INTERNATIONAL REPORT—Hotels are in the works in cities across the globe. Historic restorations, brand firsts and beach resorts are some of the recent developments:
Former Blackstone Hotel to Reopen as the Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel
The former Blackstone Hotel will reopen as the Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel in spring 2020 in Omaha, NE. The Kimpton-branded hotel will be managed by Pivot Hotels & Resorts. The Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel will have 205 guestrooms including 15 suites, dining options, a swimming pool, solarium and more than 13,500 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meetings and events spaces. The eight-story building was declared an Omaha Landmark in 1983 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. Significant historic and design elements of the original hotel will be restored as part of the $75-million renovation.
Shandaken Inn Set to Open in the Catskills
Set for a soft debut this month, Shandaken Inn will officially open its doors in February 2020 in Shandaken, NY. In its revitalized state, the 15-room inn will welcome guests year-round.
Originally built in the late 1920s, the property’s restoration is the conception of owner Jay Jacobs, who appointed New York-based interior designer Alise Yang of AY Designs. Located close to New York City in the Catskills, Shandaken Inn is in close proximity to popular mountain peaks such as Belleayre and Hunter Mountains.
Hyatt Has Plans for First Hotel in Iceland with Hyatt Centric Reykjavík
A Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with H176 Reykjavík ehf, a fully owned subsidiary of Icelandic real estate company Reitir fasteignafelag hf, to open the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Iceland. Expected to debut in 2022, the 169-room Hyatt Centric Reykjavík will have food and beverage outlets, approximately 2,100 sq. ft. of meeting space and is located east of the city center and close to the international airport. The building will be a redevelopment of the former headquarters of the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.
Aloft by Marriott Coming to San Juan, Puerto Rico
A new Aloft hotel by Marriott is set to open in late January 2020 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in El Distrito, an entertainment, retail and dining project. The hotel will have 177 guestrooms over seven stories with a variety of open spaces and views of the convention center, bringing the total room count in the Puerto Rico Convention Center District to 1,762. El Distrito will also have a zipline, restaurants, bars, lounges, the first day/night disco and eight movie theaters.
Beach Enclave Turks & Caicos Breaks Ground on Beach Enclave Long Bay Beach Houses
Beach Enclave Turks & Caicos recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the second phase of Beach Enclave Long Bay. Beach Enclave Long Bay Phase 2 consists of four three- to four-bedroom stand-alone Beach Houses and The Club building, a 24-key boutique hotel with seven select Club Residences available for private ownership. Together with the groundbreaking of the Beach Houses, Beach Enclave revealed The Club at Beach Enclave Long Bay, a four-story building with a rooftop wellness spa, a beachfront restaurant, Club Pool, fitness center and tennis court.