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Autograph Collection set to debut in three new destinations: Sydney, San Diego, Chicago
The Autograph Collection has announced its debut in three of the world's most exciting destinations. This season, Autograph Collection proudly welcomes Pier One Sydney Harbour in Sydney, Australia, the ocean front Pier South Resort in San Diego, California, and the Hotel Chicago (formerly the Hotel Sax) in Chicago, Illinois. Nearing 60 hotels worldwide, these three new hotel experiences represent Autograph Collection's entrée into each locale.
Pier One Sydney Harbor - Sydney, Australia
Representing Autograph Collection's debut in Australia, Pier One Sydney Harbour offers a waterfront experience in the heart of one of the world's most glamorous destinations. Nestled alongside the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge with panoramic views, the hotel offers easy access to the historic heart of the Central Business District, The Rocks and the city's most desirable tourist destinations including Circular Quay, the Sydney Opera House, Martin Place and the Castlereagh Street shopping strip. Featuring 189 guest rooms including 18 suites, a selection of rooms within the hotel include your choice of magnificent views of Sydney Harbour, Sydney Bridge and the world famous Opera House.
Located alongside the harbor, the hotel's Front Restaurant & Bar offers alfresco dining on the Pier complemented by a modern Australian menu and extensive wine list. As an added element, with the hotel's prime waterside location, guests can arrive in style by water taxi or by yacht via the hotel's private pontoon which provides direct water access to nearby attractions including the Opera House, Manly and Darling Harbour.
The hotel offers a harbourside back drop for meetings and special events, including eight meeting rooms all floor to ceiling windows showcasing water views.
Pier South Resort - San Diego, California
Autograph Collection has opened its first resort in Southern California, the beachfront boutique Pier South Resort in San Diego. With 78 suite-style accommodations, a new coastal tavern and quintessential California ambience, this boutique hotel provides a four-star coastal escape, just steps from the sand and 20 minutes from downtown San Diego's vibrant Gaslamp District. Pier South Resort rests just south of Coronado on California's southernmost beach, home to legendary surf break Boca Rio. Virtually all of the hotel's suite-style accommodations offer 180-degree Pacific Ocean views, immersing guests in the spirit of California.
The resort is also home to San Diego's most highly-anticipated destination, SEA180º. This contemporary coastal tavern is led by Cohn Restaurant Group, operators of some of the city's hottest restaurants. The boldly-hued indoor space features Philippe Beltran-designed décor, sky-high glass windows, a large restaurant patio and a rooftop space with 360-degree views.
In addition to exceptional dining, amenities and spacious accommodations, Pier South Resort will also feature a full service spa by Dames Day Spa.
Each of its 620-square-foot suites showcases clean design, refined textures and seamless technology, plus custom appointments and textiles, floor-to-ceiling windows, separate living areas, private balconies and ocean views.
As a LEED Silver-Certified property, Pier South Resort will utilize water conservation technologies and harness the California sun for solar cooling and heating. The property is also a major advocate for beach conservation and nearby wildlife sanctuaries, and also offers guided hikes for guests.
Hotel Chicago - Chicago, Illinois
Formerly the Hotel Sax and representing Autograph Collection's debut in Chicago, Hotel Chicago pays homage to the very best of the "Windy City." The hotel's artistic décor and eclectic surroundings provide a perfect backdrop for its setting in the city's downtown River North area. Guests can step right outside the hotel door to experience Chicago's very best restaurants, entertainment and nightlife including the legendary House of Blues. Activities unique to its prime River North location also include kayaking in the Chicago River, architectural boat tours, and world-class shopping on the Magnificent Mile.
Hilton Worldwide opens Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort
Hilton Worldwide has announced the official opening of the 265-room Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort, formerly known as Al Hamra Fort & Beach Resort, following an extensive two-year refurbishment.
Starwood Hotels' Aloft brand to launch in Sarasota
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced that its Aloft brand plans to debut in Sarasota, Florida in August 2015. Owned by a joint venture between JWM One Palm Avenue, LLC and iStar Financial, Aloft Sarasota will offer 139 loft-like rooms.
Hotel amenities will include an outdoor Splash pool, W XYZbar, 24-hour fitness center and 610 square feet of flexible meeting space for both business meetings and social gatherings.
New Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel opens in Owensboro
Hampton Hotels has announced the official opening of its newest property, the 150-room Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Owensboro/Waterfront.
Rotana Hotel Management suspends agreement with resort in Syria
Rotana Hotel Management Corporation PJSC has announced the suspension of their Agreement with Afamia Tourist Resort Company for the management of Afamia Rotana Resort in Latakia, Syria. The breakout of political unrest in Syria has placed severe restrictions on Rotana in respect to the operation of Afamia Rotana Resort.
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando completes $22 million renovation
The most extensive renovation in the history of Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando is now complete. From the artistic facade of the buildings to its 750 guest rooms and suites, the new look reflects the upscale resort of Portofino, Italy and its historic harbor along the Italian Riviera. Guest rooms were completely renovated from top to bottom, with all-new furnishings, beds, window treatments and artwork.
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