A quick roundup of global hospitality news.
HOTEL INDIGO OPENS IN MINNEAPOLIS: Hotel Indigo, part of IHG Hotels & Resorts’ luxury and lifestyle portfolio, has opened Hotel Indigo Minneapolis Downtown. The hotel is owned by Great Lakes Management Group and is the company’s third Hotel Indigo in the U.S. The 218-room hotel is housed in the original Northstar Center, built in the 1960s. The hotel includes a fitness center and an American bistró. Hotel Indigo currently has 143 hotels open globally, with 127 more in the pipeline.
REPOSITIONING OF ART’OTEL BERLIN MITTE: The PPHE Hotel Group has announced that its Berlin Mitte property will be transformed into a next-generation art’otel-branded hotel. art’otel Berlin Mitte is currently in the advanced stages of a €2.8 million ($3.08 million) investment program, which will convert the hotel into an upper upscale, premium lifestyle hotel. The repositioning involves the refurbishment of the public areas and the addition of a spa and wellness area. All 109 rooms and suites, bathrooms and corridors will be renovated, with the repositioning expected to be completed by Q1 2024. The hotel’s design has been led by London and Zagreb-based design studio Atellior. This investment program follows the launch of the art’otel Amsterdam and the opening of art’otel London Battersea Power Station in December 2022. PPHE’s development pipeline for this year and 2024 includes three new generation art’otel hotels in Zagreb, London Hoxton and Rome.
UPGRADES AT PARK HYATT TOKYO PARK: Hyatt Tokyo has started a complete renovation from Sunday and plans to reopen in 2025. The refurbishments encompass all 177 rooms and facilities. The transformation will be led by design company Jouin Manku who will bring a new take on the building’s design, created by interior designer John Morford. Park Hyatt Tokyo is situated on the top floor of a skyscraper. It was launched into the mainstream by Sofia Coppola’s 2003 film “Lost in Translation.”
ASPEN HOSPITALITY’S FIRST URBAN PROPERTY: Aspen Hospitality, the hospitality vertical of Aspen Skiing Co., has officially transitioned Hotel Born to Limelight Denver. Located adjacent to Denver’s Union Station, the hotel is the first urban location for the Limelight brand and joins the other properties in Aspen and Snowmass, Colo. and Ketchum, Idaho. Limelight will implement some programming changes, including the addition of an adventure concierge and new philanthropic efforts focused on the local community. The pet-friendly hotel, which first opened in 2017, was created by Continuum Partners and features 200 rooms, 14,000 square feet of meeting space and a restaurant.
THE HOXTON’S GERMAN DEBUT: The Hoxton, a brand by Ennismore, has opened its first property in Germany with the opening of The Hoxton, Charlottenburg in West Berlin. Located in Berlin’s Charlottenburg area, the hotel comprises 234 rooms, a café that doubles as a cocktail bar, a North Indian-inspired restaurant and three meeting and event spaces. The hotel has been designed by Ennismore’s in-house design studio, AIME Studios.