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1. Starwood Hotels unveils its new soft brand, Tribute

ILHA SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2015

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is launching a new brand, Tribute, which will be composed of independent hotels. Starwood plans to invest $20 million in the venture -- its first new brand since 2006 -- and hopes to grow its portfolio to 100 properties in five years. The Royal Palm South Beach Miami will be the first Tribute hotel. Connecticut Post (Fairfield County-Bridgeport) (04/16) Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (04/15)

2. Hotel firms now have a brand for every type of traveler

ILHA SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

In their bid to meet the needs of every type of guest, the global hotel industry's 10 largest companies have expanded their total brand count to 113, with many of these new brands placed under the lifestyle segment aimed at the millennial generation. Some observers caution that the needs of developers could be superseding consumers' interests in the push for more brands. Skift (04/13)

3. List: London's 10 best luxury hotels

ILHA SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

The Savoy, The Dorchester and Brown's lead this top 10 list of London's best luxury hotels. Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model), The (04/12)

4. Room Mate concept takes off in U.S., Europe

ILHA SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2015

Startup Room Mate is seeing a surge in growth with 21 hotels open in the U.S. and Europe and the launch of last year. Much of the company's success is attributed to the charisma of founder Enrique Sarasola. (free registration) (04/17)

5. Buyers now control former Mondrian Soho in NYC

ILHA SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

A judge has ruled that the investment group that bought New York's Mondrian Soho out of foreclosure can take over management of the property. ASRR Capital and Gerard Guez bought the property for $205 million last month, rebranding the 263-room hotel as the Nomo Soho. (free registration) (04/14)

6. Loews Hotels & Resorts adds a third brand

ILHA SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Loews Hotels & Resorts unveiled its third brand, Loews Regency, and placed the recently acquired Mandarin Oriental in San Francisco under the new brand, renaming it the Loews Regency San Francisco. Chairman Jonathan Tisch said he hopes to see one or two more new Loews Regency hotels this year. Loews Regency will feature a Power Breakfast and offer a prime location, personalized service and an energetic atmosphere. (free registration) (04/15)

7. NYC's Baccarat Hotel offers "spectacular public spaces"

ILHA SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

This review of Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York highlights its "spectacular public spaces with great ceiling heights, creating the perfect setting for art and, what else, the Baccarat chandelier." HotelChatter (04/14)

8. List: World's best pools with a view

ILHA SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Thailand's Sri Panwa, Italy's Belmond Hotel Caruso and Chile's The Singular top this list of hotel pools that offer world-class scenery. Fox Business (04/15)

9. Four Seasons Las Vegas unveils new private cabanas

ILHA SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

The Four Seasons Las Vegas is offering guests a more private experience via its eight private cabanas. These cabanas feature sofas, chaise lounges and flat-screen TVs, with bottle service available. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (04/13)

10. Two Dallas skyscrapers to become three hotels

ILHA SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2015

Two downtown Dallas skyscrapers will be transformed into three new hotels. Hotel company NewcrestImage will renovate the Mercantile Commerce building and 1700 Commerce. "We were looking for opportunities in downtown Dallas and saw some that didn't make sense," said NewcrestImage CEO Mehul Patel. "These two buildings came to our attention and we thought this could be a good conversion." Dallas Morning News (free content), The (04/16)

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