This month’s roundup of news from the independent hotel sector includes: Fort Lauderdale’s boutique boom; a new independent hotel in Detroit; plus openings and people on the move.
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Boutiques take over Fort Lauderdale
The Greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida, region has several boutique hotels and resorts opening and going through renovations now and over the next few years. On the renovation side, the 24-room Ikona Hotel re-opened following a multimillion-dollar renovation of design, amenities and technology. The Diplomat Beach Resort also recently underwent a $100-million renovation, which included adding 10 all-new F&B options.
The Hyde Resort & Residences opened in February, with 363 resort rooms and a residential component. The boutique Plunge Beach Hotel is planning for a late April opening in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. The property has 163 rooms across three buildings, with direct beach access. Also on deck is the Gale Boutique Hotel, a 96-room hotel with 128 condo residences, slated for a 2018 opening in Fort Lauderdale’s North Beach Village.
New boutique for Detroit, plus Michelin-starred chef
Detroit is fast becoming an independent boutique hotel darling. Next up for the Motor City is the boutique Detroit Foundation Hotel, set to open in May. As reported by WXYZ, the 100-room hotel is located in the five-story former Detroit Fire Department headquarters building. The hotel will house The Apparatus Room, a restaurant run by Michigan native and two Michelin-starred chef Thomas Lents.
The hotel was designed in partnership with Simeone Deary Design Group, and is managed by Aparium Hotel Group.
LaSalle closes on portfolio of independents
LaSalle Hotel Properties closed the sale of two independent properties and is under contract to sell a third for a combined amount of $218.9 million. The sale includes Lansdowne Resort in Lansdowne, Virginia; Alexis Hotel in Seattle; and Hotel Triton in San Francisco. LaSalle sold Lansdowne for $133 million and Alexis Hotel for $71.6 million, and Hotel Triton is under contract for $14.25 million. The company sold a fourth independent hotel in January, Hotel Deca in Seattle. The buyer(s) were undisclosed.
Deals and developments
- Nashville’s Hutton Hotel announced a multiphase renovation beginning this June. Studio 11 Design will lead renovations of the restaurant, guestrooms and lobby, and will consult on the creation of a curated experience venue. Tuck Hinton Architects is the architect on the project.
- Los Angeles-based hotel management company Journal Hotels named Stephen Brandman as CEO. Brandman was the co-founder and CEO of Thompson Hotels and Commune Hotels. Journal includes independent properties around California and Chicago in its portfolio.
- The Life Hotel in Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood opened in early April. The 98-hotel room is located in the original building that once housed Life magazine. The hotel was developed by David Mitchell and Stephen Hanson.
- Pebble Beach Resort announced it will add a 38-room addition to The Lodge at Pebble Beach called Fairway One, opening this summer.
- Prism Hotels and Resorts was named manager of the newly rebranded Serene, a Vegas Resort.
- Sage Hospitality opened The Maven Hotel at Dairy Block in Denver. The 172-room boutique hotel anchors the city’s new Dairy Block mixed-use development.
- Enchantment Group named David Flack GM of The Cove resort on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas.
- The Adelphi Hotel in Saratoga Springs, New York, announced it will reopen 1 July, following a major renovation.
- Hotel Becket, a Joie de Vivre hotel, opened in South Lake Tahoe, California, in late March.
- The Stella hotel, the first independent boutique hotel in Bryan-College Station, Texas, opened earlier this month. The 176-room property is managed by Trust Hospitality.
- Hotel LeVeque opened in Columbus, Ohio, in late March. The 149-room boutique hotel is part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection.
Compiled by Stephanie Ricca.