Hotel News Briefs: Wasting Away in Margaritaville Will Be a Reality Very Soon
Howdy folks! There is so much hotel news flying around this week, we just don't have enough time to focus on all of it. Seriously, did all you hotelie people save it up for Labor Day Weekend? Sheesh. Anyways, here's a quick rundown to get you up to speed on the latest. More news will obviously be forthcoming.
Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort is Coming Soon: Get ready, Parrotheads! A beach resort inspired by singer Jimmy Buffett will open on the beach in Hollywood, Fla. in 2015. It will have 349 rooms, 17 stories, a Margaritaville Landshark Bar & Grill, a License to Chill rooftop bar, the Lone Palm Bar and a 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar. There will also be a 15,000-sq.ft. St. Somewhere Spa and an "authentic 'no worries' tropical vibe" present throughout.
The Diplomat Becomes a Curio Hotel: The Westin Diplomat in Fort Lauderdale, a massive convention center hotel, is doing away with the white green tea scent in its lobby as it rebrands from a Westin to a Curio Collection hotel by Hilton. The hotel was recently acquired by the Thayer Lodging Group who will make the change to Hilton in October. The property will also undergo a $100 million enhancement. The new name will officially be The Diplomat Resort & Spa.
Waldorf Astoria Naples Will Be No More: TripAdvisor reviewers were mumbling about the changes that are coming to this luxury hotel in Naples, Fla. Apparently, the hotel was recently sold and is now undergoing renovations and will go back to its former name of The Naples Grande Beach Resort. Which is perhaps best since most reviewers complained the property was not up to Waldorf standards. Renovations are expected to be done in January 2015. The name change could come at the same time too.
Auberge To Launch New Brand in Napa, After St. Regis Drops Out: Uh-oh. This is not good. A luxury resort in Napa, Calif. has not even opened yet and already it has switched management hands. The 117-room resort on Stanley Ranch has gone from a St. Regis to an Auberge Resort. It will open, possibly in 2017, as a "VieVage" resort which is a new brand from Auberg, that will be less expensive, more casual and more family-friendly than other Auberges. Here's more on VieVage. We'll be thinking good thoughts.
The Ritz Madrid May Actually Become a Ritz-Carlton: According to HospitalityNet, the Ritz Madrid may actually become a Ritz-Carlton Hotel (Ritz and Ritz-Carlton are two different things. Read the article for the history on them.) Making matters a little more confusing is that the Ritz Madrid is actually a Belmond Hotel, which was formerly called Orient-Express. In the process of so many identity shifts, will the luxury experience of the Ritz emerge unscathed? We'll find out.
One&Only Resorts to Open in The Kingdom of Bahrain: Kerzner International Holdings Limited has partnered up with Sevens Holding to develop and operate a new One&Only resort in Seef, Bahrain. The resort will open in 2016 with 150 luxury guest rooms and suites along with villas, estates, dining and retail options and a One&Only Spa. Seef is on the northwestern coast of Bahrain and the One&Only will have a very private beachfront address.
Kempinski to Open in Myanmar: Fresh off getting dumped by The Stafford in London, Kempinski Hotels is rebounding with the news that their first property in Myanmar, the Kempinski Hotel Nay Pyi Taw, will open on November 1, just in time for the first ASEAN Summit to be held in the country. The newly built hotel is located near the Myanmar International Convention Center (MICC) and has 141 rooms and suites, spread out over four villas. The property's Grand Royal Suite measures 1,000 square meters, making it the largest hotel suite in the country. A total of five bars and restaurants will round out the offerings, along with an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and fitness centre. A Kempinski spa will open in 2015.