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Ace Hotel in LA retains historic grandeur while adding new amenities
Downtown Los Angele's Ace Hotel has just opened in a renovated historic high-rise and features a lavish 1,600-seat movie palace that was once home to Hollywood's glitterati.
Each Ace room will feature custom Revo radios with globally curated music streams, Rudy's Barbershop and Pearl+ bath products. Select rooms will feature a record player and a stash of vinyl for guest enjoyment, an Ace signature.
Chesapeake Lodging Trust announces new Hyatt Hotel for its New York Midtown Hotel
Chesapeake Lodging has entered into a Franchise Agreement with a Hyatt affiliate to convert its current property located at 30-32 West 31st Street, New York, NY to the Hyatt Herald Square in the third quarter of 2014. Conversion of the property is expected to occur following the completion of a comprehensive six million dollar renovation. Property operation will close throughout the renovation project which is expected to begin in August and conclude by the end of September 2014.
The design plans are being developed by Paul Vega, founder of VLDG designs of New York and will capitalize on the hotel's proximity to the Herald Square neighborhood and the nearby Fashion District of Manhattan.
The transformational plans include an all-inclusive renovation to each of the 122-guestrooms with custom furniture pieces, new softgoods and seating and extrinsic art influences from the local region. The first floor will be transformed into an intimate upscale lobby and food and beverage experience with gathering spaces geared toward the discerning business and leisure traveler seeking convenient access to business demand generators and the plentiful leisure attractions of Manhattan.
Ducks to march in new cities as Peabody Hotels brand spreads its wings
Belz Enterprises announced that it has established Peabody Hotels & Resorts, a hotel and resort management venture that will leverage the success of the Peabody brand. The Memphis, Tennessee, based company is moving into asset/brand management within the luxury hotel segment and will begin seeking hotels in primary markets throughout the U.S. to become Peabody-branded hotels, a distinction that comes with a team of Peabody Marching Ducks.
Belz Enterprises will continue to own and operate The Peabody Memphis just as it has since the Belz family purchased the historic hotel in 1975, restored and reopened it in 1981. "The Peabody Memphis will be the flagship property of Peabody Hotels & Resorts, one that all future hotels under our management will be modeled after," said Douglas V. Browne, President, Peabody Hotels & Resorts.
Moving forward, Peabody Hotels & Resorts will begin researching and evaluating properties that have potential to become a Peabody branded hotel. Under the management of Peabody Hotels & Resorts, properties would not only take on the Peabody name, but adopt the core standards, values and traditions such as the Peabody Service Excellence culture of service. Also, like the flagship property, The Peabody Memphis, each hotel would become home to five North American mallard ducks that would continue the 80-year tradition of the March of the Peabody Ducks.
"We'll be looking for independently-owned properties in the full-service, luxury sector that are looking to gain a unique presence within their market. We're eager to work with hotel owners that want to be partners in this process and see their properties fitting within the Peabody brand and carrying the Peabody name. And, of course, that includes our brand ambassadors, the world famous Peabody Marching Ducks," said Browne.
Browne also announced the promotion of Craig Smith, Director of Sales & Marketing for The Peabody Memphis, to Vice President of Brand Development for Peabody Hotels & Resorts. Smith is charged with aggressively pursuing and vetting hotel properties that meet the company's requirements.
Sofitel Fiji launches new luxury family rooms
To further enhance its family appeal, the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa has launched a new Luxury Family room category for families looking to stay in style and upgrade on their next Fijian holiday
The new Luxury Family room is suited to families who enjoy outdoor living and offers extra space, freedom and entertainment options. Geared towards those travelling with kids, Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa's 16 new Luxury Family rooms are located on the ground floor with direct access to the beach, lawn and the world-famous lagoon pool.
Each Luxury Family room also features floor to ceiling sliding glass doors which open out to a personal outdoor entertainment area, complete with timber decking and furniture to encourage time outside in the tropics.
Sofitel's Luxury Family rooms complement the nine Superior Family Rooms available upstairs on the first floor. Both Family room categories provide one Sofitel MyBed Queen Bed, plus bunk-bed style single beds. The family room children's area comes with bean bags, playstation3, separate dedicated LCD TV and individual reading lights to minimise disruption by late night book worms.
As part of the upgrade, Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa has updated and refurbished all 132 Superior rooms at the resort, in addition to its existing Family rooms and suites.
Sofitel's lagoon style pool area has also been enhanced with new shade sails offering protection from the midday sun, complemented by new poolside furniture and mattresses, perfect for unwinding after a massage at the resort's onsite Mandara Spa.
In line with its room update, technology enhancements at the Sofitel Fiji include new complimentary Wi-Fi facilities available throughout the resort including all of the conference and event venues, lobby, restaurants, bar and poolside areas.
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