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Having seen its struggles, we were very excited when Rocco Forte talked about the promising future for his hotel group following a $95m cash injection from Italian investors, not in the least because of his goal to revive the Grand Tour of Italy and save the country’s economy in the process. There was talk of hotels in Venice, Milan, Naples, and Sicily, as well as others further afield to double Rocco Forte’s presence from its current ten hotels.
While we were expecting Venice to be announced first, given the “advanced stage of discussion” about a hotel there, further afield it is: number 11 will be the Assila Hotel and Residence, a development in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, opening this summer.
Above a rendering of the hotel, which will have 146 rooms, 62 suites, and 94 serviced apartments in what looks to be a dual-towered glass structure.
Now that we've gone inside and all around the AC Hotel by Marriott in New Orleans (above), we can confidently say that we are extremely excited for more AC Hotels to open across the U.S. But also, selfishly, we're hoping that AC doesn't adopt a super aggressive expansion model. It's ok to take it nice and slow. Like a fine wine, and that's important to the Spanish heritage of the AC brand, right?
Nevertheless, there are several more AC Hotels in the works and their opening dates are coming up soon. Here's how it's looking right now:
Student Hotel Amsterdam
People, we have reached a tipping point.
Remember how a couple of years ago all the flash sale sites launched and “handpicked” and “curated”, which had previously meant something, suddenly were so overused that they no longer meant anything whatsoever?
“Millennial hotel” is now equally meaningless.
The latest chain to jump on the millennial bandwagon is The Student Hotel, a group of four hotels in the Benelux region of Europe (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Liège) which has just announced plans to expand across the rest of Europe, now that investors will throw money at anything targeting “millennials”.
The Student Hotel isn’t for everyone – it’s a hotel-hostel-college accommodation-long term let hybrid, targeting students (who stay for a semester), business people wanting temporary accommodation, relatives of students coming to stay for a couple of nights, and anyone else who has the “flexible accommodation needs of the millennial generation”. Most people stay long-term, but they’re also fully functioning hotels, with simple but boutiquey rooms and extensive public areas – libraries, study rooms, games rooms and terraces.
Another day, another Andaz Hotel to anticipate.
Just yesterday we told you how the Andaz Napa would be opening on September 7th, followed shortly by Andaz Savannah and Andaz Amsterdam in
October November. Plus, there's Andaz Maui to look forward to in 2013. The following year, Andaz Guragon in India is expected to open. And now beyond that, we've learned Andaz is heading to Mexico with the Andaz Mayakoba set to open in 2015.
TravelPulse had the detes back in May:
The 213-room Andaz Mayakoba, expected to open in 2015,will be located in the master planned resort community of Mayakoba, which is situated along one mile of beach coastline in Mexico’s Riviera Maya.
But there's even more!
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While life may be rockin' hard as usual inside Hard Rock Hotels around the world, behind the scenes the high-energy hotel brand has been carefully composing its next big hits.
Currently, there are 16 Hard Rock hotels open for business--with three new Hard Rocks that opened this year in Panama, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta. But there are five more Hard Rocks set to open in Riviera Maya, Aruba, Hungary, Abu Dhabi and Northfield Park (Ohio) in the next few years.
Naturally, this mini-burst of expansion had us wanting to know more about what the Hard Rock brand had up their (rock n' roll tattoo) sleeves. Fortunately, Michael Shindler, the executive vice president of Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos and a seasoned hospitality industry veteran, was gracious enough to answer some of our most pressing questions. (Teaser: there's going to be a Hard Rock loyalty program soon!)
See what Michael Shindler had to say about Hard Rock's new overture in our Q&A interview below!
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Today, two all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels debuted in Mexico, becoming the country's first brush with the hotel brand.
The former Cancun Palace and the Vallarta Palace in the Riviera Nayarit section of Puerto Vallarta were re-flagged under the new brand name Hard Rock Hotel Cancun and Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta. We first mentioned the projected August 1st turnover last month and we're happy to report that things are right on schedule, including a big grand opening party August 24-26 at Vallarta and October 18-20 in Cancun.
We're told some brassy bold name artists have been confirmed to play the gigs, but legally the names can't be released juuuust yet, so stay tuned!
Hard Rock Hotels is on a worldwide expansion binge and if you're a fan of the rocking hotel brand, here's where you will find them next.
1. Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis: The 66-floor hotel opened its first phase in April but that already includes 500 hotel rooms. All in all, 1,600 rooms are expected to open. Rates start at around $200 a night.
2. Hard Rock Hotel Cancun: The website is up for the Hard Rock Cancun and now an August 1 opening date has been set. Formerly a Palace resort, this 601-room hotel will become the second all-inclusive resort for the Hard Rock brand. And yes, this will be the party spot for Spring Break 2013 judging from the website copy: "We have everything you need to fulfill your rock n’ roll dreams including acclaimed restaurants, bars and lounges, expansive poolscape and a spa with outdoor massage areas... and that’s just the opening act."
3. Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta: Like Cancun, the Hard Rock Vallarta is a former Palace resort which will officially open as the Hard Rock on August 1. Rooms will have jacuzzis, there will be a Rock Spa on-site and it will remain the only all-inclusive resort on the Pacific coast.
Dubai-based Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts is probably best known for its soaring, sail-shaped flagship hotel Burj Al Arab, so called 7-star hotel where rooms are suites that run into the four-digits before you know it, the concierge desk is the fanciest you'll ever see, and an ashtray might set you back over seven grand.
Meanwhile, the group has been busy expanding its European presence, which until not too long ago was limited to two hotels in London (Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Lowndes Hotel in Knightsbridge). Following the opening of a brand-spanking new property in Frankfurt, two new city hotels have been added in Rome and Istanbul.
The Biggest Loser Resort, an actual resort modeled off of the popular NBC weight loss reality show, has just won big. Fitness Ridge Worldwide, the company that operates the Biggest Loser Resorts in Utah and Malibu, has just acquired domestic licensing rights to expand the chain even further.
The company hopes to build more fully-branded Biggest Loser Resorts but they are also looking to place the Biggest Loser experience within existing hotels. Bye, bye gloomy basement-dwelling hotel gyms and hello Biggest Loser fitness centers, complete with scales that display your weight on giant screens?