Here We Go Again: The Regent Bal Harbour Is No Longer a Regent Hotel
The Regent Hotels has a problem picking and sticking with hotels. Today, tipsters sent us word that the hotel management company has effectively stopped managing the The Regent Bal Harbour in Florida. The hotel will now be known as The Bal Harbour Hotel.
The Regent brand dismissal is actually due to the bankruptcy of the hotel's owner, WCI Communities. Regent Hotels has put forth this statement:
Regent Hotels & Resorts is proud of its tenure managing The Regent Bal Harbour since its opening, having achieved strong positioning in the South Florida luxury hotel market. For example, the hotel was ranked by Travel + Leisure magazine among "15 hotels to watch" in the most recent "World's Best" issue. The brand is continuing to expand globally, including the opening of eight new hotels over the next three years in locations that span the world, from Puerto Rico to the Maldives.
Let's see. How many times has a Regent Hotel unexpectedly dropped its management contract recently? Well there was that whole to-do in Boston. And before that, South Beach. Previously, the Regent Beverly Wilshire and a Singapore property were dropped from the Regent portfolio. What could this mean for the Regent Maldives? We are afraid of what December will bring.
In the meantime, the following hotels are still under the luxury Regent influence: Turks & Caicos, Berlin, Bordeaux, Zagreb, Beijing, Sinapore and Taipai. Nine more hotels are expected to open under the Regent name by 2012. We'll keep our fingers crossed.