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Playa Hotels & Resorts Now Launches Panama Jack Resort Brand

Playa Hotels & Resorts officially publicizing its partnership with consumer brand, Panama Jack. Playa formally announced its move during the company’s first annual Spotlight Awards on January 7, 2017. The invitation-only event was held for the industry’s top-performers at Playa’s popular Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall property in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Playa will now-under the Panama Jack brand-pursue the redevelopment of two existing all-inclusive hotels in Mexico: Gran Caribe Resort in Cancun and Gran Porto Resort in Playa del Carmen. The soon-to-be Panama Jack-branded all-inclusive properties will serve as a starting point for a much larger venture between the two growing companies, with additional resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean to follow.

“Playa Hotels & Resorts has a proven track record for bringing brands into new sectors and we are delighted to welcome Panama Jack into the hotel and resort sector,” said Kevin Froemming, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Playa Hotels & Resorts. “And with its strong lifestyle identity and cultural connection with our core audience, Panama Jack is the ideal partner for us. We couldn’t be more pleased about this partnership.”

The multimillion dollar investment to rebrand the two all-inclusive resorts-with a total of 757 guest rooms between them-will materialize early this year. Upon completion, the innovative properties will be reimagined resulting in a casual and friendly vacation experience influenced by Panama Jack’s relaxed and fun persona, encompassing all things sun and surf.

With a nod to vintage travel and a retro tropical aesthetic, the substantial upgrades will include Panama Jack-influenced experiential dining, entertainment and in-suite concepts. The brand will be further integrated by way of furnishings, in-room products, signage and uniforms, introducing guests to the worldly and relaxed essence for which Panama Jack is celebrated. Additionally, both resorts will incorporate the core of the Panama Jack business by housing retail stores complete with the brand’s best-selling clothing, home furnishings and beach products.

“We’re excited to partner with Playa Hotels to launch Panama Jack Resorts,” said Kim Manna, Chief Executive Officer of Panama Jack. “We found the perfect partner in the hospitality industry with proven performance, tremendous growth and the expertise we’ve been looking for. This is the natural evolution of our brand, confirming its preeminence in the casual lifestyle market. Consumers who enjoy our products at home and on the beach will now, as vacationing guests, have the opportunity to experience the brand as a destination where they can create their own adventures and memories with family and friends.”

List Hotels Inducted into Historic Hotels of America

Historic Hotels of Americahas inducted 37 historic hotels into membership in 2016. The oldest historic hotel inducted dates to 1789. Hotels nominated and accepted into the prestigious National Trust for Historic Preservation Historic Hotels of America program in 2016 range in age from 227 years to 51 years old. These newly inducted historic hotels represent 19 states and include Hotel Captain Cook, the first member hotel in the state of Alaska. Nine of the 37 historic hotels are listed in the National Register of Historic Places (see NRHP below).

Historic Hotels of America welcomed these new members in 2016:

  • The Georges (1789) Lexington, VA (AR)
  • Woodstock Inn & Resort (1793) VT
  • The Bedford Village Inn (1810) NH (AR)
  • Historic Hotels of Lake Geneva (1856) WI (AR)
  • Plaza Hotel 1882 (1882) Las Vegas, NM
  • Montvale Hotel (1899) Spokane, WA (NRHP)
  • The DeSoto (1890; 1968) Savannah, GA
  • AKA Times Square (1893) New York, NY (NRHP)
  • Ames Boston Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton (1893) MA (AR,NRHP)
  • White Stallion Ranch (1900) Tucson, AZ
  • Pioneer Inn (1901) Lahaina, Maui, HI
  • The Redbury New York (1903) New York, NY
  • XV Beacon (1903) Boston, MA (NRHP)
  • AKA Wall Street (1907) New York, NY (AR)
  • AKA Rittenhouse Square (1912) Philadelphia, PA (AR)
  • Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel (1915) Berkeley, CA
  • Hotel Congress (1918) Tucson, AZ (NRHP)
  • Marriott Syracuse Downtown (1924) NY (NRHP)
  • The Scarlet Huntington (1924) San Francisco, CA
  • La Valencia Hotel (1926) La Jolla, CA
  • dusitD2 Hotel Constance Pasadena (1926) CA
  • The Hollywood Roosevelt (1927) Los Angeles, CA
  • NOPSI Hotel New Orleans, a Salamander Hotel (1927) LA (AR)
  • Hotel Durant- Berkeley (1928) CA
  • The Renwick Hotel New York City, Curio Collection by Hilton (1928) NY (AR)
  • AKA Sutton Place (1929) New York, NY
  • Silver Birches Resort (1929) Hawley, PA
  • Hotel Warner (1930) West Chester, PA (AR, NRHP)
  • Hotel Phillips Kansas City, Curio Collection by Hilton (1931) MO (NRHP)
  • The Lodge at Wakulla Springs (1937) Crawfordville, FL (NRHP)
  • The Raleigh Miami Beach (1940) FL
  • The Campbell House Lexington, Curio Collection by Hilton (1949) KY
  • Morris Inn (1952) Notre Dame, IN
  • Hotel Valley Ho (1956) Scottsdale, AZ
  • The Dewberry (1964) Charleston, SC (AR)
  • Hotel Captain Cook (1964) Anchorage, AK
  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection (1965) Kohala Coast, HI

News The World’s 42nd Largest Hotel Chain, Barceló Hotels & Resorts, Signs With SiteMinder

The global hotel industry’s leading cloud platform, SiteMinder, today announces it has secured 109 properties belonging to Barceló Hotels & Resorts, the third largest hotel chain in Spain and the 42nd largest in the world. The win adds nearly 33,000 hotel rooms to SiteMinder’s distribution network one week ahead of FITUR, the world’s tourism trade fair for the Ibero American markets, where SiteMinder will be exhibitingfor the third consecutive year.

Speaking on the decision to adopt SiteMinder’s technology, Barceló Hotels & Resorts’ head of e-distribution, Albert Santin, says, “SiteMinder has provided the peace we were looking for to complete our distribution strategy. Their expansive partner network gives Barceló direct access to new, important markets, and greater visibility in existing ones, to significantly lower our cost of acquiring guests. And, I know SiteMinder will only continue to grow to provide us even greater direct business with the world’s leading distribution channels.

“Additionally, as we look to grow our portfolio to 200 hotels in the next five years, having the ability to centralise as many bookings as we can now means we can have greater control as we scale, be significantly more efficient, and make better decisions that drive revenue.”

Part of the Barceló Group founded in Spain’s tourism hot spot of Palma, Barceló Hotels & Resorts comprises 109 establishments with nearly 33,000 rooms across 18 countries. Almost all establishments are 4-star and 5-star vacation resorts and city hotels.

In 2015, the hotel group acquired Occidental Hotels & Resorts to expand its presence throughout Europe, Latin America and Africa under the brands of Occidental, Allegro and Royal Hideaway. The acquisition was followed in 2016 by a franchise agreement with Chinese giant Plateno, which has enabled Barceló to leverage Plateno’s 100 million-member loyalty program and granted Plateno rights to operate under the Barceló brand in the world’s biggest outbound tourism market.

Mateus Coelho, regional manager – Iberia at SiteMinder, says, “SiteMinder’s partnership with Barceló Hotels & Resorts signifies the need for even the largest hotel brands to deploy distribution technology that is powerful and automated in order to remain competitive in today’s dynamic booking landscape. With SiteMinder’s Channel Manager, we are pleased Barceló can now benefit from incomparable reach online and a platform that works at the speed at which their guests are booking.”

Media contact

Maria Franco
+61 410 233 735
media@siteminder.com

About SiteMinder

As the leading cloud platform for hotels, SiteMinder allows hotels to attract, reach and convert guests across the globe. We serve hotels of all sizes with award-winning solutions for independents and groups alike, wherever they are in the world.

SiteMinder’s products include The Channel Manager, the industry’s leading online distribution platform;TheBookingButton, a wholly-branded booking engine for direct bookings via the web, mobile or social; Canvas, the intelligent website creator for independent hoteliers; Prophet, the real-time market intelligence solution that takes the guesswork out of pricing rooms; and GDS by SiteMinder, a single-point of entry to a six-figure network of travel agents and the world’s major GDSs. With more than 23,000 hotel customers and 550 of the industry’s top connectivity providers as our partners, today we have presence in more than 160 countries on six continents.

For more information, visit www.siteminder.com or the team at FITUR (stand 8F07).

About Barceló Hotels & Resorts

Barceló Hotels & Resorts, the hotel division of the Barceló Business Corporation, is the third largest chain in Spain and the world’s 42nd. Today, and after the acquisition of Occidental Hotels & Resorts, it has 109 establishments – which are almost exclusively 4-star and 5-star, all-inclusive vacation resorts, top-range vacation resorts and city hotels – and nearly 33,000 rooms distributed over 18 countries. In addition, the 85-year-old company owns a 40% shareholding in Barceló Crestline, an American management corporation, the portfolio of which amounts to 75 establishments.

Transaction Hersha Hospitality Sells Two Suburban Washington, DC Hotels for $62.0 Million

Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE: HT) announced the Company closed on the sale of the 203-room Courtyard by Marriott in Alexandria, VA, and the 120-room Residence Inn in Greenbelt, MD for $62.0 million. The Company has agreed to a 6-month extension to close on the sale of three suburban West Coast hotels for $130.5 million, a $7.5 million increase from the original purchase price. In addition, the Company has redeemed its interest in its Mystic Partners joint-venture, acquiring all ownership interest of the 285-room Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa in Mystic, CT, and redeeming the Company’s minority ownership interests in the Marriott and Hilton in Hartford, CT.

Sale of Suburban Washington, DC Hotels

“The successful disposition of two stabilized suburban hotels with an average age of thirteen years reflects the Company’s ongoing ability to execute accretive capital recycling, further concentrates our footprint to higher barrier-to-entry urban gateway and destination markets, and focuses our resources on higher quality, higher growth hotels. We expect to redeploy sales proceeds in strategic growth markets to offset taxable gains given our low basis in the hotels that we sold. We are also pleased to have structured a deal that delays the closing of the three suburban West Coast hotels for six months at improved pricing, as it allows us to continue to capture strong operational performance of these hotels while we seek replacement assets that meet the Company’s strategic goals,” stated Mr. Jay H. Shah, Hersha’s Chief Executive Officer.

The Company’s agreement to delay the closing of the three suburban West Coast hotels includes a $7.5 million increase in the purchase price, valuing the entire 757-room, 5-hotel suburban portfolio at $192.5 million, or $254,000 per key. In addition to the price increase, the Company has secured a $10.0 million non-refundable deposit from the purchaser. The suburban West Coast portfolio sale is anticipated to close in July 2017, and is subject to customary closing conditions, with no assurance that this portfolio will be sold within the expected time frame, or at all.

The sale of the two suburban Washington, DC hotels represented a blended trailing economic capitalization rate of 7.4% based on the hotels’ net operating income for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2016, and a hotel EBITDA multiple of 12.1x. The sale resulted in net proceeds of $60.1 million, with taxable gains on the sale approximating $20.0 million.

Exiting of Mystic Partners Joint-Venture

Additionally, Hersha transferred to its former joint-venture partner all of its partnership interests in the Hartford Marriott and the Hartford Hilton for $8.5 million, which represented a 100% recovery of the Company’s equity investment in these assets. The Company simultaneously assumed full ownership of the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa without any additional cash payment to the joint-venture partner.

Mr. Shah continued, “The liquidation of the Mystic Partners joint-venture adds the high-quality Mystic Marriott to our consolidated hotel portfolio, further simplifying our balance sheet and eliminating our exposure to full service assets in Hartford, CT. HHM assumed operational management of the Mystic Marriott at the end of 2015, and combined with our proactive asset management, has driven over a $1.0 million increase in EBITDA in the past 12 months. Moving forward, we expect to implement additional revenue and asset management strategies to drive profitability and further enhance the hotel’s value.”

Hersha Hospitality Trust (HT) is a self-advised real estate investment trust in the hospitality sector, which owns and operates high quality upscale hotels in urban gateway markets. The Company’s 51 hotels totaling 7,675 rooms are located in New York, Washington, DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami and select markets on the West Coast. The Company’s common shares are traded on The New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “HT”.

News Heavlin Management Company Adds The Hilton Phoenix Airport Hotel To Management Portfolio

a full-service hospitality management and consulting company, today announced it has signed an agreement and assumed management of the four-story, 259 guest room Hilton Phoenix Airport Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona. Located adjacent to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, HMC, which also manages the Holiday Inn & Suites Phoenix Airport and the Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport, now manages over 51% of full-service hotel rooms (781 rooms) in the Phoenix Airport Submarket.

“The company has been incredibly successful over the past 18 months growing its management portfolio and providing strategic operations improvement plans at our properties to elevate guest experience and owner value,” said Frank Heavlin, president of Heavlin Management Company. “The addition of the Hilton Phoenix Airport Hotel brings our portfolio to 7 properties, 550 employees and 1,208 guest rooms, in Arizona and Alaska. We are proud to offer superior management and guest experience representing prestigious brands as Crowne Plaza, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton and Holiday Inn & Suites and Choice.”

HMC has announced top-level appointments for the Hilton Phoenix Airport Hotel including Sally Shaffer as General Manager. Most recently, Shaffer was General Manager at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country where she held the positions of Board Chair for Visit Santa Rosa and Vice President of Sonoma County Lodging Association. She is returning to Phoenix where she was prior to California and where she held senior executive management positions at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge and the JW Marriott Camelback.

Twenty-year hospitality veteran Lynn Flosi joins as Director of Sales & Marketing. Flosi most recently served as Director of Sales & Marketing for the Crowne Plaza Airport North Hotel, where she played a critical role in the Crowne brand naming this property the Crowne ‘Newcomer of the Year’ based on guest satisfaction. She also was honored as HSMAI’s Hospitality Professional of the Year in 2014.

Hammad Akbar joins as Director of Food and Beverage. An award-winning manager and 21-year industry veteran, Akbar most recently was the Food & Beverage Director at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort.

Other property leadership promotions and assignments include:

  • John Carpenter, previously human resources for the Holiday Inn & Suites Phoenix Airport North, joins as Director of Human Resources
  • Ron Lindblad extends his long-standing career with Hilton Hotels and joins the Hilton Phoenix Airport as Director of Rooms
  • Jason Fisk appointed Chief Engineer
  • Crystal Bensema appointed Controller

The Hilton Phoenix Airport Hotel underwent an extensive $8 Million renovation in 2015, upgrading all areas of the property to maintain its status as a leading hotel in the South Airport market. An additional $750,000 property improvement plan is scheduled to add modern conveniences and upgrades to the restaurant, bar and other common areas as well as parking lot improvements. The hotel features over 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting/convention space including an amphitheater ideal for presentations. It also has a full service restaurant with room service, great hotel bar and happy hour, and outdoor pool and meeting areas. Beyond traditional airport business, the Hilton captures strong market and significant occupancy demand with 50 Million sq. ft. of neighboring office/industrial space and surrounding corporate clients.

About Heavlin Management Company

Heavlin Management Company, LLC (HMC) is an award winning, privately held hospitality management company with over 40 years of leadership and operational experience in repositioning underperforming hotels and distressed assets. In partnership with hotel owners, developers, investor and lenders, HMC offers results-driven improvement plans that yield cost reductions and rate growth while maintaining top quality standards. Founded by Frank Heavlin, HMC is headquartered in Tempe, Arizona and has an impressive portfolio in Arizona and Alaska operating brands as Choice, Crowne Plaza, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton and Holiday Inn & Suites. The company currently manages 7 hotels valued at $57 Million and 1,208 guest rooms. HMC was listed as Hotel Management’s 2016 Top Third-Party Management Company.

Now Opens Aloft Austin Northwest Hotel

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) today announced the opening of Aloft Austin Northwest, the second Aloft in Austin. Owned by Pure Lodging Hospitality and managed by Lodgic Hospitality, Aloft Austin Northwest features 130 spacious loft-style rooms, 1,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and live music at W XYZ Bar.

“We are thrilled to expand the Aloft brand’s footprint in the vibrant city of Austin and expect that this vibrant new hotel will soon emerge as a popular choice among travelers due to its distinctive sense of style, innovative programming and buzzing social scene,” said Toni Stoeckl, Global Brand Leader and Vice President, Distinctive Select Brands. “Designed to meet to the needs of today’s hyper-connected global traveler, Aloft is now in over 100 dynamic destinations worldwide.”

Aloft Austin Northwest is just steps from the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Lakeline Mall, and close to the Lakeline station on Capital MetroRail, where visitors can catch a ride to the shops, restaurants and nightclubs of downtown Austin. Known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin offers an impressive array of live jazz, blues, rock and roll and country music performances and Aloft adds to this with their dynamic live music programming called Live At Aloft Hotels, the signature ongoing music series with live, intimate, acoustic performances and backstage moments by some of the hottest emerging artists at Aloft’s W XYZ Bar. The hotel is also close to numerous high-tech companies including Dell, Apple, Facebook, Google, IBM and Oracle and 25 miles from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS).

“Aloft Austin Northwest is a superb addition to this fast-growing high-tech hub,” said Andy Patel, Asset Manager, Lodgic Hospitality. “Visitors to Austin will appreciate the leading-edge design and tech-forward atmosphere offered by Aloft Hotels.”

Aloft Austin Northwest features SPG Keyless — the industry-first keyless entry system that enables guests to use their smartphone or Apple watch as a room key—and fast and free Wi-Fi throughout the property. Additional amenities include a Splash indoor pool, a Re:charge(SM) fitness center; Re:fuel(SM) by Aloft – a one-stop gourmet grab & go food and beverage area; and live, local music at the brand’s signature W XYZ bar as part of the signature Live At Aloft Hotels music series.

ADA Defense Lawyer on Hotel Mixed Use to Tenants Not Liable for Common Areas

Hotel mixed-use projects have proliferated over the past decade or two — projects that combine a hotel with retail, residential, entertainment, office and other uses. In recent years, many of these projects combine hotel and shopping center elements. We are big fans of hotel mixed-use.

Over the years, we have written about the numerous advantages that accrue to both hotels and shopping centers, when hotels are added to the right shopping or retail center.  One study showed that the right hotel can boost gross sales at shopping centers 20% – 40% — and hotels can get 30% – 40% RevPAR advantage over hotels in their competitive set.

But those of you with these hotel in mixed-use projects with shopping centers or other retail elements know that mixed-use projects inject numerous additional legal and business issues that hoteliers usually don’t deal with in stand-alone hotel projects. One such critical issue is that of “common areas.”

In the article below, my partner, Marty Orlick, writes about one aspect of common area liability that you may have overlooked in defense to ADA violations. Of course, the ultimate analysis will depend on the precise facts of the situation at hand and the structure of the hotel’s participation in the mixed-use project – particularly whether or not the hotel is owned in fee or is a tenant in the project.

How many judges does it take to rule that shopping center tenants are not liable for ADA violations in common areas? – By Marty Orlick

First published in the October 2015 issue of the California State Bar’s Real Property Law Section E-Bulletin

Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”) “to provide clear, strong consistent, enforceable standards addressing discrimination against individuals with disabilities” in employment, public accommodations, transportation and federal, state and local government services. 42 U.S.C.§12101(b)(2). Title III of the ADA applies to public accommodations including shopping centers, theaters, arenas, restaurants, health clubs, hotels, banks, public space in office buildings, and nearly every manner of retail premises. Virtually every leased location which serves the general public and is engaged in commerce is subject to the accessibility requirements of the ADA.

The Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (“ADAAG”) were developed in the early 1990s by the Access Board and implemented by the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), the federal agency responsible for enforcing the ADA. The ADAAG Standards were amended effective March 15, 2012.

The DOJ has been actively investigating national retailers for ADA compliance. In addition to voluntary compliance and federal enforcement, the ADA contemplates that private litigants will enforce ADA compliance. To that end, federal court filings demonstrate that since 2000, more than 20,000 ADA private lawsuits have been filed in the federal courts. Over 8,000 ADA lawsuits have been filed in California’s federal district courts during this time period. From September 2012 through December 2013, 627 federal cases, 2,078 state cases and 342 demand letters were submitted to the California Commission on Disability Access. See 2013 Annual Report to the California State Legislative in Compliance with Government Code Sections 8299.07(a) and 8299.08(d). The overwhelming majority of these ADA lawsuits and compliance demands involved owners and tenants of leased properties.

Section 28 C.F.R. 36.201 provides that both the landlord who owns the building that houses a place of public accommodation and the tenant who operates the business in the building are jointly and severally liable to the disabled plaintiff. That section further provides that the landlord and tenant may allocate in their lease “responsibility” for complying with the ADA. In Botosan v. Paul McNally Real Estate, 216 F.3d 827 (9th Cir. 2000), the Court of Appeals held that the “ADA imposes concurrent obligations on landlords and tenants, and that a landlord, as an owner of the property, should be liable for ADA compliance even on property leased to, and controlled by, a tenant.” See id. at 832–34. ADA lawsuits typically name both the property owner and the tenant, making clear and careful drafting of Compliance with Laws, Alterations and Indemnification lease clauses all the more important.

Case in point: Kohler v. Bed Bath & Beyond of Cal., LLC, 780 F.3d 1260 (9th Cir. 2015).

In an opinion published March 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided a case of far-reaching importance to landlords and retail tenants. The Court affirmed a lower court decision that the nation’s leading housewares retailer was not liable for alleged violations of the ADA within its store or in a portion of the common area parking lot in front of its store. Plaintiff sued a regional shopping center owner and a principal tenant for alleged ADA violations within the store and the shopping center’s common areas generally serving the store. We successfully moved for summary judgment on the grounds that the tenant’s lease conveyed to the tenant a non-exclusive right to use the shopping center’s common parking facilities. The lease gave the landlord complete control over the common areas, and required the landlord to maintain same in a first class condition. The plaintiff argued that the tenant controlled the common area parking, evidenced by the fact that the tenant paid into a common maintenance fund. In granting Defendant’s summary judgment motion, the trial court rejected the plaintiff’s arguments and dismissed the case. Plaintiff appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which, 3 years later, held that the ADA does not impose “upon tenants liability for ADA violations that occur in those areas exclusively under the control of the landlord.”

What this means for landlords and tenants is that there should be fewer lawsuits against shopping center tenants for violations of the ADA that occur in common areas. Nor can landlords expect to pass liability for ADA violations in common areas to their tenants. After Kohler, it is unlikely that cases alleging ADA violations in shopping center common areas will be filed against retailers. However, careful lease drafting is essential to clearly identify who is responsible for ADA Compliance.

Hampton Inn by Hilton Hotels Huntsville Village of Providence Opens in Alabama

Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) Hampton by Hilton brand this week announced the opening of its newest property, Hampton Inn by Hilton Huntsville/Village of Providence. The 92-room hotel joins the family of Hampton by Hilton and Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton. Located at 328 Providence Main Street, the new hotel is managed by Kana Hotel Group.

Business travelers staying at Hampton Inn by Hilton Huntsville/Village of Providence will appreciate the close proximity to local business offices including Boeing, Toyota and Redstone Arsenal. The hotel is also near area attractions such as the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville Botanical Gardens, the University of Alabama at Huntsville and Alabama A&M University.

“Our new opening is a great addition to the Village of Providence area of Huntsville,” said Edyta Hall, general manager. “Whether travelers come to town for business or leisure, the staff and I are ready to greet them with friendly service to ensure a memorable stay in our city.”

The hotel provides guests a fresh start to each day with On the House hot breakfast, which includes eggs, sausage or bacon, oatmeal, waffles and seasonal offerings such as eggnog muffins and peppermint mocha coffee creamer. In addition, the hotel provides Hampton’s On the RunTMBreakfast Bags filled with a multi-grain bar, an apple, an artisan breakfast bread loaf and a bottle of water with a flavor packet for those guests on the go, available Monday through Friday.

Hampton Inn by Hilton Huntsville/Village of Providence offers amenities, such as free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour business center with complimentary printing and an indoor heated saltwater pool. Each guestroom includes high-quality amenities, including the brand’s signature Clean and fresh Hampton bed®, microwave, mini-refrigerator, HDTV and coffeemaker.

Designed as an extension of the guestroom with a variety of seating and lighting options for both leisure and business travelers, the new hotel features the Perfect Mix Lobby. Within the lobby guests can find our Suite Shop, a food and beverage shop filled with snacks, toiletries, local merchandise and drinks for purchase, and local restaurant, Taco Mama, an authentic Mexican Cantina. Hampton by Hilton hotels are infused with local photography and artwork, highlighting each property’s connection and support to its own community.

Now AlRayyan Hotel Doha in Qatar Jons Curio Collection

Curio – A Collection by Hilton announced today the opening of AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton, the brand’s first property in the Middle East to join the global portfolio of more than 30 distinctive hotels. Curio – A Collection by Hilton hotels and resorts cater to travellers seeking local discovery and authentic experiences and AlRayyan Hotel Doha joins two other Hilton (NYSE:HLT) properties in the city.

“Doha, characterised as a destination offering inspiration, progress and adventure, has firmly placed itself as a city to watch with its growing array of leisure and sporting events, cultural attractions and art scene,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio – A Collection by Hilton. “AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton exemplifies these attributes, with its distinctive character, prime location and opulent, luxurious design perfectly suited to guests who delight in unique and memorable hotels.”

Located in the upscale neighbourhood of Al Rayyan, and directly connected to the Mall of Qatar, the AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton offers a choice of 201 elegant guest rooms and suites featuring timeless decor along with floor-to-ceiling windows, oversized bathrooms and walk-in rain showers. The stylish and spacious Presidential Suite boasts two bedrooms, large living and dining areas, walk-in closet and a full-sized hammam in the marble bathroom. The chic, one-of-a-kind hotel is just steps from Al-Rayyan Sports Club, and a short drive from Qatar National Convention Centre, Sheikh Faisal Museum and Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club.

AlRayyan Hotel Doha offers guests an elevated dining experience, with onsite options catering to all palates. The hotel’s rooftop restaurant, Muy Vivo, provides delectable Latin American cuisine with an Argentinian flair from its lively open kitchen, with both indoor and outdoor seating. All-day dining venue Mezzo, located on the ground floor with direct connection to the Mall of Qatar, offers a blend of Italian, Arabic and International dishes. For guests in a hurry, Mezzo’s ‘Grab and Go’ counter is the perfect option to savour a quick bite. Guests can enjoy delicate pastries and high tea at the hotel’s chic lobby lounge, Moda Lounge. In addition, guests can choose to dine in the refreshing pool bar and have access to 24-hour room service.

AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton offers an array of refreshing activities with three outdoor swimming pools, 24-hour gym, male and female wellness areas each featuring a sauna, Jacuzzi, hammam and jetted showers, as well as an onsite ladies’ beauty lounge and children’s play area.

The hotel also caters to small meetings and alluring, large-scale weddings and events alike, with five state-of-the-art meetings rooms and a 300 square-metre ballroom with private entrance.

“For travellers desiring elegance and style during their hotel stay, AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton offers the perfect blend between authentic experiences, sophisticated accommodations and renowned Middle Eastern hospitality,” said Luca Crocco, general manager. “We look forward to welcoming residents, travellers and all guests seeking to discover something distinct at our one-of-a-kind property in Doha.”

AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton participates in Hilton HHonors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 13 distinct hotel brands. Hilton HHonors members who book directly with Hilton save time and money and gain instant access to the benefits they care about most, including an exclusive member rate at more than 4,800 hotels worldwide and instant benefits such as free Wi-Fi, the ability to earn and redeem Points for free nights, as well as access through the Hilton HHonors mobile app to digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key. To celebrate the hotel’s opening, Hilton HHonors members will earn an additional 1,000 Hilton HHonors Points per night from January 9, 2017 through May 31, 2017, when booking directly with Hilton.

AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton is located at Mall of Qatar, Al Rayyan – Doha, Qatar. P.O. Box 23325.

Now Aloft Taipei Beitou Hotel Opens in Taiwan

Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) announced the opening of Aloft Taipei Beitou Hotel, the second Aloft in Taipei, which brings a modern twist to the century-old hot spring destination of Beitou. Featuring vibrant design and innovative technology, the 292-room hotel is just steps from a multitude of hot springs, and a quick 5-minute stroll to two Metro stations, enabling easy access to Taipei’s downtown area and attractions.

“We are proud to debut Aloft Taipei Beitou, the second Aloft hotel in Taiwan, redefining the traditional hotel experience and strengthening the Aloft brand’s presence in the dynamic Taiwanese market,” said Stephen Ho, Chief Executive Officer, Greater China, Marriott International. “Taiwan draws both business and leisure travelers, and we look forward to bringing the Aloft brand’s tech-forward, vibrant experience and a modern style that is different by design to Beitou.”

The striking interior décor of Aloft Taipei Beitou is inspired by Aloft’s passion for music and technology, and blending in with Beitou’s natural landscape. Both guestrooms and public areas showcase the creations of local artists, integrating elements indigenous to Beitou and customized specifically for Aloft Taipei Beitou. The modern, loft-inspired rooms and suites are equipped with SPG Keyless, the industry’s first truly mobile check-in system where guests can utilize their mobile phones as room keys. All rooms feature the brand’s signature offerings, such as the ultra-comfortable plush bed, a walk-in shower, custom amenities by Bliss® Spa, fast & free WiFi, and a 43″ LCD TVs linked to a Plug & Play connectivity panel.

Aloft Taipei Beitou features a variety of dining and social spaces for guests to mix and mingle. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Nook, serves scrumptious buffet-style breakfast and a vibrant selection of a la carte dishes and specialty items. Nook also boasts a pet-friendly terrace offering water bowls and a special menu for guests’ furry friends. For those on the go, Re:fuelSM by Aloft, Aloft’s signature 24/7 grab and go venue, provides light meals, mix-and-match munchies, healthy bites, beverages and more.

Guests can also experience the vivacious social scene in the Re:mixSM lounge on the ground floor. The stylish space’s 6-meter-high ceiling is covered with butterfly-wing styled wooden panel lighting to create the illusion of swirling in a valley of butterflies, celebrating Taiwan’s reputation as a kingdom of butterflies. A giant floor-to-ceiling pixel-like RGB LED wall imparts a futuristic look. Additionally, the Aloft brand’s signature W:XYZSM bar serves refreshing cocktails and beverages while offering the brand’s iconic Live At Aloft Hotelsprogramming that showcases live acoustic performances by up-and-coming artists. Guests can further socialize over a game of pool or get a good workout at the well-equipped Re:chargeSM gym, open 24/7.

The property also features three on-site Tactic meeting spaces that are equipped with state-of-the-art A/V equipment and fast and free WiFi. The meeting spaces occupy 176 square meters of versatile, colorful facilities, providing a distinctive style and character for both formal and casual meetings.

Outside the hotel, Beitou awaits exploration. Highlights include Beitou Thermal Valley, Beitou Hot Springs Museum and Sakura Tunnel, which transforms into a pink paradise with the arrival of cherry blossoms in mid-February. Also, guests can shop and eat at Shihlin Night Market, or visit the environmentally friendly architecture – Beitou Library. Aloft Taipei Beitou is 13 kilometers from Taipei Songshan Airport (TSA) and 42 kilometers from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE).

To celebrate the opening, Aloft Taipei Beitou is offering a special package of TWD 3,600, which includes a one night stay in a brand new Aloft guestroom, fast Internet access via wired or WiFi, one complimentary cocktail per stay, double Starpoints for every eligible spending during the stay for SPG members, and late check-out until 2pm. The opening package is effective until March 31, 2017 and subject to a 10% service charge and 5% tax.