CHECK IN! – latest hotel highlights from across the globe

2 March, 2021

CTC - Corporate Travel Community brings you a round up of some of the latest accommodation and hospitality news from across the globe. Here's our first offering of the week.

  • Australia welcomes first Hotel Indigo in former Adelaide textile factory
  • Oetker Collection partners with Reuben Brothers to open first Italian Masterpiece Hotel
  • Wyndham Hotels debuts its La Quinta brand in the Middle East
  • Premier Inn to double presence in Oxford with two new properties opening in 2021
  • Data metrics - latest performance insights from STR
  • News briefs - bitesize updates of latest industry news and developments

Australia welcomes first Hotel Indigo in former Adelaide textile factory

IHG Hotels & Resorts' boutique lifestyle brand, Hotel Indigo, has made its Australian debut with the opening of Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets on 01-Mar-2021. Located next to the lively Adelaide Central Market, the much-anticipated 145-room hotel with its intriguing design features has deep connections to the neighbourhood, a hallmark of Hotel Indigo properties around the world. Housed on the site of a former textile factory, the property's "Raw and Refined" design ethos celebrates the neighbourhood's commercial past with an exciting blend of heritage-listed and modern architecture, as well as contemporary design features. The hotel's public spaces feature striking brick archways mimicking those in Adelaide Central Market, colourful street art-inspired murals by acclaimed Australian collage artists and an exposed terracotta brick feature wall etched with intriguing neighbourhood references such as "Six o'clock Swill" and "Mad March" - the name given to Festival month in the city. The hotel's 145 rooms (including 25 suites) all feature unique design touches, drawing on local neighbourhood cues. These include copper fixtures - a nod to South Australia's copper mining heritage, contemporary light wood furnishings and colourful rugs depicting the distinctive tessellated tile pattern often used in traditional Adelaide homes. Bedheads are emblazoned with eye-catching Festival-inspired murals while floor-to-ceiling windows provide majestic views over the city toward the Adelaide Hills. The property is also home to the city's highest rooftop bar, Merrymaker, which offers a panorama of the CBD and Adelaide Hills from its 16th-floor vantage point. This is the first Hotel Indigo in Australasia, but there are plans to expand into new neighbourhoods with properties planned for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland in the coming years.

Oetker Collection partners with Reuben Brothers to open first Italian Masterpiece Hotel

Oetker Collection has confirmed the addition of Hotel La Palma in Capri, Italy, to the group's portfolio of Masterpiece Hotels, debuting in Apr-2022. Reimagining a Capri icon, the 50-key hotel in vibrant Capri Village will be a complete transformation of the original Hotel La Palma that dates back to 1822 - the first and oldest hotel on the island. During its renovation, the room count of the hotel is being drastically decreased, from 80 to 50 rooms - including 18 suites - each complete with its own private balcony or terrace. The property's interiors are currently being transformed by two acclaimed architects: led by Rome-based Francesco Delogu of Delogu Architects for the rooms and lobby, and New York-based Tihany Design, one of the world's preeminent hospitality design firms, led by Adam Tihany and Alessia Genova, for the restaurant, pool, spa, and beach club. In line with Oetker Collection's mission to create meaningful connections in endearing places, the brand's first Italian property is set bring to life the island's iconic dolce vita lifestyle. The hotel is owned by Reuben Brothers, marking the latest landmark procurement in their pipeline of investments and developments in Europe.

Wyndham Hotels debuts its La Quinta brand in the Middle East

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has introduced its La Quinta by Wyndham brand in the Middle East with a new 100-room property in Dubai scheduled to open in Mar-2021. The La Quinta by Wyndham Dubai Bur Dubai will be centrally located in the historic Bur Dubai district and marks a further milestone in the growth of the upper-midscale brand which now has nearly 940 properties to its name. As a further landmark, this hotel marks the 75th La Quinta property to open since Wyndham acquired the brand in 2018. The newly refurbished Dubai property is located in one of the city's bustling commercial hubs offering easy access to leisure attractions, including the Dubai Cruise Terminal at Port Rashid, The Dubai Mall, the Dubai Frame and Jumeirah Mosque, as well as business hotspots such as the Dubai World Trade Centre and the city's financial district. La Quinta has now expanded to nine countries: Canada, Chile, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Turkey, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States, while there are plans to also open eight new La Quinta hotels in the Dominican Republic.

Premier Inn to double presence in Oxford with two new properties opening in 2021

Whitbread, the owner of the Premier Inn and hub by Premier Inn hotel brands, is set to double its presence in Oxford this calendar year as the business continues its strategic expansion in the city. The UK's largest hotel business is gearing up to open its new 123-bedroom Premier Inn hotel at Botley in Apr-2021 with the flagship 90-bedroom hotel opposite the Westgate Shopping Centre due to welcome guests in the summer. Together, the two new hotels grow Premier Inn's network in to four locations across the city. Whitbread is continuing to grow its hotel brands in popular locations like Oxford and already identified requirements for further Premier Inn properties in Oxford City Centre and to the east of the city.

Data metrics - latest performance insights from STR

  • The short-term rental industry in London, England recorded a month-over-month increase in occupancy but declines in ADR and RevPAR in Jan-2021. Occupancy for the sector was 54.1%, a +4.6% increase from Dec-2020 (51.7%) and a level that is significantly higher than the 19.6% recorded by hotels in the market. However, with short-term rental ADR down -22.3% from Dec-2020 to GBP102.67, Jan-2021 RevPAR for the sector dropped -18.7% to GBP55.53. Similarly to the occupancy performance, London hotels saw a much steeper month-over-month decrease in these metrics.
  • Locals displaced by freezing temperatures and outages pushed Texas, United States of America hotel occupancy to an almost year high, during the week commencing 14-Feb-2021 as levels reached 56.3%. That 50-week high in the metric contributed 0.9 percentage points of the 3-point gain in overall US occupancy (48.1%) for the week. Texas' occupancy level grew 9.4 percentage points over the previous week. ADR also rose +5.8% week over week. Among STR-defined markets in Texas, McAllen/Brownsville reported the highest occupancy level (72.3%) and was among the top 10 highest occupancy markets in the US. Fort Worth/Arlington saw the second-highest occupancy level (62.4%), followed by Texas West (60.0%). Texas East (+6.6%), Texas South (+2.4%) and McAllen/Brownsville (+1.2%) were the only markets to see a year-over-year increase in the metric. However, all Texas markets, except Texas North, saw a week-over-week lift in occupancy.

News briefs - bitesize updates of latest industry news and developments

  • The Aloft Tulum, a brand-new, boho-chic inspired hotel managed by Highgate Hotels, opened in Feb-2021 near Tulum's desirable downtown district and its white-sand beaches. The four-floor property features 140 loft-like guest rooms and suites and a variety of vibrant spaces for socialisation and music, including a signature Atico Rooftop Lounge & Bar with an infinity pool, teepees for kids, and the destination's only venue for corporate meetings and events.
  • Aria Hotels has announced a new accommodation option on the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos. The View is a tranquil retreat for a relaxing self-catering holiday, only five minutes away from the vibrant Mykonos Town. The View sits above the beach of Agios Stefanos and combines modern architecture with classic Cycladic styling elements, in four self-contained suites, all with views of the Aegean.
  • Hotelbeds has announced a preferred deal with New Zealand privately owned travel company House of Travel to increase its distribution reach across the Pacific region. This new enhanced partnership will give Hotelbeds a prominent position on House of Travel's booking platform, Splash, and enable it to increase its distribution reach in New Zealand, through House of Travel's retail network of 63 stores and points of presence. In turn, House of Travel will gain full access to Hotelbeds' extensive portfolio of 180,000 hotel properties in 140 countries.
  • A Hyatt Hotels affiliate has entered into an agreement with IFF Holdings to develop the Hyatt Regency Ho Tram Resort and Spa and Residences, the first Hyatt Regency development in the south of Vietnam. The property is due to open in 2024 and will include 280 guestrooms and 63 pool villa residences. It will be located in a prime location along an over 1,000-foot picturesque coastline known for its pristine sandy beaches, turquoise waters and coastal vibe. Ho Tram is a popular weekend getaway for Vietnamese travellers, as well as an emerging MICE destination and growing hotspot for international tourists.
  • The latest Europe Hotel Construction Pipeline Trend Report from Lodging Econometrics (LE) highlights that at the close of 2020, Europe's hotel construction pipeline had increased +2% by projects and +3% by rooms year-on-year with 1,905 projects and 307,093 rooms, a record high project and room count for the region. Rooms under construction are at an all-time high of 967 projects (157,833 rooms), projects scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months stood at 477 projects (74,481 rooms), down slightly year-on-year, while projects in the early planning stage stood at 461 projects (74,779 rooms), a record high project count.
  • Marriott International added 109 new properties (17,780 rooms) to its worldwide lodging portfolio during 4Q 2020, including roughly 2,600 rooms converted from competitor brands and approximately 9,000 rooms in international markets. A total of 46 properties (8,011 rooms) exited its system during the quarter, meaning at year end, Marriott's global lodging system totalled more than 7,600 properties and timeshare resorts, with over 1,423,000 rooms.
  • The Quality Inn Southaven in Mississippi, a 60-room Choice Hotels franchised property, has introduced the BeyondTV GuestCast from Hotel Internet Services (HIS) to enable guests to fully control their in-room entertainment experience with secure access to their own streaming subscriptions on guestroom televisions. Previously offering standard cable channels, the property sought to expand its entertainment offerings as more guests routinely requested the ability to stream personal content.
  • Vision Hospitality Group has confirmed The Grady Hotel, is on track to open this spring. Nestled in the heart of Louisville's downtown Market District, it is located in a historic building dating back to the 19th century, originally commissioned in 1883 by pharmacist JB Wilder for his apothecary. The 51-key luxury hotel is located at the corner of W Main Street and N 6th Street, just steps away from the Muhammed Ali Center, Frazier History Museum, Louisville Slugger Museum and distillery row. guest Each of the rooms provide pops of navy, copper and maroon, featuring 10-15 inch original reclaimed wood ceilings, tufted headboards, and an array of locally-inspired art.