A roundup of independent hotel news
A roundup of independent hotel news
25 MARCH 2020 12:50 PM

This month’s roundup of news from the independent hotel sector includes: boutique hotel demand; Hampton’s resort reopens with new features; and more.

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Demand for boutique hotels on the rise
According to The Highland Group’s latest Boutique Hotel Report, demand in the boutique hotel segment remains healthy despite slow-to-no growth in revenue per available room and supply increases industrywide.

“Lifestyle hotels and soft-brand collections, specifically, have been two of the hotel industry’s fastest-growing segments over the past seven years, increasing rooms by 14% and 21% respectively,” Kim Bardoul, partner at The Highland Group, said in the report. “Major franchise companies recognize the strong performance of this lodging type and continue to debut new lifestyle hotel and soft-brand collections at differing price points.”

Indigo Road adds Savannah hotel to portfolio
Charleston, South Carolina-based Indigo Road Hospitality Group announced the addition of The Savvy, a 55-room full-service hotel in Savannah, Georgia, to its portfolio of lifestyle hotels, slated to open in 2021, according to a news release.

“The great advantage for hotels of this size is the ability to personalize the experience for guests and enables us to create a memorable visit,” Larry Spelts, partner and president of the Lodging & Lifestyle Adventures division of The Indigo Road, said in the release . “The open-air courtyard is destined to become a highly coveted place for locals and visitors looking to enjoy refreshing beverages in a secluded urban oasis.”

The hotel is designed by architecture firm LS3P, with JE Dunn Construction as the general contractor and co-developed by Garage Cap Hospitality and JPW Development Partners.

Hamptons resort to celebrate one-year anniversary
The Gurney’s Star Island Resort & Marina in Montauk, New York, reopened on 13 March for the season, ahead of its one-year anniversary in May. The resort is home to the largest marina in the Hamptons, according to a news release.

Along with its reopening, the resort has also introduced some new features including a new kids club, lawn pool, general store, s’mores service, ice cream shop and more.

Openings, management, people on the move

  • Lifestyle brand Life House announced its newest hotel to debut this summer in Nantucket, Massachusetts, with the 14-room Life House, Nantucket. This will be the brand’s first hotel to open in the Northeast. It is now accepting reservations.
  • The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee has named Nykoli Koslow as its 12th artist in residence, beginning 1 April. Koslow is a conceptual abstraction artist and will work in the hotel’s lobby-level Artist’s Studio.

Compiled by Dana Miller.

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