This week Loews Hotels launched You
First, a new loyalty program that rewards travelers for stays
booked through meeting planners and corporate travel agents. The
program is open to business and leisure travelers as well as
meeting attendees, based on the number of stays, and allows guests
to begin receiving rewards after just one stay. Benefits include
free Internet access, late checkouts, guaranteed rooms and upgrades
for guests who visit a Loews hotel a minimum of twice in a given
year. You First, available at all 17 Loews properties as of July
15, replaces the chain's current Loews First rewards program.
The 159-room Sheraton Jacksonville
Hotel opened last week. The property, in the Deerwood Park
neighborhood, offers a Shula's 347 Grill, a casual offshoot of the
Shula's steak house chain, as well as a fitness center, an indoor
pool and two meeting rooms.
The Dorchester Collection is taking
over the management contracts of two properties in the United
States: The 893-room New York Palace Hotel in New York City and the
91-room Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. The company also owns and
manages the 250-room Dorchester in London; the 204-room Beverly
Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.; the 160-room Le Meurice, and
191-room Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris; and the 401-room Hotel
Principe di Savoia in Milan, Italy.
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will
manage a new 237-room luxury property in Moscow being built in a
19th-century manor house that first became a hotel in 1911. The
property, which will open in 2011, will have 66 suites, a spa, an
indoor swimming pool, a fitness center and a variety of
restaurants, bars and shops. The hotel will have two ballrooms,
though exact square footages are still to be announced.