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Articles tagged “boutique hotels”

Best Western: A Hotels Anomaly Ripe for Change

Best Western: A Hotels Anomaly Ripe for Change

Nancy Trejos, Skift

Best Western's unique longstanding model gives much power to its member hotels. But as changes quickly alter the industry's landscape, can the chain still compete effectively under the old ways?

1 month ago

Ace Hotel Boutique Chain Consolidates Ownership After Years of Turmoil

Ace Hotel Boutique Chain Consolidates Ownership After Years of Turmoil

Nancy Trejos, Skift

Ace Hotel has finalized the consolidation of its ownership after years of disputes with the estate of late co-founder Alex Calderwood. Now that that's been settled, what will the boutique hotel chain concentrate on next?

3 months ago

High-End Hotels Opening in Historic Former Stock Exchange Buildings

High-End Hotels Opening in Historic Former Stock Exchange Buildings

Jennifer Parker, Bloomberg

Kudos to the hotel industry for finding a way to repurpose these architectural gems. Now there's something to get bullish about.

4 months ago

Providers of Trendy Meeting Venues Lure Planners Away from Boring Conference Halls

Providers of Trendy Meeting Venues Lure Planners Away from Boring Conference Halls

Isaac Carey, Skift

When it comes to meeting spaces, ambience is becoming almost as important as functionality. As event organizers move away from generic conference rooms, boutique event companies like Etc. Venues and Convene are starting to expand.

4 months ago

Pitching Personalized Boutique Meeting Spaces Over Cavernous Convention Halls

Pitching Personalized Boutique Meeting Spaces Over Cavernous Convention Halls

Isaac Carey, Skift

As the boutique trend sweeps the events industry, a handful of venue providers are jostling for top spot. London's Etc. Venues thinks its "laser focus" will allow it to stand out in the United States, but will it be able to compete with more established players like Convene?

4 months ago

Marriott’s Mission: Make W Hotels Cool Again

Marriott’s Mission: Make W Hotels Cool Again

Nancy Trejos, Skift

W Hotels were once the hottest hangouts in town but two decades after its creation, it has been overshadowed by its younger competitors. Marriott inherited the W Hotel brand when it bought Starwood in 2016. Now it's up to Marriott to make the W brand shine again.

4 months ago

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How Small, Independent Hotels Are Using Tech to Be More Competitive

How Small, Independent Hotels Are Using Tech to Be More Competitive

Expedia Group Lodging Partner Services + Skift

Independent hotels struggle to keep up with larger hotels and chains when it comes to adopting the latest technology, thanks to high costs and complexity of implementation. However, they stand to benefit substantially if they adopt the right systems.

5 months ago

Iconic Boutique Hotelier Liz Lambert Out at Standard’s Bunkhouse Group

Iconic Boutique Hotelier Liz Lambert Out at Standard’s Bunkhouse Group

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Standard Hotels buying into Bunkhouse Group seemed like a perfect match, one boutique hotel innovator investing in another. The goodwill seems to have soured since then, and it's difficult to know exactly what happens to the Bunkhouse brand without its founder.

6 months ago

Chicago Michelin Guide Highlights Dining in West Loop Neighborhood

Chicago Michelin Guide Highlights Dining in West Loop Neighborhood

Kate Krader, Bloomberg

Beyond the buzz of coveted stars, it's notable that The Hoxton's two restaurants have earned recognition from Michelin for quality value. The boutique lifestyle hotel's heavy emphasis on and investment in amenities seems to be paying off, just five months after opening.

6 months ago

The Boutique Hotel Trend Is Reaching College Campuses

The Boutique Hotel Trend Is Reaching College Campuses

Andrew Sessa, Bloomberg

Colleges are investing in upscale lodgings that reflect the brand of the school. This is a smart move to attract prospective faculty, donors, and students.

7 months ago

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.

7 months 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.

8 months ago