The Lord Baltimore Hotel in Maryland will allow guests to bring their pets along beginning March 1, provided the dogs are leashed and under 80 pounds. The $50 fee will cover special features such as a dog bed and food.
Known for its select-service specialty, Iowa-based Hawkeye Hotels is moving aggressively into the full-service sector. Raj Patel, chief development officer, said the chain plans investments in urban core markets including Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, St. Louis, New Orleans and Des Moines, Iowa.
A robot named YO2D2 has joined the staff of Yotel, the new micro-hotel in Boston's Seaport District. The machine performs a variety of functions, among them providing amenities and mingling with guests in social spaces.
US hotels are relying less on revenue from spas, parking lots and gift shops amid strong revenue growth from rooms since the 2008-09 recession. Revenue from rooms grew by 38.8% from 2010 to 2016, according to CBRE's annual Trends in the Hotel Industry survey.
The Chinese government has taken over beleaguered Anbang Insurance Group, owner of the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Anbang invested billions in overseas hotel assets.
A 112-key AC Hotel by Marriott is on track to open in summer 2019 in Little Rock, Ark. Work has already started to transform the historic Hall and Davidson buildings.
Developers are pitching a 94-key boutique hotel in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Buyers and banks demonstrated strong interest in independent hotels in 2017, with 125 being sold in the US, according to STR. Independent properties fetched an average per-room price of $202,000, compared to $190,000 for branded upper-upscale properties and $423,000 for luxury branded hotels.
Small is beautiful and personal at the 68-room boutique-style Equus hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii, which is home to an array of larger rivals. "[I]t allows us to set ourselves apart as a very individual and eclectic and iconic little property," owner Michael Dailey said.
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