A roundup of independent hotel news
A roundup of independent hotel news
30 NOVEMBER 2016 1:15 PM

This month’s roundup of news from the independent hotel sector includes: New boutique openings in Chicago and Minneapolis; a new-build development in West Palm Beach, Florida; the latest personnel announcements; and more. 

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Chicago welcomes two Wicker Park openings
In what the Minneapolis Star-Tribune called “one of the most-anticipated hospitality openings in the city this year,” Chicago-based Aparium Hotel Group opened the Hewing Hotel in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood.

The 124-room hotel was developed in the former Jackson Building, and owners concentrated on offering local design and F&B elements. Local artists designed elements like light features, wallpaper and custom furniture. Locals will be able to purchase an annual membership to the hotel’s sauna, pool and other amenities.

Chicago welcomes two Wicker Park openings
Mexico-based Grupo Habita will open two new boutique hotels in Chicago’s Wicker Park/Bucktown neighborhood on 30 November, according to DNAinfo Chicago. The hotels, in adjacent historic buildings, serve different niches. The Robey has 69 rooms and is designed for “independent and global travelers, looking for good architecture, design, comfort and authenticity,” Grupo Habita managing partner Carlos Couturier said. The Hollander will have 20 rooms, eight of which are designed to be shared, with queen- and twin-sized beds. The hotels were developed by Convexity Properties over the past three years.

New boutique in West Palm Beach
Concord Hospitality Enterprises and Navarro Lowrey are developing a 200-key hotel in West Palm Beach as part of a $135-million mixed-use development project, as reported in Commercial Property Executive. The hotel project, scheduled to break ground in 2017, is expected to cost an estimated $49.5 million and align with Marriott International’s Autograph Collection.

Maui boutique hotel sold
M R and T Maui Hotel Management, headed by Dhaval Panchal, purchased the 26-room Maui Sunseeker hotel for $8 million and renamed it the Kohea Kai Resort Maui, as reported by Pacific Business News. Panchal owns several hotels in California.

Deals and developments

  • The Bernic opened in Midtown Manhattan on East 47th St. The 96-room, 22-story new-build hotel has a restaurant and sky lounge.
  • Miramonte Resort & Spa, a Destination hotel in Coachella Valley, California, named Mark Jeffrey as GM. Jeffrey previously served as GM of Horseshoe Bay Resort in Texas.
  • Hotel Zero Degrees opened in Danbury, Connecticut. The 114-room hotel was developed by RMS Cos., which also developed properties under that name in Norwalk and Stamford, Connecticut.
  • The Hotel Whiskey in Pass Christian, Mississippi, opened in late November. The 11-room hotel was developed by local entrepreneurs Thomas Genin and Travis March, and also includes a 45-seat restaurant.
  • Shawn Jervis was named GM of Barnsley Resort north of Atlanta, Georgia.
  • The Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., completed an $8-million renovation that included all of the hotel’s public spaces and 149 guestrooms. The hotel is managed by Crestline Hotels & Resorts.
  • Benchmark named Brian Wells GM of The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia. The property is managed by Benchmark and owned by a cooperation between Virginia Tech and the City of Roanoke.
  • Russ Cronberg was named GM of the 175-room Boar’s Head, a resort in Charlottesville, Virginia. He previously served as GM of the Callaway Gardens Resort in Pine Mountain, Georgia.
  • Noble House Hotels & Resorts named Heidi Dennis GM of Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Presidian Hotels will manage the Hotel Saint George in Marfa, Texas. The 55-room hotel opened in April.

Compiled by Stephanie Ricca.

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