Briefs: Nashville Caption by Hyatt gets green light; milestone for IHG’s voco brand; MEININGER expands and more

CAPTION BY HYATT IN NASHVILLE: New Orleans-based HRI Hospitality (HRIH) has partnered with Nashville-based C.B. Ragland Co. and Atlanta-based Peachtree Hotel Group in closing construction financing on the ground-up development of a new 210-room Caption by Hyatt hotel in the Gulch District of downtown Nashville. Truist Financial Corp. and Commerce Bank, its syndication partner, will provide the construction financing. Caption by Hyatt Nashville is expected to break ground this month and open in late 2024. The 12-story hotel will include 2,200 square feet of meeting space, a fitness center, an F&B concept, a coffee shop, an all-day lounge and workspace and 7,000 square foot restaurant space for lease. The hotel is co-owned by HRIH, C.B. Ragland and Peachtree Hotel Group. The property will be co-developed by HRIH and C.B. Ragland and operated by HRI Lodging. Hastings Architecture, LLC, will serve as the architectural design company, with the hotel’s interior being led by Studio 11 Design and J.E. Dunn Construction Co. serving as the general contractor. This will be HRIH’s third property in Nashville and the 32nd in the U.S.   

VOCO’S 100-PROPERTY MILESTONE: IHG Hotels & Resort’s upscale brand voco has achieved a milestone of 100 properties signed and opened worldwide since the brand was launched in 2018. The brand has properties across 18 countries and new-to-market hotels opening in Kenya, Japan, India and Spain. Currently, voco has 46 open hotels and 55 in the pipeline. Three-quarters of the brand’s signings are conversions, and the brand requires a lower capital outlay. In 2022, voco forayed into new markets like Southeast Asia with voco Orchard Singapore, Africa with voco Johannesburg Rosebank and Latin America with voco Guadalajara Neruda in Mexico. This year’s notable openings include the 99-room voco Lythe Hill Hotel and Spa in Surrey, the U.K.; voco Osaka Central in Japan; voco Ma Belle Danang in Vietnam; voco Fiorello – La Guardia East in Flushing, N.Y.; and voco Paris Porte De Clichy in France.   

MEININGER GROWS ITALIAN PORTFOLIO: The MEININGER Venezia Mestre has opened in Venice, becoming the fourth MEININGER hotel in Italy. The hotel offers 434 beds divided into 112 twin and multi-bedrooms, a guest kitchen, common spaces, a game zone with a pool table and a lobby bar. The seven-story building that houses the hotel was previously used as a hostel and has been partially remodeled, as have the interiors. With this opening, MEININGER has more than 1,000 beds in Italy. The group will open its 35th property in Cologne, Germany, and plans to debut in Poland with a new hotel in Krakow.   

SIX SENSES ROME: Six Senses has announced that Six Senses Rome will open on March 16 in the historical Palazzo Salviati Cesi Mellini, marking the brand’s first urban hotel in Italy. The opening marks the completed renovation of the façade of the adjacent San Marcello al Corso Church, the first sustainability project sponsored by the hotel. The hotel has 96 rooms and suites, some of which have Triclinium-style marble seating on their terraces. Guests can select from 12 different room types, including three signature suites, secluded rooms with courtyard views, and suites with views of the Via del Corso and the San Marcello al Corso Church. The hotel also includes an all-day dining restaurant on the rooftop and a spa. Orion Real Estate Fund V, sponsored by Orion Capital Managers, is the principal investor in the refurbishment of Palazzo Salviati Cesi Mellini.   

MOXY DEBUTS IN BROOKLYN: Moxy Hotels, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 hotel brands, has debuted in Brooklyn with the opening of Moxy Williamsburg. The 216-room boutique hotel is located near Williamsburg Bridge. The 11-story hotel includes four new F&B venues created and operated by Bar Lab Hospitality, co-working spaces and meeting studios. The hotel building has been designed by New York-based architecture firm Stonehill Taylor, and the interiors were created by BASILE Studio in collaboration with Lightstone Design Studio.