Unlimited is looking for a few ugly hotels.
management firm has established a Web site, www.uglyhotels.com,
as part of an effort to acquire hotels that might lack in looks but
make up for it with "extraordinary potential." The site is geared
toward hotel owners looking to sell.
"Like the swan in
the children's tale 'The Ugly Duckling,' many hotels have another
life in them, but that life needs to be uncovered," said Morris
Lasky, president and CEO of Lodging Unlimited.
To that end,
Lodging Unlimited has acquired the 245-room George Washington Hotel
in Williamsburg, Va., its first property under this program. It
plans to make over the hotel and convert it to an upscale
"We seek the most
challenged hotel in a given market because we are confident that,
with the right capital and concept, many can be turned around,"
Lasky said. "Our only qualifier is that the hotel must have at
least 150 rooms in a market that has some barriers to new
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& Resorts broke ground on the first franchised
Aloft, a limited-service spin-off of the company's
hotel is slated to open during the first quarter of 2008 in Rancho
Cucamonga, Calif., a Southern California city located just north of
Ontario Airport. The Aloft Rancho Cucamonga will
be part of a $60 million mixed-use development called
The Aloft brand
will feature a contemporary design and public spaces where guests
can socialize, read or work on their laptops. Rooms, as the name
suggests, will be loft-like with nine-foot ceilings and oversize
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Hotels has developed a program that permits meeting
planners to customize the sights, sounds and even scents of meeting
Sensational Meetings program, Omni intends to
provide "fresh, innovative environments specially designed to align
with the primary objective of the meeting," said Stephen
Rosenstock, senior vice president of brand standards and business
development for Omni Hotels.
For what the
chain calls an "energetic meeting" geared to brainstorming,
planning and training, planners might lean toward vibrant,
high-energy colors to help create stimulating
For other types
of meetings that would benefit from reduced stress and increased
productivity, environments would be designed with such accents as
lower lighting and "music that speaks to positive energy and
alertness, a meeting may be accompanied with "a peppermint or
chocolate mint aroma," Omni said.
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International, which operates five-star hotels in Europe and
northern Africa, signed a deal to manage a new property being
developed in Algiers by Lafider s.p.a, an Algerian hotel
the 274-room Corinthia Hotel-Algiers is slated to
begin this year, with an opening projected for 2009.
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Hospitality, a lodging investment firm, said it plans to
develop and acquire as much as $1 billion in hotel real estate this
To achieve that
goal, HEI has expanded its acquisition efforts "beyond select
service to include full-service and mixed-use properties," said
Steve Mendell, HEI's executive vice president of acquisitions and
The firm also
said it has changed its name to HEI Hotels &
HEI owns hotels
throughout the U.S. under several brands, including Marriott,
Sheraton, Westin, W and Hilton. HEI, as part of a joint venture, is
developing a mixed-use project in Hollywood, Calif., that will
encompass a W hotel with residences.
Conn.-based company said its acquisition targets will include
hotels affiliated with Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, InterContinental
Michael Milligan is Travel Weekly's hotel editor. E-mail
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