Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel officially opens its doors today as one of the tallest properties in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. Rising an impressive 39 floors at 430 feet high, the brand’s first hotel in Chelsea is crowned with one of the highest rooftop pools in the city, offering unparalleled 360-degree views.
Located on the former site of the iconic Antiques Garage flea market, the hotel pays homage to the site’s history and the area’s charming antique shops with a theatrical design concept by architecture and interior design firm Stonehill Taylor. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding neighborhood, spaces within the hotel aim to surprise and delight guests with unexpected moments, each thoughtfully designed to tell a story.
“Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel encourages guests to discover this iconic location with a sense of reimagined curiosity,” said George Fleck, vice president of global brand marketing & management, Renaissance Hotels. “This new hotel, coupled with our significant growth and renovation strategy in North America, further reinforces our brand’s global commitment to ensuring that guests experience the DNA of the neighborhood through our dramatic design and engaging guest experiences – ultimately leaving with a new appreciation of the destination.”
Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel is the latest hotel to debut under the brand’s growing North American portfolio which includes recently opened hotels in Philadelphia, Toledo, Reno, Dallas and Newport Beach, as well as renovated properties in Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Palm Desert, among others. Additionally, the brand is set to grow its New York City footprint two-fold over the next two years with highly anticipated openings in both Flushing and Harlem.
“Every detail of this hotel ties back to Chelsea’s renowned artistic and eclectic personality,” said Chris Rynkar, General Manager of Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel. “There is truly no other property like this one. Our guests have access to new, stunningly appointed amenities and accommodations, but also a connection to the neighborhood, which is an integral part of a Renaissance Hotels stay.”
A Hidden Retreat in the Concrete Jungle
Underscoring Renaissance Hotels’ unexpected design aesthetic, Stonehill Taylor created an escape that plays on the contrasting dichotomy of the hotel’s industrial, antique and floral market surroundings to create the illusion of walking through a secret garden. The hotel’s top-floor exterior features a sleek, modern glass facade, while the entrance embodies the look and feel of an English manor. Behind a stone-walled arcade entry lays a private, open-air courtyard studded with lush foliage and seating for guests to lounge.
Tapped to curate the hotel’s collection of artwork, art consultant Indiewalls led a massive two-story installation of antique knobs, locks and keys created by local artist Laura Morrison that takes center stage as the backdrop to the lobby staircase. As guests pass through the space, they are encouraged to touch and interact with these whimsical wares. Indiewalls also oversaw mixed media artist Liam Alexander’s creation of various video art moments throughout the hotel, reflecting inspiration from the flower district and flea market concepts in the surrounding locale, eliciting the feeling of a “living painting.” Trellage-Ferrill Studio fabricated custom pieces like a collection of upside-down bird cages, as well as a large pendant at the elevator lobby inspired by a bird’s nest to pique the curiosity of travelers. Inside the elevator cabs, leather tiles made from vintage belts coat the walls, adding intrigue of the hotel’s overall design.
Earth tones dominate the color palette of the 341 guest rooms and suites. Interiors are outfitted with wood-paneled printed wallcoverings and unexpected playful touches include gnome desk lamps and rabbit coat hooks. Guest bathrooms evoke a quaint garden shed with concrete sinks, porcelain tiles and mirrors etched with silhouettes of wildflowers. Suites on the fourth and 36th floors are distinguished by their 14-foot high ceilings. A focal point of each suite is a floor-to-ceiling framed wallcovering art installation of a magnified peacock feather, as well as an oversized mural of a woman’s silhouette comprised of fuchsia roses by artist Sara Byrne.
A Twist on Traditional Italian Cuisine
Chef Fabrizio Facchini brings a bold twist on authentic Italian cuisine in the hotel’s restaurant, Cotto, set to open in the early spring. With 10-foot-high, floor-to-ceiling windows, the airy restaurant will feature an indoor family-style dining room and lounge as well as a 14-seat bar surrounded by a framed picture collection of vintage oddities. Exposed wood beams run across the ceiling and down the walls, which are peppered with mason jar sconces, a romantic reference to firefly jars placed in a secret garden.
Serving daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, specialties will include burrata al tartufo with freshly shaved summer truffles and paccheri al pistachio di Bronte with a creamy saffron sauce and pistachio pesto. In addition to an extensive list of wine and spirits offerings, Facchini has developed an innovative mixology experience incorporating a selection of spirits, fruit, and herb-infused ice cubes into the restaurant’s cocktail programming.
Evenings at Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel
In the lobby area near the bar, the hotel hosts Renaissance’s signature bar ritual four times per week, featuring a complimentary, locally inspired punch cocktail prepared by the hotel’s resident mixologist. Guests will also be treated to weekly activations and performances by local musicians and artists alike as part of the brand’s Evenings at Renaissance programming, providing them with an even deeper connection to the neighborhood.
An Urban Oasis, 430 Feet in the Air
The bi-level lounge and rooftop pool, Somewhere Nowhere, welcoming guests in the coming months, will offer an escape from the busy streets of Manhattan. The indoor lounge on the 38th floor will be accessible via a hidden, ground-floor passageway – a repurposed loading dock transformed with spray-painted murals of fireflies and mischievous gnomes, neon signs and old-fashioned lantern sconces – that leads to an elevator transporting guests to the 38th and 39th floors.On the 39th floor rooftop terrace, guests will enjoy one of the highest open-air pools in the city showcasing 360-views of Manhattan’s majestic skyline. Somewhere Nowhere will be open seven days a week and is operated by El Grupo SN.
Sun-Drenched Meeting & Event Spaces
The hotel boasts 7,326-square-feet of flexible event space,including Somewhere Nowhere. The 2,170-square-foot Cardinal Ballroom, drenched in natural light, features floor-to-ceiling windows that open out to Juliet balconies with city views. The ballroom, with a maximum capacity of 200 people, is ideal for weddings and galas, but can also be split into two separate rooms for smaller conferences. A grand, yet intimate atmosphere, Cotto’s private dining room is defined by an arched doorway, playful garden string lights, antique rugs and dried moss encased in antique gilded frames on the walls. The dining room’s greenhouse-esque glass wall folds open to provide complete access to the restaurant’s rear garden. R.E.N. Meetings, Renaissance Hotels’ creative meetings platform, provides planners with a dedicated event team that will bring events and meetings to life using the storied neighborhood of Chelsea and the flexible event space as inspiration – from the styling of each space, incredible locally sourced catering and turnkey social breaks to inspire and motivate networking among guests.
Access to the Thriving Chelsea Neighborhood
Guests are encouraged to explore the surrounding area and can engage with Renaissance Hotels’ Navigators, the brand’s neighborhood ambassadors who are on-hand to share hidden indigenous gems not found in the guidebooks.
Located at 112 W. 25th Street between 6th and 7th avenues, the hotel is steps from some of the area’s most in-demand spots, such as Chelsea Market and The High Line. The property is within walking distance to the 1, 2, N, Q, R, W, A, C and E MTA subway lines, as well as New York Pennsylvania Station.
21 New Hilton Hotels in Asia to Create Travel Memories in 2021
Over the past year, consummate jet setters have had to adapt to a new way of travel, deviating from packed aircrafts and far-flung destinations and looking instead at exploring their own native land. Holidays in their own backyard have given them the opportunity to reconnect with their history, culture and nature.
The dream of traveling again one day, however, remains firmly in the minds and hearts of many.
Today, Hilton presents a collection of 21 new hotels and resorts in Asia that would inspire travelers to keep dreaming of making new memories in journeys to come when it is safe to do so again.
From off-city locations where the magnificent outdoors await, to unique leisure experiences with delightful cuisines, retail therapy and wellness treatments in city getaways and any desire fulfilled on the largest private island on the Maldives, avid travelers would be spoilt for choice with the latest, most spectacular additions to the Hilton family of hotels to add to their travel wish-list.
1. Hilton Melbourne Little Queen St (Australia)
Explore cosmopolitan Melbourne at Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street and relish in the city’s fantastic combination of fine dining, art galleries, cafes, fashion and packed sports calendar. Near Melbourne’s key business districts and vibrant art, theatre and dining precincts, the astounding hotel takes up residency in the historically significant Equity Chambers building, which was originally built in 1931. The property will feature 244 stylish guest rooms, a restaurant and bar, a fully equipped gym, an executive lounge and five meeting and event spaces.
Hilton Melbourne Little Queen St is expected to open in Q1 2021.
2. Hilton Garden Inn Albany (Australia)
For travellers whose perfect holiday consists of daily outdoor explorations, Albany’s plethora of idyllic national parks, beaches and nature reserves are worthy of a visit. The breathtaking beauty of Albany’s rugged coastline is best viewed at from the 108-room Hilton Garden Inn Albany, conveniently located on the waterfront next to the new Albany Entertainment centre. The only hotel in the city to offer absolutely stunning waterfront views over the harbour and ocean, Hilton Garden Inn Albany is perfect for those looking to spend a week whale spotting, hiking, fishing, sailing and diving.
Hilton Garden Inn Albany is expected to open in Q2 2021.
3. DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Waterfront (Australia)
Set on the Swan River waterfront, DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Waterfront sits next to Elizabeth Quay entertainment and the iconic Bell Tower while offering spectacular 360-degree views of Swan River and the city. The hotel enjoys many unique design features, notably the building’s extension out over the Swan River. The artwork by local artist Tom Muller spans across the entire perimeter of the building and was designed to emulate the many facets and moods of the Swan River. With exceptional dining and thoughtful amenities, the 18-storey, 229-room hotel is also an ideal venue for weddings, business meetings and special events.
DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Waterfront opened in 2020.
4. Conrad Urumqi (China)
An iconic destination, Urumqi is a city not to be missed for those visiting the Xinjiang region. Known to be a distant and mysterious place, the city’s bold ethnic style is its outstanding feature. Located within the city center’s bustling commercial area, the remarkable Conrad Urumqi sits adjacent to the most luxurious shopping mall in the city, perfect for urban travelers seeking a dose of retail therapy. Guests can also explore the markets and restaurants of Urumqi or travel further out to the many beautiful scenic parks on the outskirts of town.
Conrad Urumqi is expected to open in Q2 2021
5. Conrad Jiuzhaigou (China)
A must-visit destination for nature lovers, Jiuzhaigou is a culturally rich heritage county located in the mountainous region of Southwest China and is home to the Jiuzhai Valley National Park, an extravaganza of natural wonders. From multilevel waterfalls to colorful lakes and snow-capped peaks, travelers can expect dreamlike scenery and beautiful cultural sites. A stay at the exceptional 161-room Conrad Jiuzhaigou will elevate the holiday to new heights with its stunning suites, unparalleled service and close proximity to natural attractions.
Conrad Jiuzhaigou is expected to open in Q2 2021.
6. Hollick Hotel Wen’an, Tapestry Collection by Hilton (China)
A treasure trove of natural wonders and beauty, Wen’an sits within the Beijing-Tianjin Luneng Ecological Zone and boasts a long history and gorgeous interlaced rivers. A car ride away from Baiyangdian, a famous scenic spot in the province, the 270-room Hollick Hotel Wen’an is a member of Tapestry Collection by Hilton and part of the prestigious Hollick Australian winery. Travellers can look forward to immersing themselves in the unique wine culture of the hotel while enjoying the hospitable Wen’an local culture after a busy sightseeing day.
Hollick Hotel Wen’an, Tapestry Collection by Hilton is expected to open in Q3 2021.
7. Canopy by Hilton Xi’an Qujiang (China)
Explore the historical city of Xi’an, brimming with ancient culture and art, with Canopy by Hilton Xi’an Qujiang. Located in the hottest area of the city, the spacious, well-appointed 125-room hotel sits right in the middle of historical sites, galleries, museums, theatres and entertainment. For expert advice on where and how to truly experience the Xi’an local lifestyle, Canopy enthusiasts are also on hand to help guests create memorable experiences during their stay.
Canopy by Hilton Xi’an Qujiang is expected to open in Q3 2021.
8. Waldorf Astoria Xiamen (China)
Bringing unforgettable experiences to the Chinese coast, Waldorf Astoria Xiamen is positioned in the heart of the city and evokes a modern and refined reimagination of the city’s unique cultural traditions as a seaside port at the intersection of global culture in Asia. The latest addition to Waldorf Astoria’s growing portfolio of hotels in Asia-Pacific, Waldorf Astoria Xiamen features rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, offering abundant sunlight and breathtaking views. Travelers can also look forward to exquisite food and drink offerings, and a nature-inspired spa, bringing urban and chic revitalization to guests’ unforgettable stay.
Waldorf Astoria Xiamen opened in 2020.
9. Canopy by Hilton Hangzhou West Lake (China)
Considered one of the most beautiful sights in Hangzhou, the scenic West Lake has always been praised by numerous Chinese poets and artists since ancient times for the perfect combination of stunning natural scenery and human culture. Sheltered on three sides by hills, with open flat land to the northeast where Canopy by Hilton Hangzhou Westlake is located, guests can explore the West Lake Music Fountain, Orioles Singing in the Willows, and Hefang Street shopping on complimentary Canopy Bikes. The memorable 160-key property offers beautifully designed rooms and suites along with all-day dining at the Nettare Restaurant and Bar, a 24-hour fitness center and a boardroom for small meetings.
Canopy by Hilton Hangzhou Westlake opened in 2020.
10. Hilton Goa (India)
A beautiful blend of sun, sea, sand and spirituality, Goa is India’s pocket-sized paradise, and a visit deserves a spot on everyone’s bucket list. Perfect for those seeking a tranquil retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Hilton Goa sits atop the scenic, terraced slopes of Saipem Hills, overlooking the serene Nerul River. With three unique dining establishments, four outdoor pools, a kid’s club and signature round-the-clock concierge experiences, guests can leave their worries behind and completely immerse in a stress-free holiday at Hilton Goa. If you are looking for adventure, the resort also offers bicycle trails, underwater escapades and luxury cruises along the backwaters of Goa.
Hilton Goa opened in 2020.
11. DoubleTree by Hilton, Jaipur (India)
For those wanting to tick the golden triangle of India off their bucket list in 2021, Jaipur is one of the three cities renowned worldwide for its colored gems. Combining the allure of ancient history with its metropolitan lifestyle, travelers can look forward to one-of-a-kind architecture such as the Hawa Mahal and also spend time in the local markets sifting through dazzling antiques, jewelries and handicrafts. Take in the beauty of the city while staying at the Doubletree by Hilton, Jaipur, which offers 151 rooms and unique on-property experiences such as culinary masterclasses or mocktail-making workshops.
DoubleTree by Hilton, Jaipur opened in 2020.
12. Hilton Garden Inn Jakarta Taman Palem (Indonesia)
For a warm and comfortable stay amidst the dynamic and vibrant capital city of Indonesia, Hilton Garden Inn Jakarta Taman Palem offers a quiet city respite. Ideal for families in search of a quick getaway, the hotel is connected to the Green Sedayu Mall and is a short drive away from the National Museum of Indonesia and family-friendly attractions such as the Waterbom Jakarta and Damai Indah Golf and Country Club. The 168-room property features an onsite restaurant, The Garden Grille & Bar, an outdoor pool, a well-equipped fitness center and meeting and events spaces.
Hilton Garden Inn Jakarta Taman Palem is expected to open in Q3 2021.
13. DoubleTree by Hilton Surabaya (Indonesia)
A vibrant, sprawling metropolis, Surabaya is renowned for its unique culinary delights, historical culture and captivating attractions. Situated amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, Doubletree by Hilton Surabaya is surrounded by restaurants, shops and street food. Offering panoramic views from 310 guest rooms and suites, the hotel is an ideal place to rest after a day out to nearby attractions such as Tunjungan Plaza, Heroes Monument and Siola Surabaya Museum. Relax while watching the beautiful sunset at Cloud 22, the open-air rooftop bar, soak in the outdoor pool or work out in the modern fitness center.
DoubleTree by Hilton Surabaya opened in 2021.
14. ROKU KYOTO, LXR Hotels & Resorts (Japan)
This hotel is planned to mark the debut of LXR Hotels & Resorts in Asia Pacific. Situated in a tranquil area along the foothills of the Takagamine mountains in northern Kyoto and within walking distance of the iconic Kinkaku-ji “Golden Pavilion” and other historic temples, ROKU KYOTO, LXR Hotels & Resorts is a peaceful retreat offering guests a bespoke Kyoto experience. With fine dining, various on-site and nearby nature experiences and activities and luxurious spa treatments complete with natural hot springs, the hotel has everything needed for a refreshing stay.
ROKU KYOTO, LXR Hotels & Resorts is expected to open in Q3 2021.
15. Hilton Nagasaki (Japan)
If visits to beautiful offshore islands, historic buildings and hot-spring spas sound like the ideal vacation for you, look no further than Nagasaki. Located on the west coast of Japan’s Kyushu Island, the beautiful city has plenty to offer for travellers searching for a short getaway. With easy access to various well-known spots in Nagasaki, such as Glover Garden, Mount Inasa and the newly christened UNESCO World Heritage site, Oura Cathedral, Hilton Nagasaki is the perfect resting point to discover the historical port city. Situated next to the MICE facility of Nagasaki City, the 200-room new hotel will offer guest facilities including restaurants, banquet rooms, chapel and a fitness center.
Hilton Nagasaki is expected to open in Q4 2021.
16. Ithaafushi – The Private Island (Maldives)
Nestled in unique atolls surrounded by azure blue waters, powdery white sand and an incredible diversity of marine life, Ithaafushi – The Private Island, is the ultimate escape for the most discerning travelers, offering unparalleled levels of privacy and personalized service. The largest Maldivian private island spanning 32,000 square meters in the heart of the Indian Ocean features two elegantly designed villas, a sweeping four-bedroom residence, five swimming pools and a private entertainment clubhouse along with a dedicated chef offering bespoke menus and a personal concierge to attend to all needs. Holding no boundaries for adventure, guests can explore the sparkling depths of the underwater world through watersports, diving activities and yacht excursions, or head off-island to a private sandbank where they can indulge in a sunset dinner or personal yoga session.
Ithaafushi – The Private Island opened in 2021.
17. DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka (New Zealand)
The first and only hotel in the Papakura-Franklin area, DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka is set to change the landscape of the rural town known for its horse studs and sheep farming. The property will offer 120 guest rooms, a restaurant and bar, along with conference facilities set in the picturesque Sales Centre at Karaka. Just a 25-minute drive from downtown Auckland, the DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka is a hidden gem for those looking for a quick getaway from the large metropolitan city.
DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka is expected to open in Q3 2021.
18. Hilton Clark Sun Valley Resort (Philippines)
Surrounded by greenery and golf courses and a few minutes away from Clark’s main business hubs and entertainment attractions such as Clark Museum, Aqua Planet and Nayong Pilipino, Hilton Clark Sun Valley Resort is a great destination for those looking to take a city break away from the bustling Manila. Drawing inspiration from Pampanga’s rich culinary history, the resort offers exceptional dining experiences and an abundance of meeting spaces. It also features an outdoor pool and playground, a fitness center and kid’s club.
Hilton Clark Sun Valley Resort opened in 2020.
19. DoubleTree by Hilton Weerawila Rajawarna Resort (Sri Lanka)
Uniquely situated within the Weerawila Bird Sanctuary, which is home to over 400 species of birds, and just minutes away from popular tourist attractions such as Kataragama Sacred City, Bundala and Yala National Parks, DoubleTree by Hilton Weerawila Rajawarna Resort is a haven for all. The resort is set apart by an exquisite ballroom, nature-inspired meeting spaces and stunning restaurants and bars that offer panoramic views of the tranquil Lake Weerawila. Guests seeking to refresh their minds and soul can also spend their days relaxing in the resort, enjoying its spectacular 75-meter-long outdoor swimming pool, yoga terrace and rooftop wellness spa.
DoubleTree by Hilton Weerawila Rajawarna Resort opened in 2020.
20. Hilton Garden Inn Phuket Bang Tao (Thailand)
Sitting in the Thalang District, mere minutes away from one of the most family-friendly beaches in Phuket, the 177-room Hilton Garden Inn Phuket Bang Tao offers a sophisticated stay and tropical beach bliss. With Patong a short drive away, guests can look forward to sunny days relaxing in local restaurants, bars and beach clubs. Alternatively, they could simply spend the day enjoying Hilton Garden Inn Phuket Bang Tao’s spacious rooms, with views overlooking the scenic Laguna Phuket or lush mountain views, or relax in the hotel’s two outdoor pools.
Hilton Garden Inn Phuket Bang Tao is expected to open in Q3 2021.
21. Hilton Saigon (Vietnam)
A beautiful addition to the city skyline, Hilton Saigon enjoys a premium location in the heart of the Central Business District and within walking distance to the Saigon Port, Thu Thiem New Urban Area, Ben Thanh Market and Nguyen Hue Walking Street. Perfect for both leisure and business travellers, Hilton Saigon will feature 236 splendid rooms, a spa, swimming pool and meeting spaces with a capacity of up to 1,200 people. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s rooftop destination bar during their downtime, while culinary aficionados will enjoy a delightful experience at the modern Chinese restaurant with stunning views over the river and city.
Hilton Saigon is expected to open in 2021.
Hyatt Announces Plans for its First Hotel in Cyprus
Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with Anolia Holdings Limited for the first Hyatt hotel on the island of Cyprus, Grand Hyatt Limassol. The 300-room luxury resort is expected to open in 2025 and signifies Hyatt’s continued growth into Europe’s leading travel destinations.
The new-build beachfront resort will be situated at a Blue Flag beach east of Limassol, one of the island’s most cosmopolitan cities. With a prime beachfront location on the southern coast of the island and 300 bold, light-filled rooms offering sea views, Grand Hyatt Limassol will be a captivating destination within a destination featuring a stunning 43,000-square-foot (4,000 square meter) beach club including premium spa and fitness facilities as well as an indoor pool and two outdoor pools. The resort will additionally offer five elevated food and beverage concepts as well as 15,000 square feet (1,400 square meters) of event space. Furthermore, Grand Hyatt Limassol will be a key element of Zaria Resort, a mixed-use luxury development, comprised of residential apartments and private villas totaling more than 861,100 square feet (80,000 square meters).
“We’re delighted to work with Anolia Holdings Limited to bring the Grand Hyatt brand, known for its access to iconic locales, to the island of Cyprus, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe,” said Takuya Aoyama, vice president development for Europe and Africa, Hyatt. “Grand Hyatt Limassol represents a key element of our growth strategy in Europe as we continue to seek opportunities to extend our resort footprint in the Mediterranean.”
Only a 30-minute drive from Larnaca International Airport, the hotel will bring with it the exceptional brand of luxury and vibrant design that the Grand Hyatt brand delivers to guests worldwide. Arriving guests will drive past the lush greenery of the hotel’s 150,000-square-foot (14,000-square-meter) public garden and promenades and enjoy a spectacular view of the Mediterranean. The resort promises to be a celebration of all the exquisite details of Cypriot culture, offering guests a stay beyond the ordinary through magnificent moments of more and superior service.
“We are thrilled to team-up with Hyatt on this development,” said Alexander Iakovlev, director of Anolia Holdings “The Grand Hyatt brand is synonymous with luxury and creating unique experiences for guests which remain authentic to the destination itself. In addition, given Limassol’s status as a financial capital of Cyprus, the hotel will not only attract leisure guests but may also prove popular for business travelers, conference-goers and event attendees. We are eager to see Grand Hyatt Limassol become the heart of the Zaria Resort development.”
The announcement of Grand Hyatt Limassol follows a significant expansion in Hyatt’s brand footprint in Europe over the last 12 months. Nine new hotels including Great Scotland Yard, Hyatt Centric Dublin, Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere, Hyatt Regency Chantilly and more opened in the region in 2019, with four more additions in Barcelona, Manchester and Frankfurt this year. These plans for a hotel in Cyprus represent a key opportunity in Europe as it builds upon Hyatt’s existing and upcoming portfolio in Malta, Athens Thessaloniki and Izmir. The island has furthermore proven to attract travelers from Hyatt’s key strategic markets including the UK, Russia, Greece, Germany and the Middle East.
Expansive Gaylord Hotels Re-Open Marking a Positive Return for the Hospitality Industry
Today marks a significant milestone in the return to business of the U.S. hotel industry, as three sprawling resorts reopen their doors. Ready to welcome back travelers this summer, Gaylord Rockies in Colorado, Gaylord Palms in Florida and Gaylord Opryland in Tennessee join the recently opened Gaylord Texan to offer four hotel and entertainment destinations that provide a multitude of experiences within acres of indoor space as well as outdoor pool play. Diverse summer programming includes family-friendly activities and live entertainment for all ages while socially distanced; the hallmarks of what consumers need from a summer escape in today’s travel environment.
In accordance with Marriott’s “Commitment to Clean” protocols, the resorts will provide enhanced cleaning technology, hospital-grade disinfectants, attendants dedicated to sanitizing frequently throughout the day, new social distancing protocols, and hundreds of new cleaning processes to take care of guests while they enjoy the resorts’ amenities. Additionally, the Gaylord Hotels ownership group, Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. selected Vanderbilt University Medical Center, a leader in medical research, as its official wellness advisor. These combined efforts will further support the multi-phased health and sanitation plans, procedures, and employee training.
Frequent guests of Gaylord Hotels also know the brand to have phenomenal convention and meeting space. As the meetings industry focuses on the right way back to business, Gaylord Hotels have taken the opportunity to introduce new processes that will help meeting planners understand and navigate what business gatherings could look like in the months ahead. Each property has 400,000 square feet or more of meeting space, and as events reschedule, the hotels are working with groups to embrace and incorporate new technology such as live streamingand contactless options. Marriott’s Meeting Services App allows meeting planners to request meeting room adjustments like temperature, set up and audio visual services, as well as review billing, and Marriott Bonvoy Members can access Mobile Check-In via the Marriott Bonvoy app. Gaylord Hotels’ new meeting and event protocols include changes to banquet guidelines and meeting space. Banquet food and beverage standard updates include the elimination of self-service buffets and reduced seating at dining tables from 10 persons to six. Meeting space guideline changes include reduced capacity, adding chair space for theater style set ups, and additional sanitization of all meeting room touch points, hard services and chairs.
“The reopening of the Gaylord Hotels marks a key moment for the industry. These remarkable hotels have customized programming for guests, plenty of space and are innovating with technology appropriate for the times,” said Mike Stengel, Senior Vice President of Gaylord Hotels at Marriott International.
Providing “everything in one place” for visitors, Gaylord Hotels are delivering re-imagined summer experiences and amenities to meet the demand of drive-market leisure travelers. Highlights of these summer offerings include:
Gaylord Rockies – Aurora, CO
Visitors will experience a summer escape full of adventure, from a Colorado Explorer Scavenger Hunt where children and adults alike become real-life explorers, to the Grand Lodge featuring a winding walkway, tranquil lake and bubbling rapids. The resort’s water experience, Arapahoe Springs, features indoor and outdoor pools, three waterslides, and a 720-foot long lazy river.
Gaylord Palms – Kissimmee, FL
Guests can relax and soak up the Florida sun at Cypress Springs Water Park featuring a zero-entry swimming pool, multi-level water playground, racing slides, drop slide and FlowRider® surf simulator. In addition to spaced pool seating, guests can rent private cabanas that include shaded seating, flat-screen televisions, refrigerators and snacks. Premium guaranteed pool seating will also be available for purchase.
Gaylord Opryland – Nashville, TN
Visitors of the “Music City” resort will be entertained by live musical performances, fountain and light shows, indoor flatboat rides, garden tours, scavenger hunts, and golf at Gaylord Springs Golf Links. Guests can also book packages that include access into SoundWaves™ Water Attraction, a 4-acre upscale indoor/outdoor resort water attraction featuring a wave pool with 37-foot video screen, double FlowRider® surf stimulator, multi-level play structures, lazy rivers, multiple winding waterslides and adults-only exclusive pools and bars.
Gaylord Texan – Grapevine, TX
Guests can splash into Texas-size fun at Paradise Springs, a 10-acre outdoor pool complex offering a 600-foot long lazy river, 6,000-square-foot family lagoon, multi-level water playground, zip-lining, multiple winding waterslides, and plush private cabanas for rent. Summer activities include canvas painting, morning yoga, live music performances, scavenger hunts and more.
In addition to the family-friendly events and outdoor pools, each of the four reopened Gaylord Hotels provide acres of airy indoor atriums under soaring glass ceilings, kept at a comfortable 72 degrees, where visitors can roam, play, and discover lush gardens and waterfalls – all while supporting social distancing protocols.
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