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Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas to Reopen as a Dolce Resort in Early 2011

Where: 1610 Lake Las Vegas Parkway [map], Henderson, NV, United States, 89011
September 21, 2010 at 9:38 AM | by | Comments (2)

When the old Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas closed back in May, we didn't know if the property would remain closed or if another brand will come in and manage it. Well, five months later, we have our answer--Dolce Hotels and Resorts has been selected by the hotel's owners to reopen the joint in the early 2011.

And judging from a press release sent out by Dolce this morning, there doesn't seem to be too much work to be done on the hotel:

The property showcases 32,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space and a 30,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, with multiple dining and lounge experiences. An idyllic setting for weddings, it offers Las Vegas’ largest and only over-water chapel, as well as beautiful gardens and courtyards that can be used for private affairs. Located next to the resort’s spa, a heated pool provides guests a sophisticated retreat to relax year-round. The property adjoins MonteLago Village, offering scenic walking streets of boutiques and restaurants.

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Do The Provenance Hotels In San Fran Still Have Personality?

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  Site Where: 940 Sutter Street [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94109
September 9, 2010 at 12:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

The new-look Hotel Vertigo.

It’s been a few months since San Francisco's Personality Hotels got a brand new identity. So while we were up in the Bay Area last week, we decided to swing by Hotel Vertigo and Hotel Frank to see how they were faring under the Oregon-based Provenance Hotels boutique chain. (Which is also now managing the Hotel Metropolis.)

Our most pressing question, of course, was had the hotels retained any of their personality? Har har har.

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What Do You Think of Hilton Hotels' New Logo? (Be Honest!)

August 16, 2010 at 10:36 AM | by | Comments (4)

Look at this picture above. Then look at the picture at the bottom of this story. Notice anything different? No? Ok, look verrry closely. Still don't see it? Ok we'll just tell you.

Hilton Hotels has oh-so-subtlely changed their logo, a first since 1998. (This is different from the Hilton Worldwide logo.)

Yes, we know. It doesn't look much different from the old logo but Hilton assures us there are some differences, the largest being the emphasis on the word "Resorts" to highlight Hilton's 70 resorts in 25 countries around the world, with 11 more in the pipeline.

Here are some other subtle logo changes:

· Introduction of a sophisticated blue logo color
· Use of a new, contemporary font named “Hilton,” which was custom-designed for the brand
· A smaller cartouche that provides a modern look and places more emphasis on the Hilton name. (A "cartouche", so that's what they call it!)

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El San Juan Hotel Makes Some Changes, Now that It's a Waldorf-Astoria Property

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  Site Where: 6063 Isla Verde Ave., Carolina, Puerto Rico, 00979
August 4, 2010 at 9:16 AM | by | Comment (1)

Puerto Rico's El San Juan Hotel & Casino has joined the Waldorf-Astoria gang, which means that hotel is seeing some changes. It has a new burger joint, special introductory rates and a resort fee.

The biggest change is the newly instituted daily resort fee. The fee is 14 percent of the room rate. That means if you get a $159 garden double room, the resort fee is $22.26; a $219 city-vista room carries a $30.66 fee. But you don't get much for it. The fee covers daily live entertainment, fitness center access and poolside activities.

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Pan Pacific Hotels Bring ParkRoyals Back To Australia

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  Site Where: Australia
July 27, 2010 at 9:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour: Soon to be a ParkRoyal Hotel.

If you were a youngster in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta in the '90s, the Park Royal was your first port of call for hotel fun. Conveniently located near a strip of clubs and restaurants, it was the place to go for birthday parties, after parties, any party at all out in the 'burbs. Over time it lost the Park Royal name and became better known as a business hotel. But just like flannel shirts and Axl Rose, the Park Royal is coming back to stoke Parramatta's nostalgia!

At the moment, it's the Crowne Plaza Parramatta, but as part of Pan Pacific Hotels' entry down under, it will turn back into a ParkRoyal in November.

Pan Pacific will also rebrand two other Australian hotels: the Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour will become the ParkRoyal Darling Harbour in November, and over on the other side of the country, the Sheraton Perth will turn into the Pan Pacific Perth in January 2011.

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Off With The Red Roof in NYC: Introducing Nyma

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  Site Where: 6 West 32nd Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10001
July 20, 2010 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Being a Red Roof Inn may mean instant brand recognition, but the Manhattan outpost of the budget chain is busting out of the box, shaking off that red roof and going solo. Yep, the former Red Roof Inn on 32nd Street is now Nyma—the New York Manhattan Hotel.

This isn't the first time Apple Core Hotels has de-branded one of their New York properties—last time it was The Hotel @ Times Square, which ditched its old Super 8 identity.

Free of franchise rules, the hotels have more freedom to be themselves. And for Nyma, that means a design overhaul.

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Could Barry Sternlicht's Hotel Dreams Be Resurrected in London?

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  Site Where: Great Cumberland Place, London, United Kingdom, W1H 7DL
July 1, 2010 at 3:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

The London Hotel Scene is sooo hot right now what with a W Hotel, a Tune Hotel, a Thompson Hotel, an Aloft Hotel, a Heliport Hotel and the reopening of The Savoy all happening within the next year. But the scene may get even hotter.

Bloomberg News reports today that the Royal Bank of Scotland sold The Cumberland Hotel on Great Cumberland Place to London & Regional Properties Ltd. and Starwood Capital Group LLC aka Barry Sternlicht's hotel group.

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What's Different Now the Four Seasons Aviara is the Park Hyatt Aviara?

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  Site Where: 7100 Four Seasons Point [map], Carlsbad, CA, United States, 92011
June 25, 2010 at 9:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we reported that the hotel formerly known as the Four Seasons Aviara was set to become the Park Hyatt Aviara, a couple of readers were hoping that the new Hyatt bosses wouldn't change too much about one of their favorite hotels. The chi-chi property officially became a Park Hyatt on Monday—so what's new?

As far as we can tell, not much. At least not yet. But the good news is that as a "new" hotel, the Park Hyatt Aviara is offering an Introductory Offer, giving guests three nights for the price of two, even over the July 4th holiday weekend. So whether you're new to Aviara or a regular, perhaps it's time to get (re)acquainted and then come back here and let us know what you thought.

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Provenance Hotels Picks Up Some Personality (Hotels)

June 21, 2010 at 5:15 PM | by | Comment (1)

Hotel Vertigo.

Last month, we bemoaned the loss of three hotels from the Personality Hotels collection in San Francisco due to debt woes.

When we checked in with Personality in late May, hotelier Yvonne Lembi-Detert told us that there was no new manager/operator for The Hotel Metropolis, Hotel Vertigo and Hotel Frank. But a month later, we have learned that Provenance Hotels, an Oregon-based company with four hotels in the Northwest and one in Nashville, have assumed management of the former Personality Hotels.

We love Provenance Hotels because they understand that a boutique hotel stay can be affordable and fun--a philosophy that's very similar to Personality Hotels. Remember the contest we did with Provenance's Hotel Preston? We also love Provenance for their Foursquare savvy.

All in all, this is good news for the orphaned Personality Hotels. We just hope that Provenance keeps the free WiFi (they said they would.)

[Photo: Kalleboo]

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At Long Last, The Drama is Over at Four Seasons Aviara

Where: 7100 Four Seasons Point [map], Carlsbad, CA, United States, 92009
April 21, 2010 at 12:11 PM | by | Comments (2)

Last year at this time the Four Seasons Aviara was embroiled in a nasty fight with its owners, with the Four Seasons vowing not to leave the property even as the owners were attempting to force them out.

Things eventually quieted down but it looks like the owners finally got their way as Travel Weekly reports that the Four Seasons will be leaving the property on June 21. In its place will be a Park Hyatt. This will mark the return of a Park Hyatt to California (the one in Los Angeles left a few years ago) but as you know, the Four Seasons and Park Hyatt are two very different hotel brands with the former attracting a ton of loyal guests.

So far, there's no word on if room rates will be affected but it will be interesting to see what Park Hyatt does with this property.

Are you Team Four Seasons or Team Park Hyatt? Let us know in comments below!

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More Changes at Ritz-Carlton as They Drop Dearborn Hotel

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  Site Where: 300 Town Center Drive [map], Dearborn, MI, United States, 48126
April 15, 2010 at 10:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

As of June 2, there will no longer be a Ritz-Carlton in the state of Michigan. Yesterday, it was announced that the Ritz-Carlton Dearborn would be closing moving out on June 2. As is often the case, the bad economy was to blame. The Detroit Free Press reports:

The Ritz-Carlton Dearborn has been sold to an investment group and will be managed by Greenwood Hospitality Group, a hotel investment and management company. As of June 2, it will no longer be a Ritz-Carlton, said Vivian Deuschl, a Ritz-Carlton spokeswoman.

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The Tudor is Now Officially the Hilton Manhattan East

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  Site Where: 304 East 42nd Street [map], New York, NY , United States, 10017
April 13, 2010 at 11:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

Got your Hilton Hhonors card ready? Because it's time for a trip to New York City. Yep, there's a new Hilton in town—in the home of the old Tudor Hotel on the East Side. We told you about the takeover of the Tudor back in the fall, and then promptly filed it under "Let's See if This Really Happens By March 2010, eh?" So, we're impressed that the renovations took place in such a timely fashion, with the doors re-opening pretty much on schedule. (Shocking!)

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