Uncommon Hospitality to Open Boutique Hotel in Portland, Maine’s Historic West End District
Post Company | December 13, 2022
5 Telltale Signs It’s Time to Change Your S&C System and Why It’s Quicker and Easier Than You Might Think
Ryan Hamilton | July 6, 2022
All Things Independent
Boutique Hotel Association (BLLA) Addresses the Importance of Keeping Boutique Hotel Properties as Independent Hotels
Frances Kiradjian | December 8, 2022
By Frances Kiradjian The impressive spirit of wisdom and leadership that exists around the world to remain independent is alive and well and being celebrated consistently With the recent announcement of Hyatt purchasing Dream Hotels, this is the exact moment to reflect on big chains buying out smaller boutique brands. It may be a good move for the owner of the Dream brand, who has spent many years building up the brand value while keeping ownership of the assets at bay [as each property is owned by others, with just a few exceptions]. Hyatt is also gaining a lifestyle group of properties to add to its portfolio. While this may be a good...
BLLA Conference Discusses the Future of People in Boutique Hospitality
BLLA | December 7, 2022
Keeping your independence in today’s hospitality industry as more travelers opt for authentic experiences backed by heartfelt owners and their teams On October 25th and 26th, a very special gathering of the top hospitality professionals attended the 2022 Boutique Hotel Owners Conference by BLLA in Westlake Village, CA. Over the two-day event, hotel owners, operators, entrepreneurs, and managers celebrated the prosperity of independent boutique hotels in the industry. They collaborated on topics such as consumer markets, hotel operations, and technology innovation; some unconventional topics such as energy and the philosophy of deal-making....
BDNY Returns With Enthusiastic Attendance and a Spotlight on Thought-Provoking Design
BDNY | December 7, 2022
Event brings 13,000 hospitality and design professionals back to NYC NEW YORK, NY (December 7, 2022) — Boutique Design New York (BDNY), the leading trade fair and conference for the boutique hospitality and lifestyle industry, gathered nearly 13,000 designers, architects, brand executives, hoteliers, developers, purchasers, manufacturers, and other professionals from 47 countries at the Javits Center on November 13-14 to experience new products, engaging conversations, and strategic networking events. BDNY started off strong with a sold-out Kickoff Party on November 12th and continued with a noticeable increase in attendance proving t...
Hoteliers Can Regain Industry Control
Thomas Magnuson | December 5, 2022
By Thomas Magnuson Before 2001, the hotel industry was stable. Owners dealt with seasonality and some occasional minor economic swings, but they could always count on a rebound. Whether operating as a branded or independent hotel, business was built like a layer cake. First, marketing began close to home by identifying all non-leisure business segments within a 50-mile radius of the hotel, such as corporations, factories, industries, energy, construction, transportation, medical, government and educational entities. Direct contact and an offer of direct rates built a base of approximately 50% of the property’s occupancy, coverin...
Boutique Hotel Owners Set the Pace for the Future of Hospitality at the BLLA Conference in Los Angeles
Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA) | November 9, 2022
The frank discussions led the way for 2 days of thoughtful collaboration among some of the world’s best boutique hotel executives November 9, 2022, Los Angeles, CA – BLLA, the Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association, held its annual Boutique Hotel Owners Conference on October 24-26 at the breathtaking Westlake Village Inn in the Los Angeles suburbs. A few hundred global pioneers came together to celebrate the bold and groundbreaking industry that is boutique hospitality. On the evening of October 24th, the conference kicked off with a Jazz Night, sponsored by Marsh McLennan Agency. The lively sounds of the Jazz trio, paired with eleg...
Cameron Mitchell Restaurants and Crawford Hoying Bring Premier Boutique Hotel to Downtown Dublin, Ohio
Cameron Mitchell Restaurants | October 20, 2022
Dublin, Ohio (October 20, 2022) – Award-winning, Columbus-based Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) and noted mixed-use developer Crawford Hoying have announced their partnership in bringing a first-of-its kind, upscale hotel to Central Ohio. The boutique hotel will feature a new signature CMR restaurant, several unique food and beverage options, multiple outdoor spaces, and an event and conference center -- each embodying CMR’s extraordinary genuine hospitality and culinary excellence. Located Southeast of the 161 roundabout at Riverside Drive and West Granville Road, the hotel will be part of a mixed-use expansion of Bridge Park in do...
How Next-Gen Tech Is Leveling the Playing Field for Independents in the Race for Guest Loyalty
Ellis Connolly | September 13, 2022
By Ellis Connolly At a dinner last year, I overheard a conversation unfolding between two other guests, one of whom worked at a PR agency. “Believe it or not, micro-influencers are often more impactful from a social media marketing standpoint than the big players,” she shared, at which point my ears pricked up to listen closely. “Campaigns with someone at a high level of fame, like Kim Kardashian, will cost a company incomprehensible sums of money – which may be fine if the ROI justifies it, but if the engagement is predominantly views and general sponsored exposure rather than tangible actions, it’s not necessarily a smart busin...
Join The Independent Lodging Congress At INDIE Congress 2022: Los Angeles
Independent Lodging Congress | September 9, 2022
September 9, 2022 – The Independent Lodging Congress’s largest annual event, INDIE Congress, will return to Los Angeles at The Line LA on October 11-13, 2022. Leaders in independent hospitality development will meet for three days of collaboration, disruption and innovation among the world’s leading hospitality minds. Uniting industry leaders and visionaries both inside and out of the independent lodging space, the conference will feature a local tour of Los Angeles’ up-and-coming hospitality scenes, keynote speakers, panel discussions and breakout sessions that will inspire and ignite strategic ideation for the next generation of ...
Boutique Hotel Owners to Gather in Los Angeles to Discuss This Rapidly Growing Sector and Celebrate the 2022 BLLA Award Winners
BLLA | September 1, 2022
Industry leaders create a stellar agenda for the 11th annual Boutique Hotel Owners Conference by BLLA Los Angeles, September 1, 2022 – The Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA) is returning to the live stage for the 3rd time this year with the Boutique Hotel Owners Conference on October 25-26 at the Westlake Village Inn in Los Angeles, California. This leadership event (commonly known as the BLLA Leadership Conference/Symposium) is uniting global pioneers in the boutique hospitality space to celebrate what it means to be a hotelier in this contemporary age of travel. Both consumers and hotel developers are choosing the boutique...
Reimagining the Future of Hospitality With BLLA’s Groundbreaking Podcast Show, The Unfamiliar Shift
BLLA | August 9, 2022
Los Angeles – August 9, 2022 - The Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA) is launching its first podcast show under the original digital webinar series, "The Unfamiliar Shift with Ariela,” sponsored by Solonis. After a successful run of the webinar show for the past few years, the association has transitioned its virtual content into a podcast series from the request of the community. As on-demand audio is absolutely booming in global popularity in 2022, we anticipate a ramped-up following of BLLA supporters tuning in on a regular basis. This podcast about the Boutique Hospitality community brings top executives and leaders i...
Avocet Hospitality Acquires The Admiral in Mobile, Alabama for $21 Million
The Admiral | July 12, 2022
CHARLESTON, S.C. (July 12, 2022) – The Admiral Hotel is now a part of the Avocet Hospitality portfolio, following the closing of the property on June 27, 2022. The Charleston-based hospitality group purchased the hotel for $21 million. Located in Mobile’s Historic District, The Admiral is an upscale, historic property that has celebrated the city’s heritage with each of its guests since it was originally opened in 1940. “Historic hotels are our passion, and The Admiral is a perfect fit alongside our existing historic properties, including The Vendue in Charleston, SC and The Read House in Chattanooga, TN,” says Pietro Giardini, R...
5 Telltale Signs It’s Time to Change Your S&C System and Why It’s Quicker and Easier Than You Might Think
Ryan Hamilton | July 6, 2022
By Ryan Hamilton, Co-Founder, SalesAndCatering.com and Bluebuzzard Technology Group Within the hospitality space, groups and events represent a profitable business segment. From events to group bookings and corporate meetings, the sales and catering software hotels have in place will ultimately make or break a hotel’s ability to attract high-ticket group business. With this in mind, many hotels (independent properties and chains alike) have begun seeking more modern, cloud-based S&C platforms that provide their teams with the tools needed to attract group business and, more importantly, ‘wow’ event planners and attendees. Hotelie...
The 10th Annual Boutique Hotel Investment Conference by BLLA and Its Resounding Success After a 3-Year Hiatus
BLLA | June 22, 2022
Attendees ranked the speakers, content, and experience 'best in class' Los Angeles – June 21, 2022 - The Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA) held its annual Boutique Hotel Investment Conference on June 8th at the iconic Plaza Hotel Grand Ballroom in New York City. Nearly 200 attendees came together to celebrate the flourishing sector of boutique hospitality and gain top-tier insight into where the industry is heading. The conference day was filled with meaningful panels, case studies, debates, and think tanks – all pointing toward the passion and resiliency of such a daring community of boutique believers. Watch the short ...
Pillows Maurits at the Park Set for Q4 2022 Opening in Amsterdam
Pillows Hotels | June 6, 2022
In the heart of Amsterdam, a 20th-century monumental building has been given new life as a luxury five-star hotel, following a delicate and meticulous transformation process. Maurits at the Park is the seventh property from Pillows Hotels, the acclaimed hospitality brand known for its refined hotels and restaurants in the Netherlands and Belgium. With 88 luxury rooms and suites, a fine dining restaurant, a brasserie, two bars, a private lounge area, and several meeting spaces, the hotel is set to become Amsterdam’s newest hot spot. A hub for gastronomy, events, and curated experiences drawing inspiration from its beautiful natural surrou...
CSR Adoption in Independent Hotels: The Drivers and Barriers
EHL | May 31, 2022
Hotel size matters Corporate social responsibility initiatives are high on the agenda of many hotels these days. However, there is a notable imbalance between smaller and larger players in the market. Social and environmental challenges are clearly seen as relevant for large hotel chains. They possess substantial resources and their behaviors are carefully scrutinized. Markets and customers tend to evaluate hotel companies that act on CSR more favorably. However, independent hotels are also concerned and are making an active effort in this area. In this journey, some are tackling all the social, economic, and environmental issues while ot...
The Newly Built Hotel Versailles Opens in Western Ohio
Hotel Versailles | May 26, 2022
(VERSAILLES, Ohio; May 26, 2022)– Opened today, the newly built Hotel Versailles is a modern, luxury retreat in the heart of downtown Versailles, Ohio. With a “heritage meets hospitality” mentality, the hotel offers a refreshing perspective on a site that holds over 150 years of hospitality history, as hotels have occupied the plot since 1865. A destination unto itself, the upscale, boutique property is the only full-service boutique hotel in central Ohio and features 30 spacious, well-appointed guestrooms and suites; celebrated chef Aaron Allen’s seasonally driven restaurant Silas; and ample meeting and event space for up to 200 gue...
Ascend Hotel Collection Adds Three New Properties to Portfolio
Ascend Hotel Collection | May 19, 2022
ROCKVILLE, Md., May 19, 2022-- The growing Ascend Hotel Collection from Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) recently added three new properties to its global portfolio of resort, boutique and historic hotels: The Harborview in Port Washington, Wisconsin; The Crossroads Hotel – Newburgh in Newburgh, New York; and the 17 West Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to providing upscale guests with the perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life, each of the brand's newest additions – conveniently located within driving distance of nearby metropolitan areas – are owned and operated by longtime Choice fra...
The 420 Hotels Announces Launch of Crowdfunding Round for Denver’s First Hotel With a Legally Licensed Lounge for Cannabis Consumption
The 420 Hotels | May 17, 2022
DENVER--The 420 Hotels Inc. is entering the next phase of opening Denver’s first legally licensed cannabis consumption lounge in a boutique hotel by announcing the launch of an equity crowdfunding campaign, and by filing their Form C with the SEC, through the investing platform Republic.com. This campaign is now open to anyone who wants to get in on the ground floor of a new era for cannabis hospitality. “We’ve cleared the major hurdles to create a truly unique, 4-star hotel experience where cannabis is welcome,” said Chris Chiari, CEO and Founder of The 420 Hotels Inc., which owns the historic Patterson Inn. “With our successful...
BLLA Opens the 2022 Boutique Hotel Sentiment Survey for Input by the World’s Boutique Hoteliers
Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association | May 5, 2022
This is the 7th annual edition of the Survey which is a highly coveted report on the industry for independent boutique hotels and collections Los Angeles - May 5, 2022 - The Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA) is committed to enlightening and uplifting the community of boutique hotels and businesses through research, whitepapers, and surveys. The goal of this year’s Boutique Hotel Sentiment Survey is to assess the state of the global boutique hotel sector over the past 12 months. This survey poses pertinent questions that are categorized within distinct megatrends, including Labor Shortage, Digital Transformation, and Envi...
Cormorant Boutique Hotel Opens in La Jolla, California
Oceanic Enterprises | May 3, 2022
La Jolla, CA (May 2, 2022) – The 26-room Cormorant Boutique Hotel opens today in La Jolla, Calif. Named after the area’s famed Cormorant birds and influenced by the beauty of the seaside town, the contemporary hotel features coastal-inspired guestrooms with private balconies, panoramic Pacific Ocean views and La Jolla’s newest rooftop bar and lounge, Birdseye. “We are excited to welcome guests to San Diego’s newest boutique hotel,” said general manager David Vecchione. “Our hotel offers effortless elegance with comforts and activities of the barefoot-chic San Diego lifestyle and will serve as a relaxing escape for out-o...
Gathering the Boutique Community to Lead the Way for Independent and Boutique Hotels
Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association | May 3, 2022
Top minds create a unique agenda for the 10th annual Boutique Hotel Investment Conference Los Angeles - May 3, 2022 - The Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA) is returning to the live stage with the 10th annual Boutique Hotel Investment Conference on June 8, 2022. The boutique community will congregate in New York City’s Plaza Hotel Grand Ballroom to be immersed in the evolving world of boutique hotel investment. Top experts and visionaries will come together to share tools and strategies that will help the boutique sector flourish within a multi-faceted era of travel and hospitality. Taking the stage are icons like Ian Schra...
BLLA Launches the Global Boutique Hotel Owners & Founders Directory
the Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA) | April 19, 2022
Association continues its mission of community & education with this evergreen list Los Angeles, April 19, 2022 – The official association for the world’s verified boutique hotels has launched a central list of boutique hotel owners and founders in the hopes to create continued clarity and community within the independent and boutique hotel space. This falls under BLLA’s pillar of education for executives, professionals, and students who continually disrupt the hospitality industry through their fearless approach to being a part of “the village” that creates hotel experiences. The association will continue to act as the ce...
BLLA Welcomes Hybrid Hospitality Pioneer Edyn to Its Prestigious Hotel Program
the Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA) | April 12, 2022
11 Boutique Hotels in Europe Join the Boutique Community Los Angeles - April 12, 2022 – Pioneering European hospitality group, edyn, joins BLLA’s distinguished program for authentic boutique and lifestyle hotels. edyn’s Chief Development Officer, Eric Jafari, joined the Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association as an Advisory Board member for 2022. Through BLLA’s vetted application process, edyn’s lifestyle aparthotel brand, Locke, was accepted into the exclusive program, including: Beckett Locke - Dublin, Ireland, Bermonds Locke - London, UK, Buckle Street Studios by Locke - London, UK, Eden Locke - Edinburgh, UK, Kingsland Loc...
IQware Inc Acquires Megasys Hospitality Solutions
IQware Inc | December 20, 2021
IQware strengthens its position in the Alternative Lodging Market and acquires Megasys Hospitality Solutions. Laval, Quebec, Canada. IQware Inc, a leader in the Independent Market of Hospitality Technology providers, has acquired Megasys Hospitality Solutions, a Hospitality Property Management Software company that provides a robust guest-centric application for managing Hospitality accommodation properties. The move to acquire Megasys Hospitality Solutions commenced in the summer of 2021 after IQware Inc. raised capital from its new co-owner and Director Mr. Doug Skrepnek. Mr. David Perkins – CEO and Partner says “Doug and I clearl...
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