This month’s roundup of news from the independent hotel sector includes: MGM makes entry into boutique hotel space; Inn at Moonlight’s WELL certification; openings; and more.
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MGM enters boutique hotel business
MGM Resorts International made a move to enter the boutique hotel business as it acquired 50% stake in Sydell Group, which operates boutique NoMad hotels and five additional brands, the Wall Street Journal reports. The price of the deal was not disclosed.
A spokesman from MGM told the newspaper that the buy of Sydell Group “is part of the next evolution of our growth opportunities.” This is the first time MGM has taken stake in a U.S. hotel operator that isn’t linked to gambling.
New Jersey gets full-service boutique
Aparium Hotel Group recently opened the 159-room MC Hotel, which marks Montclair, New Jersey’s, first full-service hotel in the city in more than 80 years. This also marks Aparium’s first entry into the East Coast market.
Dash Design’s David Ashen came up with the design concept for the hotel. It was purposely located on the corner of Bloomfield Avenue and Orange Road so it acts as a local gathering point. The hotel is one block away from the Montclair Art Museum and a short walk from Montclair’s dining, shopping and entertainment scene.
Inn at Moonlight Beach the first to earn WELL certification
The Inn at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, California, announced it has been awarded the WELL Certification at the platinum level, the first in the world to be awarded this by the International WELL Building Institute’s collaboration with Green Business Certification, according to a news release.
“Going a step further than LEED certification, the prestigious distinction was awarded through IWBI’s WELL Building Standard, which is the premier building standard to focus on enhancing people’s health and wellness through the buildings where we live, work and play,” the release states.
The entire property is a biodynamic urban farm that provides landscapes of medicinal herbs, cut flowers, fruits and vegetables and teas guests can enjoy.
Openings, management and people on the move
- The 101-key Cotton House, Cleveland, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, opened in Cleveland, Mississippi. It is operated by MI Hotel Group.
- The 19-room Mackinac House boutique hotel opened on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Rose and Dave Witt are the innkeepers.
- Hotel Hendricks opened in New York City’s Garment District. The property features 176 guestrooms, with interior designed by LA-based Marcello Pozzi.
- Cambridge Landmark expands its hotel portfolio with the purchase of The Citizen Hotel, a 196-room boutique hotel in Sacramento, California. The hotel will remain under the Marriott Autograph Collection.
- Procaccianti Companies acquired two San Francisco Bay Area boutique hotels, the 103-room The Lodge at Tiburon and the 115-room Toll House Hotel.
- Benchmark names Christina Mackey as director of human resources for the Grand Plaza Hotel and The Beachcomber. Benchmark also names Jamie Costa as spa director for The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa.
Compiled by Dana Miller.