Sonesta partners with designer to launch boutique hotel brand

LOS ANGELES Dodd Mitchell Design and Development announces the launch of Kept Hotels & Resorts, a collaborative partnership with Sonesta International Hotels Corp.

Kept Hotels will compete in the deluxe lifestyle boutique hotel market with the renovation and repositioning of select urban and resort destination properties, primarily in the United States and Europe. The brand will be guided by Dodd Mitchell, founder of the eponymous design firm.

“This partnership is a collaborative force of talent years in the making and will offer an innovative turnkey solution to luxury hotel owners,” says John J. DePaul, Sonesta’s executive vice president of development and architect of the joint venture. “It will also provide our investment partners with an entry into a fragmented segment of the industry in need of fresh capital and leadership.”

Kept Hotels & Resorts will comprise properties of 80 to 300 guestrooms located in gateway cities and notable resort destinations throughout the United States and Europe, spanning a range of project types from conversions, to complete renovations, to property repositionings and rebrandings. Each property will provide locally influenced style and architecture through the use of local craftsmen and artisans, and will feature authentic hospitality, uniquely reflecting the environment of each destination.

“I was born to design—but my passion is service,” Mitchell says. “Sonesta provides decades of history for notable independent hotels and resorts, and in fact was the hotel owner and operator of such iconic hotels as the Plaza in New York and the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Service with passion is one of Sonesta’s core values, and this will be the engine behind Kept’s distribution and global reach.”

Dodd Mitchell Design, launched in 1995, is famous for designing spaces with earth in mind and for using innovative materials in unconventional ways. The firm fuses a palette of elemental and natural materials into seductive and unforgettable spaces.