TweetMeliá wins contract to manage Real Madrid residence. Meliá Hotels International has won the contract to manage the Real Madrid Residence in Madrid, which includes a hotel facility where the first team of Real Madrid, the world’s most valuable sports franchise, according to Forbes, trains and stays over night prior to all matches that they play at their home stadium. PHG Hotels & Resorts acted in this project as hotel advisor to Real Madrid. “After evaluating a short list of luxury and boutique operators from Asia, Europe and the U.S., we finally selected Melia International to manage this property,” said Ivar Yuste, partner at PHG. Source: Hotels Mag
Starwood Introduces Aloft Brand. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.® (NYSE:HOT) today announced it will introduce its fast growing Aloft brand to Durham, North Carolina. Aloft Durham Downtown will break ground later this year with an opening scheduled for May 2015 in the revitalized American Tobacco Historic District, which celebrates its 10th anniversary next year. Owned by Davidson & Jones, the newly constructed Aloft hotel will cater to the next generation of travelers with 134 spacious, loft-like rooms, techforward innovation and a buzzing, social atmosphere in a prime downtown location between the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) and the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Source: Press release.
New B Resort To Open in Downtown Disney Area. B Hotels & Resorts introduces the first B Resort and lifestyle hotel to the Lake Buena Vista area, with a transformation of the former Royal Plaza hotel. A joint venture between InSite Group and Cube Capital, the B Resort, located in the Walt Disney World Resort will open early 2014 and showcase 394 completely redesigned guestrooms and public areas. Renovations are taking place throughout the property including the 25,000 sq. ft. of function space, common areas, pool and outdoor terrace, and will introduce an innovative culinary concept and full service spa to the Downtown Disney resort area. Source: Hotel Business
Hyatt Announces a Third Hyatt-Branded Hotel in Colombia. Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with Fideicomiso FAFP-Promover-Hotel Cali- Fiduciaria del País S.A. for a Hyatt Regency hotel in Santiago de Cali, Colombia. This agreement marks the third Hyatt-branded hotel under development in Colombia, joining Grand Hyatt Bogota and Hyatt Regency Cartagena, which are both slated to open in 2016. Source: Hotel Interactive