Marriott International is combining four of its brands in an advertising campaign built around the theme of human connection. The venture into category marketing, dubbed "Golden Rule," features the "classic select" SpringHill Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn & Suites and Four Points by Sheraton.
Rooms supplied with books by local authors, locally sourced minibars and guitars for strumming are among trademark amenities of Ace Hotels, now with a location in Chicago. The Portland, Ore.-based chain's 10th property was designed by GREC Architects in homage to Mies van der Rohe's work at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
AccorHotels, Marriott International and Hilton Worldwide are among the major names entering the market in Morocco. "The country, which is poised to become an important African economic hub, benefits from a well-developed infrastructure that links the major cities, tourist destinations and airports," Hilton's Feras Hasbini said.
Houston's Marriott Marquis continues to employ people from a pool that the city's hotels turned to for help during February's Super Bowl festivities: the once-homeless. "They come to work motivated; not only are they motivating, but being around them motivates the rest of our team," general manager Scot Cotton said.
AccorHotels will expand its luxury segment with the openings of Fairmont Amman in Jordan, Fairmont Riyadh in Saudi Arabia and The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel and Fairmont Abu Dhabi Marina Resort, both in the UAE, within the next year. Also in the pipeline are Fairmont Fuka Bay, Swissotel Fuka Bay and Fairmont Cairo Pyramids Hotel & Residences -- all in Egypt -- and the Sofitel Wafi Dubai, UAE, and MGallery Jeddah King's Walk, Saudi Arabia.
Los Angeles-based Nimes Real Estate has purchased two hotels in downtown Austin, Texas, from Journeyman Group of Austin for an undisclosed sum. The Hotel Indigo Austin Downtown -- University and the Holiday Inn Express Austin Downtown -- University both opened in 2016.
The Hewing Hotel in Minneapolis is opening its celebrated rooftop bar and restaurant to the general public one day a week. Originally reserved for hotel guests and social club members only, the spot known for distinctive cocktails will serve all comers on Tuesdays.
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