Starwood, other potential buyers line up to bid on LaSalle | Dallas company said to have bought Denver's Brown Palace | Accor expanding services ecosystem in 2018
April 19, 2018
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Starwood, other potential buyers line up to bid on LaSalle
Starwood Capital, Blackstone Group and Park Hotels & Resorts are among those interested in buying LaSalle Hotel Properties, a real estate investment trust facing a takeover bid from Pebblebrook Hotel Trust.
Bloomberg (free registration) (4/17) 
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Business Update
Dallas company said to have bought Denver's Brown Palace
Crescent Real Estate Holdings LLC of Dallas reportedly has purchased the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver. An internal memo said HEI Hotels & Resorts will take over management in June.
KUSA-TV (Denver) (4/16) 
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Accor expanding services ecosystem in 2018
AccorHotels CEO Sebastien Bazin says the company will continue its growth push this year and add to its services ecosystem. "Beyond providing accommodations to travelers, hotels are striving to become essential to enhance the daily lives of as many people as possible," he says.
Skift (4/18) 
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Hotel gains follow worst Calif. wildfire siege
In the wake of California's most devastating wildfire season on record, hotel occupancy rates rose in four affected counties, according to a new report. First-quarter revenues were up 26.6% year over year in Sonoma County, where the most homes were lost.
North Bay Business Journal (Santa Rosa, Calif.) (4/18) 
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Market Trends
Palace Resorts lets guests rejuvenate with wellness offerings
The Beach Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico, invites guests to focus on wellness at its Awe Spa. Jamaica's Palace Resorts and Mexico's Playa del Carmen and Isla Mujeres also incorporate wellness offerings.
TravelPulse (4/17) 
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Moxy incorporates local flair in bar design
Moxy Hotels works hard to incorporate local elements into bar design. "No two Moxy hotels should ever feel exactly alike, especially in the public space," said the company's Vicki Poulos.
Hotel Management online (4/17) 
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Striking illustration heralds Chicago's St. Jane Hotel
A locally based artist's colorful illustration spreads nearly 25 feet across the entrance to Chicago's St. Jane Hotel, set to open in June. Morgan Ramberg's art deco-inspired work highlights renovation of the former Hard Rock Hotel in the Carbon & Carbide building, which was built in 1929.
Curbed (4/18) 
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Spotlight on Technology
Phone calls are offered via Alexa for Business
A hotel-focused service provider for Alexa for Business has added conventional phone calling to the device's video conferencing function. Volara uses Alexa to serve as a concierge service for hotel guests.
VentureBeat (4/18) 
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