2019) — The extended-stay Element Times Square West — just a few blocks from the popular new Hudson Yards and its iconic Vessel — has completed a multi-million dollar renovation, it was announced today by Mark Kulecki, General Manager. The property originally opened in 2009. According to Mr. Kulecki, the project encompassed a complete redesign of the lobby and breakfast area, a re-imagined front desk, and new furniture, window treatments, and paint and wall coverings for all guest rooms. Additionally, there is brand-new fitness equipment in the gym to promote a healthy life style. Some of the more...

Winners of the 2019 Miami Hospitality Design Awards Announced

Oberhausen Marketing & Public Relations | April 8, 2019

The Miami Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Miami), Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association (GMBHA), and Oberhausen Marketing & Public Relations announced the winners of the 2019 Miami Hospitality Design Awards on Wednesday, April 3, during a celebration at the luxurious The Miami Beach EDITION hotel. With more than 170 architecture, design, hotel and restaurant professionals in attendance, the awards honored the hoteliers, licensed architects and designers whose creativity and extraordinary venues have elevated Miami's hospitality industry and consumer experiences. "This year we had a 25 percent increas...

Park Hotels & Resorts Plans May Debut of $100+ Million Restoration of Caribe Hilton in Puerto Rico

Caribe Hilton | April 1, 2019

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Caribe Hilton, one of Puerto Rico's most beloved beachfront hotels, announces it's now taking reservations for stays beginning May 15th, unveiling a more than $100 million restoration – a major milestone as the property celebrates its 70th year of operation and as Hilton marks its 100th anniversary. Just in time for summer, the iconic beach resort is coming back stronger than ever with a top-to-bottom makeover inclusive of contemporary guest room and suite renovations; reimagined F&B concepts; fitness center, spa, tennis center and landscaping re-designs; and 65,000 square feet of versatile indoor and outdoor ...

Hyatt Regency Deerfield Undergoes Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

Hyatt Regency | March 29, 2019

DEERFIELD, Ill. (MARCH 29, 2019) – Hyatt Regency Deerfield, a full-service luxury hotel in Chicago's northern suburbs, is currently undergoing a full-scale, multi-million dollar renovation. The renovation includes a complete revamp of guestrooms and suites, refreshed meeting spaces and updated common areas including the lobby, guestroom hallways and Jaxx Bistro and Jaxx Lounge, the hotel's signature restaurant and bar, respectively. Conveniently located just a short drive away from both Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Downtown Chicago, the hotel is an inviting, affordable choice for business trips, vacations and weeke...

How France’s Hotels Are Rethinking Style and Space

JLL Real Views | March 26, 2019

Design has long been important to the hotel industry as a way to attract new guests and turn them into repeat visitors. In recent years, however, new brands to the market have raised the design standards to stand out from the crowd and win over a new generation of traveller looking for unique experiences. Faced with these new norms and higher guest expectations, long-standing establishments and big chains across France are rethinking how they use their space, as well as the look and feel of the hotel itself. "The idea is to break with established design codes, to deconstruct old styles and reconstruct them in a modern way to create vibr...

Greystone Hotels Reveals Details for Transformation of Downtown Santa Rosa Historic Buildings to The Hotel E

Greystone Hotels | March 14, 2019

San Francisco, Calif. (March 14, 2019) – Eric Horodas, President of Greystone Hotels, and Hugh Futrell, President of Hugh Futrell Corporation, announce new details on their upcoming joint project: the transformation of downtown Santa Rosa's historic Empire Building and adjacent 19 Old Courthouse Square building into a 71-room boutique hotel. The Hotel E will be located at 37 Old Courthouse Square and will open to the public in two phases, with the first phase debuting in late spring 2019. The Hotel E will be the first new hotel in Santa Rosa since the devastating wildfires of October 2017. Renderings of the hotel can be found here...

Nobu Hotel Palo Alto Undergoing Multimillion-Dollar Phased Transformation and Rebranding

February 21, 2019

PALO ALTO, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2019) – Nobu Hotel Palo Alto is currently undergoing a multimillion-dollar phased renovation, set to debut as an official Nobu Hotel and restaurant in early 2020. Unveiling a completely brand-new hotel following the transformation, it's set to be Silicon Valley's most anticipated hotel opening. The 73-room boutique property is elevating its façade, reception and arrival experience, wellness offerings, meeting venues and amenities, guest rooms and adding a two-story signature restaurant to reflect the world-renowned standards of Nobu Hospitality with the addition of a 24-hour in-room Nobu dining m...

MJH Bringing New Look, New Technology to Fairfield Inn by Marriott Charlotte Northlake

Meyer Jabara Hotels | February 19, 2019

Meyer Jabara Hotels refreshes this North Carolina property's exterior and invests in new technologies including Marriott's Guest Room Entertainment solution, high-speed guest Internet, virtual concierge, PBX, guestroom phones and mobile-key enabled RFID door locks [Danbury, Conn., Feb. 19, 2019] — Today the Fairfield Inn by Marriott is competing head-on with hotels in the Charlotte/Northlake area now that its owner, Meyer Jabara Hotels (MJH), has refreshed the property's exterior and installed new technologies. Reaction to the renovation has been exceedingly positive, with guests and local patrons praising the hotel's new look fea...

Omni Shoreham Hotel Completes $12 Million Guest Room Renovation Led by General Manager Mark Roche-Garland

Omni Shoreham Hotel | February 14, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 14, 2019) – Omni Shoreham Hotel is welcoming guests to its 834 newly renovated rooms after undergoing a more than $12 million renovation that elevates the overall experience and enhances the hotel's 90-year history. The renovation includes a design and décor update highlighting the hotel's unique location within Washington, D.C. and its picturesque garden views. Embracing D.C.'s culture and rich history, the design of the refreshed guest rooms was inspired by the deco-era of the 1930s Shoreham Hotel, coupled with only-in-Washington visuals such as photography of landmark locations and the hotel's ...

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