PHOENIX—Ascend Hotel Collection from Choice Hotels International announced that two boutique hotels have joined the portfolio. These properties are the gibson hotel, Dublin, Ireland, and Lindenwarrah at Milawa, Australia. The announcement was made to industry insiders at the 19th annual meeting of The Lodging Conference in Phoenix, Ariz.
Ascend Hotel Collection is a portfolio of upscale independent hotels with local character. With its latest additions, the group now has 108 properties in North America, Europe, the Caribbean, and Australia.
“Ascend Hotel Collection continues to gain prominence as it grows internationally,” said Michael Murphy, senior vice president of upscale brands at Choice Hotels International. “The Collection offers hoteliers and guests the best of both worlds – a unique, upscale experience coupled with the backing of one of the world’s largest hospitality franchisors. With each property offering its own local flavor and an uncompromising commitment to service, these newest member hotels align perfectly with our distinctive portfolio.”
Located in Dublin’s new cultural hub, the gibson hotel is 10 minutes from the airport and a short stroll along the Liffey River to the city center. The 252-room property features a destination restaurant and bar, gym, relaxation areas, courtyards, business center, and extensive square feet of meeting space.
Spanning two floors, the conference area has nine contemporary meeting rooms accommodating up to 300 people and is equipped with free Wi-Fi and the latest audio-visual technology. Also part of the gibson hotel experience: a relaxation area with sauna and steam room; Japanese copper baths on the terrace with mountain vistas; and courtyards, with towering bamboos and water features.
Guestrooms feature custom furnishings, a soothing neutral color palette, plush beds and natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows. Many rooms include private balconies.
Lindenwarrah at Milawa combines the distinctiveness of a boutique hotel with the tranquility of its mountain and vineyard setting. Food and wine play a prominent role at this retreat in the heart of the renowned Milawa Gourmet Region. The hotel offers 40 individually decorated guestrooms and suites, a fine-dining restaurant, bar, spa, lounge areas with Australian artwork, rooftop terrace, sunny courtyards and state-of-the-art meeting and event space.
Guestrooms feature contemporary furnishings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and balconies or peaceful gardens. Guests can enjoy a sauna and outdoor solar-heated swimming pool, as well as meeting and banquet space for up to 120 people.