Articles tagged “boutique hotels”

Tourists Drift From Overexposed Aspen to Carbondale for Local Flavor

Tourists Drift From Overexposed Aspen to Carbondale for Local Flavor

Alex Schechter, Bloomberg

Anyone else have trouble telling the difference between midsize American cities? Seattle, Portland, Austin, Minneapolis, whatever, let's go to Carbondale then, until its distillery inn makes it the next Aspen, then we'll push the same design elements onto some other town.

1 day ago

The First W Hotel Is No Longer a W Hotel

The First W Hotel Is No Longer a W Hotel

Patrick Clark, Bloomberg

It's particularly bittersweet that the hotel largely responsible for bringing boutique lodging into the mainstream no longer bears the "W" brand. Its fate also serves as a cautionary tale for hoteliers on maintaining relevancy in hospitality: Just because you were cool before doesn't mean you always will be.

1 month ago

Airbnb Makes Its Battle Against Booking and Expedia Official With New Hotel Campaign

Airbnb Makes Its Battle Against Booking and Expedia Official With New Hotel Campaign

Deanna Ting, Skift

The battle for online travel dominance began long ago, but now it's really getting serious. Count this as Airbnb's official opening shot toward Booking and Expedia.

3 months ago

A Boutique Hotelier’s Perspective on Co-Working and the Future of Hospitality

A Boutique Hotelier’s Perspective on Co-Working and the Future of Hospitality

Deanna Ting, Skift

The beauty of Ennismore's flagship brand, The Hoxton hotels, is how it distills what the original boutique hotel pioneers did, but makes it relevant to today's audiences on a more equitable, democratic scale. CEO Sharan Pasricha's approach to hospitality — an outsider's perspective, if you will — is equally refreshing.

3 months ago

This Is How Airbnb Plans to Win Over Hotels

This Is How Airbnb Plans to Win Over Hotels

Deanna Ting, Skift

Oh, how times have changed. Instead of feeling threatened by Airbnb, some hotels are being wooed by the company. Online travel agencies, on the other hand, are about to get a taste of what it feels like to be disrupted by the likes of Airbnb.

4 months ago

Breaking Away From the Boutique Hotel Hype Formula

Breaking Away From the Boutique Hotel Hype Formula

Colin Nagy, Skift

To avoid the sugar high and then the inevitable crash when launching a new property, brands need to adopt a mindset of reciprocity and be a participant, and not a drain on the artistic ecosystem of a city.

5 months ago

The Bahamas Has Too Many Cruise Ships and Not Enough Hotel High Rollers

The Bahamas Has Too Many Cruise Ships and Not Enough Hotel High Rollers

Dan Peltier, Skift

Many cruise passengers sail because it's a more economical way to visit a destination. Caribbean countries like the Bahamas have known this for years and are getting more ambitious about trying to attract more flights — a perennial problem — and hoteliers that can help do a better job at growing their economies in the long term.

5 months ago

CEO Interview: Paligroup’s Avi Brosh on Growing Boutique Hotels in the Shadows of Big Brands

CEO Interview: Paligroup’s Avi Brosh on Growing Boutique Hotels in the Shadows of Big Brands

Deanna Ting, Skift

In some ways, building a boutique hotel brand isn't much different from when the first pioneers did it in the early 1980s. The only distinction is that today, the competition is certainly tougher and increasingly more abundant.

6 months ago

Study Hotels Founder on Why True Independence Matters More Than Ever

Study Hotels Founder on Why True Independence Matters More Than Ever

Deanna Ting, Skift

When everyone else in hospitality is going asset light or turning to soft brands, Study Hotels is content to do its own thing and at its own pace.

7 months ago

New York’s Plaza Hotel Quietly Took on New Investor With Ambition

New York’s Plaza Hotel Quietly Took on New Investor With Ambition

Miles Weiss, Bloomberg

Manhattan sometimes seems like a Monopoly game board for Middle Eastern princes. One of the world’s richest businessmen, Saudi Arabia's Alwaleed bin Talal, may soon be outplayed in control of The Plaza by Qatari Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani.

7 months ago

Pod Hotels Owner Is Thinking Small to Grow Big

Pod Hotels Owner Is Thinking Small to Grow Big

Deanna Ting, Skift

Boutique hotelier Richard Born is betting big on micro-hotels — and he isn't alone these days. Will most hotels going forward take the same approach? Or will hotel guests eventually tire of tiny rooms?

12 months ago

Interview: Kimpton CEO Sees IHG Helping to Propel Its International Expansion

Interview: Kimpton CEO Sees IHG Helping to Propel Its International Expansion

Deanna Ting, Skift

The hotel company that started the boutique hotels movement in the U.S. wants to set a precedent for scaling up — without losing its soul in the process. But can it succeed?

1 year ago