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BLLA’s Boutique Hotel Investment Conference Concludes With Highest Reviews Showing the Upward Trending Results for Future
the Boutique & Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA) | June 9, 2021
The Boutique Lifestyle is clearly an opportunity to participate in some of the most ingenious projects post-Covid, globally June 9, 2021, Los Angeles - The Boutique Hotel Investment Conference 2021, powered by BLLA, was deemed an astounding success by not only attendees, judging by the dozens of testimonials coming in, but also the association’s leadership as well as their program planning committee. The nearly 100 speakers lead participants through the twists and turns of buying, investing, and operating today’s most popular and promising boutique hospitality sector. The opportunities presented through presentations, discussions, deba...
Charlestowne Hotels Opens Hotel Morgan, a Wyndham Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia
Charlestowne Hotels | March 1, 2021
Revitalization of Historic Accommodation is Management Company’s Tenth College-Town Property CHARLESTON, S.C. (March 1, 2021) – Leading hospitality management company Charlestowne Hotels announces the opening of Hotel Morgan, a Wyndham Hotel located in Morgantown, West Virginia. Hotel Morgan is the company’s tenth opening in a collegiate market and eighth adaptive reuse project. Charlestowne worked in partnership with Thrash Group to oversee a year-long renovation of the 95-year-old property, and will now take over hotel management, inclusive of operations, marketing, revenue management, and talent acquisition. A historic bout...
Iconic St. James Hotel Reopens in Selma, Alabama Following Renovation and Expansion
Woodforest CEI-Boulos Opportunity Fund | January 26, 2021
THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Jan. 26, 2021 -- The Woodforest CEI-Boulos Opportunity Fund, a high-impact commercial real estate Opportunity Zone fund established by Woodforest National Bank® and CEI-Boulos Capital Management, announced its $2 million equity investment in the redevelopment of the historic, long-shuttered St. James Hotel in Selma, Alabama. The St. James Hotel, the only hotel in downtown Selma, will support the city's growing civil rights tourism industry and help revitalize the local economy, creating 45 permanent jobs with training, health insurance and other benefits (42 of these jobs will be accessible to people with low incom...
Inherit Hotel Group Opens the Colton House Hotel in Austin, Texas
Inherit Hotel Group | January 6, 2021
Austin, Texas (January 6, 2021) – Today, Colton House Hotel, an 80-suite luxury property opens its doors on Austin’s hip South Congress Avenue. Drawing inspiration from its distinctive surroundings, the property showcases the captivating spirit of the Lone Star State and pays due respect to Texas’s rich history through locally handpicked art and design features. Pioneering the suite-based hotel concept at The Guesthouse Hotel in Chicago, Inherit Hotel Group brings the same approach to Colton House Hotel, combining residential luxuries with upscale boutique hotel amenities and staff that invites guests to “wander home” in a modern...
Janko Hospitality Plans April 2021 Opening of The Forester, A Hyatt Place Hotel, in Lake Forest, Illinois
Janko Hospitality | January 4, 2021
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (January 2021) – Janko Hospitality announced today that The Forester Hotel, a contemporary, chic new hotel located at 200 N. Field Dr. in Conway Business Park, is set to open in April 2021. The first hotel to open in the community since 1929, The Forester Hotel concept is inspired by the city of Lake Forest’s motto “Naturae et Scientiae Amor” which translates to “Love of Science and Nature.” The Forester Hotel will be at a crossroads safeguarding all the comforts of Hyatt, while at the same time blazing new trails with boutique offerings including an upscale bistro + bar and over 4,500 square feet of flexib...
Introducing Curator Hotel & Resort Collection From Pebblebrook Hotel Trust and Six Industry-Leading Hotel Operators
Curator Hotel & Resort Collection | November 17, 2020
BETHESDA, Md.--November 17, 2020-- Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE: PEB) and six industry-leading hotel operators today jointly announced the launch of Curator Hotel & Resort Collection, a hand-selected collection of small brands and independent lifestyle hotels and resorts worldwide. Curator's distinct owner-centric platform offers an alternative for independent lifestyle hotels looking to strengthen their performance, providing them with best-in-class agreements, services, and technology, while allowing them to retain their unique identity. Created by owners and operators, Curator gives its members the power to compete together on their o...
New Hospitality Group, Long Weekend, Launches Hotel Portfolio
Long Weekend | October 26, 2020
Properties include The Lake House on Canandaigua, The Seagate Hotel & Beach Club and The Elbow Cay Club in Abaco, Bahamas New York, NY (October 26, 2020) – Launching today is Long Weekend, a new hospitality group with three projects under its flag. The independent collective will bring together award-winning designers, architects, restaurateurs and operators to create thoughtfully designed properties located in unexpected destinations. Each Long Weekend property, a mixture of existing and yet to be built, will be unified by a common goal. To create spaces and experiences that hold lasting memories. Long Weekend properties redef...
Vision Hospitality Group Debuts Kinley Cincinnati Downtown
Vision Hospitality Group | October 23, 2020
CHATTANOOGA, TENN., OCT. 23, 2020 - Vision Hospitality Group has debuted the Kinley Cincinnati Downtown, Cincinnati’s newest lifestyle hotel as part of The Tribute Portfolio, located at 636 Race Street nestled between Cincinnati and the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, this boutique property provides a central location in the heart of the Queen City. Steps away from the city’s top cultural institutions, Kinley Cincinnati Downtown boasts 94 guest rooms, and celebrates local community and culture while offering unpretentiously-hip design and caring guest service. Kinley will provide a home base for active explorers and casual advent...
Luxury Boutique Hotels – a Growing Concept in India
Akash Datta | September 28, 2020
By Akash Datta, Dipti Mohan Luxury boutique hotels and resorts, a widely prevalent concept globally, is still at a nascent stage in India, with very few brands and properties. The increasing desire for experiential travel, by not only the millennials but across different cohorts often looking for unique and exclusive stays, has led to the growing popularity of this concept in the country. So, what are luxury boutique hotels and resorts? The term has evolved over the years, and while there is no standard definition, a luxury boutique hotel is typically a small property with less than 60 keys with its USP being the customized service a...
Preferred Hotels & Resorts Announces Winners of Annual Awards of Excellence and GIFTTS Pineapple Award Initiatives
Preferred Hotels & Resorts | September 24, 2020
NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Preferred Hotels & Resorts - the world’s largest independent hotel brand - is pleased to announce the winners of its annual Preferred Awards of Excellence and GIFTTS Pineapple Award initiatives. These awards recognize independent hotels and individual hoteliers represented within the brand’s worldwide portfolio that went above and beyond in their commitment to delivering meaningful travel experiences and selfless acts of genuine hospitality to their guests and local communities in 2019. “We are thrilled to recognize the incredible efforts of these member hotels and their strong leaders for continuously demonst...
BLLA Concludes First Digital Summit, 10th Annual StayBoutique Awards
the Boutique & Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA) | September 23, 2020
LOS ANGELES (Sept. 23, 2020) -- Hotelier Ian Schrager and Thrive Global Founder and CEO Arianna Huffington were amongst the headliners who shared their hospitality insights with several hundred virtual attendees during the first Digital Summit by the Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA) on Sept. 17 and 18. The summit gathered boutique professionals from across the globe for two days of commerce, culture and art, concluding with the announcement of the winners of BLLA’s 10th annual StayBoutique Awards. Guests attended the conference via BLLA’s exclusive summit app available on mobile and desktop, which hosted over 80 speakers v...
Boutiques May Be Adapting Faster Than Other Hotel Sectors, but Still Hurting
Jim Butler | September 16, 2020
By Jim Butler and the Global Hospitality Group® Hotel Lawyers | Authors of www.HotelLawBlog.com The theme of the Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association’s (BLLA) upcoming Boutique Lifestyle Digital Summit is “Dare to Adapt” and there are some compelling arguments as to why the boutique space may be able to adapt to the current economic crisis faster than other sectors in the hotel industry. “Boutiques can pivot easily,” said Frances Kiradjian, Founder and CEO of the BLLA. “They can make decisions quickly without checking in with brands.” Take cleaning, an area of great to concern to guests in the current COVID-19 env...
Hotel Carmichael, an Autograph Collection Hotel Opens in Carmel, Indiana
Hotel Carmichael | August 27, 2020
Carmel, IN – August 27, 2020 – Hotel Carmichael has officially opened its doors joining Autograph Collection. The 122-room, six-story luxurious hotel located at 1 Carmichael Square, is owned by CCC Boutique Hotel, LLC and managed by Coury Hospitality of Kansas City, Missouri. Situated next to The Palladium, one of the greatest concert halls of its time and along the Monon Trail, the downtown Carmel hotel offers guests convenient access to Midtown Plaza, the Center for Performing Arts, Clay Terrace, Peace Water Winery and Sugar Creek Vineyard & Winery. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, the stunning hotel is just a short dr...
The Hermitage Hotel Is Named 2020 Historic Hotel of the Year by Historic Hotels of America
The Hermitage Hotel | August 27, 2020
WASHINGTON, DC (August 27, 2020) – Historic Hotels of America® is proud to announce that The Hermitage Hotel (1910) in Nashville, Tennessee, has been selected as the 2020 Historic Hotel of the Year. This illustrious award is given annually to a historic hotel whose owners, leadership and employees are careful overseers of historic preservation, by stewarding history, heritage and stories for generations of guests to come. The Hermitage Hotel is receiving the honor of Historic Hotel of the Year for its unparalleled celebration of suffrage history and for demonstrating a long tradition of exceptional customer hospitality and service. “T...
Reiimagine, Inc. Announces the Global Launch of Comprehensive Sales Support Services to Luxury Independent Boutique Hotels and Resorts in the New Norm...
Reiimagine | June 24, 2020
Reiimagine provides a valuable extension of the hotel's in-house sales team and acts as a connector to key clients that may be hard to reach. SAN DIEGO, CA, June 24, 2020—Reiimagine, Inc. – today announced the launch of a new range of sales and marketing support services designed specifically for luxury independent boutique hotels and resorts around the world. This is a first of its kind, affordable one-stop-shop solution to assist boutique hotels that are looking for additional client’s outreach in the US and international markets. Reiimagine provides a valuable extension of the hotel’s in-house sales team and acts as a connect...
Future for Independent Hoteliers Remains Uncertain, Says GlobalData
GlobalData | May 22, 2020
Due to the impact of COVID-19, major hotel chains such as Wyndham, Marriott, Choice, Hilton, IHG and Accor are set to expand at an even quicker rate when travel resumes, creating even more uncertainty for independent hoteliers, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. These companies accounted for more than half of global branded hotel properties in 2018 (50.55%). Ralph Hollister, Travel & Tourism Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “The number of independent hotels has been shrinking in recent decades. By adopting an asset-light business model and introducing soft brands, major hotel chains have been constantly expanding ...
Being Opportunistic Without Being a Shark
Frances Kiradjian | April 27, 2020
By Frances Kiradjian Today’s climate may well present a new opportunity for those sitting with cash, or some form of available cash. Cash is king, always has been, always will be. We were always taught to have a rainy-day savings account just for insurance of upcoming needs or even opportunities. If you had a crystal ball or were born a true visionary, you could have imagined/envisioned how events might unfold from the first day that COVID-19 was announced. And as it started growing globally, you would’ve had enough time to figure how to make your “cash” available at the ready-set-go. This would most certainly give you a leg ...
The 2020 Edition of the Female Empowerment Conference, Powered by BLLA and StayBoutique, to Be Held March 8-9 in Downtown Los Angeles
the Boutique & Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA) | February 28, 2020
Holding it in the iconic and historic Hotel Figueroa, supports the theme of the conference which is The Enlightened Women of our Age Los Angeles, February 28, 2020 - BLLA and StayBoutique’s Female Empowerment Conference is an offline gathering of enlightened women in the travel, boutique and hospitality industries. Transformed from the (Travel Industry) Executive Women’s Conference, BLLA and StayBoutique’s Female Empowerment Conference recognizes women internationally who lead in fields related to the boutique lifestyle including hospitality, travel, and tourism. This conference consciously creates a forum for women to support eac...
North Carolina’s The Esquire Hotel Joins Ascend Hotel Collection
Ascend Hotel Collection: Let the Destination Reach You | December 23, 2019
Built in 1918, the boutique Esquire Hotel is an adaptive reuse of a national landmark building that originally opened as the First National Bank of Gastonia and was later used as the town's famed Lawyer's Building The Esquire Hotel is the latest addition to the growing Ascend Hotel Collection by Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), a portfolio of resort, boutique and historic hotels that reflect their surrounding communities. Situated in the heart of Gastonia at 168 West Main Ave., just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, the hotel provides visitors with convenient access to popular attractions in the state's largest ci...
Montana’s The Pine Lodge on Whitefish River and The Ridgeline Hotel at Yellowstone Join the Ascend Hotel Collection
Ascend Hotel Collection: Let the Destination Reach You | December 19, 2019
ROCKVILLE, Md., Dec. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pine Lodge on Whitefish River and The Ridgeline Hotel at Yellowstone are among the newest additions to the growing Ascend Hotel Collection by Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), a global portfolio of independent resort, historic and boutique hotels. With locations at the base of the Rocky Mountains on the Whitefish River and the northern entrance to Yellowstone National Park, respectively, both hotels offer adventure-seeking guests a true taste of Montana by coupling exceptional service with unparalleled access to their favorite outdoor activities, including fishing, whitewater ...
4 Useful Positioning Strategies for Your Independent Hotel
Kacey Bradley | December 13, 2019
By Kacey Bradley People at the head of hospitality management know that work never seems to slow down. There are always things happening during the day to day activities, plus events to plan for and business decisions to be made. No one can do everything at one time, which is why sometimes management may forget to watch the market. Keeping an eye on the market is crucial. It dictates how a hotel is doing, who their guests are and how they should market themselves. In order to place your independent hotel in a more advantageous position, try these four useful positioning strategies. They'll help your business compete with other hotels...
Crescent Hotels & Resorts Adds Sarasota Modern Hotel to Latitudes Collection
Crescent Hotels & Resorts | December 10, 2019
Crescent Hotels & Resorts adds Sarasota Modern Hotel to Latitudes Collection Sarasota, FL -- December 10, 2019) -- The Sarasota Modern, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, will join Crescent Hotels & Resorts “Latitudes” collection of lifestyle resorts. Crescent & Latitudes, based in Fairfax, Virginia is a nationally recognized operator of major hotels and resorts throughout the United States and Canada. An architectural fixture of the Rosemary District just steps from downtown Sarasota, the boutique hotel has created a series of micro-paradises that challenge the conventions of hospitality, delivering highly curated living experi...
The Guestbook Releases New White Paper, “Understanding Boutique Aficionados,” Analyzing Experiential Traveler Preferences and Booking Beha...
The Guestbook | December 10, 2019
Cash back rewards innovator The Guestbook examines experiential travel market, helping boutique hoteliers harness actionable insights to drive direct bookings LOS ANGELES — December 10, 2019 — The Guestbook, the world's largest rewards program for independent and boutique hotels, today announces the release of a new white paper, entitled “Understanding Boutique Aficionados.” This informative new white paper breaks down the specific booking and travel behaviors shared by two distinct segments of experiential travelers and reveals insights collected by The Guestbook through a national research study, which surveyed 1,031 Americans ov...
Greenwood Hospitality Inks Management Deal with Inns of Monterey for Five Boutique Hotels in Coastal Monterey, California
Greenwood Hospitality | December 4, 2019
Monterey, CA, December 3, 2019 – Greenwood Hospitality Group, a full-service third party hotel management company, has assumed management of five hotels in Monterey, California: the Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa, the Spindrift Inn, the Wave Street Inn, the Victorian Inn, and the Monterey Bay Inn. All five properties are owned by boutique hotel collection Inns of Monterey. “These five properties represent some of the most vibrant and expressive hotels in the Monterey hotel market, and we are honored to add them to our portfolio,” said Bill Kohl, Principal at Greenwood Hospitality Group. “We are excited for the future of this fa...
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