CHECK OUT! – latest hotel highlights from across the globe

3 November, 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 offering for this week.

  • Ritz-Carlton makes striking addition to Mexico City skyline
  • Marriott to add St Regis and EDITION hotels at Saudi Arabia's Red Sea Project
  • AKA to bring its luxury long stay formula to Miami
  • Kempinski Hotels confirms Feb-2022 date for Israel debut
  • WhyHotel brings hospitality living experience to New York with Front & Wall Street opening
  • Radisson Collection unveils new hotel in Wuxi, China's lakeside city
  • Hyatt Centric Downtown Denver brings new lifestyle hotel to the Mile High City
  • Wyndham brand to be added to 12 European properties in CLC World Resorts & Hotels collaboration
  • Data metrics - latest performance insights from STR
  • News briefs - bitesize updates of latest industry news and developments

Ritz-Carlton makes striking addition to Mexico City skyline

The Ritz-Carlton Hotels has confirmed the debut of The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City in a striking addition to the city's skyline. Sitting amongst the country's tallest buildings, the hotel is centrally located along the iconic Paseo de Reforma and showcases uninterrupted views of the famed Chapultepec Park. Featuring the legendary service of the brand's Ladies and Gentlemen, each detail of the hotel has been designed to immerse guests in the city's rich culture and offer a unique perspective on this beloved destination. Soaring 58-stories high, The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City is located in a stunning building concepted by Taller G and features 153 guest rooms and suites. Capitalising on its enviable location and views, a double glass façade provides unique open-air terraces, while interiors, designed by Chapi Chapo Design, have been created to serve as a looking glass into Mexico City's dynamic past, present, and future, paying homage to the city's profound influence on the surrealist art movement. The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City also offers more than 4,300 square feet of meeting space with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Chapultepec Park, ideally suited for a variety of events from meetings to celebratory occasions.

Marriott to add St Regis and EDITION hotels at Saudi Arabia's Red Sea Project

Marriott International has signed an agreement with The Red Sea Development Company to develop two luxury hotels as part of the highly-anticipated Red Sea Project in Saudi Arabia. The St Regis Red Sea Resort and The Red Sea EDITION are expected to further enhance Marriott International's footprint across the Kingdom where it currently has a portfolio of over 30 properties with more than 9,000 rooms across ten brands. The St Regis Red Sea Resort marks the brand's introduction in Saudi Arabia and the continued growth of its portfolio in the Middle East. Situated on a private island, the resort - due to open in 2023 - is expected to feature 90 villas, two signature restaurants, an outdoor pool, fitness centre, and spa. Meanwhile, located on the Red Sea Project's main island, Shaura, The Red Sea EDITION is due to open in 2023 with 240 guestrooms, including one-, two- and three-bedroom suites. The Red Sea Project, one of the first 'giga' projects announced by Saudi Arabia's government, is an ambitious regenerative landmark project, covering 28,000 square kilometres on the west coast of the country.

AKA to bring its luxury long stay formula to Miami

AKA has revealed plans for its first-ever Miami hotel, the Hotel AKA Brickell, located at 1395 Brickell Avenue. Formerly the Conrad Miami Hotel, the 36-storey hotel with 201 rooms and suites with panoramic Biscayne Bay and city views, will undergo gradual design enhancements, all while open for business, from now through spring 2022. During this time, key elements of AKA's brand will be infused into the hotel that will evolve the property into a unique offering that is ideal for both daily and weekly stays. AKA will introduce its core residential philosophies which includes a 'tranquil and elevated design' that aims to strike a balance between the privacy and contentment of a residence and the hospitality, service, and style of an intimate hotel, so it has touches of residential living. Additionally, the brand plans to introduce new F+B concepts and a robust wellness programme.

Kempinski Hotels confirms Feb-2022 date for Israel debut

Kempinski Hotels has confirmed a planned Feb-2022 opening date for The David Kempinski Tel Aviv, the luxury hospitality brand's 80th global opening and first property in Israel. Housed in a 34-storey skyscraper erected along the city's iconic Mediterranean Sea promenade, the 250-room-and-suite property will be just across the street from the seaside boardwalk and within walking distance to the city's famed outdoor food markets and dynamic urban centre. Among its highlights includes 56 suites, including the property's triplex-penthouse suite, the largest of its kind in Tel Aviv, spanning more than 4,000-square-feet, including a 1,200-square-foot rooftop terrace and infinity pool melting into the coastline.

WhyHotel brings hospitality living experience to New York with Front & Wall Street opening

WhyHotel, a hospitality platform and operator, has opened Front & Wall Street, its first property in New York City, at The Rudin Family's 110 Wall Street. Situated in the heart of NYC's Financial District, Front & Wall Street will operate under the Hospitality Living business arm of WhyHotel, blurring the lines of home and hospitality by housing both long term residents and nightly stay guests in fully furnished accommodations. The property is a former office building, the majority of which was converted to apartment-style units in 2015. Today, the building features just over 200 units and amenities such as a 7th floor terrace with outdoor grill and kitchen, fitness centre with a spin studio, guest laundry room with table tennis and pool tables and community kitchens. WhyHotel will operate the building as a mix of short-term guest stays and longer-term resident leases with a model that support guests and residents whether they are in the popular destination for just the weekend or seeking accommodation for months.

Radisson Collection unveils new hotel in Wuxi, China's lakeside city

Radisson Collection, Radisson Hotel Group's anthology of iconic lifestyle hotels, has continued to expand its portfolio in China with the launch of Radisson Collection Hotel, Wuxi, a new downtown hotel that opened in Oct-2021. Nestled in the city's Xishan district, just 20 minutes' drive from Sunan Shuofang International Airport and 15 minutes from Wuxi Railway Station, the property features 318 rooms and suites, ranging from the 40 square metre Collection Superior Rooms to a 258 square metre Presidential Suite. The property will also be the first to offer the brand's new wellness concept, The Spa at Radisson Collection, which is designed to help guests achieve a better version of themselves. One of the largest cities in Jiangsu province, Wuxi is located just 125 km from Shanghai and directly connected to this major metropolis by bullet train. The property is the fifth Radisson Collection hotel in China and second property in Wuxi, following Radisson Blu Resort Wetland Park Wuxi.

Hyatt Centric Downtown Denver brings new lifestyle hotel to the Mile High City

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has confirmed the debut of Hyatt Centric Downtown Denver, the latest property from the modern lifestyle hotel brand. The 264-room destination-centric hotel is located in the heart of downtown conveniently positioned near the city's top destinations including the Colorado Convention Center, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Coors Field, Ball Arena, Union Station, and the bustling Larimer Square. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a vibrant, colourful mural by local artist Megan Walker in the hotel's driveway, blending themes of Denver's urban life, Red Rock Amphitheatre's music culture and Colorado's renowned nature landscape into one vivid picture. The hotel's spacious rooftop terrace boasts cityscape views, seating and outdoor fireplaces. With sliding-style doors, the space flows into a pre-function area where 2,530 square feet of flexible meeting space offers an upscale venue for groups. The penthouse level also plays home to the 975 square foot hospitality suite complete with a dedicated living area, spacious high-end dining table for eight, and a private rooftop terrace with mountain and city views.

Wyndham brand to be added to 12 European properties in CLC World Resorts & Hotels collaboration

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and CLC World Resorts & Hotels - one of Europe's largest independent resort operators with a growing collection of properties - have announced plans to introduce the Wyndham brand across 12 properties in key leisure destinations in Spain, Canary Islands, Turkey, UK, and Austria. Expected to open in Nov-2021, the properties will be converted into Wyndham Grand Residences, Wyndham Residences, Wyndham, Ramada Residences by Wyndham and Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham, offering upper-upscale, upscale and midscale accommodation options for families and extended stay guests who seek to combine business and leisure. The properties comprise: Wyndham Trenython Manor Cornwall (27 guest rooms, 32 lodges), set in a mansion house with 24 acres of stunning countryside overlooking St Austell Bay on England's Cornish Riviera and Wyndham Duchally Country Estate (55 two and three bedroom lodges), located in an 1838 estate amongst 27 acres of grounds in Perthshire near to Gleneagles in Scotland, in the UK; the collocated Ramada Hotels & Suites by Wyndham Costa del Sol Fuengirola and Wyndham Grand Costa del Sol Mijas near to Marbella in Spain; collocated Wyndham Residences Tenerife Costa Adeje (89 one, two and three bedroom apartments) and Ramada Residences by Wyndham Tenerife Costa Adeje (181 studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments) nestled on a hillside on Tenerife's southern coast and Wyndham Residences Tenerife Golf del Sur (106 upscale studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments and villas) also in Tenerife, in the Canary Islands; Ramada Residences by Wyndham Saalfelden (37 studio, one and two bedrooms) in Austria; and Wyndham Residences Kusadasi Golf & Spa (410 one, two and three bedroom apartments) and Ramada Residences by Wyndham Milas Bozbük (67 two-bedroom apartments) in Turkey.

Data metrics - latest performance insights from STR

  • The hotel industry in Brazil has surpassed its 2019 comparable in ADR for two of the last three months, according to Sep-2021 data from STR. The country's ADR reached BRL327.21 during the month, which was +6.4% higher than the pre-pandemic comparable from Sep-2019 (BRL307.56). Brazil also beat its 2019 comparable during Jul-2021 with an ADR of BRL336.45. The country's 49.4% occupancy level in Sep-2021 was its highest of the pandemic-era but still down -18.9% from Sep-2019.
  • The hotel industry in Canada reported lower performance levels from the month prior, according to STR's Sep-2021 data. The country's performance levels also remained well below pre-pandemic levels. In comparison with Sep-2019, occupancy was down -20.9% to 58.2%, ADR declined -14.8% to CAD152.87, while RevPAR fell -32.6% to CAD89.00. Among the provinces and territories, Nova Scotia recorded the highest Sep-2021 occupancy level (71.6%), which was -14.2% below the pre-pandemic comparable. Among the major markets, Vancouver saw the highest occupancy (64.4%), which was a 28.2% decline from 2019.
  • Most countries are recovering ADR faster than occupancy, but in Chile, the opposite has been true, observes STR. The country saw a 47.6% occupancy level in Sep-2021, which was 90% of the comparable 2019 level. At the same time, ADR came in at CLP60473.55, which was the highest level in the country since Mar-2020 but just 83% of the pre-pandemic comparison. All hotel classes have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, however, Chile's Luxury/Upper Upscale segment has been most affected. In Sep-2021, Luxury/Upper Upscale hotels sat at just 33.8% occupancy or 62.2% of the 2019 comparable. During the same month, however, the Upscale/Upper Midscale and Midscale/Economy combined classes surpassed 2019 levels in occupancy.

News briefs - bitesize updates of latest industry news and developments

  • The upscale Cambria Hotels brand has made its official debut in Napa, California, with the grand opening of the Cambria Hotel Napa Valley Silverado Trail. This marks Cambria's fourth hotel in California and second among the state's world-famous wine regions, joining the Cambria Hotel Sonoma Wine Country. The hotel is also within close proximity to some of the region's largest employers, including Allied Universal Security Systems and the Department of State Hospitals-Napa, Queen Valley Medical Center and Napa Valley College.
  • Proper Hospitality has opened the doors to its fourth namesake property, the Downtown L.A. Proper Hotel in the heart of Los Angeles. The 148-room property is located in South Park, steps away from Los Angeles's Fashion and Arts Districts, housed in a restored Californian Renaissance Revival landmark building.
  • Hotelbeds has announced a new strategic partnership with ZUZU Hospitality, a revenue management company that manages the distribution of more than 2,700 independent properties in Southeast Asia. This new partnership will give Hotelbeds the opportunity to further expand its hotel portfolio across Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.
  • Private real estate and energy investment company, London Town Group, has appointed Cycas Hospitality to manage three properties in the west London suburb of Paddington. These comprise the recently renovated 72-room Mercure London Hyde Park, the 86-room Mercure London Paddington, which is scheduled to start a full renovation programme next year, and the 64-room Hotel Indigo London Paddington.
  • The former Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids Airport & Conference Center will undergo a complete transformation beginning Dec-2021 after being reflagged as the Sheraton Hotel Airport and Conference Center Grand Rapids under the management of Marshall Hotels & Resorts. The USD14 million conversion of the 259-room property will include the brand's reimagined public spaces and guest rooms.
  • The Alphen Boutique Hotel and Spa, a Kove Collection hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, has undergone a transformation marrying the historical property with a brand new modern appeal offering crisp new interiors and the addition of a boutique spa. The property boasts eighteen suites, adorned with French panelling and marble. The Dower House and Mill Range, as they've been fondly called for so many years, have both Classic, Superior and Deluxe suites.
  • Cape Resorts has confirmed the acquisition of The Pridwin Hotel and Cottages on Shelter Island, NY. The project is a partnership with the Petry family, which has owned and operated the hotel since 1961. Currently undergoing an extensive renovation, the waterfront hotel and its 16 private cottages are scheduled to open the summer of 2022. Nestled on 7+ acres of Shelter Island's Crescent Beach overlooking the Shelter Island Sound, the 49-room luxury destination resort features several exclusive amenities and facilities, including a private beach.
  • The TownePlace Suites by Marriott Brentwood has become the St Louis area's newest extended-stay hotel and the first to be built in the mid-St. Louis County area in over a decade. The 128-key property features rooms designed as mini-suites with full kitchens and three separate areas for sleeping, dining and working or relaxing. It has been developed and is operated by Equis Hotels in partnership with Rockbridge Capital.
  • Palladium Hotel Group is set to launch a new adults-only luxury property TRS Ibiza Hotel in spring/summer 2022. The hotel will be located right on the beach, close to San Antonio alongside Cala Gració and Cala Gracioneta, two beautiful coves known for their crystal clear waters and fringed by Mediterranean plant life.