Newburgh, N.Y., is seeking proposals to transform its city hall into a boutique hotel. The building is in disrepair, and city services will be moved prior to any project.
The rooftop bar of the Holston House Nashville in Tennessee is the site of classes in drink-mixing, combined with some cocktail history, every Wednesday evening through this month. Don Hernandez, the hotel's beverage director, conducts the 90-minute, $30 sessions.
Marriott President and CEO Arne Sorenson says the company has no plans to shed any of its 30 brands. "We want to offer a range of brands for different trip purposes, different lifestyles, different sensibilities," he says.
New York led the way in hotel construction in the second quarter with 169 projects. Dallas finished second with 156 projects, according to Lodging Econometrics.
Looking ahead to its conversion to a for-profit corporation, Best Western International has filed its intentions to offer 55 million shares of common stock. The company said the conversion, which will result from a merger with its wholly owned subsidiary, is necessary to raise capital in the face of multiple competitive challenges.
Tech companies are showing keen interest in the $250 million Ameswell office-hotel complex under construction near the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. The triangle-shaped development is being touted as a site for work, meetings and leisure.
Instaroom, a new web-based concierge platform, promises to save hoteliers and guests time and money by consolidating multiple channels of information and transactions. "We believe that today's travel distribution scene disconnects travelers from hotels with an abundance of different middlemen, creating an ecosystem that is neither beneficial for the hotel nor the traveler," CEO Niklas Pettersson said.
The Pai-Shau Signature Hydrating Ritual at Remede Spa in Miami "aims to nourish and hydrate your hair using a signature tea complex that is infused into every one of the luxurious products," Paige Mastrandrea writes.