NATIONAL REPORT—Here’s a look at some of the U.S. hotels industry vets are planning to open—or already have.
The Blackburn Inn LLC and Retro Hospitality will open Blackburn Inn. The locally owned, 49-room luxury boutique hotel in downtown Staunton, VA, is slated to open in late spring 2018.
Designed by master builder and Thomas Jefferson protégé Thomas Blackburn, The Blackburn Inn, originally constructed in 1828, honors the original architecture while creating a destination ideal for discerning travelers. Interior design firm A Concept 2 Design was commissioned to develop a design profile that acts as a backdrop to key historic components throughout the hotel. They began this process by choosing a neutral color palette and textural layers of fabrics and finishes to elevate signature structures such as wide corridors and hallway arches, vaulted ceilings and an original wood staircase allowing guests to access the rooftop atrium. Project architect Bruce Shirley of Apex Design worked alongside the interior designer to restore the property.
Other notable design elements that pay homage to the story of The Blackburn Inn include original heart pine floors that will flow throughout the hotel, an antique style drafting table as the reception desk and Thomas Blackburn inspired artwork. The Blackburn Inn will also work with local and regional artisans to showcase bold designs and accessories throughout the hotel to align with Staunton’s emerging art scene.
Blending the historical architecture of the hotel with contemporary flair, the 49 guestrooms and suites will include intricate molding that has been in place for centuries, oversized bathrooms with barn-style glass doors and rain showers. Four of the premiere-level rooms will also include soaking tubs.
The Blackburn Inn will also be home to a 16-seat indoor bistro and bar with seating options on the outdoor terrace and columned front porch.
Fortuna Realty Group (FRG) will open the 176-room Hotel Hendricks in Manhattan on West 38th St. in spring 2019.
Fortuna Realty Group has tapped the architectural firm Nobutaka Ashihara and the Beverly Hills-based designer Marcello Pozzi to design the newly built, 25-story property. Public areas will feature exposed concrete, polished copper and luxe malachite to create a raw, industrial aesthetic. Guestroom design will draw inspiration from midcentury Italian river boats, with glossy mahogany and pastel accents, while still retaining the edgy feel of the hotel’s public spaces.
The hotel will also introduce new food & beverage concepts to the neighborhood with a lobby bar and restaurant, as well as the rooftop Cherry Bar, featuring exposed concrete, cherry wood, and soft light fixtures inside of a “distressed” industrial structure. Additional concept details will be released closer to the hotel’s opening.
Two Roads Hospitality will open Revival, its newest Joie de Vivre property, in early 2018 in the heart of Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon neighborhood. The 107-room, 14-story hotel, developed by Denver-based real estate company nuovoRE, will be housed in a building dating back to 1929, which resides on land formerly owned by the President of Baltimore & Ohio (B&O Railroad). Revival will be a hotel rooted in history with an eye to the future.
The design, led by Baltimore-based Schamu Machowski + Patterson Architects (SM+P Architects) and SLDesign, sought out to celebrate the best of Baltimore, past and present. Features include decorative pieces like a quilt with abstract artwork of Chesapeake Bay and locally sourced art, as well as hardwood floors inspired by pilings from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in certain rooms.
The hotel will offer three dining and drinking options—all highlighting the distinct local flavors of Baltimore—including Square Meal, a ground-floor signature restaurant serving seasonal American fare; a lobby-level lounge; and Topside, a rooftop restaurant and bar centered around the Chesapeake Bay’s seafood offerings. Revival will also have three karaoke rooms, each with an aesthetic drawing from different design eras.
Additionally, the property will have four event spaces: Friday Evening, a private dining room; Kindred and Bailiwick, two 1,000-sq.-ft. banquet rooms; and the Rayborg Crise Garden, an enclosed, private rooftop space.
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Alexandria
The 116-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Alexandria, VA, has opened. It is owned by Hersha Hospitality Trust and managed by SharCon Management Company.
Located six miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and within minutes from Washington, DC, the hotel offers guests access to Old Town Alexandria and National Harbor. Amenities include an indoor swimming pool, an exercise room, valet laundry service, complimentary WiFi, as well as fax and copy services. The hotel also offers two meeting rooms to accommodate functions of up to 105 people.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Florence Cincinnati Airport South
Home2 Suites by Hilton Florence Cincinnati Airport South has opened. The 109-suite hotel is owned by Eliot Cohen & Stuart Cohen and managed by Vista Host Inc.
“Located between Cincinnati’s downtown area and the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Florence is the ideal destination for those looking for a central location to explore the region,” said Katie Cochran, general manager. The Newport Aquarium, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and the Florence Mall are also nearby.
Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Flower Mound
Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Flower Mound is scheduled to open its doors in Flower Mound, TX, next week. The 146-room hotel will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by New Era Hotels and Resorts, developed by New Era Partners and managed by Aimbridge Hospitality.
Nearby destinations include Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Historic Downtown Grapevine, Texas Motor Speedway, River Walk Flower Mound and LEGOLAND Grapevine.
The five-story hotel has an indoor swimming pool, fitness center and guest laundry, and offers over 9,000 sq. ft. of meeting space to accommodate functions of up to 400 people as well as on-site catering.