News for the week of April 17, 2017
LEO A DALY has hired the following for its hospitality design practice in Dallas: Richard Mason, project manager–architecture; Gordon Lee, senior designer; and Neal Randall, job captain. The planning, architecture, engineering and interiors firm has a total of 800 employees and 32 offices internationally.
Richard Mason. Photo: Courtesy of LEO A DALY
Gordon Lee. Photo: Courtesy of LEO A DALY
Neal Randall. Photo: Courtesy of LEO A DALY
Two Roads Hospitality has hired Landy Labadie as senior vice president of restaurants, bars, nightlife and events. Most recently Labadie was with Compass Group, a support services company specializing in culinary arts. Labadie career also includes stints at Crafted Hospitality, the St. Thomas Restaurant Group, Kor Hotel Group (now Viceroy Hotel Group), Hyatt Hotels Corp. and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).
Timbers Resorts, an independent developer/operator of private boutique resorts and residence clubs, has appointed Edward Shapard managing director of hospitality. Shapard was previously general manager at The St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City, Utah. Timbers operates a collection of properties in 15 destinations internationally.
Edward Shapard. Photo: Courtesy of Timbers Resorts
More than 50 rooms at the Hotel d’Inghilterra in Rome are undergoing a redesign. Renovations on the accommodations started in January and are slated to be completed later this month. The revamped rooms will feature shades of peacock blue, cardinal red and vermilion as a nod to the property’s historic roman locale. The luxury hotel, which dates back to 1845, was acquired by Florence, Italy-based Starhotels in July 2016.
New accommodations at Hotel d’Inghilterra. Photo: Courtesy of Starhotels
Choice Hotels Intl. Inc.’s Ascend Hotel Collection has opened the 101-key enVision Hotel Boston-Everett in Massachusetts following a one-year transformation of a former shoe and garment factory. The property marks the third hotel from enVision Hotel Management Co. to join the soft brand.
Virgin Limited Edition has taken the wraps off a new villa, Son Balagueret, on the Son Bunyola Estate in Mallorca, Spain. Spread over three floors overlooking the estate and coastline, the three-bedroom villa is home to a central courtyard and a private pool. One of the accommodation’s bedrooms is housed in a historic turret dating to the 13th century.
Son Balagueret. Photo: Courtesy of Virgin Limited Edition
The LEGOLAND Florida Resort in Winter Haven, Florida, has unveiled LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, a village-style property featuring brightly colored bungalows in 13 horseshoe-shaped coves. Designed to resemble oversized LEGO sets, the accommodations consist of 83 two-room bungalows. Each cove within the retreat has its own children’s outdoor play area; other amenities include a LEGO lighthouse, a pool adjacent to a sandy play area, a castle-inspired restaurant concept and a beach bar.
LEGOLAND Beach Retreat. Photo: Courtesy of LEGOLAND Florida Resort
Hyatt Regency Amsterdam has made its debut as the brand’s first hotel in the Netherlands’ capital city. The property’s 211 guest rooms, including 15 suites, range from a 322-sq.-ft. standard room to the 1,356-sq.-ft. Spinoza suite. Inspired by the hotel’s green surroundings—which are home to leafy boulevards, the city’s botanical garden and ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo—each guest room is decorated with floral and botanical artwork.
A guest room at Hyatt Regency Amsterdam. Photo: Courtesy of Hyatt Hotels Corp.
NewcrestImage, a Lewisville, Texas-based developer, has started work on two properties at the Frisco Station mixed-use development in Dallas. The two hotels, which will fly Marriott Intl.’s AC Hotel and Residence Inn flags respectively, are scheduled to open in mid-2018 as part of what project participants describe as a new four-brand, 600-key “lifestyle hotel campus.” The project’s second phase is slated to begin later this year and will consist of a Canopy by Hilton and a Hyatt Place, each of which will house 150 keys.
Francis Ford Coppola has rebranded his namesake luxury boutique resort group to The Family Coppola Hideaways. The American film director, producer, screenwriter and winery owner’s hotel portfolio currently includes the Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn in Belize, La Lancha in Guatemala, the Palazzo Margherita in Italy and the Jardin Escondido in Argentina.
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