Architecture & Design
Courtyard by Marriott Signals Brand Evolution to Reinvigorate Its North American Portfolio
Courtyard by Marriott | December 10, 2021
Courtyard by Marriott, the trailblazing brand with the largest global footprint of hotels within Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, announces its modern design evolution and robust renovation strategy for North America. More than 375 of the brand’s earliest generation hotels throughout the U.S. and Canada are expected to be modernized with exterior renovations by 2024, including prominent displays of the refreshed Courtyard logo. Many hotels are also expected to be complemented by new interior design in their public spaces and guest rooms. With its extensive property renovations, Courtyard continues to elevate its hol...
Cambria Hotels Introduces New Development Option With New Hotel Prototype
Cambria Hotels | September 30, 2021
ROCKVILLE, MD – September 30, 2021 – Cambria® Hotels, an upscale brand franchised by Choice Hotels International, Inc., today introduced a new hotel prototype option to accelerate its growth in destinations where guests want to stay and developers want to invest. Designed specifically for secondary and leisure markets, the prototype option will help provide developers the flexibility to build Cambria hotels at a reduced cost, while maintaining the sense of space, sense of place and the core brand hallmarks upscale guests prefer. "Cambria Hotels is a strategic, long-term priority for Choice Hotels, as is lowering the total ...
Is Your Hotel Flushing Money Down the Toilet?
Cicero Construction Group | September 30, 2021
By Sam Cicero PLAINFIELD, IL – September 30, 2021 – Was your hotel built before 1993? If so, chances are you’re losing money each time a guest flushes one of the hotel’s toilets. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that hotels use about 15 percent of the total water consumed by commercial and institutional facilities in the United States. Actual usage varies by guest, of course, but most studies indicate hotels use between 100 to 200 gallons of fresh water per occupied guestroom per day. Water in the United States ranges from three to five dollars per 1,000 gallons. Simple math shows how effo...
The Intersections of Tomorrow’s Hotel Industry
Jean-Philippe Nuel | May 20, 2021
By Jean-Philippe Nuel It has already been a year since Covid-19 developed into a pandemic, along with its panoply of urgent measures to contain, combat and defeat the devastating effect of the virus. Confinement, curfews, travel restrictions—including the recent border closures in Europe—and frequent mandatory quarantines for international travel. In the United States, New York City has gone dormant. The dynamism of the American megalopolis—the world's meeting point for business, art, diplomacy and tourism—has collapsed. The luckiest New Yorkers have been living in the countryside or in Florida for a year, and tourists are logic...
AWH Partners Completes Multimillion-Dollar Renovation of Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter
Spire Hospitality | March 4, 2021
IRVING, TX — March 4, 2021 — Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter, a riverfront hotel with breathtaking views of the Ohio River and Cincinnati’s downtown skyline, and in proximity to Cincinnati’s eclectic food and beverage scene, has completed a multimillion-dollar renovation. In addition to the completed renovations of the property’s 321 guestrooms, meeting spaces, and public spaces, the new M Club and Marriot Greatroom are now available to both leisure and business travelers looking to catch up on work, grab a quick bite to eat in between meetings, or wind down at the end of an exhausting day. The property’s spacious guestro...
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island Debuts Transformation
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island | February 11, 2021
AMELIA ISLAND, FLA. (February 2021) – Since opening in 1991, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island has remained at the forefront of Northeast Florida luxury with warm hospitality, nature-driven experiences and award-winning amenities. In honor of its 30th anniversary this year, the iconic barrier island resort will debut transformation that reflects the destination of unspoiled coastal beauty and Southern charm, an epitome of the classic beach vacation. The renovation includes upgraded rooms and suites, refreshed meeting and event spaces, three new restaurants, and renewed resort experiences. The resort is also celebrating its 30th anniversary...
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...
Vista Hospitality Group Completes Multimillion Dollar Renovation of Maryland’s Sheraton Hotel BWI Airport
Vista Property Management | January 21, 2021
Linthicum Heights, MD & Binghamton, NY, January 21, 2021 -- Vista Hospitality Group’s property management division is pleased to announce the completion of a multi-million-dollar renovation at Sheraton Hotel BWI Airport Linthicum Heights, Maryland. The upscale renovations offer travelers a comfortable gathering place, with a sense of community and technology to the Baltimore area. “Guest comments have been extremely positive. Airline personnel love the new space to eat, drink, work, and relax.” according to General Manager, Rickey Earles. The improvements at the Sheraton Hotel BWI Airport consisted of a newly reinvented Pub...
Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport Completes $20M Renovation
IHG | January 12, 2021
Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport, owned and operated by Manga Hotels, opens its doors after completing a $20 million renovation. The transformation marks a new beginning for the hotel as staff recommits to delivering warm hospitality, memorable events and delightful dinning. The 528-room hotel is in a prime location for all travellers visiting the Toronto region and flying through the Toronto Pearson Airport. The hotel is close to Highway 401 and 427, making it an ideal venue for conferences, meetings and layover travel when the need resumes. Manga Hotels has invested in the following renovations to the 12-story property, improving the hotel�...
Interior Design for Safe and Aesthetically Pleasing Hotel Spaces
Larry Mogelonsky | September 30, 2020
By Larry Mogelonsky, MBA, P. Eng. (www.hotelmogel.com) All the structural upgrades to your hotel are probably unsightly, but you put them in place because you had to in order to protect your guests. Still, with COVID-19 here to stay, it’s time to look at how to combine safety with interior design features that are pleasing to the eyes. Now that autumn and winter are here, hideous lobbies or other indoor spaces can mean decreased F&B revenues and lower overall guest satisfaction as all visitors won’t feel warm and cozy amidst so much gaudy viral safety mania. You don’t want your lobby bar or restaurants to look abandoned as a r...
The Gettys Group Unveils The Hotel of Tomorrow Project With Five New Hospitality Concepts
The Gettys Group | September 25, 2020
Global Hospitality Think Tank Presents Ideas and Industry Experts Offer Feedback Chicago, IL (September 24, 2020) -- Robots serving drinks? Meeting rooms that resemble a giant terrarium? These are just some of the concepts guests may experience as hotel operators attempt to adapt and innovate amid the COVID-19 crisis according to The Hotel of Tomorrow Project, a global think tank consisting of 325 hospitality industry executives and spearheaded by The Gettys Group, a Chicago-based design, development and consulting firm. Since June, designers, manufacturers, owners, and operators from a wide range of brands - including Four Season...
Nobu Hotel London Portman Square to Open November 2020
Nobu Hotel London Portman Square | August 14, 2020
Nobu Hotel London Portman Square is set to open its doors in November 2020. Thoughtfully designed, the new hotel will feature a Nobu Restaurant, bar and outdoor terrace, plus a 600-person ballroom, gym, wellness facilities and meeting spaces. Nobu Hotel London Portman Square will apply a contemporary approach to both aesthetics and hospitality, taking inspiration from Japanese architectural disciplines and minimalist design, whilst utilizing a refined color palette influenced by heritage Japanese color combinations. Award-winning David Collins Studio is responsible for the hotel’s common spaces, including; the lobby, lobby lounge, No...
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Plans Boutique Hotel in Downtown Fort Worth, Texas
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants | March 11, 2020
SAN FRANCISCO (March 11, 2020) – Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants announced today it will open a boutique hotel in downtown Fort Worth, an adaptive reuse of the historic XTO Energy Headquarters building. The new Kimpton Hotel is set to open in the spring of 2021 and will mark the third property for the boutique hotel company in Texas, joining Kimpton hotels in Austin and a Dallas project slated to open this summer. “Texas is a natural place to expand our brand,” said Mike DeFrino, Chief Executive Officer of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. “Adding Fort Worth to our portfolio, alongside Austin and Dallas is vital to our growth in the ...
The Londoner Set for June 2020 Opening Following Seven Year $385 Million Investment
Edwardian Hotels London | February 25, 2020
After seven years and a £300 million (≈$385 million) investment, The Londoner, the world’s first super boutique hotel, will open its doors in June 2020. The property will take centre stage on London’s Leicester Square and is the latest project by Edwardian Hotels London. The project is a feat of design, architecture and engineering that aligns with the vision of Edwardian Hotels London’s Founder and Chairman, Mr Jasminder Singh to create “a celebration of London; its history, aesthetic and people.” Its 16 storeys will incorporate 350 guest rooms, suites and a tower penthouse with panoramic views, two private screening rooms, a mi...
Ryman Hospitality Properties and RIDA Development Corp. Announce $80 Million Expansion of Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center
Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. | February 10, 2020
Planned Expansion to Add 317 Guest Rooms, or More Than 20 Percent, to Available Capacity NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 10, 2020 -- Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE:RHP) (the “Company”), a lodging real estate investment trust (“REIT”) specializing in group-oriented, destination hotel assets in urban and resort markets, and RIDA Development Corp. today announced plans for an $80 million, 317-room expansion of Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Aurora, Colorado. Opened in December 2018, Gaylord Rockies was the first Marriott property to begin operations with more than 1 million net room nights on the books for all fut...
Vision Hospitality Group Breaks Ground on AC Hotel in North Atlanta’s Perimeter Center
AC Hotels by Marriott | February 5, 2020
The AC Hotel Atlanta Perimeter Center is slated to open in 2021 and will feature 156 guest rooms Atlanta, GA – February 4, 2020 – AC Hotels by Marriott® and Chattanooga-based Vision Hospitality Group, Inc. announced the AC Hotel in North Atlanta’s Perimeter Center has broken ground. The design-driven lifestyle hotel is slated to open in 2021 and will feature 156 guest rooms, engaging communal spaces and the area’s first rooftop bar boasting panoramic views of the Atlanta skyline. AC Hotel Atlanta Perimeter Center will include a curated collection of artwork and modern design elements utilizing subtle tones and crisp, clean line...
NewcrestImage and Baywood Hotels Start Joint Venture Canopy by Hilton in Downtown New Orleans
NewcrestImage | January 30, 2020
Dallas-based NewcrestImage and Baywood Hotels, Inc., based in Columbia, Maryland, will begin historic renovation construction in early February of a 176-room, 14-floor Canopy by Hilton in downtown New Orleans. This joint venture launches the third hotel in New Orleans for NewcrestImage and the fourth hotel in Louisiana for Baywood. Canopy by Hilton New Orleans Downtown is scheduled to open in the summer of 2021 at 1100 Tulane Avenue in the heart of the Central Business District, immediately adjacent to the French Quarter. It will revive the former Oil and Gas Building, which originally opened in 1959 and was placed on the National Register...
Floating Luxury Hotels Coming to Qatar for FIFA World Cup 2022
ADMARES | January 21, 2020
Turku, Finland (January 21, 2020) --In preparations to host the 2022 World Cup, Qetaifan Projects, a Katara Hospitality owned company signed a memorandum of understanding with ADMARES; the world leader in alternative real estate with pioneering construction methods. Qetaifan Projects continues its series of local and international partnerships that would add to Qetaifan Island North and serve the tourism, hospitality, and entertainment sectors in Qatar. The Memorandum of Understanding includes the construction and operation of 16 floating hotels on the shores of Qetaifan Island North to provide accommodation for the masses within the fan vill...
Starwood Capital Group Plans Summer 2020 Opening of The Grand Hotel in Birmingham, UK
Starwood Capital Group | January 17, 2020
MIAMI and LONDON, Jan. 17, 2020 - Starwood Capital Group, a leading global private investment group, announced today that The Grand Hotel, housed in one of Birmingham's most iconic buildings overlooking the city's prestigious Colmore Row, will once again open its doors to the public in the summer of 2020, following a dramatic restoration that will return the city centre landmark to its former glory. The luxury hotel, a Grade II* listed building, will be home to 185 spacious rooms and suites, retaining the building's mix of French Renaissance, Victorian and Art Deco features and paying homage to its illustrious history. Ori...
Six Senses London to Open in the Former Art Deco Whiteleys Department Store
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas | January 16, 2020
BANGKOK – January 16, 2020 – With its proximity to Hyde Park and Kensington Palace, Bayswater in West London is recognized for its streets lined with grand terraces of white stucco houses and garden squares. Among them is an iconic building and former department store – Whiteleys – soon to become home to Six Senses London. The hotel, wellness club and spa mark the brand’s entry into the UK and will open with 110 guest rooms and suites, starting from 355 square feet and celebrating the building’s origins, while making space for modern living. There will also be 14 branded residences, with owners able to tap into all the privileg...
Radisson Hotel Group Reveals Plans for New Radisson Red Reykjavik
Radisson Red | January 8, 2020
The 203-room Radisson RED Reykjavik, set to open 2021, will be a newly built property and mark the first ever Radisson RED Hotel in Iceland “Radisson RED is Radisson Hotel Group’s upscale, select service hotel brand that presents a playful twist on the conventional. Radisson RED hotels inject new life into hospitality through informal services, a social scene that’s waiting to be shared and bold design that kick-starts the fun. It is the perfect match for Reykjavik and the entire Radisson Hotel Group team and owners are thrilled to introduce this landmark Reykjavik”, says Tom Flanagan Karttunen, Area Senior Vice President of Radis...
Six Senses London to Open in the Former Art Deco Whiteleys Department Store
IHG | December 18, 2019
The brand will bring an arts, wellness and community focus to its first London home With its proximity to Hyde Park and Kensington Palace, Bayswater in West London is recognized for its streets lined with grand terraces of white stucco houses and garden squares. Among them is an iconic building and former department store – Whiteleys – soon to become home to Six Senses London. The hotel, wellness club and spa mark the brand’s entry into the UK and will open with 110 guest rooms and suites, starting from 355 square feet (33 square meters) and celebrating the building’s origins, while making space for modern living. There will als...
Peachtree Hotel Group Launches Renovation and Rebranding of Four Points by Sheraton Knoxville Cumberland House
Peachtree Hotel Group | December 12, 2019
KNOXVILLE, TENN. DECEMBER 12, 2019 - Officials of Peachtree Hotel Group today announced the temporary transition of the Four Points by Sheraton Knoxville Cumberland House into the Cumberland House Knoxville while the hotel completes a $12 million, approximately six-month renovation to completely transform the hotel. Upon completion of the renovation in the early summer of 2020, the hotel will be rebranded as the Cumberland House Knoxville Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. “As we enhance the hotel to meet the requirements of upscale travelers to the Knoxville area, we will maintain operations as usual under a temporary, independent, bo...
Radical Innovation Awards Opens Call for Entries
Radical Innovation | December 10, 2019
New York, NY -- December 10, 2019 -- Radical Innovation, an initiative that challenges creative thinkers at the professional and student level to pioneer compelling ideas in travel and hospitality, is accepting entries to its annual competition. New in 2020, the competition is adding a Hospitality Product category. Radical Innovation is asking participants to submit their most innovative hospitality product(s) capable of transforming the industry standard and offering new strategic career and investment growth opportunities. This year, the submission categories include: Professional and/or Student: Radical Hospitality Design, Conc...
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