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First Ski Resort for Hilton Worldwide Resorts the new Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa opens Hilton Hotels Corporation has announced the opening of the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa, the area’s premier new ski resort and the first ski resort for Hilton Worldwide Resorts. “The new Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa is a world-class addition to our growing collection of Hilton Worldwide Resorts, offering outstanding access to skiing and outdoor recreation in the breathtaking resort town of Whistler,” said Jeff Diskin, senior vice president, Hilton Brand Management, Hilton Hotels Corporation. “After a long day of skiing, guests will enjoy the inviting service and hospitality of the gracious staff, along with an array of comfort features designed to tend to their every wish.” The Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa is owned and managed by WW Hotels Limited Partnership, and operated under a franchise license agreement with Hilton Inns, Inc., a franchising subsidiary of Beverly Hills-based Hilton Hotels Corporation.
JW Marriott Mumbai launches new 'Quan Spa' Some cultures recognize that the place where rivers meet is a special place where natural energy flourishes. Although now one landmass, three centuries ago the seven islands of Mumbai were linked by natural harbors, creeks and lakes. The newly opened Quan Spa at the JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai aims to recreate those special places by harnessing the natural healing forces of water and combining these with life enhancing therapies to help guests relax. Drawing inspiration from Ayurveda, “The Science of Life” that has existed in India for over 6,000 years and traditional western health, wellness and beauty rituals, spa guests at Quan will be spoiled with a choice of treatments each designed to have a positive effect on mind and body. The name Quan comes from the Chinese word meaning “the source of pure water”. True to its name at Quan guests find Vichy showers, baths and a product range from Thalgo, based on ingredients from the ocean. The Ayurvedic and Western body and face treatments are complemented by a range of Lifestyle Therapies including Yoga, Pranayama, Ayurvedic Nutrition Analysis and Meditation. The Spa - Quan Mumbai is the first urban spa retreat for the spa group. Complementing the resort spas in Sanya (China), Koh Samui (Thailand) and the soon to be opened flagship spa in Bali (Indonesia), the spa comprises a 3200 square feet (297 sq meters) tranquility zone where guests are encouraged to leave their decision making at the door. Designed in collaboration with Zoran Dzunic, the spa successfully integrates design with operational use. The adage “form follows function” can be seen in all areas of the spa from the reception and waiting areas through to the treatments rooms.
Opening of Castello Del Nero, a Luxury Hotel and Spa. The Castello del Nero, a 5 star luxury hotel and Spa, is located in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, the heart of the Chianti area in Tuscany. The panoramic position of the Castello, overlooking its 400 hectare private estate of vineyards, olive groves, woods and lakes, offers spectacular views of the Tuscan countryside all around. Although only a short drive from the major cities as Florence, Siena and Pisa, the Castello del Nero is an island of peace and tranquility. This XII century castle, in origin a country residence of the noble Florentine family Del Nero later passed to the Marquis Torrigiani, has undergone a complete restoration following the design created by the renowned Architect Alain Marthens. The Castello del Nero will now welcome its guests with 50 rooms, of which 18 suites, all one of a kind. The hotel and the rooms offer a high quality in service and comfort combined with the state of the art technology. Antique frescoes, now brought back to their past splendors, decorate both suites and common areas. All rooms feature internet access by television key board or high speed direct connection, LCD televisions in the rooms and also in some bathrooms, video & music on demand, climate control and lighting control, further to Minibar, in room safe, elegant Egyptian cottons, bathrobes & slippers, cashmere bed blankets. The La Torre Restaurant suggest a unique gastronomic experience, with produce grown on its own land and home made bakery. The Bar offers a magical atmosphere to discover the wide selection of pre and after dinner drinks. Guests may enjoy the outside terraces and gardens and visit the private Chapel.
Marriott International buys Munich hotel from the Blackstone Group Marriott International has acquired the 4-Star Marriott Hotel in Berliner Strasse in Munich from The Blackstone Group. Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels advised the Blackstone Group on the sale. The 348-room hotel opened in 1990 and is strategically located in the north of Munich, near Parkstadt Schwabing. The Blackstone Group purchased the property in 2003 and Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels advised the original vendor on this sale.
Schrager Eyeing Historic NYC Building For Mixed-Use Hotel Project Ian Schrager is set to make another hotel development splash here in concert with developer Aby Rosen, according to a report that the pair is forming an agreement to convert the former MetLife headquarters at 1 Madison Ave. into a hotel and condominium complex. Reportedly selling the property to Schrager and Rosen is SL Green, which acquired the century-old building in March for $918 million. Currently, Credit Suisse First Boston occupies the building. Not including its common areas, the project will measure about 174,000 square feet.
InterContinental Hotels Group announced today the opening of Mexico's first Staybridge Suites hotel in Monterrey. "The introduction of the Staybridge Suites hotel concept in Mexico underscores our development success in the U.S. and the consistent above-market performance of Staybridge Suites and the extended stay segment overall," said Robert Radomski, vice president of brand management, Staybridge Suites. "In the U.S., Staybridge Suites' growth and development is outpacing our segment's average and we are sustaining high customer satisfaction scores." Plans for further expansion of Staybridge Suites outside the U.S. include developments in Puebla, Mexico; Canada and the United Kingdom. Guests at the Staybridge Suites Monterrey-San Pedro can choose from two suite options (one-bedroom and two-bedroom). All suites feature fully equipped kitchens, in-room DVD/CD players, functional, well-lit work stations with ergonomic seating, data ports, two-line speaker phone with voicemail and direct dial access and high-speed internet access is also available at no charge. The newly renovated hotel offers several unique amenities such as complimentary guest laundry and workout facilities, outdoor pool, same day laundry and valet, free parking, deluxe complimentary daily breakfast buffet, which features a rotating selection of hot items, a 24-hour convenience store and a 24-hour business services center. In addition, guests will enjoy gathering in the hotel's Great Room for evening "Sundowner" receptions three days a week for refreshments, light appetizers and conversation. The hotel is located in Monterrey's most exclusive business and financial district known as Del Valle of San Pedro Garza Garcia. Several key businesses are close by, such as American Express and General Electric. The popular shopping area known as Centrito Valle is just minutes from the hotel while Plaza Sesamo Park and Museo del Vidrio are just a short drive from the hotel. The Staybridge Suites Monterrey-San Pedro is owned and managed by Operadora de Suites, S.A. de C.V., under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group. Telephone: (52-81) 81731000; Facsimile: (52-81) 81731001. The hotel was formerly known as San Pedro Suites.
Barcelo Hotels & Resorts Announces the December 23rd Grand Opening of its Two New Luxury Five-Star Hotels at the Riviera Maya Barcelo Hotels & Resorts announces its two new five-star all-inclusive luxury Riviera Maya Hotels will celebrate their grand opening as scheduled on December 23rd. "We are delighted that these beautiful new properties are opening in time for the holiday season," said Oscar Serrano, Commercial Director for Barcelo Hotels & Resorts. "The Barcelo Riviera Maya Resort is operating at full service having escaped any major weather damage this summer. Our beaches are pristine, our hotels are beautiful, and our staff is looking forward to welcoming winter travelers escaping cold weather for the beautiful tropical climate of the Riviera Maya," added Serrano.The new Barcelo Maya Colonial Beach and The Barcelo Maya Tropical Beach Hotels join the popular Barcelo Maya Beach and the Barcelo Maya Caribe Beach Hotels to create one of the area's most beautiful and comprehensive all- inclusive resort destination properties. The Barcelo Maya Colonial Beach and the Barcelo Maya Tropical Beach are adjacent to the two existing Barcelo Hotels, and enjoy more than one mile of private white sand beach overlooking the crystalline turquoise Caribbean waters and a protected coral reef. The new luxury Hotels offer one of the most activity oriented all- inclusive programs in Mexico. In addition to full meal service in a selection of gourmet restaurants, house cocktails in a wide array of lounges, and complimentary mini-bar refreshments, guests can enjoy water sports and activities including a complimentary scuba diving lesson; use of the fitness center; unlimited tennis and court games; horseback riding, miniature golf and a driving range (a nine-hole golf course is less than two miles from the resort). The new hotels also offer a state-of-the-art spa in which relaxing spa services and treatments are available to guests for a minimal charge. For nightly entertainment there is a new spectacular theater that is home to a live orchestra, and dance and musical extravaganzas.
Taj Hotels Make Debut In Australia The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) announced the purchase of a 100 room, five-year old hotel, located in close proximity to the central business district of Woolloomooloo Bay, Sydney. The hotel is currently operated by the Starwood Group and is amongst the top five hotels in Sydney. The acquisition price was Australian $36 million. The Taj Hotels' re-branding and management of the hotel will begin by early February 2006. The hotel will be operated under its own brand. The Taj had in July this year, taken over the legendary Pierre hotel in New York. The foray into Australia now represents yet another step of the Indian hotel major into another part of the world, reflecting the Tata Group's strategic intent of becoming a global force. Mr. Raymond Bickson, Managing Director & CEO, The Indian Hotels Company Limited, said, 'We are delighted to make our debut in Australia with this wonderful hotel located in the up-market business district of Sydney.'
Omni To Pipe Fragrance Into Hotels Omni Hotels has signed a nationwide agreement with ScentAir to incorporate ScentAir’s scent machines and a signature fragrance into each of the brand’s properties. Omni chose a fragrance with elements of lemongrass and green tea as its signature fragrance and will be incorporating the scent into each of its 40 hotels and resorts
Kimpton Buys Arizona Resort Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Group has acquired the Caleo Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz. The purchase is part of Kimpton’s strategy to buy $450 million in hotel properties over the next two years
Hilton Announces Sale of 782-Room Hilton Portland & Executive Tower Hilton Hotels Corporation announced that it has sold the 782-room Hilton Portland & Executive Tower in Oregon to CHIEF Portland Hotel LLC on behalf of an institutional investor for approximately $83.8 million. Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC advised the purchaser on this transaction. The hotel will continue to operate as a Hilton branded property and will be managed by Hilton Hotels Corporation under a long-term management agreement.
Hilton Announces Sale of 357-Room Hilton San Diego Resort Mission Bay Hilton Hotels Corporation (NYSE:HLT) announced that it has sold the 357-room Hilton San Diego Resort Mission Bay in California to LaSalle Hotel Properties for approximately $90.3 million. It is estimated that the new ownership will spend $8 million in additional capital to upgrade the property. The hotel will continue to operate as a Hilton branded property under the terms of a 20-year franchise agreement.
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