AccorHotels creates lifestyle division for boutique brands

The logo of French hotel operator AccorHotels is seen on top of the company's headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux near Paris, France April 22, 2016. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo
The logo of French hotel operator AccorHotels is seen on top of the company’s headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux near Paris, France April 22, 2016. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo

Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta |

PARIS (Reuters) – AccorHotels (ACCP.PA), Europe’s largest hotel group, is creating a new lifestyle division to pool its fast-growing “boutique” hotel brands, the company said on Monday.

From Feb. 1, Cedric Gobilliard will head the division, which comprises the Jo&Joe youth hostel brand and AccorHotels’ stakes in Germany’s 25hours Hotels and France’s MamaShelter brands. Continue reading “AccorHotels creates lifestyle division for boutique brands”

El San Juan Hotel to Join Curio – A Collection by Hilton Following Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

el-san-juan-hotel-to-join-curio-a-collection-by-hilton-following-multi-million-dollar-renovationSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – December 22, 2016 – El San Juan Hotel is pleased to announce that it will open its doors as part of Curio – A Collection by Hilton TM to travelers and locals alike on February 5th, 2017. Following a property-wide multi-million-dollar renovation, one of the most extensive completed at the property since its inception in 1958, the highly anticipated reopening will debut the majority of the updates made to the iconic San Juan property. The new look designed by Jeffery Beers, one of the top hotel and restaurant designers in the world, will include completely remodeled guest rooms, a new pool, 22 luxury cabanas, a new fitness center and spa facilities, modern meeting spaces, new restaurants, upgraded shops and a modernized rendition of its legendary lobby that effortlessly weaves its iconic features with state of the art design. Continue reading “El San Juan Hotel to Join Curio – A Collection by Hilton Following Multi-Million Dollar Renovation”

Trans World Corporation Acquires Lindner Hotel, Conference and Recreation Center in Much, Germany

trans-world-corporation-acquires-lindner-hotel-conference-and-recreation-center-in-much-germanyNEW YORK – Trans World Corporation (“TWC” or the “Company”) (OTCQB: TWOC), a premier owner and operator of casinos and hotels in Europe, today announced that, on December 21, 2016, it acquired, through its subsidiary Trans World Hotels Germany GmbH (“TWHG”), the Lindner Sport & Aktivhotel Kranichhöhe (“Lindner Hotel”), a business and recreational hotel property located in Much, Germany, which is approximately 19 miles northeast of Bonn.

The hotel had been operating successfully under the banner of Lindner Hotels & Resorts for approximately ten years. TWC will operate the hotel under its Trans World Hotels (“TWH”) brand and has planned renovations to upgrade the property to four-stars from its current three-star rating. TWC intends to rename the property “Hotel Kranichhöhe” and continue to employ all employees of the former Lindner Hotel. Continue reading “Trans World Corporation Acquires Lindner Hotel, Conference and Recreation Center in Much, Germany”

5 Luxury Hotels with Refined Farmhouse Style

Originally Published at Architectural Digest |

After a long day spent strolling down local trails or a playing a few rounds of golf, there’s perhaps no better way to unwind on a quintessential country escape than retreating to an elegant farmhouse-inspired haven. Drawing inspiration from humble country inns, these sophisticated hotels are as luxurious as they are unpretentious. From airy cottages with colorful floral bouquets and quirky woodwork to storied ranch retreats with antique grandfather clocks and locally crafted furniture, these destinations will teleport you to a calmer state of being. But there will be no Buddha statues or reflection ponds in sight—this vacation will be effortless, subtle, and unassuming in a way that only a farmhouse’s rustic charm could conjure.

Twin Farms, Barnard, Vermont

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You’ll have a hard time prying yourself away from the 20 cottages that dot the picturesque wooded landscape at Twin Farms. Each whimsical lodge strikes the perfect balance of elegant yet laid-back, with features like wood-burning fireplaces, sunken bathtubs, and even a patio tucked away in the treetops. From $1,500/night (includes meals and alcohol);
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Midas Hospitality Opens 122-Room Staybridge Suites in Maryland Heights, Missouri

midas-hospitality-opens-122-room-staybridge-suites-in-maryland-heights-missouriSt. Louis, Mo., Nov. 16, 2016 – A $16 million Staybridge Suites recently opened at 25 Progress Parkway in Maryland Heights, Mo. The 122-room all-suites hotel will be managed by Midas Hospitality, a premier hotel management group. The hotel was built by Midas Hospitality’s sister company MC Hotel Construction, a general contractor specializing in new hotel construction and renovations.

Staybridge Suites offers both one and two bedroom suites for its guests. The hotel provides fully equipped kitchens, state-of-the-art fitness center, an indoor swimming pool and plenty of amenities including free laundry facilities and complimentary breakfast.

“With the full kitchens and all-suites layout, the Staybridge Suites-Maryland Heights is perfect for the extended stay and transient guest visiting the Maryland Heights/Westport Plaza area,” said Kurt Furlong, Midas Hospitality’s Principal and Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The hotel is the epitome of convenience with easy access to Interstates 70 and 270. The hotel’s location sits proximate to the many nearby corporations including the expansive Edward Jones’ North Campus.”

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midas-hospitality-logoAbout Midas Hospitality

Founded in 2006, Midas Hospitality has developed, opened and currently manages numerous properties including 27 hotels in 11 states. The company serves global brands including Hilton, IHG, Marriott, and Starwood. Midas Hospitality’s headquarters are located at 1804 Borman Circle Dr. in Maryland Heights, Mo. For more information, call (314) 692-0100 or visit


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PRISA Group – McVC and Peachtree Hotel Group Join Forces to Develop Three Florida Hotels

AC Hotel by Marriott Tampa/Airport – Westshore
AC Hotel by Marriott Tampa/Airport – Westshore

ORLANDO, Fl., September 12, 2016 – Officials of the PRISA Group, a family-owned developer, builder and owner of green residential communities, hospitality and resort projects in Puerto Rico and Florida, and Peachtree Hotel Group, one of the nation’s fastest growing hotel investment and management platforms, today announced that their newly instituted partnership broke ground on development of three, select-service hotels in Florida:

● the dual-brand SpringHill Suites by Marriott Orlando/ Mall at Millenia and Residence Inn by Marriot Orlando/ Mall at Millenia, with 120 and 134 suites, respectively, and

● AC Hotel by Marriott Tampa/Airport – Westshore with 175 rooms.

The properties currently are under construction with a planned opening date of December 2017. The three hotels will be managed by Marriott Corporation. The construction is being conducted by a partnership between PRISA Group and Orlando-based Welbro Building Corporation. Miami-based Popular Community Bank provided the financing for the projects.

“Our select service hotel platform continues to grow with the addition of three new hotels in key markets in Florida, all next to vibrant food, beverage and entertainment options and with a modern design aesthetic,” said Federico Stubbe, PRISA president and CEO. “We continue to pursue ground-up opportunities in submarkets in the Southeast with strong entertainment offerings.”

The Orlando hotels are located adjacent to the Mall at Millenia, the top 7th highest grossing mall in the U.S, and the AC Hotel in Tampa will be part of the MetWest International complex, located in Westshore, the largest office district on the west coast of Florida.

“We continue to seek out best-in-class partners, and PRISA’s well regarded reputation as a leading provider of green residential and hospitality projects throughout Puerto Rico speaks for itself,” said Jatin Desai, Peachtree’s chief investment officer. “With more than $89 billion in tourism revenue in 2015 alone, Florida remains one of the nation’s top destinations, and we fully expect these properties to quickly become market leaders following their initial ramp-up stages.”

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Orlando/Mall at Millenia and Residence Inn by Marriott Orlando/Mall at Millenia

The dual-brand SpringHill Suites /Residence Inn is part of a growing trend to combine hotel brands that appeal to different guest profiles into a single structure. Located in the geographic center of Orlando, the two hotels will reside in a popular hotspot, within close proximity to major attractions including Universal Studios, Orange County Convention Center, I-Drive 360, Orlando Eye, Festival Bay Mall, Wet’n Wild, Sea World, Disney World, Downtown and the new, highest grossing premium outlet mall in the country. The Mall at Millenia is the centerpiece of a 450-acre master-planned development that includes 2.2 million square feet of premier office space and other commercial venues, conveniently located next to I-4.

The 134-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott Orlando at Millenia boasts spacious suites that combine form and function, providing separate living and sleeping areas. The rooms include contemporary case goods with new, custom design items from West Elm, a dry bar, refrigerator, microwave, spa-like bathroom, walk-in shower and a 43” TV. The 120-room Residence Inn by Marriott Orlando at Millenia is designed for comfort and extended-stays, typically five days or longer. The property’s spacious suites feature a six-foot, walk-in shower, a 43” TV and a kitchen fully equipped with a refrigerator, stove, microwave and coffee maker.

Both hotels share a spacious outdoor setting boasting a resort style pool with bar, game area with giant board games and a lounge with water and fire features. Other amenities include complimentary breakfast, a 24-hour market, a lobby bar and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the properties. The properties also provide a well-equipped Lifestyle Fitness Center, as well as two meeting rooms totaling 1,600 square feet.

AC Hotel by Marriott Tampa/Airport – Westshore

The AC Hotel will reside within MetWest International, a high-end, 32-acre, mixed-use development in Tampa’s thriving Westshore Business District, Florida’s largest office district, located immediately southeast of Tampa International Airport. This property is adjacent to the upscale shopping and entertainment center, the International Plaza, Bay Street and Tampa International Airport, which currently is undergoing one of the largest airport expansions in the U.S. The MetWest International mixed-use complex boasts six upscale restaurants and bars within steps of the hotel, as well as a variety of large corporate tenants. Nearby attractions include downtown Tampa, the Raymond James Stadium and George M. Steinbrenner Field.

This 175-room property appeals to the chic traveler in search of design innovation. The guest rooms follow simplistic design and include a signature closet, work desk, luggage bench and a 47” TV. Clean-cut, linear aesthetics highlight the public space areas, inclusive of a collaborative space with a communal table and reading section. The hotel’s lounge displays contemporary European design with signature lounge seating and a multimedia area. Other amenities include a market, two media salons and a business/social events room, featuring Workspace on Demand by Marriott for online meetings at other locations, over 900 square feet of a state-of-the-art fitness center, pool and pool bar, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property and 2,300 square feet of meeting space.

prisa-groupAbout PRISA Group – McVC

PRISA Group is a family-owned developer, builder and owner of green residential communities, hospitality and resort projects in Puerto Rico and Florida with 1,500 employees and over $100 million in annual revenues. The company has developed and built over $750 million in hospitality projects in the past 4 years alone, all on-time and on-budget, including Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, West Beach Ritz-Carlton Reserve Residences, three Hyatt Place hotels, one Hyatt House, and two casinos, among others. PRISA has been active in Florida since 2003 with the development of Tampa Bay’s first conservation subdivision, Lake Toscana. The company was awarded the 2014 Developer of the Year Award for the Americas by Hyatt Corporation. For more information, please visit

With more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality and real estate industries, McConnell Valdes Consulting (McVC) specializes in the planning, financing and development of hospitality and mixed-use real estate projects such as the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, Vieques W Retreat, Westin Rio Mar, and Costa Caribe Resort, among many others. McVC is an affiliate of McConnell Valdés LLC, the largest law firm in the Caribbean.
peachtree-hotel-groupAbout Peachtree Hotel Group

Peachtree Hotel Group
Peachtree Hotel Group operates, develops and invests in premium-branded, select- and limited-service and extended-stay hotel assets under the Marriott, Starwood, Hilton, Hyatt, Choice and InterContinental Hotels Group flags. Since its inception, Peachtree has acquired, developed or originated nearly $1 billion of hotel properties and first mortgage notes. Peachtree’s current portfolio is comprised of 62 hotel assets totaling 7,308 rooms, including 29 real estate assets and 33 notes. For more information, please visit
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Atlantic Stars Hotels & Cruises Completes $20 Million Top-to Bottom Renovation and Repositioning of NYC’s Park South Hotel

Atlantic Stars Hotels & Cruises Completes $20 Million Top-to Bottom Renovation and Repositioning of NYC’s Park South HotelNew York, New York, July 19, 2016 – With the recent opening of Covina and Covina Café by James Beard Award-Wining Chef Tim Cushman and Nancy Cushman, the Park South Hotel, owned and developed by Atlantic Stars Hotels & Cruises, has completed its $20 million dollar top-to-bottom renovation and repositioning. The intimate 131-room boutique property now boasts four different restaurant concepts by the husband and wife duo, along with modernized rooms, and an upgraded hotel lobby and public areas.

“Our vision was for Park South to be a place where neighbors and travelers could come for surprising and uniquely crafted local experiences,” said Atlantic Stars Hotels & Resorts Managing Director, Tom Glassie. “We noticed the rise of luxury apartment buildings in the surrounding area, and the neighborhood’s burgeoning restaurant scene, and seized the opportunity to create a destination that reflects an authentic New York City feeling.”

The New Park South Experience
Nestled in the Park Avenue South neighborhood, formerly known as Rose Hill, the transformed Park South Hotel joins the area’s thriving gastronomic district as a hub for diverse restaurants appealing to travelers, New Yorkers and culinary industry elite. Led by recently appointed General Manager, José Lema, along with the talented Cushman team, the hotel is an up-and-coming hotspot for unexpected culinary and cultural experiences rooted in the local community.

“In addition to updating the look and feel of the hotel, we’ve enhanced its guest services and programming– fully elevating the Park South to a four-star brand, “said General Manager, José Lema. “The hotel’s staff and Cushman team have been integral to this process, working closely to create a distinct identity for the Park South that centers on culinary experiences.”

Designed by ABI Design, the Park South’s Superior and Executive Guest room accommodations were modernized to reflect a chic, yet minimal Art-Deco influence. The color palette embodies tones of rich champagne, warm grays and cream, while textures give a nod to 1930s era glamour with satin and velvet materials. Custom-made dark cherry furniture, bedding and chandeliers were added to each room. All closets were redesigned and bathrooms were upgraded with modern vanities. Additionally, guest corridors were adorned with a photo series called “City Respite,” by photographer Nicole Capobianco, depicting Manhattan’s greatest parks – each floor representing a different park.

Other features and amenities at the hotel include a 400 square-foot-library for guests to read books and unwind; complimentary on-site fitness center; complimentary business center; and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi internet throughout the hotel.

Food & Beverage
Housed inside the new Park South Hotel is an assortment of restaurants by Chef Tim Cushman and wife Nancy Cushman, an Advanced Sake Professional, which include Covina, Covina Café, o ya NYC and Roof at Park South. The beverage program is curated by acclaimed Beverage Director, Ted Kilpatrick, who previously served as bar director at Chef Barbara Lynch’s flagship No. 9 Park in Boston – nominated under his management for “World’s Best Restaurant Bar” in 2012 and 2013 at the Spirited Awards during Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans. Inventive Pastry Chef, Deanie Hickox, leads the dessert portion of the food program. All restaurants are designed by Cass Calder Smith Architects (CCS).

“New York is one of the most dynamic food cities in the world, and it is an intense honor to be part of the culinary cityscape and to have opened multiple concepts in the Park South Hotel all under one roof,” said Chef Tim Cushman and Nancy Cushman. “The mission for all of our concepts is to surprise and delight our guests. From the award-winning contemporary Japanese cuisine at o ya and Covina’s inviting bar and coastal Mediterranean wood-fired fare, to the homemade pastries at Covina Café and the cocktails with a spectacular view of the city at Roof at Park South, there is something for everyone. Whether it’s the international business or leisure traveler, or the incredibly loyal neighbors in this exciting and ever-evolving neighborhood, we’re excited to be part of it all.”

Covina, which launched in March, showcases a multi-faceted dining room with a U-shaped bar and engaging open kitchen, including views of both the wood grill and the copper tiled Stefano Ferrara soft-stone oven. Seasonal American cuisine, with inspirations from the coastal regions of the Mediterranean is offered at the restaurant. The menu incorporates elements from Cushman’s travels while demonstrating his innovative culinary style that gained him critical acclaim. Menu highlights include small plates, greens and grains like the Covina Hummus, Hungarian Fry Bread and Asparagus “Cacio e Pepe”; main entrees including a Half or Whole Herb Roasted Chicken, Lamb Kofte Skewers, Whole Daily Fish and Wood Grilled Grass Fed Dry Aged Ribeye; Housemade pasta dishes such as Mandilli and San Marzano and House Milled Farro Farfalle; and Pizza including classics like Margherita and Marinara, along with contemporary offerings such as Charred Brussel Sprout & Fontina. All pizza serves as a nod to Cushman’s training with master pizzaiolo Carmine D’Amato –borrowing tradition and technique from both New York and Naples styles.

The beverage program provides something for everyone with a wine list that highlights smaller producers and lesser known varietals and bottles, all of which serve to introduce guests to styles they know, but growers with whom they may not be familiar. Cocktails are a mix of classic and contemporary offerings like the El Diablo made with a split base of tequila and mezcal, ginger syrup, cassis, lime, and ginger beer as well as the Apple Martinique made with green Jolly Rancher infused rhum agricole and fresh pressed green apple juice.

Covina Café
Covina houses a separate take away section on 27th Street, aptly named Covina Café, which is open daily. In addition to a selection of inventive pastries and sandwiches created by Pastry Chef, Deanie Hickox, Covina Café will also serve Counter Culture Coffee and teas from Rare Tea Company. In the evenings, the space converts into an extension of the dining room.

o ya NYC
Contemporary Japanese restaurant, o ya NYC, is situated just off of the hotel’s lobby, in a brownstone structure attached to the hotel on 28th Street. Offerings are designed to encourage exploring a variety of flavors throughout the meal experience. The overall menu includes creative nigiri-style sushi and sashimi, as well as a variety of cooked dishes like Wagyu Beef. Available daily, the 18-course Omakase tasting menu includes a variety of fresh, seasonal and contemporary sushi and sashimi dishes, followed by cooked, savory courses and dessert. Okii Ringo, or “Big Apple,” is a 24-course menu, incorporating unique and seasonal ingredients in to the daily Omakase. An à la carte menu is also offered, and an extensive list of premium sakes, shochus and Japanese whiskys are available.

Upscale yet relaxed, the space is a balance of old and new elements touting Japanese carpentry, glazed kiln tile, steel, and fabric that contrasts with the exposed brick and concrete. An expansive eating counter made from walnut timber is the main highlight of the space, and the seating consists of a long upholstered banquette, plus four intimate booths built from cedar and walnut concealed behind a simple wood screen.

Roof at Park South
Open for its third season, the Roof at Park South is an oasis located above the Park South Hotel. The bar and lounge provides a unique seasonal rooftop experience complete with impeccable cocktails and dishes by the Cushman team. Presenting unobstructed views of the New York City skyline and the Chrysler Building, the Roof is a laidback hotspot for parties and summertime events.

Known for Ted Kilpatrick’s signature Margarita and frozen options like the Overproof Pĩna Colada and Daiquiri Por Mi Amante, the cocktail menu also offers a category of “Crushables” including the Bitter Mai Tai and Whisky Smash, along with classic options such as the Duke’s Martini, which is served with a portion of caviar.

New menu offerings this season include Funnel Cakes topped with Blueberry Sugar and Growler Service –a large format drinking style for beer similar to bottle service. Growlers of summertime brews are on tap for large groups, and can be paired with some pizzas. Additionally, the Roof hosts bar pop-ups and residencies, providing a space for some of the most acclaimed cocktail bars from across the country to set up camp.

Meetings and Events
Epicurean-focused meetings and events, catered by Cushman Concepts, are a specialty at the Park South. Over 1,200 square feet of meeting and event space including an industrial meeting room boasting a spiral staircase in the atrium leading to Covina, and a private rooftop meeting space, seamlessly accommodate corporate gatherings. Business and leisure dinners, parties and private celebrations are hosted in a range of unique spaces including Covina’s private and semi-private dining room, o ya NYC, and the Roof’s fireside lounge and umbrella areas.

The Park South Hotel resides on 28th Street between Park Avenue South and Lexington – a short walk from Madison Square Park. Strategically positioned near Murray Hill, NoMad, and Flatiron, the Park South is surrounded by a resurgence of new restaurants, offices, and luxury condominium developments. Available transportation hubs include the Six Line at Park Avenue and 28th, Penn Station, Path trains, and Grand Central Station.

For reservations and additional information, please visit or call 212-448-0888.
About Atlantic Stars Hotels & Cruises
Atlantic Stars is a hospitality company that welcomes travelers to premier locations along the East Coast’s most exciting destinations. From Martha’s Vineyard to Miami’s South Beach, the brand has assembled outstanding boutique hotels and inns in the most appealing locales along the Atlantic seaboard.

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About Chef Tim & Nancy Cushman

Chef Tim Cushman is a James Beard Award winning chef who has spent the last 30 years cooking around the world in Japan, France, Thailand, Italy, Germany, Hong Kong, London, Mexico and Taiwan. He served for seven years as a Corporate Chef with Lettuce Entertain You in Chicago where he developed menus for multiple new concepts, including Maggiano’s (Nation’s Restaurant News – ‘hot new concept’ 2000), Shaws Crabhouse, Ed Debevic’s in the US & Japan, Ambria, Café Baba Reeba and others. Tim has also been recognized in the development of two other Nations Restaurant News ‘hot new concepts’- Stir Crazy and Sullivan’s Steak House.

In the early 80’s, Tim was part of the pioneering food movement in California, working with talented chefs like Michael Roberts of Trumps and Roy Yamaguchi of 385 North. This was the beginning of a food journey, which would take him around the world for over twenty years before returning to Boston to open his own restaurant, o ya, in 2007.

Nancy Cushman’s experience includes the concept and creation of the highly acclaimed, award-winning o ya restaurant, as well as over a decade of prior experience in brand Building and Marketing for Fortune 500 clients as well as Human Resources.

Nancy’s passion for sake was sparked during her career in Chicago. After her first sake experience, she became fascinated with it and made studying the beverage her mission. She left her career as an advertising executive and in 2006, and completed the Sake Professional Course in Japan with John Gauntner, who is recognized as the world’s foremost sake expert. In Boston in March 2007, she opened o ya, a contemporary Japanese restaurant, with her husband Tim Cushman.


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