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.

  • Marriott brings its Executive Apartments to South Africa with dual-brand Johannesburg property
  • IHG’s Hotel Indigo boutique and lifestyle brand set for Arabian Gulf debut
  • Hyatt reveals plans for its Unbound Collection to grow its Americas footprint
  • Whitbread adds more than 1,000 new hotel bedrooms in the first two months of the year and has a healthy outlook for the UK and Ireland market
  • News briefs – bitesize updates of latest industry news and developments

Marriott brings its Executive Apartments to South Africa with dual-brand Johannesburg property

Marriott International has opened its Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch and Marriott Executive Apartments Johannesburg Melrose Arch properties, marking the debut of the Executive Apartments concept in South Africa and the first purpose-built Marriott Hotel in the country. Owned and developed by the Amdec Group, the hotel and apartments are situated in the bustling Melrose Arch Precinct and provide a premium destination for business travellers and a fully serviced extended stay destination. The Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch features 306 guest rooms, including 10 Junior Suites, and is the first Marriott property in South Africa to showcase the brand’s new design touchpoints. The Marriott Executive Apartments Johannesburg Melrose Arch is housed on the upper floors of the new build and features 84 fully sized and equipped apartments, ranging from one-, two- and three-bedroom units, for travellers seeking longer stay accommodation.


IHG’s Hotel Indigo boutique and lifestyle brand set for Arabian Gulf debut

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) will add a new neighbourhood to its boutique and lifestyle brand Hotel Indigo when its first ever hotel in the Arabian Gulf opens in summer 2020. The flagship Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown property will open its doors along the banks of the Dubai Creek, minutes away from Burj Khalifa and just a stone’s throw from a number of iconic landmarks and attractions, including one of the world’s largest retail hubs, The Dubai Mall. As per its brand strategy, each of the 269 rooms at the property will be inspired by the story of Dubai Creek– through wallpaper created by local artists, bespoke shisha lamps or the wardrobes with carved wooden doors, hand-crafted in Mashrabiya style with a modern twist. As part of the Hotel Indigo brand ethos to support local creatives, the hotel will include over 200 pieces of art and local design as well as intricately locally designed carpet that adorns the hotel floors.


Hyatt reveals plans for its Unbound Collection to grow its Americas footprint

The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand currently includes more than 20 unique hotels – located in key destinations around the world – each with their own distinct story. Ranging from historic landmarks to tropical resorts and new builds, they are designed to captivate travellers looking for premium and luxury experiences. New openings across the Americas region signifies Hyatt’s commitment to grow this offering. Building on the historic Chicago Athletic Association landmark property located in the heart of Chicago’s business and cultural district that joined the brand in Nov-2019, the storied Carmel Valley Ranch, a 500-acre all-suite resort tucked in the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains on the Monterey Peninsula, joined The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand in Jan-2020. Mar Monte Hotel, located just minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, nestled between the rugged Santa Ynez range and pristine Santa Barbara beach, is set to join the collection in Spring 2020, rebranding from Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara after an extensive renovation. The 200-room hotel has been reimagined to establish a style of contemporary Santa Barbara with classic Spanish-influenced design. Two additional properties within The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand that are set to open in the US in 2020 and 2021, respectively, include the 144-room restored landmark property, Hotel Kansas City, in Kansas City and a 64-room boutique hotel in Hollywood. Both properties are currently being restored to their original beginnings, with a focus on providing extraordinary architectural details for guests looking to feel inspired. Outside the US, latest development agreements also include plans for Hotel La Compañia in Panama City, Panama, which will be nestled within the heart of Casco Viejo (Spanish for “Old Quarter”), a UNESCO World Heritage site. Expected to open in 2021, the 88-room hotel is set to become the brand’s first property in Panama.


Whitbread adds more than 1,000 new hotel bedrooms in the first two months of the year and has a healthy outlook for the UK and Ireland market

Whitbread Plc, the owner of the Premier Inn and hub by Premier Inn hotel chains, sees the potential for 110,000 Premier Inn and hub by Premier Inn bedrooms in the UK and Ireland. The business expects to open approximately 2,500 net new hotel rooms across the UK in its 2019/20 financial year and has 12,000 rooms in its UK committed development pipeline. Already this year it has opened nine new Premier Inn hotels and extended several strongly performing existing hotels, adding more than 1,000 new hotel bedrooms to its portfolio. The new openings included the first hub by Premier Inn hotel outside of Central London at West Brompton, west London; the first Premier Inn hotel at the popular ski-resort of Aviemore in Scotland; as well as new openings in Penzance, Cornwall on Newquay Seafront in Devon and in popular market towns including Berwick-upon-Tweed, Buckingham and Haywards Heath. It also added a first Premier Inn at Oxford Airport (Kidlington) adjacent to the expanding Oxford Science Park, and a new 85-bedroom property in New Southgate in Enfield, while its extensions programme added more than 300 rooms at established Premier Inn hotels across the UK including at Glastonbury, Rugby, Nottingham, Inverness, Edinburgh and Norwich.


News briefs

  • Corinthia Hotels has signed an agreement with United Development Company (UDC), the Qatari master developer of The Pearl in Doha, to manage and operate a luxury Corinthia property to be built in UDC’s newest flagship real estate development, Gewan Island. The property will feature 110 guest rooms, a 1000-person banquet hall, several restaurants and a luxurious spa facility.
  • The upscale Crowne Plaza London Kingston riverside property has reopened after major renovation. The 121-bedroom hotel has undergone a major transformation to all areas, including an extension of the reception area into an open plan lobby. The hotel is owned and operated by Sun Hotel Limited in a franchise agreement with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).
  • A new 95-room Fairfield by Marriott hotel was officially opened in in Coppell, Texas in early Feb-2020. Located at 1150 Northpoint Drive, the Fairfield by Marriott Inn & Suites DFW Airport North/Coppell Grapevine will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned and managed by Chase Hospitality.
  • The Fives Hotels & Residences, a collection of All Senses Inclusive hotels located in Riviera Maya, has confirmed its third property, The Fives Oceanfront Puerto Morelos, will open from Jul-2020. Set in a quaint fishing village just 15 minutes from the Cancun International Airport, the 94 suites property will feature spacious residential style suites and penthouses with one, two, and three-bedrooms.
  • Georgia’s Association of Hotels and Restaurants said hotels in the country’s capital city of Tbilisi recorded cancellation levels of 80% to 90% of reservations for Mar-2020 and Apr-2020. According to its head, Shalva Alaverdashvili “the industry in nearly on the verge of bankruptcy”. The country’s minister of economy and sustainable development, Natia Turnava, has said the country is losing GEL30 million (EUR9.8 million) monthly due to the suspension of nonstop services to China and Iran following the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Sumitomo Real Estate plans to open a hotel, bus terminal, shopping centre and event hall complex named Haneda Airport Garden connected to Tokyo Haneda Airport terminal 3 in the second-half of Apr-2020. Haneda Airport Garden will house one 160 room hotel, one 1557 room hotel, 60 retail outlets and 30 restaurants.
  • InterContinental Hotels Group has signed of a management agreement with PT Wijaya Karya Realty (WIKA Realty) to open the new build Holiday Inn Balikpapan slated to open in 2021. The 300-room hotel will form part of a mixed-use development called Tamansari Skylounge Balikpapan which comprises of a residential tower and the hotel. It will be located in the seaport city of East Kalimantan on the east coast of Borneo island.
  • RIOgaleao, in partnership with Emirates Airline, Rio de Janeiro Convention and Visitors Bureau and associated local hotels are developing a Rio de Janeiro stopover programme, allowing passengers to extend their connections in the Brazilian city free of charge.
  • The TownePlace Suites by Marriott Naples new 131-suite hotel has opened on the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida. Located at 5425 Juliet Boulevard, it will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by Lynwood Suites and managed by Toole Companies of Lenox, Massachusetts.
  • Budget hotel chain, Travelodge, has completed a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the Gosport Travelodge, the company’s 589th hotel and its 19th property in Hampshire. The 70-room property is located in the High Street close to the ferry terminal and represents a GBP6.5 million investment for third party investors. It is the first of two hotels the chain is opening in the county this year and will be followed by a 152-room Travelodge Plus hotel in Portsmouth, which will open this summer next to the city’s main railway station and is scheduled to open this summer.
  • Tribute Portfolio, Marriott’s new collection of characterful independent hotels, continues to expand its European footprint with the opening of Gekko House, the brand’s second hotel in Germany and first in Frankfurt. The 128-room urban-designed hotel is situated in the heart of Frankfurt’s up-and-coming Gallus district known for its converted warehouses and factories, which is now home to eclectic music venues and theatres.