Worldwide Briefing

18 June 2007 by
Worldwide Briefing

Schrager links with Marriott for new designer hotel concept

Marriott hotels has teamed up with hotel designer-guru Ian Schrager to create the next generation lifestyle brand. The group plans to create a brand of up to 100 hotels that would "push the boundaries and take the hotel industry to a new level." The hotels will be located in gateway cities in north and south America, Europe and Asia, with an average of 150-200 rooms. Schrager said: "The brand will be about an attitude, about a feeling rather than a look. Sophisticated public spaces, finishes, design and details will serve the experience rather than drive it."

Hyatt launches house wine

Hyatt Hotels and Resorts has announced its new signature wine brand, Canvas. Developed in partnership with Folio Fine Wine Partners, a Californian-based company in the Napa Valley, the wines will now be available in restaurants, bars and mini-bars at all Hyatt-branded properties. The line includes three varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay.

Hilton launches new spa alliance

Hilton Hotels has announced it will spend $200m (£101m) developing 70 new spas throughout its portfolio including the Waldorf Astoria and Conrad brands. The group also launched a new partnership with Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey (LVMH) brands Guerlain and Acqua di Parma and with Spa Chakra to offer new spa and boutique products in its hotels.

Dolce International announces expansion plans Hospitality company

Dolce International has announced the addition of Dolce Basking Ridge in New Jersey, USA to its portfolio this week. A multi-million dollar refurbishment is now planned to take the hotel and conference centre. The deal for the 171 room property, takes the group's portfolio to 24. Dolce's new financial partner Broadreach Capital Partners bought the property from AT&T.

Sofitel Nice changes hands

Ownership of the four star Sofitel hotel in Nice has changed to European hotel real estate fund Invesco, for an undisclosed sum. The deal, brokered by hotel property agent Christie's & Co on behalf of the City of Nice, will see the property let to Spanish hotel operator NH Hotels on a long-term lease. A spokesman for Invesco said the group, which has €1b (£676m) available for investment, would continue to look for single asset and portfolio acquisitions throughout Europe. The 152 room hotel will now undergo refurbishment.

ByEmily Manson

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