Responding to guest demand, Standard Hotels has entered the extended-stay arena with Stowaway, a program that gives discounts and luxury perks to people who stretch their visits to a week or longer. Jimmy Suh, Standard's chief revenue officer, says amenities such as a personal concierge distinguish Stowaway from other extended-stay brands.
Tradition blends with modern amenities at the Illini Union Hotel on the campus of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. The landmark occupying the third and fourth floors of the Illini Union has grown from 23 rooms to 72 in 77 years and is booked solid for special UI events.
The Bohemian Foundation's promotion of music programs and sites in Fort Collins, Colo., is being extended by way of a new hotel co-owned by Bohemian's for-profit arm. The Elizabeth Hotel, a joint venture of Bohemian Companies and developer McWhinney and Sage Hospitality, features two music venues, turntables in every guest room and musical instruments for lending.
At Hyatt, Chief Commercial Officer Chuck Floyd will oversee Hyatt franchises and owner relations. The company recently announced the elimination of the chief marketing officer and head of capital strategy roles.
InterContinental New York Barclay stepped up customer service for members of the Virtuoso network by placing a dedicated check-in desk in the hotel's concierge area. "Many of our Virtuoso guests comment on the convenience and location of what they consider their exclusive check-in and they feel immediate rapport with the concierges, who are seated at desks a few yards away," said Herve Houdre, hotel general manager and vice president.
Annapolis, Md., is pushing a plan to create a boutique hotel called Maritime to go up at City Dock following the planned departure of the National Sailing Hall of Fame. The city wants a public-private partnership that will include the state.
The Old Clare Hotel in Sydney has been developed in a pair of historic buildings: the onetime Clare Hotel and the Carlton & United Breweries offices. The property has 62 guest rooms.
The 60-key FAUCHON L'hotel Paris will include a "gourmet bar" in each guest room that will feature samples from the famous FAUCHON market. The property will be part of Leading Hotels of the World.
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