Hotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles to Channel Prohibition-Era Hollywood

In a departure from the ‘Old Hollywood revival’ trend that has guided the atmosphere of recent Los Angeles hospitality projects, the Hotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles will launch in early 2016 with an eye on prohibition-era L.A. Designed to tell the pre-Hollywood narrative of downtown Los Angeles, Hotel Indigo will channel Fiesta De Las Flores and…

Luxury Hotel Opening: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Sparks a Sporty Renaissance

It’s been 125 years since the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel opened its doors, but with a Shake Shack leading the dining options, it’s safe to say this 241-room conversion of the Venetian-Gothic building is anything but dated. The 13-story hotel will also include a rooftop bar overlooking Millennium Park, an all-American restaurant (aptly named Cindy’s) and…

Nobu Hotel Opens in Manila with Over-the-Top Gala

Robert De Niro took a break from the red carpet yesterday to celebrate the opening of the Nobu Hotel at City of Dreams Manila, a project realized with Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa, producer Meir Teper and a trio of Melco Crown Entertainment developers. The 321-room boutique hotel evokes an atmosphere it calls “fun luxury,” integrating Melco Crown…

For Africa’s Next Wave of Luxury Hotels, Look Below the Sahara

Just as the introduction of a neighborhood Starbucks stamps the seal of gentrification in U.S. cities, a brand-name luxury hotel has signified similar growth in Ghana. Internationally recognized hotel group Kempinski Hotels plans to open its first foray into Ghana next month with the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast Accra, marking the West African nation’s first large-scale luxury…

Carlson Rezidor Launches Fourth Luxury Hotel in Estonia

International hotel group Carlson Rezidor will open its fourth hotel in Estonia next month with the Park Inn by Radisson Meriton Tallinn, strengthening the brand’s presence in Eastern Europe with 14 hotel across the Baltics. The 465-room property, formerly the Meriton Grand Conference & Spa Hotel, will seek to win travelers’ hearts though their stomachs,…

Forchielli Glynn Redesigns Grafton on Sunset in $8 Million Renovation

The Grafton on Sunset in West Hollywood has completed an $8 million renovation led by Beverly Hills design firm Forchielli Glynn. The wide-sweeping project updated the 108-suite hotel’s exterior, public spaces and guest suites, along with its recently opened lounge, Bar 20, and restaurant, Oliver’s Prime, both of which launched in the last year. Noted changes include guestroom decor, now a…

Alila Hotels & Resorts to Launch Three New Properties This Fall

Alila Hotels & Resorts will launch three new properties this fall, increasing the Bali-based group’s portfolio of boutique character hotels to twelve. The design-focused hotel group, which abides by strict eco-conscious guidelines, has 19 total projects in development, all scheduled to open before 2018. The first property to launch, the 5-star Alila Seminyak, is located on…