Generator is trading its traditional hostel character for a less austere boutique approach under different ownership and the guidance of CEO Alastair Thomann. Since London-based Queensgate Investments Fund II acquired the 13-property brand in 2017, the private-room count has been raised, an upgraded reservation process has been implemented, revenue has jumped and expansion is in high gear.
Community is the key to brand success from the standpoint of Two Roads Hospitality, Chief Marketing Officer Sherri Gilligan told attendees at the chain's recent conference in Aspen, Colo. Food, fashion, arts, entertainment and wellness should be employed to personalize guest and visitor experience, she urged.
Guests check in as couples and check out as singles at the Divorce Hotel, part of the Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Touted as the first of its kind in the US, the property provides a mediator to work out details of dissolutions that can be finalized in a weekend.
A recent survey by the Hospitality Asset Managers Association finds confidence in continued growth of revenue per available room, though labor costs are also expected to rise. More than half of respondents said their properties were meeting or exceeding budgets.
Jay Stein, CEO of Dream Hotel Group, says smaller US cities are "hot" for hotel development. Nashville, Tenn., and Dallas are on Dream Hotel's growth map.
Lodge Kohler opened last year in Green Bay, Wis., only 100 yards away from Lambeau Field. The property's spa features a Herbert Kohler-designed hydrotherapy room.
With massive rainfall and widespread power outages projected from Hurricane Florence, hoteliers in the approaching storm's path have been mapping emergency plans for operations, evacuations and assistance to first responders and displaced residents and visitors. The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association is providing daily advisories and arranging accommodations with out-of-state hotels.