Category Archives: Hospitality

Sunstone Sells Fairmont for $125 Million

Sunstone Sells Fairmont for $125 Million

Hotel REIT Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. sold its Fairmont Newport Beach for $125 million.  The buyer of this massive deal was not disclosed but is believed to be a China-based entity that is affiliated with Infinity Realty Advisors in Los Angeles. The Business Journal was the first to report that the Fairmont was close to

Montage’s Pendry San Diego Opens

Montage's Pendry San Diego Opens

The Pendry San Diego opened in early February in downtown San Diego, owned my Montage International in Irvine.  The Pendry San Diego made its debut in February right in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quater. The Gaslamp Quarter is the West Coast’s number one entertainment district. Those who visit can immerse themselves in rich Victorian architecture, dine

The Las Vegas Cosmopolitan Introduces Interactive Chatbot

The Las Vegas Cosmopolitan Introduces Interactive Chatbot

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas introduced a revolutionary tool to its select guests at the hotel: an interactive chatbot named Rose.  “Hello, HAL. Do you read me, HAL?” “Affirmative, Dave. I read you.” “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” If, upon hearing the words “interactive chatbot,”

7 Hotels Opened in 2016 Throughout Orange County

7 Hotels Opened in 2016 Throughout Orange County

Orange County has seen a recent spike in hotel growth throughout 2016, so what does 2017 have in store for us? Hotel development in Orange County saw another year of growth and development as many properties opened their doors, changed hands in ownership, or underwent massive renovations in order to become appealing once again. Seven

Amazon & Wynn Las Vegas Equip Rooms with Echo

Amazon & Wynn Las Vegas Equip Rooms with Echo

The future is now, and hotels are embracing it by bringing voice-activated Echo into each of its rooms, allowing guests to use their voice to control the room. Wynn Las Vegas and Amazon have announced they plan to equip all 4,748 rooms at the Wynn Las Vegas with Amazon Echo, Amazon’s hand-free voice-controlled speaker. The

A New Hotel Proposed for Downtown Los Angeles

A New Hotel Proposed for Downtown Los Angeles

Another hotel has been proposed for downtown LA, what will the future hold for this new place? Back in November of 2016, a consortium of developers backed by Chinese investors filed plans with the city to construct an 18-story, 247-room hotel near LA Live. This new hotel would be a Cambria Hotel and would be

Tax Breaks for Luxury Hotels

Tax Breaks for Luxury Hotels

Corporate giants, Walt Disney Co. and their affiliates of Hong Kong-based Wincome Group will be receiving giant tax breaks for building hotels in Anaheim.  Three hotel projects are expected to open between 2019 and 2021, combining for a total of 1,910 rooms. The Anaheim City Council agreed in the early hours of July 13, 2016, that

Hotel Guests & Pokémon GO

Hotel Guests & Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO has taken the world by storm, but how will this affect hotels and hotel guests? Over the past months, Pokémon GO has been catching the attention and time of nearly every smartphone user. This app had, in its beginnings, more daily users than Twitter and Instagram! The game is a location-based augmented reality

The Rise of Pet-Friendly Hotels

The Rise of Pet-Friendly Hotels

You may think it’s a bit strange (because it is), but a hotel in Vienna arranges for dogs to go to the opera without their owners. Park Hyatt Vienna now allows check-in with their cats or dogs and aims to be as pet-friendly as possible. If a guest wants a night out in the Austrian

Santa Ana Approves More Incentives for Luxury Hotels

Santa Ana Approves More Incentives for Luxury Hotels

Santa Ana is setting out the welcome mat for luxury hotels in their city. At long last, after seven months of considering an incentive program for four- and five-star hotel developers to build in Santa Ana, City Council members have taken a step forward. That incentive program was approved and adopted unanimously. It came with