Hospitality
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2/23/2018

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.

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2/23/2018

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.

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2/23/2018

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.

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Seaport District
2/23/2018

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.

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2/23/2018

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.

2/23/2018

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.

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2/23/2018

Developers are pitching a 94-key boutique hotel in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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Curbed
2/22/2018

Four bars, including a rooftop pool watering hole, will be featured at the Austin Marriott Downtown, due to open in 2020. White Lodging will operate this addition to the Texas capital's hotel boom.

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2/22/2018

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.

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2/22/2018

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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KHON-TV (Honolulu)