A roundup of independent hotel news
A roundup of independent hotel news
17 MAY 2017 12:12 PM

This month’s roundup of news from the independent hotel sector includes: a new president for Proper Hospitality; D.C.’s boutique trends; and the latest Historic Hotels members. 

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SBE president joins Proper Hospitality
Arash Azarbarzin joined Los Angeles-based Proper Hospitality as president and COO in May. Azarbarzin most recently served as president for the last 12 years of SBE Hotel Group, of which he was a founding member. His past roles include posts with brands such as St. Regis, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and W Hotels & Resorts.

As the new president and COO, Azarbarzin will oversee both the Avalon and Proper brands. He will be responsible for the successful launches of Hollywood Proper Residence’s F&B venues; San Francisco Proper Hotel; Downtown LA Proper Hotel; Santa Monica Proper Hotel; and Austin Proper Hotel & Residences, which are all scheduled to open in the next 18 months.

17 hotels added to historic rosters
Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide inducted 17 new member hotels. These include: Inn at Willow Grove in Orange, Virginia; Penn Wells Hotel in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania; Hotel Saranac, Curio Collection by Hilton, in Saranac Lake, New York; Alpenhof Lodge in Teton Village, Wyoming; NH Collection Florence Porta Rossa in Florence; Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa in St. Andrews, Scotland; NH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace in Amsterdam; Domus Renier Boutique Hotel in Crete, Greece; Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden in Dresden, Germany; NH Collection Madrid Palacio de Tepa in Madrid; NH Collection Amsterdam Doelen in Amsterdam; NH Collection Venice Palazzo Barocci in Venice; Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras in Strba Strbske Pleso, Slovakia; NH Collection Roma Palazzo Cinquecento in Rome; Hotel Adlon Kempinski in Berlin; NH Collection Brussels Centre in Brussels; and Tivoli Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal.

DC boutiques differentiate
It’s all about localization at the newest crop of boutique hotels in Washington, D.C., according to DCist.

The article spotlights several newcomers to the D.C. scene and the “hyper-local experiences” they’re offering guests. At Modus Hotels’ D.C. locations, guests can take complimentary classes at local boutique fitness studios. Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ Mason & Rook hotel brings in local creatives to speak to guests for its happy hour series, and guests can borrow Shinola watches from the company’s nearby flagship store at no charge.

Read more at DCist about the local partnerships these and more hotels are making for guests. 

Deals and developments

  • The Mayfair Hotel & Spa in Coconut Grove, Florida, named Jim Mauer GM.
  • The Darcy Washington, D.C., named Tobias Arff GM and Kelly McCourt as director of sales & marketing. The hotel, which opened in April, is a member of Curio Collection by Hilton and is managed by Sage Hospitality.
  • Plunge Beach Hotel in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida, named Will Silbernagel F&B director.
  • Davidson Hotels & Resorts added Hotel Viking, in Newport, Rhode Island, to its management portfolio in its Pivot Hotels & Resorts division.
  • PM Hotel Group, based in Washington, D.C., added the 217 Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware, to its management portfolio.
  • The Blackstone hotel in Chicago joined Marriott’s Autograph Collection.
  • Dallas-based Hall Group broke ground in April on the boutique Hall Arts Hotel and adjacent Hall Arts Residences in Dallas. Crescent Hotels & Resorts will manage the hotel.
  • The Perry Hotel Key West at Stock Island Marina opened 1 May. The 100-room boutique hotel is located on a private 220-slip marina in Key West, Florida.
  • Motif Seattle, a Destination Hotel, announced a comprehensive $10-million guestroom redesign, led by Seattle-based architectural and interior design firm Degen + Degen.
  • The Talbott Hotel, a Joie de Vivre property, in Chicago, re-opens this month following a four-month interior renovation, by Chicago-based Kara Mann.

Compiled by Stephanie Ricca.

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