A roundup of independent hotel news
A roundup of independent hotel news
23 AUGUST 2017 12:12 PM

This month’s roundup of news from the independent hotel sector includes: 2017’s top food trends; new boutique developments in Dallas and Chicago; and people on the move. 

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Boutique hotel proposed for Dallas landmark
Dallas’ Union Bankers Trust building, more than one hundred years old and empty for more than two decades, is on its way to becoming a boutique hotel, according to Dallas News.

Dallas-based Westdale and Vine Street Ventures are converting the former Knights of Pythias building into the 164-room Pittman Hotel. It’s named for the building’s original architect, William Sidney Pittman.

The hotel is part of a mixed-use project underway in the city’s Deep Ellum district, which will also include an office tower, apartment building and retail space.

Green hotel planned for U of Chicago campus
A new-build, 98-key boutique hotel called Sophy Chicago is in the works for Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, where it will become the preferred lodging for the nearby University of Chicago.

Commercial Property Executive is reporting details of the project, slated to open in the summer of 2018. William A Randolph Inc. is developer, GREC Architects is project architect, Stonehill & Taylor are doing interior design and the property will be managed by The Olympia Cos.

The hotel is being constructed according to U.S. Green Building Council LEED standards, according to CPE. In addition to lodging, the hotel will include a restaurant, bar, fitness center and space to exhibit the work of Chicago artists.

Kitchen farmers, vintage style top Benchmark’s dining trends list
Chefs from Benchmark Hotels & Resorts and the Gemstone Collection compiled a list of 2017’s top food and dining trends, driven by guests at the company’s portfolio of independent hotels around the country.

Topping the list? Millennials, whom the Benchmark list says “are dining out more than previous generations and they want healthy, sustainable, and original dishes based on natural ingredients, responsibly sourced.”

Other trends on the list include:
• the next wave of the farm-to-table trend,
• updated comfort foods,
• eggs as a star ingredient,
• onions in sweet and savory dishes,
• multi-use donuts,
• Jazz-Era cocktails,
• and more.

Openings, management, people on the move

  • Crescent Hotels & Resorts added management of three independent boutique hotels in Edmonton, Canada, to its portfolio. The properties include the 184-room Matrix, the 98-room Hotel Metterra and the 89-room Varscona.
  • Olympia Hotel Management has assumed management of The Williams Inn in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The 64-room hotel, owned by Williams College, is in the design development stage and has a projected opening date of 2019.
  • Kokua Hospitality assumed management of the 165-room Carmel Mission Inn in Carmel, California.
  • Proper Hospitality made key appointments for its forthcoming San Francisco Proper Hotel, which is slated to open this year. The company hired Lorenz Maurer as GM, Xavier Bon as director of sales and marketing and Frederique Falour-Yalniz as director of human resources.
  • The Inn at the 5th boutique hotel in Eugene, Oregon, named J.B. Carney as GM.
  • Minneapolis’ Marquette hotel named Claudette Guillermo as director of catering.

Compiled by Stephanie Ricca.

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