The 62-key Retreat at the Blue Lagoon hotel recently opened near Reykjavik, and the Iceland property's Blue Lagoon suite features private access to the lagoon.
AKA University City in Philadelphia is popular with celebrities such as Nicole Kidman, Michael B. Jordan and Kevin Hart. The hotel's private Level 28 includes a theater, golf simulator and a gym.
Demand is outpacing hotel room growth across Massachusetts, with hotels seeing a revenue uptick of 4.4% in 2017, according to STR. Some 1,445 new rooms are coming on line this year in Boston's suburbs.
A Ritz-Carlton project in Manhattan has closed on $315 million in financing. The property will feature 266 guest rooms.
Bodega Negra restaurant at New York's Dream Downtown hotel is an example of how hotel restaurants are winning fans with family style dining. "Our typical guests will come in and have guacamole with a couple of appetizers, then will order a few different tacos and then will share a couple of entrees amongst the table with a couple of sides," said Executive Chef Brad Warner.
Boasting 54% female ownership, American Hotel Register Co. has made its status as a women-owned business official by obtaining certification from the Women's Business Enterprise National Council. American's president and CEO, Angela Korompilas, said diversity is a long-standing priority for the company, whose leadership team and workforce are just under 50% female.
Empowerment of women, advances in technology and diversity at all levels are key cultural changes industry executives cited during a recent Hotel Business roundtable hosted by the Wall Street Journal. Keeping today's and tomorrow's employees requires an emotional connection and shared values, added Chris Green of Chesapeake Hospitality.
The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, has created a menu of event add-ons, such as a self-defense or improv class to spice up meetings. "Our primary motivation as hosts is to create memorable experiences for all of our guests -- young or old, traveling at leisure or attending a meeting," said Michelle Zwirek, director of sales and marketing.
The Baccarat Hotel in New York has launched the "Art of Pairing Series -- When Tea Met Scotch," an afternoon indulgence of the two beverages with hors d'oeuvres and canapes for $200 a person. The occasional series is a partnership with In Pursuit of Tea and Dalmore Single Malt Scotch Whiskey.