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Loews’ Renovation Rally

Loews’ Renovation Rally

In the past two years, Loews has initiated large-scale renovations at 10 of its corporate-owned U.S. properties. The initiative is helping the brand grow and stay relevant.

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Loews Vanderbilt Lobby

Loews Vanderbilt Lobby

In July, the Loews Vanderbilt, located in downtown Nashville, Tenn., wrapped up an extensive six-month renovation that completely transformed the lobby of the 340-room hotel into a multi-functional space for both work and relaxation. Helmed by Simeone Deary Design Group, the new look gathers inspiration from the city’s rich music scene and reflects the cultural heritage of its location. “When we first started this project, our client told us that they really wanted to position the hotel firmly in the heart of the music industry,” says Lisa Simeone, principal and owner of Simeone Deary. “But we didn’t want to do it in an applied way. We wanted the DNA of the lobby to have that musicality and reflect that level of Nashville history.” Honky Tonkin’ For a high-impact visual, Simeone and her team created a mural on the far lobby wall that depicts a graphic image of country legend Hank Williams playing the guitar from an amalgamation of individual album covers. “It draws you in and starts to give the hotel staff a story to tell,” says Simeone. “You can stand there for hours looking at all the different album covers.” Cowboy Chic To achieve a “cowboy-chic” look, Simeone made ...

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Inland American Acquires Loews New Orleans

Inland American Acquires Loews New Orleans

OAK BROOK, Ill.—Inland American Lodging Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Inland American Real Estate Trust, announced that it has acquired the 21-story, 285-room Loews New Orleans for a purchase price of $74.5 million, or approximately $261,000 per key. Loews Hotels and Resorts will continue to manage the hotel. The Loews New Orleans represents the ninth hotel acquired by Inland American this year and the first Loews-managed hotel in its portfolio. “We are very pleased to be adding this luxury hotel to our portfolio,” said Marcel Verbaas, president and CEO of Inland American Lodging Advisor (IALA). “With its premier location near all of New Orleans’ demand drivers, coupled with its superior amenities, the Loews New Orleans is well-positioned to continue its excellent performance in the market. We look forward to working with Loews to further enhance the asset and its competitive position and profitability.” The Loews is located in downtown New Orleans near the Central Business District, the French Quarter, the Warehouse/Arts District and the recently expanded New Orleans Morial Convention Center. The hotel was converted from an office tower and opened in 2004, offering 285 guestrooms, 17,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a fitness center, full-service spa with ...

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Universal Orlando Looking to Add Thousands of Hotel Rooms

Universal Orlando Looking to Add Thousands of Hotel Rooms

NBCUniversal President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Burke told investment analysts that Universal Orlando hopes to add thousands of hotel rooms in the next couple of years—stating that the growing amusement resort could add 10,000 or 15,000 rooms and still have the occupancy numbers to make the park’s hotels profitable. According to this report from the Orlando Sentinel the theme park resort is planning an aggressive expansion strategy. Currently Universal’s 2,400 hotel rooms are operated through joint ventures with Loews Hotels and Resorts. The Loews Cabana Bay Beach Resort will open up on theme park property next year, making the total room total 4,200. Universal hopes that by adding a significant number of hotel rooms, it can compete better with neighboring Walt Disney World, which currently boasts over 26,000 hotel rooms and timeshare lodging options. More at the Orlando Sentinel.

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Loews Philadelphia Hotel Completes $14 Million Guestroom Renovation

Loews Philadelphia Hotel Completes $14 Million Guestroom Renovation

PHILADELPHIA—The Loews Philadelphia Hotel, once known as the historic Philadelphia Saving Fund Society building (PSFS), is pleased to announce the completion of its three-month, $14 million guestroom renovation. “We are thrilled with our extensive rooms remodel, and we know our guests will be as well,” said Ed O’Boyle, director of marking, Loews Philadelphia Hotel. “We take pride in providing our clientele with the best rooms, most stunning views and most memorable hotel stay in the city. Since opening in 2000, we have been committed to retaining the immense historical value of our property and this updated transformation does just that.” The 581 restyled rooms include increased wifi capabilities, larger work desk areas paired with leather ergonomic guest chairs, and more easily accessible electric outlets. Fresh paint as well as new wall coverings, draperies, duvet covers, lamps, and artwork complete the look. Additionally, the hotel converted existing space into 10 family-friendly parlor suites, each featuring a murphy bed and connecting guestroom for families traveling with children. Renovated and reopened as the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in April 2000, the former PSFS building is the city’s tallest hotel. Many of the historical features of the former PSFS building remain preserved in the hotel, ...

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