Who wants to stand in line in Vegas? Self check-in is this easy. pic.twitter.com/P0DPiKFUNR
— The LINQ (@TheLINQ) January 8, 2016
Travel Pulse reports Caesars in Las Vegas has introduced self check-in at The LINQ Hotel & Casino, Flamingo Las Vegas, and Caesars Palace. Guests can swipe ID and payment cards at a kiosk in order to get a printed room key. If the room is not ready, they will receive an email alert when it becomes available, at which times they may claim their key. Caesars plans to institute this check-in process at its other five resorts in Las Vegas later this year. (Check out the video above demonstrating this process!)
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has announced plans for a new resort and residences in the upscale and exclusive community of Paradise Valley, Ariz. The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley will feature 200 casita-style guest rooms, 20,000 square feet of function space, and stunning views of Camelback Mountain. Construction is slated to begin in July with an anticipated opening date in late 2018.
Autograph Collection Hotels have added four new properties to its portfolio, bringing its total up to 96 and becoming Marriott’s fastest growing brand. The Collection now includes: Annapolis Waterfront Hotel in Annapolis, Md., a newly renovated property steps from the historic district with magnificent views of the harbor; The Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, a historic property built in 1927 that has hosted the Queen of England, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Rolling Stones, and Justin Bieber; The Camby Hotel in Phoenix, Ariz., a 277-guestroom hotel whose design was inspired by Arizona’s Five C’s—cotton, cattle, citrus, climate, and copper; and The PLAZA Seoul in Seoul, South Korea, a boutique business hotel in the heart of downtown.
The JW Marriott Edmonton, slated to open in late 2018, will be the first luxury hotel in the ICE District, Canada’s largest mixed-use sports and entertainment district. The JW Marriott Edmonton replaced the former Delta hotel when Marriott acquired Delta Hotels and Resorts in 2015, and will feature 356 room and suites, a ballroom with more than 10,000 square feet of space, and a Spa by JW.
However, Canada’s first JW Marriott will open next year in Vancouver as part of Parq Vancouver, an entertainment district a block away from the BC Place with a 30,000-squar-foot rooftop casino, according to Travel Weekly. The Douglas, another hotel in the project, will be part of the Autograph Collection when it, too, opens next year.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced the recently opened Hotel Indigo-Lower East Side New York was its 5,000th hotel globally. The company has properties in more than 100 countries and has increased its portfolio by more than 1,500 properties since 2003. The hotelier recently acquired Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, which was the largest independent boutique operator in the world at the time. Hotel Indigo-Lower East Side New York is Hotel Indigo’s third hotel in New York City and offers 360-degree views of Manhattan.
IHG also announced the opening of the new-build Staybridge Suites Midland hotel in Midland, Texas. The hotel boasts 98 suites and is near the Permian basin, a large oil producing market in the U.S.
Formerly the Chimo Hotel, Holiday Inn Ottawa East reopened after a $9 million renovation and is located near the Ray Chabot Grand Thorton Baseball Stadium and the St. Laurent Shopping Centre. The property features an indoor swimming pool, a Kids’ Club, and Reza’s Kitchen, casual dining with a contemporary twist.
Viceroy Hotel Group announced the former Prescott Hotel will reopen in San Francisco as Hotel Zeppelin in spring 2016. The hotel will boast a counter culture design with a “mischievous approach.” The historic hotel is located two blocks from Union Square and will feature 196 well-appointed guest rooms, including 20 suites, and more than 3,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
Recently awarded the #1 resort in Hawaii by Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2015, Ko`a Kea Hotel & Resort in Kauai was purchased by Pacific Hospitality Group, which has added it to the prestigious Meritage Collection. The hotel is situated on the world-renowned Poipu Beach and features 121 beachfront, boutique-styled rooms.
Travel Weekly reports that Hard Rock International will be opening a second property in the Dominican Republic, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Santo Domingo. The 400-room property is scheduled to open in late 2017 and though collaborating with the All-Inclusive Collection, will not be an all-inclusive hotel. In middle of the Santo Domingo, the hotel will feature a 23,000-square-foot casino with two bars, a race and sports book, 400 slot machines, and 40 table games, plus the music experiences, jam sessions, and in-room DJ equipment that are enjoyed at Hard Rock Hotels.