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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.