A quick roundup of global hospitality news.
HILTON SIGNS ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORT IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Hilton has signed a management agreement for the Zemi Miches All-Inclusive Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton, the first all-inclusive Curio Collection by Hilton-branded property in the Dominican Republic. The newly-built resort is located north of Punta Cana in Miches. Featuring 502 rooms, the property is owned by Zemi Hotels & Resorts S.R.L. and will be managed by Hilton. The beachfront resort will comprise six four-story buildings and 18 free-standing beach bungalows, including 123 ground-level swim-up rooms with individual plunge pools which connect via a winding pool to other parts of the property. The property will include a nightclub, kids club, retail shops, nine dining venues, a pool complex with a water park, a fitness center, a spa, an outdoor terrace and 15,000 square feet of event space. The resort is scheduled to open in 2024 and will be Hilton’s 10th all-inclusive property in the Caribbean and Latin America. The property reflects Hilton’s strategy of nearly tripling its portfolio in the Dominican Republic in the next five years. Currently, Hilton has five hotels in the Dominican Republic and nine more in various stages of development in the country. Currently, Hilton has over 205 hotels across the Caribbean and Latin America and a pipeline of 110 hotels in various stages of construction.
DUSIT HOTEL, RESIDENCES IN NAIROBI: Thailand-based Dusit International has announced the official opening of Dusit Princess Hotel Residences Nairobi. The property is located in a hybrid property consisting of 100 deluxe hotel rooms and apartments in Nairobi’s Westlands neighborhood. The property had a soft opening this March and the full inventory will come online in the second half of the year. The upper midscale property features 14 deluxe hotel rooms, 30 studio apartments and 56 one-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes. The property includes a grab-and-go shop, a rooftop bar, a rooftop gym, a swimming pool and meeting rooms.
MELIÁ’S 11TH HOTEL IN CHINA: Spain-based Meliá Hotels International has added its 11th hotel in China and its first Meliá Collection-branded property in Asia. The hotel will be located in the Arxan region in the northeast of Inner Mongolia. The mountain retreat will open in 2026 and offer 44 luxury villas, more than 90 rooms, a restaurant, multiple meeting rooms and wellness facilities. The hotel will be part of a bigger collection of facilities alongside the upcoming Meliá Arxan Ski and Hot Spring Resort, announced in 2019. The Meliá Collection brand is one of Meliá Hotels’ latest brands and comprises a collection of luxury hotels.
OMNI HOTEL IN ARIZONA: Omni Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Omni Tempe Hotel, its latest lifestyle hotel in Tempe, Ariz. The hotel is a $125 million investment and part of a public-private partnership with Arizona State University and the City of Tempe. The hotel will feature 330 rooms, 11 suites, a restaurant, a bar and around 36,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor event spaces. Currently, Omni Hotels has more than 50 properties across the U.S. and Canada. The company also has 28 golf courses and 25 spas.
LUXURBAN ADDS 2 HOTELS TO MANAGEMENT PORTFOLIO: LuxUrban Hotels Inc. has signed a 25-year master lease agreement (MLA) inclusive of two five-year options to operate the Condor Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The group has also signed a 15-year MLA, inclusive of one five-year option, to manage the Trinity Hotel in Los Angeles. The company expects to start operating the two properties on or about July 1. The Condor Hotel marks LuxUrban’s second hotel in Brooklyn. Originally opened in 1914, the 179-room Trinity Hotel will operate under the LuxUrban Ultra brand. The two properties will add 214 units to LuxUrban’s portfolio of short-stay hotel rooms. The company announced that it had started operations at 101 Bogart Street — a 65-unit, mixed-use, seven-story property in East Williamsburg-Bushwick, Brooklyn from May 1.