CHECK OUT! – latest hotel highlights from across the globe

The Blue Swan Daily brings you the second of this week’s round up of some of the latest accommodation news from across the globe.

  • The Holiday Inn Lima Miraflores hotel bring IHG’s Peru property count to five
  • Mandarin Oriental confirms management of property in Dallas’ exclusive Turtle Creek neighbourhood
  • Hyatt Regency Manchester and Hyatt House Manchester openings are key for brand growth in the UK
  • Marriott signs deal to debut W Hotels brand in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula
  • News briefs – bitesize updates of latest industry news and developments

The Holiday Inn Lima Miraflores hotel bring IHG’s Peru property count to five

The opening of the Holiday Inn Lima Miraflores hotel, a new development located in the capital city’s vibrant, seaside neighbourhood of Miraflores, boosts the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) portfolio in Peru to five properties. The 17-storey property is owned by Grucaba S.A.C. and managed by IHG and is centrally located at Av Ricardo Palma 355 close to some of the city’s popular fine dining, entertainment and shopping venues as well as several cultural attractions. It features 200 guest rooms, including a penthouse suite, which offers amazing city views; a fully equipped business centre; an outdoor swimming pool on the hotel’s eighth floor; and a 24-hour fitness centre. The property also boasts more than 3,000 square feet of meeting and event space.


Mandarin Oriental confirms management of property in Dallas’ exclusive Turtle Creek neighbourhood

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a luxury hotel in Dallas, Texas. The project, which will also feature branded residences, is scheduled to open in 2022. The new development will comprise a 25-storey mixed-use tower located in the exclusive Turtle Creek neighbourhood. The project is within close proximity to the central business district and a number of cultural attractions including the Dallas Theatre Centre and Arts District. The Mandarin Oriental, Dallas will have 176 guestrooms and suites, four restaurants and bars including an all-day dining option, a lobby lounge, MO Bar and speciality restaurant. There will also be extensive meeting and function facilities and a spacious spa. Other recreational facilities include a fitness centre and an outdoor swimming pool. The tower will also house 100 luxurious Residences at Mandarin Oriental located on the upper floors of the building, all with city or park views.


Hyatt Regency Manchester and Hyatt House Manchester openings are key for brand growth in the UK

Hyatt Hotels has confirmed the opening of the Hyatt Regency Manchester and Hyatt House Manchester in the city’s landmark building “The Lume.” The openings represent a significant milestone for Hyatt’s growth, marking its debut in Manchester and the introduction of the extended stay Hyatt House brand in the UK. Situated in the Innovation District on the Oxford Road Corridor, both hotels are close to Manchester’s major transportation hubs and provide easy access to major attractions. The Hyatt Regency Manchester offers 212 guestrooms and suites, all featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with city views. The Hyatt House Manchester offers 116 studios and one-bedroom suites, all featuring fully equipped kitchens, free WiFi and dedicated living and working spaces.


Marriott signs deal to debut W Hotels brand in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

Marriott International has signed an agreement with Fibra Inn to bring the W Hotels brand to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The property is expected to rise on an oceanfront site in Playa del Carmen within walking distance to entertainment, upscale shopping and restaurants. The 218-room hotel is due to open in 2023, and according to Marriott will provide Playa del Carmen visitors “an exciting, new lodging option that embodies the W Hotels brand’s ‘work hard, play hard’ philosophy”.


News briefs

  • InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the opening of Crowne Plaza Dubai Marina hotel in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), part of its newly designed flagship properties designed to meet the needs of the modern business traveller. Located primely on the banks of Dubai Marina with direct access from the promenade, the 24 storey building occupies 3,037 square meters and boasts 273 hotel rooms including 61 Club Rooms and 32 suites, many offering panoramic views over the water.
  • Highview Development Group has met with the Des Moines Airport Authority board to propose the development of a USD225 million casino and hotel at Des Moines International airport, according to media reports. The proposed complex would include a 350 room hotel that is connected to the airport by a skywalk.
  • InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced a strategic partnership with long-standing partner Asset World Corporate (AWC) to manage a portfolio of properties across Thailand. The agreement will see the development of more than 1,200 rooms across Thailand, with the first signing confirmed as the 306-room InterContinental Chiang Mai Mae Ping. Under the structure of the agreement, further hotels in multiple popular destinations such as Chiang Mai, Bangkok and Hua Hin will be signed within three years.
  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has signed a management contract to manage, and ultimately brand, the iconic Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Group took over management of the property from 01-Jan-2020. It is its second hotel in the United Arab Emirates following the opening of Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai in early 2019. The hotel will be rebranded as a Mandarin Oriental property, following a phased renovation over two years, during which time the hotel will remain open.
  • The Millennium Central Mafraq, a four-star resort-style hotel located in the Al Mafraq area, round ten minutes away from Abu Dhabi International airport and close to Abu Dhabi landmarks, is now open. The property comprises of 242 rooms and apartments featuring modern Arabic décor.
  • Norway’s largest unleveraged real estate fund Storebrand Eiendomsfond Norge KS has acquired the Scandic Helsfyr, its second hotel purchase. Located in the Helsfyr neighborhood in Oslo, close to the E6 motorway passing towards Oslo city centre, it is currently being expanded and upon completion in autumn 2020 will become Scandic’s largest hotel in Norway with a total of 450 rooms.
  • The Six Senses London will rise from the former Whiteleys department store in Bayswater. The hotel, wellness club and spa marks the brand’s entry into the UK and will open with 110 guest rooms and suites.
  • Budget hotel chain Travelodge has concluded a GBP225,000 hotel refit at its London Greenwich property, which included work in all 90 en-suite rooms and public areas.  This investment is part of the next phase of Travelodge’s hotel refit programme following the company’s nationwide hotel modernisation programme to bring consistency and the company’s contemporary brand look to all of its UK hotels.
  • W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, has unveiled a new unisex amenity line in partnership with Italian-based luxury sustainable beauty brands Davines and /skin regimen/ of the Davines Group. From sink to spa, the new line-up of in-room hair and skin care (which replaces the brand’s long-time amenity partner, bliss) will be incorporated across all its properties.
  • UK hotel operator Whitbread has purchased the Snow Hill Police Station building from the City of London Corporation on a 151-year lease. The station has been declared surplus to operational requirements by the City of London Police, but they will remain in occupation potentially until Dec-2020 to allow time to decommission the building. Subject to planning permission, the property will be turned into a hub by Premier Inn hotel.