Articles tagged “boutique hotels”

Tokyo’s Iconic Okura Hotel Is Back With $1 Billion Makeover

Tokyo’s Iconic Okura Hotel Is Back With $1 Billion Makeover

Reed Stevenson, Bloomberg

The famed hotel is best known for hosting foreign leaders, including U.S. presidents. But the rebuild, featuring two new buildings, also offers owners the opportunity to benefit from other mixed-use real estate developments scheduled in the area.

4 days ago

Nobu Now Sees Lodging as Its ‘Speedboat’

Nobu Now Sees Lodging as Its ‘Speedboat’

Danni Santana, Skift

With 18 hotels signed, opened, or under construction, Nobu Hotels is growing its hotel portfolio rapidly. But the chain is focused only on major global markets.

1 month ago

The Standard Hotels’ One Night to Launch New App Where Customers Operate as Travel Advisors

The Standard Hotels’ One Night to Launch New App Where Customers Operate as Travel Advisors

Danni Santana, Skift

Crowdsourcing the booking process, if you will, is a smart strategy to make guests feel involved in the business.

1 month ago

Skift Global Forum Preview: Publicis Exec Tobaccowala Says Human Connection More Important Than Ever

Skift Global Forum Preview: Publicis Exec Tobaccowala Says Human Connection More Important Than Ever

Isaac Carey, Skift

Experiences are increasingly central to travel. This means travel companies should pay special attention to long-term values like relationships, authenticity, and emotional connection while also not forgetting about the bottom line.

2 months ago

Best Western Doubles Down on Boutique Hotels

Best Western Doubles Down on Boutique Hotels

Danni Santana, Skift

One could find Best Western's boutique hotel strategy confusing on price comparisons, but it’s the customer’s choice if they want to pay for the experience.

3 months ago

The Man Who Puts the Sparkle in the Baccarat Hotel

The Man Who Puts the Sparkle in the Baccarat Hotel

Laura Powell, Skift

When your brand is all about high-quality, custom-crafted crystal, you'd better be sure that the message shines throughout any product extensions. To uphold and safeguard Baccarat's identity, enter the glass attendant.

3 months ago

What Luxury Hospitality Can Learn From These First-Time Hoteliers

What Luxury Hospitality Can Learn From These First-Time Hoteliers

Colin Nagy, Skift

Ambitious first-time hoteliers are forging some of the most intriguing hospitality experiences. The power of the beginner's imagination combined with knowledge and passion from other industries is adding up to exactly what the most jaded travelers want.

3 months ago

Airbnb Tests Hotel Integration by Adding Some HotelTonight Partners

Airbnb Tests Hotel Integration by Adding Some HotelTonight Partners

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It will be tremendously complex for Airbnb to transition from an alternative accommodations site into one that also offers lots of hotels. The coming business model changes and technology challenges will get sorted out, but it will be rocky for quite some time.

4 months ago

Why Is It Getting Harder for Boutique Hotel Brands to Expand in Asia?

Why Is It Getting Harder for Boutique Hotel Brands to Expand in Asia?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Boutique American and European hotel brands aim to expand in Asia, but will soon realize it’s more difficult than they imagined, and it’s only going to get harder. Here’s why, and how they can make a go of it.

10 months ago

Michelin Guide Owner Buys Tablet Hotels to Build a Travel Business

Michelin Guide Owner Buys Tablet Hotels to Build a Travel Business

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Tablet Hotels found itself a world-class strategic buyer to propel its growth. Tablet as part of Michelin will face huge marketing hurdles, and the challenge of trying to reshape Michelin's legacy guide offerings.

10 months ago

Ian Schrager on How Hotels Get Technology Wrong

Ian Schrager on How Hotels Get Technology Wrong

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The hospitality industry shouldn't forget its humanity, while continuing to innovate - just in a sensible and appropriate way. Strong message.

12 months ago

Best Western Debuts Two New Boutique Hotel Brands

Best Western Debuts Two New Boutique Hotel Brands

Deanna Ting, Skift

There's been a sea change in terms of how new boutique hotel brands are named: Instead of recycling other brand names (ahem, Clarion Pointe) and looking to active adjectives (hello, Avid and Tru), we've now entered the era of brands on a first-name basis.

12 months ago