The Residences at Mandarin Oriental project is scheduled to break ground this fall in Honolulu. The property will have 125 guest rooms.
The 700,000 Heures travel project is "the first wandering hotel in the world," says founder Thierry Teyssier. The concept is to use existing properties for several months and create unique experiences for guests.
Striking artwork and floor-to-ceiling terrazzo tile on the fireplace highlight a lavish makeover of the venerable Swank Lounge in San Francisco's Laurel Inn. Renamed Laureate, the 1,100-square-foot lounge also features an updated, California-themed menu.
Today marks the grand opening of the 600-room Aventura Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida. Among the property's high-tech features are tablets that control various in-room amenities, high-speed fiber internet service and paperless billing.
The Paramount film company, Equinox fitness clubs and fashion labels such as Armani and Versace are among the brands entering the hospitality sector. "The hotel business is becoming a lifestyle business," said Chekitan Dev, a professor at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration.
Red Roof is joining the economy extended-stay hotel movement, adding HomeTowne Studios by Red Roof and HomeTowne Suites by Red Roof to its portfolio of more than 550 properties. The Ohio-based company plans initially to invest $50 million in the transformation of more than 30 existing hotels with nearly 4,000 rooms in 20 markets.
Anchored by the emerging Springwoods Village, a $10 billion master-planned sustainable community, Houston's North Harris County is seeing a hotel industry resurgence. Houston Marriott CityPlace in Springwoods Village, scheduled to open in October, is the development's third hotel and its first full-service property.
Steak frites, roasted chicken, moules frites and steak tartare were on the menu as the French brasserie Couvant made its debut this week at New Orleans' Eliza Jane Hotel. Chef Brad McDonald is returning to his Southern roots after stints at several prestigious restaurants.
Walt Disney Co. has indefinitely suspended development of a 700-room luxury hotel at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, Calif., over the city's refusal to grant a 70% transient occupancy tax break worth $267 million. The city attorney has responded that the previously approved tax rebate was for a site north of Disneyland Resort, but the park subsequently moved the project to Downtown Disney and thus is no longer qualified for the subsidy.