Buyers and banks demonstrated strong interest in independent hotels in 2017, with 125 being sold in the US, according to STR. Independent properties fetched an average per-room price of $202,000, compared to $190,000 for branded upper-upscale properties and $423,000 for luxury branded hotels.
Small is beautiful and personal at the 68-room boutique-style Equus hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii, which is home to an array of larger rivals. "[I]t allows us to set ourselves apart as a very individual and eclectic and iconic little property," owner Michael Dailey said.
The first phase of a $35 million renovation at the Hilton Miami Downtown is finished. Guest rooms, meeting and event spaces, the lobby and restaurant were given an ultracontemporary look for the property's reopening.
The Krauma geothermal spa recently opened in the Iceland's Borgarfjordur region. The spa relies on the nearby Deildartunguhver hot spring.
Aromatic Floral Bliss treatments at Melo Spa at the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong promise to "nourish the skin and melt away stress."
The HelloAva beauty app helps match people to the right skin care products. Creator Siqi Mou describes it as "Match.com for products."
Smoking will join the gaming and drinking at an outdoor patio set to open in April at Live Casino & Hotel in Baltimore. The space, called Orchid, will be open on one side to allow patrons to light up, respecting a state law forbidding smoking inside casinos.
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