August 17, 2016
At least 20 major hotels in 10 states, including one in Pennsylvania, may have been hit by hackers: CALIFORNIA Hyatt Centric, Santa Barbara Le Meridien, San Francisco Renaissance San Diego Downtown Hotel San Diego Marriott, La Jolla The Westin, Pasadena COLORADO The Westin Snowmass Resort in Snowmass Village FLORIDA Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center. Intercontinental Tampa Bay. Royal Palm South Beach Miami Westin Fort Lauderdale ILLINOIS Hotel Chicago Downtown MINNESOTA The Hotel Minneapolis Autograph Collection The Westin, Minneapolis PENNSYLVANIA The Westin, Philadelphia TENNESSEE Sheraton Music City Hotel, Nashville TEXAS Dallas Fort Worth Marriott Hotel & Golf Club VERMONT Equinox Resort Golf Resort & Spa in Manchester Village VIRGINIA Le Meridien Arlington Sheraton Pentagon City, Arlington DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center SOURCE: Associated Press
August 15, 2016
Name: Room Mate Hotels, room-matehotels.com What it does: A hotel group launched by three friends who were looking for hotels they actually wanted to stay in. It began in Madrid and has expanded to 23 hotels in 12 cities in Europe, the United States, Mexico, and Turkey. More hotels are planned in 2017 for Rotterdam, Netherlands, and Barcelona, Spain, among other destinations. What's hot: Each property in the hotel group has its own name and distinctive decor. That personal approach extends to hotel guests, whom the staff is encouraged to treat as friends, buddies, or roommates.
August 8, 2016
Name: Little.Voyage. What it does: This website opens the door to immersive travel through distinctive properties around the world. Hotels are grouped according to category: boutique, eco-friendly, fabulous, hideaway, quirky, and shoestring. What's hot: It's refreshing to search for travel by image and experience rather than destination and date. Next to the photos is essential information, such as closest airport, destination facts, and currency and visa requirements.
August 5, 2016 |
Atlantic City's Claridge Hotel will become a Radisson-branded property in early October, according to Radisson's Minnetonka, Minn.-based parent company, the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. Carlson Rezidor spokesman Ben Gardeen, who confirmed the change Wednesday, declined to share any further details about the branding arrangement with Claridge's owner, TJM Properties. TJM spokeswoman Anne Sweeney did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment. The Clearwater, Fla-based company acquired the Claridge in 2014 and has since made improvements to the property that include the addition of a rooftop bar and new conference rooms.
July 15, 2016 |
The historic Bucks County inn featured on the hit TV show Hotel Hell is completely off the market, the owner said Thursday. "We never have intended to sell," said Verindar Kaur, owner of The Brick Hotel in Newtown Borough. Kaur had retained SVN Commercial Real Estate in hope of finding someone to operate the hotel and she said she thought a document she signed was to lease the property. It wasn't until she received calls from potential buyers did she understand she signed a sales/lease agreement, she said.
July 14, 2016 |
A 28-year-old New Jersey man who was part of a duo found with photographic equipment and smoke bombs Monday night on the roof of the Hyatt at the Bellevue hotel in Center City has been charged with criminal mischief and defiant trespass, a police spokesman said Tuesday. Ivan Wong, of Edison, in Middlesex County, signed his summary citation and was released, police said. The female he was with was not charged. Wong and his companion were noticed on top of the roof of the hotel in the 200 block of South Broad Street about 7:20 p.m. Monday and someone called 911. They had been taken into custody for questioning by police.
July 13, 2016
Philadelphia homeland-security detectives were questioning two people found on the roof of a Center City hotel with smoke bombs and cameras Monday night, police said. The two were on the roof of the Hyatt at the Bellevue in the 200 block of South Broad Street. Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan, who oversees homeland security, said Monday that "at this time no crime has been committed," but his detectives were conducting "noncustodial interviews. " - Robert Moran
July 1, 2016 |
Best Western Hotels & Resorts will operate its second Philadelphia hotel in an Art Moderne building that previously served as a film-storage facility on the northern edge of Chinatown near 13th and Vine Streets. Ed Grose, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, said Wednesday that owners of the property at 1225 Vine St. told him of the plans. An existing Best Western operates at 255 Chestnut St. Zoning approvals were granted for a 120-room hotel at the Vine Street property in March 2015, according to city records.
June 10, 2016 |
Choice Hotels International Inc. plans to make Philadelphia a showcase for its growing Cambria Hotels & Suites brand, as the sprawling hospitality operator pushes the chic yet value-oriented chain into more city centers. The 14-story hotel being developed at Broad and Locust Streets will be one of two flagships for the Cambria brand, along with a property at New York's Times Square, Choice chief executive officer Steve Joyce said Wednesday at a ceremony marking the start of work on the Philadelphia project.
May 13, 2016 |
Developer Eric Blumenfeld intends to bring the Divine Lorraine back to its hospitality roots with a planned boutique hotel in part of the 124-year-old North Broad Street property that's mostly being converted into apartments. Blumenfeld is seeking an operator for a hotel, featuring 24 guest rooms, that would occupy the Divine Lorraine's less-ornate annex building, where the developer had previously planned additional apartment units, he said Wednesday. "I mean, the sign on the roof says Divine Lorraine Hotel ," Blumenfeld said in an interview during a tour of the property and his other area holdings for investors.