A roundup of independent hotel news
A roundup of independent hotel news
21 FEBRUARY 2018 1:16 PM

This month’s roundup of news from the independent hotel sector includes: New musical features at Nashville’s Hutton Hotels; renovations updates; and people on the move. 

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Nashville’s Hutton Hotel adds performance space
The Hutton Hotel in Nashville’s Music Row district completed a multiphase renovation that added, among other features, a 5,000-square-foot, 300-person music venue.

Named Analog, the space, part social club and part music venue, was created by Studio 11 Design in partnership with Tuck Hinton Architects. In addition, new creative spaces were added to the hotel. The two Writers’ Rooms at Hutton Hotel are outfitted with state-of-the-art features such as isolation areas for guitars and a closet that functions as a vocal booth designed for artists to have quiet space for their work.

Studio 11 Design refreshed and redesigned the hotel’s lobby and 247 guestrooms. New to the property is the WestEnd Kitchen and Bar, featuring inventive takes on traditional Southern cuisine and a signature cocktail and spirits program.

Kennebunkport Resort Collection adds to portfolio
The Kennebunkport Resort Collection, which owns and operates nine hotels and five restaurants in Kennebunkport, Maine, purchased the Yachtsman Lodge & Marina. Now named the Yachtsman Hotel & Marina Club, the 30-room hotel is undergoing a complete renovation and will re-open for the season in May.

Preferred celebrates Golden Anniversary
Independent hotel consortium Preferred Hotels & Resorts is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The company launched 50 years ago as a referral organization by 12 North American hoteliers. Today the brand has more than 650 member hotels, resorts and residences across 85 countries.

Openings, management, people on the move

  • Willow Street Capital, Duke Hospitality, The Charre Group and their capital partners signed a franchise agreement with Hilton for a new Tapestry Collection by Hilton hotel in Melbourne, Florida. This will be the first Tapestry in Florida. The new-build hotel is slated to open in 2020.
  • The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa in Tampa, Florida, completed a multimillion-dollar renovation and rebranding in January. Formerly known as The Bay Harbor Hotel & Conference Center, the hotel is owned by Oxford Capital Group and managed by Oxford Hotels & Resorts.
  • The 100-room River’s Edge Hotel in Portland, Oregon, completed a property-wide renovation and rebranding, overseen by HRI Properties.
  • Sun Valley Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho, completed its recent phase of renovations including new F&B concepts and improvements to the Sun Valley Inn. This phase tackled the first 25 of 105 Sun Valley Inn guestrooms slated for renovation.
  • Renovations are nearing completion on the new Guy Harvey Resort St. Augustine Beach in St. Augustine Beach, Florida. The nearly $6-million renovation encompassed all elements of the 153-room resort owned and managed by H.I. Development of Tampa, Florida.
  • The Heathman Hotel in Portland, Oregon, is undergoing a renovation of all 151 guestrooms and public spaces. The hotel, managed by Provenance Hotels, will debut the renovation later this year.
  • Wylder Hotel Tilghman Island on the Chesapeake Bay is slated to open in April as the first hotel from Wylder Hotels.
  • L.E. Hotels added Boston’s Lenox Hotel to its Luxe Collection of properties achieving the highest levels of service.
  • Northwood Hospitality named Raj Radke GM of The Ballantyne, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Journal Hotels named Peter Hansen director of operations, food and beverage at The Hollywood Roosevelt.
  • Counter, a new American restaurant and bar, opened in January at The Hotel Salem in Salem, Massachusetts. The Hotel Salem is part of Lark Hotels.

Compiled by Stephanie Ricca.

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