A roundup of independent hotel news
A roundup of independent hotel news
25 SEPTEMBER 2019 11:39 AM

This month’s roundup of news from the independent hotel sector includes: Pebblebrook sells Kimpton Rouge Hotel; Benchmark’s 2020 F&B trends; and more.

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Pebblebrook sells Kimpton Rouge Hotel
Pebblebrook Hotel Trust has sold the 137-key Kimpton Hotel Rouge in Washington, D.C., to Atlanta-based Valor Hospitality for $42 million, according to Washington Business Journal. Valor is co-investing with Kemmons Wilson Hospitality Partners to rebrand and renovate the hotel. The rebrand includes a name change, new interior, new restaurant and bar as well as a new GM.

The property will still be operated within the Kimpton portfolio after the rebrand.

“It’s exactly the type of investment that both KWHP and Valor seek: a boutique, lifestyle-focused property that offers our guests something special, whether you’re looking for a top-class cocktail or a view of the White House,” said McLean Wilson, managing partner at KWHP, in a statement.

Curio opens LEED Silver certified Carté Hotel and Suites in San Diego
Carté Hotel and Suites, a Curio Collection by Hilton property, opened in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood, paying homage to its history as a fishing village. The 246-key hotel is LEED Silver certified and designed by The Manchette Studio.

The hotel features 8,500-square-feet of event space, which includes seven on-site private event space options catering to small to mid-sized meetings and weddings. The design scheme of the hotel is nautical.

Benchmark’s 2020 F&B trends
Benchmark released its Top Dining Trends list for 2020, featuring 10 items observed by Benchmark’s executive chefs and culinary experts across the company’s 80 properties. The No. 1 trend? CBD.

“The CBD food trend has exploded in the last 12 months. Coffee shops and cafes among many American cities are now boasting a startling array of offerings infused with CBD oil, aimed at attracting customers interested in trying new eco-friendly, plant-based ingredients,” the release states.

Other trends on the list include:

  • Plant-based foods
  • Healthy chips
  • Jackfruit as a meat substitute
  • Oat milk
  • Colorful foods
  • Sustainable food-and-beverage packaging
  • Imperfect produce

Openings, management, people on the move

  • Cachet Boutique Hotel in New York City joins Intrigue Hotels, the lifestyle division of Interstate Hotels & Resorts.
  • Huntington Hotel in San Francisco appoints Brian Fenwick as GM and Lauren Vojvoda as director of sales and marketing.
  • Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel in Milwaukee appoints David Bodette as GM.
  • The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, California, appoints Loren Lawe as executive chef.

Compiled by Dana Miller.

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