A roundup of independent hotel news
A roundup of independent hotel news
21 AUGUST 2018 6:50 AM

This month’s roundup of news from the independent hotel sector includes: Homage Hospitality’s first opening; a new Boston boutique; and the latest openings and renovations news.

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Boston’s Revolution Hotel to celebrate innovators
Mount Vernon Co. will open the Revolution Hotel in Boston’s South End later this year, according to a story in The Boston Globe. The 164-room hotel will open in the former YWCA, which Mount Vernon Co. purchased in 2014 for $17.2 million. Provenance Hotels will manage the hotel, the article states.

The property’s courtyard will be transformed into an indoor-outdoor restaurant, and the basement area will serve as a co-working space by day and a bar by night.

The décor and design will “reflect Boston’s rich history of notable innovations, rebellious individuals and revolutionary events,” according to the article.

Plans approved for Orange County hotel, hostel development
California’s Coastal Commission granted approval to developers of a mixed-use development including a boutique hotel and a hostel in Dana Point, California. According to the Orange County Register, the project is currently known as The Wave Resort at the Strand, and it will include a 57-room hotel, 4,000 square feet of retail space, a 52-bed hostel and outdoor dining and visitor center space.

The project has met opposition from supporters of beach preservation in the area, since the site is located near the Headlands nature preserve.

The property is owned by Headlands Investments LLC.

New Orleans boutique celebrates black culture
Homage Hospitality opened The Moor in New Orleans, the first in the company’s planned series of boutique hotel openings that “(celebrate) black culture and (cater) specifically to the long underserved black travel market,” according to an article in Lonely Planet.

The Moor is a four-suite “hausotel,” described by Homage founders Marcus Carey and Damon Lawrence as “a sweet spot between a hotel and bed and breakfast.”

Other projects in the works for the company include a 100-room location in Oakland, California, and the founders say future hotels are in planning.

“Our goal is for our properties to serve as time capsules in locations where so much of the culture and essence is being wiped out by gentrification,” Lawrence told Lonely Planet. “We will hire our neighbors, create a sense of belonging and inclusiveness along all socioeconomic backgrounds through our event programming, and focus on making each location an accurate reflection of its neighborhood.”

Openings, management, people on the move

  • Lark Hotels opened Awol, a boutique hotel in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The 30-room hotel was previously known as the Inn at the Moors. The company also opened The Downtowner in Saratoga Springs, New York.
  • Waterford Hotel Group opened the New Bedford Harbor Hotel in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The 70-room hotel is part of Choice Hotels International’s Ascend Collection.
  • Charlestowne Hotels was named manager of The Inn at Elon, the new campus hotel at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina.
  • Beaver Creek Lodge in Beaver Creek, Colorado, will join Marriott International’s Autograph Collection and complete a multimillion-dollar renovation this fall. The hotel is owned by The Kessler Collection.
  • The Bristol Hotel in San Diego completed a $7-million renovation. The boutique hotel is managed by Greystone Hotels and the renovation was led by Perkins + Will.
  • Noble House Hotels & Resorts named Andrew Ladd director of sales for Kona Kai Resort & Spa, located on Shelter Island in San Diego.

Compiled by Stephanie Ricca.

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