A roundup of independent hotel news
A roundup of independent hotel news
20 NOVEMBER 2018 4:09 PM

This month’s roundup of news from the independent hotel sector includes: InterContinental goes independent in Milwaukee; Nashville’s latest boutique hotel; and people on the move.

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Marcus drops InterContinental brand for indie
Marcus Hotels & Resorts is dropping the InterContinental flag from the InterContinental Milwaukee and will relaunch the 219-room hotel as an independent, following an extensive renovation and rebranding.

The hotel will continue to operate as an InterContinental until early January, when Marcus, which owns and operates the property, will close the hotel for a several-month renovation. When the hotel opens, it will be called Saint Kate The Arts Hotel, and will be designed to showcase art from around the world and facilitate artistic discussion and collaboration.

Post-renovation, the hotel—named for Saint Catherine, the patron saint of artists—will feature art-inspired guestrooms, 13,000 square feet of meeting space, 11 event rooms and multiple bars, restaurants and lounges. Design plans include a theatre for plays, lectures and performances, gallery space and a working artist-in-residence studio.

AJ Capital acquires Pennsylvania boutique hotel
Chicago-based AJ Capital Partners purchased the 149-room full-service Atherton Hotel in State College, Pennsylvania. The hotel is located one block from The Pennsylvania State University, and AJ Capital will renovate the hotel and convert it to Graduate State College, part of the Graduate Hotels collection.

Renovations, additions planned for Yosemite resort
Delaware North unveiled a $25-million renovation and expansion plan for Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, located just outside Yosemite National Park. The big focus of the expansion is a new, upscale cabin development, called the Explorer Cabins at Tenaya Lodge, which includes 50 standalone two-bedroom cabins. Also part of the enhancements: A modernized restaurant, upgrades to the resort’s seasonal outdoor dining and event space and new activities programming.

Over the last few years, Tenaya Lodge owner Delaware North has increased guestroom count at the property from 244 to 302 rooms, increased meeting space square footage, added a restaurant and completed lodge and cottage room renovations.

This next renovation and expansion phase is set to debut in summer 2019.

Nashville’s latest boutique opening soon
Bode Nashville hotel is slated for a late-November opening in Nashville, Tennessee’s, Rutledge Hill neighborhood. Owner Howell Park Partners LLC purchased the former Howell Park Condominiums building in 2017, according to the Nashville Post. Nashville companies Pfeffer Torode Architecture and D|AAD collaborated on the design. James Camp is the property’s GM and Kelsey Murray is sales and guest experience coordinator.

Openings, management, people on the move

  • The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare opened in Rosemont, Illinois, near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The 165-room hotel is part of Hilton’s Tapestry Collection and is operated by Janko Hospitality.
  • The Shinola Hotel named Elliott Broom as GM, and the property’s F&B partner, NoHo Hospitality, named Sol Andrews food and beverage director for the hotel under development in Detroit.
  • The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa in Manchester, Vermont, named Martin Rosenthal GM.
  • Christopher Castle was named director of food and beverage at The Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa in Tabernash, Colorado, named Michael MacDonald executive chef, Taylor Houston as pastry chef and John Leslie as executive director of food & beverage.
  • Oxford Capital named two key positions for the forthcoming 220-room Godfrey Hotel Hollywood, set to open in spring 2019 in Hollywood, California. Clay Andrews is the hotel’s new GM and Konstantine Kabilafkas is hotel manager. Andrews serves in a dual role as director of operations for the West Coast region of Oxford Hotels & Resorts.

Compiled by Stephanie Ricca.

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