Striking artwork and floor-to-ceiling terrazzo tile on the fireplace highlight a lavish makeover of the venerable Swank Lounge in San Francisco's Laurel Inn. Renamed Laureate, the 1,100-square-foot lounge also features an updated, California-themed menu.
Red Roof is joining the economy extended-stay hotel movement, adding HomeTowne Studios by Red Roof and HomeTowne Suites by Red Roof to its portfolio of more than 550 properties. The Ohio-based company plans initially to invest $50 million in the transformation of more than 30 existing hotels with nearly 4,000 rooms in 20 markets.
Anchored by the emerging Springwoods Village, a $10 billion master-planned sustainable community, Houston's North Harris County is seeing a hotel industry resurgence. Houston Marriott CityPlace in Springwoods Village, scheduled to open in October, is the development's third hotel and its first full-service property.
Steak frites, roasted chicken, moules frites and steak tartare were on the menu as the French brasserie Couvant made its debut this week at New Orleans' Eliza Jane Hotel. Chef Brad McDonald is returning to his Southern roots after stints at several prestigious restaurants.
Today marks the grand opening of the 600-room Aventura Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida. Among the property's high-tech features are tablets that control various in-room amenities, high-speed fiber internet service and paperless billing.
Walt Disney Co. has indefinitely suspended development of a 700-room luxury hotel at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, Calif., over the city's refusal to grant a 70% transient occupancy tax break worth $267 million. The city attorney has responded that the previously approved tax rebate was for a site north of Disneyland Resort, but the park subsequently moved the project to Downtown Disney and thus is no longer qualified for the subsidy.
The Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club in Surfside, Fla., near Miami recently added a new spa that faces the ocean. It features six treatment rooms and a hammam.
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