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L.A. LIVE Rolls Out Red Carpet for Courtyard and Residence Inn

L.A. LIVE Rolls Out Red Carpet for Courtyard and Residence Inn

LOS ANGELES—A unique combination, two-in-one hotel, the Courtyard and Residence Inn L.A. LIVE, is now open. Owned by American Life and Williams & Dame Development, the Courtyard offers 174 rooms and the Residence Inn features 219 suites. Sharing the same space, the hotel brings to L.A. Live all of the services and amenities travelers have come to expect from the two Marriott International brands. As another chapter in the revitalization of downtown Los Angeles, the $170 million project adds hotel rooms and capacity to handle the growing influx of travelers which is expected to contribute more than $89 million annually in spending to the area. It is also the first branded select-service hotel to open in downtown Los Angeles in 20 years. “We could not have asked for a better destination to open Marriott’s first dual-branded hotel on the west coast,” said Janis Milham, senior vice president of modern essential and extended stay brands, Marriott International. “The energetic L.A. vibe can be felt throughout the custom designed hotel. Its unique décor and layout allows guests to experience all the shared benefits of having two hotels under one roof.” “The hotels add further momentum to the revitalization of downtown Los Angeles, ...

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Homewood Suites Opens First Property in NYC

Homewood Suites Opens First Property in NYC

NEW YORK and MCLEAN, Va.—Homewood Suites by Hilton announced today the opening of its newest property, Homewood Suites New York/Midtown Manhattan Times Square-South. Located just three blocks from Times Square, the new property is the largest hotel to-date for the brand, its first property in Manhattan, and a key component of Homewood Suites’ overall urban expansion efforts. “The saying about New York City goes, ‘if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere,’ and as we celebrate our 25th anniversary the timing could not be more perfect to make our Big Apple debut,” said Bill Duncan, global head of Homewood Suites. “This hotel showcases the evolution of the brand and the flexibility of the Homewood Suites prototype. It allowed us to work with the developers to design a great property, composed of the right mix of spacious studio, and one-bedroom suites, which still incorporates the comforts guests expect from our brand, while fitting the needs of the area.” The 22-story, 293-suite Homewood Suites New York/Midtown Manhattan Times Square-South, is owned by West 37th Street Operator LLC, a joint venture between The Buccini/Pollin Group, Albanese Development Corporation, and Rockwood Capital. The hotel is managed by PM Hospitality Strategies Inc. ...

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FHG Opens New Hyatt Place Hotel

FHG Opens New Hyatt Place Hotel

ROSEMONT, Ill.—Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and First Hospitality Group Inc. have opened Hyatt Place Champaign/Urbana. It is the first Hyatt-branded hotel to open in downtown Champaign. “As Champaign continues to grow, we are excited to add to the momentum by welcoming the first Hyatt Place hotel to the city,” said Victor Patterson, general manager, Hyatt Place Champaign/Urbana. “Hyatt Place Champaign/Urbana is located in a very desirable area, and we’re looking forward to creating a positive travel experience for each and every guest that walks through our doors. The Hyatt Place brand was designed for a lifestyle, not a demographic, and as a result, we are confident that everyone from business travelers to students’ parents will appreciate the open, intuitive design, casual atmosphere and practical amenities, such as free WiFi and 24-hour food offerings.” Hyatt Place Champaign/Urbana is conveniently situated steps from 36 different restaurants and bars and popular attractions such as the Virginia Theatre. The hotel is minutes from the University of Illinois campus, and is the Official Hotel Partner of Fighting Illini Athletics. Hyatt Place Champaign/Urbana offers 145 guestrooms, 3,200 square feet of flexible, high-tech meeting/function space, free WiFi everywhere, complimentary breakfast, a 24/7 gallery menu, and a coffee ...

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Le Meridien Tampa Debuts in Century-Old Courthouse

Le Meridien Tampa Debuts in Century-Old Courthouse

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. announced the debut of Le Méridien Tampa, following an adaptive re-use project that has transformed a century-old federal courthouse into the city’s newest hotel. Developed by Memphis-based Development Services Group and owned via joint venture between its CEO and President Gary Prosterman and the Atlantic American Opportunity Fund, Le Méridien Tampa offers 130 contemporary guestrooms, a modern restaurant, and state-of-the-art meeting and event space in the heart of the city’s downtown arts and entertainment district. “Our design approach for Le Méridien—juxtaposing the old with the new in a nod to our mid-century roots—lends itself well for adaptive re-use projects such as this one in Tampa,” said Brian Povinelli, global brand leader, Le Méridien and Westin Hotels. “Le Méridien Tampa combines the building’s original architectural flourishes with contemporary design details inspired by the city, providing a truly distinctive atmosphere designed to unlock the destination for both the creative-minded traveler and locals alike.” Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the former courthouse occupies an entire city block of North Florida Avenue between Zack and Twig Streets and was previously a customs house and post office. The $26 million renovation of Le Méridien Tampa preserved ...

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IHG Opens First Even Hotels Property in Norwalk, Conn.

IHG Opens First Even Hotels Property in Norwalk, Conn.

ATLANTA—InterContinental Hotels Group today announces the opening of its first Even Hotels property in Norwalk, Conn. Even Hotels is IHG’s newest lifestyle hotel brand, created to meet the growing need of travelers to stay healthier and happier away from home. Even Hotels was designed with wellness built in; it’s in the brand’s DNA. From the moment travelers enter the hotel lobby and walk past a wall of fresh, flowering plants, the Even brand takes guests on a wellness journey, helping them eat well, rest easy, keep active, and accomplish more. “Today is truly a milestone for IHG as we announce the opening of our first Even Hotels property in Norwalk and prepare to open our second in Rockville, Md., later this month,” said Kirk Kinsell, president, the Americas, IHG. “We know that for the traveling public, the ability to maintain their health routine while on the road is becoming more and more important and Even Hotels provides the tools and encouragement to make healthier choices while on the road at an approachable price point.” The Even Hotels Experience—It’s a Healthier Way to Travel A calming, open design sets the tone for a restful environment that is essential to maintain balance. ...

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