The deadly coronavirus outbreak has prompted US- and UK-based hotel chains to waive fees for guests who cancel or change reservations at their properties in China. The Chinese government locked down three cities in an effort to contain the virus that had claimed at least 17 lives as of Thursday.
1 Hotel South Beach in Miami Beach has the priciest hotel options for the Super Bowl, with a single room at $25,383 per night and a condo unit from the hotel's Retreat Collection ringing up at nearly $40,000 per night.
Noble Investment Group has purchased a hotel between downtown Charleston, S.C., and the Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island beaches. The 133-key Hilton Garden Inn Charleston-Mount Pleasant is the third acquisition by the Atlanta-based hospitality group since late last year.
The 93-room Brentwood Inn & Suites near the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has been sold for $18 million to a group with ties to the Jose Cuervo spirits company. The buyer, Miami-based Agave Holdings, also is affiliated with the backer of a major mixed-use project in Coral Gables, Fla.
More and more of the ultra-wealthy are turning to hotels' "branded residences." About 65,000 such homes now exist around the world, Savills reports.
Vivenda Miranda on the Praia de Porto de Mos beach in Lagos, Portugal, once was a private home and now offers 26 rooms with ocean views, a cliff-edge garden and spa. It's just one of the lodgings recommended in Mary Lussiana's roundup of 10 best beach holidays in Portugal.
The addition of Accor Hotels has lengthened the list of major hospitality companies that are eliminating individual toiletry containers. Removal of single-use shampoo, conditioner and bath gel tubes is part of a larger campaign to reduce single-use plastics in its 340,000 guest rooms, the firm says.
The latest Luxury Travel Trends Report from Small Luxury Hotels of the World says environmentally conscious luxury, dispersed hotels and upskilling escapes will be important this year. Wellness, plant-based food and certain destinations also will take center stage.
"Hotels are upping the ante in terms of over-the-top service and opulent amenities" to address the growing luxury travel market, Roger Sands writes. The Lowell Hotel on Manhattan's Upper East Side offers a wow-factor afternoon tea service, while Hotel X Toronto offers stunning lake and city views from every guest room.
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