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B Hotels & Resorts to Open New B Hotel in Downtown Disney Resort Area,
Currently Operating as the 394-room Royal Plaza; First b2 Hotel to Debut
in Downtown Miami at the Site of the Former Continental Bayside Hotel

Both Properties to Undergo Renovation and Repositioning

Fort Lauderdale, FL – June 4, 2012 –South Florida-based B Hotels & Resorts® is on the move with two additions to their portfolio and a new  ‘value-full-service’ category, b2 hotels, within 18 months of their first hotel opening. Today in conjunction with the 34th Annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, B Hotels & Resorts® announced its first b2 hotel and the third location for the parent B brand. 
“The growth B Hotels & Resorts® has experienced over the past year is very exciting,” said CEO and President Ayelet Weinstein. “We are developing the brand to offer distinctive benefits to the consumers, associates, hotel management companies, hotel owners, and the communities we do business in. The combination of the lifestyle self-expression experience, the unique open-source operation models, and the fresh owner-friendly terms, delivers tangible value.”

B Hotels & Resorts® announced it will open its next hotel in the Downtown Disney® Resort area in the fall of 2013. The B in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, is going to offer a family-friendly lifestyle experience within one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, the Walt Disney World® Resort. The B resort, currently the 394-room Royal Plaza, is ideally situated within walking distance to Downtown Disney®, and easy access to all Walt Disney World® and Orlando theme parks, as well as numerous shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife venues.
The property was acquired by InSite Group and Cube Capital in December 2011 and will remain operational during a complete renovation and repositioning. It will be officially launched as part of the B Hotels & Resorts® family in the fourth quarter of 2013, joining the AAA Four Diamond Rated B Ocean Fort Lauderdale which opened March 2011, and the B South Beach which is planned to open first quarter of 2013.  
“The B in the Walt Disney World® Resort is going to be a unique venue for visitors who are looking for an upscale lifestyle experience, tranquility and relaxation after and between fun-filled days at the adventure parks,” said Weinstein. “It is being designed to allow interaction of families, couples, groups and individuals in an inspiring and stylish environment, with great amenities including international culinary concepts and a full service spa, while implementing the B brand approachable service culture.”                         

The First to b2
The company’s first b2 hotel will debut in downtown Miami at the site of the former Continental Bayside Hotel located at 146 Biscayne Boulevard. The 243-room property, which will undergo an extensive renovation and open as b2 miami downtown, is steps from the Port of Miami, the shops and restaurants of Bayside Marketplace, world-class cultural and arts venues, and the American Airlines Arena (home of the NBA‘s, Miami HEAT). b2 miami downtown is in a prime location to benefit from leisure travel including its proximity to the largest passenger cruise port in the world. Surrounded by 16 million square feet of office space and city, state and federal court houses, it will also attract corporate travel and local business opportunities. The property was acquired by InSite Group and affiliates of The Carlyle Group in September 2011. The hotel is expected to open as b2 hotel in the first quarter of 2013. 
Introduced in May, the b2 hotel brand will revolutionize the traditional hotel model with a new ‘value-full-service’ class, offering sophisticated travelers access to the full-service lifestyle amenities found at B Hotels, but at an even more affordable price point. 
The B resort in the Walt Disney World® Resort and b2 Miami downtown will feature the various B Hotels & Resorts® Signature Elements including:
  • B Social™ – As a brand focused on social interactions, standard design elements incorporate communal seating, tables and inviting gathering spaces.
  • B in Touch™ – FreeB™ Wi-Fi, complimentary high-speed Internet access throughout all public spaces and guestrooms, as well as courtesy iPads and the touchscreen Monscierge®, a digital concierge and destination guide. 
  • B Ambiance™ – Specially-selected sound, lighting and scent enhance the public space environment. 
  • B Nourished™ – Food and beverage offerings include distinct culinary concepts, banquet and catering services and 24- hour in-room dining.
  • B Indulged® – A full-service spa facility or intimate spa suite, with tailored massage offerings performed in an inviting, tranquil environment.
  • B Active® – Guests stay fit and re-energize while traveling with access to a state-of-the-art fitness center.
  • B Adventurous™ – Excursions and event offerings developed to explore and discover all that each destination has to offer.  
  • B Sensitive™ – Green initiatives and sustainable alternatives are implemented during the renovation process and long-term operations.
“We’ve continued to garner genuine interest amongst travelers and industry experts as the portfolio of B Hotels & Resorts® expands and as we enter new markets,” said Christopher Tompkins, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Brand Programs. “We are thrilled to announce our third B hotel, which will debut in Orlando in the fall of 2013, and Miami as the destination for the first b2 hotel, a few weeks after unveiling the new value-full-service category. Like our properties in Fort Lauderdale and South Beach, these hotels will cater to a variety of business and leisure travelers, offering warm, approachable service and amenities.”
Revolutionizing traditional hotel branding since the opening of its first property in March 2011, B Hotels & Resorts® is an innovative alternative for the conversion of existing flagged and independent hotels. The company is led by Weinstein, Tompkins and a diverse Advisory Council of hospitality industry experts.  B Hotels & Resorts® features the B brand with full-service property designations, and the new b2, a value-full-service model.
About B Hotels & Resorts®
Headquartered in South Florida, B Hotels & Resorts® is a fresh and innovative alternative for today’s business and leisure travelers. As a brand, B Hotels & Resorts® is taking the lifestyle hotel experience to the next level with distinct B Signature Elements that attract a broad spectrum of dynamic guests.  These B Signature Elements add to the overall guest experience and are consistent across all B Hotels & Resorts® properties.  B Signature Elements include: B Ambiance™ (specially-selected sound, lighting and scent program); B Social™ (communal seating and inviting gathering spaces); B In Touch™ and FreeB™ Wi-Fi (complimentary high-speed Internet access throughout all public spaces and guestrooms and advanced technology offerings); B Active® (state-of-the-art fitness center where guests can exercise and re-energize); B Indulged® (spa facility or spa suite featuring an invigorating variety of treatments so guests can customize their own experience and B Pampered) and more.
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Samantha Jacobs/Lauren Murley, M. Silver Associates; 954-765-3636

Stephanie Cardelle, B Hotels & Resorts®; 954-389-1919

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Also See: B Hotels & Resorts Introduces b2 hotel Brand, a Value Oriented Full-Service Hotel Concept / May 2012

Eduardo Fernandez Named General Manager for the B Ocean Fort Lauderdale in Florida / May 2012

Ron Gebhardt Named as Director of Sales for the 240-room B Ocean Fort Lauderdale in Florida / March 2012

B Ocean Fort Lauderdale Names Veronica Miranda as "B Experience Manager" as Part of Employee Empowerment and Guest Engagement Initiatives Launched at the 240-room Property / July 2011

Davidson Hotel Company Names Joel C. Darr, General Manager, and Adam S. Leon, Director of Sales For B Ocean Fort Lauderdale in Florida / January 2011

Davidson Hotel Company Selected to Manage the 240-room B Ocean Fort Lauderdale in Florida; Joel Darr Named General Manager / October 2010

B Ocean Fort Lauderdale Set to Open Under Management of Davidson Hotel Co.; the 42-year-old Former Holiday Inn is Being Resurrected Following a Shutdown from Hurricane Damage and a Shrinking Tourism Market / October 2010

B Hotels & Resorts - A New Lifestyle Brand Alternative for the Conversion of Existing Flagged and Independent Hotels; First Property to Open in Fort Lauderdale / September 2010

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