The St. Regis Istanbul, designed in the art deco style by Turkish architect Emre Arolat, will launch in Istanbul, Turkey, this month. The property's Iridium spa will offer seven treatment rooms, indoor pools and a hammam.
From the shopping-centric Mandarin Oriental to the youthful, beach-focused vibe at W Hotel Barcelona, luxury options abound for visitors to Barcelona. Among the other top hotels: Hotel Pulitzer, which attracts locals alongside tourists, and the Renaissance Barcelona Hotel, ideally situated for business travelers.
White Lodging Services says it plans to begin construction this fall on a 346-room dual-branded hotel in Denver. The 21-story building is scheduled to open in 2015 under the Hyatt Place and Hyatt House brands.
Speakers at last week's second annual Hotel Forecast and Digital Marketing Conference in San Diego said that hotels need to create useful, functional websites and mobile applications because travelers are using these tools to book rooms -- and leaving reviews based on their experiences with them. "You’ve got to have a major presence in all facets of digital marketing, as the digital tsunami era is here," said Robert A. Rauch of R.A. Rauch & Associates. "If you don’t have a major presence in transformational patterns like cloud-based marketing, mobile and social, you are losing leverage in wooing guests to book direct."