Big Island’s Volcano House Slowly Comes Back to Life 

A company with deep roots as a National Parks concessionaire has taken over the iconic Volcano House hotel in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Ortega Family Enterprises is working to reopen the property that’s been closed for three years. The goal is to recreate a look and feel reminiscent of the hotel’s long history....

A New Choice 

For as long as anyone can remember, the heart of Choice Hotels has been in Silver Spring, MD. That’s all changed now. Not only is the 11-brand hotel company moving next year to a new headquarters in downtown Rockville, MD, but the soul of the company may have already moved much further west, to Phoenix. There, the company’s Western Regional Headquarters is its center of technical innovation, responsiveness to new opportunities and agility in delivering new programs and products to franchisees. ...

Holiday Inn’s Hub of Activity 

Holiday Inn has been testing its new open lobby and enhanced food and beverage concepts this year. The new design integrates lobby, restaurant and bar. It includes a gaming area, fireplace and outdoor cabanas. A laptop station is available for business use. And, the area has WiFi and charging outlets....

Biophilia Drives Westin’s New Lobby Concept 

“People have an innate need to connect with nature,” says Erin Hoover, vice president of design for Westin and Sheraton brands. “As people spend more time indoors, they’re starting to disconnect. Our challenge was to incorporate the principals of biophilia into the internal environment. The goal, ultimately, is to reduce stress and enhance moods.” ...

Starwood’s Aloft Now Open to Conversion  

Starwood plans to grow its five-year-old Aloft brand by opening it to conversion and rebranding opportunities. To prove this works, and attract new properties to the fold, a former Clarion-branded hotel at San Francisco International Airport was converted to Aloft SFO. Existing buildings such a former freight terminal in Dallas have become Aloft properties, but not former hotels. Until now....

Top Hotel Design & Architecture Firms 

Are you looking to renovate your entire hotel? Is it almost time to put that property improvement plan into action? Need to refresh the feel of your lobby, or add a new restaurant?...

Ocean House Assumes Management of Seaside Sister Property 

Complement, not competition. That’s the best situation when two hotels serve the same basic market. The benefits are even greater when the same management company operates both properties, as it is with the Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI and its nearby and soon-to-open sister property, the Weekapaug Inn....

Carlson Expands Radisson Blu to Caribbean 

The first things guests see when they approach the Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa St. Martin are layers of blue water and a 1,600-foot white sand beach bordered by a lush landscape. A large number arrive via water taxi. The 25-minute excursion is the fastest way from Princess Juliana International Airport to the secluded Caribbean resort on the French side of the 37-square-mile island. The alternative is a 35- to 40-minute drive through the island. ...

Chattanooga’s Choo Choo Hotel Chugs Along 

The lyrics from the 1941 movie “Sun Valley Serenade” may seem outdated today. But the folks down Chattanooga way are ever-so-grateful for the song made famous by the Glenn Miller Orchestra more than 70 years ago. It was the catalyst for a sprawling resort property—also named Chattanooga Choo—that’s brought life back to an old railroad depot and the surrounding downtown....

Fairmont Miramar Suites Get a New Look 

Lynda Murray, owner LMID, Inc., is renovating 24 suites at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica, a 302-unit property where the clientele includes A-list celebs and suite rates start at $699. ...

Don't Roll the Dice on ADA Compliance 

Lately on Capitol Hill, there has been much attention dedicated to the recently proposed H.R. 4256 Pool SAFE Act introduced by Mitch Mulvaney (R, SC) and H.R. 4200 introduced by David Schweikert (R, AZ). Significant attention from disability rights groups has been garnered as they voice their displeasure over what they regard as a “rolling back”of the ADA regulations, therefore putting in jeopardy the Olmstead Act of 1999. While jeopardizing the ...

Motel 6 Celebrates 50-Year Milestone 

Fifty years go, homebuilders Paul Greene and William Becker built their first motel on the sandy shores of Santa Barbara’s Cabrillo Beach. That no-frills property offered rooms for just $6 per night. Today, 1,100 hotels in the Motel 6 chain still offer some of the lowest rates in the nation. In fact,...

ABVI Makes Renovations Easy as 1-2-3 

For Americas Best Value Inn owners, “renovations are as easy $1, $2, $3” a day. Vantage Hospitality and one of its preferred vendors, American Hotel Register Company, created a program offering owners the ability to choose one of three packages and pay $1, $2 or $3 a day per room if renovations are needed....

IHG Upgrades Extended Stay Brands 

IHG is a hotel company that knows how to accomplish a brand overhaul. After all, it recently oversaw a total refresh of the massive and iconic Holiday Inn brand. Now, IHG is working with one of its ownership groups, Hospitality Properties Trust, to renovate a big portion of its Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites extended stay portfolio....

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