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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.
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.
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!)
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.
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!
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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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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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.
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.
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.)
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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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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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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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A revamped room at a Motel 6 in Addison, Texas.
While we love designer decor and treating ourselves to a high-end hotel stay every once in awhile, our budgets don't allow us to travel like we're a rock star all the time. So we can't say enough about the trend of budget brands upgrading their look and amenities. We love it! After all, who says we should be depressed just because our bank balance or plain old geography demands we stay at a value-oriented hotel or motel?
The New York Times ran a story about motels 'upping the thread count' just the other day—which got us wondering: What's your favorite budget brand makeover?