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W, the brand that invented ‘lifestyle,’ moves to abandon older properties

On the top floor of the 55-story W Times Square, visitors will find one of the brand’s original Wow suites, a sprawling one-bedroom apartment-sized hotel room with silver couches, a hanging basket-style chair and a round bed complete with ceiling mirrors and lights, a nod to the crystal ball that drops each New Year’s Eve just outside the window. Such features have long defined the fun-loving W brand, which launched the lifestyle hotel trend that…

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Mandarin Oriental Being Sold $214 million

CityCenter Holdings, a partnership between MGM Resorts International and Dubai World-subsidiary Infinity World Development Corp., announced last week that it was selling the Mandarin Oriental at CityCenter. The 392-room hotel is part of the CityCenter complex, which opened on the Strip in 2009 and also includes the Aria Resort & Casino, Vdara Hotel and Veer condo towers. The Mandarin and its accompanying retail parcels offer 12,000 square feet of meetings space, a two-story spa and…

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Hyatt Hotels Cuts Deal Accelerating China Market Growth

  Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Tianfu Minyoun Hospitality have entered into a strategic development agreement to drive the expansion of Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels in China. The franchise agreements for the first three Hyatt-branded hotels under this strategic development agreement were also signed on the same day. In recent years Hilton and Marriott (which now owns Starwood) appeared to be a two-company race to open more hotels in China, but Hyatt now seems…

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Marriott International debut 40 luxury hotels in 2018

 Marriott International debut 40 luxury hotels in 2018 Marriott International, Inc. today announced the company is set to open nearly 40 luxury hotels in 2018 as the company continues to cater to a new affluent traveler, offering an unmatched variety of transformative travel experiences. Providing globetrotters with a truly global perspective and an unparalleled portfolio of eight distinct luxury brands, Marriott International Luxury Brands include world-renowned hospitality hallmarks The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, St. Regis, W…

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Top Pick! 12 Top Hotel Ice Rink Picks

Glide into winter on a glistening sheet of ice. Hotels around the world have constructed rinks for the holiday season and many are available for private events. Here’s 12 of our favorite picks (no judging scandal involved).

The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort in Vail, Colorado

Vail Resorts

Show off your triple axel at Alderhof Ice Rink, just a few strokes outside of The Arrabelle at Vail Square. Now, that would be a great party trick. Guests will feel like they were transported to a European village at this picturesque rink. The Arabelle has 81 guest rooms and 5,200 sq. ft. of meeting space.