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Archive for April, 2011

Oshkosh City Center Hotel renovations planned

Saturday, April 30th, 2011
Oshkosh Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center

The owners of Oshkosh Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center say they have secured $2 million in bank financing for a renovation project they hope to begin this spring.

Chhinder Gill and his cousin, Hardeep Arora, who operates convenience stores and rental properties in Appleton, have taken over ownership of the hotel after Gill and his brother, Nash Gill, agreed to divide two mutually owned hotels between them. Chhinder Gill maintained ownership of Oshkosh Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center while Nash Gill took ownership of an Idaho hotel.

Arora said he and Chhinder Gill plan to meet soon with City Manager Mark Rohloff to begin discussions about a possible financial assistance package from the city.

"Now that we have the approval, we're going to see what kind of help the city can provide us," Arora said. "With the city's help, I think the financing we've secured should be more than enough based on our projections. We hope … Read the rest

Arabian fantasy for royal wedding

Friday, April 29th, 2011
Emirates Palace Hotel Abu Dhabi

Luxury hotels in the United Arab Emirates are offering their guests an Arabian fantasy as Britain's Prince William marries Catherine Middleton on Friday.

The Emirates Palace Hotel Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, promises "a majestic experience fit for a king and deserving of an emperor" and said it wants to make the day unforgettable for its guests too.

The Emirates Palace Hotel Abu Dhabi, which bills itself as a seven-star hotel, offered an overnight stay from a modest $450 to $1,500 (300-1,010 euros) with a royal high tea thrown in.

"We are making sure to have them enjoy a unique wedding in a unique set up and surrounding," said the Emirates Palace Hotel Abu Dhabi general manager Hans Olbertz.

The hotel has suites going up to $11,500, according to its published rates. "Come and join this Arabian fantasy," the hotel invites its guests. Included in the prices is a free buffet breakfast.

Dubai's landmark … Read the rest

An ogre is on its way to Opryland

Thursday, April 28th, 2011
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

A visit to the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center soon could include breakfast with Shrek, pool parties with the penguins of Madagascar and parades featuring other costumed characters from the DreamWorks film studio’s animated flicks.

That’s because Gaylord Entertainment has signed a licensing deal with DreamWorks Animation to infuse its mega-resort hotels in Nashville; Orlando, Fla.; near Washington, D.C.; and in the Dallas area with walking and talking cartoon icons.

For Gaylord, hooking up with costumed versions of Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and pals offers a chance to extend its appeal beyond the convention business and cater more to families with children as the hotel chain bounces back from last year’s flood in Middle Tennessee, which shuttered its flagship property near the Cumberland River for several months.

Colin Reed, chairman and chief executive of Gaylord, said the partnership “should allow us to meaningfully enhance occupancy and revenue on the leisure side of … Read the rest

Chatwal hotel joins Starwood Luxury Collection

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
The Chatwal

Hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal is partnering with Starwood Hotels & Resorts to help market his most ambitious New York City property, The Chatwal, which opened last year on West 44th Street.

The posh hotel-room rates run upwards of $500 per night-is announcing Tuesday that it is now part of the Starwood Luxury Collection, giving it access to Starwood's vast reservation system. There are more than 75 Luxury Collection hotels in 30 countries, but none had been in New York until The Chatwal.

"Our feeling is that Starwood will make a huge difference in boosting reservations and it will help us get a better room rate," Mr. Chatwal said.

Mr. Chatwal is chairman and chief executive of Hampshire Hotels & Resorts, which owns about half a dozen budget hotels in New York City, as well as properties in Florida, England and India. His son, Vikram Chatwal, runs boutique hotels … Read the rest

Chen Sea Resort and Spa Phu Quoc opens in Vietnam

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
Chen Sea Resort & Spa

Located in a beachside setting on the island of Phu Quoc, Centara Hotels & Resorts' newest property is built to an intimate scale with only 36 villas on the shores of Vietnam.

The Chen Sea Resort & Spa Phu Quoc is the first Centara Boutique Collection resort in Vietnam.

Operated under a management contract and previously known as Chen La Resort & Spa, Chen Sea Resort & Spa is Centara’s fourth property in an overseas destination.

Gerd Steeb, President of Centara Hotels & Resorts, said: “We are very pleased and proud to be announcing the addition of Chen Sea Resort & Spa, and we believe Vietnam holds immense tourism potential for the future.

“This is part of our strategy of working closely with overseas business partners to develop a strong portfolio of prime properties in overseas destinations.”

A unique feature of the resort is that the 12 large pool and spa villas were originally traditional timber … Read the rest

Biggest US REIT May Pay $150 Million For Melbourne Hotel

Monday, April 25th, 2011
Hilton Melbourne South Wharf

THE largest lodging real estate investment trust in the United States may be moving into the Melbourne hotel market.

According to the AFR, Host Hotels & Resorts is eyeing the $150 million Hilton Melbourne South Wharf complex, at the riverside junction that divides the CBD from Southbank and Docklands.  The hotel was listed for sale by private developer Plenary which is expected to maintain some stake in the hotel.

A Host spokesperson confirmed it was “exploring acquisition and development opportunities” in the Asia Pacific

In the first three months of 2011, Host has acquired three hospitality holdings: the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, the New York Helmsley Hotel, and a portfolio of seven New Zealand properties acquired from that country’s Tourism Asset Holdings.

Any sale of the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf follows the $54 million sale of the Travelodge Docklands Melbourne, and the $109 million Hilton Melbourne Hotel – both of which … Read the rest

George V ranked Best Hotel for 8th time

Sunday, April 24th, 2011
Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris

Paris's Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris was ranked Best City Hotel Worldwide in the 2010 Gallivanter's Guide for 8 consecutive years. "This is a historical achievement for Kingdom Holding," said Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC).

The Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris's luxurious and elegant interior and architectural design has made it unique. The décor is a combination of classical designs with a modern touch. The hotel's interiors are adorned with magnificent tapestries and spectacular flowers. George V is exquisite in every detail and boasts top quality dining, with Philippe Legendre's Le Cinq restaurant, which was awarded its third-Michelin-star (aka Macarons), the highest a restaurant can earn. As such, Le Cinq became one of the best tables in Paris.

The restaurant of the Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris is open every day of the year without exception. Moreover, the George V was ranked Top International Hotel in the ZAGAT Survey edition 2007/2008, … Read the rest

West End Coast Hotel won’t switch to residential until after 2017, owners say

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites

While the Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites has won rezoning approval from Vancouver city council to become a rental property with office space, the 269-room property said it will remain open as an operating hotel “until at least 2017.”

In a statement issued Thursday after council unanimously approved the application from Brook and Associates, Coast Hotels and Resorts said the rezoning will not take effect until the expiry of the lease agreement between the building owners and Coast Hotels sometime after 2017.

As part of the lease agreement, the owners of the property at Comox and Denman in the city’s West End have invested $6 million for building renovations that included installing 600 energy-efficient double-paned windows and upgrading the hotel’s roof and facade.

Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites has invested an additional $3 million in room upgrades and a renovation of the hotel’s 4,500-square foot ballroom.… Read the rest

Northbrook Hotel’s Renovations to Get Underway Spring 2011

Friday, April 22nd, 2011
Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel

Moving forward to enhance the overall guest experience, the Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel is embarking on a multi-million dollar renovation that will rejuvenate the hotel, updating its overall design and appearance as well as its technology.

"With our first of two renovation phases beginning this spring, we'll be injecting new life into the hotel with everything from a new design overhaul to technology updates to our guest rooms and meeting spaces," announced Dick Turner, General Manager of this AAA-rated Four-Diamond boutique hotel in North Chicago. "Our new design will allow guests to experience the tranquility, romance, and inspiration that define the North Shore Chicago's classic escape."

A premier choice among Chicago area hotels, guests at the Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel can look forward to accommodations that feature new carpet, wall coverings, window treatments, decorative art, and modern upholstered furniture; all-new in-room safes, refrigerators and counter-top cosmetic mirrors; new energy-efficient, in-room air conditioning; … Read the rest

Order room service from Chicago’s ‘Candy Man’

Thursday, April 21st, 2011
The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel)

Bedtime chocolates — so over.

Call downstairs for sourballs, gumdrops and other treats delivered by a happy man in an old-timey outfit. The "Candy Man" at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) rolls a cart to rooms and dispenses sweets from local shop Candyality for $5 per half pound.

The Candy Man also will reveal what choices say about you. Do you like super-sweet, crunchy, fluffy or colorful candy best?

Here's your type, according to Candyality: competitive (sugary), good listener (fluffy), negotiator (crunchy), creative (colorful).

Who is the Candy Man? He's Sean Murphy, a front desk staffer who enjoys donning a straw hat and making guests' days a little sweeter.

This seems to be a trend:

Kimpton's Palomar Chicago also offers Candyality's Chicago-made treats in the lobby each afternoon — free, in big jars — including DOTS, Tootsie Pops, Lemon Heads, Junior Mints and more.

On weekends, guests at the Duane Street Hotel … Read the rest

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