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Wowee, the Autograph Collection is the hotel portfolio that just won't quit. The latest Miami additions to the fold--Blue Moon and the Winter Haven Hotel--have barely settled into the family and now today comes word that the Turnberry Isle Resort will also get the Autograph Collection treatment.
Not even a year ago, this sprawling resort in Aventura (just north of Miami Beach) was a Fairmont property--that is, until management kicked the brand to the curb.
Now, Turnberry Isle has the honor of becoming the third South Florida hotel to join the Autograph Collection--and the 32nd property to be added to the brand's roster.
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Edition Hotels may still be making news, what with the management of the Edition Waikiki--now Modern Honolulu--kicking out the Marriott-hybrid brand. But that's not the only Hotel De-Branding going on. We've just heard that Fairmont Hotels has been kicked out of what was known as the Fairmont Turnberry Isle.
A tipster let us know that on Sunday, Fairmont was shown the door by the property's owners, Turnberry LLC, even though the hotel group has a 50-year contract to manage the place and despite a last-ditch attempt by some Fairmont execs.
Fairmont's executive team flew in on private jets to try to reconcile their differences only to be escorted off property by police officers (Not Hotel Security, Police Officers). Turberry Isle has spent the last 2 days removing all Fairmont signage all around the property, throwing away everything. Apparently, the marriage between the two wasn't working after Turnberry Isle reported a loss of nearly 4 million dollars in the last 90 days.