This month’s roundup of news from the independent hotel sector includes: Hotels continue to reopen in the Florida Keys; the lure of the Berkshires; and renovations and openings.
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Sotherly relaunches former Wilmington Hilton
Sotherly Hotels recently completed a $10-million renovation, conversion and relaunch to transform the Hilton Wilmington Riverside in Wilmington, North Carolina, into the Hotel Ballast. The 272-room hotel has been in Sotherly’s portfolio for 30 years, and now it will affiliate with Hilton’s Tapestry Collection.
The renovation included all guestrooms and public spaces, and the addition of new restaurant Board and Barrel Coastal Kitchen.
Keys hotels continue to reopen, post-Irma
Following storm damage inflicted by 2017’s Hurricane Irma, independent hotels and resorts in the Florida Keys continue to come back online after renovations.
Ocean Pointe Suites in Key Largo, Florida, reopened in late March following closures after Hurricane Irma. The 240-unit resort’s renovation post-storm was led by Provident Management Corporation. In addition to storm-related cleanup, owners added additional upgrades during the renovation process.
Cheeca Lodge and Spa in Islamorada, Florida, reopened Easter weekend after a nearly completely comprehensive rebuilding following storm damage. The resort is owned by Northwood Hospitality, which already had a planned renovation in the works when Hurricane Irma hit the region last fall.
The former Inn at Key West in Key West, Florida, reopened 1 April as the Havana Cabana. The 106-room hotel is owned by Diamond Rock Hospitality and underwent cleanup and renovations.
Berkshires attract hotel projects
Berkshire County, Massachusetts, is attracting boutique hotel projects to the region, located roughly halfway between New York City and Boston.
The New York Times reports on the development of Tourists, a 48-room independent boutique hotel under development by Boston-based Broder in collaboration with creative entrepreneurs and musicians.
Also in the area, outside North Adams, Massachusetts, Karla Rothstein and Salvatore Perry of Manhattan architecture firm Latent Productions are developing Greylock Works on a former textile mill site. The multiuse development has event space, and the owners have a hotel and condominiums in the works, according to the Times.
In nearby Lenox, Massachusetts, the historic Blantyre is scheduled to reopen this month under management of OHM Collection following a 2016 change of ownership and subsequent full renovation.
Openings, management, people on the move
- Arc The Hotel will open 1 May in Washington, D.C. The nine-story, 136-room hotel was renovated from the former University Inn and is owned by Westmont Hospitality Group.
- The McLemore Resort Lookout Mountain, under development in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, joined Hilton’s Curio Collection. The hotel, conference center and spa is set to open in 2020. Development is led by Scenic Land Company and the property will be managed by Valor Hospitality.
- Kokua Hospitality completed the second phase of renovations on the Wine Country Inn & Cottages in California’s Napa Valley, located between St. Helena, California, and Calistoga, California.
- Ken Daugherty was named GM of Salishan Resort in Gleneden Beach, Oregon. He most recently was GM of Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington. The Salishan Resort is under new ownership and management and will undergo a multimillion-dollar renovation. The property is managed by Portfolio Hotels & Resorts.
- The Ellis Island Casino, Hotel & Brewery in Las Vegas celebrated its 50th anniversary on 14 April. The business launched as a restaurant in 1968 by Frank Ellis Jr. and now his son Gary Ellis owns and operates the off-strip establishment.
- The Arbor Hotel and Conference Center in Lubbock, Texas, joined The Ascend Hotel Collection from Choice Hotels International.
Compiled by Stephanie Ricca.