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HNB: The Usual Rebrandings, Openings, Delays and Renovations

May 20, 2015 at 12:30 PM | by | Comment (1)

So much hotel news, so little time – here are a few snippets to keep you up to date with the latest news from around the world!

· Conrad Chicago, shown above, will cease to be a part of Hilton Hotels later this fall and will instead join Starwood's Luxury Collection group. No word yet on what the new name will be. [Source: Hotel News Resource]

· Fresh off opening their New York property, EDITION Hotels will open next year in Sanya, China; Thailand and Abu Dhabi with Shanghai and Times Square to happen in 2017 and West Hollywood in 2018. Paris has inexplicably dropped off the website although Edition folk say it is still happening. Also happening that's not yet listed? The Reijavkik Edition in Iceland. We cannot wait. [Source: Edition Hotels website]

· The 342-room JW Marriott Minneapolis, which will have direct access to the Mall of America, is set to open in November. However, the website is accepting reservations right now for stays from January 1, 2016 and beyond. [Source: JW Marriott Hotels]

· A tipster wrote into tell us that the W Retreat Kanai in Riviera Maya, Mexico, which last we heard was opening in July 2015, is now opening in January 2018, according to the W Hotels website. Yup, that seems about right for W Hotels. [Source: Tipster and W Hotels]

· After announcing a Hilton Garden Inn for Hawaii, Hilton is now going to install their DoubleTree by Hilton brand in the iconic Hilo Naniloa Hotel and Golf Club on the Big Island. The hotel is currently closed as it goes under a $16 million renovation. It should reopen as DoubleTree later this year. [Source: Pacific Business News]

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HNB: A New Kimpton in SF, Ritz Picks Up Budapest, More Seasons in Dubai and Some Sneakers

May 7, 2015 at 7:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

So much hotel news, so little time – here are a few snippets to keep you up to date with the latest news from around the world!

HOTEL TOMO TO TURN INTO HOTEL BUCHANAN, A KIMPTON HOTEL: Back in September, we told you how the Japanimation-themed Hotel Tomo in San Francisco would turn into a Kimpton Hotel but we had no idea the place would get a full-on rebranding. It will now open in June as the Hotel Buchanan, and it looks completely different. Gone is all the kitschy decor, replaced with more masculine yet stylish furniture and amenities.The only nod to the hotel's former history is a light-weight, Shibori-print Kimono, which will be placed in the guestrooms instead of the usual Kimpton animal print robes. No exact opening date is set but we'll be sure to let you know when we have it.

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HNB: Ritz-Carlton Drops Phoenix and Starwood is for Sale, as are Schrager's Tales

April 30, 2015 at 3:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

So much hotel news, so little time – here are a few snippets to keep you up to date with the latest news from around the world!>

· RITZ-CARLTON PHOENIX TO BECOME AN AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION HOTEL: There's one less Ritz-y place to stay in Phoenix as the Ritz-Carlton there will be rebranded into an Autograph Collection Hotel, run by Destination Hotels. Per this press release, the property will close in July and will reopen in early 2016 as an Autograph Collection hotel. Perhaps they took note of this commenter's observation on our OpenThread in October:

However, the Ritz Phoenix is startlingly dilapidated and dated. I'm surprised it still meets the chain's standards. The lobby is pleasant enough but the rooms and especially bathrooms are ancient and unpleasant.

So far, there's no message on the Ritz site about the closure and we were able to make reservations for July online so the exact closing date doesn't seem to be so set in stone. We're sure that will change soon though.

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Hotel News Brief: Big Luxury Changes, a Return to Independence and New Vībs

April 27, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

So much hotel news, so little time – here are a few snippets to keep you up to date with the latest news from around the world, from shiny new things in Paris to reservations in Milan and new global partnerships.

· Ritz-Carlton Chicago to Become a Proper Ritz-Carlton: There has been a lot of changes to the Four Seasons portfolio lately and here comes another one--The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, which despite its name, has been a Four Seasons property for quite some time--will drop all association with Four Seasons and become a real deal Ritz-Carlton on August 1. A FlyerTalk member posted this message on the board:

"On July 31, 2015, Four Seasons will be concluding its management of The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel). Effective August 1, 2015, the Hotel will become a full participant in the Ritz-Carlton system. This means that the Hotel will no longer be a Ritz-Carlton in name only, but it will be a part of the Ritz-Carlton family of hotels."

Now the hotel will no longer have to correct guests when they get excited about staying at a Ritz-Carlton. Fortunately, those lake views won't change.

· The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Has At Last Declared Independence: After experiencing a rebirth under Jason Pomeranc's Thompson Hotels before becoming a Commune Hotel, the Hollywood Roosevelt is striking out on its own again. The nearly 90-year-old hotel announced that "owners have once again taken over the management reigns, while maintaining a consulting agreement with Commune Hotels & Resorts." There were whispers two years ago that the Roosevelt wanted to go its own way so this looks like a nice a little compromise. The hotel won't be completely independent though as it is now a part of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.

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Renovations, Reservations, and Alliances: Your Hotel News

April 9, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

So much hotel news, so little time – here are a few snippets to keep you up to date with the latest news from around the world, from shiny new things in Paris to reservations in Milan and new global partnerships.

Viceroy Hotels joins Global Hotel Alliance: starting at partnerships, in a move we did not expect, Viceroy has signed up to join Global Hotel Alliance (GHA). While Kempinski and Pan Pacific are two brands we usually think of when we hear GHA, the list is a lot longer than that, including brands like Anantara, Per Aquum, Omni Hotels, QT, and more for a total of 31 brands and 550+ hotels. Now if Viceroy would move on with its plans for L’Ermitage Bevery Hills and Viceroy Istanbul, we’d be all sorts of happy.

Pulitzer Amsterdam picks Preferred Hotels: we knew Hotel Pulitzer was leaving Starwood’s Luxury Collection, but our wish for something as exciting as Four Seasons Hotel Pulitzer to happen (after a mega renovation, of course) was not to be. Renovations will happen, but the hotel has joined Preferred Hotels new LVX collection (pronounced “Lux” and yes that irks us too). If you want to know more about Preferred’s new collections, go here.

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Four Seasons Quits Uruguay, Shangri-La Has Island Fever, and Other Hotel News

February 20, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s nearly the weekend, there's lots of hotel news that is worthy of your attention, so here are a few snippets to keep you up to date on the latest from around the world.

Four Seasons Carmelo, Uruguay: we could almost do a weekly feature called the Four Seasons Chronicles, because the news about the Canadian group keeps coming in. Upping its hotels in South America with two new properties in Colombia just a few weeks ago, now it’s down one again by virtue of the departure of the resort in Carmelo, Uruguay by March 31 this year. By early March we should find out which brand will come in its place.

Shangri-La in Mauritius and Sri Lanka: having gotten the opening of its hotel at the Shard in London out of the way in 2014, this year Shangri-La Hotels will have islands on its mind. First, in Mauritius, the former Oberoi Le Touessrok will become Shangri-La Le Touessrok in September following a major renovation. On Sri Lanka, Shangri-La Hambantota Resort & Spa should open just before that, with a second property in capital Colombo to follow in 2017.

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Hotel News Briefs: Ace Hotels, AC Hotels and Airbnb's Un-Hotels

January 20, 2015 at 4:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hallo! There's a bunch of news flying around and we're having trouble getting to it all, so we've packaged the tidbits up nice and neat for you to read about here. Enjoy!

· BEHIND-THE-SCENES STRUGGLE IS HAPPENING AT ACE HOTELS: Alex Calderwood, the man who founded Ace Hotels, passed away last November, shocking those close to him and those who like us, just loved his hotels. His presence can still be found throughout the Aces, including in illustrated format at the Ace Hotel DTLA. But now his estate is asking for a bigger presence. We received a media alert which said the following:

The estate of the late Alex Calderwood has filed suit against Ace Group International LLC (“Ace”), its member Ecoplace LLC, and board member Stefanos Economou. Calderwood’s estate is the majority stakeholder in Ace and is asking the court to declare that it, not Ecoplace or Economou, has the right to control and manage Ace under the Ace membership agreement and Delaware law. The case is pending in the Supreme Court of New York for New York County.

Calderwood, who passed away in November 2013, was the founder and creative force behind Ace and its collection of successful Ace Hotels. Aspen Ace LLC, with Gordon Sondland as President, was established to advise and represent the estate on behalf of the Calderwood family.

Ay, yi, yi. We hope this ends amicably.

UPDATE 1.20.15, 5:00PM PST: A rep from Ace Group International has sent over this statement on the lawsuit.

Upon Alex Calderwood’s death, his interest in AGI passed to his estate which is administered by his father Thomas Calderwood. AGI’s operating agreement states that the estate's interest is a profit/distribution only interest and that it has no management rights. Stefanos Economou and the rest of Ace’s management team have been operating the company since Alex’s death. A lawsuit was filed which requests a broader role for the estate. We believe that this lawsuit is without merit.

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The Last Hotel News Brief Ever...for 2014

December 30, 2014 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

¡Feliz año nuevo! We're getting ready to close out 2014 with our year-end awards, happening later today but before we go, here's one last Hotel News Briefs for the year. Enjoy! We'll be back with a full slate of news on Friday. Well, maybe Monday if we haven't recovered from the hangover then.

LA RESERVE PARIS HOTEL TO OPEN ON JANUARY 19: In just a few short weeks, French hotelier and vintner Michel Reybier will open a companion hotel of sorts for the existing La Reserve Paris Apartments. The 40-room hotel La Réserve Paris Hotel will open in a Haussmannian mansion off of Champs-Elysées at 42 Avenue Gabriel. The large rooms and even larger suites, all designed by Jacques Garcia, will pay homage to the Belle Époque era with "muted lighting, antique furniture, lush fabrics and regal colors." There will also be a spa onsite with three treatment rooms, a gym and a 52-foot indoor pool. Rooms at the hotel on January 19 start at 1,100 Euros a night for a deluxe room, shown above. Not that flush? Consider the Generator Paris instead, opening on February 1.

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Our Present to You: A Festive Stocking Full of Hotel News

December 24, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

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Ho, ho, ho! There is so much news flying around this week, we can hardly keep up. Also, the hangover is still going strong from the holiday cocktails we were virtually imbibing all last week. So we wrapped up all that's new and noteworthy and put into one giant red stocking with Hotel News written on it. In glitter. You're welcome.

· The Curve in Palm Springs now has interesting new owners: “prominent plaintiffs attorney Brian Kabateck and world-renowned trial lawyer Mark Geragos”. They plan to “extensively renovate and rebrand” for a December 2015, and promise to “redefine the lodging market in Palm Springs.” Hubris, guys. Hubris.

· Eating pants at the ready: the Eden Roc/Nobu Hotel Miami partnership will have the biggest Nobu restaurant in the world.

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It Was a Bad Weekend for Hotel WiFi, Furries, Claridge's and Atlantic City

December 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (4)

Happy Monday Morning! There is so much hotel news flying around today and we just don't have enough time to focus on all of it. So here's a quick rundown to get you up to speed on the latest.

Sony Pictures' Embarrassing Leaks Sent From St. Regis Bangkok: Late last week, Sony Pictures film studio was hacked in a major way with salary information for its biggest stars published on the internet, along with personal and financial information about actors, confidential power point presentations, and even employee complaints. Hacker group DarkSeoul has taken responsibility for the act, which according to Bloomberg was done using the WiFi from the St. Regis Bangkok. It has not been determined if the hackers did their dirty deed from a guest room or the public areas. But the internet is free in public spaces and about $12USD in the guest rooms. Either way, a small price to pay for humiliating a major corporation. We do worry what this now means for the future of Hotel WiFi.

Furries Get Gassed in Chicago: The Midwest FurFest Convention, which is for people who like dressing up in animal costumes and who call themselves "Furries", was broken up on Saturday night by an intentional gas leak at the Hyatt Regency Rosemont hotel. Nineteen people needed to be sent to the hospital while thousands of others were sent to nearby shelters as the hotel was evacuated. Powdered chlorine was later found by investigators at a ninth floor stairwell. After a few hours, and some testing, officials determined the hotel safe to enter again. The Midwet FurFest resumed later on Sunday.

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Hyatt to Takeover The Four Seasons in Ireland (And Other News)

November 14, 2014 at 10:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

Top of the morning to ya. There is so much hotel news flying around this week and we just don't have enough time to focus on all of it. So here's a quick rundown to get you up to speed on the latest.

· HYATT TO OPEN FIRST HOTEL IN IRELAND?: Remember when we told you that the Four Seasons Dublin would be no more? Well, that's still true but Hyatt Hotels will move on in. The Independent has the details. Since Four Seasons will be out by the end of the year, we expect Hyatt to move in shortly after that.

· BUT HYATT IS ON THE WAY OUT IN OUBAAI: If you've ever been hoping to use your Hyatt Gold Passport Points in South Africa at the Hyatt Oubaai George in South Africa, we're sorry to say that the resort will be leaving the Hyatt portfolio on November 30. The details first emerged in a FlyerTalk forum and a note has been posted to the hotel's website. It will honor all reservations but not Hyatt Gold Passport program perks.

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Fairmont Running into Some Trouble (And Other Hotel News)

November 3, 2014 at 5:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

OhEmGee. There is already so much hotel news flying around this week and it's ONLY MONDAY. Needless to say, we just don't have enough time to focus on all of it. So here's a quick rundown to get you up to speed on the latest.

· FAIRMONT NO LONGER IN PLACE AT BOSTON'S BATTERY WHARF HOTEL : The Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel in Boston was recently sold and the Fairmont brand was ousted as of October 27. The hotel will now be known as The Battery Wharf Hotel & Spa. It will be managed by a Canadian company, Westmont Hospitality Group.

· FAIRMONT ALSO HAVING ISSUES IN BERMUDA BUT PICKS UP BARCELONA: Just after the $90 million redevelopment of The Fairmont Hamilton Princess, and their brand new marina, The Princess Marina, the hotel's owners are now trying to ditch the Fairmont brand. A report came out today about a lawsuit filed in NYC by the hotel's owners and as expected for these type of owner-manager lawsuits, it's not pretty. Read the full list of accusations, and Fairmont's response, here. Meanwhile, Fairmont has announced they will pick up the Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I in Barcelona.

· ANOTHER AC HOTEL BY MARRIOTT IN THE WORKS: We're closing in on the grand opening of the first AC Hotel by Marriott in the U.S. (in New Orleans) but we've got a tip on another AC location. Sorry, it's not as exciting as NOLA. Woodbine Development, Inc is bringing the AC brand to the Park Place Development in Irvine, Calif.

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