A roundup of independent hotel news
A roundup of independent hotel news
21 NOVEMBER 2017 2:31 PM

This month’s roundup of news from the independent hotel sector includes: Ownership change at The Hotel Minneapolis; new soft brand additions; and people on the move. 

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Hotel Minneapolis changes hands
KHP Capital Partners purchased the 222-room Hotel Minneapolis from Chesapeake Lodging Trust for $46 million, and according to a report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, it’s unclear if the hotel will keep its name and affiliation with Marriott’s Autograph Collection.

Chesapeake purchased the hotel—located in a 111-year-old historic building in downtown Minneapolis—in 2012, also for $46 million.

According to the Star Tribune, KHP will begin a major renovation on the property in 2018, to be completed in 2019. Davidson Hotels & Resorts will manage the hotel.

Wine country hotels lure visitors back
Napa and Sonoma Counties in California’s wine country are working hard to entice travelers back to the region following the wildfires that hit Northern California in October.

The Press Democrat in Sonoma County details some of the ways the region is balancing rebuilding with tourism efforts.

The New York Times also covered some of region’s hotels that are running promotions to invigorate tourism, as did the San Francisco Business Times.

Soft brands add to rosters
The following hotel soft brands added hotels recently:

Autograph Collection/Marriott International: Hotel Republic San Diego

Trademark Hotel Collection/Wyndham Hotel Group: The Bricks in Los Angeles; Hotel at the Lafayette and Lofts on Pearl in Buffalo, New York; Safety Harbor Resort & Spa in Safety Harbor, Florida; Azure Hotel & Suites Ontario Airport/Convention Center in Ontario, California; and Home Place Lodge & Suites in Williston, North Dakota.

The Ascend Hotel Collection/Choice Hotels: The Ascend Collection added 13 U.S. hotels in October, and one so far in November, The Volaré in San Clemente, California.

Tapestry Collection by Hilton: Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center in Glen Allen, Virginia.

Curio, a collection by Hilton: H Hotel Los Angeles.

Openings, management, people on the move

  • Paul Kessinger was named director of operations for Napa Valley’s Hotel Yountville.
  • Key leadership roles were announced for the Noelle, a 224-room independent hotel in Nashville slated for opening later this year: Shannon Foster was named GM, Tracy Wray was named director of sales and marketing, Will Friedrichs was named GM of F&B Operations
  • The Whitley, a Luxury Collection hotel in Atlanta, named David Friederich as managing director. The 507-room hotel is scheduled to open 1 December.
  • The St. Anthony Hotel, a Luxury Collection hotel in San Antonio, Texas, named Mark Yanke president and managing director, and Libby Nations as director of sales & marketing.
  • Andrew Guerra has been named GM of The Ramble Hotel in Denver, a 50-room boutique hotels set to open in 2018.
  • Benchmark named Tom Garcia VP and GM of High Hampton Inn & Country Club in Cashiers, North Carolina.
  • David Rijos was named GM of the Heritage Hotel & Conference Center in Southbury, Connecticut.
  • Cassondra Rogers-Royael was named spa director of The Adolphus in Dallas.
  • Ed Walls, GM of The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida, won the 2017 South Florida Hospitality Award for General Manager of the Year.
  • The Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, Florida, promoted Shawn Routten to director of operations, Genevieve Wojick to front office manager, Teresa Riccardi to front desk supervisor and Ellen Macleish to sous chef.
  • The Pier Hotel in Pismo Beach, California, opened in early November. The 104-room hotel is operated by Pacifica Hotels.

Compiled by Stephanie Ricca.

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