Red Roof Inn's foray into the extended-stay market reflects strong consumer demand and has been answered with enthusiasm by prospective owners, leaders of the economy chain assert. Plans call for HomeTowne Studios by Red Roof to kick off in more than 20 markets with 30 properties, which will undergo $50 million in renovations.
Cutting-edge hostel development may be the trademark of Generator, but CEO Alastair Thomann says the term will be phased out as the London-based chain evolves and enters new territory, including Miami. "The moment we call ourselves 'hostel,' it limits us in certain markets," Thomann said.
A hotel along historic Route 66 in New Mexico that dates to the early 20th century and now serves people at risk of homelessness is for sale. Sanjay Choudhrie, director of a nonprofit that houses about 30 men in the Lexington Hotel in Gallup, says his group owes about $1 million on the property.
A striking aluminum sculpture commemorating a tornado that swept through the city in 2011 dominates the lobby of the new MGM Springfield (Mass.) hotel and casino. New York artist Mia Pearlman's tribute to residents' resilience bears the name "The Flying Tidings Whirled," from Amherst poet Emily Dickinson's line about a summer storm.
Oberoi Group is maintaining the vision of founder Mohan Singh Oberoi and eschewing the addition of new brands. "When you go into their hotel, their quality is at the level of the Four Seasons or the Ritz-Carlton, the mainstream brands in the luxury space -- any Oberoi hotel takes them head-on at every level," said Manav Thadani of consultant firm HVS.
The 108-key Made Hotel in New York has become a "go-to spot" for millennials, according to reviewer Christina Liao. "With its wood paneling and planted greenery, even if you miss the golden plaque on the sidewalk that bears its name, the property immediately stands out from its surroundings and beckons for you to enter," Liao writes.
Hotel security has been beefed up across the US since the Mandalay Bay shooting in Las Vegas last October, but an expert cautions against taking new measures for granted. "By training your employees, adding technology and barriers to fill gaps, creating plans and holding drills, you can force bad actors to look elsewhere for a softer target," said Michael O'Rourke, founder of security consulting firm Advanced Operational Concepts.
Avid Hotels target a market of 12 million underserved travelers who value practicality and economy, the new brand's vice president, Jennifer Gribble, says in a video interview from Avid's debut location, near Oklahoma City. More than 100 owner signings have been gathered in nine months for the venture by InterContinental Hotels Group, Gribble adds.
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