INTERNATIONAL REPORT—From far-flung luxury resorts to a pop-up hotel in Texas to a brand debut in Atlanta, new properties are in the works to meet the demands of a growing travel market. Here’s a look:
Karisma, Margaritaville to Develop Collection of Luxury Resorts
Margaritaville and Karisma Hotels & Resorts are inviting travelers to escape to paradise with the arrival of Margaritaville Island Reserve by Karisma, an inclusive resort experience. Reflecting a landmark partnership, Margaritaville Island Reserve by Karisma will comprise upscale, relaxed resorts built in beachfront destinations throughout Mexico and the Caribbean.
Margaritaville Island Reserve by Karisma will be Margaritaville’s first collection of inclusive luxury resorts. The new resort concept combines Karisma’s renowned service and incredible food and beverage, with Margaritaville’s authentic sense of fun and escapism, signature food and beverage concepts, and iconic design elements.
Karisma and Margaritaville’s milestone partnership marks the beginning of a long-term relationship to build and operate Margaritaville Island Reserve properties. Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Cancun by Karisma, the first inclusive Margaritaville resort, will debut in winter 2019. Additional confirmed locations include a second resort in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, Jamaica, and Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic, among other destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
WhyHotel Reveals Houston Pop-Up Hotel
WhyHotel, an alternative lodging service that operates pop-up hotels in newly built, luxury apartment buildings, revealed plans to launch a new pop-up hotel in Houston, highlighting the company’s first location outside of the East Coast. The pop-up will be launched in partnership with Camden Property Trust and is scheduled to begin accepting its first guests in late 2019, with the pop-up hotel running through late 2020.
The new Houston pop-up will have approximately 100 units at Camden Downtown, located at 1515 Austin St. in downtown Houston. Camden’s newest Houston development community, a 21-story, 271-unit residential high-rise positioned next to the Toyota Center and less than one mile from the George R. Brown Convention Center, will offer residents and hotel guests a fitness center, bar and dining spaces, as well as common area lounges.
Motto by Hilton Signs First U.S. Hotel
Hilton signed the first U.S. Motto by Hilton hotel in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood of Atlanta in partnership with Lucror Resources and Sixty West Funds. Motto by Hilton Atlanta Old Fourth Ward is scheduled to break ground in summer 2019, with a targeted opening of early 2021.
Situated at 40 Boulevard NE, the 125-room Motto by Hilton Atlanta Old Fourth Ward is part of Waldo’s, an $80-million, modern, mixed-use development project, which will also include 13,000 sq. ft. of food and beverage space, 120,000 sq. ft. of commercial space and 10 residential units.
The development will include a speakeasy, full-service restaurant and food stalls in the courtyard. The space will be designed by global architecture firm TVSDESIGN, with the hotel interiors designed by HBA.
My Place Fans Will Soon Have a Hotel in Arizona
Following the brand’s recent 36-hour tour, which included three groundbreakings in three new states, My Place Hotels of America revealed plans to open a property in Avondale, AZ.
The new-build, four-story, 63-unit hotel will be located at 915 N. Avondale Blvd. Developed by MP Avondale LLC., My Place is the first hotel in the Avondale City Center District.
My Place Avondale is expected to open early next year and will have a new exterior design that underscores its surroundings ,as well as amenities beyond the typical My Place offering, including an outdoor pool and fitness center.
Shaner Silver Spring Hotel Breaks Ground on Fairfield by Marriott
Shaner Silver Spring Hotel LLC, a partnership between Shaner Hotels and Quarryville, PA-based Paul Risk Construction, broke ground on the 108-room Fairfield by Marriott Mechanicsburg in Pennsylvania. The hotel is expected to open during the third quarter of 2020. Pennian Bank, based in Mifflintown, PA, provided the construction financing.
Located at 503 Winding Creek, the planned five-story hotel will offer complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel, 24/7 fitness center and indoor pool. There’s also a complimentary, daily breakfast buffet available.
Construction Is Underway on the Cambria Fort Lauderdale Beach
Hotel franchisor Choice Hotels International Inc., developer Hotel Motel Inc., and property manager Meyer Jabara Hotels (MJH) broke ground on the five-story, 104-room Cambria in Fort Lauderdale, FL. It is scheduled to open in 2020. The asset, located at 2231 N. Ocean Blvd., will be one of the only hotels within walking distance to public beaches in the city’s North Beach area.
The Harpeth to Open in Franklin, TN
Valor Hospitality Partners revealed plans to open the 119-room The Harpeth Hotel, A Curio Collection by Hilton, in the heart of historic Franklin, TN, in August. The hotel will offer spacious rooms, an upscale chef-driven restaurant, European-style street café, more than 5,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and access to an in-complex day spa—A Moment’s Peace Salon and Day Spa.
In-room amenities will include 55-in. LCD TVs, upgraded bathrooms with oversized showers and tubs, plush robes and slippers, and more. The Harpeth will also be home to 1799 Kitchen & Cocktails and McGavock’s Coffee Bar & Provisions.
Noble Breaks Ground on Element by Westin Nashville | West End Vanderbilt
Noble Investment Group broke ground on the Element by Westin Nashville. Located in the West End neighborhood of Nashville, TN, the hotel will be the brand’s debut in the city and will open in 2020.
The upscale, lifestyle hotel will be a part of the 19-acre mixed-use development, oneC1TY. Anchored by Vanderbilt University, three major medical centers and healthcare providers, corporate headquarters and Nashville’s Music Row.
The Element by Westin Nashville will be LEED certified and will have 175 guestrooms and suites, an outdoor terrace with an infinity pool, and street-level retail and dining.
A Trio Signs Conrad Nashville
Propst Development, Chartwell Hospitality LLC and Hilton signed the Conrad Nashville, which is slated to open in 2021. The 237-room Conrad Hotels & Resorts hotel will anchor one of the two towers at Broadwest, the new $540-million, urban mixed-use community, which will also include Class AA office space, upscale retail offerings and high-end condominiums in Nashville, TN.
Conrad Nashville will be co-owned by Propst Development, a real estate and development company based in Huntsville, AL, with projects across the Southeast, and Chartwell Hospitality LLC, an integrated hotel operations and development company based in Franklin, TN. Chartwell Hospitality will operate the hotel.