A roundup of independent hotel news
A roundup of independent hotel news
23 MAY 2018 1:27 PM

This month’s roundup of news from the independent hotel sector includes: the latest designs of the TWA Hotel; Puerto Rico’s first hotel opening since last year’s hurricanes; and the latest openings.

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TWA Hotel set to launch
Designs and photos continue to come out from the TWA Hotel at JFK Airport, the MCR and Morse Development project that’s designed in the Eero Saarinen-designed former TWA Flight Center outside New York City’s JFK Airport.

"From the moment guests and visitors arrive at the TWA hotel, they will find themselves immersed in the ethos of 1962's rich culture, architecture, sights, sounds and ambiance," MCR and Morse Development CEO Tyler Morse told CNN Travel.

The hotel, slated to open next year, will have 512 guestrooms, 50,000 square feet of event space, eight restaurants and six bars.

Click here to see CNN Travel’s photo gallery.

Serafina Beach Hotel opens in Puerto Rico
The first new resort to open in Puerto Rico since 2017’s hurricane season is the boutique Serafina Beach Hotel. According to Travel + Leisure, the 96-room boutique hotel is the first hotel project from Serafina Restaurant Group and its principals, Vittorio Assaf and Fabio Granato.

The restaurant group operates restaurants globally, including several in New York City, and opened its first Serafina restaurant in the Caribbean three years ago, according to Travel + Leisure.

“For the last 10 years, it’s been our dream to open a hotel,” Assaf told the magazine. “This one took three years and $30 million to create. It’s about casual elegance, fun and excitement. The idea behind the hotel is the same as Serafina restaurant’s motto: ‘Welcome home.’”

The hotel, developed in the former San Juan Beach Hotel, is located in San Juan’s Condado Lagoon neighborhood.

Boutique hotel planned for Naples, Florida
The city council of Naples, Florida, approved a plan for a boutique hotel project that’s been in the works for some time, according to the Naples Daily News.

The Old Naples Hotel is a project from the Camalier family, who plan to redevelop a vacant shopping plaza in the city’s Third Street South shopping and dining district.

The approved plan for the project includes 109 guestrooms, two retail shops, an indoor restaurant, rooftop pool and spa, according to the Naples Daily News.

Openings, management, people on the move

  • The Estate Yountville in Yountville, California, named Katie Cotten director of catering and conference services.
  • Broughton Hotels named executives to lead the Park James boutique hotel opening this summer in Menlo Park, California. Weston Spiegl is GM, Steven Maybeno is executive chef and Daniel Romero is assistant GM.
  • Hotel Revival, part of Joie de Vivre, opened this month in Baltimore. The 107-room hotel was developed by NuovoRE and is managed by Two Roads Hospitality.
  • Hotel Spero, formerly known at Serrano Hotel, reopened in San Francisco under its new name at the end of April. The hotel underwent a $16-million renovation, which included its rebranding to the Hotel Spero name.
  • Preferred Hotels & Resorts added 35 new members between January and March, including the following U.S. hotels: The Source Hotel in Denver; The Dominick in New York; AKA West Hollywood in West Hollywood, California; The Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas in Los Angeles; Royalton Park Avenue in New York; Sophy-Hyde Park in Chicago; and ARC THE.Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Compiled by Stephanie Ricca.

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