Award-winning Austin, Texas, chef Damien Brockway will be on staff of the P6 restaurant on the rooftop level of The Line ATX Hotel, soon to open in Austin. The Line's parent company, the Sydell Group, is converting a former Radisson Hotel bought in 2016.
IRAS Group, owner of the Best Western Plus Fort Lauderdale Airport South in Dania Beach, Fla., has chosen HP Hotels to operate the 155-room property. HP manages more than 40 hotels across 17 states.
Designers inject enjoyment into hotel development but must be involved with all parties to the operation so that practicality and long-term value are served, executives noted at a recent investors' panel. "In all fairness to designers, we want the look, we want to buy it right, we don't want to pay a fortune, and we want it to last," Gene Kornota of Rebel Hospitality said.
Hotel companies are working to recruit and retain top workers, amid industry growth and a tightening of the labor pool. "Labor shortages are very much a challenge and a reality in the industry today," said Brenda Helps of One Lodging Management.
JLL's Hotels & Hospitality Group Chairman Arthur Adler welcomes disruption in the industry. "As travelers' preferences for their lodging changes, the hospitality industry will follow suit to make sure both guests’ needs are being met and that the real estate is efficient and profitable for ownership," he said.
The late Gianni Versace's Miami mansion now operates as The Villa Casa Casuarina, a 10-suite luxury hotel. The mansion dates back to 1930.
Kimpton has announced plans to transform the Odd Fellows Building in Indianapolis into a 130-key hotel. The property is expected to open in 2020.
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