Hyatt Hotels' World of Hyatt loyalty program now includes more than 300 properties of Small Luxury Hotels of the World in an expansion of the companies' partnership. Hyatt operates more than 750 hotels globally, while Small Luxury Hotels of the World has more than 500.
The Las Vegas hotel industry scored a coup while its San Francisco counterpart took a multimillion-dollar hit as Oracle shifted its annual OpenWorld convention to Caesars Forum for the next three years. The tech company pointed to San Francisco's high hotel rates and subpar street maintenance, and industry observers say the move could have a wide ripple effect on local hospitality.
The 500-room Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre Hotel has been purchased by a unit of retirement and investment fund manager TIAA. One of North Dallas' largest hotels, the tower has been held by lenders since last year following the previous owner's default on a $75 million loan.
The developer of the Mondrian Park Avenue in New York City has secured $135 million in financing from KeyBank Real Estate Capital and Fidelis Asset Management of South Korea. Moin Development, part of the Moinian Group, opened the 20-story hotel, converted from a 15-story office building, in 2017.
SparTea The Pink Door Day Spa in Baltimore provides spa experiences to children, including manicures, pedicures, yoga and, of course, tea parties. "It's so important that they feel good about themselves and they can go somewhere to be treated like a princess," owner Sarita Murray says.
The Grand Spa at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City features a full lineup of services including the Sugar Body Polish treatment and Custom CBD massage. The Sleep Ritual Massage and the HydraFacial are among the recommended treatment options.
Archimedes Banya, the Claremont Club & Spa and EOS Massage top this list of 7x7's recommended spa getaways in the San Francisco area. The spa at Farmhouse Inn and the Korean-style Imperial Spa also made the list.
With "silent" methods of sales, such as boilerplate email proposals, yielding fairly low closing rates for hotels, trainer Doug Kennedy recommends a "tech and touch" approach. The key, he says, is upping your game with personalized, one-on-one video emails.
Billionaire Andrew Forrest hopes to hatch a luxury eco-tourism resort in the remote, biodiverse Ningaloo World Heritage area in Western Australia, spending more than $100 million on tourism and marine research. "The resort will meet accommodation gaps in the market whilst offering something for everyone with world class eco-resort facilities unique to the natural landscape," he says.