Grace Hotels Deepen Their U.S. Presence
If you aren't familiar with them already, Grace Hotels is a privately owned group of hotels in the upscale boutique class. The brand has properties Mykonos, Santorini, and Beijing, but, besides the Vanderbilt Hotel in Newport RI, which opened two years ago, we haven't heard a lot about them in the U.S.
That looks set to change, however, as Grace has made a quick expansion into the New England area by acquiring the 30-room Mayflower Inn & Spa in Washington, CT, and the 26-room White Barn Inn in Kennebunk, ME. The Mayflower will take the new name, The Mayflower Grace later this year, while the White Barn Inn will become The White Barn Grace early next year -- although a look at their website reveals they are already displaying the Grace logo.
With properties in Argentina, Morocco, and Panama opening later this year, the brand now has a presence on five continents. We reached out to Grace Hotels CEO, Philippe Requin and he had this to say:
"Grace Hotels is constantly looking for opportunities to expand the group globally. The Mayflower Inn & Spa ... is a hotel we have admired for many years so we were delighted when the chance to acquire it came along. The existence of The Vanderbilt Grace and The White Barn Inn, also in New England, made a compelling additional case for us to create a close-knit trio of the finest historic hotel, spa and restaurant properties in the region."
We found weeknight summer rates at the Mayflower starting at $675 and at $520 at the White Barn.
[Photo by Mayflower Inn & Spa.]