Today's Hotel Development News Today's Hotel Development News from Hotel News Resource en-us Hotel News Resource The London West Hollywood Launches First Phase Of $23 Million Renovation The redesign will feature new ninth floor suites by the original designer of the property, David Collins Studio - sixteen Royal Vista suites as well as five specialty Gate Suites that pay homage to London's Hyde Park. These twenty-one suites, in addition to a new 2,600 square foot state-of-the-art fitness center (designed by Gonzalez Architects with interiors by Richmond Design), adjacent to the first floor lobby, are set to debut this September 2014. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:59:50 EST Meliá Cartagena in Cartagena De Indias Announced for First Quarter 2017 Meliá Hotels International continues its international growth in Colombia, one of the most dynamic markets in Latin America, with the announcement of the opening of the new Meliá Cartagena in Cartagena de Indias, scheduled for first quarter 2017. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:34:31 EST Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Announced for Early 2015 Palace Resorts announced its newest property, Moon Palace Jamaica Grande, the first Palace Resorts property located outside of Mexico. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:30:45 EST Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos Anonced for 2016 The 600-room property marks the brand’s fourth Mexican destination and aligns with the company’s aggressive international growth strategy. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:54:15 EST Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Signs Five New Projects in Saudi Arabia Carlson Rezidor announced the signing of five new projects in Saudi Arabia and increases its presence in the Kingdom to 22 hotels and almost 4,000 rooms in operation and under development. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:17:34 EST Omar Amanat Wins Lawsuit Victory Against Doronin For Control of Amanresorts In a legal victory for entrepreneur Omar Amanat, Adrian Zecha, 81, renowned hotelier and founder of Amanresorts, has been reinstated by order of the High Court in London as CEO of Amanresorts. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:15:10 EST The Hollis Halifax - A DoubleTree Suites by Hilton to Open This September Hilton Worldwide last week announced the signing of a new hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia: The Hollis Halifax - A DoubleTree Suites by Hilton. The 120-room all-suite hotel, formerly a Radisson Suite Hotel, is currently undergoing renovation and is expected to be fully converted by early September. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:06:19 EST HMC Assumes Management of Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham in Pearl River, LA HMC Continues Their Hotel Portfolio Expansion In Louisiana Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:45:04 EST Nines Hotel in Portland Oregon Sold for $127.0 Million Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE:PEB) lastweek announced that it has acquired The Nines Hotel for $127.0 million. The 331-room luxury hotel is located across from Pioneer Square, in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:06:53 EST IHG Adds Three More Holiday Inn Express® Hotels to Its UK Portfolio InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the signing of three more Holiday Inn Express® hotels in the UK: Holiday Inn Express® London – Vauxhall Nine Elms, Holiday Inn Express® Leigh – Sports Village and Holiday Inn Express® Wigan in Greater Manchester. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:49:07 EST Vantage Hospitality Group to Acquire America's Best Franchising's Hotel Brands Vantage Hospitality Group, Inc., today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire America's Best Franchising, Inc.'s hotel brands - America's Best Inns & Suites®, Country Hearth Inns & Suites®, Jameson Inn®, Jameson Suites®, Signature Inn®, and 3 Palms Hotels & Resorts(SM), and ABF's license for the Budgetel® Inns & Suites brand. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:46:59 EST Interstate Hotels & Resorts Acquires Rim Hospitality's Management Platform Interstate Hotels & Resorts announced today the acquisition of the management agreements of Rim Hospitality, a leading hotel management company in North America. Interstate will create a Rim Hospitality Division with a dedicated team based out of Rim's Newport Beach headquarters to manage the acquired portfolio. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:28:50 EST Rezidor Announces 11 Hotels with 2,200 Rooms and Further Strengthens Pipeline in Key Focus Countries Like Saudi Arabia and Turkey The Rezidor Hotel Group has signed 11 new projects with almost 2,200 rooms in the second quarter of 2014. All new rooms were under fee-based contracts - supporting Rezidor’s asset-light, profitable and sustainable growth strategy in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:21:05 EST Eastern Europe Poised For Hotel Development Growth Russia, Poland and Ukraine are expected to increase their room supply by adding 18 percent (32,700 rooms) on top of their existing supply, increasing room supply across Eastern Europe, according to data from STR Global’s June pipeline report. These three countries combined will account for 46 percent of Eastern Europe’s future room supply. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:51:32 EST The Westin, The Woodlands to Open in Houston End of 2015 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) and The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE:HHC) today announced that the Westin brand will soon open its fifth hotel in greater Houston. The Westin, The Woodlands will debut at the end of 2015 within The Woodlands, one of the country’s premier master planned communities and a leading business center located 27 miles north of downtown Houston. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:41:21 EST Hyatt Ziva Cancun to Open Late 2015 Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) and Playa Hotels & Resorts B.V. (Playa) today announced plans to introduce the Hyatt Ziva brand to Cancun. Formerly Dreams Cancun, the resort’s multi-million dollar renovation began June 1, and it is expected to reopen in late 2015 as Hyatt Ziva Cancun. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:37:00 EST PM Hospitality Strategies, Inc. Ends Record Second Quarter with Addition of Three Hotels Officials of PM Hospitality Strategies, Inc. (PMHS) announced today that it capped off a record second quarter growth spurt with the recent addition/opening of three hotels, bringing to four the number of properties added to the company’s rapidly growing, third-party hotel management portfolio in the past 10 weeks. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:26:16 EST 226 Room Holiday Inn Express Hotel Announced for Brisbane’s Spring Hill InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and international investment group, Pro-Invest have signed a franchise agreement for a 226-room Holiday Inn Express hotel in Brisbane’s Spring Hill. The hotel will be the first Holiday Inn Express property in the city and marks the company's return to Brisbane. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:33:05 EST Hyatt Atlanta Midtown Sold for $49.5 Million RLJ Lodging Trust announced that it has acquired the 194-room Hyatt Atlanta Midtown located in Atlanta, GA for a purchase price of $49.5 million, or approximately $255,000 per key. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:55:02 EST Former W Hotel Converts to Le Méridien New Orleans Winter 2014 As part of the strategic conversion plan of the former W New Orleans, the property has now transitioned to the Hotel New Orleans Downtown for the remainder of its $29 million renovation. Managed by Starwood Hotels, the Hotel New Orleans Downtown will remain open and fully operational as well as a member of the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program until Le Méridien debuts this winter. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:43:19 EST