V Palm Springs Opens Restaurant In Time for Coachella

Hotel will debut second restaurant in September. Filament Hospitality, a full-service lifestyle management company overseeing the newly opened V Palm Springs Hotel, will open the first of two restaurants ahead of Coachella, which starts April 15. The 140-room V Palm Springs, which opened last month, is owned by Mark Garages, the celebrity lawyer known for representing Michael Jackson…

Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel About to Become “Fearlessly Chic”

Jeffrey Beers brings global design philosophy to Manhattan. Renaissance Hotels‘ new U.S. flagship property, the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel, has  embraced a bold philosophy — that of award-winning designer Jeffrey Beers. Catering to the “Next Generation” business traveler, the hotel says it seeks to capture the authenticity and glamour of New York with a style…

These Hotel Rooms Don’t Have Doors: Introducing the Luxe Teepee

“Glamping” has come a long way: your own fireplace and concierge.   Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo in Florida is taking glamping to a whole new level, adding 10 “Luxe Teepees” to its collection of not-so-rustic accommodations, which also include cabins, luxurious tents and lodge suites. Each 651-square-foot teepee can accommodate up to four guests…

Starwood’s Secret Suitor: Why Anbang Backed Down

Anbang Insurance Group offered Starwood Hotels a deal worth $14 billion — then mysteriously bowed out. When Marriott International first emerged as the top suitor for Starwood Hotels & Resorts last year, the seller wondered if a contender might emerge — perhaps Hyatt Hotels Corp., an early favorite among those following the industry. What Starwood…

Baltimore’s New Luxury Hotel: ‘Ivy’ Ambition

It’s a stone’s throw from the Baltimore City Detention Center, but residents (and developers, no doubt) hope The Ivy Hotel will mark a change in perception for a city known more for its crime rate than its luxury tourism. And so far, optimism is high. “Everyone might not recognize it, but we think Baltimore is ready…

The Race to Become “World’s First Kickstarter Hotel”

Most hotel developers head to the bank or wrangle deep-pocketed partners to finance a new project. Oregonian Greg Hennes has adopted a more Millennial approach (befitting of his own generation) to revitalize a 100-year-old boutique hotel in his home city. The Jennings, once a landmark of the recreation-centric Joseph, Oregon — a town of 1,100 loyal…

Stairway to South Beach: SIXTY Hotels’ Nautilus Opens in July

Past meets present in SIXTY Hotels’ revival of the Nautilus South Beach, paying homage to the original spirit of its 1950s heyday, according to its website, while incorporating an international vibe reflective of modern day Miami. Set in the heart of Miami’s Art Deco district, the 250-room luxury boutique hotel will evoke a “luxe beach house” vibe,…

With a Wink and a Wardrobe Change, The Watergate Hotel Reopens

After seven years, the Watergate Hotel is breaking its silence. Gleefully embracing the Nixon-era political faux pas that made ‘Watergate’ a permanent part of scandal-lexicon, the 338-suite luxury hotel expects to reopen late this summer after financial woes closed its doors in 2007. A $125 million renovation, led by Canadian-owned, New York-based developer Euro Capital…