Greenwood Adds 5; More Management Deals

NATIONAL REPORT—Greenwood Hospitality Group has inked a deal for five properties in Monterey, CA, while both Benchmark and Meyer Jabara Hotels are adding to their portfolios.

Greenwood Hospitality Inks Deal for Five Boutique Hotels
Greenwood Hospitality Group, a full-service third party hotel management company, has assumed management of five hotels in Monterey, CA: the Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa, the Spindrift Inn, the Wave Street Inn, the Victorian Inn and the Monterey Bay Inn. All five properties are owned by boutique hotel collection Inns of Monterey.

“These five properties represent some of the most vibrant and expressive hotels in the Monterey hotel market,” said Bill Kohl, principal at Greenwood Hospitality Group. “We are excited for the future of this fantastic destination, and we are looking forward to growing alongside Inns of Monterey.”

The historic Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa is a full-service property originally known as La Granja (Spanish for ‘the farm’) when it was built in 1824 by Spanish diplomat Don Estéban Munras. The property’s historic significance has been maintained over the years, including a portion of the original structure complete with 32-in. thick adobe walls. Today, the hotel offers modern Spanish cuisine at the Estéban Restaurant.

The Spindrift Inn was built by Chinese investor and restaurateur Maen Chang Wu in 1927 on the site of the former Ocean View Hotel. The 45-key hotel is located on Monterey’s historic Cannery Roy, and sits on the shores of Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean. A continental breakfast delivered directly to the room is one of the hotel’s hallmarks.

The Wave Street Inn is located near Monterey’s Cannery Row and is within walking distance of the Old Fisherman’s Wharf. The hotel’s modern design is bolstered by an aesthetic rooted in nature, and each of the property’s rooms and suite categories are named in honor of Cannery Row.

The Victorian Inn has changed hands many times over the course of history, with its first recorded purchase from the Lang Family in 1908. Today, the hotel offers oversize guestrooms and suites with fireplaces for couples, families, and groups, many with full-size living rooms and large sleeper sofas. All guests of the Victorian Inn will have access to a daily complimentary deluxe continental breakfast and evening wine and cheese reception.

The Monterey Bay Inn provides views of Monterey’s historic coastline, as well as access to the most popular attractions in the area. This property was built as part of Cannery Row’s modern renaissance, and is located adjacent to the 1916 California Fisheries facility. The 49-key hotel offers private balconies, a rooftop hot tub, a daily continental breakfast delivered to the room and direct access to San Carlos Beach.

Benchmark to Operate First Margaritaville Resort in Texas
Benchmark will operate a major new resort property in the Houston area, which will be the first Margaritaville Resort in Texas. Scheduled to open the summer of 2020, the Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe-Houston, an all-suite resort, will feature 335 guest suites. Bars and restaurants will offer signature Margaritaville dining concepts: the LandShark Bar & Grill with boat slips on Lake Conroe, the 5 o’Clock Somewhere Swim Up Pool Bar, the Lone Palm Pool Bar & Restaurant, the License to Chill Bar & Grill, and Joe Merchant Grab n’ Go, and a Margaritaville Retail Shop.

Set on 186 lakefront acres on the 21-mile-long Lake Conroe, the Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe-Houston will offer an array of recreational activities: an 18-hole golf course, a three-acre waterpark with a lazy river and outdoor pools, pickleball, tennis, swimming, boating, fishing, jet skiing and waterskiing. Margaritaville’s full-service St. Somewhere Spa, and a spacious, 24-hour fitness center, will provide wellness options. With 72,000 sq. ft. of indoor/outdoor IACC approved meeting space, the resort can host special events and meetings of every size.

Meyer Jabara Hotels Now Operating First Cambria in South Boston
Meyer Jabara Hotels is now operating the newly opened Cambria Hotel Boston, Downtown-South Boston. The 159-room hotel is the first hotel to open in “Southie” and the second hotel to be operated in Boston by MJH; the company also owns and operates Cambria hotels in Pittsburgh and White Plains, NY; and will operate a property in Morristown, NJ, which is under construction.

The hotel offers public areas that feature natural elements, such as digital projections of trees on walls that change with the seasons, stone floors and oversized wood treatments, to bring the city’s ties to nature and the nearby Harbor to life. The lobby lounge mirrors a speakeasy with antique books, 20th century typewriters, marble finishes, and hues of emerald green throughout the lobby, restaurant, and bar.

Guestrooms offer walnut-finished platform beds with plush linens, modern fixtures, abundant lighting and spa-like bathrooms. Each guestroom is also adorned with quotes from famous New England literature, such as The Scarlet Letter and The Bell Jar, and master Massachusetts-based storytellers including Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. The hotel also has multifunction event space for up to 200 people; an on-site bar and café with outdoor seating; and, a 2,400-sq.-ft. fitness center.

Paramount Hotel Group Adds TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Clinton, NJ
Paramount Hotel Group, a full-service third party hotel management company, has been awarded the management contract for the TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Clinton, NJ.

The new 100-suite hotel offers studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens, as well as separate living/working and sleeping areas. Most rooms also feature the Home Office Suite, designed to provide guests with storage and flexible space to spread out. Other hotel amenities include a heated indoor swimming pool, an outdoor patio, a fitness center open 24 hours per day, a meeting room, laundry facilities, complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel and on-site business services, including copying, faxing and printing.